Thursday, December 29, 2011


Tomorrow Riley turns 8. I'm not sure exactly where the time has gone.....I'm sure every parent thinks that thought, but what a JOY she has brought us! She is a sweet, sassy, funny bundle of energy, all wrapped up in this pretty little package!
Turning "2" ~

Always hamming it up for the camera~

Sweet little bug....

Riley has always been outnumbered, the majority of our friends have boys...she will have lots of protectors as she gets older....

The princess turns 5...

First day of kindergarten - she was so excited!

Hanging at the beach with cousins....again, all boys!

Santa's little elf...she was an elf in her kindergarten play...

Riley is the one in the brown, paisley dress, she is ALWAYS skipping...


Catching fish with Paw Paw...

Enjoying her ladybug table & chairs...

Christmas 2010



Monday, December 12, 2011

Santa Hat Brownies!

So we went to a Christmas Party on Saturday night and were hosted by some of the best people!! Sherri had such a festive theme going with her food, I wish I would have taken pictures of it all, but it has inspired to find the time to host a party! Anyway, I brought along a dessert to share...what FUN these are to make and SUPER DUPER EASY!!

I made brownies and then baked them in my mini muffin tins....

Once they were cooled, I piped on whipped cream icing, followed with a strawberry that was topped with a small dollop of the icing....

Arent' they too cute? They were pretty tasty too!

Hope you all get inspired this season....invite me over for a taste test of your finished product!

Santa Hat Brownies

1 Box of Brownie Mix (I made mine from was the recipe on the side of the Hershey's Cocoa container).


Whipped Cream Icing

DIRECTIONS: Mix and bake brownies according to package directions, for cake like brownies. If using a mini muffin tin, coat pans with cooking spray, fill pans about 2/3 full and bake approx. 12-15 minutes. (If you don't have mini muffin tins, you could bake in a 9x13 and using a small round cookie cutter, cut out bite size brownies). Remove brownies to cool on a wire rack. Once cool, pipe icing around the brownie, place strawberry on and then squirt a dollop of icing on the top. Enjoy!


1/2 C. Crisco

1/2 C. Butter

1 C. Sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

3 Tbsp. Flour

2/3 C. Milk

Mix all ingredients together on low mixer setting, for 1 minute. Beat at high speed for 12 minutes!