Violet Butterfly Watercolor

Phew, I hammered this artwork out in a single day.  It has been a long time since that has happened to work out well for me.  Last Saturday, since we didn’t make it to Minneapolis, I was at my in-laws’ house while Greta napped.  Loud hammering and nailing sounds were ringing through my house asContinue reading “Violet Butterfly Watercolor”

Cat Constellation Watercolor + Winter, Windows, & Weekend

Cat Constellations, India ink, watercolor, and pen on paper, 9 x 12″, 2014. Today we were supposed to be in Minneapolis for my cousin and sister’s baby shower, but the weather had other plans for us. Due to a lovely storm that started as rain, turned to hail, and then became a very slushy blizzard,Continue reading “Cat Constellation Watercolor + Winter, Windows, & Weekend”

Greta’s Butterfly Watercolor

Butterfly, watercolor on paper, 9×12″, 2014.  This watercolor painting started off as a painting for another person having a baby.  Then, Greta discovered it and took it to her room so she could  hang it up.  She fell in love with it and said, “For my big girl room,” so many times that I cavedContinue reading “Greta’s Butterfly Watercolor”

Valentine’s Day 2014 – More BIG news!

Greta’s Valentine’s Day kicked off with a fun start at school.  She brought her crayons in to hand out to her friends.  She was so excited to have her first Valentine’s Day party – they made treat bags with stamps and traded Valentine’s.  Now my only challenge is to regulate the sugar consumption. After anContinue reading “Valentine’s Day 2014 – More BIG news!”

Lemon Chia Seed Blueberry Bread {dairy-free}

I made this delicious quick bread last Sunday during nap time, and it was gobbled up before work on Monday.  The chia seeds are a nice swap for butter and the typical poppy seeds.  The almond yogurt replaces the need for milk or sour cream, and the blueberries and lemon complement each other perfectly.  Continue reading “Lemon Chia Seed Blueberry Bread {dairy-free}”

Recycled Crayons {2014 Valentine’s Day Cards}

Greta and I recently raided my crayon stash for all the small nubs that are just too difficult to use for big and small hands alike.  These turned out so well – my next move is to raid the crayons in my classroom and make new crayons for my students to use.  No sense inContinue reading “Recycled Crayons {2014 Valentine’s Day Cards}”

Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie

I made one of these bad boys on Saturday morning – it was the perfect addition to my usual toast and peanut butter for breakfast.  The berry and banana flavors mixed with oats made it taste like a blueberry muffin in a cup.   I’ve been using the single serving cups that came with ourContinue reading “Banana Berry Breakfast Smoothie”

Butternut Squash & Chick Pea Soup with Quinoa Noodles

This soup rocked our weeknight meals this week.  The pureed butternut squash makes a fantastic flavorful base without being loaded up with dairy.  The celery and carrots complement the chick peas perfectly.  The only thing I might consider doing differently in the future, is adding actual chunks of butternut squash as well. Surprisingly this soupContinue reading “Butternut Squash & Chick Pea Soup with Quinoa Noodles”