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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Our Perfect Baby. And Winner Announced.

Sweet little miss has reversed her nocturnal tendencies.

So I am officially declaring her best baby ever.

Although I did say the same thing about her brother puppy.

And he promptly ditched his kibble for a steady diet of My Little Ponies, toilet paper and underwear.

So I'm not holding my breath.

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She is mellow.



Praise Jesus because she pretty much lives in the car.

She has started smiling.

And cooing.

And it's the sweetest sound ever.

She's living up to her middle name quite nicely.

She's a joy.

And we really love her around here.

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She also likes give-a-ways.

And her Auntie Julie who is the big winner this month.

Jules, Starbucks and Pen and Paint happy mail are en route, my friend.

Thanks to everyone who linked up this month.

That was fun.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pintertest Kitchen 26: The Best Frosted Pumpkin Bars Ever.

I get excited about things pretty easily.

Every song is my favorite.

Every baby is the cutest one I've ever seen.

Puppies, too.

Most desserts are the best I've ever tasted.

It doesn't take much.

Dave calls me a "divide by."

I call him a "multiply by."

This is why we are a good pair.

But I really mean it this time.


These are a MUST try.

I mean.

Just LOOK at them.

I was pretty sure a Mique recipe wouldn't let me down.

The testing was a mere formality.

They really are wonderful, you guys.

One more thing.

To all my friends that ask how I find time to blog?


I bake stuff I'd bake anyway.

Then basically shove toys and hardwood floor cleaner out of the way and take a picture.

In the playroom because it has the best light.

It really doesn't take much.

But back to why we're here.

The bars.

They truly are the best ever.

The texture is almost like pumpkin pie.

And the frosting is perfect.

And they are EASY to make.

A winning combination.

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She's almost falling out of her Bumpo she's so excited about them.

Original recipe here.

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What have you and Pinterest been up to lately?

Grab a button a link up below.

Don't forget - there is a sweet giveaway this month.

A Pen and Paint mini-canvas and $20 Starbucks gift card.

Link up below for one chance to win.

Instagram your process and/or final result  - mention me (@keepupwithjj) and include the #pintertestkitchen hashtag for another chance to win.

Two entry max per person.

Link will close on Thursday, November 21.

Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, November 22.

Good luck!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Around Here.

We had a fun and eventful Halloween.

Originally the older girls wanted to be Lego Chima characters.

But we soon realized Lego Chima costumes are a big huge racket.

Since our costume budget is not five thousand dollars,

I would have to make them.

And we all knew that wasn't happening.

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So, please say hello to $12.99 Catwoman and $19.99 minion.

And $9.00 Costco mouse.

Money well spent if I do say so myself.

Ashlyn thoroughly enjoyed trick or treating.

"Hello!  Have a nice time!"

"Happy fun!"

She said a variation of these to every home owner in our neighborhood.

I'm eating their loot as I type.

Don't tell Catwoman.

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She started the violin.

Lord, come back soon.

I spend most of my day being sure the dog doesn't chew up the case.

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Baby girl is a brick house.

Letting it all hang out.

I love her.

And her changing table.

Which is always the least cluttered bed at the time in the house.

Third kid and all.


I'm guest posting HERE today.

About something I've never blogged about before.

Click on over and have a read.


This Thursday is Pintertest Kitchen.

There is a really fun giveaway involved.

This Pen and Paint mini canvas.

And a Starbucks gift card.

Blog your Pinterest adventures and link up here for one chance to win.

Post a picture of your process and/or end result on Instagram,

mention me (@keepupwithjj) and include #pintertestkitchen hashtag

for a second chance to win.

Two entry max per person.

I'm making pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing.

They seem quite promising.

Happy fun.

Come back Thursday.