Bakin’ Biscotti

For my husband’s birthday this year, I figured I would make something for him. I typically haven’t cared much for biscotti or hard bread in general but this recipe has made me fall in love with it! We are big coffee drinkers and my husband picks up biscotti here and there and that gave me the idea to hunt down a recipe that would work for me.

I found this one on Pintrest and made a few tweaks for a more “traditional” flavor. Here is what I ended up using while following the directions in the recipe.

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 1/4-1/2 cup slivered almonds (we have them in the cupboard already so I just dumped in what we had)

Here is the result:

I think they tasted great. The husband liked them, too. They were going pretty fast the first couple days then we kind of got biscotti-d out. Definately meant for a crowd.

We have a  Make It, Bake It, Grow It auction fundraiser coming up at next months MacDill Enlisted Spouses Club meeting. If I get my Gevalia coffee samples get here in time, I’m thinking of baking these again to give some away and still have some for us to much on. These would also make nice teacher or office gifts with little bags of coffee.




Consignment Mega Sale Shopping Haul

I checked out Just Between Friends’ (they are all over so check if there is one near you) Fall event a few months ago and I have to say I was impressed with the overall set up and event. I didn’t really have too much I was looking for at the time so I left with about $20, and armful, in books and clothes.

I went back today for the spring event and had a little list with me this time of things I’ve been thinking about picking up lately. Apparently the spring event isn’t as big which was a mixed blessing – minimal lines (I actually went through twice) but not as much selection. I was a little disappointed to be leaving without the one thing I’ve been wanting, some kind of outdoor play equipment for Kelsey to climb and slide right here in the backyard. However, that did not stop me from filling up my car.

Here’s my $117.17 haul!

  • 2 bathing suits – we have a bunch but somehow none in her current size so I figured I’d stock up for the summer
  • 2, 2pc outfits – one of which has mermaids on it and may or may not have been purchased just to have something to wear when we visit the Weeki Wachi mermaids next month
  • 1 long sleeve, footed pj’s – one day she’ll be too old for footed pj’s but until then…
  • hanging growth cart
  • fold out Mickey Mouse Clubhouse chair
  • table and chairs set
  • tunnel
  • set of 2 sippy cups
  • 3 cloth diapers
  • booster seat with tray
  • pull toy
  • sand/water table – I’ve been so excited to get one of these!
  • Mega Blocks table and bag of Mega Blocks – I know Legos is something my husband is looking forward to getting into with Kelsey one day so this will be the start

Best $2 I spent today!  Kelsey has been dragging her snack cups around by the stroller strap so I knew I had to add a pull toy of some kind to my list. She found it quickly and before I could even start getting things into the house she was walking around with her Sesame Street toy.

She also discovered her chair before I could get anything put away. My husband takes the car seat for his car in and out. When it’s in the house and left in the living room we’ll find her sitting in it and playing or reading. She loves the chairs at Pottery Barn Kids and I’d love to get her one like it for Christmas or her next birthday so this will have to do for now. She spent the rest of the night taking a running start and jumping in to it and rolling around on it.

Excited to get to play with some new things!


Dr. Seuss Week

I have been reading to Kelsey regularly for quite a while now. Usually before bed but she also has a selection of books that she looks at throughout the day. I’m pretty sure she thinks the library is heaven because she gets to pull out book and after book and flip through them all. Some of her favorites are her Dr. Seuss books, some of which were my husbands when he was younger and some of which family has given to us. (Looking to take advantage of Target’s Dr. Seuss sales this month to pick up a few more if I can find the ones I’m looking for.)

My mother is the sewing genius in the family and came across Dr. Seuss fabric last year. She made Kelsey a quilt with it. Earlier this year, she had enough left over to make her pillowcase dress, too. There was just a strip left over of the trim so she gave me that to make a matching hair clip. Here’s what I came up with.

I started out by using this layered fabric flower by Nest Pretty Things as a starting point for the shape of the layers. With the strip of fabric I had, I ended up with two pieces about the same size and a third smaller one of squares. I cut them all according to the instructions.

Since all my layers were the same print I decided to add a layer of ribbon to add a little dimension and tie in some of the colors from the dress. I cut four pieces of ribbon the same length as the width if the larger layers and cut a V into the ends. I then laid the in a “star” shape.

I hot glued all the layers together and topped it off with a red button – side note: I need to learn how to make bottle tops because that might have been cuter for this one. A then glued it to a ribbon covered hair clip.

It has been a while since I could keep a headband on Kelsey’s head but she has been into putting hats on her head lately. My mother-in-law happened to make her a red knit hat (with super cute, matching mittens on a string) so I stuck the hair clip on that and she’ll wear it.

Kelsey was set to attend a couple Dr. Seuss events around town including running around Target!

The beauty of the pillowcase dress is that it will fit for a while so hopefully she’ll be able to wear it again next year. She’s not ready for any real activities like crafts but I have a whole Pinterest board of ideas of things to do with her next year!

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