Saturday, January 21, 2012

Scenes from Cozy

 There is nothing better than chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven on a wintery day, is there?  I love the way they make the whole house smell.  We've been having our share of cozy days all week with the snow and school being out. 
I was bribed by some little faces, into making a few tiny cookies for a tea party.  Well, who can say no to that?
 I don't remember doing tea parties when I was little.  Did you guys?   I loved Barbie dolls and reading, plus we had a tree house, friends with horses, and forts up and down the local creek bank, so I was out-of-doors a lot!  Could be why I love being outside so much....  I do think the tea party is a very sweet thing...
So as we wind into the weekend, I've been thinking about a few fun DIY things I'll be tweaking and doing this upcoming week in my little world.  I am planning to make a really big subway art sign with our family bible verse, and I'll be following an amazing tutorial for it that I'll be sure to share with you guys later this next week... (It looks incredibly easy) I'm also going to be making some Valentine mugs, from another tutorial too.  (Even though my man said he wouldn't be drinking out of them because they're too girly.  Whatever..  No man is perfect, though mine is pretty close.)
This doesn't have much to do with tutorials, but I've recently tweaked a couple of things and wanted to share one of them with you.  I had a sweet flowy blouse that I've been wearing off and on since last Summer.  Only it was a pale tan color, and I was quickly becoming bored with it.  I bought a box of dye, and now it's a pinkish tone.  Quick and affordable fix- I think a box of Fuschia Rit dye cost me less than $2.00 at the grocery store!  I dyed it in a bucket.  Easy!
My brain is full of all the upcoming celebration planning that happen from Valentine's Day to the end of April in my world.  All of my peeps have birthdays in the little space of time, not to mention babies being born, Easter, Seder dinner, etc... and they are already talking about it all.  It's going to be a busy spring around here!  I'm sure I'll be wearing Pinterest out.   
The snow is melting away as I type, and rain is softly falling.  That's one of the perks of living in the Pacific NW.  It never lasts very long!  I've never been so happy to see pavement before in my entire life.  I was house-bound from Sunday to yesterday afternoon, as there was no school all week, and I'm not a very good snow driver.  (I drive a very tiny, light car, and I don't have much experience in snow, so I generally stay put unless I have to leave.)  I finally got out.  It felt so good! 

What are you guys up to all weekend? 




16 comments:

  1. What a cozy, lovely weekend. We're hunkering down with a cranky/sick baby since it's cold and rainy outside. Which I'm trying to see as cozy and refreshing/relaxing rather than frustrating. I'm not so sure how I'm doing on that yet, but I am giving it an effort at least! ;)

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  2. oh sasha--we are staying at my in laws house (they are in arizona) so we are warm! our house is still out of power, and we drove home to check in on the chickens/geese/dog situation and after 15 minutes inside my house packing up some more of the essentials, my hands were feeling the frostbite. it's so nice to be able to flush toilets, take showers and use the internet! he he

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  3. Being the only girl in a family of 5.. I never had tea parties either, and I love that your girls had one. How lovely!!! As a fellow gluten-free-er, would you mind sharing the recipe for whatever that glorious looking chocolate chip brownie thing was that you made? I'd be forever grateful!!

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  4. Yes tea parties with my older much girlie sister she was all about white gloves and dresse's. Me like you I was out side it was al about biking and club house's. It is raing in Nor Cal but celebrating mom's 85th b-day.
    Have a great weekend!

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  5. we just made cookies and oh! how i love that :) happy to be commenting! i've tried on your last posts and couldn't :( blogger is having some issues i thinK!

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  6. Alicia, i'm so glad to hear it's not just me having blogger issues...it seems to be affecting many people! Sasha, has anyone ever told you your kids look just like you?! Adorable! Crazy that you have more snow than we do here in MN...this has been a crazy mild winter for us! My girl is STILL waiting to make a snowman! This weekend we are gutting part of our bathroom to add a shower! We have lived with only a claw foot tub for the past 6 years! Our house is almost 100 years old and has never had a shower (except the one in the cold, creepy basement!) I may have to bake some choc. chip cookies after all that hard work! Happy weekend!

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  7. onescrappychick- I used Pamela's GF pancake and baking mix for them, and used the recipe right on the bag. THey are okay... but not the best in the world. I've tried many versions, but I'm still seeking that recipe and rest assured, once I find the world's perfect GF chocolate chip cookie recipe, I'll share it!

    Little for a little while- that makes my day!!

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  8. I love the American Girls tea party!♥ Today was my first trip in public since church last Sunday. Of course I went to Starbucks!

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  9. Okay, so I'm in the pacific nw too...basically grew up here, but still hate driving in the snow. Yesterday was also my first day venturing out! You'renot alone. Snow is beautiful and cozy days at home with the kids are nice, but thank God for sunshine and blue skies!

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  10. those cookie bars look so good!
    Here in Louisiana it was beautiful. Seventy five degrees. It feels like spring. We have the windows open with a nice breeze coming in.
    Slept in here and made a big comfort breakfast. Did some grocery shopping and plan to do some sewing this evening and tomorrow.
    Glad you were able to get out. The cabin fever gets to be too much after a while, doesn't it?

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  11. I made my own currently post thanks to you: ) Went to our local University for a family Literacy day and I'm relaxing before a little spontaneous date with my man: ) Very good weekend, indeed:)

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  12. I can't wait to see the Valentine mugs! You are so stinkin' creative, I bet they will be adorable! It snowed here all day in New England, our first this year which is very unusual. Enjoy the rest of your weekend my friend! XO

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  13. I'm a gawker; I never comment! Here goes: love your photos! Love your attitude! And the BEST gluten-free cookbook out there: 'Gluten-free Baking Classics' by Analise Roberts. Check it out on Amazon. The choc chip cookie recipe is worth the price of admission, but the cakes and muffins and sandwich bread recipes are also winners. :-)

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  14. I don't really remember having tea parties;however, I was a Barbie girl. I also loved my babie dolls. I remember having one that was the size of a newborn, so I would collect cans from all the neighbors and with the money I would purchase really baby clothes for her.

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  15. again how are you making this stuff and not wolfing it down?? you have a lot of will power friend. love the tea party. pure sweetness.

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