A Day for Dad: Father’s Day Menu and Homemade Gifts

Make this Father’s Day a day completely dedicated to dad. Start off with Bacon Cheddar Biscuits in bed.

For lunch grill some bacon wrapped hot dogs.

Wash the bacon goodness down with some aqua fresca in a watermelon keg.

Show dad some love with a heart shaped bacon wedge salad for dinner.

Follow it up with some Sea Salt + Maple Bacon Chocolates for dessert!

Sew dad a laptop sleeve and a cozy pair of new pajama pants.

If Dad travels, sew a toiletry bag for easy packing.


Peacock Party for Brides, Grads or Birthday Babes

Peacock Party
PeacockPartyImagine my delight when Clare requested a Peacock-themed party for her 6th birthday. We had some fun handmade ideas but also found many cute peacock products on the market. During our research (a-hem, shopping) we found beautiful items for not only birthday festivities but bridal showers, graduation parties and weddings. Classic peacock motifs don’t seem to be going anywhere soon.
Peacock Party
Today I’m going to give you a peek at the party. In another post I’ll share all of the product sources. I’m also happy to turn any of the handmade items into a tutorial although everything we did was pretty simple! Just let me know what you would like to know more about in the comments.
Peacock PartyA few days before the party Clare threw a wrench in the peacock party by requesting a classic “doll” cake. Since I had one for my own sixth birthday and it was one of my favorite birthday memories, I was happy to oblige. I think we pulled in the peacock-theme pretty well. Yes,the peacock princess has a bird on a leash. ha
Peacock Party
One of Clare’s contributions to the decor was a peacock palace bird house.
Peacock Party
With our leftover cake batter, I made these easy peacock mini-cupcakes. I really love them. So cute!
Peacock Party
Peacock Party
All of the girls painted and decorated their own birdhouse to take home. I was impress with how hard they all worked on them. I wanted to keep them in a row here on my windowsill.
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Giveaway Winner: America’s Test Kitchen: Comfort Food Makeovers

Who said you had to give up your favorite comfort foods to start eating well? The brilliant chefs at America’s Test Kitchen have worked diligently to develop new recipes that cut away about forty-one percent of the calories in your most favorite comfort foods. You can enjoy a heaping plate of Baked Macaroni and Cheese without the guilt. Added bonus: the kids can happily indulge too! Comfort Food Makeovers is packed with over 175 recipes that are focused on cutting down total fat by about sixty-five percent.

Keep reading to find out who won a copy of Comfort Food Makeovers after the jump…



Surprising South Africa: Part 1, KwaZulu Natal

zebra reflection kampala south africa

If you follow me on instagram or facebook, then you had a taste of my amazing journey through South Africa earlier this month.
hout's bay

My blessed husband held down the fort while I joined Isoul Harris, Chadner Navarro, and Colleen Friesen for two weeks touring this wonderful country and experiencing so much of the culture and activities it has to offer.
sandboarding south africa

We started in KwaZulu Natal, then on to Cape Town, and finally four mind-blowing days on safari in Limpopo.
african penguins at bolders beach

I’d like to share some of my journey with you; I hope it inspires you to visit South Africa – it truly is an amazing experience. I am already planning to go back with my daughter. Today I’ll start with the first leg of our Journey, the province of KwaZulu Natal, including the city of Durban and the South Coast. Come away with me to South Africa after the jump… (more…)