Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pancakes and Pajama Party

This probably sounds really cheesy, but for the last couple of months I have been thinking about how much fun it would be to get together with some of my girlfriends and have a sleepover just like in high school. Most of my friends are different and now we're married with kids, so there are a few complications, but I think a girls night in sounds so much fun. So when I saw this pajamas and pancakes party on Pizzazzerie it kicked my sleepover needs into overdrive. Now this is a party for a little girl, but trust me, it doesn't matter. I still like pancakes.

Come on, any party that incorporates donuts on a stick...I am so there.

View the entire party here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How to make a recipe binder

Now that the holiday baking season is officially here I thought I would share this little ditty with you. I know my recipes get all messed up quicker than I  know what happened. So the Clean Mama has come to rescue us!!
She has created a creative and fun way to keep and store all your recipes! Just make sure you don't forget to use them!!!

View the tutorial here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Olive Penguin Appetizers

If you have been skilled with knife skills (I have not) then you should check out these cute olive penguin appetizers that were featured on Pizzazzerie. I thought these would be really cute for a Mary Poppins themed birthday party (which I considered). But they would also be cute for a winter themed party and now that Christmas is right around the corner, I thought you might like to practice!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins {Foodie Friday}

These were delicious.  If I could eat these every day, I would. Make the filling a day or two before and then it will be ready to go when you are ready to make these muffins. Make sure you eat them warm so the cream cheese center is still gooey, but be careful they are not too hot. That is all. You will thank me later.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all have a wonderful time of Thanksgiving with your family and friends

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

One Last Chance

Here's your last chance for free printables this Thanksgiving and they are from the master herself. Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio designed these lovely sunflower printables for an HGTV photo shoot!! Dang, she is awesome.

Get yours here!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

We're almost there..

Only 2 more days left until Thanksgiving!!! AHhh!! Are you cooking yet?!! I wish I was cooking more! I know...I'm weird..can't help it.

Pizzazzerie posted a great list of free Thanksgiving printables. My favorite is the Keep Calm and Gobble on. Hilarious. Get yours here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Remodeling the House: The Bedroom

Here is the evolution of our bedroom. It seems hard to believe that it used to look like this!
This is what it looked like around the time we moved into our house. We only painted it before we moved in.

Circa Summer 2006

Circa March 2007
We actually used what is now our daughter's room as both our office and Master Bedroom for a while after we got married while DH was 'finishing' the bedroom. I think that involved putting in a fan... haha. Another important note is that we had no doors on any of the bedrooms when we moved in. This was fine most of the time, because it was just the two of us, but seems weird now that we have doors, and we use them =)
The first paint we had was called Mark Twain House Bark and I loved it. I made an off hand comment one time about how I loved the color because sometimes it had a tint of purple to it, and so DH wanted to paint it.

 Now it is Milk Chocolate. Not a lot different from what we had before, but now there is no hint of purple. Boo.
After DH finished Caroline's room, he added a new built in headboard and some trim to our room. We also added the sconces AND DH put wood on the ceiling. I feel like everything in our house is covered in wood and it drives me crazy, but it looks amazing and gives the room a much more finished look. The best part about this remodel is that it only took about a week to complete. The bad part about that, is that I don't have a whole lot of pictures to show you.
Unfortunately, I do not have fancy bedding and pillows to make the headboard look amazing.
The bedding is from Target. We have the bedskirt, but we upgraded our bed from a full to a queen and now it doesn't fit. We got it for our wedding. In fact, I think we have 4 sets of this Woolrich bedding in different colors and styles. I usually just switch between the two in this post because I like them the best. They don't carry it any more at Target in these designs, but if you are so madly in love that you can't live without them I will let you buy them, and I will get something new ;)  No fighting.
 As you can see I still don't have a dust ruffle and it has been on my Christmas list for 2 years...hehe.

The picture above our bed was a Christmas gift from my aunt and uncle. My uncle's brother, Ray Hartl, is a photographer and you can view his work here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles {Foodie Friday}

After my first unsuccessful attempt at fluffy snickerdoodles I opted for the pumpkin version. How could that go wrong? Pumpkin is amazing. In anything.
I told you I like to bake right? Cooking is just not my thing, but these cookies will give you the excuse you need to get back into the kitchen! And you should go...quick!! This batch made me 5 and a half dozen cookies and they didn't last long! Turns out I am married to the Cookie Monster.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Scrap Paper tree

I have a gratitude tree that I got from Celebrating Home and I am planning on using the Cricut to cut out leaves, hearts, snowflakes and such for the different holidays. This is a great alternative if you don't have an actual tree, just go out in your back yard and pick up all thos sticks.

View the tutorial here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Card

 Here it is!! The Tryon family Christmas card for 2011!! It's not what I was wanting to do, but when I saw this card I thought it was too cute to pass up!! I got it at They were having a 60% off sale last Monday and I jumped on it! They have been having lots of discounts, so if you want to get a head start on the holidays, hop on over and order yours. They have free shipping every day AND if you upload your contacts they will mail them to all your recipients for you with free stamps!! Doesn't get better than that!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November Subway Art

Let the free printables continue!!!
Get your free November Subway art from Beth Proudfoot here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

I know, I know..

I really can't help myself..I just love free printables..and all the Thanksgiving ones are so adorable that I just can't help myself...

Get yours from Eye Candy Event Details here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Snickerdoodles {Foodie Friday}

I made 2 mistakes when making these cookies. I used all butter instead of butter and shortening as was suggested and I substituted the cream of tartar and baking soda. I just googled substitutions for cream of tartar and used whatever it said. In any case…my cookies were flat…so I wouldn’t recommend it. They tasted great, but they just didn’t have the ‘puff’ you know? 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thanksgiving Printables

I guess that I forgot to mention that it is Free Thanksgiving printables week..oops.. Here's another from Be Different Act Normal. Tomorrow we'll be back to Foodie Friday!!

View them here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Free Thanksgiving Printables

I have had Thanksgiving on the brain. YUMMY. Can't wait. I love Thanksgiving so much, not just for the obvious 'being thankful' part, but also for the colors, the yummy foods and spending time with family! So to celebrate I am going to have all Thanksgiving related posts this week (and maybe next week too) So get we go.

Here are some lovely Thanksgiving Printables from Be Different Act Normal. I might make cupcakes just to use these!!

To get the printables click here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Halloween and Thanksgiving party

Do you like to party?!
Here are some great Halloween and Thanksgiving downloads from Kara's Party Ideas. I know that Halloween has already passed, but use them for Thanksgiving this year and Halloween next year. I promise no one will know the difference.

To download, click here.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Chocolate Chip Muffins {Foodie Friday}

A couple of things about these muffins: 1. This recipe made me 18 muffins and as a result 2. 1 cup of chips is not nearly enough. I should have just put in the whole bag. 3. These muffins were really dense. I think I needed to whip them more. So, they were good, but they didn't leave you begging for more. Also, I have a problem with 'butter at room temperature.' Maybe this would have helped the situation. When I made these, I use chocolate and peanut butter chips. But like I said I would add more than just one cup of whatever chips you use. Also...does anyone know how to make the muffins all the same size. It seems I have a terrible time trying to get the same amount of batter in each cup and I even used my cookie scoop to try and make them even. So I am going to try these again sometime.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Little Pumpkin Baby shower

If ever I wanted to have a baby, just so I could have a specific party, this would be it. Who doesn't call their little one a pumpkin?  I think this is SO SO adorable!!

What I love about this party is that it is realistic and easy to do! View more of this party on Bird's Party Blog here.

If you like sparkle, maybe this pumpkin party is for you!! I'm a little country, but this is for a real princess!!

View the entire post from Pizzazzerie here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sock Monkey Birthday

My mom has some friends who LOVE sock monkeys. And I am inclined to join them after I saw this party posted on Pizzazzerie.

See more adorableness here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Lots of UP inspired parties coming at you today!! I don't know if I can decide which one is my favorite!

View this party from Pizzazzerie here.

View this colorful post from Amy Atlas here.