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Ring Master MomJuly 13, 2013Leave a comment

Plum Crazy

My husband and I bought a house a year ago.  That whole process plus remodeling the entire place from floor to ceiling to plumbing to doorknobs in addition to a revamp the the front and backyards will be a few posts within itself!!  We knew we bought a property on a former fruit farm but were not aware until a few weeks ago that a random tree we decided at the last moment not to cut down (i.e. it was not a bottlebrush that I was allergic to) was actually a fruit tree!!

It was overgrown with weird branches and someone thought it was a fig, while others thought maybe plum or apricot.  All I knew is that when we moved in a year ago, there was no fruit on it then, so I figured there would be no fruit on it again.  Sometimes I am so happy when I am wrong.

Beautiful peach colored fruit appeared and I was overjoyed that we had apricots!!  All of a sudden they changed color, and became plums.  Okay okay, I know they didn’t change, but they did in my mind.

Luckily we share a tree with our next door neighbors that yields apricots so I’m happy for the variety.

It is like watching a rainbow because after they light colors, they even out.

Hopefully I have some happy neighbors:

Mayhem after my 4 chickens are allowed to roam around:

Back to being full and purple:

And then consumed in an apricot plum tart:

What are your favorite recipes with plums?

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Ring Master MomJuly 5, 2013Leave a comment

4th of July

I love holidays – and I love them even more as a Mom because doing crafts and preparing special dishes are a fun distraction.  I was thrilled when I heard that Ball Jars was releasing blue jars and immediately knew which holiday I’d use them for first

And yes, I own about a trillion cupcake wrappers.  I have always been a cupcake fan since I was a kid and friends and family members love buying the wrappers for me.  Gotta get creative with using them!

We did a flag craft that was easier than it looks.  Since my kiddos are 3 and 2, craft time needs to be quick when it comes to painting!  I laid out lots of newspaper and then popsicle sticks with red, white, and blue paint.  We practiced using our listening skills (ha!) as I told them to paint the first half blue, then the next part red, etc.  Once those dried, we glued them together with a popsicle stick on the back, and they glued stars on the top.  Really easy and a great decoration for my mantle.

This was the first year I hosted a party on the 4th.  We usually do a block party at my childhood home, and I was lucky enough to know ahead of time that I’d need to stock up my party supplies for July.

My kids love colors and I had a great time scouring Pinterest to find cute meals for the 4th.  I attempted to make a rectangle pizza for the first time.  I laughed when it was finished as it didn’t look as amazing as I pictured in my head.  That was also thanks to two giant bubbles in the middle of it.  But it tasted great!  I used blue potatoes that I sliced thin and quickly pan fried before adding to the pizza, and sliced pepperoni for the stripes.

Right now, my kids think yogurt is a special treat, so anytime they get it (especially with berries!) they think I’m the best.  I was more than happy to prepare this plate for them.  And no, I didn’t nibble the United States outline in the toast.  I found some cute FEED cookie cutters at Target!

Whole Foods sometimes has cute chips for holidays, and I was able to score these all natural red, white, and blue veggie chips for snacks.

My little Patrick

And Alice

And these shoes.  I mean…

We had an all American BBQ

And instead of making a cute hidden flag cake I had found on Pinterest, I decided to do something cooler.  It was pretty hot the day before, and I didn’t feel like baking 5 cakes in my house that has no air conditioning.  Ice cream cake it is!  The homemade bunting is two fireworks straws, twine, and 3 different types of washi tape.

My kids have been to every fireworks show they’ve been able to see, and this year was no exception.  It’s hard for them to stay up so late, and I’ve always got something to distract them.  Glow bracelets work the best as it gets dark.  They had no interest in the red vines or popcorn…mmm…more for the adults!!

Having fun before the fireworks begin

“Woah” after every blast

After our walk back to the car.  I love the different necklaces and designs we made with the glow bracelets.

And of course I couldn’t pass up stars and stripes jammies – especially on sale!!  Successful 4th for sure!!