seven quick takes – I Need Your Help

linking up with Jen!

:: 1 ::

I want to be a mom who just bakes a pie on a whim. A mom who has pie in the house after school. I’ve started baking pie to get better at it but my crusts are burning. Does anyone have a pie crust ring? And do they work? And do you have a specific brand you recommend?

ring
(how bad is it that pie ring makes me think of put a ring on it? don’t answer that)

:: 2 ::

And on the pie topic – any favorite recipes? Favorite type of pie?

:: 3 ::

And once more on pie. I’m sorry. So yesterday’s pie was pretty runny – what do you use to ‘set’ your fruit? This one called for flour and I used that but now that I’ve googled options I am stupidly overwhelmed.

:: 4 ::

Have you read any good books lately? Any recommendations?

I want to pre-order this. And I just read Maine and Commencement. And I need something else to get lost in.

:: 5 ::

Locals – have you eaten at Henry’s on South? Good? I read about it on another blog and we’ve never eaten there. Please cross your fingers that the babysitter works out for next Friday night and all my kids stay healthy? We’ve been trying to get a babysitter for a month or so but she is so, so busy with school starting up and her activities. And I just need a meal to be eaten with my husband where we can talk and not cut up food for little people while reminding them to please sit down and stop using your hands to eat. Ahem, not that I need to remind my kids of those things.

:: 6 ::

Mom’s Night Out was recommended to me on Facebook by a friend and I think tomorrow night we will do the cheap at-home date and rent the movie and make popcorn (and have a drink. or two). Have you seen anything good lately?

:: 7 ::

Anyone going to Edel 2015 and want to bunk with me? I mean, share a room, not share a bed. That would be weird.

Happy weekend!

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last week in photos

great grandma
great-grandma gives rides on her walker.

swinging
swinging and a big bottle of (watered down) juice because she won’t (wouldn’t) poop.

violet
the girls found Violet in the basement and I got new batteries for her and Ada was explaining to me why she needs Violet and Luisa does not.

peaches
Smitten Kitchen peach pancakes. the recipe is here on a different blog. these were so, so good.

helping
Luisa hasn’t been eating very well (see above: no pooping. and I think she’s getting molars). without me even asking Cora went in and helped feed her with a fork and she ate a lot better.

pie
peach pie to make up for the peach pie I made with no sugar. it was super good.

waiting
waiting for Cora after her after-school activity.

fabric scraps
cutting out fabric for the bunny dresses. such pretty scraps.

shoes
she wants shoes now.

salad
new dinner place – Grateful Greens. yum.

snack
waiting in the school pick up line and brrrr I needed a sweater.

donut
a girl and her donut.

ironing
ironing & Sesame Street.

dehydrated strawberries
dehydrated strawberries in the parking lot while we wait for her dad and sisters. messy.

espresso
sunday morning = espresso.

grandpa
my dad got this picture of me and my grandpa, we celebrated his 90th on Sunday.

friends
friends.

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monday: best of last week

:: potty training in three days or bust – we do a lot of similar things. and I like how she separates night and day training ::

:: there are no do overs ::

:: living with kids ::

:: Emily Henderson sneak peek video ::

:: post partum soothing spray (I’m not pregnant…) ::

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last week in photos

extra coffee
after a long weekend of traveling with the kids I needed more coffee to wake up.

sunshine
sunshine-y morning.

walking Luisa
walking their sister.

carrying sister
and this is how they got her back to our house after they walked her. she cried if they tried to walk her back home so they carried her. while running.

carrying sister
and another.

almond butter
almond butter in the bathroom. I couldn’t figure out why so I sent the husband a text to ask him. turns out that he had it at work and wasn’t eating it so he brought it home in his work backpack and unloaded the bag in the bathroom.

pizza
homemade pizza for dinner. Cora said “it’s as good as HyVee!” (which is a compliment from her).

sprinkler
running through the sprinkler. I think it was 95 degrees a couple of days.

Ada goggles
goggles for the sprinklers. of course.

gold shoes pink pants
and then it cooled down to the 60’s and Luisa got to wear her new pink pants. and gold shoes.

cheer
the girls cheered at a football game.

cheer
cheer.

mini cheer leader
mini cheerleader.

friday night lights
Friday night lights.

domino
I went to Target Saturday morning to try to find a Husker shirt and I couldn’t find any women’s shirts so I got this instead.

mimosa
10:30 Saturday morning and I was already on my second mimosa. Husker tailgating starts early for an 11:00 game.

Huskers
GBR!

Huskers
football. I hadn’t been since I was pregnant with Cora. fun times.

Molly!
Molly came home! we were very, very excited.

Buffalo Run
I ran the Buffalo Run Sunday morning and it was hilly. But the weather was gorgeous and the views were really pretty.

sisters post nap
post-nap snack and sister snuggles = my favorite.

Sunday
because of a busy weekend we did 5 pm Sunday evening mass at St. Mary’s and went to Lazlos and to the train park to play.

dessert
and then the girls (sweetly) asked if daddy wanted ice cream and he said yes and so we had dessert.

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monday: best of last week

:: living with kids ::

:: spicy pork tacos with peach salsa ::

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last week in photos

Honda
Monday morning at the Honda dealership. My van keeps doing a thing with the spark plug that it won’t ever do while it’s at the repair place.

playground
We took a walk to the school playground.

nap time
Sometimes during nap time I get to read and eat a late lunch by myself and it’s so nice.

zingo
We play a lot of Zingo.

crossed
I love how she sits with her legs crossed.

my bed
my bed is her happy place.

sisters
“take a picture of us like this with my arm around her!” – Lulu clearly loves it, no?

Ada
Easter dress and flower lei and headband and blanket. She likes the extras.

laundry
Some afternoon nap times look like this. With another couple loads in the washer and dryer. And putting it all away. And packing. I’m so bad at laundry.

cookie
Her very own cookie!

grey
Friday – on our way to Minneapolis! It had been so grey and rainy all week last week.

sleeping
She slept quite a bit.

cold brew
necessary.

cookbook
new cookbook!

blue
On the way to Minneapolis as it started getting dark Ada said “Last time we got to Uncle Tony’s it was pitch black. This time it’s pitch a little blue. Right guys?” and we had a good laugh.

husker catholic
Husker Catholic.

AG
American Girl store. Molly was starting to get her hair done.

doctor at AG
And they had to call the doctor out because her hair was damaged. She is going to the doll hospital. It is quite the experience.

h&m
Playing while I wait in the crazy H&M line.

sleeping through lunch
she slept through most of lunch.

nordstrom salad
Nordstrom salad = love.

waiting at the mall
Waiting at the mall while Kelly shopped at Nordstrom Rack.

run
humid morning run to make the lack of sleep a little better.

old friends
Our old Omaha neighbors moved to Minneapolis and we got to see them and it was fantastic. They are the type of friends that are just easy to be with.

walking to the lake
We took a walk to a lake about four blocks from their house.

lake swim
they brought swimsuits for everyone and they got in the lake. when in Minnesota… We ate at Yum! for lunch with the friends and it was delicious.

on the way home
And the clouds on the way home. Much sunnier skies.

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monday: best of last week

:: diy hot air balloons – I think these would be cute in a nursery ::

:: living with kids ::

:: chicken parm meatballs (and I pre-ordered this cookbook and I’m so glad I did!) ::

:: age appropriate goals for mass behavior ::

:: the well stocked pantry ::

:: giving our kids the {best} gift of each other left me in tears ::

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