Monday, March 31, 2008

Birthday Boy

This week our little boy turns four! i can hardly believe it. He was the best gift we could have ever been given, and i am thankful for him everyday. We have quite a week planned with birthday parties, both sets of grandparents coming to visit, and a day off for some mommy and Aidan time!! I thought it would be fun to just post some pictures of his little life over the next few days. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as i always do.

He was a big boy..... i haven't yet forgotten......

Going home

Announcement photo

Look at those chubby cheeks!

first swim with daddy

I'm getting bigger....

and learning the power of a few tears......

getting cuter too....

even when i am crabby......

finding toes...

last kisses from Grandpa....

my mom thinks this is sooo funny

My daddy already has me on an exercise program

my mom loved this hat......

I'm not that crazy about the new red Christmas jammies. or maybe it's the fact my mom's hair color is different every week.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Weekend pleasures

We had a pretty low key weekend. Hair appointments, (one of my guilty pleasures) gym, March madness, (which i think actually refers to the wives), napping, cleaning, errands, and my favorite fabric store was having a rare sale. Here is a picture of the pile i came home with. I found some fun plaid bias tape, cotton prints, silks, velvet corduroy, oilcloth and more. For me, it's pure bliss. I could hardly wait to start sewing.

Saturday night James left to watch basketball, Aidan went to bed, i started sewing....... and as a result this apron is available in my Etsy shop. Wouldn't it look lovely wrapped around your waist this spring?


All week i had good intentions to post our Easter photos, and suddenly the week was gone. Our Easter weekend was super busy, and unfortunately we didn't take many photos. Just a few of Aidan hunting for eggs at Grandpa and Grandma Kahl's house..... we didn't even get a family photo of us all dressed up.

Don't worry, it's just apple juice.

We had quite a bit of snow for Easter, so our egg hunt was indoors.

Good thing daddy's are nice and tall.

Some more quality family time. :)

Easter morning we came back to Minneapolis to go to our own church. Aidan usually has Sunday school, but because of the holiday, there wasn't any, and so he had to sit with us. I forgot to bring him toys, so to keep him interested I told him to listen to the story about Jesus being raised from the dead. Well, he did listen, halfway, because every time Jesus' death was mentioned he would loudly whisper, "See mom! I told you Jesus was still dead! Did you hear what they said? They deaded him again!!!!!" and he would miss the rest of the story! It was pretty funny!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Something new!

There's something new at Second Street Designs! Yes, i am back on the bandwagon, and there are a few new bags in the shop for your pleasure.

But the real reason i have been tardy in sewing lately, is that i have been waiting for my new labels to come. And now they are here, and they look wonderful!

Overheard...... Aidan was getting his pajama's on........ " I need to check in the mirror and see how I look!" After a few minutes of serious self examination, he declared, "Perfect. Now I look cute and cozy."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Let's Make a Cake!

Look what came in the mail at our house yesterday! This vintage cake carrier not only looks fun, it is designed to hold a cake on the bottom, and a pie on top. Tomorrow is a friends birthday, so i might just have to put both sections to use! i think i am going to want to bake cakes everyday now!

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Some good friends of ours are relocating to this area, and were in town this weekend to apartment shop and they kindly took us out for dinner on Friday night. We went to McCormick & Schmicks, and there we learned that even though we can hardly get Aidan to eat spaghetti or macaroni and cheese, he is very fond of scallops and seared tuna. The bad news is, he obviously has his mother's expensive taste. The good news is, now James will have someone to share his love of sushi.

We had a great time with Josh and Megan and their children, and if you guys are reading this, we are looking forward to this summer when you become official residents of Minnesota!

Aidan is looking forward to having Izzie come here too!

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

I made this recipe a few weeks ago for a birthday at work, and it was so yummy i decided to bring it along for dessert on Easter Sunday. The original recipe came from Penzey's, but i have changed it quite a bit. I also have used a different frosting recipe every time i made the cake, so i will just post one of them. I usually just end up making the frosting up with what i have on hand.

Lemon Poppyseed Cake

1/4 cup poppy seeds

2 Tbsp milk

1 Tbsp sugar

Mix those three ingredients and let them soak while you prepare the rest of the cake batter.

Cream - 1 cup softened butter

2 cups powdered sugar

Slowly add - 4 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. lemon extract

Mix - 2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt,

alternate dry ingredients listed above with 1 cup milk. Add your poppy seeds at this time.

Bake in two greased 9 inch round pans for layering, or in one 9 x 13 in a preheated oven at 325 for 20 - 30 minutes.

I like to make the round cake and fill the layers with a jar of lemon curd, and i also like to spread a thin layer of the curd along the top and sides of the cake for a little extra flavor.


1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/3 cup lemon juice.

mix well and then fold in one large carton Cool Whip.

Fun with Daddy

Last weekend Aidan and James went camping at the Minnesota Children's Museum, and they took lots of photos for me to post for you!

St Patricks Day

James has class on Mondays, so Aidan and i decided we needed to celebrate St Patrick's day on our own. We watched a Veggie Tales movie that tells the story of the original St Patrick, and how he was a missionary to the people in Ireland. We also ate lots of green food. Green bread, green potatoes, green beans, green yogurt, green juice and lastly green ice cream malts. Mmmmmm..... Aidan thought it was so much fun he wants to color his food all the time now!

New painting!

Earlier this winter i had my purses at an art/coffee open house in St. Paul, hosted by a friend of mine. While there i met a delightful lady who paints all sorts of beautiful things, and her and i swapped - a vintage fabric purse for a painting that i had fallen in love with. i went last weekend to pick it up, and it is now gracing the walls in my living room. If you like it, you can see more of her artistry here.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Coffee cake

Aidan mentioned that they ate coffee cake on Word World this week, so he wanted to try and make some. We made a delicious pan this morning, and thought maybe we would share the recipe with you!

2 1/3 cup flour
2 cups brown sugar
1 stick butter
2 tsp cinnamon

Blend these together until they form a coarse, crumbly mixture. Set aside 2/3 cups for the topping.

To the remaining add:
1 tsp baking soda,
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix. Pour into greased 9 x 9. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for approx. 45 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Delicious served warm, but it stays moist and tender enough to eat the next day. I also prefer to use half white flour, and half King Arthur White Wheat flour. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Jane Eyre

This week a friend and i went to see
Jane Eyre at the Guthrie Theater. The show was delightful, and now i find myself inspired to re-read the book. Since i am stuck at home today with a horrid cold, i am hoping to get some reading done, although all i have done thus far is nap and channel surf. The boys have gone to a camping experience at the Minnesota Childrens' Museum, and i am bummed i wasn't able to go. James and Aidan made it pretty clear they didn't want to share the tent's limited airspace with me and my germs. I am a little miffed they didn't seem overly upset to be having a "boys night out" but i will just have to console myself with tales of Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre, and maybe even catch some Saturday Night Live. :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

St Patrick's day recipe

Yesterday we were shopping at Trader Joe's and they were demonstrating a delicious St. Patricks day dip. It was so yummy i picked up the stuff and made it tonight! That was some good marketing, eh?

Anyway... i thought i would pass it along so you all can enjoy it as well. Although, i will warn you, if you are not a big meat lover, cooking the corned beef is kinda gross. (Personally, i am more of a boneless, skinless chicken kind of girl) But hang in there, because the end result is delicious.

2 lb corned beef round, cooked according to directions, and shredded/cut up
8 oz block cream cheese
8 oz carton sour cream
8 oz Jarlsberg cheese
4 cups shredded cabbage

Cook in crock pot until thoroughly melted and creamy, and serve with rye crisps. Best served with green beer. :)

Spring Fever!

Spring is close, i can feel it! i know..... our driveway is still a skating rink and you can sled down the hill in our backyard, but now that it stays light so late into the evening, i feel it is time to wear linen pants and sandals. Last week Aidan and i changed some things inside our house to get ready for spring, we will just have wait patiently for the outside to change.

Spring dishes take the place of all our vintage red plates and stemware.....

Forsythia blooms and a spring quilt in the bedroom....

A robin's nest in the living room

Spring tulip picture in place of our winter wreaths..... Along with a little bunny Easter basket and some of Aidan's green jelly beans.

Easter bunny on the wall in the kitchen.....

vintage spring greetings....

Strawberry trays waiting to carry fresh lemonade out onto the deck.

Do you have spring fever yet?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Usually we spend our Sundays in leisure. We sleep in, go to the late service, eat lunch, maybe go to the gym, and then take a long nap. Sounds pretty rough, doesn't it?

Two weeks ago Aidan wanted to wear his rainboots and sunglasses to Sunday School.

Last weekend we had some couples over for dinner. They both have little three month old babies. Aidan loves the babies, and always wants to hold them. He frequently tells me he is asking Jesus for a baby. Specifically a boy, one named Joseph and we will call him "Little Joe." It is so sweet. I hope Jesus answers his prayer someday.

This weekend we were so wiped out from the time change, that we all slept from 2:00 until 6:00! Or at least these two did.