October 22, 2011


has anyone been to cornbelly's this year? we took graham and he loved it
(a serious perma-grin the whole time)

what more could a boy ask for?
if you haven't gone this year, go!! and eat a cinnamon scone in honor of me :)

October 14, 2011

brandon flowers

i'm a huge fan of The Killers, and mostly Brandon Flowers 
(if you haven't heard his solo album, it's a-maz-ing)
so when i saw this video i had to share...


October 8, 2011

our little pumpkin

we took graham to the pumpkin patch today
he could have cared less about picking one, but found their wagon very entertaining.

happy october!

September 20, 2011

adventures in babysitting

apparently uncle chase and graham had a great time today while i was at school...

and yes, Chase is for hire.

September 1, 2011


it's been like 10 years since my last post, but i felt like i should share stuff i'm digging at the moment...

exhibit a)
martha's annual halloween mag. probably my favorite of the year.
{did i mention g's gonna have an awesome costume?}

exhibit b)
a really charming short video. 

exhibit c)
my little superhero. 

July 12, 2011

powell 2011

just got back from a great few days at wahweap..
the little man loved driving in the boat. 

more pictures soon.

June 13, 2011

a day in pictures

 on saturday, i arrived home from youth conference at about 11 and was picked up at the dock to take our first trip in dad's new boat. g-man was a great sport, and only cried when ryne jumped in the water :) After boating, we stopped by the parade, and took advantage of the endless amounts of candy tossed at our feet.  
so glad summer is here.


June 2, 2011

one year down

how did this happen that i have a one-year-old living in my house?

messes have become messier, bathtime has become comical (he tried to eat the bubbles tonight) and eating has turned into an never-ending buffet (this little man can eat!)

tomorrow is his birthday, and we plan on celebrating like crazy people. 
wish us luck..lots to do!

May 11, 2011

so behind....

i can't believe it's been over two weeks since my last post.  i've been enjoying my summer way too much!

here is another recipe from my mom's cookbook.

1 ¼ cups orange juice
3 inches sliced banana
2 scoops nonfat frozen yogurt
2-3 cups strawberries
1 cup ice

Combine all in blender. Enjoy! 

And I had to share a picture of our little helper...
He loved picking out herbs in his red wagon.

April 25, 2011

graham's first easter

while on a girls trip to chicago last week, i picked up this little chicken for g's basket.
it reminded me of my own little chicken a few months back...
unfortunately, this was grahams reaction when he saw his new friend (see left)

 it's a good thing he liked his peeps!

April 10, 2011

french velvet

this has got to be the favorite for all the men in the household...
and the best part is? it's so easy to make, and tastes delicious.

French Velvet

½ cup butter
¾ cup sugar
2 squares unsweetened chocolate (melt in microwave)
2 eggs
1 cup whipping cream (whipped)
1-9" pie shell

Cream butter and sugar, stir in melted chocolate.  Add 1 egg and beat for 5 minutes.  Add 2nd egg and beat for 5 minutes.  Fold whipping cream into chocolate mixture and place in pie shell.  Chill for 2 hours.  (Todd likes graham cracker crust).

April 5, 2011

10 months

our little bambino is 10 months old..
time flies when you're chasing around this little guy (man is he fast!)

is anyone going here this weekend?

April 2, 2011

annie's recipes

ever started something, and found that you've done nothing in maybe...months??
that's how it's been with my mom's recipe book.
thankfully, i'm finally making some sort of progress, and want to share!
this is the beginning of some of my favorite recipes.

Homemade Bread Recipe
From start to finish in one hour

10 ½ cups white bread flour or Wheat Flour (do not use all-purpose flour)
½  cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 Tablespoon salt
3 rounded Tablespoons saf-instant yeast (Macey's Alison's Pantry, Bosch) it if all wheat
4 cups of hot tap water- as hot as we can get out of the tap- not boiling.  Don't dump water in all at once.

Mix dry ingredients.  *Add lecithin and water.  Mix for 1 minute and check consistency.  If dough is too dry, add more water.  Dough should be very sticky.  Mix for 5 minutes.  (Do not add flour to the dough after it has finished mixing). Spray counter and pans with Pam.  Shape loaves and cover with a dish towel.  Let raise 25 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  This recipe makes four loaves.

*Squeeze or pour approximately 3 Tablespoons of lecithin directly into the bowl.  Do not measure.  
For whole wheat bread, use the same recipe but add one cup of applesauce as part of the hot tap water and 1 additional Tablespoon lecithin.  Mix for ten minutes.  

March 23, 2011

baby emerson

has anyone else seen this?

just what i needed today.

March 18, 2011

toy story

while organizing our attic a few weeks ago, i came across a box of ryne's old things from when he was little.
inside was every character from toy story that his dad had kept safe for so long.
can i tell you how glad i am that these treasures weren't thrown away or donated?

how neat that we can pass this on to little g.

March 13, 2011


has anyone heard of it? could be said that i'm addicted...

be sure to sign-up so i can be a follower!
find my boards here.

March 4, 2011

march 3rd

was a busy day for g and i, considering we celebrated three birthdays.
we first celebrated katie's birthday at magleby's fresh (love their rolls)..

then we celebrated g-man's 9 month b-day with a trip to the doctor..
i wish i was one of those mom's who took a picture of my boy every month 
{i tried, but i think i forgot after month two}
this is the best i've got...

can you tell yesterday's appointment was a little rough?

after the doctor drama, we had a birthday dinner with my cute dad.
{have i mentioned what steller grandpa he is to mr. g?}

{march 3rd, 1990}
march is a busy birthday month...and it's just the beginning.

February 25, 2011

taking a sick day

these past couple days g-man just hasn't been feeling himself..
feeling so hopeless and sad for my little guy.

thankfully, something always cheers him up...
 a bath, followed by play-time in his birthday suit.

ps. notice his stork bite?  his one and only birthmark

February 12, 2011

the park

hooray for warmer weather! 
we were finally able to take little g man to the park.

he loved it.
{see his pose on the left? such a cool dude}

February 9, 2011

fruity idea

i love love love this idea from twig & thistle
such an easy {and delicious} valentine surprise.

click here for the sticker pdf.

February 7, 2011

so behind....

it's been a whole month since my last post
and for good reason...
since starting this semester, it has literally taken over my life 
{as well as my poor little family}

thankfully, i have these bands that keep my sane...for some of the time :)

any other suggestions for some soothing tunes? i could always use more.

January 7, 2011

7 months

did i mention that this little peanut is seven months old?

his favorite things include....
bananas, squash + jell-o

January 6, 2011

busy bees

wow, it's been awhile...
life here in the cardon home is great, but very busy
we spent our christmas in oklahoma with grandma + grandpa cardon.

little g loved all the attention..
but only if he was held by dad or mom.
{little stinker}

he was a crowd-pleaser during bath time.
smiling and splashing whenever we asked :)

i was also able to work on a few christmas projects this past month.
some of my favorites...

my mom's recipe book
still a work in progress...

and linda's fondest memories
i loved this project done for my aunt cari's mother-in-law
definitely a loved lady.

hope you all had a great christmas and new years!