Monday, March 18, 2019

snapshots from the weekend

we kicked off the weekend on friday night by going to a local high school's production of "mamma mia" and it was great.  on saturday, we got together for brunch with my parents at one of our favorite local restaurants.  then on sunday, our families got together to celebrate ryan's mom's birthday which is tomorrow.  we finished off the weekend on sunday night by curling up on the couch with leko to get some much-needed rest.

happy monday!
love, laurie

Friday, March 15, 2019

have a great weekend!


it's finally friday, and this week was a bit of a crazy one.  i'm very much looking forward to the weekend and actually having the next two days off with ryan!  sunday is st. patty's day.  we're not irish, but i think ryan has the "luck of the irish" in him because he has such a knack for finding four-leaf clovers.  i heard on the news this week that 1 in every 5,000 clovers has four leaves.  he has found several over the years, and i have kept most of the ones that he found (by pressing them between two pieces of wax paper and letting them dry out.)

love, laurie

Thursday, March 14, 2019

pi(e) day!


today is pi day (3/14), or pie day!  if you're looking for some pie inspiration for today, here are some of our favorites: banoffee pieclassic apple piedeep dish apple piestrawberry pierhubarb macaroon pieroasted strawberry mousse piepumpkin pielemon clementine pie, peaches and cream pie, and ice cream pie.  you can really get in the pie spirit and even watch a movie about pie or see the broadway musical too!

enjoy!
love, laurie

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

kitty watch

i'm on kitty watch while ryan's parents are away and these two cuties are so lovable!  they're always so happy to see me when i walk in the door (i'm sure it's because they know i'm about to feed them)!

love, laurie

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

pancake day!


today is national pancake day at ihop!  to celebrate, ihop will be giving away free pancakes all day.  if you're like us and you don't live near an ihop, you can celebrate at home with your own pancakes.  it's no secret that ryan and i are huge pancake fans.  here are some of our favorite pancake recipes . . .

pancakes:
almond poppy seed pancakes
apple cider doughnut pancakes
apple cinnamon pancakes
apple pancake rings
banana bread pancakes
banana pancakes
buckwheat, banana, and oatmeal pancakes with dark chocolate
carrot walnut pancakes
chocolate pancakes
cinnamon bun pancakes
cinnamon swirl pancakes with coffee maple syrup
coconut pancakes
coffee pancakes
cornmeal pancakes with rhubarb sauce
cranberry brown butter pancakes
greek yogurt pancakes
honey and oat pancakes
hot cross carrot cake pancakes
key lime pie pancakes
oatmeal yogurt chocolate chip pancakes
old fashioned pancakes
orange chocolate chip pancakes
peach cornmeal pancakes
peanut butter pancakes
poppy seed pancakes
pumpkin spice pancakes
raspberry oat pancakes with toasted hazelnuts
sweet summer corn pancakes
whole grain buckwheat pancakes
zucchini bread pancakes

dutch babies / puffed pancakes:
dutch baby with fresh berries
german apple puffed pancake
gingerbread puffed pancake
nectarine dutch baby
spiced apple puffed skillet pancake

crepes:
lemon poppy seed crepes with lemon blueberry cream cheese filling
strawberry crepes

you can even make your own chocolate chip pancake mix to keep for yourself or to give as a give to a friend to celebrate national pancake day too!

happy pancake eating!
love, laurie

Monday, March 11, 2019

it's becoming a thing . . .

. . . that leko doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning and i don't blame him at all.  it's making it very hard to convince myself to get up to go to work for a very early monday morning meeting when he's so cute and cuddly!

love, laurie

Friday, March 8, 2019

thanks, ryan!

i know it doesn't look like much, but ryan saved the day at the theater by building a little system to store all of the power cords for our microphone receivers off the floor.  thanks, ryan!

love, laurie

Thursday, March 7, 2019

way to go!

this is a really horrible picture because of the angle it was taken at . . . but nonetheless, it signifies the successful completion of my friend's doctoral dissertation.  i served as a committee member for his dissertation and was proud to see him successfully defend his work last week.  way to go!

love, laurie

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

i want to stay in bed!

when you wake up, and it's cold outside, and you find this guy in bed with you . . . it's extremely hard to convince yourself that you have to get up and go to work.

i want a day to stay home in bed with this cute cuddler all day!

love, laurie

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

happy mardi gras!


happy mardi gras / happy fat tuesday / happy fasnacht day!  no matter what you call it, it's a great excuse to eat a doughnut today.

here are some of my favorite homemade doughnut recipes from over the years:
- baked mocha cake doughnuts with coffee cream cheese glaze
- baked strawberry cake doughnuts with strawberry glaze
baked pumpkin doughnuts with brown butter and apple cider glaze topped with pecans
- baked apple cider doughnuts

i also like these doughnut-inspired recipes too:
apple cider doughnut pancakes
gingerbread doughnut muffins

love, laurie