Valentine’s Treat

So, I decided to do the mom thing and make a yummy treat for a class full of three and four year old cutie pies.

What is it about Valentine’s Day?  Every year it attempts to turn me into Susie mom-of-the-year wannabe.

I love to bake.  I love when November arrives so I can start getting ready for Christmas.  It is definitely my favorite time of the year.

Then, Christmas is over and it’s tough to get back in the groove of life.   I seem to go through this period of laziness after the hubbub of the holidays.  Then, by the time Valentine’s Day is here I’m in a funk and ready to start baking again.

So here we go.  I pulled out a few things that I had in my baking cabinet and decided to make cupcakes in ice cream cones.  A little less messy and easier to eat with tiny toddler hands!


I’ll spare you the play by play details on how to make a cake since there are directions on the box. 

I will give you a hint on how to keep this process from getting crazy.  Wrapping some foil around the base of the cone helps them fit snugly in a regular cupcake pan.


Fill the cones half full with batter.  I actually fill mine a little more than half which makes them fluff up a tiny bit above the rim of the cone. 

The photo below is why I put a little more than half inside.  Otherwise, it looks like this and comes out a little too flat.


Then, of course, decorate!! 


I made 24 cupcake cones but still had some cake mix left over.   I had enough to make 8 cupcakes as well. 

I’d prefer to make my own batter and icing but since it’s been crazy around here there just wasn’t time.   So, thanks to Keebler, Duncan Hines, and Pillsbury this time around! 


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Tiny Prints Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here!

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Beginning {Into the Word Wednesday}


So, it’s 2013.  Wow!!  Where did 2012 go?  

I can’t believe it’s been an entire year. 

Is it just me or does it seem like once you have kids that time goes at warp speed?

I’m not much on resolutions.  I do, however, try to make changes periodically.  I try to look at what didn’t work last year and make a change to make the new year better. 

The past few months, I’ve been thinking about how we were created.   

My current 2012 calendar actually continues through the end of January.  I keep looking at my new calendar.  It’s beautiful.  I see endless possibility. 

If He can create life and the start of what we are living today in only 7 days, what can I do with the next 363 days?  Of course it won’t live up to what He did.  It probably won’t live up to most of what is seen on Pinterest these days. 

For me, it will be amazing.  It will be better than last year.  I’ll be focused, determined, and passionate this year.  I’ll be more intentional about how I spend my time and who I spend it with.  I’ll keep my faith and family first. 

What are you doing with your beginning? 


–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…




4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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2012 : Year in Review

So I started blogging in April so my year in review will really be 9 months in review. 

As I look back, I’ve decided to choose a few favorite posts, a few hard posts, and a few fun ones. 

April : I decided one night I’d start a blog.  I sat for a few hours thinking about a name.  I googled ideas on ideal blog names and then chose to ignore everything I read.   I went with a title that isn’t even a real word.  It’s more me, less standard.  Here’s one of my very first posts about making time for myself, which is honestly why I started blogging in the first place! 

May : Two of my favorite posts were in May.  It was during a time we were going through a very stressful time.  Sure there is still stress today but we were new to it back in May.  Through The Eyes of a Child and Taking The Time were two very, very emotional posts for me at the time. In fact, reading them now still brings back the memory.  I still get chills and tear up. 


June :  One of my favorite posts from June was Moved To Tears.  I can be in the worst mood but when I turn on one of my favorite songs all seems better with the world.  Have you ever been moved to tears because of a song?

July : One of the most difficult posts was B = Broken.  One where I get real and share something painful.  Writing it somehow made it feel more real.  I almost didn’t write it.  Putting it into words made it seem more true and more painful than ever.  I also did one of the toughest things I’ve ever done and share about that in a favorite 5 Minute Friday post called Story


August : G = Green I tell you all about a few of my favorite things.  Another favorite was this Into the Word Wednesday post about our biggest cheerleader! 

SeptemberK = Kelly is where I tell you the top ten things you should know about me. 


October :  Remember that difficult post back in July?  There is more about that in this post:  M = Miscarriage.  More realness, more truth, and more healing. 

November : This month I got the chance to thank a few special people that welcomed me to the wonderful world of blogging with open arms!  I also experienced joy and sorrow at the same time which I explain in Joy-Filled Sorrow.

December :  I talked about one of my dreams in P = Photography and am working to make that dream come true in 2013!!! 


Covered in Grace
I hope you stick around in 2013…I’m just getting the hang of this whole blogging thing.  It looks like it will be a really great year!!

If there is anything you’d like to see more of or less of on the blog please feel free to let me know! 


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12 Days of Christmas {Day 12 : Christmas Meaning}

day 12

What does Christmas mean to me? 

It’s tough.  Of course it means the birth of our Lord.  It means celebrating His birthday. 

In addition to this, it means a time of slowing down.  Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life.  Easing up on the stress that bogs us down on a daily basis. 

It’s spending time with family.  It’s remembering the meaning of this life.

Remembering that it’s not the bills, the house, the job, or even the stuff.  It’s the lives that we can affect, the kids that we raise, and the parents we make proud. 

It’s the celebrating, the time spent together, and the memories we make. 

It’s remembering that the gifts under the tree are objects to show our affection to those we love.  Remembering it’s not to replace time we spend with them. 

I want my kids to remember the amazing times we spend rather than the gifts they were given. 

That’s what I remember.

I can hardly remember a single gift from growing up but I remember the Christmas Eve nights spent with one set of grandparents.  Christmas morning spent with the other set.

How do you feel about Christmas?  What will your kids remember? 

12 Days of Christmas 2012


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