Archive for December, 2012



Overhead: Olivia’s own vocabulary

Olivia, to Gramma: “I have four loose teeth, but this one is the loosiest.”

Olivia, to me, regarding my curly hair (which is typically styled by a spin under my diffuser): “Your hair is so tangly. Did you use your destroyer?”

French toast casserole

I love savory egg casseroles, but this recipe for french toast casserole is my absolute favorite breakfast dish. We served it to our family early on Christmas morning, alongside berries, juice and plenty of coffee.

French toast


Bec: “We are going to visit Daddy’s undergraduate advisor at his house, and we need you to be on your very best behavior. He doesn’t have kids, and so it’s really important that you are exceedingly good.”

Ava: “So, basically, you want us to lie about what kids are really like.”

Bec: “Yes, exactly.”

Overheard: Sibling rivalry edition

Bec: “Olivia, you’re one of my most favorite things in this whole world.”

Liv: “More favoriter than Ava?”

A&O fix

In Christmas dresses made by my mom…


Merry Christmas!

Christmas morning

Owen Fix

My mom made Owen a little Christmas outfit, too. He’s quite dapper, don’t you think? If only he had a little mustache

Owen in tie

Double-chocolate mocha cupakes

Two dozen double-chocolate mocha cupcakes found their way to friends last week, most alongside a small bottle of Irish cream. I used Martha Stewart’s one-bowl chocolate cupcake recipe (substituting coffee for hot water), and frosting and pouring sauce recipes from Baker’s Royale. My cupcake holders ended up being a bit too short for this stack of frosting, and so the end result was a bit compressed. Hopefully the whiskey offset any disappointment there…


Stocking Shenanigans

It appears someone may have altered the girls’ stockings…


I bet there’s coal in there either way.



Nope–empty. Go figure.