Thursday, February 10, 2011


we go from crazy snow storms to bitter cold.

the bluest winter sky….but baby its cold!!

the ice has been a big problem this year….


we had a neighborhood party a couple weeks ago

we try to have one every year AFTER the holidays, when most of us get cabin fever….

so we cleaned the house like crazy….seems like that is the only time this house does get clean….

30 neighbors, yummy food…it was a great night!


a picture of the kids waiting at the door….we knew it was going to be a late night so they partied in their pjs….they were so excited…..we love our neighbors!


i made cake of course! chocolate with caramel frosting and heath candy on top.

Caramel Frosting….easy peasy!

melt 1 stick of butter on low heat, add 1 cup of brown sugar, cook about 2 mins. stirring constantly until blended, add 1/4 cup of milk slowly, cook until boil for 1 min, remove from heat and cool 5 mins. in mixing bowl add 1 cup of confectioners sugar.

you can add more sugar if you want it thicker….or less if you want more of a glaze.  so yummy…..and impossible not to taste when its warm!!!


we are Valentine Central around here….the kids are crazy about Valentines!!! i bought these cute little mailboxes at target last week and they love getting mail!!!

i made these winter survival kits for the teachers


tissue holder, airborne, sanitizer and chocolates of course!!!


it has been a random kind of week around here… has been a full week of school for the kids….no snow days, hurray!!!


Kerri said...

Jess, your cake looks TDF!!! I love caramel...can't wait to try this icing! I love how you let it roll down the sides.

The picture of the kids at the door is so sweet...Caroline with her arm around her brother. She should get the big sister of the year award...she always looks so loving towards him.

What a nice teacher gift you put together. Did you make the bag too? I have never learned how to do zippers...they look so hard.

Cindy said...

I ditto Kerri on everything!!!
What a wonderful gift to send a teacher, especially this time of year!!
Have a happy day

sloan said...

Whoa, that cake looks SOOOOO good!! I'm totally adding that icing to my recipe book - omg!! And the teacher gifts?! I'm gonna have to bookmark this post so I can remember the idea - so so thoughtful and yet so easy ... LOVE THAT!!

Kimberly {YeP, they are all mine} said...

The picture with the kids at the door is the best!!!

Jenny said...

Love love love that picture of the kids and that cake looks so delish. I love all the yummy stuff everyone is posting lately. If I try to make it all I will be as big as a barn. Those teacher gifts rock, they will love them.

Pam said...

Love the picture of the kids at the front door!

Kim said...

That picture of your cuties at the door is priceless. LOVE it!

And I love your little survival kits. I have all the supplies bought to make some little zipper pouches so I can organize my purse. But, of course, I haven't touched that project yet. *sigh*

Lorri said...

As a teacher.....they will LOVE their gifts! Just adorable! And smart! The cake looks yummy. It almost makes me want to bake. :).

My sweet Murphy is a maltipoo. I really love him. He is my first dog ever.