Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Finds

Well, I've had a bit of a theme going on this week so I just thought I would continue with that theme for today's Friday Finds. So this week I am featuring adorable Cupcake items from Etsy. Enjoy!

Small Poofy Pillow by Apple Core Crafts

Cupcake Hair Clip by Pretty Bows Boutique

Cupcake on a Flower Ring by Penelope's Porch

Yummy Cupcake- Mon Gateau by Galerie Anais

Cupcake Print by 2 Dogs Art Works

Personal Cupcake part II by West Byron

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Temptation Thursday

I have to admit it, if there is cake or a cupcake in front of me or is offered to me, you better believe that I am going to take it! I love when a cake is super moist and tasty with fabulous creamy frosting. I came across some of these cupcakes below and just had to share them. Can you tell I am in a baking mood since Tasty Tuesday was a cupcake recipe?! After the move, I know I will be making a cake or some cupcakes. :) Enjoy these tempting beauties!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Must Have Monday

I am so happy spring is here and in honor of that I searched Etsy for some photographs of one of my favorite flowers, Ranunculus. Enjoy these fabulous finds by these talented photographers.

Ranunculus Photograph by Lauren Marie Photography

Beauty, 5x5 Fine Art Print by Ciao Bella Photography

Between the Pages, Fine Art Photograph 8 x10 by Lucy Snowe Photography

Delicate Pink Flower, fine art photograph 8x8 by Lucy Snowe Photography

Waiting for Spring by Claudia Kay Photography

Ranunculus 1 by Claudia Lord Photographic Fine Art

Nostalgia, fine art photograph by Irene Suchocki Photography

Sweet Romance 4x6 by Laura Deponte Photography

Friendship, 5x7 print by Melissa Beach Photography

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Super Saturday

Yeah for the weekend! As this Super Saturday post is added to the blog, Travis and I are in Mexico so it really is a SUPER Saturday! Hopefully, at the time of this post, we are already up and laying out on the beach or by the pool catching some much needed sun and spending much needed relaxation time together on our first full day there! :) It is our first time in Mexico and we decided to head to Cabo San Lucas and we are staying at Pueblo Bonito at Sunset Beach (pictured below). We normally don't have much luck getting to any of our vacation destinations so hopefully this time around we didn't have any problems.

I scheduled some of my normal posts to be posted while we are gone. When we get home next week I will share some pictures and stories about our trip and hopefully a "problem" story will not be one of them! So, See you in a week!

And, I hope that everyone else has a SUPER Saturday as well!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Captain Travis Michelena

Travis had his promotion ceremony yesterday so he is now officially a Captain in the U.S Army. He was very happy to finally have those Captain bars on his chest. The promotion ceremony was held down at 3rd port on the Large Tug Boat. It was raining so we were all inside on the bridge but it was large enough for everyone to fit in there so it worked out well. I am very proud of him for all his hard work! Just wanted to share some pictures from the day.

Centering his CPTs patch

Shoving it on to make sure it sticks!

Put on his hat with his new rank

Travis with his Battalion Commander, LTC Draper

The 2 new Captains take the Oath

Congrats from all

So proud of him! YEAH!

With our good friends, the McGills

Travis and LTC Draper

With his cake. Don't mind the writing! Getting the cake was a last minute decision and the bakery was already closed to I had to write it on there! Looks awful! lol

Temptation Thursday

If any of you are anything like me, when I get a sweet tooth, I just want anything to satisfy my craving. And I LOVE chocolate and I LOVE ice cream! This special treat has both and they look so tempting that I don't think I would want to share them! I got this recipe from and it was the Million Dollar winning recipe from the Pillsbury Bake-off contest so you know it HAS to be good!

Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups

1package (16 oz) Pillsbury® Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies)
4teaspoons sugar
1/3cup Fisher® Chef’s Naturals® Chopped Walnuts, finely chopped
1/2cup Hershey’s® semi-sweet chocolate baking chips
1/4cup Smucker’s® Seedless Red Raspberry Jam
1 1/2cups vanilla bean ice cream, softened
24fresh raspberries


1.) Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 24 mini muffin cups with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Place 1 cookie dough round in each muffin cup. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

2.) Place 2 teaspoons of the sugar in small bowl. Dip end of wooden spoon handle in sugar; carefully press into center of each cookie to make 1-inch-wide indentation. Cool completely in pan, about 20 minutes.

3.) Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix walnuts and remaining 2 teaspoons sugar; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds, until smooth.

4.) Run knife around edges of cups to loosen; gently remove from pan. Dip rim of each cup into melted chocolate, then into walnut mixture. Place walnut side up on cookie sheet with sides.

5.) In another small microwavable bowl, microwave jam uncovered on High about 15 seconds until melted. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon jam into each cup. Freeze cups about 5 minutes or until chocolate is set.

6.) Spoon ice cream into cups, using small cookie scoop or measuring tablespoon. Top each cup with fresh raspberry; serve immediately.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


(Ok, so a few words Wednesday. Our neighbor's little boy, Grant, watching his ball and anticipating a spare. Which he got and was THRILLED about!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Military Monday

Enjoy this week's Military Must-Have Monday! Perfect items for the spring time!

Cloth Napkins- Lunch/Cocktail Size from Camp Cupcake Designs

The Simple Name; double disc 3/4 in. Sterling Silver Necklace from Tiny Belles Boutique

Cream Chrysanthemum Flower- silver plated adjustable ring
from Beans Things

Abundance of Yellow 5x7 Photograph Print from Jrzy Girl Photography

Sparkles and Pearls from Sweet Pea Treasures

Simplify- Hand painted sign from Word Boards

Remember to support the Homefront! Visit the Homefront Team's blog to discover more fabulous items.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Missing in Action

Well, I have been missing in action for a while now. Things have just been so crazy since Travis has gotten home that I just haven't had much time to do my regular posts. I really do hope to get back to my regular schedule soon but it will only be for a short time before things go array again.

I don't think I posted this on here yet, but we will officially be moving to our next duty station next month. Things have been happening quickly but we are both very excited about this next step. We are will now be residents of KY, Fort Knox to be exact. Travis will be an aide to a General so that is also an exciting new adventure for him, and me as well. We are super excited to be closer to our home state of TN, only 3 hrs. to my family, 5 from his- MUCH better than the 11 hrs! Travis received the news that we would be moving while he was still in Haiti, actually the week he came home it became official, but we had a month to sit on the idea. But now things are starting to pick up. I am trying not to stress out but I know that it will happen. We have lots of things ahead of us. Currently, we are in KY trying to find a place to live, than we will be home for about a week and a half until we go on our vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, but once we return we will only have about 2 weeks- if that- to prepare to move. Luckily, we will have a moving company to do the big heavy lifting and packing but I will still have to pack some things. I should be a pro at this by now seeing that I did 2 moves by myself with only 2 weeks to pack and hit the road (no movers unless you count family)! I took this picture as we were entering Fort Knox yesterday. There is another tank on the other side of the road before the gate as well, and even sporadically spread throughout post and the towns outside post. Pretty cool! I need to try to take a picture of the Fort Knox building (not sure of the real name) of where they keep all the Gold Bars. The place looks awesome and is secured like a prison so no one, other than people that work there, gets too close!

So, I will try my best to get things back to normal here as soon as possible but that may not be until after we make the move and get settled. But, I think I will have to make myself sit down every once in a while to write, vent, find some fun things to share, just to stay sane during this whole thing. Don't want to snap on anyone (i.e. Travis) hehe!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Welcome Home Luau

On Friday, April 2nd, we had a Welcome Home Luau for Travis and our neighbor Kevin. It was a lot of fun with great friends, great food, games, and a fire. Can't beat that. We played a little corn hole and of course limbo! Travis even won. He is pretty DARN good at some limbo! I was quite impressed. I even got to see a friend that I haven't seen since high school. It was a lot of fun to hang out with all our friends and neighbors again since the weather has gotten to be nice out again. We both will miss everyone when we move to Fort Knox.
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