Tuesday, December 27, 2011

introducing mia margaret :)

I'll go ahead and warn you now that this post is FULL of pictures!  All cute of course :) 
Better late than never that I introduce my precious niece, Mia Margaret Spingola!  She was born on October 17 and is doing great.  Little Mia and her brother Michael are here this week for Christmas and we are having so much fun with them! 

We arrived in Dallas the day before Mia's birthday and were greeted with a home cooked meal by Michael himself!  He was serving us all kinds of food he cooked in his new kitchen. 

It was such a beautiful day outside so we went outside to play and do boy things and give him our undivided attention as an only child one more day :)

The farmer and his sister, Ashley looking very good considering she was soon to give birth!

the day had arrived!  


Uncle Matt kept him entertained!


Dad came out to let us know she had arrived :)

Michael finally got to meet his little sister!  He was a little unsure at first, but loves her now! 




Welcome to the world Mia Margaret Spingola! 

Uncle Matt had one job - to entertain big brother :)




Well, I'm glad you got to meet the cutest little addition to our family!  We are so happy to have them home for the holidays.  Christmas hasn't happened yet with the farmer's family - our brother in law was on call during Christmas so he'll be in Friday for Christmas so we have more fun to come!  

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Friday, December 23, 2011

wishing you a merry christmas

The farmer and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May you be blessed during this most wonderful time of the year!





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Monday, December 5, 2011

a new direction but a fun one!

About two years ago, as most of you know, the physical doors of Park Street Market closed as I had finished my Masters Degree and my mother-in-law was about to have her first grand baby that was six hours away - long story short...life happened. I couldn't fathom closing it completely and never having anything else to do with it. I opened up an online boutique, but didn't dedicate a whole lot of time to it because I was trying to figure out a new direction. I was doing quite a bit of custom home decor ordering, doing a little bit of invitation ordering, but ultimately not keeping up with the website. I've kind of been in limbo on what direction to take next.

Fast forward four months ago when my mom and I began talking about vinyl design and purchased my first vinyl machine. It took me a while to get my creative juices flowing again and I now absolutely love it! I decided maybe I had finally found a new direction for my little home based business :)

It's been fun coming up with new ideas and business has picked up through Facebook and word of mouth. I am getting all the details worked out on what I'll be offering as far as colors, etc and plan to update my website finally!

I will still offer other personalized items as needed such as personalized stamps, etc. and I am still doing some custom decor ordering for people wanting to remodel their house or just need a home makeover. I still love that aspect, but refocusing :)

Now I have a challenge for you! I am throwing around the idea of renaming Park Street Market since I am no longer on Park Street and am doing more personalized items. If you have a great idea for a new name and I use your idea or part of your idea I'll send a free personalized tumbler your way :) A win win for both of us!

You can email your ideas to whitneylkelly@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

how do you know you are a teacher?

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE A TEACHER?
Jeff Foxworthy

1. You can hear 25 voices behind you and know exactly which one
belongs to the child out of line.
2. You get a secret thrill out of laminating something.
(I do love laminating!)

3. You walk into a store and hear the words "It's Ms/Mr. _________" and know you have been spotted.

4. You have 25 people that accidentally call you Mom/Dad at one
time or another.
(I just got called Mom yesterday :) )

5. You can eat a multi-course meal in under twenty-five minutes.
(and you eat lunch at 10:35 AM - practically breakfast!)

6. You've trained yourself to go to the bathroom at two distinct
times of the day: lunch and prep period.

7. You start saving other people's trash, because most likely, you
can use that toilet paper tube or plastic butter tub for something in
the classroom.
(I did use paper towel tubes and toilet paper tubes last year!)

8. You believe the teachers' lounge should be equipped with a margarita machine.

9. You want to slap the next person who says "Must be nice to
work 7 to 3 and have summers off."
(It's NOT an easy job!)

10. You believe chocolate is a food group.

11. You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.
(SOOO TRUE! Goodness gracious!)

12. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone
says "Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."

13. You feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior when you are out in public.

14. You believe in aerial spraying of Ritalin.

15. You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.

16. You spend more money on school stuff than you do on your own
children.

17. You can't pass the school supply aisle without getting at least five
items!

18. You ask your friends if the left hand turn he just made was
a "good choice or a bad choice."
(I ask if that was a good choice or bad choice ALL THE TIME.)

19. You find true beauty in a can full of perfectly sharpened pencils.

20. You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer and finally,

21. You understand instantaneously why a child behaves a certain
way after meeting his or her parents.
(Couldn't be more true!!!)


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

my birthday gift

I am so excited to be posting from my new iPhone 4s! It arrived today and was my birthday gift from the farmer. I was so excited to get the delivery confirmation email and rushed home after school to get it!

So far I'm liking it and finally introduced myself to Siri. She is pretty amazing! Matt was amazed when he said "call Matt" and it started dialing his number! I'm not sure how often I will use her services, but it's nice to know she's available at all times!

In this weird way I feel sorry for computers...like they have feelings, ha. But I have decreased my time on my laptop tremendously since I got an iPhone several years ago. Yes I will always need and use it to edit photos, do vinyl design work (a new venture!), manage websites, etc. but I can count on my hand how many times I've used my computer for "social networking" and Internet searching in the past few months. I guess it's a good thing that it doesn't understand that it has somewhat been replaced! :)

And I can't believe I just wrote a whole blog post about my phone.

Oh me!

Monday, November 14, 2011

old woman here.

Oh, do I have so much to blog about!  The farmer and I have a new niece, Mia, who is just adorable, my birthday, new offerings from Park Street Market, some photography updates, and more! 

So why haven't I blogged about them yet?  Good question!  This time change has KICKED MY BUTT and I have found myself in bed around 8:00 every night during the week!  Old woman here.  This old woman will be back this week, I PROMISE, to update you all....just in case ya'll are interested! :)


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Saturday, October 22, 2011

a friendly reminder

I have never met Lenzi, but we have several mutual friends, and although I've never met her in real life, I think she is so sweet :)  I started following her blog several months ago.  Several days ago she posted a blog about Andy Rooney's final commentary on 60 minutes.  I loved what she had to say about it so I thought I'd share.  Sometimes I need to be reminded of this myself.
My favorite line was "I've done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I've complained about, my life isn't one of them."

So here's a friendly reminder to me and to you:

Create a life for yourself that you'll never have to complain about.

Relax. Take chances. Go places. Have lots of fun.
Be kind. Do what you love to do.
The rest always takes care of itself.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Who jumped up and down this morning because it was cold outside??? ME! I have on long sleeves, skinny jeans, and boots today and it feels soooo good! I hope this weather is here to stay, but I am sure warm days will come again soon.

Since fall weather has made an appearance today it was the perfect chance to make a pot of soup...just something about cold weather and pulling out the soup pot! One of my best friends shared this recipe with me for Broccoli Cheese Soup. We made it for a soup lunch we were working and it was the first soup to sell out. I'm sure there are other good recipes out there, but this one is yummy and EASY!

Broccoli Cheese Soup

4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 1/2 quarts water
2 1/2 cups diced potatoes
1 cup diced celery (optional)
1/2 cup diced onion
1 20 oz. frozen chopped broccoli
2 cans cream of chicken
1 lb. Velveeta, diced

Bring cubes, water, potatoes, celery, and onion to a boil. Turn down and cook for 20 minutes. Add broccoli and cook 10 minutes. Add soup and cheese. Turn to low and stir until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

By the way, I have a new niece :) Mia Margaret was born Monday morning at 8:19 AM. She was 8 lbs, 10 oz and is just adorable! She gets a post dedicated to herself soon!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

cute classroom inspiration feature!

About a month ago I "met" Melanie Ralbusky, designer and creator of Schoolgirl Style.  I like to say that we have a lot in common.  Melanie is a teacher and self-taught decorator who "has a passion for decorating and all things pretty".  We both came from a building background so we appreciate good design! Because of her love of all things teaching and decorating she created a classroom decorating site.

"While searching the web, Melanie came across several blogs related to party decorating and this instantly gave Melanie an idea…she needed to create a classroom decorating site for teachers! Melanie would use her talents to create classroom themes that were cute, trendy and stylish, as well as design her own coordinated tags, nameplates, and banners to give classrooms a designer look. This seemed to balance Melanie’s two loves; teaching and decorating, thus the creation of Schoolgirl Style! Melanie believes that your classroom should reflect who you are as an individual and a teacher. A thoughtful, organized, and “put together” classroom exudes excitement and enthusiasm for your profession. It is important to create a learning environment where children feel celebrated and enjoy coming each day. Melanie is excited to help teachers with their decorating dilemmas and offer classroom decorating inspiration to teachers everywhere!"
Now to those of you that aren't teachers and don't follow teaching blogs, this doesn't mean much to you, but I have a confession to make.  I AM ADDICTED TO TEACHING BLOGS.  Within the past few months I have subscribed to at least 20 teaching blogs - they are such a great resource for teachers!  And Melanie's blog is one of those :)  Such cute inspiration!

So, the point of introducing you to Melanie...

This sweet lady featured my classroom on her blog today as one of her "Cute Classroom Inspirations"!  I was so excited that she chose mine as one to feature and of course I want to share the news with you!  Just click on the button below :)



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Monday, September 26, 2011

football and chocolate.

Before I share a very delicious, very tempting chocolate recipe with you I must comment on the current status of my beloved Texas Aggies.  This Aggie had high hopes that they would pull out a win this weekend against Oklahoma State, but it seems that we get a little cocky and can't seem to play in the second half.  And end up throwing the freaking game AWAY.  Even though we only lost by one point (thanks to OSU's intentional (I think) safety in the last few seconds) a loss is a loss, but I will stay true to my team. 

And while I am very excited about the official announcement tonight about the Aggies joining the SEC, I dread the first game against Alabama.  Until then I hope we beat the mess outta Arkansas in five days!  I've been informed that if we beat Arkansas this year that the farmer is moving to the farm trailer for a week.  I've also been asked to not rub it in.  Although the Razorbacks got their backside kicked by Alabama on Saturday, that doesn't mean they will get it kicked this week.  Just sayin'. 

I don't really care about football.  Can you tell?

Moving right along to a very delicious chocolate cake recipe.  The occasion was my mother-in-law's birthday and while I could have made a half recipe for just her I failed to resist temptation and made one to keep for myself.  The farmer can't stay away either so needless to say our half of the cake was gone two days later.

There are no cutting calories in this recipe so just suck it up and forget about eating healthy.

In a saucepan, combine margarine, water, and cocoa.


While the margarine and cocoa mixture is boiling, sift together flour and sugar.

Once it starts to boil, mix with the flour and sugar mixture and beat until well blended.



At this point you will get too caught up in cooking to remember you are taking pictures.  Add buttermilk, eggs, soda, and vanilla.  Beat until all ingredients are mixed well.  Pour into your pan and bake for 20 minutes. 




While the cake is baking, bring margarine, cooca, and milk to a boil.



Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla.  Beat with mixer until creamy.

Pour over the cake which is resting on your desk because your kitchen is an absolute disaster and there is not one single piece of counter space available until you clean up your mess.
(I really had NO counter space for the cake to sit and I have quite a bit of counter space!  I had utensils, pots, mixer, flour, sugar, etc. EVERYWHERE. Quite embarrasing.  In my defense I was cooking Poppy Seed Chicken at the same time.)
Once the icing hardens just a little, get you a fork and dig in.  But try to stop after the first bite. 
It's hard my friend, trust me, it's hard. 


Chocolate Sheath Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 sticks margarine
1 cup water
4 teaspoons cocoa
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift flour and sugar together.  In sauce pan, bring to boil margarine, water, and cocoa.  After it is boiling, add to flour and sugar mixture and beat until blended.  Add buttermilk, eggs, soda, and vanilla.  Continue beating until all ingredients are mixed well.  Pour into 11x15 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

While baking, start the icing.

Icing:
1 stick margarine
4 teaspoons cocoa
6 tablespoons milk
1 box (16 oz) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring margarine, cocoa, and milk to a boil.  Mix well.  Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla.  Beat with mixer until creamy.  Pour over cake as soon as it is removed from oven.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Food Finds

This girl must have needed sleep. I woke up at 10:15 this morning and it felt wonderful! Just in time for Pioneer Woman on Food Network. She made strip steak sandwiches, which I have made for the farmer and I. They are delicious if you are a steak sandwich kinda gal. I added some Swiss cheese which made them a little more fattening, but great. Here's a link to the recipe :)

The Marlboro Man Sandwich

In other food news, I made two new discoveries this week that I love!




This little bag of red potatoes is so cute and it's just enough for the farmer and I. You can boil them or microwave them (I microwaved) and you don't have to buy a large bag of potatoes.




I saw these in Walmart this week and took them for lunch this week and loved them! I bought Apple Cinnamon, but other flavors include Apple Pear and Pineapple Mango. You heat up the fruit bowl and then add the crisp and you have a quick little fruit crisp! I will definitely add these to my grocery list again :)

I must get back to a day of productiveness! Sprayed the weed infested flower beds and have worked on a wreath for a friend...now to clean out for a garage sale. Not sure what's wrong with my lazy Saturday self!


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Family Beach Pictures

I blogged a few months ago about our family beach trip to Destin.  We had thought about taking family photos while on the beach and all took clothes for pictures, but didn't really have a plan except my camera and a tripod.  Ultimately I wanted another photographer to take our pictures! My wish was granted when we were touring other condos to stay at next year and we saw a flyer for Pure 7 Studios.  Lindsay, at the studio, was so prompt and accommodating!  We called on a Wednesday and had pictures taken Friday night.  The photographer was so personable.  It started raining the minute we got in the car to head to the beach location, but the good Lord stopped the rain for 30 minutes - just enough time to get our family portraits taken :)  My nephew was sick while we were taking the pictures, but he was such a trooper!

Once you see the pictures you will see why we are all in love!

















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