Fall Snapshots

A view of the orchard

A view of the orchard

Peach Raspberry pie

Peach Raspberry pie

Playing on the tractor

Playing on the tractor

Antique Merry-go-round

Antique Merry-go-round

The weather in California was beautiful this past weekend. We decided to take advantage of the great weather and go to a nearby apple farm. Even though we missed the window for picking your own apples we still had a great time. They had a little antique store and I found something sweet for my mom. We ate pie with a huge scoop of ice cream and found some goodies in the store. My son had a blast climbing on hay bales and playing on an antique tractor while I watched and took in the sunshine and fresh air. I’m thinking a return visit is in order in the next couple of weeks.


A little of this, a little of that

Today my little guy had a soccer game. It was an afternoon game and the weather was so nice. After I needed to buy some chalk paint so we took a little trip to nearby Willow Glen in San Jose. I have never been downtown before and it was so cute! Here are some snapshots of what we saw.



And for lunch, Pizza my Heart. Seriously the best pizza ever 🙂


Hope you are having a great weekend! ~ lauraj

A Bad Beginning…

This past week or so has not gone according to plan. At all. First my iPhone died and I lost ALL my data. Then I contracted some awful food poisoning. I can only guess food poisoning because my youngest is fine. Although we ate all the same foods…

Anyhow, I have barely had enough energy to get out of my bed these last few days and have realized my youngest child, who is eight, is fairly helpless when it comes to feeding himself. After shouting directions for how to use the toaster to cook frozen waffles I have come to the conclusion that once I am better I need to cook a meal with him at least once a week so he can carry on should this happen again.

Before I became ill I started working on a mail center revamp. You know, those letter holder organizer things. I’m hoping to have pictures of it up later this week.


Ideas for Easter and Other Musings

I did not get around to putting up this post yesterday and I apologize for that. Boy what a day I had though, very emotionally draining. I don’t want to go into it but my therapy was going to Barnes & Noble and picking up a new magazine and a coffee. I feel much better now. I am looking forward to the weekend and having time to finish some of the projects I have in the works.

Easter is coming up fast and I have been scrambling to find ideas for baskets, decorations, food etc. Not that I am having a large get together, but I have two kids that enjoy Easter. Here are a couple of pins of some things I have been thinking about for Easter.

Deviled Eggs

Source: myrecipes.com via laura on Pinterest

Photo Easter Eggs


Easter Poster

Source: kikicomin.com via laura on Pinterest

Have a wonderful weekend! ~lauraj

Donuts + Eggs + Milk = Yummy Happiness

Remember how I was saying I stayed up late and woke up early the other day? I had a very good reason for my lack of sleep. Mmmm, and it was worth it! On Sunday we bought several donuts and didn’t eat them all. Everyone knows donuts are usually not so good the next day, well, maybe Krispy Kreme holds up but not other donuts. Not wanting to waste them I decided to make a little breakfast casserole out of them.

Donut Breakfast Casserole

6-7 stale donuts
1 cup milk
6 eggs
¼ cup of maple syrup
½ block cream cheese (use at least 4oz, use more if you like)
Large loaf pan or 8” x 8” pan

Cut your donuts into little cubes. If they are not stale then spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake on low heat until they are dried out. Then cool.

Mix milk, eggs and syrup together.

Cut cream cheese into small cubes.

Put half of your dried donuts in your pan and randomly place cream cheese cubes on the cubes. Put the rest of the cubes in pan and pour liquid mixture over cubes. Press down until all the donut cubes are moist. Cover and chill for 2 or more hours. I usually let mine sit overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 deg. Bake covered for 25 min, then uncover and bake for 35 min or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let it stand for about 5-10 min and serve. I like to top mine with fresh berries, syrup and powdered sugar.



You can double this recipe just use a 9” x 12” pan. If you don’t have donuts don’t worry, you can use any kind of bread for this recipe.

I hope you enjoyed my first recipe post. I know my family enjoys eating this recipe. This time around I actually sliced up the finished casserole and froze the slices. Then I can just pop it in the microwave for a minute or so and have a special treat for breakfast. My little guy is so lucky. I always had oatmeal for breakfast when I was a kid. He has Swedish pancakes with berries, waffles, and mini pancakes. He hates cold cereal; Lucky Charms can bring him to tears. I have no idea why but he has never liked a cold breakfast. Never. Anyone else have finicky eaters at home?

Have a great day! ~ lauraj