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Five On Friday

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

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So, I mentioned the other day that I had a pretty awesome story about the cake figurine that was on top of Charlotte's first birthday smash cake. This one:


Here goes. When I was born, my mom had a friend who was so happy for my mom and so excited to meet me. She began sending me annual birthday gifts -- always these porcelain figurines for each birthday year. She sent me these for years and years and I had them displayed in my childhood bedroom. 

When my parents sold and moved this past summer, I was torn with what to do. It's not like I was going to put them in my current bedroom, but I also didn't want to just wrap them up, put them in a storage tub, and keep them in the attic where they wouldn't be enjoyed by anyone. I made a rash decision and just told Mom that she could donate them all. :( 

WELL. This fall I went down to my parents' new house and was helping them unpack and get a little organized. At the very bottom of a random box was this ONE porcelain figurine. Wasn't wrapped up or anything, but not a single chip or nick or crack or break. I think it must have gotten separated from the rest of the lot and ended up at the bottom of a random box. What a gift!!! 

So, I decided it was a little divine wink, and I knew it would be a perfect cake topper for our sweet Charlotte. Plus, it just embodies her so perfectly. Sweet, innocent, cuddly. 



T W O
I'm still loving my black mask and using it regularly (this one). This was a recommendation from one of my favorite local beauty/makeup bloggers, and I know I can always trust her skincare advice! I like to put it on early in the morning before the girls wake up, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse. I feel like it really smooths my skin and helps keep it free of impurities.



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Just wanted to share this sweet dandelion photo of Camille. This has not been the easiest week discipline-wise, but we are all striving to do better and I'm reading a new book that is helping me with my gameplan.

But look, look at this girl. She is growing too fast, she's exploring her boundaries, she's headstrong -- and that's a great trait in a girl. I love her so much.



F O U R
You may have seen this on Snapchat last night, and hopefully you got a giggle. It was my turn to host our monthly Supper Club. I was trying to think of a dinner plan, and it hit me -- yesterday was 4/20, maybe the most celebrated day of the year for high school potheads.

Please know that I did this completely tongue in cheek, but YES I totally did a 4/20 theme for supper club! We had big ol' burritos, cheesy refried beans (which was enjoyed on a paper plate with a plastic fork), and then dessert was brownies and cheetos.

Lemme tell you. It's been wayyyy too long since I enjoyed cheetos. Those things are insanely yummy.


So yes, we all got a great laugh out of it, and the burritos were actually great! I stuffed them with ground beef, rice, and a black bean/tomato/onion mixture I simmered. Rolled them up, topped with cheese, and baked them. 



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Lastly, I have added some new items to The Tipsy Bunny on Etsy! Please pop on over and pay us a visit! I am also part of a fun trunk show coming up next weekend here in Charlotte -- will share deets soon for any of you local gals.






TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!

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Thursday

Strawberry Pickin' and Strawberry Pie (RECIPE)

Monday morning after ballet, we ventured over to The Hunter Farm for some springtime strawberry picking!


The girls and I hopped on the hayride right when we got to the farm, and the hayride took us to the barn to visit some animals.



... just before you assume that I posted the only photo where I look semi-decent but the girls are in la-la land please know all of the pictures looked like that. case in point below. we are working on their photo game ;)


We had a chance to visit with pigs, chickens, goats, and some adorble baby cows!








After we fed the goats, we headed back to the front of the farm to grab a white pail and start picking strawberries.




It was fairly warm already, and we were coming up on lunchtime, but in the little bit of time we had, we picked some beautiful red berries. Definitely enough to make a strawberry pie at naptime the next day!


I just used the Pillsbury recipe because it called for cornstarch instead of boxed gelatin, so I had all of the ingredients on hand already! I omitted the optional red food coloring. Also, I let my liquid get a little too thick, so much that it would not pour over the strawberries in the crust. So, I took the strawberries out and added them to the gelatin to coat them, then added that mixture back into the baked pie crust. I also did not serve with whipped cream because I like my pie with just plain ol' sweet strawberries!

Crust:
1 refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box

Filling:
3 pints (6 cups) fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water

Steps:

1// Heat oven to 450°F. Bake pie crust as directed on box for pie crust, using 9-inch glass pie plate. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 15 minutes.

2// Meanwhile, in small bowl, crush enough strawberries to make 1 cup. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch; stir in crushed strawberries and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. If desired, stir in food color. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

3// Place remaining strawberries, whole or sliced, in cooled baked shell. Pour cooked strawberry mixture evenly over berries. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours, before serving.

4// Just before serving, top pie with sweetened whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.


To see more of my dessert recipes, click here

Wednesday

Charlotte's First Birthday Party

Charlotte turned ONE this past Friday, and on Saturday we had a handful of friends, family and neighbors over. We kept this celebration really small compared to Camille's first birthday party (recap HERE) and it was just as enjoyable.


(invitation HERE on Etsy)

The vintage baby party invitation was just perfect for our sweet little Charchi-girl. She is so angelic and darling, just like that cherubic ruffled-bottom baby on it. 


(gold glitter acrylic cake topper HERE)

I used Harris Teeter for the layer cake and her smash cake (they give you this for free for your child's first birthday!) and it was delicious as always. The acrylic cake topper is reusable, so a total deal -- it's around $10. 


Charlotte wore a dress that my mom made and the sweetest little vintage-hued party hat (found HERE). I found she kept it on best if I put it around the back of her head instead of under her chin.




I have a really neat story about that cake topper ... will share it Friday!





She was gentle at first with her cake (it was her first taste of cake ever!) and then she dove RIGHT in. A girl who takes after her mama!



Charlotte, you are a dream come true.
Our whole family just loves you.
Happy first birthday, baby girl!

Monday

Easter! 2017

Easter this year was really nice and relaxed. My parents were with us (Charlotte's birthday party was Saturday, so they spent the night with us) and it was wonderful to celebrate Easter with them again this year. I've been lucky enough to be with them the past several years. Mainly because two of those years I was pregnant enough to justify having people come to me! :) 

We started off the day with Easter baskets and a simple breakfast of homemade bacon/onion/cheese quiche and fruit salad. After prepping for Char's birthday party on Saturday, I kept it really easy by purchasing a pre-made fruit salad from our grocery store and then adding in sliced kiwi and blackberries. 

Afterwards we got ready for the day and then had a quick egg hunt for Camille in the backyard. 










Before next year I'd really love to get the girls some beautiful matching Easter baskets. Growing up, we had white wooden baskets with our names painted on them. I think I'd like to go that route, or maybe do a monogrammed bow for the baskets. One year and counting to decide!

Friday

Five On Friday ::: Baby Charlotte is ONE!

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

Today is Sweet Baby Charlotte's FIRST BIRTHDAY, so in honor of that, I thought I'd share five things about her precious self!

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Charlotte Smithwick was born at 10:45am on 4/14, exactly twenty three months apart from her proud big sister. Her entry into this world is much like her disposition today: easy, smooth, gentle. It was a great birth and she was a snugglebug from the start. She cuddled right into me, calmed immediately, and I knew from that moment what sort of relationship we would have. She is my sweetheart. 

(You can read her birth story here, if interested.) 



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We were so excited to bring her home to our house and start life as a family of four! Initially I didn't share this photo, I let my vanity get in the way with that ol' floppy tummy. But whatever, I'm so over that now. Look at that proud daddy smile, too!


T H R E E
Charlotte has kept her blue eyes, just like her dad! Her hair is looking to be a light brown so far and I'm curious if it will lighten up in the summertime sun. 



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She still seems so much like a baby to us, but she's grown so much! At 12 months old now, she's taking milk only three times a day (I'm still nursing but plan to switch her to cows milk soon). She's loving finger foods and we are relying on pouches much less often. She says "mama", "dada", "uh-oh", and she can repeat a lot of words to us if we prompt her like "up" and "dog-dog." She loves playing peek-a-boo and knows most of the time where her nose is. She is a HUGE dancer, loves swaying back and forth to music!




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Lastly, I just want to say that she is the perfect addition to our family. She is a ray of sunshine, a sparkly-eyed bundle of happiness. Charlotte is so precious to us and we are so excited to celebrate her today as a one year old!


Happy birthday, dear Charlotte.

TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!

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