Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Birthdays and happiness

Hey there! Since Mason's birthday, Annabelle and I both had our birthdays too, so as you can imagine we've been pretty busy and festive around here! Annabelle had her party at CJ's House of Bounce, where Mason had his last year. It's a great place, just a big storefront with 8 or so bouncy castles/slides. There's an area in the back, with tables and a fridge and such, that they decorate for your party. We brought in pizza and a giant chocolate chip cookie cake.
Mason's that blur in the middle. He never sat still!
There were 11 kids, and I think they all had a lot of fun. Annabelle got a lot of good gifties, so along with Mason's assortment that is still in the family room, it looks like Christmas!
Now that my birthday's over, I can show you the Harvest House stitchery that I finished! Why now, you ask? Well, I gave it to my twin sister for our birthday, and I didn't want to spoil the surprise for her.

I stitched her house number on it to personalize it a tad.

It took me months to do, off and on, but it was a pleasure! Now I am seriously in need of a new embroidery project!
So how's the weather by you? It's been rainy and chilly this week so far, after a lovely weekend. I actually love the chilliness, I've got an apple butter pork loin in the crockpot right now. Sometimes I cook it in the oven but today felt like a slow cooker day. Are you in the mood to cook? Well then you might want to download Gooseberry Patch's latest chapter of their Circle of Friends Cookbook....25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes. This chapter is only available as a free download until their number of Facebook fans reaches 50,000. In fact, you can download it right from my blog!
25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes by Gooseberry Patch

Speaking of food, my friend Jonni took me out to lunch yesterday for a little birthday celebration, and we went to Panera Bread. Have you ever had their tomato soup? You've GOT to try it. I'm not normally a huge tomato soup fan...honestly all I've ever had is Campbell's...but this was divine. With those delicious croutons, pieces of tomato, and tasty spices....well, it was quite a treat!

Have a great day!

♥ Jen


  1. Happy Birthday Jen and family! Your stichery is beautiful! What a lovely gift for your sister. I have had Panera's tomato soup and it is YUM! Now I think I'm going to stop on my way home and get a cup. :) Thanks for the cookie recipe download. I'm curious as to the 25 different recipes!

  2. Happy Birthday! The stitchery is beautiful. I know you sister loves it. I love how you personalized it as well. I didn't know you had a twin sister! I thought I was your "long lost sister"!! :)
    I love Gooseberry Patch and I have downloaded the recipe.
    PS ...I went to Hobby Lobby to get you a leaf spatula and they were sold out! UGH!

  3. Forgot to tell you... I love your background! I promise I won't change mine to match :)

  4. I wondered what you had been up too????
    Now I know--just a partin it up day and night!!!
    Love that stitchery you did for your twin sister (oh no--there is two of you running around!!!!)
    Hugs. Di

  5. Thanks for sharing the Gooseberry Patch goodies, Jen, and your stitchery is beautiful as always. :)


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