Twice a year us mormons, you know, of the LDS church watch General Conference on television. There are two 2-hour conferences on Saturday and two on Sunday. Which basically means we listen to the leaders of the church give thoughts while we hang out in our jammies. To keep us nourished during the morning session I like to make this blueberry breakfast strata. My friend Sally used to make this for us in college (things get WILD at BYU) and I’ve kept the tradition alive!
So whether you have a bunch of church on television to watch, or whether you’re having a glamorous brunch, or mid-morning bridal or baby shower, this recipe is absolutely perfect! You make it the night before, it’s relatively inexpensive, and then it bakes up nicely in the morning. I serve it with syrup and sometimes powdered sugar or fresh whipped cream.
Also, I like to bring this casserole (unbaked) to people who are in need of a meal (new mamas). I buy a disposable lasagna pan at the grocery store, and then they don’t even have to return a dish!
This post is part of a series called: “I used to be cooler.” My blog used to consist entirely of essays. I’m sure many of you have not seen them, and I’d like to start sharing some of them again. Some are funny (or at least I think so) and some are “thoughtful.” For the whole series go here.
Back in the day my blog had a mascot, in fact, I had an etsy shop with the mascot as well. His name was “Sprinkles the Pony.” Sprinkles was born from a large felt pony that I made and nailed to our wall shortly after getting married. Here’s what he looked as a cookie:
Well it’s about time I start making things for this lil’ man…right?! And so I rustled up some tiny onesies, I believe these are all the Gerber ones, and made a few designs to stencil on. I totally borrowed ideas from some designer kids clothing I love, though I try to never just rip something off, but for that reason SPECIFICALLY I ask that if you use these stencils DO NOT sell things made from them! That’s the case with all my stuff, but especially in this case!
So hop on through for the tutorial, and for the free stencils!
I LOVE LOVE a crisp white wall with touches of black and neutrals as much as the next modern girl. Spaces that have been perfectly styled with nothing is too trendy or ornate. But I also can’t help but adore the flamboyant, the over-the-top and the borderline tacky. Pattern on top of pattern paired with brightly painted furniture, sigh, it just makes me giddy!
In my own home I’m always too lazy to get there, the walls stay blank for years. But I’m super inspired by some of these pictures lately as I work on the lil’ man’s nursery and Gigi’s room. The yellow is so fun and just speaks to me! I don’t know how much yellow I’ll have in either room, but I love it nonetheless!
I’m a sucker for yellow furniture. Spotted on My Attic
A lot of my Instagram account consists of pictures displaying Gigi’s sassiness. People assume, especially those who know me in person but who do not know Gigi, that I am playing up her attitude, or embellishing her dramatics for the sake of being just that…dramatic.
I would like to note, that time and time again, after meeting my lil princess people admit to me that, “No, she really is as “spunky” as you say.” And I always feel greatly justified! Don’t get me wrong, Ginger is not a brat and we do our fair share of discipling. But honestly from day one that little lady has known what she wants, and has had NO problem letting everyone around her know it. Even though I sometimes wish she had an easier temperament, nothing in the world could make me prouder than how animated, brilliant, and insane my daughter is. And even with all the tantrums and all the craziness, I wouldn’t trade her for all the sanity in the world.
I decided to make a last-minute Easter dress for said crazy lady. And trying to get a picture of her in it basically demonstrates my point. It took lots of coaxing and cajoling to get it on her small person, and then she refused to take it off so I could finish it. After tantrums and time-outs, I finished the dress and when she got to put it on before church on Easter morning she was THRILLED. Which lasted for about 5 minutes, until I tried to get her to take a picture. Honestly she would be the WORST contestant to ever grace Toddler in Tiaras. Ugh. I love that little nut.
It is INSANE how quickly this…
Turns to this,
That’s our angel! Luckily, time-out provides the PERFECT opportunity for a shot of the exposed zipper.
The sleeves are my favorite part. I used the same pleather that I used for my gold hearts garland! I modified this New Look Sewing Pattern 6927 to make her lil dress. I let the lining be exposed because I thought it was super cute, and instead of the pleated skirt I used this easy tutorial for determining the measurements of a circle skirt. Instead of hemming the skirt I used some thin bias tape. I didn’t buy any of the fabric or notions, and I already had the pattern, so I essentially ROCK. GO ME!
I miss sewing, I don’t do it very often anymore, mostly because my room has been too messy to use and it’s hard to sew when you’re pregnant. Or at least it is for me because I’m like brain-dead and have to do everything over. But I hope to start up again and bust through some of my stash!
Well, thanks for humoring me! I just love to share! If you made any Easter duds for your lil ones please share the link in the comments! I would LOVE to see them!