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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

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1. We started out the new year by going through our memory jar from 2013.  It was such fun reading back through the moments, big and small, that made up our 2013.
2. Our area was hit with the first of several big snows of the month, but it was okay because we had Spiderman to help us shovel the driveway.
3. Snow day snuggles.
4. Snow painting was maybe the biggest hit ever.  In a nutshell – filled storage containers with snow, packed it down, and let the kids use water colors to paint on it.  I also gave them squirt bottles filled with different colors of water.  They could have done this for hours.
5. Heading into work while most of the city was still shut down – not a fun drive, but the bonus was that with no traffic on the road, I could pull over and take a pic of one of my favorite views from my drive every day, this time all covered in snow.
6. Gorgeous sunset despite the snow.
7. I used a Christmas gift card to buy a new pair of shoes, but Caroline insists they are hers.  It starts.
8. Those baby leg warmers I made for Caroline prompted requests for pairs for several friends. I cranked out four pairs in a week – can’t wait to see them on all those cute baby and toddler legs!
9. Love eating breakfast with my girl, especially since she likes to do “Cheers!” with every sip of our drinks.
10. Doesn’t everyone eat dinner like this?
11. My perfect Saturday involves coffee and knitting.
12. Caroline and I met a friend for lunch. Bunny was there too, naturally.
13. Ben braids hair – major dad points!
14. Andrew had his first sleepover and the boys made individual pizzas for dinner. Such a fun night!
15. Ready for 100 Day at school – sewing all those poms on was not awesome, but man did he love that shirt.
16. Came home from work to find the house all birthday-ified.  My boys are the best :)

Most of these images are from my personal (private) Instagram account.  You can follow my public stream here: user annieseats.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Too cute that Caroline “cheers” with each sip! It looks like despite the wintery weather, you had a wonderful January!!

  • Cs

    Hi Annie…wondering where you got pattern for baby legs. Thanks

  • Liz N.

    Love that Ben braids Caroline’s hair! Ben scores big Daddy points for that!:-) Your knitting skills are off the chain. You have inspired me to pick up my knitting needles again and give it another shot. The memory jar is such a great idea! Must get on that stat! I already have one in mind from this past weekend ;-)

  • annieseats
  • http://www.melskitchencafe.com/ Mel

    Happy birthday, Annie! February birthdays are the best. (PS my little toddler girl resembles your sweetie in a lot of ways so every time I see cute pictures of Caroline – like the witch hat! – it especially makes me smile.)

  • http://www.path-less-traveled.blogspot.com lizibeth

    LOVE the herringbone pattern you’re knitting – so pretty! Is it hard to do?

  • Cara

    Your daughter is a doll! That picture of her with “her “shoes on is adorable…love her little outfit! :)

  • Anna

    I love these posts of yours! And Happy Birthday Annie! I saw this and thought of you……….http://thewhoot.com.au/whoot-news/crafty-corner/diy-lens-friends

  • ivy

    I taught Kindergarten for many years and we did a had a 100 day celebration every year. the kids had such a great time checkig out all the different ideas their classmates had. I loved your pom pom idea. I have seen pompoms in a baggie but sewing them on a shirt…fantastic!

  • annieseats

    Well thanks! I felt like it was kind of a lame idea but it was the first thing that came to mind and I didn’t have much time to put a lot of thought into it. My son was very excited about it though, so in the end I was happy with it too :)

  • annieseats

    It’s really not! I thought it would be but it is very repetitive. I’ll be posting more about this project soon. I loved the way it turned out!

  • annieseats

    Cute! :)

  • Joy

    Chicago has gotten SO much snow this year!!! It looks like you are getting plenty too :) Spring, where are you?!!!

  • Steph in Lex

    What is it about “cheers” that is so fascinating to toddlers? My son loves it, too!

  • Francesca @ Love.Bake.Read

    I adore the picture of your daughter eating dinner in her witch costume. Also love that snowy sunset. Beautiful! Oh, let’s not forget your perfect Saturday. So relaxing! Sweet family you have.