{pretty, happy, funny, real}

by | Apr 26, 2013 | {phfr}, Precious Moments: 06, Precious Moments: 07 | 10 comments

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life. ~

That checker at Trader Joes the other night was an excellent salesman!  In addition to the Cheese Blintzes in my basket, I ended up coming home with a jar of Imported Lemon Curd and a bag of Organic Frozen Raspberries as well.   YUM!!!  And, yes, I did share them with all the kids… There were only 6 in the box and 8 of us at home, which thankfully kept me from eating the whole box! 😉 
I also made these Coconut Creme Caramel Brownie Bites, after digging through the cupboards last Sunday trying to come up with a dessert to bring to the Potluck we were hosting after our second Latin Mass!  They didn’t last long and I was told that they were really good. 

Chiquita was more than happy to share her new books, which she received on her birthday last Saturday, with her big sister.  Twinkle Toes ended up reading the whole series before the weekend was over! 
And during the birthday breakfast, as Rose slid a barstool across the kitchen floor and over to the island so she could climb up and get her 3rd or 4th piece of melon, I said “Wow!  Somebody really likes cantaloupe!” She turned with a big grin and said “YES!!! I DO!!! I LOVVVE IT!!!!”  
She was one happy, and apparently very hungry, little girl! 
The weather has been just beautiful all week and we have been spending lots of time outside enjoying the fresh spring air. Bud especially loves the swing! 
“AAaaaahhhhhh!” aka “Look at me, everybody!!!” 


Do any of you ever relight the candles on birthday cakes?  Our older children always love having us relight them (when we are celebrating with just our family) for the little ones to blow out too.  

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  1. Unknown

    My, your photos are especially fabulous in this post! My favorite is the second one of Bud! 🙂

  2. Katie V.

    Oh how I miss Trader Joes!!! I actually brought back some Joes Joes from our last trip back to the US! Looks delicious!

  3. Beth

    The blintzs look delicious. What did you do with the lemon curd?

  4. Jessica Gordon

    We drizzled it over the raspberries. The kids have also been enjoying it on toast as well.

  5. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you Sarah! We've finally had some sunshine lately and that always seems to help my photos. I need to start working on learning my manual settings better for the rest of the time! 🙂

    And that was my favorite too! He cracks me up!

  6. Jessica Gordon

    I bet! We've only had a Trader Joes here since the end of last year and I love it!!

  7. Erin

    Oh, that TJ's lemon curd… sooo yummy. And that is so sweet to let the littler kids have a turn blowing out candles on the bigger one's birthdays!

    May I ask what the round things are on top of the brownies? At first glance I thought they were chick peas, but then I thought, "Nah, that couldn't be!" LOL. I am guessing they are some kind of caramel flavored candies, but I have never seen them before!

  8. Anonymous

    We definitely relight! We each take a turn telling what we love about the birthday sibling then blowing the candles out. It's great fun and special for all of us.

  9. Maia

    …ahhhhh….relighting the candles…GENIUS!!!


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