Thursday Things


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Here’s my roundup of Thursday Things for the week:

1. It’s a very special day today.  See #10 below after you’ve read 1 through 9, of course.

2.  Keepsy is a fun site for all you Instagramming-obsessed people.  It turns your Instgram pics into a calendar or hardcover book, or r you can use pictures from Facebook or Flickr.

Examples of Keepsy Calendars: My Life in Instagram, My summer in Instagram

3. National Food Holiday list.  You know you’re a food blogger or read too many food blogs when you actually look forward to National Peanut Butter Day or National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day (April 20) and you create, cook, plan, and post certain recipes on certain days.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints (No-Bake, Vegan, GF) were timed with National Peanut Butter Day.  Geek central, right?

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

4. Have a question about anything photography related?

Jenn Cuisine put together an amazing resource page with more links, info, and help than you can shake a DSLR at.

I also linked this up in my own Photography Section where I discuss everything from my camera bodies, to lenses, camera bags and gear reviews, editing programs, and food styling tips.

5. When I made the Sweet Potato Graham Cracker “French Toast” Sticks, I mentioned that sometimes the strangest looking food tastes the best.

Sweet Potato Graham Cracker “French Toast” Sticks

Here’s 10 strange looking foods, straight from nature to your table.

Hopefully the Buddha’s Hands won’t scare the children.  Or the husbands.

6. I upgraded my computer operating system with OS X Lion.  My timing is impeccable because the $29.99 upgrade is free if you bought your computer after July 21, 2011.

I bought my computer on July 20, 2011 so I’m 30 smackers lighter.  Oh well.

Apple Computers

As for Lion, I have no idea about the “benefits” or why it will make my life better, but hey, I’m up to date now.  Just in time for Octopus or Zebra or whatever the next operating system they’ll announce will be to come out and render Lion old news.

7. I upgraded to Lion because I wanted to try the PicFrame app so I could “write” on my photos.  So after buying Lion because it was necessary in order to install PicFrame, I realized that you can’t “write” on images anyway.  Or, if you can, I haven’t figured it out.


PicFrame was only a buck and is a cool app and I’m sure I’ll use it to fritter time away on photography projects make photography collages.

8.  After buying things for my computer that I may or may not need, I went to the mall I bought something I did “need”.  More Victoria’s Secret Bombshell.

They have a new limited edition Bombshell, Bombshell In Love, but I was on the fence about the limited edition version and stuck with the tried and true.

Victoria's secret pink bombshell in love perfume

9.  These are tried and true, also.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

10. I gave birth 5 years ago today.  I can’t believe she’s five years old.

I could talk about parenthood, motherhood, how amazing she is, how much I love her more than I ever knew was possible, how I can’t believe how fast time has gone the past five years, how my life before her doesn’t even feel like it was real and that it wasn’t complete and that it’s a foggy memory; and that in just over a decade she’ll be getting ready to go out in the world on her own, which I shudder to think about her leaving the nest.  I’ve been crying Hallmark tears on and off all day today, thinking about this special day.  My baby is 5.

She’s my world, my everything; that I love her so very much, I don’t know where to begin so I’ll simply say, Happy Birthday Skylar.  I love you.


On the beach in Aruba a few weeks ago.  Four going on 14, but she’s 5 now!

Skylar on the beach

What are your Thursday Things? 

Anything new, exciting, noteworthy, or fun that you’ve eaten or seen this week?

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  1. Happy belated Birthday to Skylar!
    Such sweet words you wrote about her. I think nothing can beat the relationship between a mom and her daughter. Even though I have arguments with my own mum, I feel so close to her, no matter what.

      1. I know for sure she will! She might not show it to you, but trust me, after getting through the teenager stage, she will show you her affection for you! In my circle of friends, EVERYONE is calling his/her mom at least once a day.

  2. Happy (belated) Birthday to Skylar! Wow kids grow so quickly!

    The food holidays are hilarious – I wonder how many people actually know about most of them!

  3. Happy Birthday to Skylar!! Five! Amazing!

    My nephews (5.5yrs & 1.5yrs) and niece (5mos) are growing up so fast, too, I know what you mean! They might not be mine, but I love them just the same! I make their birthday cakes every year and it’s crazy to see them and the number on the cake grow so quickly!

    I hope you both have a fantastic day celebrating your nearly 6 years together. :)

  4. Aww Happy Birthday to Skylar! She is adorable. I can’t imagine how fast time flies with a little one!