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Norma Kitty Jean

#1- Let’s start with Norma Kitty Jean this week. Because she’s stuck in this box.

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

#2- This is THE MOST AMAZING PANCAKE RECIPE I HAVE EVER SEEN. I mean really… some people are so hilarious and creative it just blows me away.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

#3- I’ve been buried in a mess of cupcakes and frosting since last Wednesday, partially because we had a massive birthday party/family reunion this past weekend when my aunt and uncle trekked here from southern Illinois to visit (and partially because we had other birthdays this past week… and partially because I’m a food blogger… and partially because I’m a cake perfectionist). Anyway, we had a ridiculously great time, it was definitely the best day ever, and we all had matching t-shirts. That’s what’s up. I really wish I could show you some of the awesomely awkward family photos, but since no one signed waivers I will just give you cupcakes (recipes later this week– get excited!).

#4- This morning I bundled up to take Lucy for her morning walk. It was raining so she really wasn’t feeling it. I really wasn’t either. I was wearing Chad’s gimantico hooded sweatshirt and surveying the puddle situation, and I guess when we went out the door I wasn’t paying attention. So when we came back up the road and I heard a cow MOOOOO!!! I was sort of surprised. The closest cows to us are a little over a mile away in a fenced pasture. They are literally over the river (well… stream) and through the woods and you can’t hear them from our house ever. When I got closer to the top of the road I saw the problem:

6 escaped cows in a funny rain-soaked huddle at the edge of our neighbor’s unfenced property, just across from a very pretty flower bed.

Stuff like this is still weird for me, but not as weird as the time the run-away emu wandered through my front yard.

any roadvia

#5- Any road.

And maybe the motto of the aforementioned cows.

#6- Can you guys believe it’s almost Mother’s Day?!!! What in the world. Well… we like to do Mother’s Day brunch-ey sorts of things in my family so I think this week I’ll try to share some brunch recipes. I made a “Brunch” album on Sugar Dish Me’s Facebook page if you need to find lots of things all in one place. Also mimosas. Let’s make those happen.

#7- It’s finally May and that means that the real house shopping can begin!! Everybody cross your fingers and say your prayers and send us lots of happy house ju ju so we can move out of this little shoebox we’ve been squished into for the last 4 years!!

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Tuesday 7th of May 2013

Too funny about the cows! I can't even imagine.

And i am on the edge of my seat for that cupcake recipe!


Tuesday 7th of May 2013

I'm so glad I'm not the only one that thinks the cow thing is weird. Cupcake recipe tomorrow!!


Monday 6th of May 2013

You gotta read The Secret and will that perfect house to you!!! haha And no picture of the pancakes??? I clicked on it anyways but still lol I got completely lost is not dare I say 'devilish' cupcakes!! The frosting and chocolate look AMAZING!!! How long did Norma Jean where that box skirt for??? haha I love brunch...I'm trying to find some brunch ideas for my show therefore I'm off to investigate your album!!! haha


Monday 6th of May 2013

Did the pancake link not work? I mean... that blog is amazing. I needed to share it. Cupcake recipe later this week!! I came home to find Norma jean stuck in the box. No idea how long she was like that. Chad got it on film lol. She is ridiculous. Speaking of your show-- did you ever try the shamrock schnapps shake? You never told me if they liked it! If you try a brunch recipe let me know!!

Susan Boyles

Monday 6th of May 2013

Where you live, cows are not that wierd, even escaped ones. But I understand the city-girl adjustments. Wierd is a lost cow stopping traffic during morning rush hour on the interstate highway in the Atlanta metro area. I was among those late that morning. It was fitting...that was a wierd business trip.


Tuesday 7th of May 2013

Hahhaa that would have worried me TO DEATH. I would be so worried about the cows! Once there was a cow wandering next to the road when I went to get Andrew from school and I called a zillion people trying to figure out who it belonged to cause I was worried she'd get hurt (or kill the people driving the car that ran into her). It is majorly weird for me, though.

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

Monday 6th of May 2013

Please tell me you cownapped the cows? I want cows. You can send them to Rocklin, CA so their mooing can annoy my stupid neighbors. And entertain my brat of a dog.

Poor Norma Jean, forever stuck in a box. At least it makes her more portable!


Tuesday 7th of May 2013

After about 3 hours of cow-rain huddle some trucks and horses showed up to round them up. My yard isn't big enough for cows. Plus they really freaked Lucy out. Norma loves boxes, but maybe not enough to wear them as fashion accessories. Maybe I'll try this next time she goes to the vet?