In Laws

Quilt Close Up

So you're thinking, "Hey Tomato! You never showed us the quilt you made. Show em' off. Let me see all the deets. Here's a close up of the quilting I did. This was my first time using free motion…


Quilts

This was the year of the quilt. I made three to give away at Christmas. I spent years on some and days on others. I believe in the warmth of a blanket made with love. I believe in the warmth of how…


Inspiration

This is my grandma-in-law's wedding blanket. It's beautiful. It's loved and warn and warm. It's colorful. It's an heirloom. I learned the story behind it this summer. I learned a little bit about…


Christmas in MN

  This year Nate and I couldn't make it to the big Christmas with all his aunts and Uncles so we traveled around from one family to the next to see all the folks we would have. Although it…


Aebleskiver

My inlaws have shared new and awesome stuff with me. Things that would have otherwise not been in my life. Like Aebleskiver. They are small pancakes meant to have apples in the inside but turns out…


Dear Nephews

Hey Guys! Aunti Jen here. Just wanted to tell you how awesome it was to hang out with you this Christmas. Sorry that I could only play for such a short time. I'm glad we got to read some of the…


A Full House

Handsome's family isn't quite as big as mine, but that doesn't mean you can't still have a full house. There's just something about having every table full. There's something about having a line…


Dear Nephews

You're growing at that stage where every moment we see you it's something new. A few months ago it was solidly crawling and now it's the beginning stages of walking. I wanted you to know I'll…


Calvin

  Handsome went into the wild to find his family a christmas tree. It was like a scene from Hobbes.   Except you know for the stuffed tiger following handsome he was following his dad.…


It's Nice When You Don't Fight With In-Laws

That is my mother-in-law and me. Laughing. I can't really explain how nice it is to get along with your in-laws. Mostly because I'm not quite sure what it's like to fight with your in-laws. I'll…


Dear Nephews

Dear Nephews, It's your auntie Jen here. I want you to know a few things. First I'll read to you every day of your life if I could. I hope you find a love of reading like I have. In fact, when I…


Christmas Party 1

It has barely been December and already I have been to a Christmas party. These two really know how to throw a party. Some might say that parties in the past have been real "barn burners." This…


Minnesota

We almost didn't make it to Minnesota this sunny season. Except after looking at our schedules and our amazing new nephews - we managed to find time. We loaded up the car and headed out. We helped…


Cooking with Grandma

That would be me, tomato, and handsome's amazing grandma, Margaret. You see this woman makes a mad jelly. It's amazing. It's so amazing that my sister-in-law gave it as a favor for the wedding. I…


Making Progress

Handsome and I are throwing a party to break in the house. We figure if we can fill it will all the people we love than it's meant to be! So we've been doing a haul on the house over some big eye…


Hit the Ground Running

You might know that I've been out of the country for a while. It's been a relief being home. My snuggle intake has doubled. It's nice. However I've also been pretty stinking busy. I've made 3…


Springfield - Obed's and Isaacs

Obed's and Issacs is a micro-brewery and eatery in Springfield Illinois. I'm a fan. Why am I fan? Well first off all for their beer that doesn't taste like bud-light. Or keystone. Or god-help-us-all…


August Challenges

You see. I've been pretty busy lately. I made a quilt for my sister-in-law. I canned my own tomato sauce. I ate some fresh fish from my father in-laws own catching. Gave lots of baths to a…


Wedding Shower

I'm sorry it took me so long to post about the shower, but I was dog tired after that weekend and needed three days to catch up. Let's see there was... Babies. And more babies! Puppies. Lots of…


Christmas Christmas Everywhere

After over a week of holiday activities I couldn't be happier in clean pajamas at my sweet home in Charleston. It was quite a festive week with lots of great people and good puppies. I ate…