Chocolate S’mores Pie

Chocolate S'mores Pie

A few weeks ago we spent the week with all of our kids enjoying the Oregon Coast and our home in Manzanita. Of course the best part of the week is getting to spend time with these crazy kids! Man, I love them and miss them like crazy already! It was a glorious week full of lots game playing, golfing, kayaking, beach time, amazing sunsets and s’mores!  One of our favorite things to do at the beach is to head down there before sunset, build a fire, play some games [Continue Reading...]

Lovin’ my Tieks


So I usually reserve Saturdays to share with you things I am loving.  This last Saturday kind of got away from me.  If you follow me on Instagram you know we were out celebrating birthdays with our friends.  We had a yummy breakfast at Mother’s Bistro and then a wild and wet jet boat ride on the Willamette River!  #lifeofanemptynester So you are getting a What Leigh Anne’s Lovin’ on Monday!!  Happy Monday. About a month ago I teased some of you on Instagram by showing you this photo: My [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party


Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here! Link up on one blog and be seen in 6 different places: I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Redhead Can Decorate | Refresh Restyle Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom | twelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom Are you tired of your old furniture? Is it old and lacking personality? Or did you pick up a piece on the side of the road! Boy, do we have some ideas for you! This week’s selections were made by Debbie from Refresh Restyle 1. Mint Desk [Continue Reading...]

Lemon Cake with Olive Oil

Lemon Chiffon Cake

 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.  All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that August is National Olive Oil Month? In honor of National Olive Oil Month and as a Pompeian #PantryInsider, I took the Pompeian Pledge.   I agreed to swap butter for olive oil in one of my favorite recipes.  There are lots of reasons to use olive oil vs. butter.  When you use olive oil you cut your fat by 25%.  You are also getting less saturated fat and no cholesterol.  For those of you who [Continue Reading...]

May & June 2014 Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

I’m a little late with this Recommended Reads post.  I like to do them every two months and it’s almost time for the July & August one so I figured I better get this one done! I’ve got some good books for you this time!  What have you been reading lately?  Be sure and leave me a comment to let me go.  I love hearing what you are reading and I add many of them to my list! May Recommended Reads Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.  This book was [Continue Reading...]

Make a #NaturalDifference Giveaway – $100 Shutterfly Gift Card

Multnomah Falls

One of our favorite family activities is hiking.  Some of our favorite places to hike are some of the national parks we have close by.  A particular favorite here in the Portland area is Multnomah Falls. Today I am excited to join together with Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter  and their “Make a Natural Difference” campaign  Working together to help in their efforts, along with the NPCA to spread the word about protecting and enhancing America’s national parks!   I am lucky to live close to several of America’s prettiest National Parks and I [Continue Reading...]

25 Magic Bar Recipes

25 Magic Bar Recipes

What’s not to love about a Magic Bar!  Today we’ve put together an amazing round up of 25 mouthwatering, drool worthy Magic Bar Recipes for you!   Don’t know what a Magic Bar is?  It’s an old fashioned favorite that  uses sweetened condensed milk to create a delicious, ooey gooey layer.  They  are also called Seven Layer Bars by some and I’ve seen others call them Five Layer Bars depending on how much you add to them.  Whatever you call them – call them delicious! Pin away!!! Apple Butterscotch Magic [Continue Reading...]

Spicy Sesame Salad

Spicy Sesame Salad

Summer is winding down.   Cali, my teacher daughter has her first day of school today and Tessa heads back to BYU in Utah today for her senior year.  Jim and I are back to being empty nesters after having at least one child home the last five weeks.  I miss them already. Summer was all about salads at our house and many times a salad was the main attraction at dinner. I served today’s Spicy Sesame Salad as a side dish but you could easily dress it up for a main [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party


Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party! This is the place were you get tons of exposure… and INSPIRATION! I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Redhead Can Decorate | Refresh Restyle Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom | twelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom When you link up here, your project is seen on 6 blogs. We also love to feature folks on our Facebook page, so be sure to follow us so you don’t miss it. This week it’s all about TOMATOES. Gardens are producing tomatoes in abundance, so now [Continue Reading...]