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Can you unscramble the words in the title to this post?

The correct answer is: thank you.

We owed some very special people a thank you, so the kids and I got creative with our words. With delicious, homemade shortbread, and Ghiradelli chocolate as our base, and just a hint {in this case the hint word was, gratitude}, we created a cookie scramble ‘thank you’.

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cookie thank you_jsorelle

cookie thank you_jsorelle

{images via j. sorelle}

 

truly blessed

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Our family is truly blessed with the beautiful souls {almost 7} that have entered our lives the past 7 years. Our family started with just 2 {our amazing parents}, grew to 5 {Jessica, Jenna and Jodi}, added 3 more {handsome hubbies} and then came the babies, totaling almost 15! We have so much to be thankful for. Jenna’s newest, and gorgeous addition, Enzo, was recently baptized. We celebrated with family, friends…good food and fresh mint cocktails! Her  ”Mint” To Be a Catholic Boy party was a good time had by all…and sweet Enzo smiled as the holy water rolled down his cute head.

We added some DIY details in the last 12 hours. Totally doable and easy.

LAST MINUTE BAPTISM PARTY DETAIL TIPS
Follow Melanie’s DIY for the ‘no sew garland’
Pick fresh hydrangea from your garden
Hot glue DIY pom-poms {use this tutorial from Creature Comforts} onto a blank canvas into a letter or design
Use antiques from around the house for props, such as vases, window panes, trays, boxes, etc
Make these amazing Chocolate Mousse shooters, with a shot of Creme de Menthe  and topped with fresh mint leaves
Make refreshing mint water with fresh mint leaves and a mint-infused signature {we have an amazing mint cocktail we’re sharing from the party on Friday} for guests
Wrap a white pipe cleaner around a straw or wood stick in the shape of a cross for a lovely drink accessory
Make the setting personal with photos and a name
E-mail Jenna at paperie@fleurdelisdtc.com to create a custom invitation

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baptism ideas_jsorelle

 

{images via j. sorelle}

gf cookies for breakfast {recipe}

My dad has been known to eat cookies, pasta, pizza and even hamburgers for breakfast. Some of his genes were passed down to me {lucky lady} and I, too, like cold pizza and cookies for breakfast. Nowadays, I try to ‘healthify’ my eating habits {most of the time} and make healthy versions of the refined sugary foods I love for my family and me. Don’t get me wrong, I still can’t say no to a chocolate donut when presented with the opportunity to devour. These Breakfast Cookies are delicious and I don’t need to feel guilty having one or two, or four of these babies for breakfast.

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Breakfast Cookie
recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
makes 15-20 cookies

Ingredients
2 cups gf quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup almond butter
1 large banana, mashed
1/2 raw and shelled pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or raisins {I made with the chocolate}

Bake it, girl
Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips or raisins in a medium bowl and use a mixer to blend well.
Add the chips or raisins and stir.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Grab a very large tablespoon size dough and place on cookie sheet. The cookies will not spread, so shape dough like an already cooked cookie.
Bake  at 325 degrees for 16 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.

These are healthy and nutritious, and these moms {us} are giving you and your kids permission to indulge in cookies for breakfast!

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{images via j. sorelle}

throne of awesome

This weekend, we challenge you to Search for Your Awesome, like The Alison Show and Bing inspired us to do in Salt Lake City. I sat in the throne of awesome {such a genius idea, Alison} in UT, and I am considering having a chair like that in my home – it can be my ‘break’ from the chaos of the day where I can just ‘be’, or it can be the place where all my creativity happens…or it can be my chair when I’m having ‘one of those bad days where nothing is going right and everyone is doing everything better than me’ where I can sit remind myself that ‘I’m AWESOME just the way I am!’
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If you need a little help searching for your awesome, or want to know how to start, check out Alison’s series here.

Watch the awesome party Bing and The Alison Show threw below – I even made the video – look for me at 0:55 adding volume to my head, then watch the rest of the video. Great party styling, fashion and overall awesomeness that will inspire you.

So, tell us – where and how are you going to celebrate your awesome this weekend. E-mail us, comment or find us on instagram @jsorelle3.

Photo: via The Alison Show and photographer of the event, Jessica Peterson Photo. See all of Alison’s recap here.
Video: videographer Modern Atelier, @modern_atelier

you donut how much i love you

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I plan to make the first day of the school year special with lots of photos, love, hugs, kisses..and donuts. Who doesn’t have a good day that starts off with a donut and love? And, we have a free printable for you too from Fleur de Lis! You can find it here. And, not just for the first day of school – for anyone you love, on any day of the week. Yay! Donuts for everyone.

I hope the rare goodness of chocolate and sprinkles before 8 am brings a smile to my kids faces’ and eases my kindergartener’s ‘first day of school’ anxiety. Heck, I think I need 10 donuts to ease my anxiety for the first day. Bring on the chocolate glazed donut for mama!

You can either print the printable directly on a white bag from Target like I did. Or, print and cut, then attach to a bag with a clothes pin.

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free donut printable_jsorelle

 

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{images via j. sorelle…as you can see, we couldn’t even keep a donut untouched for the photos – chocolate fingers snatched some bites}