Friday, April 29, 2011

I heart....

Toys instead of candy from the Easter Bunny :)

My girly Girl having no qualms with picking up and carrying home a worm for our veggie garden.

Kawaii snacks that make you smile ;)

Friends that will go anywhere and do anything with you just cuz they love you ;)

Happy Weekend ;)

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Funny Girl!

I look over to find Pumpkin at the sneak peek station at our library and had a LOL moment...

There she is with her little bear listening to some spinets of stories that are featured this month at the library.  I laughed out loud and was lucky enough to have my camera yesterday.

She found the story she liked while at the station and had to show it to Buddy Bear before we checked out.

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Veggie Garden

We finally put our tiny veggies into our garden box. 

At Home Depot they had cedar raised garden bed kits and we thought that we would give it a go.  I am very surprised at how easy it was putting the garden box together and then getting dirty planting our little veggies. 

The fun part.... the girls will play in the yard and make mud pies till the cows come home but have them help me mix up the dirt and they go squealing to all corners of the yard ;)

Okay, I know... they look a little sad right now but you should see how perky they are today.  Per the recommendation from the guy at Home Depot we filled it with a mixture of miracle grow and top soil.  For every bag of miracle grow garden soil we added a bag of good ole top soil. 

So that is our garden and we are hoping that we have a good harvest of lovely veggies. 

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Monday, April 25, 2011

I Heart Faces photo challenge ~ Pets

This week at I Heart Faces the challenge is pets.  Meet Abs.  He is Peanut's class pet that we had the privilege of watching one weekend.  The Girls had a blast having him climb all over and explore their little castle.  If you get a chance pop on over to I Heart Faces to see other pet photos ;)

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Monday Music ~ The Golden Age

Not sure why but this song makes me want to dance and tends to follow me around the rest of the day. 

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Citar

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him.  
For He departed, and behold, He is here.  
~St Augustine

'Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Spanish Student

Happy Easter

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bedtime story ~ The Search For Wandla

 I used to read countless Dr. Seuss books and then moved to several of Grimm's Fairy Tales at bedtime for the Girls. Please do not get me wrong, I love reading to the Girls.  But, in an effort to not  read the same stories over and over again  I started reading LARGE chapter books.  This month I started reading a book Squirt picked out at the book store to read, The Search for Wandla. The story may be a bit too old for Pumpkin but she is the first one to request I read another chapter so she can find out what happens to Eva Nine. I love that the chapters have been quick and the world that is created is intriguing so far. We are not that far into the story to really form an opinion but the journey of Eva Nine from her subterranean home to find other humans is sure to bring some adventure and new friends to our nightly story time.

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cookie vs Bites

I am always on the lookout for tasty treats for breakfast to spring on the Girls.  Frenchy at Le Chateau des Fleur  had a  Breakfast Cookie recipe that looked too Yummy to pass up.

 But I am not sure what happened here?!?!

 Oh well ;) I guess they are little Breakfast Bites  ;)
The Girls still gave them the thumbs up sign which is pretty awesome.  I think they are getting used to my misadventures in the kitchen and they are rolling with the punches, God Bless their little hearts ;)

 If you would like to whip up a batch for your hungry crew, please visit Frenchy here .  In ours I  used only chopped cranraisins and orange extract instead of  vanilla extract.  Hubby liked them and requested that I not find out what went wrong .... he kinda likes the breakfast oatmeal bite thingy :)  {I think he is a keeper ;)}

Happy Baking ;)

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wendsday ~ Handyman

Happy WW ;)

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday Music ~ Mirukuminari

Here is a little bit of an updated version of music I grew up listening to.  
Every time I hear this type of music I think of my Mom and of our time in Okinawa.  She just recently performed this song with her dance/drum group in FL.  I  wish that the girls and I lived closer so we could participate in her troupe.  So for now we will settle for listening to these songs :)

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Citar

A quiet mind can truly listen to others
It does not feel the need to form responses while another speaks.  
It simply listens and gently responds in the moment because it has the clarity to do so.

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi 

Friday, April 15, 2011

I heart...

My smoothies in the mornings ;)

 New shoes to start a new workout routine

Grilled Cheese Sammiches ~ need I say more?!?

Friends over for Tea

 The Girls flowers patiently waiting to be planted in our veggie garden this weekend :)

Wishing everyone a very relaxing and fun weekend.

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Have your Cake and Eat it too

  I found this on the New Arrival Shelf at the local library last week and it had to come home with me

One thing I love about this book is that it IS NOT a DIET book.  Offers recipes that look terrific and lightened up so you can still enjoy meal times with your family.  I will have to double the recipes since they are mostly four servings but no worries Hubby and I will have lunch for the next day or two.  Killing two birds with one stone ;)  
 As you can see I have already marked all the recipes I am going to try.  Super excited and don't you just love little Post It 's?!?!

Dessert first in my book ;)

These brownies are so good and the girls have requested that I make them everyday.  The portion size is a bit small ~ but one of these little beauties is all I needed to satisfy that afternoon chocolate monster.

The second recipe was a breakfast smoothie

 Okay!  Run do not walk to your library or bookstore and see if this book would make your tummy happy.

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sunday Creative ~ Fly


Ladybug, Ladybug fly away home
Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Music ~ Blessings

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise'

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Buttermilk Biscuits

I am finally embracing some of the wonderful southern foods that Hubby grew up on. This is my FIRST batch of Buttermilk biscuits EVER!  What do you think?  They were easier to make than I ever imagined and they flew out of the bread bowl at dinner ;)

I only had one little hiccup ~ NO biscuit cutter.  
My glasses were either TOO big or Teeny Tiny ;)  So, I went with the smaller glass to help decrease the cook time.  

These beauties are so delicious and would be wonderful at breakfast, tea, or dinner.  I will definitely be making them again and again and I hope you will give these a try as well.  Hop on over to Pink Parsley to get the recipe.
Happy Baking ;)

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Citar

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
~ Jane Austen

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
~ Haruki Murakami

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Saturday, April 9, 2011


' Now ' is a very hard place to be most days.  The nights when I feel guilty about not spending enough time with the girls is decreasing.  I go to bed with the knowledge that I did the best I could to be in the Here and Now with all my Girls. 

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Friday, April 8, 2011

I heart . . .

 The silly games the girls play on the way home from school

 D`anju pears are the Best pears EVER!
snack of choice this week ;)

 Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is a lovely book that I really enjoyed reading this week.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wordless Wendsday ~ Determined

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

I wonder ....

 Why do I always eat better when Hubby works from home?  

I usually have a sammich eaten at the counter or over the sink while Pumpkin is having 'quiet time'.  Just a  bit scared to think what my lunches will look like when Pumpkin starts kindergarten next year and it will just be little old me here.

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Monday, April 4, 2011

Music Monday

Things that I am listening to now ;)  

This is what the Munchkins are listening to now.... why is it that this song is always stuck in my head?  I know it is either always on the radio and or the Girls are singing it.

Think that I will have to play my list a tad more than the girls to help de~ Beiber {like my new word} my brain ;)

What is in your playlist that you are loving right now?

Ja matta ne,
Little Mochi

Sunday, April 3, 2011