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Christmas in the Shop & Coupon Code

The shop just got all decked out for the holidays!

New Christmas prints as well as re-released designs from years past.
Here’s just a small sampling, head over to the shop to see them all and add to your holiday home decor.

Use coupon code HOLLYJOLLY at checkout for 15% off today!





Categories: art prints, holidays, home

Paleo / Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffin Tops

Fall is officially here and I welcomed it with the only kind of muffin top I’m proud of.

MAINSince it is time for baking all things pumpkin, I’m excited to share this recipe that is a favorite in our home.

12 eggs
1+1/3 cup pumpkin puree
3 tsp vanilla
1 cup honey
2 cups coconut flour (my favorite is Nutiva)
1/4 cup pumpkin pie spice
1+1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup coconut oil, softened
chocolate/cacao chips (as desired)


• Preheat oven to 350º
• Line baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.
• In mixer – blend eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and honey until combined.
• Add in coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt.
• Mix until incorporated, then add coconut oil and mix again.
• Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.
• Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out dough, flatten top and flip onto prepared sheet.
• Shape as needed and repeat with remaining dough.
(These won’t spread, they stay true to the unbaked size)
• Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
• Remove from oven and cool on rack.
*Makes 30-36


* Note, this recipe makes a lot. I’ve edited it to make this many because they freeze great and are perfect to pull out in the morning and throw in the boys’ lunches. You can easily divide it to make smaller batches.




Categories: Uncategorized

Chicken coop tour

In April our family grew by 6 chicks.
(Martin shown here)


The boys named them all and really wanted the chicks to be boys…leading me to explain why we wanted them to be girls.
Martin was a favorite as a chick because she looked like she was wearing a superhero mask.
A few weeks later, our 6 chicks went down to 5 as we learned one was a boy and since we aren’t allowed to have roosters in our neighborhood, the boys had to say goodbye to Yoda and we passed him on to a good local farm.

Our final 5 needed a coop – because oh my goodness, those sweet chicks grow fast – and after looking at a few plans, this is what we ended up with.
It’s a great size for our small group.


A few in process photos:

It’s well ventilated and fully insulated for Wisconsin winters.
And while Chad built, I painted.
Painting the interior all white helps with it feeling brighter and cleaner (although I knew this was the cleanest it would ever look)

Ease of cleaning was important to me. The flooring is a tray that simply slides out a small hinged door at the back for us to easily sweep out soiled shavings. We also lined it with linoleum for it to be quickly hosed down when needed.

The girls love their roosting bars.

A shelf for the waterer was added and a feeder hangs down.

The girls moved in before the run was added. So, they now have the run
(as well as run of our whole yard).

We love having them and are enjoying the benefits every day!

Coop Plans (S110)
Waterer (Brite Tap)

Categories: home, Uncategorized

Cedarburg Strawberry Festival

There’s a local upcoming art festival this weekend that I have attended for years and this year I’m excited to take part in it.
The Cedarburg Strawberry Festival takes place in the heart of the sweetest downtown I know, a town that will always have a special place in my heart.

I’ll be there with a booth for my jewelry line, Corliss.


Now, here’s why Cedarburg is so special to me. Corliss was my grandmother’s name (my mom’s mother). My mom’s father passed away when she was young and Corliss eventually remarried a gentleman named Stephan Fischer
(growing up, we called him Grandpa Steve).

Grandpa Steve was the mayor of Cedarburg for three different terms from 1946-1982.
What I love about downtown Cedarburg is the small town feel and all the historic buildings.
Although it was unpopular at the time, Grandpa Steve was credited with saving many of those. His third run for office was out of a desire to save a 96 year old church. Once elected again, he refused demolition and it still stands today. A few years later, he went on to save the mill on the main street (Washington Ave) from becoming a gas station. The historic mill is now Cedar Creek Settlement, home to art studios, specialty shops and a winery.

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I’m not sure if he knew he was setting the foundation for what is now Cedarburg’s historic district, but it’s such a greatly preserved town.

A favorite comment of mine about Grandpa Steve is from the book;
Cedarburg, A History Set in Stone,
“Stephan Fischer would move Cedarburg into its future by preserving its past”

So, if you’re local – I hope you’ll stop out this weekend for this fun, free festival.
I’ll be behind the Cultural Center building, come say hello!




Categories: Design, home, shop, Things I like

The Love Project

Our youngest son is from China.
He waited for a forever family on a “special needs” list, as so many children do.

The sad truth is healthcare in China is vastly different than it is here and parents of children with medical conditions are often faced with the heart wrenching decision of either giving up their parental rights in hopes that their child will have a chance for life by someone else stepping in or to watch helplessly as they may not be able to provide the needed medical care.

Enter the Love Project.

When I first learned about this project, I was immediately touched that the goal behind it is family preservation and orphan prevention. Our family was completed with the adoption of our son and we are forever grateful to his mother for giving him life. But I often think of her and what situation our son was in.

Morning Star Foundation, Merdith Toering, and Ashley from Under the Sycamore just launched the Love Project, an online shop full of prints for purchase and download. Proceeds go to the Love Fund, providing assistance for families with CHD children that without help may be faced with some impossible decisions.

You can shop some amazing artwork and at the same time help to keep families together!


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Categories: adoption, art prints