Fruit-Filled Icecream Cones

by ilene on April 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in party, recipes


We hosted a women’s brunch at our home a couple weeks ago and I made these fruit-filled ice-cream cones dipped in chocolate for the occasion.   They were a different way to serve fruit at a party and I think it’d be a fun idea at a kid’s birthday party as well.  It’s a great way to get children to eat more fruit!  I saw the idea on Pinterest while browsing around so I can’t take credit for this idea.  I like how simple it was to put together and made a nice display at the buffet table.

I bought these icecream cones from Safeway:


For the chocolate, I melted semi-sweet chocolate chips with a teaspoon of  shortening (you can also use coconut oil, too):


I microwaved the chocolate in 30 second intervals until the chocolate was melted, then I dipped the rim of each ice-cream cone in the chocolate: 

I set the cones on a silpat mat and put them in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden up:fruitcones4

I made the chocolate cones the day before the party and stored them in an air tight container overnight so it was one less thing to do the day of the brunch.  Then the morning of the brunch, the cones were filled with fresh fruit:

If I were to make these again, I would get the bigger waffle cones so that I could fit more fruit in them.  I also had meant to make whipped cream and spoon them at the bottom of each cone, but I ran out of time. I think the whipped cream would have made them extra yummy.

I wish I had a better photo of the fruit cones from the brunch, but this was the only one I captured of all the cones stacked up:fruitcones

A special thank to my friend S who came to the brunch early and helped assemble these! With all the food we were frantically making that morning, these could not have been done without her help!

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My identical twin sister and I gave birth to our second daughters just 3 days apart in February. We originally had the exact same due date (imagine our shock when we found out!), but both of us were overdue and ended up being induced.  When we found out we were expecting at the same time, we were overjoyed!    Zoey and her cousin Rylie are 6 months apart, which we thought was really close in age, but now our second set of girls are just days apart.  This is the closest I’ll ever get to my dream of having twin girls!!  I call them our twinnies = twins + minis.

The only downside about giving birth to our daughters at the same time was that I didn’t get to meet my sister’s newborn and she didn’t get to meet mine until recently. We live 400 miles apart so I was really bummed that I didn’t get to be there for her birth and I had to wait 5 weeks to meet her daughter.  For my birthday this year, all I wanted was to meet little baby Averie, so I boarded a plane with 5 week old Skylar and off we went!  I was teary-eyed meeting my niece for the first time.  We finally were able to introduce the cousins to each other, too!

Here are our twinnies at 6 weeks old:


That’s Averie Hope on the left and Skylar Love on the right.  Even though they, in theory, share half the same genes, they look nothing alike and couldn’t be any more different in personality. Averie has so far shown to be the feistier, loud one while Skye tends to be a little more quiet and content. It’ll be interesting to watch them grow up and see how they interact with each other. I imagine Averie will be the vocal leader and Skye will happily follow.

How cute are their little bums?


My hope is that Averie and Skylar will become the best of friends as they grow up, just like their mommies.  My dream is that they will be each other’s biggest cheerleaders, celebrate each other’s triumphs, support each other through challenges that come and always be there for the other.   They already mastered crying together:


The beginning of a lifelong friendship.  Best buddies:twinnies5

Here is a picture of all four of our daughters on Easter:Easter

I’ve always wanted to be a mother to girls, so I feel like I am living my dream!  I foresee lots of tea parties, ballerina performances, dress up time and princess fun in our future! And thats how I like it!


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5 Minute, $3 Elsa Frozen Cape

by ilene on April 1, 2015 · 0 comments

in sewing, tutorial



Like most little girls, my 2 year old is OBSESSED with Frozen. She hasn’t seen the whole movie yet, but she knows all the songs by heart. Olaf is her favorite and she can belt out “Let it Go” with the best of them.  If you have been over to our place, you most likely have been sat down (by her) for one of her performances.  Our Zoey is an entertainer and she loves to sing!

Since she loves to play dress up, I made her a Queen Elsa cape.  This was one of the easiest, quickest, cheapest projects I have ever done. It only took 5 minutes to put together, which is a good thing, because with a newborn, I don’t have time for anything more than that!  I bought some some blue glittery tulle at Joanne’s for $7/yard. I bought ⅔  of a yard and that was enough to make two capes for 2 two year olds.  Tulle is great because it doesn’t fray so I didn’t need to hem the fabric. I cut the tulle in half to make one cape for Zoey and one for her cousin Chloe.  All I did was fold the top of the fabric over about 10 inches to create a shorter top layer, pinned in place  and sewed a straight line about 1.5″ down from the fold to create a casing. I didn’t even bother to measure anything since the cape would be gathered, it didn’t have to be perfect.  Then I threaded some satin ribbon I had left over from my wedding through, gathered the fabric and tied a ribbon for the neck bow.  Voila!  Easiest cape ever!



Two sparkly capes for two little Elsas:elsacape3

This little princess proudly wore her Frozen cape every day for weeks. She wore it to school, to the playground, grocery shopping….elsacape4

The only downside was that a trail of blue glitter followed her wherever Zoey went.  We were vacuuming glitter for weeks!! It drove us mad!   I plan on making her a fancier Anna cape when I have the time. I bought this pattern off of Etsy and I hope to make her a matching princess Anna cape soon!




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My little baby girl Skylar is now 1 month old!   The days go by slow but the weeks go by quickly. We’ve made it to the one month mark, we have survived!  (Largely due to the help of my mom who is super grandma!) As with Chinese tradition, Zoey and I dyed a bunch of red eggs to celebrate when she turned 30 days.  Despite having to juggle two kids now, this month surprisingly wasn’t as hard as it was the first time around when I was a shell-shocked new mom.  Recovery, nursing and just being able to do normal people things are much faster the second time.  Baby Skye has been a pretty easy baby so far and has made it fairly easy for us.  She is just a sweetheart.


She now is 9 pounds (50% percentile) and 21.5″ long (75%).  She is growing nicely and as sweet as can be.skye_2weeks2

Every day, I fall more and more in love with this girl.  I didn’t think it was possible to love TWO girls the same but my heart has expanded infinitely. She has brought us so much joy into our lives.  How can you not want to snuggle with this one?!skye_2weeks3


Looking forward to many, many more months of mothering my little SkyeSkye!




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Love You Forever

by ilene on March 3, 2015 · 0 comments

in baby, decor, Skylar's First Year

In honor of the new love in my life, Skylar Love, I changed up the decor on our living room wall:skylar1

Here is my baby girl at 4 days old.skylar2


Tutorial on how I made the white frames detailed here.  There are tons of tutorials online on how to make the tissue paper tassel garland and I just followed one that I googled. They can also be bought fully made on etsy but it was quick to put together and really cheap to make it yourself:

tassel garland

For the letters “Love You Forever”, I bought unfinished wooden letters from Michaels (took multiple trips to different stores to get all the letters that I needed), primed them with white paint and then had Jeff spray paint them silver:


All this was done of course BEFORE Skye was born. There is no time for projects like this right now!

I’ll love you forever, baby Skye!!

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