I Made Fudge

Today I am feeling a bit more perky and like myself. I got dressed today, and decided to make fudge with the little boys. They were home today so it was a great opportunity to do a fun and easy kitchen project with them – and there’s nothing like chocolate to lift your spirits right?!

Noah and Brigs were totally into it and asked if we could make fudge everyday. I’m sure they will help me make several pans that I have planned to give away in the coming weeks. Once Dylan arrived home I heard an audible “MMMMM!!!” from the kitchen – then I heard “This is THE BEST fudge Mom!”. I’m glad he came home to a special treat today.

Loss

This past week was one of the most gut-wrenching of my life. The time I realized that I would not be carrying our baby to term, that in fact I was miscarrying. The shock and sadness that you feel in situations like this is deep and raw. I can’t say that I’m handling it in any great way, I’m just dealing with it the only way I can – moment by moment.

This has meant asking my friends and family to hold off on phone calls. I feel a huge need to self protect, and answering questions and hearing sympathy is just not something I’m able to handle in the least. I know that at some point I may want to talk about it, but all I know is that I don’t right now. It’s enough to know that people care and are there for me, I know this already. I feel the support of family and friends, even without the words and that’s a comfort to me. I know that I am loved.

I want to thank many of you for being excited with me at the possibility. Your instant support and excitement was so appreciated by me. Bottom-line I know that I will be ok, and that there is a reason why things like this happen. I have faith that God is watching out for me, he knows my heart. I feel the mercies of a loving father in heaven, and feel richly blessed with the children I have already who are healthy, happy and beautiful. I know I am fortunate and feel smiled upon by heaven in many many ways.

So in a few days, I will gather my humor, and positivity together and go about being a good mommy to my four boys. I know that it’s only through service to others that you can find true joy and happiness. I plan on using service for others to heal my heart. That’s my plan to get through.

Thank you again for your love and concern both for me and my entire family. It’s been a crazy, upsetting time but I am thankful to know there are so many out there praying for me and wishing me well. Thank you!

Sad News

Hi everyone,
Thank you for your support through the past few weeks of my pregnancy. Unfortunately I have miscarried and I’m truly devastated. This is not the first time, but definitely the most painful both physically and emotionally. Please bear with me as I’ll be away for a few days, I’m not taking calls while I’m going through this. I may be going in for surgery today or tomorrow, just waiting to hear.

Your love and prayers are much appreciated. I thank you for all you have done to support me. Please feel free to pass this information along, as I won’t be able to work on Boutique Cafe this week.

Love,
Daria

My Noah is 4!

The day finally arrived, despite my denial my little Noah has turned 4 years old today! Wow, I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by. It seems like yesterday he was my tiny little newborn baby in NICU with tubes to help him breathe. Once he arrived home from the hospital I snuggled him up and remember just wanting to be alone with him, to cherish his preciousness. I felt so blessed that he was healthy enough to come home, and I don’t think I’ve let go of him since. He’s just my little miracle boy, full of smiles and funny expressions, sweet sounds and magical big brown eyes.

These days Noah loves to pretend he is Indiana Jones or Batman, loves anything and everything his big brothers are interested in, and still loves to cuddle up with Mommy. I honestly can’t picture my life without this little man.

Today for his Birthday I’m hoping to take him outside for some pictures. I’ll share them later. Happy Happy Birthday Noah-boah, Mommy loves you more than you’ll ever know!

Boutique Cafe's 12 Days of Christmas Season 4! On Sale Now

12 Days of Christmas Season 3 Interview Spots HO HO HO! It’s our favorite time of the year, and Boutique Cafe’s 12 Days of Christmas is back for our FOURTH season of shows. This year we’re recruiting our guests a bit differently, due to the time crunch and increased schedule for Daria, we won’t be running auctions for interested designers/groups/shops to bid on a feature. INSTEAD… we ask that you email us directly as to availability, we will then invoice you for your purchase through Paypal so you can instantly purchase your interview with Daria, in our popular holiday shows that run at the end of November. That’s right – you’ll instantly know that you can prepare and plan for an interview on Boutique Cafe’s biggest shows of the year. Once the 12 spaces are sold that’s it, so don’t delay in grabbing your “Day of Christmas” feature on our podcast.

Our Buy it Now price is $100 per “Day of Christmas” and will feature you, your group, or your boutique related website during a podcast interview. You will have your clickable link and a few photos embedded in our enhanced feed, as well as your url in our shownotes for that show. Boutique Cafe also will be doing a press release during the holiday shopping frenzy to give attention to our 12 Days of Christmas guests. Continue reading

Easy Easy, Yummy Yummy!

I’m famous in my extended family for making simple, easy, quick, meals. I’m not a chef by any stretch of the imagination, so I love to try amazing new recipies that are made in 20 mins or less to add to our meal plans. This one is definitely a Keeper!!

I saw this presented by Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network and it stuck in my mind. The ingredients are not at all what you would expect, but put together this is a winner to me. Plus it has chocolate so you can’t go wrong there!

Panini with Chocolate and Brie
12 slices sourdough bread
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
Directions
Preheat the panini grill.

Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Grill the bread slices until they begin to turn golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the panini grill and place 2 ounces of cheese on 1 slice of bread (the bottom half), top the cheese with 1/3 cup chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of basil. Top with another slice of bread. Continue with the remaining sandwiches. Return the sandwiches to the panini grill until the chocolate begins to melt, about another 2 minutes.

Cut the sandwiches into 2-inch wide rectangles or small triangles and transfer to a serving platter.

Sweet Holiday Savings

Boutique Cafe has a rockin’ Holiday Gift Guide this year, full of deals/discounts/free ships and promo codes. All you need to make your holiday shopping a bit more merry.

Endulge in:

10% off with Sweet Girl Boutique + Free Gift Wrap
10% off at You Can Make This
15% off with Studio Jewel
$2 off shipping with Pammy J
Free Shipping at Two Little Witches
Free Shipping with Cinnamon Sticks
10% off at Baby Bella Maya
10% off at BonBon Cupcakes
10% off and Free Priority Shipping with D-Lux 57 aprons
AND MANY MANY MANY MORE!!!!
Don’t forget to snag our Holiday Guide Button to add to your sidebar. Let’s support these incredible small businesses and share the joy this season!

To join our guide as a retailer, please send an email to daria@boutiquecafe.com for more details.

Taking it's Toll

The past few days have been the worst so far. The nausea is really horrible, it’s such an unfair symptom of pregnancy that robs you of feeling super happy all of the time. Despite my need to be in bed 24/7 at the moment I’m still in pretty good spirits. I saw the Dr. today and officially confirmed our impending little bundle for June 23rd. YAY!! I’ll be off to Calgary for my first ultrasound in about 2 weeks, they have 3-D imaging up in Calgary so I don’t mind traveling up for the chance to get a better image of our baby.

Even with how yucky I am feeling, I am doing MUCH better this pregnancy so far than my others. By now I would have already been in the hospital on IV’s with my boys, so I’m happy that I’m not in that state at the moment.

You Might Be The Hero in This Story!!

This is Marielle. She is the beautiful teenage daughter of Lisa, a dear friend of mine. Marielle desperately needs a kidney transplant, unfortunately finding a match for Marielle is extremely difficult. Her mother is one of the most generous, kind and talented people I have ever known. I know the agony of seeing her daughter in constant pain is tearing her apart, and the fact that she is unable to donate her own kidney to Marielle must be sorrowful for her. Lisa is exhausting each and every possibility as the ultimate advocate for her daughter’s care. Her bravery in this situation is awe-inspiring to me in every way.

Please help to save Lisa’s daughter and consider being a living kidney donor. Here is how you can help. Prayers are also much appreciated for Marielle and her family.

Old Red Barn Rocks My World!

She’s at it again, Dana from Old Red Barn blog is giving away…not 1, not 2…but 3 Quilts!! Color me giddy, it’s just super exciting. And what better way to support this kind hearted and generous gal than promoting her blog for her, it’s the least we could do right???!

Way to win are easy:

1. Post a comment under this post
2. Blog about her OUTSTANDING giveaway (like I’m doing right now), twitter it, facebook mention it – whatever you’d like, just get the word out. (this gives you 5 extra entries)
3. Snag her button and fly it proudly on your blog sidebar! (this gives you 5 extra entries)
4. Create a video and upload it to YouTube about why you want to win. (this gives you 50 extra entries)
5. Suck up! (just kidding, I added that but really Dana just loves everyone!!)