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Capri’s ‘Nutcracker’ 4th Birthday party

Happy NEW Year! We had the best Christmas break filled with quality family time, fun with friends, good food and lots of laughter. We also celebrated my sweet baby girl turning FOUR!

Each year, we take our girls to the Nutcracker Ballet. It is honestly my favorite Christmas tradition. Last year, was Capri’s first time, and she absolutely LOVED it. Since then, she requested that her next Birthday was a ‘Nutcracker’ theme Birthday party. So for the past year, I’ve gathered some fun party accessories and had so much fun with all the details.

Seeing her face light up at the Nutcracker this year (and her dancing in the lobby), was just the greatest joy. This little girl is filled with so much sparkle and delight, and is such a gift to our family.

HAPPY 4th Birthday to our precious, Capri.


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‘Old Fashioned’ Cranberry-Orange Relish

Cranberry Orange Relish

There’s something about Thanksgiving that just brings back the BEST memories from growing up. Gathering together at our Grandparents house, and celebrating the holidays with all of our Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, was always so much fun! And there’s nothing like having all the traditional Thanksgiving food, to remind me of all the special times we shared together.

One of my favorite recipes from Thanksgiving is my Grandma’s ‘Old Fashioned’ Cranberry-Orange Relish. I’ve taken that over, and prepare it as one of our most loved Thanksgiving side dishes. I still have her original recipe card that I cherish and love, and always chuckle to myself when I add a “jigger” of Brandy! Just maybe keep an extra dish for the kids without it. Ha! I am so amazed at how quick + simple it is, and can even be made a few days ahead of time. It’s a huge timesaver when you’re trying to prepare so many dishes at once.

My Mom and Dad now host Thanksgiving, and I love that they still carry on so many of the holiday traditions.. to make it all that more special for our kids. And I hope they carry on the same traditions.

Cranberry Orange Relish

‘Old Fashioned’ Cranberry-Orange Relish


1lb. (4 cups) fresh cranberries
2 oranges (rind + pulp)
2 cups sugar
1 “jigger” (shot) of brandy


  • Chop oranges into chunks
  • In a food processor, grind together cranberries + oranges
  • Add to large mixing bowl and add sugar + “jigger” of brandy
  • Mix together
  • Cover + Refrigerate several hours for flavors to blend together
  • Serve with Thanksgiving meal
  • Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving from House on Prairie Lane

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Chloe’s 7th Birthday Party: Under the Sea

This past weekend, we celebrated Chloe turning SEVEN (I can’t believe I’m even typing that number), with family + friends ‘Under the Sea.’ We had so much fun planning, shopping, and creating all the party supplies for the event. We even set up a cute little photo booth for some fun + silly pics! Here’s a peek at all the special details..

bubble wand + pearls

bubble wand




crab sandwiches


cupcake closeup

photo booth 1

photo booth 2

photo booth 3

photo booth 4

photo booth 5

photo booth 6

party details

fish bucket  |  pearl necklaces  |  cupcake display  |  under the sea egg kit  |  seashell candy mold

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Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and if you read my blog post last week, you know we love to celebrate together as a family. My girls love to share in the excitement of the holiday, and insisted on making Daddy some yummy treats.. Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies. They have become a staple in our house since I was pregnant with Capri, and something we always make for special occasions (or even when we just have a sweet tooth)! The recipe is quick, easy and soooooo delicious!


Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies


3/4 cup coconut oil (I liquify it in the microwave for approx. 30 seconds)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips
optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a mixer, beat together coconut oil, sugar + brown sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • Mix in vanilla
  • Combine flour, baking powder + salt in medium bowl
  • Slowly add flour mixture to mixer
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Scoop dough into 2 Tbsp rounds
  • Place on non-stick baking sheet
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown
  • Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day from House on Prairie Lane!




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Valentine Gift Ideas for Girls

After the longest January ever, I am sooooo ready to celebrate the month of LOVE! Pete and I have never been the type of couple who celebrate with fancy/extravagant gifts. We both prefer to cook a nice dinner at home, and celebrate together with our girls.. as a family. I always have so much fun gathering small gifts and preparing some sweet surprises for our girls. Here are some of my absolute favorites..

Valentine Gifts

love first t-shirt  |  heart sunglasses  |  sweatpants  |  glitter coin purse  |  beaded necklace  |  heart pillow  |  nightgown  |  heart crew socks  |  slippers  |  heart t-shirt  |  glitter heart bag  |  bow sneaker

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