How To Make Your House Smell Horrible

Here’s my step-by-step guide to making your entire house smell really bad!

Step one: Obtain a plastic cupcake carrier and bake some cupcakes. The photo below is my carrier of choice.

Plastic cupcake carrier

Step two: Share your cupcakes with family. Bring the carrier home and be too lazy to wash frosting residue off it right away.

Step three: Leave the carrier out until your food monger Siberian Husky starts to lick it in the middle of the night.

Step four: Hide the cupcake carrier in the oven from said food monger.

Step five: Forget about the cupcake carrier. A few days later, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Melted cupcake carrier

Step six: About thirty minutes after turning your oven on, realize that you smell something. Remember that you left the cupcake carrier in the oven. Have a look in the oven. A puff of smoke should greet you.

Step seven: Realize the cupcake carrier is melted and savor the horrible aroma within your home for a few hours. It should induce a whopper of a headache.

Oven rack with melted plastic

Melted plastic on oven rack

Step eight: Spend $77 on new oven racks.

Step nine: Vow to always wash the dishes before bed.

Tell me your latest kitchen mishap!

Noodle Hair Confession and Harvesting Vegetables from the Garden

Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes for Sadie’s nose to heal up. She is looking much better and is her happy-go-lucky self! The swelling has gone down and she just has a cut and a tiny bit of bruising by her eye. She’s a champ, lol.

Toddler painting Abeka homeschool craft

We spent some time painting a picture from her arts and crafts book yesterday and she was loving it. We also went out to the garden.

We harvested two different varieties of yellow squash and some swiss chard, micro greens, and arugula. Later on, we also picked the first cucumber of the season!

Yellow squash and greens from vegetable garden in Pittsburgh

We have a few watermelons, green peppers, and jalapeños coming in, tomatoes are beginning to ripen, and the strawberries are being eaten by birds before we can pick them. They must be good 😉

These two behaved fairly well yesterday. Sure, Niva stole sweet potato fries off my dinner plate when I turned my back while Malcolm went for the chicken, but that’s child’s play compared to their usual antics.

Siberian Husky and black cat together

Sadie, on the other hand, went on a little breaking spree.

She broke the hanging succulent Jimmy gave me as a Mother’s Day gift when I was pregnant with her and the coffee mug my sister-in-law gave Jimmy for performing their wedding ceremony.

Broken coffee mug and glass succulent holder

When sentimental things like that break, I try to remind myself that they’re just things. Material possessions are nice and a blessing, but I never want to be so attached to something that when it breaks I flip out, you know?

I’m sure it’s easier said than done with it’s bigger and more important than decor and a coffee mug, though.

In the evening, we headed to church and I found a noodle in Sadie’s hair when we got there. I have to confess: I took the noodle out of her hair and gave it to her… and she ate it.

Noodle in toddler's hairFamily picture of mom and dad and toddler taking a selfie

Have you ever found something random in your hair? (True story, I once found a mini drone in my hair.)