Valentine’s Day Marshmallows & A “Little” Sewing (Kind of)

Sunday of last weekend was all about creating; creating with someone who wanted to spend ALL DAY making one thing after another.  ”After we finish this, do you think we could make something else.”  So sweet…my 6 year old niece.  What I didn’t expect was to become sick (and I mean really sick) that night with the 48 hour stomach flu.  I haven’t been that sick in over 15 years.  So, this post is a recap of last Sunday’s fun events (minus the sickness!).

First, we set out on making chocolate dipped marshmallows with a Valentine’s Day theme.  Yeah, I know…over 20 days away, but still fun to have a theme.  These are super simple and easy to do.  First, I would prep the work space if you are going to make this a kid project.  I taped wax paper / freezer paper to the counter (shiny side up) and pulled up the stool.  I would also use small bowls to set up the different sprinkles for dipping rather than sprinkling onto the chocolate.  Dipping is easier (and less messy) than shaking the sprinkles out of a container.


Supplies you will need:

  • Melting Chocolate - Assorted Colors
  • Candy Sticks (in the baking section of JoAnn‘s or Michaels)
  • Assorted Sprinkles
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Ribbon
  • Plastic Bags


  • Place a Candy Stick in Each Marshmallow and set them out ready to go.
  • Melt the chocolate
  • Start Dipping - Either dip just the end or swirl and get the entire thing.
  • Dip into whatever sprinkles you want.
  • Set the dipped marshmallows onto the wax paper (stick up) to dry.
  • The chocolate will set up and dry within 15 minutes.
  • At the end, I swirled the red and white chocolate together to make an interesting effect.





  • My niece had the best idea to use the cone shaped plastic pastry bags in my drawer to make small bouquets out of a few of the marshmallows together.
  • We placed them in the bag and wrapped a bow around them.
  • You could also do singles with a bow tied on them and give them as cute gifts to accompany a Valentine’s Day Card.


All ready for delivery….she wanted to stop at every neighbor’s house along the way home to drop off a little gift.  And, last but not least, we sewed her first project.  It was a small little bag that came ready to make with her new sewing machine.  The funny part was that her new sewing machine was a bit difficult to operate and so I had to break out the instructions.  At some point, she instructed to me that this was very boring and can’t we just sew.

Needless to say, we sewed her bag using both machines (hers and mine) and had a great time.  Here’s the final result:

I am now feeling much better and hoping to get a few hours of sewing in before the end of this day is over even though I should really clean the house, knock out the piles of laundry, do some work….


Pantry Door Menu Board - Update

I updated the pantry board menu project already with some vinyl letters.  You can see the original post here.

I added vinyl adhesive letters using my new Cricut machine which I am learning to use.  It was a Christmas present from my husband.  I can’t wait to start using it more.  For now, I am dabbling.  Here’s the update photo:


The menu is already set for next week and the shopping is done.  Maybe I will start sharing recipes next week…I am going for simple and quick but fresh.  So far, so good.  We tried four new recipes last week and all were winners.


The Week in Review

Loving the idea of phone photos  ( aka Insta Friday ) the week to catch life in action….this was a busy week for work and that’s mostly where I spent my time.
Gosh…she is beautiful…but, I am biased.  Quaint 750,000 square foot hospital in Escondido….she is coming along.  And, we are approaching the finish.  I cannot really believe it and take in all that has happened over the last few years.  It is amazing to work with such a talented group of men and women.  This building was built by the hands of over 5,000 hardworking individuals….we should all be proud.  One day sometime soon, this place will provide patient care to those in need.  Such an honor to be part of the journey.

Palomar Medical Center West....spending a lot of time here....still under construction....

Tours, tours and more tours.  Hard to be mad at all the people that want to come and see this great place.  It is not every day that a new hospital is built.  Tours…some nice and curious people, some not so nice and just plain rude people.  But, all in all, mostly respectful and gracious folks who just want their experience in this place to be before it opens and not after.  You can respect that.

lots of tours....people coming to check out the new hospital...

Lots of blue booties….on every foot that enters to minimize dust.  Kind of like blue smurfs but not as cute.

Lots of blue booties.....

She sure is pretty on the outside, but all the hard work is covered that went on behind the scenes.  This is the ceiling space…really a work of art and true craftsmenship in the finest sense.  Did I tell you how proud I am of this place and these people?

Checking out stuff in the ceiling....

Cruising west on Thursday evening towards an evening event….the sun was stunning and I tried to capture the moment without ending my life….beautiful.  And, I lived.  :-)

cruising on the freeway...

And, a surprise award for Board Member of the year.  I joined this board a year ago unsure of myself and my surroundings.  I took on a challenge with a group of people that weren’t so sure of me either.  I found strength in trying to figure it out and believing that I really could do something out of my comfort zone.  It has been a growth experience for me and something that has challenged me in ways I didn’t quite expect.  Another blessing…not the award, but the experience.

Getting an Award

And, the tulips that continue to amaze and open day by day until the first petal falls to the ground.  I love that quite sound and I heard it just a bit ago as the flowers start to deconstruct and gravity takes over.  So common, yet so amazing all at the same time.

Watching the Tulips open....

Still inspired by this shape …

Still daydreaming about quarterfoils

and those stripes….hopefully, I will find the time to sew those window panels this weekend.

and thinking about horizontal stripes

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life rearranged

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