a new spot


I have relocated, my friends! www.thesesweetdays.com has officially become mine and I have switched up the look of the blog a bit. I’m so excited about this change. It feels fresh and clean and just in time for spring! Thankful for each one of you that keeps up with me on my little space here and I’m hopeful you will join me over at my new section of the online world.

in transition

undergoing the process of switching blog sites this week, so this one is going to look a little different and empty. excited for a change and I shall return to regularly scheduled blog planning soon!

have a great week, lovelies!

portraits of AK || 07

“a portrait of her every week for a year”



Little, we’ve had the best week being snowed in. You’ve kept the spirit of the snow alive inside by having your sled in the living room at all times. It’s been the spot to eat lunch, to lay your stuffed animals or imaginary friends down for naps, and to watch movies. I loved this moment the other day, with your legs hanging over your sled and your mismatched pjs. I’m so thankful for the quiet, imagination-filled, creative week we’ve had altogether. And I will never get enough of your love of snow.

friday || 07

This week. This glorious snow-filled week. It was a needed and lovely reprieve. Last week ended up being heavier than anticipated and much busier than planned so this week of being cozied up at home was quite welcome. The Lord is so kind to give those times for our weary bodies and minds.

On a completely different note, our beta fish died this week. Our little Nemo, (one guess who named him), swam his last and joined his predecessor, also named Nemo, in the depths of wherever our bathroom pipes flow. And, being the super stellar parents we are, our kid still doesn’t know he’s no longer with us. This is not because we are dreading telling her. Oh no, this is purely because we have forgotten to tell her. And because Nemo lived up on a high shelf of our bookcase, (to not fall prey to the same fate as Nemo #1 and have orange juice poured into his bowl), AK has no way of knowing that he is anywhere other than in his normal spot. So, goal number one tomorrow: remember to tell our kid her fish is dead.

Moving on now.

– a few of my favorite things –

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01 || Being that it has been freezing this week, our high today was 8 degrees (!!), my clothing priorities have been comfort and warmth. This Funnelneck Sweatshirt from JCrew Factory would satisfy both those requirements.

02 || I love a good pair of distressed skinny jeans. Midrise Skinny Jean in Distressed Indigo.

03 || We’ve been doing a lot of reading this week and I treasure sharing books I loved growing up with my Little now. Since I was a little girl I have loved Miss Rumphius. It’s a lovely story with precious illustrations. I mean, she rides around the roads of her coastal town and scatters flower seeds throughout so that she may “make the world more beautiful.” What’s sweeter than that?

04 || Another one I loved, illustrated by the same lady, is Ox-Cart Man. It’s simple and pleasant.

05 || The Oscars are this Sunday. Though J and I usually crash into bed before they are over and we’ve typically only seen one or two of the movies that are up for awards, we always enjoy another reason to have a bit of a foodie celebration. A few recipes I’m planning:

ricotta crostini

bourbon meatballs

magic bars

Do any of you all have Oscar traditions? Any fun food or drink recipes?

Enjoy this weekend, darlings! Happy Friday!

grateful || snow

Our winter dreams finally came true this week.


This snow week has been completely wonderful. J got to work from home on Monday, so that meant having lunch all together and extra hugs and kisses all day. We had dinner and game night with our little sis and her guy; we treasure those times with those two. We’ve read, we’ve watched movies, we’ve built forts, we’ve baked, we’ve had dance parties, we’ve had ever-constant cups of something warm in our hands. We’ve been refreshed by just being quiet, being together, being home.

These days are needed sometimes and they came at the perfect time, in the most beautiful, peaceful, pure-white way. Grateful.



recipe || carmelitas

chocolate. caramel. butter. brown sugar. heavy cream. okay! I made these for the first time last year and sent them to my hubby’s office. J brought home a clean plate and a satisfying report that day so I figured it was a recipe to keep close at hand.


— Carmelitas — 


32 caramel squares, unwrapped

1/2 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips


Combine caramels and cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until completely smooth; set aside. In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and baking soda. Pat half of the oatmeal mixture in to the bottom of an 8by8″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Remove pan from over and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel. Return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.

This recipe is easily doubled and made in a 9by13″ pan. Also, be sure to really let them cool before cutting into them. The caramel takes a good while to cool off.

Recipe via Pinterest

Curl up with your hot beverage of choice, a blanket, and one of these delicio-so bars on a wintry evening this week and you will be in full contentment mode. Enjoy, my friends!

portraits of AK || 06

“a portrait of her every week for a year”



Little, you’ve been especially eager to help me in the kitchen this week. I’m so glad you’re still small enough to sit on the counter in our tiny kitchen. I treasure your curiosity about all things culinary; wanting to know what each tool is for, wondering about every ingredient, wanting to do exactly what I’m doing (even using a super sharp knife). You’re a sponge, soaking it all up. I love our flour-dusted, music-playing, chocolate chip-popping, kitchen days.