Saturday, June 29, 2013

goodbye old friends


Anyone who has been a blogger for more than five years has seen how much the blogging world has changed.

Remember when it was such a thrill to see a new face in your Google Friend Connect box?

(or rather a giant blue eye, but that’s cool too)


google reader friends



I cannot even begin to tell you what some of those little squares have come to mean to me.


Some are brilliantly smart, many are insanely funny, some are people going through incredible heartache with a whole lot of courage, and some… have become true friends who post about squirrels and elbutts when your husband is going through cancer treatments.


Well, Google is being a poopypants (that is too a word – don’t mess with me spellcheck) and sending Google Reader and Google Friend Connect the way of acid wash denim jeans and banana clips.

But wait!  I just saw someone wearing a banana clip the other day – so Google is making a really big mistake!


It seems like the intent is to “encourage” bloggers to sync their sites with Google +.  Which means everyone would have to have a Google + account.  No worries friends, I haven’t done this – only because I hate feeling strongarmed into something.


So you’ll still be able to leave comments like usual (through Blogger’s commenting system), and you’ll still be able to find us if you come here directly or use other ways to subscribe.


See this area in the right sidebar?



Those are other ways to get the latest updates.  We appreciate you so much (you’re why we keep blogging!), and I would hate not to be able to find you after Google Friend Connect is retired on July 1st.

(People, that’s Monday… I’m panicking!")


You can click on any of those or use the links below:


Follow on Bloglovin 


follow us in feedly


(super sorry, but Feedly is having trouble syncing to our blog – will post an updated link as soon as it’s working.  I have a feeling they are busy with lots of panicking-like-me bloggers right now!)



I hope you’ll join us and keep on being a part of the crazy that is here!



Oh… and because I can’t post without something that makes me smile… this is what I feel like Jesus would do about this Google decision:







Sunday, June 23, 2013

May blink June blink


(giveaway winner announced on original post)


Holy smokes.

Where did May and June go?


School is out and we’ve finally had some of those days that make the Pacific Northwest the best place to live.

Of course I’m referring to SOCKLESS weather.  Booyah.



My husband is NOT a fan of these shoes.  Got them on sale and wear them everywhere just to annoy him.  I’m glad he thinks I’m cute.

Shoes by Blowfish, super pale ankles and iffy-first-position by Rachel.

(Do not search Blowfish {dot} com.  You will need mind bleach.  Direct link here for shoes that might annoy your husband.  You’re welcome.)




We blinked and May was nearly done.  Boogadacious shared his birthday with his school’s spring musical.  He approached it with his usual professionalism.





Remember when I told you all the exhausting things that had happened in one crazy week in May?  Well, I didn’t share one of the most traumatizing things…

Our empty-nest parents have been doting on two gorgeous chocolate labs.  The brothers have grown into 100 pound lapdogs from this:





Shame on you for thinking I was kidding about the 100 pound lapdog part  ;)





The boys are much beloved.  Right after my mother hurt herself challenging the lawn mower, she arrived home to find both of the dogs collapsed outside; injured and bleeding.


It appeared that maybe a mountain lion or bear had tangled with them – the boys had fought hard – with horrible wounds to prove it.


Remember… my mom was on crutches.  Trying to tend to two badly hurt large canines who couldn’t walk.  With no idea whether or not a predator was still in the woods nearby.  I still get chills.


Thankfully… her sheer determination and careful doctoring pulled them through.  Thankful to God that she arrived in time.

They’re nearly back to their old selves… anyone who has animals knows the heartache and joy of this story.






Then we blinked and it was June.

And we totally hijacked poor Michelle’s honeymoon and asked if she wanted to join us for a hibachi dinner.



(Apologies for Boogadacious photobombing you with those chopsticks)


I wasn’t a dummy… I picked a place that had built-in entertainment in case she realized that I was not nearly as interesting in person as I try to be when I have 14 minutes to think about what to say on this here blog.

Turns out she totally gets my kind of craziness.







Then a few days later… my beautiful mother (pretending she wasn’t limping) made her way across a stage to complete her first nursing degree.  Proud doesn’t begin to describe it.




Nursing school is not for wusses.  I love that she kicked butt because she believed God can use her this way.  And I really love that she rocked tie-dye at her graduation…



I was a terrible daughter and got her a card with the SAME cheeky guy she was disgusted by on Mother’s Day.  Holla!




This fell on May-May’s birthday, so we also celebrated our favorite spunky 7-year old niece.


What chick doesn’t love gummy vitamins?







Then Father’s Day (see why I’m still recovering?)






Boogadacious is blessed with a great dad.  I am too.  Except, mine still stubbornly refuses to let me show his face on my blog.  So here’s an incognito shot of my awesomesauce dad taking (then) Itty Bit on the one ride that freaks me out.



(I always won the “my dad can beat up your dad” contests in grade school ;)



And out of all this randomness… I’ll leave you with one memory that will explain a lot about why I am the way I am.  This is my family:





Only they would turn a walk around the block with two invalids into some kind of crazy conga line.


(I love that my 82 year old grandmother is cracking up and that my mother looks bummed that she can’t bring up the rear with some dance moves.  No worries, my husband had full disclosure of our predilections before marrying into this.)


And this… begins our summer.


What craziness have you been up to?



Sunday, June 16, 2013

Giveaway poke


Have you entered the superfabulousamazing giveaway from WildFlour Confectionary?

There are almost ten ways to enter (some daily!), so we’ve made it super easy to get a chance at your own dozen ultra-custom cookies!


Hummingbirds, Hello Kitty, and Butterflies, oh my!







And just because I can’t get over these… they are rings y’all, RINGS!

and every.single.part of them is edible!



Talk about being a hit at summer camp!


Please see below for all your options to enter this.  Giveaway ends Tuesday night… please show Wildflour Confectionary some love!


I promise, you will love your cookies! :)

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Sweet WildFlour Giveaway


So I promised an edible giveaway, right? You guys, I am so excited about this – because her work made my kid’s entire class smile.  BONUS!

What I love about Etsy is that there are real people behind the shops… ones who are usually willing to say hey and talk about their work.

So let me introduce you to the chick behind the smiles and the giveaway!




She makes delicious custom cookies!  This super sweet gal was willing to grant an interview, a ‘la OnceUponAmiracle style (she probably had no idea what she was in for!)


First question, is of course one of the most important ones:
What’s your nickname?

Well hi there! I'm MamaHunnyBunny.

So now that we are on a first (nick)name basis :), introduce us to your lovely family?

Ahhh my family! My favorite subject! First up there is my husband 2coolTony, my eldest son DragonClaw, my lovely daughter Cupcake and my newest 16 week old son Sprinkles. Of course our family wouldn't be complete without our bearded dragons Kittens McTavish and Professor Rupert Cornelius Cuddlebugs and our amazing dog Maggie.


(Umm seriously y’all?  This woman is gorgeous and talented.  Wildly unfair.  And look, her family is sprinkled with rainbows.  If that aint proof of divine blessing…)


I love her kids’ expressions.  Whatever happened to “sibling rivalry”?



And ohmyword.  I totally snorted when she sent me this:



So what part of our beautiful country are you from and what’s your favorite thing about it?

Well I am currently living in and enjoying the Pacific Northwest. I have been very fortunate to have lived all over the west coast and I must say- it's all pretty beautiful. My favorite part about living here in the Northwest is the geological diversity from the high desert to the coast, the mountains to hot springs- it really is pretty magical.

Oh and the beards. The beards in the Pacific Northwest are epic.

You are so right.  The beards are epic.


IMG_7465and camo… there’s a whole lotta camo around those parts…


What got you started in your current artwork and shop? Have you always been super-crafty and one day realized that cookies were woefully underestimated as edible artwork?

:), well cookies are the greatest canvas EVER! I had very good role models in my life for creativity as well as entrepreneurial passion. I have a long line of artistic people in my family with a diverse set of artistic talents which I of course admired very much

Not having the natural talents of my family I spent many years exploring my creative potential until at last my two loves- baking and painting- merged into this glittering rainbow colored craziness that is Wildflour.


As for my shop, that was also a long and winding road, as most creative endeavors are. I decorated cakes and cookies for years for free to hone my decorating skills before I started doing it professionally (all the while working as a baker in my day to day life).


Eventually I started the Facebook page for Wildflour (here) and things stared growing very quickly- once I decided to finally pull the trigger and open the Etsy store (which really took my Mom putting a lot of it together AND a brilliant article written about Wildflour mentioning the then unopened shop) the bakery blew up. My Etsy store has only been open for about 12 weeks and in that time I have been able to meet so many great people- like Rachel :) )!!! I love it!

(Or are you one of those women who is just simply good at everything she tries? Haha)

Well ya that too ;)




What’s been your favorite project so far? (Or few favorites)

Oh man that is a tough question. I have to say I love so many of my projects. I love that I get to play a part in so many peoples lives, happiest moments, pivotal moments, memories, celebrations, accomplishments.

I love that my work is used to celebrate birthdays and weddings and babies, to help sick people get better, to thank the ones we love, to comfort those who are mourning a loss- for all the times in life that people need to say "I really really love you" Wildflour is there to be the vehicle for that message. That makes me feel pretty great! Some specific examples of this would have to include the robots and hippos that I made for you of course!

(a sampling of some recent cookies she did for me.  Batman, John Deere, tutus, Rambos, karate kids, cowgirls, photographers, baseball nuts and more!) il_570xN.457641215_ph6b

I have also just started a new program that I am REALLY excited about in the bakery-which is providing birthday cakes to underprivileged children. I am SO excited to be able to offer this service to families in my community.

There really isn't anything I love more than the look on the face of a kid when they some crazy cake or cookies that is for THEM. If a family is in need of this service I encourage them to email me at


Okay… so her answer made me cry.  Because she cares about KIDS, and people going through not-so-great times.

You guys remember WifeMomNurse who was recovering from surgery? Whose mascot was robots?  Look at the hearts included with each robot created for her.



And sweet Nina – who was such a trooper during her many doctor appointments and finally surgery.



Oh the smiles!  Shana’s family more than deserved their goodies.



And these kids prove that they taste just as good as they look…



Itty Bit’s school cafeteria has not been the same since he brought his classmates a whole squadron of camo squirrels.



What a talent - to prompt smiles with a sweet piece of art.  Y’all know I’d make you cookies, but remember I bake by “neighbor notification”… when the neighbor walks over to tell me my smoke alarm is going off.

And the last time I made cookies, I was Nyquil-drunk and embarrassingly blogged about how much this cracked me up:



So I’m all the more impressed with insane baking skills.  She also offers vegan, gluten-free, and raw options.

(Don’t get all hyper like I did about the “raw” one.  It doesn’t mean cookie dough).

Super important burning question:

Would you rather swim across a river that is filled with crocodiles
- OR -
spend the night on an island where man-eating tigers live?

(*Tell me y’all remember the original Battles of the Blogs?  Help me talk King Julien into starting it up again?!)

Well clearly I'd go with the MAN eating tigers. As a WOman I would consider this to be my own personal army of man eating body guards. I'd be the glamazon queen of the island surrounded by my beautiful vicious comrades of the jungle!



In celebration of Rachel's amazing blog and generous spirit (aww, isn’t she so sweet?) I would like to do a little bit of what she does best and give some love away! I propose a contest where you can win some super duper amazing custom cookies all for you! Follow the directions below to enter your name in the pool and get ya self some deluxe cookies designed by YOU for YOU!!

I will create a dozen cookies just for you based on what you love most in life! What's better than cookies for you? How about cookies for someone else?

Someone who has brightened up all of our days, this person is generous and kind and charming, a dedicated friend, Mom, wife and member of the human race....bettcha know who I'm talking about...RACHEL!!!

The winner will get a dozen cookies for themselves and they will help me design a dozen very special dozen cookies for Rachel to thank her for all the joy that she given all of us!


Ohmygoodness!  How super sweet!  Definitely one of our favorite Etsy artists to date – and I am so excited that one of you will get to taste these firsthand too!  And that I’m totally not protesting any goodies sent here! :)


I mean, seriously people, these are cookie RINGS.  Completely edible!  How awesomesauce is that?!?



I love having a few chances at giveaways, so you get them too:

Leave a comment telling us your favorite item from the WildFlour’s shop.

Like her Facebook page here.

For Facebook fans of Once Upon a Miracle (here), you get an entry!

GFC followers of Once Upon a Miracle get an entry.

Bloglovin subscribers of Once Upon a Miracle get an entry (here).

Tweet about the giveaway (you can do this each day!)

Follow UponAmiracle on Twitter.

Add Rachel Miracle to your Google+ for an entry.

Leave a comment with what YOUR custom cookies would look like!

BONUS… a comment describing the cookies that would make the perfect Once Upon a Miracle mascots!

Giveaway open until June 18.  What an awesome way to start summer!



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Thursday, June 06, 2013

exercising futility



So, remember when I had a burst of insanity and thought it might be nice to burn some calories and jog around our property?

That lasted all of three-and-a-half minutes before I decided it was an incredibly stupid way to die.


I mean… jogging is dangerous for lots of people!





And remember the horses looking at me in obvious confusion?



Because every equine knows that moving your feet for anything but jumping 14 feet sideways to avoid a puddle is just plain daft.


And running around in circles just for exercise is… daftER.


After I survived my self-longeing/lunging, I knew any horse friends could appreciate this guide.  Remember, you hold a rope in your hand and your perfect princess of a horse obeys every command as she trots beautifully around you and farts pink glitter.




Let’s just say I’ve been waterskiing in a trail of pink glitter farts before.


(and that right there folks, wins the prize for “sentence I never thought I’d type”)



The only time you’ll see my Speedy Gonzales alter-ego is here:



And this post is going nowhere fast.  Aren’t y’all glad it’s FRIDAY?




A long groove.  Where I got dragged through pink glitter farts.





Bear with me, because it’s




And it’s EDIBLE! 

Because I need to replace all those joggingalmostdying calories.


Come back Monday to help me blow this diet thing? :)