Doughnut a first


Yes, this was Coco’s first time having a doughnut.  Lets say it was a hit and it hasn’t been the last doughnut since. I know horrible. Not really things I would like to be feeding the kids…….but sometimes they just scream our name.

They funny thing is I never ate doughnuts in America.  Maybe I was never around people that loved them.  At university we would make midnight doughnut runs to get fresh doughnut during finals at midnight.  Other then that nothing much.  When I got to Sweden people would often say  I got you some doughnuts (because I was American).  I honestly thought it a bit strange. I had never thought about the origin of doughnuts but I never really thought of it as American. Do you think its an American thing?  I know media in America portrays cops eating them, but I have never actually seen a police man eating one.

Anyways I looked it up while writing this post.  Yes it technically it is an American creation……. this settles it.

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I found this little information on doughnuts and thought it was to cool not to share.

National Doughnut Day started in 1938[1] as a fund raiser for Chicago‘s The Salvation Army. Their goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.

Soon after the US entrance into World War I in 1917, The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. The mission concluded that the needs of US enlisted men could be met by canteens/social centers termed “huts” that could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and provide a clothes-mending service. Typically, six staff members per hut would include four female volunteers who could “mother” the boys. These huts were established by The Salvation Army in the United States near army training centers.

About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, the two Salvation Army volunteers (Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance) came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an “instant hit”, and “soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts”. Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day: “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.”

Soon, the women who did this work became known by the servicemen as “Doughnut Dollies”.

from wikipedia

Pretty cool, right?  What a comfort food for the men serving.  I love history.

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Sweet dirt



Not pictured is how little dirt made the pot. Love her
Majken eating everything she shouldn’t
This old cooper wash tub was my husbands grandparents. This is what they used to wash their clothes in


Winter is coming! Really  though winter is coming so that means its time to change flowers, trim the apple trees, plant the garlic and onions… of all eat what is left of summer. I am learning so many things about autumn and winter.  Especially when it comes to growing things.  Coming from Hawaii which really has no seasons I am not used to all this stuff.  I barely know how to dress for the winter here. I seriously ask my husband how to dress the kids and myself  all the time. “Do they need long underwear under this now?”  “Do they need a beanie” “Do they need to have a sweater under the overalls” and so much more.  Good thing he loves me. I would be so annoyed.  Its hard to dress kids before it winter because it can be almost freezing in the morning and then in the afternoon is warm and you are running around with no jacket. See its hard. Plus at the age of the girls they don’t really tell me if they are cold or hot.  Coco is finally starting to learn but half the time she just repeats me. So continues the confusion.


This is our little green house. This year we kept it super simple as we where in Hawaii for most of the summer.  We have tomatoes and cucumber and some bell pepper in the green house this year.  This is Coco’s happy place. She loves being in here. The rocks, pots, dirt, sticks and her little water can.   Sometimes its not my favorite to have her help.  But I hope she will have memories of helping me in there and playing by my feet.  Plus she can eat more tomatoes then any two year old.  I swear she must think they are strawberries or something.


After trimming the apple trees I was pulling up some weeds (picture below around Le’i) Le’i was like mom I want those.  Ok and I set them aside not thinking much of them.  Couple minutes later he comes like this.  We where laughing so hard.  Mind you its not warm here in Sweden.  I love his sense of humor.  IMG_6720 IMG_6723 IMG_6724

The girls just woke up.  Time to go outside and rake up all the leaves…..its not as romantic as its sounds. 🙂

She is TWO


I can not believe my sweet, wild, loving Coco is two. It seems like yesterday she was a baby in my arms. I have so enjoyed watching her grow.   I can not imagine you not in my world.   Thanks for making me laugh and giving me so much sass.  You have made our family so much richer.  My sweet girl you have given me some of the sweetest memories and treasured gifts. Your father and I adore you.  May you always feel loved.

A little scared about her cake
A little scared about her cake

The world is your oyster my dear.


Happy Birthday.

I love you as a two year old.

Terrific Twos here we come.

Trying to get her to show two. Not really working.
Trying to get her to show two. Not really working.

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-you are almost potty trained

-you love peas

-you only talk about seeing Majken in the morning

-you blame the dog for everything….. even when the dog isn’t around

-you love to sleep

-breakfast is your favorite meal

-you love to make us laugh

-you love hide and seek

-Jesus loves you is your favorite song

-you think the iPad is call EA

-you love love love horses

-you are the best sister

-you love to help mama

-i think papa might be your favorite ( i try not to notice)

-you love waving to your brother when he leaves for school

-you want to do all most everything by your self.

-you love to fake laugh when adults laugh

-you love to pick blueberries



I love you to the moon and back.