using everything he gave me… this is my creative life to live.

Santa’s Little Helper… December 22, 2011

Filed under: Christmas,family,motherhood — cyurik @ 1:49 am

How have we been so blessed with this perfect little baby,

who by the way poses without complaint while momma tries to figure out the settings on her new camera!

And at 6 months old, how does he know those presents need opening?¬† He gravitated right to tearing the paper off ūüôā


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Our First Family Portraits… December 21, 2011

Filed under: Christmas,family — cyurik @ 1:00 am
Ethan did wonderful with his first Santa Clause photo shoot!  What a lovey!

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Comforting Sunday Lunch…

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Ham & Swiss Sliders with Homemade Macaroni

It was a chilly Sunday afternoon several years back and I was¬†working with an old friend on a new project¬†when¬†she made the most delicious little sandwiches I’d had in quite a long time.¬† Of course I pleaded for the recipe and quickly jotted down the simple steps as we enjoyed a lunch that filled our bellies and satisfied our souls.¬† Unfortunately months later when I went to make these yummy sandwiches the pencil had worn away from my then, very buttery fingertips.¬† Queue sadness…¬†

Then 8 weeks ago I discovered what a brilliant person or group of people created in Pinterest and ta-da!!!  There was a picture of the buttery sandwiches I have such fond memories of!  I was overjoyed.  I quickly followed the link (thegirlwhoateeverything) and hit the kitchen!  The recipe that follows is my adaptation of the one I found on Pinterest.  Please try them both, google for others and of course, adapt it for your taste buds but most of all, ENJOY!


12 Rolls, 36 Slices of Ham (sliced thin for sandwiches), 24 Slices of Swiss (small slices)

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise, 1/2 Cup Miracle Whip 

3/4 TBLS Poppy Seeds, 2 TBLS Ground Mustard, 1 Cup Melted Butter, 2 TBLS Minced Onion, 1 TSP Worcestershire

1) Mix Miracle Whip and Mayonnaise and spread onto each half of all 12 rolls.  Lay bottom halves of rolls snugly in a 9 x 13 pan.  Layer each roll with 3 slices of ham folded into quarters and top off with 2 slices swiss cheese followed by the top of each bun.

2) Mix all sauce ingredients together is a medium¬†bowl and pour over the tops of¬†your sandwiches.¬† I like my sandwiches rich and buttery so I use all of the sauce on my sandwiches and spread the sauce with a plastic ¬†pastry/basting brush.¬† With all 12 snug in your pan very little sauce will sit on bottom so I’ve not had any problem with soggy sandwich bottoms.¬†

3) Cover pan with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (time varies depending on your oven).  Uncover and bake another 2-5 minutes for light brown, slightly crispy tops and serve warm.


This delicious homemade Macaroni recipe is my adaptation of a recipe I received from my sister Emily.


4 Cups Macaroni Noodles, 8 TBLS Butter, 4 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheese, 2/3 Cup Sour Cream, 2 Cans Campbell’s Cheddar Soup, 3/4 TSP Salt, 1 Cup Milk, 1 TSP Ground Mustard, Fresh Ground Salt & Pepper to taste.

1) Cook Macaroni in a large pot for 8 minutes.  Just enough to give the noodles a head start, not to fully cook them.

2) Meanwhile, in a medium pot melt butter and shredded cheese until smooth.

3) In crock pot mix all remaining ingredients together until smooth.  Add cheese mixture and noodles and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring periodically.  I have a newer digital crock pot and it comes out perfect and creamy after 2 hours.  Enjoy!


Ethan’s First Vacation… December 19, 2011

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While it was just a quick little “stay”cation we had so much fun with Ethan at the Silver Mountain water park¬†in Kellogg, ID.¬† Ethan did great in the water and watched his momma and papa ride the slides a couple of times too.¬† Of course our little Tyson and Cuba tagged along as you’ll see Cuba enjoying the cozy fire!

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Christmas Cookies 2011…

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Christmas Cookies 2011

Each year I bake up literally a TON of cookies to share at the office, with friends and family.  Two years ago I hit my record of 1260 cookies.  This year I almost doubled that hitting a grand total of 2000 cookies (22 varieties) for Christmas!  I started in late October, creating balls of cookie dough and freezing them in hopes of streamlining the baking process in December and it worked wonders!  I baked hundreds of cookies in just 3 evenings with this game plan and received rave reviews for my efforts.  It was so much fun!  Hmmm, how many should I aim for next year and what new and exciting delivery method will I come up with?  Time to start planning!

Stay tuned for a list of the types of cookies and recipes…


Yurik 2011 Holiday Open House… December 18, 2011

Filed under: family,friendships,parties,recipes — cyurik @ 11:09 pm

Thank you everyone who made it this year, we had so much fun! 

Merry Christmas!

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Beginnings… December 17, 2011

Filed under: faith,motherhood — cyurik @ 9:12 am



I believe that it is His divine plan that¬†our children¬†cannot talk when they are born.¬† When I look into Ethan’s deep blue eyes I know he has the secrets to the world in his heart, that those amazing blue eyes have seen the before and maybe even a glimpse¬†of the after of this life as he was waiting to join our family.¬† His innocence¬†and impartial outlook on this world surrounding him¬†blesses him with knowledge that we as adults no longer are privy to, that¬†for us¬†time and experience have slowly worn away.¬†

As adults I believe it is our task to have faith, to see the truth without actually seeing it.  However, these little angels that our brought into our families, these charming infants know all the secrets and would spill them all if able to.  Instead, they charm us with their delicate nature and divine presence.  What wonders they must know and my prayer is that I, that David and I, as parents, nurture that mystery and wonder.  That we share and instill a love for all the blessings of this world, seen and unseen.  That he love and praise God for His tremendous gift of health and life and he know that his joining our family is the answer to my every prayer these many years.