A Disturbing Find


I was folding laundry in my living room the other day. It was going smoothly (I know you were worried. As you should be. Folding laundry is a harrowing experience). Nothing out of the ordinary was happening. Well, except for the fact that I was actually folding laundry. It must have been a full moon.

The torture It was almost over.

Then, I pulled out something disturbing from beneath the small hill that had moments before been a rather large mountain of clothes.

I don’t know what happened.

Where they came from.

What it means.

Well, look for yourself:


Yes, these were in my laundry.

My daughter is fourteen.

I cannot recall ever purchasing her tights when she was a baby.

And even if I had, how could they resurface fourteen years later in an entirely different house, three washing machines later?

This leads me to believe these are not hers.

But whose are they?

Now I am worried they are mine.

Did my tights shrink that much?

Is it possible?

It couldn’t be.

Could it?

Not with my mad laundry skills.

Or are all of the gnomes in my house having more fun at night than I could imagine?

Are these the hose of a racy imp?

Should I be touching these?

And if my gnomes are not having scandalous romps at night, what are they? Where did they come from?

I feel like a grown up Wendy finding Peter Pan’s shadow.


You don’t think. No. It couldn’t be possible. But what if…

Well, could these tights be Peter Pan’s?

This leads to many disturbing images in my head.

Now, what shall I do with these? They are obviously important. I need to decide if I want the owner to return for them. Or just leave them be. This is really all too much for me. And my imagination.

And this is why I don’t do the laundry.

Before this I wouldn’t be laying awake at night worrying that a fairy tale is going to come and take me away to another land.

Full of magic.

And fun.

And pirates.

Where I would never grow old.


“Peter!Peter! I’ve got your tights! I’m ready to go!”

…I hope there’s no laundry to do there. Although Tinker Bell’s pants shouldn’t be too hard to fold.

Pioneer Woman’s Best Chocolate Cake


A few months ago, I finally made a cake I had been wanting to make for forever. It was the Pioneer Woman’s Best Chocolate Cake. I have to agree with her. It really was the best chocolate cake I have ever had.





My whole family helped me make the first one. It was a fun family creation. It had enough steps where every one had a task. But it was still very easy.


I actually bought a commercial sheet pan from Amazon just to make this cake. When you think about how much a sheet cake costs at the store, this $12 was actually an incredibly decent price. The cake fits perfectly in this pan.


My husband requested this chocolate cake for his birthday cake two weeks ago. I decided to add something to the recipe. Sigh. I had read the comment section on her website. It seemed like a lot of people had this cake recipe in their family, except their family added cinnamon. We love cinnamon in our household. I figured it was a safe bet to try.

So, I added 1/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon to the cake batter. That is it! 1/4 of a teaspoon! And it ruined the cake. It overwhelmed the cake. It was not good. At all. So, please just follow her recipe. Do not add the cinnamon or you will be crying on the inside as you throw away an entire sheet cake five days after you made it when nobody in your family will eat it. The first cake? Completely gone in four days.


I cannot wait to make this cake again! Sans cinnamon. It is amazing.

Have you made this cake? Have you ever added a seemingly innocent ingredient to a recipe only to have it completely fail?

A Trip To World Market


Let’s Go Shopping! I had two $25 gift cards to spend at World Market. I downloaded a 10% off total purchase coupon. And I was so ready to go. Here are some of the lovely things that I saw on my trip. Unfortunately, I could not afford them all.


But it was fun to wander the aisles! Come with me!


Toadstool Measuring Spoons $5! “Yes please!” Says the Gnome Lover.


It is a Peacock Spatula!


Oh no! Owl measuring spoons! Gulp! Again these were only $5 (plus a 10% off coupon).


Nonstick Owl Cakelet Pan. I cannot wait to bake some treats in this.


Um. I have no idea when or how I will wear this deer headband. But it is so adorable. And at $7.20 (after discount), I had to take it home.


Owl Dust Buddy. And he can be thrown in the washing machine. He is my new best friend! I love him!


I did not buy these hedgehogs, but it was tempting.


Oh my gosh! Their furniture selection is wonderful this season:


This fantastic school desk was calling my name. No room at my house for it, but still cute to look at.


Check out this chair. It is very small. Perfect for a child’s room or a dorm room. The colors are pretty.



But this chair has my heart. It had my pulse racing. The price is all ready fantastic, but I know that it will almost definitely go on sale. Therefore, it will end up being a magnificent price. I have absolutely no room for it. Too bad.



And this headboard is gorgeous. I am in love. Again, I have absolutely no place for this in my home, but it is great. I love the different color tufted buttons.

Have you been to World Market lately? Or have you purchased or seen any fun home items lately? Please share!

I shared this on Savvy Southern Style

And My Romantic Home