Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanksgiving Wreath

I have been on a wreath kick lately, but finding a reasonably priced wreath in stores is very difficult. I don't know of many people that want to drop $80-$100 on a single wreath.

I have to say that this is was a perfect afternoon craft. It was very inexpensive, which is written out at the end of the post, and it took absolutely no time at all.

  • 24" Grapevine Wreath
  • 7 sprigs of fall leaves/flowers with pumpkins
Given that it is a grapevine wreath, it was just as simple as sticking each sprig within the wreath. You can tack it down with hot glue if you choose.
 Easy Peasy!
Cost Breakdown:
  • Grapevine Wreath, regularly $8.99- with 40% off coupon $5.39
  • 7 sprigs (or groupings) of leaves/flowers, regularly $1.99 each ($13.93), on clearance for $0.59 each ($4.13)
Total Cost: $9.52 before tax - not too shabby!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away?!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Today is the big day!

In the interest of being impartial, I will not disclose what side I am rooting for today. But I would like to share with you all something that my Aunt wrote on her facebook page:

A great and important event takes place tomorrow...election of a president. Let's not do a disservice to each other if our candidate does not win. The race is too close to establish a clear and victorious win. One party cannot wipe out the other, just because it wins. Take joy if your choice wins, because it reflects your hope and personal desires, but be gracious. Don't forget that in this race, the other selection also reflects the hopes and personal desires of the other party. One's personal feelings and emotions do NOT invalidate or trump the other. Our president represents our country and hopefully he will remember that when he is elected. But if he doesn't, lets help being tolerant and kind to each other. Kindness and love (however you define it) supercedes any election. Meanspiritedness is a temporary satisfaction that will somehow come back to haunt you...even if you don't recognize it! Karma doesn't always identify itself, but it does visit us!
If you are an American citizen, DO something today that is a privilege for you but a dream for millions.

Happy voting day America!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Need a quick and easy appetizer? This recipe will take you five minutes to assemble and you will most likely already have these ingredients in your pantry. Can't get any easier than that!

What you need:
  • 1 box (14oz) of plain Oyster crackers
  • 1/2 cup of Canola Oil
  • 1/2 tsp of Parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp of Ranch dip mix
{If you are a big fan of Dill weed, swap it with the Italian seasoning}

Step one:
Mix all of the ingredients together except the crackers.
Step two:
Put in the crackers, and fold it all together.
Step three:
Then into a container and you're done!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Painting

Since the little one is still a bit too small for pumpkin carving, we have the next best thing... Pumpkin Painting!!
Use one of Daddy's old white t-shirts for a easy artist's smock. Just chop off a few inches so they are not tripping over themselves.
Okay, time to dive in!
The final result!!
Such a proud mama!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pumpkin Patch

I love the fall. This was the second year of our new tradition and Emily had a blast this year! And of course Mommy and Daddy had a ball watching her.
I'm on a tractor!
Ah, bunnies are so soft!
I am soooo cute!
Still looking Mommy, hold on...
Found one!
She wasn't so sure about the goats.
What a difference a year makes! Fall 2011

Fall 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Vacuum Sealing Salads

Imagine being able to keep romaine salads fresh in the fridge for up to 10 days. What a thought, right?! I can't tell you all how excited I was when I came across this pin on Pinterest.
All you need is the canister attachment for your vacuum sealer, and wide mouth canning jars. Let me repeat something very important here. {WIDE MOUTH} canning jars. If you don't get wide mouth, you will get this:
Still useful, but not for the intended purpose.

If you do not have a canister attachment (I have an older model), you will need to go online as I was not able to get this in the stores. But it was only $8, so it's not a big hit to the wallet. (I got it from Amazon)
Chop, wash, dry, and spin the lettuce like you normally would.  One suggestion that I would offer would be to really put in a bit more effort into the drying. Specifically using a paper towel, even after using a spinner. If you don't, you will end up with condensation inside the jar.

When sealing make sure that you hear a *ping*, and you will know for sure that it is finished.
So now go out to your local warehouse store and buy a big package of romaine hearts for $5 because now you have a chance to enjoy all of it and not throw your money in the trash. One of these packages has six large romaine hearts and will yield seven jars. And you could easily have more individual jars if you do not care for very large salads.
Enjoy healthy meals for a week!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My baby isn't a baby anymore

When does it hit you that your child isn't a baby anymore?

We had our moment a few days ago. It was going to be a cool day so I dress her up in a long sleeved shirt, jeans and her new big girl shoes. (hard soled shoes) I look down and see this 
and it made me realize that she isn't a baby anymore. She is a little girl! Make time slow down! When people say that time flies when you have children, they were not kidding.

When did you have this realization with your children?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall back into blogging Day 5

Today we are taking a look at a past blog post from the week of September 28th. Easy peasy. I am linking to my first experience at a large college football game. It was a crazy night!! Having gone to small schools for undergrad and grad, I missed out on that Saturday excitement.  I can't wait for the baby to get a bit older and we can dress her up in a cheerleading outfit and meet the mascot, Aubie!

Hope you all are having a great week!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall back into blogging Day 4

Fall time means that it's time for apple pies again! Here is an old post of mine, but a wonderful go-to recipe for the holidays. Now believe me when I say that I am a newbie cook, so if I can make this, so can you. Do not be scared off by the lattice crust, it is very easy to assemble- and looks like you spend hours in the kitchen!Pie Crusts (yields the bottom and top crusts for a 9” pie pan)-

12 Tablespoons of unsalted Butter (1 ½ sticks)
3 Cups of all purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon of Sea or Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
1/3 Cup of very cold Vegetable Shortening
1/2 Cup of ice cold Water


½ Cup of unsalted Butter
2 Tablespoons of all purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon of Corn Starch
¼ Cup of Water
¾ Cup of White Sugar
¾ Cup of packed Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
5 Granny Smith Apples
2 Red Delicious Apples

Place the shortening, butter and water in the freezer about 30 minutes before starting so that it is extra cold. When you are ready to start, dice up the butter and then put it back into the fridge while you are putting the mixture together. Add the flour, salt and sugar into the food processor and pulse a few times. Then add the butter and the shortening and start pulsing the processor. Continue to pulse while slowly adding the water in the feed tube until the dough starts balling up. Dump it out onto the board, roll into a ball, wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour, corn starch and stir into the mixture to make a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, bring to a boil and then lower the heat and let simmer.

Peel, core and cut up the apples and place in a mixture of water and lemon juice to keep the apples from browning. Once the apples are cut, it is about time to pull the dough out and start making the crust. Cut the dough in half one half will be for the crust and the other half will be the lattice crust top. Dust the board and rolling pin with flour so that the dough does not stick. Always roll out from the center of the dough. Before placing the bottom crust in the pan, be sure to spray the pie pan with a nonstick spray (I forgot this one).

Drain the water from the apples. Take ¾ of the syrup and pour over the apples. Fold mixture into the apples to make sure that they are all coated evenly. Fill the pie pan with apples and mound them slightly, they will cook down.
Roll out the other half of the dough. Cut into ½ or ¾ inch strips depending on how thick that you want the strips to be. Start with placing a strip down the center of the pie. Next, place sever strips perpendicular to the center strip alternating on top or on bottom of the center strip. Continue to add strips in the basket weave pattern. Trim extra dough from the edges of the pan and pinch the dough together.
Take the final bit of the syrup and brush it onto the top crust. Then sprinkle the cinnamon all over the pie. Your pie is ready to bake! Make sure your cookie sheet is well cover with foil, this WILL make a mess. Oven should be at 350 degrees and should bake for 50-55 minutes. With 10 minutes remaining, brush a milk wash over the top.

Put the pie in the fridge and let it sit overnight so that the filling will have an opportunity to firm up. Next day cut, heat up and enjoy!!

To link up to my Pinterest, here is the link:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall back into blogging Day 3

I follow the crowd who love the fall for the crispy mornings, the leaves changing colors, a good pot of chili, and Halloween. I also get to add that my birthday is in the fall as well (next Wednesday to be exact). So I have to say that October is my favorite month.
A very special time for our family was when my husband and I took our daughter to the pumpkin patch last year. Now granted, she was just shy of six months so obviously this was more for me than anything. But that being said, we were able to elicit a few reactions out of the day.
She did giggle at the bunny rabbits, did not care for sitting in the tractor full of cotton, and definitely enjoyed the swing.

A new tradition with our little family has been started, and I am really looking forward to taking her this year. It is amazing how big she has gotten in just a year. It will be a totally new experience for her and us and we will just soak it up. (meaning that I will take hundreds of pictures)

Man, I love the fall!


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