Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall Pumpkin Cider

Yes, everybody has a pumpkin recipe this time of year, and I am no exception. Here is a simple fall pumpkin cider recipe that is great for Halloween parties and Thanksgiving day festivities.


Here's What You Need

1 1/2 cups Apple Cider
2 large teaspoons of 100% pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, but it needs to be the real deal you can get the canned stuff)
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove

What to do

Pour the cider into a mason jar drinking glass. Next add the remaining ingredients. Mix the items, and allow it to set for 10 or 15 minutes. Now you have a fall drink that is full of vitamins a, c and e. And it also contains the much needed calcium. Enjoy your fall drink!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Things Everyone Should Know About Halloween

Halloween is a fun holiday. And here are some things that everyone should know about Halloween. This one is for all of the trivia buffs out there.

1. Carved Turnips?

Did you know that jack-o-lanterns were not originally carved out of pumpkins. People in England actually began the tradition by carving turnips. Imagine spending an evening carving turnips.



2. Good Luck Spiders?

A lot of people are afraid of spiders. I know someone who will run the other way if they see one. But supposedly if you see a spider on Halloween it means that a loved one's spirit is watching out for you.




Picture courtesy of Kawaii Spider Stickers
 
 
 

 
3. Where did it come from?
 
Apparently, Saint Patrick's Day isn't the only fun filled holiday the Irish provided the world with. They are believed to be the first people to celebrate Halloween. Thanks to the Irish we have another day to party each year. I believe they can come with any reason to throw a party!
 
 
4. Money
 
Over 1.5 billion, yes that is billion with a b, is spent each year on Halloween costumes. That makes it the second biggest money generating holiday in our economy. Good luck to all those who want to do away with the festivities.
 
 
 
5. Anoka
 
Anoka, Minnesota is credited with being the first town in the United States to celebrate Halloween festivities. The reason was simple to put a stop to young people's pranks on Halloween. Imagine finding cows walking down the street because young people had set them loose.
 
 
 
So now all of you trivia buffs are ready to wow everyone at a Halloween party with useless knowledge.
 
 
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

They Are Pulling Me Every Which Way

Have you ever had those times when everybody is demanding something out of you. Those times when you just want to say hey what do you want from me. Those times when you see one of those remain calm and carry on signs and you just want to grab it and tear it up. You know when they are pulling me every which way, and I just can't provide something to everyone. Yep, we've all had those times. I'm going through one right now.




It seems as though between my job, the cats, and well all of the other important people in my life, I just don't have time to do the things that I really enjoy. You know like when is there time for me to make a Zombie Apocalypse pizza? When will I have time to work on that Fall Bucket List of mine? Right now, I have no clue when I will be able to do any of the things I really want to do. But I do know that these really busy times really do make me appreciate the times when I have times to relax. Busy times may be hectic, but I know when things slow down, I will be able to say oh, I survived this. And after a couple of days, I'll be saying to myself I need to find something else to do.

Does anybody have any suggestions on how to handle the day to day craziness of life?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party 39

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               Welcome to the 39th week of 

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Last week we had  406 awesome linkups!   

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The Easiest Princess Anna Inspired Cape

Ruffles And Rain Boots

Simple FROZEN Inspired Princess Anna Cape
This might come as a surprise to you, but it’s cold and rainy a lot here in Seattle in the fall and winter months. Newsflash, right? Anyway, it’s cold and rainy and fleece is cheap, so I am making some accessories for the munchkin’s dress up costumes. Whether trick-or-treating for Halloween or just traipsing about Disney (or the grocery) in the fall or winter, our happy-go-lucky little Princess Anna will be prepared with a caplet to accompany her Princess Anna dress up apron.


Chicken Bacon & Avocado Ranch Flatbread Pizza

I Thee Cook

Here is another super simple easy weeknight meal that your family will surely love. I have been on this easy dinner kick lately. Everyone loves pizza right? We only have one free weeknight in our house this school year so fast and easy dinner ideas are a must. I refuse to succumb to the drive through.  I just wont do it! 



Use what you already have.
Use colorful items as accents.
Add items from the great outdoors.
Use candles. Lots of candles.
Get creative and use different colors, textures and shapes.
Add a little silver or gold spray paint for some glam.
Vary heights and layer.


DIY Garden Tic Tac Toe Game
My boys LOVE playing Tic Tac Toe! Whenever my 8 year old gets a scrap of paper, it’s instantly filled with tic tac toe grids and he’s asking all of us if we want to play. On our road trip this past summer we came across a garden tic tac toe game at the Montana Zoo and I absolutely loved the idea and knew it was one DIY project that I had to make! It wasn’t too hard to make, either, but I didn’t have any motivation to work on the project once I bought the supplies until the weather finally started cooling down here in Phoenix so we could set up our garden tic tac toe game outdoors and try it out.



This Mama Loves

Kids and adults alike will gobble up these delicious and friendly Frankenstein frozen banana pops. A yummy after school treat or a sweet addition to your Halloween party.   They are so simple to put together that the kids can help from start to finish making it not only a great snack but a super fun activity to do together (you can also convince yourself that they are healthy since its fresh fruit).  If you want to lighten up this snack you can probably use yogurt in place of  white chocolate to coat your bananas. This recipe makes 8 small pops but can easily be doubled or tripled

A Scary Halloween

H and I took a little drive today to see the Halloween yard decor ......eek......I'm gonna have night mares tonight!   Who thinks I should have took a selfie with this guy!   


New Lil' Book Caddy

I found this little wooden caddy awhile back and painted it yellow.   I didn't like the results and decided to paint it a mint color.  I absolutely love this color right now and happened to score this quart for a dollar at Home Depot awhile back.  I actually would like to paint my daughter's room this color and accent her room with pink and yellow hues



How many times in your spiritual walk have you found yourself needing guidance or wish you had someone that you trust to talk about a problem you were having?  Over the last few years, I’ve become more intentional about reading and studying the Bible and I’ve became very interested in what it takes to be a Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 woman.


Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s finally here, my favorite season of the year, Fall! I love the cooler temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves during this time, not to mention it’s football season..Yaay! 
And while everyone else is making everything pumpkin and apple right now, I’m off in another direction, marching to the beat of a different drummer, going towards….wait for it…..peanut butter! Ah yes, the creaminess and peanutty deliciousness of peanut butter. 


Nanaimo Bars, and Some Canada Love

  Last year I shared a recipe for my favourite cheesecake, from my favourite Victoria restaurant.  It is truly the best cheesecake I've ever eaten.  Just like these Nanaimo Bars are among the best bars I've ever had.  They've always been one of my favourite sweet treats, and coincidentally also come from Vancouver Island.  Nanaimo, obviously. 


West Coast Mama

holland-in-his-sling
Just eight days shy of his second birthday, Holland took a spill off of the couch and broke a bone.
We had spent one night in our new home, I was upstairs in the kitchen putting the kids dinner together, and I heard a thump and some crying. I had left both children on the couch, watching a television show, innocent enough. But toddlers are not predictable. In fact, they are quite the opposite.


Cocktail: Candy Corn Pain Killer

We were playing around with pumpkin puree making two different kinds of pumpkin cocktails and this one was AMAZING! We started off with the intentions of using rum (traditional Pain Killer ingredient), which was great but not something I would rave about. We had some candy corn infused vodka remaining and substituted the rum with the infused vodka, the end result was FALL heaven. I hope you enjoy this Candy Corn Pain Killer Cocktail!



DIY Photo Collage Letters

A few weekends ago was spent celebrating with my friend that will be moving away to San Diego.  So today I am sharing this personalized gift that a friend and I made for her.  We wanted to make something that represented SLC and also all the fun times we had together with our group of girlfriends.  So being that we live in Salt Lake City, we decided to get some wood blocks that say SLC and put a photo collage of all the fun times we had together in with the girls!


Valentia Even Glow Serum - 6
I tested the Valentia Even Glow Serum by applying the product to my freshly washed face (using my regular cleansing products) once a day at bedtime – without moisturizer – over a period of a few weeks so I could see if I noticed a difference in the appearance and texture of my skin.



a house tour & a love story

The Honeycomb Home

mirror over fire place
I have an amazing home tour to share with you today!  This house belongs to my husband’s cousin, Cindy.  Cindy was gracious enough to have my daughter and I over to photograph her home and share her story with us. I called this A House Tour and A Love Story because to Cindy and her husband, Gary, creating this home was a labor of love. Wait until you see what they did with the place with an eye for design & an ultimate DIY attitude!


Stone Cottage Sweet Tea

Stone Cottage Adventures
Everyone who drinks my sweet tea always says, "How do you make sweet tea?  I love this!"  Here is the recipe: 


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Unusal Pumpkins from Plumper Perfect and Me
Plum Perfect Paper Covered Pumpkins ||  As I visit and see the talent of other bloggers I just love to share their work. And Gail over at Plum Perfect and Me has created these unusual feature with decoupage using paper napkins with Modpodge. I think they are very nice. how-to-make-fabric-pumpkins 
How to Make Fabric Pumpkins || Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom || Super cute pumpkins! Button Pumpkin Door Sign created by Little Miss Celebration 
Button Pumpkin Door Sign || Little Miss Celebration || This pumpkin is fun and bright and if you have tons of buttons it’s a great way to display them all! Sensory Pumpkin Craft_title 2 tall Created y A Little Pinch of Perfect 
Sensory Pumpkins || A Little Pinch of Perfect ||  Katie and her kids created these cute sensory pumpkins, they are really cute and were a great way for her to get her kids involved and to learn sensory skills.
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A Little Autumn Here and There || Lovely Livings || LuAnn has created a lovely vignette from a terrarium with pumpkins and dressed it up further with sunflowers and faux colorful leaves. She has the arrangement spilling out on the table to make the look more interesting. I love it!!! Enchanting-Halloween-Lanterns-Header from Adventure in a box
Enchanting Halloween Lanterns made with Mason Jars || Adventure In A Box || Liska created these Mason Jars using Krylon spray paint, stencils and markers. How many other holidays can you think of to use this idea?
  apple pie cheesecake ginger snap trifle Created by Shaken Together Life 
Apple Pie Cheesecake Ginger Snap Trifle || Shaken Together Life || Don’t worry – these are super easy! First, you’ll need to whip up no bake cheesecake filling and then just layer ginger snaps and apple pie filling … YUM!!
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Mason Jar Halloween Gifts || Shaken Together Life || Wouldn’t these Halloween mason jar gifts be so cute left on a coworker’s desk? Or snuck onto a neighbor’s porch? Or given as favors for any Halloween get together? They may just be my perfect excuse to munch on those mellowcreme pumpkins!!

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