Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick post to say how excited I am for this weekend.  It is one of my favorite holidays, and also means that the Christmas season is upon us.  Today I am making all of my pie crusts and tomorrow I will do 2 pumpkin pies, an apple pie, and yam souffle for our dinner at my mom and dad's house.
Then onto shopping for 24 hours with my sister in-law.  It seriously ticks me off that stores now open on Thanksgiving--I can't even relax and enjoy the post dinner bloat/nap.  But we brave the crowds anyway.  Black Friday seriously brings out the crazies (I guess including me), but we have so much fun and I seriously get soooo much done.  As in pretty much all of my Christmas shopping.  I hope I get all I want--even though I NEVER do. I'll never forget last year when I was trying to get a kitchen for my daughter and the crowd literally was like a pack of wildebeests going after the kill.  It was one of the scariest moments of my life.  So I never go for the big ticket items on these sales.  It's just not worth the possibility of being trampled.
And on that note, I hope you all have a safe, enjoyable holiday!
Photo via.  I printed this out and have it in my kitchen.  Isn't it cute?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Weird Food Habits

This week we had Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for dinner...not once but twice.  How pathetic are we?  And I don't know about you but I cannot eat mac and cheese without mixing ketchup with it (only kraft though, not the homemade kind).  I thought this was normal, but the reaction from my hubby told me it was in fact not normal.  But you should try it, the ketchup makes it tangy.
Another one I used to LOVE as a kid is grilled cheese in the waffle iron topped with strawberry jam.  Yes, you heard right.  Grilled cheese and jam. (I only had grape on hand--which I do not recommend.  It has to be strawberry or raspberry.)  And grilling it in the waffle iron gives it the holes to hold lots of jam. Try it you will not be disappointed.

So that got me wondering, do you have any weird food habits?  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Why Do I Blog?

Awhile ago I was reading a blog post (surprise surprise, I can't remember where I was reading) that asked readers if they tell people in the "regular world" that they have a blog.  My answer, for some odd reason, was a big fat NO.  I just feel like either you are a blogger/blog reader person or you are not.  Most of the people in my life are not.  So I'm not really out there sharing that I have a blog.  In fact one of my sister in laws almost pokes fun of me and asks me if I'm going to blog about something.  (Maybe I will.  Sheesh.)  Do you share your blog with others?  I guess most of it boils down to the fact that I'm a tad embarrassed about my blog.  I'm not inventive, or creative, and have no real pizzazz for writing.  But I know one thing for sure: I enjoy it.  I enjoy connecting with others while I'm at home making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and diffusing toddler arguments in my sweats pants.  And while I don't have a huge readership, and just in general have no real direction in this blogging world, I'm going to keep doing it.  It's fun.  And it can be done in glorious gray sweat pants.

Also, I think I am finally out of my post-vacation rut.  It has literally taken me months to get over this post-paradise depression.  In fact when we got home, we were so down, we tried to see if we could swing another trip out there before the year was through.  It didn't happen, but that's ok.  We'll survive.  And plan a new trip somewhere else. :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

What to do With All of That Halloween Candy

We had a great Halloween, and as usual my kids got tons of candy.  And guess what do we do with all of it?  Make a Christmas countdown chain!  We did this last year, and I cannot for the life of me remember where I got the idea.  But it cut our Halloween stash down so much that I knew it would be something we do year after year.  And the kids loved doing the countdown each day in December.

Just start by rolling out a reallllly long piece of saran wrap, add pieces of candy, wrap them and tie a ribbon in between.

I just did it for the month of December (25 pieces), and it cut my kids Halloween candy stash down to 7 pieces each.  Now that I can handle.

And of course, save the best for last:

Thirty Handmade Days

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A New Look and Our Halloween

Before I talk about Halloween, have you seen the new blog?  It is amazing!  Colleen of Paisley Boulevard did a redesign for me and I love it!  Don't you? :)  I cannot thank her enough for all of the time she spent on this little tiny blog and want her to know how grateful I am for it!

What a great October we had!  First up was the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago to pick out our pumpkins.

Next up was the Halloween party last Saturday.  I did my old standby vampire costume, and my hubby was a Peruvian since he had a few authentic pieces--but I didn't get a picture of him.
Scary!  The hubs ended up winning both the chili contest and the pumpkin carving contest.  I might have to post the chili recipe here some day, it really is delicious.  And here is the winning pumpkin:
Along with our other non award-winning pumpkins:

Trick or treating with the kids is always fun.  They both get so excited and their excitement is infectious.  Every time Bud got a new piece of candy he'd say his bucket was getting heavy, or that he was getting "lots and lots" of candy.  Here's our kitty and football player:
Hope you all had a great Halloween!