Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Fall Happies

Things that have made me smile lately....

Playing in leaves

My attempt at a Fall Display, complete with my sparkly pumpkins! Love them!Watching my five-year-old totally get into the doughnut contest at scouts.Getting a tip for the best place to pick your own pumkpins. Much better ambiance than yelling at your kids to get out of the road in front of Albertsons.Having my husband carve this awesome Transformers pumpkin last night.Seeing my little Chief Kindergartener off to school. Craft tip: Paint samples at Home Depot for $3. It comes in a 8 oz. jar and you can get any color you want. Craft paint for a 2 oz is usually $1-$2 for 2 oz, so this is a pretty good deal. Perfect for any little project you have. Just had to share. Sometimes it doesn't take much for me to smile.

Need I say more? I can't believe she is five-months-old today!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Go with your first instinct

About 4 1/2 years ago, I wanted to paint my upstairs. I taped a whole bunch of paint samples verrrry similar to these colors on my wall. Maybe it was the cloudy/gray skies that I was constantly seeing at the time, but I thought it would be too depressing to have blue/gray walls.
So, I found a picture from Ralph Lauren that had this kind of suede color and navy blue and went with that. Awesome in the picture, not my favorite on my wall. So, it is back to square one where I started years ago. Decisions decisions.
And I should probably black out all of the paint names, because really Seaside Villa sounds so much cooler than Thar She Blows. I can't let the names influence my decision.

Crazy hat day

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

So much help..

A couple of weekends we were heading out of town, and if anyone knows me very well you know how much I hate packing! I dread it, put it off, and it makes me in a bad mood.

Anyway, this day we had a flag football game and I was going to a watch party at my mother-in-laws house before we were heading out of town.

The girl C would not nap and wanted to be held all day, which wasn't helping the packing situation at all.

Finally, I sat on the couch and declared that we couldn't go. A little dramatic, I know, but I was having a moment.
Anyway, I have two very different personalitied sons. B started bawling and screaming that I was so mean. C announced, "I can help you mom. I will pack the snacks."
So, he then proceded to get the cooler and fill it up. Included was several different kinds of drinks and about 20 boxes of dry Jell-o. You never know when you will get a craving on the road, you know! Then he dragged the cooler up the stairs by himself.
What a great kid.


A few years ago, we were planning the layout of basment and I found some curtains I wanted to cover the toy shelves. They were the inspiration for the three colors we ended up painting the basement. I was really hoping they would be up before last tax season, but I was promised they would be up before the next. Promise delivered tonight! I thought it turned out good. Bye Bye toys! (At least the ones behind the curtains, now what to do the with the ones taking over the rest of the house??)

Thanks to my dear hubbie who sacrified his hands screwing in the thing-a-ma-jigs.

Apple Pie in a Cup

We just tried a yummy fall drink you should try! Yum!

Apple Pie in a Cup (Or a Mormon's version of a Fall Latte!)

Ingredients:Cinnamon syrup*
Apple juice or Apple cider
Whipped cream
Carmel syrup drizzled on top
Directions:Pour Apple Juice or Apple Cider into your mug and stir in about 1 teaspoon of the Cinnamon syrup. Heat in the microwave to desired temperature. Top with whipped cream and drizzle caramel syrup on top. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Syrup
1 c. light corn syrup
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 c. evaporated milk
Combine corn syrup, sugar, water and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring and boiling for an additional 2 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, then stir in evaporated milk.

I 1/4thed the syrup recipe since we were only using it for this drink.

Happy Fall!