Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The comeback....


I don't like candy corn...and actually I don't know many people that do.  I think that in the past 20 years or so this once popular candy has been pushed to the side by things like Snickers, M&M's and Laffy Taffy.  But I was thinking maybe I am being a bit too hard on this little Halloween treat and that maybe I would give it another try.  So I did some searching. 

What I found are endless ways to use this sugary treat.  I even plan to try a few this week...candy corn may be making a comeback and may just win over this family.  Take a look at the following ways in which candy corn is used and see if you can bring this lost little candy back into your life.

Candy Corn Oreo Stuffed White Chocolate Chip Cookies


Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bites | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Enough Sugar?  My head hurts just from looking at the pictures!  Enjoy your Tuesday and enjoy these recipes.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Working Mom Meals: Cream of Mushroom Soup

balthazar cream of mushroom soup
I love soup.  I could eat it every single day.  In fact I think I do.  My mother in law makes the most amazing Polish mushroom soup and I have been meaning to get the recipe from her.   So when I found this recipe from The Smitten Kitchen, I was hoping my husband would not be able to tell the difference from his mother's and this.

And...he gave it 4 stars saying it was "just like my moms!".  This soup is perfect for all of you soup lovers, especially now that the weather is getting colder.   It was pretty easy to make and I doubled the recipe in order to have enough for two days.   You can check out the recipe HERE and enjoy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

3 years old

Jack had a great 3rd birthday.  We went to the pumpkin farm, and rode ponies, went through corn mazes, saw all kinds of animals, and even saw a pumpkin eating dinosaur.  Jack also learned how to show 3 with his fingers.  

I can't believe I have a 3 year old.  I know it's said all the time, but I swear he was born just yesterday.  Now I totally believe it when people say "enjoy it, it goes by fast".  They weren't kidding. 

I finally got to my video of his past year and thought I would share it with you.  It's 5 minutes so feel free to watch only a bit, but I love looking back at the past year and all the fun times we had.   He is the smartest, cutest, funniest little guy I've ever met, and I can't wait for many more years of fun.

I hope you are all having a great week.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Wow where have I been?  I keep meaning to post but time if flying by!  So we had Jack's 3rd birthday party at a farm!  We had all his friends and family there to celebrate with us and everyone had a blast!  They especially loved the Cars theme.  Doesn't my little mechanic look so cute?!

I made cars cupcake toppers, cars water bottles and cars candy wrappers.  A lot of work, but so cute!



The best part?  On the way home Jack said "mama? Thank you for the birthday party".  That made all the work and stress so worth it.  I just can't believe my little guy is going to be 3 on Sunday. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I'm on GroopDealz!

I hope you all are having a great weekend!  I wanted you all to know, my shop is on Groopdealz.com!

This site features handmade items at discount prices, there are so many cute things on there daily!

Well right now, my shop is selling the Superhero and Princess prints! 

It's a great deal, and only lasting a few more days!  You can check it out here.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

be pink!


In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October I am supporting Sleep Pink  — to raise funds for The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer to support finding a cure for breast cancer and advancing access to care for all.


Did you know?

*  Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with Breast Cancer in this country, with menopause-age women at significantly greater risk.†
*  For many women, menopause and breast cancer loom large as health concerns, and quite often they experience both concurrently: menopause-aged women are at much greater risk for breast cancer than many of their pre-menopausal peers and a women’s risk of breast cancer triples from her thirties to her forties, and quintuples from her thirties to fifties.
*  One out of three women in the U.S. suffer from peri-menopause and menopause symptoms
*  In 2011 alone, more than 100,000 women between the ages of 45 and 64 were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Estroven will make a $100 donation to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer for every photo of a Sleep Pink party submitted during the month of October. Get your gals together in your finest pink and have a ball while supporting breast cancer research. Host a party!

During the month of October, Estroven is providing women with the necessary tools to host a Sleep Pink-themed party on SleepPink.com. The site will allow party hosts to upload photographs of their events, and for every photo, the company will pledge $100 to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It will also provide information to help organize the Sleep Pink parties including downloadable invitations, menopause-friendly
drink and food recipe suggestions, as well as d├ęcor and entertainment ideas.
 To find out how to host an Estroven Sleep Pink-themed party and raise funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, visit www.SleepPink.com.
 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, October 5, 2012

some 3 year pictures

Yes I know that Jack was born in October of 2009, which means that this October Jack will be 3.  Yes I know that he is so big and smart and silly and such a mama's boy.  But in my mind I still see that little little baby that came into our lives 3 years ago.

I can not believe he is turning 3 in two weeks.  Pretty soon he will be 13 and then leaving me for college. 

But for now, he is an almost 3 year old.  Loves to be silly, loves cars, and loves to stop and smile for the camera.  Which made my attempt at his 3 year old pictures pretty easy.

Admit it, he's cute.  ; )

So his big 3rd birthday party is this Sunday...there of course will be pictures to come next week.  I also have a shower for my sister's wedding tomorrow, pictures of that also next week.

I hope you all are well and enjoying fall.  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Things I love Thursday...pumpkin

Growing up, the thought of eating anything pumpkin sickened me.  Who would want to eat that slimy, gross orange stuff?  

Now all I can say is..."Who wouldn't!?!?"  I could post 1,000 delicious pumpkin recipes in this post to show 

all of you that pumpkin is good for more than a latte from Starbucks.  But I will refrain, and instead post 10 amazing recipes you should try this fall.  


pumpkin swirl brownies
Pumpkin Gnocchi with Crispy Sage Butter Sauce

 Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

3 dips 2
Pumpkin Pie Dip from the Yummy Life

I would love to hear about your pumpkin favs, I hope you are having a great week and enjoy!