Wednesday, November 10, 2010

slow down girl!

It's happening too fast!
Paityn, please grow slower...





I think that's my answer.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

fire crew

The boys insisted on being Firemen for Halloween this year. And after much searching we found the perfect jackets and helmets. Unfortunately, they were out the door and in the dark before I could take a photo. This one, however, was a bit patient and waited for me in her stroller in the front entrance: the fire crew's dalmatian!



Monday, November 8, 2010

creative halloween

I'm just loving the projects Carter has been bringing home from preschool. Halloween was no exception: the kids got to pick out their own pumpkin from a large lot of squash and gourds and decorate during their Pumpkin Party. Upon picking up our preschoolers that day, I'm sure every parent hoped the one massive pumpkin was not going home with them -- at least I was thinking that. My wonderful son made this beautiful green gourd:

Pretty cool, eh? Yuh, I thought so too.

On the back is glued this message which I had never come across before and really LIKE!

"Christians are Like Jack O'Lanterns
God picks you from the pumpkin patch and brings you into his home. He washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins. He cuts off the top and takes out all the yucky stuff on the inside. He removes the seeds of sinfulness and carves you a new smiling face. He puts HIS light inside of you to SHINE for all to see.
SHINE FOR JESUS!"

Sunday, November 7, 2010

sharing

Thank you, Kim for sharing this delightful link! If your ready for a little bit of Christmas inspiration in decorating and crafts, check this out. Take a good look at more than 100 pages of gorgeous eye candy and wonderful ideas for your holidays!

(make sure you have a comfy seat and a latte or cup of tea before you click. You're gonna be there a while!)

Go check it out at Inspire Co.

playing catch up

It's a bit late for a Halloween post but the speed of life around here it quick, quick, quick of late. I thought perhaps I'd use the extra hour in my day today to update you all with a post or two.

Halloween was an excuse to make cupcakes! Well, not that we really ever need an excuse. And licking out the bowl is so fun. and necessary.

It's serious work, eh?

or not so serious!

Orange icing was requested and this time efficient mom has recently taken to Betty Crocker's delightful French vanilla 'recipe'. All that was needed was a bit of red and orange beat in.


The result. waiting.... waiting.... but didn't have to wait for long!

Always the icing first. (someone leaves their cake for mom. Can you guess who?)

mmmmmm, yummy!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

do you bake from scratch?

I'm a snoop. I find it really interesting to see what other people purchase -- especially on the conveyor belt at the grocery store. Today was no exception. Her choices for her kids lunches were glaring at me and I felt sick to my stomach knowing those kids were being sent to school everyday with a lunch bag full of all that crap. Rice Krispie Treats, Pop Tarts, Pizza Pops, Gushers, Bear Paws, Kool-Aid, Dole Parfaits; FOUR boxes of each.

I promptly went home and baked my Omega-3 Chocolate Chip Cookies (really: I wrote this recipe).

1/3 cup margarine/butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 Omega enriched eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup oats
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Beat margarine & sugar until well combined.
3. Add eggs, vanilla, continue to beat until smooth.
4. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl and add to wet ingredients, stirring by hand.
5. Stir in chocolate chips & walnuts.
6. Drop by tablespoons onto parchment lined baking sheets, flattening slightly.
7. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden.


Bake from scratch: it's healthier and cheaper and your kids will remember the love you baked for them forever.

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