“You Got This” (Free Printable!)

October 3rd, 2012

Let’s think positive, people!


Free 5×7 printable here.

Colorful, Healthy, After-School Snack

October 2nd, 2012

Keeping up with after-school snacks is kinda hard for me. Especially because I want to try to make things healthy as much as I can around here. I don’t always succeed, but I’ve noticed that if healthy things are colorful, they are more interesting to my kids. :)

Frozen blueberries, small sweet peppers, frozen peas:


I’m missing the color blue in this rainbow of food…how ’bout a blue tablecloth? ūüėČ

For rainbow fruit snack idea click here. For a fun apple/peanut butter/marshmallow “mouth” snack idea click here.

Saturday at Sundance

October 1st, 2012

If you are in Utah in the fall, you must visit Sundance. These pictures don’t do it justice as many of them are just phone pics. It was so beautiful! We brought up a picnic and had fun looking at the many vendor booths. We didn’t ride, but for $10 a person you can ride on the ski lifts and get a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous changing leaves.

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My Mostest Favoritist Pumpkin Muffins

September 26th, 2012

Fall is here: Time for Pumpkin Muffins! ¬†(Actually, we make and eat these ones year-round.) Okay, so here are the ingredients you’ll need if you want to make them: ¬†sugar, shortening (I use olive oil and sometimes half applesauce half olive oil if you feel like being really healthy!), eggs, pumpkin, flour (I substitute some of the white flour with wheat flour when trying to be healthy), baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and water.

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Oh and of course, milk chocolate chips (the big ones!)

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And for extra yum add these:

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My mom got this recipe from the Lion House Cookbook under “Pumpkin Bread” but we’ve altered it a bit:

PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
11/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup shortening (I use olive oil or half applesauce, half olive oil)
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup pumpkin
13/4 cups flour + 1 TBSP flour to set aside (sometimes I substitute wheat flour, or part wheat flour)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (I add just a little extra)
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup warm water

Cream sugar and shortening until fluffy.  Add eggs and pumpkin.  Sift dry ingredients together and add to the mixture.  Add warm water and mix well.   In a bowl or ziploc bag, mix milk chocolate and white chocolate chips with 1 TBSP flour until thoroughly coated and add them to the mix. (The flour keeps the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom of the muffins while baking.)  Pour into greased or lined muffin tins.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Okay, so one other trick my mom taught me: ¬†After spraying your muffin tins with cooking spray…
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Pour some sugar in each tin:

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Then swish the sugar around to stick to the cooking spray on all sides of each tin and dump the excess sugar in the trash:

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It makes the most delicious sparkly sugar crust on your muffins! Behold! The mini-muffins are out of the oven:

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The smell in the kitchen is HEAVENLY.

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They deserve lots of pictures (hehe):

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Can you tell I get very excited about these muffins?
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AND the regular size muffins:

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These muffins also freeze great so you can save some for another day if there are any left!
Did I mention these are my MOSTEST FAVORITIST MUFFINS? hehe YUMMY!

Decorating for Fall

September 26th, 2012

~A little Autumn and Halloween decor:

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Flying Witches

September 24th, 2012

Find: The witch on a “new” mode of transportation, the witch with the crooked hat, and the witch who lost her hat!

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Turquoise Bench

September 20th, 2012

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A lovely friend of mine gave me this wooden bench a few years ago. It was getting a little worn as I’ve had it outside. Hubby and I decided to paint it. Another lovely friend gave me the paint color idea. I think it turned out great. Yay!

Monster Birthday Party

September 19th, 2012

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My daughter decided she wanted a Monster themed birthday party this year. It turned out to be so much fun. We made monster cupcakes, had some “monster brew,” (dry-ice in kool-aid), played lots of monster games and had some monster cake and ice cream. Good times.