Thursday, October 20, 2011

Recipe Thursday

I'm the kind of gal who when she learns how to do something likes to do it again. In this case, I made a pound cake back right when the summer began. I wrote a post about here. Well, since practice makes perfect and it was good the first time...
I did it again.
And, this time I snapped some shots! 

The ingredients!
Basically all butter and sugar really. Doesn't that just ooze yumminess?
After whipping it all up, I poured into a bundt pan (check original post for recipe). Here are some shots of how it looked through the process:

While that cooked, I cut up some strawberries and tossed them with sugar. I Served those on the side along with whipped cream. (I whipped up heavy whipping cream- delish!)

I hope everyone enjoys the post and goes out to eat something sweet!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A little secret about me...

Here's a little piece of information about me that you may not know. Maybe a little secret, maybe not. I love a lot of things, but included in that is school/office supplies. I seriously love going to Staples and will ALWAYS go through the stationary aisle when I go grocery shopping even if I don't need anything.

My love of school supplies is probably a very important factor on why I became a teacher. I LOVE back to school shopping. With that love comes my love for all things stationary. I love planners, calendars, note cards, you name it I love it. The only thing I love more than those precious goodies is PERSONALIZED items. Since I was kid I love to have my name on everything!! Not exactly easy when you have a unique name like I do. I could never find my name on key chains, pencils, or miniature license plate frames. 

I remember once when I went to a birthday party when I was seven. The goodie bag was filled with personalized items- all the kids got their names on all the stuff except for me. {I was one sad seven year old, a little petty looking back, but hey I was seven} This was back when you couldn't easily purchase personalized items. Now it seems like you can get everything personalized and I love it.

So, where am I going with all this?

Well, Erin Condren is a little site that sells everything I love in so many cute colors and it's personalized!! Seriously, I'm in love. Luckily, for me her stuff wasn't around when I was in college. (as a sorority girl I would have gone broke buying everything greek she created!) Had I known about this website even five years ago I may have bought out the place for their personalized teacher's planners! LOVE. Erin really has thought of everything from calling cards for the business professional to the mom looking for play dates, note cards, planners, and perfect for me: a growth chart! I've been looking into where I can buy a personalized permanent growth chart (you know something to save besides having to cut out some drywall!)

I'm linking up with Sarah at Yes, Teacher for her Tickle me Tuesday. If you're not visiting from Tickle me Tuesday- you should totally check out Sarah's shop- awesome stationary products there too! Right now a few of these products have caught my fancy! Oh, and you should totally go enter the giveaway for a gift card to Erin's store. I did. Links below!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and more Pumpkins

If you haven't figured out my total addiction to pumpkins're about to get another glimmer. Read on to see how I incorporate pumpkins into every fall activity lately.

First we had to visit the pumpkin patch *of course*...

 Using picnik to apply some 1960s charm and fun stickers to keep our local patch a secret! ;-)

 The boys
(My lil' guy in orange and his buddy T) 

Little C is in the rock collecting phase as evidenced by the rock in his hand. He loves sharing them with friends or putting them in his pocket. 

Here's a glance back to last year at the same pumpkin patch

We visited another patch and just got a quick shot in between climbing on hay bails. 

Can't forget some pumpkin painting

I'm treasuring these moments and realizing they go by quickly. Hockey Husband and Little C are everything and for them and because of them I learn that "the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and generosity" these are the virtues I remember every day. These are the life lessons I'm learning.
Galatians 5:22-23

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Heat Wave

In my little corner of the globe we just experienced a heat wave for the month of October. For this gal who loves fall that is so not allowed. Does anyone know how I can reach Mother Nature?
One might think oh, what's a heat wave maybe 70 degrees? Try 95 degrees. 

Yesterday, I mentioned  the Hart of Dixie and their heat wave, well same thing here. I'm living in the northern hemisphere where the temperature is supposed to be cooling down. The weather I want is supposed to evoke feelings and memories of John Updike's "September". 

This past week while we meshed visiting pumpkin patches and baking pumpkin bread Little C and I also swam in the pool twice and had picnics outside. The weather was great for all those traditional summer activities. Can we please have fall now?


The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel–
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Drying grass,
New books and blackboards
Chalk in class.
The bee, his hive
Well-honey, hums
While Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Televsion Programming

I've never really revealed my addiction to television before. Well, I am. 

One new fall show I am loving is Hart of Dixie on the CW. I also bring up this show that airs on Monday nights is because the preview for next week was showing a heat wave in Bluebell, Alabama (fictional town where the show takes place). I was disappointed in the fact that I wouldn't get to see some cute fall outfits, but I have other shows for that. One night after I saw this preview my little place in the world was stricken with a heat wave. Raining one day 90 degree heat the next. My opinions on the heat wave I experienced are found here

I actually try to avoid tv most of the time and not because I think I should be doing other things with my time. No, it's because too many networks cancel a show after 6 episodes. Is it just me or would most people appreciate if the networks could film some alternate scenes so perhaps if a show is canceled viewers get closure.

Really like tv and want to read more about shows...go here!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Places I want to visit: Tybee Island, GA

Tybee Island looks like a peaceful get away to front porch swings, fresh lemonade, and salty ocean breezes. With beautiful cottages *I just love the word cottage* to rent, prairie grass, and light houses- I'm sold. I hadn't even heard of this place until I checked out the The Shabby Creek Cottage blog. 

Then, I realized it was where the The Last Song was filmed with Miley Cyrus. I remember seeing bits of this movie with my sisters when visiting. I envision crisp white linens and long walks on slightly chilly Atlantic Ocean. 

So, have you been here? Or heard of this place? I'd love to hear what you have to say about Tybee Island. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Loving Life

This Wednesday, I am participating in What I Loving hosted by This Kind of Love. I have lots to love and be thankful for everyday so it's only fitting I do this link up. 

I am loving every day I get to be home with Little C. 
I love our park play dates, mom group outings, swimming at the pool, and all the moments in between. 

I love Hockey Husband and his brilliant cooking and the way he makes me laugh. 
I love that fall is here and everything that brings
I love that the holidays are approaching. 

Materially, I am loving these fall boots. Not exactly loving the price, so check back next week when I link up for Target Tuesday to find some adorable and affordable varieties.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Lion King

{ I love the opening scene }
The Disney Vault, where all the classic Disney films are stored away until their limited release. The latest film to enter the vault is The Lion King which made its debut seventeen years ago. Yes, that's one seven! It's crazy to think that entire generation that was born for this film's original release is now being granted entry to rated R films. It amazes me how much time as gone by. 

From the Disney Vault The Lion King is now gracing shelves everywhere, but only for a limited time. I love the idea of spaced releases because it brings the films to new generations. Last night, Hockey Husband picked up The Lion King on his way home. We immediately popped in the blu-ray. Oh yeah, did I mention the latest release is Blu Ray! The imagery is stunning and I love the soundtrack. We were excited to watch a film we remember, but also to watch it through new eyes. 

The film did not disappoint. Absolutely amazing and Hockey Husband says his message boards are a buzz at how great the Blu Ray edition is. I recommend going to your local shop and picking one up! Also, since I love my readers so much if you didn't already know...
Subway is offering $5 off the film. Just follow that link for details or go to your local Subway for a yummy meal and a coupon. 

If you don't want to drive or just live far from any store. You could also go through one of my favorites: Amazon.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hello Friends! I cannot even tell you the last time I had anything from Starbucks. I have to admit though their continual advertising and use of fall colors (my fave!) have got me. That's right I forked over my $4 for a 12 ounce or "tall" latte. I was feeling the crisp autumn air and had to have the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I gotta say it was everything I wanted.
I am sucker for all things pumpkin. Bread, shakes, muffins, ice cream, lattes, bagels, pie, the list could go on and on. I love this season and it's made all the more special by the "limited edition" sticker on everything pumpkin. Just a quick and subtle reminder that soon fall will subside to Christmas decorations and eggnog. Don't get me wrong I love those too, but fall can be so fleeting that I love to enjoy it. 

I found this picture and it pretty much sums it up:

Funny anecdote about writing this post: I was not the only blogger excited about this particular subject.  There were several hundreds of blogs that came up when I was looking for my pictures through my fave, google images. I did my best to source where I got them, but there is no telling who took these original photos.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Those Parents

Not sure when it happened, but hockey husband and I became "those parents". No, not the parents that turn into your own parents (although I'm sure that day is coming). 

What I'm talking about here is an out of control toddler. Okay, so he's not really out of control. But, the venue was church and for a 15 month old it can be hard to not be out of control. Why, are we "those parents"? Well, back when Little C was just a adorable little infant he would sleep right through church (ahh, those were the days). We would see the kids who would run around or scream and be like okay we'll never let that happen to us. Ugh, I need to bite my tongue on that one. If only, I would have known my day would come too. 

Our church has three areas (really two, but stay with me) there's inside the actual building, just outside with chairs and cover (mainly used for overflow), and the courtyard area. We've always strolled right up to the overflow area and let Little C sleep. As he got older he wouldn't stay in the stroller, so we would take him out but he was still great. Quite the champ really. We decided to mosey on into the actual building last Sunday- DISASTER

looks innocent enough

One could not have predicted how badly it would go. Little C wanted nothing to do with all the quiet toys we brought for him, thus we retreated to the overflow area. Oh, but it doesn't end there...we were banished even further when Little C started screaming because he didn't like that area either. So there we were with a toddler running around in the courtyard with people saying how cute he was. (While I just dropped my head in embarrassment)

All the while I had new found sympathy for what I once referred to as "those parents". I also developed a new found longing for the "other parents". You know, the ones with quiet and still children. It's okay though because I love my adventurous and sometimes rowdy toddler. We tried again today and it was another battle lost, but I'm adapting to my situation and will persevere. 

Really, though if you have tips, please share!

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