Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

Happy Shaggy, Scooby and the Mummy!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Nights

Friday Night + Cold Weather + Under the Covers+ Watching Halloween Movies = BLISS!

It'll be a sad day when he doesn't reach for this blanket and knuckle anymore...

Y'all have an amazing weekend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Photo is Courtesy of Ryder.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pumpkin Carving

Church.  Taco Cabana. Costco. Carving Pumpkins.  Life is so very Good.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tasty Tuesday- Pumpkin Donuts

Ryder was given a Doughnut Maker for his Birthday.  We've used it several times and over the weekend I wanted to try something different than regular doughnuts.  I love pumpkin and all of the spices that go along with it this time of year, so I went in search of a pumpkin spice doughnut recipe.  I found a recipe and modified it so that it is essentially fat-free:

Baked Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnuts
(Yield:  18 mini doughnuts)
3/4 c brown sugar, lightly packed
2 large eggs (or 1/2 C egg beaters)
1 c pumpkin puree
1/4 c fat-free milk
2 TB apple sauce
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Vanilla  Glaze:
1/2 c (2 oz) powdered sugar
2 tsp water (add more by the teaspoonful until you reach the right consistency)

Mini Doughnut Pan

Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a mini doughnut pan with butter. or cooking spray.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and eggs until light and fluffy, then stir in the pumpkin, milk, and applesauce.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, salt, and spices.  Gradually stir all of the dry ingredients into the wet.  Transfer the batter to a large zip-lock bag that you can cut a corner off of and pipe it into the prepared pan, filling each well about 3/4 full. 

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a doughnut comes out clean or with just a couple crumbs.

 Let the doughnuts cool slightly in the pan (about 5 minutes), then transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling. 

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the glaze, then drizzle the glaze over the doughnuts.  Let the glaze set before serving.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


My boys love pancakes...but more than pancakes they love syrup.

Every week Ryder brings home a book bag that has an assignment for the week.  Last week it was the "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" book along with a packet of Pancake Mix and a Pig Hot Mitt.

We love this book and have read it many times, but we've never made pancakes as we read it.  He was so excited that we decided to have pancakes for dinner.

 He put in all the ingredients.

 He mixed.

 He acted silly.

He read the book.

He colored in his journal.

He ate.  
He ate big old pancakes with lots of syrup.  

He got all sticky and had to take a bath.

Love this boy to pieces...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tasty Tuesday- Candy Corn Edition

October is here and anyone who knows me understands my love for Candy Corn. It's actually more than's an obsession.  A few weeks back I saw a recipe for Candy Corn Bark and had to try it.  It's very simple:

1.  Line a Cookie Sheet with Parchment or Wax paper.
2.  Spread Candy corn onto the Parchment lined  Cookie Sheet.
3.  Melt White Chocolate candies (Wilton Melts are my favorite) per the directions.  Pour the melted chocolate over the candy corn.  It will look like this:

4.  Stick the tray in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.  Once hardened break into small pieces.  (You can really make the pieces as big or little as you choose.  I made mine small enough to fit inside of a jar.)

I  attached this tag to the jar and gave it to a friend who was a little under the weather and to our Pediatrician. 

I've included the tag here...just right click and save.  Print on card stock and then carefully cut the circle out.  Enjoy!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

We've been away

We've been away for a few days.  A few blissful days filled with good friends, good food, and good drinks.  There is no doubt that the beautiful, white sand beaches of Mexico are one of my most favorite places.  Here are some pictures courtesy of my phone and Instagram.