Halloween Pumpkin Carving

This year so far has not been as eventful as last year in the Halloween department. I went a bit crazy last year and went to probably 5 pumpkin patches and had made part of the girls costumes (they were princesses, which I bought the dresses but made them fancy cloaks and tiara’s). Continue reading

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Sweet Curry Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

I bought a butternut squash several weeks ago and still had not done anything with it. It kept on sitting on the shelf looking at me and I just couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Finally I got inspired to make some butternut squash muffins, actually wanted to do sweet curry butternut squash cupcakes but we all are getting over colds so felt like doing something more healthy. Soup it was. Continue reading

Easy Meatloaf Recipe

The rain has set in here in Portland and yesterday seemed to be especially blustery, there was evenĀ  a tornado about an hour away in Longview, WA! I love the fall where I get to start wearing boots and scarfs, get cozy with a hot cup of tea and read a good book (if I didn’t have 3 little ones running around all over this might actually happen more often).

I was watching some cook off show on Netflix with the hubby earlier this week and one of the things they had to make was meatloaf, one of my favorite comfort foods! I use this great recipe from the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, Third Edition, which we purchased at Costco a couple of years ago. I follow the recipe pretty close but sometimes I improvise where needed. Continue reading

Pilfering is not cool

Last night my car got rifled through. Not cool Portland, not cool.

I feel lucky that it seems nothing actually got stolen but my privacy feels violated and it just brings back old memories of when this has happened before. I don’t know if its just me or if this happens to lots of people but in my time of owning a car (since I was 17) I have had my car stolen twice and broken into probably ten times. Sometimes it seems like I must have left my car unlocked and others the window was smashed in. Continue reading

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Hungarian Mushroom Soup – I didn’t take a picture last night but found a picture I took of it a couple of years ago, so yummy!

Last night we had some friends over in the late afternoon which led to the evening and time to make dinner. We had some chicken that we were going to make for dinner but there wasn’t really enough for additional people, but luckily I had picked up mushrooms for Hungarian mushroom soup. I started making this soup several years ago, I found a recipe online and have changed it for what we prefer. You can make this completely vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and sometimes I find that I don’t have cream cheese or fresh parsley so just use an alternative, it still turns out delicious! Continue reading

A Penny for Your Thoughts

Since I am new to blogging I thought I would find some guidance or “blogger education” and I came across the Daily Post’s Blogging University Blogging 101: Zero to Hero. I am coming in late in the game but thought I would follow along with their 30 daily tasks, not sure if I’ll post everything that I write up but I think it will be a fun exercise.

Day three: A Penny for Your Thoughts… what was I thinking when I wanted to start a blog.

Well it kind of has evolved over time and I don’t even recall the original inspiration. Ever since before Pinterest arrived I have been doing crafts, diy and cooking. Luckily most of the things I attempt have turned out pretty well and my friends always ask me about it or want to buy something I’ve made. I think that kind of motivated me to start writing it down and taking pictures along the way so I can share what I’ve done and hopefully make it easier for someone else to try it!

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