August Burns Red

Last night was “Tuesday Night” i.e. date night. We have forever had Tuesday’s set up to be our night to spend time with each other. Sometimes we actually go out or just stay home and play cards or watch a movie (which we try not to turn the TV on since that is the usual thing we do to relax after the kids go to be). I highly suggest to any couple that they should pick a night to be date night, this started before we were married when we worked opposite schedules so “Tuesday Night” was VERY important!

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Little Man’s 1st Birthday!

Carver's 1st Birthday!This is a little on the late side, as Carvers birthday was in the beginning of January but I still can’t believe that he’s one now! We didn’t have a big party for him but did do a family gathering with pizza and CAKE! which I made of course 🙂 I still do not have this cake making thing down but practice makes perfect! Continue reading

Lets try this again…

So, yea…. Its been a while. I was having so much fun and then I started to feel guilty that if I had time to sit around and blog then I should be doing _______ (fill in the blank with the multitude of undone things I SHOULD be doing). Of course in the time that I haven’t posted anything I also haven’t gotten a lot of that other stuff done either!

So here I am again, deciding that I want to get back at it. We have a lot of stuff going on and I’d love to share! I’m thinking that this will not be a daily occurrence so I can focus on my other in-completes but also have some fun!

Hope the next post will be something fun, amazing and/or yummy!!


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

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 even  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

From Metal to Mello

Last week we were lucky enough to go and see Alt J at the Roseland in Portland. Their light show really added to the music, they sounded great and it was definitely a fun show!Alt J @ the Roseland in Portland

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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!