Sunday, October 19, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-10-20



Hi everyone! It's time to menu plan today--I'm super excited because we've had a great week, and we're looking at having loads of fun over the next couple of weeks. The twins are finally at an age where they are looking forward to Halloween...as in every day asking if it's time to go Trick-or-Treating! This week I'll be sharing part of their costumes, and how we make them exciting at night, too!

Anyway, the food this week is going to be pretty simple. This mama is still struggling with a cough she's literally had for a month.

Here's the plan:
Monday: Chicken Fajitas with Rice
Tuesday: Crockpot Beef Stew, Bread


Wednesday: Chicken Caesar Salad
Thursday: Tacos with Squash, Fruit


Friday: Fish Sticks, Roasted Brocolli, Fruit


Saturday:  Hamburgers, Fruit, Salad
Sunday: Spaghetti with Dressed Up Sauce


What are you eating this week?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Caramel Truffles

Are you tired of pumpkin recipes yet? I'm not, but there might be people in my house that are not as fond of pumpkin as I am. Oh, they like pumpkin, but they don't like it when the pumpkin flavor is too strong--you know, when it's so strong, it tastes more like squash? Well, these Pumpkin Caramel Truffles have enough pumpkin to satisfy pumpkin lovers like myself, but are light enough (and sweet enough) that everyone loves them--pumpkin lover or no pumpkin lover!!


One package of Vienna Fingers
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp (heaping!) caramel apple dip
16 oz of white chocolate chip or candy melts (I used white chocolate chips and they did not melt well. Use the candy melts!)

Crush the cookies--you want them to be fine! Add the pumpkin, spice, and caramel dip and mix well. Use a small scoop to make balls the size of walnuts. Arrange on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour (I chilled them overnight).


Then, melt your white chocolate in a double boiler or a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water (why take up cabinet space with a double boiler you rarely use?). I found the white chocolate chips to melt too thickly. Cover each ball with white chocolate and allow to cool. I keep mine in the refrigeratoro.


Makes 24 truffles.

Enjoy!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Starry Pumpkin

Are you still looking for simple Halloween decor? Try this star decorated pumpkin in your home-you can even have the kids help out!


Have you checked out the dollar store recently for seasonal craft supplies? I have always found their stuff just a little bit too bright, and not realistic looking.



Take this pumpkin, for example. It's just a little too bright. But with the trend to paint pumpkins, I realized that a solid coat of paint would do wonders for a pretty pumpkin, and then I could dress it up any way I wanted with my Silhouette Portrait.

I used multi-surface craft paint and painted a couple of coats of black paint. 


While the paint was drying, I went through my library looking for something that might look like Halloween without being too scary. We like Halloween at my house, but we don't do scary. I'm just not a big fan of scary, and with little kids in the house, it just seems like it is counterproductive.

Anyway, I came across these stars that were a free download several months back.

All I needed to do was ungroup the stars, release compound paths, and delete the parts I didn't want. I then copied and pasted and then cut the stars in vinyl to create my own custom stickers. This is a great use for scraps of vinyl.


Then I put the stars all over the pumpkin. Actually, I had one of my three-year-olds help me. Preschoolers think you're pretty cool when you can make your own stickers.



And really, that's all you need to make a custom designed, not-so scary pumpkin. The good news is that it only cost a dollar for the pumpkin--I had everything else on hand.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Paper Rosette Fall Wreath Hello Fall Sign Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries Spooky Mantle Ghost Town Dollar Store Placemat Jack O' Lantern Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins Ugly Sweater Wineglass Charms DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath Starry Pumpkin Burlap & BOO Halloween Wreath Fall Paper Petals Fall Leaves Favor Tags 15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets Gravestone Treat Bags with Free Cut File Beware of Zombies Halloween Shadow Box Welcome Sign Vampire Bat Specimen Boo-tiful Halloween Treats Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie Frozen Halloween Treats & Free Printable Fall Leaf Keychain Fall Lovin October Silhouette Challenge Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Still Falling For You Card DIY Etched Leaf Coasters
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Enjoy!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-10-13

Howdy! It's menu planning time!



Anybody know how did it get halfway through October already? I feel like I can hardly get a breath with how fast this year is going. We've kept busy this week--I'm proud to say that all four of us females in the house now have new haircuts. The last time that happened--never. Of course, this is only the second time the twins have had a haircut, so I guess that's really not so bad.

This week, I'm going to make a real effort to make some things with my cast iron skillet. I was really excited to get it for my birthday, but I haven't been using it much. This is the week I'm going to make something with it! I'm setting aside Friday to make it, since I should have some time to experiment. If it turned out well, I'll be sharing a new recipe with you next week.

Here's the plan for the week:

Monday:Leftovers
Tuesday: Chicken Nuggets, Roast Broccoli, Bread, Salad


Wednesday: Parmesan Chive Crusted Tilapia, carrots, fruit, salad



Thursday: Beef Roast in the Crockpot
Friday: Cast Iron Pot Pie (or some other concoction with my cast iron skillet!)
Saturday: Barbecue Chicken Pizza


Sunday: Hamburgers, Salad

What are you eating this week?

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