Friday, September 22, 2017

It's Fall Y'all

Saturday morning I cleaned house and then put up my fall decor and then Sunday, Bella and I swung over to Lowes in hopes of finding mums and we lucked out!  

I love mums.  I always have but they also now remind me of my sweet baby who was born in October.  I remember receiving lots of mums when he was born.  As you can see, we also found a cute jack-o-lantern at Lowes.  This one has a battery operated candle in it.  I haven't decided where I will put Jackie :).  I have a planter on my porch that I have always kept mums in, along with a geranium and this past spring I added a mosquito plant (citronella plant).  Well, sometime in the summer something got a hold of everything in that pot and killed it all.  Really ticked me off because because about this time of year, the mums really start producing blooms and its so pretty.  The smaller mums went in that pot and the larger one I planted in the flower bed around my pecan tree out front.  I have two others there as well that I planted last year, but of course I want more! I did see the stores are beginning to get pumpkins in but I decided to wait a bit.  Its been so dang hot this last week that I'm afraid those guys would rot out sooner rather than later.  Not sure how long I can wait because I do love me some pumpkins.  

I'm so very happy today is the first day of Fall but Lordy I wish it would cool off and these 90 degree temps would back the heck off.  

I hope y'all have a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins

I can't remember exactly what day it was that Bella and I decided we needed to make these muffins but it was a very good decision on our part.  These muffins were so stinkin' good.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and I'll tell ya, I have to agree with the author in that these taste better cold.  I had one out of the oven after they had cooled but were still warm, and they were good but I preferred a cold one right out of refrigerator.  They really were super easy to make and were Bella approved!

Here are your ingredients and directions for making these yummy treats....

·         1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
·         1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
·         1 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (pure pumpkin puree)
·         1 cup granulated sugar
·         1/2 cup packed brown sugar
·         2 large eggs
·         1/2 cup vegetable oil
·         1 tablespoon vanilla extract

·         8 oz cream cheese
·         1/4 cup granulated sugar
·         1 large egg yolk
           2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375°F. 

Place paper baking cups into muffin pan. Set aside. 

1.  In a medium bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside. 
2.  In large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sugar and brown sugar. 
3.  Beat in eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps. 
4.  Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. 
5.  In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until well       combined. 
6.  Top each muffin with about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter.
7.  This will not look smooth, but it will bake up much prettier. 
8.  Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
9.  I liked these best at room temperature or even slightly chilled! Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Life Lately

Life lately has been full of getting everyone back into the swing of things and back to some kind of normalcy.  As I type that I feel bad because our new normal doesn't involve putting everything we own out by the curb because our house flooded.  Hurricane Harvey really did a number on a lot of folks around here.  I can't imagine having to gut your home and start from scratch. Its just awful.  I am super thankful that we were on the lucky end of things.  This whole experience has also made me rethink my desire to live in the country, or outside the city limits--around here anyway.  The kids and I were off of school and work for a week and then it was back to reality.  Bella threw a holy fit the day school was back in session because she just needed one more day at home.  It was not pretty!  Things are moving along a little easier now.  We had a similar meltdown again later in the week when Bella wanted to wear jeans to school and couldn't find any that fit.  I kept two pair that I thought she could still wear but apparently I was wrong so we did some shopping this past weekend.

I had a hair appointment Saturday morning so we planned to hit the stores after that. I waited entirely too long to get my hair done this time, but a cut and color later, my hair and I both felt so much better.

Bella wanted to go to Justice (big surprise) to look for jeans.  We found her three pair that were good enough for her.  Thank goodness because much to my disappointment, they weren't on sale.  After Justice, we popped into Bath and Body Works to pick up some of my pumpkin scented lotion I love and then went by Buckle to pick up a pair of jeans for yours truly.  We decided to go look at fall decor at Hobby Lobby before heading home.  As much as I love this time of year and can't wait to decorate with all things pumpkin, I haven't been in the mood to do it.  Strange I know.  In hopes of finding some fall inspiration we went to HL hoping to find my spirit.  I found some pumpkin sticks to add to the arrangement I have in my watering can.  I also gave in and picked up a small galvanized pumpkin that I have been eyeing since they put them out.  Actually, I have been eyeing the larger one but I couldn't bring myself to purchase that one and truth be told, I have no idea where I would have put it.  I also picked up a couple other metal pumpkins.  Still haven't decorated the inside but I got the outside of the house done....for now.  I'm not happy with it so I expect changes to be coming.  Never satisfied.  

Sunday morning was another nice day so Bella wanted me to grab my coffee and sit outside with her.  She was playing on my phone and said "smile mommy" and took my picture.  I took my phone and told her it was my turn to take's the result...

 Sitting outside in the mornings and evenings is one of our favorite things to do.  She is my child.

Later we went to the grocery store to pick up a few things for the week.  I'm looking at fall decor when I hear, "hey mommy, look over here".  I turn to find this staring at me....

I died laughing.  "Don't mess with the Easter Bunny" she says.  She tried on several other ones but this one cracked me up the most.

Also must show you my new favorite nail polish for this fall...  

I know it looks black but its navy and I love it.  I have been trying to find one for a while but everything I found was too blue.  I saw this color suggested on another blog and happen to find it at Target the other day.  Score for me! I still have my other favorite you see on my nails above, Mink Muffs, but I'm having trouble finding it in the stores. May have to find another color similar to it.

Christopher has been busy working at Chili's every chance he gets.  He worked the entire week we were out for the hurricane and I'm allowing him to work weekends while in school.  If his grades suffer, he will have to quit his job.  School comes first.  He is also gearing up and hunting pallets down for the bonfire that will be coming up soon. Still hasn't sunk in this is his senior year.  It'll probably hit me when he's walking across the field to accept his diploma in May.  Crazy!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A New School Year

Here they are, my senior and my 3rd grader ready to tackle another school year.  Well, almost ready.

Bella had a slight wardrobe change after this picture.  Actually, it was more of an accessories change.  She lost the bow and added earrings...

I warned Chris he HAD to take a picture that morning because it was his last first day of school picture.  Sniff, sniff.  Whew, was he grumpy.  He has been grumpy all week, but then again he is my child.  Mommy isn't a morning person either, but I do try to perk it up for my babies.  

Bella came in my room last night and asked me to pause the tv because "we needed to talk".  Nothing like those four words to make a mommy stop in her tracks, especially when your 8 year old is being very serious and follows up with "its about something I did in school today. Good grief child, its the second day of school and you're already in trouble?  My second thought was that I was just at the school for a parent meeting to hear about the school year and her teacher didn't say anything.  

She proceeded to remind me of how hard it is when you have all this work you have to do in the morning at school.  You work, you go to PE, you work some more, you go to lunch and then work some more in the afternoon.  "And mommy", she says, "you know how sometimes when you do all that work and you are just so tired you fall asleep?  Well I did that today."  

That's what fell asleep?  She said, "yep, I fell asleep!"  She said she wasn't asleep long because her teacher woke her up.  She just couldn't understand why she was so tired and she's tired of being tired. I told her the first week of school will be hard because she had been off all summer and its difficult to get back into a routine.  Its also why mommy makes her go to bed earlier and why we started practicing that a week before school started.  I told her it would be a good idea to lay down a little earlier to get some extra rest.  She agreed.  Poor kiddo.  I also told her mommy has a hard time going back to work after vacation because I get to sleep in and stay up late when I'm on vacation so I understood her having a hard time.  

My sweet nuggets.  God bless them this first few weeks of school.  Bless them all year but these first few are going to be rough.