Friday, October 31, 2014

Ten Thirty One Fourteen

I have such a love-hate relationship with the business and the craziness that comes with back to school & fall activities. Being busy & having a routine makes me happy, it's when I get things done and enjoy myself most. At the same time, I struggle with the lack of time to relax, to do housework and keep things just so- the way I like them. 

I do love getting to spend time with the kids and the fall activities that we have access to in our area. The kids and I spent one of their days off of school at a local pumpkin patch and farm. There is something so neat about living in the city, but driving just 20-30 minutes and being in the middle of the country, around real farms, cows, dairies, etc. 
Our neighborhood does trick or treating on a Saturday, which meant that this year it fell nearly an entire week before Halloween. The kids came home with tons of candy, Matt & I had a blast with friends, enjoyed lots of drinks & tasty shots from our time trick or treating. Here in our neighborhood trick or treating isn't just for the kids. It's like a big huge block party. Such a fun night.
Lately Cohen has wanted to play board games a lot. I love when we have time to sit down and play with the kids like this. And, it's so much more fun now that both kids are old enough to really understand how to play the games!
If you have a handmade shop or know someone who does, it's not too late to be featured in the Handmade Halloween Gift Guide that my friend Mandy, from This Girl's Life and I are hosting. We've got some amazing shops to share with you so far & so awesome discounts! Plus, a fun giveaway. Look for the Handmade Holiday Gift Guide here on the blog and on Mandy's blog in early November. It'll be a fabulous 1 stop Christmas shopping stop!
Cohen has been loving these new jeans from Rowen Christian. He knows what he wants when it comes to his clothes and refuses to wear any other than skinny jeans. The fact that he loves to look nice is awesome, the amount of time that he takes to pick out his outfits is not. 
This is crazy and I'm pretty sure that lots of us Wisconsinites are going to be quite unhappy. Yeah, we moved here for snow & cold in the winter. Not in October. The good thing? Temps are in the 50's next week = no snow. A few more weeks, please Wisconsin!
What's on your schedule for the weekend? I'm hoping to get some crafting done, some cleaning, yard work and to have some fun with friends! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls are a fun treat that remind me of my childhood and my paternal grandparents. When I was young my Grandma Gladys & Grandpa Arnold owned a small store in the tiny town that they lived in. Everyone shopped there and everyone knew them. Each morning my grandma would make sandwiches of all kinds, rice krispie treats and popcorn balls. Her sandwiches and homemade treats were a big hit with the local men who came to the shop every day to get themselves lunch. I always looked forward to a day off of school when I could go help out at the shop and help my grandma make the krispie treats and popcorn balls early in the morning. 
Popcorn Balls Recipe - Halloween Treat - Dessert 
It's been so fun to share the recipe & the joy of making popcorn balls with my own children. They're tasty and so simple to make, definitely one of the easier recipes to have the kids help with. Healthy, they are not! And that's why we make them each year in the fall, right around Halloween. They make for a special treat. 
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What you'll need:

1 bag mini marshmallows
A very large bowl of popcorn (or 3 bags of microwave popcorn)
1/2 stick butter

A very large bowl
Large pot
Wooden spoon
Wax or parchment paper

Melt the butter in the large pot over medium heat, do not let burn. Once butter is melted, pour in the entire bag of marshmallows. Start stirring immediately and do not stop. Slowly stir until completely melted and smooth. Turn the heat off. Use a bit more butter on your hands (yes, all over- I promise you'll be a mess if you don't) and coat the wooden spoon with a small amount. With your popcorn in the large bowl, slowly pour the melted marshmallow over the popcorn, try to coat evenly. Take your wooden spoon and begin mixing. You'll want to coat all of the popcorn. Once you've mixed with the spoon you can start using your hands, it's easier that way. When the popcorn is all coated with marshmallow, begin forming it into balls. You can make them any size! Set them on the wax paper to let cool. Serve immediately, wrap individually in plastic wrap or toss them in a ziploc bag. They should last about a week before getting hard. 
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I happen to think that my Grandma Gladys' popcorn ball recipe is the best. I can't imagine using corn syrup like some recipes call for. Yuck. The marshmallow and butter mixture gives them an amazing flavor & I love the sweet and salty taste! 

Have you tried Popcorn Balls? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dream. Create. Inspire. 2

Dream Create Inspire Party

Welcome to the second week of our new Dream Create Inspire Party! I am so excited to be hosting this new link party with Holly, Alyson, and Tabitha. Each week you will come and share your favorite creative blog posts. You are more then welcome to link up to four posts each week. We do ask that you visit and comment on some of the other links. We will be featuring some of our favorites next week. I am looking forward to checking out your posts! Meet Your Party Hosts. Dream Create Inspire Party Hosts

Check out what we have been up to lately.

Our favorites from last weeks link up.
Dream Create Inspire Party

Dream Create Inspire Party Guidelines

  • Link up posts that are diy, crafts, printables, tutorials, recipes, etc.
  • Leave a link to the specific post, and not just your blog.
  • You may link up to four posts each week.
  • Do not link up shops and other link ups, your entry will be deleted.
  • Add the button to your blog, or a text link directing back to the party.
  • Make sure to visit and comment on some of the other links.

Our favorites from Dream.Create.Inspire. Follow Sarah Halstead's board Dream Create Inspire on Pinterest.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Right Now

I know that I'm not the only one that feels like once the school year starts, the days absolutely fly by. Next week November starts. November! That means that we're 2 months away from the years end and I'm just not sure where 2014 went. We have been busier this fall than ever before with the addition of volleyball, boy scouts and me working from home. The business is good, I like when we've got things to do and places to be. I just function well that way. Last week I talked about my guilty pleasures and asked you to share yours. And today I'm going to share some details about what's going on with me currently, maybe you'll share the same? I hope! 

Thinking- all about the kids' winter activities. There are so many deadlines for registrations, papers to sign, etc in the next couple of weeks. This week I hope to get it all ready. 
Also, about Thanksgiving & Christmas posts, crafts & recipes!

Feeling- physically, not so great. My allergies have been really awful this fall & I'm just tired. But, I have good & bad days. Emotionally, good. Things in our house are mostly happy, busy and fun right now. 

Enjoying- the fall leaves, the colors and the crisp cool air. This time of year is one of my favorites. I love breaking out the sweaters, coats and scarves and enjoying warm drinks & lots of baking.

Wearing- see above, sweaters, coats, scarves, jeans and my birkenstocks because I hate socks and have been putting off wearing actual shoes for as long as possible. So many people have asked how my feet aren't freezing. Shoe shopping next week is a must though!

Wanting- new makeup. I'm long overdue and with the change of seasons I need to switch a few things up. 

Needing- new jeans, shirts and boots! I truly need clothes right now and since I usually end up buying for the kids, I need to go shopping without them in mind and buy some stuff for myself.

Listening- to Pearl Jam, Rival Sons and Johnny Cash. I went to high school with the lead singer of Rival Sons (he was a few years older) and they were just on Letterman. Good band! Pearl Jam & Cash are long time favorites of mine, and my favorite music to clean to.

Drinking- tea. Trying hard to stick to only 1 cup of coffee each day (in the morning), and then drinking caffeine free tea in the afternoon. I'm sleeping better now too, so I know that the caffeine was affecting my quality of sleep. Do you like tea? 

Eating- pumpkin & apple. We've still got a ton of apples from when we went to the orchard, so we're eating them, baking with them and making applesauce often. Also, pumpkin bread, muffins, etc. It's that time of year, right?

Making- nothing but plans right now. I've not done too much crafting lately, but I've got lists and lists of plans for November & December. If all goes well, I'll have some fabulous, fun posts for you all in the next 2 months!

What have you been up to? Leave me your list in the comments, I'd love to hear!