So fall time means Halloween which means pumpkins and jack o lanterns. The downside to this is I live in Florida. A pumpkin patch is basically someone's yard (a church, side of the road, farm etc) and they have pumpkins shipped in from around the United States. When I first moved down here my then boyfriend (now hubby) was like let's go to the pumpkin patch! I'm like wow they have them down here? He said yes. We drove 10 minutes down the road to a church on the side of the road and under a tarp there were pumpkins. I was like do you know what a pumpkin patch is? This is not one. I was sad. and still am that I can't experience the real patch and the cold weather that comes with it. Hopefully one day I can show him and my little bug what a REAL patch is like! So here in Florida this is as good as it gets.
I have been seeing so many long cardigans for kids lately, since the cold weather is making its presence. They are just adorable but the prices are not. Since we live in Florida spending $30-$40 on something that Sophia might only wear 3 times is not an option. I decided to make one for her from a thrift shop find that fit me. I wasn't really sure if it would work, but the end product is perfect!
Since chalkboards are all the rage now I've been wanting to have one in my house. I've tried to do some by making your own chalkboard paint. It did not go so well. The paint was really thick and just kind of clumped and dried and well it didn't last in my house too long. I threw it away and haven't felt the need to try again. Until now. When I wanted to take some photos for our big announcement (I posted it Monday, you can find it here) I realized that I was going to need one. So off to Michaels to find the already made paint. I actually found something better. It's pretty amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. Here's what I used and what I did.
So I've been keeping something kind of hush hush for about 12 weeks now! I think the pictures will explain everything. I will say that I am so excited and thankful that we are able to add to our little family.
So I am in the process of making my laundry room more desirable. It's seriously a mess and I have always just shut the door to it and only gone in there during my laundry days. I just couldn't take it anymore. I use diaper boxes for storage. yellow with babies on it that I have used for about one year are just not really doing it for me anymore. I needed to make a change so I did. I have a before and I will have an after picture of the laundry room once it's done so you can see it in all its glory. For now here is one project I worked on for it. I also am doing this for Sophia's closet for all the clothes she is going to grow into and books for when she's older. It's really easy and makes everything seem more organized because it's just so cute!
It's so nice because you can do so many different patterns or things to go in each room! Super easy and a quick redecorate will transform any box!
The hubs and I just had our five year anniversary last month and I wanted to make something that reminded me of our reception. We had cupcakes at our wedding that were amazing on the taste buds. We had strawberry swirl and red velvet cupcakes. I decided I wanted to try a strawberry swirl cake. And add cream cheese. I picked up red velvet ice cream at the store to commemorate our wedding treat! Here's what I did.
Cream Cheese Strawberry Cake
1 box vanilla cake mix
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup strawberry jelly
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 carton strawberries sliced
Mix cake according to boxed directions except leave out 1/4 cup water. In a second bowl mix cream cheese and jelly together. Pour into cake batter and stir together. Bake according to package directions. After cake is done set aside and cool completely.
For strawberry filling add ingredients into saucepan and stir while on medium heat. The mixture will thicken as it heats. After about 5 minutes, or until its a bubbly thick mixture, take off stove and let cool down for a few minutes.
When cake is out of the oven take one cake layer and scoop out about 1 inch or so of the cake and pour the filling into it. Place the second cake layer on top. Frost the cake and voila! I topped mine with fresh strawberries!
I found these pictures in an old folder on my computer and realized I never posted them! I think it was during the big move a few months back so that explains it. Anyways, I thought I'd share what I did to make this cute top which I snagged for $4. The top was too big and revealed a little too much in the ahem "boobage" area because of the v-neck. I could not find a before of me in the shirt and I don't know if I would even post it because it was very low. This is a great little sewing tip if a v neck or scooped neck shirt is too low and you don't want to wear a cami or something underneath it. This only takes a few minutes and works great! Here's what I did!
I love pancakes for breakfast or even for lunch. Sophia and I have our share of pancakes each week. Since it is fall I want to add a little "fall time" to my dishes. Apples are a great fall staple in my opinion. Sometimes I think pumpkin overtakes all of fall (I do adore pumpkin) and we forget about the other treats fall brings. Apples are so sweet and crispy and a perfect little treat. I've made apple pancakes before, but always grated the apples and I wanted to showcase the whole apple this time. These are just tasty! Hope you'll give them a try! Happy Fall Baking!
Cinnamon Sugar Apple Pancakes
2 1/2 cup milk
4 T oil
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon vanilla
Beat eggs, milk and oil together. Combine dry ingredients and add to batter.
2 apples cored and sliced
Place 1 slice of apple on buttered skillet until warm then flip. Add pancake batter to skillet covering the apple and sides. Cook until golden brown and then flip the pancake. Cook until middle is spongy. Serve with cinnamon and sugar.
I am so ready for fall. I guess it is fall so I should say I am so ready for fall weather. I mean seriously Florida 88 degrees??? The mornings and evenings have been cooler which is lovely, but not lovely enough to bring out any type of boot or pant product. My fall time wardrobe is just waiting in the wings of my closet. Here's some pictures over the last few weeks of what we have been up to! Hope everyone is enjoying their fall time whether it's in 50 degrees or 90!
Sophia loves chicken nuggets. She calls them Chicken McDonalds. ( I could count on one hand how many times I have taken her to McDonalds but they obviously left an impression on her) I decided I need to make them myself so we can have them when the craving strikes. They're really easy to make and everyone at this house loves them!
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
1 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup olive oil
2 large chicken breasts filleted
Combine crumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl. In another bowl mix garlic powder, onion powder and olive oil. Dip each filet into the olive oil then crumb mixture, pressing the crumbs into the chicken. Lay on greased baking sheet and bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!
Hi I'm Ruth!
Wife to Manny and Mama to two little spunky girls, Amelia and Sophia. This is my little corner on the internet where I share my style and everyday life as a stay at home Mama.
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