Tuesday, October 1, 2013

29 days and 2 hours - HALLOWEEN

Halloween and 4th of July are my 2 favorite "holidays". Now with three boys in the house (and two big kids), Halloween gets more fun each year!

My youngest that is 9 has decided to be Albert Einstein this year. While hitting the Thriftshops in  KC today, I found 90% of his outfit- wig included! Finding a sport jacket small enough for him wasn't an easy feat, until I walked through the petite women's section of dress clothes. I found an Extra Small jacket from Saks Fifth Avenue that is the perfect coat for the Einstein look. AND I can turn it around and re-sell it after Halloween. Fingers crossed that no fake blood crosses his path. I'm glad it was only $6 so if it does get ruined, I won't feel so bad when it gets covered in blood/chocolate.

This was last years creation, he had to be a Green Army Man. 4 cans of spray paint, I still didn't quite have him covered. If you decide to do this, make sure you have lots of paint in the same color, get a cheap toy gun from the dollar store, and make sure you paint at least a day before so you have to for it to dry. This was made in about 6 hours! No time, like the last minute

The older ones are getting outfits put together. I ran out of time before we could make our final stop today at a local shop, but in all due time my dears.
As for us grown-ups, well that is coming together quite nicely. Our friend has a birthday just a few days after Halloween and every year she picks a theme for her costume party. This years theme: Dress Like a Song. Being a little superstitious, I can't yet say what our costumes will be. I will say that my outfit is based on a Beatles song and his, well his is sure to be the big winner this year. hahaa I can't wait to finish both of ours. Most of the costume has been purchased, just finishing touches. I had quite the productive day! Anyway, stay tuned for pictures as the costumes come together.
Its so much fun pieving it together one second hand store at a time, than choosing a generic off the hanger overpriced  costume. Ok, to be honest I cant afford those - and it really is more fun!

hint hint....

Monday, September 30, 2013

Do you know the muffin man?

Make that muffin woman

I found a recipe last week on Pinterest ( I know ), but it was called Muffins that taste like doughnuts. Yeah, now you get it. So today I made them again, but I have tweaked the recipe. Originally it was from The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond. But I have tweaked it to my liking using all organic ingredients, before you roll your eyes, this recipe has been kid tested and approved. If you knew my youngest then you would understand! So here is the recipe!

  • 1-¾ cup Flour
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ⅓ cups Oil ( I used Coconut Oil)
  • ¾ cups White Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg
  • ¾ cups Milk
  •  *I added a teaspoon of Vanilla and one mashed Banana*
  • _____
  • ¼ cups Butter
  • ⅓ cups White Sugar

  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
    In a new bowl: Combine oil, sugar, egg and milk (vanilla and banana if you wish).
    Add dry ingredients and stir only to combine.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Use a toothpick after 15 min and see where you are.
    Meanwhile, melt the butter in a bowl. Combine the white sugar with the cinnamon in another bowl.
    Shake muffins out while still hot. Dip muffins in butter, then into the sugar/cinnamon mix. Let cool.