12.05.2014

cupcakes and happenings


this cupcake looks huge in the picture, but it's really just a "bite"
omg have you had these from Corner Bakery? 
it's a salted caramel cupcake....it's like a piece of heaven...try them...

my mamma sent me a box of birthday goodies and 
this button bouquet is the cutest thing ever...


on Thanksgiving we had a wine/coffee bar away from the kitchen...
this was wonderful because it freed up so much counter space for other food items...

our AVID team attended the Site Team Conference at La Quinta Resort....
what a gorgeous venue....what a fun and inspiring conference :) 


date night with my hubby...

smallest pancake ever...
of course our favorite thing while staying at a hotel 
is the pancake machine....guess it was the end of the batter here? 

fun dinner with my family....love them to pieces....
happy Friday :)
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12.03.2014

bricks bricks bricks


We took on a brick paver DIY....people, this was not an easy project
 I have a new-found respect for those who do this for a living...
it started out easy enough (order the pavers, pick them up, gather supplies, demo...)


somehow we made it through this beast of an undertaking....
next, we plan to build a cabinet in the TV space, 
but seeing as we are still reeling from the bricks it may happen later rather than sooner...

we still have to attach the fireplace doors....but at least the mantle is back in place...

this is the mortar we used....at first it seemed like 
"icing a cake" type of business....
except, one needs heavy duty grouting gloves 
and much patience, AND upper arm strength...

when it's all said and done I'd say it turned out pretty darn well :) 

I especially love the Christmas decor against the bricks...

and because I forgot to ask hubby for another outlet right next 
to the mantle... we opted for battery powered lights...



maybe I can update the pix with a new TV built in....
sometime....haha, when we get over the bricks...

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11.20.2014

fun stuff

it's been busy busy around here....
we are loving our little bits of fall weather :) 

how cool is this store front at The Lab
my son found some records...and we agreed this would 
be a super fun place to work (it's an old Air Stream trailer)


we had a fun girls' day which included 
pedicures and lunch...and a little drive 
in my besties new convertible....

love these fun days when we can get together....


school's been crazy busy...we had a packed house for our 
AVID guest speaker last week...the kids loved it....


a fun trip to the Bay area...omg we love the weather, 
the food, and everything about this place...

my loves....

there's nothing better than clam chowder from Boudin,
a trip to Ghirardelli, and some fun in the city with the family :) 


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11.09.2014

bricks are back...

Scenty is having 
their Holiday Brick Bazaar
right now....
if you have purchased Scentsy in 
the past, you know the bricks were 
a great deal!!!
visit Crystal's page for the deals...

my absolute fave is Christmas Cottage
and YES, it's available in the brick, yipppeeeee :)  

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11.07.2014

chicken and dumplings


it seems like I find more recipes on Pinterst 
in the fall....maybe it's the changing weather? 
this crock pot chicken and dumplings recipe is so easy and quick...

all you need is a crock pot/slow cooker, 3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts, a can of flaky refrigerator biscuits, 1/2 stick of butter, 2 cans of cream of chicken condensed soup, 1 can of chicken broth, parsley flakes, and maybe a cup of water. 

add all ingredients to your crock pot...

cut the biscuits into little pieces...

cook on high for a few hours, shred the chicken when it's tender...

I added another cup of water and a little salt/pepper to taste towards the end...
super easy and yummy dinner :) 

enjoy! happy fall :) 
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11.05.2014

coffee mugs

as Thanksgiving draws near, 
I am looking for ways to make serving 
food and drinks easier...

I just love this 3-tier glass drying rack
from Cost Plus World Market



it's perfect for entertaining...
 it will hold coffee mugs in the winter or 
mason jars in the spring/summer...
find it HERE at Cost Plus
for fifteen bucks :) 
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11.03.2014

brickle bars

I tried the most delicious, simple recipe 
from Pinterest the other day...
Brickle Bars
the original post is from Shugary Sweet HERE and photo via
Brickle Bars: delicious graham cracker toffee...so easy too!!

all you need is: graham crackers, butter, sugar, pecans, and chocolate. 
Line the pan with graham crackers, then melt 1cup of butter and 1 cup of sugar on medium heat (bring to boil), pour immediately over graham crackers and sprinkle with pecans.  Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove immediately and place onto parchment paper. Melt chocolate and pour over crackers (I melted semi sweet chocolate chips and ended up with globs of chocolate, but no one complained!).  *these are addictive! My kids and their friends were not able to stay out of them, then I took a pan to work and my colleagues were coming back for seconds and thirds! beware! 

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