November 26, 2014

Pumpkin Muffins

Fall is here! Heck for some winter is here...
Not here in Arizona, but everywhere else...

So since I can't have the fall weather, I will make the fall food.
Pumpkin muffins are an excellent alternative to anything you have to cut and share (pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, etc...) I love the ease of grabbing these muffins.

I always use my mom's recipe. It is the softest and most flavorful and as always....easy to make! ;-) You can make this into a loaf of pumpkin bread too if you wish. 


Ingredients:

4 beaten eggs
3 cups of sugar
1 16 oz can of pumpkin
1 cup oil
1/3 cup of water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 8 oz pitted dates, snipped
1 1/2 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions:

Combine eggs and sugar in an extra large mixing bowl. Stir in pumpkin and then stir in oil and water. It will take a while to combine the oil and water but it will mix! Then add vanilla.

Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon into mixture. Stir until combined.

Fold in dates and nuts and put mixture into cupcake liners or into 2 greased 9x5x3 baking pans.

Bake at 325 for 22-25 minutes or 350 for about 55 minutes for bread or till a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool and enjoy! Store airtight to maintain optimal moistness!

What are some of your favorite fall family recipes?
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November 25, 2014

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

So who likes cranberries?
The traditional Thanksgiving dish seems to be either much loved or not.

Kevin made our cranberry sauce for our Friendsgiving. He did a good job! During the process of hosting, I had a lot of fun sharing the kitchen with Kevin. He adapts his recipe from the back of the Ocean Spray bag of cranberries.

The secret is the juice that he has every morning. Trust me, it makes the cranberries far more tolerable. ;-)

Kevin has lots of practice with Thanksgiving foods, it is usually his birthday meal and once again this year it will be!

Ingredients:

1 cup of sugar
1 cup of Dole Orange Peach Mango Juice
1 12 oz package of fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions:

Combine sugar and juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and add the cranberries.

Return to a boil and boil gently for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

Cover and cool completely (or as long as you can) at room temperature and refrigerate until serving time.

Enjoy!!

What are your favorite and least favorite Thanksgiving foods?


November 24, 2014

Black Friday

People either love or hate Black Friday Thursday Weekend. I seriously think that stores are hurting their own awesome promotion they have by making it last longer or starting earlier.

Leave it Black Friday!! 

And why are people shopping on Thanksgiving and not getting it on with the wine bottle?!? (Two things not to do together....shop and drink. Trust me!) I would imagine you would have more sales for people trying to clamor over a deal that one day than if they know the deals will be there more than a day. But I digress...what do I know about sales...I am over here in the medical field far away from all that.

The Savey Greedy Games premieres tonight 8/7c. May the Prices be ever in your favor
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That being said I guess you can tell I don't like Black Friday. It is crowded and I far prefer nursing a hangover watching TV after being filled to the brim on Thanksgiving.

Here are some tips however if you decide to venture out:

Get a game plan: Don't just run around looking for things. Make a list of stores you wanna hit and what you want to get from them. Otherwise you will miss all the best deals and may get trampled.

Trust no one, except one person: people may seem nice, until they swipe the last TV or won't let you back into a line. But do bring a buddy to do Black Friday with. They are good for standing in lines while you shop and you can vice verca do the same for them. 

Wear comfortable shoes: And don't wait to buy them on Black Friday. Start out with them.

Resist temptation: Gotta make sure you are still on that game plan I mentioned! Stores make everything look extra good! 

Bring Snacks: Don't bring a huge purse to weigh you down while your shopping, but please remember to eat before and possibly bring snacks during. No one wants to see you hungry and stressed and getting trampled and not sticking to a game plan because you are hypoglycemic.

Bring Lauren something: Cause....yeah! Especially if it is a beautiful Swarovski Crystal ornament. Love those. PleaseAndThankYou!

"First rule for Black Friday shopping, there are no rules." // #Fashion
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Who is doing Black Friday this year?

November 21, 2014

I Believe

I believe everyone did this post a year ago but I am getting to it just now cause I can.
I Believe In Pink  - Audrey Hepburn

I believe watching football counts as a productive Sunday.

I believe crisp fall air awakens the soul.

I believe that chocolate in any form can make a bad day feel better.

I believe that a good hug is about the only thing better than chocolate.

I believe that having a night-in with a few great girlfriends and copious amounts of wine is a necessity at least once every couple of months.

I believe that you can never over-tell your husband how much you love and appreciate him.

I believe that a great pair of heels can make an outfit and can increase your confidence dramatically.

I believe in everything Christmas related and taking all of it in while it lasts! Even when you are in the desert!

I believe that blogging is good for the soul - that even if you don't hit 'publish' it helps to write out feelings.

I believe in blasting and singing to your favorite song over and over again.

I believe in the power of a good pedicure.

I believe in great views and traveling often.


What are some things you believe in?

November 20, 2014

A Day In The Life

Just another Thursday. 
Thursdays bring us Fridays and Fridays bring us weekends.
Thursdays also have football.

A couple of Thursdays ago, the Browns even won!
Thursdays must be full of magical powers.

I think everyone did this years ago. But here goes. Cause my life is a real thriller...

  • 5:45 AM Alarm goes off. Press snooze 
  • 5:50 AM Groan about needing to get out of bed. 
  • 5:51 AM Stop groaning and get up. Grab my phone because I don't believe it could possibly be time for me to wake up yet. I need more sleep! 
  • 5:52 AM Brush teeth, wash face. 
  • 5:55 AM Start applying makeup 
  • 5:57 AM Shrug at myself in the mirror because that is as good as it is going to get. 
  • 5:58 AM Look at my hair and think about straightening it. Then think better not... 
  • 6:00 AM Brush it and put it in an ugly ponytail 
  • 6:03 AM Head to the kitchen 
  • 6:04 AM Make something unhealthy and unconventional for breakfast like a quesadilla. 
  • 6:06 AM Stare at the fridge waiting for a lunch I didn't pack to magically appear. 
  • 6:08 AM Shut the fridge since aforementioned lunch is not appearing. 
  • 6:10 AM Leave for work without a lunch and with a messy quesadilla. 
  • 6:45 AM Get to work and get bombarded with questions. 
  • 7:30 AM - 11:20 AM Start thinking about the lunch that I don't have. 
  • 11:30 AM Just eat some chocolate and call it lunch. 
  • 12:00 PM - 3:20 PM Be excited to go home. 
  • 3:30 PM Get bombarded with all hell breaking loose.
27 Reasons Why Nurses Are Secretly Angels Living Among Us

  • 4:30 PM Finally leave and drive home. 
  • 5:00 PM Get home, get the mail, and realize I need to make dinner and I am hungry now. 
  • 5:05 PM Grab a quick snack...while thinking of what to make for dinner. 
  • 5:12 PM Say "F this, I don't even need dinner" and start watching Grey's Anatomy or Bones. 
  • 5:30 PM Realize that Kevin will need dinner 
  • 6:00 PM Stand in front of my fridge magically hoping something will appear and make itself. 
  • 6:03 PM Realize it will not and start making dinner. 
  • 6:15 PM I am literally starving to DEATH. Like seriously my stomach is eating my insides. 
  • 6:30 PM Kevin comes home. We have whatever slop I have made. 
  • 6:31 PM- 8:30 PM Watch TV shows and talk. 
  • 8:31 PM- 9:15 PM Kevin goes and studies. I clean. 
  • 9:20 PM Brush teeth, shower, and lay in bed. I wonder if it is too early to just fall asleep... 
  • 9:30PM- 10:30 PM Watch the news with Pinterest on my Nexus. 
  • 10:30 PM Talk to Kevin again. 
  • 10:35 PM Count how many hours until I need to wake up. Set my alarm. 
  • 10:40 PM Fall asleep.


Occasionally groceries, filling up for gas, miscellaneous errands, and exercise happen. 
What do your typical days look like?

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