Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chili days...

We're having some serious stormy weather here and what better food to eat is a bowl of turkey chili.  Gosh, I wish I had some! I made this last week and it's gone.  :( 

Turkey Chili
Ground turkey
onion (chopped)
kidney beans (2-3 cans, various kinds)
canneli beans
red & green peppers
tomatoes (2 big cans, whole, I like to squish them)
cooked rice
thyme, salt & pepper

I saute the ground turkey with the onion in a little olive oil and loads of thyme, little salt lots of pepper.  

Then I throw in the chopped peppers and saute until turkey is cooked.  

Add all the beans with juice and tomatoes. Then simmer for awhile, add more seasoning if it needs it.

Serve over hot cooked rice, add cheese, cilantro, hot sauce and yum your done!

xxxxxoooo Michelle

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween craft easy!!

I saw this at the Lacey apple festival and knew I just had to share it with you!  I think this is  perfect for class parties. Nyla had fun making these and then gobblin them up!  


Plastic gloves (make sure it's not the powder kind, I got ours from Dollar Store but they were gigantic, we had no problem eating them up though :)
tons of popcorn
candy corn
little bat rings (from dollar store)

Fill and "hand" out. (just couldn't help it :)

Thanks Lacey Apple Festival for a great time and this very cute idea!

Nyla & her best bud, Stella having a great time eating their popcorn hands and picking out perfect pumpkins.  We couldn't talk them into the pie eating contest though.

xxxxoooo Michelle

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cars oh my!...

I know nothing about cars, but WOW! We went to a festival the other day and I'm in love!
It was so much fun imagining, reminiscing, watching the owners kick-backed and chilled, as we were all dreaming...

but NOT touching!

It was so hard not to just jump in and take it for a pretend spin like a kid - just holding on to the steering wheel wiggling it left and right, why couldn't we just touch the perfect paint color that I thought only animals could have and make it all smeary?  The sun reflected and sparkled in every car, everyone looked amazing in those reflections!  Why couldn't I just?

Because... for so many reasons, even my daughter got it.

xxxxoooo Michelle

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Corny kind of...

One day we decided to take a walk, Nyla started showing me how crunchy the acorns sounded as she stomped on them.  So as we walked with heads down trying to find more, we realized our neighborhood was covered with them.  Soon, I realized these are cute little things, so I began collecting them and filling up Andy's pockets.

When we got home, I started swooping them with my gold paint pen and that's how my cute little acorn family came to be.  Aren't they cute with their little hats?

They didn't last too long in our family though, it was time for them to move on... our dog Martine got some off the table for a little snack and rolly toy.  Bye, acorny family thanks for hanging with us! You too! Have an awesome adventure today :) xxxxoooo Michelle

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Man Cave... I get it!

My husband's Man Cave is our garage and for the past 2 years the only time I would really go in there was to throw out the recycles, grab a drink out of the spare frig. or just to plan ol' pass thru.

Until now.  We just recently moved Nyla's chair and ottoman out there.  The chair that I nursed her in, rocked her to sleep and stared at her for hours in has really not been used to much since those early baby years.  I just could not get rid of it, so many precious hours were spent there!  Now, about this man cave, what I realized is guys don't necessarily need comfy, they can sit on a box, stand for hours it really doesn't matter but now that Nyla's chair is there, I don't mind hanging a little bit.

His cave, it's cluttered and dusty, filled with left over, unused stuff, electronic cords that will probably never be used and who knows what they go to - I know this because I just added some more.  There's possible idea's & dreams hanging around waiting for their time, a lot of used items, the emergency plunger, beachy seasonal items that don't belong in the attic.  

This man cave is exploding with stuff that is not yet forgotten and not ready to be, and ideas that aren't quite thought out but have started, it's got the spinny chair that my daughter if she could drag it up the stairs she would! It's a haven for surfboards that are used every chance they get, half empty paint cans and lots of spray paint cans, house cleaners, all kinds of tools, nuts & nails and basically stuff that I really have no idea what they are. Recycles, are out in the cave too - spilling over their bucket just waiting to be taken to the big recycle bin. Stuff that was given to us - we really didn't want it but took it, some bins filled with our past homes and just plain past that we can't keep at mom's anymore. It's cold in the winter and cool in the summer, there's probably a mouse hanging out in there too.

It also has different kinds of fishing boots and fishing clothes for Andy's work, wet suit, springsuit, 5mm, 3mm booties and gloves, the snow shovel and half used bag of salt waiting for snow, brooms and balls, an antique chair, easel and paints, broken toys and things that get dragged in and dragged out.

You don't have to be tidy here, no inhibitions, no dress code you can come here unshaven, wear the "outfit" that you would never want anyone to see you in.  You can do this anytime of day or night and it will welcome you with the same "come as you are" policy. Anything can be said and like Vegas its staying there, it's basically a kid free zone, although Nyla gets a kick out of "going to get" a juice box from the spare refrigerator for her and her friends.

It's a chaotic, messy, unorganized bunch of love.  So, I get it now, I get why he hangs there. (now that I've got a comfy spot to hang, I'll be hanging more.)  I use to always want to straighten it up and maybe glam it a bit.  Don't get me wrong, it needs a good sprucing every once in awhile but you can leave that need to clean and organize right at the door, cause this man cave is all about getting away and leaving that kind of cleaning behind.  It's really a genius secret spot, to grab a few silent, alone minutes.

Yes, my husband's man cave - its filled with us - lovingly all parts of us and he shares it, I'm so glad...

Don't worry, I'm not sharing a picture of this mess of love with ya. :)  I just wanted to share that I get it now.   xxxxxoooo Michelle

Friday, October 12, 2012

Random things...

Here's some random pics I thought were cool...

Hey, have a fabulous weekend, I'm gonna take a few days off to enjoy my family.  Andy just got home from a fishing trip, we're gonna recoup (well he is) and play.   :) xxxxoooo Michelle

Graphic pattern I fell in love with...

What random things are you looking at  -   that you think is cool?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Today is the perfect day for baking something yummy, its been gray, spitting rain and the temperature has dropped to well, what fall weather should be.  We've been so fortunate to hang on to the warmer temperatures that I just have to thank my lucky...flipflops.  Now its time for socks.
all ready to bake

My Mom makes some real yummy pumpkin date bread, she bakes them in left over cans and they look real cute all wrapped up in aluminum foil.  Well, I couldn't find her recipe, so I tried another.  All I can think about is that yummy stuff!  Warm, with a little butter and sprinkle of sugar.  The batter was tasty, we added butterscotch chips, Nyla said, "delightful", big wow about to happen.  I thought, I will give a few out.  I kept checking, after an hour I took them out, then thought no maybe longer, after some time I took them out and let them cool, I scooted them out of their cute little cans, their puffy tops kinda fell and now realizing it they're super heavy. I did something wrong, I'm bummed :(

xxxxxoooo Michelle

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Random Nyla

I'm a Mommy in love...

here are some random pictures I found that touch my heart.  There are so many more. each has a special memory, I just had to share. I love you Nyla  xxxxoooo Mommy

Monday, October 8, 2012

More farm fun...this time in NJ

I just have to say, I'm so glad I have a child 'cause I just don't think I would do any of this stuff and boy would I be missing out on some serious fun!  We roamed around back and forth for hours. This year hasn't gotten cold yet, which seamed a little strange but hey, I'm really not into freezing, no complaints here!  I didn't grow up in NJ so this is all really cool to me; what kind of seasonal fun are y'all doing in your neck of the woods? I would love to hear... 

 We went to Argos Farm, check out their link for some fun farm time!

Corn was falling out of our clothes for the rest of the day; my feet never felt so good & tingly from the corn massage...we left pooped and happy, life is good! Don't let the kids have all the fun. Embrace your local scenery and tell me about it.               xxxxoooo Michelle 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Costa Rica Farm...Rancho Avellanas

There is nothin better than a farm near the beach!  This farm was so awesome, the animals were so cared for, beautiful, silly and happy. 

We left with home-made cheese, yogurt drinks & cream cheese. 

I can't wait to go back, this time we'll get up early enough for the milking!

Thank you, Rancho Avellanas for letting us walk around and enjoy your animals!       

and kids being kids!

This was such a fun and memorable experience.  Thank you Farmers worldwide, we really appreciate you!!

Love and big hugs to all the kids, Cindy, Tiffany and Jerry for sharing this day with us!  

Even if you can't get to the farm to get some of the freshest milk ever, you can still have a home-made experience. Here's how we made some buttery goodness.

Were going to check out a different farm today, a pumpkin farm. We'll share pics when we get back.  xxxxoooo Michelle

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lentils mmm cozy yum!

Since the weather is changing, I was craving lentils and rice.  I'm a bean girl, I just love them all!  Lentils seem to be the fastest of all the beans which makes them even more scrummy. 

I grew up with eating a pot of lentils and rice, big thanks to you Mom!

My version of lentils and rice has changed a little bit since childhood but still just as yummy.

Here's my quick, easy recipe.
lentils (I used about 1/2 a bag)
rice (I used about 1/4 cup)
carrots, chopped
onion, chopped
fresh spinach, couple handfuls
cream cheese, dollop
salt, pepper

Throw it all in a pot with water. Bring to a boil, add some seasoning (I like to add a lot of salt), turn down heat put on a lid, wait about 20 min.  Do a little taste test to see if done, if not wait a little longer. Then top with a plop of avocado and cream cheese.

When done, cozy up on the couch with a blanket, a bowl of lentils and veg out with the tv or a good book.   

Here's another post about my beans, this time black yummy ones, it's also a post about feeling fabulous during an everyday Mommy kinda day.  Thanks for checking it out.

:)   xxxxoooo Michelle

Thursday, October 4, 2012

How to draw a pumpkin

Here is a special post from my daughter, Nyla.  She thought since it is Halloween season, everyone should know how to draw a pumpkin.

 I learned how to make this fantabulous pumpkin in art class at school.
  Special thanks to Ms. Fitzpatrick!

Super thanks for this awesome post, Nyla.  I love the colors and fonts you picked, not only are you a great artist, your quite computer savy!  

Thank you, Ms. Fitzpatrick for teaching Nyla this, we have quite a pumpkin patch of her drawings at our house and I'm lovin it!  

xxxxoooo Michelle