Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

 Happy Halloween!  Tonight for dinner, Miss M and I made Mummy Pizzas.  We made some olive eyes and some pepperoni eyes to keep things interesting. ;0)

On Monday evening, while Sandy roared outside, the kids carved pumpkins.  Miss M's pumpkin was rotten inside, so her big brother stepped up and said they must have mixed up their pumpkins so she would have one to carve.  He's such a sweet young man.  They ended up working on the one pumpkin together.  She cleaned it out.  He did the carving. 

Miss M with the finished product...Monsta Conga!

During the storm, I also made some caramel apples, drizzled with chocolate and sprinkles.
Our "Baterina"  at my parent's house.
Halloween S'mores
Treats for the teachers at school.  I saw the idea on Pinterest...where else?
Hope your Halloween was "spook-tacular'!
~peace and blessings~

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze 2012

We headed out for our annual visit to the Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze yesterday afternoon since the weather was warm and the sun was shining.  We were afraid we wouldn't get there if we didn't go yesterday because of the "Frankenstorm" predicted for our area in the next few days.   Above are our babies...they are growing up so fast! 
 Miss M is punching her card.  This year was a carnival theme. 
 Sibling Love
 The big top station
 Hamming it up with the Tin Man
The view from the front of our house...the fall leaves are just about gone. 
Thanks for stopping by!
~peace and blessings~

The Reveal

We decided on black for the front door.  I think it looks nice.  It took two coats of primer and three coats of paint to achieve this look.  What do you think?  We like it. 
~peace and blessings~

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Front Door Transformation

As most of you know, we built our home about 2 years ago.   Since then our front door has been white.  I've been wanting to have it painted since then, but we've never gotten around to getting it done.  About 3 weeks ago, we bought the primer and paint.  The weather cooperated yesterday and dh was able to get one coat of primer on the door.  Above is the before picture, below is the primed door.  (I'm thinking I need a new foyer light since you can actually see it through the window and that builder basi one isn't very it?!)
The transformation as started.  Once it is finished it will be a classic color....stay tuned to see the finished project.  I hope  it comes out well.
~peace and blessings~

Happy Birthday!

John's birthday was on Friday.  We had a low key celebration.  We went to dinner at the new Quaker Steak and Lube, then came home and had cake with our parents, the kids and my brother and his gf.  John got nice gifts, but enjoyed being with family most of all.
Our girl just had to have a picture taken with the birthday man.  She loves her daddy!

Ravioli and Spinach Soup

I made this soup on Sunday.  It was very easy, quick and tasted really good.  The entire family enjoyed it.  I used reduced sodium, low fat chicken broth, Bertolli ravioli, and a rotisserie chicken from the grocery.  It is the perfect soup for a busy weeknight as well. 
Ravioli and Spinach Soup
2 cartons (32 ounces each) chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Dash pepper
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated small cheese ravioli
4 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach (about 4 ounces)
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

In a large saucepan, combine the broth, onion powder and pepper; bring to a boil. Add ravioli; cook, uncovered, for 7-10 minutes or until tender. Add spinach and chicken during the last 3 minutes of cooking. If desired, serve with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

~peace and blessings~

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall Randomness

Fall has arrived in western PA.  I had to take some pictures of my geraniums because they are blooming like crazy and getting leggy with growth.  They love the cool weather.  The one above was on the front porch for the summer and was moved to the back of the house when I put out mums.    The one below has been on the back porch all summer.  Thsi is the most it has bloomed all season.


Can't forget the view from my windows....the top photo is a picture of the forest behind the house.  The second photo is our view from the front of the house.  The colors are not very bright this year.  The windy, rainy days have caused a lot of leaves to already fall.

I got a steal on theis candy corn berry garland from Celebrating Home.  I wrapped it around the banister for this month.  Next month, I'll do a leaf garland.

Love this lantern from Big Lots.  The candle inside is battery operated, so no fuss or worry necessary.  It's on the mantel along with some pumpkins, leaves and other fall items.  I had hoped to take more pics of fall decor, but Miss M was sick all weekend and the house looks like a tornado went through it.