Friday, October 17, 2014

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

If you know me or have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know that I'm a last-minute type of girl. I try to be organized and early for things, I really do, but last-minute is just how I operate most of the time.

We are 2 weeks away from Halloween, so naturally, this is the time when I start to think about costumes (sometimes even later).

SO, if you're like me and wait until the evening of October 30, I've got some last minute costume ideas for you!


No-sew Spiderweb Mom with Spider Baby


Bandit and his Loot (she has some great tips for easy and inexpensive costumes)


Strolling Mermaid

animal costumes 13

Popcorn Vendor



Mary Poppins & Bert (with tutorial for parrot umbrella and chimney sweep)


Johnny & Baby (Dirty Dancing). "No one puts baby in a corner!"

DIY Dirty Dancing Halloween Costume

Add some Keds for Baby and you're golden!

Wayne & Garth (Wayne's World)




Hunter & Deer (this would also work if you have a lot of camo in your closet. A toy rifle would be a nice addition too.)


Danny & Sandy (Grease)

[veronika of tick tock vintage] a no-buy halloween: sandy  danny #DIY #halloween #costumes

Little Red Riding Hood & The Big Bad Wolf (with tutorial and pattern for wolf hoodie)


Bun in the Oven & The Bun Maker (cute and funny for expecting parents)

Bun in the oven!


Lego Family (you might have to start now for this one)

Lego Family - Homemade costumes for families

Pac Man Family


Family S'mores (if you have lots of cardboard and a few pillows, you can pull this off). Tutorial included.


The Incredibles

Incredibles DIY Family Halloween Costume

Stick Family

Our Stick Family Halloween costume 2013. White clothes, black duct tape, foam board faces painted on with acrylic black paint with eyes cut out.  There are even braces on the face of my Middle School kid. Fun for all!


Price is Right Contestant


Jet Pack

Bag of Jelly Beans

Some GREAT homemade costumes, like this one - a bag of jellybeans!!

Scarecrow (straw hat, plaid shirt, jeans and make up or these tatoos)

quick and easy scarecrow..would be cute with plaid shirt and jeans. Scarecrows walk at midnight!!!

Minion (Despicable Me). Throw on some overalls and yellow shirt. Done.

DIY Minion Costume

What are you planning for Halloween?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Salted Caramel Popcorn

I'm over at 30 Days sharing an old family favorite for Microwave Salted Caramel Popcorn

It's a simple and fun make it in a paper bag and cook it up in the microwave! Go check it out!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


It's been a while since I've shared some Instagram photos. Trying to slow down and enjoy these days with the littles and all their shenanigans. In no particular order, here's what's been happening over here...

Oh, the treasures I find in the car. My girls pick weeds flowers for me where ever we go. It is the sweetest thing. And, apparently, gargantuan pinecones.

My people.

 My first homemade sign. With the help of a neighbor and her fancy Silhouette cutting machine (which is awesome!)

Just a snack on the front steps. Barefoot. In a princess dress. No big deal.

Making their own lunches. YES! I could get used to this!

What do you make/give for a 2 year old's birthday? A little coloring book bag. Monkeys are a must.

Played hookie with the girls and took them to the zoo.

Found this cute little chalkboard on Craigslist. It will be going up in the girls' room soon. Isn't it adorable?

Currently on my nightstand

Made this super easy, no-sew fabric garland for autumn. I love the pop of color it adds! Tutorial here.

The gift of TONS of tomatoes from my mom, which I roasted. YUM!!

We are still having hot summer days here in the NW and the kiddos have been waiting and waiting to do a lemonade stand. We finally did it and they had a blast!

Happy Tuesday friends!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Roasted Tomatoes

Do you still have tomatoes coming out of your garden?

My mom gave us pounds and pounds of them and I have the best way to use them up...ROAST THEM!

I like mine a little "charred", but if that's not your thing, you don't have to roast for as long.

Then bag them and stick them in the freezer. They can be added to soups, chili, spaghetti sauce and more!

Roasting tomatoes is super simple...just cut your tomatoes in halves or quarters (depending on how big they are).

Arrange on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper.

Place in preheated 450 degree oven for 25-30 minutes (or if you like them charred, 50-60 minutes).

Cool completely. Place in freezer bags and freeze.

It's easier than canning and brings out so much flavor! I highly recommend it if you have oodles of tomatoes that you need to use up.

I also like to add garlic by cutting a whole head of garlic in half and placing on the pan with tomatoes. Throw in some onions and peppers, if you have them too. Because, why not?

Happy Roasting!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Meal Plan

Happy Friday, my friends! I don't know about you, but I'm ready for the weekend!

I'm also ready to get organized with my meal planning. With school, meetings and sports, I NEED to be organized. Otherwise we're all having PB & J for dinner or going out.

So, with my family's favorites in mind and a quick glance through the grocery store circular to see what's on sale, I came up with a menu for next week. I'm hoping this will keep me on budget and put a healthy dinner on the table.

Here's what we'll be having this upcoming week:

SATURDAY(football game gathering)

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Cole Slaw
Baked Beans



Mashed potatoes
Green Beans






Kielbasa, Pepper, Onion and Potato Hash




Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Soooooo, today is the first day of autumn...YAY! And to celebrate, I'm sharing one of my favorite cookies (with a twist)!

Are you sick of my pumpkin posts yet? Sorry. I just can't help myself.

These cookies are a variation of the ones that I usually make with chocolate chips, however when I saw these little gems...

I knew I had to shake it up.

And let me tell you...they are GOOOOOOOOD!!! They are chewy (and stay chewy for days) and are not overbearingly pumpkiny.

Let's make them, shall we?

1 c. (2 sticks) butter, at room temp
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. rolled oats
1 c. pumpkin spice morsels

Heat oven to 350 degrees
In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars until creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
Add flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix well.
Mix in oats.
Stir in pumpkin spice morsels by hand.
Using a medium-sized cookie scoop or spoon, drop rounded scoopfuls of dough on a cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool for 1 minute and transfer to wire rack.

Enjoy and Happy Fall Y'all ;)

Friday, September 19, 2014

All things pumpkin

This morning I made this for my coffee...

Pumpkin coffee creamer - The Stitcherati

I used 2% milk, my Pumpkin Pie Spice and regular maple syrup. It is a fall party in my mouth! 

And since I had to open a can of pumpkin, I will just have to use the rest for these...Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (made from a cake mix). 

My family will eat them all by the end of the weekend. Truth. They are a favorite around here.

If you're looking for more pumpkiny things to make this weekend, I have a great list here.

Happy Friday Friends!