Archive for September, 2012

(Sweater (similar & similar), Under shirt, Jeans, Ring & Earrings – Maurices, Shoes (Old, so old, in fact, I can’t recall if they were from JCPenny’s or Younkers), Necklace – Gift)

I was all set to head out of the house in a casual outfit, the plum basic tee under the sweater (not the sweater), the jeans and a pair of boots, when my two-year old brought me these shoes and said, “Wear dees,”  As she set them in front of my feet I thought, they’re a little dressy for what I’m wearing.  But she persuaded me with her next comment, “Pretty!”  “They are beautiful,” I told her, and slid them on over my Minnie Mouse socks.  (Yes, I’m wearing socks with these sparkly heels, it was too cold not to.  How’s that for fashionable?! :-))

Of course the shoes, that I wore to prom my freshman year (I told you above they were old!  I just can’t part with their sparkly-ness.  Like my two year old said, they’re pretty!) made me feel I needed to dress up the rest of my wardrobe so I donned my sweater, that has silver knitted throughout it, and added some sparkle on top of my plum nail polish.

Considering I received compliments on my outfit while out celebrating my friends b-day, my two-year old knew the perfect shoes to make the perfect outfit for the day!

This isn’t the only lesson she taught me yesterday, she taught me not to take my photo session too seriously.   I always try to look as good as possible in my pictures and have them look as professional as possible.  You have no idea how many pictures I have to wean through because one of my four little off spring is in the background, foreground or sometimes even on the ground.   Yesterday while trying to get these pictures she knew that her Mom actually prefers silly, adorable pictures with her kids so she decided to slide in…  

Note how she inches closer and closer in the pictures to follow…

She came to stand beside me but since I feel my blog needs my outfit posts to be childless I stepped away and became oh so professional (Because that’s me, I’m all about professionalism, sarcasm)…

Professional me ignoring that she’s inching closer with her saltine cracker in hand…

Trying not to laugh as she inches closer…

And she got me!!!  And I’m so glad she did!  

Life’s too short not to let my little ones interrupt my blog photo shoots!  And these pictures are always my favorite and usually make their baby books or get framed because of the laughter, love and joy that accompanied the moment.

Sorry for the long outfit post it was too cute not too share!


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(Jacket –Marshalls, Scarf – Francesca,s, Hat – Herbergers, Glasses & Skinnies (Similar) – Maurices, Boot Socks – Target,   Boots – Charlotte Russe)

This weekend was, you guessed it…EXQUISITE!  We started it off with a little celebration night by eating some of these sweet treats…

…and a fall movie…The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

There was also a little high school football in there and a gloriously chilly Saturday spent at Hayward, WI’s Fall Festival!  Yes, I said gloriously chilly.  It was cool, but not too bad, though I could have done without the rain, and just the type of temps you want for a fall fest so that you can dress in your big comfy sweaters or cute jackets, with hats and scarves, like the outfit I’m wearing above.  I’m praying for the same weather for the Cranberry Festival in less than two weeks, minus the rain, of course.

After Fall Fest. we went to some friends for a bonfire and capped off the weekend by splitting and stacking this winter’s wood supply.  I know, splitting and stacking wood doesn’t sound that exquisite, but I don’t mind it at all.  I actually kind of enjoy it and I love going down into my basement and seeing all that oak that’s going to keep my family and me warm this winter!

BTW, I feel I’ve earned some bragging rights because I scored this jacket for $4.99 at the MOA Marshall’s store!  Yep, felt pretty good abut that buy!!!

Oh and I almost forgot my kiddos snuck this little cutie home from Grandpa and Grandma’s!

*Click on the Candy Corn Cookie picture to link you to the recipe for this sweet and adorable little treat.

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I got the idea for these cookies from Pinterest  last fall.  I only copied the candy corn design and not the recipe.  (I’don’t like lemon flavored deserts and the Pinterest recipe has lemon in it.)  Instead, I used my old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe because I knew it would be the perfect dough for me to obtain the same look.  Plus my kids love old-fashioned sugar cookies because they are so buttery, sugary and delicious!  

Warning – You may find yourself popping more than just one more of these bite sized little treats!


1 C butter (not margarine)

1 C sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

3 C all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt


In a large bowl cream butter with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Add sugar, egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and stir into the butter mixture.

Divide dough into 3 portions, leaving one white and dying one yellow and the other orange.  Layer these 3 portions in a greased bread, one at a time, by patting them down to cover each layer below it.  Dough will be thin.  Cover pan and chill for 3-4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Remove chilled dough from pan onto a cutting board and, using a good cutting knife, cut dough into 1/3″ thick slices.  I slice one row at a time then cut into little triangles resembling candy corn.  Place on cookie sheet about one inch apart, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 5-7 minutes or until bottoms are just turning a light golden color.

Cool on wire cookie sheet and enjoy!

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(Jacket – Gift, Yellow Striped Shirt – Wet Seal, Red Striped Shirt – Maurices, Orange Cowl Shirt – Thrifted at The Scarlet Poppe, Skinnies – Kohl’s, Leg Warmers – Me, Boots – Charlotte Russe, Earrings & Bracelet – Claire’s)

The coolness has been turned on and I’m loving being able to layer, as is evident by the three shirts I have under this jacket.  I think one of the reasons I love cool weather so much is because I love layered outfits.   All the colors you can put into one outfit.  All the different possibilities that can turn into a warm, cozy and fun ensemble.

To be honest I liked this outfit when I wore it out of the house but now that I’m looking at the pictures I’m not so sure.  I feel like I resemble a piece of candy corn.

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Blouse (similar), Cardigan & Earrings – Francesca’s, Belt – Target, Jeans (similar) –  Maruices, Heels – Gift

When I saw this pin on Pinterest I thought two things,

1) LOVE IT!!!

2) I can totally recreate that because I have similar items in my closet!

So this outfit has been waiting patiently (I however was not so patient.) in my closet for a beautiful cool fall day when I could finally wear it.  

Other than being certain that I love this outfit and will wear it a lot this fall, I am also certain that WIWW is not for me and LE.  You may have noticed that after just one WIWW I am back to my Tuesday outfit post, and I will post another on Thursday and continue in the fashion of the good ol’ days, aka two weeks ago, from here on out.  It’s what I do, it’s what works for me and for some reason I just like posting an outfit one at a time instead.

One more certainty before I bid thee adieu…With the highest temp in the ten day forecast being 68° I am going to be one happy chica!!!  I love you fall!
Oh, and speaking of fall did anyone notice LE’s fall facelift?

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I have approached the most dangerous time of year for my waist line and the best time of year for food!  I love fall foods with pumpkins, zucchini, apples, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, all spice.  Mmm…I’m drooling and I havent even mentioned all the other fall deserts and foods I love.

I thought I’d take this months theme to share some of my favorite recipes with you.  This post is devoted to my families top four favorite fall desert breads.  Read further so you can drool along with me!

Zucchini Bread:

My husband and I prefer this bread plain while my kids love it with mini chocolate chips baked on top!


3 eggs, beaten

1 c canola oil

2 c sugar

2 c shredded zucchini

2 tsp vanilla

3 c flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon, heaping


Preheat oven to 350°.  Mix together in medium sized mixing bowl, the eggs, oil, sugar, zucchini and vanilla.  Add remaining ingredients and pour into two greased bread pans.  Bake 45-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from pan and serving.

Sweet Potato & Raisin Bread

I’m not really into sweet potatoes but I love this bread!


2 1/2 c flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon, heaping

1 tsp nutmeg

2 c sweet potatoes, mashed

1/2 c brown sugar

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c butter (not margarine)

3 eggs

1/2 c raisins


Preheat oven to 350°.  In medium sized mixing bowl beat potatoes, sugars, butter and eggs until well mixed.  Add remaining ingredients and stir with spoon.  Poor into one greased loaf pan and bake for 1-1 1/4 hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from pan and serving.

Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Filling

When I made this bread last fall it quickly became my family’s very favorite way to have pumpkin bread!



15 oz can pumpkin puree

1 c brown sugar

1/2 c sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 c milk

5  TBSP butter (not margarine)

2 3/4 c flour

2 TBSP cinnamon


8 oz cream cheese

1/3 c sugar

1 egg


Preheat over to 350°.  In a large bowl beat pumpkin, sugars, eggs, milk butter, flour, baking soda and cinnamon until well mixed.

In a separate bowl beat cream cheese, sugar and egg.

Generously grease and flour one loaf pan.  Spoon 1/3 of bread batter into bottom of the pan.  Then spread 1/2 the cream cheese mixture over this followed by 1/2 of the remaining bread batter.  Spread the last of the cream cheese mixture over this layer then pour in the remainder of the bread batter.  Bake for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from pan and serving.

Apple Streusel Bread

This bread is so good when warm with a butter on top!


2 c flour

3/4 c brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1 TBSP baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 1/2 c apples, peeled and chopped very small

2 eggs

1/2 c canola oil

1/2 c milk

Streusel Topping:

1/4 c brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 TBSP flour

2 TBSP butter, softened

Preheat over to 375°.  In medium bowl toss apples with flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.  Add eggs, oil and milk and mix thoroughly.  Pour into one greased loaf pan.

In small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and flour.  Using a fork or pastry blender cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle streusel mixture on top of bread batter and bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from pan and allow to cool on wire rack.

I hope you enjoy these breads as much as we do.  These are a few breads we plan on trying out this fall (Sites with the recipes are linked through the images.):

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Why is that putting a child to bed, on some nights, can bring you near to madness and other nights, it can be one of the most wonderful moments you share with your child?  Some nights it’s a battle to get my children in their beds and we say our prayers in a hurried fashion, as we want it over with as soon as possible due to our annoyance with one another.  Then there are nights like tonight…

I lay her in her little pint-sized toddler bed then lay her three snugglies with her.  Ellie and Baby each take up a side and her favorite, Bear Bear, is snuggled tightly in her arms.  I lay the baby quilt I made her on top of her and follow it by her bed quilt.  We say our prayers, her repeating after me, and as I go to kiss her she giggles.

This, of course, means she’s not quite ready for me to kiss her goodnight so I oblige her giggles and begin to tickle her little neck.  The giggles turn into belly laughter, which only encourages more tickling from me and the belly laughter continues and I hear my laughter echoing her joy.

I love the sound of her belly laugh!  Such a hard, happy laugh that comes deep from within and rings happily with an occasional squeal of delight.

When our play is through I go into my sons room, where he is sitting on his top bunk awaiting for my arrival and his turn to be tucked in.

“What were you and Elizabeth laughing about?” he asks.

“Nothing,” I slyly smile at him as I crawl up to join him in his bunk, “I was only doing this to her,” and I attack him with the tickle bug and his belly laugh rings throughout the room.  A different laugh than that of his baby sisters, but just as wonderful.  It’s more deep, boyish, and the harder he laughs the quieter his laughter becomes until all you hear is a clicking sound in his throat, accompanied by an occasional laugh-sigh type thing.  And I smile because this is my laugh.  Eventually he’s had enough and through his laughter says, “Please, stop, I’ll pee.”

Not wanting an accident or mess to clean up, the tickle bug relinquishes its assault and we say our bed time prayers and kiss good-night.

Normally their older sisters stay up later but since we’ve had a busy weekend of camping and late nights they are ready to turn in early.  This being the case, I go from my sons room directly to my second oldest daughter’s room.  She’s smiling and I can tell she’s already anticipating a visit from the tickle bug too.  So, of course, the tickle bug obliges and her laughter, more a hard giggle and very feminine fills the room and I love her laugher as much as her younger siblings.  When the laughter subsides we pray together, kiss good night and I go to my oldest daughter’s room.

I know she’s told me before that at the great old age of 10 she’s too old for tickling but I refuse to let her be too old for anything so I tickle her too and enjoy the sound of her laugh, that sounds so much like her Daddy’s.  Restrained at first, but then bursts forth with such force and mirth, you can’t help but join along.  The tickling stops, laughter subsides and we snuggle next to each other in her bed (Thank God, she’s not too old for that.) and pray together.

As I descend the stairs to do a little cleaning before bed I reflect on tonight’s bedtime and the sound of their laughter.  It truly is one of my absolute favorite sounds!  Not one is better than the other, but each so exquisite in its own way!

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