Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Latte Crockpot Style!

Who doesn't love a good PSL am I right? My husband and I are no exception!! Although this year he was bummed out by Starbucks. He felt it didn't have enough flavor for his liking.

Well me and a couple of my favorite gal pals had a girl's night in over the weekend. We decided to all hang out in our PJ's & make some snacks & just talk and laugh without the kiddos. I thought I'd make us a yummy drink to go with our snacks.

So I decided to try some Pumpkin Spice Lattes in my Crockpot. I made them decaf that night but since then I have made them twice with regular coffee.

The hubs kept asking about them so I decided to whip up a batch for him & he LOVED them! He said they had way more flavor than Starbucks. My 2 girlfriends loved them & one of the girl's husbands tried it as well and also loved them so I assure you these are tasty. It's been reviewed by 5 different people so far ;)

So here is what you need:

6 -Cups Milk (you can use skim to make them skinny)

4-5 Cups strongly brewed coffee

8-Tbsp sugar

8-Tbsp pumpkin puree

2-tsp cinnamon

1- 2oz bottle of Vanilla (yes I know that's a lot of vanilla I assure you this is correct)

1-2 shakes of pumpkin pie spice

Whipped Cream for topping *optional*

* Cook on high 2 hours stir occasionally

*This makes about a full crockpot worth

I have since made 2 Half batches and that seems to be perfect you get about 6 cups worth with a 1/2 batch

*I use 2 & 1/2 cups of coffee for a 1/2 batch & *only 2 Tbsp of vanilla in a half batch *

*If you do a half batch only cook 1 hour

End Result:

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Update On The Lil Man

Some of you may know that my youngest little guy had been diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease this happened in May 2 weeks after he turned 1.
 We have been seeing a pediatric cardiologist since then to have EKG's & Echo cardiograms on his heart. Kawasaki Disease can affect the child's heart unfortunately for C he developed a small aneurysm on his left coronary artery. So we have been watching the progress of it. He was on a high dose of baby aspirin but at our appointment in July they took him off that as his aneurysm began to shrink.

If you want to read about all we went through & gain a little more knowledge on Kawasaki Disease you can read Part 1 & Part 2 

I thought first I'd share some pictures of how our routine appointments at the cardiologist go first they weigh & measure him & take his blood pressure (I didn't take any pics of that).

Next comes the EKG:

Then after the EKG we move onto the Echo Cardiogram:

So what did they find.....????

His aneurysm is gone!! Thank the Lord!!!  The cardiologist told me I could breathe again! I was soo happy!!! We are still keeping a journal of his joint issues both with his pediatrician & his cardiologist.  But, the main thing is his little heart is back to normal.  Even though his aneurysm is gone we still will have follow ups with the cardiologist for a long time we don't have to go back for another 6 months :)

So I'm a happy happy mommy right now :)

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Jewelry Organizer

So I recently re-organized my closet & changed up the Master bedroom! My old jewelry box didn't match the new d├ęcor so I decided to make something new.

It first started off with something for my earrings. I took an old 8x10 picture frame spray painted it de-stressed it a little & then used my staple gun to staple chicken wire to the back. I then hung it in my closet with a command strip. (I'm trying to not put holes in the wall)

Next came time to make something for all my necklaces. So off to Lowe's I went & had a board cut at 18inches I then painted it with a blue I had on hand from when I made my Cat Scratcher turned Towel Holder. Have you seen that? If not you can Here

 I went to Hobby Lobby  & found some adorable drawer knobs to hang the necklaces from. I was so excited too because the day I went they were 50% off (got to love not paying full price).

Then I needed Mr. Awesome's AKA the hubs!! Well I really just needed his drill but whenever I ask to use his tools he kind of takes over my project. (Honestly I don't mind). It's nice working on things together. So hubs drilled the holes & twisted in the knobs & then he got his dremel out for me & cut the back of the knobs off (they were a little too long for the board I got). We then hung that under the earring holder also using command strips!

Ready to see the cuteness????

Here it is:

What do you think?
Have you ever made a Jewelry Organizer?

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chocolate Chunk Muffins

So this morning I was pretty hungry after dropping A off at school. The little 2 really hadn't had breakfast either (besides some dry cereal) So I figured I'd better make us something.

I went to the fridge & realized I still had quite a bit of yogurt in there I happened to grab my Chobani chocolate chunk & there was a picture of muffins on the container. I read they had a recipe for muffins using the yogurt sounded yummy so I gave it a whirl & whipped some up!!

They were so delicious & fluffy & moist my Bff came over and ate some with us she loved them as well. They are kind of irresistible!! The boy's didn't leave a crumb. Defiantly will be making these again.

Want to try them?

Here is the recipe:

  • 2¼ c all-purpose flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ¾ t kosher salt
  • ⅔ c packed dark brown sugar *(I only had light)               
  • 6 T canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 T coarse brown sugar  *(I didn't have coarse b sugar I used regular)
    Whisk- yogurt, eggs, vanilla, brown sugar & oil together
    Mix- Flour, salt, baking powder & baking soda
    Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones
    Spoon into muffin cups & sprinkle brown sugar on top of batter
    Bake 16-18 minutes at 375
    Original recipe says it makes 12 muffins I got 15 out of it
     Original Recipe Source
    Looks good right?
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    Friday, September 6, 2013

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese

    Yes yes you read that right!!! It's Fall time for anything Pumpkin!!!

    I made this last year & the hubs loved it so much as soon as September hit he requested it. Being the awesome wife I am (cough) I had to make it.

    So here is the recipe:

    1-8oz package of cream cheese softened

    1/2-cup pumpkin puree

    1/4-cup sugar

    beat the 3 ingredients together till combined then add

    1/2-tsp vanilla

    1/8-tsp nutmeg

    Pumpkin pie spice (I don't measure this I just keep adding till I have the pumpkin flavor I like) I probably use over 1-tsp

    Mix together & store in air tight container in fridge




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    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    Yummy Cranberry Chicken

    It's Fall yay!!! Fall makes me think of pumpkins & mum's & Thanksgiving yummy!!! I was in the mood for some good Fall like food!!

    I came across a recipe for crock pot cranberry chicken! Looked & sounded yummy!! I figured I'd give it a try. Well the day kind of got away from me & forgot to put it in the crock pot but then I re-read the directions & was a little turned off by them.

    So I decided to just bake mine & let me tell you it was yummy! The hubs & I ate it all up the kids enjoyed it too after they got over the fact their chicken was pink-ish red because of the cranberry sauce.

    So here is what you need it's so simple:

    1-Can of whole berry cranberry sauce ocean spray or store brand will do :)

    1-Bottle Catalina Dressing *(the bottle I got was 24oz I only used half)*

    1-Packet Dry Onion Soup Mix

    3-4- Chicken breasts (boneless/skinless)

    Mix all ingredients together, place chicken in a 9x13 baking dish & pour over chicken

    Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes

    End Result Yumminess!!! I served ours with fresh oven roasted green beans, stuffing & crescent rolls!

    Here is the original recipe for the crock pot if you want to go that route :)  Source

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