Sunday, October 22, 2017

Happy The Walking Dead Day; some zombie cupcakes and a Halloween craft

We are  a Walking Dead family. We've been waiting patiently for MONTHS for it to return and tonight is the NIGHT! WOOHOO!!!!
So to celebrate I made some zombie cupcakes!

I bought my zombie hands here and just used a basic chocolate cupcake recipe and, I'll be honest, I used store bought icing. Here's the recipe I used for the base of the  cupcake. I think they turned out pretty cute!

And while they baked I did a Halloween craft with Maverick, he was begging to go outside but we finally got a cold front, so it's a dismal, cold rainy day and I could not be happier!! 

Basic Halloween craft but we had fun. 

Happy Walking Dead Day! <3 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Soup of the Week!

Being your own boss is great, setting my own hours, etc. But being a photographer means I work usually at dinner time or during. I try to plan my weekly menu around my sessions, always doing either a crock pot meal on session days or a soup recipe that can just simmer on the stove. So I'll be sharing a soup recipe a week with you! 

This week I had an evening when I had nothing to fix, I never do that. If I leave an evening empty we eat out but I didn't want to spend the money eating out so I searched my Pinterest and found this recipe, I had all of the ingredients and already had the chicken, cooked, in my fridge! Win for me! 

It was so easy and delicious, we'll definitely have it again! 

I followed the recipe from here except I tweaked it a bit. I omitted the corn because it hurts my belly and  I made my own enchilada sauce because I didn't have any. It's super easy, you can find the recipe here. It's the only way I do it now, I never buy canned, it has a much better flavor than canned! Threw everything together and dinner in 30 minutes! Garnish with green onions and lots of cheddar cheese.  It was delicious and will go in our soup rotation! 

I hope you enjoy and let me know if you try it out! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Fun! Pumpkin Play Doh

As a homeschooling family our mornings are busy with school work. Balancing school work with a two year old is less than desirable on most days. I'm trying really hard to keep him occupied with things other than the iPad or the TV.

Enter playdoh. He LOVES play doh and honestly I need to go out and replenish our supply. He will sit and play with the stuff for hours. But right now I keep forgetting.
While on Pinterest the other day I saw several recipes for pumpkin play doh. I checked the ingredients and had everything! So we made some.

Now, I used Aldi canned pumpkin and had Aldi cornstarch in my pantry. I had to use the ENTIRE box of cornstarch, which tells me one of two things, either the cornstarch is crap or the pumpkin is super full of moisture,  or both!

I just dumped the can of pumpkin in a bowl and started to slowly add the cornstarch, mixing as I went along. I wanted a flubber like consistency, you know? Like Gak maybe, more like gak. I never achieved the consistency that I wanted, but I let Maverick have it anyway after we had most of the moisture out. He played with it for a good 45 minutes, so it was a win for that day.

If I would do it again I would probably try to strain my pumpkin a little and buy better quality cornstarch, or just buy some play doh. ;) But this was a fun little fall thing to do and we did it.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

31 Days of Halloween Fun!

As I said above, fall is my absolute favorite time of year and I have to say that Halloween runs a close second to being my favorite holiday!
I created a bucket list of Halloween/fall fun.

What are some of your favorite things to do in the fall? Our favorite is definitely the pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving! So much fun!

We visited Rombach Farms last year and had SO much fun.

 Maverick was so tiny!

 I never miss a good pumpkin photo op!

Drop me a comment and tell me what your favorite fall activity is! 

Fall Soup Recipe #1

Even though here in the midwest it doesn't feel like Fall yet, it's definitely October! My favorite month of the year. I have always had a love affair with Autumn. The chill in the air, yummy comfort foods filling my house with their delicious smells, the days getting shorter.

This month I'm going to share some fun fall activities and recipes with you all.

With my full time job (photographer) pulling me out of the house around dinner time, I have to have something in my arsenal to make that I can either put in the crock pot to keep warm or that's quick. Soups are the best thing I have found to make ahead of time and keep in the crock pot until time to eat!

My favorite one as of late is this Cheesy Taco Soup from Carlsbad Cravings. It is SO easy and delicious!!!! I make it completely early in the day and then dump it in the crock pot to stay warm. We can eat anytime that evening. It's a win for us because my picky #1 son will eat it (he thinks it tastes a little like queso) and everyone else loves it as well!

It's great when you have an evening like this one below planned as well!

Enjoy and if you try it out, let me know how you like it! I love ALL of the recipes I have found on this blog  and I think you will too!