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Have an adventure. Eat good food till your pants are too tight. Enjoy a good belly laugh.


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The BIG 40!

This week was amazing but it did not go the way I planned it.  I had planned a quiet week with tears and sobbing into my cake while I turned 40 and proceeded with the first of what I could only assume would be many midlife crises.  I had panned for this.  I was ready…but it never came, and so I am contemplating what comes next.

I have decided to spend my 40s becoming awesome.  I want to learn to surf before my bones are brittle.  I want to have adventures and travel with my kids before they can make the decision in the matter.  I want to fall in love with my husband all over again because that just sounds cool.

What ever I do in my 40s you can bet I will not be napping.  🙂


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A fall activity for the girls

We are now officially in the final countdown as we prepare for Thanksgiving and I am going big as this is the first time in years we are going to have a crowd.  Food is figured out and so I have mentally moved on to decor.  While I have a ton of decorations for Haloween (my husband’s favorite) and Christmas (my favorite) there is a lack of anything  holiday related in my house when it comes to Thanksgiving. A couple leftover pumpkins that I have from Halloween are still out but that is a pretty pitiful excuse for Thanksgiving decorations.

I am desperate and don’t want to spend a ton of money so I am going to pull the oldest trick in the book.  I am going to have my kids make stuff.  Here is the plan:

Table decorations:

• The Mayflower – the craft store sells heavy duty sheets that are almost like a plastic like foammy thing (that is a technical term.)  We are going to use these foam sheets into a 12 inch long Mayflower tall ship.

• Turkeys for the table – The Martha Stewart website has a project online where you trace leave patterns on to cork board squares and then cut them out to use as hot plates.  This project is great, but why should I stop at leaves.  We have found a turkey pattern so we will be making turkey trivets for turkey day.

• Leaves – We are going to use the Martha Stewart pattern to cut leaves out of construction paper.  We will then work as a family to write things we are thankful for on all the papers before stringing them up to make garland.

Well, that is all I have come up with so far.  I will post pictures, assuming it works out the way I picture it in my head… lets be honest.  You will never see pictures.


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A fun night at home… no really!

I know this is going to sound crazy but I had the best night tonight. Tomorrow is Halloween which means it’s time for potlucks and snacks to go to schools and work. I ended up making pasta with bacon, butternut squash and roasted sage for my work potluck, bread pudding for work, a second bread pudding for the wonderful family that’s taking us trick or treating with them tomorrow and chocolate M&M cookies for the babys school party. I feel like I have accomplished so much and I have all this yummy stuff to show for it. There is nothing like making someone happy by feeding them!

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I will share the recipes in the next couple of days but in the meantime have a wonderful and yummy Halloween!!!


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Here we go

It is late and I am the only one awake.  Me and Harry my faithful companion.  The husband is asleep; my dog is awake.  Don’t feel to bad for Harry.  He will be twitching and making little barking noises, dreaming of chasing rabbits in no time.  I on the other hand will be up till 11:30ish… probably.  Why, you might ask? Well, I smell and really need a shower AND I have a lot to do.  My color coded schedule needs tending, I need to cut open a watermelon from my garden to give to a friend for her birthday tomorrow, I need to do some clean up as the baby’s 2nd birthday party is two weeks… let’s be honest.  I will not be getting to the cleaning.

I am also going to get my blog started so that I can talk to the internet void about being a working mom, cooking the kinds of foods that create happiness, making a fun adventurous life for my kids, gardening organic (because I am too busy to figure out chemicals), building and fixing stuff and making the most of my life.  I want to do it all. Then again my husband looks so peaceful sleeping over there on his side of the bed.