Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fall Favorites: Fall Home Tour

It's time to link up again!  I don't have a lot going on in my home for Fall Decorations...yet.  It's still been in the 90s daily and I'm having a hard time keeping the mums alive! After viewing some people's home, I know my decorating game is not the best.  I like fall and I love the little things I have.  When it cools down some, the front porch is going to be extra lovely!
Here is my front door!  I was given this autumn wreath and I absolutely adore it. I have hung it up for the last five years!
Here is the start of my front porch.  Where the mums are now will be pumpkins soon.  I am going to get stands and put the mums on either side of the door.  I have two more plants that you can't see in the picture. I am going to add some more orange to the display. 
Do you see my black cat decoration shadow on the bottom?
Freddie ran by as I was taking the picture.  Cute little pumpkins I found at Target. 
The black plants are not staying there.  I am going to put them on the side table soon, I am just looking for another thing to go with them before it happens.

My pumpkin "C" 
Here is my mantle.  It is a hot mess.  I have been looking for a buffalo check banner to put on here.  It's my goal for this weekend.  I purchased another set of lights to hang with it.
I love the woodland creatures and the pumpkins, they are staying.
My hurricane lamps are always up there.  I love them so hard.
My mantle is also super weird and as soon as I figure out how to get another one up there, it's going to happen.  The previous owners concreted the large wooden things into the fire place.  I'm prob going to have to build something around it.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Apple Recipes.....

Apple Recipes!
Fall brings apples.  I cannot wait to get to the orchard soon to pick them!  
Do you like to venture to a local orchard and pick your own?

Campfire Baked Apples
We have done these a lot for Girl Scouts and other fun outdoor things.
You cut the apple in half and core it.
Butter goes in the core and you sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on it.
Wrap it tightly in foil and stick it in your campfire.
It takes around 30 minutes to 1 hour for it to get done.
It will be squishy to the touch!
And oh so yummy!

Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Monte Cristos
I blogged this recipe a long time ago.
I can't even find it.
It's from Rachael Ray and I was able to find it on her website.  Linked above.
It's pretty simple and the kids dig it.

Skillet Apple Crisp
Cast iron cooking is a favorite of mine.
Apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon for the bottom layer.
Top layer is: oats, flour, cold butter and cinnamon.
Oven at 350
Cast iron skillet on the stove top on medium heat.
Add all the ingredients on the bottom layer.  Melt the butter first, then brown sugar and cinnamon, then coat the apples.  Let it cook for around 5 minutes.
Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl.
Top the items.
Bake for 25-35 minutes.

I plan to make all three of these soon!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

I'm still not caught up....

Do you ever feel like you are busier on the weekends then on the week days?  Or is it just all a blur?
Friday was the Kansas City Roller Warriors Rookie and Alumni Bouts.  Since I am the Operations Officer, I was in charge of that whole thing.  It went off really well.  We had a ton of people attend and made some money for the league.  After those games, we had our draft party.  We have three new team members: one brand new player, one free agent player and one returning legend.
It's gonna be a fun year!
Saturday and Sunday were Alli party things.
Monday, work was a little crazy, but when isn't it nowadays?!  After work, I worked on the league calendar.  For two hours!  Maybe more!  It's a lot of work and people want things done now!  Today, I am not doing any roller derby things other than attend practice.
Last night, I put shrimp and chicken in the instapot.  I added some fresh garlic and chicken bouillon.  It was so good.  Alli and Peyton ate it up.  I made roasted veggies to go with it.  It smelled so good! It was super easy too.
 I found this glass at Target and I love it.
It was in their dollar spot.  It was $5 for two! 
It's going to be my at home glass this fall.
 Peyton and Buster.  I was trying to get a picture of Buster look through Peyton's legs, but he jumped through his legs instead.  This is what I ended up with. :)
 Black Cat cuddle puddle!
I had a basket of blankets and this is what happens.
 Here's Freddie.  I decided to weigh him on Saturday, he is 11.6 pounds!
He's not a chunky cat though. 
 I found this candle at Marshalls and had to pick it up for the season!
 Tanner made it back from El Paso on Sunday.  He called me and wanted me to pick him up so he could go to his sisters birthday party.
 Peyton in his natural habitat.
Buster in Alli's bed. 
 The Birthday Girl in her Burrito blanket!
How's everyone else doing?  What fun is going on?

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Happy Birthday, Alli!

Guess who turned 16!?!  It's my one and only Alli! 
We had a good weekend!  Friday night she did the cheerleading thing, then went to Applebees with her friends.
Saturday night, we had a sleepover with pizza and cake!
Sunday, we had Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon rolls for breakfast and enchiladas for dinner.  I made her a cookie cake!  It turned out better than I thought it would! Haha!
She got a burrito blanket from me.  It's adorable!  My mom gave her some money for shoes, a shirt from Victoria's Secret and a big thing of bath bombs!
P.S. Trick Candles are my favorite!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Because it's Friday the 13th!

Happy Friday!  Which also happens to be the 13th!  Confession time:  I've never seen a Friday the 13th movie!  What?  I know, crazy!
It's been a hella busy week! 
Work has been a little bit on the cray side.  We had a gentleman (should I even call him that?) puke on one of our desks.  Not because he was sick, but because he was drunk at 10 am.  I, actually, had to use the phrase "If you vomit or think you are going to vomit again, I need you to leave".  Or having to ask someone to change their child's dirty diaper after they let them sit in it for thirty minutes and stink up our entire office?   Or the guy that was ejected because he wanted to fight people with his taekwondo skills because he didn't get what he wanted?  This is all on top of being short staffed.  Phew!  I am tired!
Monday night was a derby scrimmage night and it was so good.  My team played really well.  We came to slay.  Alli had cheer practice and we had a yummy dinner.  It was a good night.
Tuesday was Peyton's first baseball game of the fall ball!  It was a good time.  We  got there so early though.  I had brought my Pioneer Woman and Racheal Ray magazines with me.  I have to say that the Pioneer Woman one had a lot of recipes I want to try out soon!
Wednesday night, I started cleaning out what is known as the murder closet (creepy storage closet at Memorial Hall) and set up for the upcoming bouts this weekend.  Alli had cheer practice again.
Thursday, baseball ended up being canceled because of the rain storm.  Peyton took advantage and mowed some lawns between the storms.  He came home, ate dinner and promptly fell asleep.  Alli was over at a friends house and came home around 9 pm.  She took a shower and studied for Spanish 3 until almost midnight!  It paid off though, she got 100% on her Spanish test!  This has been her most difficult subject besides geometry. 
That brings us to Friday!  YaY!!!
Tonight is the Rookie/Alumni Game and since I'm in charge of bout production, it's my job to run it.  Everything is set up and good to go.  Everything is confirmed and verified.  I do have a fan that is trying to give me a hard time about a cooler fee.  We don't have any vendors since it is a small event, so I'm allowing people to bring in food and alcohol for a cooler fee.  Since there is alcohol, I have to pay security.  The cooler fee pays for security.  Bottom line is: pay the fee or security will ask you to leave. 
Saturday is Alli's Birthday party!  She is having a sleep over.  She's requested Pizza Hut and a Cookie Cake.
Sunday is her actual birthday!  We are having dinner with the fam at my mom's house.  She decided on quesadillas, guac,, salsa, queso and chips. 
What fun do you have planned for this weekend? 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fall Favorites: Fall Fashion

I'm so late on this post!
Fall Fashion!
I just posted a few things that I have ordered lately.
I do have a few more things that I have on my list to get for the fall!
And yes, I am wearing sandals, it's still like 90 degrees here.
I like reds, blues and the mustard color.  I also have a lot of white, black and gray.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

I have a little story to tell...

Geometry has never been my friend.  Geometry haunted me for two years in high school.  That's where this story comes from.  I told my daughter this.  She's in geometry this year and already struggling.  I let her know that she wasn't alone and that the struggle is real.

In 10th grade, I was in geometry class.  I shouldn't have been in geometry class.  Ms. Rodgers was my teacher.  She was a terrible math teacher.  I had her for Algebra I and I had to teach myself using the text book.
I was in the class for a few weeks and was not doing well.  I transferred out of the class into Intermediate Algebra, where I had the best teacher!  I passed it with an A. 
In 11th grade, I was in geometry class.  Ms. Rodgers was my teacher...again.  I struggled so hard.  I paid attention in class, I did all my homework, I did all my classwork, I still failed all my tests.  Ms. Rodgers gave horrible reports to my mother.  My mother decided if I didn't  get a C or better in Ms. Rodgers class that I would not be going on the church mission trip that summer.  Friends, I got a 69% in the class.  I got a D.  That was with everything turned in. 
I intercepted my grade card in the mail.  Back then, everything wasn't electronic.  It was a paper grade card.  I changed my grade. 
I went to the library.  I found a C on my sisters report card.  I copied that report card, cut out the C and put it over the D on my report card.  I frauded my report card.  I wanted to go on this trip.  I wasted a lot of dimes doing this.  I wanted to make sure it was the perfect fraud. 
It worked.  My mom was pleased with my grade of C and let me go on the trip.  I have to tell you though, all my other grades were As.  For real, all As and one D.  AND SHE WAS GOING TO KEEP ME HOME ALL SUMMER FOR THAT!?!?  All the other hard work didn't count!?
This is not typical behavior for me.  Back then and now.  I'm a rule follower and enforcer. 

But I really wanted to go on that trip, ya'll.  And it was the best trip ever.

I know my daughter can't change her grade, because everything is done electronically now.  I don't remember the last time I got a paper report card for my children.

Good news, I went on to Algebra 2, had a tough, but good teacher.  I passed with a B.