Friday, September 12, 2014

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Welcome Fall and Pumpkin EVERYTHING into my life! Today it is 40 degrees outside and snowy. Wow. In September. Yesterday, I was in a "I need something pumpkin flavored now" mood and decided to make Pumpkin Snickerdoodles! They came out a little large, I will make 1 inch balls next time, but man were they soft soft soft. Delicious. My husband told me to cover them up so he'd stop eating them! The boys loved them as well. Palmer even thought he was cool because he got to sit on a bar stool and eat his next to his big brother. I hope you are enjoying a little bit of Fall where ever you are in the world!


Cookie Dough (I halved the recipe, original full recipe here), Makes 2 dozen cookies

- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla

- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ginger
- dash of allspice

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl combine your flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well together and set aside.
3. In your electric mixer, mix together your butter and sugars until fluffy.
4. Add your pumpkin until combined.
5. Add the egg and vanilla.
6. On low, slowly add your flour mixture. Once dough is formed allowed to refrigerate for an hour.
7. In a separate bowl combine your ingredients for your sugar coating.
8. Place parchment paper on your baking sheets. Form 1 inch dough balls and before placing the ball on your baking sheet, coat your ball in the sugar-spice mixture.
9. Take a drinking glass and dip the bottom in your sugar-spice mixture and flatten each ball of dough on your baking sheet.
10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

 Cream your sugars and butter together

 Pumpkin Snickerdoodle dough

 Balls of dough with sugar-spice coating

 Flattening dough balls with a glass

 Flat Cookie dough

 Pumpkin Snickerdoodles!

 They love them!



Monday, September 8, 2014

1st Day of Preschool

Today my son started his second year of Preschool in the Butterflies class for 3 1/2 year olds. He woke up excited and hungry! We put a new outfit on him and he ate all his breakfast and couldn't wait to put his firetruck backpack on. It was extra special because daddy was able to come to the first day, last year he was deployed. So, hopefully this year starts out smoothly with daddy home! Daddy even took special pictures of Kinley on the front porch. Palmer joined in on the fun, too!

When we arrived at school we took a few pictures with some friends and headed to our new classroom. We had volunteered to bring snack for the first day of school so Kinley was ready to be the "Snack Leader." All the kids met their teacher upon class starting and introduced themselves and got a name tag. Then, they all gathered around the Assistant Teacher to play with hand puppets. Our son was ecstatic about his name tag and kept ripping it off his shirt and telling the kids around him, "Look! My name is Kinley! See, see!" I think this is going to be a great year!

He will go to school from 9-11:45 am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. When Palmer and I went to pick Kinley up, he was not in the best mood. I think it will take a few days to get into the routine of class and learning how to have fun despite not getting "blue Playdoh." He is so MY child! Overall, Kinley had a good day and we can't wait until Wednesday!

 First Day of Preschool 2014-2015, sign here

 Kinley and Palmer

Kinley being very animated during circle time!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Apple and Pumpkin Fall Mason Jars

Fall projects are keeping me busy! I made these sweet Mason Jars out of pint sized jars and attached a free printable tag I found here. You can fill these with candy corn, fruit snacks, candy or little trinkets. They also look super cute as a Fall decoration in your home. We filled the apple with fruit snacks and some lollipops and the pumpkin jar with candy corn.


- pint Mason Jars
- green spray paint
- wooden knobs (Hobby Lobby)
- brown acrylic paint
- red acrylic paint
- orange acrylic paint
- green scrapbook paper
- scissors
- hot glue gun

1. Remove the metal lids from your Mason Jars and spray paint them outside with your green spray paint. Allow to dry completely.
2. Paint your jars with your acrylic paint either red or orange. Allow to dry and paint another coat.
3. Paint your wooden knobs brown and allow to dry completely.
4. Cut green leaves out of your scrapbook paper and once your knob is dry, glue gun them to the knob.
5. Glue your knob and leaves to the lid of your Mason Jar. Screw your lid back onto your dry jar.
6. Attach a cute tag, fill, and give to a friend!

 Apple and Pumpkin Mason Jars!

 Apple with "For the Apple of my Eye" tag

 Pumpkin with "Happy Fall Ya'll" tag


Friday, August 29, 2014

Skinny Alfredo

Last weekend I went on a 10k run and came back home in time to whip up dinner! This meal didn't take very long at all and was super easy to make. The sauce has a skim-milk base, as opposed to heavy whipping cream, making it a healthy dinner option! The garlic-y taste of the sauce is so good and pairs well with a nice white wine and some grilled chicken. Although, I didn't enjoy a glass of wine until later since I had to drink a lot of water and my protein shake! My husband, however, felt like he had been wined and dined with this meal!

Skinny Alfredo

- 1 pkg. fettuccine noodles, cooked as directed
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp. flour
- 1 cup chicken broth, low-sodium
- 1 cup low-fat milk, I used skim
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper

1. In a large sauce pan heat your olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
2. Sprinkle your flour on top of the garlic stir to combine.
3. Slowly whisk in your chicken broth, and then your milk. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for a few minutes to thicken.
4. Stir in your parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until cheese has melted.
5. Add your pasta to the sauce and enjoy!

Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo with grilled chicken


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall Decor with FREE Printable

I love Fall. And I'll admit - I have already decorated a little bit for Fall. I found THE cutest FREE printable that reads "I Love Fall" and it comes in orange (pictured below), green, yellow, pink and blue. I used a wooden door wreath, a rustic wooden frame, and some glitter faux leaves to display this print on my front door (purchased at JoAnn Fabrics). I also printed it to display on my bar in the dining room. Hope you like my Fall decor!

"I Love Fall" wreath

 "I Love Fall" FREE printable

Fall Decor: "Fall" banner purchased here, Garland made by my kiddos how-to here


Monday, August 25, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Happy Fall ya'll! Today I was up at 7 am in the car driving to Starbucks to get my first Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) of the season! I even wore a scarf to pick it up to pretend it wasn't going to be in the 80s later today. I made chili for dinner and this amazing Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow. Wow. My friend lovingly asked me if the diabetes I made was worth it. Yes. Yes it was. Make this now!

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow


- 12 oz. white chocolate
- box of Rice Chex cereal
- 3 tsp. cinnamon, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup mallowcreme pumpkins (optional)
- 1 tbsp. sprinkles (optional)

1. Melt your white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Once chocolate is melted add your pumpkin pie spice and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Stir well.
3. Place your cereal in a large bowl and pour the chocolate on top. Using your hands, coat your cereal with the chocolate.
4. In a freezer sized ziplock bag add 1 tsp. cinnamon, powdered sugar and sprinkles. Add your chex, zip your bag and shake.
5. Add your pumpkins if desired as well.


 White chocolate with spices

 Chex with chocolate

 Chocolate mixed

Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Up early to get my PSL!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Kids Fall Leaf Garland

My kids love to color - although they aren't very good at it yet! So I thought of a simple way to take their 'scribble' artwork and transform it into something we could make together. I had my kids color on a few pieces of 'Fall' colored construction paper and then I cut leaves out of the paper. We then punched a hole in each leaf and I had my son 'sew' the leaves onto some yarn to make a fun garland for Fall!

We are super excited for cooler weather and school to start. I absolutely love Fall and can't wait to kick it off with a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks this Monday and to share my new Fall wreath I made with you!

Kids Fall Leaf Garland


- construction paper (we used green, red, orange, yellow)
- crayons/markers
- hole punch
- scissors
- yarn
- tape

1. Have your kids color on your Fall construction paper.
2. Trace and cut different leaf shapes out of the paper.
3. Punch a hole at the end of each leaf.
4. Cut a long strand of yarn and tie off one end and then tape off the top by wrapping a piece of tape around your yarn to make a 'needle.' Have your kids 'sew' the leaves onto the yarn using the needle.
5. Hang up your new Fall garland!

 Kinley and Palmer coloring their paper (yes Palmer tried to eat the marker...)!

 Traced leaves

Kinley 'sewing' the garland together

Happy Fall!