Thursday, October 21, 2010

2010 Home School Blog Awards

Don't forget to nominate your favorite home school blogs for the 2010 Home School Blog Awards! There are twenty categories this year, and the deadline to nominate is October, 30th.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pumpkin Patch!

This week Crawfish Pie and I went to the Pumpkin Patch with some fabulous homeschoolin' families! The weather was absolutely beautiful, and we were finished with our festivities just as the temperatures starting rising. There were plenty of activities, including a super cute movie about pumpkins and pumpkin nursery rhymes. I didn't take pictures inside the church, but here is the rest of our morning adventure.
The maze. I think the kids could have played in there all day!

Cute little picture area

A cooky lady sang halloween songs with the kids.

You know you love her outfit!

And of course we are all jealous of her spider moves, I love this lady!

Hayride, complete with pumpkin songs, so cute!

Story time

little barn yard animals

And of course, the PUMPKINS!

She wanted to take a picture with every pumpkin!

the sun was soooo bright, which was great but it makes for crazy picture faces

she had to take more pictures with her munchkin pumpkin

After a pumpkin filled morning, we stopped for lunch and then went in search of the cutest pink SuperGirl Halloween costume. 

the official Burger Princess

Monday, October 4, 2010

What's for Dessert?


 I stumbled upon this recipe on a friend's facebook page, and after a little internet research decided it was worth a shot. This recipe calls for two ingredients. Yep, you read that correctly, just two.

1 box of Spice Cake Mix
1 15 oz. can of pureed pumpkin

Mix them together and put in a lined or greased muffin pan. Crawfish Pie and I decided that since we forgot the baking cups anyway, we could use the mini bundt pan and some Baker's Choice baking spray. The batter is very thick, so you have to smooth it out after you put it in the baking pan. Then bake in a 350 degree oven for about 22 minutes. Let them cool completely, we didn't have any problems with ours but some internet recipes advise that they will fall apart if they are still warm. The result is a new Fall favorite! Crawfish Pie LOVES them! And so does Daddy and Mommy. They are very dense, so moist, and the flavor is amazing.  It's almost like pumpkin pie disguised as a muffin. You have to try them!


What's for Dinner? the easiest chili ever!

I love this time of year! Our windows and doors are always open as we enjoy the sunshine and a cool breeze. The cooler weather also brings a welcome change to our dinner menu, but there is no point in wasting such a beautiful day while slaving in the kitchen. Tonight we had our fill of a wonderfully easy and completely delicious chili, in less than 30 minutes and using only four ingredients. Don't knock till you try it, I have heard a few times that this chili tastes just like grandma used to make.

2.5 lbs of Ground Beef
2 cans of Hunt's Crushed Tomatoes (28 oz each)
1 packet of McCormick Chili Seasoning
2 cans of red kidney beans

Brown ground beef (use whatever season or onions/peppers that you would normally use when cooking). Add canned crushed tomatoes, McCormick seasoning, and kidney beans. Simmer for a while to blend flavors and increase the thickness. I don't always finish off the second can of tomatoes, it depends on my mood and how hearty I want the chili. The crushed tomatoes are a great alternative to figuring out the ratio of tomato sauce/paste or diced/stewed tomatoes, and you still get the great consistency without all those weird chunks of tomatoes that make every kid (and some adults) gag.