Nov 4, 2018

What's Up With Us

Since I clearly missed the boat on the last Whats Up Wednesday for October, I'm going to do a What's Up With US instead.

WHAT WE'RE EATING:
Allllll the yummy fall foods!  I love this time of year, I really don't enjoy cooking in the summer, I just get bored with grilling foods and salads.  BORING.  Haha!  This time of year I love making soups/stews and one dish meals.  Here are a few new recipes I've tried that were huge hits.


I made this a few weeks ago when we did an appetizer night on a Sunday.  I added crumbled sausage and they were SO good!

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Picture via the blog All She Cooks


This has been another hit that I've made several times.  I make it in the Instant Pot which is SO easy!

Sweet Corn, Kielbasa and Potato Soup is for the coldest of nights! This hearty and comforting, gluten-free soup recipe is filled with savory kielbasa, creamy potatoes, and snappy sweet corn. | iowagirleats.com
Picture via the blog, Iowa Girl Eats


If you ask the girls what their favorite breakfast muffin is, this would be it.  They are so moist and delicious.  I actually mix up the dry ingredients in a baggie to keep on hand for the next time I make them.

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins from Thirty Handmade Days
Picture via blog Thirty Handmade Days

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT:

Um, it's more like, what am I not reminiscing about??  I literally realized last week that this will be our last holiday season with all three girls at home.  Ugh.  It makes me sick to me stomach to even think about that.  I am  SO excited for Rachel next year when she heads off to college, but on the other hand, this is it friends.  Next year she won't be here to watch Hallmark movies 24/7 and what about when the elf shows up?  She won't be here.  I have decided this year I am going to be SUPER selfish and not plan any extra things for the holiday season.  I just wanna soak this all up.

WHAT I'M LOVING

Do you love Christmas Movies? I am sharing the Countdown to Christmas Movie Schedule on Hallmark! Don't miss a single movie! #Hallmark #CountdowntoChristmas #Christmas #Movies #ChristmasMovies

Enough said.  Also, Emma and I had a daye date yesterday and we had such a blast!  We went to a couple Christmas open houses, Hobby Lobby and Target to look at all the Christmas stuff.  I just love that kid.  We had such a great time!

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO:

Finishing this...


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We were SO proud of our girls this year, they all played/swam awesome and accomplished some pretty amazing goals!!

Unfortunately Rachels' season ended on a low note as she messed up her shoulder.  We are hoping to avoid surgery and she's doing physical therapy now.  She may be smiling here, but this was after LOTS of tears...


We also had Brad's nephews wedding in September.  This handsome guy wasin the wedding and we all had such a blast!!



We also had the joy of waking up to a TP'd yard for homecoming, haha!


They got us good, and even though this pic is blurry, they actually saran wrapped Brad's truck!


PowderPuff game, seniors take the win!!



Love, love, love these girls, I will be so sad to not see them and cook for them.  I just love that they all come in the house without knocking and sit and talk to us before finding Rachel, haha!


Grandpa Lynn will be so happy to know that the girls put up Rachels Christmas tree a few weeks ago!


And we started the college tours.  We toured Bemidji State which we all loved despite the fact is was like 20 degrees and SUPER windy!


And the next weekend we toured Mankato State.  I think she is leaning towards Bemidji, we just really had a wonderful tour guide and she was also able to see the nursing clinical area which was so, so neat!


And of course we've been enjoying all the puppy shenanigans!

Jumping in the leaves with Alayna


Picking on the cat


We decided this needs to be a part of our Chrismtas card!!


WHAT I'M WORKING ON:

A small group of us ladies started a Bible study and I am so excited to see what we do.  We decided we really want to give of our time to our community, so lots of fun stuff in the works!  I am also gearing up for taking an HR certification test which I'm nervous about.

So there's a  little bit of what we've been up to!

Halloween 2018

Another fun Halloween is in the books!  October is slightly crazy as all the girls' sports are wrapping up, so I feel like we didn't really do ALL the things.  However there are still a few traditions I love to keep going...

Carving pumpkins!  They still love to carve and I still love roasting the seeds.  SO good!


Finished products, pretty cute! (And a cat photo bomb)


We also always make Halloween bark.  Just white baking chocolate, pretzels, candy corn and sprinkles.


This year I also got a little rafty and made a few mummy cards for some sweet girls that are in college. I forget how much I love crafting!


Sadly I have no pics of Halloween costumes, Rachel and Emma don't dress up and Alayna went to a friends to trick or treat, they were all dressed up as babies.  We went over to Brad's brothers house in town so Emma could hand out candy (all those "fun" things we don't get to do in the country, haha!!) and eat pizza.  Such a fun night!



Sep 12, 2018

How We Do Fall

Today I'm linking up with Shay and Erika for their monthly series, "How We... Wednesdays"!



This month's topic is "How We Do Fall".

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year!  I love all the pumpkin hype, the crisp, cooler weather, the trees, smells, everything.  I have loved blogging about fall in the past several years which you can find here, here, here, here, here and here

So, how do we do fall? 

We always go to the pumpkin patch.  We typically grow our own pumpkins, but the girls insist on going every year haha!  We have 2 local pumpkin patch/apple orchards that have their festivals on the same weekend.  They both have food/kid stuff and fun little boutique stuff to buy.

Love this pic of them when they were basically babies...



Gimme all the fall scented candles!  I typically stay with soy based candles since they burn cleaner, but I found this one at Hobby Lobby and I couldn't resist, it smells HEAVENLY!!



We also love to go for walks in the woods.  We have woods behind our house that we love to go explore, or we go to St.Johns which is about 10 minutes from our house, it's just gorgeous out there!





Brad and Alayna start duck hunting the end of September.  She LOVES going with him, even though it requires her to get up by 3:30-4:00.  Thankfully she is easily persuaded by Little Debbie Snack Cakes.



We have a large apple tree in our front yard that produces the worlds smallest crab apples.  Even though it takes forever to peel the little buggers, I still use them.  I canned 8 quarts of apple pie filling this year, and we love to make apple crisp, apple pie and glazed apple pie squares.





And of course it is not fall unless you rake all the leaves and jump in them! 



I am looking forward to the cooler temps and the time changing (I know, I know!!).  I like having cozy evenings at home.  I hope you enjoyed a little peak into how we do Fall!!

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Sep 6, 2018

Back to School

Well, we have (almost) survived the first week of back to school!  It has also been a cool week, in the 70's and lower 50's in the morning.  I LOVE IT!!  Oh I am so ready for everything fall...

Labor day weekend we were home and I got SO MUCH DONE!   Saturday I cleaned out our storage room and reorganized it.  Unreal how much room we have in there now, haha.  I think I took 8 bags of stuff to Goodwill and threw away 3 bags of broken things.  Saturday night we had Brad's brother and his family over for supper.  We grilled, had some drinks and played cards.

Sunday was just more cleaning the house and getting laundry done.  Sunday around suppertime we headed over to the farm for the annual Labor Day weekend fish fry and campfire.  Fish was yummy and everyone brought sides/desserts.  We ate waaaay too much food!





It was a beautiful night for a campfire!


Labor Day we alsways go back to the farm for a big breakfast, Brad made an egg bake and there were caramel rolls, sausages, hashbrowns and fruit.
We got home around 9:30 and I had an itch to clean out the garage.  I literally worked on from 9:30-7:00!  It is so clean now!  Brad and the girls helped out too.  Feels so good to have the house organized and cleaned out before winter.  When the girls were younger, Monday night was "Spa Le Zimm" which was a girls only spa night.  The girls would take a bubble bath in our jacuzzi tub and we would do face masks and manis/pedis.  I would make mini cinn/sugar sandwiches and they would have a kiddie cocktail.  They looked forward to it every year!  Unfortunately the two bigs have practice in the evening and trying to find a night that everyone was home was next to impossible.

First day of school pics!  Rachel: Semior Emma : Sophomore and Alayna: 7th Grade.  Brad made everyone a hot breakfast, eggs, omelets or breakfast sandwiches with hashbrowns.


I always like to do a little back to school decor...


I couldn't resist this cute photo of them back in 2011!


And I love this quote, "Life Without Jesus is Like a Broken Pencil, There's No Point".


I got each of them a little back to school bag with travel size lotions, deoderant, face masks and bath bombs.



I plan on enjoying every little bit of this year with Rachel, can't believe this is her last year!!!




Aug 29, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

How is it even the last week in August??  This summer FLEW by.  And as sad as I am to see summer go, I am HYPED for fall!!!  I am so ready for routines, fall clothes, pumpkin smells and cozy suppers.

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So here's a little of what we've been up to!

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WHAT WE'RE EATING THIS WEEK:

Wednesday: Chicken Taquitos
Thursday:  Garlic Chicken Pasta- No link for this one, it comes frozen in a bag!  It is free of anything artificial and gluten free, so it's not too bad for ya!
Friday is usually pizza night

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT:

What is was like pre puppy!  The girls just reminded me that I have not posted anything about our sweet puppy Josie.  She is a red fox lab and was born on April 27th.  It's been.....a trip....lol.


She's a sweet pup, but she's a pup.  And exhausting.  And demanding.  Maci the cat isn't overly thrilled, but I do think they will be BFF's.  Someday.  


WHAT I'M LOVING:

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Everything apples!  We have a hugecrab apple tree in our front yard.  The apples are teeny, but I still like to use them for canning.  We also went to the farm to grab apples as theirs are much bigger.  I ended up canning 9 jars of apple pie filling.  It's SO good, and quite easy once you spend all day peeling the teeny apples, HA!

I also got a big basket of tomatoes from my sister in law and canned 5 quarts of diced tomatoes.  Although we didn't get a garden in again this year, I'm happy I got some canning in!

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO:

Brad and I were able to go see Journey/Def Leppard in concert and they were amazing!



The first week in August we rented a cabin with 2 other families and had an amazing week!


The weather was 80 and sunny ALL week!  It was glorious.  The cabin had just been remodeled and was gorgeous.






It was exactly what we needed, AND I finished 3 books!  I plan on doing a recap of what I read this summer.  

WHAT I'M DREADING:

Next week starts Rachel's senior year, I just can't even.  We got a few sneak peeks of her senior pics and they are AMAZING!

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I cannot wait to see the rest of them!

WHAT I'M WORKING ON:

Gearing up for school.  All three girls are in sports this fall, so our schedule is CRAZY!  Thankfully I have meal planned for the next three months, but it's going to be nuts.  I've also been an organizing fiend.  I think I've gotten every drawer and closet all cleaned out and organized!

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT:

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Need I say more?

WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING:

I'm currently reading "An American Princess, the Many Lives of Allene Tew" and "A Stranger in the House".  I'm excited to do a recap of all my summer reads, there were some really good ones!

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO:

We've been on a "Greatest Showman" soundtrack kick again.

WHAT I'M WEARING:

Nothing new, just getting excited to get the boots out!

WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

It's still kind of up in the air.  We have no concrete plans, except getting some stuff done around the house.  I really need to get our storage room cleaned out and organized...

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

Watching our girls play their sports!  Rachel and Alayna are in volleyball and Emma is a swimmer, we LOVE watching them perform!  It will be an absolutely crazy few months but we love it.

Have to include some pics we took down by our "broken" tree, haha!