Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

We hope you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween!

Dorothy and the Lion

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Prep

Our pumpkins have carefully been selected...

Costumes are complete and have been tried on multiple times by Miss A just to make sure everything is "alright."

 All the ingredients are bought and ready to make our spooky ghost treats for friends...
Image from The Idea Room

 and the monster dough and parts are all set to go for our play date that has been canceled due to all the other littles being sick :(  Miss A will be making all the monsters on her own.  I'm sure she will still have loads of messy fun all by herself!

These holidays are so much more fun when you see all the excitement in your kiddo's eyes.  Sooo worth all the work and trips to the store.  More Halloween fun to come!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Etsy Finds

Image via Fishstikks

Image via Artworks

When we were in Savannah last year I happened upon a shop that carried reproductions of Lori Mitchell's paper mache sculptures.  I bought the little Halloween girl above who currently has a home in our bathroom.  Miss A loves her and keeps asking for her to come in her room instead.  I also picked up one of her Christmas figurines, too.  Since then, I have been obsessed with folk art style.  I currently am drooling over Emily the Cat above.  She's the real deal too not a reproduction.  Hence my hesitation to fork out the money for her.  She is quit cute though.  Don't you think??

Monday, October 24, 2011

Red October

Our Cardinals are in the World Series and we couldn't be more excited.  St.  Louis is a huge baseball town.  It's so fun to get together with friends and family to cheer on our team.  Even the littles are getting in on the excitement.  Ava has her rally towel (wash cloth) ready to swing in the air as soon as daddy tells her too.  Even Cole is sportin' his Cardinals hat.  Here's to a win tonight.  


Monday, October 10, 2011

Recipe: Toffee Dip

With fall comes apples and with apples comes toffee dip.  


Every year we go apple picking with my parents, and we usually  have too many apples to know what to do with.  This year I was going through my recipe binder and came across this recipe for toffee dip that you serve with apples.  I hadn't made it in years but anything with toffee is delicious in my book.  This recipe makes about 2 cups of dip which is quite a bit.  I served it to some girlfriends one night and then to our Catan friends (Hi Michelle!!) the next night.  It was a hit both nights, so I thought I would pass along the recipe in case you too have too many apples in your house or you just love toffee or both :)

Toffee Dip
Yield approx. 2 cups

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup toffee bits (about 4 ounces)
  • apples
Mix together first 4 ingredients with a mixer until smooth.  Stir in toffee bits.  Cover and chill.  Serve with sliced apples.

Source: Cooking Light  How this is light I don't know...but it's darn good!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Ava's face was so sweet the other night as she watched Toy Story 3 on Ice.  She's never been to a movie before so this was her first big show, and she was quite smitten with the whole experience.  We didn't tell her where we were going only that it was a "date" for her and mommy and daddy.  (Cole got to stay home and play with Mamaw and Papa that night.)  When we arrived outside the arena she saw the huge poster of Buzz and Woody on the side of the building so she started to put it together.  

She loved all the singing and skating.  At the intermission, she asked for cotton candy which she had never had before.  We gladly bought her a ridiculously overpriced bag of the sweet stuff and she took a few bites and said she was done.  I was expecting to have to pry the stuff out of her hands.  We stayed for the entire show and took home a very happy and tired little lady.  Out of the entire show her favorite part was when the pig fell down.  Not Buzz flying through the air or Barbie or even the cool army guys that parachuted, it was when the pig made a mistake and fell.  That's kids for you!