happy halloween and happy birthday

happy halloween everybody and a BIG happy 3rd birthday to my little monkey of a niece, Gia. love ya kiddo!

here are some cool pumpkin decorating ideas I found on pinterest. at the very bottom of the post is a pic of my niece at her birthday party last Sunday.



simply grove


unknown origin...
pon un photocall en tu boda

small shop studio

style house and homes


And the cutie patootie birthday girl:


recipes I've tried this week

We had to take Simon to the doctor this week - he's been having bad stomach aches for a few weeks now. The doctor doesn't think it's anything serious. She sent him off to have bloodwork done and we're waiting for the results.

Went on the hunt for winter boots for the kids. Had to find mitts for Simon which are hard to find in bigger sizes...all this because temperatures here dropped to below zero and we even saw a bit of the stupid white stuff (I don't like saying the 's' word, it depresses me). Can you tell I am not into cold weather?!?!?!?!?

Got in some cooking this week which was rough because the flu I was getting over had me wiped as soon as I got home from work. All I wanted to do was go to bed by 7pm. The first meal I made is a top five meal in our home (introduced to me by my sister who made this at a family gathering years ago) - baked rigatoni with bechamel sauce. Giada is a genius because this pasta dish is to die for (the photo below doesn't do it justice).

food network

Since the kids actually like and eat salad now (mainly caesar), I thought I would try a salad that was hearty enough to be a main dish - BBQ chicken salad. The kids picked at it but ate it. I freaking loved it and devoured my bowl of the deliciousness.


The kids were dying for a meat and potatoes dish so I made this pork with spicy apricot glaze. Unfortunately, I had to tone down the spiciness due to the kids. Boo. Everyone gobbled it up. Pork and any fruit go SOOOO well together. I made it with garlic roast potatoes and green beans. We had not a lick of leftovers.

little b cooks

I needed a quick dessert one night (had a craving for something sweet and I was all out of my fav ice cream) so I made cookies 'n cream pudding. Easy and yummy.


I didn't get a chance to make these pumpkin oatmeal cookies last weekend so I am going to attempt to make them today. Hopefully...

sally's baking addiction

I have some ripe bananas to use up and therefore, these banana muffins with cinnamon chocolate chip streusel will be whipped up today in between swimming lessons, grocery shopping and my niece's birthday party. The little pooper is turning 3 on halloween.

sally's baking addiction


reading nooks for kiddos

Hatley - Exclusive Web Sale - October 23rd 2013

Back by popular demand, Hatley just announced their end of season web sale to take place on October 23rd, 2013.

Every item on the site will be 30% off, except for discontinued items, which will be 50% off. No promo code will be required. As usual, ground shipping is free for orders over $50.

Customers can expect to find deals on every level of the site including our popular new women's line, our famous children's rain coats and fun pajamas. Don't forget to shop their gift section that is loaded with humorous notepads, gift cards and aprons that will keep you laughing all the way to the checkout page. This is a sale not to be missed!


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