Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Taco Guacamole

I thought I would try this in a pinch because we were at the cabin, where I have a limited amount of seasonings on my shelf there, and forgot to buy a packet of guacamole seasoning. What I did have was an extra packet of Taco Seasoning that cost 35-cents. I used only 1/3 of the packet to 2 avocados and it made a wonderful guacamole with a light taco flavor and lots of avocado flavor. So, instead of spending $1.00+ on the guacamole seasoning, it only cost me 12-cents for part of a taco seasoning packet. I know it's not a lot of money, but every little bit saved helps.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Portland's Haunted Pizzeria - Old Town Pizza

Old Town Pizza in Portland, OR

Fantastic pizza! Plus an interesting story, of course we edited the story to what we wanted the kids to know and what we thought they could understand.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Manicure Ideas

I have had a little fun this month playing around with Halloween manicure ideas. I was trying out a few things so I could share them with my daughter and some of her friends as they had a crafty Halloween playdate.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jack O' Krispies

I am usually such a fan of Halloween and have so many decoration up and we do so many activities and projects, but this year things have been way busy and chaotic but I make time so that my son and I could make these Jack O' Krispie treats (actually the name came from a friend whom I had given one to and she called them this and I like it, so that is what they are!)

Jack O' Krispies
6 C Crisp Rice Cereal
1/4 C Butter
10 oz. Marshmallows
Red and Yellow Food Coloring
6 Tootsie Rolls
12 Green JuJu Candies
Wilton Icing

Directions: Melt butter and marshmallows in the microwave until butter is melted and marshmallows are double in size. Stir in food coloring to create an orange color. Stir in cereal. Allow to cool slightly before handling. With greased hands, shape in to 12 pumpkins. Cut Tootsie Rolls in half. Press Tootsie Rolls and Juju Candies in to place while the treat is still warm. Decorate with icing when treat has cooled.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Laurie Berkner Solo! Concert in the Twin Cities

My kids were so excited were able to go to the Laurie Berkner Solo! Concert at Beth El Synagogue in the Twin Cities to post a review. I mentioned in my review post of "The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band" CD, her latest CD release, that we have been Laurie Berkner fans for about 5 years now and this was such a fun activity to do with my children. I love being able to include them in helping me review when it is possible. During the time we talked with her during our short Meet & Greet after the concert, she mentioned that she has a Christmas CD and you better believe that will be something we are getting. The CD is called A Laurie Berkner Christmas CD. Maybe St. Nick will even bring it for the kids.

Her next concert will be on November 8th in Boston, MA where she will be performing with special guest Susie Lambert and she will continue to perform around the East Coast in NY, PA, NC, NH and NJ through February and then finishing up her tour in California in April.

Just wanted to give a little plug for Beth El Synagogue (which is a beautiful worship place and place to attend a concert) - they will be having a "Little Mermaid" dinner theatre in November on November 22nd and 23rd. Tickets are only $10 and $5 and that includes the dinner and show. You can order your tickets here.

When we entered, we bought the kids some egg shakers so they could have even more fun shaking things up at the concert. We were given a program and some picture postcards (the kids got their postcards signed by Laurie with a personalized message.)

My daughter just showing off her items she had. She was excited to be there and anxiously waiting for the concert to start when I took this picture.

This is a collage of pictures I took during the concert. All the kids there seemed to love when all the beach balls came out and they got to hit them in to the air to each other and have a party. My son couldn't help himself but get up and dance around to "Shake Your Body Down" and shake everything out. He just loves that song! My daughter was constantly adding to the concert by shaking her egg shaker and my husband felt disillusioned when he heard her sing Laurie has a "Pig on Her Head". He has heard me sing this tune MANY times to my kids over the years and changing the words and he thought I made it up. I never claimed to have made it up, but I guess he never heard anyone but me sing it to the kids so he thought it was made up by me.

This short little video I took of is when Laurie was singing "Bottle Caps" to the kids after asking my son what his favorite songs were. He told her "Bottle Caps", "Cookie Bakers of the Night" and "Shake Your Body Down". My daughter told her that her favorites were "Cookie Bakers of the Night", "I'm a Mess" and "Rocketship Run". I thought it was so cool that she just started singing to them while she signed their cards and our CD, The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band.

It was so awesome that we had the chance to meet her. Although this sets the stage with the kids that they might expect that they always get to meet the artist after the concert. LOL! She was so great with the kids (would you expect any less from a kids musician?) and she asked my daughter if she was getting to old to listen to her music and my daughter told her she wasn't (my daughter is 8 1/2 and I love that she still loves Laurie Berkner music, plus I do too!) and Laurie gave her a little hug and said "I like you!" That just made my daughter light up and I thought it was such a sweet moment.

This is my favorite picture I took at the concert when we met her. It looks like my son is having a stare-off with Laurie and my daughter in the middle wondering what she is supposed to do and feeling awkward. That is totally not what is happening, I just happened to snap the camera at this moment.

After we left and were on our way home, my son reminded me he wanted to ask Laurie what her favorite song is. So, Laurie - If you happen to read this - What is your favorite song?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Athleta Unleash the SHE 10k Run

 A couple weeks ago I ran the Athleta Unleash the She 10K with a good friend of mine. Even though I had done a couple of half marathons last year, I had not done another 10K since I first started running 3 1/2 years ago; it's been almost 3 years since my last 10K, well, at least an official 10K race. Sure I have run a 10K distance several times (although not really much in the last year either since I had IT band issues.)

Anyways, earlier this year I told you about the Wild Irish Run that I did with her and was with her as she completed her first 5K. Well, this run was another running milestone for her and she completed her first official 10K race. I am so proud of her! And so happy I can be along with her for this journey. Next up for us will be a new milestone for both of us as we complete our first Indoor Triathalon.

I have to admit I am quite nervous about it and needed someone to be nervous with me to get signed up or I would keep putting it off. This Indoor Triathalon will be on November 2nd, so soon! We signed up the night after finished the 10K, still coming off from that runner's high and feeling good about stuff. I just need to get this first triathalon out of the way and see what I think so that I am more comfortable doing more of them.

The top picture is when we had just finished the race and were still smiling. :) So happy that my friend gets me and understands I have a need for race selfies. Ha!

Anyways, I wanted to say a bit about this race and the course. I hand picked this race for us because I wanted my friend to have an awesome 10K race experience. For us, it was a little bit of a drive to get to it, but that is really the only thing that wasn't ideal. I can't control the weather but we ended up with wonderful running weather in the mid-upper 40s with full sun. I picked this race because the 10K and 5K were limited at a total of 2500 entrants. I didn't want an overwhelmingly large race for her. Plus, when I looked it up, it looked like a flat course and it was! Flat and mostly paved trails. Oh, I also need to mention I picked it because it was an all women race. I had never done an all women race before, but I know sometimes it can be intimidating running next to men as well. Also, this race gives $5 of every race entry directly to MOCA (Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Association).

So, if you are looking for a really nice 10K race next fall, check out the Athleta Unleash the SHE 10 and 5K in Blaine. The race is also complected in Rochester on April 26th next year (not sure what the course is like), as well as in Ann Arbor, MI.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Use a Cork as a Picture Stand

I wanted these hand painted decorative tiles (that tutorial is coming next month!) and wanted them to be able to stand up on their own, so I thought I would hot glue some wine corks on the back. The bottom you can see that I glues them about a 1/2" from the bottom. I didn't need to modify thecork in any ways, just glue it on and then when you stand it upright it leans back slightly on to the cork and stands up the tile.