Bizz & BooBoo

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My October Absence… and a visit to the Pumpkin Farm! October 20, 2011

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Well October and fall arrived….. and my blog diminished!

No particular reason, I was doing so well keeping up on 4-5 posts per week, and then I missed a few days, and a few more… and then the not writing blog posts habit must have began. They say it takes 7 days to form a habit, right? So now I will work to write a new post for the next 7 (or so) days and get back to the grind 🙂

This past weekend we visited a local pumpkin patch at TJ Farms with my husband’s parents and we had a wonderful time.

We are ready to go Mom!

I just love these little wagons they have, they are so fun!

So many pumpkins, so little time!

BooBoo was playing the drums on this one.

And Bizz found his pumpkin!

Caught this moment just before they both started looking away and wandering off!

BooBoo was having the time of her life riding while big brother pulled the wagon loaded with pumpkins!

The Pumpkin Thief strikes again…

And the whole family in the barn!

Happy Halloween

And a quick flashback… the below two pictures were taken last year (2010) at TJ Farms when hubby and I took Bizz & BooBoo!

*Sidenote – how weird is it that I wore the exact same shirt last year and this year. Didn’t even realize until I pulled up these pictures.

What are your favorite halloween traditions?

I am looking forward to hubby and Bizz carving some jack-o-lanterns and to trick-or-treating with the kids at Grampy and YaYa’s house!

~Jesse

PS – Thanks to my wonderful father in law for taking a lot of the pictures you see in this post 🙂 My camera cohort-in-action!

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And a couple blog giveaways to check out if you are interested:

Thirty-One Gifts Utility Tote Giveaway – Being Frugal & Making it Work: Ends 10/24

A Very Merry Christmas Barney DVD – Being Frugal & Making it Work: Ends 10/30

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Giveaways & Discount Codes 10/13! October 13, 2011

Filed under: Giveaways,Weekly Linky — bizzandbooboo @ 12:35 pm
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Here is the weekly when I get a chance giveaway links post!

Let me know if you win anything, it will make me smile

Giveaways! (If you would like your giveaway added next week please contact me!)

As always good luck, it is just too much fun to win stuff 🙂

And here are some more coupon codes/special deals that I’ve found to share with all of you! Hopefully it may be a code you can use for something you want or need! Here they are:

  • landsends.com – $10 off purchase of $50 or more + free shipping. Expires 10/15/11. CODE: SIMPLE11   PIN:6212
  • JustKidCostumes.com – 10% off purchase. Expires 10/16/11 – CODE: BLOGGER10
  • j.jill.com – $25 off purchase of $100 or more. Expires 10/31/11 – CODE: MM1011
  • crazy8.com – 20% off purchase. Expires 10/31/11 – CODE: 11XQ6HRLM289724
  • Prairie Moon Nursery – $10 off orders of $50 or more. Expires 11/1/11 – CODE: FALL2011

~Jesse

PS – Vote for me through Picket Fence Blogs daily by clicking the “We’re on the Fence” button to your right! This will help get my blog out to more people and hopefully help me start to host more giveaways! Thanks!!

Disclaimer statement: Most of these giveaways I post about I am able to gain extra entries in return to increase my chances of winning. All opinions and the decision to share the links are my own! I am not being paid to share the promo codes and I have not even been in contact with these companies, I just have gotten these codes in the mail, online or in magazines I have been perusing and thought I’d share :)

 

Wordless Wednesday – An Apple Day October 5, 2011

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Hello! Sorry I have been somewhat missing lately on here…. busy with a lot of projects right now and some other things that have come up as well. More to come on that later (hopefully!)

But, I wanted to at least get a post or two in this week – and what better way than Wordless Wednesday.

This past Saturday we visited my parents and attended their town’s Apple Festival. Then went to their house and harvested their apple tree and made some pie 🙂

BooBoo enjoying the fruits of our labor!

Bizz picking some apples!

 

A cool bug on one of the apples!

Some harvesting love.

 

Bizz is such a good helper!!

The pie is ready to cook thanks to Grandma & Grandpa!

 
Yum….

Have a beautiful day!

 
~Jesse
 
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Thankful Thursday – 9/29/2011! September 29, 2011

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I am thankful….

for my amazing family (beyond my hubby, Bizz & BooBoo)

I am thankful for my parents – who have always loved me for who I am and encouraged me to live my life and be happy, no matter what paths it may lead and where it may take me! I am so grateful to live close to them and have them still be such a regular part of my life!

 

I am thankful for my sister – my friend. With a 7 year age gap between us, my sister and I were long distance sisters and friends for a long time as I grew up. But now, we live closer to each other and I am so grateful to the friend, amazing Auntie, mud race partner, fashion consultant, and pizza, perogie & venison loving sister that I have!

I am thankful for my brother. Again with a large age gap there has been more time my brother and I have been apart then together throughout our lives. But my brother is one of those people who I know if I ever needed something – he would be there for me, without a doubt, without a second thought, without question. He inspires me with his deep involvement in the lives of his children and his dedication to his family.

I am thankful for my second parents (I guess most people call them in-laws). I truly have the most amazing parents in-law that a girl could ever ask for. From the moment I met them they treated me like family (along with the joking and loving). They are some of the most generous & kind people, parents and grandparents that I know. When I hear others talking about “dreading” a day with their in-laws or a visit with them I can’t help but always think quietly to myself of how very lucky I am!

What are you thankful for today?

~Jesse

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Homemade Play Dough! September 28, 2011

Making homemade play dough is one of the most simple and most fun activities to do with your children!

It costs very little, and most of the ingredients you probably already have in your house!

This is the recipe I use:

Kool-Aid Play Dough

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 pkg unsweetened kool-aid
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup boiling water

*Side note – my son thinks that kool aid packages are for the purpose of making play dough because we don’t drink that stuff!

Directions: Mix dry ingredients while water is heating up. Add oil and boiling water. Knead for 5-10 minutes or until dough like consistency. Store in airtight container!

It is really neat to make because when you mix the dry ingredients you don’t really see the color granules from the kool aid – and then as you slowly pour in the boiling water make sure your child is watching, because like magic the mixture turns into the color of the kool-aid!

Bizz adding the green kool aid to one mixture (we made two batches)!

I let Bizz help me add all the dry ingredients and mix them well. Then I added the boiling water and mixed with a fork for a few minutes until it was cool enough to touch. Then we took turns kneading it!

Both bowls after the hot water was added - Blue & Green!

Here is the dough after being mixed before being kneaded.

 

Bizz showing off the finished product!

Have fun and go make some play dough!!!

~Jesse

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Coconut Macaroons – Fail, kind of. September 27, 2011

Filed under: Food,Recipes — bizzandbooboo @ 8:04 am
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After making carbonara for dinner the other night I was left with 4 egg yolks, as with anything I hate to waste food that is perfectly good. What can I do with 4 egg whites, what can I do?

Coconut Macaroons from Nourishing Traditions!!

So I pulled out my trusty Nourishing Traditions Cookbook (if you have never perused Nourishing Traditions – you must – it is a bible of sorts for real and traditional foods and how to prepare them!)

I found the macaroon recipe –

Macaroons

Yield: 2 dozen

  • 4 egg whites
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups commercial dried unsweetened coconut meat, finely cut

Directions: Line baking sheet with buttered parchment paper. Beat egg whites with salt until stiff peaks form. Beat in arrowroot and slowly beat in syrup and vanilla. Fold in coconut. Drop by spoonfuls on parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees for about 1/2 hour until lightly browned. Turn oven down to 200 degrees and bake another hour or so until macaroons are completely dry & crisp. Let cool completely before removing from parchment paper.

Sounds easy enough right!

First I mixed my egg whites to stiff peaks with a pinch of sea salt!

Then I added in the arrowroot powder and mixed well, then added the syrup and vanilla. Though I had a hard time getting the syrup to “mix” well with the egg whites. The egg whites are so light and the syrup so heavy that it seems to want to just flow to the bottom – and I did not want to over-mix it and kill the fluffiness of the egg whites. So I mixed them in the best I could!

Finally it was time to fold in the coconut! The batter looked pretty good at this point.

Until I started to spoon it onto the cookie sheet.

The first few were okay, then they got really runny and did not stay together at all.

The batter was so runny after I had spooned 3/4 of them out that I got out some of the coconut chips I had and added them to make it stay together a little more.

This is what went into the oven, you can see the ones I added the coconut chips to that stayed together more and look clumpier:

And here was the finished product:

Thee upside was that they tasted pretty good – they were a little dry, I think I could have cooked them a little less at 200 degrees. But the kids loved them, as did hubby and I!

Maybe next time I will use half coconut chips and half finely cut coconut meat.

~Jesse

*Shared on Traditional Tuesdays: Nutritious & Delicious 9/27/2011!

*Shared on Nourishing Gourmet Pennywise Platter 9/29/2011!

*Shared on Real Food Whole Health Fresh Bites Friday 9/30/2011!

 

Giveaways & Discount Codes 9/24! September 24, 2011

Here is the weekly giveaway links post!

Let me know if you win anything, it will make me smile

Giveaways! (If you would like your giveaway added next week please contact me!)

Sorry I don’t have many to share this week – it’s been a busy week.

As always good luck, it is just too much fun to win stuff 🙂

And here are some more coupon codes/special deals that I’ve found to share with all of you! Hopefully it may be a code you can use for something you want or need! Here they are:

  • Coldwatercreek.com – $25 off purchase of $100 or more. Expires 9/30/11 – CODE: NZA7266
  • landsends.com – $10 off purchase of $50 or more + free shipping. Expires 10/15/11. CODE: SIMPLE11   PIN:6212
  • JustKidCostumes.com – 10% off purchase. Expires 10/16/11 – CODE: BLOGGER10
  • j.jill.com – $25 off purchase of $100 or more. Expires 10/31/11 – CODE: MM1011
  • crazy8.com – 20% off purchase. Expires 10/31/11 – CODE: 11XQ6HRLM289724
  • Prairie Moon Nursery – $10 off orders of $50 or more. Expires 11/1/11 – CODE: FALL2011

~Jesse

PS – Vote for me through Picket Fence Blogs daily by clicking the “We’re on the Fence” button to your right! This will help get my blog out to more people and hopefully help me start to host more giveaways! Thanks!!

Disclaimer statement: Most of these giveaways I post about I am able to gain extra entries in return to increase my chances of winning. All opinions and the decision to share the links are my own! I am not being paid to share the promo codes and I have not even been in contact with these companies, I just have gotten these codes in the mail, online or in magazines I have been perusing and thought I’d share :)