Saturday, December 28, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The holidays are a stressful time for pretty much everyone. Around here, our lives are even more hectic because I'm working Santa photos nearly 30 hours a week, plus substitiute teaching. Some weeks I'm working 60-70 hours!
I'm definitely looking forward to vacation.
But it's not here yet. And I still have all sorts of holiday baking to do.
One of my favorite things to bake is my Pumpkin Cranberry Bread. I usually do mini loaves. Perfect for gift giving. Normally, I make my own pumpkin puree. But this year, I just didn't have the time. I really don't like the taste of canned pumpkin. At all.
When I had the chance to Become Carton Smart this year, I jumped at the chance to take a little help from the store and swap out the pumpkin puree I normally use for
I was also sent several other products I can't wait to try, including the Pacific Foods Chicken Stock which will find it's way in to my mashed potatoes.
And the Pacific Foods Cranberry Sauce, which I love to spread on sandwiches.
There are so many great things about the foods in cartons not limited to just being better tasting than cans. It's better for the environment, too!
When it came down to the recipe, I couldn't tell the difference between the fresh pumpkin and the Pacific Foods Pumpkin Puree! I was super impressed.
Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
This year, we waited far too late to take our Santa picture to actually get it on a card. With how busy I've been, I've waited too late to even look at cards.
Christmas shopping? Hahahaha Haven't even started. I imagine I'll do quite a bit of shopping Saturday night. Or Maybe even Tuesday night.
With all the craziness, there hasn't been any holiday baking. No homemade gifts... I feel like a total slacker.
I mean look how our Santa pictures turned out! And this is my JOB
The two in front didn't want to be there. They said they'd rather be studying for finals than take a photo with Santa. Danger Girl was angry because she has curls in her hair. Of course, she's always upset about her curls. I told her to blame her father. She certainly didn't get those curls from me! B and the two little girls were fine until I told them no to cinnabon.
Needless to say, they staged a mini revolt on camera.
I agreed to snap a few pics of their true feelings before making them put on their happy family faces. And, at their request, I'm only allowed to share this silly picture.
Kids are so weird.
And here's what you don't see in the picture:
Punky Brester is wearing a bright purple skirt. Little Miss' skirt is hot pink.
Punky Brewster spilled chocolate on her turtleneck, so we just turned it around. Yup. Wearing her shirt backwards!
Leelee actually put on makeup! I feel like my 15 year old daughter's idea of putting enough make up on for a picture is one for the win column. And there's some sort of anime thing going on with her pose.
My boys are wearing bow ties because bow ties are cool. The Boy's tie is pictures of the T.A.R.D.I.S. and B's is in homage to 11.
Like I said, kids are so weird.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Whenever we make one of trips north to the "big city," we love to eat at restaurants we don't have in our neck of the woods. . . Places like P.F. Chang’s, where you can get amazing Chinese food.
While I love to cook things at home, there's just something special about going out to eat with your sweetheart during the holidays. P.F. Chang's is the perfect spot for a date night.
And what do I love best about those special date night meals? Getting amazing desserts that I can't recreate at home.
Doesn't that look so amazing? Sweet Vanilla Cheese dessert wontons. I'm swooning already.
And these Chocolate Raspberry dessert wontons are equally drool worthy.
I'm having a really hard time deciding which one to try. I may make it easy on myself and just order both!
I know D will be ordering the Vanilla Bean Milkshake. He goes for the milkshakes every time we go out. He's a bit predictable that way...always ordering the same thing. I like to try new things each time, which probably explains why I've eaten so many exotic foods.
Are you totally excited to hit P.F. Chang's this holiday season? Which new menu item are you most excited to try? Help me out with my massive indecision!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
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