Monday, October 31, 2011

Wyatt On Halloween

Hope you had a wonderful October 31st!
I did!
My Halloween adventure started when my boss let us all off an hour early so we wouldn't be on the road while the trick or treaters were out so I took advantage of the extra time to run to Meijer to buy 3 more bags of candy along with a few other items.

10 bags total
$2 each at Meijer = $20
- (4) $1.50 off 1 bag coupons
- (4) $1.00 off 1 bag coupons
- (2) Buy 2 Get 1 Free coupons
Grand total for 10 bags of candy = $6 plus tax
Very glad I waited until yesterday and today to buy my candy - I knew if it was in the house I would eat. Which I did. And will continue to do since I saved myself a few pieces.
Where I live trick or treating was 5 - 9 PM.
Such a big stretch of time! 4 hours! Some of the surrounding areas were only 5 - 7. I think it should have been 5 to 8. After 8 it just seemed so dark outside! (I was glad to see some parents actually walked with there kids.)
I got my first trick or treater at 5:40 and I ran out of candy at 8:05....
Tons of kids!
I will need to buy more candy next year.
Had fun though. Saw some good costumes. Lots of nice children thanked me. 

I decided to sit in the house to pass out candy since it was a little chilly. I turned a DVD of Everybody Loves Ray on and watched as kids came to my door. I was sure to greet them before they knocked or rang the bell.
Took a ton of pictures of Wyatt before all the action started:

I don't think he likes all the pictures, but I think he poses for me hoping it will be over quickly. :) 
Isn't he adorable??? These are all his costumes from previous years. I only made him wear them long enough to snap some pictures.

Here he is wanting in my lap.
 He kept doing this all night - watching all the action!
Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloweenie Decorations

I'm very excited for Halloween - I am looking forward to passing out candy.
In a few years I hope to be excited because I will be walking my children around the neighborhood to get their own candy. I already know I will be dressing my child up as a different animal each year. Well, the first year I want my baby to be a pumpkin. A FAT pumpkin! Then Wyatt can wear his pumpkin costume and I can take a million pictures of the two of them together. Then I would make a slide show with those pictures and the song running with it would be "Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend..."
So cute!
Now I just need a baby...
And a pumpkin outfit...
Then I will be good to go!

Last year was my first Halloween that I was actually home and had kids who lived around me so I decorated my door (I lived in an apartment) and bought full sized candy bars to make the kids who knocked on my door feel special.
***I  think I bought 6 6-packs since there wasn't a ton of kids who lived near me so it wasn't very expensive. My neighborhood kids will not be getting that big of a candy bar this year.
I had 6 trick-or-treaters.
I was so disappointed.
Thought for sure I would get at least 36!
I kept waiting for a knock on the door that never came (well actually it only came like 3 times for those 6 kids).

This year I am sure I will get lots of kids... and I will be prepared.
Prior to today I had a fake pumpkin on my front porch and 2 hanging decorations on my door and wall next to my front door.
I knew I wanted to have some more decorations so my house was appealing but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. On my lunch break earlier last week I went to the Dollar Tree to see what I could find. I found a bunch of good things.
Check out my decorations:

2 Tombstones - was going to get 3 but didn't want to overdo it.
Blowup skeleton
Flat skeleton
Paper pumpkins

My mom also gave me this light up pumpkin:
My house will definitely look more appealing now. I'll post a picture once it is decorated.
Now I just need to buy some candy and fill my pumpkin bowl. I am waiting to do this until closer to Halloween so I do not eat it all. I already know I will have a hard time not eating a lot of it.
I haven't decided if Wyatt and I will just sit outside and pass candy or if I will stay inside and wait for them to knock. I am thinking being outside will be much easier. I know my dog will bark each time someone comes.
I am also debating what to dress Wyatt up in. He has several costumes which he hates and he also has shirt costumes. The shirt might be a better option since he will be more willing to wear it all evening.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Easy Peasy White Gravy

Matt loves sausage white gravy and biscuits and had told me he wanted it for breakfast one day this weekend. Told me I should buy a packet at the grocery store to make it. (Packet is $1.17 at Meijer.) I figured this was a simple request so I added it to my shopping list.

One of my co-workers overheard me on the phone and was appalled! Okay, maybe appalled is too strong of a word...
She did tell me I should make it from scratch though since it is so simple to make.

So I did.
It was easy.
And it tasted delicious.
I figure I might as well post the directions on here in case anyone else wants to know how to make this simple breakfast gravy.

Sausage Gravy
1 Pound of Sausage
2 Tbsp of Butter
2 Tbsp of Flour
Onion Powder
Red Pepper Flakes

What to do with those ingredients:
Cook sausage.
Once cooked add butter and continue to cook for about 2 minutes or until butter is fully melted.
Stir in flour. Make sure your sausage looks dry. Add more flour if needed. (I used 3 Tbsp which I think was too much since it got a little thicker then we would have liked it.)
Add all pepper, onion powder, paprika, and red pepper flakes to taste.
Pour enough milk to cover 1/4 of pan and mix.
Continue to add milk until your white gravy is the consistency you want.
Serve on biscuits.


Very easy to make and cheaper than buying the $1.17 packet from the grocery store. Next up, I need to learn how to make homemade biscuits. I wonder how hard those are to make???

On a side note, while at the Glendale festival Matt and I tried this coffee.
I don't even like coffee and I thought this stuff was good.
It claims to be 18 servings and you only need 2 tsp. However, that is for 6 ounces and who really only drinks that small amount? We both had a mug full and each used 3 spoon fulls.
At $20 for 3 packets, we will need to find something else to drink once these are gone.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fort Duffield in KY

I have driven by this place before and we finally decided to stop here and check it out after going to the Glendale Festival. The volunteers here have maintained the grounds and have even built a few replicas of some of the buildings.
This fort was established during the Civil War.
Was never attacked.
In 2 weeks it will be 150 years old.
 These are small replicas - the size of the rooms are correct, but the height is not. They were small spaces and we were told about 6 men would bunk in each cabin. Not sure how 6 men actually slept in these since they were tiny.

We met a very nice volunteer worker who told us all about the facts surrounding the place.
We were told these replicas are 15 and 18 years old.

This is how weapon materials were stored.
This is how the roof of the building looked - it shows how the fire warmed up the entire house instead of burning down the place down. I would go into detail, but I do not want to mess up what I was told since I do not think I can adequately explain it.
 I don't remember everything we learned.
I do know all these mounds and trenches were man made and were made within a quick amount of time.
45 days I think.
 Cool cannon!
Going here was tough. From the spot we parked we had to walk what claimed to be 1/4 mile but we think was 1/2 mile STRAIGHT UP!
Straight up a hill!
I thought I was going to die! I had to stop twice because I am so out of shape.
Very embarrassing!
But it is what it is!

(I'm sneaky - this is a scheduled post!)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Glendale Crossing Festival 2011

Matt and I had a WONDERFUL day!
This has been the first day in a long time that we spent most of the day out doing something other then shopping.
Got lots of walking in as well.

I have decided to break up what we did into two separate blog posts so I have more to talk about. He he he!

We started off the day with this yummy bacon casserole which is the exact same recipe for the sausage casserole, but obviously with different meat.
Was yummy and this loaf portion was just enough so we didn't have any leftovers.

I had read about the Glendale Crossing Festival (which ended up being less then an hour away) so we decided to head out there for fun and food.
I had lots of fun walking around looking at all the crafts. Oh the crafts! Even bought a few items that I forgot to take a picture of - guess I'll have to show you them later.
So glad we went!
 This town was very cute with all of the old buildings...
 Someone even had a lama at the festival.
 I want to make these cool looking pumpkins!
Doesn't look hard at all!
 I am hoping Matt and I can talk his mommy into making one of these adorable blankets for our future baby.
How cute are they?
Someone bought the green one - at least it was gone when we walked by them a second time.
More neat crafts...
I wanna make some of these Hill Billy Wine Glasses!
I LOVE this idea! 
And I am pretty sure I can buy them items at the Dollar Store.
Look very easy to make, right?
I saw many other crafts I would have liked to buy or make, but I enjoyed walking around looking more then I did taking pictures. Although now I wish I had taken more pictures since I am unable to remember all the lovaly things I saw. 
Can't wait to go to the festival in the Spring!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Finally Used It!

After buying a KitchenAid mixer (about a month ago), I have finally taken it out of the box and used it!
So pretty, right?
Will look even better when one day I have stainless steel appliances.
I should have used it sooner - it is AWESOME!


More cool then I could every describe!

No wonder Boggers always seem to bake so much. It takes all the work out of it!
Well worth the money!
I literally just dumped the ingredients into the mixer while it mixed.

I made some oatmeal butterscotch cookies. Would have also made chocolate chip cookies, but I ran out of brown sugar. I'll stop at Kroger tomorrow and get some more.
Now I need to start looking up recipes to use my mixer more often.

Yesterday I did a little decorating for Halloween in my living room and kitchen:

I'll leave you with 2 pictures of my cute little baby boy: