Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday Favorites

Since it is Fall and all I thought I would share my favorite soups for Friday Favorites.  Unfortunately we haven't had many soup nights here but fingers crossed that that changes in the next week or two.  
If you love soups be sure to give some of these, if not all of these a try. We love them around here!

I make this soup every year for Halloween night, usually in advance and freeze it and I make A LOT so we are stocked through the cold months.
We also like this version of Tomato Soup as well, if we run out of our freezer stock I will make this one to switch things up a bit.

this soup is easy and delicious what more could you ask for?

Kayla loves chicken noodle soup so I make this especially for her.  I follow this recipe except I use store bought chicken stock, shhhh don't tell Ina!

all of the veggies just makes me feel healthy and the cannellini beans give it such a hearty flavor but make sure you make the baguette croutons to go with it.

I never knew kale was so delicious until I made this soup, seriously the kale makes this soup.  I would say it's one of my favorites but really I love all of these soups the same except....

This is my favorite, in fact it's the entire families favorite well minus Brooklyn but she rarely eats anything at dinner anyway.  Kayla has been requesting this since August and I have yet to make it because it has not been cold enough here.  This soup calls for the perfect weathered day and I'm hoping that is in the next few weeks!  I don't add the bell peppers in since hubby and Kayla aren't fans but it is served in a bread bowl just as the recipe shows and is AMAZING!  You really must try it.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Where in the world has the month of October gone??!!  I can't believe Halloween is less than two weeks away, before we know it it'll be time to pull out the bins of Christmas decorations....eeek!
Okay no more stressing myself out, this month has been so laid back as far as weekends go.  We've had a few things to do here and there but there has been a lot of family time lounging around which is exactly the way I like it!
Last week the weather finally decided to cool off and by cool off I mean 70's or 80's.  I guess I won't complain it's better than the high 90's we started the month out in.  Anywho since the weather cooperated with my liking we took advantage of it by eating dinner outside, riding bikes or scooters and playing outside until bath time!

Who doesn't love a delicious meal served al fresco?

Brooklyn and I walked, well I walked and she scootered to Kayla's school for pick up and along the way her bff pulled up with her mom and we asked if she wanted to ride Kayla's scooter to pick up.  These two are like peas in a pod together, love watching their crazy girly selves.

Kayla and Brooklyn were having way too much fun making up their own games to play in the backyard to make them come inside so outside they played until bath and bedtime.

Kayla off to school, she still loves it and is doing awesome.  The other day she got an award from the state for her outstanding dedication and kindness in the classroom.

Since Brooklyn is only at school twice a week we get to spend oodles of time together.  She still loves all things girly and is usually found decorating the family room with her 68 barbie dolls or dressing up her stuffed animals.

Our home is decorated and ready for Halloween and the plan is to take some pictures to share with you all by next week. 

Also I have added a few 5x7 prints to the shop, I love changing out pictures around our home and thought these were a fun way to switch it up for the upcoming holidays.  I'll be adding more throughout the week so be sure to check back.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Saturday Family Day

Saturday afternoon we took the girls to the Lewis Family Playhouse to see their first play, The 3 Little Pigs.  They were so excited and could not wait for it to start.  There was a minute by minute countdown going on until it began.  It was so fun watching their faces throughout the entire play.  Kayla was at the edge of her seat most of the time and Brooklyn would clap so hard at the end of each scene I thought she was going to hurt her hands.  We all loved the play, it was very cute and funny!   After it was over Brooklyn insisted we meet the cast and that her and Kayla take some pictures with them.  After the girls got to meet and take their pictures with the pigs and the big bad wolf we went out to dinner.  It was such an amazing day, the girls were so well behaved and so much fun to be with.  

I definitely think we'll be going to more plays in the future!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Since the girls were out of school on Monday and hubby also had the day off we got up and headed out to the pumpkin patch to get some pics and pick out some cute pumpkins.  I always love the colors that the pumpkins on the vines add to pictures so I look forward to taking these pictures every year.  This year though the area where we usually take pictures was closed off and not open yet to the public and I knew the girls were not going to walk far enough to get to an area that was open so I settled for what I could get and went on with the day.

Daddy was behind me doing who knows what to get these girl to smile, obviously it was working!

My corny girls,

After taking a few pictures we headed over to the pumpkin aisles.  I love all the varieties of pumpkins they have every year.  The girls each get to pick out a pumpkin and I usually pick a few as well.  My only rule is no orange pumpkins.....we can go to Trader Joe's and get those for $2.99 no need to spend $10.00- $20.00 for one here!

Kayla was all about the wheel barrel, she was happy to push around our pumpkins all morning.

Not quite sure if she understood me when I said pumpkin but this is what she ended up with and she was not about to change it out for any of the other 58 I recommended!!

She was in a hurry to get everyone else out of the pumpkin aisles so she could make her way over to climb the hay barrels.

I'm amazed I got this picture of both of them at the top because once Brooklyn got to the top she was freaking out and just like the last 2 years daddy had to climb up and help a crying Brooklyn down.

Okay these scarecrow pictures might just be my favorite because look at those faces, for some reason they both look younger to me here and I'm not gonna lie I wish they were!!!

Well here is what ended up with,
 my big pumpkins holding their little pumpkins that they chose this year.

See ya next year pumpkin patch!