Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The BEST Pumpkin Bread Recipe EVER.



Every year at this time I feel the need to re-share my Pumpkin bread recipe. It's hands down my favorite and I feel like EVERYONE should benefit from it's goodness. Plus - - it makes your house smell super yummy and who doesn't love that?

Yummy! Yummy! PUMPKIN BREAD

Beat 5 eggs

Add:
1 1/3 cup oil
1 - 16 oz. can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
2 - 3 oz. pkgs of instant vanilla pudding

Mix until creamy.
{Side note: I also hate the word creamy.}
Add nuts, raisins or my fave..chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour.

Makes 2 9x5 loaf pans
or
5 2x3 loaf pans
OR
24 muffins.

{If you're making muffins...cooking time will be cut back to around 15-20 minutes.  Just keep an eye em.}

Pacakge em up with some strips of wrapping paper and festive ribbon and you've got yourself a very simple neighbor/friend gift that you can deliver to some of your favorite peeps.



Monday, September 26, 2016

Fun Finds Friday {on Monday}.

Wal-mart {yes, Wal-mart!} has some super cute Halloween stuff right now. 


Love these BIG plates.
They're the perfect size for a soup bowl AND some salad or a sandwich.


Reversible banner!
Genius.


This jack-O-lantern pattern is hands down my favorite and they have it on LOTS and LOTS of serving pieces.

Over at TJ Maxx I spotted THE CUTEST little Halloween costume....


If you have a 2 or 3 year old girl - - you really should consider dressing her up as this gumball machine.  SO darling!

Blast from the past...


Joe and I were JUST telling the kids about how much we LOVED 'Ecto Cooler' juice boxes back in the day.

Lo and behold - - they have 'em at Fry's {our local grocery store} now!!!! I bought some up and my kids LOVED them too! So fun.

Over at Michaels - - -


I fell in love with these paper plates.
{In their $1.50 bins}


And these notecards...so pretty!

Lastly....at Hobby Lobby...


Adorable 'leftover' boxes to send home with guests on Thanksgiving. 

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

This Weekend:

* Friday morning I took a trip into Phoenix with my mom to visit my very favorite cake decorating store ever.


This place has EVERYTHING and ANYTHING you could possibly need for your baking needs.  I LOVE it! 

Afterwards we hit up Michaels...


SUCH cute stuff all over this store right now.

We stopped in for lunch at NYPD Pizza...


Their 'Soho Salad' is where it's at.
{Don't worry - - it really does come with lettuce. I just snarfed most of it down. Oh -- and it comes on a pizza crust.  If that's not a match made in heaven, I don't know what is!}

* Friday night we attended our ward's Elders Quorum party.


So fun, great turnout and DELISH food.
BBQ ribs, dutch oven chicken, homemade mac n cheese....
I ate way too much. {Shocking, I know}.

* Most of Saturday was spent in my craft room and doing laundry. London and I headed over to my mom and dad's house Saturday night to watch the General Womens Broadcast and have dinner. 


I left a better person after hearing the words of these sisters and President Uchtdorf. 

OH MY GOSH - - President Uchtdorf's talk!!!!!!!
4th floor, last door!!!!!

It's as if he spoke directly to my heart.

* Sunday morning London begged me to pull out our fall and Halloween decorations.  My living room now looks like the 4th of July threw up on Halloween.

We ran out of time before church and I have a feeling this is going to be like a 2 day task for me. {This is only HALF of the mess!}

* Churchey-church on Sunday afternoon.


These sweet gems performed in our annual Primary Program and I'm not gonna lie - - I was a blubbering mess thru it all!!!

Hearing my kids sing their testimony of our Savior and the scriptures just gives me ALL the feels, ya know?

So proud of them and all that they are learning and becoming in life. 

* Dinner at my sister's house afterwards with fun friends.
Carne asada tacos and YUM!!!!! so delish. 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 
One more week until our fall break begins!
Lots to get done before the kiddies are home 24-7 again.
So happy that temps are starting to cool down a bit - - I so love this time of year!

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