Friday, September 30, 2011

My week.

Testing out her new 'get-up'.  I can't seem to pry it off of her!!!


Things I've been up to:

* hosting {small} baby shower at my house.  I made Oreo truffles...please tell me you all know about these.  They are divine.  If not...please let me know so I can post the recipe.  It's a must.

* gearing up for fall break.  Excited - to be able to sleep in and not rush out the door every morning.  Not so excited - to run errands and perform my 'daily' routine with all 3 kids.  Must think of things to do.  It starts today at 3.  And goes for a good 2 1/2 weeks!

*seeing the movie MONEYBALL and DOLPHIN TALE.  Both EXCELLENT.  Highly recommend them BOTH! 

* gathering ideas for Halloween-ish parties and activities.

* catching up on my DVR.  Modern Family and The Middle should be on everyone's MUST WATCH list.  And so should Parenthood.

* taking the boys to baseball practice and games.  Coach pitch this year.  I thank my lucky stars that I had them close together and they can be on the SAME team every year!  Phew!

* drinking lots of Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Coke.  I just can't help myself.

* cleaning and de-junking our Toy Room.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Conference Weekend recipes.

Image via Google.

This weekend just happens to be one of my very favorites.  General Conference weekend.  For us Mormons...it consists of staying home on Sunday and watching church on TV.  In our pajamas.  And it is bliss.  We get to hear OUR PROPHET speak amongst many other knowledgeable and inspired men and women in our church. {To see my one of my favorite messages from Pres. Monson click HERE}.

I always {extra} enjoy cooking on Conference weekend.  Especially a BIG breakfast.  Usually I make my Cinnamon Roll Casserole.  It gets gobbled up very quickly.  I've shared this recipe before but it is definitely worth the re-share for those that missed it.  And plus...it's like super simple.

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

2 packages Pillsbury tube cinnamon rolls {the skinny tube...not the fat one}
1 cube butter
1 cup brown sugar

Pour 1/2 cube melted butter into a 9x13 pan.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup brown sugar over the butter.  Cut cinnamon rolls into chunks and drop into 9x13 pan.  Drizzle the other 1/2 cup melted butter on top of hte cinnamon rolls.  Sprinkle with the other 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Bake according to the directions on the cinnamon roll package {however...mine usually take about 22 minutes to bake}! Cook until edges are golden brown.  Drizzle with the 2 remaining icing cans.  {I heat this for about 10 seconds in the microwave so it drizzles easy}.



This year...thanks to PINTEREST...I have NEW recipes to try.  And I am quite excited because MOST of them involve Pumpkin.  Which means one thing and one thing only.  Fall is officially HERE.  Yahoo!  Here's whats on my list to test out:














And then for dessert...yes....I think dessert after breakfast is a must on these Sundays :)




Sunday, September 25, 2011

M&M of Conference.

I wanted to give my Young Women a little something to motivate them to watch General Conference next week.  {Not sure what General Conference is?  Click HERE to learn more.} M&Ms were on sale at my local grocery store so I picked those up and came up with this:



I made up some tags and added the fabric tape as a border.  I taped them onto the back side of each package of M&Ms.


I passed them around opening exercises along with THIS and THIS from Sugardoodle.  I encouraged each of them to work on their Personal Progress next weekend while watching Conference. There is SO much they can accomplish WHILE watching the apostles speak! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Halloween decor.


I pulled out my Halloween decor today.  Now I've got piles and piles of boxes to unload with black and white everything to scatter around my house.  To see some of my favorite additions to the collection from last year....click HERE.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Random Wednesday {posted on Thursday}.

Game face.  Go Cards!


* The 'Beibs' is coming out with a Christmas CD this holiday season.  And as if that isn't good enough news....it will feature a guest appearance track from Boyz to Men.  Christmas wishes REALLY DO come true!

* I bought a new vacuum last week and I am in love.  Oreck XL baby.  It does wonders.  {Did you know I have OCD with vaccuming my family room floor?  You wouldn't really ever be able to tell however since the carpet in my family room looks disgusting and needs to be replaced.}

* Speaking of messy and disgusting...the inside of my car needs some serious cleaning.  Joe always jokes that there's chicken nuggets in there from 2004.  I kind of consider my car the 'Pig Pen' of Charlie Brown.  Doors open... and wrappers and shoes fall out from it being so gross in there.  Not proud of it.  Not proud at all.  Willing to clean it?  Eh.

* It's time to potty train London.  For reals this time.  Bleh!

* Have you tried the red velvet cake at Liberty Market in Gilbert?  It's pretty much to die for.  {Hmmm..maybe that's where Joe and I will be going on our date night tonight.}

* So glad to see Kate Gosselin end her TV run.  Those poor, poor kids.  How many of them do you think will write a book when they get older?  

* Do you get the Oriental Trading magazine?  I always like to thumb through it for crafty kids ideas.  Here's my question though.  Why on earth do they find it necessary to put a 'Christian' spin on everything?  Don't get me wrong...I LOVE my religion and all...but is it REALLY necessary to put a religious twist on Halloween???  Or St. Patricks Day?  It just doesn't seem to fit for me, no?

* I found myself cleaning the other day and listening to the all 90s Pandora station.  I really AM 'middle aged' now.  Memories of college and high school were flowing through my brain.  And I liked it :) I always remind Joe...'we're not YOUNG and HIP anymore'.  Lets just deal with it! {Wink}.

* I have another Facebook pet peeve.  This one is a big one.  It's when spouses get all gushy on FB about their significant other.  Seriously?  I mean....really?  I don't mind the occasional compliment.  But calling them 'SEXY BEASTS' or 'SO INCREDIBLY HOT I CAN'T STAND IT?'  Umm...that should kind of be saved for a personal text.  Or email even.  Or hey...how about you tell them that at night when you get ready for bed?  The whole world does not need to know this.  We really just don't care how much you love your husband. It's nice and all...but should be let known on a private basis. Period.

*That probably ruffled some feathers.  So I'm done now.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Spa Night.

Last night for our weekly Young Womens church activity, we held a Spa Night for the girls and their moms.  I had so much fun planning this one and I think the girls had a FUN time!  Care to take a peek at the festivities?



I chose a hot pink, black and white color scheme.  



I scored the pink and white bowls for 70% off in the Target $ bins. That's right...just 30 cents a bowl!  The smaller ones came in a package of FOUR for 30 cents.  Double score!  The place mats are just 12 x 12 pieces of scrap book paper.  The mirrors came from a friend of mine who has sold Mary Kay.


The girls sat across from their moms and after some instruction by an experienced nail tech...their task was to give their moms a manicure.  

The second part of the evening was all about homemade facials and proper skin care.


I made up an exfoliating face mask that consisted of:  4 strawberries, 1/4 cup yogurt and then a dash of oatmeal to add consistency.  The moms had the task of applying the mask onto their girls.


They were then asked to stay put for 10 minutes to let the mask soak in. Don't they looked relaxed? {Smile}.



Party Favors {because EVERY party must have some, right?}:





I made a Lemon Hand Scrub which consisted of sugar, kosher salt, olive oil and lemon zest with a dash of lemon extract.   I found the 1/2 pint jars at Target.




 I jazzed up the water bottles with matching scrapbook paper, flowers and jewels. 




Finger foods were served and wa-lah!   A night full of pampering AND fun!  Love my cute church girls!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthday gift idea + Happy Birthday Uncle Will.

This is Uncle Will.

Will married Joe's cute sister Jenny and we are so lucky to have him in our family. The kids idolize him.  Whenever we have a Coombs family gathering...they always want to be close to Uncle Will.  He does super funny impressions. {My favorite is of Glenn Bleck}.  Once a long time ago, he and Jenny babysat our kids and Will and Grant took funny pictures of themselves with my camera {hence the above photo}.  And yes Will..there's more where this came from!

We celebrated his birthday tonight at Joe's Farm Grill {Mmmmmm} and here is what the kids and I  came up with as for a little somethin-somethin to give him:



Who doesn't like candy on their birthday, right?  We filled a basket full of candy-grams with 'Things we Love about Uncle Will'.  Some of my favorites were:







True story.  He waited in line over night for the grand opening of a Carls Jr. right by his house just so he could get free meals for a year.  Pretty impressive, no?



Hands down my favorite.  In case you're wondering....my kids watch the movie 'Elf' A LOT around the holidays and this is their FAVORITE line.

Happy Birthday Will.  Thanks for being such a FUN uncle!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thai Night +a yummy recipe.



Last night we got together with some of our most favorite friends for  Recipe Club. The Greene's hosted and did not disappoint.  The theme: Thai food.  It was DEE-LISH! Didn't Tiff set the tables so clever-ishly cute?  Notice the lucky bamboo plants?  Not only did they serve as centerpieces...but ALSO party favors!  Yes, we each got to take one home.  How lucky were WE?


Tiff made a Peanut-Ginger Chicken with California Salsa {recipe to follow} all served over a yummy brown rice.



The salsa was super yummy.  It calls for mangoes but since I am deathly allergic to those...Tiff made a special batch just for me and substituted PEACHES!  Mmmmm.


The peanut-ginger sauce was hands down my FAVORITE!



As for the sides....we had roasted asparagus and I brought a spinach salad.


This salad is SUPER easy.  I used:  bag of romaine lettuce, bag of spinach, 1 can of mandarin oranges, cooked and crumbled bacon, craisins, chopped cucumbers and sliced red onion.  I usually make a dressing to go with it but ran out of time.  Don't worry..it goes GREAT with the bottled version of: poppyseed, raspberry vinagrette OR Ranch.


I know, I know...I brag all the time...but seriously...we have the BEST friends in the world!


The hostess with the Mostess and Molly.


Brooke. Me.  Bec.


Molly.  Oh Molly! So sad that you and Jimmy have to move.  For now, I will continue to pretend that it just isn't happening.

So here's the deal.  You must try this recipe.  You can thank me {well..Tiffany really since it's hers!} later because it is YUM-MY!

Peanut-Ginger Chicken with California Salsa

Marinade:
1 c hot water
1 c peanut butter
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c soy sauce
4 Tbs canola oil
4 Tbs vinegar
8 cloves garlic, minced
4 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp ground red pepper

In a small mixing bowl, gradually stir hot water into peanut butter {the mixture will stiffen at first}. Stir in the remaining ingredients.  Place 6-8 chicken breasts in ziplock type bag with about 1/3 marinade.  Store the remaining 2/3 of marinade in tupperware {you'll be using it as your 'peanut sauce' to serve over the chicken cooked}. Refrigerate your chicken for several hours or overnight.

California Salsa:

2 c diced mango {or in my case....peaches}
2 c chopped, seeded cucumber
2 green onion, thinly sliced
4 Tbs snipped parsley
4 Tbs snipped cilantro
4 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs canola oil
2 Tbs vinegar

Make salsa 1 to 2 hours prior to dinner.  Mix all ingredients; cover and refrigerate.  

Grill chicken.  Serve your chicken with steamed rice, peanut sauce and California salsa.  

Going Away Gift idea.


One of my besties is moving and I am NOT happy about it. Her husband didn't even ask my opinion before they made their decision...isn't that rude?!? I would've kept her here in a heartbeat, had I any say!
Last night was our last hoo-rah at recipe club {details on that to follow}. We all wanted to chip in and give her something but didn't want it to be anything too big as she's having to pack everything away.  We settled on a gift card to Home Goods.  I wanted to present it someway cute....and this is what I came up with.  {Remember THIS post from my old blog?  It gave me the idea.}





I used a Target tin that I picked up around Easter time and stuffed it with floral foam.  I poked all of the suckers everywhere that would fit {almost 2 bags} and then spread my crinkle paper around to cover up the foam.  I used tall lollipop sucker sticks to tape the gift card and tag onto.  Easy peasy.  


Linking up to CRAFT-O-MANIAC HERE!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Halloween Costumes and a funny clip.

Usually my kids start deciding what they want to 'BE' for Halloween like in July.  This year though...they honestly didn't start talking about it until just this month.  Which is good....because MOST of the time....whatever costume it is that they pick in July....changes about 5 times before Halloween night.  Decisions, decisions, right?  Here's whats on tap for my little brood this year:


Yes....that would be Larry Fitzgerald from the AZ Cardinals and YES....Grant is obsessed with him. I don't know if he's more excited to BE him.....OR.....wear black paint under his eyes like football players do.  He is GIDDY with excitement about this.




It's really no surprise that London wants to be Rapunzel.  She eats, sleeps and breathes her.  {My favorite thing to do to her is squeal in my 'wicked' mother-ish voice....."Ra-pun-zelllll.....lay down your golden haaaaiiiiirrrr'.  Makes her giggle EVERY time.  Never gets old}. I plan to hold off on showing her the actual costume {yes...cute little long blonde wig in tow} until at least October. Why you ask?  Because once I show it to her and she tries it on...I'm pretty sure I won't be able to pry it off of her until Christmas.

Carson keeps going back and forth. Between this:




Yes...a Mime!  And this....





...Super Mario.

Let me explain.  The mime thing came from {you guessed it} the Tangled movie.  {I've told you that we watch it around here A LOT, right?}  One day he came up to me and zipper shut his lips with his finger and then proceeded to {pretend} climb a wall and pull a rope....exactly as a mime would do.  It was actually quite impressive and I kind of became excited about his choice.  

Then....he started thinking Mario.  Only because he'd get to wear a mustache and he is DYING for his friends to wonder how on earth he grew a mustache over night.  Yes...those are his exact words.  


Speaking of my sweet little Carson...  remember THIS post, where I explained that my family ALWAYS laughs at people when they fall or trip?  Well....poor Cars bit the dust last night as Grant and his buddy were making a video and Joe and I haven't stopped laughing since. {I know, I know...horrible parents.  But seriously...I might send this into America's Funniest Videos.}

{Keep an eye on the cute little head popping out of the left hand side}




So funny.  Yet so sad at the same time.  {And for those of you wondering....he's OK!  Phew!!}
Guess I need to teach Grant that the 'nice' thing to do in this situation would've been to ask if he was ok and then to help him up.  Not say 'cut' like it's a real actual video.  Kids!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mutual Ideas.

Lucky for me, in my calling at church, I have FABULOUS leaders that I get to work with.  They help come up with the BEST activities for the girls to do on Tuesday nights. Since I always find myself surfing around the web for new ideas...I thought I would post a few of mine here, for others to use!  {That's the beauty of the web, right?  Sharing ideas??}

One night we made these rosette flowers:

Image via Little Birdie Secrets.

They are quite easy actually and just take some trial and error.  I got the tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets.  I rounded up all different scraps of fabric and the girls had a ball making headbands with them. Cute, cute!


Last week we had a 'Tricks in a Bag' night.  We used the term 'tricks' because we thought that the actual term of 'Skits in a Bag', might turn some girls off.  Hehe...We're sneaky like that :)  Happy to say that ALL of the girls participated AND had fun.  The general idea of this activity is to break the girls up into teams {we had about 4-5 in each group}....hand them a bag with 5 random props in it {ours had everything from a scooter to a cat mask...} then assign each group a YW VALUE and have them come up with a skit based around THAT value.  Then...we preform them all at the end for everyone.  We all got quite a kick out of it!

A couple weeks before that, we combined the Mia Maids and Laurels and did a 'Temple Time Capsule' night and let me tell you...thanks to my cute counselor Dorie and my cute advisor Lisa...it was a HUGE success!  The 'jist' of the idea can be found HERE.  Other things we added were:  pictures of the dress they wanted to wear, pictures of their 'dream' wedding ring, a letter written to them from our Bishop, a letter to their future spouse, baby names they'd like to use....  It was FUN!

Next week...we are doing a 'Mother Daughter Spa Night'.  Still in the preparing stages of this but can't wait to share some details soon.  For now....here are the invitations I passed out over the weekend:





Get it?  It's a bottle of nail polish?  {Wink, wink!}

Halloween Printables.

I love the blog Be Different Act Normal.  They feature the CUTEST stuff.  Case in point....today.  They featured THESE free Halloween printable tags from The Twinery.



Aren't they darling?





Free!  For you to print out!  On your own!  How kind.  Click HERE to get some for yourself!