Sunday, November 30, 2014

This {Thanksgiving} Weekend.

* We spent the day at my parents house with ALL of us Lamoreaux's in tow + my mom's BFF and her husband who are practically like family anyways. 


We took family pictures in my parent's front yard.
This snap was taken shortly after my oldest sister told the kids to say a not so nice word.  They died laughing.

Highlights from the afternoon included:

 - Joe's 2nd annual Fried Turkey. 
He's really mastered it.
- My mom's stuffing
There's nothing better.
- Seeing Penguins of Madagascar as a family
{This one was more of a highlight for my kids as Joe and I both fell asleep in it. Not one of my fave movies.}
- Scoring everything I wanted from the Black Friday ads ONLINE and NOT at the store.
- Everyone tucked into bed 
with over stuffed bellies by 9 pm. 
{Why after eating a full course meal did I find the need to STILL eat popcorn at the movie theaters? And then...PIE afterwards!}

* Friday we had a house full of boys cheering on our 
AZ State Sun Devils.

Disappointing outcome.
It's never fun to lose to U of A.

* My nephew watched the kids Friday night while Joe and I went shopping for a new oven.  


Siggghhhhh.
I really hate spending money on appliances.
We've been in our house for 10 years now and it seems like that's when everything starts to either need fixing or to be replaced.

Happy to report though: We got a screamin deal AND....I got a convection oven which I've wanted for quite some time now.  

I also drooled over this baby....


A DOUBLE OVEN is my dream! but it was way out of the price range I wanted to spend.  Maybe in 10 more years....

* Dinner afterwards HERE.


They have quite possibly the very best green corn tamales of all time. Mixed with their green salsa? Delish. 
{ I always get their #10. A tamale + cheese enchilada.  Mmmmm}.

* Saturday was spent lounging around our house...filling Etsy orders...and playing Monopoly.


I honestly think the last time I played this game
 was when I was 8. 

* Saturday was date night.
Joe took London on a date.....

While I took the boys on a date....


{and got completely ignored at Chilis.}

The deal was to go to dinner + take the kids Christmas shopping for each other.  Watching the boys each pick out JUST the right thing for their sister melted my heart.

We also browsed through Barnes and Noble.

The boys had me take pics of each and every book they wanted for Christmas {like 100?} so they could go home and add em all to their lists.  Not a bad idea.  LOVE that they wanted the 'Who was Bruce Lee' book. {Lol}.

* Churchey-church on Sunday.


After months of BEGGING....London FINALLY let me put her hair up in a bun.  I was a little excited.
{P.S. With her hair up like this - - she reminds us all of the little girl in THIS commercial.} 

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Can you believe it's the first week of December?

On my TO-DO list....
- Neighbor gifts {can't wait to share!}
- Put up outside lights {well...watch my husband do it}
- Finish up Etsy orders and start planning
 for the re-launch in January
- Wrap presents and finish my shopping

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

I am thankful for.....



....and lots of other things.

Hug the ones you're with this weekend.
Back to blogging Sunday night.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lamoreaux Family Thanksgiving Dip.


Can you believe Thanksgiving is THIS week?!

I hustled my buns around today while the kids were at school and got my house all decked out for Christmas. I always love doing this so that when Tgiving weekend arrives - - I can relax!

Every year since I was a little girl - - we've served my Grandma Lamoreaux's dip as an appetizer at Thanksgiving dinner.  Today - - I'm sharing it with YOU.

It's a family favorite and includes 2 of my favorite ingredients of all time: Sour cream + Cream cheese.
{I like to keep things super healthy and low fat, ya know?}

Enjoy! And make sure and serve with crackers.....
My favorites? Chicken n' Biskit {it's the only time of year I ever buy it} Triscuits, Wheat Thins and Ritz.

Lamoreaux Family Holiday Dip

Here's what you'll need:


1/4 tsp. salt
1 - 8 ounce package of cream cheese
2 Tbs. milk
1 Tbs. grated onion
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
1 - 2 1/2 ounce package of dried Buddig beef
1/4 c. finely chopped green peppers

Mix cream cheese with milk, onion, garlic salt, pepper, salt and sour cream.

Cream until smooth.  

Stir in chopped beef and green peppers.

Serve with crackers and ENJOY!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

This Weekend:

* I met a fun friend for lunch at Mod Pizza.
Gosh, I love this place.
Their 'Dominic' pizza + chicken + artichokes is my fave.

* Date night with Joe Friday night.
We saw quite possibly the DUMBEST movie EVER.
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Yea, I know - - the name should've been a big hint as to JUST how horrible it was going to be. 
{But the 1st one was SO funny!}

It was ridiculously awful and I have no idea why we didn't get up half way through and ask for a refund. 
{Probably because I wasn't done with my popcorn and Reeses yet.}

* Dinner at the PB afterwards.
Do you know HOW SAD I am that all of these are changing over to Panera's soon? 
Panera <<< PB.

* Saturday morning Joe and the boys headed off to the big ASU game....


....while London, her BFF and I went out for donuts.


There's no better way to start off your Saturday, I tell ya.

The rest of my ENTIRE day was spent filling ETSY orders.


My mom came over to help me around 4:00 and man she was a lifesaver.  So grateful with the success of this little ole shop of mine. 

* Did you see SNL Saturday night?
Bruno Mars' first song {Uptown Funk} 
pretty much rocked my socks off.
LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
Our Sacrament meeting was all about GRATITUDE and the talks were SO great! One of the speakers said...

"Spiritual gratitude permeates our soul 
and brings us closer to God."

Love. that.

* We put up our Christmas tree Sunday night!


Joe's buns under the Christmas tree are always the first sign that the holidays are upon us!


We decorated the tree.
Does anyone else have issues with this?
Not the decorating part - - but the letting your kids help part?


I know, I know, I'm a horrible mom 
and it's the OCD in me it really is.

Well that + my kids fighting over WHO gets to put WHAT ornament on and WHERE.....

Just never seems to play out as peacefully and delightfully {and as organized} as I'd like. 

It's all about the memories though, right? Smile.

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Cannot believe it's THANKSGIVING week!!!
EeEekkK! I LOVE this week!

To Black Friday shop or not....that is the question!
{And will all those sales be available online too?}

Friday, November 21, 2014

Oh Fudge Tags.

No Fun Finds this Friday {insert frowny face}.
I've been up to my eyeballs filling ETSY orders all week.

As promised - - I made up some OH FUDGE tags to go along with my homemade Hot Fudge recipe posted HERE.


You can purchase these as an instant download 
through my shop HERE.

HAPPY WEEKEND!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Neighbor Gifts: Homemade Syrup with a Will Ferrell twist.


Last year's 'Neighbor Gifts' came with a Will Ferrell twist. 
{Seriously....how can you NOT love him? ESPECIALLY in the movie "Elf". It's pretty much the best thing ever.}


I whipped up some homemade syrup {scroll down for recipe} and Michelle at Tipsy Graphics made the labels.


Tied em up with ribbon and they were ready to go!!

Marci Coombs' Homemade Syrup 
{SERIOUSLY tasty with waffles and pancakes!}

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp maple flavoring
3/4 tsp vanilla flavoring

Boil sugars and water together.
Add corn syrup and flavorings. Bring back to a boil for one more minute and then take off of heat. 

*Side note: I used pint sized jars for these and one recipe made up 1 1/2 jars. If you're making a lot of these, I would suggest quadrupling the recipe.

*Double Side Note: I LOVE this recipe because it DOES NOT need to be refrigerated.  It can be kept in your pantry. AND...it's super easy to make.  AND....it's super tasty.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Neighbor Gifts: Mexican Hot Cocoa & Our Version of Caroling

Have you ever had MEXICAN Hot Cocoa?
No???
You are missing out.
No more excuses....you need to try it NOW!


I grew up with a family back in Virginia and the mom of that family made THE BEST Mexican Hot Cocoa EVER.

Because I loved it SO much - - I asked her a few years ago for her recipe so that I could duplicate and share it with my favorite people around the holidays!

  I was SO happy she was willing to send it to me!



{Scroll to the bottom of this post for the recipe}.
No I did not make these labels and the person who DID - 
I can't seem to find on Etsy anymore since it's been so long.

That same year - - I packaged up the hot cocoa with...



A Christmas Mix CD with our family's VERY favorite tunes.
I attached a tag that read:
Our Version of Caroling

I wrapped everything up in these gable boxes 
{labels from The TomKat Studio
and boom! -- my neighbor gifts for that year 
were out the door!

MASTER MIX of Mexican Hot Cocoa

{This makes up A TON! I wish I could remember how many batches I made to fill all of my jars but it's been so long that I've forgotten. Sorry!}


10 2/3 cup non fat instant dried milk

1 6oz jar powdered non dairy creamer

2 cup powder sugar

1 16oz can instant chocolate drink mix 

(like Nestle Quick)

1/2 cup ground cinnamon
Add 3 Tbs of mix to 1 cup of hot water


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Tomorrow concludes my series of Christmas Neighbor gifts 

for the holidays.


It's maybe my favorite of all.

It includes Will Ferrell. 

That's all I'm gonna say.

 Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Items in My Etsy Shop: Christmas Gifts

T minus 12 days until my Etsy shop closes for the month of December. Have you put in your orders yet?!

I just added 2 new little FUN things today....


Since I've been blogging all week about NEIGHBOR GIFTS for the holidays - - I thought I might just whip up some to sell.




Hand Soap + Clever Tag - - all YOU have to do is HAND them out to your friends and neighbors! How easy is that?

View listing HERE.

And because I love making
 Young Womens Christmas gifts....




I'm now selling these DOTS treats with label attached.
Again - - all YOU have to do is hand them out to your girls! And they'll LOVE em!

View listing HERE.

Feel free to message me with any questions.
But hurry - - Dec. 1st will be here before we know it!
Eek!

P.S. Are you in need of something to hand out to your 
Young Women, or church sisters this week? 
{This Sunday is the LAST Sunday before Thanksgiving}.



Purchase my labels HERE.
It's an INSTANT download!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Neighbor Gifts: Homemade Cookie Dough



This gift was A HIT! with our friends and neighbors.
I had Michelle over at Tipsy Graphics whip up my tags and you can order them HERE.


As for the containers - - there are all sorts of places you can find them online BUT....I found that the very cheapest place to get these - - was at my local grocery store in their deli department.  They use these for their SOUPS and sold them to me for 25 cents a piece!!!


Want a yummy cookie dough recipe to try?
Here's the one I used:

MARCI COOMBS' COOKIE DOUGH

1 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. white sugar

1 c. shortening {or butter}

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

Chocolate Chips and/or Holiday M&Ms

Mix first five ingredients together.  

Add the remaining ingredients.

Set oven to 375 Degrees and cook on an 

ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 mintues. 



You cannot go wrong with fresh cookie dough.
Because who DOESN'T LOVE hot cookies straight from the oven? {It's sorta like my favorite thing in the world.}

Sunday, November 16, 2014

This Weekend:

* Friday morning Joe and I drove to Phoenix to buy our Christmas tree. Last year we ended up giving ours away because well...it had seen better days. 
{And yes - we are an artificial Christmas tree family}.

I had NO IDEA when I gave ours away last year just how expensive trees can be!! I priced around and after I decided that there was NO WAY I was going to pay FULL PRICE {$400+} for the tree I wanted - - I looked on Craigslist.

And I struck gold.
I found a place that sells overstock Christmas trees and scored ourselves a 9 foot tree for a steal of a deal!

 I cannot WAIT to put it up next Sunday.
{I always start decorating for Christmas the week of Thanksgiving.}

While we were in the ghetto - - we went to one of our very favorite mexican joints.


Yup - so ghetto that they have bars on all their windows AND doors.  This is the type of place that you definitely would NOT go to at night. BUT....it is seriously THE BOMB.  It's consistently voted THE BEST OF PHOENIX every year for the BEST mexican food in the valley.


Yup - bare walls and paper plates.
We like our restaurants classy with a capital C.

* We also did some shopping.
I laughed my head off when I saw these signs...

Spotted at Michaels
I don't care HOW AWESOME your family is....EVERY family has a little bit of disfunction around the holidays - - - 
 am I right?

* Friday night Carson and I went on a date.


He picked Kiwi Loco, of course.
And it was my lucky day because they brought back their Mint Chocolate Chip fro-yo. 
Mix that up with Oreos and it's a bit of heaven, I tell ya.

* Saturday morning London and I drove about 40 miles, just to get some specific supplies for my Etsy shop - - only to find out that the people at that store LIED when I talked to them the day before and gave me false information on what was ACTUALLY in stock.  I came back empty handed and incredibly disppointed.

* Saturday night Joe and I were invited to an 80th birthday party for a very dear friend of ours.


This family just so happens to run a FRY BREAD booth at the State Fair every year and they make THE BEST fry bread in all of history.  Joe and I were in heaven.

We met up with some of our FAVORITE friends at Brio afterwards for even MORE food and laughs.  
{Tip: order their molten chocolate lava cake for dessert. It's DREAMY!}

* Sunday morning we attended the 
with our boys. {You had to be 8 and up to go}.


It was a SUPER special event and one that I'm so grateful to have been apart of.

Side Note: President Uchtdorf conducted the dedication today and while he was in town over the weekend, he posted this to his social media accounts. 
{He's so hipster!}

Photo via Facebook
"We were also thrilled yesterday to pay a visit to the 
neighborhood where we lived with our young family in the 
1970s. Being here has allowed us to reminisce about the joys 
and trials of life at that time. Looking back, I’ve learned we 
should never wait for a "better time." Sometimes in life we 
think, “Well, when the kids are older . . .” or “When we move 
over there . . .” or “When this part is behind us . . .” or “When 
I get a new assignment . . .” or whatever it is. I think the 
important thing is really — especially as younger people — 
use the time you have now to create wonderful memories in
 your marriage and in your family. You will never lose them
 and they will be a foundation of strength throughout your 
life."

Isn't that the BEST advice EVER?!?!
I just love him!

* Sunday night we went over to my parents house for dinner.


Per usual - - my brother managed to tease the living snot outta my kids....


...and he and Joe helped get my parent's Christmas tree out from the garage and put it up. {It's ginormous.}

My mom and and dad will then have ALL the grandkids over tomorrow night to help decorate it. So fun! 
I just love this time of year.

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Speaking of THIS time of year....have you thought about Christmas cards yet?

I have and I can't WAIT to send them out.

I found THE BEST gal to make them up for me.
I told her what I wanted and BAM she made it happen.
She is a delight and if you're interested...you can check her out here:


Or you can find her on facebook here:

P.S. Did I mention that her prices are the BEST as well?!