Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

For She's A Jolly Good Fellow!!!!!


Last night, my little Maggers slept from 9pm to 5am!

Without being swaddled!!

I simply placed her in her bed with nothing else and that was it.

She slept.

Like a baby.

And so did I.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Irvine Park

Today the girls and I met some fun friends at Irvine Park. What a great way to spend a 199 degree fall day! We had a great time, especially Olive.

She played with pumpkins

and sister

and cute friends

whether they liked it or not.

Maggers and Meggers

Olive and "Dan". He was no Traveler, but he was a "bery good girl".

As you can tell by the grumpy faces and flat home perm, it was time to wrap up the fun with a train ride around the pumpkin patch.

We all had a blast.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Guess What Time It Is?........

Tonight we celebrated fall by sweating our you-know-whats off at Disneyland in 86 degree weather.
Boy, was it fun.

Here's Maggers having a great time with daddy before a "Drawn To Magic" show.

Enter Olive.
Cue the panic in Maggie.

Best Friends.

Olive and Daddy enjoying the parade.

My two loves.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Weekend Update

On Saturday, the girls and I did a whole lot of nothing during the day.
It was great.
Thanks to the cool 68 degree and cloudy weather, it finally seemed as though fall was officially in full force. Here's how we celebrated.

Maggie modeled her new fall headband

And stayed in her pajamas all day along with her sister in her new "Pirate Olive, scary skelleton jammies".
And yes, they glow in the dark.

Later in the evening, we had some of our Trader Joe friends over for a Fall Feast Potluck. It was delicious! And the best part about it was having Rob help me with the clean up today!!!
It's a Fall miracle!
I even secretly documented this special occasion....

What a guy!

The following are recipes of some of the delicious food we devoured.

** Slow Cooker Beef Stew** :
2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 packet McCormick's Beef Stew Seasoning
3 potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped

1. Put flour mixture into gallon-sized, zippered bag. Shake beef in bag to coat. Sauté coated beef in 1-2 tablespoons olive oil until browned. Add chopped onion to beef to sauté and soften. Transfer to slow cooker.
2. Mix beef broth with worcestershire and beef stew seasoning. Pour into hot skillet to deglaze, then pour over beef and onions in cooker.
3. Add remaining ingredients.
4. Cover and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.
Serves 6 people.

** Crockpot Chocolate Cake** :
This cake is to die for, especially when served with vanilla ice cream.
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 container of sour cream (8 oz)
1 cup chocolate morsels
1 cup water
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix

Spray crock pot with nonstick cooking spray. Mix cake mix, sour cream, chocolate morsels, water, egss, oil and pudding mix in a bowl by hand. Pour into crock pot. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. Makes about 12 servings.

So yummy.

Today, we also headed on over to Seal Beach to the Japan American Kite Festival. We thought it would be something Olive would love to see.
Too bad she feel asleep in the car on the way over and napped in Rob's arms the entire time we were there....
All 20 minutes.

Nice day.
Nice weekend.

Friday, October 3, 2008

MMMMMM! What's That Smell?

Get dressed.
Grab your wallet and keys.
Throw the kids in the car.
Drive to Target.
Mosey on over to the "air freshener" area of the store (usually by the cleaning stuff).

....... You're welcome.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Halloween Must Haves

Festive shirts


More candy ((candycorn mixed with m&m's is the BEST combo!)

Scary kisses

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

First Day Fun

We decorated our house and made cookies.

Yummy peanut butter chocolate ones:
1 cup Butter softened
1/2 cup Peanut Butter ( I used crunchy)
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 cups All-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup chocolate chips ( I used half chocolate chips and half Halloween m&Ms


Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, beat butter, peanut butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in chocolate and candy pieces.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

So far, October has been great.