Holiday hangover

I am so tired. I slept better last night than I have in a while and yet I am totally exhausted. I have a holiday hangover and it was not caused by too much alcohol. It was caused by too much food!

This past weekend was very busy.

Saturday we attended a wedding that was held at the Sterling Inn and Spa in Niagara Falls. It’s a gem that is tucked away off Lundy’s Lane. The food and service were excellent and the Inn is gorgeous.

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The ceremony was one of the best I have ever been to. The two grooms were overcome with emotion several times. There was laughter and there were tears, and  a whole lotta love.

Sunday was Chris’ birthday. I was up at the crack of dawn making pumpkin scones. My mother in law Clare gave me the recipe years ago. They are so good! Better than Starbucks!

They are incredibly easy to make too.

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PUMPKIN SCONES – Serves 8

3 cups of all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup sugar

5 tsp baking powder

1 tsp pumpkin spice ( I use 2 because I like the extra spice)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup pumpkin pie filling

1/2 cup sour cream

1 egg

Combine all ingredients with a fork. Your dough will be wet but it shouldn’t stick to your hands.

Turn it out on to a well floured surface and form into a ball.

Roll it out until it is 1 1/2 inches thick

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Slice into 8 pieces

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Bake at 350 for 20 minutes rotating at the half way mark.

Let cool for a few minutes and cover with glaze.

The glaze is very simple. 1/2 cup of icing sugar with a splash of vanilla and 1 tsp of milk. I like my glaze to be thick but if you want yours thinner just add more milk.

Word of advice, do NOT use canned pumpkin. It will not turn out well. Make sure you use pumpkin pie filling!

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Sofie and I spent the remainder of the day in the kitchen making his favourite meal. Prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts with bacon and caramel crème brulee for dessert.

Sofie’s friend came over to help as well. They were super stars in the kitchen. Slicing and chopping and setting the table.

Everyone was very happy with the meal and very, very full.

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Monday we celebrated Thanksgiving at my dad’s house. It is my father’s birthday on Wednesday so Sofie and I decided to make a cake to celebrate.

It took almost the entire day to make but it was so worth it.

Chocolate mousse cake with ganache and chocolate curls. It was heavenly. My dad said it was the best cake he has ever had.

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So even though I am bone tired from all the celebrating and cooking I am extremely thankful for all the amazing people in my life that I can celebrate these wonderful occasions with. I am truly blessed to have such an incredible group of family and friends.

 

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Chalkboard Pumpkins

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We are not carving pumpkins this year.

No, I haven’t put a ban on Halloween, and no it isn’t for religious reasons.

It is so I can keep my sanity intact.

Every year the kids get all excited about carving their pumpkins and helping to pull out the guts only to bail as soon as the knife touches the pumpkin.

I am also allergic to pumpkins. A serious case of hives plus my abandonment issues equals a mama that has had enough.

Of course I won’t deny them the joy of having pumpkins, we are just going to go about things a bit differently this year.

We are doing chalkboard pumpkins. This way they can choose how they want their pumpkin to look, and they can change it on a daily basis. Added bonus of course is the lack of mess and I won’t have to stock up on Benadryl pre-carving.

First thing you need to do is wash your pumpkins. I use a 1/4 cup of bleach in a sink full of warm soapy water. The bleach helps your pumpkin to last longer. Please wear gloves for this step as bleach doesn’t do anything good for your skin.

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After they are dry tape off the stem with painters tape.

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Then spray away

According to the instructions on my can of paint you need to do at least two coats in order to have a chalk board finish. I did three just to make sure.

After letting the paint dry for 24 hours cover the entire surface with chalk in order to cure the paint

After wiping off all the chalk you can decorate until your heart is content.

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Sofie wanted a glittery pumpkin

I painted part of the pumpkin with chalkboard paint.

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When it was dry I covered the paint with painters tape that I had cut out into the shapes of eyes and a mouth

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Spray paint it white and when it is dry add some spray glitter and remove the tape with the help of an exacto knife.

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I think they turned out really well.

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I do not recommend leaving the pumpkins outside. First it will probably ruin your paint, secondly if you live in the midst of a dense squirrel population like I do they will probably get eaten.

Callum needed to paint a minion as well. He is OBSESSED with Despicable me! More on the minion how to in an upcoming post.

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Quick, easy and mess free. Now that’s my kind of Halloween decoration!

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October contest and a 30×30 update

Do you like free stuff? Do you like free stuff from Chapters? I know I do. This month’s contest will be a $25 gift card to Chapters!

 

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All you have to do to enter is follow this blog. Yep, it’s that easy.

How do you start to follow a blog you might ask? There are two ways.

In the top left hand corner you will see three lines. Click on that and scroll to the bottom. Enter your email address and you are officially entered into the draw.

You can also click on the button at the bottom of your screen that says follow.

The contest begins today (October 7, 2014) at 12:00 pm EST. It will end October 31, 2014 at 12:oo pm EST. This contest is only open to Canadian residents.

On to the 30×30 update. Last week was not a good one. I totally slacked off. Callum was sick, and I wasn’t feeling too hot either. I exercise most days but  there were a few days when I could only do half of it. I was just so tired.

My diet also suffered due to lack of will power. When I don’t feel well all I want is junk food, specifically Big Macs.

So because of this I didn’t make any progress in week two. The good news is I didn’t gain any weight.

This week will be better. I will get back on track and start hitting the gym again.

I do feel that because of all the squats my butt is getting bigger. Not exactly what I wanted. I already have a Kardashian thing going on back there that I was trying to get rid of. I am going to add 30 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical every day to try and balance things out.  It’s not that I mind having some booty, I just don’t want to keep adding to it. I like when my pants fit and I don’t feel like I’m wearing Sofie’s jeans.  I know I will never have a small butt. I am okay with this. I know I need to appreciate my body for what it is. This body gave me two beautiful kids and allows me to walk, run and dance with them.

This quote puts it all in perspective

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Favourite Fall Decor

The leaves are changing colour, there is a crispness in the air, and it is finally sweater weather. It’s officially time to put away all things summer and start decorating for fall.

I have scoured the world of blogs for fall décor inspiration and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you

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diy project wood block fall banner

How cute is the banner from Thistlewood Farms

thanksgiving table with mustard accents

I love everything that Centsational Girl does!

Fall Tour & Decorating Ideas | perfectly imperfect

What a beautiful table setting from Perfectly Imperfect. Always blown away by what Shaunna comes up with!

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You can always rely on Miss Mustard Seed to come up with beautiful minimalist decorating ideas

DIY rustic fall sign - the easiest way to make a sign!

Loving this mantle by Liz Marie

Fall home

Some outdoor inspiration from Just a Girl

Natural and gorgeous décor from Apartment Therapy

rustic halloween box

Polka Dot Pumpkins from Craft o Maniac

Beautiful mercury glass pumpkins with leaves and candles from Setting for four

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Try this simple side table project from Thrifty&Chic

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DIY acorn wreath from The Little Farm Dairy

5 MINUTE FALL DECOR-an easy and doable way to decorate beautifully in 5 minutes- lots of pictures and instructions-stonegableblog.com

 

A fast fix from Stone Gable Blog

So much inspiration and I have barely scratched the surface! How do you plan on decorating for fall?