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Well hello there! Still snow on the ground here. I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I love staying inside…having a reason to not go anywhere. But I hate taking the dogs out!! It’s freezing!! Brrr…

We’ve been making some homemade Christmas gifts the last few days. Last night we made some salt dough ornaments for the first time. They turned out pretty good. I think if we try it again, they’d be a lot better!

We haven’t decorated them yet!
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My sweet helper!
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He has more flour on him then the counter! 😉

We also made some other ornaments…these are always my favorite. The hubs and I usually make these, but I decided it was the boys turn this year!

Each ornament has a picture from both the boys. One side is Atticus and the other is Bonus.
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I’m not sure if you can tell what the pictures are…let me just give you a hint and say that there are dogs in each picture! LOL I kept this ornament for our tree. I love how these turned out. We made 3 today and will make 3 more tomorrow. We will probably make extras, it seems every year I forget someone and always wish I’d made a few extras to hand out. This year I want to be well prepared! Stuff like this will be fun to look at 15 years from now when the boys are 19 and 20!! That means I’ll be 45! Oh lordy!

Well…Juno is giving me an earful…I should take her out one last time before bed and get to sleep myself.

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Hello readers. I’ve been busy lately…working…training the pup…mom/wife stuff. I just finished working on DCC for the night. I’m almost finished with the Free Holiday Issue and then I’ve got lots of work ahead for the other December issue. It’s a little overwhelming, but I’ll get her finished! I’m getting excited about Thanksgiving coming up next week. We won’t be hosting anyone at our house this year! Yippee! I can just relax and eat! I am going over to help granny cook on Friday. She’s going to teach me how to make her famous Thanksgiving dinner. Someone will eventually have to take over one day and I don’t want it to taste any other way! I love my grannies cookin. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. You get to eat all you want…all the family gets together…and you don’t buy gifts for anyone! I really wanted to run a 5k this Thanksgiving, but my lazy butt has not ran in over a month. I’m ashamed to admit that, but it’s true. I do however plan to start back up and stick with it.

I’m off to take the dogs out. We’re under winter weather advisory and expecting ice….it makes potty training a puppy extra fun!!

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Hello friends. I have a recipe for you tonight. It’s called Mom’s Best Apple Cake. I found this on Pinterest 9 days ago and I’ve made it twice already. Jerms loves it…which is great, because he’s not much of a sweets eater, so it’s gotta be pretty good! It’s really simple and I normally have everything to make this cake already in the kitchen. Here’s the website that was linked from Pinterest…Bunnys Oven! She has some really great recipes on her website, so make sure and check it out.

Here’s the recipe. You won’t believe how easy it is.

Mom’s Best Apple Cake.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  •  3 cups apples, peeled and diced

Topping

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Cake: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat together until well-incorporated. Stir in the apples.
Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 55 – 60 minutes. Cool completely before adding the topping.

Topping: In a saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils. Boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately spread over the top of the cooled cake. Let sit for an hour prior to serving.

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I like this cake…nothing more and nothing less. I did go through her comments and a lot of people added cinnamon and really liked it. I might try that sometime. I really enjoy making this, especially since Jerms is such a fan of it. It’s nice to have a favorite dessert I can whip up for him now.

I hope you will give this a try sometime. It would be a great cake to have around the holidays. Everyone likes apples, right?

Make sure and check Bunny out over at her website!

I forgot to take pictures of the cake before we tore into it…Bunny has great pictures on her website.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! What a great night for trick or treating. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect…it was 70 degrees outside today! I can’t remember the last time we had a nice Halloween and it wasn’t freezing cold. The boys had so much fun tonight. This was the first Halloween that they really enjoyed running up to the houses, knocking on the doors, and getting candy from everyone. They said ‘trick or treat!’ at every house and even ended with a thank you!!! I was so proud of them. By the end of the night they were saying, “Thanks! Have a good night!” It was hilarious.

I love these little goof balls!

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Speaking of goof balls…that would be my granny with a witch hat/wig on and my mother peeking over her shoulder!

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Notice Bonus checking out his bag of goodies! They could barely keep their hands out of the sacks. 🙂

We had a great night. Both boys complained of a belly ache. That’s a great sign that we got plenty of candy and should be on a sugar high for the next 12 months. Hahaha

I’m off to do a little work before get my beauty rest. Don’t forget to stop by http://www.diecutcrazymag.com for our blog hop tomorrow!! There’s going to be lots of goodies to be given away! Tell all your friends and check out details on the website.

BlogHop Nov13

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Hey there! Tonight I needed to make a quick gift for two special little girls, Avery and Amanda. At first I thought card…I love cards, but what do kids want? Candy of course…especially on Halloween! So, I went with this tag from Silhouette (free image) and revamped it! I had fun with these. I love the candy corn colors…that’s my favorite part. I sprayed them with my glitter spray (which I also love) and stitched the outside edges. I told you I’d be going stitch crazy…I wasn’t lying! 🙂

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photo 2I didn’t have any decorative treat bags on hand, so I cut off the zip lock part of a sandwich bag and voila…the perfect treat bag! I’m sure they will rip off the tag and go straight for the candy, but at least I think it’s cute!!

Thanks for checking in with me. Everyone have a safe and spooktacular Halloween! I’ll post pictures of the boys in their costumes tomorrow night.

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