For the Love of Lists – Week 17

Lists for Days | November 30, 2016 | By

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How is it December tomorrow?!?!?!  I think that just about sums up how I feel about life right now.  I’m just floored that Christmas is approaching so quickly.  

We had our first snowfall on Sunday – it was so pretty.  Of course, hubby (who has to drive in it/shovel it more than the rest of us), took one look and turned to me with the most disgusted look on his face.  It didn’t last, so he didn’t have much to worry about.  Though it was a sloppy drive into town that morning.  

List time!  We have a smorgasbord this week.  It really ranges from one end of the spectrum to the next.  Some gift ideas, DIYs, articles about depression, and so on.  This is pretty much how my brain works.  It thinks of everything, all the time.  Welcome to my brain.

  1. Exercise might keep depression at bay.  I think it’s great that they’re doing research on it.  But seriously though – common sense, eh?  
  2. Laura wrote a great article on being tired of the Motherhood Martyr Act.  It’s  a really good read. 
  3. I follow this lady on Instagram, and she has the most amazing cookbook out – I would love it for Christmas.  Wouldn’t you?  
  4. On my Pies I Need to Make list:  Cranberry Gingersnap Pie,  Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie
  5. A few games for people on your Christmas list.  Both equally awesome.
    1. The Game of Things, my hubby gifted me last year – it was really fun, and funny. 
    2. Munchkin, original or Adventure Time versions.  It’s like a card role playing game.  It’s pretty amazing. 
  6. Here are some great DIY ornament ideas to do with the kids, or by yo-self.  
  7. Hubby doesn’t really like sparkles, but I love them every once in awhile.  Check out this sparkly dress with a really cute back cutout.  Or, if you really don’t like sparkles – check this really great sweater dress.  I might actually buy this one…  
  8. Also – American Eagle has sweater leggings.  I saw/felt them (I feel all the clothes when I’m shopping – is that weird?), and they looked/felt amazing.  

I’d love for you to follow me on Pinterest, and you can keep up with all the lovely things that get pinned.  

Have a fantastic week!

*An October visit to a local farm.

For the Love of Lists - Week 17

Cran-Apple Toffee Blondies

Squares and Cookies | November 23, 2016 | By

I know everyone is singing the same song right now.. but – CHRISTMAS IS COMING! How? I’m not sure. But it’s definitely coming. We’ve got a few lights up, a couple decorations. I’ve hacked at the holly bushes in my backyard (the red berries are so pretty against brush, and in a vase, and wherever else I can think to put them).

We’ve had amazing weather until this past week, so it has been kind of hard to feel like the holidays are upon us.  But this week brought rain.  Literally, for a week so far, it’s been raining.  And it’s not a warm rain.  It’s a very cold rain, and the air is damp.  Like, chill-in-your-bones damp.  Blech.  

I know lots of people won’t agree with me, but I think I’d much rather see a little bit of snow in there with that rain.  It’s so much prettier.  I do love a good rain.  But not a whole, solid week of it.  The kids are starting to drive driving me crazy.  Since last week.  
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I love blondies! They’re so yummy. Brown sugar yummy-ness.

I’ve had this recipe as a brain-child since summertime, but I knew I wanted it to be a winter/Christmas thing.  So I held off.  It took me two tries, but I got them just right!  

The first time, I tried to squish them in an 8×8 pan.  No matter how long I baked them,  how brown they got on top, or how done the edges became – the middle was still gooey.  So.  We traded the smaller pan for a 9×13, and VOILA!  So much better.  And not falling-apart-gooey in the middle.  Don’t get me wrong, I like gooey, but this was wayy too much. 

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Cran-Apple Toffee Blondies
Picture your traditional blond brownie (all that sugary goodness), and then throw in some awesome bursts of flavour, and that toffee crunch. Coated in brown sugar frosting. Oh-so-good.
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Blondies
  1. 3/4 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 2 1/4 cups flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 cup Skor bits
  9. 1 medium apple, peeled and diced
  10. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  11. 1/3 cup oats, optional
Frosting
  1. 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 1/4 tsp vanilla
  3. dash salt
  4. 2 1/2-3 cups icing sugar
  5. 3-4 Tbsp milk
Blondies
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13 pan - set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add in eggs and vanilla - beat well.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Fold in Skor bits, apple, cranberries, and oats.
  5. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 28-32 minutes, or until the middle is set (a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean). Let cool before frosting.
Frosting
  1. Beat together butter, vanilla, salt and brown sugar.
  2. Add in icing sugar, 1 cup at a time. Alternate milk and icing sugar until you get a good consistency.
  3. Frost cooled blondies and top with those extra dried cranberries
Notes
  1. These blondies are super easy to mix up with a wooden spoon, but a mixer works too!
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I hope you’ll be adding these to your holiday baking list!
Bon Appetit!

If you’re looking for more apple or cranberry recipes, check out these Apple Ginger Scones, or this Pumpkin Cranberry Bread!

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For the Love of Lists – Week 16

Lists for Days | November 21, 2016 | By

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I’ve started my Christmas shopping!  Barely, but it’s a start, right?  And I’m slowly starting to pull some decorations/Christmas-themed things out of storage.  We attended Jordan’s staff Christmas dinner this weekend, so we really had to get into a bit of a Christmas mode.  It was really nice.  Good food, loud music (I’m a sucker for a loud bass, believe it or not – ha!), dressing up, great company.  It was pretty great.  

There is a food post on the way this week – I’ve just got to put it together, and finish eating the pan of squares.  

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For the list this week, we’ve got diy, recipes <– of course!, books, clothes, encouraging articles.  A little bit of everything.  Seriously check out the ornaments, they are so great.  And the books would make a great Christmas gift!

  1. I love the style of the pictures on this blog, and I adore her writing.  This White Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake she’s created takes the cake – it looks amazing!
  2. I found the sweetest diy ornaments EVER.  They’re SO cute!
  3. I love eggnog.  Eggnog fudge?  Sounds amazing!  Somebody make it and give me a piece!  (If I make it, I’ll eat it all.
  4. Currently reading a Nicholas Sparks.  This guy – he pulls me in and I don’t like to put the book down.  Such easy reads, so enticing.  This one it pretty good so far.  I read this one awhile ago – it was a bit different for him, but still really good.  
  5. These pj pants are so comfy-looking, and adorable too!
  6. I made this pulled pork (in the slow cooker!!) recipe for a potluck this weekend.  I’ve made it before.  It’s pretty awesome.  It has jam in it, which gives it a great extra layer of flavour.  
  7. I also made some Cran-Apple Toffee Blondies.  That recipe will be up soon.  Promise.   😉
  8. This is a great MOM post.  “When You Just Want Your Kids to Leave You Alone”  Humbling.  I need to be reminded of this often. 
  9. Some Christmas cookie inspiration.  These are so pretty, and classic.

And there you have it folks!  The list of the week.  

Would you like to see a Christmas baking compilation at some point?  

**A reminder for the week from my chalkboard cupboard

For the Love of Lists – Week 15

Lists for Days | November 16, 2016 | By

Christmas lights are popping up all over the place, and I’m like, “Wait, what day is it?”  

Seriously though, is it Monday?  What month/year?  I’m completely lost. 

That super moon must have done something to my brain.  It’s on pause.  It must still be October, yes?  I think I’m just in denial that time could possible move at such a speed.  I still have long days every once in awhile, but most evenings, I wonder where the day went.  

Back to that Christmas thing.  It’s okay if I’m not anywhere near even starting, right?  I’m still trying to get the Halloween decorations down, without the boys noticing.  (Because they’ll just ask me to leave them up.)  Oh, to have an extra day every week to finish up my lists.  

Lists upon lists.   Upon lists.  There’s actually a pile of them on my desk.  A pile of lists.  Some with the same things repeated over and over again, and still they are undone.  This list though, it’s an easy one.  I get to share things that I think are cool/interesting with you.  All that it requires is to be posted.  I can easily do that.  It’s things like, “make flash cards”, and “pay bills”.  Those things seem to get forgotten.  Hopefully remembered before due dates though, right? 

For the Love of Lists - Week 15

Here’s your list for the week!  Thanks for reading my ramble.  

  1. I think these sweatpants look pretty comfy for snow days.  Don’t you?  Paired with slippers (at home), or Converse (going out).  So good.
  2. I made these Cinnamon Sugar Buns on the weekend.   They were pretty good.  Except when there was smoke billowing out of my oven.  They were slightly on the “well done” side. 
  3. We also had this Cream White Chicken Chili (or… my version of it – I just can’t follow a recipe!) for supper last week – I thought it was pretty dang awesome.  
  4. I highly recommend making this Milky Salted Caramel.  Warm milk + caramel + whipped cream = WOW.  So good.  Warm drink for an after supper, or after-the-kids-are-finally-in-bed treat?  Now I’ve got to make it again. 
  5. These Sorel winter boots!  I love them!
  6. A friend shared this amazing turtleneck sweater thing with me.  It’s SO cute.  (And it comes in yellow!  Other colours too, of course…)
  7. I want to make more soap, and I like trying new kinds.  Yogurt and avocado?  Cafe Latte?  Which one, which one?

I hope you guys have a great week/weekend!  I’m going to attempt to start my Christmas shopping on Saturday.  With zero list, because, well, I just don’t have one!  Wish me luck! 

*I have such a love for farms and fields.  They’re just so pretty!

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Streusel Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Cakes, Icing and Sauce | November 15, 2016 | By

Anybody else reeling in the seemingly unreal US election results?  Pretty crazy, this world we live in.  

I don’t do politics (my brain hurts from the politics of motherhood, let alone the presidential kind), but it’s hard to hide from the big things that go on. 

I’m going to try not to dwell on it too much, pray for the best, and eat cake.  

Cake helps most anxieties.  

My doctor (mainly, me) prescribes a good piece of cake and a warm drink to soothe any worry that may come my way.  It works.  Try it.  

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I went and threw three lovely recipes together.  That’s how I do.  I take parts of things I like from other recipes and turn it into something new and yummy.  That’s kind of how I dress too.  I little bit of this, a touch of that.  You get it.

Here’s the winning combination I was working from – amazing cake recipes from:  Liv for Cake, The Baker Chick, and Sally’s Baking Addiction.  

So, I started off really wanting to make Liv for Cake’s recipe, but realized that all the pumpkin I had was frozen, and I needed it now.  So many times, this has happened.  Learned, I should have.  But I have not.  (I’m pretty sure I’ve alluded to my enemy, the freezer, before.  It just can’t be beat.)
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Streusel Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting | Whisks and Wooden Spoons
Streusel Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Anyhow, I realized I needed to make a spice cake instead of a pumpkin cake.  I’m cool with that.  Sometimes I feel that there’s a little bit too much pumpkin around this time of year.  

Shame on me, I know.  

I can’t help it. 

Enter:  Spice Cake.  

I love me a good spice cake, and I’d make the Baker Chick’s version last year.  With a few tweaks, I made into [basically] a pumpkin spice cake, sans pumpkin.  Plus, some maple cream cheese frosting.  I didn’t want tooo much spice going on, so we nixed the spice in that step of the cake.  Add in some cinnamon streusel for some added crunch and yummy munch.  Wow.  It was soo good.  

We took it to a little dinner party (8 adults, 4 kids), and still had a bunch of cake left.  It is soo filling-ly yummy.  Seriously though, you need a glass of milk, or a cup o tea with this one.  You might also need help.  Because any leftovers call your name at any given time, and you might have to continue to cut yourself minuscule pieces of cake.  Over and over again.  (So you really should have just sat down for another real piece, right?  Does anybody else do this?!)

Anyhow.  Great for a holiday party, or just as an evening indulgence (breakfast?).  <— Def breakfast.  

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Streusel Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Spice cake, topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting, and buttery crumble all throughout.
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Cake
  1. 1 cup butter or margaine, softened
  2. 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 2 1/2 cups flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1 tsp ginger
  11. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  12. Pinch of cloves
  13. 1 cup milk
Streusel
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1/2 cup butter/margarine, softened
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1 pkg cream cheese, room temperature
  2. 1/4 cup butter/margarine, softened
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 2-3 tsp maple syrup or maple extract
  5. Pinch salt
  6. 3 1/2 - 4 cups icing sugar
  7. Milk, as needed
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch cake pans.
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
  3. Slowly add in dry ingredients, and milk, alternately.
  4. Once mixed smoothly, pour into prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-28 minutes, or until cake tester/toothpick comes out of the centre clean. Let cool in pans on a wire rack.
Streusel
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir dry ingredients together. Using the back of a wooden spoon, or your fingers, mix in the butter until the dry ingredients are no longer dry, and it starts to clump.
  3. Pour onto your baking sheet, spread out, and bake for 7-8 minutes. Let cool completely, then break apart into crumbs.
Frosting
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter together until creamy. Add in brown sugar, maple, and salt.
  2. Slowly beat in icing sugar, about 1 cup at a time. Add milk or icing sugar, as needed, to get a spreading consistency
Assembly
  1. Cut your cooled cake layers in half (so you end up with four layers). Place your first layer on a plate, cover with frosting, and sprinkle with some streusel. Repeat for two more layers.
  2. Place the top layer on, and cover sides sparsely with frosting (naked cake!). Add ample frosting to the top, and pipe a border around the edge. Fill the centre with the remaining streusel.
  3. Eat. With tea and/or coffee.
Notes
  1. Smart thing to do: Mix up your streusel after you put the cake in the oven, and pop the streusel in too, while your oven it on!
Adapted from The Baker Chick
Adapted from The Baker Chick
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 What are your favourite holiday sweets?  I want to know!  🙂

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Month in Pictures – October

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October!

My how you flew by!

What a great month!  With great photo opportunities!  We went to a corn maze, and apple picking – which always leads to some great pictures (when someone remembers the camera….).  We also went to a local farm, had family dinners, Halloween, and normal every day stuff. 

(Whew – what a busy month!  I’m exhausting myself just listing it off.)

We had amazing weather for the first part of the month, and then were shocked into reality in the second half.  Fall really IS here!  The colours were amazing – some are holding on, mostly yellows and browns.  But the real beautiful colours are gone until next year.  

Whilst I look forward to winter in some aspects, I am overwhelmed by the thought that we could perhaps have months upon months of feet of snow.  Also by the thought that Christmas is coming.  I generally don’t feel overwhelmed by this until, I don’t know, December 24th, but I’m feeling it already this year.  The weeks have been soaring by so quickly, that I’m sure Christmas is going to arrive tomorrow, or maybe the following day.

Anyhow.  On to the photos.

Our Apple Picking Adventures:
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Some Autumn Leaf Throwing Madness:
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Pumpkin Heads and a Silly Goose:
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**I was much more excited about this than Briar was, apparently.

**The boys picking apples.
**The whole famjam.
**Cael and Jude raking, and throwing leaves at their grandparents’ house.
**Jude and his pumpkin
**Cael and his pumpkin
**Silly goose of a girl – saying CHEESE!

If you’re from the States, looking for a recipe for Thanksgiving, check out this Pumpkin Crumb Cheesecake recipe, or this Pumpkin Cranberry Bread recipe.

For the Love of Lists – Week 14

Lists for Days | November 9, 2016 | By

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I know I sing the same song every post, but WOW!  How do the days go by so quickly?

Anybody else hate the time change?  I keep sleeping in (ugh – I really like getting up a good 2 hours before the kiddos), my kids keep getting up early, I kind of like getting up when it’s super dark, and not eating supper in the pitch black…  

Anyhow, enough complaining. 

We had an impromptu dance party evening with the kids on Sunday.  I’m so thankful for my hubby, and our shared love of music.  It’s such a great thing to have in life – and we like it loud sometimes.  Also – it’s amazing how many words to so many songs my kids can remember!?  

We also celebrated Briar’s 2nd birthday on Monday, which was a combination of happy and how-is-my-baby-two sadness.  

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So far this week, lists have been pushed aside and my life feels a bit chaotic, so I was looking forward to this post to maybe revamp my list-following for the rest of the week.  I need a bit of organization in my life.  And a maid.  😉  

#listsforsanity

  1. I came across this article this week, I and I thought it was very interesting, and pretty spot on.  There is such a thing as obsessing over eating healthy – and it can be bad for your health.  It’s called orthorexia.  
  2. A tunic and a cardigan for your cold-weather style needs.
  3. This article about the cookbook industry, I thought it was quite interesting.  How they survived through the e-book trend.
  4. I made this Creamy White Chicken Chili this week (with a tweak or 5), and it was pretty dang good, not to mention, a pretty quick and easy meal.  
  5. I’ve realized that I’ve pinned FIVE different pumpkin scone recipes.  These three are probably the most likely I’ll make – chai with black tea glaze, with molasses glaze, with ginger
  6. Has anyone started their Christmas shopping yet?  (I haven’t…. *sigh.)  I’m definitely going to order this book for Briar.  I love the authors, and their other book was a favourite growing up.  
  7. These watercolour ornaments might be a really fun diy to do with kids, or by yourself!

**Briar and I enjoying our dance party, her last day of being one.

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Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Bread | November 4, 2016 | By

I have done this so many times before.  Made a recipe.  Photographed a recipe.  And then forgotten to post a recipe.  Sometimes I lose the pictures, sometimes the recipe!  It’s not good.  

I am starting to think that I would literally lose my head if it wasn’t attached.  That’s not just a saying.  It’s a real thing.  

I made this for an anniversary party in September.  I think it was September, anyhow.  

It’s equal parts moist, crunchy, sweet, and yummy.  Glazes = the best thing.  Poppy seeds should also go in every form of baked carb.  Breads, muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls even!  I love that extra taste and crunch!  They add a great visual aspect too – they look pretty neat in stuff!

So!  At the time, there was an abundance of zucchini.  I’m guessing most of y’all don’t have an abundance anymore, but you can totally go buy a small one at the store!  Or maybe you were more organized than me and actually managed to shred and freeze some for some winter baking?  

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On to the recipe! (As I’m not very wordy today…) See below the recipe for a “wild-girl chase”.

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
A moist quick bread with a poppy seed crunch, sweet mixed with lemon!
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Bread
  1. 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1/3 cup sour cream
  8. 2 cups flour
  9. 2 tsp baking powder
  10. 2 cups shredded zucchini
  11. 2 Tbsp poppy seeds
Glaze
  1. 2 Tbsp cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 Tbsp butter, softened
  3. ½ teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 tsp lemon juice
  5. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  6. 3 tablespoons milk, or as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease and flour a standard loaf pan.
  2. Shred your zucchini and let sit in a strainer or pat with paper towel to get some of the moisture out.
  3. Stir together oil and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  4. Add lemon juice, vanilla, salt, and sour cream. Mix until combined. Stir in zucchini.
  5. Add flour, baking powder, and poppy seeds. Don't over-mix. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the top is brown, and the middle is set. (Check with a cake tester - if there is batter stuck to the tester, it could use a few more minutes.)
  7. Let cool on a wire rack, in the pan for at least 20 minutes, then flip out of pan and let cool completely.
  8. While the cake is cooling, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. When the cake has cooled completely, drizzle glaze recklessly on the top.
Adapted from Creme de la Crumb
Adapted from Creme de la Crumb
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Make it, make it!
Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons
Wild-girl Chase
We had a wild-girl chase when I was in the middle of photographing this bread. She gets so excited when someone is chasing her. Heavy, quick breathing, and belly laughs. It’s so cute. 🙂
Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Whisks and Wooden Spoons

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For the Love of Lists – Week 13

Lists for Days | November 1, 2016 | By

We’ve made it to the teens!  Say whaaatt?!  

It’s also somehow November!  

My baby turns 2 next week?!?!?!?

It’s less than two months until Christmas?

What is even happening?

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween last night.  We sure did.  My kitchen is drowning in way too many small bags of chips and mini-chocolate bars.  (Self-control – please be strong!)

We had a cute and spunky little cow, a BATMAN, and a horse that was more interested in kicking himself in the head then getting candy at times.  I’m sure you’ll see a picture here or on Instagram at some point… 

I’m dreading time change this weekend!  Anybody with me?  It is so not cool when you have littles.  Oh well.

Earl Grey Cake with Raspberry - Love of Lists 13 Halloween Practice - Love of Lists 13 

On to the list!  Enjoy.  

  1. Mom-spiration for the week.  I love reading articles like this, and being reminded that we’re all struggling with some part of this thing called Motherhood.  It’s so great, but it’s so hard
  2. Beachbody came out with a new workout program this week that looks pretty sweet called, “Core de Force“.  We’ve done their Hammer and Chisel program – and it was really awesome.  I’m interested to see reviews for this one.  No equipment needed!  (I love programs like that!)
  3. I know it’s only the beginning of November (WHAT!?), but I’m definitely looking into some holiday dresses for Christmas parties and such.  I think I mentioned last week that I have a thing for LBDs.  Most dresses, really.  But I love me some black (and almost black=navy).  Off-the-shoulder, backless, maxi.  Sooo good.  (You know I’ll probably end up wearing something I already own, eh?)
  4. A cookbook club!  Get a group of ladies, grab a cookbook for an amazing read, and then have a potluck where you all bring dishes from that cookbook.  I think this is an amazing idea!  (Can we have a cake potluck?)  Anyone interested in starting one, I’ll be the first to sign up!  Does anyone else read a cookbook like a novel?  
  5.  I made this cake over the weekend.  Early grey with raspberry.  Yum!
  6. I will reveal my inner nerd to you again.  Dr. Who mug on my Christmas list?  You know it.
  7. A few slow cooker meal ideas:
    1. Parmesean Chicken Orzo
    2. Chicken Corn Chowder
    3. “Baked” Ziti
    4. Chicken Taco Chili
  8. Apparently I’ve got a thing for earl grey too.  (See cake above!)  MuffinsWaffles!  Oh my!  I’ve totally made the muffins in the past and they are A-MaZinG. 

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**Earl Grey Cake with Raspberry

**The boys practicing for Halloween in their pjs.