Thursday, October 30, 2014

(almost) the end of blogtober

Helene in Between Blogtober

I participated in the first handful of these prompts earlier in the month but then I jsut wasn't feeling it and life got in the way and I just got lazy but I am back for today's prompt! Tell us about yourself.

I love a blog link up and Fall and Christmas and scarf/sweater weather.

I am paranoid when I come home to a dark and empty house.

I would love to pack up and move to Australia for a year...darn 'making a living and saving for life 'gets in the way

I love coffee and chocolate...I hate clowns, asparagus and feet

And I found this over on Allie's blog, ao thank you!

Favorite pizza:  any type of crust with pepperoni...or vegetables... and Chicago-style is the best best best.

Favorite place to buy clothes:  Target, The Loft, Von Maur

Favorite home decor store: Target or Home Goods/Marshalls

Favorite Starbucks drink: Non fat,no whip: mocha, Carmel machiatto, salted Carmel mocha,pumpkin spice latte or peppermint mocha. I know, it is a sickness.

Favorite technology gadget: ipod--I love that all my music is there at once;and I love making new play lists.

Favorite football team:  Chicago Bears...but I don't really like football in general.

Favorite breakfast food: french toast, egg burritos, pancakes

Favorite seafood: Salmon or a good white fish or a fresh crab cake,

Favorite city:  Chicago....and San Francisco was favorite dream city is Melbourne,AUS!

Favorite dog breed: Husky, Labrador

Favorite dessert:  fresh baked cookies or oreos...cake/cupcake

Favorite music genre:  country or christian

Favorite soda:  Pepsi---no gross diet stuff though

Favorite queso:  cheddar or Munster...I love all cheese though,really.

Favorite holiday:  Christmas

Favorite nail color:  dark purples or blues

Favorite mascara:  I don't use any....

Favorite foundation: Bare Minerals

Favorite hair product: Garnier Fruictese's Anti-humidity gel

Favorite outside temperature:  60s-75

Favorite perfume: Vera Wang Princess or Coach Poppy Flower

Favorite handbag designer:  Coach or newest love of Kate Spade

Favorite retail store:  The Loft

Favorite curling iron:  Don't use one,don't own one

Favorite wine:  red...preferably a merlot

Favorite beer:  any!

Learn something new?

What I have made

Skillet Lasagna
I loved this and so did my family. It was so fast to make and bake,too,perfect for a weeknight. Also, I couldn't find frozen squash (and I wasn't in the mood to cut up a fresh one and cook it) so instead of the squash I switched in a can of pumpkin---perfect! A hearty,Fall, rich and cheesy dish! It was my first time using no-bake noodles and they did seem a bit too al dente at first but they were even better as leftovers the next day!

My first risotto endeavor and boy I wasn't too big of a fan. I think I was expecting it to taste more like orzo than rice...but the fresh (garden grown,too!) squash gave it a deeper taste. I paired it with salad and bread and it was a fitting Fall night. It also took way longer than the recipe stated. My family liked it and they want to have it again but I don't know yet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Elementary starts back up again tonight!!

How is it the end of October?!!?!

I have already bought a few Christmas presents...I know,I know,but it is fun!

I signed up for a (blog) Ornament Swap this week,too.

Grand Central is a great,sweet collection of short stories and a lot of them are written by some of my favorite authors.

I received my flu shot over the weekend and it was the most painful one that I can remember,I couldn't even sleep on my right side all night. But thankfully it lasted for less than a day.

I am dressing up as BatGirl for Halloween and I am not ashamed to admit that I bought the Batman shirt in the boys section...and the XL fits me. For $7 it is well worth it!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 27, 2014

a lovely weekend

I had a lovely weekend and for not super spectacular reason,it was just a nice Fall weekend.

The weather was sunny and warm (60s!)

I babysat on Friday night for one of my favorites and then on Saturday night for the Lovebugs 2 and 4.

I soaked up pumpkin: two pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin beer and pumpkin lasagna.

The pumpkin lasagna was scrumptious and so easy AND it was a last-minute change from squash to pumpkin.

I spent a couple of hours with my Mom on Sunday while we ran errands;that hasn't happened in a long time and it was nice.

For Halloween I will be BatGirl! I think my Kindergartners will like it,too.

The Blackhawks ended on a good weekend note with a win!

The Besties and I spiced up our weekly coffee date and met up for brunch. Tasty and it was nice catching up.

How was yours?

Friday, October 24, 2014

friday's 5

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1. Taking a field trip with the Kindergartners to the Pumpkin Farm
2. Dinner with Bestie K
3. Brunch with the Besties tomorrow!
4. Finding deals at both Von Maur and Target
5. Splurging on Stella and Dot jewelry for the PTO fundraiser--another teacher perk!

Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Every week

Sometimes all you need is red wine,dinner and time with a Bestie! Wednesday night!