Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful for:

my health
having fun and safe trips this year---Nashville with the Besties, OBX with the Older Sis and Omaha with the Ks

being able to pay unexpected bills
having health insurance
my new job!! I am SO much happier!
my family
my girlfriends (aka my Besties!)

my supportive and proud parents
my car
group text messages with my siblings---sometimes they brighten up my whole day!
red wine :)
cups of coffee
watching the Blackhawks
God's constant support and strength
what is to come in 2015

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

thanksgiving eve

Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.

- Psalm 95:2

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

best Thanksgiving dessert!

There is just over one week until Thanksgiving (here in America...if you are Canadian you have just under one year until your next one,I think) so in case you need a delicious Thanksgiving dessert idea, here you go! I came across this recipe three years ago on Jen's blog and I have made it every Thanksgiving/November since. It is an easy recipe,not too time-consuming and my family loves it and gobbles (pun intended) it down.

(I use pumpkin pie spice instead of the ginger,cinnamon and nutmeg though. It makes it easier and I bet it gives it more pumpkin pie flavoring over all).

for the graham cracker crust:
  • 18 graham crackers (2 sleeves)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
for the cheesecake:
  • 1 15-oz can pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon*
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg*
  • 1/2 tsp ginger*
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 lbs cream cheese, at room temperature (3, 8oz boxes)
  • *3 Tbsp of Pumpkin Pie spice instead of the three separate spices
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl crush graham crackers with your hands. Add sugar and butter and mix well. Press graham cracker crumbs onto a lined (parchment paper) jelly roll pan. Bake for 5 minutes until toasty. Remove and reduce oven temperature to 325.
  3. Mix together the pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, cream and vanilla in a large bowl.
  4. In the bowl of a Mixer, beat together the cream cheese, granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg,ginger (or 3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice in place of all three of these) and salt. Beat until light and fluffy then slowly pour in pumpkin mixture. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and not many lumps remain.
  5. Pour batter onto baked crust and bake for 50 minutes until edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let cool completely before cutting into small squares (and topping with whipped cream).

My ingredients and utensils...

I use the Pampered Chef brand "mix-n-chop" and it is awesome.

After adding the melted butter and sugar and mixing,spread it on the prepared tray.

Pumpkin mixture step and the cream cheese mixing step.
Blending the pumpkin mixture into the cream cheese mixture.

Ready for the oven!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Here we go,Monday

I just have to get through this whole week then next Monday and then I am off for Thanksgiving break (another teaching perk!).

Conferences start this Thursday so it will be a long night.

It was a baking weekend for me, I made pumpkin cheesecake bars on Saturday and banana bread on Sunday. And the best chicken enchilada soup for dinner in the Crock Pot.

Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes is a good,sweet read.

I crossed off a few more people on my Christmas list this weekend...

I am already listening to Christmas music!!

There was a dusting of snow this weekend,it sure is pretty as it falls in big,fat flakes.

Coffee with Besties P and K was great,laughing with them is the best.

Happy Monday!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

coffee date

Thanks to Jenna, I am linking up for her Coffee Date!

This week's highs

  • Wine night and dinner with Besites K and E
  • Crossing a few more items off of my Christmas list
  • ProACT training for work,which means I haven't been in the classroom since Wednesday but I have learned a lot of great,unique information and tools to use.
  • Hallmark Channel Christmas movies :)
  • Rsvp-ing to Bestie E's ugly sweater Christmas party
  • Buying my ugly Christmas sweater for Bestie E's party--thanks Etsy!
  • working out even when I didn't feel like it
  • Walking away from a few items that I wanted to buy at Target but I didn't "need"

This week's lows

  • so darn cold here in Chicago...20s and 30s! I even had to bring out my Winter jacket today so I would survive recess duty!
  • I have a cold starting so it is time to load up of Cold-EZ lozenges!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day 2014

Thank You to all the brave men and women who have fought for our Country!! I can only imagine the strength,courage,dedication and determination you all have.

Thank you to my Dad, my Grandpa K, my Grandpa J and my Cousin D.

Thank you to all the soldiers' families,too,what a sacrifice you make as well!

Go thank a Vet today,especially!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

this weekend was for:

painting my nails in lincoln park after dark

sleeping in until 8:30

enjoying Operation Support Our Troops


catching up on my tv shows

coffee with Besties K and P

browsing Von Maur

putting up Thanksgiving decor

watching the Blackhawks

pizza, beer and family



babysitting for one of my favorite families

loving this song and hawaii five-o montage:

Happy Monday!