Monday, October 26, 2009


Here's a great recipe that a friend shared with me - I'm taking this one to share with my coworkers on Wednesday!

Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte
2c milk
2Tbsp canned pumpkin
2Tbsp white sugar
2Tbsp vanilla (not a typo, it asks for Tablespoons)
- OR 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 nutmeg, and a teeny tiny pinch of ground ginger
1/2c brewed espresso or 3/4 c strong brewed coffee
-garnish with whipped cream (optional)

Directions: This will make enough for 2 people to have a big mug with a bit leftover. Add the coffee/espresso and milk to the crockpot. Whisk in the pumpkin, spices, sugar and vanilla. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours if everything is cold. Whisk again. Ladle into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and additional cinnamon.

A few more seasonal pictures to share:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wyatt's dedication

Wyatt was dedicated to the Lord at church yesterday. He was anointed with oil and prayed over all while his parents stood by his side and family supported him from the crowd.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My morning treat

I've started making my own lattes again in the morning - it is a little treat for myself. Several years ago I bought an espresso machine that was on sale for 50% off at Starbucks and have gotten a lot of use out of it! I figure since I've had it I'm sure I've saved a lot of money making my own lattes rather than buying one each morning. Plus, making my latte in the morning is a little nostalgic from my college and early post college days when I worked at Starbucks. That was a fun job :) If you enjoy your own latte or espresso a few times a week (or every morning) I highly encourage you to get your own espresso machine. It's really simple to make your own, plus you can create your own drink recipes. I'd be happy to give a tutorial to anyone who wants to learn!

Here are a few recipes that I use when making my own:

1. Skim milk/espresso/sweetened condensed milk/dash of cinnamon on top
2. Skim milk/espresso/honey

3. Skim milk/espresso/brown sugar
4. Skim milk/espresso/hazelnut flavor

5. Skim milk/espresso/vanilla syrup/sweetened condensed milk/dash of cinnamon and nutmeg on top

Monday, October 5, 2009

News catch up

It has been a few days since I've posted any happenings so here are a few things that have been going on lately:

1. Wyatt's belly button is great. Our second visit to the pediatric surgeon turned out to be our last. He tied off the base of his belly button again and as he did it fell off which is what he wanted it to do. There wasn't too much blood and Wyatt wasn't too bothered by it. It now looks like a little nub, just like it should.

2. I had a garage sale this past weekend with what I would consider, great success! My parent's community had a Community Garage Sale so I camped out at the end of their driveway to take advantage of the traffic. My reasoning for having a garage sale is to get rid of stuff and give the buyers a deal. I figure there's no point in having a sale if there aren't any deals. So, I'd like to say we had the best prices on the block. (even a FREE box...) Basically, if I saw someone pick an item up, I thought to myself, "What price would make that person buy that item and NOT put it back down." Once an item is in their hand, they're hooked, I just have to reel 'em in with a price they can't pass up! I was really surprised at how many people bought clothes and shoes. My sister put out some stuff as well but I think we probably sold about 2 dozen pairs of shoes and at least 3 dozen shirts/skirts/pants. I've never had clothes do so well at a garage sale. It was a fun morning for me, I enjoy the whole garage sale package - gathering stuff to sell, putting up signs, talking to people who come to browse, earning a little cash . . . and packing up less stuff than I had before I started :)

3. Wyatt is starting to get a little routine during the day and night now. He's sleeping between 5-7 hours at a time then he'll wake up for a little food and go back to sleep for another 3-4 hours. During the day he's starting to take a nap in the morning between 9am and 10am and then another one in the afternoon somewhere between 2pm and 3pm. Naps seem to last just 30 minutes or so. Here are a few recent pictures: