Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hello October!

As the last day of September comes to a close, I am overjoyed with excitement because October and Halloween are my two favorite things! Yeah Christmas is awesome, but there is something about Halloween that puts me in a fantastic mood. There's carving pumpkins, eating all sorts of pumpkin creations, Trick-or-Treating, and costumes! 

Like always I have been all over Pinterest looking for amazing decorating ideas and recipes to make this Halloween amazing! Here are a few of my favorites that I plan on tackling in the coming month:


I love everything about candy corn, so when I saw these cupcakes I fell in love. After some intense searching, I found the original recipe over at Our Best Bites. It looks super easy to make (it starts with a box mix!) and they give great pointers in the post on how to frost your cupcakes so they look extra beautiful.


I really want to make a BOO sign like this for our front door. The other day I saw glow-in-the-dark Mod Podge, and I think that would look awesome. You can head on over to Then she made... and check out the super easy directions on how to make your own BOO sign.

Source: lilluna.com via Hilary on Pinterest

Like I said before, October is about eating all kinds of pumpkin creations, and if you head on over to Lil' Luna you can find 50 wonderful pumpkin recipes.


I definitely want to make this Trick-or-Treat bag for William. I think it is the most adorable thing ever, and much nicer than the cheap ones you find at the store. the Fabric Mill blog has an amazing step by step tutorial on how to make one!



Last but not least, are these wonderful looking pumpkin scones. I found them over at Will Cook for Smiles and I am ready to make a batch and have them for breakfast every single day!

I hope everyone enjoyed this October & Halloween excitement as much as I did! I think it is time to start baking and crafting.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Super Summer Sundress

The beauty of Texas is that we get summer weather basically all year. Last week I made a really cute sundress that I have be meaning to make for a while now. It turned out adorable but of course as soon as I finish it, it gets cold and rainy in Texas :( Luckily by the middle of the week it is going to be back to the 90degree weather that Texas is known for, and I will have a chance to wear it.

I used Simplicity 2362 to make the dress, and unfortunately this pattern is now out of print. I didn't even realize I had bought the pattern so long ago, but I guess I did. I always buy at least 5 patterns when Hobby Lobby puts them on sale for 99cents.

I had some beautiful blue Batik fabric in my stash and it was just crying out to be loved, so I adopted it for this project :) I love the way it turned out and I am so excited to finally be able to wear it all day, rather than just trying it on.

You can't tell from the picture, but there are two pockets in the front of the skirt. My hands are actually right above the openings for the pickets.
 
A close up of the pretty pleated bodice on my amazing body double. My mom told me 3 years ago that she was going to get me a dress form as a graduation gift, and I finally got it this summer. Needless to say, I am overjoyed at having it finally!



I still need to add the hook and eye fastener above the zipper, but I need to go buy some in order for that to happen :)

I tried to take some pictures outside, but William was curious and kept walking in front of me. He's such a sweet boy, and he LOVES to play in the backyard.

William looking cute as always.

Overall, I love how the dress turned out and I love that it only took me 2 days to make. The best thing about making sundresses is that they come together so quickly!

With the Texas weather starting to have random rainy cold fronts, I think it might be time to start making some pieces that are more suited towards fall :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Austin For the Weekend!

I'm very exited that William and I are headed to Austin for the weekend! Sadly Jeffrey had to stay on College Station to work on his senior project :( so he can't join us this weekend.

We're going to be celebrating my grandmothers 89th birthday tomorrow, and then go antique shopping in my parents RV on Sunday. It will be a good little test for when we go to Disney World in less than two months because William has never ride in the RV before.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing weekend :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Easiest Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

If there is one thing that I could cook with my eyes closed, it would be my Mom's spaghetti sauce recipe. I used to make it exactly how she did, but I have revised it to near perfection :) The greatest part about this sauce is that it is mostly homemade; I take the easy way out and use canned tomatoes and canned tomato sauce. 

I'll never forget when I first met Jeffrey and he told me he didn't like spaghetti, and I told him "just wait till I make you spaghetti". Now it is one of his favorite meals that I make for us.


Here is how I make my version of my Mom's delicious spaghetti :)

1. Finely dice 3-4 cloves of garlic and saute it in a little bit of Olive Oil for a couple of minutes. You can put as much or as little garlic as you want, I happen to love garlic and so do Jeffrey and William so the more the merrier around here. Be careful not to let the garlic burn because it can get away from you quickly.
2. Once your garlic is smelling delicious, add in 1/2 lb. ground pork and 1/2 lb. ground mild Italian sausage. We don't eat much beef around our house, so we prefer pork, but you can choose whatever ground meat suits your fancy :) However, I did try to make this with ground chicken once and it DID NOT work out well at all.

3. While the meat is browning, put a pot of salted water on to boil for your pasta, and pull out your remaining ingredients.
NOTE: the beer is not for the spaghetti :) it is purely for enjoyment while cooking dinner

4. Once the meat is fully cooked like this...

add in two 7oz. cans of tomato sauce and one 14.5oz. can of diced tomatoes. I like to use Hunts with the added basil, garlic, and oregano because it gives it an extra little bump of flavor.

5. Finally add in about 1/4C dried parsley, 1tsp. oregano, and 1 bay leaf. Give it a good stir and bring to a boil; once it boils lower the heat and let is simmer for about 15-30 minutes.

Yummy!
 Its really doesn't matter how long you let it simmer for, the longer is simmers the more its flavors develop. Sometimes I let mine simmer for 30 minutes, and other times I serve it right after adding in the spices. It is all up to your time frame :)

 Drain your pasta.

 Put it in a bowl and top with cheese :)

Add some spaghetti sauce and of course more cheese. Finally, enjoy the deliciousness!

This is a great family meal because it makes a large portion in a short amount of time. It even freezes well, so if you want to double the recipe and then freeze it for later you can; I have done it on several occasions.

This spaghetti recipe has become a regular in our weekly dinner rotation, and I hope you enjoy it enough that it becomes a regular in yours too!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gallery Wall

A couple of weeks ago I finally unpacked all of our pictures and hung this amazing gallery wall in the living room : ) As you can obviously see, we mostly have pictures of William right now (note to self: get family portrait done soon). 

I looked online for some inspiration on how to layout the gallery wall, but I really didn't like anything I found. So I ended up just winging it and I love the result! 

I love how some of the frames lined up perfectly, and how others are slightly askew :)
 I started by hanging the big gold frame first and then just worked out from there. It was a lot of trial and error before finally coming together. A good trick to keep the frames in place once you hang them on the wall, is to use a couple pieces of sticky tack on the back bottom corners of the frame. That way when you dust or someone slams the front door really hard, you won't have frames getting all wonky. 


 This frame is by far my favorite! And thanks to the coupon I had and the awesome sale at Micheal's, it was only $20! One day William is going to bring a date home, and I will be sure to show them this picture of his cute little bottom :)

These pictures are from when we went to Disney for my sisters 16th birthday. The bottom right picture is quite possibly the best picture of my parents ever! Gotta love Disney World! 

Here is the entire family at my graduation from Texas A&M in May 2011. I'm not sure if you can notice but my sister-in-law and I are were about 6-7 months pregnant at the time!
Of course more Disney World pictures :) these are from Christmas 2009. 

And the cherry on top is this cross stitch that I made last summer. Eventually, when Jeff and I have a "real" house (meaning we own it) I want to use this cross stitch as a color scheme for our living room.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope there are lots of barbeques and pool parties happening right now! Our Labor Day has been quite lazy. Unfortunately Jeff had class today :( so the baby and I have been laying around the house all day :) and I've been trying to catch up on some cleaning that I have been too lazy to do.

I have several new posts coming soon! I have been behind on my posting and it actually makes me very very sad :'( Thankfully since Jeff is finally home from Houston, we don't have to drive all over the place anymore and we get to stay home! 

I am looking forward to a wonderful fall semester and posts galore!

My spaghetti monster!