Monday, October 20, 2014

Saturday Family Day

Saturday afternoon we took the girls to the Lewis Family Playhouse to see their first play, The 3 Little Pigs.  They were so excited and could not wait for it to start.  There was a minute by minute countdown going on until it began.  It was so fun watching their faces throughout the entire play.  Kayla was at the edge of her seat most of the time and Brooklyn would clap so hard at the end of each scene I thought she was going to hurt her hands.  We all loved the play, it was very cute and funny!   After it was over Brooklyn insisted we meet the cast and that her and Kayla take some pictures with them.  After the girls got to meet and take their pictures with the pigs and the big bad wolf we went out to dinner.  It was such an amazing day, the girls were so well behaved and so much fun to be with.  

I definitely think we'll be going to more plays in the future!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Since the girls were out of school on Monday and hubby also had the day off we got up and headed out to the pumpkin patch to get some pics and pick out some cute pumpkins.  I always love the colors that the pumpkins on the vines add to pictures so I look forward to taking these pictures every year.  This year though the area where we usually take pictures was closed off and not open yet to the public and I knew the girls were not going to walk far enough to get to an area that was open so I settled for what I could get and went on with the day.

Daddy was behind me doing who knows what to get these girl to smile, obviously it was working!

My corny girls,

After taking a few pictures we headed over to the pumpkin aisles.  I love all the varieties of pumpkins they have every year.  The girls each get to pick out a pumpkin and I usually pick a few as well.  My only rule is no orange pumpkins.....we can go to Trader Joe's and get those for $2.99 no need to spend $10.00- $20.00 for one here!

Kayla was all about the wheel barrel, she was happy to push around our pumpkins all morning.

Not quite sure if she understood me when I said pumpkin but this is what she ended up with and she was not about to change it out for any of the other 58 I recommended!!

She was in a hurry to get everyone else out of the pumpkin aisles so she could make her way over to climb the hay barrels.

I'm amazed I got this picture of both of them at the top because once Brooklyn got to the top she was freaking out and just like the last 2 years daddy had to climb up and help a crying Brooklyn down.

Okay these scarecrow pictures might just be my favorite because look at those faces, for some reason they both look younger to me here and I'm not gonna lie I wish they were!!!

Well here is what ended up with,
 my big pumpkins holding their little pumpkins that they chose this year.

See ya next year pumpkin patch!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin~Ricotta Stuffed Shells

My family loves these stuffed shells and so do I.
They are easy to make and can even be made ahead of time and refrigerated before baked.  I also cook more than 24 shells because I always have mixture left over, this way I can stuff the extra shells and freeze them for another time.

Pumpkin~Ricotta Stuffed Shells
24 jumbo past shells
22 oz. ricotta cheese
1 (15oz.)can pumpkin puree
2 1/2 oz. pecorino romano, grated
1 egg white
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 TBSP. finely chopped fresh sage
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 (26 oz.) jar store bought tomato sauce

1.  Cook pasta shells according to package, drain.
2.  While pasta is cooking stir together ricotta, pumpkin, 3/4 pecorino Romano, and remaining ingredients except tomato sauce.
3.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread sauce in bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Fill each psta shell with pumpkin~ricotta mixture and arrange in pan.  Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove foil, sprinkle shells with remaining pecorino Romano and bake for 15 minutes more.  


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Four Day Weekend Recap

We just finished up our four day weekend and it was wonderful.  It was so nice having the last four days to come and go as we pleased.  Right after we picked up Kayla at school on Thursday we came straight home and played in the front yard until dinner time.  The girls rode bikes, jump roped and ran around.  I really wish we had more time for afternoons spent outside but thanks to stupid homework we don't!  Anywho it was a great way to start the long weekend off.  Friday was Ten on Ten so the day was documented in my previous post, click here.

Saturday morning hubby and I took the girls to my parents so we could spend the day together just the two of us.  We went and saw Gone Girl, I was so excited to see it and see hubby's reaction to the ending.  I read the book and knew it would make a great movie.  We both really liked it.  After it was over we shopped a bit, or I guess I shopped a little bit.  I stocked up on a couple of candles, even buying some great smelling Christmas ones!  After I had purchased more than enough candles we went to dinner at P.F. Changs.  It was delicious and it's so nice enjoying a quiet meal out without little ones now and then.

Sunday morning was a do absolutely nothing day!  Kayla stayed in her pj's all day while Brooklyn opted to get dressed to ride her bike while daddy did yard work.  I lounged around and did some cleaning around the house here and there.

Goodies that the girls came home with from Grandma and Papa's

Kayla reading through the old Blog books 

Brooklyn eating her lunch outside

They wanted to play with playdough so I gave in but was not happy to clean up the mess they made but atleast they had fun.

I caught the girls cuddling on the couch while watching some Halloween movies.

For dinner I made pumpkin-ricotta stuffed shells, I look forward to making these every Fall.  I'll be sharing the recipe later this week.
Sunday night was movie night and the girls watched Igor.  It was pretty cute and they ended up watching it again today.
We spent most of this morning at the pumpkin patch which I will post pictures of later on.

Then it was back to reality getting things done back home.  Kayla had to stop by the doctors office to get her Flu nasal spray(she was so happy it was not the shot!) and later on hubby took the girls to dance and I stayed home and worked out in a quiet house.  Hot Dogs for dinner on the back patio followed by some frisbee and softball.  Soon it was time to get things ready for an early Tuesday morning school day.

Only 4 more days until the weekend!!!