I love this time of year, even though we live in Southern California and the seasons might not be so noticeable. October brings lots of pumpkins, apple cider, visits to the pumpkin patch, fall crafts, Halloween and a reminder that winter is around the corner.
I treasure all of Everly’s artwork. I try and save all of her artwork from pre-school all year long. At the end of the school year I go through her piles of artwork. It probably takes me about 3 days, between scanning, taking pictures and lot’s of procrastination, but the end result is priceless!
October might be one of my favorite months. We have the perfect excuse to wear silly costumes, eat sweets and make the house spooky. And when playdates required cupcakes, we know it’s usually a success. Happy Birthday Ethan!
I found this awesome recipe on Pinterest, not only is it easy to make but it sure taste just like the lemon pound cake at Starbucks.
1 box yellow cake mix
3.4 ounce instant lemon pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces sour cream
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray your loaf pans with cooking spray or use butter ( I used the mini loaf pans 5 1/2″ x 3″ x 2 1/4) but you can use anything you have.
Mix all ingredients together in no particular order with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes, place batter equally in the loaf pans.
Bake approximately 40-45 minutes , all ovens are different so I usually stick a wooden stick in to make sure the cake is baked.
Icing: Sift powdered sugar into a bowl, add the fresh lemon juice and stir. Make sure the loafs are cool before drizzling the icing on top.
Halloween is around the corner and of course we are obsessing about costumes… but when you have your 4 year old daughter make the final executive decision, it gets a little complicated! It changed from being Elsa, to being a llama, to Katie Perry in the “Roar video”. Even though Katy Perry would have been so funny specially because she wanted her little sister to be the tiger from the music video. I finally got my way because we are going to be a fox family.” Yay!!
The inspiration is the Fantastic Mr. Fox. I wish I could do a full-on mask but I’m afraid Arden (9 months old) would be too scared, so I found this cute mask tutorial from Handmade Charlotte.
Walk-ins welcome, the only catch… you have to make your own pizza! We had our little friends over making their own dinner and keeping those little fingers busy.
We bought the dough and sauce from our local Italian market, Angelo’s in Belmont Shore, but Trader Joe’s carries pizza dough for about $3 as well as Pizza Sauce. For the cheese we used cheese sticks (kid Friendly) and easy to use.
The pizza turned out great, and the kids ate every single piece!
Last night while looking for ideas to take on the plane for my 4 year old, I found this awesome tutorial from Prudent Baby. Last week we made the chalkboard with the alphabet letters and finding this was just perfect for our previous project.
So this morning I went to my little studio to find any scrap fabric to make this awesome travel pillow. I’m not a seamstress by any means and it sure didn’t turn out as cute as the original but it works for us. Here is the Tutorial
This is our version of the travel pillow.For the handles I used my old wraps from kickboxing. I have’t been back to kickboxing for about 18 months, I’m just glad I got to re-use them.