Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

These are seriously the easiest muffins to bake.

1 box Spice Cake Mix
15oz pumpkin (plain pumpkin)
1 bag chocolate chips

Preheat oven according to the cake mix.
Mix the cake mix and the pumpkin.
And then mix it some more.
Pour in the chocolate chips and mix some more.

Pour into greased muffin tin. I like to use the little cupcake wrappers.
Bake. For a long time. They are dense so they will tale longer to bake. The box said 18-20 minutes and I think I baked them at 30 minutes or longer. Just keep an eye on them.
They do not rise much. I ended up with 18 muffins instead of 24.

Great for a fall snack or for breakfast.

Sometimes I individually wrap them and then freeze. My Hubby likes to grab them out of the freezer frozen and take them to work. By the time he gets there and is in his morning meeting the muffins are thawed and he eats his breakfast during his meeting. Pumpkin muffins and coffee. :o)

I bought some cream cheese frosting and turned a few into "cupcakes"

Monday, October 29, 2012

Where I Belong

I love this song by Building 429! Every time it comes on the radio I turn it up and the kids and I sing our little hearts out. Besides being all kinds of fun to sing it also delivers a powerful message.
When the going gets tough, keep your eyes focused on Jesus and remember that we're not home yet.
This isn't it.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Date night at the Power House Theatre

The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland
The Hubby and I had a great time.
I thought it would be Alice in Wonderland with a little burlesque...
It was more burlesque with a little Alice in Wonderland.
The costumes were amazing, the music was fun and the dancing was upbeat, energetic and oh so sexy! All the women were beautiful (the men weren't too bad either). There were some skinny-minnies. I thought it was so cool though to see "real" women dancing. They even had a few jiggles.
That. Is. So. COOL!
I have some jigglie places too.
The confidence those women have is so sexy!
I don't think I'll take up burlesque dancing but I would love to have that kind of naked confidence.
And a few of their rockin' costumes would be fun too!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sloppy Joe-Lanterns

My friend, Tasha and I were talking after school and neither of us quite knew what we were having for dinner. Tasha mentioned Sloppy Joe's.
So off to the store I went.
I had to pick up Pumpkin Muffin ingredients to make with my classes. They had a great deal on all of the ingredients.
All 3 ingredients.
After I made the Sloppy Joe's I looked at my kids' plates and had a moment of brilliance. I know because Madison told me it was brilliant.

Sloppy Joe-Lanterns!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Here is a website with information of domestic violence including phone numbers.
Domestic violence is so much more than just physical.
And happens to adults and children.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Beach Trip 2012 Part 2

 MJ: Livin' the Thug Life
Our view from our room

I posted these pictures because they show Benjamin being Benjamin. I have no idea what he was doing but he definitely had some games he was playing. All by himself. Running this way and that. Always with an air of seriousness.

Our view in the evening

You can see our hotel behind Sarah.

us girls

Very seriously building something

Peace Yo!

The kids' first Beach Trip!

One last look

Waving good-bye to the waves

Benjamin did not make it far before falling asleep exhausted!

The top of Multnomah Falls

The bottom of Multnomah Falls