The Fruits of the Harvest Thanksgiving

I know some people are going to read this and be confused…I thought Thanksgiving was a theme. Sort of, but I have a tendency to attach more specific themes to everything, from decor to birthdays, to Holidays…Christmas, too! (but more on that later). A few years ago, I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever, […]

Halloween Round-up

Just have to share some final things about Halloween this year before we get too wrapped up in Thanksgiving & Christmas (so much to blog about!).Here is our family shot from the church Halloween party. Yes I know I have a really funny look on my face–I was trying to BE the lamppost (what expression […]

Freaky Fun Food

Are you looking for some fun menu ideas this Halloween week? Here are some of my fun finds. If you are looking for fun meals to make with/for children, Gourmet Mom on the Go, has a lot of great ideas. I loved how easy her ghost pancakes looked, so I had to try it out […]

Arabian Nights–Gourmet group

It was gourmet group again this weekend, and my friends Jackie and Dierdre did not disappoint! We were treated to an evening of middle eastern cuisine, great atmosphere, and even belly dancing!They transformed Jackie’s living room by placing the tables on the floor and lining the walls with rich colored fabric. There were pillows all […]

Festive Fall Breakfast-Pumpkin Waffles with Buttermilk Syrup

I had to try this recipe that my friend, Trish posted on her blog for Pumpkin Waffles with Homemade Buttermilk Syrup. It looked so yummy and seasonal. And it is! We made these together with the kids while we watched General Conference on Sunday. Kira declared the syrup to be the best syrup ever! (It’s […]

Rocket Party–Astronaut Food & Drink

Our little astronauts were treated to a kid-friendly space-themed feast at our Rocket birthday party. All of that rocket building and launching can work up quite an appetite. Here’s what we had at “launch time.” Remember these cafeteria trays from our “Back to School luncheon”? Well, it turns out, they make good astronaut trays, too. […]

It’s Auction Time! (MONDAY ONLY!)

It’s time for the Great Cookie Auction, benefiting plane crash victims, Stephanie (Nie Nie) & Christian Nielson. Bidding begins at 8:00am (Arizona time-which is the same as Pacific Time, right now, I believe) Monday, Sept. 22, over at this website. For more on why I am participating, click here. For more about the reason for […]

Cookies for Nie

For weeks now, I have been following the story of Stephanie Nielson (Nie Nie) and her husband Christian, who were in a private plane crash and are now trying to recover from very critical burns. I’ve checked in daily with Nie’s, sister Courtney, on her blog, cjanerun–at first, for updates on the victims, and then […]

Eye Candy for Halloween

I am seeing this event planner on all of my favorite blogs (Oh Happy Day, The Hostess Blog), lately. And with good reason! Her desert tables are simply works of art! Her portfolio is appropriately titled “Eye Candy” and it is! I’m loving the Halloween table, but she has something for nearly every occasion!There are […]

Back to School Lunch…for the big girls!

It was my turn to host our gourmet group this month. Remember this gourmet group dinner, my friend and I did last year. Well, this was totally different. In the spirit of full disclosure, I must tell you that am not really that much of a gourmet. I LOVE eating good food and trying new […]