Pumpkin Cake Recipe


I’m so excited that it’s fall and you know what that means – Pumpkin Season! I can’t get enough of pumpkin doughnuts, breads, drinks and of course, desserts! My very favorite pumpkin recipe is this amazing pumpkin cake.

Growing up, my mom would make this every year. I’m sure I make it at least two or three times each fall. I just can’t get enough of this stuff! It’s got a crunchy streusel top, and underneath is an ooey, gooey pumpkin filling that can’t be beat.


Izzy and Cubby Pirate Costumes


I was so excited when we decided on a theme for costumes this year. I say “we,” but let’s be honest– it was mostly my decision. I’m going to keep coordinating my kids’ costumes as long as they will let me! They love to watch “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” Addie (3) loves to pretend to be Izzy and we always say that Reed (1) looks much more like Cubby than Jake. I knew it would be easy enough to throw the costumes together once I gathered all the supplies. I was glad to find that we already owned clothing in the right colors for the shirts and pants.Fortunately Addie owns at least five hot pink shirts, so she’s got plenty of options for the half dozen Halloween events we’ll be attending during the next week and a half.

Since we live in Ohio and it was really cold here on Halloween last year, I opted to go for long-sleeve shirts and pants. Even then, we’ll probably still have to layer clothes underneath and coats on top. At least I got some cute pictures of them in their costumes before they’re all bundled up this weekend for Trunk or Treat!




It’s a sad day when we’re no longer drowning in tomatoes over here. I seriously can’t believe what an amazing crop we had this summer. This was our second year attempting to grow tomatoes (first time from seed!) and they grew like weeds. We were insane and planted around 20 of the little sprouts, and somehow they multiplied (there may have been some compost from our sad attempt last year). Our back garden was like a forest and I couldn’t even reach the back plants, let alone keep the weeds at bay. The cherry tomatoes proved to be the most fruitful and we had lots of happy neighbors, friends and co-workers who enjoyed them with us.

I was making my grocery list this week and realized I was putting tomatoes on the list FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTHS. It’s been so nice to not have to buy tomatoes or worry about whether or not I had enough for a recipe. Especially when those little pints of the cherry ones cost around $2.99. Seriously? I could have probably filled ten pints a week in July and August. (Note to self – future business opportunity selling tomatoes.)


Triple Berry Smoothie


My kids love smoothies, but it’s hard for me to find the right blend of ingredients. I used to just throw a bunch of fruit, juice and yogurt into a blender. It would always taste fine, but they were nothing comparable to Jamba Juice. I thought I’d finally try to measure the ingredients and based this recipe off of one on the bag of frozen berries. Finally, success! We all liked it so much, I made it two days in a row!

I had some leftover coconut milk from another recipe and I loved the taste of it in this smoothie. But word to the wise, don’t try drinking unsweetened coconut milk plain! It is bitter!


White Chicken Chili


This white chicken chili is one of my favorite fall recipes. It’s easy to put together, smells amazing and makes awesome leftovers. We usually double the batch so we have can eat it for days afterward. It’s creamy, full of chicken, white beans and tons of spices. It also freezes well.

My friend Tara shared this recipe with us a few years ago. It’s been one of my husband’s favorites ever since then. I always make this for our annual ward chili cook-off. Serve it with some Rhodes rolls and homemade raspberry butter.


Fresh Raspberry Sauce


This summer I’ve taken my kids strawberry picking, blueberry picking, so of course we had to try raspberry picking! We have this awesome family farm here in Ohio called Johnston Fruit Farms. They are so nice and have great prices on fresh fruit.

We ate a lot of our fresh raspberries, but I made sure to save some for this amazing raspberry sauce. It’s a sweet and tangy topping to ice cream, crepes or cheesecake.


DIY Kimono


I’ve been loving all these kimonos in the fashion world this spring/summer. But the prices? Not so much. When I saw this 30-minute kimono tutorial from Merrick’s Art, I knew I wanted to try it ASAP. You don’t need a pattern and it only requires a few cuts. I’ll be honest and admit that I’m terrible at freehand cutting, but it doesn’t really matter for this project!

So as soon as I got my sewing machine back from the repair shop, I drove straight to JoAnn’s to find some fabric. Merrick suggests a jersey knit, but I fell in love with this silky paisley print that I couldn’t pass up (plus it was 40% off). If you go with anything other than knit, keep in mind that you will have to hem all the edges. That was fine with me since I need to practice my sewing skills anyway. I also love this floral print and this paisley one.


The Blogland Tour


Hey Friends!

It’s been a crazy busy month for us. I’m always busy with church, but for some reason I decided to also take on coaching my daughter’s soccer team this fall. Imagine convincing seven active 3-year-olds to dribble their soccer balls around in a square in addition to keeping an eye my little 1-year-old. It’s crazy! But we are having a blast!


Grey Painted Dresser

Grey Painted Dresser with Glass Knobs

A few weeks ago, I was walking in my neighborhood with my kids and found this dresser on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on it. I knew I wanted it, but I wasn’t sure if I could get it home by myself. Paranoia quickly set in and I decided I had to have it before someone else took it! So I walked back home, strapped the kids in the swagger wagon and drove over. It was a challenge, but I was able to awkwardly get it into the van (with the drawers removed)! Hallelujah!


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