Electric Blue, Papaya and a Few Facts About Me

I originally saw this adorable post on Casey Weigand's blog, then on Lindsay's blog, and finally on my new friend Christy's blog.  I Just loved it and decided to share it on my blog too. Thanks for the inspiration ladies!!!

Unfortunately this has been a little bit of a tough week so that may reflect in my answers. I feel like when it rains, it pours. I'm keeping my chin up and pressing forward because I must for my family. I think a lot of bloggers put on a certain persona that they want to portrait and I totally understand that but sometimes it's best to just be down right honest!!! I think the truth is much more interesteing than the fantasy.

However, on a lighter note, I am already up to running 3 miles with my training and I L*O*V*E this outfit!!!! There is always an upside my friends. HALF FULL, ALL THE WAY! 
It must be!!!!

I'm Weird Because.........
I wear my pajamas 80% of the time
I'm always hot, I sleep with the windows open in the winter
I obsessively clip my cuticles
My husband and I sleep with separate blankets in the same bed
I would much rather work 12 hour shifts than 8.
I eat Nutella straight out of the jar A LOT!!!
I like elbow skin

I am a Bad Friend Because...... 
l need  a lot of personal space.
I am terrible about checking my messages or calling back. I usually just don't.
I can be flaky.
I will commit to something and then back out at the last minuet.
I can be guarded, not letting my friends in sometimes.

I am a good friend Because...........
I ALWAYS send thank you cards.
I am very loyal.
I will stick by your side as a friend for life.
 If you really needed me, I would be there in a heart beat, even if you were in China.
I am very generous. I like to shower my friends with gifts and treat for lunch dates even if I can't really afford it.
I am very supportive. I am always encouraging and never competitive.
I really love my friends deeply and they become family to me.

I am sad Because...............

We can barely pay our bills. We live pay check to pay check and sometimes our account is overdrawn.
I have to start working overtime next month.
I really, really want to be a stay at home mother but can't afford to be.
I miss my children deeply when I am away from them.
I miss my brother. He died 4 years ago.
My father is very sick and unresponsive in the hospital right now.
We only have one car and it breaks down A LOT.
And to top if off my husband lost his job yesterday.

"those things that do not kill us will only make us stronger"
I am an honest believer in this!


I know my family will be okay.

I am happy Because...........

I have 2 amazingly beautiful, healthy children.
I have a wonderful husband who treats me like a queen.
I have a career that is dependable.
I have plenty of food for my children.
I have health insurance.
We own a home.
I have this blog which I adore.
I have many loyal, beautiful friends.
GOD IS GOOD TO ME, always.
I have discovered that cooking is my therapy.
I have lost 108 pounds.
I feel great about myself.
I am training for a marathon.
I have a closet full of beautiful clothes.
I am excited for.....................

I actually have the day off (with nursing you never know when your going to have to work) 
To watch my little ones eyes light up on Christmas morning.
My husband and I's second date in 2 years which happens to be next week.
My days off.
Time with my babies.
A good night's sleep.
Things to come in the mail. I love getting packages!
Ginger's first birthday Party. It's going to be French themed.

Button Down Shirt: J Crew
Jacket: Emersonmade
Jeans: Rich and Skinny
Shoes: Sychelles
Belt: Gap

Momma Go Round
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What I Wore Black and Cream

I'm a HUGE fan of black. I love everything black of course the classic Little Black Dress happens to hold an extra special place in my heart!  And I recently stumbled across this great little shop called Shop Kempt that has great style and great prices. AND guest what, 20% off this weekend!!!! Whoo Hoo!!! Happy Girl! 

I decided to snazz it up a bit with this belt that I love and a pair of nude heels. Easy. Comfortable. Not a total slob. Mission Accomplished.
Please excuse scraped shin as apparently I am quiet the klutz. I fell in the grocery store parking lot last week. Boo!

Shoies: Steve Madden 

Momma Go Round
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Happy Thanksgiving

Today I am Grateful. 
Grateful for:

my beautiful, healthy children

a wonderful, loving  husband

our home

my career

dear, dear friends

my mother

our old Subaru that we share

my pajamas

and so many other things I try to count them everyday.

Gratitude is a beautiful thing and today I am FILLED with it. 

I hope each and every one of you had a beautiful day filled with love and laughter.

I worked until 7 this morning, took a short nap and had a beautiful day with my family.

We stayed in, cooked a roasted chicken, an assortment of root vegetables and asparagus. Simple. Easy. Healthy. Wonderful.

Now After only a few hours sleep I am off to sweet, sweet bed. 

Good night my lovely friends! Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings to each and every one of you from our little family of four.

Linking up to these wonderful parties!


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What I Wore Leg Warmers and Boots

I think this is my favorite WHAT I WORE post to date!!!! 

The color combo of orange and pink has always been a fave and I love to layer. I love boots and legwarmers together so I'm just happy as a little clam with this outfit. I think I'll wear it again and again but just change up the colors a bit!!!!

Plus, isn't this the cutest neck warmer in the world??? I have one in baby pink too!!!! 
Shirt: J Crew
Knit Cowl: {Jill Lauren}
Jeans: J Brand
Leg Warmers: {Delirium Kredens}
Boots:  Anthropologie circa 2005

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Chai Apple Pie and last minuet Thanksgiving LINKY party

After making that {Pumpkin Chai Bread}. I got to thinking, what else could I make with this fantatic Chai flavored Latte mix and I thought APPLES!!!! SO here you have it my friends! The flavor combinations are amazing! Truely, this adds a whole new spin pn the tradition favorite. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! P*E*R*F*E*C*T for Thanksgiving!!!!

This recipe will yield 6 Giant Muffin cup size pies or one 9" pie!

Please so not be intimidated by the miniature pies. I am obsessed with everything miniature but this recipe will make a beautiful 9 inch pie as well

Ingredients for the pie:

3 granny smith apples, peeled and cubed
3 gala or fuji apple peeled and cubed
3/4 cups of sugar
3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 heaping tablespoons of corn starch
1 cup concentrated Chai Tea Latte (you can buy this at whole foods or Starbucks)
5 teaspoons butter
1 egg beaten with 3 tablespoons water (egg wash)

Ingredients For the Dough 

(or use store bought dough to make it easier!!!)

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons ice water

Directions for Dough

  1. Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium size bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together.
  2. Gently gather dough particles together into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
  3. Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate. Fill with desired filling and bake

Directions for Pie Filling:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place cubed apples, sugar, Cinnamon and Chai  in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
3. If making individual pies, Break your dough ball in half. Once in half, cut each half into 6 small dough balls. You will need 6 for your bottoms and g for your lattice tops. They may seem very small but will stretch to just the right size.
4. Spray your GIANT muffin pan with non-stick spray.
5. Roll out your bottoms and place in the GIANT muffin pan
6. Fill with the apple filling. Place a small butter pat on top of each.
7. Roll out your last 6 circles, cut into trips and lay your lattice.
8. Brush with egg wash and bake for 35 minuets. (if making a 9" pie bake for 45 -50  minuets)
9. Serve warm with fresh whip cream or ice cream!!! 

 I L*O*V*E the Holidays!!!!! Happy Baking my friends!

Please join me and link up ANYTHING handmade or homemade. I would love to see recipes, DIY projects, party planning, and craft projects of all kinds!!!
And if you didn't make anything this week, no worries, link up an old favorite!!!
There are no rules! Feel free to grab the Handmade Hog button and place it in your post or on your sidebar but it is absolutely NOT required!! EVERYONE is welcome to participate!!! This is just supposed to be a fun way to share your ideas and pick up some new ones !! 
So, please join me! LINK UP!!! I can't wait to see what you have in store!!!

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