The day before Thanksgiving is my time to reflect on what I am thankful for this past year. Thanksgiving for me is hectic with baking, cleaning up and of course talking with people so even though that's THE Thankful Day of the year I use the day beforehand for my thoughts. This past year has been quite eventful. I would say a few of my top Thankful memories are getting pregnant and staying pregnant with a healthy baby so far. Seeing my daughter grow and learn everyday and seeing how she is a healthy two year old is something I am blessed with and thankful for. My supportive rock, my husband, who helps me and loves me for me is a lifelong blessing I am thankful for. My family in Florida and Washington who are always in my heart that can never be replaced are a blessing I am thankful for. Having food in my pantry, a house to come home to and a car to drive I am thankful for. Friends old and new that have shaped me and have been there for me are a blessing that I am thankful for. The list goes on and on. There is so much in my life that I am thankful for and that I have been blessed with this past year. I love looking at the past year and realizing everything I have and what I have to be thankful for in 2013. Enjoy your family and friends tomorrow on Thanksgiving and think about how much you have
Thanksgiving is this week!! I am just so excited to spend time with my family, create new traditions and memories and spend time eating and not caring how much or what it is! For Thanksgiving dinner I'm in charge of the pies so I've decided to experiment with a gingerbread chocolate crust for a pumpkin pie (if it works out I'll share the recipe) and a spiced peach pie. This year since Sophia is older and she understands what is going on I think I'm going to start a little tradition of making cinnamon rolls and fruit for breakfast. It can be something we do together and hopefully as the years go on it's something we'll look forward to do together. I've been remembering things that I did as a child and I've realized I need to step it up and start creating those traditions and memories for my child. Hope everyone can relax and enjoy their Thanksgiving on Thursday! I wanted to share the pictures we just took for our Christmas cards! I am so happy with how they turned out and that they include our whole family of four now!
Well I found this cute black coat for only 5.99 at the thrift shop. I had to get it, not that I'll wear it in Florida, but when I go up North it will be perfect! All my coats are pretty casual and this one I can wear when I want to be dressy. This week has been a little crazy with some sickness going around my family, but we're all better now and ready for a fun weekend!
Tacos are my weakness. ( especially during this pregnancy)I love a good taco, especially when you use corn tortillas....and they're fried. I know probably not the healthiest, but it tastes so good! I make veggie tacos almost once a week and they are just too good not to share. You could always use meat if you like, but I like having a meal without the hassle of cooking and cutting meat. These are just delish! A must try if I may say so myself!
Best Corn Tacos
2 carrots peeled
1 avacado pitted, peeled and sliced
1 can black beans cooked
1 can sweet yellow corn
1 can sliced pineapple rings
1 tomato sliced
4 corn tortillas
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Fry tortillas on the stove and prepare tacos by adding ingredients after tortillas have cooled a bit. Add salsa, sour cream or spicy sauce if desired and enjoy!
My last post was about my holiday sadness. You can see the post here. I am throwing projects at myself to keep myself busy and make a fun Thanksgiving for my family and my husbands' extended family. On top of my project list I am the one to make the Thanksgiving pies! My husbands family is Puerto Rican and never had pies for Thanksgiving!?!? I grew up with leftover pies because there were many options to choose from. Needless to say it's my job to do the pies on Thanksgiving. Of course pumpkin is on the menu, but this year I'm going to do a little twist on it. (I'll do a recipe on it later) Thinking about doing a pecan, but we'll see. On another note I love these simple decorations I found on pinterest and want to be doing some of them to decorate my mother in laws house. (No dinner at my house yeah!!) Hope this gives you some inspiration to try some easy DIY projects for your Thanksgiving table. Enjoy!
1. Silverware wrapped in ribbon
2. Classic pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream
3. Poms over the table
4. Pecan pie
5. Babies breath spray painted gold
6. I am Thankful for place mats
7. Give Thanks banner
8. Cranberry Apple Cider
9. Glass holders with nuts and candles
OK I know the holidays are happy and about giving thanks and that wonderful feeling, but being honest I get sad around the holidays. I absolutely LOVE the holiday season, don't get me wrong, but there's something that just tugs at my heart during this time. I moved to Florida 8 years ago (I cannot believe I've been gone from home that long) and I didn't plan on living my life here, meeting a wonderful man, getting married and having my babies here. This is where the sadness comes in. My husbands family is here and mine is in Washington. Someone is always going to miss out on the holidays. My hubby is so supportive of us spending time with my family so we try to plan one of our twice yearly trips on Christmas/New Years or Thanksgiving. It's really wonderful that we are able to split the time up between our two families while living so far away. I still have a hard time when I hear of my family getting together and planning the holiday craziness without me. On the other side of the coin Sophia, myself and the hubs (and peanut) will make up more than half of his family. Now that's a lot of family to miss for a holiday. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years have been so important because it's all about family for me. I know a lot of people have a hard time during this season and feel like they are being pulled in too many directions with too many places to attend in one day. I am feeling the opposite. I miss my family either way I go. I cannot spend a Christmas with both sides and Thanksgiving dinner will not be shared by our two families. Florida and Washington are just too far apart. Reflecting on this during the happy holiday season makes me melancholy and frankly sad at times. To my two families across the United States , you mean more to me than anything in the world and I know that with each holiday that I am not with you in person my heart is.
My family loves pizza. And calzones fit right into that category. I made homemade calzones (dough and all) for a Sunday family dinner. It was so scrumptious and really addicting so only make if you and your family are prepared to eat. And you can't worry about carbs either. I love carbs and embrace them and think everyone should as well! I got the recipe for the dough here. Happy Baking!
(Makes 4 extra large calzones)
I love jeans. There are so many different washes, colors, cuts and I have outgrown my "old jeans" due to a growing belly. I had to go out and buy some in the meantime jeans. The problem is that jeans are always too long for me. I am only 5'3 on a good day and they are always a few inches too long. I used to hem them myself, but I'd never be able to match the thread or width of the original hem. It always looked off. I went on you tube about one year ago and found a way to keep THE ORIGINAL HEM! Wow! It's super easy and now I can keep the jeans looking normal while they fit!
Hope this all makes sense. If you try this and have questions please email me or leave it in the comment section. I looked online and to do an original hem alteration with a seamstress it costs $20+. This is a great way to save money and make your jeans look fabulous! Happy sewing!
I've seen a lot of state sketches or print outs with a heart over where you live or where you were born. I have a wall with some random pictures and art and needed to add to it. I decided to do a sketch of Florida and Washington. (Where my husband and I grew up) I love how it turned out. I am thinking about adding one in my daughters room where she was born and then of course adding one to the little peanuts room once he/she is here. I think it's such a cute idea and of course very easy and cheap.
OK so I have no idea if I'm having a boy or girl yet, but I think I'm going to be decorating with a woodland creature theme regardless. (I know I know I chose a theme already, but this is the fun stuff to plan!) I like the idea of making it gender neutral (light gray and maybe soft yellow) and throwing in a few little accents of gender color. Anyways I put together a little inspiration board for myself that I'm going to share with you. I've been spending some time on pinterest pinning away and getting excited about what is in store for our extra room! I actually won't be putting a crib together and having the baby sleep in the room for a few months (Sophia didn't sleep in her crib until 4 months for nights and 7 months for naps) but I'll be working on putting the decorations up. I can't wait for baby number 2 (aka peanut) to get here. (And to also see what I end up with for the nursery!)
1. Clouds with crystals. I think its cute with SOME of the pink flowers for a girl. For a boy just plain white. Loving the crystals hanging down like rain. Would definitely be cute somewhere in the room. Maybe hanging over a dresser or chair?
2. Wood picture quote. My mom used to read the book I'll Love You Forever to me and my siblings and sit there and cry. I had no idea why until I read it to Sophia the first time. I love the saying and would love to hang it in the room.
3. Little woodland creature sketches. Yes, please!
4. Triangle wall. I love the white triangle stamps on the gray wall. It'd be a big project, but I love the look of having an accent wall.
5. I like how this room is gender neutral except for the little splashes of pink. For a boy I would use light blue and dark navy. I also love the calming affect light gray and yellow have together.
6. Woodland animals and quotes.These sayings are just adorable and the pictures of the woodland creatures would be perfect.
7. Woodland mobile. Just the cutest. I think it would be so cute to have over the crib when they're little and then take it down and let them use the little animals to play with later on.
8. Cloud and sun pillows. Perfect to have on a chair for those lovely long nights for mommy or daddy to lean on.
9. Fabric banner. We have a fan so I couldn't put it on a hanging lamp, but on a wall, tied around the bottom of the crib or on the curtains would be perfect.
I definitely want to do some of these myself. The little woodland mobile (number 7) is......$90!! I mean what?!? It might be a stretch but I'm determined to do this on a budget and of course share the projects as I go along!
Hi I'm Ruth!
Wife to Manny and Mama to two little spunky girls, Amelia and Sophia. This is my little corner on the internet where I share my style and everyday life as a stay at home Mama.
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