Friday, October 22, 2010

Easy Pumpkin-Cinnamon Muffins

A friend gave me the recipe for her pumpkin muffins.  I have been so anxious to bake them.  It's a super easy recipe and they are ready for the oven in no time.  Jadyn and I made some for breakfast this morning.  Oh, they are just heavenly when they come out of the oven.  We could hardly wait for them to cool enough to try one.  I'll share the recipe with you.
Oh, who can resist?!
Pumpkin-Cinnamon Muffins
1 yellow cake mix
1 can of pumpkin
1 bag Hershey's cinnamon chips - 10 oz.
1/2 cup water

Mix all ingredients together.  Spray muffin tin with cooking spray and fill cups about 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Makes about 18-19 regular size muffins.

• I did have to look in more than one store to find the cinnamon chips.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hello.  I'm surprised to see that so many days have passed since my last post.  We've been pretty busy for the last week or so.  We've been busy spending time with family and friends and as usual that makes me feel so happy.
I'm happy to report that all of us are feeling so much better.  Hopefully we'll stay healthy for a while now.  

I've been helping with a few things at Jadyn's school, which is fun for me.  It's sort of a novelty at this point.  Volunteering again at our child's elementary school.  Who would have thought?  Tonight I made a mega amount of soup for a teachers' dinner.  Making 3 batches all at once had me wondering what I'd gotten myself into.  :)  I got it all done though, and I hope they enjoyed it.

We've been loving the wonderful fall weather.  What a joy to have had such mild days.  About a week and a half ago, we went to a pumpkin farm with friends.  The weather that day was very warm.  Shorts weather is quite unusual for this time of year here in MN.  Photos of that will follow.
Alan and I will be having our 28th anniversary this weekend.  Yay!  Twenty-eight years makes me feel sort of old-ish, but I am oh so glad to have a fulfilling marriage with the one I love.  Happy anniversary, sweetie!

What's fun about this photo is that every one of these girls has a tooth missing.  What a fun age.
We went on a hayride, a very dusty hayride!
Look closely, and you will see a peacock in this picture.

Look closely, and you will see little girls going after the peacock.  One of the moms said that poor peacock would probably have dreams that night of being chased by little girls with black hair.  :)
 Our pumpkin.  This is her 5th fall with us and for this we are very, very glad!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Fun Afternoon At The Park

Yesterday was a beautiful day.  Jadyn and I decided to take advantage of the wonderful fall weather.  We went to the park.  She played, we went for a walk and then I took her for ice cream.  We had such a nice time.
Yes, that tiny figure is my daughter.  Don't worry, I stopped her at about that point.  :)  Do you ever wonder how far kids would run if you allowed them to?  Scary thought isn't it?
See ya, Mom!
All of the squirrels were so busy, getting ready for winter.

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree." 
                                                                                                 - Emily Bronte

Monday, October 4, 2010

Our Weekend and Other Things

Our weekend was nice, sort of unhurried and relaxing.  We had enough to keep busy.

On Friday we had a little dinner out, and then watched a movie at home. 
On Saturday, Jadyn went to a birthday party.    Miss Jadyn, lucky girl, has been partying every weekend lately.  Fun times for her!

We spent a little time on Saturday doing some yard work.  We cut down all of the old, withering plants and flowers to get ready for winter. I didn't mind seeing them go.  Alan also did a lot of work on ladders, getting windows ready for new sealing.  Saturday also included some shopping for necessary clothing items.

The highlight of Sunday was church and lunch with family.
Last Sunday evening and again last night, I watched the new show on TV, called Sister Wives.  I'm curious if anyone else has watched it.  Interesting to watch, but I'm certainly glad I don't share my husband with anyone else.  :)

Jadyn and I have been battling colds for the last week.  We are so ready to kick this stuff to the curb.  Today my sinuses hurt all the way to my top teeth.  That's just wrong!

Here are some photos of the J-girl...
A party with cake, for Mommy.
Having a sucker in the toy bin.....because she can.
Nice ride!
Jadyn lost her first tooth last week!  She was so excited about this.
Here is Jadyn with her dad.  She is always super happy to see him when he comes home each evening after work.