Monday, September 30, 2013

Apples!!

Thanks to my apple tree I finally found a little bit of inspiration.  We had so many apples this year I had to do something with them.  I made an apple pie, but went crazy on the crust so I needed to go back to the drawing board...no picture necessary, super thick. Then I found some recipes on Pinterest for an apple bar and salted caramel mini apple pies.  They sounded delicious.


http://www.justataste.com/2012/09/salted-caramel-apple-hand-pies-recipe/

The bars were really good.  I added more cinnamon and apple then the recipe called for and it was delicious.  I also added more glaze.   The pies needed more salt and caramel, so I'll work on those for next time, but they were good too.

It kept me inspired and I made an apple cinnamon bundt cake, lemon cupcakes with rasberry filling, Guinness cake with Bailey's frosting, and cake balls for a family birthday party.  I failed to take pics but the lemon cupcakes were awesome.  The recipe was from foodnetwork.com http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/lemon-cupcakes-with-blueberry-compote-filling-and-cream-cheese-frosting-recipe/index.html.  I used extra lemon because I was dinged for lack of lemon on my last lemon dessert.

Hopefully the inspiration sticks.  There are tons more apples on my tree.  What to make next?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

To Work or Not To Work??

I'm back.  Last time I posted I was heading back to work.  I had taken off a year and a half to be with my son during his cancer treatments. He got the all clear in April 2012, he headed back to school in July 2012, so I headed back to work in October 2012. Basically the same job I was doing before I took time off, just for a different company, same pay as well.  Same corporate bull too!
It was only a couple of months before I started feeling guilty.  After all I almost lost my son, how the heck could I go back to work and let someone else get extra time with him. I basically beat myself up fighting the guilt of not being with my children.  Getting home in time to feed them dinner and put them to bed.  Our only quality time was story time before bed.  I got frustrated, angry, and started taking it out on everyone.  It was crazy.
I decided after everything my son and I had been through my place was home with my kids. So I quit.  I gave a week's notice and quit the week that school was getting out. I thought, I'll just spend a summer with the kids.  He was sick when I was home so we didn't get "fun" time.  One summer and I'll go back to work.
We had a great summer.  We went to the beach, theme parks, walks, slept in, we did whatever they wanted.  It was great!  Summer ended.  But I wasn't quite ready to go back to work yet.  I liked the idea of dropping off the kids in the morning without rushing to work and picking them up after school.  Then I wouldn't have any guilt about not being with them.  Well it's September now and I'm still not back at work.  Now I have a new guilt...finances!
My little nest egg ran out at the end of August.  I guess we did to much this summer.  I'm having to pull money out of the savings.  We aren't big spenders, but we have 6 kids.  An adult child that just started on his own and of course he needed a little bit of help.  2 kids in college.  3 little ones, although 1 is part time with us.  Kids are expensive, so is the house that fits them all.  My husband says don't worry, we can dip into the savings, but that's their college, our retirement.  He says don't worry, but I can't not worry.
I'm so torn.  I love being with my kids.  I love having time to myself, finally.  I have to admit though I am getting a little bored and not feeling any self worth.  All that creativity I was hoping to find seems to have skipped me by.  I don't feel I'm accomplished.  How often can you clean your house really?  Don't get me wrong.  I'm a super proud Mama, but after 14 years in corporate America it's a little different. I put myself through college while I raised 3 kids.  All that hard work to end up where I was before?
What do I do?  Go back to the grind?  Feel guilty for not spending the time with my kids. Seeing them for 1 hour in the morning and 2 hours at night? But not worry about finances. Or stay home and put that burden on my husband and slowly deplete our savings? College? Mortgage?
I wonder how many Mamas out there have the same battle that I'm having now? And...there's always an and.  I'm no spring chicken anymore, if I wait to long I won't be able to get that nice corporate job anymore.
What to do???

3 of my babies <3

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jered's 18th BDay

One of my son's turned 18 in Oct. this year and I have been bugging this kid for the last 13 years to let me throw him a Halloween themed birthday party, and he always said no. This year, his girlfriend thought it would be a good idea to have a Halloween themed birthday party...doesn't matter how I got it the point was I got to throw him a Halloween themed birthday party.  Now I had all these plans, and I was going to make so many decorations and goodies, but unfortunately I started back at work Oct 9th...and I couldn't hang.  Although I didn't do all that I wanted to, I think that he had a good time and his friends did too and that's all that matters!  But here is what I managed to accomplish. Most everything I saw on Pinterest so just check out my Pinterest Halloween board if you are interested in doing any of these.

I made little goodie bags shaped like pumpkins.  They were filled with chocolate candies. I didn't hand them out, we just left them on the table since these were big kids  :)


Mummy and eyeball cupcakes.


Finger shaped sugar cookies, don't worry that's not a real one in the middle, it's a prop.


Since I made cupcakes, I went with a small cake.  It's better with the bigger kids, they seem to be messier with cake than cupcakes...go figure.


I made candy holders out of glass candle sticks and glass votive holders I bought at the .$99 store.  I then made faces on my Cricut with vinyl.  Really easy, really fast.  I filled them with the appropriate color candies to represent Frankenstein, ghost, and pumpkin.


I made trophies for the costume contest.  This was a challenge and not as easy as it seemed on Pinterest, of course.


The whole little spread.