New Movies

There will come a day when I get to go to the movies again. It'll start out kid films - and I'm ok with that. In fact, I wish Lucille was old enough now - because there are two great films coming soon (ish) that I'd love to see.

The first is Cinderella. I got chills watching this preview. If I was going to have a fairy godmother, I'd sure hope that it would be Helena Bonham-Carter, wouldn't you? Anyways the movie looks great - watch the preview below. It'll be in theaters in March.

The second movie is also Disney - Into the Woods. Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp and others star in another magical production. I loved the musical this is based on and would love to get to see this. Its coming out at Christmas time. Check out the preview below.

Hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the holiday season. Don't get too caught up in all the shopping / black friday deals this week - and take some time to enjoy family! I know I am.

Pumpkin Cranberry Pancakes

I love being able to make food for people. It relaxes me to cook - and I enjoy seeing other enjoy what I've put together. Breakfast is one area where I always need a little inspiration though. Its always toast and fruit for me and the kiddos. Maybe cereal on the days that daddy is home for breakfast.

I own a really GREAT griddle though. And its a shame I don't use it more often. So I decided to buy some pancake mix the other day - and experiment. I really wanted to try some pumpkin cranberry pancakes but couldn't find a recipe that used store bought mix... so I used this recipe as a base and then improvised. They were yummy!

Here is what I did:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons whole milk
1 egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
1 cup pancake mix
1/2 cup cranberries
water (as needed)

Heat up griddle to 325 degrees. Mix the pumpkin, milk, egg white and oil in a bowl. Beat until frothy. Add the pancake mix to the pumpkin mix and cranberries and combine. You may need to add a little water for consistency.

Pour batter onto griddle, flipping once. This made us 7 pancakes. They were yummy and easy. Lucille had one too!

MPM: Week of November 17

I made some yummy pumpkin cranberry pancakes last week - which I will be sharing tomorrow so stay tuned. We did really well with the meal planning last week and stuck to pretty much everything. I also went through my pantry and cleaned and organized it -- so some of the things this week are with things we have that I want to use up. Like two half-used boxes of linguini.

With that said, here is the plan for this week. I can't believe that next week is Thanksgiving. We'll be heading to Dillon Beach with family for the holiday -- and I can't wait.

Monday: linguini with meat sauce
Tuesday: stir-fry over rice
Wednesday: Pizza
Thursday: dinner party
Friday: dinner out with family
Saturday: creamy tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Sunday: black bean asian tostadas

Anyone cooking anything special and different for Thanksgiving next week? I'd love to hear about it!

More menu plans at org junkie!

Emergency Contact Sheet

We have no plans to be leaving the kids with anyone other than grandparents any time soon, but just in case, I wanted to have an emergency contact sheet done. In fact, I thought its probably worth giving the grandparents too.

So there are a TON of them out there... but of course I wanted to make my own and I am obsessed with Picmonkey... so I did one for myself. This one had all the elements I thought necessary and nothing extra or complicated.

I felt like the real important items are parent contact information and insurance plan info. If there is an emergency I want someone to call 9-1-1 and me. No wasting time with poison control first or non-emergency numbers.

The blank version is free to download - if it fits with what you need. We'll be hanging this in one of our kitchen cupboards and taking a copy to the grandparents house.

Enjoy! I'll let you know if we ever actually have a baby sitter and need a sheet like this.

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

This is going to be the first in my series of 2014 holiday gift guides. As my husband is always the hardest to shop for - I like to get his finished first. So I thought I'd start with a "For Him" guide.

I have found some gems this year for the men in your life. This year we are on a tight christmas budget... so I really did some digging. There are some unique items below - some of them are a great price -- and some are just so unique and worth featuring that they made it on the list even at a high price point.

Dog tag keychain {personalized} - Good gift for a dad from the kiddos.

Wooden 6-pack holder {great for any beer lover or home brewer} - Perfect gift for the guy who likes to bring his own microbrew to the party.

Stanley Coffee System Mug {coffee lovers and campers unite} - This is a french press in a camping friendly to-go mug. $50 - but such a great idea.

Wornfree Joe Cocker "Stuff" Tee {music lovers t-shirt} We saw Joe Cocker wear this t-shirt on an old episode of Saturday Night Live and I bought it immediately for my husband. He pretty much gets a wornfree t-shirt at every Christmas and every birthday.

Wee the People Coffee Mug sets {everyone loves a good coffee mug} I'm a huge fan of interesting coffee mugs and for presents they can be useful to hold things like gift cards or coffee beans. This Wilde-Kahlo-Beethoven is my favorite but they have some great combos. I really like the art work too.

Book lover's "Bookstore" scent candle {the quiet book nerd type} These sound amazing and they aren't girly scents. If you have a quiet book nerd friend... Or someone obsessed with Harry Potter... then check these out. Its an original and fairly inexpensive gift.

MPM: Week of November 10

I am getting back into a groove with the meal planning - and back to cooking (which I love.) We stuck to it last week and since we'll be visiting with family for part of this week.. it should be easy to stick to.

 Monday: Pot roast recipe from last week... that we never made.
Tuesday: with family
Wednesday: with family
Thursday: Nachos
Friday: Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
Saturday: Sausage and Kale Soup 
Sunday: with family

Easy, peasy. I'm hoping to start posting my holiday gift guides this week, by the way - so stay tuned! Also I launched my business website and I'd love for you to check me out -

More menu plans at org junkie of course.

MPM: Week of November 3

Time for another week of meal plans. I can't believe it is November, can you? Anyways, we had a good week last week. Lucille enjoyed walking around "trick-or-treating" and we enjoyed eating her candy. Probably can get away with that next year... But we'll have Gus to fool then.

Here is what I am thinking for this week. I love cooking in the winter - it makes the house all warm and cozy.

Monday: Chicken Tamales Casserole
Tuesday: Pizza
Wednesday: Butternut squash and apple soup
Thursday: vegetable enchiladas
Friday: with family
Saturday: Ancho Mama's Pot Roast (with an apple risotto)
Sunday: Tacos (with leftovers!)

There is my plan. More inspiration over at Orgjunkie of course.