Archive for the Fall Category

Nov 4 2015

Peach Crisp Recipe

Happy Wednesday!

Here in Southern California we are finally experiencing cooler weather! It actually feels like fall!  My easy peach crisp recipe is the perfect dessert for those chilly fall nights.  I’ve listed step by step directions with pictures, but you can find the directions without the interruption of pictures at the bottom of the post as well!

peaches

Ingredients:

Topping

  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes

Peaches

  • 5 peaches
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp flour

peach crisp ingredients

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°.  Grease bottom of small baking dish (8×8) with butter.  In small bowl, combine packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and old fashioned oats.  Add butter to the rest of topping ingredients, combining with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Set aside.

peach crisp crumb topping

Heat a large glass bowl of water until boiling.  Carefully add peaches to boiling water and let stand for 1 minute.  Remove peaches from water and peel.  Soaking the peaches in boiling water makes peeling the peaches so much easier!  place peaches in hot water to peel easier

Cut peaches in half and remove pit.

halved peaches

Cut peaches into thin slices, then into 1 inch cubes.  If you are like me and don’t like the texture of the red part around the pit, take a biscuit cutter to remove, as shown below. removing red center from peaches

In a medium bowl, coat peaches with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 Tbsp flour.  Pour peach mixture into baking dish.

peach crisp filling

Sprinkle crumb topping over peaches.  It seems like a lot of topping, but add it all!  I left some off, thinking I had enough.  Since I used a wide baking dish ,the crumb layer was too thin and you can see in the picture of the crisp after it comes out of the oven that the topping really is absorbed.

peach cristp with crumb topping

Bake for about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

peach crisp

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°.  Grease bottom of small baking dish (8×8) with butter.  In small bowl, combine packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour and old fashioned oats.  Add butter to the rest of topping ingredients, combining with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Set aside.

Heat a large glass bowl of water until boiling.  Add peaches to bowl and let set 1 minute.  Remove peaches from water and peel.  Soaking the peaches in boiling water makes peeling the peaches so much easier!  Cut peaches in half and remove pit.  Cut peaches into thin slices, then into 1 inch cubes.  In a medium bowl, coat peaches with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 Tbsp flour.  Pour peach mixture into baking dish.  Sprinkle crumb topping over peaches.  Bake for about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

Hope you enjoy!  Be sure to check out my Apple Crisp Recipe too.  Enjoy the rest of your week friends!

Signature - Alisa

Oct 30 2015

Giving Thanks

I’ve been a worrier all my life…just call me Nervous Nellie.  I think I’ve gotten better over the years, but it is a constant battle that I fight, especially since becoming a mom of two precious little ones.  There is always something to worry about and even when I am at my most content I feel it creeping back in and whispering “Everything is great….but…when will the other shoe drop?”  I am tired of living under the weight of worry and I have a feeling I am not the only one who feels this way.  But I’ve never known how to combat it; it’s almost as if I have no control over when my body starts to react in worry.  I struggle in the moment with practical ways to push out the worry.  I know in those moments I need to go straight to Jesus with even just a breath prayer of “Lord, help me drive out the worry that is in my heart and trust you.”

The other day, I sat on my couch worrying about who knows what that I had no business worrying about and I decided to pick up “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young and… yep!  Look at what it said!  The Lord is so good to meet me when I seek Him and remind me of His truths.

“REFUSE TO WORRY!  In this world there will always be something enticing you to worry…So the temptation to be anxious is constantly with you, trying to worm its way into your mind.  The best defense is continual communication with Me, richly seasoned with Thanksgiving.”

Something really stood out to me when reading this.  The word “Thanksgiving.”

Being thankful can be an antidote for worry!  How have I not soaked this in fully before now?!  I started to look at scripture and sure enough it shows up over and over again.

-“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God” -Philippians 4:6

-“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

-“always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Ephesians 5:20

This made sense to me.  Over the last year or so after I read Ann Voscamp’s “A Thousand Gifts” I have started to see my life more often through the lens of a grateful heart.  Don’t get me wrong, I am no where near perfect in this and there is a lot more work to be done in me, but I have seen a change in myself and I think my husband can attest to this as well.  So while I sat on the couch, instead of continuing to worry I started to think of things I was thankful for right in that moment and it really helped me and even turned my day completely around.  Along with claiming things I’m thankful for when I start to worry, I have decided to do what Ann Voscamp does and start a journal of things I am thankful for.  I am going to keep it out on my coffee table to add to it regularly.  And when I start to worry I can write down things I am thankful for in that very moment.

thankful journal wateramarked

Will you join me in challenging yourself to find things each day that you are thankful for?  I think it will completely change your outlook on your day, your circumstances, and your life.  Each week in the month of November I will be writing a post about something I’m thankful for.  I’d love for you to stop by the blog and comment each week with what you are thankful for and maybe even how finding things you are thankful for is changing your outlook.   I will also be sharing some things on Instagram.  You can follow me at @marissaramsand.  Awhile back, Alisa wrote a post about her thankful journal and made this beautiful printable as a great reminder.  I have it hanging in my house to be a constant visual reminder.

Free Thankful printable

If you would like this free printable, simply subscribe to our email list (right sidebar) and email us at allingoodtwine at gmail dot com and let us know you would like us to send you one.  I’d also love to hear if you are taking the challenge with me or how I can be praying for you!

Blessings,

Signature - Marissa

Nov 5 2014

Fall Dessert Recipe: Apple Crisp

Happy Wednesday!  How has your week been going so far?  If this just isn’t your week, hang in there!  The weekend will be here before you know it.  I am sharing a recipe with you today for a delicious treat that is sure to put you in a happier mood!

One of my favorite things to bake in the fall is apple crisp.  I got this recipe from my mom (not sure where she got it from originally) and have been making it for years.   It is easy to make, doesn’t require any fancy ingredients and will make your house smell like fall!  Seriously anyone can make this, I promise you!  You do not have to be good at baking.  I’ve included lots of pictures for you and step by step instructions too.  For those of you baking pros I’ve noted the directions again at the very bottom without pictures in between.

Ingredients:

apple crisp ingredients

Topping:

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into smaller cubes

Apples:

  • 4 large tart cooking apples (about 4 cups when cut)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Heat oven to 375°.  Grease small baking dish with butter (I use the stick of butter I use for the topping and rub along the bottom and sides of the dish).  In small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon (note: when measuring the brown sugar, press firmly into measuring cup.  This is what is meant by “packed brown sugar”).  Add butter to rest of topping ingredients combining with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles course crumbs (once mostly combined, get in their with your hands and mash the butter into the dry ingredients).  Set aside.

pastery cutter

crumb topping

Peel and core apples. (I love this part…its therapeutic for me.  I always try to see how many apples I can peel in a solid strand.  This time 3 out of 4…not bad!  Anyone else do this?)

apple peels

Cut apples into thin slices and then cut slices into 1/2 inch cubes (doesn’t need to be all that precise.  Just make them roughly the same size pieces).  In a medium bowl, toss apples with sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I measure the cinnamon very liberally because I love the flavor).

apples and sugar

Pour apple mixture into baking dish.  Sprinkle crumb topping over apples.

ready to bake

Bake for about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork.

baked apple crisp

Serve as is, or add ice cream!  Enjoy!

dessert is served

Directions:

Heat oven to 375°.  Grease bottom and sides of small baking dish (8×8) with butter or shortening.  In small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon.  Add butter to rest of topping ingredients combining with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Set aside.

Peel and core apples.  Cut apples into thin slices and then cut slices into 1/2 inch cubes.  In a medium bowl, toss apples with sugar and cinnamon.  Pour apple mixture into baking dish.  Sprinkle crumb topping over apples.  Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork.  Serve with ice cream if you wish.  Enjoy!

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*This dessert is very sweet!  You can definitely adjust the recipe and add less sugar to the apples before you add the crumb topping.

Hope you enjoy!  What do you enjoy baking in the fall?  Please share in the comments section!

Signature - Alisa

 

 

Oct 17 2014

No Bean Chili Recipe

As Marissa said in her last post, we are finally seeing some fall weather around these parts!  I’d still like to see the temps drop a bit, but I’m starting to pull out the fall recipes.  One of my favorites is chili!  This no bean chili recipe is a great meal for those cold nights.  The great thing about this recipe is that it is actually best the next day…I promise you!  So, when you cook this meal make it the night before and plan to eat the next night.  All you have to do is heat it up on the stove.  The flavors have a chance to meld and the chili thickens just the perfect amount.  It has been a family tradition since I was little that we have chili and corn bread for dinner every Halloween.  So if you are looking for a quick make ahead meal for the upcoming Halloween holiday, this chili recipe is perfect.

If it’s cold in your neck of the woods this weekend, make your self a big pot of chili, break out a puzzle, get cozy under a blanket and you’ve got the perfect fall evening at home!

Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 1 lg bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 lbs ground beef, 90% lean
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle of beer (recommend an Amber Ale)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup  BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Rays is our favorite)
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce

Toppings:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Corn chips

Directions:

In large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add onions and bell peppers and sauté until tender (about 3 to 5 minutes).  Add pressed garlic the last minute or so to prevent from burning.  Add beef, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned (about 5 minutes).  Using a large spoon, remove most of the excess grease.  Stir in diced tomatoes.  Add beer and cook until liquid is reduced by half.

Stir in broth, tomato paste, chili powder, BBQ sauce and hot sauce.  Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat, cool and refrigerate overnight.  The next night, re-heat chili on the stove top in the same large pot or Dutch oven.  Top chili with corn chips, shredded cheese, sour cream and green onions.  Serves 8 to 10.

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As I said before, this chili is best the next day, so resist the temptation to eat it the same night!  The toppings really take it to the next level…especially the sour cream and corn chips!

Hope you enjoy!  Check out more of our recipes on our Time To Cook page.

We are linking up with the Weekender Link Party. Go check out more posts on Halloween festivities!

 

The Weekender Link Party

Signature - Alisa

Oct 15 2014

Simple Fall Decor

It is FINALLY starting to feel like fall here!  Yay for cooler weather!!  The last couple months have been so busy for us, so this year I kept my fall decor very simple.  I store my seasonal decor in boxes in the garage.  Sometimes I make or buy something new, but often I just get down the box and use what I have.  For me, the key is to switch things up and put them in different places than I did the year before so I don’t get bored.

living room

This year I only brought out a few things from my fall box and kept it really simple.  Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive.  I just like to add little touches to make it feel festive and bring in the new season.  For my mantle (which is actually just a shelf above my couch) I just printed off this cute fall printable and made this super easy banner with my Silhouette.

fall banner

 

On the coffee table I left my milk glass with the succulent plant and added a wood piece from Michaels and a little pumpkin I got last year at JoAnn’s (I saw them there this year as well).

coffee table

 

I stole my sister’s idea for the “Give Thanks” banner and I love it!!  I think it’s my favorite fall decoration!  I also hung up the fall wreath I made last year.  The season isn’t complete in my house unless I have a wreath up 😉

give thanks banner

 

The buffet is the other area of my house that I like to decorate for the season.  Again, I kept it simple by changing out the wording on my chalkboard, printing out a free printable, putting some tiny pumpkins in a pumpkin jar my mother-in-law gave me and adding some fresh sunflowers.

buffet

 

milk glass and sunflowers

 

buffet printable

 

On my dining room table I have a bowl of pinecones, and I added a vase of sunflowers.

sunflowers and pinecones

 

The patchwork table runner you see in the background was hand sewn by my mother-in-laws sweet twin aunts!!  Isn’t it darling and I love that it was made with love by a relative.

dinning room table

 

I also love this printable Alisa made for this time of year.  I actually leave it up all year round because it is such a great reminder every day.  If you would like a copy of the printable just email us at allingoodtwine at gmail dot com and we will gladly email you a copy.

thankful printable

 

For more fall decor ideas click below:

 

I hope that you all have a great day!

Signature - Marissa

Sep 27 2014

Our Wedding: Part 2

Happy 1st Saturday of fall!

Yesterday my husband Todd and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary!  If you missed yesterday’s post you can check out Part 1 where I shared some details of our wedding ceremony.  Today I’ll share some photos and details of our wedding reception.  The beautiful photos were taken by Jen Disney Photography.  You can see some of our engagement photos and more of our wedding photos in the gallery section of her website.  You may even see a few photos of Marissa and Mark’s beautiful wedding!  If you are looking for a photographer in the Southern California area I highly recommend Jen!

It was a perfect fall day (a little hot) but the weather was perfect in the evening.  I honestly could not have dreamed of a better day.  I have to thank my parents for such a beautiful event, especially for my mom who put a lot of time and effort into helping me plan.  Thanks to my family and friends who helped me set up!  Let me tell you from experience that you can have a beautiful wedding FAR below the cost of what they say is the “average” cost for a wedding.  You just have to get creative and put your money towards things with the biggest impact!  Everything went off  without a hitch thanks to our day-of coordinator Lana Meadows with Lana Meadows Events.  She made sure everything ran smoothly that day and really went above and beyond!

The Location

What if I told you that our reception was at the office building where my mom works…the images that come to your mind would probably not be what you would consider ideal for a wedding!  When I would tell family and friends where we were having the reception they politely said “Oh, that sounds nice”.  When they got to the reception everyone was blown away with the location.

Mason jars filled with flowers hung from Shepard hooks lined the path that led guests to the reception area.  (I have to give a shout out to my mom’s friend Michelle who put the flower arrangements in the mason jars together.)  The tables were set up in the beautiful courtyard next to a small waterfall.

Welcome path

Reception Tables

Waterfall

Reception Area

The dance floor was set up in the small amphitheater next to the courtyard.  Guests could sit at cafe tables or on the steps of the amphitheater if they wanted to take a break from dancing.

Dance Floor

The Details

As I mentioned yesterday I knew I always wanted a fall wedding.  That was the jumping off point for  wedding colors and decor.  We chose warm and bright fall colors; green, orange, brown, burgundy.  We used apples as decor throughout the wedding.  The funny thing is that a couple years after our wedding Marissa was reading a book about Johnny Appleseed to her class and she realized that our wedding date was the same date as Johnny Appleseed’s birthday!  This was a total coincidence…I had no idea when I was planning our wedding!

Reception Details

For the centerpieces we chose to do half the tables with flowers and the other half with glass vases  filled with apples.  I found the vases at HomeGoods.  This was a real cost saver as floral centerpieces can be quite expensive.  I made the table numbers with scrapbook paper and elegant ribbon which matched our wedding programs I showed you in yesterday’s post.  For the tables where kids were sitting I filled bushel baskets (similar to the ones I used here and here) with snacks and activities to keep the kids entertained.

We gave caramel apples away as wedding favors.  I ordered them online from Daffy Apples.  They were delivered right on time and were really fresh!  Two nights before the wedding we had a packaging party with my family and Aunt & Uncle.  I could not have packaged those all by myself!  A little story behind the caramel apple: Todd asked me out on our first date on Halloween night October 2005.  He was working at Starbucks and had to work Halloween night, so I brought him a caramel apple as a little treat he could eat on his break.  We now enjoy one every anniversary for dessert!

Tables

Lana Meadows made the beautiful fabric backdrop behind our head table and added the beautiful fabric touches to the head table and cake table.  I hadn’t actually planned much for the head table other than a few flowers.  This is why I say that Lana went above and beyond!  She has an eye for detail.  I couldn’t be happier with how the it turned out and the backdrop looked so much more elegant in photos than the glass doors behind them.

Head Table

This really cool dance floor structure was made by my mom’s friends’s daughter and her husband which they used for their wedding a few months earlier…I wish I was that handy!  We had twinkle lights and paper lanterns strung across the dance floor (thanks for family friends Bob, Randy and Keith..probably others too for putting them up).  Apples and burlap were arranged in the bases of the structure.  I purchased outdoor pillows that coordinated with our wedding colors for the amphitheater steps so people could sit and relax.

Dance Floor 2

The Grand Entrance

Grand Entrance

 The Wedding Party

Wedding Party

My sweet flower girls!  We found their dresses at TJ Maxx…my mom and I hit the jackpot and were so excited when we found them.  They were the same ivory color as the sash on my wedding dress.  When I asked them to be my flower girls I looked online for a cute flower girls book, but they were all really expensive.  So, I made my own little book describing all of the fun things that flower girls get to do at the wedding.  I wish I had taken  pictures of it!

Flower Girls

Toasts

So many heartfelt well wishes and memories shared in the toasts by my dad, my sister and Todd’s best man Nate!

Toasts

The Food

Light appetizers of salami, cheese, crackers, veggies and spicy sausage were served to guests as they waited for the wedding party to arrive.  Cold lemonade and iced tea tasted refreshing on this hot September day.

For dinner we had a made to order pasta bar.  Guests could choose their pasta sauce: pesto, marinara, alfredo, pink sauce or a simple olive oil and garlic.  There were several choices of meat like chicken, shrimp or spicy sausage.  Finally they could choose from a variety of vegetables like broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions.  Salad and bread accompanied the pasts.  Everyone raved about the food and were able to go back for seconds…some even thirds!

Pasta Bar

Cake Cutting

The talented Jillian Witt of Sensational Cakes made our beautiful wedding cake.  The top layer and an extra sheet cake was lemon cream cheese and the bottom two layers had fresh strawberry filling.  It was delicious!  When planning the wedding I couldn’t believe that how a wedding cake was.  Some places were charging over $5.00 per person/slice.  We were referred to Jillian by one of my dad’s co-workers and her prices were very reasonable.  I’ve since used her for other events.

Cake Cutting

First Dance

We danced to Joshua Radin’s “Id Rather Be With You”

First Dance

First Dance 2

Father Daughter Dance

My dad and I danced to “What a Wonderful World”.  So glad I have this memory of us dancing together!

Father Daughter Dance

Mother Son Dance

Todd and his mom danced to “I Hope You Dance”.  Love that song and this photo of them dancing with all the twinkly lights behind them!

Mother Son Sance

Dancing

Everyone had a really fun time dancing under the lanterns and twinkle lights.  Guests could get coffee and other hot beverages from the coffee station to enjoy with their cake as they watched people dancing.  Love the soft romantic glow that the lights gave off in the evening.

Dancing

Dancing 3

Twinkle Lights

Bouquet & Garter Toss

Marissa, my Maid of Honor (and sister!) caught the bouquet!  I just love how that turned out!  Todd’s best Man Nate caught the garter!  I actually wore 2 garters, because I wanted one to toss and one to keep.  One was also my “something blue”.

Bouquet and Garter

Several months later Marissa got engaged to her wonderful husband Mark and they married the following July.  She’ll have to share her wedding photos with you on their 5th year anniversary next year!

Marissa and Mark

The Getaway!

For our honeymoon we went up the California coast…one of our favorite vacation places.

The Get Away

Vendors:

Lana Meadow’s EventsJen Disney PhotographyM’s Flowers | Mike Wandrey Entertainment | Lascari’s Italian Restaurant | Sensational Cakes | Create A Party Rentals

Thanks for walking down memory lane with me!!  Hope you enjoyed.  Have a wonderful weekend…what are you all up to?

Signature - Alisa

Sep 22 2014

Mommy Monday: Fall Art Activity for Kids

Happy Monday Everyone!

The weekends go by too fast!!  We went to the zoo on Saturday and had  a blast!  For those of you following me on Instagram you may have seen the picture below.

zoo

It was such a fun day!!!  He had a blast seeing all the animals and shouting our their names!  I’m not sure who had more fun, my little one or me watching my little guy beam.  It was really neat to watch all that he has been learning about in his books come alive in a new way for him.  He is so verbal so this time around to the zoo he could express so much more.  I was wearing a black and white striped shirt that day and in the morning before we left, he pointed at my shirt and said “zebra!”  I love all the connections his little mind is making!!

Today, for Mommy Monday, I wanted to share a fun fall art activity you could do with your little ones.  We started out by reading “Fall Leaves Change Colors” by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld.  Some of it was above my little guys head, but that’s ok.  He’s being exposed to new ideas and vocabulary.  You could choose any book about fall.

book

After we read the story we went outside and looked for leaves.  I showed him the green ones and then we found some that had changed color.  We collected a few, but not before he tried to eat one!!! Ahhh!  Not sure where that came from!  I think he’s used to picking vegetables from our garden.   Anyways, back inside we did a crayon resist art piece.  I drew different kinds of leaves with brown crayon on a piece of cardstock and then my little one used watercolors to paint over it.  The crayon resists the water so the leaves stand out.  My little guy had a blast!

crayon resistence art

For more activity ideas check out our fall activity list that is also a free printable!  Or follow my “fall” or “preschool” boards on Pinterest.  If you would like to read more Mommy Monday posts enter Mommy Monday into the search feature on our right sidebar.

Have a great Monday, friends!

Signature - Marissa

Sep 19 2014

Pinterest Hit or Miss: Crock-Pot Mississippi Roast

Time for another Pinterest Hit or Miss!  This crock-pot Mississippi Roast recipe I’m sharing today is perfect for those cold fall evenings ahead.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb top round roast (or similar)
  • 1 (1 oz) package Hidden Valley ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix
  • 1 (1 oz) package McCormick Au Jus gravy mix
  • 1 stick butter
  • 8 pepperoncinis

Directions:

Place roast in crock-pot.  Cover roast with ranch seasoning mix and Au Jus gravy mix.  Place stick of butter on top and add pepperoncinis.  Note: Do NOT add water!  Cook in crock-pot on low for about 8 hours or until fork tender.  Once the roast is done cooking, skim off the fat and shred meat with a fork.  Enjoy with roasted vegetables (see my recipe below).

Mississippi Roast

My Review:

Variations: The original recipe calls for chuck roast, but we found top round on sale, so that’s what we used.  It also called for 5 pepperoncinis, but we really like them so we used 8.  I thought about using sliced pepperoncinis, but I’m glad I didn’t because you get some juice from the whole ones that you wouldn’t get if you used the sliced.

Tips:  Your meat should be fork tender.  If your roast is on the large side, don’t be afraid to increase the cooking time.  Also, roasts can be expensive; buy what is on sale!  Since it is just my husband and I, we had a lot of leftover meat.  We had 3 nights of meals out of it.  Get creative with your leftovers…instead of having pot roast 3 nights in a row, we used the meat to make tacos one night.  Check out my taco recipe and substitute the marinated grilled steak for shredded roast.  You could also serve as a sandwich on a toasted roll or make taquitos.

Hit or Miss?  A hit!  This dish is perfect for the upcoming fall season.  It is the perfect comfort food on a cold evening.  It will fill your home a wonderful aroma that will leave your family or guests thinking that you have been slaving in the kitchen for hours!

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To serve with the roast, I made roasted vegetables.  I’ve never roasted vegetables before, but I have been missing out.  Oh my goodness they were so yummy and SO easy to make!  I didn’t have a recipe, I just kind of threw some veggies together.  Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 carrots peeled
  • 8 small red potatoes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400º.  Chop veggies into similar size pieces:  I cut my onion in half and then quartered each half, sliced zucchini into thick slices then halved,  quartered my potatoes.  Place vegetables on baking sheet.  I lined mine with foil, but parchment paper would have been better, so it doesn’t tear when turning vegetables.  Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake for about 50 minutes, turning vegetables halfway through.  Possibilities are endless; you can add yellow squash, garlic, bell pepper, tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms…whatever you have on hand!

Roasted Veggies

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!  Follow my Recipe Board on Pinterest!

Signature - Alisa

Sep 15 2014

Mommy Monday: Fall Activity List

Happy fall y’all!

Unfortunately, it is not feeling like fall here in San Diego.  It is still toasty, and into the high 90s this week.  While we are dreaming of cooler weather over here I thought it would be fun to start thinking of some fun fall activities we can do when it cools down.    My sister made this awesome Fall Activity List last year and I think that it would be so much fun to do with little ones as well!  Feel free to use it.  Right click and save to your computer.

Fall Activity List 1

 

Some other great fall activities that you could do with your kiddos are:

*read a book about fall

*go outside and collect some fall leaves or better yet rake them into a pile and jump in!

*Cut an apple in half, dip it in paint and let your little one use it as a stamp to make art.

*Do a crayon resist: Trace leaves with a crayon in fall colors.  Then watercolor over them.  The crayon will resist the watercolor and give a pretty effect.

*Have your child help you make their Halloween costume.

*Build a fort and drink apple cider under it.

*Write a poem about pumpkins.

*Have your kids help you make this fall rag garland.

*Carve a pumpkin and roast the seeds.

*Make a chart with five columns and write one of the five senses at the top of each column.  Brainstorm fall things for each sense.

*Make a fall collage with magazine pictures.

*Paint pumpkins using your little one’s thumb.

*Start a gratitude journal with your kids and add at least one thing to the list each day.

What are some of your favorite fall activities to do with your kiddos?  Follow my fall pinterest board for more ideas.  I’m linking up with Bloom Designs.

And congratulations to the winner of our giveaway, Mackenzie S.!!!  Enjoy your free 2 month membership to Tailored Fitness!  Thank you to all of you who entered.  Hope you all have a great week!

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Nov 23 2013

Thankful Printable Featured on {A Thoughtful Place}

Good Afternoon Everyone!

We are so excited to share that our Thankful Chalkboard Printable was featured on A Thoughtful Place Blog earlier this week!  Courtney is one of our favorite bloggers and we have been reading her blog for a while now.  You may remember that we attended her HomeGoods blogger party and had the pleasure of meeting her in person.  We are still pinching ourselves and feel so honored that she enjoyed our printable enough to share with her readers and to frame it in her beautiful home!  If you haven’t already, check out her post and see how she takes time out of her morning to pause and reflect on the blessings in her life.

Many of you have popped over to our blog from Courtney’s.  We are so happy to have you and hope you enjoy reading along!  We look forward to sharing ideas and what’s on our hearts with you.  We hope to get to know you as well!  Leave us a comment and or send us an email.  We’d love to hear from you.  Thank you to all of you for your sweet comments, emails and requests for the printable.  So glad you enjoyed it and excited to hear that many of you have also decided to start a gratitude journal as well.

Thankful Printable

Have a wonderful weekend!  What are all of you doing?  Marissa will be crafting with some girlfriends.  I will be starting on some Christmas crafts as well!  Between you and I, I might even start bringing out the Christmas decor since I’m not hosting Thanksgiving and I just can’t wait one more weekend!  You better believe there will be Christmas music on in the background!

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