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Favorite Fall Recipes

I don’t know about you, but around here,

Fall = Baking!

It is my unofficial kickoff to my holiday baking season.


So, I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite recipes on the old blog.


The boys and I made this yesterday.

It is in a 9×13 baking dish.

It DOES NOT last around my house!!

Pumpkin Cake

*This recipe is great to make w/ the kids. It’s super easy!*

**Mom’s recipe**

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Cinnamon sugar (enough to cover the surface of the cake.)
  1. Pre-heat oven 350′
  2. Combine all ingredients except cinnamon sugar.
  3. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  4. Cover the entire top surface with cinnamon sugar.
  5. Bake 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The cinnamon sugar will crack.

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Family Fun Day (the picture post)

A couple weeks ago, we had a much needed family day.

Here are the pics!

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We’re going to the circus TONIGHT!!

That is the song the kids are singing around the Dell house this morning!

We have been waiting for the circus for about a month.

Life is pretty exciting around here today!!

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I HEART the Air Force Museum

We are blessed to live within 15 minutes of the Air Force Museum. It is a very cool place with a lot to see! It is also completely free. You can pay for the IMAX theater or the flight simulator, but the actual museum is free. It is a favorite pass time for us in the winter because it takes us about 2 1/2 hours to walk through it and it gets us out of the house. Yesterday, my husbands parents and Grandpa joined us.
How sweet is my little Collin in this pic. Hands folded neatly together as he looks at one of the scale sized blimps.
Grandma Rosie explains to Noah what he is looking at. It seems the boys have more questions each time we make a visit here. It is a great place to nurture their minds.
Many of the window are kid height. This is so wonderful! It is hard on this Mama’s back to lift a 32 lbs kid and a 44 lbs kid up every couple of minutes to look at something for 21/2 hours.
These boots caught my eye. They are from 1918 and they would totally be in style if they were worn today. The trends just keep cycling. Albeit these served as functional footwear over fashion, it is still interesting.

Collin the Astronaut!

Noah the Astronaut! How cool is this??? LOVE IT!

Here is Noah controlling an aircraft.
There are 2 different jets that the kids (or grown-ups) can sit in and explore. VERY fun!
They have removed all of the dangerous stuff, but the kids could have played in here for days. So fun.
Here is an exhibit that realy confused Noah.

N:”Why is there a woman standing on that car?”
M:”She is celebrating freedom.” * I continuing to explain the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.*
He didn’t understand it, but some really great seeds were planted.
Just beyond that exhibit, the brightly colored exhibit, is an actual part of the Berlin Wall.
I didn’t get pictures of it, but there are some new exhibits dedicated to our brave men and women who are currently battling for our freedom oversea’s. It is both humbling and surreal to see our current events displayed in a museum. I was reminded of the sacrifice our brave service men and women are giving right now. I am so grateful for those who serve to keep our GREAT country free. May God bless America. To all who serve, have served or who plan on serving , THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU GIVE! We are blessed beyond measure to have you. God bless.

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Movie Night

Family Movie Night!!
Last night I was blessed to spend the entire evening with my guys. We had a movie night!

The above pic was taken Christmas Eve morning at my parents house.

We cuddled up on the couch under a soft, much-loved-fleece blanket, enjoyed popcorn and candy while watched “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs”. Check out this review:

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We loved it so much that we have added it to our shopping list. It appealed to the kids, naturally, but also to the parents. I could count on one hand the things that could be offensive about the movie and even the token love story in the film was kid friendly. It is only on a rare occasion that I will put myself out there and recommend a movie, especially one that is for the kids, but this gets 2 thumbs up from this Mama! This morning I asked the boys and Aaron what their favorite parts were and we all like something different. You really should rent it or make an event of it and catch it at the cheap seats while you can. It is so much fun and leaves you feeling happy, satisfied and a tad bit hungry.
I think one of the things I liked best is that it was age appropriate for my 3 and 4 year old. I didn’t have to fast forward over anything and I didn’t have to sensor any of the language….SO refreshing! It was a wonderful night.
So, if you are looking for a great movie for the entire family go get “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs”. If you do, let me know what you think!!!! 🙂

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Halloween 2009 part 3

Here is the last post on Halloween 2009.This is the only pic I have of the 4 of us from the night. Collin is a cute, I mean, “scary” spider. Noah I a pirate. They looked adorable! At this point they were eyeballing our street to see who was outside with candy. Collin was not allowed to be outside to long, so we decided to only go a couple of blocks.
This is our neighbor’s house. He told the boys to take as much as they wanted and that the best candy was at the bottom of the bowl. Noah and Collin took his offer and each snagged several handfuls.
The itsy bitsy spider.
Noah and Daddy ready to hand out the last of the candy.
The Mickey Mouse pumpkin Collin and I carved.

The cakes. You get to decide which one I made and which one Collin made.
My homemade carmel corn!! This is my mom’s recipe, but now it is MINE! A new tradition for sure. YUMMY!
Brain! Okay really it is a Pampered Chef recipe from the 90’s for steamed cauliflower.
After we trick-or-treated, we enjoyed dinner and games with my parents, Uncle Josh, and Aunt Megan. It was a wonderful evening.

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Halloween 2009 part 2


A wonderful time! We had a great time!

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