Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Getting bit by the "Autumn Bug"?

I don't know what it is. I never want summer to end (which I don't).  Today is going to be 90 degrees here in NJ but with having Pinterest, all I'm doing is pinning Fall decor, recipes, Halloween costumes and anything PUMPKIN!  I was in Costco yesterday and saw these huge, potted mums for $11.99. Such a steal but I refused to buy them because if I did, I would be admitting that Summer is coming to an end.  By the time I do want to purchase these mums, I'm sure they'll be sold out!  I guess it's really the retail stores and social media that push you into the next seasons way earlier than you should. I mean, school ended here June 22 and by July 5, backpacks and school slip played were in stores. The end of July, I started seeing Halloween items and now it's end of August and what do I see.....Christmas decor. As much as I love all the seasons, I do like to enjoy the one I'm in and live in the moment. I will have to sacrifice living in the present as the majority of people this generation plan ahead and I will find myself scrambling for Fall decor, Christmas decor and anything else related to the seasons ahead. In the meantime, I'm going to sit by the pool today with my kids and soak up the warm sun 🌞 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back-to-School Countdown

So, I'm seeing all these Facebook posts about how excited some mom's are that school is almost here. I personally have to disagree. I actually dread the first day of school. That means, routines, early mornings, outfits picked out the night before but changed by your child the morning of school, making lunches, homework, projects, driving the kids to and from their activities, cramming dinner in between all the craziness, projects, book reports, it's endless. I soak up everyday the summer has to offer. I know it has to come to an end, but I'm just not one of those mom's looking forward to the madness. There's 1 more week until that day, so until then, we're going to enjoy the freeness that summer has to offer.  Don't rush time, you can never get it back. Enjoy the memories!  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Mom's Crepe Recipe

I'm going to share one of my all time favorite family recipes with you.  It is one of those recipes that I hold dear to my heart because it brings back such happy childhood memories. My brother and I would be sleeping and wake up just from the aroma alone. Now, today, I make them for my own 2 girls and they wake up the same way. The funniest memory I have is my brother and I fighting over how many crepes each one of us got. We'd fight over the last one as well because it always made an uneven batch. Well, same thing with my girls. I see them fighting about the exact same thing and it just brings a smile to my face. Most parents don't like when their children fight and believe me, I don't, but it's all for the yumminess of this recipe. 

Now, one thing I must say....this is a recipe you have to play around with. Reason being, it's all about the consistency. Can't be too thick like a pancake or too thin. It has to be just right and you'll know after a few trys. If it's too thick, can't roll them. If it's too thin, they rip apart when trying to flip them. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did and my children do. Of course you can add your own ingredients that best suits you. 

What you'll need:
Cast iron crepe pan
2 Cups All-purpose Flour
2 Tbl. Sugar
Pinch salt
3/4 milk
3/4 water (add more as needed)
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. melted butter 

Mix dry ingredients first. Make a well with dry ingredients. In a seperate bowl, mix wet ingredients. Combine wet into dry. Use a whisk to combine. Don't over mix. Add more water until it's a smooth consistency. Use a ladder to determine consistency by laddeling and dropping it back into bowl. Again, it shouldn't be too thick, more on the thinner side. 

Heat up crepe pan. You don't have to add more butter because batter has it incorporated. Drop a ladle amount and quickly turn the pan with your wurst until entire pan has a thin layer. Cooks in 1 minute. Flip onto other side and only cook 15-20 seconds. Repeat these steps. 

When complete, top with fresh berries and powdered sugar and of course your favorite maple syrup. 

Bon appetit! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Fun!

As I was on my travels in Homegoods, I came upon these adorable retro lemonade bottles. Had to buy them along with the old-fashioned tumblers. They were $7.99 for a set of 4. Can't have lemonade without some yummy sugar cookies!  Everything pictured below is from Homegoods. Where else?  #homegoodshappy