HALLOWEEN FUN

 

Another year another Halloween!  This is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the trips to the pumpkin patch, the treats, and the fun costumes.  The boys were super heroes and I bought a 2 dollar cat mask.  Nothing crazy, until Party City sold out of Spiderman.  The one super hero Liam was dying to be for Halloween.  I mean everyday he reminded me about the Spiderman costume.  So what is a mom to do?  Drive out 25 miles to another store.  Thank goodness they had one.  You are welcome Liam.  Jace was the baby from the Incredibles.   He was going to be a shark, but with the hot weather here in LA, he would have passed out wearing a thick costume like that.  So baby Incredible he was.  I think we did good this year.

   Like I mentioned before, I always try to find easy treats to make during the holidays.  These apple caramel slices with toppings were great.  Liam and his buddy enjoyed a few and of course us moms did too.

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We always try to squeeze in a fun day in October.  At The Americana in Glendale they had a small concert for kids out on the lawn.  Kids came in costumes and paraded around all day.  Liam and Jace enjoyed some time running around and watching the dancing fountains.  I was even nice enough to get them both a Sprinkles cupcake.  Have you had one of their cupcakes?  So freaking delicious!  They melt in your mouth.  Damn you butter! Yes, I ate half of Liam’s and Jace had a mini one without the frosting.

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PUMPKIN PATCH 2015

Our 2nd year to the Underwood Family Farm pumpkin Patch!  I love this place.  There is so much to do here.  I realized after, though, that we couldn’t do any of the games or watch any of the shows.  Just running around the patch and one cow train ride was enough to get Liam and Jace exhausted.  And the weather wasn’t very fall like. lt was a really hot day.  Liam somewhat enjoyed a snow cone.  He had a few bites, then spilled it all over himself after I offered him a piece of my burger and he screamed out “NO!” Haha!!  Gotta love toddlers! Tim and I had these delicious burgers.  Yeah, we scarfed those down in 10 seconds.  The idea of sitting down under the shade at a picnic table sounds amazing, but that doesn’t happen when you have 2 balls of energy.  The pumpkin picking was fun.  We got a couple of pumpkins in the wagon and, as usual, Tim pulled the boys all throughout.  However, Jace couldn’t sit still for very long so we hurried to the checkout.  Didn’t even get to use our tickets.  Good news is, we managed to leave there with our two boys unscathed.

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PAINTING PUMPKINS

Some of our pumpkins somewhat lasted until the beginning of December.  The smaller ones always do, at least.  It had been since Halloween that those pumpkins were just sitting out front on our steps.  We decided to keep the holiday spirit going with Thanksgiving, but now that we were already decorating the house with elves and antlers, it was time to throw them out.  I was about to toss the pumpkins until I came up with a great idea.  When I say great, I mean GREAT!  What a fun way to entertain toddlers- paint and pumpkins.  So I grabbed a piece of fabric from my party kit and laid it out in the backyard.  I brought out all the washable paints and cheap paintbrushes. While Jace was enjoying the sunshine, Liam was showing his true artistry.  I will continue to do this every year, but probably a little earlier to showcase his colorful pumpkins.  So fun!

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NOVEMBER 2014 IN A FLASH

Wow! It’s February already!  I know I always say this, but where did the time go?   Here is our November in a flash.  We didn’t do much this month besides take a few trips to Target.  Other than that we stayed home with our newborn and kept busy with indoor and outdoor play.  We also spent Thanksgiving at home.  Tim’s mom came over, to cook the turkey and sides.  Tim and I made the dessert.  I made mini pumpkin pies and Tim made his traditional lemon cheesecake topped with blueberries.  To wrap up the month, we got invited to a football game.  Tim’s favorite team, Norte Dame played against USC.

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Not a good ending for Notre Dame, but at least we were in a suite with open bar!

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Halloween 2014- Viking Family

Well, December 1st got here pretty quick!  Happy shopping to everyone on this awesome Cyber Monday.  It’s been quite busy at the Mitchell home with a newborn. I haven’t had a chance to start planning our 25 days of Christmas countdown.  That is on my agenda this evening.  I do want to catch up with our holiday posts though.  Our last one for October is our Halloween 2014 post.  As always, every holiday we start out with a fun breakfast!  This year it was pumpkin pancakes with a ghoulish topping- whip cream and chocolate morsels.  Liam definitely enjoyed every bite!  We filled our day with a few fun activities- coloring and stamping and a little outdoor fun on the trampoline until it was time to get into our Halloween costumes.

Speaking of costumes,  this year we were a family of vikings.  They were custom made by Costume Eras in North Hollywood.  I also have to mention that it was Liam’s 1st year trick-or-treating. At first I thought it was going to be a disaster because getting that costume on the little guy was not pleasant.  But after we got him out of the house the fun began.  Tim did a great job guiding him through the experience.  He would knock on the door and Liam would say “Trick-or-Treat!”  After a few attempts, Liam got the hang of it.  He wasn’t shy of grabbing candy from the home owners either and sometimes he would set his pumpkin down and scoop out his candy to show everyone.  Cutest ever!  I loved listening to him say trick-r-treat and viking.  He made sure to let everyone know he was a viking.

Towards the end of our trick-or-treating it started to get really cold so we headed back home to finish off our night with some homemade chili and cornbread.  Here are a few photos…

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Pumpkin Patch Part 2

During the month of October one visit to the pumpkin patch just isn’t enough.  And as much as Liam loves pumpkins, I thought it was a great idea to visit another patch while my mom was in town.  This time we went to Tapia Brothers Pumpkin Patch, not too far from us.  This place wasn’t as big as Underwood Farms, but that didn’t stop Liam from having a great time.  He ran so fast repeating the word “pumpkins.”  A few rounds and he was unstoppable. We finished up with a bag of popcorn and bought a few small pumpkins for our Thanksgiving decor.   Then we were off to the airport to say goodbye to Grandma.

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And of course popcorn to wrap up our visit at the patch.
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Pumpkin Carving Party- 2014

A little late but wanted to share our fun pumpkin carving party I hosted a few days before Halloween.  We’ve made it a tradition to carve pumpkins and bake spider cupcakes each year….at least I did. Ha!  Since we are new to Valley Glen, I wanted to have a few valley moms and their toddlers join us while we prepare for one of the most exciting holiday’s of the year, Halloween.  I am part of the Valley Mom Meetup Group.  It’s a great way to meet parent’s and their children by hosting events or attending events hosted by others.  The turn out was great and although most of the tots didn’t have all their attention on the carving, they had a blast running around in the yard together.  Stay tuned for our Halloween photos!

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Pumpkin Picking at Underwood Farms

This was our first time at Underwood Farms pumpkin patch.  It’s a drive, but being that it was a Monday we arrived fairly quickly.  Not only that, since we went on a weekday so we had no problem with large crowds and we only paid 3 bucks to get in!  Next year we HAVE to go on a weekend.  The weekend I hear is a lot more fun. Food stands are open, games are going on every corner, and it’s not so much of a ghost town like it was when we went.   We will just have to deal with lots of people and pay 15 bucks a head.  Ouch! what a difference in price.  I hear it’s worth it though.

 Either way, this season was perfect to go on a weekday being that I was about 37 weeks pregnant at the time. Liam had a blast running around the pumpkins and corn field maze.  He also fed the animals and played around the wooden trains. And the huge tractors were a hit!  All of it was enough to get his energy out and enjoy a strawberry smoothie at the end.  I love seeing him smile!  He is the luckiest boy in the world!

Here are a few pics from our pumpkin patch visit…

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July 4th 2014

A little late, but wanted to share a few holiday photos. Our pre-fourth of July celebration was at Tim’s mom’s house in Ventura.  It was a chill day with plenty of festive snacks and a tri-tip dinner to go with.  We set up sprinklers for Liam to play in the back yard.  He had a blast!  I watched him running solo through the water with a big grin on his face.  I can’t wait for baby Jace to be here with his big brother. 🙂

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 I can still see my feet at 22 weeks!! lol

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Our 4th of July started our with a festive breakfast, pancake stars!  Just expect every holiday to be fun, especially with food. Ha!  Super easy to make.  I used the star cookie cutter and added raspberries and blueberries for garnish. Viola!

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Liam’s reaction, “Wow!!”
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After breakfast, my focus was on making these cute mini holiday cherry tarts.  Our friends invited us to their 4th of July BBQ party in Venice Beach.  I thought these were perfect for the occasion!  And who doesn’t like dessert?

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 Pretty sweet eh?

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 Home brewed beer and live music to celebrate!

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“Gimme that tart!!!”

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Long day for the little guy…and the big guy too.

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Hope everyone had a safe and happy fourth of July!

St Patrick’s Day

Hope everyone had a great St. Patty’s Day!  We had a little holiday celebration here at Casa de Mitchell.  It all started with a holiday breakfast.  While Tim was at work I whipped up a batch of green waffles, topped it off with whip cream and lucky charms for my wee lad.  He was thrilled!  I love letting him dig in with his fork or with his hands.  Whatever he chooses, he never fails to get it all over his face and head.  Why isn’t whip cream sticky proof?  Someone needs to invent that…just sayin.

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Since Tim is half Irish, I promised him an Irish feast.  Bailey’s cupcakes included (adults only).  For my very first time, I cooked corn beef and cabbage.  It was actually my first time tasting it too.  It’s definitely an acquired taste, but I don’t mind it once a year.  I cut up some potatoes, carrots, and onions and threw all of it into the crockpot along with the beef.  I love crockpot meals cause all you have to do is throw everything in and wait several hours.  And boom! Done!  It’s Guinness!  I mean genius!

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Festive bow tie pasta for the young ones.  I knew they wouldn’t like the corn beef so this is what I planned for them with rainbow cupcakes for dessert.

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The Irish cream cupcakes were to die for!  I skipped the last part of the recipe, which was adding MORE fudge sauce.  I wouldn’t mind it, but there wasn’t anytime.  Plus I figured the chocolate ganache filling was enough for now..mmm so good.  I’m still learning how to use a piping bag and decorative tips so excuse the poor frosting decor.

Bottoms Up! Irish Cream Hot Fudge Cupcakes

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  Not my favorite rainbow cupcake recipe, but they passed.  I will definitely try a different one next time.

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