Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's Ok Thursday!



This week its ok to...

...have some feelings of frustration with my students parents! Why is it so hard to walk three blocks to an IEP meeting?...


...to be a bit nervous about my first giveaway and guest post but an excited nervous...

...bake cookies and eat  90% of them alone...

...to drink almost a whole box of chai this week...

...to drink milkshakes when i have a cold..what it makes me feel better?!...

...to even though i know blogging is not about the number of followers still refresh my page to check and do a happy dance when i get new ones!...

...to maybe have checked durring work on my phone and done a random happy dance in the classroom(yes i got an od look from the kiddoes & teacher)...

...to have eated all the cookies my love packed in my lunch today but only most of the other stuff( i needed all that tummy room for cookies!) he did bake them fresh and they had oats!...

...to instantly switch to my cozy sweats/pjs when i get home from work even though i have to run errands later...

...to not always pick up the phone when mom calls to catch up(sometimes i just dont feel like chatting for and hr)...

...to mess up singing YMCA with the kids at school...

...to not have tomorrows post written yet...

Happy Thursday Y'all
jess

Another blogging first for me!

Wow two firsts in one week! i am feeling a bit giddy about it all!

{One}
Today my very first ever guest post is up over at Celia's blog!!! Hope over and check out her rocking blog and meet my love while your at it!

{Two} 
Currently my first ever giveaway is up on my blog! So head on over and enter to win a Starbucks card and a few fall surprises! It would make this girls day and, you might just get a few Pumpkin Spice Lattes out of it!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Oh How Pinteresting Wednesday!

Love this linkup! This week i am loving me some giftwrap! These pins are inspired by my recent swaps and my very first Giveaway!







Dont forget to enter my first giveaway to win a STARBUCKS giftcard and my favorite fall things!!





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My first Giveaway!!!

Its my party blog and, i will host a giveaway for no particular reason other than i want to and i love my new bloggy friends, if i want to!! Ok excuse the sad attempt at re writing the lyrics to that epic tune! In all honesty i am hosting this giveaway because blogging has made me so happy lately and you all are so fun to get to know! Due to all the fun fall inspiration i am going with some of my favorite fall things! 


So dear bloggy friends heres to enjoying blogging and you all and to free stuff!!!



$15.00 
Starbucks Giftcard!!!

A few surprise favorite things inspired by fall!


I am a newbie at this but here are some rules:

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and please tell your friends! U.S. residents only this time around.

Mandatory:
(1) Entry for following my blog and leaving a comment telling me something you love about fall. (.."i follow  your blog and i love ____ about fall")


Additional:
(1) Entry for following me on twitter (leave your twitter name in comment).
(2) Entries for Tweeting this giveaway(leave your link in comment).
(2) Entries for sharing your favorite fall recipe!


You know the drill! Leave a comment or two..or three or four and i will pick a winner!! Will post a winner next wednesday (oct,5th) Wouldn't it be fun to win something on a humpday?!

Thanks for making blogging so much fun for me and inspiring me with your awesome blogs.


Happy Humpday!
jess

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall in love... baking with my love...

This past weekend Justin and i had the chance to spend some time just relaxing at home doing whatever. This fall we bought a CSA fruit share from an heirloom apple and peach orchard. This week we ended up with a ton of peaches and i suggested we try peach muffins! I am not one to jump on the cooking dinner train but i dont mind baking a bit here and there, Justin on the other hand went to culinary school and works all day in a kitchen but not so much baking either. So we tried a new recipe and threw in some yummy peaches and they ended up rocking our socks! 




Excuse the iphone pictures. Muffin recipe adapted from threemanycooks.com

{Peach Muffin Recipe}
3 Cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 stick butter,softened
2 large eggs
1.5 cups plain greek yogurt
1.5 cups chopped fresh peaches

We followed the directions of Threemanycooks for the most part. We used baking cups instead of greased pans and ours varied in size a bit :)  

1. First mix the flour,baking powder, baking soda, and salt together and set aside.

2. In a bowl mix the chopped peaches with 2 Tablespoons of the sugar and set aside.

3. Next mix the butter and sugar until creamy with an electric mixer.

4. Alternating thirds incorporate the yogurt and dry ingredients to the butter,sugar mixture. Once combined lightly mix peaches into the batter.

In well buttered 1/2cup muffin pans fill 12 cups with the batter. The recipe states that they will be full and the batter will be used up. We used baking cups since we had some on hand and ended up with about 18 smaller muffins. 

Bake at 375 for 12 mins for smaller muffins or 18 mis for medium/large sized muffins(ours were about medium and took 17 mins)

Even though our baking was a bit disorganized and we changed a few things here and there we came out with some rockin peach muffins that were moist and not too sweet perfect for breakfast or right now! 

Happy fall baking!








Monday, September 26, 2011

Fabulous Fall Challenge Day Six!

Fall TV Shows!!!

Ok i admit i am a bit of a TV junkie especially in the fall! A Few of my favorite fall shows are:


{NCIS}
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{Castle}

{Bones}

{Covert Affairs}

Just a few favorites but i chose not to list all of them since it would be very long!
Happy Monday
jess

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Favorite things swap friday!...on Sunday...

Hello Friday...Oooops...Sunday my bad...




So a few days late but i wanted to share my awesome goodies sent to me by Janna! She rocked the swap and sent my some stuff i have actually wanted to buy myself and couldn't justify! I guess we either have the same tastes or she somehow read my secret wish-list :) I love every thing in the box! The awesome purple cup was great because i had it in pink and i broke it a few weeks back so i am so excited to have my favorite cup back! She also sent me some of my favorite essie nail polish and some great lip balms for this fall air! Along with those goodies i got some adorable purple notebooks and pens for my love of list making :) and a cute luffa and lotion for this colder weather! She also included a great book for some cozy weekend reading! Thanks Janna i absolutely loved each thing and had such a fun time getting to know you and your blog!


Visit Janna's adorable blog and show her some love Y'all


Happy Sunday!
jess

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fabulous Fall Challenge Day Five!

Todays fall challenge prompt is what are you looking forward to for fall? I think this could be a never-ending list but here are a few of my faves!

{Bonfires}

A good bonfire cant be beat on a crisp fall night.

 {Scarves and Boots}

Fall fashion cant get much better than boots and scarves. 

{Pie}

I am not and experienced baker but i love pie and i love that justin went to culinary school!

{Walks}

We take our lab abby out in the woods a lot and the leaves are so fun to search for in the fall.

{Fairs}

Justin and i love going to the fair whenever we have time off from work..all the yummy food and booth are so much fun!

{Farmers market}

Every weekend my boyfriends catering company brings their wood-fired brick oven pizza to the farmers market and walking around and enjoying fresh goodies and community is such a cozy lovely thing to do.




Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fabulous Fall Challenge day three!

{Fall Decor}
One of my fall favorites is going to the pumpkin patch and having some fun carving them! Mine are never very intricate or chic but i do have a lot of fun and they are always festive! Here are a few i wish i could do on my own .....maybe someday..






Did you link up? Two full weeks of fall fun! Head over to Neely or Amber and join up!








 

Its ok Thursdays


This week its ok to....

...be counting down the days until friday...pay day!...
...go out for milkshakes even though we both have a cold...
...bring work home every day-still working on finding time to do paperwork when i am working with kids all day at work...
...take a nap after work-one, i have a cold and two, big kids like naps too!...
...be in love with chai and my sweatpants-just that kinda week...
...only keep my netflix instawatch account so we can watch star trek at night..yup i'm a dork...
...to be so excited about my swap box i got that i want to send another one in thanks and giddiness...


Happy Thursday Y'all!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall in love-Tuesday



A few of my fall fashion must haves!


{Essie fall collection}
I am a new lover of essie and justin has bought me two of 
their fall colors recently,that i love!
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{Boots}


{Scarves}
I wear them all fall and winter in a bazillion colors!


This week i am linking up with Neely and Amber for their Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge

&

Heather for:


Monday, September 19, 2011

Traditions and weekend snippets


I'm excited to be following along with Neely and Amber for some fall fun.

{Todays topic is Fall Traditions}
I racked my brain trying to think of my fall traditions and realized fall is always my favorite season but i never had any big traditions. I have often been away at school in the fall so there were always those new beginnings to the year. Sometimes we carve a pumpkin or look for beautiful leaves which i love! I live in new england so the foliage is always an amazing thing to experience.
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Once i got thinking of fall traditions i realized i wanted to start some new ones with justin this year, here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate fall. I hope we can make some of them into anual traditions together.

{Fresh Orchard Apples and Cider}
{Octoberfest Microbrews}
{Campfires}
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{Weekend Snippets}
After a few weeks of zero time off for justin from catering, and close to zero time off for me from the new teaching job and catering, i wanted to share a few glimpses into our mostly work free weekend!! We have been trying to make a bigger effort to spend non work related time together even if its just the simple things.

{A Few of Our Weekend Shenanigans}
Farmers Market-We went to his works wood-fired pizza stand then wandered the market for our saturday lunch.

Thai Food-Friday night we got take out from a yummy thai food place.

Star Trek-We have gotten a bit hooked on the fact that Netflix has almost all Star Trek episodes!

Painting My Nails-Got some fun new Essie fall colors!
Peach Muffins-Recipe to come this week!

Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge





Friday, September 16, 2011

On where i admit i am a Christmas Junky!...Fill in the blank friday...


I'm joining Lauren for this fridays blanks...enjoy!


1.   You should always take time to   Sleep! Every day is a better day if i sleep and my body thanks me for it.

2.    "I Love Yous"  make(s) the world a happier place to be.

3.  I can hardly wait for  Christmas!!!...i am a christmas junky!  .

4.    Saturday/or whatever day my love and i both have off   is my favorite day of the week.

5.  Something totally dumb and ridiculous that I love is Sappy romance novels.

6.  If I could, I would   buy a new car that didn't break down all the time :(   .

7.  I rather like    my new teaching job even when it challenges my patience, ohh and i am loving that fall is here again .


Happy Friday Y'all 



Thursday, September 15, 2011

Its Ok Thusdays...

Its Ok Thursdays

this week its ok to....

...be so tired from work that i walk around the grocery store in a fog for 30 mins and come out with two lunchables and some yogurt...

...overly enjoy the past few nights in with my love watching Star Trek after a long day all i want to do is cuddle up with jt and yes watch Star Trek...

...already be thinking about christmas lists and holiday cheer...

...never go into staples and come out empty handed...i have a thing for office supplies...

...to not quite have my daily/weekly routine and schedule smoothed out yet...new goal is to incorperate some like goals into my daily life...

Happy Thursday Y'all


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesdays


Wow i have so much to pin and its so hard to just pick a few! This week i'm pinning....Pumpkin treats!

{Pumpkin Pizza}

{Pumpkin Spice Pancakes}
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes! pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin!

{Pumpkin Butter}

{Pumpkin Spice Crepe}

Happy Pumpkin Season!