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Do You Like Cinnamon Rolls?!

Do You Like Cinnamon Rolls?!

with BACON?! Bacon Cinnamon Rolls? We love Bacon. Evie could eat a pound of it on her own in one sitting(which is terrible for you, we know.) But of course we don’t allow that!! When she heard we were gonna add bacon to the Cinnamon […]

Ten Thousand Times

Ten Thousand Times

Have you ever heard the Thomas Edison quote, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” I feel like that’s what Evie and I have been doing lately. Even when the things we make taste good. I realize sometimes, we can […]

Halloween Craft Fun! 

Halloween Craft Fun! 

On days where we just don’t feel like baking we make a craft or play games.

We found these really cool craft kits at Michaels the other day and couldn’t wait to get started.

Even better was they were 50% off! So for $2.50, we got an awesome Halloween banner to hang up!

Festive!


At note about the glue: we tried Elmers at first but it wouldn’t adhere the felt very well. I had some tacky glue that did the trick.
Each piece had something you needed to glue to complete it but the faces etc were all peel and stick.

So Evie would peel all the stickers and place them where she wanted, following the pictures on the front of the package.


I would then glue on their pieces.

We allowed them all to dry for an hour or so after we completed each one.

Once they were dry we strung them up using the included ribbon.


It turned out so cute!

A perfect Halloween craft for a Three year old! With supervision of course. I don’t know about you but, I wouldn’t want leave Evie with glue unattended!

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy Halloween craft for your kiddo(and bonus decor) I recommend this one! A great price too!!

Our NY Yankees Themed Cookies

Our NY Yankees Themed Cookies

Aka: Blue and White(almost) M&M cookies! I’m always on the lookout for really great Chocolate Chip cookies, a little bit chewy and packed with chocolatey goodness! I came across this great recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction for Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Towards the end of […]

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: NY YANKEES!!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: NY YANKEES!!

My husband and I are pretty big Baseball fans, New York Yankees, naturally. Well, my husband is a pretty big fan of any sports in general. No lie, we once watched the World Series of Darts when nothing else was on! LOL ANYWAY We were […]

Apple Picking!

Apple Picking!

It is fall much to my chagrin. BUT! Apples are in season and we love to go apple picking!

More Apples

However, on the day we went it was almost 90!!

Whatever is going on with this weather, I’ll take it. It sure beats freezing my butt off!!

We went with the family to our favorite orchard, DuBois Farms.

I love it there and now they even have a tavern with local beers and ciders!!

That’s a win if there was ever one!!

Thankfully, we decided to go in the morning because by noon we were all sweaty and gross!

Evie enjoyed picking the apples off the trees. It wasn’t her first time but she loves it just the same.

A little help from Daddy

She wanted to reach the very best apples!!

They had so many types of apples; Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp and a bunch of others!

We grabbed mostly Fuji (they were huge!) and Gala’s.

I had wanted to grab the Honeycrisp too but it was so hot out, I didn’t make the trek up the hill to get them. I’m kicking myself now because they’re perfect little baking apples!

Tiny Town

They have a great play area for the kiddos called “Tiny Town”

They’re a bunch of themed houses the kids can play in and they all seemed to love it.

Im sure the adults love it too. Especially since they can go grab a beer/cider at the Tavern and sit at the picnic tables to enjoy their beverages and watch the kids play!

DuBois always has pumpkins they grow and bring in the fields near the main barn, for you to pick from their farm.

We always make a point to go back, grab more apples and a pumpkin or two once its closer to Halloween!

Its one of our favorite spots in Hudson Valley.

Very friendly, beautiful and so many activities to choose from makes it perfect for us!

It also helps that its not too crowded every time we go unlike some other Orchards/Farms in the area!

 

Hopefully Evie and I will have some apple recipes for you soon!

We can’t wait to get baking!!

 

 

Blueberry Muffin Cake

Blueberry Muffin Cake

This cake, you guys. Its definitely a keeper recipe. Make again. Make it for your family. Make it for your friends. Tell EVERYONE. They NEED to make it ASAP. It’s that good. I can’t take credit for it though, it came from Cookies and Cups […]

Lime Bars

Lime Bars

When your husband is away on a weekend long Bachelor party and brings home a giant economy sized bag of limes; what do you do with them?! Make Lime Bars!!! I am a sucker for lemon bars but have never made the Lime version of […]

Aruba – Toddler Style

Aruba – Toddler Style

Oh, Aruba.

Its gorgeous, albeit a bit windy. But the beauty of that was, staying right on the beach there were barely any bugs!

My Husband and I love to travel, especially to the Caribbean. We have taken plenty of cruises, visiting a lot of the islands in the area. As well as honeymooned in the Bahamas. So when we got the travel itch again and Disney wasn’t on the list at the moment, we wanted to find some where safe and beachy for Evie’s first International trip!

I researched a lot before we chose where to go. We only had two criteria, somewhere in the Caribbean and safe for families. Now I really don’t know much about traveling to all these islands, most of it is what you should be doing here, be aware of surroundings, be smart and trust no one hahah.

Aruba came up on our short list, especially when our travel agent, Barbara, suggested it. So I checked it out online. They accept the American dollar, their drinking water is beyond compare to anyone else in the world (seriously), bus systems and low crime.

She even stayed at the resort we were looking at numerous times and loved it!

So we booked it.

Great. Now we have to deal with a 4 1/2 hour flight with a 2 year old!

Waiting for our flight

She was fantastic. And played with the oddest of things while on the flight. I was armed with stickers, gel window clings, snacks, a kindle loaded with videos, and play dough. She played with tissues and hand sanitizer wipes. Mainly just pulling them out and tearing them up. Who am I to argue with a toddler who is quiet and content on the flight?! Snacks were also a big hit!

Landed in Aruba and took the shuttle no more than 15 minutes to our resort. Evie LOVED the shuttle ride and watching everything we passed on the way.

When we got to the resort, we quickly checked in and settled in our room. Every room at this resort had an ocean view, it was gorgeous!

Tamarijn

Of course, Evie saw the pool and was ready to swim. That is pretty much all we did while we were there. The resort has a sister resort we were allowed to use as well. We split a lot of our time between the two, swimming in the pools as well as the ocean.

Divi

The beaches were gorgeous, although ours was much more rocky than the other resort. Due to it’s location on the island, it is subject to erosion back and forth through the years. Nonetheless, I’m happy with having an oceanfront room and having to trek a little if I want a beach.

Evie had TONS of fun running back in forth in and out of the waves. It was the first time her toes had touched the Caribbean. She loved it until a wave knocked her down and she gulped saltwater! Now she knows to watch out!

Divi

Our resort was All Inclusive which was great. We ordered drinks and food anytime we wanted. Evie was especially fond of the Pina Coladas! Virgin of course!

Most of our vacation was spent eating at all the great restaurant options the resort offered. As well as swimming, LOTS AND LOTS of swimming.  We were in the room most nights by 8:30! But, not before passing through the awesome buffet conveniently located on our way back to our room. Needless to say we took advantage of the dessert portion every night! Luckily, we ventured off the resort when we first got there. My husband and I were able to purchase beer and wine for our room, along with the much needed milk for Miss E!

So we spent our nights relaxing on our balcony watching the sun go down, drinks in hand and not a care in the world!

Except for Evie, wondering which dessert she’d bring back to the room the next day!

Sunset at the Tamarijn

I’d go back in a heart beat.

I wish we had made time to check out more of the Island. But all three of us were content relaxing by the pool/beach and swimming all day!

Next time, I want to rent a car so we could see more of what this gorgeous Island has to offer!!

 

Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Blackberry Peach Cobbler

YOU GUYS. This recipe is amazing. I’m not sure if it was the tartness of the blackberries or the sweetness of the peaches OR the Pecan streusel topping, BUT this stuff was SO good!! Especially with a few scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. And […]