Halloween Menu

Today is the day… do you have your menu ready yet?

We have gathered a few ideas for you just incase.

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halloween menu

Via Pintrest

Halloween Menu

Halloween Menu

Via Pintrest

Halloween Menu

Halloween Menu

Via Pintrest

Halloween Menu

Hope this sparks some fun and creative food ideas for Halloween!

Have a fun and safe night!

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Stonefire Flatbread: Naan

Do you ever wonder sometimes what you are going to make for dinner on busy nights?

I must admit that usually a few times a month I run into Fresh & Easy Market for a “fake” home cooked meal.  Now I don’t mean fake like we are eating rubber food, “fake” as in I cheat my family into thinking I slaved on the meal forever.  They sell meals kited together for a no brainer meal.  I am serious… they have a pot roast meal that sell for like $14 and it comes with the roast, veggies, and seasoning!  Yep all I need to do is add water and cook.  Well today was one of those days, I knew this week was going to be one of those crazy, limited on time, but my family still wants to eat wholesome food kinda week.  Into Fresh & Easy I go, planning on just going down the prepackaged meat/meal isle my ADD look over there something is shiny-itis kicked in and I walked down every isle.  Along with my hatred of fast food is my dislike of paying full price… on ANYTHING.  To my surprise a red clearance sticker appeared, and it was on something we really like!  Dinner was created in an instant!

Stonefire Naan Flatbread

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Have you had these?  OMG they are awesome!!  They retail for $1.99, even at that price is great.  Do you know what I paid for them? $0.30.  Can you believe it?  If the rude taller man (refuse to call him a gentleman) didn’t reach over me (yes they were on the top shelf and I am super short….like Snooki short) and grab them all I would have bought the whole shelf (they freeze wonderfully). I was only able to snatch 3 packs.  Best $1.20 spent.

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Isn’t that the best sight ever?  It only takes a few minutes to heat up.  And it was made to be frozen??  Aka it’s family friendly!

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Next was a bag of mozzarella cheese,a jar of pasta sauce,  some mushrooms and a bell pepper.  $8 and dinner was bought.

Should I rub it in that prep time took me 5 minutes? I scoped out tablespoon of mariana sauce, added some sliced mushrooms & bell peppers, and sprinkled some shredded mozzarella cheese on top.

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Stick these beauties in the oven for 8 minutes and dinner is served.  For reals.

 Plates and napkins are optional.

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I don’t even want to call them pizzas.. they were little bits of flatbread heaven…. topped with veggies.

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Ask me how many times they told me dinner was delicious….. yep they are still telling me!!!  Moral of this story is try new things for dinner other than the drive through take out window.  You will be happy you did.  Check back and see the panini’s I am planning with the Naan flatbread!

Ingredients:

  • Stonefire Flatbread Naan
  • Jar of pasta sauce
  • Bag of mozzarella Cheese
  • Your favorite Veggie Toppings

Instructions:

  1. 1 tablespoon pasta sauce on top of the Naan flatbread and spread evenly
  2. Layer your favorite vegetables on top of the sauce
  3. Sprinkled desired amount of mozzarella cheese on top of the veggies
  4. Bake on 350 for 8 – 10 minutes
  5. Eat up!!!!

Rainbow Loom

I finally caved in and purchased a Rainbow Loom kit for my girls just this past Friday.  I thought we have a long holiday weekend and after our football game duties on Saturday it would be a great way to relax and have the girls do something crafty while I try to catch up on some of my own projects.    I’ve received many e-mails about this new craft kit and have seen it at my local Michael’s store.  When I first came across the kit I thought  “What’s the big deal about this kit?”   The employees themselves didn’t really know too much about it either but that doesn’t surprise me since they didn’t even know about Project Life!  Well two weeks later from its release and voila… we now own two Rainbow Loom kits because we quickly realized that the loom board is something that was hard to share.  The girls also needed more rubber bands to produce more bracelets.  My girls Kylie (11) and Kayla (9) have been busy making bracelet after bracelet and watching endless You Tube videos on the Rainbow loom.  They have already turned many of their friends onto this kit. I personally like it better than that those crazy Silly bands!  This crafty kit provides endless hours of entertainment for my girls! They literally CANNOT put it down!  Catch my girls in action!

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Party Favors *DIY Goody Bags* Superhero Birthday Party*

Correct me if I am wrong no matter how old you are, but the best part of a birthday party is the cake and the party favors.  Am I right or am I right?

First off let’s talk cake.  Personally I look for two WOW factors in the cake.  1. Does it look spectacular?  2. Does it taste wonderful?  If the cake has both of these I am a happy camper.  My niece had a birthday party and requested like every other little girl, a superhero party.  Finally a birthday theme I can really get into!  I have long list of go-to bakers but for this cake I commissioned my old high school friend Melissa.  I knew she would take our crazy suggestions and run wild with it!  Boy did she run with it.  Amazing.

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As the children arrived to the party they would stop and stare at the cake.  They didn’t know if it was a toy or food!  She was able to incorporate three of my nieces favorite superheros, Batman, Spiderman, and Superman.   Each scrumptous layer was a different flavor.  The cupcakes are not just for decorations they are perfect for little hands… no mess cupcakes are the way to go!

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Now for the goody bags/party favors.  I like to give something that will last a little bit longer than the car ride home.  But what do you give besides candy?  Sure there are the normal bubbles, coloring books & crayons (if you are thinking about this stock up on them now while the Back to School clearances are going on) glow in the dark bracelets, but this was a superhero party… it had to be amazing.  Then I had an idea…they need superhero capes.  BINGO!  I am brilliant (not really cause I thought their would only be a handful of kids there).  Apparently my niece was a super popular 3-year-old and had a gazillion kids there.

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Don’t think I spent a gazillion dollars on these.  These are afforable to make.  Yes I know my way around the garment district, but this can be done with a 40% coupon at Joanns for cheap.  For the white circle in the center I visited my local die cut center for our school district and cut out a bunch of  “planets”.  Luckily they had lightning bolts too (I know these were Ellison brand dies but I am sure Accucut carries them as well).  If you are doing mass quantities like I did you are going to wish you had a die cut center to cut these out at.  Cutting a million pieces of felt is going to start to killing your hand.  I. Am. Serious.  The diecut machines are great cause they cut through material like butta… no joke.  You will need without a doubt a good pair of scissors for this project.

 While at the die cut center I stumbled upon these sweet little masks.

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I added some elastic to the back and a little stitching around the rim of the mask and voila done!  But I couldn’t stop there.  Nope.

They needed cuffs, super cute cuffs.

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Now I was basically on my own for a pattern.  I knew the die cut center was not going to have anything to help me out.  I had a coffee cozy on my cup from my morning Starbucks run and with that came a genius idea.  I used the cardboard as a template and cut away.  The stitching you see on everything serves no purpose other than it looks good.  Both the cape and the cuffs have a little bit of velcro sewn in to help it stay in place.

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Party favors…. complete success!  They enjoyed these party favors far better than a bag of candy.  Think out of the box for your next party.  You will be surprised with what you come up with.

LA County Fair * Must See Los Angeles* Digital Scrapbook Kit*

It’s here it’s here it’s finally here!!!!  Cant quite wrap you head around Los Angeles having a legit county fair?  Well they do!

La County Fair

Animal races, deep-fried food, free concerts, carnival games, award-winning food and arts,  and shopping!  Growing up right down the street we watched for a whole month while they set up for this glorious affair.  We got to watch the rides getting trucked in, booths getting set up and the famous cattle drive down Wheeler Avenue straight to the fair.  Few things have changed since than, you can still count on hearing a children’s choir sing, watch a few toddlers tap dance their hearts away, and eat the latest food on a stick craze.

Still aren’t sold on how wonderful this city slicker city can put on a genuine county fair?  Try one of these discount days so you don’t break the bank!

Opening Day (Gates open at 3 p.m.):
$1 admission from 3-6 p.m. only
$2 carnival rides 6-9 p.m.; $2 games 9 p.m.-midnight
Opening Weekend (Gates open at 10 a.m.):
$1 admission from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. only
$19 admission for Adults, 1 p.m..- closing – $12 admission for ages 6-12

Labor Day (Gates open at 10 a.m.): $1 admission from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. only

Wild Wednesdays
$5 after 5 p.m. – $5 Kids Meals after 5 p.m.
Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. $2 off Draft Beer & Margaritas
T-Mobile Thursdays
$5 after 5 p.m.
Thirsty Thursdays 50% off fountain drinks & bottled water all day

Food Drive Friday Fair admission in exchange for five canned products. Free admission good that day only , noon- 6 p.m. only.

Heroes Day Saturday, Sept. 7 – active and retired military, reserves, police, fire and paramedic sand one guest, can attend the Fair for $1 each.

Prices for this season are:

Season Pass $29.99
Weekdays
Adults, 13+: $12
Child, ages 6-12: $8
Seniors 60+: $10
Weekends
Adults, 13+: $19
Child, ages 6-12: $12
Seniors 60+: $15

COMMUNITY DAYS
Montclair & Fontana – Wednesday, Sept. 4
Diamond Bar – Thursday, Sept. 5
Pomona – Friday, Sept. 6
L.A. County – Sunday, Sept. 8
San Dimas – Wednesday, Sept. 11
La Verne – Thursday, Sept. 12
Upland – Friday, Sept. 13
Chino – Wednesday, Sept. 18
Walnut & West Covina – Thursday, Sept. 19
Chino Hills – Friday, Sept. 20
Glendora – Wednesday, Sept. 25
Claremont – Thursday, Sept. 26
Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga, Covina & Ontario – Friday, Sept. 27

We know you are going to get some awesome Fair pictures and you’re going to want to scrapbook those pictures.  Here is some inspiration for you:

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Crafty Bands for Scrapbooking * Epiphany Crafts *DIY Project Life Embellishments*

Sometimes you have to take a look around your house at your kids stuff and figure out how to use it for scrapbooking.

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 I am a scrapbooker turned Project Lifer so I love to save all kinds of dodads that I can try to make into something later.  I love to save certain clothing tags, business cards, brochures, maps, just about anything with a cool design on it.   Normally I would use one of my Epiphany Craft tools to make a cool embellishent and place on one of my Project Life cards.  Lately I have been eyeing one of my daughters tool from them its a Crafty Bands tool.  It is made by the same wonderful company Epiphany Crafts, but is targeted for children to make these cool snap on bracelets.  It is the same exact tool I use for scrapbooking except it is a different size circle than what Epiphany makes.

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^^^Now this is how you use it if you want to make a bracelet.^^^

This is what I used it for…

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See what I mean about the perfect size for Project Life scrapbooking?  Genius!  Everyone is happy in my house!  My daughter still gets to use it… Mom gets to use it, it’s a win win for me!

Duct Tape Composition Books * DIY Notebooks * One Direction *

This simple DIY on how to make custom notebooks will make the new school year painlessly inexpensive.  Instead of buying ridiculously overpriced notebooks, and folders consider this simple alternative.  Duct Tape covered supplies.

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Buy the least expensive school supplies and some decorative duct tape.  Wrap the front cover and the back cover, leaving the spine exposed.

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besides this DIY being something anyone could do it would also be awesome at a birthday party, craft time, girl scouts meeting.  Just about anytime…anywhere!  Duct tape is sold everywhere it s not hard to find.  They also have a ton of different colors and prints (not just for girls either!! )  My advice to you go pick out a few styles and get to work!  At least you will have custom-made folders and notebooks that won’t look like everybody else’s school stuff.

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Natural History Museum * Los Angeles* Southern California Excursions*

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO

One our most favorite places to spend the day is at The Natural History Museum.  We have visited 5  museums in New York, Washington DC, Nevada, Utah,  and our hometown Los Angeles museum.  Not all Natural History Museum are created equally (cough cough Nevada).  If you are dinosaur buffs this is the place for you!  Even if you’re kids aren’t that into it….who cares dinosaurs are amazing!!!!  Plus there is more to the museum than just dinos.

Is it affordable?

General Admission Tickets
Members FREE
Children 2 and under FREE
Children 3-12 $5.00
Youth 13-17 $9.00
College Students w/ ID $9.00
Seniors 62+ $9.00
Adults $12.00

What free?  Yes my family enjoys it for free because we are members.  Its kinda the same thing as an annual pass but better.  Plus you don’t have to wait in line to enter!

  1. Unlimited access to all three of our Museums, the NHM, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, and the William S. Hart Museum.
  2. Free tickets to Butterfly Pavilion, Spider Pavilion, and Bug Fair.
  3. Exclusive first looks at new exhibits with Member Preview Days.
  4. Receive invitations and experience exciting Member Only events!
  5. Plus 10% discount at the Museum Store and online.

All members receive the following benefits:

Free unlimited admission to the Natural History Museum, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, and the William S. Hart Museum.
10% discount at the Museum Store and online.
Free subscription to member publications including the Naturalist.
Free timed- tickets to Butterfly Pavilion, and Spider Pavilion.
Priority concert tickets to First Fridays and special ticketed events.
Discounts on summer camp, overnight adventurers, classes, birthday parties, field trips, and more!
Invitations to Member-Only special events.
Use of Members Lounge with free beverage.
Member Preview Days for exhibit openings.

Once you become a member they send you a renewal that is way cheaper than the posted prices.

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Try something a little different for Christmas this year and give the gift of a museum membership.  You can take the train and make a whole day of it.  If you aren’t lucky enough to live in the SoCal area check where your local Natural History Museum is and check it out!  Report back to us if you  visit one we haven’t!!  We are dying to see what they all look like!

Sidecar Doughnuts *Costa Mesa* SoCal* California

We can’t say for sure if cupcakes have taken a backseat to other sweets, but for us they have!  Leaves room for plenty of other sweets.. like doughnuts, pies, waffles, yogurt and ice cream!

Sidecar Doughnuts

270 E. 17th St., #18
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

6:30 – 4:00 but get their early cause your favorite flavors will be sold out!

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And by flavors I don’t mean just maple bars and glaze… I’m talking about:

Valrhona Chocolate Brownie with Toasted Walnuts
Banana Nutella
Malasada
Apple Pie with Tillamook Cheddar
Huckleberry

Cinnamon Crumb

Strawberry Shortcake

Toasted Coconut
Madagascar Vanilla Bean Twist
Maple Bacon

Malasada with Haupia Filling

Green Eggs and Ham

And these are just this weeks.  They change them weekly.  I always miss the carrot cake doughnut.  This tells me it is wonderful and I need to get their at 6:30 next time.  So far my family favorites are maple with bacon, buttermilk, Monte Cristo and Huckleberry.

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^^^^^^^ This is the Monte Cristo & their awesome coffee******

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^^^^^^this is what it looks like after you leave (a take some home box!)^^^^^^^

Go there like today…right now!!!!  Eat one for us!!!!!