Monday, September 15, 2014

Jackson's First Halloween Costume


What another wonderful (albeit short) weekend! 

Friday was full of naps, baby cuddles, Christmas shopping with my brother, and a late dinner with Brandon, Joey, and Jax. 

On Saturday we took Jackson to story time at Barnes & Noble, thrifted, shopped for furniture, played at the park, and had a late night Trailer Park Boys marathon (I forgot how hilarious that show is).

Sunday was dedicated to church, Costco, Broncos, visiting my great aunt & brother, and artery clogging football grub (pictured above).

It was a great weekend indeed. 

The most memorable part though was finding Jax's Halloween costume at Costco..
Stop. It.
$10 later, we're all set for Halloween! We can't wait!

P.S. Costco has a bunch of Christmas stuff on display which makes me very, very happy.

P.P.S. Jax's first tooth made its grand (and painful) first appearance during Saturday afternoon nap.. more on that next week!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Go Home Colorado.. You're Drunk!

You know how I've been gushing about how much I love the fall, pumpkin spice lattes, and all that white girl garble?

Well..

Colorado has decided to just skip fall altogether and go to winter.

UGH!

Yesterday was cold and rainy all day, which was just fine by me because Jax and I just stayed in our pajamas, made a Target run, napped, made a beautiful Shepherd's Pie, and went for a brisk walk.

The perfect fall day in my book!

Anyway, last night it SNOWED and today it's supposed to snow off and on..

..but here's the kicker: it's supposed to be back to the 80s by Sunday.

Go home, Colorado.

You. Are. Toasted.

I leave you with scenes from our perfect day yesterday.

Have a great weekend!
This ridiculousness will be coming to the blog soon!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Starbucks GIVEAWAY!

It's Thursday.. and the first official* day of fall is less than 2 weeks away!

*Though it "officially" started for me early last month.

YAY!!

Have you gotten your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte fix yet?

If you answered yes: you are a guy or gal after my own heart!

If you answered no: what are you waiting for?!

To make getting your fix a little bit easier, my friend Tara and I are giving away a $20 gift card to the 'bucks and we want YOU to win!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

These days, the slow cooker is my best friend.

With a baby on the move, a work from home job in marketing, and a full-time job homemaking/raising our son, preparing complicated & time consuming meals just isn't realistic.

This is why I love this simple, hearty, and healthy Slow Cooker Taco Soup recipe.

Brandon is actually the one who introduced me to this delicious soup--a gal he worked with used to bring it to the office for her coworkers and she was kind enough to share the recipe with us. This soup is extremely versatile and can be served with chips (Fritos, tortilla chips, etc.), warm tortillas, or corn bread (pictured).

Anngredients
  • 1 lb. Hamburger 
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 pkg. ranch seasoning
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can pinto beans (drained)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 can light kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 can great northern beans (drained)
  • 1 can corn (drained)
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes 
  1. Fry hamburger until cooked thoroughly and add taco seasoning (prepare as directed on pouch). Add seasoned hamburger to slow cooker and mix in remaining ingredients.
  2. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Monday, September 8, 2014

#OBC14 (& the Time I Took Someone Else's Magazines)

The Online Blog Conference 2014 begins today! I'm so excited!!
Online Blog Con

I've always wanted to attend a blogging conference but have never been able to find one close by--Online Blog Conference to the rescue! After Brandon gets home tonight, I'm hightailing it to Starbucks in my yoga pants to watch the conference videos while sipping on a pumpkin spice latte (see Friday's post for more stereotypical white girl mumbo jumbo). I can't wait!

In other news, I've been on a huge magazine kick lately and have a collection of 5 different 'zines to read!

"Wow, Annie; that's quite the collection! Where'd you get all of them?"

Huh, that's sort of an odd question to ask.. but if you must know..

I subscribe to Country Living, picked up Real Simple & HGTV at Target, and may or may not have taken the Food & Wine and Travel & Leisure magazines out of the recycle box in our mail room.. it's hard to say for sure.

You call it crazy. I call it thrifty.

Friday, September 5, 2014

3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

It's fall, y'all! 

September=Fall in the book of Annie

I absolutely love fall; the overpriced 1,000 calorie Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks, the changing leaves, pumpkin scented candles, cooler temperatures, pumpkin desserts.. It's all my favorite!
This fits me to a T.
One 95 degree day in July, I was dreaming of double digit months and decided to whip up a batch of these 3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins to satisfy my autumn cravings. 

It worked (well, that and a pumpkin candle)!

These are the simplest, tastiest, most fool proof muffins you will ever make; they are only three ingredients and can be whipped up in a few short minutes (because nobody should have to wait to get their pumpkin fix)! 

Anngredients:
1 box spice cake mix
1 can pumpkin
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the cake mix, pumpkin, and chocolate chips together until well combined.
  3. Coat muffin/cupcake tins with non-stick cooking spray and spoon in mixture (cups only need to be about 2/3 full -- it will rise!). 
  4. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Serve with your favorite fall beverage and enjoy.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Scenes From the South

If you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, you probably saw that we just returned from a Labor Day vacation in beautiful Tennessee. We stayed with my in-laws, who live just outside of Knoxville, and ate lots of yummy food, played a bunch of cards, visited new places, and just had an overall fun and relaxing time--Brandon's grandpa even flew down from North Dakota to see everyone and to meet Jackson for the first time!

Here are a few of the scenes from the south:
Baby's first flight! He did great on the way to Tennessee and nursed well, slept, and was overall happy and content. The trip home was another story..
 
Our first southern meal (courtesy of my father-in-law)--soooo yummy!
YOU GUYS! Bargain Hunt is the jam--if you've ever been, you know what I'm talking about! I scored an adorable black and white chevron blouse for only $2.50 (see next picture)!
Second haircut!
1st Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season!
Reaching out to grab the fish (he was fascinated by Ripley's Aquarium!)
Atop the Sunsphere in Knoxville.
4 generations of good men!
On the plane ride home, Jackson fought and fought sleep but finally gave in.. he slept a whole 20 minutes before the stewardess came over the loud speaker to try to sell their Frontier credit card (which I'm pretty sure NOBODY applied for)--that woke Jax up and he was awake, fussy, and squirmy the rest of the trip :/
As always, the time went by way too quickly but I'm so glad we were able to go and feel blessed to have married into such a wonderful family.

Take it easy, Tennessee!!
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