Friday, October 18, 2013

Five on Friday

Having my parents here this past week has felt like a mini vacation!  It is always incredibly sad when they have to leave, so thank goodness the weekend is here.  We have plans to hit up a pumpkin patch and make Liam's halloween costume; oh how I am enjoying this October!  We're supposed to have sun all weekend, so the weather will be perfect to be outside and enjoying the crisp, fresh air.  I might even plant some bulbs for Spring!  Thanks to Darci and the girls for hosting another Five on Friday; these posts are so fun!


When I'm lacking in ideas for dinner, I always turn to Pinterest to find something new.  This week I made this Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce, and it was amazing!  It was fairly easy to put together and made for great leftovers as well.  The recipe calls for light coconut milk, but I think it's better with regular coconut milk.  If you make this substitution, then I would use slightly less cornstarch.

One of the hostess gifts (yeah, my mom is so awesome she comes bearing gifts) my mom brought with her was A Year of Holidays at Home cookbook.  I've only had a chance to skim through it so far, but it looks like there are tons of delicious recipes and menus.  Most of the cookbook is dedicated to Christmas (as it should be), but there are recipes for all the other holidays as well!

To keep with the little recipe theme I have unintentionally going, I made the most delicious pumpkin spice muffins this week!  Molly over at Jumpingbean and Jellybean posted this easy recipe on her Instagram.  They looked amazing, so I had to give them a try.  Directions: combine one box of spice cake mix with 1 can of pumpkin (I used my homemade pumpkin puree) and 3/4 cups water.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes.  I would recommend adding a little raw sugar on top before baking which will give them a bit of a crispy muffin top!  And feel free to eat as much of the batter as possible since there is no raw egg.  I'm talking to all you pregnant mamas that need your batter fix!

A few of the women in my neighborhood are talking about running together, and I so want to get in on this fun!  However, I haven't run more than just a handful of times since Liam was born.  I was running 5 miles a day up until I was 25 weeks pregnant and my doctor recommended I stop, but then I never got back into it.  I keep wanting to join a gym, but I'm terrified of putting Liam in the daycares there.  I need to get some miles under my belt before I start running with anyone else, so maybe I will finally get a gym membership again.  I will probably just talk about it for another few weeks before doing anything about it.  One of my neighbors shared this video with us about Why Women Run and it got me even more motivated.  I want to feel that runner's high again...

Another one of my mom's hostess gifts was this Woof & Poof Owl.  He is the perfect addition to my fall mantle!  Each year, this company makes new decorations using similar color schemes so that their different items will always compliment one another.  I love that!  I have a small obsession with owls right now; I'm pretty sure Liam is going to be the cutest little owl there ever was this Halloween!!!

Well, I'm off to purchase the materials and start 
(and then hopefully finish) making L's Halloween costume!  
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


  1. That chicken dish looks so good! I may need to try it :) have a great weekend!

  2. Yummy! All that food looks so great! You are lucky to live in a neighborhood with lots of moms and kids, that is awesome!

    1. It truly is the best neighborhood! It makes life as a stay-at-home even better since I have other moms to spend my time with!

  3. Those muffins look delish & EASY, the best part for me! Haha! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. WHOA does that chicken recipe look good or what?! i am sure it would be a hit in our house bc my hubs loves curry anything! yum!!!



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