Monday, October 29, 2012

Lazy Slow Cooker Japanese Style Curry

My hubby and I lived in Okinawa, Japan so Japanese food makes an appearance on our dinner table fairly often.  We used to eat at a place called CoCo Ichibanya (CoCos) while we lived on the island because the curry there was absolutely to die for.  What I make is no where near the caliber of Cocos, but it's still pretty delicious and incredibly easy to make. This is recipe is so easy to make that I feel lazy doing it!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bloody Halloween Decorations

Have you ever used the bloody Halloween decorations that are meant for the window then been disappointed that it left residue behind when you took them down?  Yeah, that was me last year.  But not this year! No siree!  This year I decided to make my own decorations that would leave my windows clean.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Southwestern Turkey Burgers

The hubby and I made a trip to Sam's a week or so ago & bought a GIANT bag of fries, like seriously huge! When we were sitting down to write our meal plan for the week, we looked through the kitchen to see what we already had.  We decided that we better figure out some meals that pair well with fries and our minds went straight to hamburgers.  We agreed that hamburgers and fries is kind of a boring meal, so we decided to make our own turkey burgers with a kick instead!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mexican Beef Pockets

My mom made a dish that she called "Taco Ring" growing up. It was my favorite recipe that she made and I've taken that recipe and made some changes.  Mine isn't a ring anymore and I added some creaminess with the cream cheese, but it is still much like my momma's recipe :)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lantern Ghosts

Now that it's the Halloween season, it is time to update our porch!  We have paper lanterns outlining the front of our porch, so it was pretty easy and cheap to turn our lanterns into ghosts with just a few items.

Fabric Frame & T-Shirt Upcycle

Recently, the hubby and I were cleaning out our closet and drawers to get rid of clothes that we don't wear anymore and I landed on a shirt that I didn't want to part with.  I lived in Okinawa growing up and so I wasn't ready to give up this Okinawa shirt.  I've had a frame without the glass (I was a bit clumsy!) lying around for a while that I've been meaning to do something and inspiration hit me; frame the shirt!

Yarn Chandelier

The corner of my bedroom was pretty boring, so I went to Pinterest and found inspiration in the many yarn chandeliers.  Every website seemed to have a different "recipe" for the solution to make the yarn stiffen, so I took from all of them and came up with my own!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Filling and Maple Glaze

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  One of the big reasons is because pumpkin is everywhere!  It's in patches, in plug-ins and Scentsys (pumpkin roll is amazing!), carved and displayed on porches and most relevant to this post; in your recipes!  We made a trip to Sam's Club recently and I purchased a bunch of canned pumpkin to last for this season's baking sessions.

My hubby's birthday is this week, so we decided to celebrate tonight and what's a birthday without cake?!  Last year, I threw my hubby a dinner party, so this year we decided to keep things much more low-key (and much less exhausting!). 

I decided to take a pumpkin cake recipe that I've used before and bring it up a few notches by adding a cream cheese filling and a maple glaze instead of vanilla icing.  I started up the new Mumford and Sons CD on my spotify application and started baking!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

End of No-Spend September Report

Well, we made it..for the most part!  My husband and I embarked on a journey to go an entire month without spending money on the "extras" during No-Spend September.  We had a few instances of spending money, but for the majority of the month, we succeeded in our goal to save instead of spend.

We went out with friends and drank water.  We watched our favorite shows on netflix and at the gym (the gym has cable!).  We baked cookies and cupcakes instead of going to a bakery.  We went hiking and walking around our town.  All of this made it easier to save money.

Here is a reminder of why we decided to have a no-spend month: