Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sometimes the hair color really shines through.


We got our first water bill for the new house. It made our jaws drop. It’s over twice what we ever paid in our old house.

So we did what any normal home owner would do. We called a plumber. Clearly there’s a leak somewhere. Right?

“Did you check the water meter?”


“If you’re not using water but the meter’s running then you have a leak. But if it’s not, then there’s no leak.”

Oh. That makes sense.

“So, have you checked the meter?”

“Um… do you know where that would be?”

Good thing that wasn’t the only thing we needed him to come over for…





Shower, get ready, get out the door, run errands and be home by nap time? It takes a fabulous jacket to pull off a look that doesn’t totally scream “MOM.”

Jacket: J.Crew, Jeans: J.Crew bootcut in short, Plain white long sleeved shirt: J.Crew Factory Store, Black flats: Kenneth Cole Reaction from

Yes, I realize I need to expand where I shop.


Pumpkin Oatmeal



I had some leftover pumpkin from the pancakes I needed to use up. This morning I decided to mix it with oatmeal. It wasn’t too pumpkiny, just enough to make it deliciously fall.

First I made two servings of Old Fashioned Oatmeal without the salt. (I never use the salt)

Once cooked I added the pumpkin and a splash of whole milk. (There was probably 1/8-1/4 cup of pumpkin left.) Also add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to your taste. I added some brown sugar not so much for sweetness but because I like the flavor. In hindsight I would’ve been good with a bit of molasses.

Stir together and dig in!


A Pennsylvania Weekend


This past weekend the hubs and I ventured to Pennsylvania to see our families.  On Saturday, we got up early and trekked to Beaver Run to watch my brother, Cullen, of Locust Street Blog, race his go-kart.  After the race, we jaunted over to the Pittsburgh to see my in-laws.

Thanks to the inaccuracy of the local weather, Stu and I were not even a little bit prepared for the 40 mph winds at the racetrack.  He huddled against me while I wore my father’s three-times-too-big unlined windbreaker.  Not only did we both catch colds, but now I’m rocking a pretty sweet wind burnt chin and extremely chapped lips.

The worst part?  The races were soooo short that no one was able to make any moves on the track, thus placing in the same order they went out in.  There was an enduro (race talk for “endurance race” at the end that consisted of 12 laps.)  Cullen made some moves, but on the last lap his exhaust un-welded itself from the motor, resulting in a loss of power.  He and my dad had to push it off the track.  So, not only did we walk away with colds, but he didn’t even freaking win.

Vroom, vroom!

After the race, we sat in traffic for 40 minutes because of “road work” aka a port-a-john in the middle of the road, with no workmen around.  I at least got to nap; Stu was less than thrilled, to say the least.

But!  The drinks were flowin’ at the in-laws and all was well again.  It was a short visit, but the view from their condo is worth gold.  Literally, their condo is for sale and is priced much higher than the back unit with no view.


Sunday Casual – OOTD


There is nothing better than being completely comfortable on a Sunday in the fall.  Although I specifically wore this outfit because I knew I would be in a car for 4 hours, I have a feeling it will become my standard running errands uniform.

And yes, I’m wearing leggings as pants.  However – my cardigan covers my butt and I wasn’t gallivanting out in public, so that makes it ok, right?  RIGHT?

Also, if you’re ever confused about whether or not you’re wearing leggings as pants, please refer to this handy dandy flowchart.

Cardigan – Target; Tank – ON; Longsleeve Tee – GAP outlet; Leggings – Target; Boots – Ciao Bella via

Oh, and also, it appears that it might be time for me to dye my hair.


Pumpkin Pancakes


I feel like I first need to post a disclaimer. I am, at best, a novice photographer. Once upon a time I minored in photography and had time and energy to devote to such a hobby. These days? I’m a stay at home mom with a demanding (and absolutely adorable, but that’s another post) 18 month old. Not only do I not have time to take multiple shots in various locations while trying to find the best light in my rather dark house, but I REALLY don’t have time to do it with food. Said kid likes to eat. A lot. So, that said…

Pumpkin Pancakes

Tis the season for pumpkin in my house. These were easy and delicious. Bonus? The recipe makes a ton and they were still delicious days later after being stored in the fridge, microwaved and crisped back up in the toaster oven. I found the recipe on

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
My changes? I used 1 cup of white flour and 1 cup of wheat flour- I’m one of those moms. I didn’t have vinegar so I didn’t use it. I didn’t have *ground* allspice, only whole (cause what would I need that for?) nor did I have ginger. I used clove and nutmeg instead.

Safety First*


*Normally, I promote safety third, you know – fun first, thirst quenched second, safety third… but when you have a helmet such as this, I can get on board with safety first.

And no, it probably wasn’t the greatest idea to wear my “no longer available” aka my most favorite of all time/cannot be replaced riding boots to a swampy Renaissance Festival.