Saturday, November 30, 2013

20/52 Favorite Moment Friday

....what I am very thankful for....

Thanksgiving 2013.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Last Minute Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake

Hi everyone!  I'm Tiffany from A Touch of Grace and I'm so excited to be guest posting here at Chaos with a Curve today (this is my first guest post!). 
I'm going to share a quick and easy recipe if you're looking for something different for Thanksgiving dessert. 

I know not all people are pie people.  If you have one or two of those folks in your family, this simple recipe will be a hit at your dinner table tomorrow evening.

Cake Ingredients:
* Box spice cake mix
* 3 eggs
* 1/2 cup water
* 1 15oz. can pumpkin

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
* Grease a 13x9 pan (or 9x9 if you want a thicker cake).
* In a large bowl combine cake mix, water and eggs.
* Add in pumpkin and mix until well combined.
* Spread cake evenly in pan.
* Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
* Let cool.

* 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 4 cups powdered sugar
* 1-2 tablespoons milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla

* In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butt with electric mixer.
* Add vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk.
* 1 cup at a time, add in the powdered sugar.
* Continue adding powdered sugar until you get the consistency you want. 
* If it gets too thick, add milk 1 teaspoon at a time.
* You'll likely have leftover frosting (I always do) but you can freeze it for up to 2 weeks and use it on other treats!

If you don't have time for the frosting you can always grab a can of cream cheese frosting at the store.  That makes it even easier.

The cake is super soft and not too dense, and the frosting is the perfect compliment.

I'd love for you to come visit me over at A Touch of Grace.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends tomorrow! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pumpkin Loaf French Toast

Hi, I am Leah from over at Leah Inspired and I am guest posting today at Chaos with a Curve!  I am really excited to be a guest today and am sharing a great way to use up some pumpkin that you might have stocked up on.

I am a big pumpkin bread fan and I also love french toast so I figured I would try to combine them and it turned out delicious!  Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients for the bread:
  1. 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 1 cup applesauce
  4. 2/3 cup water
  5. 1.5 cups sugar
  6. 3 1/2 cups flour
  7. 2 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1 tsp nutmeg
  11. 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  12. 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  13. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  14. 1 Tbs milled flax seed

Ingredients for French Toast:
2 Tbs butter
4 eggs beaten
2 Tbs milk to beat into eggs
1/2 tsp cinnamon

  1. Instructions for Bread:
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9X5 bread pan.
  1. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, applesauce, water, vanilla, and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, flax seed, and ginger.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet and pour into pan and fill to the 3/4 level to give room for the bread to rise.  If you have extra mix you can make muffins by baking for less time in a muffin pan.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool before removing from pan.  

Instructions for French Toast:
Mix eggs, milk, and cinnamon in a bowl.
Slice bread in thick slices (about 1 in)
Dip bread into egg wash and coat on either side.
Heat griddle or large skillet to medium-high
Melt butter until sizzles
Put the egg washed bread on the griddle.
Flip after about 2 minutes- you want it to be slightly browned and slightly crisp

Add your favorite side and toppings and you have a filling and delicious breakfast!

Friday, November 22, 2013

?/52 Favorite Moment Friday

I have skipped a few weeks since I started working Fridays. The day seems to fly by too fast. I have today off, the first in 2 weeks. The water heater guy was suppose to come today and replace it. He had to reschedule due to flooding in AZ. (People freak out when it rains here.) The A/C guys had to reschedule because the gas is not turned on yet. We did not have gas at our old place and it was suppose to be turned on here yesterday. I was called into work so no one was home.( I want a hot bath & shower soooo  baaaaad!!!!) I drove the girls to school this morning so after the reschedules, my Big Boy got into bed with me and went back to sleep. 

P.S. Two days ago he told me he's too big to give me kisses & hugs anymore. I was so hurt by his words. His daddy was home from work for 5 days to help move and B4 suddenly turned into a Little Man. So this moment makes it so much sweeter that he's cuddled up to me sleeping. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

24/52-Life in Motion

*A portrayal of life, in motion, once a week for 52 weeks* 2013-2014

Mr. 4: Sliding backwards and it takes a lot of concentration to build with Lego's.
Mr. 10: I took his glasses because everyone was throwing the foam Lego's. Helicopter ride with his dad.

thanking Jodi

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thankful Turkey Craft!

Hello everyone! I am Michelle from The MaMade Diaries and I am so honored to be guest posting here on Chaos with a Curve today! I hope that you all enjoy this Thankful Turkey craft.

I love crafting, and I'm passing this along to my son Eli. He gets so excited whenever I say that we are going to make something. We have so much fun creating things together, and nothing beats his excitement when he sees our finished products.

Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I wanted to do a craft that was easy enough for Eli (and other kiddos) to do, but I also wanted it to be something that the whole family could make as well. Which lead to our Thankful Turkeys!


Brown, orange, yellow and red construction paper
Sharpie (or a pen or other marker)
Glue stick or some other type of glue or tape
Googly eyes

Before I started the craft with Eli, I cut the yellow, red and orange paper into a feather shape and made small slits around the edges of the paper to create a "feather" look. I also used scraps to make orange beaks and red wattles. (I had to look up what they were called! It's the red flap of skin that hangs down under their beak).

Eli did not really want to participate in the photo taking process, so I was unable to really get any pictures WHILE we were actually making them. But we had a lot of fun!

The first thing you need to do is trace your hand (or have your child trace their hand) onto the brown construction paper using a pencil. Next you will cut out your hand tracing which will be the body of the turkey.

To assemble your turkey, place glue on each of the 4 fingers and place a different color "feather" on each one. Then you will glue an eye, beak, and wattle to the "thumb" of your hand cut out making the turkey's head.

We used a glue stick, so the glue dried really fast and we did not need to wait that long to write what we were thankful for.

Once your turkey is assembled and the glue is dry, use your sharpie (pen or other marker) and write "I am Thankful for..." on the turkey's body, and use each feather to write one thing you are thankful for. Since Eli can't write, I did this part for him, but the older kiddos would be able to do this on their own.

Eli wanted to make two turkeys, so I actually turned one of them into a hat for him by taping it to strips of construction paper! He was so excited when he saw the hat! And once we were all done I hung both of our Thankful Turkeys on the refrigerator so everyone can see them.

I hope that you enjoyed our Thankful Turkey Craft! Don't forget to stop by my blog The MaMade Diaries to see the other things we've made!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

23/52-Life in Motion

*A portrayal of life, in motion, once a week for 52 weeks* 2013-2014

Mr. 4: He got into a fight with the floor. Floor: 1, Mr. Sunshine: 0. Fat lip.
Mr. 10: Never too old for Power Rangers. Brotherly love. Playing with "swords" equals cooperation.

thanking Jodi

Monday, November 11, 2013

Life Standing Still(s):A Weekly Collection V

1. Mr. Sunshine's (the resident Picasso) artwork which is proudly displayed on his bedroom wall. I'm out of room on the fridge. Magnetic paint anyone?

1. Older house = surprise, sometimes there are no studs where there should be studs! The hubby finally got Mr. Sunshine's coat rack secured into the wall. It's usable for everything he needs and he was very excited. I'm very excited that his coat is not on the floor anymore. The little things people!

3. I have been filling up twice a week because of working full time. This is the cheapest it's been. Thankful.

4. No, that is not orange colored bird droppings on the top of the car. Cheese crackers. It's been that kind of week. It is very difficult carrying a 35 lb "baby" to the house because he fell asleep in the car while waiting to pick up his brother. He's half the size of me! He also keeled over with a mouthful of said crackers which I set temporarily on top of the car. The wind knocked them over, I was in a rush and missed a few. The rain did the rest. Enter hubby complaint about the "new decoration" for the car.

Linking up with Emily from The Beetle Shack

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Heavenly Hash - A Thanksgiving Family Recipe

Hey everyone! I'm Stephanie, from The TipToe Fairy.  I'm very excited to be blogging over here at Chaos with a Curve.  Over at The TipToe Fairy, I write about sewing and crafting, recipes -- especially cupcakes, and book reviews. If you'd like to come check me out, my social links are below:


Today, I've brought you an old family recipe we have at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It is a staple for our holiday meals.  I remember it when I was a child, and my mom remembers it even before I came along. It's always been called Heavenly Hash in our family.  It's a delicious fruit salad with marshmallows and whipped cream flavored with a touch of pineapple juice.  It really is heavenly.  Perfect for a light dessert!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Be Thankful Banner DIY

Hello!!! I am SOOOO excited to be guesting here at Chaos with a Curve! Truth be told, this is my very first guest posting. In honor of the joyous occasion, I have been working hard all week to design a lovely Thanksgiving banner along with a tutorial and free printables.

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