Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tag-Along Thursday Facebook hop!

Happy Thursday Everyone!
Come hop along with us!

My lovely friends Nicole at Miss Mommy, Em at And Nothing Else Matters and Summer at Made by Munchies Mama and I are hosting a once a month Facebook Hop.  We will do it on the Second Thursday of every month.

We had a tremendous success with our Blog link up last week!.  All of us hosts went around and followed all of you.  Thank YOU so much for linking up.  We're looking forward to doing this again on the first Thursday of December.  

This is for all of us to get to know eachother better and gain more likes on Facebook:)

The rules of the hop are:

MUST like ALL 4 hosts on Facebook
Each host will follow you back - so you're sure to gain atleast 4 new likes!

Please like a few others in the hop and leave them a comment saying you came from the Tag-Along Thursday Facebook Hop :)

Last month we had some blogs linked up - remember this is a FACEBOOK link up.  So please only link up your Facebook page.  If you missed the blog hop next week, thats ok.  Please come back in December for the Blog Hop to gain some new followers.  

You can grab a button if you wish as well :)

If you are interested in hosting this Facebook Hop with us, please e-mail Nicole at for details.  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Chrissy from Boerman Ramblings is on da blog!

Today I have Chrissy from the Boerman Ramblings here to share a cRaZy good looking recipe!

Before I turn the blog over to her, 
I also wanted to make sure you remember to head on over to Stuff I Love.

Cat is having a fab little giveaway for her birthday and one of the packages up for grabs is from moi!
Be sure to tell her I sent you ;)

These items will also be available in my shop later this weekend.

Ok Chrissy, take it away!!

 Hey there Punki' Head friends! I am excited to be guest blogging over here today.

 Hi, My name is Chrissy

I blog over at a little place called

I am a God fearing, Jesus loving, wife, and stay at home Mom of 3. I
would say my blog is kind of eclectic. I write about all topics; faith,
crafts, fashion, other blogs/shops, and recipes. There is something for
everyone! at least that's what I tell myself, mmm'kay, moving on!

Oh and I also have an etsy shop SimplyCreated

My shop reflects my love for all things couture with affordable prices!

I wanted to share with you a recipe I found on my pinterest.

Pinterest may or may not be my new addiction, like I need AA for it addiction, serious people!

Star Bucks Lemon Loaf...

Can I get an Amen!

I was really simple to make, I actually had my 10 year old do it while I cleaned the kitchen! 

I did use a larger pan, I wish i would have used an 8in instead of a 9 in. I think the bread would have raised more.

and the finished product... Delish!

I got the recipe here:

It's not her original recipe though, it's from the book , Top Secret Recipes Unlocked, by Todd Wilbur

Lemon Loaf Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of booking  baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Lemon Icing Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus tablespoon of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. To make the loaf, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Use an electric mixer to blend together the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract, and lemon juice in a medium bowl.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend until smooth.  Add the oil and mix well.
  5. Pour the ingredients into a well-greased 8 1/2 X 4 1/2- inch loaf 
    pan.  Bake for 45 minutes , or until a toothpick stuck in the center of 
    the cake comes out clean.
  6. Make the lemon icing by combining  the ingredients in a small bowl 
    with an electric mixer on low speed.  When the lemon loaf has cooled, 
    remove it from the pan and frost the top with the lemon icing.  When the
    icing has set, slice the loaf into eight 1 inch thick slices.
Makes 8 slices.

I hope you try it because it is so worth it!

I would love for you to come visit me at my blog. you can learn who I am here, and check out some fun tutorials here.

AMEN GIRL! This looks incredible. 
I think It's going to be part of my Sunday Dinner menu this weekend for sure!
Thanks Chrissy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tag-Along Thursday Blog Hop!!

Good Morning all you Punkin Head fans! Are you ready for our 2nd Monthly Blog Hop?!?!

If you are new to the hop, here's the info:

My lovely friends Nicole at Miss Mommy, Em at And Nothing Else Matters and I host a once a month Blog Hop.  We will do it on the first Thursday of every month.

This is for all of us to get to know eachother better and gain more followers :)

The rules of the hop are:

Publicly follow each Host via GFC.  The hosts are the first 3 blogs linked up in the linky section. 
Each host will follow you back - so you're sure to gain atleast 3 new followers!

Please follow a few others in the hop and leave them a comment saying you came from the Tag-Along Thursday Blog Hop :)

You can grab a button if you wish as well :)

Have fun hopping and reading some new blogs!. 

Don't forget that next week is the Tag-Along Thursday Facebook Hop!
If you're interested in being a host with us, please e-mail to get the code.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I Heart Electricity

Remember that little bit of snow I wrote about in my last post?

The windshield of my car on the 27th

Yup. An inch and a half of snow. And we thought that was absurd for October.

Well, just two days later on October 29th came SNOWTOBER:

19" of snow. Yes, NINETEEN!
Pretty while it was falling
Poor Truck :(

I'm sure by now, if you watch the news, you've heard that the Northeast was pummeled by a freak October snow storm. Heavy, wet snow stuck to the leaves that hadn't yet fallen from the trees, causing them to snap and crack under the weight. Power lines were torn down, transformers blew, and power was knocked out to over a million people. Lucky us, we were right in the middle of it.

Starting her early. Maddy's Snow Removal Service :)
Just 12 hours before we were swinging on this.
With all the weight from the snow branches were hitting the ground.

For last 4 days we have patiently sat by listening to the hum of our generator. Watching as town after town canceled school for the first, second and third snow days of the year. Cleaning up the debris left in our yard. Travelling to my Dads house two towns away for water for us and the animals on a daily basis, as well as sneaking in the occasional shower. Waiting in line at the gas station (one of the few that is open) to fill gas tanks for the generator. Travelling to near-by towns trying to find a grocery store that has power and is carrying milk. Trying to eat up all the perishables that we couldn't fit into snow packed coolers. And crossing our fingers that the power would come back on, sooner rather than later. Yes, we still had some fun too. With all this snow how could you NOT play outside, have a snowball fight and make a snowman? 
Gotta try and make the best of it!

Spirit wasn't thrilled the snow was up to his knees.
First snow man of the year! BEFORE Halloween.
With a wine cork mouth and tequila cork nose....oops!
Kisses for her new buddy.

Then, last night we got our wish for power. 
I have never been so happy to hear my washing machine! Let alone turn on a faucet and actually have water come out. You don't realize how often during the day you use your water until you lose it. All weekend I found myself walking to the sink only to be reminded that Nope! So sorry, no water. 

Can I just say that as much as I hate paying the bill each month - I LOVE ELECTRICITY! 
If I could I'd kiss it. 

Yet, there are still thousands without power tonight, and hundreds that have had to deal with worse aftermath from the storm than I could ever imagine. So I ask you to please keep all of these people in your thoughts tonight as you surf the web, or curl up on the couch with your loved ones to catch some TV before bed. There are some people out there tonight that have been displaced from their homes, that don't have heat, hot water, or that completely lost their house or even a loved one due to the storm. My thoughts and prayers are heading out to all of you that may need them.

A perfect blanket of snow is such a beautiful sight, but also a great reminder of how destructive Mother Nature can be. Even though we are used to getting storms of this caliber in our area (minus the power outages!), I really hope that this isn't how the rest of our winter is going to unfold. 
One monster storm is enough for me!

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