halloween fun!

October 03, 2012

I had a really fun halloween party with my kids and one of my best friend's little girl
and they had such a blast. I wanted to post some of the idea's for you all to use 
this year! I do apologize for the delay in posting and that it's taken
two years to think of posting these!


August 01, 2012

I wasn't expecting you so soon, sigh.

this year literally just started and now its almost over.
I feel like we start out with so much time 
but I blink and it's gone- where does the time go?
August is one of our busiest months by far.
two of the biggest things:
Adriana starts first grade 
and I start fall semester which is one of the 
two semesters I have left as a college student!
 this means two semesters (both each)
with four studios- I've been told that
taking three with a life and job is hard-
I'm trying really, really hard not to overwhelm
myself in worry and doubt but it's hard.
I have to purchase a Mac laptop and programs 
in order to keep up with the work and 
I'm definitely afraid of falling behind
or being so completely overwhelmed with work that 
I'm blocked from my creative flow and my work suffers.
see? I doom myself before I've even started.
I've been trying to meditate more about it to stay calm
I just can't help it.

I'm a little less apprehensive about Adriana 
starting first grade, I think because I learned
to let go last year when she started kindergarten
but I still have a little bit of worry in my mind.
She's such a big girl, I know she'll be fine
and thrive like she did last year.
I just have to get over it, again.
this time next year-- 
she will be in second grade and
Ryland will be starting kindergarten.
good grief, the mess I'll be then.

other things going on,
need to be done or I want to do this month
1. setting up the really amazing giveaway I have planned
2. giving my undivided attention to the babes because 
for the next couple of weeks I have free summer time
3. go school supply shopping
4. Adriana gets her new desk
5. pulling out autumn decorations and start putting them out
(it's my favorite time of year, don't judge me!)
 6. cooking more and posting recipes
7. find time to meditate more
8. keep dancing (even though class is over)
9. finish organizing and putting away all laundry.
10. breathe

what is August like for you?
please, do share!

recipe box: twenty three

July 31, 2012

lemon dill ricotta dip

what you need
one cup fat free ricotta
two tablespoons fresh dill
one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
sliced hot house cucumber 
& crackers to scoop

 tip: the gourmet garden herb tubes are amazing.
they are organic and free of preservatives and dyes.
the pros, if you don't grow your own herbs-
it's ready to use, it lasts at least a month
in the refrigerator and it's fast to 
squeeze into any recipe!

we currently have garlic, ginger, cilantro and dill.
there is no peeling the garlic or ginger, grating, chopping
mincing or smashing, it's all done for you! 

what to do
place first three ingredients in bowl
 mix together until well combined.
 add salt and pepper to taste.
 you'll want to keep refrigerated until serving.
in the meantime, slice the cucumber in diagonals.
serve on top of, or on the side with crackers.
my friends loved it scooped up with cucumbers.