Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pinterest Project Review

I really like the idea of sharing Pinterest project hits or misses, so I thought I would start doing that here when I have tried a project/recipe/idea etc that I got from Pinterest.  If you would like to pin this item, please click on through to the original post and pin it from there.

The other night for dinner I made Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup

Let me first say that these smelled absolutely divine as they were cooking. I could hardly wait to finish making them so I could finally try them.  I was not disappointed.  My kids ate them with regular syrup (I had a TON of leftover cinnamon syrup that today will become part of cinnamon rolls), but I think the cinnamon syrup is the only way to go with these.  And that is coming from someone who is very particular about only using pure maple syrup.  But with these pumpkiny delights, cinnamon syrup is perfect. I added some morsels in mine, to give them a bit more depth.  The kids loved the pancakes with chocolate chips, and I also did some with Craisins and some with dried pomegranate (very similar to the Craisins, but sweeter).  The only change I made to the batter was adding a bit more milk, simply because I prefer my pancakes a little flatter, not so puffy. 

So I count these as a big success.  My kids gobbled them up very quickly and I enjoyed them thoroughly! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fall Decor

I am finally beginning to feel settled in our new (rental) home.  Most boxes are unpacked and we have found a bit of a routine.  It has taken some time to adjust to Lincoln leaving early in the morning to catch the ferry, getting the kids off to school on my own, following a bus schedule, getting 5 kids through homework each night, eating dinner at 7:15, getting all three girls to gymnastics twice a week, getting 3 kids to the church most Wednesday nights, volunteering in three classrooms, and counseling my children through this move.  But we are starting to get it under control.  In all the craziness, I felt like Halloween really sneaked up on me.  I didn't go all out with my Halloween decor this year, just put a few things out to get us in the spirit of it.  I ended up really liking the simplicity of it.  It kind of came down to black and white.

After feeling like fall had caught me unawares, for the first time I seriously considered going straight to Christmas decorations after Halloween.  I just didn't want Christmas to sneak up on me too.  I managed to resist the urge, however, and went ahead and put up the Thanksgiving stuff.


I am still worried about Christmas coming too fast, but I am trying to plan well and be on top of things.  I am always excited to get in the Christmas spirit!