10.21.2014

We've been BOO-zed

For the past few years, our kids have gotten Boo-ed by various friends.
It's such a fun tradition.
But, then this year some of our friends BOO-zed us!
What does it means when you get BOO-zed?
Boo-ing is for kids....Boo-zing is for adults!
So fun!
We pulled up to our house one evening & this was on our porch:

I thought we got Boo-ed, but then I looked inside...
We got Boo-zed! Love it! Inside our friends but some beers for Kevin & wine for me! 
I  knew I wanted to pass on this tradition and Boo-ze some of my neighbors, but I needed a printable explaining what to do, since our bag didn't have one.
I was going to make one, because you know I love making printables, but then I realized I was too busy & why re-invent the wheel when I am sure I could find one on Pinterest.
I knew there would be a variety of Boo-zing signs there.

 I searched Pinterest for "You've been Boozed" signs. There were lots, but I found one I liked. You can get it {HERE}
I put together some drinks

 Put them in a bag & added a copy of the "Boo-zed" instructions.
 Our friends who we Boo-zed also have kids, so I put together a "We've been Boo-ed" bag for their kids.
 I asked the girls what they wanted to put in the "Boo-ed" bag and they picked out Halloween cupcake mix, frosting, Halloween Cupcake liners and some stickers. Thank you, Target.
 I got the "We've been Booed" {HERE}
 Here are our 2 bags of goodies....a Boo-ze bag and a Boo bag.
 I absoutlely loved getting Boo-zed and can't believe this was the first time I have heard about it!
So, next time you "Boo" your friends kids, make sure you "Boo-ze" the adults as well.
Why should the kids have all the fun? :)

10.17.2014

Five on Friday {Fall Edition}

I haven't done a Five on Friday post in a long time and thought I would do one as a catch up on our Fall so far. It has been a busy, busy, busy September & October!
Lots of fun has been had.
Five on Friday - Fall Edition

{ONE}
Nothings screams Fall like College Football. I love football, both college and NFL.
One of my favorite things about going to the University of Colorado was going to the football games on Saturdays. Our stadium was right on campus & myself and my soccer teammates would all walk to the football games together. So many great memories. And, our football team was actually good then. Ha! I am excited that Colorado is in the Pac 12 because that means they come to the Bay Area now for games. Colorado was play Cal in football at the end of September, so I knew we had to go!
It was so fun being back on a college campus watching football! We sat in the Colorado section, so even though we weren't the home team, sitting with all the Colorado fans & signing our fight song made me feel like I was in college again.
At half time they had a bunch of high school bands throughout California perform & our high school band happened to be there. So random! (Kevin and I were not in band, we are 2 of the most un-musical people there are. Ha!)
The game was amazing! Colorado lost 59-56 in Double Overtime, but it was still tons of fun! Here I am hanging out with Chip, our mascot!
I thought we were just going to the Colorado vs. Cal football game, but I was wrong! Kevin surprised me with a night away at the Claremont Resort & Spa! He arranged for his mom to watch our kids and right before we left for the game he told me to pack an overnight bag!
We have been to dinner at the Claremont, but have never stayed at the hotel. It is beautiful! And, has the most amazing views of San Francisco Bay!
This was a belated anniversary trip. Our 12th anniversary was in August...the day before school started, so we weren't able to get away then.
We had a nice slow morning walking around the grounds of the hotel & drinking coffee by the pool with views of the Bay Bridge.
Morning Coffee in bed watching Football? Don't mind if I do!
 It's so nice to have a night away without kids. 
We don't get away nearly enough, it's hard to do that with 3 kids, but I am thankful for the times we do get to recharge & not deal with the demands of kids.
Our 24 hour get away ended with an amazing brunch....Bloody Mary's and Eggs Benedict! Yum!
This weekend was definitely one of my favorites this Fall.

{TWO}
Can I complain about the weather we are having here in California?!?!
This is what the weather was last week:
 I am sorry, but 97 degrees in October is NOT okay. It's just not.
 Swimming in mid-October? Just crazy.
This hot weather in October is just not good for California. 
We are in a MAJOR drought. Major.
Here are some photos of one of our lakes.
2011 is on top & 2014 is on the bottom.
Can you believe it? So, so, sad.
We are on major water restrictions!
Pray for California! We need Rain! And cooler temperatures!

{THREE}
Rodan + Fields ACUTE CARE is pre-launching this Wednesday, October 22nd!

Fill a wrinkle, while you sleep....no needle required! Love these results after just one use:
Erica used it on just one side:
This just isn't for wrinkles, it works on scars also.
Look at the before & afters of this girl's scar that she got from a dog bite when she was younger.
The special for Acute Care is that you will get it at the Consultant Price of $165.After that, it won't be available until January and the cost goes up and will be $198.
If you would like to get the Acute Care Special on October 22nd, send me an email:
melissa_larson17(at)yahoo.com

{FOUR}
Today is the 25 year anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
I was in 5th grade when the Big One hit. I will never forget that day.
Destruction all across the Bay Area. Freeways collapsing.
 I was at my house when it happened, talking on the phone to my friend Holly.
I remember the line got disconnected and our house just kept shaking and shaking.
You could literally hear the rumbling of the Earth.
I froze...then remembered to duck & cover!
 We just had few things fall off the walls and nothing major broke. We were lucky.
The picture above is the Bay Bridge. The top collapsed on to the bottom. My 8th grade Algebra teacher's husband was the last car to get thru & part of the freeway fell on the back of his mini-van.
It was insane.
Can't believe it was 25 years ago. It seems like it was just yesterday!

{FIVE}
Giants are going to the WORLD SERIES....again!!!!
 Last night's game was AMAZING.
Ishikawa's walk off homer in the 9th inning to win the game...it was a storybook ending!

Kevin and I were jumping up and down, cheering & screaming so loudly that it woke up Kate!
 We love our Giants! Born and Raised Giants fans in our house!

We won in 2010 and I went to one of the games...It was amazing, one of my Bucket List items!
Read about it {HERE}

 We won in 2010,  2012 and now in 2014 we are going to the World Series again!!!
 
So much fun!!!

So, there you have it....my FIVE on FRIDAY!
TGIF.....it has been a looooong week here, it's been conference week at school so that is always crazy and busy! I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend!
Hope YOU have a wonderful weekend!

10.16.2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

It's no secret that I LOVE pumpkin.
Once October hits, I am all about pumpkin.
Pumpkin decorations, the pumpkin patch and pumpkin bread (to name a few)
I love everything pumpkin....EXCEPT for Pumpkin Pie (it's a texture thing) and I can't drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes..so gross...you can read my letter to the PSL {HERE}
One of my favorite things to do in October and November is to cook & bake things with pumpkin in them. I am going to try and post a pumpkin recipe once a week until Thanksgiving.
Last week, I posted my Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake {Recipe HERE
The weather finally dropped below the 90's, so I decided to make some pumpkin cheesecake brownies.
 Here is what you need:
- Box of brownie mix (for a 9x13 dish)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup of canned pumpkin
- 3 oz of cream cheese
- 1 Tablespoon of Butter
-1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1/2 Teaspoon of ground cinammon
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 Tablespoon of Flour

 Directions:
In a medium bowl, add the brownie mix AND the ingredients according the the brownie mix (eggs, oil, water). Mix according to the box directions.
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and spread the brownie mix into the pan. Set aside.
In a different bowl, add the 3 oz of cream cheese and the 1 tablespoon butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for about 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Then add in the 1 egg, the 3/4 cup of pumpkin, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until combined. Stir in the 1 tablespoon flour. 
Scoop the pumpkin/cream cheese mixture in several mounds on top of the brownie batter. 
Using a narrow metal spatula, gently swirl the cream cheese mixture into the chocolate batter.
 Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let the brownies cool in the pan before you cut them up.
 You can eat these warm, but I actually prefer them cold!
After I cut them up, I layered the brownies between sheets of waxed paper in a covered airtight container and I kept them in my fridge. You can store them in the fridge for 3-5 days.
I really love the combination of brownies & pumpkin. It is the perfect afternoon pick me up with some iced coffee or hot coffee.
I hope you love these brownies as much as I do.
 They would also be delicious with a scoop of vanilla (or pumpkin) ice cream on top.
Everything is better a la mode!

If you love pumpkin as much as I do, you can check out some of my other pumpkin recipes:

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles {HERE} Pumpkin Cheesecake {HERE}
Pumpkin Bars {Recipe HERE}
Next week I will have a savory pumpkin recipe for you! I think you will love it!

I would love to know.....what is your favorite recipe with pumpkin? 
Mine is Pumpkin Bread!

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