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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekend Bites #6

Weekend Bites

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This week you all, this week! Last Friday I came down with what seemed like the flu, but by Saturday it was just a sore throat. A really really bad sore throat that turned into laryngitis. Mark has been recovering from a pretty bad cold himself that lasted about 2 weeks. I was finally starting to feel a little bit better Thursday morning, when 2 of my kids woke up with Pink eye. Definitely pink eye! Currently child 3 has started in on the symptoms, so to be safe and kind to everyone - we're all staying away from people. 

My poor kids though, it means missing our church Halloween party which was looking to be quite a blast. We'll just have to make our own fun here at home, and I found quite the inspiration from you all last week. 

Eye Of Newt Cake #SnackPackMixins #CollectiveBias
Eye of Newt Cake
What makes this truly amazing is how simple it is to make!

These Boo-nanas are a healthy and fun Halloween treat!
So kid friendly, and healthy too

Creepy Crawler Cocktail | Cooking on the Front Burner
Creepy Crawler Cocktail
This can also be made without alcohol for a kid friendly party

Halloween Bark
A great way to use up some leftover Halloween Candy too!

Hun... What's for Dinner? Dough Wrapped Mummy Dogs, perfect for Halloween!
Dough Wrapped Mummy Dogs
Kids love fun shaped food. I don't know why, but they do. 

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Weekend Bites

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pomegranate Lemonade

Pomegranate Lemonade Recipe

One night, while I'm putting the kids to bed, Mark receives a phone call. When I come out, he tells me someone is coming by with some pomegranates. Cool I say. I love Pomegranates! But why, who gets rid of Pomegranates?

"oh they said they bought too many, and don't want them to go to waste"

Sounds good to me. Though I'm not sure how anyone can buy too many pomegranates. They're like a once MAYBE twice special fall/winter treat I allow myself. So I wait up. Expecting them to come by with maybe 4-5 pomegranates. Maybe they weren't expecting the hard work that comes with eating this delicious fruit?
Opening Pomegranates

What I was not expecting were 2 1/2 boxes full with approximately 100 pomegranates! Seriously? I was most definitely in my own kind of fruit heaven. I spent the next 2 weeks...yes 2 weeks. Peeling this precious fruit and pulling out the little arils.
Boxes of Pomegranates

I tell you what though, the work involved was completely worth it in the end. I have 2 quarts of frozen arils in my freezer - perfect for salads, parfaits, and adding color to other dishes - 6 pints Pomegranate Jelly, and then I took the rest and juiced them (which is no easy task without a juicer!), and made 3 quarts of Pomegranate Lemonade.

Can your own Pomegranate Lemonade Recipe

Is there a fruit you would just love to have boxes of?

Pomegranate Lemonade

2.5 Liters Fresh Pomegranate Juice
2 cups fresh squeezed lemons
1 1/2 cups sugar (more or less to taste)


  1. Combine the Pomegranate Juice, Lemon Juice and sugar in a pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer until sugar is all dissolved. 
  2. Depending on how sweet your pomegranate juice is, and how tart the lemons are you can add less sugar. My pomegranates were fairly old, and lacking in the sweet flavor. 
  3. Pour hot juice into sanitized quart canning jar. Dip lids in boiling water for a few seconds, then place on top of jars. Secure with jar rings. Process in a water bath for 20 minutes. Let cool, and listen for a "pop" that will signify the lid is sealed. 
  4. When ready to serve, pour over a cup of ice and let chill. To make it fancy, mix with sprite or similar soft drink. Great for holiday gatherings. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Do you have a #FrankenPet

This is a sponsored post. Compensation was exchanged for publishing this. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I absolutely love Picmonkey for all my photo editing needs. I can resize my photos for optimum blog load time for you, as well as edit colors, add embellishments, and of course get some text in there so you can pin all my images to pinterest (at least I hope that's what you do). You may even recall last year I wrote about what to gift your blogging friends, and Picmonkey Royale was on there.

The photo above is of our old day Tank. It took me about 5-10 minutes to play around with all the different FREE effects available to me on Picmonkey.


It's time to dress them up your pets! Do a little photo editing, and enter Picmonkey's #FrankenPet Halloween contest!
Cat, dog, reptile, amphibian - it doesn't matter in this contest. They are looking for creativity, use of picmonkey effects, theme, and photo quality.


Grand prize winner will receive a Year of Picmonkey Royale and then based on the category a GoPro Hero3, Fetch Harness, or 3 way mount. Runner ups will receive a year of Royale and a $25 giftcard to Petco.

How to Enter

Entering is SIMPLE! Grab a photo of your pet, or your friends, or your neighbors. Do a little editing on Picmonkey. Then share your photo on social media with the hashtag #FrankenPet 

*Contest runs through 11:59pm Halloween Night. Winners will be announced by Picmonkey on November 5th. Everyone is welcome to participate, but prizes are only open to US residents.

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