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Well, its definitely cooling down out and winter is on its way.  We got our kitchen ceiling finished, new lighting installed, and then today i got enough ambition to rearrange the livingroom and office.  Im tired now lol.  Seth's feeling down and out, as the littlest kid in his class or in his age period he tends to get bullied and in 4th grade hes at that age where I feel for him....Joel took him out to kick the soccer ball around while I got dinner ready, garlic parmesan chicken w artichokes in a butter white wine sauce and baked potatoes...as cold as it is might as well get used to making oven meals :)  Too bad Joel hates chicken lol but thats why we only have it once every few months sigh.

Life is really stressful right now, theres a lot to worry about, and a lot going on, but Im doing my best to keep sane, love my kids, and be patient w everything!

Well, in honor of the big "Frankenstorm" coming up I decided to fight this rainy dreariness by warming it up inside w some Mexican carnitas! :o) Oh how I love mexican, let me count the ways.....

Had a sick son home from school today but hes definitely feeling better and back to talking a mile a minute lol

WoW Lego?
So today an ad came across the tv for a WoW Lego set...needless to say the boyfriend was pretty excited and even my 9 yr old non WoW playing son (he has only played a few times and has a starter account of his own, but at 9 his attention span leans more to outdoorsy things like his momma) thought it was the coolest thing ever.  So, I guess WoW shall creep into yet another area of my life lol and I think it sounds like a fabulous "To: Joel and Seth, Love Santa" kind of present ;)

Almost time for snow to fly....
Last night the boyfriend made me watch the weather w him before bed to hear about the "Frankenstorm" coming.  He knows how much I love snow and cant wait for the first, and this storm looks like it may just bring that....hopefully without spreadin too much damage in its wake.

In other news I am very distraught at the fact that I just hung a regulation dartboard in the middle of my livingroom...something I would never have considered before as it does not go w my decor at all and I am all about everything looking just so, but the boyfriend and I love throwing darts (even bought myself pretty pink ones of my own months ago) we never get a chance to practice as bar days are mostly behind us old folks lol, and winter is coming itll be a lil something more to occupy our time.  On the positive side I made it look as "classy" as possible and life is about fun, not living in a house where everything needs to be perfect...I should know that by now!

Halloween Decorating
Well, its been a rough year...so many changes, and everyone knows I dont adapt well to changes, especially extreme ones.  As such I have procrastinated on even my most favorite yearly activity, halloween decorating...much to my 9 yr old sons dismay....thankfully tonight he insisted that we may be in a new home, we may not have many decorations left, but it was time to hang up decorations! It was great! For a few moments I felt happy and hopeful and like maybe this place could be a home too....

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Well after only about a month of wanting my heater fixed so we can get heat running through this house (its frickin cold in the mornings!!!) last night we finally figured out the problem.....breaker to it was off and we never thought to check it! Sigh.....but in better news we have heat, yay! No more miserable freezing....but of course with the cold weather the battery in my car decided to take a shit too so we were careless for a whole two days (I about died) lol  I guess that means we actually got two big jobs accomplished yesterday, thank goodness! Winter is coming and theres so much more to do...sigh.

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Well, its been awhile, but I thought itd be interesting to note that as much as my life has changed in recent months, I made a post awhile back about homemade spaghetti sauce and wouldnt you know that I am making that for dinner tonight!  The boyfriend is a pasta-aholic, and of course im a potato-aholic so we've been eating a lot of meat and potatoes lately, so I thought id fill his craving for pasta and make him some homemade spaghetti and meatballs....

We have this thing tho, where he says everything i make is "good, its good, its not how i make it, and not how my momma makes it, but its good, it really is" lol.  Drives me nuts!  Just say "good dinner honey" and leave it at that silly man.

Oh well, I am sure its better than the squirmy delight I had in "wow-land" today ;)

Oh and lately Ive had this HUGE craving for molten chocolate lava cake w icecream (u know the hot kind from applebees tho sometimes when i make mine i put pb cups in middle so its molten chocolate and peanut butter omg) but havent had the oven, the time, or maybe just the energy to make it :(

So anyways today while looking over the intrenet i stumbled on a recipe that you cook in the microwave thats molten chocolate lava cake.  Now ive heard about this microwave cake that makes nothing but a rubber ball to eat, but this has gotten great reviews and seems like it may just fix my craving.....wish me luck!

Fall is here...
Well, today was the first day of school once again...Annabel is now a 7th grader, officially in highschool, playing modified sports, and Seth is now a 3rd grader....cant believe time has passed this quickly. sigh. Made the green tomato salsa today, it was excellent and will be a keeper!!  Its getting darker earlier...

Farmgirls BBQ sauce
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2½ cups finely chopped onion (about 14 ounces/1 large onion)
2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons brown sugar (granulated will work, too)
4 Tablespoons sweet molasses (not blackstrap)
1/3 cup raw organic apple cider vinegar (we buy Bragg's by the gallon)
1 6-ounce can organic tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
Several grinds fresh black pepper
1½ cups water
Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart pot. Add the onions and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently (I use a wooden spoon), until they start to soften, then reduce the heat and cook until caramelized, about 20 to 30 minutes.
Increase the heat back up to medium, make a space in the center of the pot, add the garlic, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the brown sugar and cook, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes.
Add the molasses, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder and cayenne (if using), salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Add the water. (If you're going to purée your sauce, you might want to do it now.)

Bring the sauce to a gentle boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 30 minutes.
Serve the sauce hot with whatever you like, or store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Molasses Spice Cookies
1½ cups (3 sticks/12 ounces) organic butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses (not blackstrap) or cane syrup (I use Steen's)
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 to 3 teaspoons ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (or 1 teaspoon pre-ground)
1½ cups organic raisins (optional)
Heat the oven to 375°.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer (I use a hand held mixer) on high speed for about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and molasses until well blended.
Reduce the speed and mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg until well combined. (You can mix the dry ingredients together first in a separate bowl, but I never do.) Stir in the raisins if you're using them.
The dough will be very soft, so put it in the fridge or freezer for a little while to harden up (very cold dough will take a minute or two longer to bake).
Use a 1/4-cup scoop or quarter cup measure to portion out the dough, and place the cookies on a heavy duty baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper (this is wonderful stuff, and you can reuse the same piece for the entire batch of cookies). The cookies will spread; six will fit on a 16¾"x12" commercial sheet pan.
Bake the cookies until the centers are set, about 15 to 18 minutes. For crunchier cookies, bake them a few minutes longer. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container for several days (I love these Lock & Lock containers) or freeze.


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