Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dutch Apple Crumb Torte (Or Pie)

If you know me you know how much I LOVE pie!  Sometimes I don't stop talking about tit!  It is my absolute favorite dessert!  With Thanksgiving coming up I thought I would share with you this yummy Dutch Apple Crumb Torte that I created this last week with my daughter. You can also make this as pie pan, but I thought it would be fun to make it in my new torte pan.  

Dutch Apple Crumb Torte (Or Pie)
{Printable Version Here}
1 Pie Crust {I like this recipe here
Or you can just buy the stuff that is already rolled out from the store!
  • 6 C. Apples diced or sliced
  • 1 T Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 C. Sugar 
  • 1 T Cinnamon
Crumb Mixture
  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup NEW I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spread
DirectionsSpread out the crust in the pan.  Pour cinnamon, sugar, lemon juice mixture on apples and stir until they are all coated.  Pour on top of crust. 
Put together your crumb mixture and spread evenly over your apples.  
  Place in the oven on 400º for 30-40 minutes! Top with Whipping Cream and Enjoy!
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I loved using this butter because it tasted great and it was very easy to make the crumb topping, it is spreadable straight out of the refrigerator, so there's no need to wait for it to soften!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sam's Christmas Wish by George Durrant

I don't feel like I have very greedy kids. They make some money during the year from our family business and they buy some stuff that they want, but when it comes to Christmas sometimes I can't keep up with all the things they spout off that they would LOVE for Christmas.  They know they won't get all of it, but I swear their lists get longer every day.  I'm sure your kids are the same way!  I love to get them gifts, but with children’s Christmas lists growing longer, this sweet story Sam’s Christmas Wish is a wonderful reminder of the importance of giving good gifts, and the fun of giving those gifts in secret. 

One of our favorite things to do is our 25 Days of Christmas Service with our kids. It changes their hearts and helps them see the true meaning of giving, loving and serving others!  We have been on the other end a few times in our marriage when others have served us, and we have felt SO grateful even though we would have never asked for it!

This touching tale shows how an anonymous gift not only changed the heart of one man, but touched the lives of many others. Sam’s Christmas Wish is a story of love, service, and sacrifice that will inspire each of us to ask, “What gift will I give in secret this Christmas?” 

The story is about a man named Sam Edwards who right before Christmas has lost his job.  Not wanting charity from others he falls asleep in his living room—with his shotgun across his lap just to make sure no one attempts to visit him—he wakes up to find his front porch laden with Christmas goodies. When he tries to figure out who it was he sees that the freshly fallen snow reveals no footprints.  

Years later when his wife is passed and he is old and sick he wishes to find a way he can bless a life the way someone did theirs that Christmas  long ago. On Christmas Eve, when he sees his neighbor’s house on fire, he hopes that he can be the means for another anonymous miracle.

 Sam’s Christmas Wish is a story that shows the reality of true giving, the joy of service, and the miracle of love. It is filled with touching reminders as well as excellent art work displaying the beauty and emotion of Christmas. 

About the Author: George Durrant was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. He’s believed in Santa Claus as a child and as a parent. George is a master storyteller and loves telling stories to his eight children, thirty-four grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. 

Amazing Hairstyles: From Easy to Elegant {Review}

Growing up I always wanted daughters!  Like 5 daughter…HAHA! I learned to love doing hair when I was a teenager.  I loved to pretend I knew how to do up-dos, and cool hairstyles.  I knew how to french braid really well, which I taught myself because my mom didn't french braid.  I thought I would love to have a ton of daughters to do their hair everyday.  I totally laugh at this now because just with one daughter I can barely find the time or patience to do her hair.  I don't' know how those moms with more than one daughter find time to do all that hair before 9 am church! Hats off to them!  I can barely do my own and my daughters plus makes sure my boys don't look like orphans! Now that my daughter is older she actually does a pretty darn good job doing her own hear, but between the ages of 7-10 she didnt' really want me to do her hair, she wanted to do it.  For the most part she did OK, but I totally wanted to fix it a lot.  She was trying to be a big girl and I needed to let her! 

Now she LOVES me to do her hair.  Especially since we got this amazing new book and purchased these awesome Curlformers which we LOVE!  Doing her hair has been so much easier!  I have also learned to be a title more creative on my own after seeing some of these adorable hair styles in the book!

If you haven't ever seen the blog Babes in Hairland and you have a daughter that wants you to do her hair, this is an awesome blog to give you some simple and fun ideas, plus some pretty amazing hairstyles to that you never thought you could do.

Becky, from Babes in Hairland, just published this AMAZING book, called Amazing Hairstyles: From Easy to Elegant. This book is awesome.  Featuring amazing braids, twist, up-dos and more!  It has great step by step pictures and words explaining how to do tons of adorable hairstyles.  My daughter and I have done some fun things with her hair!

Here is a little bit about the book…
Tired of bad hair days? Popular hairstyle blogger Rebecca Porter teaches you the basics of braids, buns, and twists, and helps you combine them to create amazing hairstyles for any occasion. Go from drab to fab at any age with the easy, step=by-step tutorials in this essential guide.  
About the author: Becky Porter is the hands behind the hairstyles. Since starting her blog, in 2008, she has been making the world a prettier place, one head of hair at a time. Besides having a passion for doing hair and teaching hair classes, she loves music, baking, and spending time with her family. She lives in Utah with her three amazing daughter’s and one patient husband.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

HUGE Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway

The Holidays are about giving and this holiday season Bargains with Brittanie, Addicted 2 Savings 4 U, and The Budget Bandit have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to put you into the holiday spirit by offering a fantastic Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! With over $1,800 in prizes and 21 winners this is a giveaway event you do not want to miss!

I am excited to join up with these bloggers to promote this great giveaway! And winning prizes around the holiday season is so fun because you can wrap it for yourself and put it under the tree, or even better, find someone that would love it even more and give it to them!

With the holidays in full swing chances are you are already on the lookout for this year's most wanted gifts. But what are you going to get the person who seems to have everything? No matter who you are shopping for this holiday season, this Holiday Gift Guide has great gift ideas for you! Naughty or Nice, you will find the perfect gift at the right price! Many of the products featured are actually being given away below but first let's give a huge thanks to our sponsors who helped make this giveaway happen:

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review - Softly Falling by Carla Kelly

I love reading books about a different time periods.  This book was set in the Wyoming Territory in the later 1800's.  It's a story about a girl named Lily who comes to live with her wayward father after being brought up in a home in England by her uncle.  She learns that her father has lost his Wyoming cattle ranch in a card game to handsome cowboy Jack Sinclair, no less! When a series of deadly winter storms set in, Lily and Jack must work together to save the cattle—as well as their hearts.

I absolutely loved this book.  It made me feel like I was in that time period and described things so clearly that I felt like I was there!  I put myself in Lily's position and fell in love with the whole story!  I love Jack's character and how he cares for Lily in helping her learn to survive in the territory.  This is a clean, romantic, lovely novel that is a great winter read!  I am always the kind of person that thinks after reading a good, clean, romantic book, I wish they had a movie for this book! But they never do. I guess I will have to just keep reading!
About the author: Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping.

Your Own Copy: You can purchase Softly Falling at the following:
Cedar Fort// //Barnes & Nobel

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LeapTV "Leap Into Gaming" #MommyParties

We had a blast with our friends at our LeapTV "Leap into Gaming" mommy party this last weekend!  We had 9 kids over plus my 5 laughing and enjoying the new LeapTV!  I enjoyed sitting and chatting with the moms while my kids played!  It was fun to watch the kids laugh and work together!  These girls were laughing so hard while they were trying to grab the soccer balls!  And they boys were way into the sports games!
The new LeapTV is awesome and is for sure something your kids would love for Christmas!  I almost wish I could have saved it to give my kids for Christmas because it is so fun!  But they are enjoying it now, and I never get them anything fun unless it's their birthday or Christmas!

The LeapTV is super interactive and also educational.  You can't go wrong with those two things put together!  They already have a lot of fun games out and I have heard they have more in the works!

Our favorite feature is the camera and that it show the child on screen.  They have so much fun seeing themselves as they try to keep the soccer balls from going into the net, or dancing to fun music!  The LeapTV sells for $149 retail and is perfect for kids ages 3+.  It says up to 8 but my 11 year old daughter had just as much fun!

Here are some fun clips from our party!

I love this one where my little guy is teaching his friend how to put on the remote….
And these girls giggling makes me so happy….

As you can see we had a blast! One thing we like to do for Christmas is just get our kids one big nice gift since they don't really need a lot more toys. This would be the perfect gift for that!

Monday, November 17, 2014

40 Thanksgiving Crafts, Printables & Recipes Roundup

I love November!  I love the smell of cold in the air, pumpkin pie, and seeing all the fall decor!  Although where i live it gets WAY too windy.  I could do without the win!   I can't wait for Thanksgiving this year.  I can't believe how fast this month is flying by!  I asked some of my blogger friends to share their favorite simple Thanksgiving crafts, free printables and fun recipes with me and put them all together in one post! Hope you enjoy!
Simple and Easy Crafts

Great Educational Printables from 3 Dinosaurs

These delicious fall recipes look amazing, and some are a little different than you might see at your Thanksgiving table.  I am never in charge of the Thanksgiving meal, but I think if I were I might try some of these non traditional dishes! I might even bring one to our dinner! The desserts below look AMAZING!!


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