Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Crockpot Love

Welcome Fall!
(I know, I am about a week late.)
With the onset of Fall, the crockpot will become one of my kitchen best friends, and I am using it for tonight's dinner!
Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce, courtesy of my mother-in-law's recipe.
My house smells so delish!

Meat Sauce Recipe:
*2 cans tomato sauce (15 oz each)-You can use Italian flavor if you have it.
*1 can tomato paste (12 oz total)
*1 can water (15 oz)
*1 can mushrooms (4 oz)
*1 pkg Lawry's Dry Spaghetti Sauce Mix
*1 Tbsp sugar
*1 1/2-2lbs of hamburger (I like to use ground round)
*1/4 cup chopped onions
*garlic powder or you can use fresh to use when browning meat

Brown hamburger, onion and garlic-drain grease.  Add all other ingredients with the meat in a crockpot or sauce pan.  Simmer for 1-2 hours on stovetop, or on cook on low in crockpot for at least 2 hours.  The longer the sauce cooks/simmers, the better the flavor.  Serve over pasta of choice or whatever you desire! 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Upcoming Fall Crop-Don't miss it!!

Inspired to Scrap is hosting it's first online crop, and you are invited!
Join us at to join in on the free class, some great challenges, prizes and most of all, inspiration to get some scrapping done!
The Fall Crop runs September 30th-October 5th!
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gabe Turns 7

I am a little late in posting about the boys' birthday celebrations, but I am here to remedy that with photos!
Gabe obviously had a Toy Story themed party here at our home.
We had a great turnout, and I am just humbled at how many friends and family showed up to help celebrate Gabe!

Hope you enjoy some of the photos from the party!

We had one of those blow up water slides for the kiddos to enjoy since his birthday falls during the dog days of summer heat!  That will explain the shirtlessness.  :-)
I made the banner, and I had so much fun doing it.  I think Graedon was more impressed with it than Gabe.
Also, it was my first time making cake pops, and they were a huge hit!

Monday, September 20, 2010

I'm back...(home and to blogging)

I am sure you noticed that I have not been blogging much, eventhough I promised to do so.  Well, there are a few reasons for that. 
1.  Birthday coma-Yes, it does exist, and I suffered from it.  4 birthdays in less than 3 weeks, and it was crazy!  I am happy to say that birthday season is officially over for the Killion family this year.
2.  Prep-Because of all of the birthdays, there was a lot of running around in a crazy state for a few days, with lists in hand and tons to do.  There was a lot of prep work for the birthdays as well as for the surprise present we had in store for our boys!
3.  The Present-So, it was up in the air for most of the weeks leading up to the boys' birthdays as to if their present was going to become reality.  The reason for that was because of a lot of weather watching.  You may be wondering what the weather had to do with their present.  Well, up until the week of Sept. 6th, we had not made a definite decision, and then after watching the hurricanes finally slow down, we booked our flights to head to the Happiest Place on Earth for 9 days and surprise the boys the day we were to leave, Sept. 10th!  We picked Gabe up from school at 1:30pm, all packed and ready to go, and told the boys in the car on the way to the airport!

It was an AMAZING trip, one that I will never forget!  There is nothing like Disney magic, and we were surrounded by it for 9 days!  I cannot express how blessed I feel to have a husband the loves me and his family so much to work so hard to allow us to take family vacations like we do!!  We had a blast, and Chad and I have decided that we work pretty well together as a family of 4 on vacation.  It was a great bonding time for us and the boys, and we are already trying to plan our next trip! 

Please be patient with me while I work throught the 1000+ photos that I have taken, and I will get posts about the birthday parties and the trip up as soon as I can! 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Monster"ously Fun Fall Kit

Inspired to Scrap has just launched an amazing kit club, and this little beauty is the first of many!
Head on over and check it out! 

You cannot go wrong with Jillibean Soup, Bella Boulevard and some Jenni Bowlin.  Seriously, this kit is jammed pack with some great product for a great price!  Check it out here!


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