We live in a society where more is more. We want what we can’t have. We have to have the newest technology. One style of shirt in every color they offer because it’s cute. Countless shoes that we probably couldn’t even wear during a work week. Socks upon socks upon socks because we all have little sock thieves that live in our dryers. Piles and piles of kids toys that pretty much look like they’ve been thrown up by the toy box. And we can’t forget all of the kitchen and house gadgets that we can totally live without, but had to have because Brookstone says so.
I unfortunately have fallen into this way of living. I’ve been feeling a tad claustrophobic lately. It’s time to purge.
I’m definitely not going all minimalistic, but, close. I’m tired of feeling bogged down by clutter and moving this, that, and the other thing just to find the item I truly need. So, I’m doing something about it! Over the next few weeks I will be going from room to room purging everything that is broken, missing parts, has holes and stains, and anything that hasn’t been used in the past 6 months. You name it, if it’s not necessary, it’s gone!
I can’t wait to go through this process with you! I will be showing you what I’m doing every step of the way, and any final organizational tips and tricks I’ve got up my sleeve during this adventure!
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Halloween is 11 days from now. 11 days! I am so excited about this for SO many reasons, but, treats and sweets are definitely on the top of my list of favs. This means making all kinds of Halloween snacks for pretty much anybody that comes across my path. I thought about what I could do for a great breakfast option (or if you’re like me…an any time of day option) for my kids to enjoy before school. I knew that I wanted it to be fun, festive, fast, and absolutely delicious. Thus, Orange Fanta Drop Biscuits were born.
My kids don’t get to have soda on a regular basis, so this was a HUGE treat for them. They had SO much fun helping me through the baking process, and obviously doing the infamous taste test. The best part of these biscuits is the fact that they are super easy, and only contain 5 ingredients!
Basic Biscuit Mix. I love Bisquick, but, if you make your own then by all means use that.
….can you seen the pattern? Orange is the name of the game. It’s light, refreshing, and of course an iconic color of Halloween :). And a big shoutout to Walmart for having everything I needed. I love me a one stop shopping experience.
Let’s go through the step by step process of how to make the light, fluffy, and delicious treat!
Place the Biscuit Mix and Greek Yogurt into a bowl.
Pour the Orange Fanta in next. Watch it bubble up all nice and pretty.
Use the lid of the Orange Extract, fill it up, and pour that in.
Look at that beautiful orange! Use a whisk and whip this baby until it’s combined.
Once all of the ingredients are combined, it should look like this. It will be a very sticky dough, so no worries.
Using your favorite well seasoned cast-iron skillet, take big spoonfuls and drop those babies into it. I made mine on the large side, so I got 6 out of the batch.
Look at those golden-orange tasty treats.
These would be amazing so many ways…especially with glaze or even marmalade…but, I’m partial to basic butter. That’s how I roll.
2. Melt 1/4 C of butter and use that to grease a cast-iron skillet. If you prefer to bake your biscuits in a pan, or baking sheet, that's good too. Just be sure to grease the surface before you drop your biscuits.
3. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl, and stir together until well combined.
4. Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the skillet (or baking dish of your choice) and place into the oven. Be sure the rack is in the center. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the top and edges are golden.
5. Serve with butter, marmalade, or slather it in vanilla icing...any way is the right way.
These are freezer friendly, and perfect for any age!
By Jennifer Marcum
the Wannabe Housewife http://www.thewannabehousewife.com/
I love that these are freezer friendly, and perfect for on the go breakfasts or treats. It’s not uncommon for us to be running behind during the week when Ryder has to go to school. He’s not much of a breakfast easter, but, I can’t live with myself if he isn’t sent on his way with a full belly. He has an Orange Fanta Drop Biscuit in one hand, and a bottle of Dasani in the other and is good to go until lunch time.
How cute are those little Dasani bottles?? I love that they are the perfect size for smaller hands, and even better in lunch boxes! I love to freeze these little bottles so it acts as double duty. It keeps Ryder’s lunch cold, and gives him a refreshing and healthy option for his drink every day. The best part? All Dasani bottles are made from plant resin and is a special shape that won’t fall over in the fridge, or on any flat surface. The bottles are great for the environment and sturdy, unlike most “green” plastic water bottles.
You can find some great Halloween treat tips and tricks featuring Fanta, Oreos and Wheat Thins at a Walmart. Checkout this document to find out if there is a store demoing near you. The demo is taking place on the weekend of the 25th, be there, or be scared!!
2. Same to you, Ryder! Despite your cheesy face, and your super cool hair that you chose to have on your first school picture day, I love everything about you.
3. Completely obsessing over my MAC shadows again lately. It’s so very true, I love so many other brands. That being said, MAC, you will be one of my forever favorites.
4. Um. Hello new favorite hair product! I’m definitely doing a separate post about the TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray because it’s that special.
5. So I totally hopped on the timehop train and I have a love hate relationship with it. I love that it brings back old memories, and I hate that it makes me miss simpler times, and when my babies were really babies. What do you think of timehop?
Two phrases I had hoped I wouldn’t have to hear on a regular basis from either of my kids. Unfortunately, both phrases are frequently coming out of Ryder’s mouth on a recurring basis now.
And you know what? I’m okay with it.
No. It doesn’t make me happy. No. It doesn’t make me feel empowered to anger my child or hurt his feelings to the point that he feels so strongly his response is a fury of pouty lips, furrowed brows, and crossed arms. It does, however, make me feel like I’m doing right by him as a Mother.
The other day both of those coined phrases came out of his mouth followed by storming down the hallway with tears streaming down his face as a result of me telling him he was not stepping out of the house dressed like a 90 year old man. I’m sorry, honey. Socks and flips flops are not okay. Pair those with your Captain America shorts and a Dinosaur shirt and you’ve officially earned yourself an AARP Membership and Medicare to boot.
After taking time to calm down and recollect himself, he came back down the hallway, walked up to me and apologized.
He apologized! On his own volition. And he really meant it!
Despite how terrible I had felt for the events that occurred during the meltdown, I also felt like a good Mother. I knew that I had given him rules to follow, there were boundaries that he had crossed, language got out of hand and the end result was exactly what I wanted. I wanted him to learn, respond accordingly, and feel remorse for his actions. Despite how horrible I feel when he cries, or gets upset with me, or makes me feel like a terrible person, I must be doing something right. From day one it’s been important to my Husband and I to regulate, put forth rules, and to raise productive members of society. We aren’t okay with giving our kids everything under the sun or letting them rule the roost.
Ryder may hate my guts at times. He may wish he had different parents, or never understand why “because, I said NO,” is a popular response from me. He will, however, thank me later.
So tell me I’m mean, buddy! Because I love you SO much that I refuse to give in or give up. No matter what.
October 1st was a great day for many reasons, but, my favorite was the absolute reason is the fact the Gilmore Girls was added to Netflix!!!! If you’re a die hard fan of this awesome show, then you were just as ecstatic as I was. That’s right. Seven glorious years all wrapped up into one little streamable option. I’ve been binge watching this awesome show, and am here to give you 5 reasons why YOU should binge watch it too!
Mother Daughter Relationship - Lorelai and Rory have the type of relationship that I have dreamt of having with my daughter my whole life. A great mixture parent/BFF creates the perfect balance.
The perfect setting - The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the release of this iconic show. Stars Hollow is the cutest little picturesque Fall themed town that makes me want to move to a small town and know every single person in it.
Sam…err…Dean I mean - Gilmore Girls is the first prime time sighting of Jared Padalecki. I thinks it’s a little funny going back and watching this show all over again because it’s hard for me to not see him as Sam in Supernatural (also another favorite). Nonetheless, still a great role for him, and I’m pretty sure he became the throb of many teen hearts.
Rollercoaster of love - Oh miss, Lorelai. Seven years of on again off again relationships. Watching the friendly/flirty banter between her and Luke. I will admit there were multiple time I may have yelled at the TV “Just kiss already!!”
Worlds greatest quips and comebacks EVER - I love me a great comeback. Lorelai is quick and whitty, and has amazingly funny comebacks. Here are a few of my favorites:
“I managed to find Uno and Checkers, and Battleship and most of the pieces of Candyland. Which I figure, we can mix together to create a fabulous new game, Candyship Battleland. War never tasted so good!”
“If it was physically possible to make love to a hot beverage, this would be the one.”
“Cheeseburger, onion rings, and a list of people who killed their parents and got away with it. I’m looking for heroes.”
“My mother — she was here. I can feel it. Smell that? The room smells like guilt and Chanel No. 5.”
“I love pudding. I worship it. I have a bowl up on the mantel at home with the Virgin Mary, a glass of wine, and a dollar bill next to it.”
Have you started binge watching Gilmore Girls yet? What’s your favorite thing about the show?