Happy Halloween Eve

Or would it be “Happy Eve of Halloween”? I’m not sure. All I know is that I have two more boxes to spray paint green for my son’s costume. And I’m not feeling well. And it is not the best spray painting weather. Oh well. I think his costume will be pretty straightforward…a bunch of green boxes so he can look like the green monster thing in this picture (creeper):

Just in case you don’t know about Minecraft, it is a PC game that consumes the minds of young children and teens. I think of it as a virtual Lego world, except there are monsters. They get to build and buy things for a heavily pixelated game. Don’t let the graphics fool you though, it is a pretty well designed game. My son tells me it is educational, he is learning how money works. I’m not sure about that one but he likes the game and as long as he is doing well in school I let him play it.

If it is a failure we still have a homemade Max (from Where the Wild Things Are) costume or a homemade Waldo costume. However, my child has already been both of these in previous years and wore both of these to Halloween parties this year. That means it is crunch time. I just hope our boxes work out and that it doesn’t rain on Halloween.
Anyone else doing a last minute costume crafting project?


Labor Day Weekend


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I hope everyone had a nice break over the weekend. I do sympathize with those that had to work. I spent many years working in retail and never had a three day weekend. Anyhow, this was a great weekend of … Continue reading

Spring Break

Do you have any plans for Spring Break? My kids have Spring Break coming up fast and it is looking more like a working vacation. These means I will be working and they will be vacationing from school. I am hoping that my youngest can get his multiplication facts nailed down during the break so he doesn’t have to fight with division, fractions and, duh, multiplication. My eldest wants to hang out with his friends over the break which concerns me since they are 18 year old boys that like to live fast. I wish I could take a vacation somewhere cool but I have a trip planned in May and I cannot take too much time off from work right now. Sigh. You got to love the rat race. Okay, before this post gets too whiney I thought I would share some of the cool pages I have been looking at for Spring Break inspiration.

Multiplication help


Advice for Teens


Spring Break Destinations for Families (I can dream, right?)


Have a great evening! ~lauraj

Ideas for Easter and Other Musings

I did not get around to putting up this post yesterday and I apologize for that. Boy what a day I had though, very emotionally draining. I don’t want to go into it but my therapy was going to Barnes & Noble and picking up a new magazine and a coffee. I feel much better now. I am looking forward to the weekend and having time to finish some of the projects I have in the works.

Easter is coming up fast and I have been scrambling to find ideas for baskets, decorations, food etc. Not that I am having a large get together, but I have two kids that enjoy Easter. Here are a couple of pins of some things I have been thinking about for Easter.

Deviled Eggs

Source: myrecipes.com via laura on Pinterest

Photo Easter Eggs


Easter Poster

Source: kikicomin.com via laura on Pinterest

Have a wonderful weekend! ~lauraj

Donuts + Eggs + Milk = Yummy Happiness

Remember how I was saying I stayed up late and woke up early the other day? I had a very good reason for my lack of sleep. Mmmm, and it was worth it! On Sunday we bought several donuts and didn’t eat them all. Everyone knows donuts are usually not so good the next day, well, maybe Krispy Kreme holds up but not other donuts. Not wanting to waste them I decided to make a little breakfast casserole out of them.

Donut Breakfast Casserole

6-7 stale donuts
1 cup milk
6 eggs
¼ cup of maple syrup
½ block cream cheese (use at least 4oz, use more if you like)
Large loaf pan or 8” x 8” pan

Cut your donuts into little cubes. If they are not stale then spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake on low heat until they are dried out. Then cool.

Mix milk, eggs and syrup together.

Cut cream cheese into small cubes.

Put half of your dried donuts in your pan and randomly place cream cheese cubes on the cubes. Put the rest of the cubes in pan and pour liquid mixture over cubes. Press down until all the donut cubes are moist. Cover and chill for 2 or more hours. I usually let mine sit overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 deg. Bake covered for 25 min, then uncover and bake for 35 min or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let it stand for about 5-10 min and serve. I like to top mine with fresh berries, syrup and powdered sugar.



You can double this recipe just use a 9” x 12” pan. If you don’t have donuts don’t worry, you can use any kind of bread for this recipe.

I hope you enjoyed my first recipe post. I know my family enjoys eating this recipe. This time around I actually sliced up the finished casserole and froze the slices. Then I can just pop it in the microwave for a minute or so and have a special treat for breakfast. My little guy is so lucky. I always had oatmeal for breakfast when I was a kid. He has Swedish pancakes with berries, waffles, and mini pancakes. He hates cold cereal; Lucky Charms can bring him to tears. I have no idea why but he has never liked a cold breakfast. Never. Anyone else have finicky eaters at home?

Have a great day! ~ lauraj