Thursday, October 23, 2014

[Guest Post] Getting to Know Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls

Hey, guys! Today I have Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls on the blog for a Q&A. Aren't her eyes pretty? I didn't really notice until I had such a nice big photo of them on my screen for a while during the editing process. What do you think, should we all head over to her blog and tell her she has pretty eyes today? Make it slightly awkward...Beth, your eyes are like cupcakes floating in a sea of sour cream. Does anybody get that reference? If you do, it would make my life!

So, moving on from the eyes...I love Beth! She's just the sweetest, and I love when we end up going back and forth with the emails. Isn't that always the best though? We have big plans by the way for opening up a chain of really awesome drive in movie theaters, because who doesn't love those? So aside from a drive in entrepreneur she is a rockin stay at home/home schooling mom, a lover of cars and holidays (because you can't have one without the other), and makes things like bagels in her kitchen (I've got her pumpkin spice recipe on the to do list!). Keep on scrolling to see her Q&A session with me!

Thanks for being my guest today, Beth!

Make sure to stop by her blog today, and tell her Courtney sent you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3

Another Tuesday, another Countdown to Halloween recap! Not sure what it is all about? Go check out this here post for all the details. New to this year's link up are the fabulous co-hosts - Amanda from Tickled Pink, Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats, and Jenny from The Chronicles of We!

Thank you so much for linking up so far this month, I hope you'll be back again today. I've loved reading through every post. The cuteness, and the festiveness just gives me the warm fuzzies. October is such a good month. I can't believe it is less than two weeks until Halloween already, the final stretch. I hope you've enjoyed counting down as much as I have!

If you didn't get a chance to hop around to all the posts last week, here are five of my favourites...

Tuesdays are my favourite days this month. Reading all the linked posts throughout my day is the best. So, grab a button, add your post at the bottom, and have fun!
Sweet Turtle Soup

Here is how we spent our third week of October!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I'm officially giving up on the funky smoothies. This apple pie smoothie was better than the pumpkin pie one, but sadly it also ended up being dumped. It was like drinking watered down yet chunky applesauce. Gross.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Today's outfit of the day! But, oh a car went by...
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Lunch is served. Leftover worm dogs and leftover Canadian Thanksgiving, including dad's turkey leg that Aria loved.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Now that we aren't hiding books and clothes in her pumpkin bucket anymore, Aria has decided to use it as a tote for her babies. Who needs candy?

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I stirred up a jar of overnight pumpkin pie oatmeal the night before. I felt all productive and on top of my shit. It tasted like glue. Actually it felt like glue, it wasn't the taste that was so bad. But, it was like eating super dry sticky glue. Aria had a couple of bites, but preferred her pears. Is that how overnight oatmeal normally tastes? bad.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Eating a well deserved ginger snap after helping me make cinnamon roll dough.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Oh look, more Canadian Thanksgiving leftovers.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
And, finally enjoying a pumpkin cinnamon roll after nap time. Much better than the overnight oatmeal.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
If you follow me on instagram you may have seen my failed attempt at roasting stupid chickpeas. Those blackened balls of death were suppose to go on top of this smoked gruyere butternut soup. And, I bet it would have been awesome. The soup alone was good, but it was also intense. Like sipping on cheese fondue. So, roast your chickpeas at your own peril...and perhaps check on those suckers more often.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I was ill prepared for the cool front. Aria and I took the dogs outside only to discover that there was a chill in the air. It would have been an ideal long sleeves morning, but that is what I get for not glancing at the weather on my phone.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Remember Aria's pumpkin stained glass craft last week? We did fall leaves this week! Four colours of tissue paper, and same method using wax paper and glue. I love how cute and toddler like the back doors look now.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
My kitchen-aid bowl was dirty on day 15 and I was too lazy to wash it by hand. So after the dish washer did it's job, Aria and I made pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting to top our cinnamon rolls. Yum.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
For dinner I made apple cider glazed pork chops, and Aria helped my shake up the rub. These were actually fantastic. Probably my most favourite thing I've made this month, and I actually had a backup meal already planned out for me since I normally don't eat much pork. But, I tried it and then ate the whole thing. Aria ate them too. Really simple as well, with ingredients we usually have on hand. Winning.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I had a hankering for ice cream after Aria went to bed, and I remembered seeing an apple cider float on pinterest. So I tried it. Really good! I think even better than a coke float (I don't like root beer). Such a perfect fall treat for those with no cold weather.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Lesson learned! I checked the weather before getting out of bed, and then kept Aria in her long jams and I put on my sweatpants. It was perfectly chilly weather for sitting on the porch. If only it would last past 900am.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Since the window clings have been such a hit everywhere else this year, we naturally picked some up at Target. Aria loved putting them up and moving them around. They only lasted a day.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I figured these seasonal chobani were doomed to be gross after all my other attempts at healthier fall breakfast options, but they were good. Especially the apple one.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
1. you want me to eat this? 2. okay, I'll try it. 3. I love it so much I'm going to wash my hands in it!!!
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Aria was in charge of her outfit today.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Thanks to Laurie at Andiamo I had to make a fall hand wreath! Thank goodness Aria is totally cool with having her hand painted, because it took us 30 minutes on the nose to stamp all those prints. I cut out a hoop from a cardboard box and glued on the hands during nap time. Then Aria picked where she wanted it to go, in her room on the door! Whenever she sees it she says hands, hands. I think it might be my favourite craft so far this month, the hand turkey is a close second though.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Reading her favourite Halloween book (Clifford's First Halloween) with dad.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I made paprikash for dinner, and Chris said I had to include it in my countdown because it is orange. So festive fall orange paprikash! mmm I wish there was still some leftover.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
So the clings. Aria left them alone after we put them up on day 17, but the next morning she picked them all off and has been carrying them around in a squishy ball since then calling them her babies. She's fine sticking them to the table or putting them in her pumpkin bucket, but heaven forbid you suggest she stick them to the window or the baby gate. The last time I counted we actually had them all still accounted for too, apart from the candy corn ones that Aria kept trying to eat so I tossed.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I wanted to snap a picture of all Aria's fall books before we took half of them back to the library. Aria made us read and read and read the Clifford one on repeat throughout the entire month, so I think she liked it. But we enjoyed all the rest except The Best Halloween Masquerade Ever, and I only say that because I don't remember getting around to reading it. Room on the Broom is my particular favourite this year though.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I got to work on my super easy Halloween costume. Here is a sneak peak! Any guesses?
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Aria got a Halloween surprise in the mail, and is officially a big fan of candy corn now!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Pumpkin waffles day! Two thumbs up. I'm not sure if I like my favourite basic waffle recipe or this one better now. A delicious dilemma.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Essie's the perfect cover up. My latest fall polish.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Mission sneak in the huge bat balloon was a success! Chris went in the store to pick it up, and then when we got home I dashed inside before Aria got out of her car seat. bat, bat, bat.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
And, since there is a Starbucks next to the party store, a PSL was kind of necessary.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
A favourite repeat from last year - slow cooker tomato basil parmesan soup.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
Playing tug of war with Lizzy with what remains of the green spider. Three seconds after this Aria pulled the leg she was holding off and fell over backwards. Too bad I wasn't still snapping because her face of surprise was priceless, and no worries she didn't hit her head.
Sweet Turtle Soup: Countdown to Halloween - Recap #3
I decided to postpone my planned fall fun and just have a relaxing easy day. We still did lots of repeat things - read all the Halloween books and every other book in the house, wore a pumpkin top, ate leftovers with a large bat hovering nearby, drank a hard cider, ate the last pumpkin cinnamon roll, and played with more glow sticks in the bath.

I will leave you with one little gem though. You may know that I sing carols to Aria before nap and bed time, but since it is getting closer to Halloween I've been trying to give it a more festive and seasonal twist. So, "Five days of Halloween" - on the first day of Halloween my true love gave to me a kittycat in a pricklebush tree/ on the second day of halloween my true love gave to me two flying bats and a kittycat in a pricklebush tree/ on the third day of Halloween my true love gave to me three jack-o-lanterns..../ on the fourth day of Halloween my true love gave to me four dancing skeletons..../ on the fifth day of Halloween my true love gave to me five golden cauldrons....

You're welcome!

Just two more recaps remaining, and I still have lots of fun things on the calendar. All the treating events are coming up now, more soups to try, more crafts to make, and I saved a couple potentially amazing breakfasts for the end too. Now I'm hungry.

So, now it is your turn. I'd love to hear about how you've been spending your October days. All festive and fun fall things big and small welcome, link up below!