Monday, October 22, 2012

10 Yummy Pumpkin Goodies

YAY, it's Fall! 
Fall reminds me of pumpkins and makes me want to cook pumpkiny things! 
Here are some delights I've found, mostly on Pinterest, and thought I would share them with you.

Pumpkin Dip by Green Acres Hobby Farm

  Pumpkin Dream Cake by The Novice Chef

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins
 Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Muffins by Table For Two

Pumpkin Krispie Treats by Shugary Sweets 

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Shortbread Crust at The Hungry Mouse
Brown-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake by The Hungry Mouse

 Pumpkin Maple Doughnuts by Food Plus Words

 Mascarpone Pumpkin Mousse Cups
 Mascarpone Pumpkin Mousse Cups by Foodie Crush

Pumpkin and Chocolate Mousse Trifle by Yummy Mummy Kitchen

 Post image for Mini Pumpkin Tiramisu
Mini Pumpkin Tiramisu by My Baking Addiction

 Pumpkin Whoopie Pies by The Kitchen of Oz

 Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers for these amazing recipes!
Ready, set, create! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Educate Yourself, It May Save Your Life - "THROUGH A RAPIST’S EYES"

The article below is something I found on Pinterest. I decided to re-post on my blog because I thought it was important to share with you and hopefully YOU will share it with the women you care about in your life.

Women NEED to empower other women! We need to be educated so this kind of thing doesn't happen to us! Don't let anyone else be a victim.

Be strong, be courageous, be safe.
XOXO, Melissa


 Reblog this, it may save someone else's life.
It seems that a lot of attackers use some tactic to get away with violence. Not many people know how to take care of themselves when faced with such a situation. Everyone should read this especially each and every girl in this world. Educate yourself, don't think it will "never happen to me."

FYI - Through a rapist’s eyes! A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1] The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.
They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun! , braid, or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets. 

2] The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around to cut clothing.

3] They also look for women using their cell phone, searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.

4] The number one place women are abducted from / attacked at is grocery store parking lots.

5] Number two is office parking lots/garages.

6] Number three is public restrooms.

7] The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to a second location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.

8] If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9] These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas,or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.

10] Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.



1] If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk:
can’t believe it is so cold out here, we’re in for a bad winter. Now that you’ve seen their faces and could identify them in a line- up, you lose appeal as a target.

2] If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would 
not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

3] If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yelling I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

4] If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can do it by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm between the elbow and
armpit or in the upper inner thigh - HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it really hurts.

5] After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause him a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble, and he’s out of there.

6] When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using
much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

7] Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feel
little silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.



I know you are smart enough to know these pointers but there will be some, where you will go “hmm I must remember that.” After reading, forward it to someone you care about, never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do it.

2. Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans : if a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you…. chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU CLOSE the DOORS, LEAVE.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
a. Be aware: look around your car as someone may be hiding at the passenger side, peek into your car, inside the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. ( DO THIS TOO BEFORE RIDING A TAXI CAB) .
b. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers or rapists attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
c. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it’s better safe than sorry.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Spice

I found this recipe on My Baking Addiction and changed it ever so slightly 
BUT it makes a world of difference. 

You will need:
  • A coffee grinder
  • A small container to store the spice, I used an old Harry and David jelly jar.
  • Whole cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves  
  • Other ingredients below

:: Recipe ::

3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves


Use the coffee grinder to grind your whole spices. I doubled the recipe 
because we use a lot of this spice in the Fall and Winter months. 

If you are sticking to the recipe above, grind up 3-4 cinnamon sticks. 
Dump it out into a small bowl, then measure into your jar. 

Then put a spoonful of cloves in the coffee grinder and repeat the process. 
{No need to wash out the coffee grinder in between, they are going to the same place!}

Note: You could definitely use whole nutmegs too, 
I didn't have any on hand but I'm sure that would make it even better. 

When all the spices are in, put on the lid and shake it up! 

Now you're ready for a burst of flavor that is nothing like the store bought version.

 I put a teaspoon in our coffee grounds this morning...
WOW, instant pumpkin coffee that is ten times better than Starbucks!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

20 DIY Fall Decorations

Cool weather, pretty trees and fun holidays. 
It's just starting to turn chilly here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, so to get into the spirit of the season 
I went in search of some decorating ideas that were fun and of course, do-it-yourself. 
I originally started out thinking I was only going to post 10 items, but I found so many I loved I decided to do 20.
Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to start your Fall decorating if you haven't already!

Party Pumpkin Cooler by Inspiration for Home

Skull Plate by

Glitter Pumpkins by Projects In A Can

 Personalized Burlap Wreath by LOVE IS

pumpkin candle votive 
Pumpkin Candle Table Decor by Good Housekeeping

Halloween Painted Glass Jar Luminaries by  Crafts by Amanda

Corn Vase by Your Cozy Home

Monogrammed Doormat
Fall Colors Monogrammed Doormat by BHG

 Halloween Countdown Sign by I Heart Naptime

 A Wreath Bewitched by Lemon Tree Creations

Halloween Party Centerpiece by One Charming Party

 Give Thanks Banner {Free Printable}by At Second Street

Washi Tape Pumpkins by Good Housekeeping

Pumpkin Wheelbarrow Arrangement
 Wheelbarrow Welcome Arrangement by Better Homes and Gardens

Keep Calm and Gobble On Sign {Free Printable}by Craftily Ever After

Thanks Wine Bottle Upcycle by Avery & Anderson

{Not a DIY, but too fabulous to not post!}
 Freddy Krueger Wreath available at Etsy

 Jute Vase by teach. craft. love.

 Frank doorFrankenstein Door Decoration by  Mel Designs

Book Pages Pumpkin by Creations by Kara

Thanks to all the awesome bloggers & websites out there 
for these wonderfully creative ideas!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup - Skinny Style!

:: Ingredients ::

4 cups water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup finely diced celery
1 cup finely diced carrots
1 cup finely diced onions
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 cup fresh basil {garnish}
1 tsp fresh diced garlic
½ bay leaf
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
½ cup flour
½ cup butter
 2 cups skim milk
1 cup Parmesan or Asiago shredded cheese

 Makes about 2 quarts (about 8 servings)
Approx. 234 calories per serving

:: Directions :: 

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan or the microwave. 
Add to the slow cooker with the two bouillon cubes. 
Add tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken broth, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, italian spice and bay leaf.
Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft. 
Approximately 6 hours in blend the ingredients together with a hand mixer until smooth.
About 30 minutes before serving, prepare a roux. 
Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour. 
Stir constantly with a whisk for 2-3 minutes. 
Slowly add the milk, stirring as you do so. 
When thoroughly blended and smooth add to the slow cooker slowly, stirring as you do so.  
Stir in the Parmesan cheese. 
Cover and cook on LOW for another 30 minutes or so until ready to serve.

I just added a few things and skinny-fied it to fit into my diet plan.