Squash Soup


I don't know what the weather is like where you live... but if I've said it once, I've said it a million times... I LOVE FALL!  The weather gets cooler (not too cold) and the humidity is under control.  I live in coastal Georgia and let me tell you, humidity is NO JOKE!  Anyhow, cooler weather means, warmer foods... YUM!!!  

I had NEVER had squash soup before.  Then, one afternoon, I decided to give it a taste test at lunch... I... FELL... IN... LOVE!!!  I immediately started googling and was NOT getting very far.  There are a TON of recipes out there.  So, I went back to the lady that had made the soup and asked her.  Here's the 'recipe' she gave me.  The only thing is, there won't be any measurements because everything is about eyeballing and tasting things.  

What you need...
Butternut Squash (I'd say at least 2lbs worth)
Thyme (NOT GROUND, dried- leafy looking)
Spray butter (or olive oil)
Heavy cream
Chicken Stock
*Sour Cream (to garnish on top, optional)


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FUN Jewelry Display

So being creative is something that my mother has really instilled into each one of her children.  We've all taken what we've learned from her and really turned into people that love taking risks and trying to create things.  It's pretty fun.  So, I KNOW that my little sister (not so little anymore, perhaps YOUNGER would be a better description... for now anyway...LOL), Jenn, is a VERY creative person.  She's SUPER artistic and creates some AWESOME things.  I knew that she had just moved to Colorado (from our hometown in FL) and that she was decorating/organizing the mess out of her new home.  So I asked her to send me some of the neat things that she has been up to... she sent me a TON!  

Here's one of them...  A super cute way to display your jewelry.  Now, I've seen lots of different examples of this on Pinterest I guess it's just one of those preference type things.  Anyhow, here's hers and how she did it!


Reading and BOOOOOKS!! Let's Chat...

You know, as a former teacher, I realize how important reading is to kids (as most parents do as well).  However, I don't know that all parents realize how easy it is to make if fun and model for kids.  So, I wanted to share some reading tips with you that I've used in college, in my classroom and now, in my home to encourage reading.

Oh yes, there's another things you should know... in my spare time, I do NOT read.  I know, CRAZY right?!  Something about it always puts me to sleep.  I have trouble focusing when I read silently, therefore I have to read aloud to actually understand it... so, reading in public is out.  And WHO has time to read or get silence long enough to read at home??  OK... back to the list...

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Oreo Truffles **YUM**

Y'ALL... this is one of the best recipes EVER!  If you like chocolate, you will LOVE these truffles!  I had my first one a year or so ago and well, I can't get enough!  They're delicious AND a great idea for a teacher gift, or neighbor gift, or just for yourself.

Thanks to HH reader Suzanne for sharing her recipe and pictures with us!!


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<--- This juggling set is $5.97!  That could make a fun Christmas gift or even a fun gift exchange gift!!!

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DIY Headboard... AWESOME!

Thanks SO much for HH reader, Jenny for sharing her mad DIY skills with us.  You might remember Jenny, she also shared her precious bumblebee cake pops with us!  She is clearly a crafty gal!  Thanks again Jenny!!


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Things to do THIS weekend for FREE!!

THANKS to Saving My Family Money for sharing this AWESOME list of FUN FREE things to do this weekend!!

AC Moore – Saturday 10/22 from 1-4pm, Halloween Costume Event, Demos: Duck Tape costumes, make & mold candy making, Snazaroo face painting. Buy a Shirt and decorate free with Simply Blood. Sunday 10/23 from 1-3pm, Demo: Caramel Apples.
Babies R Us – Saturday 10/22 from Noon-3pm, Getting Comfy with Baby: From prenatal support to feeding and playtime, come learn how to make life ore comfortable for you and your little one. Sponsored by Boppy. Tuesday 10/25 at 6:30pm Gearing up for Baby Workshop: Get an introduction to all the gear you’ll need for baby. From car seats to travel systems and high chairs to play yards, plus home safety items. Sponsored by Safety 1st.
Bass Pro Shops – Friday 10/21 from 4-7pm Trick or treating, from 5-7pm free Halloween reflector necklace craft, from 6-7pm Costume parade with giveaways, from 5-8pm free 4×6 photo with The Great Pumpkin Charley Brown and free coloring sheet. Saturday 10/22 & Sunday 10/23 from 11am-5pm free 4×6 photo with The Great Pumpkin Charley Brown and free coloring sheet, from 1-4pm free Peanuts trick-or-treat bag craft, at 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm enjoy free samples of Marshmallow Roast. See store for Apple Dessert sample info.

Disney Store – Friday 10/21 Session 1 – 4:30pm, Session 2 – 6:00pm and Saturday 10/22 Session 1 – 10:30 am, Session 2 – 12:00 pm: Disney Store Halloween Dress Rehearsal Party: celebrate the season early with a spook-tacular event filled with games, special viewing of Rapunzel’s coronation and a costume parade! Kids, ages 3 and up, who wear their favorite costume will receive a FREE gift!
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores - Saturday 10/22 Free Demos: from 11am-1pm Aleene’s Fabric Fusion and Zipper Art Flower with Coats & Clark. 1-3pm Cricut Cake Mini Machine. 3-5pm Crafting with 3M Adhesives.
Lakeshore Learning – Saturday 10/22 from 11am-3pm, Masquerade Mask: kids make and decorate a mask.
Lowes Build and Grow – Saturday 10/22 from 10am-Noon, FREE: Kids build a Halloween Monster Truck! Be sure to sign up for this event here.
Michaels – Saturday 10/22 from 10am-Noon, Halloween T-Shirt Event: Make a fun scary spider T-shirt with purchase of shirt. Plus, more Halloween events all week long!

Michaels Jewelry Events (Adults only) – Sunday 10/23 from 1-2pm, Trinkettes Event: Make-It Take-It with purchase of pendant (see Coupons here). From 2-2:30pm, Stretch Magic Bracelet Demo. From 2:30-3pm, Good to Be Queen Bracelet Demo. From 3-4pm, Make-It Take-It Memory Wire Bracelet Event.
Pottery Barn Kids – Tuesday 10/25 at 11am, Halloween Story Time: Kids can dress up and enjoy spooky stories, sticker giveaways and more.
Target – select a city to find free or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events in your area, sponsored by Target.
Toys R Us - Saturday 10/22 from 11am-1pm, Sesame Street Event: Sing & Dance with the New Let’s Rock Elmo. From 2-4pm, Beyblade Tournament: It’s the Last Beyblade Battle Event of the Year.

Walmart Event Finder – enter your zip code to see what is going on in your area.


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DIY Pendant Light Fixture

Thanks to HH reader Jill for sharing this AWESOME DIY project with us!!

"I couldn't find exactly the pendant light that I wanted and if I saw one close to my idea, it was crazy expensive.  So, after a couple of weeks of just the fixture hanging with bulbs, it hit me, I would HAVE to build my own" This is what lead HH reader Jill to take on this well worth it DIY project!!


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Mommy Business Cards

So, the other day at the gym, I was reading a magazine on the elliptical (anything to keep my mind off what I was doing- it actually did work).  I came across this super cute idea and thought I'd share it with you since there's a FREEBIE DEAL right now on it!!  YAHOO!!

It was to design a business card with contact info for yourself.  The card would pretty much say:

Sally's Mom (Beth)

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No Bake Cookies

I'm sure that PLENTY of you have had these delicious cookies.  BUT, just in case you haven't I thought I would post the recipe.

These cookies are a staple in our family.  When my husband is deployed, these are one of his FAVORITE snacks to get.  They travel well, and because they're just 'plopped' on the wax paper, it doesn't matter if they change their shape at all.

And just like their name implies, there is NO BAKING involved.  Seriously, the kind of cookie that you can have on the cooling rack in 15 mins or so (the entire batch cooling... not just one cookie sheet full).  I often just whip them up if I need to bring a sweet treat or snack somewhere.  Most of the ingredients are things that you have just lying around.  

I made them on Sunday night for my small group and they LOVED them, decided that I should share this yumminess with my Handy Housemom friends :-)



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Now, granted... it's a cell phone picture... not the best quality.  But, I think you can get the idea...

This is the top of the playroom wall.  CanvasPeople send LOTS  of great discounts, but this deal is FANTASTIC!  Click here to go get your canvas today!!

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