Thanksgiving is my NYC marathon. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch. But I do spend an inordinate amount of time getting ready for the big day of gluttonous feasting by testing out recipes well in advance. It’s a sickness that results in the expansion of certain parts of my body and makes me thankful for jeans with a bit of stretch. You feel me, right? Okay. That’s how we come to this Layered White Chocolate Pumpkin Cream Pie.
The vision of this pie came to me one day as I was remembering a pie I made years and year ago. My mom used to make this popular layered dessert in a 9 by 13-inch pan. Your mom might have too. A buttery layer of crust, then a layer of sweetened cream cheese, then chocolate pudding (from a mix), topped with Cool Whip. I turned that dessert into a 100% homemade pie using homemade pudding and everything. Everyone agreed it was a brilliant move, much better than the original dessert, and gave me several pats on the back. Heck, I was even patting myself on the back. So then I thought, why not make a pumpkin pudding instead of a chocolate … >> find out more…
It’s Friday, and we all made it to the end of the week! I shouldn’t say that in a surprised tone of voice, but I just did. Sometimes making it all the way to Friday in one piece is straight up miraculous. This feels like one of those weeks, and I don’t know why. What I do know is that I’m going to see Thor tonight, and you can’t stop me no matter who you are. Name that movie, I’m ashamed to say I’ve watched it. Mostly I’m going to see Thor for the … costumes. And the … Asgardians, maybe a little bit for Chris Hemsworth. Actually the real truth *cough, cough* is that I’m doing it for the kids, because I love them and they need a reward not stabbing anyone in the face this week.
So what happened this week? Well, it’s time for a Friday news roundup + some maps. I think you’ll like.
A couple of months ago I shared with you the finished product of our master bathroom remodel
. It was a tremendous, almost year-long project and I’m thrilled it’s finally over. I’m even more thrilled about the fact that right now there’s nowhere in the house I’d rather be than my bathroom. That sounds weird, but it’s true. I never want to leave. I just head into the bathroom and roll the big sliding yellow door closed and pretend the rest of my house doesn’t exist. Like magic!
As I’ve spent the last couple of months meditating in the steam shower (I highly recommend this) I’ve been thinking about how happy I am with the choices we made in choosing all the building blocks of the bathroom, right down to the accessories. I don’t always feel 100% happy with a remodeling project, but the color palette and general minimalism of the remodeled bathroom are so calm and quieting. So transformative. I thought it was about time I share all the specific pieces of the project and where they came from, starting with the crowning glory of my favorite place in the bathroom: the steam shower.
Energy bites with chocolate + pumpkin? Welcome to Tuesday. I know! Stop it. They’re healthy too!
I need confess something: I really like candy. I try to eat healthy 90% of the time, and the other 10% is my sweet tooth getting the better of me. This time of year puts me into full split personality mode. I love healthy, hearty soups and stews and leafy greens. But the flip-side? Gimme the candy. I know I’m not the only one raiding my kids’ Halloween buckets for the Snickers. And Reese’s. And Butterfingers. And anything with chocolate, nuts, nougat, or caramel.
But hey, I made some delicious Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Energy Bites which are now stowed away in my freezer for when that morning (afternoon and evening) sugar craving hits and I have to have something sweet. Preferably that includes chocolate, which these bites do. With these, I’m not going to feel guilty for having three or four at one time. No. They’re loaded with healthy, satisfying things like sunflower butter, pumpkin puree, oats, dates and pumpkin pie spice for a quick hit of energy.
Did I mention chocolate chunks? Yeah, that’s my … >> find out more…
I haven’t done a Friday news round-up for a long, long time. Mostly because I’m distract-able and life is distracting. Something along those lines, but I refuse to commit to a solid reason because I don’t really have one.
In other news, it’s Friday news round-up time! It’s probably been longer than I care to admit so I’ll remind you about what this entails: me including links of news-y stuff you might have missed on the internet and want to read because the internet is made of magic.
- Let’s get started with shirtless / never-nude / almost nude photos of David Beckham swinging on London rooftops. Don’t ask why. All I know is I love the Fug girls more than life itself and photos of David Beckham almost as much.
- I write a weekly Babble Voices column, about anything and everything. This week I wrote about how Being weird is cool, especially when you’re a girl and hear all sorts of mixed messages in your life about how to be / look / act / dress.
- Tomorrow I leave to go spend time with some of my favorite women at a photography retreat in
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You want home made wood polish? I’ve got your home made wood polish.
I’m your best friend like that.
A little while ago I needed to have the kids clean the wood floors and dust the wood furniture, (I’m a mean mom) only to discover we were totally out of wood cleaner / wood polish. I’m no Becky Home-Ec-y, sometimes we run out of cleaning products and it takes me months to notice.
Shut up, I’m busy.
Anyway, two things happened at once that day: I didn’t have time to go buy some new wood polish at the store (see above re: busy) and I realized before Lemon Pledge people were dusting and polishing their wood all by themselves with ingredients from home. So I decided I’d try making some home made wood polish, and I’ll tell you what: I liked it much better than the store bought stuff. I think
I’ll be the kids will be making natural home made wood polish from here on out.
It’s easy. Let me show you how it’s done.
Ingredients for Natural Home Made Wood Polish
(not to be confused with natural home made POLISH people, although I’m good at making … >> find out more…
It’s playlist time. Well, for me it’s always playlist time, but right now it’s time to listen to a little Fall something, something. And since I’m currently listening to a great playlist I made on Spotify, I thought I’d share what I’m loving right now. P.S. if you aren’t already on Spotify, go sign up right now. My dear friend Jane Maynard made me do it (I’ve been listening to Pandora for years) and I can’t tell you how much I love it. The basic version is free! (for the fellow cheapies like myself), and I can make playlists and listen to entire albums on demand. I can’t get enough Spotify in my life. Thanks Janey!
Maybe you’ll love this playlist, maybe you won’t. Hopefully you hear something new and interesting, and at the very least if you listen to different stuff, the neurons in your brain will fire like crazy and connect to all sorts of new neurons, and boom, you’re already smarter for having read this.
There literally are only about 2 genres of music I hate: Western (very twang-y) and death metal. I love everything else. Every type of music has a mood, and I have … >> find out more…
It’s my birthday!
Well, it was yesterday. I was so busy playing with friends and family I didn’t get around to writing a post, but I guarantee I’d share a piece of my red velvet birthday cake (cream cheese frosting on top) with each and every one of you given the chance.
It’s sort of too late though, because early this morning dressed in my bathrobe I crammed the last bits of cake into my mouth, both elbows leaning on the counter with a fork in hand.
Cream cheese frosting is no joke.
I love you too much to leave you empty handed though, and today’s post is a birthday give away from me to you.
Comment #60 Steph Edwards is the birthday giveaway winner! Send us an email Steph so we can send a package your way!
I turned 36 yesterday, so in keeping with the theme of getting one year closer to 40 (eep!) I put together a package of all my favorite things to send to one of you.
36 of them anyway.
I’m pretty disappointed I can’t ship my steam shower, an ice cold Pellegrino, and a slushy Diet Dr Pepper your way. You’ll … >> find out more…
It’s been DIY free on Petit Elefant for far too long, so I’m here to show you a ‘DIY make a custom welcome mat’, alternately titled ‘I’m late to the bandwagon but I love geometric neon shapes for home decor in spite of my 80′s childhood’.
Let’s get our DIY on, shall we?
This is my front door, and if you look closely yes that IS a snowflake painted sisal welcome mat. I’m pretty sure I got it two years ago for Christmas. Yes, it has been gracing my front doorway all season long, every season since then. Which means maybe I should’ve just left it until the snow starts falling this year.
OR it’s time to spiff things up and do some DIY damage with spray paint. Spray paint is almost always the answer. Unless we’re talking about food, in which case, it’s ice cream. Always ice cream.
Supplies for DIY make a custom welcome mat:
- construction grade / color spray paint
- ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
- (not pictured) grey primer spray paint
- (not pictured) lawn sized garbage bag
- (not pictured) acrylic top coat spray paint to finish
Once you’ve got your favorite worn … >> find out more…