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May 2015 Review

May was busy, but at least it was a good busy unlike April. The month was full of celebrations from a wedding to birthdays and graduations. Oh yeah and Mother’s Day was thrown in the mix for good measure.

May buffet0 – Weight lost, also the amount of weight gained – so there’s that

1 – New dishwasher!

2 – New lenses

4 – Other moms who enjoyed a Mother’s Day brunch with me

6 – Bras for $30 shipped from Zuilily

9 – Celebrations, all those birthdays and graduations – I even posted my favorite graduation speech on YouTube

13 – Projects completed, most of them were celebration related!

24 – Tables decorated for a friends wedding, which was a great way to spend time with my girls

May Squat Challenge31 – Pictures on Instagram

47 – Countries that visited the blog

178 – Words added to my book, the celebrating cut into my writing time

618 – Pageviews on Just Wanna Be Me

1640 – Squats completed in the month of May

All in all, May was a good month with many happy moments to celebrate with family and friends. I must admit, I wouldn’t mind if June was a little more lo-key.

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February Review

Remember at the beginning of the year when we set some goals? This February I was still plugging away at mine. How about you?
1 – Pound lost. Here’s to not finding it!February dessert
1 – Fancy date at Orange Sky
1 – Insurance designation completed
2 – Days of the American Night Writers Association writing conference
4 – Belly dancing classes
4 – Bags of chocolate to share with my kiddos for Valentine’s Day
5 – Projects completed, but they were good ones
10 – Countries visited Easy as PIE, well not the whole country but you know what I mean
18 – Holes of miniature golf
25 – Pictures posted on Instagram
593 – Words my new writing project
601 – Easy as PIE page views

Whether your February was filled with progression your New Year’s resolutions or other fun stuff, I’d love to hear about your month.

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Caramel Apples

One of my f2014-10-18 21.02.13avorite fall activities when I lived in California was a trip to Apple Hill to enjoy a caramel apple. Actually I enjoyed more than just caramel apples. I also enjoyed apple pies, apple fritters, apple cider and an occasional applesauce doughnut.

Since it’s a rather long drive to Apple Hill from Arizona, I had decided to make my own caramel apples this year. I had heard a few different tips, so I decided to search Pinterest for the perfect caramel apple. Alas I couldn’t find the perfect recipe, but I found several different recipes with a lot of good suggestions.

I couldn’t decide which one of the recipes would be best, instead I took parts from several of the recipes and came up with my own version of the best caramel apples.

Caramel Apples

Ingredients

  • 5 medium apples
  • Popsicle sticks (optional)
  • 1 bag of caramels
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • Extras: mini chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, chopped nuts

Directions

  1. Boil water with 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  2. Insert Popsicle sticks into apples, I used a fork instead to make it easier to cut my caramel apple into wedges
  3. Dip apples into boiling water and swirl to remove waxy residue from apples
  4. Towel dry
  5. Set apples on cookie sheet in the fridge to chill
  6. Melt caramels with milk
  7. Let melted caramels stand for one minute
  8. Dip apple and let excess caramel drip off
  9. Immediately roll apple in extras, if desired
  10. Place on wax paper covered cookie sheet and let cool.

Not only did I think they were super yummy, my kiddos agreed. We may live too far away to continue our Apple Hill tradition, but I think we came up with a good caramel apple substitute.

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September Sliced

Where did September go? I’m still getting used to my new schedule. How long will it take til the schedule to stop feeling new? As I sliced September, I see I did still manage to get a few things done. Stack of books

0 – Articles written, I need to make some time for more Arizona Mama writing

1 – Book read, review to follow soon

2 – Food days at work, it’s great to surround myself with people who love food too

4 – Pounds gained; must be all those food days at work

4 – Games of darts, I was on the winning team for the first game

5 – Minutes jogging in place with my Cub Scouts

8 – Projects completed

9 – Guests at a family Labor Day party; we BBQ’d sausages and pineapple, and played ladder ball

30 – Countries visited Easy as PIE

46 – States visited Easy as PIE, apparently the Dakotas aren’t my biggest fans

100+ – Dinners plated for Relief Society; Teriyaki chicken with grilled pineapple, rice salad, fruit kababs and Hawaiian rolls. There were the cutest mini cheesecakes in these cool cylinders.

431 – Words added to my book, just short of my 600 word goal

1006 – Page views to Easy as PIE

Top Posts of September

  1. Pizza Nachos
  2. Book Theme Party Decorations
  3. Family Home Evening: Lehi’s Dream
  4. Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision Revisited
  5. Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision

So despite my slow adjustment to working full time, I am happy with how September sliced and look forward to even better October. How did your month slice up?

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