Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday's Favorite Five

Time for another Friday Favorite Five which is hosted weekly by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

#1 - TIME-OUT! (Most kids shudder to hear those words. Mommy loves them.) I mean time out for ME! Well, I still had Baby with me but she's little and didn't say very much (and slept in the car while I drove around drinking my Eggnog Latte so it was almost time out all alone. I managed to get several errands run.

#2 - Costumes! We don't do Halloween here but I do like scouring the local resell shops and our local Goodwill for costumes for the kids to play in (all throughout the year.) I found a dinosaur and a snake costume that are pretty stinking cute:

#3 - Eating Well Magazine! The latest issue had a recipe for Butternut Squash stuffing (no butter! no salt!) that was absolutely out-of-this-world DELICIOUS!

#4 - A balanced schedule. We're trying to be wise about how much time we spend involved in any variety of activities these days. Our goal is to keep the home front calm, happy and as healthy as possible this holiday season. It's nice to look at a free day on the calendar and not feel the pressure to fill it. Just keeping things relaxed and acknowledging that everyone has limits - including us.

#5 -THE HOLIDAYS! Ooooh, I just LOVE them!!!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

See ya Monday!



Barbara H. said...

Though I do love my family, I also need quiet times alone (or nearly so)to feel sane.

We did the same when our kids were young with Halloween -- we didn't acknowledge it, but one friend had a fall party where the kids could dress up. I think boys like dressing up just as much as girls.

I need to check into that magazine.

Much of life comes back to balance.

Kathie said...

Mmm that butternut squash dressing looks delicious!

I'm rather glad we Canadians don't have Thanksgiving in Nov - we get a real breather in between.

I don't like to overbook the holidays either - but I am a minister's wife so we're still pretty busy! All fun stuff though. I'm just about ready to put my Christmas music on :)

Hope you have great weekend Carrie!

Jerralea said...

Those costumes ARE cute! I didn't do Halloween with my kids either, but there always seemed to be some school function where they dressed up, so I think having costumes on hand would have been a life saver. Too bad I never thought of it then ...

Time alone is always good, I think. Especially for a new mom!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

We had a huge box of costumes for the boys when they were growing up, and they LIVED in costume! Love it!

I just love your #4 -- you're a wise mom! Have a great week ahead.

Janet said...

That stuffing isn't something I would zero in on if I just saw the name, but it really does look delicious!

Shonya said...

Love the costumes! My kiddos rarely wear normal clothing--they love costumes! :)

Anonymous said...

What a great idea to have the best part of Halloween (the costumes, of course!) all year long. That butternut stuffing recipe sounds great -- I'm off to look for it.

Lisa notes... said...

Those costumes are great. And even better that you found them cheap.

I hope you can keep your balanced schedule. It is so important. (And if you figure out any secrets, pass them along to me!) :-)

Enjoy your weekend.

Susan@FruitfulWords said...

I was intrigued by your butternut squash stuffing too and went and found a couple of recipes. This week I'll be eating stuffing!

Love your idea about balance and having days of nothing on the calendar. I am learning that I really need to have such times. Otherwise I get cranky and under perform.

Those costumes are soooo cute. When my kiddos were young they also lived in their costumes year round!

I am off to do some shopping and will stop and get an eggnog latte. Yummm.

Have a great week, Carrie.

Susanne said...

I love those costumes! We don't do halloween here either but I love finding on good deal on dress up stuff for the dayhome kids.

No butter and no salt??!! And it was good? I have to check out that recipe!

Yay, for a little sort of time out. A mom needs those.

Brenda said...

I have not had an eggnog latte yet this year! I also love the pumpkin and eggnog milkshakes that are made at a lot of local places. I need to go out and have one!

Willow said...

I gave my youngest girl all my old formals so she and her friends could dress up in them--which they did weekly! I had never tried a pumpkin spice latte so tried one last week--WOW! It was delicious. Add in a little alone time and that would truly be a fave :)

Karyn said...

Cute costumes! That's a good idea, to buy second hand for the kids to play with all year. I have a little guy (grandson) who'd LOVE to have a lion or tiger costume to add to his play.

Glad you got to run errands (almost) all by yourself. The errands always go faster that way.

The stuffing looks/sounds delicious. But then, anything with Butternut squash in it sounds great to me. :)

Sue said...

Is the recipe in the Nov/Dec issue of Eating Well?

Carrie said...

@Sue - Yes, it is.

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