Pumpkin Patch Time

When: October 3 – October 31

Festival Hours: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Where: Underwood Farms

3370 Sunset Valley Road

Moorpark, CA 93021

You know I love to get into the holiday spirit! I’ve searched high & low and you just can’t beat Underwood Family Farms Fall Festival!!

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Chili for Cheaters


I call this my “Chili Cheat” because it’s just too easy to count as actual cooking. With only 5 ingredients in 1 pot…it has all the flavor of chili without any of the hard work! My mom made this all the time when I was growing up & now I do too.

Brown 1 lb. Ground Beef

In the same pot ADD:1 qt V8 Juice, 2 cans Kidney Beans, 2 cans Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes 

Cover the top with chili powder. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down & simmer for at least 1 hour. 

 Serve with shredded cheddar & sour cream (optional)

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Italian Sausage & Peppers

Street Food at its finest. This quick & easy crock pot Sausage & Peppers will make you feel like your walking the streets of the SAN Gennaro Featival in Little Italy. 

✔️Sweet & Hot Sausage

✔️Peppers

✔️Onion

Cook in the crockpot on low for 6 hours  & forgetaboutit! Serve inside a nice sub roll or hot dog bun. 

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Valentine’s Day DIY

 Fresh Floral Ice Cubes

ice cube trayYou’ll need: flowers & ice cube tray

 

  • A great way to add a romantic touch to your champagne bucket. Impress your guests at a party or for a Valentine’s dinner for 2!
  • Use a muffin tin for your floral cubes. It’s something you probably already have in your cabinet & it makes the cubes more substantial. This is the time to show off!
  • Place flower buds, petals, greenery…whatever you have in the tin. There are no rules! Cover with water and freeze.
  • Don’t worry if the water doesn’t cover the flower or it floats. It actually looks cooler if the bud is popping out of the cube.
  • Let cubes sit at room temp for a few minutes so you can flip over tin and they’ll pop right out!
  • If you don’t have a fancy pants wine bin ( I don’t ) you can just use a big clear bowl. It actually displays your ice cubes better.
  • Plop in your wine/champagne and admire your fabulousness!

 

Personalized Wine Bottles

Valentine Wine Bottle
You’ll need: Wine Bottle, Chalkboard Spray Paint, Painters Tape, Colored Chalk

  • I love these as favors at a party, as a way to personalize a bottle of wine as a gift, or as a way to commemorate and display a special bottle of wine.
  • Important! Be sure to remove the labels before spray painting! I learned this the hard way! Go the extra mile. It doesn’t look as pretty if you spray over the label.
  • Soak the bottle in soap and hot water..if you let it soak long enough the label should then peel right off.
  • Give it 2 coats of chalkboard paint.
  • It dries really fast! But resist the temptation! Give it at least a few hours before you start your chalk creation!
  •  Don’t be afraid to mess up! It erases like a real chalkboard!
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A New Year’s Birthday Bash!

b day pic

Planning a 1st birthday party for New Year’s Day is not for the faint of heart! It’s right in the heart of the holiday season and just a few short hours after the biggest party night of the year (ouch)! In spite of it all….our New Year’s Birthday Bash went off without a hitch. Gracie was surrounded by all of her best friends and family and that’s all a girl can ask for. I can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year!

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to our girl! Cheers!

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