Friday, November 30, 2007

We all have friends who always seem to have the yummiest of recipes. Today's food for thought recipe is from just such a wonderful friend. I haven't tried it yet but if it's anything like the others she sends along it is sure to be a hit!

Tomato-Feta Dip
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 T. olive oil
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5-oz.) can dice tomatoes w/ basil, garlic and oregano, drained
6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup parmesan cheese
4 T. chopped fresh basil (optional)
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first five ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle feta cheese evenly in a small, shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle parmesan and basil over top of tomato mixture. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve with garlic toast rounds, toasted bread slices, or a hearty wheat cracker.
I'm planning to make this for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday party next weekend. If you try it before then let me know what you think! And speaking of birthdays, here's a thought from George Santayana:
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

Good food always helps me enjoy the journey! --Emily

Thursday, November 29, 2007

air travel and anthropologie

For today's thankful thursday I've got five things with one thing in common: They all start with the letter A. Not sure how that happened but it just did. Maybe I've heard the LeapFrog's Fridge Phonics Alphabet set one too many times!

  • Airplanes: They bring best friends and business partners from Orlando, Florida to Sandy, Utah for a much-needed business meeting and girls' weekend.
  • Anthropologie: What's not to love about Anthropologie? It's the one catalog I receive that makes my husband wish he were a woman (yes, he actually said that!).
  • Art class: This is a great outlet for my daughter and one thing at which she can excel while her big sister excels at swim team.
  • I love's free shipping and great deals. Just bought a great KitchenAid food processor at $50 off plus another $10 with rebate. And you can't beat the great reviews--wouldn't make a purchase without reading them!
  • AirCrib: BTVco's lightweight, ultra portable AirCrib made packing up the kids and traveling to southern Utah for Thanksgiving so much easier! (You can read my full review on Boutique Cafe.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

take note

Looking for gift ideas for the men in your life? Or how about a great children's book sure to delight your family? Lena's Notebook, an online magazine for mom, has just what you're looking for and more. It's a perfect fit for wonderful web wednesday!

In Lena's own words: "Based upon the philosophy that if we learn it, we should share it, Lena's Notebook is my attempt to pass along anything I learn related to children, parenting, relationships, clothing, home stuff and food (or I could just say 'life')." I couldn't have summed it up better myself! Lena's Notebook offers ideas for children's activities and games, parenting advice, fashion trends for kids, fun gift ideas, deals exclusive to Lena's readers, and a great section on charitable causes.

Get ready to do some serious note taking! Lena's Notebook has enough important--and fun--info to fill a page or two! --Emily

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

my own pair of red high heels

For fashion trend tuesday I wanted to highlight one of the most fun mom-related fashion blogs in cyberspace. A Mom in Red High Heels reminds us that "when a woman becomes a mom, she should not give up on herself as a woman." Hear, hear!

In the spirit of fashion combined with motherhood (yes, it is possible),
A Mom in Red High Heels has a great new series called "From the Mouths of Moms," where you get to read about the beauty tips and tricks of fellow mompreneurs. I am honored that the editor thought my beauty regimen (you'll find out rather quickly I don't have one) interesting enough to share. You can read my "From the Mouths of Mom" feature here. I consider myself lucky to be featured alongside such fabulous women as Heather Ledeboer of Mom 4 Life and Rachel Zinny of dearjohnnies.

Spend some time on A Mom in Red High Heels and you'll quickly be reminded "
There is something glamorous about Red High Heels that can transform our lives. Red High Heels have magical powers." --Emily

Monday, November 26, 2007

it's cyber monday!

What's a mompreneur to do on a mompreneur monday that falls on Cyber Monday? Announce a fabulous one-day-only sale at, of course! We wanted to show our full support of Cyber Monday with a special, one-day-only offer. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 26th (that would be today), georgie tees is offering 20% off your order plus free Priority Mail shipping*! This offer is good for only one day so be sure and do more than just window shop when you stop by for a visit. --Emily

*Discount and free shipping will be reflected once your order is processed.

Monday, November 19, 2007

happy thanksgiving!

the girls of georgie tees are taking the week off so we can spend time doing the things we are most thankful for like being with our families, eating lots of turkey and doing tons of shopping! Wishing you a happy holiday, see you back on Monday.

Friday, November 16, 2007

gobble, gobble

Since this is the last food for thought friday before Thanksgiving I thought it appropriate to share what I've heard is the be-all, end-all recipe for roasting a to-die-for turkey. The recipe is from Martha Stewart, and though I'm not a big fan of hers I think this recipe is worth sharing. It's a bit of work but most of the work happens the day before Thanksgiving. You can make those Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes while you're at it! The second recipe is for a really yummy soup I had the other evening, and though it calls for chicken I think it would be just as fabulous with some of that leftover turkey filling your fridge come the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Spice-Cured Turkey
4 cups coarse salt
5 cups sugar
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 leeks, cut into 1-inch pieces and cleaned of all sand
3 bay leaves
1 garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 T whole black peppercorns
1 T ground cumin
2 tsp crushed red-pepper flakes
1 tsp cloves
2 tsp whole allspice
8 cups water
1 (18-20 pound) turkey
1 recipe Apple-Chestnut Stuffing
1 recipe Spice Butter, softened
1/2 cup apple cider
3 T all-purpose flour
3 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock

In a large stockpot, combine salt, sugar, carrots, celery, onions, leeks, bay leaves, garlic, peppercorns, cumin, red-pepper flakes, cloves, and allspice. Add the water, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. The brine needs to cool completely before the turkey is soaked in it: It can be made a day ahead or chilled over an ice bath.
Rinse turkey under cold water; pat dry. Place in stockpot, breast side down. Add brine and enough water to cover. Cover the stockpot and refrigerate overnight. Remove turkey from brine; drain.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Fill cavities with stuffing, being careful not to pack too tightly. Secure skin over neck cavity with toothpicks or skewers, and tie legs together with kitchen twine. Rub turkey generously with spice butter, and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Place in oven and roast 30 minutes. Baste, rotate pan, and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Continue basting every 30 to 45 minutes, until temperature taken in thickest part of the thigh registers 180 degrees (3 1/2 to 4 hours). Once turkey is well browned, cover with foil, in sections, if necessary to prevent overbrowning. Remove foil for last 30 to 60 minutes, to crisp skin. Allow turkey to rest 30 minutes before carving. While turkey is resting, remove stuffing.

To make gravy, pour liquid from the roasting pan into a gravy skimmer; set aside. Place the roasting pan on the stove over medium-high heat; deglaze with a cup apple cider, using a wooden spoon to scrape up bits stuck to the pan. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine 3 tablespoons of reserved fat from pan and flour; cook 3 to 4 minutes, until browned. Add reserved apple-cider mixture, stock, and any separated juices from pan. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Serve.

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
5 2/3 cups water
1 pkg. long grain & wild rice mix
1 envelope chicken noodle soup mix
1 celery rib, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup cubed cooked chicken

In large saucepan, combine water, rice and seasoning packet, and soup envelope. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in celery, carrot, and onion. Cover and simmer another 10 minutes. Stir in cream of chicken soup and chicken and cook 8 minutes longer. Yield: 5 servings.
Thanksgiving often means large family get-togethers, so with that in mind here's some food for thought from Jeff Foxworthy:
If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you'll be going, 'You know, we're alright. We are dang near royalty.'

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

laughter is the best medicine

It's that time of year when we gather together with our families and discuss the things we are thankful for. So this thankful thursday is good practice to get ready for the big turkey day! Lately the thing I am most greatful for is medicine. After dealing with the ongoing cold/flu for the past 3 weeks, that has worked its way through every member of the family, I wonder what I would do without medicine. Thank goodness for all the brilliant inventors of NyQuil, Children's Tylenol, and Excedrin. And, because I believe that laughter truly is the best medicine, I am grateful for my favorite comic shows, The Office and Seinfeld reruns. Hint: They're even better when you're going on 4 hours of sleep for the 4th consecutive day in a row. --LeShan

my latest "prized" possession

You'll be glad you stopped by for today's wonderful web wednesday, especially if you can't pass up a giveaway. Lace, the woman behind Keeping My Fingers Crossed, pointed me in the direction of Prizey, a clearinghouse of online contests and giveaways. What I love most about Prizey is that it's 100% spam- and linkbait-free. Plus every listing in their giveaway directory doesn't require a blog link nor is it a contest that will abuse your personal data. It basically filters out all the giveaways that have "strings attached" and leaves you with the cream of the crop contests and giveaways.

How does it work? Prizey bloggers scan the Internet (and other blogs) for great contests and giveaways from retail and company websites. As a result you get easy access to reputable and easy-to-enter contests. How easy? You can browse by prize value, scroll through the calendar to see giveaways with upcoming deadlines, or search for a specific giveaway. You better schedule some extra time in your day because once you visit Prizey you'll want to enter more than one contest (heck, the more you enter the greater your chance of winning, right?). And yes, I've already entered a few myself! The site offers a variety of easy options for staying up to date on the latest contests. Besides an RSS feed and daily email digest you've got a Google calendar, Twitter feed, and even a customizable blog widget. Who knew there were so many ways to be in-the-know when it comes to giveaways!

Prizey is also a great resource for bloggers and companies that want to promote giveaways with the same criteria (exciting, reputable, and easy to enter). To find out how to promote your own product to Prizey's readers, click here. For those of you who say "I never win anything," I've now given you the chance to prove yourself wrong. --Emily

Monday, November 12, 2007

love your booties!

Boots are big this season and anything goes. Today's Fashion Trend Tuesday is all about loving and flaunting your booties! Everyone owns a pair of boots (if you don't--you should), and at least one pair ought to be cowboy boots. Cowboy boots are the fashion icon of all boots, in fact history dates them back to Genghis Khan! Some of us may still remember the time, when cowboy boots where the envy of all little boys (and girls). Who doesn't love to see kids sporting their favorite pair of cowboy boots with everything from Sunday dress to pajamas to diapers...good lookin'!

The once practical cowboy boot has been made fashionable by Hollywood, think of our cowboy hero's like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Hey, if they're good enough for Pres. George W. Bush, Jessica Simpson, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader's, they're good enough for...well I still like them.

Cowboy boots have come a long way, so wear your boots with pride, it's an american tradition... even if they are italian leather. Check out these fun sites for more on cowboy boots:

The Sundance Catalog. A great site for authentic boots

Cowboy boots: The Art and Sole. By Jennifer June.--LeShan

make yours a million $ business

Whether you're looking to grow your business into a Fortune 500 or simply want it to pay for a couple extra family vacations a year, Make Mine a Million $ Business has some great resources for women business owners.

Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence and OPEN from American Express launched Make Mine a Million $ Business to provide a combination of money, mentoring, marketing and technology tools that women entrepreneurs need to help grow their businesses from micro to millions. Their goal is to inspire one million women entrepreneurs to reach annual revenues of $1 million by the year 2010. Now that's a goal I'd like them to help reach (a lot more fun than the annual lose weight goal I keep setting). Besides some great mentors, educatio
nal tools, and events, I enjoy reading the stories of past Make Mine a Million $ Business award winners. From candy with a cause to an online media company to chic yoga accessories women just like us are making a name for themselves and using resources like this to do so.

After browsing the site take some time to visit Count Me In's website as well. Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of micro loans and business education for women entrepreneurs. The organization provides micro loans from $500 to $10,000 to women just like us who are starting or growing their businesses. Check out the website and learn how you can apply to the Make Mine a Million $ Business Program (in business over two years and annual revenues of over $200k) or the Micro to Millions program (annual revenues of less than $200k). Either program will help give you the resources and inspiration you need to grow that business of yours into million-dollar business or a semi-annual, two-week-getaway-to-the-Caribbean business. --Emily

Friday, November 9, 2007

rolls, peaches, and apples, oh my!

Lion House ClassicsAre you ready for more yummy Thanksgiving recipes? Today's food for thought friday will help you with your dinner rolls (with honey and cran-raspberry butters), peach cobbler, and tasty apple pie (a la mode is up to you). Actually this dinner roll recipe is so yummy you may want to eat them for dessert as well! Lion House Rolls are famous here in Utah and after you try them you'll know why. Enjoy!

Lion House Rolls
2 T yeast
2 cups warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening, margarine, or butter
2 tsp salt
2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1 egg
5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
butter or margarine, melted

In a large bowl mix yeats and water and let stand 5 minutes. Add sugar, shortening, salt, dry milk, egg, and 2 cups of the flour. Beat together until smooth. Gradually add remaining flour until soft dough forms. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in a greased bowl; cover and let rise until dough doubles in size. Punch down and divide into thirds.

Roll out one third of dough into a circle; cut into 12 pie-shaped pieces. Starting at the wide end, roll up each piece into a crescent shape. Place on greased baking sheet with point on bottom. Repeat with remaining dough. Brush tops with melted butter or margarine. Let rise until double in size. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm with honey butter or cran-raspberry butter, if desired (recipes below). Makes 3 dozen rolls.

Honey Butter
Whip 1/2 cup softened butter; add 1/4 tsp vanilla and 1 egg yolk. Gradually whip in 1 cup honey until light and fluffy. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Cran-Raspberry Butter
Combine 1 cup canned whole-berry cranberry sauce, 1/2 cup raspberry preserves, 2 cups softened butter, and 1 T powdered sugar in a mixing bowl; beat on high for 5 minutes. Mixture should be creamy. Spoon into a dish; cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

Peach Cobbler
1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 quart bottle peaches, drained and sliced
cinnamon and sugar
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

peach cobblerPreheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream together margarine and sugar. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and milk. Mix well and spread into a well-greased 9x9-inch pan.

Drain peaches, reserving 3/4 cup liquid. Slice peaches and place on top of batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar; pour reserved liquid over top. Baked for 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold (warm is the only way!) with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Crunchy Apple Pie
1 pastry crust for a deep-dish 9-inch pie (homemade or store-bought)
1/2 cup sugar
3 T all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
6 cups thinly sliced peeled applies (Tip: Using 2 types of apples makes it even yummier!)
1 recipe crumb topping (see below)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1/4 cup caramel topping

Crumb topping:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup butter

apple piePreheat oven to 375 degrees. For crumb topping stir together brown sugar, flour, rolled oats. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until topping is like course crumbs. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated. Transfer apple mixture into pie shell. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple mixture. Place pie on a cookie sheet so drippings don't drip into your oven. Cover edges of pie with aluminum foil to keep from burning. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and place back in oven for another 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle pie with chopped pecans then drizzle with caramel on top. Serve warm.
And since laughter aids in digestion, let me help you digest with a quote from Calvin Trillin:
The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has
never been found.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

it's magic!

Well, it's not really magic but more a miracle how moms manage to do all they do on a daily basis. From homework to housework our to-do list is full, and if you're me, it keeps growing as more to-do's are added and less are crossed off! When it comes to the weekly cleaning (sometimes bi-weekly when life happens faster than I can keep up with) I am thankful for products that help the miracle that is my clean house happen. Today I'm paying homage to the little things that make cleaning a little easier.

  • My new Swiffer Wet Jet mop--Works really well and is easy enough for the kids to use. I love hearing it hum as it squirts out the cleaning solution (it's the simple things in life that make me happy).
  • Lysol wipes (or Clorox depending on what's on sale)--The perfect way to wipe up underneath a high chair after a lunch of applesauce and macaroni & cheese. Note: Hurry and wipe up the applesauce; it turns to cement in record time!
  • The Magic Eraser--Great for getting crayon, scuff marks, and mystery marks off walls, floors, and counters. Just don't scrub too hard on the wall or you may remove the paint while you're at it!
  • Microfiber cloths--Wonderful for wiping down surfaces in a hurry. These are truly magical as they're awesome at cleaning even without added chemicals.
  • Rubbing alcohol--Our latest miracle worker. Removes red Sharpie (i.e. permanent marker) from walls, toddler bed frames, diaper pails, and closet doors. Note: Does not remove from pajamas, curtains, board books or feet.
Yes, sometimes it's the simple yet magical things that make us happy! --Emily

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

it truly is a wonderful web!

If you're big on contests and love a good scavenger hunt then I've got an awesome one for you. On November 1st, Diaper Decisions kicked off its 6th Semi-Annual Great Cloth Diaper Hunt, a huge internet scavenger hunt that runs from November 1st through the 30th. georgie tees is a sponsor of the GCDH (our "mama lisa" tee is actually part of the Ultimate Grand Prize) and we're having a lot of fun hiding the cloth diaper icon on our site. (Have you found it yet?)

By visiting the sites on the hunt you have an opportunity to explore a myriad of excellent sites as you qualifiy for random prize drawings including an Ultimate Grand Prize worth over $600 and a Daily Prize for each day of hunting. I've seen the prize listings and they're pretty cool! I
will tell you, some of these sites are "extreme" sponsors and have hidden their icon where perhaps no one will find it--are you up to the challenge?

The concept behind this virtual scavenger hunt is to introduce you to a long list of wonderful WAHMs (work-at-home moms) and their businesses. While searching for the cloth diaper icon (no, it's not an owl) you'll visit the listed sponsors and be able to check out a plethora of new-to-you sites. Yes, they're a bit heavy in the cloth diaper area but there's still a good variety. Plus, as a hunter you'll be privy to special discounts at participating sponsors' sites. We're offering hunters 15% off their purchase, but you have to know the GCDH coupon code to get it! So get registered and see if you're as good at scavenger hunts as you think you are! --Emily

Monday, November 5, 2007

mad about plaid?

This season anything plaid goes. Are you daring enough to go big with a plaid coat? Or, would you rather be a bit more subtle with a head band? Either way, you can't go wrong with plaid.

Plaid works because it can suit so many styles, it reminds us of bagpipes, and school uniforms, it's classic and it's punk, all at the same time. So take advantage of the wintery season and try out some fun plaid that will make you feel fabulous. Want to see more to inspire you to go plaid? Check out
J Crew for some great fashions in all the hottest plaid trends. --LeShan

Sunday, November 4, 2007

we are all princesses!

I don't know what little girl hasn't imagined herself a princess at one time or another (some of us still do!), and in our current Kingdom of Entrepreneurship, many of us feel like we're dreaming the impossible dream when it comes to our business. I'm here to tell you you're not the only princess who dreams the impossible and yet has the ability to turn that dream into reality. Don't believe me? Then check out mompreneur monday's site of the day: Startup Princess. The tagline? "Make a wish, make it happen!"

Startup Princess is an online site where women entrepreneurs can network, learn, share, and mentor one another. With members all over the USA, Canada and Australia, Startup Prin
cess is a fabulous resource for women business owners. With exceptional resources and materials along with educational and networking events, Startup Princess empowers women to "recognize that they have the power within themselves, as they are a 'Princess' of their world, to make their dreams a reality through hard work, networking, and following inspiration." Just reading that statement is empowering!

Still not sold? How about this post on "How to Sell Your Product in Target Stores" or this one titled "Challenge: The 10 Hour Work Week" which gives a great plan for making the most of what little time we mompreneurs have. (This one is a must-read for all of us!) The site also has a fabulous lineup of Fairy Godmothers, mentors who offer consulting for women entrepreneurs wanting one-on-one support and advice. Yes, I said one-on-one support. How many sites do you know offer something as priceless--and princess worthy--as that? If you'd love nothing more than to be a startup princess in your own Kingdom of Entrepreneurship (okay, I made up that last part but it is pretty cute), then make Startup Princess part of your daily routine. You can fit it in right after planning the next royal feast (i.e. Thanksgiving) and just before granting (your two-year-old) that royal pardon. --Emily

Friday, November 2, 2007

make-ahead makes it easy

With Turkey Day around the corner we thought we'd feature one Thanksgiving-related recipe each food for thought friday before the big day. Today I've got a fabulous recipe for mashed potatoes, but these are ones you can make ahead and refrigerate for up to one week! This recipe gets passed around our neighborhood and among family and friends every year. The potatoes are absolutely delicious! Thanksgiving Day's busy enough with all that turkey basting going on, so this year try this recipe for your mashed potatoes and you may not have to slave all day in the kitchen!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
5 lbs. potatoes, peeled and quartered (about 15 medium)
1 block of cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 T butter
2 egg whites, slightly beaten

Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling water until tender. Mash until there are no lumps. Add cream cheese, sour cream, onion powder, salt, pepper, and egg whites; blend well. Cool slightly. Place in removable liner of crock pot. (NOTE: You might want to spray it with a tiny bit of cooking spray.) Refrigerate overnight or up to 1 week. Remove from fridge about 3 1/2 hours before you plan to serve. Turn crock pot on low. Dot potatoes with butter. Cook on low for 3 hours, stirring once or twice.

If you're like me you're always on the lookout for another great appetizer recipe to serve while said turkey is still roasting. Here's one of my favorites that I don't make often enough!
Tomato Bruschetta
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 T olive oil
1 clove garlic, sliced
2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried oregano or 1 1/2 tsp fresh
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup Italian three-cheese blend
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
5 fresh basil leaves, chiffanade
16 toasted bread slices (see below)

In a small skillet cook the sliced onions and garlic in the oil until softened. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, and pepper and heat through. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add the cheese, vinegar, and basil. Mound about one tablespoon on the oiled side of the toast and serve. Makes 16.

Toasted Bread
1 baguette
1-2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Preheat broiler or grill. Cut bread crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Broil slices about four inches away from heat until browned. Turn over and brown other side. Remove to a dish and rub one side with garlic. Now brush that same side with some olive oil. Serve with bruschetta or eat as is! (NOTE: You can actually freeze and re-warm these as well--another time-saving recipe!) --Emily
And speaking of Thanksgiving, here's some food for thought from Winston Churchill:

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

bite-size candy and sugar highs

Though it's officially November today's thankful thursday is still candy coated due to Halloween's sugar high. So sit back, grab a handful of candy corn, and count your own October blessings this November 1st. Here are mine.

  • a child's imagination, something which children tap into everyday; you see it in all its glory on October 31st (perhaps we adults could exercise our imagination a bit more often)
  • bite-size treats, the sweetest portion control out there (though I just use it as an excuse to eat a variety of candy in huge quantities...bite-size means calorie and sugar free, right?)
  •, a site with a huge enough selection of Halloween costumes so that I was able to find and therefore purchase a "cute" gothic costume for my had-to-go-gothic 10-year-old (hoping it's strictly a Halloween thing)
  •, a site with a puppy costume warm enough and cozy enough so my 2-year-old didn't have to wear a heavy coat while trick or treating (dang that Utah weather!)
  • 62 days until the New Year, because that means the holiday eating has just begun and I have 61 days before making those New Year's resolutions
Though the sugar high is over and the sugar hangover has set in, we'd love to hear what you're thankful for this Halloween. And yes, you can name those bite-size candy bars individually... --Emily