Monday, October 31, 2011

halloween festivities

fall festival as Sarasota Baptist Church...the kids had so much fun between the petting zoo, the games, the bounce houses, the train ride and trunk or treat!

getting ready to trick or treat bubbles and patpat!
trick or treating with sophia, matteo and cha cha

spider man!
love the angle of the this shot.

Friday, October 28, 2011


someone had the crazy notion to get dressed up and go to the opera...thanks el, it will be a night i wont forget!
Now that looks like a group of refined women ready to go to the opera....hope they can handle us!!!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"clean" granola

5 cups old fashioned oats
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
2/3 cup molasses (once i used 1/2c molasses and filled to 2/3 with honey)
1/2 cup agave
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups homemade apple butter (unsweetened) and 1/2 cup almond butter (unsalted)

2/3 cup millet
2/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried cherries (unsweetened)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped dated

Combine molasses, honey, agave, apple butter, almond butter and vanilla. Add in cinn, ginger, salt, nutmeg and cloves, stir till smooth. Mix in oats. Add the four cups of dried fruits, millet, nuts and seeds. Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with olive oil. Press the mixture into baking pan until tightly packed. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes or until edges turn a darker brown. Remove from oven and brush a thin layer or molasses over the top to give the granola a nice shine. Eat warm (It will be crumbly, but DELISH) or serve at room temp. Note: will store in freezer in air tight container for at least a month, thaw as needed.
I found the original recipe from
***edited Jan 2012: I have made these 2 more times since October and my family and clean eating friends can't get enough. If you are allowing your self a real treat you can crumble into lowfat frozen vanilla yogurt!***

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Friday, October 21, 2011

date night

sean took me to Euphemia Haye for my birthday. we had the MOST AMAZING dinner...then we went upstairs to the Haye Loft for dessert. it was the most perfect night!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

mom and dads pool

it's AMAZING to see a pool in mom and dads yard... we can hardly wait till its done!

Monday, October 10, 2011