Project Life : Week 43

Project Life 2014 |

Week 43! We had a blast.

Project Life 2014 |

We had several visitors this week. Our friend John was in town and made a quick visit while he was in town. My sister and nice came to visit (I know the little’s pictures are blurred). We had such a good time and a relaxing week.

Project Life 2014 |

Sometimes it is really nice to have a week where you just stay in and relax. And we did, we watched a lot of Halloween/Horror movies and made some great food for dinner. I love that I have even the slow relaxing weeks documented. It is so great to look back and see our whole year not just the events that go on throughout.

Project Life 2014 | happyapple.usHAPPY HALLOWEEN! Have a great weekend!


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Planning For Winter Storms (Part Three)

Planning for Winter Storms (Part One Planning Your Meals) |

This is the final part of my Three Part Planning for Winter Storms series. You can check out Parts One and Two here. This part is all about the other little miscellaneous items that you might not have yet or thought about preparing.

No matter how you do it you will want to get some water. Clean drinking water is a must during any kind of emergency  and is not to be messed with. It is a good practice to have a supply to last at least 72 hours which means you will need to gather and store 1 gallon per person. You can do this with bottles or with gallon jugs but get some and keep people away from it unless it is an emergency.

Other things to think about are:

Flashlights – for moving about the house if the power is out is essential. My favorite flashlights are LED Maglites. They last a really long time and are really bright. Make sure whatever flashlight you get you make sure you have some extra batteries, just in case.

Alternative Heat – Heating your home is another concern if the power goes out. If you have a wood heating furnace you are set! But if you stove is powered by electric and your electric goes out you need another plan. You can purchase a generator to power the electric furnace or buy wood for an indoor fireplace if you have one.

Camp Stove – If the power goes out you will need some way to cook your stored food. You can use your grill outside if you have someone who wants to brave the cold or also a camp stove as an alternative method to cooking when the power is out. Having a selection of lunch meats for sandwiches in a pinch is also a great idea.

Fire Extinguisher – This isn’t winter storm specific but a really good thing to keep around the house. Accidents and “Acts of God” can happen to the most prepared and careful person so it is better to be safe and prepared than sorry and out of luck.

First Aid Kit – Earlier this year Gunnar had a mishap with a knife and cut the end of his finger. Unfortunately our first aid kit was out of gauze so we used cotton balls and bandaids. This was a terrible idea on many levels but when blood is flowing and you don’t have a lot of options you just kind of roll with it. So with these last few days before this all really sets in take stock of your medicine cabinet and first aid kit. Make sure you have bandages, ointments, asprin, cold medicines and anything else that you might need on a cold wintery night.

Activities to Keep You Busy – Not only are all the things listed above important. You should also spend some time planning activities you and your family can do inside and without power if necessary. Some options include: getting to that reading list you always want to, clean out a closet or two, have a themed movie marathon (include hot chocolate for bonus points), check out Pinterest for great ideas to keep little ones busy or crafts you and your family can use to decorate your home.

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San Diego Scrapbook


If you have been around for a while you know that I make weekly updates to a scrapbook. This has been so fun for me to work on and look back at during and at the end of the year. I have enjoyed it so much I have decided to also make little scrapbooks to go along with the big one for vacations and big events. I made one for our honeymoon trip, you can see that here  and now I made one highlighting our California trip.


I chose to do a little album (4″ x 4″ to be specific) since it would be different from the 12″ year album I put together. I got this one from We Are Memory Keepers, you can get additional pages if this does not have enough included. There were 4″x4″ pages and pages that had 2″x2″ pockets.


I kept it really simple and used just full page pictures and little 2″x2″ pictures throughout the album. I also decorated a couple pages with these little dot stickers but that was it. I really love how customizable scrapbooking is. You can get as decorative or as minimalistic as you want. I personally love letting my pictures speak with minimal decoration but here creativity is king!


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Here is my wonderful growing collection of scrapbooks. Some of them are new and some of them are from my first round of scrapbooking before I found a method that really worked for me.


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Grandma’s Cookbook : Dream Bars

DreamBars-1-2Hello Friends! At the end of August this year my Grandma, one of the strongest women in my life, suffered a massive stroke. She is slowly recovering the ability to speak but as of right now is unable to do much without assistance. My family is working very hard to help get her home and as a by product of that I found her stash of old recipe cards. I thought that one way to help me feel closer to her during this time would be to start a feature on Happy Apple to try out these old fashioned recipes.DreamBars-1

The first recipe I tried is called Dream Bars. I didn’t get much past the name of the dessert before I knew I wanted to make these. I didn’t even read the ingredients till I was leaving for the grocery and I realized the recipe called for coconut…I don’t even like coconut. But I was committed so I went ahead and they are delicious. The coconut isn’t overpowering and it doesn’t have the texture of coconut that I don’t care for.


Ingredients : 1/2 cup butter, 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 1/8 cup sifted flour, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup pecans, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.

Cream butter, add 1/2 cup brown sugar and beat well. Blend in 1 cup of flour the spread this mixture in a 9×13″ greased pan. Bake this at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.

Beat the eggs, add 1 cup of brown sugar and the vanilla, mix lightly. Then add 1/8 cup of flour, baking powder, and salt, beat well. Next fold in the coconut and pecans. Spread this mixture over the baked mixture. Return to the oven and continue baking at 325 degrees for an additional 25 minutes. Once cool cut into rectangles.


I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed these considering I don’t like coconut. They were really chewy and very tasty a perfect dessert for your upcoming holiday get togethers!

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Trick-or-Treat Printable

Trick or Treat Free Printable |

Halloween is right around the corner. If you are looking for any last minute decorations check out this free printable. Download it here.

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