Did You Miss Me?

It has been a while hasn’t it?

I have missed you! There are some good reasons I have been M.I.A…. Promise!

First of all… We bought a house!

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It is in a teeny-tiny town that has one diner, a post-office, a school, and one police officer. My hubby now has a 40 minute drive to work everyday but hey, the house was affordable and it is ours! Before this we rented but decided we were ready to actually own our own home. The problem was… we had a tiny budget for our house and the city we lived in has a high cost of living, unless we wanted to live in a questionable neighborhood or in a tiny run-down house, no thanks! So we found a small town outside of the city with options that suited our needs and our budget.

Our house needs updating but it is ours! I’m so excited about that.

We celebrated Easter as a family in our new home and I am having fun decorating and planting flowers. This place needs more color, and I am definitely doing my best to add as much color as possible.

Another reason I have been missing is because after packing and moving and then unpacking we had a friend come to visit the U.S. for the first time and he stayed with us for a week. I was so busy trying to be the best host I could be that I didn’t even think of sitting down and writing on my poor blog.

Because this was his first trip to the good ol’ U.S. of A. I wanted to make sure he had the most “authentic” American foods I could fit into one week. We had pancakes, french toast (hehe), bacon-egg-cheese biscuits, biscuits and gravy, chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, hamburgers (twice), and of course we took him out for barbecue, Mexican food, and to a delicious Chinese buffet.  Classic American, am I right?

After he left I basically vegged out in my rocking chair for a week trying to recuperate after all of the craziness that has happened in the last month.

My mother’s day request was to have a nice family day trip to the zoo. Thankfully, we made it out there before I got hit full force with a nasty cold. Urgh, I am a germ magnet apparently.

I just love going to the zoo! I’m the kid who presses up against the glass squealing… except this kid is now 25 years old and not so cute. I did my best to wait for the crowds of actual children to get a view of the animals before I squeezed in with my camera.

My favorite animals to see: the elephants, penguins, and the butterflies! Poor hubby, he doesn’t really enjoy the zoo but he puts up with it because he knows I like it so much and he wants Sam to enjoy it too. He’s such a sweetheart!

Well, that’s all for now! I hope to have some recipes to share with you here real soon!

TTFN! (Ta-ta-for-now!)

You put a spell on me

Oh guys, I have missed you! It’s been a little crazy round here and I have missed talking with ya. I started working part time at the grocery store as an overnight stocker and it has drained me. I’m still spending my days running after my toddler, add two nights where I don’t get any sleep and it leaves this mama hurtin’ for a nap. It seems to take me a while to catch up and feel energetic and then I have to do it all again. Phew, it’s not the most ideal situation but I’m keeping my eyes open for other opportunities. Maybe a bakery, or catering job is in my future so I am keeping my eyes forward.

And now I’m here. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve touched base with you and I promise to try to be better about this whole bloggy-blog!

I know I’m a little late to the game but let me show you how much fun we had this halloween. My mother-in-law and I had a ton of fun planning an adult halloween party and it was a much needed distraction!

Bats! This was a such a simple DIY halloween decoration, love it! My hubby helped by drawing the original bat outline and then I grabbed some black cardstock and some pretty sparkly scrap book paper, then traced- cut- repeat. Fold the wings up a bit to add a 3D effect and haphazardly tape them to the wall in a somewhat sweepy bat formation. Sweepy? Forgive me, I am running on a 2 hour nap since yesterday morning.

Next, I have to show off these crazy cool cupcakes I made for the party. Not to toot my own horn but- toot toot! I made a batch of regular ol’ vanilla cupcakes and a batch of red velvet cupcakes, dramatic and delicious! I found those spiderweb cupcake wrappers on amazon. We also found the spider mold on amazon, gotta love the place!

Just so you know, if you choose to work with cotton candy to make a cool “web” decoration wait until the VERY last second to add the cotton candy. Cotton candy is so persnickety and will begin melting from any heat or moisture from the frosting. The cotton candy did make a neat web effect, but within a couple of hours it had completely melted with made this lady frown.

We can’t forget about the rest of the food… A murderously delicious cheesecake. I forgot to include a photo of the crazy good zesty strawberry puree we poured on top. Bloody delightful! Don’t forget the eyeball deviled eggs. We flavored these bad boys with horseradish and lightly tinted them green, added a slice of pimiento stuffed green olive and smiled at how clever we were.

It wasn’t all sweets and eyeballs at this halloween party, we also made zesty Italian beef and enjoyed it on hawaiian rolls. Last, but certainly not least, I made a batch of jalapeno popper crescent rolls that disappeared very quickly. Don’t worry, I’ll share those bad boys with you soon enough.

Decorations! There are so many crazy cool halloween decoration available and it was fun setting it all up. A haunted typewriter, homemade spell ingredients and potions, a mythical wreath, and more. What fun!

Mr. Sam got to stay up long enough to say hello and roar around in his dragon costume and then it was bedtime for that little boy!

I mean dragon.

It was a very accurate costume.

I was the renaissance maiden to his dragon and hubby decided to be Kavinsky. If you’re not aware of what/who that is a google and youtube search will show you the strange 80’s techno music that Kavinsky is linked to. It’s all a little bit over my head to say that least. No, my husband was not my knight in shining armor to save me from the dragon, but at least he decided on something that he actually liked, even if it makes me roll my eyes.

Sam had a good time going to different events and showing off his costume, everyone thought he was the cutest little dragon and I agreed!

Stay tuned for a couple of recipe posts coming your way very soon, you deserve it after waiting this long.

Ta ta for now!

What’s happening? Social Media, Life, and Adventures!

I can’t believe fall is finally here! That means Halloween is tomorrow, Thanksgiving is next week, and Santa Claus is already coming down the chimney.

Here is a fun little tidbit, have you noticed the fun little social media buttons to the right? -> that way! Unless you’re viewing this on a mobile device, in which case you may need to scroll down.

Modest Bites now has its very own Facebook and Instagram!

Do you know how much it means to me that you all take your time to read my little dribbles and recipe scribbles? You have no idea how much!

Please like and share my pages with your friends. You will see post updates and photos of food and life that I may not share here on the blog.

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Also, my son is a toddler sized model. I can’t get over his curly blond hair and those blue eyes are instant mommy melters! His hobbies include pretending everything is a gun, making animal noises, making messes, and refusing to eat healthy meals prepared with love.

Despite the difficulties of toddlerhood, I love this boy to the moon and back!

In other news, my hubby has been working hard with his business partner to build a new business over this last year. It has consumed a lot of time but we continue to be optimistic.

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Welcome Elite Oil Technologies, check out the website! There is a live website that is being revamped slowly but surely to give visitors their best experience. Nano-oil fell into their lap the end of last year and it has taken quite a bit of time to get everything up and running but we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

After a long road with website set backs, setting up an office, getting the inventory stocked, and biting our nails in anticipation I am ready to get the show on the road!

When the site originally launched we cheered, but it quickly became apparent that there were many areas that could be improved upon and that is what is going on behind the scenes now.

The good news, there is a working website where you can order products to your hearts content and we celebrated that fact with a soft opening party last weekend. Of course, I catered and enjoyed planning the party so much.

We had a nice little get together, tons of food, and good company.

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My favorite thing of the whole day! Lemon cupcakes with blueberry buttercream and coffee cupcakes with mocha buttercream… oh heaven!

I made these tiny little cupcake toppers to make them extra special. They were a bit time consuming but worth it!

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We had plenty of food! Better too much than too little.

Veggie platter, cheese and crackers, mini cornbread bites, scrumptious little smokies, spritz cookies, brownies, and heavenly cupcakes. I ate a lot that day.

And then we had leftovers and I ate a whole lot of those too.

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For the simplest way to fancy up the tables I grabbed pretty gold scrap book paper, a handful of clear bowls, and gold wrapped candy made a nice simple centerpiece. The balloons were a fun touch as well.

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We had plenty of options for drinks! I made a crazy simple and crazy good “sangria” with a bottle of mixed berry juice and a bottle of moscato. If I’m in charge of the food then I am going to make something I like. I know you’ll like it too!

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a fantastic oil for any number of applications check out the website and try it out! We have heard from people using it on machinery, knives, guns, hair clippers, bicycles, and even a kitchen mixer! Good reviews all around.

A lot of the mechanical mumbo-jumbo is over my head but the website has a lot of good information on it already if you’re interested in learning more.

Happy Thursday!