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Tagged by one of my favorite people and an amazing interior designer Amber,  it’s now my turn to Spill the beans. Last but not least… . Enough about me, I tag the beautiful and very talented Casey Leigh, my favorite … Continue reading

Grandmas Pumpkin Roll

Grandmas Pumpkin Roll

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Cake Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Filling ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In large bowl combine eggs and sugar, beat well. Add pumpkin and lemon juice and mix till blended.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and spices. Add to egg mixture.
  4. Grease a large cookie sheet and line with wax/parchment paper. Spread batter onto the wax/parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes until spongy.
  6. Lay out a clean hand towel, flip the cookie sheet over on top of the towel so the waxed paper is on the top. Discard the cookie sheet. Peel the waxed paper off of the pumpkin cake and roll the sheet of cake in towel. Let stand for 10-15 mins.
  7. In the mean time make the filling.
  8. Combine all filling ingredients into a bowl and whisk till fluffy.
  9. Unroll the cake and discard the towel. Evenly spread the filling on the cake and role back up.
  10. place on a platter cut into slices and chow down!

Pumpkin & Flannel

I. Love. Fall.

Fall screams 2 of my favorite things

PUMPKIN and FLANNEL!!!!!

Yummmmmmmmmm

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Billabong Staple Luv

PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE

1 Frozen Banana
1/2 cup Pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1 tablespoon Maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup Ice
Blend it together and you are in Pumpkin heaven.

PUMPKIN DOUGHNUTS w/ SOUR CREAM FROSTING

make you go nuts

Doughnut Ingredients

1/2 cup canola oil, plus more for pans
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon backing soda
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
doughnut pan/s

Icing ingredients

3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • Heat oven 350 F. Lightly oil 2 doughnut pans. If you have 1 that’s okay, you’ll just make more batches.
  • Whisk together the floor, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl, set aside.
  • In separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (don’t over mix).
  • Spoon a 1/4 cup batter into each compartment unless using a small doughnut pan. Bake until the donuts are golden brown and spring back lightly when touched,12 to 14 minutes. Let cool in the pas for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to coll completely.
  • Meanwhile whisk together the powdered sugar, sour cream, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over the doughnuts scatter on the sprinkles, let set before serving.

Shamu and a special little girl

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Brixton and her mom

The fam and I took off  to San Diego this month for a very special little girl, Brixton Mary. Brixton was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer PPB Plueropulmanary Blastoma at 6 months old. She is now 21 months, has only 1 month of chemo left and on her way to being healthy. As some of you may or may not know its a long process and it wont be over till shes 7. The family and I did a walk for her through Sea World to help raise money for the Rady’ Children’s Hospital in San Diego where she gets her treatments. If you want to donate please click here. Every little bit counts.

Other ways to give back to Brixton is to purchase one of the “Brixton” bracelets made by Queen Jewelery Design for $20. $5 will be donated to the Hospital for every Bracelet sold. Email your order and PayPal email to queen_design@ymail.com to order your bracelet.

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Brixton is the strongest little girl I know and will never give up.

Pssst…Check out our mini San Diego Vay-cay.

7 Years

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June 2001 we met at Zumiez

I thought he was super cute, but a total dick.

He had a girlfriend

I had a boyfriend

2002ish we went separate ways to live our lives

2003 we reunited

I lived in Albuquerque, don’t ask

He lived in Las Vegas

2004 I moved to Las Vegas

I brought my dog and cat

He had a cat

2006 we got married

2007 we moved to California

Yes, with the Dog and 2 cats

2009 Holden Cash Diskin was born

2012 We bought a house

October 22, 2013 we celebrated our 7 Year

Lelo… A Darn Good Pal

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September 2002- July 26, 2013

RIP Lelo

She was a traveler, a pooper, and a darn good pal.

Lelo was a Lasso-Apso boarder collie mix. Many said she looked like Falcor from the Never Ending Story, I on the other hand described her as an over sized shiatsu with a body of a barrel on 4 sticks . I got her when she was about a month old. The first few months were a bit difficult. I mean… with any puppy it usually is. She was never a chewer but she was a runner. If I didn’t put a leash on her she was gone in 60 seconds, not kidding. I spent many mornings before work, late of course, running around like a crazy lady looking for Lelo. She would chase cats, people, dogs, and her fav were bicycles and skateboards.

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One of my favorite quirks of hers was when she would sit up on her bottom like a gofer and just hangout. I nicknamed her “Flat Bottom Girl”. She was a dreamer and she loved carrots. She would do fancy little tricks for them. Watching her rollover was a giggle of time due to her barrel and sticks framed body. Every time I changed my clothes she had to sniff them as if they had to pass a sniff test or something.

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Lelo was a traveler. My job at the time relocated me several times. Lelo was my sidekick and at times my only friend in many places. Shes lived in Grand Junction Colorado, spent many nights couch surfing in Glenwood , moved on over to Boulder Colorado, and from there picked up and moved to Albuquerque New Mexico where she would take overnight trips with me to Farmington NM, Santa Fe NM, and El Paso Tx. Then one day I was offered a position in Las Vegas. No hesitations and We. Were. Off.  Viva Las Vegas!!!! Vegas is where her and my husband (boyfriend at the time) became pals. In fact, I’m pretty sure it was love at first sight. After running through the parks in Las Vegas we then headed off to California. Even though California was our final destination she still went on vacations and camping trips with us. After a few years in California Lelo was introduced to Holden our son. For the first many weeks she was interested in what was squawking and moving around in the carriage but from day was very protective over him. Holden and her became good pals.

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Falcor & Holden

As the years have passed she has grown old and her time has come.

Lelo, we hope there are a million bicycles and skateboarders for you to chase. You are loved and will be missed by many.

XOXO, Your Family