Penny's Passion: 2021

Friday, October 15, 2021

Five on Friday - October 15, 2021

It's Friday!  I was lucky enough to be on vacation Monday through Wednesday this week.  Eric picked me up from the airport late on Wednesday and we made it home around 1:00 am,  I am so looking forward to having a few days off to catch up on sleep and get all my travel gear put away!  Let's kick the weekend off with my five for today ~

1.  Hocus Pocus Baking Kits
Head to Walmart this weekend to pick up one of the cute Hocus Pocus baking kits.  The limited-edition kits come in five different forms: an Amuck Amuck Cupcake Kit, Binx Cookie Kit, Spell Book Brownie Kit, Potion Bottle Cookie Kit, and Hot Cocoa Bomb Kit, and are available for just $5 each.  This is the perfect Halloween activity for the kiddos!  You might want to pick up more than one!  If you don't want to pop in the store, they are available online also.


It's almost here!  Ree Drummond's next cookbook will be hitting the stands on Tuesday and I'm so darn excited to get my hands on a copy.  In the star's new book, she will be sharing 120 shortcut recipes for dinners, desserts, and more in The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Super Easy!



Have you been spending time sitting on the bleachers watching someone play a sport or instrument?  Does your back ache just think about it?  Buy yourself these stadium seat cushions!  You'll look forward to sitting on those bleachers when you have one of these to use.


4.  You - Season 3
Are you a You fan?  If so, today is your lucky day!  Season 3 is appearing on Netflix starting today.  I'll be honest, I watched the first season and loved it.  Never went back for Season 2.  We might have to rewind back to the second season to catch up and see if we still like this American psychological thriller.


5.  Thought of the day...


Okay, friends - let's get this weekend started!  We are joining our son and daughter-in-law for dinner tonight and have no plans for the rest of the weekend.  I'm sure we will come up with something fun to do!  Pop in next week to see what we were up to. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Hocus Pocus Three-Tier Tray

Thanks for joining me today for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Halloween is just around the corner and today I'm sharing our three-tier window display.  A trip to Home Goods enticed me to shake it up a bit with a new idea this year and do a Hocus Pocus theme.  


Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite movies.  I'm thrilled and anxiously awaiting the release of Hocus Pocus 2 in the fall of 2022.  The two pumpkins that set me in motion were the I Put A Spell on You and Tonight We Fly.



A few of the elements like the "I Smell Children" plaque came from Etsy.  Don't you just love that site!  I'm looking forward to finding more things in the offseason and adding them to the collection next year.  



Overall, I love the way the window turned out!  With the movie coming out next year, I bet I'll be able to pick up some fun things relating to Winifred, Sarah, and Mary.  Until then, I'm going to enjoy the way it looks for now.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - October 13, 2021

The leaves are changing and the days are cooler so let's find out what the season brings in this week's Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! Join this week’s blog hop to find inspiration from dozens of bloggers for all things home and family including crafts, decor, DIY, fashion, recipes, fitness, gardening, travel, home improvement, and so much more!  

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 For some lovely fall colors, learn to make your own garland with these easy steps. I love DIY projects and this SIMPLE FALL GARLAND is a great craft the whole family can have fun with.   
  
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Friday, October 8, 2021

Five on Friday - October 8, 2021

Who's ready for the weekend!?!  I definitely am!  Tomorrow morning bright and early I'm boarding a plane to Phoenix to meet up with five of my college sorority sisters and I can not wait!  Before I pack up and head out, here's my five for this week ~

Are you having a bonfire around Halloween?  Check out this skull log!  How scary is this!  Flames escape from the eye sockets, skull, and nose.  You can also use this in all types of fireplaces, including vented gas fireplaces, wood fireplaces, or fire tables.  This would definitely add a level of fun to your gathering!  Get yours from Amazon HERE.


Stanley Tucci's new book came out this week and I'm dying to get my hands on it!  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the kitchen table. He shared the magic of those meals with us in The Tucci Cookbook and The Tucci Table, and now he takes us beyond the savory recipes and into the compelling stories behind them.​

Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about his growing up in Westchester, New York; preparing for and shooting the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia; falling in love over dinner; and teaming up with his wife to create meals for a multitude of children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burned dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last.

Written with Stanley’s signature wry humor, Taste is for fans of Bill Buford, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Ruth Reichl—and anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal.


3.  Caramel Coffee Almonds
Oh, Trader Joe's - how do you keep coming up with wonderful new products?  Leave some space in your cart and be on the lookout for their new Caramel Coffee Almonds!  They are in stores now.  This just might be my new favorite snack.


4.  No Time to Die
We've been waiting.  And waiting.  And waiting some more.  But it's finally time to see No Time to Die!  It's been over a year since this movie was supposed to be released, but it's opening today in theaters.  Here's the synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:
In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.


5.  Yes, I'm a pro...


Now I'm off to finish the workday and get ready for my little vaca with my girlfriends!  My daughter-in-law and I are going to get pedicures tonight after work, so the packing will come later.  Crossing my fingers that I'll be in bed by midnight!  Stop by next week to hear all about it.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

September 2021 Amazon Purchases

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I share something on my mind and invite you to link up and do the same.  Today I'm thinking about my Amazon purchases for September!


Our great nephew celebrated his first birthday in September and his parents are huge St. Louis Blues fans.  To help the birthday boy fall in love with the Blues too, we gifted him a jersey and a stuffed figure of their mascot, Louie.

We got to go to another little one's birthday party.  This one was for a 2-year old and we gifted him a spinning spiral tower playset.  It was a hit!  His mom sent us a picture the day after the party of him having the time of his life playing with it.  



My friend Linda brought SkyJo with her on vacation for us to play.  I was able to quickly learn the game and loved it!  I bought it for me and Eric.  When we went to Memphis a few weeks ago to visit family, I packed this and played with our niece.  It's also going in my suitcase this weekend for a girl's trip.  Great family game!


The Campfire Cast Iron Cookbook: The Ultimate Cookbook of Hearty and Delicious Cast Iron Recipes
My dad celebrated a birthday in September and one of his gifts was this cookbook.  It might have been a bit selfish because I'm really hoping he cooks some of the recipes for us.  He'll have over 100 to choose from!  He loves spending time outside so now he can cook while he's out there.
             
Another gift for my dad was this cast iron pizza pan.  I shared some of my sourdough starter with him during the pandemic and he started making sourdough pizza crust.  Best crust ever!  This pan will be perfect for his pizzas!


Eric needed more pants hangers so I reloaded on these.  We organized our master closet some months ago and I'm using these hangers for all my skirts.  You can hang four skirts on one hanger!  Talk about saving room.  Eric loves them for his pants and shorts.  One pack comes with six hangers.  


The Amazon van didn't make as many stops as usual at our doorstep in September, but I think I'm already making up for it in October.  Did you have any great Amazon purchases last month?

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - October 6, 2021

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Weekending - October 1, 2021

Happy Monday!  We kicked off the first weekend in October by celebrating a special 2-year old on Saturday!  But let's rewind all the way back to Friday ~


We have a friend that's going through a bit of a rough patch, so on Friday, I delivered 31 envelopes (one for each day of the month) with an inspirations quote tucked inside.  I'm hoping that they bring her a smile each day!


Friday night we were so excited to watch The Many Saints of Newark movie.  We picked up take-out, got out the cozy blankets, and settled in.  Unfortunately, we didn't really love the movie.  As a matter of fact, we stopped about two-thirds of the way through to watch Ted Lasso and haven't gone back to finish it.  

Saturday morning we were up and out the door early.  I had several stops I wanted to make before arriving at a birthday party in the afternoon.  One of our stops was Trader Joe's.  My favorite Pumpkin Rolls are back and I especially wanted to stock up before they disappeared for another year!  Mission accomplished!


We also ran through Ikea to get a magnetic board for my closet.  Have you ever tried to hurry through Ikea?  That's a pretty hard task for us, but we managed to stay focused and get what we went in for.

Our friend's 2-year old birthday party took place in a pavilion at a beautiful park.  The pavilion was nestled between a lake with a waterfall and a playground.  The perfect setting for a kid's party!  Just as the party was started, the rain poured down.  But that didn't stop the birthday boy from having the time of his life!  It was so fun watching him run through as many puddles as he could!


The cake and decorations were adorable!  Soon the rain stopped and the kids got to enjoy the playground.  It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon.



When we got home, I immediately snuggled up on the couch to read more of the book I had started on Friday night.  Have you read Malibu Rising?  OMG - I loved it!  Here's the summary from Goodreads ~
Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them... and what they will leave behind.
 

I scrapped everything I had planned to do the rest of the day and just read.  Eric fixed me a bowl of popcorn and I was in my happy place!  


What made it even better was when Eric turned on a PBS special of Stevie Ray Vaughn playing at Austin City Limits.  If you're a fan, this is a great special!

Sunday we joined our son and daughter-in-law to watch the Chiefs game.  Thank goodness they pulled off a win this week!  

The rest of the day was spent finishing Malibu Rising.  The good news is I did finish so tonight I can actually catch up on some other things I should have been doing over the weekend.  But if I had to do it all over again, I'd still spend the weekend doing exactly what I did!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Five on Friday - October 1, 2021

Hello to October!  It was a little baffling when I realized we would be turning another page on the calendar today.  Happy to bring you the first Five on Friday for this month ~

1.  The Many Saints of Newark
Were you a fan of the show The Sopranos?  Eric and I were!  We rented the DVDs from Netflix back when they mailed them to you.  We would stay up to crazy hours watching the disc so we could send it back and get the next one.  Well, if you were a fan you're not going to want to miss The Many Saints of Newark movie that opens today in theaters and on HBO Max.  I can't decide if I want to go to the theater to see it on the big screen or cozy up on the couch and watch it at home.  Either way, I want to see it!  Here's the summary from Movie Insider ~
Witness the making of Tony Soprano. Set in 1967, The Many Saints of Newark reveals the humanity behind Tony’s struggles and the influence his family — especially his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti — had over him becoming the most iconic mob boss of all time.


Trisha Yearwood's newest cookbook was released this week and it's going straight on my birthday wish list!  I love her show on the Food Network and can't wait to look through the 125 family favorite recipes she's sharing in this book.  Every recipe tells a story, so even if you're not a cook I'm sure reading this book will be so interesting.  (Does anybody else read cookbooks like they are novels?)  It's 288 pages of goodness!  



Wondering what you're going to do with all those leaves when they start falling?  Scoop them up and stuff them in these adorable Halloween lawn leaf bags!  You might actually even get your kids to help rake if they get to turn the leaves into decorations.  Six pieces come in one package and the price is right!  


4.  Trader Joe's Pumpkin Caramel Kringle
Trader Joe's always has so many things pumpkin, but what I'm going to be looking for is the Pumpkin Caramel Kringle!  Just look at the layers of deliciousness!  I've had these authentic Danish Kringle before in other flavors and love them.  Now I'm dying to try the pumpkin caramel!  A trip to Trader Joe's just might have to happen this weekend.


5.  That's me...


Now let's get out there and start enjoying October!  We are actually supposed to have a rainy weekend, so I don't know how much "getting out" we will be doing.  There's a birthday party for a special 2-year old that we are looking forward to attending.  Other than that, I see a weekend full of relaxation.  If I get real ambitious, I might pull out the Halloween decorations.  Pop back in on Monday to read all about it!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - September 30, 2021

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I share something that's on my mind and invite you to link up and do the same.

Today is National Love People Day and to celebrate I thought I'd share a few of my favorite quotes ~









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