Creative Writing Contest….the Fluffy Unicorn.

Okay, I admit, recently watching Despicable Me 2 (again!) is influencing my writing. If Agnes were here, she would understand my excitement. If only I were as cute and adorable as her, but for a 26 year old it’s not quite possible to pull off that level of cute and adorable-ness. It can be said, though I have her energy and exhuberance, she for her fluffy unicorn and me for anything that flutters into my brain at the moment…a creative spark, a to-do list to be accomplished, an idea to be fully developed, complete with all it’s feathers….you name it.

As a writer, I’m often in the over-emotional exuberance that every post of mine must be done with the same ear-screeching passion as Agnes for her fluffy unicorn. Yet, every post cannot hold that same sort of emotion for a reader, or else they get exhausted, burnt out, and run away with their hands over their ears crying of a head-ache. In hopes of not burning my readers “ears” with the same sort of posts, today I will try something different. Instead of writing a bio of me, I will provide you with the opportunity to use your creative skills and see if you can solve the puzzle of who I am. In short- create my bio…(homemaking-guru FASHIONABLY CLEAN, aka,Me) using the words given. When you see the words, write a sentence using them, that you think applies to me. The one closest to my story gets a prize of something for your home…(deciding still….but it will be good…:D )

Rules. Story must be 11 sentences, or shorter, posted in the comments. Please keep it clean and free from obscene talk.

This is a bio of your writer, the one and only “FASHIONABLYCLEANLADY” in a few short words. 10 words to be exact…with one to grow on.

1. Twenty-six
2. Florida
3. Cleaning
4. Orange
5. Blue
6. Sibling
7. Move
8. Nanny
9. Church
10. Healthy
…..11. Creative Business.



Out of the Shell Pumpkin Uses

Want some other ideas for using your pumpkins this year? Tired of the same ole, same ole? Heres a fun list of creative ideas that causes this orange squash to rise above the rest! .

Pumpkin pie: 
(The following recipe is taken from King Arthurs Flour Baking Book)

Baking 4 pumpkin pies all in one night, with my friend Shannon

2/3 cup quick-cooking oats, ground for 30 seconds
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour 
2 tbsp firmly pack brown sugar (either light or dark)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tspn salt
6 tlbs cold unsalted butter
4 tbsp of cold milk 
1 3/4 cups canned pumpkin or 15 oz of fresh pumpkin 
3 large eggs 
1 cup honey 
1 cup of half and half (though cold milk might work as well)
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 tspn ground ginger
1/2 tspn nutmeg
1/2 tspn salt 
Wisk oats, flours, sugar, cinnamon  and salt in med. bowl. Work butter into ingrediants by cutting it into smaller chunks and mixing it with your hands or fork- work until dough is crumbly. Pour in milk slowly, mixing until dough is sticking together, and not dry or crumbly when you pick it up with your hands. 
Shape into a disk and work on a floured surface, pat until it’s 1 inch think, wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for (up to) 3 days.
30 minutes before making the pie, take dough out of fridge and allow to warm about 15-30 mins. 
Preheat oven to 425F. 
Pumpkin Muffins
(Found on Recipe App by : username titsfortat)

Bite sized pumpkin muffins

1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin- cooked and mashed
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking power
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins or pitted dates 
Preheat Oven to 350 F
Stir together egg, milk, pumpkin and oil in a bowl.
In another bowl, mix dry ingrediants.
Once both mixtures are mixed completely, then add them together and mix. 
Fold in raisins or dates
Pour into pregreased muffin cups and bake for 18- 20 mins
Pumpkin Smoothies
(Takes like Pumpkin Pie in a Cup!)
Throw in blender or food processor 
1 can of pumpkin (or equivalent amount fresh)
1 apple
1 banana
1 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk 
A dash of Nutmeg
A dash of Cinnamon
A dash of Ginger 
2 cups of Ice
Blend until Smooth!
* If you like a stronger tasting drink just add more of each spice. Top with whipped cream and crushed graham crackers 
Pumpkin Frap
1 Cup of dark roasted Coffee (of your choice) 
1/4 cup of pumpkin
splash of french vanilla coffee creamer 
Pinch of Nutmeg
Pinch of ginger 
Make coffee in your Kurig or coffee pot
Pour coffee into a bullet or blender
Add pumpkin 
Add french vanilla coffee creamer 
Add ice
Blend together until smooth 
Pumpkin Decor:

For Kids: Just get your hotglue gun and your paintbrushes out and go crazy!  and paint  a pumpkin instead. You can make your pumpkin into a sign pointing to candy or paint a face or just splash lots of color. Glue on items can include: 
Googlie eyes
Wrapped candy
Instead of using a ball, replace it with a tiny-to-med size pumpkin and see just what fun this crazy squash mix-up can be! 
Pumpkin Smashing 
Boche Ball (pie pumpkins work best) 
Baseball or Softball 
On another note: 
Why not just take all the seeds out and have a pumpkin spitting contest instead? 

There’s an Art to it: First Steps, First.

     As I begin a homemakers jounral I began to think what is “homemaking”? Is it just a word that describes the time period of petty skirts and bonnets, farm-woman, and log cabins? Why does it sound so …well…old fashioned?

     The art of homemaking is just that. Its an ART. Its takes work. It takes thought and intention–but the end result is an orderly home, a structured yet free environment of rest, causing those that live within to thrive. It is a welcoming haven for guests, and a sanctuary from the world without. It should be a place where family members can find refuge from the world in order to be equipped for the world.
       Through my own experiences and reading resources on homemaking, a few ingredients are needed (I will expand on these at a later point) 
These ingredients are : 
–Love and Prayer
: Morning prayer/devotion and worship time
: Morals, Morales and Rules 
: Family time
: Encouragement
: Creativity 
: Community and Hospitality
: Learning 
— Order and Routine
: Consistent rules and Consequences
: Daily routines
: Sharing duties 
: Cleanliness  and Simplicity
: Organized rooms
: Simple decorations
: Allowing light into the home
:  Functional spaces 
    As an good artist carries around a sketchbook or notepad to jot down ideas where ever they are at, so a pocket journal or notebook is a good idea to get you started. (For men: The Art of Manliness article on why pocket journals). Begin jotting down any and every idea you have for these areas- things you’d like to incorporate, routines and habits you already do, etc. This will be the beginnings of your homemakers journal- ideas that will turn into habits, and routines (with a little effort and love) creating a wonderful environment. (** Note for optimal inspirtation, this notebook should never leave your side!**)