Phillip is in Springfield, lobbying, yes he is a lobbyist, see they aren’t all bad

the kids and I came to my parent’s for a couple of days

And today, was a great day.

it occurred to me as the kids were napping, I must blog about this day.


My mom took the day off and we had smoothies for breakfast

After breakfast we readied ourselves and the kids and headed out

We stopped at PB’s only thrift store and I scored some cute stuff, like this afghan for Hazel’s room

yes we washed it 🙂

side note:

This is Franko, my brother’s dog, who now dwells with my parents.  He is pretty stinkin cute.

So anyway….

Then we drove across the river to TJ Maxx and OF COURSE found some great deals, like this adorable backpack I found in the little girls section, but fully intend on using for a diaper/kid gear travel bag for trips.  Its the perfect size!

Even though it was only 10:30, we were ready for lunch, so we headed to my all time favorite, CHICK-FIL-A!!! We especially enjoyed the CLEAN play area, I LOVE that place

After lunch (as if my lemonade wasn’t enough sugar for the day) I couldn’t resist the green siren’s eye calling my name, sooooooo, I got a SBUX EXTRA caramel, caramel mocciato, yum and 🙂

Then we took off, as the natives were getting restless/tired and headed for home

on our way back, we stopped in LeClaire Iowa, just across the river.  It is home to  some of  the cheapest gas around $3.29 (pretty sad) AND the original American Pickers store!!!  That’s right, American Pickers originated in LeClaire Iowa, who knew???

One last stop at “the canning ladies” a dented and damaged store, new to town, and found Allllllll this for $9:  8 coffee water filters, 6 chick-o-sticks (best candy ever), wheat bagels, brown instant rice, 3 packs of sugarfree gum, and a munchkin snack dispenser

Another good thing about coming home is experiencing “Nature! Goulet”

open space and clean air

AND my mom’s cooking

mom made pumpkin scones and they tasted JUST like SBUX

recipe as follows:


Starbucks Pumpkin Scones:

2 cups all-purpose flour

7 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

6 Tablespoons cold butter

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

3 Tablespoons half-and-half (we used 2% milk)

1 large egg

powdered sugar glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons whole milk, or enough to get it to the consistency you want

SBUX uses two glazes, we only used the one, but here is the other for you over-achievers 🙂

Spiced Glaze:

1 Cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons whole milk

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 pinch ginger

1 pinch ground cloves


preheat oven to 425, lightly oil a baking sheet or line with parchment paper

combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in large bowl.  Combine batter in mixer till crumbly with no obvious chunks of butter, set aside

in a seperate bowl whisk together pumkpkin, half and half, and egg.  Fold wet ingredients into dry, form the dough into a ball

pat out dough on a lightly floured surface to form a one inch thick circle and cut (like a pizza) into triangles with a pizza cutter (that was my moms addition and it worked beautifully)

bake for 14-16 minutes, till scones begn to turn light brown, place on wire rack to cool

make glaze, once scones cool, drizzle on as much or a little as you would like

once plain glaze hardens mix spice glaze and drizzle

DONE!!!!!! AWESOME!  If you like SBUX pumpkin scones you will love these!


then I ran 4 miles….I had to, did you see what all I ate today???? And it isn’t even 5pm yet!!!!

yeah, it was a good day


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