Halloween Throwback…

I loved Halloween as a kid!  My favorite part?  I have two.

Carving pumpkins with my mom. 😉 I loved the smell of burnt out candles.  It still reminds me of Halloween.  Weird, I know!

And, coloring at school.  I don’t know if the term has changed, but “coloring” was my favorite hobby.  And one I was very good at! 😉  I loved coloring pictures at school.  And it seemed we were only allowed to color during holidays.

Since we all know I’m a big dork, I’ll let you in on a little secret.  Instead of saying “Happy Halloween” I prance around declaring “Happy Halloweenie!”  Not sure why or where … but I do.

So … in pure Jennifer fashion … Happy Halloweenie! 🙂

Here is a little throwback action for you.

Halloween 2005
Gansta & Hugh Hefner.
…Yes Raymond had a lot of hair!…

Halloween 2006.

Halloween 2006.
Office Costumes. A much more appropriate Gansta. 😉
The others (left to right): Michael Jackson, Dale Earnhardt Junior, “Cereal” Killer

Halloween 2006.
Football player, Ladybug, Devil, Superwoman.
Might I Spy My Love of Style… 😉

Halloween 2008
Vampiress, Ladybug, Devil

Halloween 2008.
Bumble bee, Devil, Ladybug, Vampiress, Bowling pin & ball.

Halloween 2008.
Ladybug, Police officer, Trophy wife

Halloween 2008.
Vampiress, Devil, Playboy Bunny.

Halloween 2010.
Police Officer. Gansta.

Halloween 2010.
Josh Duhamel. Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas.
Raymond looks EXACTLY like Josh Duhamel. I look nothing like Fergie. But we thought this would be fun. 🙂


Fergie & Josh Duhamel

Halloween 2012.
Raymond dressed up as The Joker from The Dark Knight.

Yes I recycle Halloween costumes.

Yes I party with the same peeps year after year.

What are your favorite Halloween costumes?  🙂

Until next time…

Williamsburg, VA…

Raymond and I had planned a super fan vacay for this week but cancelled it last week due to weather from Hurricane Sandy.  While I’m glad we cancelled the vacay, I’m a little sad that we didn’t get up to Williamsburg.  I was REALLY looking forward to a vacay. 🙂

Thinking about our fun trip from last year.  🙂

On the drive up. I crack up everytime I look at this photo! 😉

Enjoying Busch Gardens!

Enjoying Colonial Williamsburg. I like to keep busy.. 😉

Beautiful Colonial Williamsburg

We walked …and walked …and walked … until this girl refused to walk anymore!

We went to a winery! Williamsburg Winery to be exact!

After the tour and tasting. 🙂

And lastly .. my beautiful smiling face. 😛

Until next time…

FiFi’s Fine Resale…

I have a new appreciation for “second hand”.  For instance, we decorated the majority of the apartment with finds from Goodwill.

Recently I was up at Exit 28.  For those that don’t know much about Lake Norman, everything is referenced to which exit it is located near.  Exit 28 off I-77N.

I dropped by the Goodwill, went to the bank, and decided to meander around a particular shopping center.  I stumbled upon FiFi’s Fine Resale.  I haven’t been in a consignment store in years!  I was in heaven!  Raymond thought someone had kidnapped me because I was due home hours earlier.

Someone had — FiFi! 😉

FiFi’s Fine Resale, Cornelius, NC

I love the way they display the clothes and accessories. It makes you want to buy something! 😉

I bought that entire outfit!
Gap Limited Edition Jeans = $9
Iris & Navy Gray Top = $18

Sorry for the bad hair — it was raining that day! 😉
And yes, I bought that Fever Sweater for $10. I have gotten a ton of compliments on it! 😉

If you are interested in selling on consignment with them, this is what I learned:

  • Donations are accepted Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
    • Not accepted:  Anything with
      • Stains
      • Tears
      • Missing buttons
      • Broken zippers
      • Wrinkled
  • Must bring clothes on a hanger
  • Items are sold for 60 days
  • After 60 days, they are donated.
  • Consignors receive 40% of what the item sells for.

The “Deets” on FiFi’s:

Are you a consignment shopper?

Until next time…

Foodie Friday {Mini Apple Pear Pies}…

I’ve made this dessert for the past 3 years.  It is easy and delicious! 🙂  It’s modified from a recipe in KRAFT Magazine.


  • 1 cup Vanilla Wafers (crushed)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix vanilla wafers, brown sugar, and butter until well blended.  Set aside.
  • 1 ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of 15 oz package)
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large apples, cored, peeled, chopped
    • I prefer Gala
  • 1 large pear, cored, peeled, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Grease a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  2. Roll out pie crust.
  3. Cut roughly 4″ circles out of the crust.
    1. I use a large cup as a guide.
    2. Ball the dough up and roll it back out to get more crusts.
  4. Place each circle into the muffin tin.
  5. Spread cream cheese carefully onto the bottom of each pie.
  6. Sprinkle with half of the vanilla wafer crumb mixture.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Combine apples, pear, sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  9. Toss to coat.
  10. Top crumb mixture with fruit filling.
  11. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
  12. Bake 30 minutes or until fruit is tender and crust is slightly browned.
  13. Cool on wire rack.
  14. Serve individual pies with vanilla ice cream.

This makes a great dessert for Thanksgiving or fall gathering. 🙂

Until next time…

Blowing Rock, NC…

Raymond and I took the opportunity to unplug yesterday and take a drive to the mountains.  It is peak season for the leaves after all. 🙂

We discussed heading to Asheville or Blowing Rock.  We settled on Blowing Rock because we have never really visited this quaint mountain town.

The post is full of pictures … that Raymond took.  This is what I found when I downloaded the pictures this morning. 😉

After a full breakfast, the bags were packed and we hit the road!

Cody loves “going for a ride”.  Those are the magic words that make his ears perk up!

Cody in the car. 🙂

Raymond loves to take pictures of road signs … apparently.

Raymond loves to take pictures of road signs.

The scenery was beautiful.

NC Mountain Scenery


We made a pitstop at The Green Park Inn.

Me in front of the green horse at The Green Park Inn 😉

I have eaten Sunday brunch at the inn before with my parents and Raymond.  We {used} to have a family tradition of going to the mountains to cut down a Christmas tree on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  It was vetoed for a fake pre-lit.  😉

The Inn is ancient … well not really … just old.  They are part of the Historic Hotels of America listing.  We contemplated staying there.  Maybe next time! 🙂

The Green Park Inn

The Green Park Inn

Raymond was apparently taking pictures while in the bathroom.  I couldn’t say much because I was doing the same thing. 😉  If you follow me on Instagram, then you know what I’m talking about. 🙂

Notice Cody in the back window!

Next up was Downtown Blowing Rock!  Such a quaint mountain town!  We walked and walked and walked.  Stopped for lunch at Six Pence Irish Pub.  It was delish!

Downtown Blowing Rock

And lastly — a cute picture of me & Raymond. 😉

Enjoying the beautiful weather!

Until next time…


{Sunday Scavengers} Downtown Charlotte…

Raymond and I have a weird schedule.  Sunday’s are our days to spend time together.  We especially love that the city is quiet on most Sundays.

Last Sunday was rather dreary.  Instead of bumming around the apartment all day, we decided to head uptown.

To start, we had some Starbucks and hung out with some horses. 🙂 The band-aid is from the attack of the scissors.  The scissors won. :/

Next up was a tour of The Foundation of the Carolinas.  They had an open house going on and Raymond loves art galleries.  I went a few months prior for an art lecture on Chuck Close.  It was apparent that I knew nothing about art, and my wonderful friend knew her fair share (Hi Leticia 🙂 ).

There was a living wall on the 4th floor terrace.  It was pretty darn cool and we took the opportunity to grab a few photos.  😉

Next on the agenda was dinner!  I was STARVING.  If you don’t feed this girl when she’s hungry, then things will get ugly .. fast. 😉

Dinner destination:  Fleming’s Steakhouse.  Tyler, the bartender, always takes great care of us.  And the bar food special ain’t half bad.  5 for $6 until 7pm.  It was delish!  Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Sweet Chili Calamari, Tenderloin Carparccio, Wicked Cajun BBQ Shrimp.  The carparccio is one of my favorite dishes but that wicked cajun shrimp was out of this world!

Fleming’s Steakhouse of Charlotte

After dinner we took a stroll to the Westin Hotel.  Raymond wanted to check out the bar.  It was such a cool place!  I really wanted to sit outside by the firepit but it was vetoed for a spot at the bar for football. *wonk*wonk* 😉 I drooled over the menu.  It’s a must try for the next scavenger trip!

The Westin Hotel Ember Grille

Next up was a play date in the park. Radcliffe On The Greene … or the park is called The Green.

The Green park in Downtown Charlotte

Last stop was RiRa Irish Pub.  They have awesome live Irish music on Sunday evenings.  I was getting tired and decided to order coffee. 😉 Their Halloween decor was something to see. 🙂

RiRa Irish Pub

I will leave you with my favorite picture of the evening.  I think it is apparent that we had a great time exploring the beautiful Queen City! 🙂

Until next time…

Charlotte Today .. & My Mom?

Charlotte Today is a local live lifestyle entertainment talk show airing on WCNC weekdays at 11am.  Yes, I borrowed that from their website. 😉

A few weeks ago they ran a segment about being 50 and being fabulous.  Well my mom is in her 50’s and definitely fabulous, so her and her friend, Sabrina, asked to join the audience.  They got a big thumbs up, and off to Charlotte they went.

Well my mom had a blast.  B.L.A.S.T.  I taped the show that day because I had a prior engagement at 11am.  So I’m sitting on the couch, enjoying my lunch, watching the show.  BAM I almost choked on my chili.  My mom was ON the show!  Not just in the audience — ON the show!

Sabrina & Mom standing in as anchors.
Well not exactly — but a great picture! 🙂

I am so proud of her for getting up there first of all and second for being asked to participate in the fitness segment.  My mom is tall and skinny and all about her health.  I sure wish I took after her .. and not my dad .. in the leg department.  Hm, short and stumpy, or long and lanky?  😉

Check out the fitness segment! 🙂


Be sure to “LIKE” Charlotte Today on Facebook.  They occasionally send audience requests out on the Facebook Page.

If you thought my mom did a great job, then be sure to leave some love in the comments. 🙂  I’m sure it would make her day!

Until next time…