Rosh Hashana prep!

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) is my favorite holiday. The idea is to have a fresh start to a sweet new year. We eat apples dipped in honey to symbolize this.

Sticking to that theme, many of the dishes served are made with apples or are in the shape of a circle (to reflect the continuing cycle of life).

Challahs, Apple ring and vegan cheese cake were the first things I cooked.

The Apple ring is the easiest!


One package of puff pastry

3 apples sliced thin

Peach or apricot jam

2 tbsp Lemon juice

One egg

Preheat the oven for 375*

In a bowl combine the Apple slices and lemon juice; microwave for 3 minutes.

Lay out the pastry and cut into strips about 2 in thick. Spread a thin layer of jam on each strip and lay the apples on top, slightly overlapping each other.

Fold the pastry in half over the apples and spread egg wash over it.

Roll and put in cupcake tin.

Bake for 35-40 min.

Let cool and enjoy!!!

The vegan cheesecake was even easier than my regular cheesecake! I couldn’t believe how great they turned out!


I cheat and buy ready made pie crust! (Wal-Mart brand is dairy and lard free)

35 oz vanilla soy yogurt

2 bags jello vanilla pudding powder

1/2 cup melted margarine

1/4 cup agave or honey

Preheat the oven to 350*.

Mix all ingredients and pour into pie crust.

Cook for about an hour; middle may seem runny but it will solidify in the fridge!

Cool and refrigerate for at least 3 hrs.


These Apple rose pies were a labor of love but totally worth it!


Cheated again and used a ready-made pie crust

4 red apples sliced thin (coat in lemon juice as you go so they don’t brown)

1 tbsp margarine or butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1-2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Juice of half a lemon

Preheat the oven to 425*

In a hot skillet put margarine, sugar(s), cinnamon and lemon juice. Once melted, add apple slices and cook until tender and malleable.

Allow apples and juices to cool slightly.

Place apple slices on the outside rim of the pie crust, slightly overlapping; continue going in circles until you reach the center. Roll the last slice into a bulb and fit into the middle of the pie.

Pour the left over juices over the pie and then bake for 20 min at 425* then an additional 30-35 min on 375*.

Cool completely. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream (or really nothing at all works well too!).

Game Day Favorites- Recipes

Simple Game Day Foods that are sure to be a hit! 


When you’re hosting on game day, you need a game plan. The key to a successful event is to make sure it’s easy. You want food that is easy for your friends to eat one-handed. Check out these super simple Appetizer & Dip recipes that are sure to be a Hit! Game On.

  1. Mini Tacos – Get the “scoop” chips as the base for this finger food. Offer shredded cheese, taco beef, salsa and other toppings to complete this mini taco.
  2. Meatballs – You can make them old school with beef or make them with turkey for a healthier treat. Either way, you can’t go wrong! Throw them in the crock pot with your favorite marinade for an added taste.
  3. Deviled Eggs – Mix the yolk of the egg with mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper and you’ve got an easy-to-make, easy-to-serve favorite. If you’re really creative, dye the egg white part the same color as your favorite team’s uniform.
  4. Walking Tacos – This dish is a fun take on tacos, but more kid-friendly! Fill small corn chip bags (Or Doritos bags) with your favorite taco recipe (you can even crush the chips to better mix with the taco ingredients). Provide spoons, cheese and other toppings.
  5. Potatoe Skins – Most people like these loaded with all the good stuff! Slice the potatoes, bake, then add cheese, bacon and jalapeños. Offer up some sour cream for dipping.
  6. Burgers & Hotdogs- It’s about as traditional as it gets — old school hamburgers and hotdogs. Make sure to have all the basic toppings — cheese for the burgers, ketchup, mustard and relish.
  7. Chicken Wings-  Whether you go the barbecue route, the spicy route or get creative with your lemon mesquite flavor, everyone loves these fan favorites.
  8. Chicken & Waffle Bites- The bite-size version of everyone’s favorite odd couple is perfect for tailgating.
  9. Pinwheels-  You’re basically making a wrap filled with your favorite meat and cheese. Cut into slices and serve!
  10. Seven- Layer Dip- Refried beans, Your favorite Taco seasoned meat, Guacamole, Lettuce, cheese, Sliced Black Olives & Diced Green onions.
  11. Buffalo Chicken Dip- This mix of chicken, blue cheese dressing, wing sauce and the cheeses of your choice makes for a great dipping option.
  12. Cupcakes- Go the easy route and buy some vanilla-topped cupcakes at the bakery. Then use colored sprinkles to decorate in your team colors and show your spirit.
  13. Rice Krispy Treats- Have the kids help you make this gooey treat and drizzle some chocolate in the shape of a football for an extra sweet touch.

Whether your Favorite team Wins or Loses on Game day. One things for sure, is your Event will be a winner with these super easy to make and yummy Game Day recipes!

Goal!!!! Wait……I mean Home Run!!!! Oh goodness……I mean TOUCHDOWN!!! Yeah, that’s the one!!!! ( I’m only half kidding)



CBD & Motherhood

Motherhood is hard.

I used to be an overly social, happy person before kids. Then the anxiousness, irritability, and an overwhelming sensation took over. Maybe it was lack of sleep, maybe it was hormones, maybe it was because my munchkins would never give me 5 seconds to eat a meal.

Who knows!

I just know that after birthing my two chaotic boys, I needed help. I was drowning in all of these negative emotions, and I didn’t feel like myself anymore. I had been on several medications for my mental stability, but nothing seemed to make things better without giving me added issues. This is when I searched for more natural alternatives.


A friend of mine introduced me to CBD oil, a hemp extract with all the medicinal benefits of cannabis but without the high.

I thought to myself “HA! I’ve never done drugs. I don’t want to start now” Turns out, it’s a dietary supplement that is legal in all 50 states. (Who knew? I felt silly).

This was 6 months ago. I want to tell you how it’s changed not only my life, but my family as well.

Two weeks into using full spectrum CBD oil under my tongue twice a day, I felt like a new person. It balanced my moods completely. I no longer felt anxious, overwhelmed, irritable, etc. I could enjoy my kids without screaming at them for no reason. I felt like I could resume social dates with friends without that last minute “something came up” panic text.

Two months after being on the oil, I realized I hadn’t had any pulsating inflammation in my head in awhile. I couldn’t remember the last time I needed an ice pack, or to sit in the dark.

Once I realized how well this helped me, I started everyone else on the oil. My husband suffers some a traumatic experience which causes him irritability and difficulty sleeping. The first night he used the oil, he slept with no body sweats, screaming fits or any tenseness/twitching.  I couldn’t believe the change I saw in him. My son has a difficult time focusing as he fidgets a lot, and is naturally very impulsive. He struggled in Kindergarten last year due to these traits. After finding a serving size that works for him, it drastically helped him focus and control his impulsive reactions. In his words, CBD makes him “good”. My dogs also use CBD oil in their food, and get beef CBD treats at night to help their anxiousness. They love to bark at strangers and other animals, and would occasionally get nervous during storms. When they get CBD, they are completely mellow.


Overall, this hemp extract has given all of us a better night’s sleep and more energy.  I can’t recommend this enough. I love it so much, I am now an advocate to help others struggling like I was.

Not all CBD oil is going to be created equally though. DO YOUR RESEARCH!
Ask yourself: 
Where was this grown? 
How was it extracted?   
What are the ingredients?
Is it an Isolate or Full Spectrum?

Do they third party test for purity and potency? Am I able to see those results?
Does it come with a money back guarantee?

If you would like to learn more about the product I use, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via Facebook or Instagram. I absolutely love talking about it.

Shrimp Boil Bake

Back to school is upon and so therefore there is a need for some super easy yet delicious meals that you can throw together in less than 30 minutes! Below is one of my go to’s that is so delicious. It’s a shrimp boil bake that tastes just like a shrimp boil. My daughter requests it all the time because it’s so good! A few recipe tips: 

  1. if your potatoes are big quarter them before you boil them. 
  2. You can easily add any other seafood we added crab legs once when they were on sale at Publix! 
  3. It taste great with frozen shrimp too so don’t feel like you have to use fresh. 
  4. Try turkey sausage to cut back on the calories! 

Happy cooking Mamas!

Everyday Mom’s Guide to Understanding Football

Written By: Lisa Westmiller

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year!!  No, not pumpkin spice everything, not cooler weather or even bon fire date nights. It’s everyone loses their man to the couch, the remote and endless amounts of football. Unfortunately, for us it’s not just a Sunday passion anymore. This goes on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and even Saturdays now. And these are just game times, it doesn’t include fantasy football leagues, recaps, and highlights on Sports Center. GREAT!!! (insert eye roll here)

While most of you know there is college football as well as the NFL, there is also the Canadian Football League, Arena League, XFL, high school  and fantasy leagues. The plus side is it is all played the same for the most part. There are some minor details that unless you are an avid fan you don’t need to know. The rest though is cake once you know the lingo.

Let’s start with the basics…..

Each football game consists of 4 quarters. These quarters are 15 minutes long.  The first two quarters are played back to back with only a commercial interruption between. After the first two quarters are over there is a halftime. That is 15 minutes long. During regular season this is boring, but during the Super Bowl the show is usually pretty amazing. Once the regular game is over IF there is a tie it would go into overtime. Or OT as most will call it. Now overtime just recently changed so if you are following along up to this point great, but don’t get discouraged if you don’t grasp on to this part. I know, you would think 60 minutes would be plenty of time to figure out whom won but more often than not OT is the deciding factor. Now OT is figured by both teams having possession of the ball. If the team that has the ball first scores a touchdown then game over. If they don’t then the other team gets a chance to score. That team then only has to get a field goal or a touchdown to win the game. If neither team score then they play another “quarter” of the game but this time it is only 10 minutes. If no one scores still the game ends in a tie. Either way someone will be mad that their team didn’t win. Go figure.

Now the harder stuff. Each team has three squads in itself. You have the offense, the defense and the special teams. Offense is on the field when they have the ball. Defense is on the field when the other team has the ball. Special teams is on the field at the start of each half and after a touchdown for the point after and for the kick off once points are scored. Each squad consists of 11 people. More than that and it’s a penalty. But don’t be confused because you will hear about the 12th man. This is not a player. I repeat this is not a player. It is you, the fan, acting as an extra player by your noise to help confuse the boys on the field. However, I don’t suggest calling yourself the 12th man at home when you are trying to get your hubby to help with anything.

The offense has the following positions: The Quarterback, or QB. The Center or C. These two work very closely together. The Center is the person who hikes the ball to the QB. Sometimes you will see the QB with his hands up the butt of the Center and sometimes you will see him standing further back from the Center waiting for the ball. Both of these ways are legal. Then you have your Linebackers, or LB. These are the guys that block the other team from coming at your QB. Then you have your running backs and wide receivers. These are the ones who handle the ball during the play. The running backs obviously run the ball and the wide receivers are the ones who catch the ball and then run with it.

Then you have the defense. These are the bigger guys on the team. Their job is to stop the ball from moving down field. The defensive players do try to catch the ball from the other quarterback. That is called an interception. If this happens and the defensive player runs it in for a touchdown this is known as a pick six. Then you have players that are trying to tackle the player with the ball. Their goal is to stop the player running down field but also to strip the ball from the player. This is when the defensive player tries to take the ball away from the offensive player.

Special teams are easy. The goal is to kick the ball as far down field as possible. Then to run it back 100 or less yards in order to score. This is very rare. Maybe happens a half dozen times all season among all the games. I guess tough guys don’t like to run that much!

There are things that are called penalties. This happens instead of timeouts. They are punishable several different ways. Some are by loss of down, some are a 5 yard penalty, and it goes up to the point the infraction took place. This could be 75 yards or more. Players, coaches, and fans hate penalties. You will hear your man yell at the TV more for these than anything else. Penalties are the exact same thing as timeouts for your two year old. A minor meltdown and then over it once a few minutes go by.

If you have made it this far bless you. As you can tell football starts out okay and then kinda tapers off, just like this post. HAHA. This is just the very minimum on the sport. There is lots more detail & lots more to learn. But knowing just this little bit will help you bond with your guy during his favorite time of the year. FB1

Mission Organization: Paperwork Edition


Our family command center

It’s back to school time, which means it’s time for the copious amounts of paperwork. Some paperwork needs to be completed and returned to school, some paper needs to be displayed prominently to serve a reminder and some paperwork needs to be organized and filed for future use. How does a busy mom juggle all of this? Well, if you are like me, you have an entire system devoted to paperwork so that every permission slip, every finger painting and every sticky note can easily be found.

With paperwork from school and mail, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of stuff that comes home. Stay on top of the paperwork daily and weekly and it shouldn’t become too overwhelming. I sometimes don’t even open credit card offers I receive and I immediately place them in the shred box. Why waste my time opening mail I know I don’t need?


One of the two drop file boxes.

My system has evolved over the years due to improvements in technology and the addition of a husband, kids and dog. When it was just myself, I had a portable drop file box filled with bills to be paid, paid bills and one for important documents. It was simple and I always managed to stay on top of it. At it’s worst, it was maybe 12-15 pieces that needed to be filed on a monthly basis. I shredded whatever was confidential but didn’t need to be kept and filed the rest.

When my husband and I first got married, I was introduced to his file cabinet system of organization. I wasn’t a fan of this method, but it sort of worked because we lived in a one-floor condo so it was fairly easy to access the file cabinet. Then we moved to a two-story home and the file cabinet went upstairs and wasn’t as easy to access. I implemented my drop file box system to keep track of paperwork on a daily basis. On a yearly basis we would go through the file cabinet and toss whatever paperwork was no longer relevant.


Storage bins for each of my girls’ artwork.

Along came our three daughters and ENDLESS amounts of sometimes useful and sometimes useless paperwork. I remember adding a section to my drop file box for each of our girls and that’s when I realized that I needed to update our system. Medical documents, school documents and more art projects than all of the art museums in the world currently own. This is when I purchased large plastic bins with lids to house the art projects and also downloaded an app on my iPhone called Artkive. If you’ve never heard of Artkive, the concept is pretty cool and it’s easy and free. Simply use your smartphone to take a picture of your little Picasso’s artwork and save it to your child’s file in the Artkive app. There are options to order books and other projects to commemorate the pieces but sadly, I have yet to do this. They also offer a concierge service in which you send them ALL of your child’s artwork and they archive it for you! My drop file box became two drop file boxes and I micro-organized everything. My files included things such as an individual medical file for each family member (dog included) and individual school files for each of our daughters. Other files include things such as homeowner’s insurance, car insurance, HOA documents, coupons and I even file my Bed Bath and Beyond coupons in their own file because I have so many. My husband and I also implemented a “screen shot” system of important documents, just in case we can’t locate a document. Taking a screen shot eliminates the need to hold onto items that may be useful, but probably aren’t.

When we moved in 2017, I set up a family command center in our kitchen. The placement was perfect because it was in the hallway of the kitchen, which everyone passes to get to the garage to exit. You can’t miss it, so it’s easy to double-check the wall calendar and the wall folders. On a weekly basis, I check the wall folders and either complete and return the paperwork to school or file it in its appropriate file folder. I update the calendar for the next month at the end of the prior month. I keep dry erase markers close by so that I can add events and I even color coordinate for each family member because I feel like that helps everyone see what they have on the calendar. For myself, I keep an agenda planner. I carry it with me in the car so that I’m able to write down items as I receive them. I transfer items from my agenda to the family calendar. My husband and I go over our schedule monthly and then weekly. We have a lot going on and we don’t want to forget anything. We even remind the girls in the morning of what is on the schedule for the day, so they’re not surprised when I tell them we have back to school night or a dentist appointment.


My agenda from The Happy Planner.


A glance at a typical week.

As for the paperwork that doesn’t need to be saved, we shred it. Sometimes paperwork contains confidential information that you don’t want to compromise, so it’s always best to properly destroy it. I also purchased a stamper to block out information, but we usually end up shredding that document anyway.

Here are my top tips for keeping all of your paperwork organized:

  1. When you receive something, read it and decide if you want to keep it. If you need to keep it, file it immediately and if you don’t need to keep it, place it in the shred box.
  2. Do a little each day and stay on top of it, otherwise you may end up with a mountain of paperwork.
  3. Find a system that works best for you! Our system works for us, but it may not work for you.
  4. Share your system with your family so they can participate, too!
  5. If you implement a new system and it doesn’t work, quickly change it so you don’t fall behind. Your system can and should evolve.
  6. Find an app to help archive your children’s artwork.

Happy organizing ladies!   

  • Kimberly Lasher – SAHM to three beautiful girls, reality TV junkie & ISR advocate. 

Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, and Fall Festivals 2018


Here are your local and worth the drive listings of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and fall festivals in and around the Tampa Bay Area.

Enjoy and Happy Fall Y’all!

**Event Guide is updated weekly, so check back often for new events added**

Please Note: Time and price may change, please verify all information with event before attending!

Corn Mazes


Fox Squirrel Corn Maze

  • When: WEEKENDS ONLY Oct. 6 – Oct 28
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm
  • Location: 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd, Plant City, FL 33565
  • Cost: Adults: $11 + tax (18 & older) Youth: $10 + tax (3 – 17) 2 & Under: FREE (cash only, there is no ATM on site)
  • Website:

Scott’s Maze Adventures

  • When: Oct. 6 – Dec. 9, Sat and Sun ONLY
  • Hours: Saturdays, 10 am – 5pm, Sundays 12pm – 5 pm
  • Location: 26216 CR 448A, Mount Dora, Florida, 32757
  • Cost: $12.00 Admission, Kids 3 and under – free
  • Website:

Harvest Holler Corn Maze

  • When: Sept. 21 – Nov. 11
  • Hours: Friday: 4pm – 8pm Saturday: Noon – 8 pm and Sunday Noon – 5 pm
    Monday to Thursday: by reservation only
  • Location: 950 Tavares Rd. Polk City, FL 33686
  • Cost: 2 and under is free, Kids 3-12yrs old $8.50, Adults 13 yrs and up $10.50, Sr Adults (65) and military $8.50, Field Trip rate $8.00
  • Website:

Timberline Farm’s Annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival

  • When: Oct. 5 – Nov. 4, Weekends ONLY
  • Hours: Friday 4 pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am –9pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 9pm
  • Location: 3200 Southeast 115th Street, Belleview, Florida, 34420
  • Cost: Admission is $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Children, Children 3 and under get in FREE. Active military, firefighters, & law enforcement always FREE!
  • Website:

Harvest Moon Farm

  • When: Sept, 29 – Nov. 5, SAT and SUN ONLY
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm
  • Location: 15990 Stur St, Masaryktown, FL, 34604
  • Cost: Adults & Children (ages 3+) $11.95+tax, Miltary Discount –

    $2.00 off general admission For military personnel only & must have ID present

  • Website: .harvestmoonfl

Sweetfields Farm

  • When: Weekends ONLY Sept. 29 – November 4
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm, last admission sold at 4pm
  • Location: 17250 Benes Roush Rd. Masaryktown, Fl 34604
  • Cost: 12 and older $9.50 each + tax, 3-11 $5.00 each + tax , 2 and under are Free
  • Website:

Hunsander Farms

  • When: Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
  • Hours: 9am – 5pm
  • Location: 5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL, 34211
  • Cost: Admission $10, Parking $5, Children 12 and under free
  • Website:


Pumpkin Patches

HorsePower for Kids Farm Fall Festival

  • When: Every Sat & Sunday in October 6 – 28
  • Hours: 11am – 5pm
  • Location: 8005 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL, 33635
  • Cost: $12 admission and $1 Parking
  • Website:

Timberline Farm’s Annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival

  • When: Oct. 5 – Nov. 4, Weekends ONLY
  • Hours: Friday 4 pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am –9pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 9pm
  • Location: 3200 Southeast 115th Street, Belleview, Florida, 34420
  • Cost: Admission is $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Children, Children 3 and under get in FREE. Active military, firefighters, & law enforcement always FREE!
  • Website:

Florida Railroad Museum Pumpkin Patch Express

  • When: Oct 20, 21, 27, and 28
  • Hours: Trains run at 10am, 1pm and 4pm
  • Location: 12210 83rd St East, Parrish, FL, 34219
  • Cost: see website
  • Website: pumpkinexpress

Harvest Holler Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

  • When: Sept. 21 – Nov. 11
  • Hours: Friday: 4pm – 8pm Saturday: Noon – 8 pm and Sunday Noon – 5 pm
    Monday to Thursday: by reservation only
  • Location: 950 Tavares Rd. Polk City, FL 33686
  • Cost: 2 and under is free, Kids 3-12yrs old $8.50, Adults 13 yrs and up $10.50, Sr Adults (65) and military $8.50, Field Trip rate $8.00
  • Website:

Hunsander Farms

  • When: Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
  • Hours: 9am – 5pm
  • Location: 5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL, 34211
  • Cost: Admission $10, Parking $5, Children 12 and under free
  • Website:

Picking Patch U-Pick pumpkin Patch

  • When: Sept. 29 – Oct. 28
  • Hours: Fridays 3pm -7pm, Saturdays 10am – 7pm, and Sundays 12pm- 7pm
  • Location: 11000 Rolling Hills Road, Dunnellon, Florida, 34432
  • Cost: $5pp and 3 and under FREE
  • Website:

Sweetfields Farm

  • When: Weekends ONLY Sept. 29 – November 4
  • Hours: 10am – 5pm, last admission sold at 4pm
  • Location: 17250 Benes Roush Rd. Masaryktown, Fl 34604
  • Cost: 12 and older $9.50 each + tax, 3-11 $5.00 each + tax , 2 and under are Free
  • Website:


Fall Festivals

Timberline Farm’s Annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival

  • When: Oct. 5 – Nov. 4, Weekends ONLY
  • Hours: Friday 4 pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am –9pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 9pm
  • Location: 3200 Southeast 115th Street, Belleview, Florida, 34420
  • Cost: Admission is $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Children, Children 3 and under get in FREE. Active military, firefighters, & law enforcement always FREE!
  • Website:

Oct. 20: Fall Festival at Fellowship Baptist of Valrico

  • When: Oct. 20
  • Hours: 10 am – 1 pm
  • Location: 106 Rolling Hills Blvd, Valrico
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website: facebookevent

Oct. 27 – 28: Fall Festival at the Grove Wesley Chapel

  • When: Oct. 27 – 28
  • Hours: 4 pm
  • Location: Grove At Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL, 33544
  • Cost: FREE
  • Website:

Please always verify all information on each event through their website. Hours may change due to weather.

  • Written By: Shineta A