3.29.2014

A Little happiness to Brighten Your Day...

Later this week, I'll be doing update posts on the kiddos. Until then, here is a video of Little Man at 8 weeks. He finds it hysterical when we stick our tongues out at him and is already starting to copy us. I'm hoping he won't remember the whole sticking his tongue out thing later on but it is what it is already, I guess. And he's copying everything he is able to at the moment. If we put our arms up, he puts his arms up. Pretty good for 8 weeks, I'd say...but I'm glad I already had the talk with Punkin about modeling good behavior! :)

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And since we're on the whole video thing, here is an older one of him around 6 weeks old...

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Too bad my Instagram app doesn't let me upload videos, or I'd just direct you over there. Well, I hope these little smiles bring a smile to your face!

~xoxo~


Blessed


So, things have been really crazy over here at our house with a lot of changes going on. But I need to take a time out to share just how grateful I am. We are only at the end of March, and so far this year has been so good to us. We have a beautiful new baby boy, new truck, are about to move into our new home in a beautiful city (and one that has been ranked as the safest city in the country for 9 years in a row with one of the best school districts - just in time for Punkin to start Kindergarten) and Hubby just got a promotion. I am so proud of my husband for his hard work and doing whatever he has to do to take care of our family. We have gone through a lot of hardships but we are proof that with hard work, positive thinking, lots of love and the power of prayer, you can overcome any hard hit life throws at you. Feeling incredibly blessed right now and just needed to share. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

~xoxo~

3.24.2014

Leftover Idea #2: Pot Roast Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette


Pot roast is always something that I have leftovers of when I make it for dinner. When made properly, pot roast is one of those meats that is so tender and full of flavor. Something you definitely don't want to let go to waste if you have extra.

Pot roast salad may sound like an odd combination, but it really isn't. After all, we eat steak salads, don't we? And how many of us have made salad as a side dish to go with our pot roast? This way, you are just combining all of the ingredients. I recommend using tomatoes and shredded carrot. After that, you can add pretty much any other topping you want. Paired with the honey mustard vinaigrette, it is something you can serve for dinner as a main entree.I have included a recipe for the honey mustard vinaigrette.


Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Makes: About 1 cup

1 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp crushed, minced garlic
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp honey
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Whisk together vinegar, garlic, mustard and honey. While whisking, slowly add olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

~xoxo~


3.13.2014

St. Patrick's Day Desserts Vol. 1

St. Patrick's Day Desserts Treats Food 

I love St. Patrick's Day! Even though it is not a "major" holiday, it's still fun to get into the spirit of the day. One of my favorite ways to do that is by making lots of yummy food... particularly, lots of yummy St. Patrick's Day desserts!

If you remember this post from a couple of years ago, I did all of these treats along with a big dinner for St. Patrick's Day. Along with all of the desserts that Punkin and I made, I made corned beef and cabbage and we had green beer...along with other "green" accompaniments. This post is just for the sweet stuff...and if you have food coloring on hand, all of these will be super easy.


Rainbow Pudding


All this is, is vanilla pudding with assorted food coloring. I divided the pudding between bowls, added a few drops of food coloring to each bowl and used a piping bag to layer the different colors. Then had this super cute and easy dessert.

Green Cupcakes


Another idea that is really easy. Vanilla flavor cupcake mix with green food coloring added during mixing. I used cream cheese frosting and assorted sprinkles. I added some of the food coloring to a small portion of the frosting so Punkin and I could attempt to make green four-leaf clovers on top.

Shamrock Martinis & Layered Mint & Cookie Dessert


The "Shamrock Martinis" were the easiest to make because I didn't have to do anything! Serve some lime-flavored ice cream in a sugar-rimmed martini glass, garnish with a couple of lime wedges and you're done! Easy and festive!

The layered dessert was just something I experimented with, with whatever ingredients I had on hand (as were most of these desserts, lol). I added a bit of green food coloring to some homemade whipped cream. Add just a drop of mint extract and layer with crushed Oreo cookies. I garnished it with fresh chopped kiwi.

Green, Green, Green!


As you can see, I kept my theme surrounding the color green. I served celery sticks with ranch, put out green table grapes, had mint, cucumber and kiwi-flavored waters...and the green beer was definitely a neat one! It was a lot of fun and after a long day of helping in the kitchen, Punkin was very excited to dig into all of the desserts!

This year, we're getting back into the kitchen so we'll have more desserts to share for next time!

~xoxo~


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