Monday Menus: Week of Spetember 26, 2016

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     It might be Autumn in the rest of the country but here in Central Florida, it still feels like summer. I’m trying to make it seem a little more fall like by baking Apple Sauce Muffins, which are totally amazing by the way.

Here’s this week’s menus:

Ashley’s Menu

Monday:  Today is leftover day since we ended up at my Mom’s house yesterday
Tuesday: Baked Tilapia and Rice with Broccoli
Wednesday: Veggie Lasagna
Thursday: Chicken Cobb salads
Friday: Out
Saturday: Veggie Chow Mein and Teriyaki Chicken
Sunday: Pizza

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Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Greek burgers with Sweet potato fries
Tuesday: Pulled pork sandwiches with a side of corn
Wednesday: White Chili Chicken with corn chips
Thursday: Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken and salad
Friday: Pizza and Paleo Friendly Cabbage
Saturday: Goat cheese pasta and garlic bread
Sunday: Roasted Chicken with bacon green beans

 

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Monday Menus: Week of September 19, 2016

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 We have taken a break from all things blog the last couple of weeks to take care of personal life and get a fresh start on things. However we are back and here with our Monday Menus.

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Grilled Chicken Salads
Tuesday: Chicken Fajita Nachos
Wednesday: Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
Thursday: Pork Chops, Steamed Broccoli, and Macaroni and Cheese
Friday: Out
Saturday: Orange Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice
Sunday: Leftovers

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Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday: Chicken tacos and quinoa
Wednesday: Healthy Chicken Soup and crackers
Thursday: Spaghetti and cabbage steaks
Friday: Pizza and salad
Saturday: Potatoes and eggs
Sunday: Roasted chicken and asparagus

 

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Monday Menus: Week of August 29, 2016

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 Here are our menus for this week:

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Orange Chicken, Broccoli, and Jasmine Rice
Tuesday: Sausage and sweet potatoes
Wednesday: Baked lemon chicken and pasta
Thursday: Pork chop sandwiches and sweet potato fries
Friday: Pizza!
Saturday: Out
Sunday: Cesar salads, grilled steak and baked potatoes

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Jenny’s Menu

Monday: In-laws
Tuesday: Spaghetti with a side of salad
Wednesday: Potato soup and crackers
Thursday: Chicken tacos with quinoa
Friday: Pizza and salad
Saturday: Date night out
Sunday: Fend for your self night

 

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What I Love About the Olympics

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I have ALWAYS been a big fan of the Olympics since I was a kid. I might have been one of the only little girls who collected the Basketball Player card for all the members of the original “Dream Team” in the summer of 1992. My love is is not limited to just the Summer Games. I was totally team Tanya Harding because she was my favorite ice skater and didn’t think she’s actually do that to Nancy Kerrigan. And I’ll admit I rarely pay attention to these sports outside the games, but the Olympics it was so many of these athletes work so hard for. From the spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies and all the events, you know that these athletes are there to compete on another level It’s for all the marbles. It’s in front of the whole world. For many of the participants it might be the only shot they get to win a gold medal and bring pride to their countries. And for that reason the Olympics have always been so captivating for me.

Women’s sports get the attention and respect it deserves.

There has been a lot of attention to the women at the Olympics this year for lots of reasons. This year, there are more women on the U.S. Olympic team than there are men. And some of our countries most winning Olympians have been women this year, like Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky. During this Olympics, the media has made a couple hiccups in how they report women’s victory in comparison to their male counterparts.I hope that it’s brought more attention to the fact that these women are capable of as much, if not greater achievement in the realm of sports.

I find new appreciation for sports I didn’t think were interesting before.

This year’s new favorite sport is Men’s Water Polo. Woo wee, those are some hunky dudes! Water Polo also the kind of sport that I think I could actually do in theory, it’s mostly just water soccer, right? (I know it’s way harder than that…). I feel the same way about Curling in the Winter Olympics. Being from Florida, I had no idea what Curling was until a few years ago when they introduced it to the games. Now, it’s one of my most favorite Winter Olympic sports and I think I could definitely kick butt at it.

*Full disclosure…. The Olympics also may give me delusion of grandeur about my athletic ability which is pretty much none lol…

Stepping up my “arm chair referee” game.

I am as guilty as the next person of this and honestly I enjoy it. Maybe it just the know-it-all in me, but after about 1 hour of the gymnastics qualifying rounds, I’ll start saying things like “That landing only deserved a 10th of point deduction” or “that release on the uneven bars was terrible!” Am I right about what I’m saying? Probably not. Will I continue to pretend to know like I understand how the scoring systems work on most of the sports? Absolutely.

TEAM USA!

We rock. I feel like that goes without saying. Our athletes dominate the games and there is a lot of patriotic pride you get from that.

You start believing maybe World Peace could be real.

After the way this world has been this year in particular, I can say I was worried about all these people from all these different countries coming together in one place. But, after I watched the Opening Ceremony and saw all the athletes there together, meeting new people from other countries. I felt a lot more hopeful. During these games, I’ve seen gymnasts from North Korea and South Korea hugging and taking selfies. Routinely after most of the track races, all the opponents shake hands and hug each other. One of my favorite photos was the Egyptian woman’s beach volleyball team who wore long sleeves shirts, pants, and head coverings playing against another team in bikinis. It’s a great thing to see that we can all still be different, but get along. Even if it is just for the Olympics.

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An Interview with a Magician: Magical Mr. Tim

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I remember when I was little my uncle, who was a magician, performed at my cousins’ birthday parties and mine once. I was mesmerized by the all the tricks and illusions and so were all my guests.

We love working with local businesses and are proud to introduce you to our sponsor Tim Howard from Magical Mr. Tim (www.magicalmrtim.com).He has been a professional magician for 26 years and performs magical entertainment from birthday parties, corporate events, to school fundraisers and more.

As an adult I had the privilege to meet Tim at our church. Even when he was doing non-magic shows he always seemed to capture the kids’ attention and make everyone laugh. Over the years I have seen him perform at libraries and other shows and he some how takes a bunch rowdy kids and gets them to sit down and watch. I personally think that’s a magic trick in itself!

I had the pleasure of asking Tim a few questions on living the magician life:

Q: When did you become interested in magic?

A. From a very early age I always enjoyed watching magicians perform.  At the age of six I had acquired my first magic  book from the library called the puffin book of magic. By the time I was seven, although I really don’t remember much about this, but my Mum is always telling this story.  I used to walk around and entertain the kids on the street in the area we lived in England and show them a magic trick or two while earning candy in the process. I guess I could blame my magic for my sweet tooth, but who doesn’t love chocolate?

 

Q. Do different groups of people (children, adults, teens, seniors) respond differently to your magic?  

A. I’m all about the comedy magic with children 12 and under,  although it applies somewhat to all age groups. With kids I often hear “Mr.Tim, you’re so funny” or “loved your show”.  Seniors are like that too, they always have a good time.  Adults often ask “how do you do that?”

 

Q. I’m sure you practice a lot. How long does it take to get a trick down, and who is the test audience for your new routines?  

A. That really does depend on the type of magic, I personally like to keep things simple. Sometimes it’s the  storyline that takes longer than the technical side of it. My wife Carmen and daughter Elizabeth are always the first to see a new routine. I always like their feedback and suggestions.  Love that my wife always asks that question though “How did you do that” have to say it drives her crazy that I never tell her…

 

Q. Can you tell us the most rewarding aspect of performing magic in front of an audience?

A. I like to see people have a good time, and that’s especially true with kids.  My favorite age group to perform are 12 and under, to hear all the laughter, screams of delight, and see all those smiles.  That makes my day to know I’m the reason behind all that. Priceless!!

 

Q. Have you ever had a trick go wrong in front of an audience? How did you handle it?

A. It has been known to happen yes, in my kids show. The premise is the magic goes wrong for me and the kids get it right.  They seem to enjoy that aspect.  I tried sawing my assistant in half once, that was messy.  How did I handle it? I shut off the jigsaw and grabbed a mop and bucket. (just kidding)

 

Q. How do you differ from other magicians?   

A. Wow, that’s a difficult question to answer, there are so many different styles and talented magicians that are amazing performers.  If I were to describe myself it’s probably zany, high energy crazy, comedy magic for kids and kids at heart.

 

Q. How do your friends and family who have been exposed to your magic for years, react? How often do they ask you to perform?    

A.  I’m sure I drive them crazy sometimes, but they enjoy it.  It’s usually at a gathering of sorts, someone will bring it up and I’ll go ahead and do something.  I rarely ever carry a particular trick with me so I’ll grab some household objects or if someone has a deck of playing cards.

 

Q.What goes through your mind when you are watching another magician perform and who do you admire the most?   

A. I love watching other magicians, it’s great entertainment, and I rarely ever try to think how something is done.  I enjoy the art and entertainment value, and magicians do baffle other magicians, I know they do me.   Who do I admire the most?  That’s not easy to answer, the magicians that really sparked my interest in magic as a boy was David Copperfield. His magic to me was always big and exciting.  Paul Daniels, a British magician who I would watch on from the age of nine old until into my early twenties, and Ian Adair, who like me specialized in children’s magic. We also have a good friend in common, “Gus Honeybun,” but that’s a different story.

 

Q. Have your skills ever proven useful in the real world?

A. A couple of times while working in the Theme Parks I have entertained children who had been separated from their parents. It would calm them down and bring a smile to their face during a what could be a stressful situation.  Does that count?

 

Q. I’m sure you have other magician friends, what happens when  magicians get together?

A. I do have a couple of close friends who are magical performers.  We don’t get together that often because of our schedules and family commitments, but when we do we may or may not perform a new routine. We sometimes share stories but mostly talk about everyday things.

 

From a reader:

Q. Being a magician, do you still enjoy magic shows….or is the magic of it gone for you?

A. I think I answered that above, but yes I do enjoy watching other magicians perform.  Even when you know how a particular trick is done, it can still be entertaining for me and I enjoy seeing how an audience reacts.

If you would like more information about the services Tim provides or to book a party checkout his website at magicalmrtim.com.

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Monday Menus: Week of August 1, 2016

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 I know it’s not exactly Monday however, we had a few technical difficulties yesterday so Monday Menus is on a Tuesday this week. We totally had a case of the Mondays yesterday.

Here’s this week’s menus:

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Corn dogs and Macaroni and Cheese
Tuesday: Taco salads with ground beef and black beans
Wednesday: Shrimp and veggie lo mein
Thursday: Grilled pork chops and sweet potatoes
Friday: Out
Saturday: Steak and Veggie Kabobs
Sunday: Crockpot Beef and Noodles

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Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Dinner with friends
Tuesday: Meatballs with a side of Paleo Friendly Cabbage “Steaks”
Wednesday: Dinner with in-laws
Thursday: Potatoes and eggs
Friday: Pizza and spinach salad
Saturday: Spaghetti and salad
Sunday: Roasted chicken and veggies

 

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Monday Menus: Week of August 8, 2016

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As we throw together our menus, it’s very drizzly outside. (Is that even a word? Not sure but I’m using it.) Perfect day for curling up with a book and cup of tea and just enjoying a day inside relaxing. Too bad it’s a Monday so not much of that going on! Oh well at least we have some yummy food going on.

Here are our menus for this week:

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Husband surprise! He had me describe what I wanted for dinner in 4 adjectives, I told him Creamy, Cheesy, Savory, and Meaty… So we’ll see what I get tonight!
Tuesday: Cobb Salads
Wednesday: Chicken Burger and Sweet Potato Fries
Thursday: Beef and Broccoli and potstickers 
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Out
Sunday: Sausage, Veggies, and Potato Hash

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Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Chicken tacos with Spanish quinoa
Tuesday: Goat cheese and basil pasta with a summer salad
Wednesday: Ginger Peach Chicken on a bed of rice and side of green beans
Thursday: Cheese pizza and spinach salad
Friday: Lentil-Butternut Squash Curry with crackers
Saturday: Hubby’s birthday party! Sliders, chips, beer, cake, and smores
Sunday: Roasted pork with veggies


 

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The Ultimate Low Country Boil

The Ultimate Low Country Boil Recipe

It’s been about a year since I had my first official low country boil on Tybee Island during my visit to Savannah, if y’all remember from the post about my trip there. Since then, the hubby and I have done a little research and testing to perfect our own. We think that this is the ULTIMATE low country boil recipe! A few weeks ago we did a few live videos on Facebook of our cooking our low country boil. We had a wonderful response from everyone! Now we’re here with the official recipe-

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Cat & Jack- Kids’ Clothing with a Guarantee?

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Target already has adorable kid clothing however they just came out with a new line of children’s clothing called Cat & Jack. The best part, it comes with a 1 year guarantee! Smart move Target, smart move. Right now they have all children’s clothing but will be coming out with toddler sizes August 7. They are super affordable, adorable, and even have school uniforms. I love the message on their t-shirts too. Things like Kindness matters, cool science facts, and Lead from the heart instead of messages like “brat” and other statements with attitude. Plus they worked with kids when designing these so kids will like the design and comfort. Also if you buy online and use the promo code KIDS, you get $5 off when you spend $25. Pretty cool huh? Hurry though, it only lasts until 7/31.

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Monday Menus: Week of July 25, 2016

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 I can’t believe it’s the last week of July! School will be starting soon and it just felt like summer started. As much as I like the afternoon thunderstorms, I’m done with the heat. That’s why we’re not spending much more time over a hot stove than we have to. You’ll notice the menus I’m using my crockpot again this week because I’m not into sweating more than I need to.

Here are our menus for this week

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Baked chicken and broccoli
Tuesday: Taco Salads
Wednesday: Potstickers and Chicken Stirfry
Thursday: Publix subs
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Fish Sandwiches and Sweet Potato fries
Sunday: Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Dinner with friends
Tuesday: Lentil-Butternut Squash Curry with crusty bread
Wednesday: Tacos and quinoa
Thursday: Ginger Peach Chicken and rice
Friday: Pizza and salad
Saturday: Dinner with family
Sunday: Birthday Party

 

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Top 5 Favorite Chicken Recipes

Top 5 Favorite Chicken Recipes

I love Chicken. It’s pretty inexpensive, healthy, and versatile. There are so many different ways you can dress it up in many different dishes. It’s kind of like the little black dress in food.

After awhile of having the same old chicken it’s good to find new ways to make it. We decided to share with you a few of our favorites, some our own recipes and some other’s. Which reminds me, I need to put my chicken in the crockpot…

Cajun Slow Roasted Chicken

Cajun Slow Roasted Chicken

Our friend Nancy shared with us from Louisiana this Cajun chicken recipe. There is so much delicious flavor it especially with the sausage stuffing. Perfect for Mardi Gras or anytime. Nancy has also finally created her own blog, Nancy vs The World. You should go check out what shenanigans she up to.

Corona Lime Chicken Marinade

Corona Lime Chicken Marinade // Orange Blossoms and Sunshine

This is one of our highest viewed and pinned recipe! This is a perfect summer grilling recipe that is so easy to make from Ashley. Plus, we always love Cookin’ with Booze here.

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

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Annalise at Sweet Annas created this hearty chili. If you check out our Monday Menus or Freezer Meals then you’ve seen that I share this recipe a lot. My whole family loves it and it’s pretty inexpensive to make.

Weeknight Chicken Ramen Soup

Weeknight Chicken Ramen Soup

With Ramen being a very popular dish in the past year, we took a crack at our own recipe. It’s a great way to use up any leftover meat and veggies you have in the house, but making something new and fast, which is perfect for a weeknight dish.

Chicken Pot Pie

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Annemarie from Real Foods Real Deals shared this pot pie recipe. It might be last on this list but this is probably my family’s favorite meal. I love the biscuits on top and how quickly this fills us up for very little money. It also makes a lot so it’s one of my go-to meals for when company comes over.

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Monday Menus: Week of July 18, 2016

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 It feels like a million degrees out there right now. I am trying to not have to turn on my oven as much as possible so most of my menu meals are made in my crockpot. I’m also working on filling my freezer up with a few more freezer meals. Those are so nice to just dump and cook! Stay cool out there!

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Chicken Teriyaki Stirfry and Soba noodles
Wednesday: Pulled Pork Nachos and Black beans
Thursday: Stuffed Chicken Breasts and Broccoli
Friday: Burgers and Sweet Potato fries
Saturday: Pizza
Sunday: Coconut curry with rice and naan

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Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Meatballs and cabbage steaks
Tuesday: Spaghetti and salad
Wednesday: White Chicken Chili and tortilla chips
Thursday: Make your own tacos and quinoa
Friday: Pizza and salad
Saturday: Baked potato bar with broccoli muffins
Sunday: Apple pork with roasted veggies

 

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Monday Menus: Week of July 11, 2016

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We have a few tasty meals on our menus this week! Let us know what your having for dinner too.

 Here’s this week’s menus:

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Adobo Chicken and Black beans
Wednesday: Mandarin Chicken, Stirfry Broccoli
Thursday: Eggs, Bacon, and Grits
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs
Sunday: Cobb Salads

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Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Spaghetti and Cabbage Steaks
Tuesday: Baked potato bar and spring salad
Wednesday: Veggie and chicken salad
Thursday: Make your own burritos with quinoa
Friday: Dinner with friends
Saturday: Goat cheese pasta and green beans
Sunday: Roasted Chicken and veggies

 

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The Sunday Share: Favorite Finds of the Week 07/03/2016

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Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend -I know I am. Today’s Sunday Share will be a little short and sweet. Being that tomorrow is Independence Day, I thought I’d share a few of our 4th of July “traditions”.

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Favorite Movie: The Patriot

It is a tradition in Jenny’s house every 4th of July to watch The Patriot. If you haven’t seen it, you really should. It’s a classic!

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Favorite Snack: Spinach Dip with Knorrs Vegetable Mix

This is my husband’s favorite dip and I have to make it every year, especially on the 4th of July. It’s so simple and easy to make. I just follow the recipe on the back of the package, including the all the optional items. I usually stock up on the mix because it can be hard to find. I love that Amazon offers multi-packs of them too.

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Favorite Photograph: Fireworks

My in-laws always have the best fireworks at their house and we love getting together for them. I took this picture last year it is one of my all time favorites!

More fireworks! #whpnightlights #happy4thofjuly

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Favorite Quote: Alexander Hamilton

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” – Alexander Hamilton

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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The Sunday Share: Favorite Finds of the Week – 6/26/2016

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This is a new series we are starting this week, The Sunday Share, where we share our new favorite finds! It may be anything we’ve bought, a recipe we’ve tried, a movie we’ve seen, or a quote we love, etc. We hope you’ll follow along with us and share anything in the comments that you think we should check out too!

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Favorite Craft: DIY Handprint American Flag T-Shirt

With the 4th of July coming up next week, we are starting to look for ideas of crafts and recipes we might like to try out. We found this DIY T-Shirt on one of our favorite blogs, Crafty Morning. It’s simple and kid-friendly craft that is a great make ahead project to get everyone in the patriotic spirit.

 

Favorite Food: Boom Chicka Pop

I am full out addicted to this popcorn. Especially the Sea Salt Popcorn in the yellow bag! Most of the time when I want a snack, I crave something crunchy and salty and this is both. If you like sweet and salty, the Lightly Sweet Kettle Corn in the light green bag is also amazing. I’ve even ate it for breakfast when I was in a hurry! Both are under 40 calories per serving, so they make awesome guilt-free snacks.

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Favorite Pet Treat: Three Dog Bakery Classic Creme Dog Treats

My husband is an Oreo-aholic. So, when we found these treats we, of course, had to get them for our two puppies. They LOVED them. And they even smelled good to us when we open them! There are a couple different kinds, but we bought the Carob with Peanut Butter centers. We may try some other varieties in the future too. I also have a big fan of Three Dog Bakery treats in general because they use good quality ingredients. I think that our dogs have somewhat sensitive stomachs, so not only do they like the treats, but they’re easy on their tummies. 

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Favorite Bargin: Pyrex Vintage Charm Rise n’ Shine Bowls

I was given an older Pyrex cooking dish from my stepmom Karen about a year ago. It had a pattern with farmers and chickens in a turquoise color on a white background. I loved it and was so happy when she passed it on to me. Then, I’m in Target going through the kitchen section when I see this bowls with same pattern, that I came to find out was called Rise ‘n Shine! There is a 10 cup bowl and a 6 cup bowl. PLUS, they were on sale! I’m a big fan of Pyrex and if you’re a lover of vintage things, you’ll probably love these. I bought both bowls and am so happy with my find and to be able to add to my collection of this adorable pattern. 

Favorite Quote:

With this being the first week of Summer and it’s just the beginning of the heat here in Florida, this quote struck particularly true for me. 

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” -Russell Baker


 

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Monday Menus: Week of June 20, 2016

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 Today is the longest day of the year and we’re celebrating by watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Plus Bonus Features) and eating meatballs. okay it has nothing to do with the summer solstice but do you really need a reason to watch Star Wars?

Here are this weeks menus:

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Leftovers and Salad
Tuesday: Adobo Chicken and Black Beans
Wednesday: Terikayi Chicken Stirfry
Thursday: Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Grilled Hamburgers and Sweet Potato Fries
Sunday: Chicken Cobb Salads

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Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Meatballs & Cabbage steaks
Tuesday: Chicken tacos and Spanish quinoa
Wednesday: Roasted chicken and asparagus
Thursday: French Toast and bacon
Friday: Pizza and salad
Saturday: Eating out
Sunday: Goat cheese pasta with salad

 

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Orlando: The People and the City Beautiful

Orlando: The People and The City Beautiful

I’m writing this today for many different reasons. One, because even though I technically grew up in Kissimmee, which is a few miles to the south of Orlando, I have always felt that Orlando is equally my home. It’s the city I lived in once. It’s the city I went to celebrate and have fun. It’s the city I fell in love in.  Another because I’ve been to Pulse before, granted it was once and quite a few years ago, back in my wilder days. Also, because ever since I woke up on Sunday morning to hear about the shooting at Pulse in downtown Orlando, I have had this terrible feeling deep in the pit of my stomach that is so hard to explain and haven’t felt quite in the same way since September 11, 2001 and maybe if I can write about this, it’ll help.

The past two days I’ve found myself in tears several times. Mostly when I’ve been alone listening or watching to the news. On my way home today from work the radio played “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who I saw downtown a couple month ago in Orlando. I just remember how proud I was to be standing in a crowd of people singing the song with him and cheering for those who felt the same love and support for our gay and lesbian friends and neighbors that I did. And then I started to wonder if one of those people standing with me at the concert were also in that club and just started crying right there in the car. Granted, I’m almost as far removed from the shooting as you can get, except for geography. I don’t know anyone who was there at all that night. I’ve not been to Pulse myself in years. Without a doubt, there are people in this town who are hurting in ways I can even begin to grasp. But, the knowledge that this happened somewhere I’d been in MY town- it just absolutely guts me.

It feels so personal to me this time. This time. Maybe it is because mass killings have become something that just happens in our country. I expected to be as numb as I have been to them in the past. The feeling of accepting that it happened and moving on about my life. Not this time.

This time, I’m pissed. I’m so pissed that this happened to the people of Orlando. I’m pissed that this guy chose us. That he chose our amazing, loving, beautiful LGBT community. That he chose Pulse, one of the most fun, liveliest, joyful places I’ve ever been to. And I’m pissed that he chose to let his heart be filled with hate and fear and then take it out on the people of Orlando.

This time, I’m heartbroken. I’m heartbroken that there is no way we can change what has happened. I’m heartbroken for the mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and friends that even for one second had to be afraid for those they love. And I’m heartbroken most for all those that have had to wait to hear if one of the people they loved was among the injured or dead.

This time, I’m unsure. I’m unsure of how to fix this. I’m unsure of what to do to so that this won’t happen again. I’m unsure what will even help those who have lost someone because if it were me, the answer would be nothing. I’m unsure that the people who run this country will be able to do more than just talk about it, because we all have a different opinion of what needs to be done.

But this time, I’m so proud. I’m so proud of the Orlando Police and Fire Department, and all other law enforcement and first responders who were there to help the people inside the club to get out as safely and quickly as possible. I’m so proud of our neighboring counties who have offered assistance. I’m so proud of the men and women who lined up around the city to give blood when it was called for and who have made their own donations to who and where it was needed. I’m proud of the restaurants and stores who have offered their premises, food, services, and other goods to law enforcement, victims and their families, and the blood donors. I’m proud to call these people my neighbors and fellow citizens of Orlando.

We will not let this be how Orlando is known. Even more so, beyond just our theme parks now- Orlando is more than just a vacation spot. It’s more than just another town where people live. All my life, Orlando has always been a wonderful place, filled with love and happiness and the most amazing, diverse, caring, and compassionate people in our nation. Those of us who live here have always known that, but now that the nation is watching us, let them know that is who we are, who we have always have been, and continue to be regardless of anyone who tries to bring terror to our doorstep.

We will not stand for this. We will not let this stop us from living our lives and loving one another. We will not let this change who we are for the worst. Do not remember this one man who committed this cowardly, bigoted, misguided, disgusting act of terror and violence. Let us remember those who were at Pulse that night, living their lives and loving those they loved. Let us remember the actions others took to save all the lives they could. Let us remember the community that came to support those that needed help. Let us remember the ones that were lost with love and the amazing actions of the people in Orlando that speaks to the love we all have for each other in the City Beautiful. 

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Monday Menus: Week of June 6, 2016

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Well it’s hurricane season here and we are already on our 3rd named storm. As we plan our menus, we have already gotten heavy storms and are under a flood watch. Hopefully it will just be enough ran to make the grass green again and fizzle out. If not, we are fully stocked up on alcohol, milk, and bread. All the essentials in that order 😉

Here are our menus for this week:

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Sausage and Potatoes

Tuesday: Chicken and Yellow Rice with Black Beans

Wednesday: Beef and Broccoli

Thursday: Burgers and Sweet Potato fries

Friday: Pizza and antipasta salad

Saturday: Out

Sunday: Cobb Salads

Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Sausage, potatoes, and peppers

Tuesday: Pork tacos and Spanish quinoa

Wednesday: Hot dogs and sweet potato fries

Thursday: Spaghetti and spinach salad

Friday: French toast on sprouted bread with rosemary turkey sausage

Saturday: Almond crusted tilapia on a bed of lemon zucchini noodles

Sunday: Roasted chicken and veggies
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What We Read This May

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This is a new series we’re starting to share simply what we’ve read during this past month. Some months may have more books than others, but we are nothing if not ambitious readers. Ashley tends to read mostly fiction, especially of the chick-lit persuasion, with a few thrillers, YA, and Sci-Fi or Fantasy thrown in for good measure. Jenny tends to read more non-fiction usually, but still reads fiction fairly often and loves historical fiction. Some of these books we actually “read”, but we both also listen to quite a few audiobooks from Audible.

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Organizing Electronics: Tablet Charging Station

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If you follow us you might remember around Christmas time I shared why I love our Kindle Tablet Kids edition. Well for Christmas Santa brought 3 more so now all the kids have their own. There are no more fights over who gets it and a younger sibling playing under the wrong profile. There is actually quiet here at times now. Thank you Santa, thank you so much!

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However we have had an issue of the lost tablet, uncharged tablet when we needed it the next day, and tablets being snuck into beds at night and being used. My husband and I thought it would be a good idea to collect the kindles before bed so we know where they are and that we know they would have full batteries for the next day. We have to keep them in our room so they won’t tempt the kids when they wake up and try to sneak them into their rooms instead of doing chores and getting ready.

We tried a charging area but there were cords everywhere and the awkward stack of tablets drove me crazy! I thought there must be a better way and went to Amazon. I searched for charging station and found quite a few options. I read through many reviews though and most said the slots were too skinny to fit a thick tablet case. I was about to give up when I came across this.

The reviews said it was thick enough to accommodate the kindle kids cases and it had 4 slots so it was perfect. I purchased it and everything fits and charges perfectly. I love that the dividers light up as well while the tablets charge so you know when they are charging and when they are ready.

I still had the issue of the many cords getting tangled and really hate cord clutter. I jumped on Amazon again and found the shorter cables for a great price and bought them. It wasn’t until I plugged them in that I saw they matched each of the covers perfectly!
Micro USB Cable, Magic-T 1ft/0.3m A Male to Micro B Charger Data Sync Cord PVC Jacket Tangle-free for Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Motorola, and other Android Smart Phone [4-Pack] (Green,Orange,Blue,Rose)

Now we have a neat and organized area under our TV for the tablets and charging station. It really has made life a lot easier and the kids are actually sleeping at night instead of playing games. Now to find a way to organize the headphone clutter…

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Monday Menus: Week of May 23, 2016

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Hoping this week is a calmer week than last! We ended up with 4 different birthday parties which is why some of the meals are scheduled again so close to last week. My oldest has said that he’s over cake and doesn’t want to see cake for a very long time!

Here’s this weeks menus:

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Broccoli and Cheese Quiché

Tuesday: Chicken Fajita Quesadilla

Wednesday: Teriyaki Chicken Stirfry

Thursday: Grass Fed Beef Hamburgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Friday: Out

Saturday: Pizza

Sunday: Grilled Chicken Cobb Salads

Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Meatballs and Cabbage steaks (we ended up not having them last week)

Tuesday: Roasted Chicken and veggies (this too)

Wednesday: Spaghetti and salad

Thursday: Chicken and cheese quesadillas with Spanish quinoa

Friday: Pizza and spinach salad

Saturday: Homemade chicken rice soup with flax-seed crackers

Sunday: Hamburgers with sweet potato fries

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Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna

Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna

This is one of my new favorite dishes to make with my favorite ravioli from Trader Joe’s. This idea came about after I had the goat cheese and sun-dried tomato from Trader Joe’s, which is a favorite of mine. They are delicious, but a heavy sauce could easily overpower the more delicate flavors of the ravioli. After the first serving, everyone agreed that it was a winner! And it even made great leftovers to take the work the next day. Ravioli

When preparing my ravioli I put a package at a time in a large Pyrex bowl and poured over boiling water from my kettle and let them soak for a few minutes. This gave them the perfect done-ness. The water just softened them up enough and re-hydrated them, without making them too soft or mushy when done, which was my main concern. I repeated this 3 times for each package. Each package worked out perfectly to give just enough for each layer.

Bechamel

I actually prepared my bechamel sauce first. The bechamel is my favorite “mother sauce“. It’s great to make a sausage gravy with and what my Mom uses to make her Famous baked macaroni and cheese. It’s the best way to make something creamy without adding another flavor. This is why I wanted to use it rather than a traditional ricotta cheese for my lasagna. I LOVE ricotta, but I need a more milder flavor to let that goat cheese shine.

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I added in some cheddar cheese, which is just a preference of mine. You can definitely use just mozzarella if you prefer. I made my lasagna with my favorite ravioli, as well as my favorite garlic chicken sausage, but it is optional if you’re trying to limit your meat eating. I also added a breadcrumb topping to give a little extra crunch and texture.

Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna

I hope you will give this recipe a try- it’s definitely a new favorite in my house. It’s a new spin on a traditional comfort food and is definitely worth trying. Close Up

Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

55 minutes

Yield: 8

Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 3 packages of fresh ravioli (I used Trader Joe's Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato)
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb or pack ground chicken sausage (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • For topping:
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare the bechamel sauce - in a medium sauce pan, melt butter on medium high and sprinkle flour and stir until butter is absorbed.
  3. Pour in half and half and stir until thickened and bubbling.
  4. Soak fresh ravioli in boiling water for approximately 2 minutes before adding to lasagna.
  5. Layer in a 9x13 casserole dish : ravioli, bechamel sauce, cheese, and sausage. Should have approximately 3 layers.
  6. Bake covered for 35 minutes.
  7. To make topping - in a small sauce pan, melt additional butter and mix in Italian season, Parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs.
  8. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top and bake uncovered for 10 mins of until browned
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Monday Menus: Week of May 16, 2016

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Birthday season continues! Between my kids, the neighbors kids, and our friends kids, we have 3 birthday parties just this week! We also picked blueberries last week so I am hoping we can make a few jars of preserves. Do you have any birthday parties to attend this week?

Here are our menus for this week:

Ashley’s Menu

Monday: Crustless Quiche and Salads

Tuesday: Chicken Tacos and Black Beans

Wednesday: Chicken Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Thursday: Beef and Broccoli

Friday: Out

Saturday: Shrimp and Grits

Sunday: Crockpot Pulled Pork and Mac and Cheese

Jenny’s Menu

Monday: Clean Eating Beef and Barley Stew with flax seed crackers

Tuesday: Tilapia with Garlic Roasted Tomatoes and corn (no corn for my daughter)

Wednesday: Quesadillas with Spanish quinoa

Thursday: Pizza with a side of salad and pretzels (it’s my son’s birthday so it was his pick!)

Friday: Meatballs with Cabbage Steaks

Saturday: We have 2 birthday parties and a golf tournament, we will find food somewhere in there!

Sunday: Roasted Chicken and veggies with a side of apple sauce

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Being Mom : Stories from Real Life Moms

Being Mom Stories from Real Life Moms

Mother’s Day is this Sunday (don’t forget!), so we decided it would be fun to see how other mothers feel about motherhood.

We surveyed a group of women of all ages. Some women have newborns and even one with a new little one on the way, while others have grown children. Some women had their first child at 16, some in their 30’s. They all have different lives, experiences, and stories to tell, but they have one thing in common, they are moms.  

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Monday Menus: Week of May 2, 2016

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Is it really May already?! What happened to April?! Well on to warmer weather (It’s in the 90’s here) and lots of time in the pool. 

Here’s what is on our weekly menu:

Ashley’s Menu

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Our Kitchenware Favorites

Kitchenware Favorites

Everyone’s kitchen is filled with so many random items but how many of them do you use? In case you haven’t noticed, the two of us cook a lot so we thought we’d share a few of our favorite kitchenware items with y’all to give you a few ideas for things you might want to add to your own kitchen. We dug through our kitchen drawers and cabinets and found essential items that were inexpensive, but get the job done. We also have a few items that we saved up for and splurged on that make cooking much easier and totally worth the extra expense. Of course we still have a few dream items that we think will complete our kitchen and cause all the cooking fairies to come out and make perfect meals. Hey, us girls can dream right?

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10 Things I Want To Happen During Game of Thrones Season 6 – #Spoilers!

10 Things I Want To Happen During Game of Thrones Season 6

If you are not caught up with Season 5 of Game of Thrones, turn back now because this post is dark and full of spoilers!

Game of Thrones is my favorite show on TV right now, as I have read all the books. I still  love the show even though I’ve already known a majority of the things that would happen, like The Red Wedding, Joffrey’s death, Tyrion’s killing of Shay and Tywin, and The Night’s Watch betraying our beloved Jon Snow. Of course, a few things have been different from the books, but this will be the first season where the show is completely caught up with the books. So, here the things I want to happen the most during this new season- hopefully several of them during the premiere!

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Monday Menus: Week of April 18, 2016

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We’re finally back with Monday Menus! During the move, one of Jenny’s children was found to have a yeast overgrowth in their gut so they are trying an anti-candida diet to manage it. Now along with paleo, we will also be sharing anti-candida recipes that follow the plan given to them by their doctor.

Here’s what is on our weekly menu:

Ashley’s Menu

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Paleo Friendly Cabbage “Steaks”

Paleo Friendly Cabbage Steaks

In an effort to keep up with eating in more of a Paleo style, the options for protein seem so vast, where side dishes have started to get repetitive. Oh.. Broccoli. Again. Repeat for Salad, Sweet Potatoes, and Cauliflower. And yes, there are lots that you could do with those vegetables, but they are the most widely available and inexpensive ones out there. Also 99% of the time the easiest and quickest way to cook them is to just steam them or stir fry them. So, you just can get a little burnt out on the side dish variety.

So, when I went to my Dad’s house for his birthday, my Stepmom was cooking what she called, Cabbage Steaks. At first I think my reaction was something along the lines of, “Eh, I don’t really like cabbage, you know, except inside of an egg roll and I think it smells like dirty socks”. But, both of them swore up and down that cooking the cabbage this way didn’t make it smell to dirty socks and that it tasted better than if it was inside of an egg rolls.

Sliced Cabbage Steaks

All you need is a head of cabbage, olive oil, garlic powder, some Mrs Dash (or your favorite seasoning mix) and a little salt and pepper. The cabbage is sliced in to 1/2-1 inch slices and placed on a cooking sheet with parchment paper. Add your oil and seasonings to both sides and put into the oven for about an hour.

Seasoned Cabbage Steaks

And they were RIGHT! It was absolutely DELICIOUS! It’s actually my new favorite thing. Plus, going into grilling season, its very easy to do on the grill as well. Just put the cabbage in foil and make a little packet with a couple holes for the steam to escape. But, even just cooking in the oven, the edges browned up and got that crisp, burnt-y taste that I love about grilling.

Cabbage Steaks

You can eat the slice as it is. I preferred mine more mixed up so I got the crunchier, smokier outside pieces mixed up with the softer, juicier pieces from the inside. This goes well with most kinds of meet, especially pork chops, which is what we had with it.

Plated Cabbage

So, I hope that you’ll give these cabbage steaks a try and add a new recipe into the mix, like I have!

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Paleo Friendly Cabbage “Steaks”

Paleo Friendly Cabbage “Steaks”

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cabbage, cut in 1/2-1 in slices
  • 6 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 teaspoons Mrs Dash or salt free seasoning mix of your choice
  • 6 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place sliced cabbage on a parchment paper covered cooking sheet.
  3. Cover each side of cabbage with approximately 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
  4. Add seasonings evenly over each side of cabbage.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until edges are browned and middle is almost transparent.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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10 Awesome Items to Brighten and Renew Your Home for Spring

10 Awesome Items to Brighten and Renew Your Home for Spring

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This week was the first day of Spring! I always get this feeling that its time to freshen and brighten up my home at this time of year. It must be an instinctual feeling… Except, a lot of the things are no so fun, like the dreaded Spring Cleaning and yard and garden prep that are necessary chores. So, to add a little more fun to the drudgery,  I also like to take the chance to change up some of my home decor. Whether its change up some of my art on the wall, bright colored dishes for my table, or something new on my patio; sometimes, just some small, fresh addition can breath life back into space.

We recently became Affiliates with Target, as well as, with Etsy. So, in looking through both sites, we decided to share a few of our favorite items that we think are perfect to add to any home this Spring and well on into this Summer!

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Cast Iron Dragonfly Hooks
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Cast Iron Dragonfly Hooks

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White + Gold Minimalist Bud Vases // Set of Three

Kitchen

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Pasta Kitchen Decor

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Lemons Kitchen Rug Gray Threshold

Dining

Threshold ™ Engineered Stripe Placemat - Blue
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Threshold ™ Engineered Stripe Placemat – Blue

Boho Boutique Floral Ceramic Dinnerware
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Boho Boutique Floral Ceramic Dinnerware Collection

Patio

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Outdoor Pillow – Navy Frond – Threshold™

Smith & Hawken® Galvanized Plant Stand
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Smith & Hawken® Galvanized Plant Stand

Bed and Bath

Colorful Triangle Geometric Duvet Cover
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Colorful Triangle Geometric Duvet Cover

Threshold™ Floral and Birds Shower Curtain - Blue
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Threshold™ Floral and Birds Shower Curtain – Blue

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Moving Adventures with a Family of 6: Not in the Plans

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A few days ago I posted that my family of 6 were moving in 2 weeks and I was bringing y’all along on my journey.

So let’s review what the plans were for the last few days: Continue reading Moving Adventures with a Family of 6: Not in the Plans

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Monday Menus- Weekly Menu of March 21, 2014

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This week is going to be a bit of a crazy week with Easter and with Jenny’s family getting ready to move! In a week like this, sometimes you got to do a little bit of winging it or just cook from what you know you have on hand. We hope everyone has a Happy Easter

Here’s what is on our weekly menu:

Ashley’s Menu

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Moving Adventures with a Family of 6: Two Weeks to Pack

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If you follow us then you probably have seen that my family of 6 are going to be moving soon, like in 2 weeks soon. I really hate to pack up and move. Not only does it feel like we live in chaos during that time, but all the things I didn’t want to make decisions about (do I keep it? Will I use it?) I come face to face with all at once Continue reading Moving Adventures with a Family of 6: Two Weeks to Pack

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7 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes You Should Try This Year

St. Patricks Day Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that everyone just seems to love in America. Some because of their Irish heritage, some because they just like the story of St. Patrick, and some because well… beer. Regardless of why you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, any good celebration needs good food.

Here are some of our favorite Irish and St. Patrick’s Day recipes that you should give a try this St. Patty’s Day!

1. I love love love Irish Soda Bread- I make it almost ever year for St Patrick’s Day! I love this recipe for Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s simple and authentic.

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2. Most people think of corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day and I love this twist on a tradition recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls from Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

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3. This a wonderful recipe for another authentically Irish dish, Colcannon – Irish Mashed Potatoes with Greens from The Rising Spoon. It’s the perfect side dish for your St. Patrick’s Day dinner!

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4. These Shamrock Pretzel Pops from Mommy’s Bundle would be perfect for kids to take to school or to just enjoy at home- just a little sugar, but super fun and festive!

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5. These Lucky Charms Cupcakes from Crystal & Co. are so cute and easy to make. Since everyone loves Lucky Charms Cereal, these are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

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6. Baileys Irish Cream is one of my favorite things to drink, especially for St. Patrick’s Day! So, last year I decided to use it in an easy recipe for Boozy Irish Cream Brownies that were out of this world!

Boozy Irish Cream Brownies for St. Patrick's Day

7. For all those Shamrock Shake Lovers- here is an easy Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe from Crafty Morning that you can make yourself at home!

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We hope you’ll try out these recipes this year for St. Patrick’s Day or for any time during the year as well!

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Paleo Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Paleo Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

One of the hardest parts of the Paleo diet can be the lack of sweets- ice cream in particular. But, you can still have chocolate! As well as any fruit. So, with just a little experimenting I came up with this frozen treat that is so yummy, you don’t even miss the dairy. It’s also one of my favorite things to do with any bananas that are getting a little ripe and need to be eaten ASAP.

Plus, this is such a tasty and simple recipe, you’ll enjoy it even if you’re not eating Paleo.

First, start by chopping up your bananas in to 1/2 inch pieces and the unsweetened chocolate. With the chocolate, I try to do it as small and evenly as possible, so it will melt faster and more consistent. When microwaving, just make sure to do it in 30 second intervals to prevent burning.This chocolate dip alone is a great recipe to keep on hand for your future Paleo dessert needs.

Once your chocolate is melted, take your banana pieces and dunk in the melted chocolate. I use a fork, which is the easiest and cleanest way to dip them.

Chopped Chocolate for paleo frozen banana bites

Dip Chocolate for frozen paleo banana bites

After dipping, I placed them on a cooking sheet with parchment paper to dry. Remember that they will need to go into the freezer, so if your cooking sheet is too large to fit in the freezer, you can use any other flat surface that is freezer safe. Some of the bananas may need to be re-dipped if the chocolate does look like its stuck as well. If you want to add nuts, this would be the time to roll them in the nuts- I used raw almonds with mine, but feel free to use whatever are your favorites. Then, into the freezer they go! After a couple hours, remove from the freezer and enjoy! I did break off any of the larger pieces of chocolate that had spread at the bottom to make them easier to store and to eat. I stored mine in zip top freezer bags, which should keep for 2-3 months in your freezer!

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Paleo Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites with chopped almonds

Paleo Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Paleo Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3-5 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice bananas into 1/2 inch pieces and put to the side.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  3. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until all chocolate is melted.
  4. Using a fork, dip bananas into chocolate and place on a cooking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  5. Lightly roll in nuts if you choose to.
  6. Place cooking sheet into the freezer for 2-3 hours or until chocolate is fully hardened.
  7. Eat and enjoy!
  8. Store any extras in zip top bags in the freezer.
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