Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walking Tacos

Have you missed me?  Well, I've missed you!  My little sis informed me that I've been sorely neglecting you all.  Since I last posted, we moved, the kids all started school (and I somehow ended up as a room mom for the 3rd grader!), went through almost an entire season of soccer and lacrosse (2 more weeks, just 2 more weeks!), joined the gym (like 2 days ago.  Yikes!  I am SO sore!  Wish me luck!), and I couldn't find my baby.  For almost an entire half hour.  Talk about near heart failure!!  Luckily he just went to a little friends house and was playing on their way-super-awesome play set in the back yard.  I went from I'm-so-mad-I'll-strangle-the-little-monkey-when-I-find-him to, when I finally found him, oh-my-precious-perfect-little-angel-I-just-want-to-kiss-your-sweet-little-face-until-you-scream!

I have to say, I've forgotten how much of an ordeal moving is!  We were in our last place for 8 years.  Seems like a lifetime sometimes.  I guess it is for some people.  We moved in with a 6 month old baby and had 2 more little ones while we were there.  That's a lifetime for the 3 of them.  All though moving is the pits, it sure was nice to have some of the kids old enough to really help.  I think the actual moving part was the easy part.  Changing the address on all the mail and transferring the kid's schools was probably more stressful.  Not to mention the melt downs over leaving friends and the best. Schools. Ever.  Luckily, we're in a pretty awesome neighborhood with lots of little kiddies.

Do you have kids?  If you do, you're going to want to bookmark, pin, print out and save, whatever, this recipe!  These Walking Tacos are totally kid approved!  The kids thought (for at least 7 seconds!) that I was/am the coolest mom ever!  The 15 year old asked where I got the idea.  I told him Pinterest (Coolest. Site. Ever!).  He informed me that he would never EVER complain about Pinterest again!  Now THAT is HUGE!

1 pound ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
8-10 individual serving sized bags nacho cheese Doritos
Your favorite taco toppings like...
Lettuce, shredded
Cheese, grated
Tomatoes, diced
Sour cream
Olives, sliced

Brown the ground beef and add taco seasoning (along with the water called for on the package).  To assemble, slightly crush chips, then squeeze the bottom of the bag to make it POP!  Pretty sure that was my favorite part.  The 15 year old was in the other room and asked what the popping noise was.  I completely lied to him and told him I didn't hear a thing.  Not sure if he believed me, but he didn't come to investigate.  If you are a little more civilized than we are here, feel free to either cut the top off the bags or pull them open.  Just open the little bags.  Add meat and desired toppings.  Mix it all up and grub up!

Recipe from....Well, I saw pictures on Pinterest and did my own thing.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Construction Party

My baby just turned 4!! He loves anything and everything with wheels, as well as going to work with Daddy (he's a general contractor/developer), so a construction party was the perfect theme for him. This was his first "friend" birthday party and was too excited to sleep the night before! Luckily he slept in the morning of his party so I didn't a little grump on my hands. :)

My little guy and his buddies had lunch of Uncrustables, juice boxes, goldfish crackers and squeeze applesauce, and then colored construction truck pictures, built with blocks and played with playdough.

Crayon boxes - I LOVED the Est. 2010!!

 Lunch boxes

Chocolate coins - Payment for a job well done. :)

My little man loved everything and kept telling my how handsome his party was as I was setting it up. :)

All of the super cute printables are from Just a little Sparkle.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sweet Amish Macaroni Salad

I'm fascinated with the Amish.  I'm pretty sure I could live the Amish lifestyle without any problems.  Since my family wouldn't be so willing to change lifestyles, I guess I'll just have to stick with trying out a few recipes.  Not sure if this Sweet Amish Macaroni Salad is an authentic recipe, but it sure is tasty.  The first time I made it I shared it with a couple neighbors (it makes a ton!) and they told me it was the best macaroni salad they have ever eaten!

1 pound salad macaroni
4 hard cooked eggs, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 celery ribs, diced
1 small red pepper, diced

2 cups light mayonnaise (do not use Miracle Whip)
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup yellow mustard
2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
paprika for garnish

Cook the macaroni according to package directions, drain well and place in a large bowl to cool. Combine dressing ingredients and mix well.  Add eggs, pepper, onion and celery to the macaroni.  Stir in dressing and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Recipe from Food.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter Tomato Sauce

With summer just around the corner, this Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter Tomato Sauce is a perfect way to use up your fresh cherry tomatoes and basil.  It's no secret that I like love fresh basil.  I'm sold on pretty much anything that I can throw a little basil into.  If fresh basil wasn't enough, the sauce was.  The sauce is simple, just 5 ingredients! And it's delicious.  Anyone up for dinner in under 30 minutes?

2 (9 ounce) packages cheese ravioli
1/3 cup butter
2 cups cherry or pear tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the ravioli according to package directions. While the ravioli is cooking, melt the butter in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and add the tomatoes; cook until the tomatoes begin to soften and burst and the butter turns brown, about 7 minutes. Stir in the basil. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve over ravioli and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Recipe from Kevin & Amanda.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Unicorn Rainbow Birthday Party

For my little girls 6th birthday, she wanted a unicorn party. Since her favorite color is "rainbow", it ended up being a Unicorn Rainbow Party. She also loves anything sparkly, so I threw in a little sparkle and bling.

 At the end of every rainbow, is a pot of (chocolate) gold.

 Gumball cake made with Smooth as Silk Frosting

 Adorable Unicorn and Rainbow sugar cookies from Treats 4 Ta-tas.

 Chocolate covered Oreos

Chocolate covered marshmallows with bling sticks

 The girls made candy necklaces and decorated Unicorn horns.

The girls took home bags of gold (from the end of the rainbow) and colored candies.  The cute printables are from Just a little Sparkle.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brown Sugar Chicken Wings with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

It's spring break around here and I shipped all 3 of my girls to Granny and Papa's house.  Disneyland may claim to be the "Happiest Place On Earth", but for my kids, Granny and Papa's house beats out Disneyland for the title hands down.  It's amazing how much less laundry I have with them gone.  It's also amazing how peaceful it is around here.  I only here "MOM!!" about once every 30 seconds instead of every. Single. Second.  I better enjoy it while it lasts, they'll be home before I know it.

These Brown Sugar Chicken Wings are pretty tasty little buggers.  And the sauce, well, you had me at Roasted Red Pepper!  YUM!

2 pounds chicken wings
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Dip:
1/3 cup roasted red pepper
2 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper, to taste; mix well. Add in the wings and stir until well coated.  Place on the baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes (until cooked through), turning the wings over half way through the cooking time. While the wings are cooking, combine roasted red pepper, cream cheese, sour cream and salt in the bowl of a food processor.  Process until smooth(ish).

Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Smashed Potatoes

We love potatoes around here.  The kids will never complain about eating potatoes.  In any form.  These Smashed Potatoes are one of kids' favorite ways, if not the favorite way, to have their potatoes.

2 pounds red potatoes
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Place potatoes in a large pan and cover with water.  Bring to a boil and boil until tender.  Remove potatoes from pan and place on a foil lined baking sheet.  Smash potatoes (I use my potato masher) between 1/2 and 1 inch thick.  Drizzle with melted butter, then sprinkle with salt and Parmesan cheese.  Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.

Recipe from The Royal Cook - an original!

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