Friday, April 18, 2014

Chipotle Turkey Chili with Apples and Cheddar


I realize that April is not a typical time to eat chili. But here in Oregon, we're still having days of 45-50 degrees and rain. The days when I know rain is forecasted, I really enjoy serving my family comforting food. Chili is comforting and this is hands down, probably my favorite chili recipe with the crockpot sweet potato and turkey chili coming in a close second.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Salsa Baked Eggs


Can we just talk for a moment about hormones??? Female hormones to be exact. I love and hate those suckers. Hormones make me cry at heart tugging commercials, melt when I see my children play with each other, and be hopelessly sappy and emotional when I even look at my husband. (Now you know why I have 3 kids). ;)

But there is another set of hormones. The ones I hate. These hormones make me irrational, frustrated, alone, and irritable. And while they are doing all of that to me, (as if that wasn't enough) they make my view of the world or at least my world seem foggy. I can't see through the fog because my fog lights are turned off.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No-Bake Blueberry Vanilla Trifle


Josh and I seem to find ourselves with an increasing problem with it comes to our pizza and movie nights on Fridays. Every Friday (unless we have other plans) we make homemade pizza and a salad and sit down in the living room around the coffee table and turn on the tv and try to decide which movie is appropriate for the kids to watch. Does anyone else have this problem?

It seems to me, that movies for kids and family are getting harder and harder to choose from. I'm not what you would call a prude, but I do tend to be on the stricter side when it comes to the things my kids are allowed to watch.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday's Tidings!


1. Josh came home one evening last week and still had a bunch of work to do (which is rare) and Christian just wanted his daddy. I think this picture is just super sweet!.

2. The girls and I were talking about Disneyland today and Grace was asking all sorts of questions about Splash Mountain. I found a video on youtube of a front seat POV of the whole ride and let's just say the last splash is very anti-climatic. So all her worries regarding that ride seem to be gone.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Homemade Marionberry Freezer Jam


TodayI'm sharing a recipe from one of my cooking classes for homemade marionberry freezer jam over at Evermine's Blog. This recipe is so easy, it will blow your socks off and you can switch out whatever berry you like. I happened to have a crazy stash of marionberries in my freezer.

If you haven't ever checked out the website Evermine then you should. This site allows you to make personalized labels, tags, invitations, and countless other things that you can personalize. Since I had made a few jars of jam to share with some of my family and friends, I made cute little tags and labels to to place on the lids and tie around the jar. I love how everything looks organized and professional.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday's Tidings!


1. This past Satuday, I took over the breakfast cooking and made cinnamon rolls. I hadn't made them in a few months and they were so good! But of course, there were to many for us to eat, so I had to share. :)

2. Saturday late afternoon, Josh and I ventured to the mall area for swimsuit shopping for me. I think most girls will agree with me that swimsuit shopping is something of the devil. It is not fun. It's annoying. It's frustrating and uncomfortable. By the end of the first store (we went to Kohls first), my neck and arms were sore from having so many straps wrapped around me. But, we went to Macy's next and I found the swimsuit I had been looking at online...the only one in my size hanging there on the rack. It wasn't the color I had wanted (I wanted black and this one was a dark navy) but I went and tried that one on, along with a million others. And guess what, It fit!!! Like a glove! It was the only one out of the thousands that was the most comfortable. It didn't tug anywhere, I wasn't falling out anywhere, slimming. It was perfect. I tried on everything else just to be sure...but we ended up getting this one and I love it! Worth every single penny! I was afraid it would be a little matronly, because sometimes swim dresses tend to go there, and while I wanted to be modest and covered up, I still wanted to feel comfortable and classy. This one completely fit the bill and Josh loved it!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekly Menu 4/7-4/13


Our weekend was awesome! How was your's? First, none of us were sick! Yay!!! Have we finally beat all the bugs? Plus, I just got a lot of things checked off of my mental checklist of things I needed to get for our trip for example: New coloring book, crayons, and sunglasses for Eden-Check! Swimsuit and some spring and summer clothing items for Grace-Check! Easter outfit and swim shorts for Christian-Check! It feels so good to finally have that stuff done and not hanging over my head. YAY!

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