October 21, 2014

10/10 challenge...another breakfast!


Ten recipes in ten days...Next on our list is another breakfast recipe. It would be a good dish to serve for a brunch also, maybe even a dessert option. Crescent roll peach bake. The crescent roll part is a little misleading since you never see a crescent roll after the dish is made. You break the rolls up into bite size pieces and that forms the "crust" of the bake. The peaches offer a nice sweetness to the dish, although you could use almost any fruit that can stand up to the heat of the oven. Just like our banana sandwich breakfast I feel as though we needed a crunch to the bake. Maybe granola? If we are grading this on how much the kids ate then this recipe for some reason doesn't pass. Don't worry about the kids' portions going to waste, I took care of their breakfast. I also took care of what Lindsay didn't eat. I mean what's not to like about this dish? Crescent rolls...good. Peaches...good. Baked in the oven so I don't have to stand there and cook it...good!

Here is the link to the original recipe.  I will be honest, their picture was much tastier looking than ours! :/

October 20, 2014

10/10 challenge...#1



Ten recipes in ten days...What better way to start our journey of trying ten new recipes than with breakfast? After all it is the most important meal of the day. So, we woke up early Saturday morning and made French toast banana sandwiches and they turned out absolutely...ok. If you really like fruit as a main ingredient in your breakfast than they were pretty good. However, if you prefer fruit on the side then deconstruct the sandwich and eat it that way. That's what I did.

Making French toast with French bread worked great. You can choose the thickness of the bread and the crust was different than a typical loaf of bread. The one thing this meal needed was a crunch. Some toasted hazelnuts or chopped almonds on top of the French toast would have given it that extra kick it needed. If we are grading this recipe on how well the kids ate it, then it gets an "A." It's a fun way of eating breakfast with the bananas inside the French toast. And if the bananas
fall out then you just dip them in the syrup and eat them separately.


Then if French Toast Banana sandwiches aren't your thing, head over to McDonald's for their famous McMuffin sandwich.  Overall score from us:  C+.  Kiddo score: A.

Here is the original recipe if you would like to give it a go.  Good luck!

-Jeremiah

Ps-Linds loves our new vintage green-striped plates (pictured above).  Crazy lady.

October 19, 2014

10/10 challenge...


Hi there!  Jeremiah and I can sometimes get into a "food rut" like most families and we find ourselves falling into the routine of what is convenient and easy when it come to family meals.  We decided to start our own little challenge (10/10), which meant we wanted to try 10 new recipes in 10 days.  We got ourselves pretty pumped up on the genius of it all :).  We perused the endless recipes on Pinterest and picked out a combination of some breakfasts, dinners, and desserts that we thought we could all enjoy.

Now, I will be honest that Jeremiah does all the cooking around here and he was excited to try out all the new recipes, so it also only seemed fair that he writes all the posts as well!  This will be the first time he has ever written any posts, and he is pretty excited.  So, here is a glimpse of some of the foods we tried.  Not all of them worked.  Some of them epically failed.  So, join us as the review some of the most popular recipes floating on the internet right now.  Here are the recipes we chose, and we will start in a few days sharing.









October 14, 2014

n-e-b-r-a-s-k-a!...


Last weekend I took off to Nebraska for a few days...for those of you who don't "actually" know me in real life, I grew up in Lincoln from the age 8 through college and actually graduated from the University of Nebraska before Jeremiah and I moved out to the northwest.  I have very fond memories of life in the Midwest and find I get pretty homesick.  So, Jeremiah bought me a ticket home for a few days and I got to see friends and family.  It was wonderful!  I stayed with my best friend from high school, Jennifer, who actually has a 14-year old and 11-year old daughter (which is nuts).  Sydney, her 14-year old was our flower girl at our wedding :).  I also saw another great high school friend, Nadia, and my gal pal that I moved out to Kansas City with, Jocelyn.  It was a great time and we ate at all my favorite restaurants, went to a high school football game, went by the house I grew up in, shopping, had a big home-cooked meal with my entire family, and went to a Husker volleyball game.  It was an absolute blast, but I am also glad to be home :)





 

September 30, 2014

fall in the Northbest (Northwest)...

 




Fall in the great Northwest is amazing, and officially here.  I love autumn and although some people may not love the rain, clouds, cool breezes, and constant drizzle, I look forward to it.  I would much rather stay in snuggled with a good book or a movie than anything else in the world, and now I have the perfect excuse to.  "Bad weather, so sorry!"  :)

I found some great pics that just shouted out to me "Fall in the Northwest" so I had to share.  The last few weeks have been kind of rough, and I am looking forward to falling into my favorite season and letting all my troubles float away.  Football, changing leaves, hot cocoa, brisk walks, and Halloween are ahead, and I can't wait!




 


 

 

September 18, 2014

Frozen party!...













Paetyn had her 8th birthday party on Friday night and she decided to have a two-fold theme:  A sleepover and Frozen!  P has never wanted a "Disney" party before, so we decided to let her go for it since it was probably her last "theme" party.  She invited 8 girls (and let Maddux invite a pal) so Friday night was all sorts of crazy! 

I had a lot of fun doing Pinterest research and ideas for the party.  Here is what we came up with:
  • "Arendelle Punch", Blue Hawaiian punch, Pineapple juice, and Sprite
  • "Do You Want to Build a Snowman Mix", Pretzel sticks, candy corn, mini chocolate chips, and marshmallows
  • "Forever Winter Snowflakes", great snowflake cookies from Beaverton Bakery
  • "Snow-covered pretzels", pretzel rods dipped in blue-dyed white chocolate and crystal sprinkles
  • "Olaf Noses", Large puff Cheetos
  • "Snowballs", baby-blue colored Sixlets
  • The cake was from Albertsons with smooth cream and we topped it with some characters from a play set (from Target online)
I assembled the gift bags with a blue/white striped pattern and paper lunch bags.  They included:
  • Frozen tattoos
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Jewelry
  • Clothe gloves
  • Frozen fruit snacks
  • Blue and white jelly beans
  • Glow in the dark bracelets and balloons (yes, they sell balloons that glow!!!)
  • Bouncy balls (blue, of course) :)
I took the 2 bags and folded them at the top and punched a hole through both of them.  Then a took the hot pink place cards I had left over (wrote the guests name on them) and tied them all together with some striped twine.  It turned out pretty easy, especially when Paetyn, Maddux, and I started an assembly line to make them!  The only boy, Conner, got a green bag instead of baby-blue. :)

We also did a few activities to keep all the crazy gals busy.  We made towers with mini marshmallows and toothpicks.  That was a real hit actually!  We also did "Pin the Nose on the Olaf" which we bought from PartyCity.

It was a real fun party and we survived the sleepover, although by Saturday morning after pancakes we were ready to go back to bed again :)

September 17, 2014

a circus and 1st day of school...


Hi there!  A few weeks ago we hit the "greatest show on earth" (although the kids practically fell asleep) :)  We hit the circus on Sunday afternoon and this is the first time the kiddos have gone to the circus, and they were not easily impressed.  No clowns.  No clown cars.  No ballerinas with umbrellas.  Notta. 

But, they had some other entertaining things, but overall it was kinda a bust :( 





Also, we had another cutie to show off:


Our little man had his first day of Kinder!  He rides the bus with P in the morning and they always sit together :)  It's pretty cute, I have to say.  He likes his teacher and is overall happy although he fell asleep today at 3pm from the exhaustion of it all.  Its hard work being 5.

Hope all is well with you all!

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