Friday, March 27, 2015

five on friday

Finally, it's Friday!!  We've had some nice weather this week, but we're back in winter-mode today and tomorrow. In anticipation of the warmer days ahead, I'm kicking off my Five on Friday with a delicious smoothie. Let's go...

1. My mom got me a Magic Bullet recently so I'm ready to start making smoothies. How good does this look?! Pineapple Upside Down Cake is my absolute favorite and I cannot wait to try it out in a smoothie form. Amy, if you're reading today, notice I mentioned my favorite cake and that my birthday is coming up. *wink

2. I love the Hallmark Channel and I'm really looking forward to this movie coming up on April 4th. The books are wonderful and I think Candace Cameron-Bure will do a great job. It's the first in a series of movies.

3. We are in desperate need of a new vacuum. I've been holding off but our old one just doesn't pick up well any more. I've got my eye on this Shark and think I'll order it soon. I love sitting back and admiring a clean house, complete with fresh vacuum lines.

4. We LOVE the Dumb & Dumber movies. We didn't get to go to the theater to see Dumb & Dumber To when it was released, but we have plans to watch it Saturday evening once Landon is asleep. We laughed like crazy just watching the trailer, so I know we'll love the movie.

5. We always play a new game on our annual family beach trip, which cannot come soon enough! I picked Jelly Belly Bean Boozled for this year. HOW am I just now hearing about this?! I actually found out about it on Instagram from @candacecbure. That green jelly bean may taste like lime or it may taste like skunk. This will be so much fun...or maybe not. We'll see. Ha

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easter Videos for Kids

Landon has had lots of questions about Easter this year, wanting to know more about why Jesus died for us and how we'll all live in Heaven some day. He actually brought me to tears when he looked up at me with tears in his own beautiful eyes and said "But I'm not ready for you to go to Heaven yet!". Oh, my sweet, sweet boy!  But what a comfort it is to know that even though we all leave this earth at different times, we have the promise that we'll all be together in Heaven. 

I have several books for Landon that tell the Easter story (this is my favorite), but this year I thought a video might be good too. This one from Amazon is great and I think it's on YouTube as well. We've also found several videos on YouTube that tell the story of
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, another of Landons' favorites lately. It's great to see him watch his favorite bible stories come to life. If you have DirecTV,  you can watch YouTube right on your TV - just go to menu - settings - extras. 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Hippity Hoppity...Easter's on its way...

 Easter is only two weeks away now. Here's a few things that have caught my eye this season.

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Carrot-Shaped Cheeseball -  This is perfect for an Easter brunch. Simple to make but so festive!

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Easter Bunny Canvas - How cute is this? I love clean artwork and this looks like  

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Ombre Easter Eggs - I LOVE  anything ombre. I think I'll do these while Landon is in school and still let him do his fun, crazy colors.

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Easter Egg Tree - Oh, I would so love to do this. We have a tree in our back yard that I think I'll put some eggs on. Nowhere near this many, but it's just so pretty.

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Easter Dessert - My mom is the queen of pumpkin rolls. I'm hoping she'll make this carrot-cake version for Easter. I'll let you know if she does. 

What are you planning for Easter?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

five on friday

Happy Spring! And hooray for Friday. I'm linking up again for Five on Friday this week. Here we go...

1. I'm not much of a wine drinker and really don't know that much about wine except for what I like to cook with. I did pick up a bottle of Barefoot moscato at the suggestion of a friend and I have to say I enjoyed it. If you're new to wine, this is a great one to start with.

2. We have barbecue chicken every week. It's one of Mike's favorite meals and Landon likes it too. Sunday I'm going to try out the Pioneer Woman's Peach Whiskey Barbecue Chicken just to shake things up a bit. I'll let you know how it turns out.
3. We haven't had a coffee table in the living room since Landon started crawling. Our old one was long and wide with sharp, heavy corners - not the best for little ones on the move. We're finally ready to add a table back and I have my eye on this round one from Overstock. The price is right and I like the classic finish and style. I like this one too. 

4. I never knew a simple smiley face would keep me awake at nights... My sister convinced me to get Trivia Crack and it's addictive guys! I try not to play on the iPad until Landon is down for the night and then I have to catch up on all the games I have going. My mom, sister, brother-in-law and husband all play, so it takes me a while to catch up. Besides Two Dots, it's the only game I play so I guess that's not too bad. 


5. I'm so excited for this book to come out! I've loved reading every book Laura Fitzgerald has written and I'm sure this one will not disappoint. I actually won a contest Laura hosted after she wrote her first book, Veil of Roses.  Imagine my surprise when my phone rang and it was Laura herself calling me. I was so flustered but she was so nice.  And that's my little story about my brush with celebrity. 

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, March 13, 2015

five on friday

Are you enjoying the first week of daylight savings time? We are loving these longer evenings leading us into spring. Now if only the rain would stop.

I'm linking up for Five on Friday again. Here we go...

Did you grow up watching CHiPs? We did. When we were growing up, Saturday night meant CHiPs. Mike loves the show and we have the first two seasons on DVD. It took a while for the third season to be released and I pre-ordered it last month.  I was going to save it for Mike's Easter basket, but since he's been sick all week, I thought he might enjoy watching it tonight.

My sister and I are doing a kid swap this weekend. They will keep Landon tonight and take him to Chuck E. Cheese tomorrow, and Ally will stay with us. I love getting to spend time with her - she is definitely my mini-me. We're going  to watch scary movies tonight and do some shopping tomorrow.  I have a great discount coupon and some gift cards, so we're hoping to hit some sales and get some great stuff for spring. Of course we'll have lunch while we're out - probably at  Red Lobster since it's one of Ally's favorites.

I ordered these cute Easter pancake molds last week. And, of course, the day AFTER I order, I get an email about  no-minimum order FREE shipping. Oh well...  I do think Landon will enjoy these. We love any reason to make pancakes. These would be great to take to Easter sunrise service breakfast for the kids too. I may make a big batch and put them in the freezer until Easter morning. I love that pancakes freeze so well.

Tomorrow is Pi Day.  What else could we possibly do besides have pie to celebrate? I have had this pie on my pinterest board for a while. Lemon meringue sounds pretty tasty too.

I'm still reading this same book from last week. Mike has had a horrible stomach virus all week, which hasn't left this momma much time for reading. What I have read is very good and I can't wait to finish it. It's one of the better James Patterson books I've read for quite a while.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

meatball sub cupcakes

Back in the fall a Facebook friend mentioned that she was making meatball sub cupcakes. That sounded very good to me and I knew Mike would love it. I looked up a recipe using Rhodes frozen dinner rolls and decided to give it a try for our Halloween party. I'm so glad I did. They were a huge hit and disappeared fast. I made a few using the directions listed on the Rhodes web site, but they were messy to assemble and hard to seal without sauce oozing out. I decided to try an easier method and came up with this method. I've listed the directions in steps, as there is some hands-off time while the rolls raise. We had these again on Saturday and they were so good. Landon loves them too and they are definitely kid-friendly.   I used a 1 1/2" round biscuit cutter to cut out little circles of cheese - they fit perfectly. 

Meatball Subs Cupcakes
12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls (frozen)
12 Italian-Style meatballs (frozen)
1 jar marinara sauce
Provolone or Mozzarella Cheese

Step 1 - Spray 12 cup muffin tin lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Place one roll in each cup and allow to rise according to package directions.*

Step 2 -   When it's about 45 minutes from bake time, simmer meatballs in marinara sauce.

Step 3 - Once the rolls have raised...
You're almost ready to put these in the oven! Go ahead and preheat your oven  to 350. Make an indention in the center of each roll, big enough to hold one meatball. Place one meatball in each roll and top with cheese.
Bake at 350°F 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with extra marinara sauce for dipping if desired.

- I let my rolls rise in the oven with the oven light on. The light provides enough heat to make it a warm space. 

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Friday, March 6, 2015

five on friday

What a week it's been here in WV. We got several inches of rain on Wednesday, over a foot of snow yesterday, and today we woke up to 0* temperatures. Please send sunshine! 

I'm joining up for Five on Friday again this week. Here we go!

1. Landon loves making his own popsicles. We've been using ice trays as molds, so I thought it would be fun to put a real set of popsicle molds in his Easter basket. I have this set in my shopping cart.  Any other sets I should consider? I'm already thinking about flavors and how I'll sneak some veggies in.

2.  I am definitely over this cold weather and hope that what we got yesterday was our last of the snow. Thinking about warmer weather and new flip flops always helps get me ready for spring. Yellow Box makes my favorite flips and I really like this pair. I actually have several Yellow Box pairs and they are all so comfy.  And if you're looking for a great foot lotion to get your feet ready to be seen, I definitely recommend Gold Bond Diabetic. It's amazing and you really can tell a difference right away.  

3. I like baking from scratch but sometimes a mix is just so convenient. These brownies are my new absolute favorite. The caramel is delicious and gets a little crispy around the edges when done. They are delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. I need to go mix some up right now.  

4. I love fried chicken but hate the mess and all the grease. Plus I just cannot even compete with my sister's fried chicken. And then I came across this. How good does this chicken look? And it's oven-fried you guys!! I've had it on my pinterest board for a while and am going to try it out on Sunday. I love a chance to use my cast-iron skillet. Add mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts and rolls...yum! The recipe and photo are  from Becky at The Two Bite Club. Check out her blog if you get a chance. It's great.  

5. I'm starting this book tonight. My sister and I are big James Patterson fans and especially love his Alex Cross series. I'll be reading the actual hard copy, which will seem different to me - I'm used to reading everything through Kindle on my iPad. I'll try to have a post up next week about other books I enjoy. 

Have a great weekend!
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