Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas

It's official there is 4 more days until Christmas.
Are you ready?
Instead of blogging I should
be doing the last of my running around.
Its 60 degrees in Cali and yes people that is cold for us and
all I been doing today is baking cookies with my girls
and snuggling on the couch watching Christmas movies all day while Daddy
works. Yep bummer for him!
These holiday season really has creeped up on me faster than I liked.
Ready or not Christmas is really in 3 days for us cause we party like rock stars
with my hubby's family on Christmas Eve.
And not only that, the day after Christmas were headed on a plane
to Dallas Texas to watch the Cowboy's play there last football
game and stay in awesome hotel with an indoor water park.
Fun Right?
Only in the mid-west would they have indoor water parks...
Cali is not that cool...
We got our Christmas pictures done early this year because nothing
like last year waiting to the last minute and no pictures....
So I was on it this year.
Went to a local park and captured some fun pictures of our family.
Hope you enjoy!


Wishing you all a Merry Merry Christmas!
See you in 2014 BABY!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Yummy Green Bean Casserole!

Thanksgiving is only a little over a few weeks away, so it's 
lets get the planning started.
I'm hosting my big family Thanksgiving this year. My dad
arrives next week to join in on the family fun.
I can't wait!
It's been way to long and can't wait for him to meet Max.
So I been off trying new recipes, getting my menu started
for the big day.
Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving at our home if there wasn't
green bean casserole.
This year I decided I would try my friends recipe making the
green bean casserole and instead of using the
original  CAMPBELL'S Cream of Mushroom
I used ...
Roasted Garlic Cream of Mushroom 
and add some grated Parmesan cheese
Oh my gosh...
Where was this recipe my whole life...
This makes the casserole out of this world good.
So flavorful you don't even know.
I'm not the best photographer but this casserole is
beyond delicious!
You won't be disappointed,
I promise!!!
Recipe below hope you enjoy it.

Roasted Garlic Green Bean Casserole
1 ( 10 3/4 oz) CAMPBELL'S  Roasted Garlic Cream of Mushroom
3/4 cup milk
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 (14 1/2 oz.) cut green beans, drained
1 1/3 cups FRENCH'S original French Fried Onion.
MIX soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2 -qt. baking dish.
Stir in beans and 2/3 cup French Fried Onions.
BAKE at 350°F for 30 min. or until hot.
STIR. Top with remaining 2/3 cup onions. Bake 5 min. until onions are golden.
I just followed the original recipe for the green bean casserole
but instead of Cream of Mushroom I used Roasted Garlic Cream
of Mushroom and added a 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese.
P.S. you are going to fall in love ...

Monday, November 4, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake, a Bumblebee, and a Turtle

What cuties were my kids this Halloween.
Such fun getting them all ready to go trick or treating and off
to Sidnee's School Carnival.
Before we headed out for the night I decided to pull out
my good camera and do a little photo shoot in my own backyard.
I wanted to capture some fun photos of these 3 because
they are just too darn cute.
And plus my good camera could get some use.
Sidnee dressed as Strawberry Shortcake,
Avalynn a little cute Bumblebee, and
Maxwell a turtle known as Rafael.
Isn't she just a little diva.
Always working the camera. 

I just feel in love with this picture.
Ava is so in love with her brother.
She must kiss him a million times a day.
Watching her love on her brother truly brings smiles.
She has such a soft kind heart for this little boy.
How fun are these pictures.
Getting out my good camera was a success.
I need to do this more often.
Love capturing my kiddos, such beautiful memories.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall Teacher Gift Idea's

Fall is just all over the place here in our home.
I'm enjoying every moment of it .
Last week we headed to another day at the pumpkin patch,
carved spooky pumpkins, baked cookies, made candy corn pretzel hugs,
and made an adorable "happy fall" teacher gift for Sidnee's teacher.

I thought it would be fun to give Sidnee's teacher a little fall gift at her halloween
party at school.
So Sidnee and I made m&m cookies using fall color m&ms I got at Target. I used my
orginal chocolate chip cookie recipe and used m&ms instead. Oh so Yummy!!
I also made these adorable candy corn pretzel hugs that I found on Pinterest here.
Aren't they the cutest?
I was such an easy thing for Sidnee to do as well.
Then I printed out an adorable "Happy Fall" tag that I got here and tied
with an orange ribbon to the clear bags that
I placed the cookies and pretzel hugs in.
Then placed it all in an orange planter that I got
on sale at Michaels.


We ended our week carving cute spooky pumpkins with the girls.
Max got to watch us go to town on these babies.
Happy Monday Everyone!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pumpkin Overload

Last week, we headed to the pumpkin patch for our second
time around to join one of my good friend and her son Jakob.
I'm so in love with pumpkin patches.
I have such a blast taking my kiddos, walking thru
the hay, and going in the hay mazes.
Taking pictures with the beautiful
orange pumpkins. I don't know I just have a thing
for pumpkins....
I just have a thing for Fall and anything holidays.
I'm pretty sure you would all say the same.

Happy pumpkins!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Soup Sunday

Tis' the season for football let me just say.
We are big Cowboy football fans so every sunday we support
the hubby and the family puts on there Cowboys attire hoping
they will get a win.
It works sometimes! According to my hubby its good luck!
So we do it for him. 
Last Sunday, I decided on doing my sunday soup 
along with making a quick trip to the spa with my
family to get a facial and much needed
relaxation. This mama is beyond tired!
The choice of soup for sunday was homemade chili tortellini.
It was delicious! Fully of flavor.
And it was so yummy, yummy to the tummy.

After I got home these girls where tired of watching football with daddy
while mommy was at the spa. So off we went on a bike ride and walk
to enjoy our beautiful weather we been having.
I just love cali its beautiful all the time.

If you wanting to know the recipe for this chil the recipe is below.
This chili is not a spicy chili I made it a little more sweet by adding
brown sugar to the soup.
This is not my famous spicy chili I make for my family I wanted to make
something different. And something my girls
could eat as well.
My husband loves spicy chili the hotter the better
Not me I like it to be a bit sweeter rather than spicy.
And plus I don't feel like going to the bathroom every 5 minutes being its too
spicy haha...I know to much info.
But seriosuly its the mexican in my hubby the hotter the better.

Chili Tortellini:
1 lb Package of Tortellini
2 cans  Orginial Rotel diced tomatoes
1 lb  hanburger meat
1 can  pinto beans
1 can  black beans
1 can  tomato sauce
mild cheddar cheese
McCormick Chili Season Mix Packet
2-4 tablespoons  brown supar
1 cup onion
2 tbsp garlic
32 oz. chicken broth

Saute onion and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add in ground beef until browned
Add broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, chili powder packet and simmer until hot.
Add in brown sugar to your liking. Lastly, add tortellini and simmer with lid on until tortellini
is cooked. You can cook tortellini in another pot according to directions. However, why dirty
another pot when you can cook them in with the soup.
Faster and less mess to deal with it.
Simmer or on low until ready to serve.

Your going to love this soup.
When I serve this soup I put a mild cheddar cheese and cliantro on top.

I was so happy with this soup. The tortellini adds such a great touch.

Hope you enjoy your weekend...

I'm off to soccer games and pizza parties yay for me..

Is it nap time arleady!

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