Showing posts from 2017

DIY Tic Tac Toe Board

I just love when a project comes together with items you already have on hand. It doesn't happen that often, but we got lucky this time around. The boys are really into tic tac toe right now. It's a saving grace when we venture out to a restaurant for a meal. They love drawing the board, picking what color crayon they want to use and of course, who will be "X" and who will be "O."
The inspiration for this DIY tic tac toe board actually came to me when I was cleaning out and purging my kitchen. What a project that was! I was looking through my Good Will donation pile when I spotted a small wooden cutting board and thought, how can I give that a new purpose? I pulled  it out of the donation pile and put it aside. 
Fast forward a week, P and I are dropping O off at drop off there are tables of games set up for the kids to play until they break off into their groups for the day. P walks in like he owns the place every morning and just starts playing.…

Lemon Shrimp Scampi with Artichokes

If you haven't guessed already, most of my recipes are found on Pinterest. I love laying in bed at night and scrolling through the plethora of pins looking for new mouth watering and crowd (ok, really just the Mister and I) pleasing recipes. Lately though, I've been walking to my mailbox for recipe inspiration. I anxiously await my month arrival of Cooking Light Magazine and Food Network Magazine (both subscriptions were purchased on Groupon. Hint hint, head on over to look for a great deal). I love flipping through the pages and salivating over the pictures and recipes found within these pages. I bunny ear the pages of recipes I want to make so I can come back and easily find them when I meal plan on the weekends. 
Today I am sharing one of the recipes I adapted from the July/August edition. It is what I consider a "foil packet meal" Not sure exactly where this term came from, but it works. If you're not sure what I am talking about, scroll down and see the pic…

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls ~ A sweet Father's Day Treat

Our daddy loves bourbon. Since I met the Mister, bourbon has been a drink of choice. A couple of years ago, he and some friends headed to Kentucky for a bachelor party bourbon trail tour. He had a great time for obvious reasons, but came home with a new love, appreciation and fascination with bourbon. Our liquor cabinet went from having a selection of 2-3 bourbons to probably 6 or 7 choices at any given time. Blanton's, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace & 1792 are just a few favorites you'll find in our cabinet.
With Father's Day being just around the corner, I took to Pinterest for some gift ideas. I had already bought him a gift (a New York Mets Fanchest), so I was looking for something I could make him. Last weekend we spent some time with our dear friends who live in Spring, Texas (just outside of Houston). It just so happens that these friends are also bourbon drinkers; so lots of stories about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, drink recipes/concoctions & cooking/bak…

Trader Joe's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

It's SO GOOD! Let's just start by saying that. A while back I made my own cauliflower crust and honestly, it's a ton of work. You can check that post out here. So when a friend told me that Trader Joe's had a cauliflower pizza crust, I made it my mission to get there and scoop some up. 
Unfortunately, I found an empty freezer case, but I wasn't leaving without asking to see if there was some in the back. Sure enough, I scored the last 2 boxes in the store. The woman informed me that this item would be out of stock until sometime in July. Apparently, they are tweaking the baking instructions and need to reprint all of the boxes, etc. 
With that being said, I agree that the directions do need to be tweaked. I am pretty sure that the cook time of 8-10 minutes is a misprint. I ended up baking mine for about 22-24 minutes and that still left parts of the center cooked, but not crispy. I have one more box in the freezer and I plan to bake the crust for about 8-10 minute…

Summer Bucket List

Creating a Summer Bucket List is such a fun exercise to do with the kids. We made one of these last year and posted it in the playroom. The list doesn't allow for many dull moments and defintely no, "I'm bored" whining. We had plenty of ideas to fill our summer days with. Part of the fun was checking them off as we completed them. We didn't hit every activity on our list last summer; hopefully, we'll have better luck this summer.
Rather then sitting down with the boys to make a list, I would get ideas from them about what they wanted to do this summer while we were out running errands or in the car on our way to school. This kept them occupied when having to tag along with mommy to get stuff done and also made for great conversations in general. Of course, I did not write this list while driving...that wouldn't be very safe. Instead, I stored all those great ideas away to recall a few nights later when I had the chance to sit down, pull out some markers …

Granola Crust Breakfast Tart

I've always stayed away form recipes like this in fear of how difficult they would be. I would come across pins and stop in my tracks to take in the beauty of these culinary masterpieces. All the colorful fruit would have my mouth watering and taste buds begging for a piece. 
Recently, I decide to over come my fruit tart making fears and to my surprise, it was easy peasy and oh, so good. The spring heat had me searching for a healthy and refreshing breakfast recipe to bring and share with the ladies at my bible study and this recipe was just that- refreshing and healthy. Instead of a buttery graham crust, this is a crunchy granola crust made from Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats. I was able to pick them up at Lucky's Market. You can also find his products at Publix, Target and Amazon. One of the best things about a fruit tart is that there really is no right or wrong fruit combination. It's really your call. I pretty much used the fruit I had on hand. I initiall…

A Fresh New Look

To say I've been working on a new "blog look" for months would be an understatement. It's something I've been mulling over for at least a year. I was convinced once the New Year started, I would be ready to pull the trigger and actually put work back into this blog AND then... life happened.

Like anything you really want to make happen, you have to carve out the time. Time is a commodity. A commodity that some could debate I have a lot of as a SAHM. To those with that argument, I side eye, laugh and carry on. This post is not to debate or discuss my day to day and/or how I manage my time. Instead it's to celebrate a small victory! I did it, I made the time to WRITE THIS POST!
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y in my book. Blogging is a labor of love. It's a stress outlet for me. It gives me a sense of purpose. I love sharing my recipes, parenting experiences, crafts and life (even as messy as it can get) with all of you. If it can brighten someones day or lend insight to even…