Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Easter Weekend

And I'm back! We had the most incredible Easter weekend. Lots of family time, fun with friends and insanely gorgeous weather. Kicked things off Saturday with our church's Easter egg hunt. G was too busy riding his pony to hunt eggs. I see a request for a pony in our future. Sunday we went to church to "praise the Lord" as G now sweetly says and celebrate that He is risen! Came home to welcome friends over for brunch and an egg hunt. I was a little sad leading up to the weekend that we would not be with our family {we've been in Dallas the last two years!}, but quickly realized our friends here are our family. We had the best day. Mimosa bar for the adults and more candy and treats than the kids knew what to do with. This mama's heart was so full and happy just watching the kids run around the backyard and play while we got to catch up and laugh with friends. Looking forward to being back and catching up more!



















Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Signing off for Lent...

I love this blog. It is so much to me. It's a creative outlet, a community and accountability. But it's also a distraction. Something that becomes a priority before what really should be my priority. After some prayer, I've decided to "give up" this blog for Lent. Sure I could give up coffee and wine which have become my two biggest vices, but you know what, I've done that for nine months. Twice. It's doable. Giving up this blog and Instagram {this is going to be hard!} will be more than just eliminating something from my diet. It's taking away what tends to consume my time and thoughts so that I may refocus on what matters. Time in the word. Time in prayer. And time with my family. I will miss this blog and the community that surrounds it but look forward to catching up after Easter!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Arugula Quinoa Salad

This is my new favorite salad. So easy! Great for lunch and filling enough for dinner. Enjoy!

Arugula Quinoa Salad
Ingredients:

2 cups cooked quinoa
Olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Arugula
Pomegranate seeds

Directions:

Place enough olive oil to coat in a skillet and add garlic.
 Cook on medium heat for a minute or two.
Add pine nuts and cook for another minute or two.
Add cooked quinoa and toss around enough to coat.
Add cheeses and stir a minute or two until they start to melt.
Remove from heat.
Place arugula in bowls and add quinoa mixture and pomegranate seeds to each.
Stir to combine and serve.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Scenes from the weekend...

Here's to a new week friends. We spent our weekend blowing through way too much tissue. George, Jude and I were all down for the count. Oh and to top it off, B was out of town. Luckily he came home early, and let me say we have never been so excited to have him home. So much for packing and productivity. Never got out of our pjs except to escape for a quick lunch out and to stock up for icemaggedon today. I'm just sitting here staring at our boxes, packing paper and tape wondering if there's some way this house will pack itself. Wishful thinking...




Friday, February 28, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, friends!
Linking up with the lovely ladies to share what I'm loving this week.

Obsessed with these new drops from BaubleBar.
Thinking they are a must for my Palm Springs trip next month!

Are you guys familiar with Brit + Co.?
If you're not, check them out!
It's a fabulous site for all things DIY, food and fun.
I'm loving their new Community page where I shared my King Cake Bites.

She took the words right out of my mouth.
Read this post!

I love me some La Croix and am especially loving the new flavors.
Now to just close my eyes and pretend I'm sipping them spiked on a beach!

I have a slight addiction to really sugary kids cereal.
So I'm loving the fact that next week is National Cereal Day.
The boys and I just might have to celebrate with a cereal party.

Happy weekend, friends!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pinspired: New Mama Snack Box

Is it just me or does it seem like everyone you know is having babies right now?? Whenever you have a baby you can bet on a few things. Sleepless nights and lots of diaper changes, plus sweet friends delivering gifts for babe and dinner for parents. While showering the baby with onesies, lovies and such is nice and yes, the hubs enjoys the lasagnas delivered, mama is the one that really needs some love.

I simply fell in love with this "new mama snack box" idea I found on Pinterest. So perfect and so thoughtful. 
When one of my nearest and dearest friends delivered her second babe,  I just knew this would be perfect for her! The best thing about it is you can cater it to any new mama.
Just gather up some of mama's favorite snacks and treats...
Package them up and use Julep's darling free printables...


And put together the perfect gift for a new mama!
So what's your go-to gift for new mamas?
Anything you enjoyed when you welcomed a little one?
Be sure and also check out my favorite meal to take to new parents!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

King Cake Bites

I think the thing I miss most about living in Louisiana {besides B's family!} would definitely be the food! I loved eating king cakes during Mardi Gras and certainly could overindulge in those sweet treats. Over the years I was so spoiled by picking them up from local bakeries I never attempted to make my own.

I think I've made it pretty clear a time or two that I'm all about ease when it comes to cooking and baking. Simple ingredients. Simple steps. These king cake bites are the perfect treat and so easy, even the kiddos can help make.

King Cake Bites
Ingredients
2 cans of crescent rolls
4 tablespoons of butter, melted 
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon 
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Green, yellow and purple sprinkles


Directions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a mini muffin pan.
Roll out your crescent dough and cut each triangle in half.
Mix cinnamon and sugar together.
Drizzle melted butter over each triangle piece and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
Roll up each piece and place in muffin tin.
Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
While the cake bites are baking mix milk, powdered sugar and vanilla together to create your frosting.
When cake bites come out of the oven let cool for a few minutes.
Drizzle frosting over each cake bite and generously pour on your Mardi Gras colored sprinkles.



Feel free to fill with your favorite filling.
Pecan praline, cream cheese or any fruit filling.
Oh, and don't forget the plastic baby!
Sadly no tiny baby was hidden in these bad boys since my little man is consuming them.
Happy Mardi Gras friends!