Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Best Breakfast Treat

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Is your family in town yet? Have you hit the road to head to your in-laws? Are you laying low this year? Regardless of your holiday plans, big or small, I've got the perfect breakfast treat for you. Tomorrow is all about food indulgence, right?? My mom used to make these for us each year on our birthday, and they were always our favorite. The beauty of this recipe is you don't have to measure out your ingredients and it's quick and easy leaving oven space for all those yummy casseroles. Enjoy!


12 Canned crescent rolls
12 Marshmallows
Half a stick of butter
Powdered sugar
Vanilla extract

Melt butter in bowl. Mix equal parts cinnamon and sugar in another bowl. Roll out crescent rolls. Dip marshmallow in melted butter and completely coat. Then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture and completely coat. Place coated marshmallow in middle of crescent roll and roll up the edges completely closing the crescent roll into a ball. Make sure all parts are sealed. Dip the bottom in butter and place in greased muffin tin. Repeat the process for all 12 snowballs. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Mix frosting using a small amount of milk and adding powdered sugar and vanilla to taste. You will want it to thicken a little. Let snowballs cool and then drizzle frosting on top and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Favorite Things: Stocking Stuffers

I love opening presents Christmas morning and watching loved ones excitedly tear open the gifts I've so carefully selected for them {fingers crossed everyone loves what they're getting!}. But I have to say I'm a sucker for the stocking! Growing up sometimes the loot in the stocking was better than what was under the tree. Here's what I'd love to see in my stocking this year.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Scenes from the weekend...

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! I don't know if it's the fact I actually got some good rest this weekend or if I'm just thinking about all the deliciousness we'll be enjoying come Thursday, but I'm so excited for the start of this week. We certainly enjoyed a wonderful weekend continuing the birthday celebration for a friend and me Friday night. It was one of those perfect meals that lasted three hours and the conversation was as good as the food. So thankful for friends who are like family! Saturday was such a treat as well. We slept in, cooked breakfast {recipe coming soon!} and stayed in pjs all day playing with the boys. Sunday we celebrated the baptism of our sweet friends' baby girl and then chased our boys around the luncheon following. Crumbled biscuits, spilled drinks and stolen cupcakes later, it was time to head home and take naps. Thankfully I got one too! Now off to plan our Thanksgiving menu. Oh yeah, I decided to cook!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, friends! This was the first week in several that we were all healthy. Finally! So, here's what I'm loving this week.

1. Family pics 
We got our pictures back from our oh so talented friend and photographer, and we could not be more pleased.
I just love all the sweet and crazy moments she captured!
Will share more soon.

2. Thanksgiving
We are not traveling for Thanksgiving and will be enjoying Turkey Day just our little family of four.
I am so torn on what to do foodwise.
Debating whether or not to cook just for us or if we should indulge in the goodness of the buffet at Puckett's.
Anyone else enjoying a small holiday?
What are you cooking??

3. Christmas gifts for the boys
This is the first year George actually understands the concept of Santa Claus and is able to tell us what he wants for Christmas.
There is only one thing on his list though.
A really big drum set, as he says.
Am I crazy for getting him this??
Our house will never be quiet again.

4. Holiday dresses
I'm getting so excited for all the holiday parties and soirees coming up!
Thinking I need a new frock and loving this one!

5. Birthday celebration
Yesterday was the big 3-3 for me, and I shared this pic on Instagram last night.
It cracks me up because it is real life.
Jude literally scarfed down his cupcake in one bite before we could even snap the shot, and George was already asking for a bite of mine!
Life with these two keeps me feeling forever young!

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

3 Easy Soup Hacks

Oh how I love a good hearty soup on a cold day. But so many of said soup recipes call for plenty of chopping, pureeing and simmering, all of which I just don't have time for these days. So luckily I found three soups that satisfy my cravings and take less than five minutes to make. Enjoy!

Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup with
Corn, Cilantro and Feta

Pour soup into pot and add corn.
Let cook on stove over medium heat until bubbling hot.
Dish into bowls and top with feta and cilantro.

Butternut Squash Soup with
Honey Crisp Apple, Pumpkin Cornbread Croutons and Thyme
Pour soup into pot and add thyme.
Let cook on stove over medium heat until bubbling hot.
Dish into bowls and top with croutons and apples.

Tomato Soup with
Pesto, Mascarpone and Gnocchi
Cook gnocchi according to package.
Pour soup into pot.
Let cook on stove over low heat until simmering.
Add in a dollop of mascarpone and pesto and stir until blended.
Dish into bowls and spoon in cooked gnocchi.

And I have to say my honey beer bread is the perfect addition for any of these soups!
So what's your favorite soup recipe??

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

These are a few of my favorite things

Have you started your holiday shopping yet?? I'm a big believer in saving Thanksgiving and will not decorate for Christmas until after Turkey Day, but I'm all about some early holiday shopping. I love to shop for others and do believe 'tis better to give than to receive' but certainly have my eye on few things I'm hoping are under the tree for me come Christmas morning.

So what's on your wish list this year?

Scenes from the weekend...

This weekend was the best and just what I needed after eight days of house arrest with my sweet Baby Jude. He was finally on the mend, and I was headed to the lake for a much needed girls weekend. I am so thankful for B and his willingness to just give me the time to myself and spend time bonding time with his boys. Our girls weekend was all about food! We split up each meal into themes and everyone signed up to bring their favorite dishes. I cannot remember the last time I ate so well {or so much!}. There is something so refreshing about getting away, lounging in sweatpants and drinking wine by the fire with your girlfriends. We stuffed ourselves silly and laughed plenty! I made it home in time for some snuggles Sunday afternoon before heading out for my last hurrah of girls weekend. A dinner with friends at my new favorite restaurant. More good food, wine and laughs made for the perfect end to a girls weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Learning To Say No

True confession: I am a people pleaser. I am a "yes" person. I am the one you want on your committee because I'll always agree to volunteer to do something. I am the friend you want to invite to the Stella and Dot/Rodan and Fields/Doterra party because I always feel like I have to buy something. I am the mom who cannot turn down a play date no matter how worn out the boys and I are. I just don't know how to say, "No." 

I don't know if it was my friend saying she was going to get me the "Stop me before I volunteer again" coffee mug for Christmas as I was frantically cleaning my house to host a junior league meeting the night after I hosted girls night or the fact I've been going so nonstop it finally caught up to me in the form of a viral infection but another friend's wise words have really been resonating with me. 

My friend shared this quote the other day in our Bible study, and it hit me. I realized the "something else" was my family. I am so busy pleasing everyone else and making time for others that B and my boys were getting my "less." Don't get me wrong, I am a firm believer that girls nights are good for the soul, and I want to be the friend/volunteer/etc people can count on. However as we are entering in this holiday season I want to make sure I don't blink and have missed sweet time with my family. Even if that means missing out on a park date with friends or chairing some committee because what will matter is that the people who mean the most to me are getting the most of me and from me. Now I need to go respond to an email letting them know I can't volunteer for that!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Love Me Some Sugar Bit

I don't know about other moms out there, but it seems like these days my kids dress better than I do. I shop for my little men way more than I shop for myself. So today I thought I'd share one of my favorite shops. I love me some Sugar Bit. From the amazing selection of brands {just announced they'll be carrying Kissy Kissy!}, fabulous deals {new Fall markdowns up to 40% off!} and the handwritten note you receive with each order {the absolute best customer service!}, Sugar Bit is my go-to shop for outfitting my boys and gifting the little ones of friends and family. This sampling does not even begin to do justice to all Sugar Bit has to offer, but here are a few of my favorites right now. I mean can you even handle that Christmas dress?? It may be a blessing in disguise I don't have girls. I'd be broke! Be sure and follow Sugar Bit on Instagram to get all the latest on sales and promotions. Oh and you just might see two of their cutest brand reps, George and Jude!

Scenes from the weekend...

Careful what you wish for. We have been going nonstop for the last couple of months now. I've found myself often saying, "Oh I just wish I had a whole weekend at home with nothing to do so I could finally catch my breath." Well, I got my wish this weekend. Just not how I would have planned. This weekend was supposed to be the best. Two of my oldest friends from Dallas were coming in for a girls weekend. I spent all week getting ready and making plans. I was so looking forward to plenty of catching up, eating, drinking and laughing with these two. Sadly Thursday night Jude had other plans. My poor little man came down with the worst and most pitiful case of Croup. As much as I hated to do it, we had to cancel girls weekend. And boy am I glad we did because it was not exactly a glamorous weekend at our house. Our little man was down for the count the whole time, but thankfully since we were forced to stay inside, it ended up being the much needed weekend of rest I was longing for. Staying in pjs {the whole weekend!}, ordering takeout, playing as a family and oh, baby snuggles from my littlest man. Here's hoping for health and a fresh start to a new week!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Rosemary Beach Recap

The cooler temps have finally arrived, but I'm still reminiscing about our incredible trip to the beach just a couple of weeks ago. We headed to Rosemary with some of our best friends. Four families with eight kids two and under. I have to admit I was a little nervous wondering how we would all survive under one roof, but all the kids and all the parents got along so well. Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach are just absolutely magical. I don't know if it was the salty air, the perfect weather or the abundance of wine flowing, but it could not have gone any better. This is a trip we will definitely do for many years to come!

Highlights from the trip included kicking off our vacay just our family of four at La Cocina with some margs and chips and queso. We loved watching our sweet Jude take in the sights and sounds of his first beach trip. He definitely ate his fill of sand, and we laughed watching him crab-walk all over the place! George loved jumping in the waves and looking for seashells or "buried treasure" as he called it. I made the kiddos monogrammed buckets and shirts that were all a hit. We had one day of off and on stormy weather but a trip to the Donut Truck did the trick. Let me just say Jude certainly enjoyed his first ever donut. He never came up for air! Some rainy day crafts and movies appeased our sweet kiddos, and by some miracle each night by 7:00 all eight kids were asleep {or at least quiet and in bed!}. The adults were able to enjoy takeout, wine, games and plenty of laughter. Two out of our four nights we were fortunate enough to have babysitters come over and got to enjoy dinner at two of our favorites George's and Edward's. We were so thankful to enjoy adult conversation out away from the kids as well as the most amazing cuisine. Cheers to such a memorable trip and cannot wait to do it again next year!