Jul 1, 2015

The Weekend

Not too much to say about this weekend, except that it was GORGEOUS and we loved being on the water!  We went out to the lake around 12:30 on Saturday and laked it with friends.  The girls tubed and swam, it was beautiful out.  Saturday night we stayed at our friends cabin, unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate to have a fire, oh well.
Sunday we got back on the lake and met up with friends.  We soaked up (literally haha) every bit of the summer sun.

I figured I would get fancy and cut out some watermelon stars, Alayna thought that was so cool!

Mousey and I made some patriotic rice krispy bars.

Enjoying the lake!

Jun 29, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday 
Homespun Kitchen

I have been better about doing my meal planning and prepping again, I hadn't done it for a few weeks and felt like I was going crazy!  I am excited for this week because the Fourth of July is my second favorite holiday!  I love the colors, the food, the festivals, parades, everything.  It probably helps that Brad proposed to me on this day 19 years ago, awwwww.  
Our town has a huge church festival that starts on the 3rd, they have beer gardens, food, games for the kids, a big concert and then a parade and the same festivities on the 4th.  
I have some fun things planned for this week!

Tuesday:  "Flag" pizza, today is going to be our craft day and I am incorporating some fun 4th foods too!  Something like this...

Flag Pizza Recipe

Wednesday:  Chicken Pot Pie- from the freezer

Thursday:  Meatloaf, mashed potatoes

Friday:  We are going to a couple July 4th parties, so we'll be snacking all evening!

Jun 26, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's another edition of Friday Favorites with Andrea, Erika and Narci!

This week was full of summer fun!  Tuesday my sister-in-law and I took the kids to a strawberry patch (which I've never done before) to pick strawberries.  It was a gorgeous morning, not too hot and a bit of a breeze, so no bugs!  

Everyone had fun, and we got a ton of strawberries!

I think we got plenty!  I am hoping to make some jam this weekend, if time allows...

After strawberry picking, we went home, packed up lunches and headed to the beach.  It was SUCH a gorgeous day out!

Clearly they had fun...maybe too much...

Wednesday night our town had a "movie in the park" night which we have never done before.  They were showing the movie "The Boxtrolls".  I do not recommend it, it was a very strange movie, and not one of my girls liked it, haha.  They had a car contest and Alayna's taxi won 2nd place in her age group!

She won $20 and was super excited!

It really was a fun night, the adults sat and chatted (quietly) while the kids watched.  I made a huge batch of homemade kettle corn (in my new popper!),
 and bagged it up in bread bags that I have on hand for when I make homemade bread.

Single Bread Bags

I guess they are going to be doing a couple more movie nights this summer, we look forward to it (and hope that their movie choices will be better).

This weekend we hope to get the boat on the lake, and my plan is to make some jam and get my meals made for the week.  I have some fun crafts and meals planned to celebrate the 4th next week and ordered the book

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Jun 25, 2015

Saucy Meatballs

Oh looky it's a recipe!  It' funny when I look back at my blog, it all started because of my love for cooking, then some crafting/decorating morphed in, and now it's mostly about our daily life and what we're up to.  I haven't scrapbooked since 2013, so I kind of feel like this is my way of keeping track of what we've been up to...
Now onto this recipe.  While I still LOVE to cook, I don't post as many recipes as I'd like, simply because I keep forgetting to take pictures.  However this week Alayna told me I needed to take a picture and blog this recipe because it is our family's favorite dinner, they call these meatballs, "moms famous meatballs"!

The meatball recipe comes from Pioneer Woman and the sauce comes from Mels Kitchen Cafe.  The meatballs are really the best, there is so much flavor in these puppies, and the sauce is oh so easy, but also SO flavorful!

  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3/4 cups Fine Bread Crumbs
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 3/4 cups Freshly Grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup Flat-leaf Parsley, Minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  •  Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  •  Splash Of Milk

Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.

2 T. butter
3 1/2 T. flour
1/4 t. dried thyme
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
14 oz. can chicken broth (If you want your sauce thicker, cut down the chicken broth to 1 cup)
2/3 cup milk
2 T. minced fresh parsley

That's it, I will make a double batch of meatballs and freeze them, makes getting supper together so much easier!

Linking to Momfessionals for her Recipe Club.

Jun 22, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Edited to add:  I had this post scheduled for Sunday, and just realized this morning that it did not go up, oops!

Today I want to wish this handsome fella a Happy Father's Day!  First off dad, it is clear that you and I need to get our pictures taken together more often, haha!
Secondly I want to say how much I love this guy...he has been there for me through ups and downs, and lots of shitty boyfriends, just sayin.  Dad, I love that I can come to you with anything, and you won't sugar coat it.  And more than anything, my favorite times with you are our early morning coffee chats, those I will always cherish.
I like to think that my quirkiness comes from you, and the fact that I rather enjoy being the "odd" one.  I don't always like to follow, and enjoy being different.
I will never forget you making a meat pie for supper one night and us looking at it like we were served squid.  I asked you why you'd put hamburger in a pie and not chicken, and you said, "because everyone makes that" and you wanted to try something else.  You've always enjoyed being the different one!

I also want to wish my step dad Bob a Happy Father's Day.  We are so lucky that you came into our lives, and know that you are so loved!  We love your spunk and your constant smiles and the girls will never be able to see a tootsie roll pop and not think of you!

Happy Father's Day!

Brad's 40th and Fathers Day Weekend

What a fantastic weekend we had!  Friday was Brad's 40th birthday, we took the girls to Fuji's steakhouse and Sushi bar.  We did the hibachi grill and had a great chef, so fun!  They made Brad stand up to sing happy birthday to him, haha!  After supper we dropped the girls off at home and met some friends at the La for drinks.  We had a ton of fun and were home by 11.

Saturday Brad took the girls to a Twins game, they had awesome seats, 2 rows behind the visitor teams dugout.  Although it was hot and Brad said he took Alayna to the bathroom no less than 5 times and she whined about being hot, they still had a blast!

And while they were gone, I relaxed by cooking for 5 hours, it was glorious!  I got a double batch of chicken tetrazzini made, homemade meatballs, smores bars, homemade popsicles and made chicken marsala for supper.  It was truly a wonderful day!

Saturday night we hung out at home, Brad played volleyball and basketball with the girls and I sat, haha.  I love, love, love this pic!  Emma is shooting hoops, Rach is playing volleyball, and mouse is mad because no one was playing with her (even though dad just played a game of basketball with her).

Jun 19, 2015

Friday Favorites!

Linking up today with Andrea, Erika and Narci for Friday Favorites!

It's been a great week, it's been the girls' (well Emma and Alayna's) first full week at home and all went swimmingly!  Rachel had volleyball camp Wednesday-Friday so it was just the younger two at home and it sounds like they had a great week.  They have daily chores to do, and I love that my house gets cleaned daily, haha!

We were home most of the week which was wonderful, Alayna's game got canceled on Tuesday, so I was able to get some meals prepped.  I did a post yesterday on meal prep, so if you missed it, go check it out!
Alright, here are a couple favorites from this week...

Love that its warm enough for us to get out on the boat!

Emma bought some crafts this week and I'm excited to do some crafting with her!

Ok, so maybe this isn't exactly a favorite, but this is Alayna in melt down mode before going shopping because I informed her that we were NOT BUYING TOYS!  Fun times.

However, she always redeems herself.  her fish Shelly dies yesterday and I came home to find these signs.  I DIED of laughter!  Died...
By the way, it says, "Shelly's funeral is today"

Seriously, this kid makes me crazy, but she is SO freaken funny!


Tomorrow Brad and the girls are going to a Twins baseball game.  He was given 4 tickets, and originally we were going to try and get a 5th one, but no go.  I hate baseball.  Hate it.  It's boring, slow, and boring.  So needless to say I am so sad (not) that I can't go.  The girls are so excited!  I plan on cleaning, making more freezer meals, and working on getting rid of 95% of the toys we have, fun fun!


And this is most definitely my favorite...today is Brad's 40th birthday!  He is such an amazing guy, and I'm so lucky he's mine!

The girls made signs that I put all over the house, this one cracked me up the most, made by Emma.  The bottom part says, "coming up next...fishing opener, golfing, Brad turns 40, Kardashian has twins..."  LOL!!!  Brad and I were rolling at the Kardashian comment!

Tonight we are going to Fuji steakhouse for supper then meeting friends at the La for some cocktails.
Happy Friday!