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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Valentines Day Kool-Aid Candy Button Hearts

Okay you guys, one of my favorite holidays is just around the corner. How is that possible?! I know, I know...I asked myself the same thing.

So I thought I'd share a little DIY tutorial on these candy button hearts...it's a twist on a favorite childhood candy of mine, candy buttons (except these ones are made with Kool-Aid powder, and they have way more flavor then the original button candies)

This would be such a cute idea to give out as Valentines for your kids class, or to your very own friends...I mean lets be honest the possibilities are endless haha.

What you need:
-- powder sugar
-- Kool-Aid powder packets (I bought four different flavors)
-- egg (use only egg white)
-- wax paper
-- small ziploc bags

Directions:
Cut your wax paper in about 2-3 inch strips. Tape it to a white card stock strip the same size. Then, mix egg white and 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar (if it seems runny just add a little more powdered sugar). Divide mixture into the amount of packets you have. I had four so I divided it into four different bowls. Then I added about 1/2 tsp. of kool-aid mixture, stirred it up, and put in ziploc bag. Cut the corner (the tinier the hole the better the hearts come out) and start makin' your hearts on the wax paper!



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Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello. It's Me.

Hello there my friends. It's been a while. We have been traveling and moving, the holidays were crazy and I've been a little under the weather with this pregnancy. It has been much, much different than my first two...in a sort of "pregnancy is super hard" type of way. We are incredibly grateful to add another little girl to our family, and I have to admit, I am just as excited for this pregnancy to be over and to have her safe and sound in my arms!

I was organizing things on my computer the other night and came across this little journal entry I wrote right after I had Cozette. It brought back so many memories and I teared  up reading it because I realized just how fleeting time is. Look how little my Sage is in this photo?! 

Since I'm feeling a bit nostalgic I thought I'd share it on this blog, for all you moms who feel tired and overwhelmed...this too shall pass and then you'll be on to the next baby ready to start it all over again! haha.


Mother of Two:
"One morning I woke up and suddenly I was a mother of two! Where did the time go?!  It was like all my life I dreamt of the day I would have two little girls, close together, sisters for life. They would be the best of friends, entertain one another for hours on end playing dolls and “house”, library and school. They would have that bond that I had with my four sisters (yes lots of estrogen in my home!) A bond that was like nothing you could compare.


Now that I have two precious daughters, it’s almost surreal.  I went through moments of “what did I get myself into”. Moments of doubting myself as a mother. Moments of feeling utterly overwhelmed and unworthy of such perfect little babies that God had blessed me with. I started feeling sorry for myself. One day my husband came home after work with this gorgeous bouquet of flowers, and I just burst into tears. It was just one of those days…hormones, and being inside all day long, changing diapers, and leaking from every hole in my body (oh, is that tmi?!) just sent me a wee bit over the edge.

That night, I watched a video titled “Motherhood: an Eternal Partnership with God” by Jeffrey R. Holland. It was a message that I needed to hear. My eyes swelled with tears, no longer caused by my little pity party, but instead tears of utter gratitude. The video ended, and I sat there. I could see my reflection in the now black computer screen. I looked tired. My hair was in a high bun for the third day in a row (buns are just so convenient), and makeup, well who has time for that,right?! Suddenly, I realized, this reflection of a “I just want one good nights sleep” mama became someone who I admired. I am a mother. I am a teacher to these little girls of mine. I am an example of goodness. I am a leader and a motivator. I am a maid, a chef, and a nurse to these little munchkins.  And this my friends is when I had an “ah-ha” moment. All these things will end. My girls will grow up, and the bags under my eyes from sleepless nights will disappear (hopefully?!). The endless toy pick up and diaper changing will be that of the past. So enjoy it. Enjoy it while it lasts.

I went to bed that night, sliding my ever so exhausted body into my nice clean sheets excited to get a little shut eye. Suddenly, the cry of hunger came from the basinet, and I thought, “Thank you Heavenly Father, for that sweet cry.”




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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

You're the POME to my GRANATE

Hey y'all! We are back from our month long adventure in Kentucky, which was so much fun and exactly what I had imagined. I will share pictures once I get all my stuff together! The Blue Grass state is
such a beautiful part of the country during the Fall! Right before we left all the leaves looked like they were on fire. It's like a breath of fresh air...seeing the leaves change. I came to realize that seasons are sort of my favorite thing ever, which is weird because I didn't really grow up with them. Maybe that is why I love them so much?!

Anyways in the meantime I wanted to post a little something. We got back to California just for a bit, to spend Halloween with family, then we make our trek to our final "spot". My parents had a huge Tupperware of  pomegranate seeds from their tree. I sat and ate about three bowl fulls. Since this pregnancy (oh you didn't know? Yes, we are pregnant with baby girl #3!! I announced it on my instagram...we are just so excited)! But anyways, more of that later, now back to pomegranates ;-). I crave them! Not sure if it's the texture, the taste, the way they pop in my mouth and are sweet then bitter. But I could eat them all day.

So I rounded up my most favorite things to eat with pomegranate seeds...OH and in case you didn't know (because I didn't until my old pops had to show me) how to seed a pomegranate check out this video.

10 of my favorite pomegranate recipes (some are perfect to try for Thanksgiving!!!)
1. Butternut Kale Pomegranate Pizza  (I don't even like Kale so this was a shocker)
2. Pomegranate Cauliflower Feta Fritters (Smitten Kitchen is my go to for anything delicious)
3. Sweet Potato Bake with Pomegranates 
4. Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Pomegranate syrup (so easy and so, so good!)
5. PB&P sandwich (don't judge til you've tried it)
6. Pears with Poms and Goat Cheese (a great little appetizer or snack)
7. Roasted Chicken with Pomegranate Chutney 
8. No Bake Chocolate Pomegranate Tart
9. Harvest Salad (I had these at a dinner party last year and haven't stopped craving them since)
10. Muesli with Poms and Almonds (my latest morning obsession)

***if you try any of these let me know how you liked it...or if you have any other good Pomegranate recipes please send them my way! I am always up for a good recipe!


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Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Layered Cake

I know, the title is super original...pretty much just stating the obvious. A moist (oh boy, yes I used that word even though I really kind of loathe it) four layered white buttermilk cake, with cream cheese frosting! I just felt like three layers wasn't quite enough *haha.  Each layer is the color of what this Fall season represents...orange, yellow, copper, and red.

I was actually up in the Utah mountains this last week and the Aspen leaves are beginning to change. It was like the whole mountainside was on fire, and I was reminded why I love this season so very much...and so this cake just seemed completely fitting. :-)

I used this recipe for the cake part and this recipe for the frosting part. Have I mentioned how much I love frosting...it's like butter to my bread.

***also the best, most vibrant food dye is Wilton food dye. I'm tellin' ya it makes a huge difference if you want the colors to be like "wazam!". I got mine at Joannes.

disclaimer: By no means am I a pro when it comes to cake baking. I mean seriously, for anyone who bakes a cake where the frosting looks flawless...I really need you to teach me your ways. However, I did love the way the colors turned out and like I always say, cake is good for any occasion. And on this occasion, it was because it was Tuesday. :-)
^^^My little helpers. Sometimes I wish they'd rather watch...but that is just never the case ^^^

bon app├ętit! 


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

San Fran as we know it

Hi there! We have currently been making ourselves at home in the Golden City (aka San Francisco) for the next few weeks. I know I had mentioned it on my instagram...but I never got around to posting about our vagabond-ish lives for the next few months.

Because of a few changes with my husbands work...we decided to sell our home in San Diego and go where we were (or should I say will be) needed. I was so sad to leave San Diego for so many reasons, it's one of the greatest places to live in the whole world! We have family, and so many dear friends that we left behind.

It's funny, right when me and my little family started feeling very comfortable and settled, almost complacent with the way life was going...it was turned a little upside down. However, I am slowly realizing that change is hard, but a lot of times it is good. It has forced me to be comfortable with living much simpler...I mean living in a hotel with two little ones and a suitcase for each of us has most definitely forced me to simplify. It's actually kind of relieving to live with so little of things. I am sure when the time comes to start unpacking boxes I'm going to think, "why in the world do I have all this?!"

So now that you're caught up a little with a fraction of my happenings...my sister Whitney, and I, went on a little weekend getaway to the city and then to Napa. Both such amazingly beautiful places that could not be more opposite.

Even though it was a very short time, I thought I'd share some of my new favorite finds:

breakfast:
-- Mama's  (like mamas cookin'...need I say more?!)
-- Mr.Holmes Bakehouse (the cruffins and stuffed doughnuts are pretty amazing...get there around   
   8:15 am so you get the first morning batch that comes out at 9 am)

lunch:
-- Souvla (if you like Greek food...oh my)
-- Split Bread (great soups and sandwiches)

dinner:
-- the French Laundry (fancy but worth making a reservation way ahead of time for this place!)
-- Farmstead (I don't even know how to say this but this has hands down become one of my favorite spots to eat...its in Napa and everything is organic and grown in their garden behind the restaraunt. Everything is so fresh and the flavors are ridiculously good. This is a must!)

***My new favorite place to shop in downtown San Fran is the Hayes Street Shopping District. So many eclectic little shops with so much character! (ie: Marine Layer, Fiddlesticks, Acrimony)
***Culinary Art Institute in Napa is worth seeing...there are only two in the United States. One is NY and one in Napa. The Chocolatier was my favorite, making chocolate is no joke people! :-)
 ^^^there was this crazy structure in the middle of Hayes Street, that people would write/color on^^^
 ^^^this was just one pic I took at Farmstead...I died over all of it. This burger was one of the best I've ever had...oh and so are their cheese biscuits and meatballs!
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream (with lots of chocolate chunks!)

Hey there friends! My rule of thumb is when I find a good recipe, I share it. This is nothing short of good, with a side of creamy and delicious. Plus, it even says in the cuisinart cook book that it's "one of the easiest ice-creams to make"! Im a sucker for easy how-tos and peanut butter, so this was a no brainer.

Below is the recipe and a few pics (b/c it's always nice to actually see what you're making!) So to all those who want to take a spoon to this goodness, here ya go...

peanut butter cup ice cream
1 cup good quality peanut butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup (or maybe throw in an extra 1/2 cup if you dig that sort of thing) chopped peanut butter cup candies. This ends up being about 20 mini peanut butter cups.

In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low to combine peanut butter and sugar until smooth. Add the milk and mix on low until sugar is dissolved. Stir in heavy cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.

Turn on your ice-cream maker...we used the THIS one. Pour the mixture into freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15-20 minutes. Five minutes before mixing is complete add shopped candy. The ice-cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If you want a firmer consistency transfer it to a airtight container and put in the freezer for about 2 hours. 


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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Eating at our Happy place...

Last week we went and visited my parents and stopped in at Happys Cafe in Old Town... one of our favorite shaved ice spots (they put ice cream in the middle, which, if you've never tried it you need to!) Sage decided it would be a good idea to get butterscotch flavor with sprinkles. I tried to get her to do something else, but she stuck to her guns and actually it was better then any flavor I would've picked!

So this last time we went it was extra special because my girls joined in on a group tour where they went "behind the scenes" to see how it's all done. They got to make their own shaved ice, have a snowball fight and free face painting.

My kids had a total blast, and I loved snapping a few pictures of all the colorful things that surround this "Happy" place.





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