If you’re one of the five people that read this blog, you might remember my dad’s ongoing Christmas present this year, a cookie of the club type of thing. I think I’ve only shared February’s chocolate sugar cookies but I really hope to share more recipes in the future. This month, I had an idea for cookies using some coconut since I had so much left after making coconut cakes at Easter and what I came up with is a mixture of coconut, caramel bits, and toasted almonds.
Last year at Mother’s Day, I shared a recipe for crème brulee french toast. Well this year, I’ve updated it and I think it might be even better! Any type of a breakfast bake is a great way to have something special for breakfast without waking up at an ungodly hour. Parents with little ones already wake up early enough. There’s no sense in waking up even earlier if you don’t have to. You do the work the night before then simply bake it in the morning.
Mother’s Day is THIS week! And if you’re a last minute (but still thoughtful) person like me then you’re looking for something to express to your mom just how special she is. I have just the thing for you! I created some free printables that show Mom how much she means. Just simply print and frame!
I like to have mine printed somewhere like Staples for a really good print quality. But that might just be because I’m always out of printer ink. So if you’re not a slacker like me you could probably just print them at home. The prints are great on their own or make a great addition to a gallery wall. I think I’m going to be doing something with the floral heart for some Mother’s Day presents so stay tuned!
Plus!!! I included some recipe art. I did some recipe art for my mom a few years ago when she saw some recipe art on Etsy. The version she picked out had more a subway art feel so I completely changed it up the look and used one of my grandmother’s recipes. I included my chocolate chip cookies recipe. You can make some cookies for your mom while you’re at it too!
This is one I’ve been meaning to share. I made this sign as a little something for Sidney for our anniversary way back in March. He’s not big into presents so we don’t usually do anything big. Looking for gift ideas on Pinterest, I found out that a modern 6th anniversary gift can be made from wood or something sweet. I decided to go with the wood route since making him something sweet (I was thinking a half dozen of something for six year) would be too typical for me. When I found that wood board at Walmart, the wheels started turning. Sidney really loves old oyster tins and we have a few in the house. A lot of the vintage tins are really cool relics of old school advertising with interesting names, images, and cool colors.
So I had the idea churning in my head to use this wood board I found and create something related with oysters. I needed to figure out the design and how to get the design onto the board. Pinterest to the rescue yet again. After searching through several options, some of which I’ve tried before with little success, I came across a tutorial for a Mod Podge product. It looks easy enough so I thought I would give it a try.Continue Reading…
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Sometime last fall, Birdie slowly started sneaking into our room every night. Usually I was just too tired to take her back to her own bed. It was around the time that Sidney was busy with harvest season and he was usually home well after she went to bed each night. They both seemed to enjoy a few minutes together after waking up before Sidney would leave for work so we just kind of let it slide. Then it morphed into her going straight to our bed each night. Aside from the first few months when the kids slept next to our bed as infants and occasionally when they’re sick, co-sleeping has never really been our thing. Sidney flails around way too much and I’m much too light of a sleeper so no one was getting much rest in our house except for Evie. He had decided he no longer wanted his crib and moved his way over into Birdie’s vacant double bed. So that little rascal was getting a good snooze every night in a big, comfy bed.
Once Sidney was done with his fall work, we tried to gently coax Birdie out of our bed. We didn’t want to push too hard because things always just work better when Birdie’s excited to do them. She’s a stubborn little thing who doesn’t give in easily so we would bring the topic up every once in a while about moving back to her bed. We tried to encourage Birdie and showed her that her cousin was sleeping in her own bed (didn’t phase her) , we tried to buy her new sheets that she picked out (worked for one night), and we would try to think of cool things we could do in her room to make it more exciting to sleep in there.Continue Reading…
Just about every morning Birdie is the first one awake. She comes straight to my room (thank goodness she’s back to sleeping in her own bed – more on that later), and starts prodding me to get out of bed and make breakfast. And most mornings when you ask her what she wants, it’s always the same….pancakes, waffles, French toast, or cereal. The girl definitely likes her carbs in the morning!
Because of this, I’ve become very efficient at whipping up a batch of pancakes or waffles. One morning when I was well into the process and she had her heart set on waffles, I realized we had no eggs. Fear not! We had some containers of yogurt we needed to use up so I grabbed some strawberry yogurt and whipped up some strawberry waffles. And boy were they good! Even Sidney who is not the biggest fan of pancakes and waffles enjoyed them. Bonus…you can really just sub in any flavored yogurt and change up the mix-ins for a fun change up!
I know you see pins all the time with things like “Best Ever Brownies” or “The Ultimate Coconut Cake” and think, “Really? Are these really the best or ultimate?”. I know I see the pins and think that. So why then am I calling this the Ultimate Coconut Cake? Well, it really is that good.
Holy moly this has been a busy week. All of a sudden it’s Friday and I am exhausted! When I have days and weeks like this, I have to make sure I’m eating plenty of good foods or else I’m a major crank! I’m always craving sweets and if I’m busy and not paying attention, I’ll start to get hangry and I have to reach for something good. This is my go-to snack when my sweet tooth hits like it always does in the afternoon. It tastes indulgent but it’s also really filling.
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Around here, we love movie night. This week we watched Sing and it was so adorable. Last week it was Moana which I really loved too. The music was awesome and I just can’t get over how lifelike the animated movies look, especially the scenery. We watch Toy Story on the regular because we have a little boy obsessed, so to see the very first computer animated movie to what they come out with today is mind blowing!
Popcorn with movie night is a must, but sometimes I like to amp it up a little bit with a white chocolate and peanut butter drizzle. Just saying drizzle makes it sound fancy but really all you need is some microwaving skills to complete this one. You can use microwave popcorn but we’ve been on a kick here, making popcorn on the stovetop. The kids love to watch the popcorn pop in the pan with the clear lid we have. If you go that way too, you just need one batch of popcorn for this recipe with just a little salt.
White Chocolate & Peanut Butter Drizzle Popcorn
- 1 bag lightly salted popcorn (I like Pop Secret Sea Salt)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 2-3 tbsp. creamy peanut butter (whatever tickles your fancy)
- sprinkles, candies, chopped peanuts, crushed oreos, etc. or nothing at all to sprinkle over top
- Start by popping the popcorn and then spread on a pan lined with tin foil or wax paper. In a glass bowl, add in chocolate chips and microwave for 30 second increments, stirring well in between, until melted.
- In a Ziploc baggie, pour in half of melted white chocolate, snip a small corner of the baggie, and use like a piping bag to drizzle the white chocolate over the popcorn. Mix in peanut butter with the remaining white chocolate and repeat the drizzling step. If you don’t mind larger drizzles, you could just use a spoon.
- Top with some topping if you’d like. Set the popcorn in the fridge until the chocolate is set.
Growing up, my dad and brothers didn’t go hunting so we never ate venison or any wild game really. I tried some venison sausage one time as a kid and did not like it! So needless to say, when I started dating Sidney and he was eating the food that he had hunted and harvested, I wasn’t so game. And of course, when I would ask people for advice on how to prepare it, the answer was always, “Put it in the crock-pot with a bottle of Italian dressing”. I don’t even really care for bottled Italian dressing so I don’t really want to eat meat that’s been stewed in it for hours.
Through a lot of trial and error, I have found ways to prepare the venison. In many ways it’s a lot like preparing beef but it’s so much leaner. The lean meat means you need to watch it a little more closely because when it’s done cooking, it’s done. Go a little too far and it dries right up.