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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Easy peasy crockpot taco chicken

This is a super easy recipe that all of my kids love. With school just around the corner for all four of them (gulp) I'll be using my crockpot a lot. Shuffling kids to and from school and sports/activities, there's nothing better than coming home to the yummy aroma of dinner...DONE!  I'm on a mission to find and try as many new heathy recipes that I can this fall, so stay tuned! This one is at the top of my list already.

what you will need:
6 raw chicken breasts quartered (I almost always have mine frozen somewhat)
1 large can corn
1-2 cans of black beans
1 large jar of your favorite salsa
2-3 T taco seasoning
(I have a large family, and this still gave us leftovers. So, you might want to freeze some, or better yet, give half to a neighbor :)
throw it in your crock pot, give it a stir, and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
shred the chicken, let sit for 10-15 min.
serve with tortilla (or top your salad!) serve with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, cheddar cheese, sour cream etc

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Leo-Love 2 months old ♥

We were blessed with the gift of the Onyango family coming to visit Minnesota! It was an incredible, memory-packed 10 days. Seeing the love amongst the cousins, all the baby snuggles, and the laughter are moments that are written on my heart forever. It's moments like these that I can't help but stand back in awe of the amount of love, support and the beautiful hearts of the people I get to call family.

You two are incredible parents and it's so fun to watch you in this journey. I love your baby boy more than I can believe. THANK YOU for sharing him with us! xoxo

This is my favorite :)

A hand-me- down from big cousin Ty! (Time flies)

Grandma love

  He was mesmerized :)

 two months old on 8.09.16


Thursday, August 4, 2016

PB & banana roll-ups

Today my oldest and I got the day started early in the kitchen together. I love this time of day and also how much she likes to learn new things with me. These roll-ups were gobbled up quicker than I could make them! We go through a lot of peanut butter and bananas for breakfast so I thought I would try something new with this fabulous duo. Hope you (and your munchkins) enjoy these as much as we do!

what you need:
cinnamon and sugar mix
peanut butter

Load up your bread with peanut butter
place banana slices on one end of the bread
roll up
roll in whisked egg
roll in sugar and cinnamon mixture
cook on low heat in buttered skillet til golden brown on all sides


Love this girl.



served with a yummy mixed berry smoothie :)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Watermelon slushy (no kids allowed)

I love watermelon. Scratch that. I'm kinda obsessed/can't live without it/could eat my weight in.... I think it's one of the most delicious perks of summer. So, here is a new (to me anyway) twist on a refreshing adult beverage. Kim Crawford meets watermelon. Hope you enjoy these two loves like I do :)

I combined:
juice from 3 slices of lemon
2+ cups of watermelon
1 cup Kim Crawford
AND ice cubes in my Ninja blender (another thing "I can't live without") Blend (and add ingredients to taste, if needed). Put in the freezer until slushy...2-3 hours (or until kids are in bed and you can put your feet up :)


Friday, July 22, 2016

fruit bark

We LOVE getting fresh fruits (and veggies) from the farmers market! We thought we would try something cold, healthy and refreshing for snack time. This was so easy and yummy on a HOT day!
All you  need is:
Berries, kiwi or fruit of choice (cut up if needed)
1 large tub of Greek yogurt (we used vanilla)
Parchment paper and a cookie sheet
Line the pan with the paper.
scoop in the yogurt and spread around.
Add fruit and freeze for 3 hours
Break up the bark (warning: I couldn't feel my hands afterwards :)


"berry-licious oatmeal pancakes"

My kids LOVE when I make these pancakes. They decided they needed a name because they are that good! :) So...they call them "mama's berry-licious pancakes." I love to think that one day they will make them for their own hungry bunch. Hope you enjoy them too! (this recipe makes plenty-o-hotcakes for leftovers too)
2 Cups flour
3 tsp of cinnamon
1 1/2  c. quick oats oatmeal
3 Tablespoons sugar
6 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 eggs
3 c. milk
6 Tablespoons cooking oil
Frozen mixed berries (I use about 1.5 cups)
Mix all together, add berries last.
For a golden buttery taste I use butter in the skillet before pouring in the batter.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

♥Leo Edward ♥

June 9th a beautiful soul was brought into the world by two of my best friends. Leo Edward made his debut and we are so in love with him!! I was so very glad to be able to hop on a plane and be there for the journey. It was a week that will forever be impressed on my heart. Those sacred, love-filled hours and moments are a treasure. Seeing these two as parents makes me so insanely happy.  Love you both so much, and THANK YOU for letting me be a part of it all!! I can't wait to watch Leo grow! xoxo

*note: this might just be the longest entry I ever post...but the cuteness is irresistible and I think you'll agree :)