Photo Friday

Watching 4 and 5 year olds play t-ball is pretty entertaining. Lots of distraction going on. There were two helicopters flying over the fields pretty low for part of the game so you can guess how well those plays went. It was pretty funny.

Hannah was desperate to get in on the action.
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Noah at bat.
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The kids are learning pretty quickly though.
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Playing first base.
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This boy of mine is going to be 5 in exactly a month. Once again, howwww? There are so many times I wish the hours away so I can have a break then you blink and they are in school. Life is crazy, isn’t it? I’ve really been making an effort to enjoy the little moments. They are gone so fast and looking back over the years those are the ones that mean the most. Hug your babies, dang it. They’ll be 5 as quick as you know it.

Samoas Krispie Treats

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You know what’s the best idea ever? A babysitter. During the week. While your husband is at work. That’s what’s going on as I write this. Yep, I’m in a coffee shop by myself sipping the most glorious iced coffee known to man. Is it really that good or is just because I’m alone and don’t have this toy going off every 2 seconds? When I was first considering this I felt guilt and was having a hard time justifying it since I don’t have a real job. Then summer started and I decided it would be good for everyone’s sanity.

In four hours I’m able to write posts for the whole week and they can be more substantial and include quality information. I even have time to run an errand by myself too. Not having kids screaming through the grocery store that the other is touching them is worth the money alone. Instead of writing and editing photos after the kids are in bed, I can actually spend quality time with Joel. And I feel so refreshed and way more patient when I return home.
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Rice krispie treats take me back to easier times when I was the kid, not the adult taking care of them. They are just so dang nostalgic for me. Add a girl scout cookie twist and it’s like I’m running around outside barefoot without a care in the world. I guess what I’m saying is I should make rice krispie treats everyday. Did I just find the solution to world peace?

This ooey-gooey treat is made by combining chocolate cereal, toasted coconut marshmallows, a coconutty chocolate topping and a drizzle of caramel. That’s some serious, messy indulgence right there.
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We all know samoas are the king of all the cookies so these are a complete no-brainer. So go make these, then hide in the closet and pretend those kids banging on the door are just playing a friendly game of hide and seek instead of stalking you.

Samoas Krispie Treats

8 oz. toasted coconut marshmallows
3 Tbsp. butter
5 1/2 cups cocoa pebbles cereal
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup toasted coconut
Caramel sauce, for drizzling

1. Spray a 13×9 with non-stick spray. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and marshmallows. Stir until combined.

2. Drizzle melted marshmallows over the cocoa pebbles and stir until completely combined. Press into prepared pan.

3. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave, in 30 second increments. Once melted, stir in the toasted coconut. Spread thinly over the rice krispie treats. Drizzle with desired amount of caramel sauce.

 

Thai Grilled Chicken Legs

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We’ve been trying to budget around here, which is totally not fun. But after several issues with our current house which were not disclosed when we purchased it, we’re getting really fed up. The winter brings frozen pipes leading to our washer…not good when you have two very messy children and do laundry every day. And this spring we’ve discovered that whenever it rains heavily, water seeps into the basement bedroom. Have I mentioned that it’s rained almost every day for almost a month? It’s not been pretty.
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One of the ways we’re reducing our spending is through our grocery bill. But I refuse to buy junk food (aka cheap food) as a means of doing so. Instead, I plan our meals around the meat and produce on sale that week at my favorite grocery store. I’m not a fan of checking out the ads at several stores then making trips to all of them. I just don’t have the time or desire and I can always figure out something with what’s on sale at the store less than a mile from our house. Convenience is important people.
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I also like to stock up when certain things are on sale, such as boneless skinless chicken breasts. They were cheap this week so I may have bought 8 packages. I would eat chicken every day so we won’t have a problem going through that purchase. I also picked up some chicken leg quarters and grilled up these Thai Grilled Chicken Legs on one of the few days it was gloomy and rainy.
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The chicken gets a punch of flavor from a marinade of peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce and lime juice. The marinade then does double duty as a dipping sauce.
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A word to the wise, the peanut butter in the marinade makes the grill flame up and may cause some charring on the chicken if you don’t keep a close eye on it. Not that I would know…. I also recommend using a digital meat thermometer so you know when it’s been cooked through. I love this one as you can set the desired temperature and an alarm will go off when it has been reached. Fool proof.
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Thai Grilled Chicken Legs

6 chicken leg quarters
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 lime, juiced
pinch of salt

1. In a bowl, combine garlic, peanut butter, coconut milk, soy sauce, lime juice and salt. Reserve half of the marinade and place in refrigerator. Add remaining marinade to a ziplock bag and add chicken. Make sure all the chicken is covered and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

2. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place chicken on grill and cook for 30-45 minutes. Baste and flip chicken every 15 minutes, until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Serve with remaining sauce for dipping.

Recipe adapted from Scratching Canvas.
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Sunday Inspiration {Ice Cream Edition}

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I just found out that June is National Dairy Month. I’m pretty sure ice cream is the best way to celebrate. Am I right?

Magic shell to a 4 year old is like spotting a leprechaun or better yet, a unicorn. It just doesn’t get much better.

Again with the sweet and salty.

Seriously. Insane. And all the combinations!

This has been on my list to make forever.

Mini is always better.

Brown Sugar Poptarts may be one of my guilty pleasures so OMG.

One of my favorite flavor combos.

Peanut butter for life.

I mean, the color.

Get in my belly.

I’ve only ever had one flavor of gelato, pistachio and it looks like it’s staying that way.

Loving the presentation on this one.

Is this real life?

Milkshakes. Always a good choice.

You know I love me so texture.

So, so refreshing.

You need more calcium, you know.

*Ice cream pictured above is Rocky Road.

 

 

Photo Friday

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Noah had his first t-ball game on Saturday and I forgot my camera. Womp womp. He did great and had a great time. He even said he liked t-ball better than soccer. The only thing he didn’t like was when he fell in the wet field and got mud all over his legs. That kid takes after me too much sometimes.

We finally started to have some hot summer weather so after the game we filled up our pool so the kids could play. As you can see, they loved it. You can also see we need a bigger pool. I’m pretty sure we are going to be spending a lot of time doing this.

Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

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Here I am again, with another sweet and salty snack. I have a thing for them if you haven’t noticed. My kids caught a nasty virus this past week which meant lots of snuggling and not a lot of cooking. When cooking isn’t happening, unhealthy eating usually is. Ain’t nobody got time to cook a healthy meal or even wash and cut up fruit when a baby needs to be held 24/7. So when said baby was napping, I quickly threw together this trail mix to have something easy and somewhat healthy I could cram into my mouth while snuggling.
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And you better believe once she was feeling better, she was sitting alongside me cramming it in her mouth too. She once again was whining and attempting to steal the trail mix the whole time I took pictures.
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It was in this moment where I wondered again why I didn’t wait until they were sleeping to take pictures. Then I remembered it would most likely be gone by then, #snackaddiction. I have no idea where they got that from…
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I love the touch of saltiness that the pretzels add. And honey roasted almonds, come on. Not only is this an easy snack to throw together but it’s super portable and way more affordable than the store-bought varieties. Plus, you can customize it to fit your tastes. I predict this will be the snack of the summer around here.
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Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup honey roasted almonds
2 cups pretzels
2 cups vanilla chex, or cereal of choice
1 cup raisins
1 cup banana chips
3/4 cup mini M&Ms

Mix all ingredients together and keep in an airtight container.
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Recipe Updates

It’s been awhile since I shared some recipe updates. I set a recent goal for myself to remake and photograph some oldies but goodies don’t look as pretty as they should. Any recipe I share here is something I would make and eat again, but with all the new recipes I make in order to share new content, some of them get lost in the shuffle. So, I’ve been trying to make an old recipe each week so that I can bring it to your attention without embarrassing myself with cringe-worthy photographs. I even have my eye on a new lens but it’s pricey so it will have to wait.

Chorizo Nachos are the perfect party snack or movie night dinner.
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Pizza sauce is a huge go-to in our house and we always have a batch portioned out in the freezer so we’re always ready for pizza night.
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One of my favorite simple, healthy-ish lunches is a Chicken Caesar Wrap. I usually grill extra chicken one night so I can have these for lunch a couple days that week.
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Bleu Cheese Dressing, I’m the only one in my house that will eat it. Sometimes it’s nice not having to share.
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Kansas City BBQ Rub is the best for ribs and pulled pork.
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Lastly, I realized I hadn’t updated my About Page since before Hannah was born. Oops. Now I have updated information and pictures of my whole family.