LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm going to be taking a break from blogging for the rest of the week to spend time with family and friends. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of love, thanks, and delicious food. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

Let's start off with the best news ever...Jack's biopsy came back normal! Praise the Lord. Seriously. While we were waiting in radiology there was a young girl hooked up to an IV and missing most of her hair. That'll make you feel grateful real fast.

This weekend we hung out at home and recovered from a stressful week. Jack was pretty pooped Friday night, but I didn't mind the snuggles one bit.

This weekend I also had my first red cup of the season.

After several times of dragging the popcorn from the pantry, I finally caved and let Jack eat popcorn at 10:00 on a Sunday morning. He's been through a lot, okay. Ben was so sweet and grabbed his stool so Jack could see it pop. I try to remember these moments when they are running around the house fighting like crazy people over a toy.

Sunday afternoon we went to our niece's Frozen birthday party. This was the best picture I could get of the princess. See that sparkly blur? That would be the birthday girl in her Elsa dress. Does anyone else wish they'd thought of the idea for Frozen?

 I'm ready to get back to the normalness of life this week and the fact that I can ease into it with a 3 day work week doesn't hurt either.

Here's to a productive Monday!!!

Linking up with Biana & Leeann
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Deluxe Breakfast Casserole

This warm and hearty casserole is sure to hold you over until lunch time, but may leave you wanting to eat leftovers for every meal!

What You'll Need:
-1 can Crescent Rolls (or crescent roll sheet)
-2 tbs butter
-16 oz sausage 
-1 green pepper
-1/2 of sweet onion
-1 cup chopped hash browns
-Cheddar or American Cheese
-salt & pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While oven is preheating, cook sausage thoroughly and drain. 

In a skillet melt the butter and sauté chopped green pepper and onion. Once vegetables become tender, add hash browns and cook on low for 5 minutes, just until the hash browns begin to soften. 

Layer the crescent rolls in a greased 9x13 inch pan and top with sausage. Next add the vegetable-hash brown mixture and top with cheese. I prefer American cheese with breakfast food (eggs, casseroles, etc) and we only had slices so that's what I used. You could use shredded Cheddar if you prefer and I think Swiss would be good as well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and enjoy!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Update

Thank you to everyone who emailed, texted, or called these last couple of days to check on Jack!

His surgery ended up starting a little later than expected, but he did great and we will get the results of the biopsy back on Friday. They put a little a little drain in his check and some sutures and those will come out Friday as well.

For now he's back to his happy, smiling self and of course eating:)
Monday, November 17, 2014

Recap & A Request

This weekend was one of those weekends that I want to bottle up and freeze in time. It was the perfect amount of relaxing and productivity not to mention it snowed just enough to coat everything in a thin blanket of white.

My company had tickets to the MU Basketball game on Friday so we cheered on the Tigers and Ben fell asleep once things started going downhill.
Cutest cousins ever


The rest of the weekend was spent baking, crafting, and warming up by the fire place. 
(All of the above will be making their way to the blog soon!)

If you get a chance could you say a little prayer for our sweet Jack tomorrow? He has had a swollen lymph node near his jaw for a few weeks now and it's not gotten better so he will be having surgery tomorrow to check it out and make sure it's nothing more serious. We have the top pediatric surgeon performing the surgery, but it's still nerve racking since they have to put him under. Say a little prayer that he'll come out fine and that I won't totally loose it when they take him back to the OR.


Linking up with Biana & Leeann
Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday, Friday

Happy Friday! Thankfully this week went by kind of fast and we've got a pretty fun weekend planned. Wherever you are and whatever you do, hope you have a wonderful weekend!


//one//
No you're monitor's not dirty. Look really close and those specks you see would be snow. Thursday was the first snow of the year and although it didn't accumulate I just couldn't believe it. It's currently 16 degrees out now. Where did Fall go?

//two//
Have you all started Christmas shopping? I've gotten a few things here and there so my goal this weekend is to take inventory of what I have and what I still need. 

//three//
This picture just makes me so happy. I especially love the field of floating sticks. How many popsicles is too many to keep my kids in the tub?

//four//
Did anyone else think last night's Scandal was supposed to be the season finale? I'm so glad it wasn't though because I would have been throughly disappointed. And I've decided I'm officially on Team Jake in case you cared:)

//five//
Jack is obsessed with Suri. For a 16 month old he's pretty darn smart with my iPhone. After asking her a million questions because he loves hearing her voice, I got smart and asked her to tell me a story...and she did. Until I asked her again the next day and apparently she wasn't feeling it. Common Suri, if my baby wants to hear you tell a story you better deliver.


Linking up with the ladies
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Kansas City Zoo

Normally when we make a trip to the zoo we head to St. Louis. It's the zoo I've always gone too, it's big without being too big, and it's free. But after our last visit on one of Ben's field trips, I was feeling kind of burnt out not to mention a lot of the zoo was under construction limiting what animals we got to see.

A few weekends ago on the perfect weather Sunday, the kids and I headed West instead of East towards the Kansas City Zoo. The KC Zoo was recently remodeled and had a lot of new exhibits including the Polar Bears. The zoo is HUGE. There is lots of walking and it's pretty spread out, but very much built around nature with rolling hills, rivers, lakes, etc. There is also a ski lift ride over "Africa" as well as a boat ride around the lake, which wasn't open while we were there. Due to the size, the zoo offers a tram to get around the park for a small cost and next time I will definitely be taking advantage of that.

The kids had a blast especially Jack who is obsessed with animals right now.
*Note-after seeing these pictures I immediately took the kids to get their hair cut the next day

Not quite sure what to think of that "penguin"
 
Jack much preferred the real thing!

 
Ben loved wheeling Jack around in the stroller.
 
 
We were all exhausted by the end of the day, but I'm so glad we went before the freezing temperatures settled in.
 
And in case you ever happen to be in the Midwest, here's my comparison of the different zoos. I don't really favor one over the other and they are both so different. No matter which one you choose, you're sure to have a great time!
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

5 Ingredient Stuffed Peppers

5 Ingredient Stuffed Peppers is the perfect weeknight meal as it can be prepared ahead of time and then just popped in the oven when you're ready to eat. This recipe makes 2 peppers but double it if you need more or buy smaller peppers:)

What You'll Need:
-2 green peppers
-1/2 lb hamburger
-2 cups rice
-12 oz (1/2 jar) Preggo's Chunky Garden Combo spaghetti sauce 
-1/2 cup (or more if you like cheese) shredded mozzarella

While hamburger is browning, pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Cook rice according to directions. I recommend using the minute rice. It cuts down on the cooking time and tastes just as good as the 20 minute stuff. 

Once rice and hamburger are cooked, combine in a pan with sauce and 1/4 c mozzarella. Wash and scoop out the inside of the peppers. Place the mixture inside the peppers, pressing it in as far as it goes twss Top the peppers with the remaining 1/4 c cheese.

Stand peppers in a small baking dish that's been filled with 1 inch of water. Cover and bake at 425 degrees for 15-20min or until peppers are tender. 

Enjoy!





Linking up with Emily& Kate for Tuesday's Recipe Swap.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend Recap

We're enjoying a 70 degree day here, but bracing ourselves for the 30 degree weather that is rolling through this week and has already hit some of you up north. I just saw that parts of Minnesota are going to get 16inches. wtf. I'm totally not ready for snow. At all.

My weekend started Friday afternoon trying to find a dress for a wedding we were attending Saturday night. The wedding was one of J's clients so I wanted something elegant and not too edgy. Why is it when you're looking for something specific you can never find it. Ugh.

I ended up going with the dress on the left and of course I found it at the last store I looked.

Friday night after Jack went to bed Ben, J, and I rented Maleficent. Angelina was perfect for this role.  This reminded me a lot of the Broadway musical Wicked except with Sleeping Beauty instead of Wizard of Oz. Ben's 5 and didn't find this movie scary at all if you're debating about letting your younger kids see it.

Saturday was the usual grocery shopping, cleaning, and we went to lunch with my in-laws who took the boys home with them for the night so J and I could go to the wedding. I should tell you that it wasn't actually a wedding just the reception. The couple got married out of state and were celebrating with friends and family back home. It was beyond AMAZING!!!

If this wasn't J's client I would have been snapping pictures like a crazy person. There was a sushi bar, ice sculpture with oysters, shrimp, and lobster, and a martini ice sculpture where the martini flows through the ice. To top it all off, there were fireworks synchronized to music and they were beautiful!

Before the boys came home Sunday morning I whipped up a batch of mini Vanilla Poppyseed Bread loaves adapted from Kaitlin. They are delicious and so cute and mini. I subbed vanilla for almond, but I'm thinking you could even do lemon if you're a fan.  

Sunday was spent doing laundry, playing while the machine did it's thang and J and Ben went and saw Big Hero while Jack and I hung out and cuddled.

I also managed to cook not one, but two dinners. Stuffed green peppers for that night and chili for the next night. Both recipes are incredibly easy and will be coming to the blog soon!

I ended the weekend with Homeland where I almost had a heart attack. 


How was your weekend?


Linking up with Biana for Weekending

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday, Friday

Linking up with the Friday ladies as usual.


Let's get right to it!

//one//
Jack's new thing in the morning is to sit on the counter next to me while I make breakfast. And by "make breakfast" I mean microwave some frozen pancakes. I don't want to mislead you all to thinking I'm whipping up a gourmet breakfast each morning before work.

//two//
My dad is the only one in our family who likes sweet potatoes and he gets gypped every Thanksgiving. This year I want to make him (and my first) sweet potato casserole. I've found a few recipes on Pinterest, but do any of you have a go-to sweet potato recipe?

//three//
Ben got this certificate yesterday at school. They are teaching all the kindergartener's to tie their shoes and he mastered it in one day. Proud mamma moment. Apparently they are teaching the kids to tie them without using the bunny ears method. Google "shoe tying" and you'll be surprised by the number of ways you can tie a shoe.

//four//
I need this bedspread for the holidays. Obsessed does not even begin to describe how much I love it.

//five//
"Because I Love You" flowers from the husband. I know some women think flowers are a waste of money and that it's stupid to spend money on something that's just going to die, but I love getting flowers. No matter how unpractical they may be.

Happy Friday Friends!