I don’t remember the last time I had a kid free vacation. 2 years ago? 3 years ago? Our parents graciously let the kids spend the night every once in a while, but you can imagine my excitement when Chadd told me we were going on a trip not one but TWO nights in a[…]Read More
New Year’s Day is like Christmas Day for gyms- people resolve to get fit and lose weight, so they turn to what they know works. Gym memberships skyrocket in January and slump within a few months. Many people keep paying for a gym membership even if they’re going infrequently or not at all. There’s a stigma[…]Read More
Saturdays are synonymous with pancakes in our house. Parker can’t wait to come bounding in our room at dark o’thirty asking to help make pancakes. It’s a tradition that Chadd remembers doing with his parents and it’s certainly being treasured by our kids. When we got married, we would buy boxed mix because, let’s face[…]Read More
So you’ve heard a lot about this grocery store Aldi, but you’re not sure what it is. Lots of people are ranting and raving about how awesome Aldi is, but you’re not so sure. All the conjured images you have of Aldi include grandmas with expired packages of “N’Oreos” and “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Peanut[…]Read More
My sister-in-law made these walnut dark chocolate bombs for a girl’s night out, and I have to tell you they were amazing! They are 3 simple ingredients- They’re so easy to whip up if you’re constantly late like I am, but they look way more upscale than I have time for. They’re also perfectly portioned, rich in flavor, and perfect for a dessert on the fly.
- 1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup chopped dates
- 1/8 c additional chopped walnuts for sprinkling on top and/or unsweetened shredded coconut
- Mix the chopped dates and chopped walnuts in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, melt chocolate chips in a microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between each increment, until melted.
- Pour a dollop (about 1/2 TBSP) of melted chocolate in the bottom of each mini cupcake liner.
- Pour about another 1/2 TBSP of mixed dates and walnuts in each mini cupcake liner.
- Pour another approx 1/2 TBSP dollop of melted chocolate, spreading the chocolate around on top.
- Put additional 1/8 c of chopped walnuts in a small ziplock bag and crush.
- Sprinkle a small amount of crushed walnuts or shredded coconut on top.
- Freeze the walnut dark chocolate bombs for at least 30 minutes.
- Store on countertop, fridge or freezer.
The dollar bin at Target was brimming with new, cheap gizmos that as you know, you just. need. As my sister and I perused the aisles, we oohed and ahhed over all the cute Easter stuff, tossing adorable baby argyle socks and birthday presents in the cart. Then, I found these packages of adorable straws- you[…]Read More
Bringing home a new baby is a blur- wake, feed, sleep, feed, change diapers, sleep, feed, stress, doctor’s appointment, sleep, lactation appointments… before you know it your sweet little baby is 4 months old. While your body is on it’s way back to normal, it’s hard to think about spending one second doing anything other[…]Read More
I’ve been trying new smoothie recipes, and this is kind of a big deal to me since I’m not usually one to try anything new ;D But since my nature is to sink back to what I know, it’s been nice to come back to my absolute favorite smoothie, my quick n’ easy citrus oat[…]Read More
I have been going crazy over fresh green beans lately. They’re so different than frozen or canned and they’re so versatile. Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I figured we’d splurge with a little slice of bacon to take my roasted green beans to the next level!
- 4 handfuls of fresh green beans (about 8 oz), washed with the ends snapped off
- 4 slices of uncooked bacon
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Divide the green beans into 4 groups.
- Salt and pepper the green beans.
- Take one slice of bacon and one handful of green beans, wrap the green beans with the bacon.
- Bake green beans for 30 minutes, turning halfway through.
- Take out when bacon is crispy.
We were absolutely broke, barely making ends meet. So when I came across an opportunity to save some money, I was pretty open to it. We tried coupons, shopped at Aldi, changed our phone carrier, didn’t have cable, drove two junk cars, and then discovered a food service distributor. What is that? Basically, mail order[…]Read More