Mini Meatloaf! Liam approved!

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Hello friends!

I don’t know about you guys but my toddler has been a little picky lately when it comes to food. I think he is teething again, but still I love finding recipes that Erik and I love that Liam will also eat. I found this recipe in Parents magazine, and we love it. I added a few things and comments in red.

Mini Meat Loaves and Broccolini (we didn’t do the Broccolini part)

Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes (if you make the Broccolini)
Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:
3 tsp olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef
¼ cup plus 1 Tbs ketchup divided
1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbs. grated Parmesan Cheese
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 lb broccolini, trimmed
¼ tsp salt
½ bell pepper (we used yellow)
2 tsp. garlic powder

Make it
1. Preheat oven to 375. Brush 8 cups of a standard size muffin pan with 1 tsp. oil. (I used a 12 cup muffin tin and sprayed 10 of them with cooking spray). In a large bowl, combine the meat, ¼ cup ketchup, breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic, red bell peppers and cheese. Divide mixture into the muffin cups. Evenly brush 1 Tbs. ketchup on the meat loves. Bake until meat loaves reach and internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 25 minutes.
2. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tsp. oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add broccolini and salt. Cook 4 minutes. Add ½ cup water. Cover and simmer over low heat until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes. Serve alongside meat loaves.

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Like I said we didn’t make the broccolini, because, well frankly, it is pretty expensive. And we have a bunch of frozen veggies we use whenever we need a veggie side dish. You can use any veggies you want in the actual meat loaves themselves. We chose the red peppers, but I hear zucchini and mushrooms might be good. Play around with it; see what works for your family.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Liam’s Swimming class

Hello friends!

Happy Monday! I have been meaning to write this post for a few weeks but I never had any pictures to share, until this past weekend. Erik took swimming class duty so that I could take a few pictures. I apologize if some of these pictures of blurry, I was trying not to get in the way of the class.

I was worried that if he saw me out of the water he would want to come out or make me come in there with him.  But it seemed as though he was having a ton of fun without me :) 20140720_09480820140720_09494820140720_094905In this week’s class they were working on kicking their legs and reaching with their arms.
20140720_094805I really wish that picture had turned out better because it is super cute.  Then she had them go back into the shallow end for some ring pick up and floating. 20140720_100134The little girl’s mom to the left was jelly of Liam’s ability to pick up his ring! He was doing really well until he discovered that he could put his ring into the pool skimmer.  After that the class went downhill. He wasn’t interested in doing anything else but putting the ring in the skimmer. 20140720_095802Not so happy about laying on his back. haha.

After his class we took him to the playground and let him run around the soccer fields to get him good and tired before his nap.

20140720_104656 I swear if he could be outside all day, everyday he would be the happiest baby on the planet. 20140720_104651We came home, had lunch and he took a nice 2 and a half hour nap! WOOT, parental win!

Questions for you!

1) Swimming class, yay or nay?
2) Any other good classes at the public rec center we should be looking into for the fall and winter?

I hope everyone has a great evening!

Cheers!

 

 

 

They moved….

Hello friends!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a good week, I know I am thankful that it’s Friday. The other day I mentioned we went to a goodbye party for Richie and Alaina. Well I think I am finally ready to talk about it.

Richie has been one of my best friends since we were in First grade and other than one year in college we have never lived more than like 15 miles away from each other (that statistic blew my mind). That is until now. They moved. To Colorado. And while I am incredibly happy for them, I am equally sad that they are no longer within driving distance.

IMAG3779We went to Bluejacket, which is right by Nats stadium. This place was amazing. They had tons of beer choices and plenty of room to hang around.  As we were saying goodbye at the end of the night I loooost it.  I haven’t cried that hard in a very long time. I felt really bad, but I just couldn’t help it. We might not see Richie and Alaina that often but we always have an amazing time when we hang out with them. Ugh.. it sucks. I don’t like it when people move away…I’m going to stop while I’m ahead… Love you guys!

And now for some silly pictures…IMAG3771 IMAG3777 IMAG3778 IMAG3781We love you and will miss you terribly, but we cannot wait to come visit you very soon. Have a great time and find all the awesome places you want to take us when we do come :)

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Caden comes to visit

Hello friends!

See I told you I wanted to blog again :) This post is way way late but Erin took some cute pictures so I wanted to blog about it.

Brandon and Erin wanted to come up to Northern Virginia to go to our friends’ goodbye party (that deserves a separate post, so stay tuned for that one), so we decided to make a weekend of it and asked them to stay with us. Erin and Caden came over Friday after work, and the boys were finally reunited.

They immediately went out on our deck to play with Liam’s water table.

IMAG3735and after dinner, Liam showed Caden his favorite spot in our house. The bay window.
IMAG3747 IMAG3745 IMAG3742 He stands here every.single,day and watches the cars and people pass by. He waves to all of them. IMAG3737_BURST002We put the boys to bed and managed to stay up past 10pm! It was really awesome to sit around and catch up with Brandon and Erin!

The next morning we took the boys to the park by our house. IMAG3756

They played ridiculously well with each other. IMAG3768 IMAG3767 They had fun going down the slide togetherIMAG3764_BURST002 IMAG3763 and of course swinging was a big hit. IMAG3760_BURST003 IMAG3759_BURST001By the time we got back it was naptime.  Once the boys fell asleep Erin and I left the men in charge and went shopping and got lunch :) It is moments like this that make me really sad that we don’t live near each other. I would love to put Liam down for a nap and go grab lunch with one of my best friends. Maybe someday…

I’m not entirely sure what we did after the boys woke up, but I think it involved more playing and eating before Ava’s friend came over to babysit so we could go to Richie and Alaina’s good bye party.

After a long and fun/sad night, we headed off to bed.

The next morning, Erik and Liam went to Eisenstein to get bagels for everyone, Hooray, and after breakfast and Liam’s swim class we headed off to Clemyjontri Park to meet up with Patti and MICHAEL. This is quite possibly the most amazing park/playground I have ever seen.

IMAG3789 It was so awesome to see all three boys together. IMAG3795 IMAG3793 IMAG3792The airplane was Liam’s favorite part of the entire day. We also took a ride on the Carousal but the pictures are on Erik’s phone and I am too lazy to download them. Let’s just say, Liam did not like the Carousal ride.

Brandon, Erin and Caden left after the ride and after about 30 minutes on the swings we headed home too.  It was a wonderful weekend with some pretty wonderful friends.

Thanks for staying with us guys!

I hope everyone has a great night!

Cheers!

 

My Birthday

Hello friends!

This past weekend was not only Mother’s day but it was my birthday and it was quite possibly the best weekend I have had in a really long time. I got to spend it with so many of my friends and my wonderful family, it really was special :)

It all started at work where my lovely work ladies made me feel so special all day. Erin got me an apple koozie, yes they exist and they are adorable, and took me out to Jimmy Johns for lunch.

20140509_084319Nancy got me a card with really cute bobbie pins and a gift card :). I can’t seem to find the picture of the pins… or maybe I didn’t take one.. typical… Later in the day, someone rings the doorbell at work and I receive this delicious arrangement from J.E.A.N (you know who you are, hehe, thank you again)

20140509_105548In case you are wondering, they were as delicious as they look.  Jen also got me a TOMs gift card, which I’ve already used to get two new pairs of TOMs. Thanks Jen!!!

20140514_180723After a spectacular day at work, I went home and got ready for my DATE with my hubby. My sister came over to babysit so Erik and I could go out to celebrate. We went to McCormick and Schmicks and unfortunately the food wasn’t as great as I had expected it to be and they ran out of some of the things we ordered, but I was on a date with my hubby, nothing could mess it up.20140509_192939Saturday morning was my official birthday :). I woke up to a happy baby, which was nice and we played all morning. My sissy and momma got me a fitbit for my birthday, so she brought that over.

20140512_103937And twinsie got me a backup band!!

20140513_182851After breakfast, Gary came over to build me a gate for our deck,

20140515_06311020140515_063117It took them most of the day to build it but it looks amazing and I am so happy for my birthday/mother’s day gift :). While the guys were building the deck, Richie and Alaina came over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We hadn’t seen them in MONTHS. We just sat around and chatted…well actually Liam and Richie played a lot while Alaina and I chatted :). It was wonderful to see them and catch up on life.

After they left, Erik, Liam and I went to Hoang and Sammi’s house for their son Ryan’s birthday party. I took zero pictures. Sorry :-/ But Hoang made some amazing burgers and Sammi’s aunt is an amazing cook.. sooo needless to say I had a delicious birthday dinner! No cake tho :-/ not sure how I managed to go the entire day without birthday cake.. sad times.

10365903_833354950012849_7857426496376966028_nSunday morning we woke up and started cooking food for brunch. I will do a separate post on our Mother’s Day brunch tomorrow! Our families came over and we ate… and ate.. and ate… it was glorious.

10336768_10200915941020847_4399685754548452169_nAfter Liam woke up from his nap, my sister and I took him over to my mom’s house so my grandma could play with him, Erik could mow the lawn (at our house) and my sister and I could clean out my mom’s basement.

20140511_145012The basement was a mess when we were done taking everything out of the storage room, but now my mom can take her time and organize the things she wants and we can make that room a more functional space. I took a few things home…

20140511_152722A car cover (I don’t remember this being mine, but apparently it was) and an awesome pool table/ice hockey/foosball table that used to be my sister’s. Liam and Erik are going to have lots of fun playing with it when he is old enough to see over the table. We cleaned out the room in just under two hours and had to rush home to get ready for our FOUR softball games. We took my sister and Liam with us, thanks sissy for keeping Liam happy.

10371599_10200932114585176_20065353175634122_n 10309659_10200932114065163_2927723886720320172_nHe is going to learn to love baseball!!!

10334394_10200932114385171_7555623649172841978_nHis first little footprints in the dirt! He look so teeny tiny on the field. After our first two games, Erik, Ava and Liam went home for dinner and bedtime. Erik came back (YAY) and played in the last game. Afterwards, our whole team went out to dinner J A fabulous end to an amazing weekend!

I hope everyone has a great day!

10369227_833356900012654_1379572998550619881_nCheers!

Cabin in the Woods!

Hello friends!

A few weekends ago (sorry I suck at updating) we went to Luray, Va.  Back in February (I think) Nalini asked us if we wanted to join them and Scott and Mirm for a weekend in a cabin with the kiddos. I am sooo soo happy we were able to join everyone because we certainly needed a weekend away from the grind. I failed at taking pictures of the actual cabin but I did take a million and a half pictures of the kiddos playing in the park.

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:) the little love of my life :)

Let’s start at the beginning. Erik and I both took a half day at work so we could pack up the car and head down there around 3. Liam was so good in the car and slept the entire way. When we got there we met Sundeep and Nalini at Walmart and got the grocery shopping out of the way.

We actually made like 10 separate trips to Walmart becuase we kept forgetting things. As we were putting Liam to bed Scott, Mirm and Hayley arrived at the cabin.IMG_6001

Liam had to have his Elmo fix the next morning after breakfast.

IMG_5973And after naptime we decided to take a walk into the town.

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We stopped at a really cool art gallery

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IMG_5978Of and of course more picture of playground play
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The kiddos played a little more when we got home IMG_6032After we put them to bed Nalini and Sundeep cooked up an amazing taco dinner

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We watched a movie, drank beers :) and chatted late into the night.  The next day we woke up early with the kids and started packing and cleaning up our things. Liam was not interested in helping

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But I think he had a really good time :).

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I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

 

 

Extreme Home Makeover: Mudroom Edition

Hello friends!

Long time no talk!  We have been busy busy busy!  This past weekend my sister came home and she convinced me to re-do our mudroom. Erik and I have been talking about wanting to do a complete makeover of the space, so I’ve simply ignored the fact that the walls and cabinets were yellow.

This is what it looked like before we moved in….IMG_4465

Seriously.. yellow!? I’ve been pinning tons of different mudroom ideas and one thing that I knew I wanted was a colored door.

We didn’t really want to spend money on paint so we got some white paint and the grey from Liam’s room and went to town.

IMG_5962 IMG_5966 IMG_5965We painted the cabinets white and the walls a lighter shade of grey from the paint we had leftover from Liam’s room.  Thennnnnnn we took the teal wall paint from the living room accent wall and added some white……

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AHH I love the door so so so much! I took these pictures after work, so you will have to excuse the dark pictures. Thank you to my sissy and hubby for helping finish this room!  One more room down!

Here is a side by side comparison.

Mud room

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

 

Perrigo Nutritionals GIVEAWAY WINNER

Hello friends!

Thank you ladies for all of your money saving tips! The general theme for money saving: Coupons, buy store brands, Consignment stores/sales, planning meals ahead and shopping at local farmers markets!  All awesome tips.  And now that the weather is getting nicer we can take advantage of the farmers markets around us for delicious produce. And now the moment you have been waiting for…

We have a winner!!!

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Brittney from Life in a Holding Pattern!!!  Congrats Brittney!  Email me your address (dorsah(at)gmail(dot)com) and I will pass it along to Heather and she will send you your Prize box :)

Thanks again ladies!

I hope everyone has a lovely day!

Cheers!

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