Sunday, November 16, 2014

{Silent} Sunday












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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

High Five For Friday








How are we already at the end of another week?! 
My Parents were right-
 Time does go by much faster the older you get.

Do you have the Timehop app? 
Am I the only one who cries while looking back at pictures that were taken over the last five years?  
I love seeing Colten's sweet little face, but it makes me so sad to see how fast he's grown. 
I'm in need of a pause button. 
Let me know if you find one. 



Sunday was a great day for my little family.
Colten and I were up by 3:30 that morning.
*Side Note* I loathe mornings, I was on the struggle bus that day for sure.

After getting myself and Colten ready, we left for his "surprise".
After an hour and a half drive, I needed energy (Colt got an apple).


Do you know what we're up to yet?
If you guessed picking Zack up you're correct!!!



Colten was so excited to see Zack,
it warms my soul to see how deeply they care for one another.


No time was spared for gift giving- 
Colten is the proud owner of a 4 year old sized coffee cup from Dubai.
So much excitement for it to not even be 8 o'clock! haha



We were all starving so we went for breakfast.
...... 
Oh, look, more energy.



A little roughhousing in IHOP, why not? 



The rest of our Sunday was pretty lazy.
We all napped and got Chinese takeout for dinner, it was magical.


We've been trying to get back into the swing of things this week and Zack's still jet-lagged.
Afghanistan is 8 1/2 hours ahead! Poor guy. 


My Friday Five turned out to be a Friday One, but getting Zack back from Afghanistan is huge!
So it evens out. ;)








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Potluck Meatballs



Do you know who never lets me down? 
Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.
I have made several of her recipes (including this one) and I haven't been disappointed.

I made these for girl's night a few weeks ago and they were a huge hit! 
Meatballs and wine go together...right? 
That night they did.






Don't limit these meatballs to just picnics and after church gatherings. 
Pair with egg noodles, rice or mashed potatoes and you have a dinner that everyone will love. 
Or maybe subs? yum.

Colten loved them so much he tried to eat them for breakfast.  
cringe.
Don't worry, I stopped him. 

Ingredients

Meatballs:

2 pounds ground beef

1 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs

1/2 cup grated onion

1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

2 eggs

Red pepper flakes, as needed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

Sauce:

1 can beef consomm√©

1 can beef broth

2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons cornstarch


For the meatballs:
Place the ground beef, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, eggs, red pepper flakes and some salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix together thoroughly. Form the mixture into uniform-size balls. Heat the oil and butter in a large pan. When hot, begin frying the meatballs in batches, setting them aside on a plate or baking sheet when brown. You may need to drain any excess fat from the pan during the frying process. Continue frying until all the meatballs are browned. Set aside.

For the sauce:
Add the beef consomme and three-quarters of the can of beef broth to the meatball pan, reserving the remaining broth in a small bowl. Add the mustard and tomato paste to the pan, then stir and bring to the boil. Add the cornstarch to the reserved beef broth and whisk so there are no lumps. As the sauce starts to boil, add the cornstarch mixture. When the sauce has thickened after a few minutes, return the meatballs to the pot and stir to make sure they are all coated in sauce. Continue to simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, about 45 minutes.


Enjoy! 




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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Favorite (Thanksgiving) Pins


We're hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our home this year! 
My Mother-in-law is flying in from Washington State, 
Zack will now be here for the holidays, and our friends will be joining us. 

Family+friends+a mountain of mashed potatoes great food. 
What's not to be excited about? 

I need this dinner to be perfect. 

Thanks to my insomnia & Pinterest I'm going to make it happen.
Here's a few pins that I've found...



Thanksgiving Inspiration 




Just add a sharpie.

Pumpkins & Candles. 
Swoon

Mini gourds & tea lights 

This is so fun. 
You can't forget the littles, they're guests too! 

This adorable tag is a free printable! 

Share your Thanksgiving Day pins below in the comment box!
Link away!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

{Silent} Sunday



It's Silent Sunday! 
I plan on spending the day with my family, social media free. 





 Jamie, from Jamie loves stuff inspired me to join her in Silent Sundays. 
.....
My twist is staying social media free for the day. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Monday is coming. ;)

Friday, October 31, 2014

High Five for Friday

Happy Friday!

How's the weather where you live? It's cooled off a lot here the last few days and I'm perfectly happy about it.
I love cooler weather.

Here's a peak into our {week}! 


We had family pictures taken days before Zack left. We weren't given a lot of notice with this deployment, but Catalina from Catalina Devore Photography made it her priority to squeeze us in for a last minute session. 
She's fantastic!! 


Go look at the rest of her work, it's stunning! 







Look at that sweet face. He thinks he's so cool. 



A friend of mine posted a craft that she did with her kids and I totally stole her idea.
Colten loved it!
We talked about our bones and their names, it was an Art/Health class...
I could totally homeshool. 




Zack and I am finally getting around to decorating our office. It's starting with this beauty and it arrived this week! Colten has already made sure it's comfy, while having a taco in hand. 
Mercy.


Colten's been able to write his name for quite a while now but he still struggles with the "e". We're pretty close to mastering it. *cue victory dance* 

I've also been working with him on starting to read. My Mother-in-law sent Bob Books, have you used them with your little? I hear they're the best.






Ok, so the biggest news I have to share?!
ZACHARY IS COMING HOME....SOON!
WHAT?!
It's true. That was the quickest "deployment" ever. 
Right now, I can't go into the details but they aren't important.

He's coming home.

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Tell me about your week!

P.S. Happy Halloween! 

 
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