Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Patch'n

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The last couple of years we have visited a fun place called Farmland Adventures. Where there is a corn maze, farm animals, pony rides, a hay ride, and other activities for kids. And it is FUN. But the later you go in the season and Saturdays are super busy so last weekend instead of going there we decided just to go to a pumpkin farm, Dickey Farms, west of town in Tontitown and pick out a few pumpkins. The kids were able to roam through the pumpkins and Elle loved getting to pick out a few pumpkins. It was a nice, simple [hot] fall afternoon.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Life Happens {What We Ate}

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This is what my menu looked like last week but I only ended up making two of the meals: the sliders and the tart. Because? Life happens. Monday night we ate out for my Mom's birthday, so I moved Mondays leftovers (the rice and sausage soup) to Tuesday night. Aaron was out of town for about 5 days and got back after bedtime on Tuesday night. And that's why I was off my game this week. I was tired. The chicken and broccoli mac was not going to get made. I had good intentions but...... We needed to eat up the soup anyway so it didn't go to waste. Right? Wednesday and Thursday went as planned but we ate out with friends Friday night so I made the sliders and corn salad for lunch on Saturday instead. So good and easy to pull together after a morning at soccer and it made for some good leftovers last night!

So like I've said before, its just good to have a plan. Even if you don't stick to it 100% you still have options for other days that you weren't planning on eating at home necessarily. And now I have ingredients for a meal this week that I don't have to grocery shop for. That makes me really happy.


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MEAL ONE

Ham and Provolone Sliders with Mexican Corn Salad
Corn Salad Recipe [here]
*** I made this by memory and forgot the cilantro and it still turned out so yummy! The cilantro definitely balances out the lime juice. Also, I used feta for the first time and I liked it a lot better than the Cotija cheese. But I loooove feta.

Sliders:

King's Hawaiian Rolls
Deli Ham
Sliced Provolone
Mayo
Honey Mustard
Butter
Garlic Powder
Pepper

Preheat oven to 350°. Assemble sandwiches: mayo, honey mustard, meat and cheese. Line up on a baking sheet. Melt butter with garlic powder (I just do this to taste but its probably about 2 tbs butter to 1-1 1/2 tsp garlic powder and maybe 1/4 tsp pepper -- we like a lot of garlic so if that seems like a lot thats why... ). Generously brush melted butter mixture on top of sandwiches. Bake around 15 minutes. Give or take. Watch them until cheese is melted and tops are lightly browned.


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MEAL TWO

Pioneer Woman's Tomato
recipe [here]

MAKE THIS MAKE THIS MAKE THIS! I was planning on making a cobb salad to go along with it but when I opened up the salad mix, organic mind you, it was all stinky smelly and slimy (insert grossed out, gaggy face emoji here) so we just had the tart. The recipe makes 2 pie pans and we ate both. It's that darn good.

So it's going to be another "life happens" week for us around here. Aaron has a whole week of vacation. So I'm not really sure how many meals are going to get made. We are going to attempt to get some stuff down around this house. We usually have grand plans and not much gets accomplished besides just a lot of chilling out as a family, which is fine too. We shall see, maybe this week will be different! Anyway, you may or may not be seeing a food post next week.

Hope you all have a fab week.

xo,
KB


Sunday, October 26, 2014

18 Months

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Wow! That happened fast.

Happy. Funny. Mischievous. Smart. Ornery. Wild. Fearless. OURS.

We are so blessed by this little life. He brings so much joy to our little family.

Happy 18 months Harry Boy.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sally Dress + Family Pictures Outfits

I love everything about this dress. The square neckline. The elbow sleeves. The oversized pockets. The precious girl wearing it. Its such a sweet dress for girls. And pretty easy to whip up too. It's the Sally dress by Very Shannon. She also makes adorable patterns for knits. I don't knit, but if I did I would make this, this and this.

Shannon's Sally pattern is very easy to follow and she gives wonderful, clear instructions. The only thing different that I did was NO BLIND STITCHING. I don't have the patience for that apparently so I ended up just finishing the seams with a zig zag stitch and calling it a day.
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OH man, was Elle in a mood when these pictures were taken. So so silly. Thank you Sonic grape slush. But, she loved this dress! She didn't want to take it off and even asked me to make her another one. But, since she's going to wear it for our family pictures I made her.....

Speaking of our family pictures. They are this weekend and the planning of the outfits totally stresses me out! And it only happens just days before the pictures. Pictures are planned weeks before but for some reason I always wait until last minute to put outfits together. And then I'm stressed. This time around though, I haven't been too much of a freak while planning. I ordered a couple shirts from Old Navy (for myself) and when I saw the plaid shirt I knew that's what I wanted to wear. I always plan what I am going to wear first and then I choose what everyone else is going to wear around my outfit. Is that horrible that I think about what I'm going to wear first? This is how I look at it.... I don't have too many clothes, especially clothes worthy of being professionally photographed but my kids do. They have a ton of options so its easy to find something for them to wear based off what I'm wearing and then once I pick out what the 3 of us are going to wear, I pick out Aaron's outfit. He has a closet full of clothes, so he's the easiest one to coordinate.

So, I got the ON plaid shirt in and knew I wanted to wear it and then I came across the plaid fabric and knew I wanted to make Elle a dress or skirt or something out of it. So then I kind of just thought plaid for us all would be fun. Plaids are pretty hot right now and I love all things plaid. I'm hoping that it photographs well. Last year we wore blacks and blues so I wanted something completely different. Bright and fun.

I tried to take actual pictures of our outfits, but the lighting isn't good and I don't really have a great place to lay it out all pretty, so I made these sets instead.





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Plaid fun. Oh I hope it photographs well. I chose all differents plaid prints that would compliment each other, and put a sweater on Harry and vests on Aaron and Elle to break up the plaid a bit. This really isn't anything like what we are wearing but you get the idea. A lot of plaid and a lot of color. That necklace though. I really want that necklace. Oh and Aaron will be wearing pants. Just realized I left off pants for him. Whoops.



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Casual cool. Last year we were more casual like this. Sweaters, skinny jeans, and minimal prints. I loved last years pictures. They turned out so good!

Planning outfits like this is SO FUN. I wish I could just plan the outfits and then all these clothes would just show up on my doorstep. That would be nice!

Can we talk about those imitation leather pants? They are from H&M and I really want them. Not sure where I would wear them and my rule for clothing is $1 for every time it will be worn. Hmmmm... not sure I would get enough wear out of them to make the purchase valid. But they are FUN.

xo,
KB




Monday, October 20, 2014

Chicken Spaghetti. Pot Roast. Wild Rice + Sausage Soup {What We Ate}

Hey there! I am writing this Sunday night and I am beat. Last week was crazy and our weekend was so full. A good full. A fun full. Just a lot going on. And on top of having places to be I decided this weekend to be the weekend I move furniture around and clean out my closet. So not only am I tired my house is a wreck. But, honestly, I am too tired to care. So I am blogging instead.

Ok, so last week I planned to make 4 meals, 2 of which I was going to double the recipes and freeze half but only ended up making 3 meals and going to the grocery store FIVE TIMES. Last week was not my best meal planning week but at least I now have a couple really good dinners stored away in the freezer for a later date.

MEAL ONE:

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The Pionner Woman's Chicken Spaghetti
recipe [here]

This is one of the freezer meals I made. So I thought my family really liked this chicken spaghetti. Well, ok, Aaron doesn't love it but he doesn't hate it either but I remember making it not to long ago and Elle liking it but she didn't this time and Harry didn't devour it like he usually does food. So I'm kind of sad that I made a second 9x13 and froze it. I hate to feed it to my family again if they don't like it. Maybe I'll gift it to someone one day.

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I mean. He ate it. He'll eat anything. He just didn't have seconds. And was "all done" very quickly. However, he did enjoy making one of his mealtime messes. They're epic, let me tell you.


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Kale Caesar Salad:
kale (I buy the prewashed and cut bag of kale)
red onion, very thinly sliced
hard boiled egg (I do one egg per bowl of salad)
Brianna's Caesar Dressing

If you like kale you will love this salad! It is one of my favorites. I used to make a homemade Casear dressing until I tried the Brianna's and nothing beats it in my opinion.



MEAL TWO:

Slow-cooker Pot Roast
recipe [here]

I completely forgot to take a picture this night. The night we ate this was the night I went to see Gone Girl with my girlfriends and was quickly trying to feed my family and get out the door so the last thing I thought about was snapping a quick pic. Oops. BUT.... I didn't really like this recipe anyway. I need a good crockpot Pot Roast recipe, so if you have one send it my way! I need to try PW's next time, I'm sure it's good. I've never made anything of hers I didn't like.

Do you get the Kraft Foods Food and Family magazine? That's where I originally saw this recipe. I don't get the magazine, but looked at a friends one day and there were so many great recipes. I bookmarked several and then my magazine just disappeared.



MEAL THREE:

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Wild Rice and Sausage Soup
makes 8 generous servings

1 box Uncle Bens Fast Cook Long Grain & Wild Rice
1/2 lb regular sausage**
1/2 lb spicy sausage**
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup carrots, thick sliced
2 cups chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 1/2cups milk
2 cans mushrooms
1 tsp seasoned salt
black pepper to taste
**with the leftover 1 lb of sausage I like to make sausage balls. Recipe [here].

Cook rice according to package directions. Brown sausage with veggies in a large pot until the meat is brown and the veggies are tender. Drain fat. Add the cooked rice, cream of mushroom soup, milk, 1 can of mushrooms with liquid, 1 can of mushrooms drained, seasoned salt and black pepper to the pot. Stir to combine. Set heat to low. Cover pot and let simmer for at least an hour.

This could also be made in the slow-cooker. Just cook the rice, brown the meat with the veggies and add all the ingredients to the slow-cooker and set on low for a few hours!

We had this soup for the first time last Christmas at my Mimi's house in Colorado. She got the recipe from a friend at church I think. It is such a good hearty meal and both my kids really like it (Elle picks out the mushrooms). I've made it several times over the last year and found that using the quick cooking wild rice saves so much time and also throwing it in the crockpot allows you to leave it and forget if you need to go run a few errands or pick the kids up from school. Its a great Sunday afternoon meal to come home from church to and makes for some awesome leftovers during the week. OH and don't forget the Jiffy corn muffins.

This was the other meal that I double the recipe and froze half. This will be perfect for a snowy day. Which we are projected to have a really bad winter this year. Already dreading it.

Happy Monday friends. Hope you all have a wonderful week.

xo,
KB




Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Style {My Everyday Look}

Ok, so when I say my "everyday look" I mean my preschool-dropoff-pickup-grocery-store-shopping-target-tripping looks. I am never without Harry, so I always have to be dressed in comfortable, easy to move in, clothes. My style is most definitely very simple. I have a momiform that consists of either skinny jeans and a baggy top or leggings and a tunic. My hair is usually dirty but I always try to put on makeup and necklaces (the same ones I wear everyday) and perfume because those three things make me feel put together.

Even if we are just hanging out at home, I try to at least change out of pajamas into something else. Something about getting those pajamas off helps me have a more productive day. Now, I won't be documenting the stay-at-home-and-wear-yoga-pants-all-day looks but I am going to make an effort to document what I wear on the days we leave the house. Hey, don't get me wrong either, some days I stay in my pajamas all day long and some days you might see me at the grocery store in yoga pants. And I'm totally fine with both scenarios.

Clothes are my weakness. If you look at who I follow on Instagram a big majority are style bloggers or cool boutiques. I love classic and I love on-trend looks. I'm kind of all over the board when it comes to what I like but I'm pretty low key when it comes to what I wear.

I absolutely LOVE being a stay-at-home mom. And I all capped LOVE because I genuinely love it. But there are some days (usually the ones where things are spinning out of control and I'm brewing my second pot of coffee and praying for bedtime) that I daydream about a rocking corporate career where I'm some big awesome girl boss and get to wear freaking awesome clothes everyday and really express myself through my clothing. But I'm not and I am more than okay with that because if any of you really know me, you know I'm no girl boss. I'm good to remember to take Elle's water bottle to school (2 times a week).

So, yea, moving on.....


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Momiforms. I might just live in this sweatshirt. It is the most comfy thing hanging in my closet! I'm kicking myself for not getting it in red too. And........tunic. Leggings. Converse. Can't quit it.

LEFT top Savoir Faire sold out | denim Mossimo high-waisted denim legging | booties Mossimo last year (similar) | RIGHT top Mossimo tunic last year (similar) | leggings Forever 21 solid knit leggings | shoes Converse All Star Core Ox


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I like stripes. Total sucker. I want all the stripes. And you can't see in the picture on the left but my jeans have teeny tiny little polka dots on them. So stripes and polka dots. Two of my favorite things so maybe my favorite outfit.

LEFT top very very ancient from Kohl's (similar) | jeans Maude high-waisted skinnies (similar) | shoes Toms suede desert wedges | RIGHT cardi last year Forever 21 (similar) | tee Mossimo boyfriend tee | jeans Mossimo high waisted (similar) | booties Franco Sarto leather low ankle bootie


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Y'all. How cute is my little Harry man. He was totally photobombing my seflies and was hamming it up for the camera so had to share a picture.

Jacket Maude 2 years ago (similar, similar and similar) | tee Gap (similar in long sleeve) | jeans Level 99 Lily ankle | booties Franco Sarto

So like I said, my everyday, running errands, chasing kids style! And apparently I really love black, gray and denim. Next week...pops of color! Hope you find some inspiration in these pictures.

And, here's my wardrobe board on Pinterest for more awesome looks and things I'm totally lusting after.

xo,
KB

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Fall Mantle + A Fall Front Porch

I'm not a huge seasonal decorator. I have a pretty simple style when it comes to home decor and I translate that into my seasonal decorating as well. Last year was the first year I even decorated at all for Fall Harvest and before having Elle I never even decorated for Christmas (a tree and done). Our house is so small and I'm afraid it will feel cluttered if I start sitting out a bunch of stuff. But now that we have kids and Elle is getting older and gets into it, its fun. And I like the festive mood it puts us in!

Not only is my husband an amazing graphic designer he also can paint and draw. I commissioned him to make this chalkboard for me. I found a free printable I liked on Pinterest and we copied it. I can't remember the source and didn't pin it but if you search "fall chalkboard art" on Pinterest you will see this.

Obsessed with Aidie's Hideway. She makes the cutest felt buntings I have ever seen. When I saw this leaf bunting I just HAD TO HAVE IT. Check her out!

HI! Its almost impossible to get a good straight on photo of our mantle with that mirror up there! Elle brought home a pumpkin from preschool and I asked her what she wanted to do with it and she said she wanted it to sit on the mantle in the living room so we could all enjoy it. Ha! I'm thinking maybe one of her teachers gave her that idea. So we picked up another cute little baking pumpkin at Walmart and anchored the bunting with them. No nails. No tape. And it looks pretty cute.

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Added a few little pumpkins to this armoire and that's it for my interior fall decor. Told you it was simple. And very minimal!

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Front stoop. I love all these colors so much!

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This mum is from Sam's. It is huge and so pretty and only $17! All of our pumpkins are from Walmart this year.  I have been wanting to take the kids to a pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins and take pictures but we have had so much going on lately that we haven't had time. Hopefully we will get there soon!

Happy Harvest.

xo, KB

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DIY Fall Wreath

Hi friends! It is starting to consistently feel like fall in Arkansas. We are finally experiencing cool mornings and warm, breezy afternoons and the leaves have started to change colors! Such a cozy time of year. Has me thinking all things fall colors and tastes. A couple of weeks ago I got pumpkins and giant mum (at Sam's for $17) but needed a new wreath for the front door.

I found a couple of wreaths on Pinterest that I loved, especially this one, but needed to do one that I knew wouldn't take too long. One that I could start and finish during a long afternoon nap. So this wreath was the one I decided emulate. Hobby Lobby had all the supplies that she used. I love the gray grapevine wreath she used as her base but it was $29.99 and not half off this week, but I am going to go back next week when it's on sale and get it for somewhere in our house. I love the look of it. In the end I decided just to use a normal grapevine wreath ($4.79 with 40% off coupon) and all other supplies were either 40% or 50% off. Win! I think my total for this wreath was around $20.

So, I forgot to take a picture with my camera of all the supplies I used but you can them see here on my Instagram. I used grapevine wreath, mustard burlap ribbon, linen with rope trim ribbon (in the sewing section), fall berries (in the fall decorating section).

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Gather tools: scissors, wire cutters, hot glue gun, and hot glue sticks. I used around 8 sticks of hot glue.

Before you start gluing, lay everything out on the wreath until you like the look of it. Once you have a visual, you can get to work.
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Take the hemmed end of the burlap ribbon and glue it to the back side of the wreath. Next, wrap the burlap really tight around the wreath and glue on the back side of the wreath on the burlap. Use a lot of hot glue to ensure that it is going to stay put. Wrap and glue until you have the width you like then cut the burlap and hot glue to back side of the wreath. I tucked my burlap under and in on the sides to give it a more finished look.
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Next, glue your stems down to the burlap. I also glued down the leaves to the grapevine wreath if there was a big thick leaf on the stem. I used a ton of glue on this part.
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Then, you'll take your linen ribbon and glue the end down on the back side of the wreath. Wrap the ribbon around a few times. Just enough to cover where you glued the berries down and then once you have it wrapped, fold the ribbon under and glue down. I accidentally cut my ribbon too short so had to glue the end of the ribbon to the front of the wreath, but you could always glue it to the back of the wreath. I covered the glued edge with the bow so it ended up being OK.

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Tie a pretty bow (there are a lot of great you tube videos on how to tie a bow). I tied my bow the same way that you tie a shoe lace and tweaked it until it resembled a pretty bow. Once you have your bow how you like it just glue it onto the wreath, on top of the linen ribbon.

Late addition: I finished the wreath and hung it on my front door and decided it needed a little something in the right corner so quickly made and added the tiny felt bunting. Love what it adds to the wreath.
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To make the bunting you'll want to cut out 7-9 1 1/2"-2" triangles (depending on the size grapevine wreath you use) out of felt.

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Next, run a straight stitch accross the top of the triangles to create the bunting. If you don't have a sewing machine, no fret. Just get a piece of twine or jute (or even thick embroidery thread, like the kind you use for cross stitching) and hot glue to the back side of the triangles to create your bunting! After you have assembled your bunting hot glue it to your wreath in the corner opposite of your berries.
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Hang your wreath and enjoy your creation!

My front porch needs a lot of work, so please excuse the mess (like the plastic bag tied on the door handle). Hoping to give it a good fall makeover this week!

xo,
KB 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Breakfast for Dinner. Casseroles. And Lots of Salsa. {What We Ate}

When I was pregnant with Elle (many moons ago) Aaron and I would talk about the things that we thought were important that we would do as a family. And one of those important things was sitting around the dinner table as a family. Before having Elle we rarely, if ever, sat at the kitchen table to eat. We were either dining out or sitting on the couch. I rarely ever cooked. It's hard cooking for just two people. And to be completely honest, I never really loved being in the kitchen. As Elle got older eating out starting becoming more of a chore and those family dinners that we deemed important started happening. Like I said, I never cooked much and didn't really find enjoyment in it but as time went on and I was in the kitchen more and more I started loving it and to this day I really enjoying cooking. Don't get me wrong, I have days, many days, when the last thing I want to do is cook dinner. But that's when meal planning comes in handy. It takes all the guesswork out of planning dinner and all you have to do is look at your weekly menu and get going on dinner. I also look at our week ahead when planning our meals and we if have something one night and have time to eat before I plan something really simple like sandwiches or a crockpot meal that morning. But sometimes, depending on what our obligation is, or what we have going on that day, we might just eat out after. If we have dinners out with family or friends, obviously I don't plan to cook something those nights. One night a week we try to get together with our group of friends and have a homemade meal and I always try to add my contribution to the meal to my menu for the week so I'll know what to get at the grocery store. Speaking of grocery store, I failed to mention my utter dislike for grocery shopping. Absolutely despise it. So I try to only go to the grocery store once a week. So that's why I try to make sure I plan everything for the week I'm going to make: snacks, desserts, drinks, whatever it may be, so that I only have to make one grocery trip in a week.

When I blogged at Living the High Life, I did a meal planning post every week or other week and got such great feedback and would hear from friends in real life that they loved reading those posts and would get great inspiration from it so thought I would try it out here at Hello, High.

So, this week we had quite a bit of stuff going on in the evening, so I only planned 3 meals. 2 of which were casserole dishes because I wanted some good leftovers for lunch and the weekend. I'm not a fan of leftovers and rarely eat them but my husband and kids don't mind.

MEAL ONE:
Monday was one of those crazy morning days. I went to bed with all these great intentions of getting up before the kids and doing my menu for the week and then while Harry took his morning nap, I would get ready and we would go to the grocery store after lunch. WELL, nothing happened as planned and by the time I had all my ducks in a row and was ready to go I was just done. I did not want to go to the store and was about to throw in the towel BUT we had to run a couple of other errands so decided while we were out I would just swing by the store to pick up a few things to make breakfast for dinner: bacon, goat cheese and biscuits. So that was what I did and ya know what, it all worked out fine. It was an easy in and out. No kids were harmed, we were back home in time for Harry's afternoon nap and dinner was made when Aaron got home from work. We saved a lot of money by eating at home and the grocery store trip happened on Tuesday.

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Breakfast For Dinner:

Bacon
Biscuits (have you seen the mini packages that have only 5 biscuits) with butter and jam
Eggs to order
Goat Cheese Grits

Goat Cheese Grits Quick Recipe:
-Instant Grits
-1/4 cup milk
-3 tablespoons butter
-1 goat cheese log
Cook grits according to the package (4 servings). Once grits are cooked add milk, butter and goat cheese. Stir until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

MEAL TWO:

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Spinach Salad

Fast and easy side: baby spinach with goat cheese crumbles, avocado, cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and French vinaigrette salad dressing.

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Pasta Pizza Casserole
recipe [here]

This night Elle had a late soccer game so I wanted to make something that I knew she would eat. She loves anything with pepperoni and she devoured this casserole and even asked for it for lunch the next couple of days. I always love finding a recipe that my kids love. This one will be added to the rotation.

MEAL THREE:

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Enchilada Stack
recipe [here]

The family loved this too. And can I tell you a little secret? I used canned chicken (all white meat of course)! And it turned out just fine. Could not even tell.


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The Pioneer Woman's Restaurant Style Salsa
recipe [here]

You can't have a Mexican dish without salsa. At least you can't in our house! PW's salsa recipe is BY FAR my favorite salsa. I love it even more than fresh salsa with garden-grown summer tomatoes. Y'all its so good. You have to make it.

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This is how much the recipe makes (those are the big 24 ounce mason jars)! This will last us maybe a week. We can't get enough.

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THIS. What I love most about cooking for my family. All of us in one place at one time, enjoying each other's company after a full day.

xo,
KB

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Style {Little Highs}

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Dressing Harry is the best. Toddler boy clothes and shoes are the cutest. I can't stop shopping! Doesn't help that he is so dang cute. Elle is a different story. Now that she is months away from being 5, she is a lot more opinionated about what she wears. I have to make sure she likes something and will wear it before I purchase it because if she doesn't like it she will not wear it. Like this day, I dressed Harry and had something in mind for Elle and she was not about it at all. She wanted to wear this dress, with those leggings and those boots. And that was that. No way to change her mind. Its quite comical really. Luckily, she has pretty good style and she knows not to get too crazy on me because I won't let her wear it. I mean, most of the time. There have been days she has worn her Elsa dress to Walmart or the post office.

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BEANIE Lemons & Lace jail house rock beanie | POLO last year Cherokee (similar) | JEANS Baby Gap skinny jeans | SHOES Cherokee Owen boots

ELLE 
DRESS Target last year (similar) | leggings Crazy 8 knit-denim leggings | boots Baby Gap moto boots

Friday, October 10, 2014

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

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I was gifted this recipe a few years ago. And I say gifted because it was truly a gift. This bundt cake is so fast and easy to make and is so delicious and moist. Do yourself a favor and make this soon. You won't regret it, I promise. This is one of my favorite desserts to make. And it goes great with coffee on cool fall mornings.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

1 box Spice Cake mix
1/2 can pumpkin puree
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup oil
1/2 water
11.5 ounce bag milk chocolate chip morsels (more or less to taste)

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all ingredients, except chocolate chips, until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased bundt pan. Bake 45 minutes. I usually bake mine about 40 minutes and then do the toothpick check. Sometimes my cake only takes 40 minutes and sometimes it takes 50 minutes. There is no rhyme or reason to it. Anyway, cool completely, remove from bundt pan and enjoy!