Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Fall!!!! Football, hot soup, cool breeze, windows open, leaves dancing, it’s seriously one of the most magical seasons. I can’t help but feel lost in it’s beauty and at the same time feel like its slipping away all too quickly. We’ve been thoroughly the days we get with cooler weather, it’s so beautiful and we’re enjoying all the fall things. We just can’t help ourselves! Which leads me to sharing a few of our current favorites for this beautiful Friday!

My kids absolutely love pajamas! I’m constantly looking for fun, cozy pairs that wear well to last the whole year. They always get excited when a new holiday comes up because we usually can find some cute festive ones to fit the season. This year we got Burt’s Bees Baby shooting star jams for fall. They have cute and simple prints in their soft organic cotton sets. I love them because they’re affordable and the kids love them because they’re so comfy. I especially love that they also make family jammie sets so we can all look like festive dorks at Christmas.

My morning coffee has been traded in for Tazo Chai Tea Latte in Pumpkin Spice flavor. It’s so delicious and cozy, especially on cooler mornings. The spice is warm and gives all the fall feelings.

Remember last November when I shared how I roasted all our leftover pumpkins to make homemade pumpkin puree? I had nearly 20 bags of pureed pumpkin in my freezer and shared some with friends. Last weekend, I made a batch of our favorite pumpkin bars and used one of my Cinderella pumpkin purees. I also added nutmeg to my recipe (which is now added) and this was probably the most amazing batch that’s ever come out of my oven. Mike and I couldn’t get over the flavor of the pumpkin! Sure, roasting all those pumpkins took more time, but the flavor is so worth it!

Since Kensi has started school she needs all her items labeled. The first week of school I didn’t even think about this and used washi tape until my NameBubbles labels arrived in the mail. These labels are not only adorable and have a variety of prints + shapes to choose from, but they’re also dishwasher safe and the clothing labels are machine washable. How awesome is that!? Go check them out!

Hoping you all have a great weekend are able to enjoy some fall fun on this Friday!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Simple + Quick Meals // Sesame Noodle Bowl

I’m constantly looking for quick and simple meals to throw together when the day has been crazy and I look at the clock and suddenly it’s already five o’clock and I have no dinner plan. When I fail to meal plan our week, this happens easily and frequently. I frantically breeze through the fridge to find a protein and a veggie and try with all my might to somehow throw this together into something amazing that Kensi will enjoy, Finn will eat and Olivia can eat. I love introducing new flavors to them and sometimes it can be a complete win and other times it’s an utter fail and my kids are eating oatmeal. However, this week my frantic throwing of food together worked well and it was a hit all around the table and took less than 20 minutes!

Sesame Noodle Bowl
1 box Whole Wheat Spaghetti
2 cups Broccoli
2 chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
Salt + Pepper
1 cup Soy Sauce
6 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
4 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 inch pieces Fresh Ginger, grated
2 Tablespoon Cilantro, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions. With 3 minutes left on cooking time, add raw broccoli to pasta and water to cook. Drain pasta and broccoli together and set aside. 

While pasta water is heating to a boil, season chicken strips with salt + pepper and cook in a large skillet with oil, until cooked through. (The thin chicken strips will cook quickly).

While pasta and chicken is cooking, mix together soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, garlic and ginger in a large mixing bowl and set aside. 

Once everything is cooked through, add pasta, broccoli, chicken and cilantro to the sauce in large mixing bowl and toss everything together. Top with sesame seeds and serve. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Best Oil Recipes for Kids

Oils are a huge part of our everyday routine over here from diffusing them instead of candles to rolling them on our feet to help battle the icks and everything in between. They are a total game changer and we are so thankful we chose to dive into them whole heartedly these past couple years.
Every night during our bedtime routine each of my kids happily stick their their feet out to me so I can roll our oils on. We use them for immune support, sleep routine, sniffles, upset tummies, temperatures, and boo-boos. Our kids literally don’t know what medicine is because we rarely have it in the house. I’m constantly sharing our love for oils with family and friends and how they’ve changed how we treat our symptoms from day to day. If someone is ever hesitant about trying oils, I always ask them what do they have to lose? Nothing, but to possibly gain a different perspective.

Consistency is vital. I’ve been one to only use it here and there and didn't see much of an impact. However, once I started using them daily we saw a huge change in our children’s behavior and immune support. Below are our favorite recipes we always have mixed up to help support the health of our family and home!
Immune Support 
5 drops Thieves
Fractionated Coconut Oil

Add to a roller ball and roll on bottoms of feet morning and night. 
We do this daily, especially since Kensi has started school. We’re two weeks in and she hasn’t gotten sick yet. I love this recipes because Thieves has so many magical properties that help keep our immune systems strong! 

10 drops Lavender
6 drops Peace & Calming
6 drops Cedarwood

Spritz Bottle: Add oil drops to a 2oz spritz bottle and add a pinch of epsom salt and fill the rest with distilled water. Spritz on pillow, snugglies and sheets before bed.
Roller Ball: Add oil drops to a roller ball and fill rest with fractionated coconut oil. Roll on spine and big toe before bed.

Witching Hour Diffuser Blend
3 drops Stress Away
3 drops Lavender

Add to diffuser with distilled water. Perfect for the witching hour when the kids lose their minds and dinner needs to be prepped!

Happy Teeth
5 drops Orange
4 drops Copaiba

Add oils into a roller ball and fill with fractionated coconut oil. Roll on baby’s spine and massage onto jaw line with finger. 
Copaiba is also gentle enough to use without a carrier oil. Add a drop to teething toy or necklace for added relief. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Favorite Dips for Football Season

We have thoroughly enjoyed the last couple Saturdays of college football! We waited to put our Husker flag up while the hurricanes made their way around us, but we are so ready to show our love for our home state! There’s something cozy and nostalgic that happens in our house when we hear the sportscasters picking their team and game for the weekend, delicious food is baking up in the kitchen and cold brews are chillin’ in the fridge. Saturdays have become my favorite day with Mike and the kids and as the seasons change we are always thrilled to be able to settle into a fresh and familiar routine we missed over the year.

If you followed along with the blog last year I shared some football food favorites including chicken bacon wraps, Nebraska Runzas, and our favorite white queso dip. We love making up a mix of old favorites and trying new recipes each game season. One dish that never gets left out is some form of dip. We’re total snackers over here and our kids love being able to dip pretty much anything. Not only is it always tasty, but it’s just fun to eat! Below are some of our favorite go-to dips for lots of different occasions, but they all work for game day. The newest recipe we’re adding to our dip roster is Garlicky French Onion Dip. Everyone always has some form of this on their table and usually made with the dry onion soup mix, but I’m telling you this one kicks it right between the posts! With a recommendation from my mom I swapped out the mayonnaise for cottage cheese to lighten it up and pureed the sautéed onions for a smooth texture. If you love french onion dip then you must try this one!

Garlicky French Onion Dip
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 cup Sweet Onion, chopped
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
4 cloves Roasted Garlic**
1-1/2 cups Cottage Cheese 4%, pureed in blender or food processor
3/4 cup Sour Cream 
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Ground White Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add the onions and 1/4 tsp of salt. Cook and stir until the onions are caramelized to a nice golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove onions from the heat, let cool. Once cooled, transfer onions to a blender or food processor and puree.  
Mix together the pureed cottage cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, white pepper, and remaining salt. Stir in the pureed onions. Cover and refrigerate the dip for at least 2 hours before serving with potato chips.

**I love roasted garlic and will either wrap an entire bulb in foil with olive oil and bake it in the oven  350 F for about 40 minutes, or I’ll add it 4 smashed garlic cloves to my caramelized onions about 15 minutes in to keep the garlic from burning.

Jalapeño Popper Dip
1 (8 oz pkg) Cream Cheese
3/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
3 Jalapeños, diced (Remove seeds and ribs)
1 Jalapeño, whole
1 (4oz can) Diced Green Chilies

Mix cream cheese and mayonnaise together. Add diced green chilies, jalapeño, parmesan cheese to mixture. Layer in a 9 inch baking dish. Add a whole jalapeño in the center for garnish. Bake 350 degrees F until bubbly. 

Hot Artichoke Dip
c/o our sweet friend Rochelle

2 (14oz) cans Artichokes, drained + chopped
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 teaspoon Worchestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix well. Transfer to a small lightly buttered baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350 F for 20 minutes. Serve warm with crackers. 

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