Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Weekend

My little guys are so excited that today is the last day of school before a week off for winter break.

Today they have their valentine's parties at school.  My oldest was complaining that I always make him bring plates and napkins, so I volunteered for the cupcakes.   He wound up having a basketball game rescheduled to last night so we didn't get home until late so this labor of love finished around 10 pm - oy.

I bought these little card/treat holders from Pottery Barn a few years back. The kids are excited for valentine's morning to put their homemade cards into their brothers valentine holder.   Of course they will get some chocolate and other goodies too in there. :)  

Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blueberry French Toast Casserole

My friend gave me this recipe years ago and I am finally getting around to logging it on here for future reference.  It is delicious!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Spinach Artichoke Cups and Mongolian Beef

Happy Monday!

Hosted a dinner party Saturday using the theme of recipes from Tasty and Tip Hero.  My friend made these spinach artichoke cups that were amazing and I made Mongolian Beef (which the kids gobbled up too), brown rice, green beans and a salad. 

Mongolian Beef
LOVE my new orgreenic pan that I picked up from BJ's -- ceramic pan and nothing sticks to it unlike my fancy-pants pans

Spinach artichoke cups

After a week of AC/DC it is time to dial it down a notch.....Somwhere Only We Know came on Pandora yesterday. Never liked this song much, but for some reason it is sticking now so I dowloaded it and have it on repeat.   I have my own apple itunes account now so also downloaded my fav coldplay live album.   This week I am going to do my best to get tickets to their concert in NJ July 17th -- fingers crossed!!

Have a good week!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hasbrown & Egg Breakfast Cups

I made this recipe (minus the bacon) for Bird's Nest Breakfast Cups and oh my they were fantastic.  My oldest went crazy for them.    Changed the name in the title of this post to something I would remember as I will certainly refer to this recipe again - delish.

In other news someone posted something on facebook that made me search for something else and I found this:

Damn straight
And this:

Double-damn straight :)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

An Important Day for this Working Mom

Yesterday I hit a major milestone in my career -- I was officially promoted to Executive Vice President!   I am THRILLED and so excited to see where my travels (literally and figuratively!) take me with this next step.

How did I celebrate this big news? 

Bingo Night at school with my three sons. ;)  Complete with me spilling an entire glass of wine all over myself and my youngest having a complete meltdown.  Ah, the life of a working mother. :)

Kids are loving the big snowstorm we are getting today.  I should probably busy myself with cleaning out the office upstairs, but instead I am going to relax for once.  My big to-do is to make an apple pie and osso buco.  Figure that's a slow-cooking meal so I can entertain myself by getting up to check the stove 40 times. ;) 

Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Birthday Fun

What a weekend!  Friday night went out with a friend.  Saturday was filled with basketball games and at night I went to a 40th vegas-themed party that was a-ma-zing!  It was at their home and catered by Ruth Chris Steakhouse, bartenders, dj, and full-sized craps, roulette tables. SUCH fun.

Needless to say I was exhausted by the time Sunday rolled around when I had a family party for my youngest son.  He turns 4 this upcoming Saturday, but I have a wedding to go to so moved up the party.

Here are some highlights.  He had such fun and I received hundreds of hugs and kisses from him as a thank you. :)

He wanted an Alvin and the Chipmunks theme, but there is NOTHING for sale with them - so odd!  So I did music/rock star stuff for the goody bag and then the bag was filled with pinata goodies too.

Our traditional number cookies using this recipe. They were good. 

I need to take a cake decorating class as my efforts are pathetic!  BUT it tasted good!  Tried a recipe my friend recommended for Black Magic Cake.  Doubled the recipe -- it was moist and not too sweet.  Excellent.

I have been so busy my party planning efforts are going downhill.  Lots of carbs and cheese were on the menu.  All kid pleasers and that's the point of the day. ;)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Nana's Christmas Cookies

Saving these two recipes for my kids from their great grandmother so they have it for reference down the road. :)

The kids had a blast playing with their friends NYE.  My oldest loves his new DJ set.

My friend did a great job hosting NYE.  Complete with edible chocolate shot glasses filled with milk for the kids.

The other big news here is my "baby" isn't a baby anymore  he learned to write his name yesterday.  I am so proud.  Fitting time too since the crib and some other baby stuff were broken down and officially tossed. 
Wishing everyone all the best in 2016!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Personal Core Values

Set out 2016 right and read this article about the importance of defining your core values.   I know what my values are, but rarely consciously reflect on them and certainly not as a tool to save time and energy...but they are just that because it helps you weed out people and opportunities that aren't a good fit.  The first three the author lists of truth, diligence and consistency are definitely on my list too.

It's been a busy few days.  Our Christmas Eve plans were cancelled due to unexpected surgery for my Dad.  Thank god he is ok.  Had a house full of kids yesterday and today.  Looking forward to "Almost New Years Eve" party at school tonight...complete with noisemakers and hats for the kids to enjoy at 9 pm.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nine Ways Mentally Strong People Retain Their Personal Power

Looking forward to a big chunk of time off after today.  My usual Christmas plans are turned upside down due to unforeseen circumstances so I am trying to re-organize the next few days so the kids get all the joy they can out of this special time.

Stress is synonymous with this time of year so this article about Nine Ways Mentally Strong People Retain their Personal Power is a good reminder for anyone who needs it. :)

Looking forward to cookie baking with one of my bffs and the kids tomorrow morning.  Then we'll go to an afternoon holiday party complete with Santa.  Will update on any good cookie recipes we make.

We never take the tree out of the netting until we get home, so we lucked out this year again with a nice one!  Although you'll notice the middle of the tree is absent of lights -- whoops. ;)