Monday, February 29, 2016

Cinnamon-Raisin Bread

As a rule not one of us likes raisins -- in anything.   Except my oldest will once in a blue moon randomly ask for cinnamon-raisin bread.

I haven't found an organic version that is good so when he asked for it the other day I told him I would make it for him.  I used this recipe for the bread machine.

The end result?


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mini Vacation

The kids had a BLAST at Camelback Resort last weekend. Highly recommend for a mini break -- only 90 minutes from NYC!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Tickets in hand for July 16th - YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!  Saw them a few years back and can't wait to see them in a few months!!  One of my faves and this one too...and I can keep going!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Beer Batter Bread

What a crazy weekend! Last basketball game and party, circus and much more.

It's only 12:30 today and I have already baked and cooked an enormous amount of food for these little people.  They are off from school so need to keep this place stocked with snacks.  I made chocolate banana muffins, chocolate chip apple cookies (to get rid of two apples that were about to go bad!), tomorrow's dinner of roasted chicken, sweet potatoes and carrots.  Right now I have simmering on the stove beef stew and in the oven my friend's amazing beer bread.  She made it for us recently and it was so good.  Trying to get rid of a few bottles of beer so put one in the stew and used one for the bread.  Logging the recipe here for future reference as it is so amazingly quick and good!


I can't get this to rotate, but want to save it on here.  Cuteness.

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!