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3 Sprouts Storage Bin

30 Nov

With Amazon Prime, I feel like everytime I get a package it feels like Amazon sends me a present. I wait patiently for Fedex or USPS and rush to open the packages each time! Like a bow ready to be untied, those prime stickers all over the boxes get me every time.

Yesterday I got this lovely 3 Sprouts Toy Chest with a beautiful elephant on it. It’s grey with white stripes and the chest itself is tan.

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For $24.99, It’s so cute! I feel like it really makes the room come together and is a stand-out piece. I wanted a place to store his accumulating books and toys for our living room and this was perfect and whimsical.

I can’t wait to see my little Jacob climbing in and getting his toys out of it!

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Sweet Noodle Kugel

29 Nov

Nothing like oooey gooey noodle kugel around the holidays. It’s the sweet to the ohh so savory. Despite my pan overflowing (because I used a pan that was too small!) this recipe is on point. Try it out – this recipe is all the rage…

Sweet Noodle Kugel
(adapted from Fork-Lore)

Ingredients
12 oz package of Pennsylvania dutch egg noodles (or any broad egg noodle)
1 stick of butter, softened and cubed for noodles to prevent sticking
6 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups of milk (I used 2%)
16 oz container of low-fat cottage cheese
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of white/golden raisins

Topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup of crushed corn flakes

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour boiling water over raisins to plump them up a little. Let them sit for 10 min or so and drain. Prepare noodles according to package – don’t overcook! Drain and mix butter into noodles. Pour into a buttered 9×13 inch pan. Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, milk, cottage cheese, and vanilla. Use a hand mixer or kitchen aid to mix well. Add raisins and combine. Pour over noodles and use a spoon to combine everything well. Finally for the topping, in a ziplock bag mash the corn flakes until small, add sugar and cinnamon into the ziplock and shake to mix. Sprinkle over the top of the noodles and bake at 350 for about 1 hour or when you see the inside firm up. Serve warm (my preference) or cold and enjoy!

(Picture taken by Fork-Lore)
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-M

The Silver Spoon Cookbook – Spaghetti and Meatballs

14 Oct

This book is FAT. Yep, a epic hefty paperweight of Italian cookbook. I felt cultured from Chapter 1 – Sauces. I was in the mood for a new spaghetti and meatballs. I have many variations but this one is my new favorite. In the book, it’s Rigatoni with Meatballs… this sauce is delicious!! My version of this recipe is below – a meaty, tangy and fragrant Italian dinner straight from The Silver Spoon.

Spaghetti and Meatballs
Adapted from The Silver Spoon Cookbook

Ingredients
Meatloaf mix – ground pork, beef, and veal (about 2 lbs)
1-2 fresh flat-leaf parsley leaf sprigs, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 egg
1 tbsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
flour, for dusting
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced thin and in 2-3 pieces
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 small fresh rosemary sprig, chopped
Crushed tomatoes (15 oz jar)
1 box of spaghetti, cooked Al dente
Parmesan Cheese, for dressing
Garlic bread, for dipping

Instructions
Combine the ground meat, egg, parsley and garlic in a bowl. Then add salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into small meatballs, dust with flour and set aside. Heat the oil in a large deep pan, add the onion, celery, carrot, and rosemary and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, then add the meatballs and increase the heat to medium. Cook until the meatballs are lightly browned all over, then add the crushed tomatoes. Lower the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 40 minutes. Cook the spaghetti in a pot of salted boiling water to al dente, drain and serve meatballs with sauce over the pasta. Dress with freshly grated parmesan cheese and enjoy! I also served this with garlic bread and it was super delicious!

-M

Pregnancy: Fears of Being A Mommy

3 Aug

Beautifully said!!!

Samantha In Depth

I’m only days away from having a baby…

We have waited 10 long…loooooong…months for this time!

I have our hospital bag packed and ready to go. Our video camera charged and ready to film. Her bassinet has a brand new, clean, adorable sheet on it. Her diaper changing station is organized and ready to be used. All clothes hung so sweetly in her closet. Her carseat installed properly.

Everything seems ready.

But I wasn’t.

For 9 months I just could not wait for this finish line! I couldn’t wait for the end of the sciatic nerve irritation to be eliminated; for the carpel tunnel to disappear; for the trigger thumb to heal; for the water retention to evaporate; for the weight gain to dissipate and for sleeping on my belly like a normal human!

But now that all those things are just moments away…I find myself thinking beyond those spectacular…

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Chicken Tinga Tacos

27 Jul

Eating during the week doesn’t have to be the boring same old. I love mixing up my weekly rotation by making flavor packed fun meals. Who doesn’t love a taco night? I love tacos because they’re so versatile. You can do fish tacos, chicken, beef, veggie, the options are endless. I do have a go-to recipe for my own and its super easy. Check it out.

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Ingredients for Tacos
1 cooked rotisserie chicken, pulled apart in shredded pieces
1 package of McCormick’s Chicken Tinga de Pollo mix – needed ingredients include: 8 oz can of tomato sauce,
1 onion, sliced long, 2/3 cup of water
flour tortillas
Topping sides below + optional others: sliced red and green peppers, sriracha sauce, sour cream, pepper jack shredded cheese, Mexican blend shredded cheese

Chunky Guacamole
2 ripe avocados, crushed and left chunky
sea salt, for seasoning
1 tbsp lime juice or juice of half a lime

Quick Salsa
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 an onion, diced
1-2 tbsp fresh cilantro
sea salt, for seasoning
1 tbsp lime juice or juice of half a lime

Yellow Rice
1 box of Yellow Rice, cooked per package instructions

Instructions
Shred chicken ahead of time. Cook rice per package instructions (will take about 20 minutes). Slice 1 onion and heat in a large skillet until softened. Add McCormick’s seasoning to the skillet with the 8oz jar of tomato sauce and 2/3 cup of water and slowly mix in shredded chicken. Allow to heat through on low heat, covering the pan with foil (5-10 mins) and remove from heat. Meanwhile, make the toppings above by mixing listed ingredients in small bowls. Serve with toppings, chicken, and flour tortillas and everyone will assemble their own taco! Enjoy!

-M