12.02.2016

Friday Favorites + $250 Amazon Gift Card!

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Friday Favorites!
Hosted by: AndreaErika & Narci

Friday...you are finally here....I have been waiting for you all week because today is game day for my Colorado Buffs....which leads me to my first favorite.......

{ONE}
College Football is my favorite!! 
Tonight, my Buffs are playing Washington for the Pac 12 Championships.
The game is here in the Bay Area at the 49ers Levi's Stadium, so Kevin and I are going to the game.
This is the 3rd Colorado game I have been to THIS year!!!! 
We flew out to Colorado to see them play Arizona State and then I also went to the game when they were out here playing Stanford.
 This has been such an incredible season for Colorado...our coach has had a slogan all year saying this is the year of CU's Rise. The Rise is Real!
Our coach was named Pac 12 Coach of the year & National Coach of the Year!
He is such a great guy. Awesome coach, strong Christian & such a great leader for our team.

{TWO}
Have you heard of the Lost My Name books?

The books are so cute, you customize them with your child's name. Each child’s adventure is totally unique and based on their name
 They were having a Cyber Monday sale, so I also got Luke this book:
It's an outer space adventure staring your child & their house and they use an actual satellite image of your child's house. You can preview all the books with your customization. Luke is going to love them!
 They have bigger discounts if you order more than 1, so I decided to also get Luke both :)

 They are having some discounts this week for Cyber Week & free shipping with arrival before Christmas. You can order the books HERE

I can't wait for Luke to open both of his on Christmas!

{THREE}
Making Christmas Cookies is my favorite!
Every December my girls and I do a TON of baking. 
We bake cookies for friends, neighbors & teachers.
I have TWO new Christmas cookie/bar recipes I am planning on sharing here in the new couple of weeks, so stay tuned!
In the meantime.......here is a round up of some of my FAVORITE Christmas Cookie Recipes!
Warning......there are a ton that I am posting :)
Candy Cane Kisses {Recipe HERE}
Fudge {Recipe HERE
Ultimate Ginger Cookie {Recipe HERE
Christmas Monster Cookies {Recipe HERE}
Christmas Tree Brownies {Recipe HERE
Cranberry Cookie Bars {Recipe HERE
Snickerdoodles {Recipe HERE}
Peanut Butter Blossoms {Recipe HERE}
Here are some other fun Christmas treats we make (that aren't cookies!)
Donut Snowmen {Recipe HERE}
 
Donut Reindeer {Recipe HERE}
 Peppermint Ice Cream Cake {Recipe HERE}
Preztel Hugs {Recipe HERE}
 Ritzies {Recipe HERE


{FOUR}
Christmas Crafting is also my favorite!
Here are some Christmas craft ideas:
Homemade Snow Globe Gift Card Holder
Instructions {HERE}
Christmas Cookies in a Jar (and free printable) 
Get the instructions & printable {HERE}
Holiday Peeps Smores & free printable {HERE}

We love passing out goodies & gifts to our friends during December :)


{FIVE}
My house at Christmas is my favorite....I love how cozy it feels.
 I also love watching Hallmark Christmas by the glow of Christmas lights.
Hallmark Christmas movies are my favorite.
Here is some of my DVR:
 So many Hallmark Christmas movies...I've been recording them since before Thanksgiving...but you know me, I didn't watch them until after Thanksgiving. I have over 15 Hallmark Christmas movies on there right now. Sorry Kevin. I've taken over the DVR. Hahaha!

Anyone else addicted to cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies? They are the best!
My favorite one that I have seen this year is called Christmas List. So cheesy! So cute! 

{SIX}
Lash Boost....you guys....I am obsessed!!! It is my favorite!!! I took before photos, I will be taking progress photos this weekend :)
Our Lash Boost Holiday Special is going on & ends in a month.
It comes with Lash Boost (will last 3-4 months), a free mini eye cream & a cute travel bag:

Check out a fellow consultant's results:
CONDITION, MOISTURIZE, and NOURISH YOUR NATURAL lashes with Lash Boost and you will have longer-looking, darker-looking, and thicker-looking lashes! 60-day 100% satisfaction guarantee or your $ back! 
With the Cyber Week deal & special, this could be yours for $135!
Email me to place your order!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com
Send me an email if you want to order....I will be placing a bulk order of lash boost early next week.
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com
{SEVEN}
Last year,  got Luke some Magnformers for his birthday.
He got THIS set:



He LOVES them! In fact, all 3 of my kids play with Luke's magformers!
They have so many different sets!
These are cute:

Love THIS set:


These are a great Christmas gift for kids.....Luke will sit and play with them for 20-30 minutes straight!

{EIGHT}
Stitch Fix is my favorite!
My December fix is scheduled to arrive today. I requested Holiday dresses for this fix. We have our a few Christmas parties this year, so I thought it would be fun to wear a new dress for at least one of them. I can't WAIT to see what arrives!
If you haven't done Stitch Fix before, I recommend it. I've been doing it since May 2014...every month it's like Christmas when your box arrives. You don't have to get one every month, you can do every other month, every 3 months, etc.
Did you know you can also give the gift of a Stitch Fix gift card?
Or, you can ASK for a Stitch Fix gift card.
Click the photo below for the gift cards:
{NINE}
Random Acts of Kindness are my favorite....especially during the Holiday Season.
Last year I posted about Blessing Bags. 
You can read the full post about them {HERE}
Every year when we head to San Francisco during the holidays we bring our blessing bags to hand out to the homeless. This is one of my girls favorite things to do. I am so proud of them & how brave they are when giving the blessing bags to the homeless.
I highly encourage you to make these bags....they truly bless people!

Another Random Act of Kindness that I started doing last year is taping this note to my front door along with Starbucks Gift Cards.

I don't know about you, but I do 99% of my Christmas shopping online. This is what I have taped on our front door as a way to say thank you to our fed ex, ups & usps workers who are working so hard this time of year:

I posted that photo on Instagram & one of my friends texted me asking if I could email her the graphic that I made, so I decided to just make it a printable for all of you as well! 
 You can sign or write in your own last name :)
{To download, Click so the image pops up in a new window, Right Click, Then Save & Print!}
I am putting one of these up today because I did A LOT of online shopping on Cyber Monday and I will have things being delivered today & for the next week.

{TEN}

 Giveaways are my favorite & it's your lucky day....I am giving away a $250 Amazon Gift Card!!!!

Perfect for Christmas presents :)
Giveaway ends next Friday!
To enter, use the Rafflecopter below & comment with what you would buy if you won!

Happy Friday & Go Buffs!!!!!

11.30.2016

Butternut Squash, Spinach & Goat Cheese Pizza

As you may know.....pizza is my favorite food. 
I could eat it everyday.
Last Christmas I got THIS pizza maker.
(It is also on sale HERE)
We have been making pizza for dinner a few times a month since we got it! 
I have been experimenting with different pizza toppings/recipes and there have been some REALLY good ones!
Once a month I share a new pizza recipe with you.
You don't need the pizza maker (you can use your oven) but I am letting you know that using this pizza maker gives your pizza an authentic pizzeria taste! 
This year, I have been sharing a new pizza recipe every month.
Today's recipe is another one of my favorites....
Butternut Squash, Spinach & Goat Cheese Pizza
Here is what you need:

1 pizza dough (I use pre-made dough from Safeway or Trader Joes.  I like Safeway's better because it so much easier to work with & tastes better! You can make your own dough, but when the pre-made dough is only $1.50, this is a no brainer! 
2 cups cubed butternut squash (1/2-inch pieces.....you can buy this pre cut at the grocery store!)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Directions:
  Toss squash with 1 teaspoon oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper & sliced onions and put on a baking sheet.

Bake at 400 for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.... set aside.
While butternut squash & onions are baking,  it's time to roll out your dough.
If using the Pizza maker, I split the dough in half and then roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface & then I put my dough on a piece of parchment paper.  
I cook it on the parchment paper for a few minutes because then I can slide the pizza off the parchment paper without messing up the crust or making all the toppings slide off. I like cooking it without the parchment paper because then it gives the crust a pizzeria taste! If I had a pizza peel, I wouldn't need to have the parchment paper because then I would have the pizza peel to transfer the pizza to and from the pizza cooker...but I don't have one of those yet.
Add a splash of olive oil & dash of pepper to the crust.
 Chop up your spinach.....
 Add the chopped up spinach to the crust:
 Add the butternut squash & red onion mixture on top:
 Sprinkle on the goat cheese......
 YUM. I love goat cheese :)
 Bake in your pizza oven (or regular oven at 450 degrees) for 8-10 minutes 
(I bake mine on parchment paper for 5 minutes & then slide it off the parchment paper & bake it on the pizza stone)
 Slice it up.....
 This pizza is delicious, perfect for the fall & winter months!
 The flavors of butternut squash & goat cheese go so well together.
 This pizza tastes even better with a drizzle of honey on top.....
Enjoy!
We are having so much fun making our homemade pizza!
Here are the ones we have made:
In January I shared my BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe {HERE}
In February I shared my Fig, Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza {HERE}
 In March I shared my my Pesto Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Artichoke Pizza {HERE}
In April, I shared a Sweet Italian Sausage, Pepperoni & Bell Pepper Pizza {HERE
In May I shared my Pepperoni, Pineapple & JalapeƱo Pizza {HERE}
In June, I shared my Margherita Pizza {HERE}
In July I shared my Summer Squash, Tomato, Pesto & Feta Pizza {HERE}
In August, I shared my Pineapple Chicken Luau with Bacon Pizza  {HERE
In September, I shared my Caramelized Goat Cheese & Pancetta Pizza {HERE}
In October I shared my Thai Chicken Pizza {HERE}
As you can tell.....I really love pizza :)
What is your favorite pizza topping?

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