2.27.2013

Ahoy! It's a Boy! A Nautical Baby Shower.

On Saturday, my friends Kelly, Susan and I threw a baby shower for our friend Becky!
{Kelly is my dear friend & the one who threw me my baby shower for Luke}

Becky is expecting her 3rd baby (and 2nd boy!)
{Becky's daughter Maddie is one of Kate's best buddies. They are just a week apart. Claire & her Sam are 6 months apart and her newest, Evan will be about 6 months apart from Luke!}
The shower was held at Susan's beautiful home!
I had fun making all the signs & food labels.
The Food Table:
Dessert Table:
The table settings:
Favors! Kelly made poppy seed muffins with strawberry jam in mini mason jars & attached spoons.
The spoons look like oars, to go along with the nautical theme!
Present Time!
Kelly, Susan & I got Becky a Juicy Sweatsuit for her present. Becky deserves it more than anyone I know, she is a Pastor's Wife & they are church planters. She deserves to be spoiled, this has been a rough pregnancy for her!
The hostesses with the Guest of Honor!
It was such a fun day celebrating Baby Evan! Can't wait for his arrival in less than 3 weeks!
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2.22.2013

It's Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday!

Soooooo glad it's Friday.
This was a "short" week because of President's Day on Monday, but it felt like the longest.week.ever.
I thought we were all done with being sick, but Claire got a stomach bug mid week. Luckily, it was short lived. Keeping our fingers crossed no one else gets it.
Here is what we have been up to lately via Instagram:

We are redoing part of our backyard & chopping down a bunch of trees. 

One of my favorite meals to make for dinner is homemade calzones. 
Sooooo good. Sooooo easy. I will blog them soon!
 
 Never like getting this in your kid's folder. So far, we are safe. Just reading this makes your head itch, right? Your welcome :)
Dear Target, thank you for carrying paper straws. Only $1.99 each. Confession: there were 4 packages left & I bought them all. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest.
Do you have a Pottery Barn Kids near you? Check out who is in the display window!
It's Claire! Luke was also at that photoshoot, but they didn't use the pics of him & Claire, they used Claire and another baby....how rude ;)


Friday was also our 11 year engagement anniversary. Here we are 11 years ago. Babies!!
 
We celebrated by going to see Wicked on Saturday night!
 
 We saw it 4 years ago & it is even better the 2nd time. SO good. Hands down my favorite Broadway musical. And, I have seen a lot of musicals. If it's playing in a city near you, GO!
Working on 40 bags in 40 days. My hoarder Claire was NOT happy about getting rid of some of her stuff.
Think Luke is outgrowing the swing? Yikes. Thank goodness for straps.

Pioneer Woman's Spicy Dr Pepper Pulled Pork. Make it. So good.
On Tuesday, a cold front hit Nor Cal. It even snowed in the foothills of our town!!! Crazy!  View from my classroom:
After school, the girls and I (and Luke) went on adventure, driving around to see the snow.  GORGEOUS!!!
On Wednesday, the weather was beautiful again. We had a fun afternoon in San Fran.
Do you watch The Bachelor? Do you watch American Idol?
My jaw literally DROPPED when I watched American Idol on Wednesday. This girl, Brandy, looks EXACTLY like Tierra. Seriously. They could be twins. Don't you agree? This pic is of Brandy.
 Kate got a note from a boy in her class. Ahhhh.....Kindergarten romance.
Yesterday my mother in law let me borrow Season 1 of Downton Abby. Jumping on the bandwagon, late as usual. (Remember last year, when we finally watched Friday Night Lights in it's entirety??!?!?
Starting it this weekend.
Baby Shower Prep for my friend Becky's Baby Shower tomorrow!!
Crazy Hair Day at Kate's school. She wanted 5 braids. But, by the time she left for school, she took them out because they were bugging her. Sigh.
Next Friday, March 1st is our 2nd Pin-spired Link up!!! So much fun! I can't wait!

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Hope you have a great Friday & a wonderful weekend!

2.20.2013

Soup's On: Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Soup's On Recipe Link Up!
I have a delicious soup to share with you today.
It's one of my favorites and SO easy to make!
 Here is what you need:
1 stick butter
Diced Onion (I am a cheater & buy pre-diced onion because my eyes are so sensitive to onion)
2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic (I am a lazy with this also & buy the pre minced garlic)
1/3 cup flour 
  4 cups of whole milk (I like it creamy so I do 2 cups whole milk & 2 cups of Half & Half. I am sure you could use low fat milk if you wanted to cut the fat)
1 can chicken broth
3 heads broccoli, cut into florets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups grated cheddar cheese

Directions
In your soup pot, melt the butter and saute the diced onions and garlic:
 This is what pre-minced garlic looks like. Love it. Lazy cooks unite!
 After 5 minutes of sauteing the butter, onions & garlic, add in the 1/3 cup of flour.
Stir it in until it is all dissolved and cook heat it up for a few minutes.
 Add the can of chicken broth.
Add in your milk/half & half and have your stove on simmer.
 While the soup is simmering, dice up your broccoli. I just use the florets & discard the thick stems.
I like big broccoli chunks, but cut them up to whatever size/consistency you like.
 Add the broccoli to the soup!
Add some salt & pepper. I like LOTS of pepper.
 Cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Make sure the soup doesn't boil. Nothing is worse than boiled milk. Yuck!
 After 30 minutes & right before you serve the soup, it's time to add the cheese.
You will need 4 cups of cheese. Again, I am lazy so I use the pre-grated bags.
I like a mix of cheeses, so I always do a 2 cup bag of Sharp Cheddar and a 2 cup bag of triple cheddar.
 SLOWLY add the cheese to the soup, a handful at a time.
Stir each handful in so that the cheese is nice and melted.
 You will get a very nice consistency:
 Sometimes, if I have bacon in my fridge, I will cook some up to add as a garnish to the soup.
The soup is wonderful on it's own, but who doesn't love bacon?!!?\
I dice up some bacon, line a baking sheet with foil & bake in a 375 oven for 15-20 min.
Oven cooked bacon is the way to go. So easy!
 When it's time to serve the soup, I add another sprinkle of cheese & some bacon!
And, I always serve it with french bread. I love bread. And carbs. And bacon.
 Yummy. Comfort Soup at it's finest!
 Very easy to make & delicious. And, like I said before, you don't need to add the bacon, the soup is still wonderful without out it!
**Serves about 8-10 people**

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