Friday school pick-up was an exciting one for sure. Sophia ran to the gate of the schoolyard with her bag filled with Easter goodies. Her preschool had their annual Easter egg hunt that day, as the following week was Spring Break. The children were all full of excitement, and you could tell by the look on every mom’s face that we were all thinking the same thing: send wine!
As Sophia ran up to me, she couldn’t wait to ask me her excited questions: “Mommy, we are going on vacation next week? What hotel are we staying it?!?!” Oh my goodness, was she in for a world of disappointment as we walked to the car and I fastened her into her car seat! This began the very long and not-so-happy ride home of me explaining to my child the fun and excitement in our staycation! I told her that the school is on vacation, so we get to have lots of fun as a family spending time together and taking a break from our normal routine. The truth is I have nothing planned and I’m in the business of winging it! My husband will be at work, and the weather here in New England still needs to decide if its winter or spring.
What exactly is a “staycation,” anyway? I have been coming up with a few fun things to do with the girls during the day to make this week enjoyable. There’s always going to the zoo, aquarium, parks, and playground if the weather allows for it. I love to think outside of the box too! In our house, we enjoy crafts and baking, so those activities are at the top of our list. We love trying new, exciting foods and experimenting with cooking. On our baking list, we are going to attempt macaroons, and for crafts, of course, we’re coloring eggs!
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Saturday’s are filled with activities and family fun! Today we enjoyed the first warm day of the year and spent the entire day out. These two had a blast picking out their outfits together. It’s adorable to see them in their room together. Sophia loves to pick out her outfits, and her younger sister Priscilla is starting to do the same. Sophia was so proud of her look she asked to pose for a photo. The two girls stood in our kitchen and I snapped a few keepers. As I looked through the “cheese” smiles, I came across this picture. The look on Priscilla’s face says it all. She adores her big sister. These two have truly become best friends. They play together, giggle together, and basically do everything together. It is a true blessing watching these two grow up together. A huge plus in all of this is they have a pretty awesome fashion sense too! 😂
When it comes to cooking in the kitchen, one thing is for sure, in our house it’s a family affair. Since the very early age of one, Sophia my four-year-old has been cooking and baking up a storm in my kitchen. She learned how to crack her first egg before the age of two and found a love for creating recipes very early on in her cooking career. I must admit I was nervous about the mess that would become of my kitchen, but the memories we would make and the moments we shared far surpassed these concerns. As the years have gone by, Sophia has become quite the little chef. She makes the most delicious apple pie I have ever tasted and her secret ingredients would make you laugh… but they work! I’ll give you a hint… there is more fruit than apples and a pinch of salt goes a long way! …..
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Dinner needed to be quick last night. We had errands to run and Sophia had practice. I grabbed a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store and improvised with ingredients I had at home. I could not believe how quickly I had dinner prepped and in the oven. It took me less than 10 minutes to make the stuffed pepper filling and the peppers cooked in the oven for about 30 minutes. This was the perfect week night meal. I made the kids a quick quesadilla because buffalo chicken is a little spicy for them, but perfect for a low carb dinner for us! I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!!!!
3 large Peppers ( I used Green Bell Peppers)
1 tablespoon cream cheese
2 tablespoon sour cream
1-2 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles
1 stalk celery chopped
few stalks of green onion chopped
1/4 cup buffalo sauce
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese ( plus some to sprinkle on top)
Preheat oven to 350. Pull apart chicken and break into small shreds, put into mixing bowl. Add all ingredients and mix well. Cut peppers in half so you have 6 pieces. Stuff peppers and finish with a sprinkle of cheese on top. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until brown. Enjoy! 🙂
Homemade stuffed bread was a staple in our home growing up. Whether it was for a holiday, a football game, or just a simple Sunday gathering, my mom always had her stuffed breads baking in the oven. She would start the homemade dough early in the day and let them rise on the counter. I remember the smells from the kitchen and how much I loved watching her and learning to make these breads. As I got older I learned to make them myself and of course found some easy “mom hacks” along the way to make these breads accessible for every day of the week. Today Sophia made these special breads with Nana. We did not have time to make the dough from scratch so we decided to do the next best thing and stop at our local pizza restaurant. We bought two fresh doughs and came home to make our bread fillings. We made a sausage and spinach bread and a pepperoni and cheese bread. Equally delicious and easy to make! Sophia made both of the breads today and was so proud to cook with her Nana! Check out the recipe below!
Italian sausage ( casing removed ) we used hot ( small package )
Spinach ( 1 container)
* to taste
Remove casing from sausage and cook on med – high heat breaking into small pieces until browned. Remove from pan. Cook spinach in left over oil. Add spices. Cook till wilted. Remove from heat and let cool. Roll out dough and all filling. Roll into jelly roll like form closing ends to hold filling in. Cut small slots on top. Gently put water on top of bread with hands. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes
1/4 lb slicing pepperoni sliced thin
1 bag mozzarella
Roll out dough add pepperoni and mozzarella. Roll dough into jelly roll like form closing ends to secure filling. Cut slits in top and gently rub water on top of bread with hands. Bake 400 for 25-30 minutes
Sophia loves to practice her Pre- K / Kindergarten skills during nap time with mommy. Today we had so much fun doing this awesome spring worksheet from Education.com. They have so many amazing and fun age appropriate work sheets that are great for learning.
These pretzels from Stew Leonard’s are a family favorite! Today I decided to whip up a very quick and easy homemade cheese dip for the girls snack to go with their pretzels and they loved it! I thought I would share this simple, kid approved recipe here. I am all about making things fresh at home with no additives or food dye! Check out the recipe below!
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1/2 cup milk
Few handfuls of cheese ( I eye balled it )
I used a small pop over med/high heat. I melted the butter and added the flour. I cooked for about 1 minted until it was slightly golden brown. I added the milk stirring till it was smooth about 1-2 minutes. I let this thicken slightly. I added the cheese. I used shredded cheddar and Swiss because that’s what I had in my fridge drawer but you can use anything that melts. In just seconds the girls had a yummy afternoon treat food dye free!
Hope you enjoy this at home! This cheese sauce can be delish on so many things!!!
Do you believe in Magic?!? In our house we do! We love the excitement of holidays and the enchantment of magic! Today we spent the morning making our very own Leprechaun Traps! Legend says you put these out at night before bed and if you catch a leprechaun your 3 wishes will be granted!! It is such a fun activity to do with your children! My girls had a blast designing their own little houses and talking about their wishes! You can download your very own Leprechaun Trap and print it today! Be sure to make your wishes and leave it out tonight! A special thank you to PersonalCreations for this awesome activity!
I remember it like it was yesterday, that moment when I said, “My children will never do that!” Yes, that was the time when I was a young twenty-something watching a mother with her small children navigate her way through dinner at a restaurant. I was so young and naïve. I thought I had it all figured out. I thought that thing called motherhood would be so simple. You would have children and raise them to be exactly who you would mold them to be.
We love to celebrate Holidays in our house! We sing songs, make yummy treats, read stories, and decorate for the occasion. St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate because there is so much you can do with your imagination! I have partnered with personalcreations.com to bring you some awesome and fun ideas to get your party started. The kids and I love to set aside a day to celebrate and this week were are celebrating today. We are making yummy green food and treats all day long. To go with our lunch we are having the Leprechaun Bait which is really vegetables and dip. I bet if your kids are anything like mine, they are going to be so excited to eat these veggies because they are in party mode. For snack the girls are going to help me make a really fun and easy Leprechaun Treat Mix. I love to have my girls in the kitchen with me. If you follow us on Instagram I am sure you have seen my girls in the kitchen. Be sure to check out the video of us making this yummy snack mix! This afternoon we will also be making Leprechaun traps! These are fun and creative little houses that the girls will have a blast making with the templates you can download below. I love to do crafts with the girls and these are perfect to get their imagination going. These little traps are to help catch a Leprechaun in hopes for 3 wishes. You set them out the night before St. Patrick’s Day. It is a fun interactive craft that will get the whole family excited about the holiday! You can find the recipes and the template to download your very own leprechaun trap below!