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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Favorite 8/22/14


Camilla and I are back for another awesome week of Friday Favorites.  This week as always we would REALLY appreciate your shares and promotions of our little hop.  Both of us are scheduled to be out of town with spotty internet service. Also do not forget our awesome co-host Dina from Blueberries and Bokeh!  She is a great addition to our little hop and we have enjoyed her contribution.

Please continue to spread the word about this blog hop and make sure to visit a few of the folks who link up this week.  We have been making a conscious effort to visit each of the posts you all link so thank you!  I apologize for the last two weeks, it has been a bit hectic transitioning back into being a working mom, and sleep is NOT happening.

Grab our button people!  We are getting famous over here :)






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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Camping Overview

Some of my friends witnessed my sister tag me in some pretty hysterical photos from our camping trip.  We really had a great time enjoying our refurbished camper and the beautiful Colorado summer.  I just want to preface this with the fact that I was not completely sober in some of these photos (obviously). Jason was, so that is good right; I mean someone has to be a responsible parent.


This kids and the dog-nephew just driving around camp.  Let me tell you that these little people are ADDICTED to the outdoors and ATVing.  Eyan already has his real gas-powered 4-wheeler and the tiny peanut is probably aiming to steal it.


Ok seriously, could she be any cuter.  I am literally dying over how hysterical her outfit is.  She insisted on that hat and adores those darn shoes.  Oh and then the bib!  GAH!


And him...this little man steals my heart daily.  He loves camping, loved the camper, and just truly enjoyed the outdoor time.

And then there were smores.  Eyan was not super interested but the peanut ate the heck out of these. Melted marshmallow EVERYWHERE!


Happy Baby!


Some flowers were blooming so I did a couple test shots with my DSLR and I feel like this one turned out nice.  Colorado really is a stunning state to live in!


Another test shot of the river that we fished.  It was a challenging little river as most of us are more lake and pond fisherman, and a couple fishing poles, several lures and some bait were sacrificed to earn the 2 fish that were caught (and released).


Eyan and Papa catching their first fish together!  It was a huge trip highlight.  My dad has been waiting for this day for 20 years!


Happy guys!  


If someone asked me to describe my family, this photo is 100% accurate.  Always together, always laughing, and always having a good time!

Camping was great, I was not able to go on the ATV's because I broke myself, but we all enjoyed just hanging out, eating, fishing and hanging at the campfire, enjoying some glow frisbee, corn-hole and a bit of a spirit!

I cannot wait to go again, I love my family! (P.S. somehow the hubby is not in any photos, except for one of him and Eyan peeing, which I decided to leave off, but it is classic)!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Mad

If you follow my Instagram you saw this beautiful little gem of my tiny princess being pissed at the fact that she needed socks and PJ's to go to bed. 

Her exact words, "UH MAD!"  Translation "I'm Mad!!!"


I would like to thank her Auntie Ashley for this amazingness.  She is exactly like my sister in her mannerisms and attitude.  I always say that I gave birth to my sister...literally the attitude is spot on!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Macaroni Salad #Recipe


If you are anything like I am, then you destroy kitchen utensils, particularly if they are cheap.  I have gotten into such a bad habit of purchasing dollar store utensils because of this.  I have managed to break the handle off of pretty much every utensil in our household, including our measuring cups. Imagine my excitement when I was sent these KitchenMade stainless steel measuring cups.


STEEL folks...so pretty much unbreakable.  They are so pretty, and heavy, which means durable and durable is great!  Seriously the first thing I noticed before I even opened the box was how heavy these are.  Once I opened the package and separated each of the cups I realized that they are only heavy when they are nested together.  When apart they feel comfortable to hold and are relatively light for being steel material.


One of my favorite features on these cups are that they have measurement markings on the cups so that you can use the cups to measure out various quantities without dirtying many more dishes.  I have used this particular feature several times since and LOVE that I am only having to use 1 measuring cup to measure out many different quantities!


So I decided to cook something that I have to measure a lot of things typically just so I could really test these out.  I thought about baking something but honestly I typically bake out of a box and that only requires measuring 1-2 ingredients, so I went with my famous macaroni salad.  Anytime I make this, people literally swoon and eat it all.  There are usually NO leftovers!
 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of pasta (I like using shells, but actual macaroni works too)
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/16 cup of mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion salt
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
Directions:
  1. Bring the 6 cups of water to a boil (I like to add a bit of olive oil to my water to keep the pasta from sticking during the cool down process)
  2. Boil the pasta and the eggs together until the pasta is al dente and the eggs are fully cooked. Drain and allow to cool in the fridge or freezer.
  3. Once cool, rinse the pasta then in a bowl mix in the mayo, mustard, garlic salt, onion salt, celery salt, paprika and PEELED and CHOPPED hard boiled eggs. 
  4. Add the dill pickle relish, mix and serve!


We love this.  It tastes even more delicious with a bit of Franks Red Hot Sauce if you like a little spice! 

Pin it, try it, rave about it!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Lakeside: The Annual Family Gathering


Each summer before school starts and life gets busy, there is one major family tradition that my grandfather just cannot get enough of.  My grandfather is all about nostalgia and loves to take his family to his old stomping grounds.  The particular place he adores is a bit of a run down, kinda scary old amusement park, with a pretty good "kiddie land."  I will say that in the last few years, the amusement park has taken steps to really make the park nicer and give a nicer experience to their guests.  Also the rides are so reasonably priced that it is hard to beat unlimited rides for $8.00-$15.00 depending on age and height.

What is this magical place you ask...well the one and only Lakeside Amusement Park.  Here is a bit of our day in photos and video!  Enjoy!

This is not a place to bring your DSLR...hence the awesome grainy iPhone photo.
Grandma & Grandpa with all the little grandkids and great-grandkids.  Missing a couple.

The horse and buggy ride was a huge hit especially because they could ring bells!

Ok, So I probably should have watched this ride before putting my tiny person on it.  It spins really fast when you have 3 kids in it and was slightly terrifying for me.

Papa had to take his babies on the carousel.  Eyan wanted to ride ALL TOGETHER!

Last year we drug Eyan on this and he loved it after, but was terrified.  This year the boy ran to this ride.  Clearly he liked it.

Emmi rode this 4 times in a row.  Literally this child was difficult to get off some rides. 

When I tell you she was difficult, we hardly thought she would like to ride anything, however, she was enamored and had the best time ever.  

With that said, here is a video of the happiest baby in the world.  Literally.  Pardon my yelling into the video, I am a real classy lady you know. 



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