Tuesday, May 24, 2016

summer bucket list 2016.

 85 days.

These little gems are mine for the next 89 days.

Here is this years summer bucket list:

feed baby goats
visit uncle al
cheer on the cardinals
visit wrigley field
go to a different state
pass summer reading goals
spend lazy days at the pool
win a blue ribbon
win a first place medal
learn how to cross stitch
make mermaid blankets
learn about jesus
bake pies
watch fireworks
goonies party
sleepovers with cousins
movie days
visit the lake
serve others
silver dollar city

Thursday, May 19, 2016

green beans.

Skillet green beans are my favorite!! My neighbor growing up made the worlds best green beans ya'll. I am fairly certain she even grew and canned her own beans. For my wedding (probably because I begged her) she gave me the recipe...This is pretty much it with fresh green beans. 

You'll need:
olive oil
2 cloves of garlic ( chopped ) 
I onion ( chopped ) 
5 sliced of bacon ( cooked  and chopped ) 
fresh green beans ( snapped and cut ) - frozen beans will work too if summer beans aren't in season.

Heat skillet and cook bacon. Once bacon is cooked remove and set side. Drain part of the bacon grease ( but not all of it! ) add a tiny touch of olive oil and saute onions. When onions are nice a soft add the garlic. Next and washed green beans and bacon. Cook until beans are to your liking. I like mine still crispy almost raw. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

diy board game pieces.

A few years back I remember seeing this DIY idea on Pinterest ( I would site the source...but I can't seem to locate it ) ... I made these type of board game pieces for our Candy Land game...for my older two children. Lyla came across those games pieces in no mans land the basement last week. She immediately insisted that she and Brooklyn needed their own games pieces too. 

I obliged, because these couldn't be easier to make! 

You'll need:

Photos (you don't mind cutting up)  
Tape or glue
Old game pieces 

Cut out the photo of your choosing and tape onto the board game pieces. That's it! As you can imagine...Candy Land was a thousand times more fun this way...because they are moving little images of themselves around the board. 

In fact Lyla loved these so much that she was using them to playwith in the doll house. I might need to buy an old game from the thrift store just so I can make our family for her to play with. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

second hug.

Newborns, is there anything sweeter?

I've had four.

I don't need anymore.

I repeat, I don't need any more.

Last week, I got to cuddle with a friends newborn...it made my baby look like a giant. Then it dawned on me that my baby is going to be two this fall. Be still my heart. It isn't fair how fast they grow up. #timeisachump 

A freshly washed newborn in snuggly PJ's is one of my favorites too. I always loved it right after bath time...when they were freshly clean...lathered in lotions...sporting a new diaper...and they were dressed all cozy. 

What always amazed me with newborns...is how messy they can be!!!! Mine were constantly spitting up, and needing...ehem...a new diaper...I swear they could have used 5 baths a day.  I often gave them what I called a "baby wipe" bath. I always kept Huggies and Huggies Natural Care on hand for that specific reason. 

While my time with diapers might be coming to end over the next year or so...I still go through a TON of baby wipes...I keep them in the car for messes...at baseball games...after snack time...I keep them on every level of the house...and ok...I have used them to clean a toilet from time to time. 

The best place to purchase diapers and wipes is at Sam's Club. You save soooooooo much money...and you only have to purchase them once a month! 

Currently you can get $10 off Sam’s Club e-Gift card when they purchase two Huggies products (Little Snugglers and/or Natural Care Wipes) PLUS get $3 instant savings that come with being a Sam’s Club member!

book review + giveaway.

God Bless Our Country written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steve Whitlow, is such a great book for the summer! With Memorial Day and Fourth of July right around the corner, this book will add a little holiday spice to your life.

This book is chunky style, with thick binding...perfect for little hands. As always, the illustration is spot on...adorable animals on every page.

Would you ever use the book to teach a lesson or help add holiday cheer?

If so, leave a comment below telling me why you love your country!! ---> by doing so you'll be entered to win a copy for you or someone else.

US residents only.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The perfect summer meal featuring KC Masterpiece ® BBQ Sauce Mix and Dry Rub slow cooker country spare rib sandwiches + Simply Lemonade ® cherry limeade.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #BestSummerBBQ  #CollectiveBias

I'm from Kansas City, and it is true what they say...the BBQ here is gooooooooood.

Honestly one of my favorite grilled BBQ dishes can be made at home and...dare I say it...the majority of it is cooked in a slow cooker????

I am going to show you how to make KC Masterpiece ® BBQ Sauce Mi and Dry Rub slow cooker country spare rib sandwiches + Simply Lemonade ® cherry limeade. 

First up the sandwich...

You'll need:

Country style ribs
KC Masterpiece ® BBQ Sauce Mix and Dry Rub ( which you can pick up at Sam's Club ) 
Liquid of choice ( I decided to use coffee!! )
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder

side note: KC Masterpiece ® BBQ Sauce Mix and Dry Rub Can be used to make BBQ sauce, dry rub or marinade...it is also great on chicken and veggies! 

1.) Mix the seasoning with the correct amount of liquid of your choice. I decided to use coffee, I was really intrigued with the idea of using coffee as the base for this mix. Mix well, until the mixture resembles BBQ sauce. 

2.) Lightly season your meat with salt, pepper, and garlic powder...use amount of your choosing.

3.) Place country spare ribs in the slow cooker.

4.) Cover ribs in BBQ sauce, then cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

While your waiting on your ribs to cook, I highly suggest you treat your self to a refreshing beverage. Cherry Limeades are one of my favorite drinks!!! I love to make them at home.

You'll need:

Simply Lemonade ®
Cherries (in a jar with liquid)
1 lime

1.) Fill your cup up with ice, the more ice the better. #iloveice

2.) Add Simply Lemonade® to the ice and then about a tablespoon of juice from your cherry jar to your lemonade.

side note: I love Simply Lemonade® because it's all natural, has no added preservatives, colors, or artificial flavors. 

3.) Squeeze the juice from 1/4 of a lime into your drink.

Give your drink a little mix, and enjoy!

6 hours later.....

Your ribs are done!!! You can simply serve them up like this with sides. They are really that good, they fall apart, and they are sooooooo tender. I love the savory flavor the coffee provided. 

Orrrrrrrr. You can turn this pork into mouth watering sandwiches. 

You'll need:

Cooked ribs (shredded up)
Bread of your choice (I used sourdough)
Mayo (optional)
Shredded cheese

1.) Lay parchment paper ( no need to clean more than needed ) down on a skillet or cookie sheet.  Then lay bread on top of the paper.

2.) Place shredded meat on the bread slices.

3.) Top meat with cheese, and then add mayo to the top slice of bread...and then add to top of sandwich. 

4.) Now its time to throw these sandwiches on the grill!!!!! This is my favorite way to eat these! It makes backyard entrainment soooooo easy! Most of the work is done! The meat was cooked all day long. The sandwiches can be prepped ahead of time, and all you have to do it grill them up once your guest arrive! Grill about 10 mins at 350 degrees...just enough to toast the bread and melt the cheese. 

Enjoy your tasty KC Masterpiece ® BBQ Sauce and Dry Rub slow cooker country spare rib sandwiches and be sure to wash it down with a homemade Simply Lemonade ® cherry limeade.

Sounds like the perfect summer meal...

Be sure to head to your local Sam's club to pick up these Coca-Cola & KC Masterpiece ® products at Sam's Club!

Sam's is a GREAT place to pick up large quantities for all your summer get togethers.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

dauber dogs.

 I received these Dauber Dawgs in the mail for free in exchange for an honest review.

These were a HUGE hit in my house!

The purchase of Dauber Dawgs also comes with over 100 FREE printables!

My daughter spent a good amount of the afternoon on the porch creating pictures with the Dauber Dawgs. These colors were vibrate and they are washable!

They are also non-toxic.

These markers offer endless educational ideas!

They can be used to teach colors, they are great for practicing fine motor skils, and would be a great addition to any home!

Would you ever try these?