Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 posts of Christmas #6

One of our sweet, sweet friends at church who just loves my boys took some pictures of us for our Christmas card. She doesn't have a company at this time, but as you can see she is fabulous, and if you are local to South Jersey, I can definitely pass on her information. We went to a cute little site about 30 minutes away and just had a great time as a family on one of the last nice fall days before the weather started turning. I didn't spoil our Christmas picture. But these are some of my favs!

 If you only knew what we thru to get this picture. I always have unrealistic ideas in my head. But I still love this shot!

Me and my MCM (man crush Monday for anyone who doesn't follow on social media)

Literally this boy, for all the fights we have. He is a passionate lover, and he's my boy.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 posts of Christmas- #5

Harvest Time. We definitely had some fall fun. We made homemade caramel apples, went to several pumpkin patches and had our small group over for Halloween cause we have a really family friendly neighborhood for trick or treating. I didn't grow up trick or treating, and I know a lot of people who are Christians have mixed feelings about, but we have just decided for this season in our lives, that we will enjoy the simplicity and fun of it.

 I never want to downplay spiritual implications, but how cute is my little man dressed up as Daniel Tiger??    P.S. if you are a preschool mom and your kids don't watch that show, it's a must. My favorite age appropriate show.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 posts of Christmas- #4

Keaton turned 3!! I know none of these pictures are really that good. The iPhone is just not the same as the Canon. But sometimes as a busy mom of 2, you just go with what's easy.  I'm sure no one knows what I'm talking about concerning that. ;)

This was the night before Keaton turned 3. He's standing next to his potty training chart, because once he filled it up, he got a toy buffalo. In case you missed that comment on Beckham's birthday party post; for whatever reason the North American buffalo is my son's favorite animal. He loves animals in general, but this one takes the cake. And even though he already has one toy buffalo, he needed the girl version. So, he's showing her off for the world to see. 

My best friend Brittany came into town over Keaton's birthday (she is literally the best). So here my boys are at Toys R Us on the little toy car because she took Keaton to pick out a toy (spoiled!) They don't usually look that similar, but I see it here.

We have been on a major Cars kick since we watched it for the first time this past year, so we had a little at home Cars party with a few friends, and I made him a "Cars" cake. Keaton requested red since that's his favorite color, but since I couldn't bare the thought of that much red dye #40 being ingested, I put red M&M's on it, and he called it good!

The hardest picture of our lives to try and take.  Our 3 squirmy boys. :)

Happy Birthday my first "baby" boy. I love you!

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 posts of Christmas- #3

I know I posted this picture yesterday, but I literally took it with my iPhone and did nothing to it, the deep reds are just nature, and I love that! 

I really wanted to use my Nikon for these pictures, but we couldn't find the charger for awhile, since I use pinterest to organize all my web recipes, I just went ahead and snapped a few phone pics to attach to the recipe I used, that did not use a photo option. 
This Roasted Tomato Sauce was originally from Bon Apetit, so maybe there are photos somewhere. This recipe is simple, but so good. The fire roasting adds so much flavor and a little spice. Yum! The recipe doesn't say, but definitely roast on parchment or foil, because the tomato juice glazes onto your pan.

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 pounds plum tomatoes, cored, halved lengthwise
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste


Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on sheet. Toss with 2 tablespoons oil. Turn cut side up again if needed. Sprinkle with coarse salt, then oregano. Roast until soft but beginning to brown, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool on sheet.
Puree tomatoes in blender until smooth. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add tomato puree and tomato paste and bring to boil, whisking to blend. Boil until sauce is reduced to 2 1/2 cups, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Cool sauce. Cover and chill up to 3 days.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

12 posts of Christmas- #2

So, this year we created two raised bed gardens in our yard and they yielded SO MUCH STUFF. We do live in the "Garden State" and despite some bad Jersey press, the summers seriously are awesome for food growing. We had so many tomatoes we did not know what to do with them. I was fire roasting trays of tomatoes everyday for weeks. This salsa recipe I found on epicurious was a total winner, but it didn't have a picture to pin on pointers. So, I decided to take one myself (albeit with my iPhone), so I can commemorate it's deliciousness forever. Pin it yourself and definitely try it when you get your hands on some lovely tomaters. The fire roasted flavor is divine!
This truly authentic Mexican salsa is by far my favorite. The tomatoes, preferably Romas, are roasted under the broiler until the skins are partially charred with black spots. The intense heat internally caramelizes some of the natural fruit sugar. The garlic and jalapeño are also roasted. Roasting gives the salsa character and depth of flavor, essential to this simple salsa.
servings2 cups
1 pound (2 medium large round, or 6 to 8 roma/plum, preferred) red, ripe tomatoes
1 fresh jalapeño chile, or to taste
3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
Salt to taste (1/2 tsp. or more)
1/2 small white onion,finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Freshly squeezed lime juice to taste (or 1 1/2 tsp. cider vinegar)

Cover broiler pan or baking sheet with foil. Place the tomatoes on it and place the pan about 4 inches from the very hot broiler. Roast until blistered and blackened on one side, about 6 minutes. With tongs, turn the tomatoes and roast the other side. Remove and cool tomatoes.

Heat an ungreased griddle or heavy skillet. Lay the jalapeño and garlic on it. Roast, turning occasionally with tongs, until the chile is blistered with some black spots, and garlic skins also are partially blackened. Remove and cool. Peel the skins off the garlic and remove the stem from the chile and roughly chop it into a few pieces.

In a food processor place the cut up chile, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and process to a coarse paste.

Remove the skins from the tomatoes. Add tomatoes and any juice that may have collected during roasting to the food processor. Pulse a few times to create a coarse-textured puree. Transfer to a bowl.

Place the chopped onion in a strainer and thoroughly rinse under running water. Shake off excess water and stir the onion into the salsa, along with the chopped cilantro. Add lime juice and additional salt to taste. You will probably need to thin the salsa with water to make it spoonable, usually about 1/4 cup. Cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately. It is best when served within 3 or 4 hours.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The 12 posts of Christmas- #1

Since I have stopped blogging since September. :(  I had to do something to jumpstart all the posts I had floating around in my head. So, I am going to try and blog one a day til Christmas.

Starting with exactly where I left off, my little boy turned one.
Beckham has changed so much since he turned 1. He's come into his own. His "allergies" have started to tone down, and he's gotten so crazy since he learned to walk.  He is shockingly my dare devil. But he is also literally such a sweet heart. He will break hearts.
These pictures sum him up so well. Happy go lucky, Walking around, scratching, bossing people just a little bit and getting into stuff he shouldn't. 
He literally has stolen my heart, but this is one heart he won't break. 

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