Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello friends!!  Happy Good Friday! I hope you all had a great week!!  


Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for another Friday Favorites.  It's a fun way that I like to recap a few of my favorites of the week!


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This sweet boy had Spring Break this week so there was a lot of Mommy and Nicholas time spent together.  



On Thursday, he and I enjoyed a fun day out.  We hit the library, had lunch at Chick Fil A and then ended our day with a quick trip to Target before heading home to pick up Jillian.  



This little guy is definitely one of my favs, I still can't believe he is headed to Kindergarten in the Fall!


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I blogged this week about how we have been loving Shrimp lately and trying to incorporate it more into our weekly meals.  If you are looking for a quick and easy pasta and shrimp meal, I highly recommend my Garlic and Parmesan Shrimp Pasta.  It has been a huge hit, especially for Nicholas!!

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I posted this week on Instagram this adorable graphic tee from Kohls.  I love their graphic tee section, these tops are perfect for "Momming" around the town and are long enough to wear with leggings which is certainly a win in my book!


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This sweet girl had a bonus day off on Monday so we spent some quality time together putting together a Fairy Garden while Nicholas napped.  It was so easy to put together, you place the two trays on top of each other, add the dirt and watering mushroom and then plant your seeds.  By the second day, our flowers already started to sprout.  Jillian was beside herself she was so excited when she started to see those little green shoots popping up.  If you are looking for a cute, Springtime activity with your daughter, I highly recommend this fairy garden.


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If you follow me on Instagram, I did a fun tutorial this week on how to use Limelight's Come Clean product to clean my Blenderful.  


It was all kinds of nasty and it came out squeaky clean.  

This was my actual before and after.  I am so in love with this product and can't wait to use it to clean all of my makeup brushes!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!!

XOXO,
Karen

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Garlic and Parmesan Shrimp Pasta


Happy Thursday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week.  Last Friday, I mentioned in my favorites post that I had been trying a lot of shrimp meals in our home.  Our favorite one so far is my Garlic and Parmesan Shrimp Pasta.  It is crazy delicious and is now a permanent fixture in our rotation of meal staples in our home.  The one person in our home who is particularly happy about this latest addition is Nicholas.  This boy LOVES him some shrimp.  Who knew?  He literally asks me everyday if I am cooking shrimp for dinner.  I love that we have found something new for him to love as well.  Jillian?  Not so much, girlfriend is not a fan of shrimp or pretty much any food that is not in the chicken nugget food group. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 1b of Spaghetti or Angel Hair Pasta
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Shrimp
  • 4 Cloves Garlic (pressed)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3/4 Cup White wine
  • Pinch of Red Pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley
  • 4 tablespoons butter

How to Make It:

I start out making this meal by placing the frozen shrimp in a corning ware dish and placing it in the oven at 350.  I have found this slowly defrosts your shrimp without drying it out as opposed to the microwave.  Once defrosted, sprinkle with 1 oz of olive oil, parsley and salt.  Put the shrimp back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes periodically checking on it.  While your shrimp is in the oven, cook your pasta on the stove top.  

In a large skillet over medium heat, add butter, remaining olive oil and pressed garlic.  Once garlic is soft, add in cooked shrimp.  Add wine and pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (the first time I made this, Jeff was not a fan of the spice from the red pepper flakes so I now leave this step out.  It's entirely up to you and what your family loves.)  Simmer for a minute or so to thicken.  I then will add the cooked pasta.  Evenly stir everything together in the skillet.  I then gradually add the Parmesan stirring everything again.  Enjoy!

I hope you all have an amazing week!


XOXO,
Karen

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Weekend Recap - Easter 2017 Edition

Happy Tuesday friends!!  Did you all have a nice Easter?  We did!  The kids even had a bonus day off on Monday so we certainly made the most of our time together.  The weather was also beautiful which truly did add to the magic of the season.  

On Saturday, both kids had Soccer games and then we ran a few last minute errands in preparation for Easter Sunday.   That evening we decorated Easter eggs and watched the Indians game.  The kids are getting to be such egg-sperts (lol!) at decorating eggs, it certainly is a calmer experience now that they are getting older.


On Sunday, the kids had so much fun finding Easter eggs and going through their baskets.  We ate a quick breakfast and then got ready for church.  I can proudly say this year we were all dressed and out the door ON TIME.  I think this had to be a first for us!



How cute are they?  I hadn't planned on coordinating their outfits this year but it just seemed to work out.  #winning  I can't get over how much older they are looking in this picture.  It's so bittersweet!

After church we headed over to my parents house for Easter dinner.  Holidays at my parents house is always so much fun.  With 8 grandchildren at age 8 and under, my kids have plenty of playmates and always have a blast with all of their cousins!




Nicholas is on Spring Break this week and Jillian had Monday off so we headed out on the town to have lunch with Daddy and to run a few errands.  It was too nice to stay in the house!  We stopped at Old Navy and of course had to pose with the dog.  Do your kids do this?  Every. Single. Time.  LOL!

Today Jillian is back to school and it's back to me hanging out with my little man.  I hope you all had a blessed Easter.  Have a great week!


XOXO,
Karen

**Linking up today over at Lindsay's Sweet World for Tuesday Talk**

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello friends!!  Happy Good Friday! I hope you all had a great week!!  Spring has officially sprung here in Cleveland and it looks like the snowy weather may be gone for good (crossing my fingers as I type this).  


Today I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for another Friday Favorites.  It's a fun way to recap your favorite happenings of the week!


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This sweet boy is officially on Spring break!  We ended the week with an adorable Easter concert and sadly this marks his last concert of his preschool career #holdme 




I can't believe in just a few short weeks he will be graduating from preschool and that chapter of our lives will officially be over with.  We celebrated a job well done afterwards with a lunch date at Chick Fil A.






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My love affair with Instagram has renewed this week as I am loving their story feature more and more lately.  I truly enjoy watching other Mama's daily stories unfold, it's fun to see us all living this crazy life called Motherhood!  I would love for you to follow along, you can find me on Instagram here.  I shared on my Instagram stories this week my love of the Living Proof Dry Blast and picked up the Living Proof daily shampoo and conditioner this week to try based on all of your recommendations.  I have only used them once so far, be on the look out for my review in the next few weeks.  



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Speaking of haircare products and Instagam, I shared this product this week and how it is slowly becoming a new 'must have' in my hair care arsenal.  I originally bought it for root volume but I feel my hair is too long, however, it provides amazing smoothing power to my ends after I curl it.  I use to run some pomade wax through my ends to tame the flyaways, however, I am loving this so much better.  A quick spritz to the ends and my curls are smooth and sleek!




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I made Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta this week and it was delicious!  The entire family enjoyed it with the exception of our resident picky eater...Miss Jillian.  I will certainly be blogging about this recipe at some point in the next week.  It was so easy!  I have been trying to cook more with shrimp lately and have been loving the bagged shrimp from Target.  These are slowly becoming a staple in my house and have been substituting shrimp instead of chicken in a lot of my meals.  Cooking with shrimp has especially come in handy these last few weeks during lent!
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And speaking of delicious food, I blogged about my Easy Sausage and Cheese Dip recipe earlier this week.  It has been a staple in our home for years and with only 3 ingredients, you just can't go wrong!  It will be a hit at every party, I promise :)

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I absolutely love these long sleeve tunics from Jane.com (seller is 'Search Here Vinyl').  I have them in both mint and purple and they are the perfect top for the Winter/Spring transitional weather around here. 



I am also loving all of their floral tops at the moment and can't wait to get my hands on a few of them.  How adorable is this?





I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!!

XOXO,
Karen

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easy Sausage and Cheese Dip

Happy Tuesday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week.  I am excited today to bring you the most infamous dip in my house...easy sausage and cheese dip or affectionaely known as "Man Dip".  I was shocked the other day when I realized that this recipe never made it to the blog.  This dip has been around long before we had kids or moved into our current home which essentially means it's been a staple in our home for over 10 years.  This dip is so easy and our family still asks for it at every birthday party of get together.  So today I bring to you....MAN DIP!

Ingredients:
  • 1 tube of Bob Evans breakfast sausage (white tube)
  • 1 16 ounce Velveeta brick
  • 1 can of Rotel

How to Make It:

With only 3 ingredients, this is an insanely easy recipe to make.  First, brown the sausage meat into small pieces.  While browning the sausage meat, place the Velveeta cheese into a microwave safe glass bowl and pour the can of Rotel over top.  Place bowl in microwave and melt on low heat for 8-10 minutes.  I typically will stop the microwave every 2-3 minutes to stir the cheese/Rotel mixture.  Once fully melted, set aside.  Combine sausage meat and melted cheese mixture and you are ready to go! I will typically keep the dip warm at parties by keeping it in a mini crock pot.  Serve with tortilla chips.  Enjoy!  

I hope you all had an amazing week!


XOXO,
Karen

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