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Magic Meatballs

It is getting increasingly more difficult to get the girls to eat their greens. I mean seriously, if any of you Mamas out there have any secrets please share!!! Emma love meatballs so I decided to try and sneak some veggies into her beloved dish… and it worked! (Insert cheering crowd noise here)

Here is what you will need to make my Magic Meatballs

2 lbs. 96% lean ground beef

1 lb. 99% lean ground turkey

3 eggs

1/2 onion

4 cloves of garlic

1/2 C bread crumbs

1 Huge (and I mean as much as you can stuff into both hands) handfuls of fresh Spinach

Tomato Sauce

Large Mixing Bowl

Cookie Sheets (lined with tinfoil)

Dutch Oven

Food Processor

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Chop up your onion into 4 chunks and place it into the food processor. Then add the peeled garlic cloves and your huge handful of spinach. Pulse until everything is combined and super fine… aka undetectable to the toddler eye. Grab a large bowl and combine the ground beef, turkey, eggs, bread crumbs, and green mixture. Let the mixture sit while you line your cookie sheets with tinfoil.

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Once that is done, grab a tablespoon full of the mixture and roll it into balls. Repeat this step until there is nothing left in your bowl. The mixture should make about 50 meatballs, more if they are small, less if they are large.

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Place the meatballs on the cookie sheet (lining it with tinfoil will help with the clean up) and put them in the oven for about 20-30 minutes. Once they are cooked, throw them all into a Dutch Oven with sauce… or you can split the batch in half and freeze some.

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Either way, you can cook your meatballs in the Tomato sauce until the sauce comes to a boil. Serve them with pasta, in a sandwich, or eat them as is!

Emma couldn’t get enough of these! This recipe goes into my Mommy win pile!

 

 

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Fool Proof Dutch Oven Bread

Fool Proof Dutch Oven Bread

This winter has not been kind to our family! I feel like we have all taken turns being sick since New Year’s Eve!

Looking on the bright side, spending so much time indoors I did learn how to make a loaf of bread that is super easy and absolutely delicious!!!! It is even easier than using the bread machine! I know I didn’t think it was possible, but I was wrong!

Here is what you need…

4 Cups of Unbleached Flour

2 Cups of Hot (not boiling) Water

1/4 tsp Rapid Rise Yeast

2 tsp Salt

1 Large Mixing Bowl

1 Enameled Dutch Oven

Mix the hot water and yeast together in a large mixing bowl. Then add the salt and slowly add the flour mixing as you go along. You may need to add a bit more flour if the dough still looks wet. Do not over mix or knead. You only need to mix until the ingredients are combined. Once everything is all mixed cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit on your counter for about 12 hours. If it sits out any longer than 15 hours it falls flat, and you want your bread to look light and fluffy!

Dough is rising while you go about your day. I usually make the dough after dinner and then cook it in the morning.

Place your uncovered Dutch Oven into the oven as you preheat it to 450 degrees. Once the oven is preheated grab some oven mitts and pull your Dutch Oven out of the oven and spray it with some oil spray. Then grab your dough and plop it into the Dutch Oven, put the cover on it, and place the Dutch Oven back into the oven cook covered for 20-30 minutes. You want the loaf to look cooked, but not browned. Then uncover the Dutch Oven and cook until your loaf looks golden and crisp.

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We don’t even buy bread at the market anymore! This loaf is great for sandwiches, toast, or eaten just the way it is!

Chicken and Veggie Quesadillas

Chicken and Veggie Quesadillas

We love Mexican food, especially when it is full of colorful veggies. This is one of our weeknight go to recipes (especially in the summer when we can throw them on the grill)!

Here is what you will need to make these super yummy Quesadillas.

Grilled Chicken, diced

2 Portobello Mushroom, diced

1/2 Large Sweet Onion, diced

7 Small Sweet Red, Yellow, and Orange Peppers, diced

Tortillas

Reduced-Fat Shredded Cheese

 

Mix together all of your diced veggies in a medium bowl. Let them sit and hang out together for about an hour or so. This lets the flavors mix.

Once your veggies have mingled, throw your diced grilled chicken into the bowl with the veggies. Then grab a large skillet and spray it with olive oil cooking spray on low heat. This will warm the pan up slowly while you build the quesadillas.

Grab a large round plate, and then place one of the tortillas on the plate. Next, add about 2 Tbsp. of cheese, and then grab a handful of your veggie/chicken mix. Place 2 Tbsp. cheese on top of veggies and place another tortilla on top of that.

Place the quesadilla on your large skillet and increase the heat to medium high. You want your tortillas to get nice and crispy. Cook ’em up until the cheese is nice and melted and your tortillas are toasty.

Use a pizza cutter to cut the quesadilla into 4 pieces.

 

2017 Highlights

We had such fun plans this year for New Year’s Eve, but sickness has hit our home so we had to cancel our trip to North Conway. Instead of hanging out in the mountains watching fireworks with family my little family of four is all cuddled up in a king size bed watching cartoons.  Though our year may not be ending on a high note we sure had a blast in 2017!

We went on our first long trip in the RV!

RV Overlook

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We had a wonderful vacation visiting family in the Mid-West!

We went to a bunch of cool car shows.

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We spent a lot of time hanging out and going on adventures with our family!

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We even got to see our little Beetle in a movie!

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Last but not least we got to start this little adventure of blogging! It has been so much fun sharing our adventures with you!

Thank you to all of our readers! We couldn’t have done this without you!

From our little family to yours have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!

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Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

When Germs Srike

There is nothing worse than when your little one is sick. Poor Emma is sick, I mean fever, cough, the works! She cries every time she has to take her medicine and it completely breaks my heart!

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Look at that little face! I just want her to feel better!

When we get sick at our house we have a go to system to get us back on track.

We grab our comfy Vera Bradley blankets. As you can see Emma has loved curling herself right up in them since she was little (okay, littler).

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Even Lilly and Mickey (yes, Mickey as in our dog) love these blankets.

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They are the softest things I have ever felt, think wrapping yourself up in a blanket that feels like a soft teddy bear! Yup, they are that good! I even keep one in our car to keep the girls warm when the weather is chilly!

Next, I grab my diffuser and diffuse some of my Young Living Thieves essential oil. It smells wonderful and helps fight off germs. When we are congested, like we are now, I diffuse the Young Living R.C. essential oil. It works like Vicks to make breathing a bit easier. In fact, my husband now requests this when he is feeling stuffy.  If you want to kick your diffuser into over drive, you can even mix the two oils.

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When it’s time to eat, I make up a special tray to bring her food. Now if only I could get her to eat the food!

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Plus, we spend a lot of time cuddling which seems to help her out a little bit!

What do you do when your little one is feeling under the weather?

 

Snow Day Essentials

All of this snow has inspired me! Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but the experience of siting on a comfy sofa with your loved ones all wrapped in a blanket sipping hot cocoa is one I cherish. Before kids my husband and I would go about our day even if it was snowing stopping every once in awhile, to look out the window, but I wouldn’t say we really enjoyed it.

It is really funny how everything seems to change once kids come along. Now even the simplest moment seems so special!

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Now when it snows we make a big deal out of it!

We cuddle on the sofa, we stay in our jammies, we drink hot cocoa, and we watch the snow fall. Once the weather begins to get colder we stock up on our Snow Day Essentials.

Here is a list of items we always have on hand for a snow day!

Snow Day Essentials List

Enjoy all the snow!