A Look At Life: 100th Day of School, Boys' Birthday, Valentine’s Day.... Sneak Peek at my Favorite Finds.....
We sure have packed a lot in during this last week…. Starting with celebrating the 100th day of school…. Little story- I get asked a lot how I keep it all together. With Trav working most nights, sports games, full-time job, PTA, Meal Prepping, Life, and etc…. Well…. Im no different than anyone else…Some days I feel like I have a handle on things and then other days I commit major flops…. Last year 100th day was one of my flops…. Rewind to last year when Carter was in Kindergarten. Im a teacher, but I teach older kiddos so 100th day really wasn’t on my radar… When the letter came home, things sounded pretty simple: send in 100 of something…Carter and I talked about what he could bring in: candy, toy cars, stickers, etc…. BUT the ever efficient Jackie decided that paperclips were the way to go and talked my child into taking paperclips… dual purpose: he could use them for 100th day and then we could give them to his teacher for a gift… every teacher loves paperclips… WIN-WIN right… no, WRONG!!! Little did I know that 100th day of school was WAYYYYY more complicated.… t-shirts, balloons, signs/posters made by kiddos… and then there is Carter with his bag full of paperclips… PAPERCLIPS… goodness what was I thinking…. Fast-forward a year later- NEVER again will I make that mistake… so this year, I went to Pinterest….Found this gem and with a little help from my besties, Carter and Colby were set….. Truth be told… Carter and I didn’t really count the gum balls… it was more of a guess, but they sure looked cute!!!!!!!! Even though Colby didn’t actually attend 100 days of school, I had to match the boys… too cute!!!!!
Basketball is in full swing… We love to watch the games… this season something has changed.......Carter and his friends look like ball players…. Fundamentals are coming along, and they are actually playing the game… it is super fun to watch… Yes, I’m that momma cheering for my kiddo in the stands…..just call me a Number One Fan!!!!
Super Bowl Sunday!!!! Such a FUN time!!!! Food, Family, Football.....can it get any better......well- YES.....add in a Birthday Party........We celebrated the boys' Bday on game day!!! So you might be thinking about their actual birthday....it's in Dec..... Even though we love to get together with family, the boy's birthdays are so close to Christmas....it gets too hectic!!! To help with this....we spread out parties! Super Bowl is the perfect get together with a double purpose!!!! In true Jackie form, I love THEMES.....so, of course, we do a themed party........and with the help of my BFFs and Pinterest, we pull off a different theme each year!!!! This year Carter picked the theme!!! So Blues HOCKEY it was....Football on the TV and Hockey as the theme!!!!
Valentine’s Day is all about love…..... Love to others, love to yourself........It's why I started this Blog. I wanted others to see that Life isnt different. It's life!!!! I truly believe that acceptance and support is the finest quality in a person........I try and ask myself daily: Would you be friends with you? If the answer is YES!!! You are doing something right? Sometimes the answer is No, and I need to self evaluate.....what I want to love about me..... I want to be that person… that person others want to be friends with because I want to be supportive, loyal and kind.....saying that aloud sounds superfluous, but how often life and negatively can squash happiness....so I must choose kindness!!!!
We celebrated V-Day with dinner at home…. Sweet Colby wasn't/ still isn’t feeling well so a night of relaxation is needed…. Does anyone else find staying at home the new party scene….or am I really just getting older……
SNEAK PEEK of my FAVORITE FINDS… With February being the month of love, why not share more of my favorite finds… Look for a blog post soon…. Here’s a sneak peek of my favs…. Which one would you like to hear about FIRST!?!?!
Sports seasons are in full swing. Whether it is hockey, basketball or football, there is always some sort of game on in this house….. and what better than sports games…. the food!!!!! Appetizers!!!! For my boys, snacking is just as important as the game..... Here are my healthy go to appetizers …..I LOVE finding new recipes that that taste delicious but are not loaded with unhealthy ingredients……These are some of my family’s favorites…….
Garlic Cheddar Bay Bread Clouds- think of Red Lobster biscuits but without the carbs!!!
2oz- Cream Cheese
3tbsp shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2tsp Cayenne Pepper
1tbsp Dried Parsley
¼ Baking Powder
Sweet Potatoes, Brie, Red Pepper Jelly Melts
3 large Sweet potatoes
Round 8oz of Brie Cheese
Red Pepper Jelly
Best Oven Fries- Garlic Parmesan
This recipe is a must… it is from one of my favorite food vloggers- Laura Vitale. Here is her recipe. Click on the video to watch how to make these…. They are absolutely delicious…..
3 Large Russet Potatoes, peeled
3 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp of Finely Chopped Parsley
1/4 cup of Freshly Grated Parmiggiano (parmesan cheese)
Salt and Pepper
1) Cut the potatoes into thin “(French fries) shape. Place the potatoes in a bowl full of cold water and allow them to sit for 30 minutes.
2) Drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly. Place them on a microwave safe plate (you will need to do this in batches) and microwave the potatoes for about 3 or 4 minutes or until the potatoes have softened a bit.
3) Meanwhile preheat your oven to 425 degrees and place a nonstick baking sheet in the oven to preheat it as well.
4) Toss your partially cooked potatoes with your vegetable oil and place them in a single layer on the hot baking sheet.
5) Roast the potatoes for about 20 minutes (or longer depending on how hot your oven is) flipping them over if you need to get them nicely colored on both sides and crispy.
6) When the potatoes come out of the oven, sprinkle over the salt, pepper, parmiggiano, garlic and parsley and toss them while the potatoes are hot.
7) Serve right away!
Recipe By: Laura Vitale
Link to video
Much Love!!! Let me know if you try for your Game Day treats!!!!