Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cinnamon Honey Butter Popcorn

Its no secret that in this house we all have a special love for sweet treats



If fact, the one thing that will bring sissy running faster than anything else? Chocolate chips. All it takes is the krinkle of a little packaging and she's off as fast as her rolley little legs will take her.

This popcorn drizzled with cinnamon honey butter is my new favorite late-night snack when that "something sweet" craving inevitably hits.


Cinnamon Honey Butter Popcorn
Adapted from: A Side of Sweet

1/2 c. popcorn kernels
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions: Begin by air popping the popcorn kernels. Once popped, set aside.

Over medium heat, melt the butter in a small pot, add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined and heated through. Immediately pour over popcorn and stir with a rubber spatula until all of the popcorn is lightly coated.

Eat warm (with napkins) or allow time for popcorn to cool.

Shared HERE.

P.S. As I type monkey girl is singing yelling "I am a Child of God" from quiet time... and I'm dying over the cuteness of it all. Just a big sappy puddle of mom right here. Love that girl.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Vegetarian Chili

After a decadent and delicious holiday season I have come to one very important conclusion...

...I need some major vegetables in my life!


Here's to a happy and healthy new year!



Vegetarian Chili
Recipe by: Shannon, ikneadtobake
Serves: 6

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, large dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp diced jalapeño
2 Tbsp olive oil
15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
28 oz can crushed tomato
2 c. water
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
garlic salt, to taste
optional toppings: cheese, cilantro, diced green onion, diced red onion, avacado, sour cream

Directions: On a cast iron skillet* heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat and add chopped bell pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the skin of the bell pepper has small spots of char on it but still have a little bit of a "crunch" - about 3 minutes. Remove from pan. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil and add onion, jalapeño, and garlic. Cook until onions are soft and translucent. Remove from pan.

In a large pot over medium heat add the cooked bell pepper and onion mixture, along with the remaining ingredients. Simmer for at least 10 minutes to allow flavors to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve with desired toppings.

Shared HERE.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Christmas in Connecticut

For winter break this year we headed out to Connecticut to spend the holidays with Tyson's family. This year we revised our Christmas celebration a little so we could enjoy the holiday with my sister-in-law, Kassi, who was returning home from her church mission in Spain December 30th. So December 24th and 25th were our Christmas 1 and the day she got home was the start of Christmas 2 where we did our yearly Christmas Eve traditions and then celebrated Christmas on New Year's Eve the following day.

One of Nana's favorite thing to do with the big girls is to take them to get their nails done. So one of our first big outings with the cousins was to the nail salon. 






For Christmas Eve 1 a few families came over for dinner, a fun gift exchange, and a nativity reenactment from the little ones. Little sis wasn't too interested but big sis was dead set on being Mary... with baby Jesus in her belly. She walked around the whole night pushing her tummy out and her hands placed lovingly over her "baby." 


Here was one of the other Marys; I think we had 3 or 4 going through rotation. This girl and her "sad face" kill me.


We also discovered a couple super fun children's museums over the break. 








Then came time for Kassi's homecoming. We all headed over to JFK to pick her up and give her a warm welcome home!





I love this girl so much. I am so lucky to have amazing in-laws and Kassi is no exception.





After we got home and Kassi settled Christmas Eve 2 began.




And we somewhat forced Vanessa to make her famous chocolate chip cookies for Santa... that lucky Santa!


The next morning the living room was full of wrapping paper and little girls dressed up like princesses. Christmas is even more magical with babies.



So grateful for the opportunity each year to remember our Savior and celebrate his miraculous birth.

"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:9-11