November 26, 2013

photo booth

Photo Booth shots from the Mighty Moose's 1st birthday party! 

IMG_6587 IMG_6717 IMG_6715IMG_6721 IMG_6588IMG_6723 IMG_6726 IMG_6734 IMG_6744

November 21, 2013

loving lately | birthday edition

IMG_6549 IMG_6576 IMG_6591 IMG_6602 IMG_6740

lovely little details from amos' first birthday 

exploring the lights
cake details
favors | famous amos cookies + a picture of the birthday boy
"amos is one" banner | by me 

November 19, 2013

birthday breakfast

I wanted to start a birthday breakfast tradition that can be carried on for all of our that would be quick, easy, special - and of course, could be done before school (thinking ahead). So, I put Mike on figuring out what this could be! He came up with the perfect idea: donuts, milk & balloons. What kid doesn't love these things first thing in the morning?! 

IMG_6508 IMG_6510 IMG_6513 IMG_6538

November 15, 2013

Amos turns one!!

November 13, 2013

IMG_6507 IMG_6509 IMG_6546 IMG_6552 IMG_6582 IMG_6561 IMG_6590 IMG_6625 IMG_6627

new super hero pjs and cowboy boots from mama and daddy
krispy kreme donuts + balloons
a teepee with lights
showin' off his new duds with daddy
things i want to remember forever
smash cake (by Haley)
birthday cake + wooden cake topper (by Haley / by me)
happy, happy boy
how he really felt about the smash cake ... crazy kid. 

November 13, 2013

| early | birthday celebrations for Moose

Celebration number 1 with aunt Carolyn
IMG_5879 IMG_5886

Celebration number 2 with M & our buddy, Mason

IMG_6344 IMG_6363

November 12, 2013

loving lately | front porch ed.

IMG_6316 IMG_6320 IMG_6322 IMG_6330

ornamental cabbage 
lovely details 
"patting" the pumpkin 

November 7, 2013

Mexican |Shredded| Chicken Stuffed Peppers

The 2nd new recipe I tried last week was Mexican shredded chicken stuffed peppers. Healthy and delicious. Win, win! Plus, I usually have bell peppers in the fridge and chicken in the freezer, so this was the perfect recipe to use up those items. We'll definitely be adding this to our rotation.

Mexican Shredded Chicken Stuffed Peppers

  • 4 large bell peppers, any color is fine
  • 3-4 chicken breasts, depending on size
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c. the tomato juice from the can OR 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 1/4 c. finely minced onion
  • 1 jar salsa (to cook the peppers in)
  • shredded cheese
  • 1 package of Simply Organic Taco Season 

  1. Put whole chicken breasts and all ingredients in crockpot and stir and set on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. When it’s finished or after at least four hours in, shred chicken using two forks until it’s all complete. Mix well.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut the top of the pepper off and pull out all the inside ribs and seeds.
  4. Run under cold water to wash and remove remaining seeds inside.
  5. Stuff peppers with chicken mixture, cover with salsa (so they don’t dry out) and bake at 350 for 20 minutes until pepper is soft.
  6. Top with shredded cheese and the salsa!

| via |

November 6, 2013

|almost| paleo pepperoni pizza casserole

I've been in a cooking rut for a little while  about 6 or 7 months now. We have a pretty good rotation (mostly Whole30 dinners) but after going through this rotation over and over (and over and over) the same meals get old! So, thanks to Pinterest we added a couple of new things to our rotation last week and they were delicious! Plus, I still got to use my beloved spaghetti squash! Yummo!

|almost| paleo pepperoni pizza casserole

1 pound ground meat of your choice
8 ounces chopped pepperoni, divided
1 small onion, diced 
garlic powder to taste
1 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon EACH pepper, oregano, basil, and thyme
4 cups roasted spaghetti squash noodles 
2 cups favorite spaghetti sauce 
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese or pecorino romano, and few tablespoons extra for sprinkling

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the ground meat, 1/2 of the pepperoni, onion, and garlic powder.
  3. As the ground meat cooks, sprinkle in the seasonings.  Taste  (when cooked!) and add more to your liking if necessary.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the warm beef mixture, spaghetti sauce, squash threads, eggs, and cheese of choice.
  5. Place into a greased casserole dish ( I used a 8x8 and it was FULL).
  6. Top with the remaining pepperoni and a sprinkling of cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden and bubbly

via |

November 5, 2013

Halloween on Tyler Street

We combined 3 houses into one yard on Halloween. We moved our couch to the front yard (we may have a hint of redneck going on over here...), ate dinner and passed out candy to the few trick-or-treaters that came by. If nothing else, we had a blast catchin' up with our neighbors and watching these two little guys enjoy their very first Halloween! 

IMG_6188 IMG_6195 IMG_6215 IMG_6220 IMG_6250 IMG_6263

the cutest monkey on the block 
Lucas loved the Reeces (who can blame him?!)
candy for everyone
few trick-or-treaters = candy heaven for the little guys
caught red handed
Amos' choice