Month: December 2014 (page 1 of 2)

The Perfect New Years Eve Treats For Kids {and Adults}

new years eve milkshakes

This year, we will be spending New Years Eve at home with Emma.  Just the three of us.  Ordering in our favorite dishes from our favorite restaurant without having to make a reservation or wait in line, without having to cook, or most importantly, clean up.  But it wouldn’t be a holiday without some sort of special treat and since this year, I won’t be indulging in a fun cocktail or enjoying a wide-brimmed glass of pinot noir, it was the perfect year to stay at home with our little lady.  These milkshakes are the kind of extravagance that scream celebration.  Completely kid-tested and approved, and the adults over here are pretty excited about them, too.

toasted marshmallow milkshake

*Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake* {recipe adapted from Joy The Baker} – Makes 2 small or 1 large milkshake


  • 6 large jet-puffed marshmallows, toasted until slightly charred over a grill or gas flame
  • 1-2 large jet-puffed marshmallows, reserve for topping
  • 3 large scoops of slow-churned vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1.     In a blender, mix your ice cream, toasted marshmallows, milk and vanilla extract until you reach your desired consistency.

2.     Toast 1-2 remaining marshmallows on grill or over gas flame until slightly charred and place on top of your milkshake(s)

*Classic Vanilla Milkshake* – Makes 1 large milkshake


  • 3 large scoops of slow-churned french vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1.     In a blender, mix your ice cream, milk and vanilla extract until you reach your desired consistency.

*Double Chocolate Milkshake* – Makes 2 large milkshakes

  • 4 large scoops of slow-churned chocolate ice cream
  • 1 large scoop slow-churned vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup


1.     In a blender, mix your ice creams, chocolate milk and chocolate syrup until you reach your desired consistency.


Additional Tips:

  • For any of the above milkshakes, just add more ice cream for a thicker shake OR more milk for a thinner shake
  • Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, toasted marshmallows or M&M’s for more fun

Dressed-up chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies are the perfect complement.  Just melt white chocolate chips and dark chocolate baking chips in a double broiler for 2-3 minutes (until smooth) or in a slow-cooker (until smooth).  I placed my chips in separate bowls and set them in my slow-cooker.  Pour in water to reach halfway up the sides of the bowls, but make sure not to let any water touch the chocolates.  Set on high for about 30 minutes and stir.  Once smooth, turn setting to low and drizzle, dip or pour.  Just keep adding chips if you need to make more.

new years eve cookies

I rolled the edges of the mouth of glass milk bottles in the white and dark chocolate and then rolled them in different colors and kinds of sprinkles.  Set in the freezer to harden (about 10 minutes).  Then pour in your milkshake of choice and enjoy!

Happy New Years Eve!

Christmas 2014: Traditional Red and Green

red ornament

I took a much-needed week off from blogging to spend time with my family over the holidays.  Though this was Emma’s third official Christmas with us already, it was the first one that she was really into and it made all the difference.  There is just something about watching kids at Christmas-time that is absolutely magical.  And while I usually keep seasonal decorations fairly neutral in our home, it seemed fitting to go with traditional red and green this year.  Emma loved all of the bright colors and needless to say, our tree will remain in our family room longer than ever before because she is so in love with it and the twinkling lights and the electric train that runs in circles underneath the thick, bottom branches.  Here are some photos of how we decorated this season, and a few snapshots of our week.

christmas cards 2014

{So in love with how this year’s Christmas cards turned out…thanks to Hey Baby Photography and Tiny Prints}

red lanterns

{Little red lanterns were perched on benches and wine racks to add a pop of festive color}

big wreath

{I placed a smaller wreath in the center of a large wreath and tied them together with floral wire to give a full look}

wreath wine rack

{Small woven rugs from Ikea made for table runners and fake snow filled candle holders}

christmas cinnamon rolls

{Lots of lazy mornings making cinnamon rolls is how I like to start the day over the holiday season}

christmas wrapping paper

{Gift wrapping, and holiday gift wrapping to be specific, is one of my all-time favorite hobbies}

christmas gifts

{Wrapping complete and boxes ready to be placed under the tree}

christmas gifts 3

{Kraft paper, red and green decorative wrapping paper (all from T.J. Maxx) and topped with bows and fresh Christmas branches}

christmas gifts 2

{More pretty packages}

tree at night

{Twinkling lights never get old}

red ornament 2

{Some of my favorite glass ornaments were placed on side tables instead of the tree}


{An old wreath was pulled out of storage and given a fresh, plaid bow, so it looked like new}

wreath 2

{A little red and green was tucked into every corner of our home}

coffee table centerpiece

{This coffee-table centerpiece is full of holiday cheer}

sugar cookies for breakfast

{More lazy mornings with my little girl}


{Iron pine-cones for our stockings and store-bought, Christmas-scented pine-cones lined the mantel}

mantel 2

{My little family with one addition still to be named}

baking with emma{Adding heaps of sprinkles and icing to each cookie made for one happy girl and a pretty plate for Santa}

cookies for santa

Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday with family and friends!

Christmas Tree Farm Fun

Sharing a few fun photos from the other day at the Christmas tree farm with our little family.  When I was young, I would take a drive with my parents and brother and sister, to a similar farm where I remember weaving through the Balsam Fir, Douglas, Fraser, with gloves on tight, hats over heads, the snow crunching underneath us.  I have looked forward to taking my kids to a place like that, getting to watch them run around and make their own winter memories that they would be able to one day look back on.  And since this is the first year that Emma is old enough to (somewhat) grasp the concept of the holidays, we couldn’t wait to go.  Though there was no snow this time around – in fact it was a ridiculously warm day for mid-December – it was perfect nonetheless and so, so memorable.

emma uggs christmas tree farmemma sunny christmas tree farmemma christmas tree runningemma and treeemma and daddy sunny christmas tree farmemma and daddy red wagonchristmas treeemma and daddy christmas tree farm 2emma and daddy christmas tree farm

Happy Holidays!





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holiday giveaway winners

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In The Kitchen: Spicy Sausage, Spinach and Mushroom Gnocchi

gnocchi cover photo

I love any dish that includes mushrooms and spinach is one of my favorite greens, so when I came across a recipe that combined both and had crumbled spicy sausage on top of that, which my husband looks for on every menu when we head out for dinner, and it listed the prep, plus cook time at only 15 minutes, I’m pretty sure I ran out to the store the very next day.  Throw in a filling, decadent pasta, like gnocchi, and this made for one hearty meal.  I have doubled the recipe and cooked this for family and stuck to the original serving size of two for just my husband and I.  I have served this up three times since stumbling upon it on Pinterest and it’s so simple and delicious that I will keep coming back to it for a long time.  If you are looking for an easy weeknight meal that requires only a few ingredients, then this is for you.

gnocchi bowl{Original recipe, ingredients and instructions taken from the blog, Table For Two


  • 1 16-ounce package of potato gnocchi (you can substitute any other type of pasta if you prefer or if you just want to change it up)
  • ¾ pound spicy pork sausage
  • 1 diced onion, about ¾ cup
  • 8 ounces of baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 10 ounces of chopped, frozen spinach, cooked and drained well
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese, to top


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and follow the instructions on the gnocchi package. Drain well once done and set aside.
  2. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium high heat and break it into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon.  Add the onion and mushrooms to the skillet and saute until softened, for about 5 minutes.
  3. Toss the cooked and drained spinach into the sausage mixture.  (follow cooking instructions of the back of the frozen spinach package)
  4. Add the cooked and drained gnocchi to the skillet and gently toss to evenly distribute the ingredients.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve hot and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.






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