Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Snack Success

I ran across an interesting recipe in my February issue of Good Housekeeping, and when I thought we needed a break from the regular snack rotation, I gave it a try. It was really easy and the kids devoured it - I actually had to cut up another avocado because they both wanted seconds!

The magazine recipe suggested adding an over-easy egg to the top of this to make it a breakfast, but we left off the egg and added tomatoes instead to keep it light.


California Starter

1/2 Hass avocado
1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Dash of salt
Sliced cherry tomatoes

Mash avocado, lemon juice, and salt together and spread on whole-grain toast. Top with cherry tomatoes.

Source: adapted from Good Housekeeping, February 2014


Heart Art

After the rush of Christmas and in the middle of two weeks of rainy, cold weather, I figured my girls needed a holiday pick-me-up. And what better way to get the kids perked up than a Valentine's Day art project?

I cut out a ton of differently sized hearts out of white paper, then pulled out all of our watercolors and put the kids to work. They got to paint to their hearts' (heh) content and as they finished a heart, I would tape it up on a window pane in our kitchen.



The girls were delighted to see their creations hung up in the windows, and they were even more delighted when I joined in the painting party too!




Our wall of hearts has been a fun addition to our decor and the girls keep pointing out their favorites. I'm partial to these cute ones!

Anna's hand

Maddie's hand


For our Valentine's Day celebration, the girls and I took a very pleasant walk up to the neighborhood pet store and picked out three new fish for Steve, and then stopped by Kroger for all the fixings for chocolate-covered strawberries. Anna got a kick out of that process, although she was not impressed with having to wait for the chocolate to set!


Here are our gifts waiting for our Valentine to get home!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

A Winter Wonderland - Again!

Georgia got a second wintry blast last week and this time we were ready for it! Steve worked from home, sleds were ordered, the fridge was stocked, and coats and gloves were by the door.









Our driveway is an awesome sled slope for the little ones- slanted just enough for some thrills, but not too much speed!





We rounded up some of the neighborhood kids for a sledding party in our front yard - the hill in our yard was perfect for this age group!



Anna had so much fun with her friends, and I was only able to tempt her back inside with the promise of some hot chocolate with marshmallows.




The snow was fun, and we enjoyed being cozy and peaceful and lazy for a few days - what a fun treat for our Southern kiddos!