Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentines Day Picks


I love hunting down seasonal items to share with you are, here are a few of my favorite pics from over on my pinterest board. Any plans for Valentines day? Not doing much on this side, work as usual. 

take a look here on my pinterest board for more
 
 
  
 
 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Geocaching

 
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Its like a treasure hunt, with a navigation system. Different people, come together to hide boxes and tubes for others to find with a navigator. We gave it a go, so much fun, time gos by fast with this. We took along a bag of goodies in swap for some of the goods we found. Also logged in our names and took plenty of pictures. 

 
 



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

a personalized {giveaway}


 
This weeks giveaway features one of my hand stamped personalized necklaces, from my  shop yourcharmedlife .

This necklace is a RUSTIC BEAUTY, hammered and antiqued. 
All made of Copper elements, makes a beautiful remembrance piece for someone that you may have lost. A iinspirational verse is written on the rectangle. You choose your initial of choice for the circle.
Entering is simple and fast, with the form below. Good luck and have fun! 
 


 

Monday, January 28, 2013

trampoline


Watching my son jump on this thing for the first time was like a blast of fresh air, he was joyous on a level that only kids seem to be able to reach. His dad set it up for him while he was at school and we drove up as it was being finalized, Caleb yelped and flew outta the car before I could completely stop and park.

It was cold outside but he did not care, he actually looked at the book that came with it for "how to jump" and "trick"ideas. He learned fast and pulled off some pretty sweet maneuvers.



Friday, January 25, 2013

California Veggie Sandwich


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Healthy and filling, I found this one here. This one was surprisingly yummy with all the different tastes from each element, they complimented each other. PLUS its totally healthy, my son {he is a picky eater} gave me a actual "thumbs up" on this one and NEVER does this.


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 red onion
  • Red-wine vinegar
  • 2 slices multigrain bread
  • Fresh goat cheese
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Sliced avocado
  • Carrot, grated
  • Radish, grated

Directions

  1. Sprinkle onion slices with a few dashes red-wine vinegar; let sit 10 minutes. Lightly toast bread. Spread 1 slice with goat cheese and layer with cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, onions, avocado, and grated carrot and radish. Top with other slice bread.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

snowy days..





We had a few days here in CO that it snowed and got darn right cold outside, luckily the sun was out {makes it more bearable that way}. Usually this time of year we would have had at least one big storm, that hasent happend "yet". Caleb and I are anxiously waiting for this storm so we can go snow sledding, build a fort and snowman! I have to remember this is CO and winter wont be over till around May {can you believe that, its winter here way to long}.  So I bundled up our bodies and trampled outdoors for some shoveling and quick pics



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

French Onion Soup

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Oh my..such a rich tasting onion soup, the flavors of seasoning are amazing. Plus it was really fun too cook for me, learning something new every meal. David and I went to a restaurant here in town last winter when it was cold and snowy and i had some onion soup, it was so yummy so I decided to give it a go myself and hunt down a good looking recipe and found this one here. It wound up better BETTER than the one at the restaurant, who would have guessed? My hubby is not big on onions at all and he ate this one right up and brought some over the his Friends house to enjoy as well. Its for lunch today for me! Mhmm. {notice my spoon on top? Those were from the thrift store, they cleaned up nice}

French Onion Soup

  • 8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Pounds Yellow Onions
  • 2 Tsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Cup Sherry Wine
  • 6 Cups Beef Stock
  • 4 Tsp Fresh Thyme or 1½ Tsp Dried Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper
  • French Bread
  • Gruyere Cheese
First peel all of your onions. Once this is done, get your biggest pan/pot on medium-low heat, with your butter in it. Next, slice all of your onions, once you slice all your onions  put them in your pan/pot with the sugar and begin the CARAMELIZATION!  If you don’t have very large pans, feel free to split the butter and onions up and get two going at the same time, which will speed up the process! {I did this~}
  
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caramelizing the onions will take 1-2 hours, Let the onions caramelize, stirring only as often as needed, without having them burn or stick to the pan, you don’t want to stir too often, as this will prevent them from browning and caramelizing. Once they become a deep golden brown, like in the picture, turn the heat to medium, and after a minute or two, mix in your flour and then add your sherry, allowing it to cook for a few minutes, burning off the alcohol. Next combine your onions, beef broth and thyme, bringing it to a simmer, allowing it to remain there for 30-45 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

be careful adding the salt! Add a little, taste, add a little taste, you don’t want to ruin all your hard work by accidentally making it too salty!

 
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Put your oven on broil, grab some oven proof bowls, your cheese and slice up some French bread (small enough to fit in the bowl) and toast for a few minutes. Fill your bowls with some soup, top with the bread and a generous amount of Gruyere! Place in the oven and broil until the cheese is gooey and bubbly! Let cool for a few minutes

 
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Colored Ice Balls


 
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The holidays have been keeping me super busy and today decided to take a {gasps*} extra non-planned day off and experiment.  If there is one thing that I take seriously in personal parenting, its the teaching and learning of how things work and making it fun! We have been getting some really really cold weather in the negatives, so I decided to give the "colored balls" a go! It was super easy, affordable and Caleb loved it. 

 All you have to do to make these yourself is:
purchase a bag of balloons and some food coloring. Put 5-6 drops food coloring in each balloon and fill them with water {like a water balloon}, tie them off and then place them in a bin, box, bag {whatever really} and then wait for a really cold freezing night and leave them outside overnight. The next day you should have frozen balloons, take some scissors and peel of the balloon latex and expose the colorful frozen water circles! Colorful and fun!



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