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I have so many memories of going out early in the morning on Black Friday to shop with my family. We were like a basketball team invading stores, stealing the deals before the opponent and then heading straight for the basket to SCORE! Now I am all about relaxed Cyber Monday shopping from the comfort of my home. I set the mood at my desk with the scents, sights and sounds of Christmas while I shop. No lines, no crowds, no need to get dressed and no need to take my four screaming kids into the wild shopping arena.
November 29, 2015
November 24, 2015
With Black Friday coming up I encouraged our boys to start a Christmas list. I gave them some toy store books to flip through and reading their lists cracked us up. This year we are trying to avoid anything electronic because managing screen time has been difficult the past few months. Our oldest son Wyatt is in a class that uses tablets most of the time and even all of his homework is online. Managing the screen time is always hard because while they are supposed to be doing homework we look over to see them playing a game instead!
November 23, 2015
I'm back with another really easy side dish which would go perfect on your Thanksgiving menu. I know there is the traditional green bean casserole but my kids and I aren't big fans of green beans. I will eat them but I don't love them. If it's green and not broccoli my kids probably won't eat it without some sort of whining and crying.
When I plan dinners I have an 'eat what I make or don't eat at all rule' because I'm not about to spend a bunch of time making a meal for people to complain. If they don't like something I cook then we make them try a bite before they can leave the table. However on Thanksgiving I would prefer it to be a smooth enjoyable meal without any whining or crying involved. On holidays I plan to make things everyone likes and I don't mind making a few extra dishes to give people other options when filling their plate.
November 20, 2015
A recipe for honey and mustard seed glazed brussel sprouts. #NeverRunOut
Last month I was invited to attend the #MyPrintlyMoms Print and Pamper Retreat in San Deigo by my blogging friend Vanessa. I had an early flight in and met up with a few of the other moms attending (Tisa, Jen and Jenifer) to explore before heading to our resort. We drove to Coronado Island and walked around their downtown popping into a few cute shops, grabbing lunch and walking out onto the beach. For lunch we went to Leroy's which was suggested by a few locals and their food was seriously delicious. Jen ordered their brussel sprouts as an appetizer and I can't recall ever eating brussel sprouts before. I have been missing out! The way they were roasted and covered in a honey and mustard seed glaze was amazing. I have seriously been craving more since we had them and when I saw them in the frozen food isle I knew I wanted to recreate the recipe to take as my Thanksgiving side this year.
The prep time of the brussel sprouts took less than six minutes and from start to finish they were done in 30 minutes. This recipe is so simple it doesn't even seem right.
The Print and Pamper retreat was a lot of fun. I got to meet so many of my blogging friends in real life and made lots of new friends too! We got an inside look at HP and some of their new ideas and products. HP picked our brains and showed us an amazing time. They picked a beautiful resort for us to stay at, fed us some delicious food and I was in awe over the whole experience. To top things off we were able to head to Disney Land on the final day of the trip. I went from the Atlantic to the Pacific - Disney World to Disney Land all for a long weekend. I came home and got my first case of jet lag. I couldn't function for two days. All I can say is that HP is an awesome company and their interest in providing solutions for busy moms amazed me.
You are going to love how easy this recipe is - and delicious too!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Honey Mustard Glace Recipe
- 16 ounce Steam-in-the-bag Brussel Sprouts
- 2 teaspoons Mustard Seeds
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons EVOO
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- Parmesan Cheese (to sprinkle over top)
- Steam brussel sprouts according to package directions. Then place onto a cookie sheet, drizzle with EVOO and broil for 4-6 or until they start to get a charred look.
- Meanwhile in a saucepan add 2 tablespoons of EVOO and onion. Cook on medium stirring often until onions become translucent. Add honey, garlic, mustard seeds and stir until heated and well combined.
- Toss the brussel sprouts into the glaze and serve.
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving gathering with family and friends!
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