23 August 2016

Recipe - Wrapped Meatballs With Marinara + A giveaway to ITALY!

Listen, my kids are picky eaters. Yes, both of them. Yay! (Do you sense the sarcasm?) ;-) They have their "things" they eat, and don't usually veer too far from them. It's always a challenge to try and find new things that they will like, I mean, I gotta try sometimes. Sometimes I have to get creative with what I make by making it fun or more "kid friendly."

I present to you an easy, fast & fun recipe the kids will love: Wrapped meatballs with marinara dipping sauce.

I figured "Hey, maybe I can get them to try meatballs if I wrap them up and give them something to dip them in??" Bingo! I think I'm onto something.

Best part about this, is that it is seriously so easy to make, the kids can help! So here are your ingredients and recipe.

  • 1 jar of Mezzetta® Marinara
    (there are SO many flavorful options, but for this recipe, I chose Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil)
  • 8 oz. refrigerated crescent dough 
  • 1 package of frozen cooked meatballs, thawed ( 16-24 meatballs)
  1. Thaw meatballs according to package instructions.
  2.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Unroll your crescent dough on a flat surface. Separate each piece (there should be 8 pieces), and cut each one in half. If you want less breading, cut each piece into thirds.
  4. Place a meatball into each triangle and roll up.
  5. Bake on a baking sheet for 12-15 minutes, or as instructed on the package of the dough.
  6. Serve with a bowl of warm Mezzetta Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil Marinara Sauce.

My Four Year Old LOVED this recipe, he gobbled up probably 6 or 7 of these bad boys. He told me he LOVED the sauce so much, which makes me happy to hear. Mezzetta® Marinara is fresh and uses the finest ingredients. It's real, all natural, with no sugar and no paste. They also have a yummy pizza sauce, which is next on my list of their sauces to try, because PIZZA. :)

He is such a cheeseball.

Okay so what do you think? Would your kids enjoy this recipe?

But before you go, I have something amazing for you! Mezzetta is currently giving away an 11 day trip to Italy. WHAT?!

Grand Prize includes:
  • Roundtrip coach airfare for 2.
  • 11 day guided tour of iconic Italy
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Hands-on cooking class, including a meal
  • Tour of tomato farm in San Marzano
  • And much much more!
Learn more and enter the sweepstakes here!! Good luck :)


18 August 2016

Little Boy In A Pink Cast

Ohhhh heyyyy! So I guess my blog is sort of going back to the basics. Almost like when I first started blogging and mostly used it as a way to document important milestones. Summer has been busy and has left little time to sit in front of the computer. That is, until my littlest reached a brand new milestone.

He broke his leg.

So, our Summer has come to a screeching halt. The other day, Easton was on his scooter and Bennett was riding his bike, and they two of them were paying no attention whatsoever and just collided right into each other. It was one of those moments where you see it coming, but can't do much to stop it. Ugh. Well Bennett's wheel slammed right into Easton's leg, right under the knee. Easton immediately collapsed and started screaming bloody murder. He couldn't put any weight or pressure on his leg, so I took him to the urgent care where they confirmed that he definitely had a fracture in his knee. We weren't sure of the severity, so they splinted him up and referred us to the Orthopedic doctor.

I was hoping the Ortho would tell us it wasn't a big deal and he would get away with a brace and taking it easy on that leg for a little bit. We had our appointment yesterday, and she told us that the fracture was right on the growth plate, and he would need a full leg cast for a minimum of 3 weeks to make sure he didn't do any more damage to the knee. Ugh, definitely not the news we wanted with only a few short weeks left of Summer. But, obviously, we want to make sure that Easton is taken care of and heals properly.

He took the news pretty well, actually. And did very well during the cast application. The technician gave him lots of color choices, and naturally, he chose pink. Which he always will admit is his very favorite color. lol. I love that about him. I think he kinda rocks the pink. Don't you?

The good news is, he seems to be in good spirits and handling the cast very well! And thankfully I kept our stroller (I have no idea why? Intuition, maybe?), so we are still able to get out and about. And honestly, I think he likes it, being strolled around like a little King. He's totally milking it. lol. I actually feel worse for Bennett, because now he's going to be a little more cooped up, and he hates being cooped up.

Our next appointment is in a week to see how the fracture is healing, hoping for good news! Keep us in your thoughts :)

Also, I think Easton just earned a new childhood badge or something with this cast, didn't he? Dude, you've leveled up.

20 July 2016

The Tooth Fairy Is Coming!

At 6 1/2 Years Old, Bennett has lost his very first tooth!!!

It's weird because I checked his teeth the end of last week and none of them were even slightly wiggly. But then today when he got off the bus (he's doing the extended school year program), his lip was a little bloody and at first I thought he split it open. But nope, turns out his tooth was just about to fall out!

At first he didn't want me to touch it, so I just left it alone. We decided to go to the beach today with some friends, and while we were there, he just said "Mom, can you pull my tooth out!?" It kind of shocked me, actually. But I was actually the baby about, lol. For some reason it was really stressing me out, I think I just didn't want to hurt him. But I went for it, and it popped right out! He was so proud, and so excited!! He immediately went and told all of his friends and he can't stop talking about the tooth fairy :)

It's kind of bittersweet. The last bit of his "babyness" is slowly starting to disappear. Such a small thing, but at the same time, such a big milestone!! Is it true what they say about once they lose one tooth, they all start falling out at once??!

This all kinda crept up on me so fast, Miss Tooth Fairy isn't ready!! Guess I better get on that... ;)

02 July 2016

Lake Chelan 2016

Wow!! It's been a while! I'm finding that it's getting harder and harder to get the motivation to blog, especially in the Summer. You know what I mean? But at the end of the day, this blog is more about my family and our memories, than anything else. So I am still going to try my hardest to update with things that I want to catalog away for later.

And our yearly trips to Lake Chelan are one of those things!! We got back from Chelan a few days ago, and seriously, it was the best trip yet!! This is the 3rd year in a row we've been there with our good family friends, and I don't see stopping this tradition any time soon. (2014 trip, 2015 trip) :) Usually we stay in a condo in this resort, but decided this year to rent a house. It was SUCH a great decision. We had more room to spread out, a decent sized yard, and of course, a beautiful view of the lake. Couldn't ask for more.

This year, we planned our trip around Philip's cycling event, the Chelan Century Challenge. The century challenge is a 105 mile bike ride that weaves in & out of the mountains surrounding Lake Chelan. It's a brutal ride with tons of intense climbs, but Philip did fantastic! And it was so fun for the boys to see their Dad involved in this event. I am so glad that they have such a great example of determination, strength, and accomplishment.

We spent most of our time in & out of the pool, taking walks along the river, hanging at the beach, paddle boarding, tie-dying shirts, and we also went to Slide Waters water park!!... which I think was my favorite part about the trip! The kids are getting to such a great age, where they can do almost everything now, and keep up for the entire day. It's so nice.
Quinley (3), Bennett (6), Dane (6), Kepler (1), Easton (4)
How cute are these tie-dye'd shirts!!!?? We made them at the beginning of the trip and the kids just loved how they turned out, and they thought it was super fun to wear them all on the same day. Such a cute idea, and we owe it all to my Husband. He was the one who thought to do it, nice job babe! :)

If you're in the PNW area, I highly highly suggest taking a trip to Lake Chelan! It's so gorgeous. The water is so blue and clear, and it's completely surrounded by mountains. A perfectly peaceful landscape, and it's very family friendly. And trust me, this is not sponsored ;-) I just LOVE this place.

Until next year, Chelan!! I can't wait!