Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Make This: Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Casserole

This dish made an appearance at Father's Day breakfast Sunday and will definitely be back.


Ingredients
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 (16.3-oz.) can refrigerated biscuit dough
1 (2.1-oz.) pkg precooked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Heat oven to 350°.  Spray shallow 2-quart glass baking dish with cooking spray.  In large bowl, beat egg, milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder with wire whisk until smooth.

Separate dough into 8 biscuits and cut each into quarters.  Gently stir biscuit pieces into egg mixture to coat evenly.  Fold in bacon, 3/4 cup of cheese and onions.

Spoon mixture into sprayed dish, arranging biscuit pieces in single layer.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.


Bake at 350° for 23-28 minutes or until golden brown and enjoy!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Easy Father's Day Craft

I'm so excited to celebrate Father's Day this weekend with Sean.

He does so much to help with Hadley and it will be nice to show him how much we appreciate him.

I even threw together a funny card from Hadley the other night. All it took was some old fashioned elementary school craftiness.

Talk about a time warp.

It's been forever since I've done anything like this, but I will confess that it's about a million times more fun with a glass of wine.

I bet you have everything you need laying around your house to make one of your own. Now, let's all prepare ourselves for what might be the most obvious tutorial of all time . . .


What you'll need:
Scissors
Construction paper
Markers
Photos of your kiddo(s)
Hole punch
Twine or yarn
Paint (optional: for handprints)

Directions:
I came up with a loose idea of what I wanted each page of the card to say and found photos that would work.

Then, I just cut the photos out, glued them to each page and used a marker to write/draw the corresponding message.

For the last page, I used some paint I had stuffed in a closet to add a couple of handprints because --let's face it -- chubby little handprints make everything better.

Finally, I punched some holes and tied the whole thing together with twine. I tried to make it look a little messy since it's technically from our almost-2-year-old (when did that happen, by the way?).

Here's how it turned out:






Note: I used aluminum foil for the moon.



Pretty cute, right? Did anyone fall for my attempt to pass that off as a real blog post?

No?

Oh well, maybe one day work and life will slow down so I can get back over here with something worthwhile. I promise interesting things are happening {My sister is pregnant again . . . with a boy! I'm going on a girls' trip to the beach in less than a month . . . with no kids! Etc.! Etc.!}

What do you have planned for the special dad in your life this weekend?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Let's Have a Vote

We're all friends here, right?

Well, your friend needs a little help.

I have a wedding next month and want a cute new bag to go with the dress I bought. Here's the dress (scored for $39.99 at Marshall's yesterday -- whoop! whoop!).

online here

I want a clutch that can hang from my wrist so I don't have to fool with keeping up with a purse during the reception. Oh, and did I mention that we have a sitter all night so I won't have a bag full of diapers, sippy cups, toys and snacks? Can I get a hallelujah?!

Yes, my friends, it will be a full-on grownup affair. Anyway, here are my top contenders and I'd love your help choosing . . .

{option one}

$49.50 at Coach Factory

{option two}

$33.00 at Coach Factory

{option three}

$69.00 at Coach Factory

Thanks in advance for your help.

Also, if you haven't been invited to the Coach Factory online sales, just let me know in the comments below and I'll send you an invite. As you can see, there are some seriously good deals!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Five on Friday!

{One} Matching sandals. I ordered these yesterday (a pair for me and one for Hadley) and can't wait for them to come in.


{Two} BBQ Fest. Memphis has a huge BBQ competition every May and I'm going tonight. It's unseasonably cool this week, so I'm extra excited. Can't wait!


{Three} 54 days until the beach! My bestie Erin is turning 30 this year and to celebrate we're taking a little girls' trip (a.k.a. no kiddos) to stay at her parents' condo. I'm so freaking excited I can barely stand it!


{Four} Cheek stain. I'm slowly upgrading my makeup to nicer brands and my sister Hope got me hooked on this cheek stain when we were in Boston. 
{Five} Library of Flowers. I stumbled upon this line at a local boutique and fell in love with their Field & Flowers fragrance. I have the perfumed creme and am plotting how I can get my hands on their other products.


Go link up with The Good Life, A. Liz Adventures, Carolina Charm and Hello Happiness. Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happiness is . . .

Baby's first slippers . . .


Big, around-the-neck hugs from a toddler . . .


Taking off tomorrow to go shopping with sisters . . .

Splitting a cupcake with your daughter . . .


Wine and mani/pedis after work with a best friend (and a spray tan, too) . . .


And getting a big promotion at work that I've been working toward the better part of the year!

Lots of happiness around these parts. What's making you happy today?

*This post inspired by Sara. Check out her blog. It may also make you happy.*

Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday -- Tips for Flying with a Toddler

As I mentioned yesterday, we traveled to Boston last week and to say that I was nervous about flying with a toddler for the first time would be the understatement of the year.

I scoured the internet, asked friends/coworkers/strangers on the street for advice and read just about everything I could find to get tips on how to make the experience as easy as possible.

Here are my top 5 tips:


{One} Let your toddler run wild before you get on the plane. Obviously, be respectful of others, but arrive early if you need to and use your layover time to let your kid get out as much energy as possible. I did lap after lap with Hadley walking up and down the hallways, circling the seats in our gate, going back and forth to the restroom to wash our hands (her new favorite thing) and walking from one drinking fountain to the next. You're going to be confined to your seat for the majority of the flight, so don't waste the precious time you do have when they can be expelling excess energy. If you're lucky, this will be your view for the flight:


{Two} If you're bringing a stroller, you'll need a gate check bag. They manhandle your stroller once you hand it off, and the area under the plane where they store them is dirty. I read the tip somewhere to buy one of these bags and I was so glad I did. It was covered in a black oily substance by the end of the trip and I'm so thankful it wasn't on my actual stroller.


{Three} Bring snacks -- and lots of them. Swallowing helps relieve the pressure in little ones' ears during takeoff and landing, so have a sippy cup with water handy (bring it empty through security and then fill it up in the terminal), along with other treats (we did pouches of applesauce -- you get to bring "a reasonable amount" of baby food through security-- along with suckers, fruit snacks and cereal bars). Hadley was happily snacking during each of our takeoffs and landings.

{Four} Be prepared with entertainment. I brought a few board books, a coloring book with crayons, stickers and several new toys that Hadley had never played with before to keep her occupied. I ordered this magnetic zoo set from Amazon that bought us about an hour of quiet time (a.k.a. the holy grail of parenthood):


I also ordered these finger puppets that I put in a zip-top travel pouch. Had took them out of the pouch and put them back in for a good 40 minutes while we talked about what sound each animal made:


I also loaded our iPad with movies and episodes of her favorite shows (and don't assume every flight will have Wifi -- only one of our four flights did and you had to pay extra for it). Pre-downloaded movies and shows are your friend. I also recommend the following apps:



{Five} Remember to relax. Everything is going to work out in the end. You can't plan for everything. If your child has a meltdown on the flight, it's not the end of the world. I recommend a glass of wine to help take the edge off . . .


Hadley was so good that the pilot came out after we landed to give her a pair of wings.


Now, I feel much more prepared for our trip to Disney World in the fall. Does anyone have any tips that I may have missed?


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beantown!

Last week, my dad was attending a conference in Boston and invited the family to tag along. I've never been to Boston, so that was an easy "Yes!" and I thought it would be cool to take Hadley on her first little trip.

My mom and sister Halston flew with us out of Memphis and, as an extra special treat, my sister Hope flew up from Virginia to partake in the fun.

I was a nervous wreck to fly with a toddler for the first time (post coming tomorrow on that experience) but it all went surprisingly well.


In fact, Hadley slept for a good bit of each flight.


We did the requisite touristy things -- visited Trinity Church . . .


went on a Duck Tour . . .



that Hadley slept through . . .


stopped by Fenway Park . . .


walked along some of the Freedom Trail and explored Navy Yard (complete with ship selfies) . . .



took a tour of Harvard, that -- you guessed it -- Hadley slept through . . .


and ate some really, really good seafood, Italian and cannoli.




All in all, a great little trip. Boston is fairly easy to navigate -- especially by foot. I think my Fitbit hit 17,000+ steps each day (so I felt slightly less guilty about all that aforementioned food).

Hadley thoroughly enjoyed the parts she was awake for and I was thankful for the break from work and extra time with my family.

I'll be back tomorrow with my top five tips for flying with a toddler, you know . . . since I'm an expert now. Happy almost-Friday, my friends!