Happy Thanksgiving

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I hope you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our day was pretty great. We started the day with doughnuts and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, we lazed about in the afternoon watching movies, and I spent some time in the kitchen getting the food ready. Can I just say that peeling potatoes is not my favorite. Anyway, the food was delicious, and we all had a great time laughing and telling stories from years past. The girls got to wear their new xmas pajamas, and we watched Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, and are now watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The day was filled with tradition and love, and I have so very much to be thankful for!

p.s. I have finally started an Instagram account. I can be found @modernmommyblog.

Cronut

This morning the girls and I went with a friend and her daughter to a bakery in Tampa to try a cronut. I wanted to see what all the hype was about. We had to pre-order our cronuts the day before to ensure we would be able to purchase them. I am glad we did, because we arrived before ten this morning, and there weren’t any left in the case! I must admit that I found them to be very delicious. Flaky with layers like a croissant, but sweet and dense like a donut. If you are lucky enough to have a bakery near by that sells them, I suggest you go and treat yourself.

A Love-ly Lunch

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Today, I surprised the girls with a special Valentine’s Day themed lunch. I found the cutest heart shaped shortbread cookies with strawberry jam at the store this week, and had the idea to put together a special lunch a little early, since Amelia will have her school party next week.

The girls ate heart shaped peanut butter sandwiches, pretzels (which look like hearts to me), strawberries cut in to hearts, and raspberry lemonade. It made them both happy, and they were excited to drink out of my vintage tea cups, too.

I had purchased them each a book as a Valentine’s Day gift, and decided to let them open up their presents today. I bought Romeo & Juliet: A BabyLit Counting Primer (BabyLit Books) for Maggie, and Everybody Bonjours! for Amelia.

What special plans do you have for your kiddos this Valentine’s Day?

How Does Your Garden Grow

Spring has come early to Florida this year. Our once sad looking orchid tree is now covered in flowers and leaves. 

A few weeks ago, my mother asked us if she could plant a garden in our yard, (she lives in a condo), “YES!”, I said. It has been a group effort. The kids help my mom, and get really dirty in the process, and my mister has been watering in the evenings. It is has been really fun to watch the progress.

We’ve got lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, radishes, cucumbers & sunflowers growing. I’m sure I’m forgetting something. I can not tell you how much my children have enjoyed watching their garden grow, and I must admit, I get excited when I see a new bloom, too.

I will continue to update the progress of our garden, and can’t wait to eat the fruits of our labor.

Do you have a garden? What kinds of things do you grow?

Kid Friendly Recipe {Easy Cheese-Ravioli Casserole}

A super easy and delicious recipe that my 3, closer to 4 year old, put together almost entirely by herself. 

What you need: 2.5 cups of milk, 2 cups of broccoli florets, 1.5 cups of cheddar & 1.5 cups of Monterey Jack shredded cheese, 8 eggs, half of a 7 ounce jar of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes drained & chopped, and 2 (9 ounce) refrigerated packages of beef or cheese ravioli.

Ready?

Grease a 3-quart baking dish. Place raviolis evenly in dish. Sprinkle in the sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli florets. Top with the two cheeses.

Whisk together all of the eggs and milk. Pour mixture over layers in dish.

Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake uncovered about 40 minutes or until top is golden and center is set. Let stand 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Yummy.