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It’s Just Pictures: Johnson Family Farms in Belton, MO

I had the opportunity to attend an event at Johnson Family Farms last week in Belton (a small town about forty five minutes from where I live). The morning was hosted by a local magazine and online publication called iFamilyKC (you might remember that I’m blogging for them). You can find my Johnson Family Farms review here but I also wanted to share some pictures that I took while we were there..Enjoy!

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Succulent Sundays: Homemade Stuffed Peppers (Recipe!)

I will never forget the day I was accused of being obsessed with green peppers. A friend of ours, who was also moving to the area, lived with us when my husband and I relocated to Kansas City after college. I took on the responsibility of cooking for the three of us and made a lot with green peppers. What can I say?! They’re delicious. Every time I make something with them, I think of this friend. So, G.L., this one is for you! A crunchy, munchy, melt in your mouth recipe for stuffed green peppers. From start to finish, this should only take you about 30 minutes. You’ll want to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees before you begin. Don’t forget to compost your green pepper scraps when you’re done!

Homemade Stuffed Peppers

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 3-4 Green Peppers
  • Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese (~1 cup)
  • 8oz Tomato Sauce
  • Mexican or Spanish Rice (I used Uncle Bens)
  • 1 lb Ground Beef

Stuffed Peppers Recipe Under 30 Minutes

You’ll want to “gut” the green peppers (cut off the tops and use a spoon to take out their insides) before washing them. Set them aside for later.

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

In a large skillet, brown your beef (then drain before adding it back into the skillet).

Once drained, combine cooked rice (per the directions), beef, and tomato sauce. Stir.

Oven Baked Stuffed Peppers

Place your hollowed out peppers onto a baking sheet, stuff them (what kind of ‘stuffed peppers’ would these be otherwise?!), and top with cheese.

Stuffed Pepper Recipe In The Oven

(yummm! Cheese!)

Crunchy Stuffed Pepper Recipe

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. The peppers will be softer than raw but still crisp (and delicious!).

Stuffed Pepper Recipe

Serve and enjoy!

Homemade Stuffed Pepper Recipe

 

 

 

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The Little Change That Made A Huge Difference

Changing A Kitchen Faucet

 

Since moving into our home in 2009, my husband and I have put a lot of work into little projects that have transformed our house into a home. We completed a small, low-cost kitchen makeover, made changes to the guest bathroom, and most recently got around to decorating the entryway to our home. A few months ago when I turned the kitchen sink on to do dishes I was met with a nasty surprise…a shot of water right in the kisser. And then a leak. A leak that extended into the basement we’re working on. Awesome. Fantastic. (Not awesome or fantastic.)

To put it lightly, my husband and I are more on the creative/nerdy/not handy side of the spectrum so trying to figure out how to fix things is effing horrible a bit of a challenge. We’re learning. In the meantime, we’re so thankful to have some friends who enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together again. Once we figured out that the problem was with the sprayer, a friend of ours was able to help us work on it. We temporarily replaced it (knowing the goal was to eventually find a new faucet for a more permanent fix).

The problem was that I’m cheap and the kind of faucet I wanted wasn’t seeming to fall within the budget I was willing to set aside for the project. I knew I wanted a pull out faucet in brushed nickel with a dual spray/stream option and a soap dispenser (where the old sprayer used to be). I looked at Lowes. I looked at Home Depot. I looked online and I just couldn’t find the one. Replacing the faucet became somewhat of an empty idea in the back of my head. Until last weekend when we were at a birthday party for a friend of ours. I was in the kitchen and mentioned how much I liked their faucet (because, you know, I’m weird) when our friend told me about one he had seen at Costco on sale.

Costco?! Sale?! You can imagine my excitement when I saw my ideal kitchen faucet for only $59.99 (including the $20 instant rebate). SOLD! I couldn’t wait to put it in. We have never replaced a kitchen faucet before but the prospect of completing the project was thrilling. It took us a little over an hour from start to finish (don’t judge me, people who think it only should have taken a half hour) and completely transforms the look of the space. I love it. I looked online to see how much the retail value of the faucet we got was and it sells elsewhere for well over a hundred dollars. Needless to say, I’m feeling really good about the cost of this improvement. Here are some pictures of the process from start to finish:

Kitchen Faucet Before

Kitchen Faucet makeover

Mini kitchen transformation

replacing the kitchen faucet

kitchen faucet transformation

Kitchen Faucet

Mini Kitchen Transformation

Sometimes, it’s the little things that give a room a new look and feel.

 

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Science City Photos Part 2

Yesterday I promised to post more pictures from our trip to Science City at Union Station in Kansas City. So, without further adieu, enjoy:

Union Station

Union Station Photo

Union Station

Science City

Science City

Science City

Science City

Science City

Science City

Science City

Science City

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Science City at Union Station (Kansas City)

As you know, I recently started writing for iFamilyKC online and one of the perks is that I get to go to some pretty cool events and activities around the metro. Most recently, I went to Science City at Union Station and had a blast. I’ll be sure to post a link to the review on my Facebook page (have you ‘liked’ it yet?!) as soon as it’s up. In the meantime…

I had a really great time at Science City and it isn’t just because the inner nerd in me squealed with delight when I found out we were going, but because I think it’s a wonderful place for people of any age to spend the day. One thing that I thought was weird (and also very cool) is that, unless you’ve been there, you really have no idea what to expect when you first get there. In order to get into Science City you first walk through the gift shop and then into a long hallway with only a few things (like a tube with scarves ‘floating’ in the air and a solar-powered car on display).

 Ball Floating In Air

Toddler at Science City

I will admit that when we first walked into the hallway I thought to myself, “Really?! This is it?!” but once you navigate through, it’s like entering into a whole new world…and I loved it. Take a look:

Melody Park at Science City

A Day At Science City

Astronaut Training Center at Science City

Astronaut Food

Astronaut habitat

Police Helicopter

Science City Crime Lab

Wind Power

Wind Power at Science City

Melody Park Science City

Science City

Science City

Have these pictures piqued your interest?! Check back tomorrow for more or head on over to the Science City website for ticket information.

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Succulent Sundays: Pizza, Pizza! A Budget Friendly Recipe

If you love pizza as much as I do: This post is for you!

Farmer's Market Pizza

I love City Market. It’s a great way to find fresh, locally grown and seasonally appropriate produce and to connect with farmers in the area. Even though it’s not peak season yet, there are still a lot of great finds at the farmer’s market. I absolutely love Al Habashi Market. They’re my first choice when it comes to purchasing spices and my weekly indulgence of naan flat bread (which is what I used for the crust of the pizza). Last week I purchased some red bell peppers, spinach, cilantro, and cherry tomatoes from various vendors around the market all of which I incorporated into this delicious pizza. All in all this large, delicious pie came in at under $4.00.

To replicate this recipe you’ll need:

Farmer's Market Pizza

  • 1 1.5 c shredded cheese
  • Pasta sauce (to taste)
  • Handful of Spinach (chopped)
  • Cilantro (to taste)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • Naan flatbread

Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees. Place the naan flatbread onto a baking sheet. If you’re using a thin piece of naan, I would suggest using two pieces with a little bit of cheese (which will act as glue) in between.

Spread the pasta sauce onto the crust.

Homemade Pizza Recipe

Chop cilantro and bell peppers and add them, along with a thin layer of cheese to pizza.

Homemade Pizza Recipe

Add another layer of cheese and then top with chopped spinach and sliced cherry tomatoes.

Homemade Pizza

Bake in oven for ~6 minutes or to your preference.

pizza

Serve & Enjoy with your favorite glass of red wine (or water, or milk, or your beverage of choice).

Homemade pizza recipe

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It’s Just Pictures! (Just Some Recent Photos)

With Easter last weekend we had a lot of great photo opportunities. I shared some of them on my Easter post and a couple more on posts throughout the week but here are the rest! Last Saturday we went to a great event in Blue Springs, Missouri (just outside Kansas City). It was sponsored by local church groups and a few businesses in the area and featured inflatables, games, live music, an Easter egg hunt for the children, and lunch for everyone who participated. My toddler enjoyed every bit of it (so much so that we had a hard time getting her out of the bounce house). Take a look:

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Here’s one of my absolute favorites from Easter Sunday. I took this one at home while C was climbing up and down our stairs counting:

“One-Two-Three-Five-Seven-Nine-Ten!”

Somehow when we’re counting with her she remembers four, six, and eight but when she’s going at it solo the numbers seem to slip her mind.

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Baking, DIY, Food, Pictures, Tutorials

Who Says You Can’t Have Cookies For Breakfast?!

If you’re a pearl clutcher who never (ever) eats sweets for breakfast, let me save you the five minutes and let you know right now that this post probably isn’t for you. A few years ago, when my dad was visiting, he ate an un-frosted cupcake for breakfast. My husband mentioned something to me in passing about it and it made me wonder…why do people seem to have such a stigma with what foods can be eaten during the day and when. You can’t have a cupcake for breakfast but somehow a muffin is fine. If you add an egg to it and serve it with hashbrowns and toast, suddenly a dinner steak turns into a breakfast steak. I wanted to take a couple of minutes to share a great breakfast cookie (gasp!) recipe with you. Calm down, it’s no different than having a slice of banana bread. I’m planning to eat one of these with some fruit and a cup of coffee in the morning. You can thank me once you’ve tried one. You’re welcome in advance.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe (a mix would work just fine, too).

2. Frozen blueberries (I used about a cup and a half).

3. Dried 50% Less Sugar Cranberries (I used one cup).

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare your oatmeal cookie recipe like normal.

Add in frozen blueberries and dried cranberries into the mix.

Now you might be wondering what transforms this seemingly regular cookie (shhh!) into a “breakfast” cookie. It’s the….drum roll please…

Muffin Pan

Muffin pans (and the extra water from the frozen blueberries)!

Which you should coat with a non-stick cooking spray before adding in the mix. I used the Market Pantry brand from Target:

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie Recipe

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Let these bad boys bake in the oven for about twenty minutes (or until you can stick in a toothpick and have it come out clean). Here’s what they look like when they come out of the oven:

Berry Good Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

They come out so thick, soft, and delicious. Perfect with a steaming cup of cocoa or a nice coffee to start your day.

Berry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie Recipe

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies Recipe

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Toddlerisms: Is My Child Insane?! (And Other Fun Stuff)

They say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result…

So why does my toddler keep asking me for cookies?!

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Missed my last couple of posts on Toddlerisms?! You can find them here:

The Terrific (But Sometimes Terrible) Twos!

$#i!+ Happens

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If I had to use three words to describe the things that have been coming out of my child’s mouth lately they would be…

 | Hilarious | Shocking | Sweet |

Hilarious:

C managed to climb into her booster seat as I was preparing dinner. She buckled herself in and then realized she couldn’t get out on her own.

C: “I stuck, honey!”

Me: “What did you just call me?!”

{She looks around for a moment, confused, and pauses before answering}

“Mommy.”

Another hilarious new habit she’s developed  is tattling. She now tells on my husband and me when either of us do something she doesn’t like (read: told her “no” or sat her in time out). She comes running into the room: “WHAT DID DADDY DO?!”

Prompting me to ask her, “Well, C, what did Daddy do?!”

To which she usually responds by telling me (or my husband) that she wasn’t allowed to have a treat, or that she had to sit in time out. Within the last week or so she started tattling on the dog. Sometimes she even picks fights with the dog just look at us, expecting us to get the dog in trouble. It’s very bizzare.

Shocking:

We don’t usually keep c-o-o-k-i-e-s in the house so on the rare occasion that we actually have some they’re much like the Sirens in the Odyssey calling to her every time she approaches the kitchen. The other day I made the mistake of buying some Famous Amos cookies from Costco and just like the magnets that those little bites of delicious sugary goodness are, they kept drawing her closer and closer. Thankfully, she’s not quite smart enough to know what the bag looks like and so she mistakenly took my Twinning’s English Breakast Tea for cookies. When I corrected her and told her that the little packet was not a cookie she argued with me…for five minutes.

C: “Cookie Mommy!”

Me: “That’s not a cookie, that’s tea.”

C: “No! Cookie!”

When I say that this continued for five minutes…I’m being serious. Five minutes.

Want to know who won the argument?! I’ll give you a hint: it was me.

Sweet:

I’m going to let you in on a little fact secret…I value sleep. A lot. Maybe more than a cat. As you can well imagine, it’s hard to come by with a toddler in the house. That said, my daughter is incredibly sweet. Every time we snuggle together she pats my pack and says, “Shhhh! Mommy, go to sleep.” or “Night, night Mommy. I love you.”

She got a mini pack n’ play for her baby doll for her birthday. Watching her put baby to sleep at night is incredible. It’s the exact script my husband and I follow for C’s bedtime routine.

Step One: Hugs

Step Two: Kisses

Step Three: More hugs (for good measure)

Step Four: Lay child (or doll) in bed

Step Five: Say, “Night, night C! I’ll see you in the morning. Love you!”

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Hippity Hoppity Easter!

Egg Hunt

Hippity Hoppity Happy Easter!

Beautiful weather, Easter egg decorating, and time with family…could you ask for anything more?!

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An Easter mishap has led to a new tradition in our household. I, ermm, the Easter Bunny forgot to pick up plastic eggs from Target yesterday so I made hardboiled, undecorated, eggs this morning and hid them outside with some fun signs I picked up last year on clearance. While C was laying down this afternoon to rest, the bunny delivered baskets and a fun note letting us know that the eggs were hidden outside. Once we found them we came inside and had fun decorating. Take a look….

Easter Family Traditions

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A toodler's Easter

Egg Decorating

Easter Eggs

Eggs

Toddler Easter

In case you missed my post about C’s Easter basket…you can find it here: Non-Traditional Easter Basket