Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Home Tour 2014

Welcome to my holiday home tour!  Most of the decorations are from Home Goods, TJMaxx, Target, and local shops.  There is also a mix of fresh and faux greens throughout the house. Hope you enjoy a glimpse into our home during the holidays!

The first stop is our living room...

Next up is our dining room...

Next is our kitchen...

And just a few special touches in Olivia's room...

I hope you enjoyed a peek into our home this Christmas! I'd love to know your thoughts! Now leaving you with our Santa visit picture this;)...Definitely a keeper for when she's 16.

And my favorite holiday picture of her... I just love the wonder in her eyes...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The BYOImagination Winner Is...

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Congratulations, Ashley M! Please check your email!! Thank you all so much for entering...check back during the week for a great "mommy" giveaway!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Supper || Creamy Meatball Casserole

After a busy day, it's always nice to have an easy dinner recipe that can be thrown together quickly and tastes delicious.  I adapted this recipe from different recipes on Pinterest and it was so good!  I used homemade meatballs and sauce, but you can certainly use frozen meatballs and jarred sauce to save even more time!

1 loaf of crusty bread cut into cubes(I used Italian)
1 lb (or more) of cooked meatballs
1 jar, or about 4 cups of homemade sauce
1 block of cream cheese
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp. of Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, thyme)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together the cream cheese, yogurt, mayo and about 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle in the Italian seasoning and set to the side.  Place bread cubes in the bottom of a casserole dish and place in the oven to toast slightly for a few minutes.  After bread cubes have toasted, spread the cream cheese mixture over the bread and then layer with meatballs.  Spread sauce over the meatballs and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Cook for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. 

Easy, right?  I served mine with a green salad.  It was a quick and easy recipe that my whole family loved.  Here is how I make my meatballs, if you'd like to try with homemade meatballs:

1 lb. of ground beef (I use certified Angus)
1 egg
1 slice of bread soaked in milk
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Fresh parsley
Parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper

Mix together milk soaked bread (squeeze excess milk out if needed), bread crumbs, salt, pepper, cheese.  Add egg and ground beef, mix together until all ingredients are incorporated.  Add fresh chopped parsley.  Form meat mixture into small meatballs - I use a mini cookie scoop for even sizes. Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes depending on size, or until golden brown and cooked through.  

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  Let me know if you try it! 

**Don't forget to enter the current giveaway to BYOImagination going on here: Wooden Toy Giveaway!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Shop Feature || BYOImagination Review & Giveaway

I am so excited to share today's shop feature with you!  BYOImagination is an Etsy shop featuring wooden toys.  These pieces are seriously amazing! They are so life-like you'll do a double take.  The attention to detail is just amazing.  I tend to give Olivia wooden toys, as opposed to plastic when I can, so I was so excited when I found this shop.  The materials used to create the toys include beeswax, olive oil, non toxic sealant, non toxic paint and wood, making it perfect for worry free playtime with little one's who like to sample their toys ;)  I asked Megan to provide some background into her shop...read along to find out more!

BYOImagination, LLC officially started in March of 2013.  During the holiday season of 2012, my fiancĂ© was away for the military (he is a US Marine)  and I had limited funds to dedicate to Christmas for our two children after having to temporarily lower my hours at my hospital job.  So, I ended up making all of their gifts that year.  The items I created had gained a lot of attention from friends and family, so I decided to share select items with others; thus, open BYOImagination, LLC!  To be honest, I love food and playing kitchen/restaurant with my little ones, so I have just decided to run with the play food creations at this time.  As far as the name, BYOImagination, I am continuously telling my children to use their imagination when it comes to everything.  I believe that it is important to "bring your own imagination" into every situation as long as life will allow it!  I know I am a child at heart and I love it. All of my creations are made in a pet and smoke free home.  The items are all made out of wood, non toxic paints, and mediums.  They are made as close to "real food" size as possible.  The shop currently offers items ranging from $5.00 - $42.00

Seriously, how amazing right?!  I was sent the waffle and fruit set and I cannot express how impressed I am by the attention to detail and how "real" it is!  Olivia is getting a kitchen from Santa and I cannot wait to see her play with this set in her kitchen!  Everything from the packaging (truly packed with care) to the little seeds on the strawberries...I can't say enough about this shop! To check it out yourself, BYOImagination can be found at the following:

Instagram: @byoimagination
Website:  www.etsy.com/shop/BYOImagination
Facebook: BYOImagination, LLC
Twitter: BYOImagination @ByoMegan

Now, here comes the exciting part!  Megan has generously offered to give one of you lucky readers a pancake and waffle set of your own!!

So exciting, right?!  I can't wait for you to see these products for yourself!  The giveaway will end Monday, December 8 at 11:59PM.  Winner will be chosen and announced Tuesday morning.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond, if no response, another winner will be chosen.  Best of luck to you all!!
*Note: All entries will be checked for authenticity*

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*Disclaimer:  BYOImagination is currently on a holiday break.  Please check their Etsy shop for details as to when shop will reopen for new orders.  Chosen winner will need to provide an address for waffle and pancake set to be shipped directly*