Homecoming 2014

Homecoming 2014

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Much like the rest of the Northeast, we have been pummeled by lots of snow. With this being said, we have been staying home, having extra t.v. time, baking, cooking, sledding, working on science projects,  and playing a lot indoors. We also, squeezed in a Valentines Dance,  another trip to the ER and a gymnastics meet. We were even given one day of warmer weather and sunshine and we savored it!

I love the freshness of a new snow. Although, when it melts and it is cold and messes up daily schedules, it is still so refreshing to see God's work. I love how the snow on this azalea looks like cotton. So fresh it looks like you should just be able to reach up and pick it right off the stem.

 This little Pickle is still growing like a weed. Her little personality is coming through and she can be quite funny. She's very social and smiles at everyone. Although she's still not walking she has mastered standing alone.
 Look Mama, more snow!!! Baby girl loves to climb in her chair and open her curtains and look out her bedroom window. See what I mean about personality! This is her WOW face!
 Big sister has made it her mission to make sure baby sister begins walking. She practices with her every day.
 So by far this baby is my worst veggie eater. I have tried everything and recently, I gave her ranch dressing for dipping and it worked for a while and then she realized licking the whole bowl was a better deal.
 So at the girls new school, they have a Valentines dance where parents are included and younger siblings. We all had a great time. Here the girls are prepping for the big night. Nails and hair first.

 Then a friend of the girls invited them and other friends to come over for a small little pre-dance party. She had a full menu for them and it was a lot of fun.
 Here is C with her new best friend here in VA. These two are two peas in a pod and are always up to something. Cuteness overload!!!
 This is G with her good friend G here in Va. Can you tell they went dress shopping together. So stinkin fun and cute.
 Well after praying for days for it to show a little reprieve from the cold, the Lord granted my request. Naturally, we declared it an outdoor day. So we washed and cleaned the car out, got out our beach chairs and got a little sun on these very cold, white dried out little bodies. It was wonderful. We are very excited for Spring break in Florida very soon!
 So things wouldn't be normal if someone didn't make a doctor run. This kid has had a rough go since the beginning of the year, but after falling on the beam and getting stitches, she is still all smiles.
 Valentines Day wasn't your typical romantic night, but with everyone under the weather and lots of more snow coming in to town, we kept things low key and at home. Snuggles, gifts and a heart  chocolate chip cookie made for the perfect night. Love my 4 valentines.

 Finally, a week later, this kid got her stitches out, and rocked her gym meet. Top ten finishes all around. Her resilience really pays off.

Well that is a wrap around here. We have been busy as usual with the party of five and despite the weather, we haven't let it get us down.  Below, I have included a video of G and her daddy at the Valentines dance. I wish we could freeze her in time. I can hardly believe this is her last year in elementary school. She won't want to dance with us in public for much longer, but for now we are soaking up these special moments.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fuel For The Jet Guy

If you want your man to run out and voluntarily do the grocery shopping, then try making this one day for him for breakfast and the next time you need something picked up at the store, I guarantee you he will gladly volunteer to do so and he just might bring home some extra items so you can make this again. =) 

This is a yummy omelet type egg casserole that has become quite the hit at our house. Not with just the Jet Guy, but also the kids. It can be done in several varieties, but the one I'm posting is a favorite. I sometimes substitute peppers, instead of mushrooms, add some cheese, top it with salsa and sliced advocado. Pretty much any variety of veggies would be great in it. Be creative! The best part of it all,  is that it's so easy, but yet tastes like it took you hours in the kitchen preparing it! Gotta love that!  

First, dice you up some mushrooms 1 cup, green onions, about two stems, and a good teaspoon of minced garlic. Saute them in some olive oil until the flavors begin to mix well (the smell is amazing) cook until veggies are soft. Once done, drain them on a paper towel lined plate and place them to the side until it's time to mix them in.
 Every southern girl knows her heart belongs to good ole' Jimmy Dean and hence her cooking wins the heart of her man. Every good omelet has to include sausage, so here it is unfrozen. Cook it in the same pan you sauteed the veggies in and cook until no longer pink. Once done, drain it and also put to the side until it's time to mix it in.
 So everyone knows my Jet Guy is serious about his eggs. He eats a lot of eggs a day so in my recipe I use 7, but you could use anywhere between 6 and 8. 7 was a happy medium for us! =) Don't forget to salt and pepper here to your taste.
 The next step is to add in some coconut milk. I use about a half of a can, full fat and whichever brand I can find in the store. Remember coconut milk has solid and water consistencies so a good idea is to pour it out in a bowl mix it until blended and then pour half of that mixture in with the eggs. This gives the omelet the fluffy look like milk would do. This is just a more healthier version and don't worry it does not taste like coconut. This southern girl would not mess up a good omelet with something fruity if I thought it would alter the taste. Mama and Granny taught me better than that. Moving on...
 Oh, you must entertain the said 15 month old with a little country music while cooking. She loves her some Blake Shelton and Boy's Round Here. Chew tobacco, chew tobacco spit, really gets her moving. So a little line dancing may occur, but who wants to cook in a quiet kitchen. Not us! While dancing take the opportunity to heat your oven up to 350 degrees. Get that kitchen hot and moving!!!
 So take out your handy dandy whisk and make sure you whisk in that coconut milk and eggs until there are no solid pieces left. Think of it as mixing in a box cake mix (not that I would know ;-0 ) Afterwards, add in your veggies and meat and mix well into bowl.
So despite what people tell y'all, always grease your baking dishes, eggs will stick like no other. I use a 9x13 baking dish and I oil it with coconut oil. Pour your meat/egg mixture into the pan.
                            Clean up crew isn't much help, but she sure is cute to look at =)
 So bake your Jet Fuel at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. It should be a golden color on the edges and fluffy like an omelet. I sit it out to cool and then cut it into squares and place in a lidded tupperware container for Jet Guy to have over the next few mornings for breakfast. Some days it only last two because the kids want it too before school. Anything that helps the school mornings run more smoothly, I'm all about it! Who's with me on that one?!?!
 Sometimes,  I even slice myself a piece or two for lunch and share it with my favorite cup of coffee and savor the moment that my little one is napping and that breakfast is now complete for at least two days.  So much goodness!

Well it really is that simple y'all, so go ahead and add this to your next meal planning calendar and see just how much of a hit it will be. Watch your hubbies start volunteering and the children will sing your praises. Nothing to not like here. If you have any questions. Please don't hesitate to ask them.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Latest Happenings

So things have been super busy here as you might expect with a family of five! There is never a dull moment around here and now that my computer has gotten some of its memory back, I can post some of our most recent pictures.

Poor Caroline started her new year off hospitalized for a bacterial infection. Poor thing was sick for 10 days. Her sweet friends from school and gymnastics sent her get well cards, flowers, and a little art kit. I have honestly never seen her be so still for so many days. This little jellybean had me very worried, but so thankful for all of our friends and family that prayed for her. She is good as new and back to being on her hands more than her feet these days.

 One of my favorite things about having a tween is their ambition to want to try new things. One day after school, G came home and made everyone a dessert, all by herself. She looks so grown up to me these days. She is definitely turning in to quite the young lady.  I remember when I was her age, that is when my mama began to teach me about cooking and meal prepping alone. One of the reasons I believe I have always loved to cook. This brings back so many great memories for me as I watch her grow.
 One of our favorite things we did over the recent holiday weekend was go to the air and space museum. The kids had a great time touring the planes and space ship. They even had a scavenger hunt for the kids to do while there to keep their interest in all of the planes and sites. My girls and the friends that came with us thought it was great. They ended up earning a prize for finding all of the pieces to the puzzle. As you can see, Daddy was smitten with the planes, totally in his element, while baby girl was smitten with him. Let's just say she has him wrapped tighter than a rubber band.
 So this sweetness, AKA Pickle has finally decided she likes bath time. For a while she would pitch the biggest fit about getting wet. I honestly can't blame her with the cold temps here. Who wants to take their clothes off and get wet and more importantly, back out in to the freezing air.  A few new bath toys and now she is hooked. I can't believe she is already 15 months and she is still such a joy for us all. Not a day goes by that this smile doesn't brighten our day! She's still not walking (loves being carried by... you guessed it, sisters), but her vocabulary is taking off and she has recently started mastering some animal sounds. Her favorites are lion and monkey. She thinks it's pretty hilarious to mimic me.
 Well the girls finally had their first official snow day and they spent it with their friends sledding and building snowmen. If I had to guess their favorite part was coming in and having warm cookies and hot chocolate. Seriously, if I'm honest that's the only way I'm going out in the cold. Needless to say, we are having fun here, but these southern girls are ready for their flip flops and warm weather.
 Did I mention, how grown-up my G is looking these days. I look at her in amazement. I see this beautiful little caterpillar changing in to quite the beautiful butterfly. She is kind and has a heart of goodness and faithfulness. This picture is taken with her best friend here in Va and her name is also G.  They both had a 5th grade play and my G got a casting role in it. She was so excited and proud of herself for putting herself out there for a try out and then making it. Although she didn't get a singing role she was still so excited about her acting debut. I could be partial, but I thought she was awesome.
 When you are as busy as her, you do not have time to be fooling around with so much hair. So at her request, we chopped her hair off. Now, I just want to eat her up.
 As for myself, I have been busy making a collage in G's room. I bought this sign from a company called houseofbelonging and it is the exact message I want her to reflect on, not today, but everyday and through all steps of life. So I am adding some details to this awesome piece and more of that will be shown later. I will say my favorite part of the project was sanding and painting. The smell of wood and the work itself reminds me of my Daddy and his awesome talents. I'm no where near his skill level, but it is a fun reflection.

So that's a wrap for us, we also celebrated a recent birthday in the family, but I'm going to leave that for a blogpost all of its own. So much goodness in that one. Thanks for following us and check back for updates, projects, recipes and more the Walker Crew is trying. One good thing about snow days. Is the gym never looked better ( swimsuit season will be back, right?!) and the opportunity to craft and try new foods. Good thing we got that new Crossfit membership. We are going to need it! Ha! xoxo to you all!