BEACH DAY IN CARPENTERIA

August 2014

We finally made it to the beach again this summer.  This time around we were invited by a few close friends of ours.  Being that the weather was perfect and Liam loves the beach, we decided to plan a day in Carpenteria.  We packed up an ice chest full of snacks, beverages,  beach blankets, and chairs.  And, of course, we packed a few beers… because what’s a trip to the beach without a few Coronitas? (insert splash of lime here).

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Such an awesome place to be! Our friends camped in their toy hauler the entire week right by the ocean. Something too consider doing with the kiddos in the future.  We didn’t stay the night, but we did in fact stay to watch the sunset.  We ate BBQ burgers and fries.  So good. So bad.  But definitely worth every bite.  It’s Fall season now and California is still blazing hot.  Maybe another trip to the beach?

Happy Fall!!!

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QUINOA ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

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I’m not kidding when I say, the casserole looks way better than the leftovers you see pictured above.  So just imagine a 9×13 dish filled up with lots of goodness.  The cheese bubbling at the top is just the beginning. OMGeeeee!  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.    The original one didn’t have meat so I added ground beef.  I also added more cheese. Because that’s how we roll. 😀 You can easily alter the recipe to your liking once you get familiar with the taste.  I added a little garlic salt and green onions.  Next time I am going to try it with shredded chicken and brown rice.  The best part about this dish, it’s healthy! Let me know how it turns out!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of cooked Quinoa

1 lb of cooked ground beef (I seasoned it with a little garlic salt)

1 (10oz) can of mild enchilada sauce *I used Las Palmas. I bought 2 cans and used a little more than 10oz since I added the beef.

1 (4.5oz) can of fire roasted chopped green chiles *I used La Victoria

1/2 cup of frozen corn or canned corn *I used frozen

1/2 cup of canned black beans drained

2 Tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1/2 teaspoon of chili powder

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese divided

3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese divided

1 tomato diced

1 avocado halved and diced

Diced green onions

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large saucepan cook the quinoa according to package instructions.  If you are going to use ground beef in your casserole, brown while quinoa is cooking.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  While ground beef is browning and quinoa is cooking, lightly oil a 9×13 baking dish.  If you don’t add meat, use an 8×8 dish.

In a large bowl stir cooked quinoa, cooked ground beef or chicken, corn, black beans, season with salt and pepper, cilantro, cumin and chili powder.  Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese.

Pour mixture into baking dish.  Top off with remaining cheese (I added more).  I also added green onions on top. Bake casserole for about 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Garnish with diced avocado and tomato.

ENJOY!

 

 

LIAM TURNS 2- VINTAGE CAR PARTY

Birthday: October 11th 

Party: October 26, 2014

I finally put all the photos together from Liam’s 2nd birthday party!! A year later, thank you very much.  Since I didn’t have a chance to share his party last year, I figured now is a great time since October is right around the corner.  Liam has been obsessed with cars so I decided to plan and style a vintage car party for him.  This was so much fun yet tiring, especially because I was 37 weeks pregnant with Jace.  Thank goodness I managed to stay on my two feet the entire time.  We had a great turn out from all of our wonderful friends and family.  I can’t thank them enough for being a part of Liam’s special day.  Everyone enjoyed sliders, mini hotdogs, kettle chips, and “Motor Oil” for their beverage.  We did in fact have beer for the adults, root beer on ice, and a few Izze sparkling drinks as well.  To snack on I had “Nuts and Bolts” “Cones” and of course the usual, veggies and dip.  And don’t get me started on the dessert table.  Let’s put it this way, nothing was left-over besides a few spare tires.  Check out the pics below and let me know what you think!

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I’m originally from Texas.  When I registered my car in California, I decided to keep my plates.  I thought they would come in handy someday.  Well, this was the perfect time to use them.  Also, I found this really cool vintage gas pump at Home Goods.  But unfortunately,  it was in Liam’s bedroom and I completely forgot to bring it out the day of the party. So bummed! (insert pregnancy brain here).  It would’ve been the perfect addition to our dessert table.  Any ways, I added a pic below so you have an idea of what to look for… if you ever decide to throw a vintage car party too. 😉

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“The Concession Stand”  

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Our awesome car photo booth! I drew the car free hand on cardboard and attached the wheel and rearview mirrors.  Then I painted it with extra paint we had left over in our garage.  I bought a few dowels and glued signs that I printed out at our local Kinkos.  Route 101– Freeway in Los Angeles and Speed Limit 2 for Liam’s bday year.  And of course a Stop Sign.  I added the PRTAY on the license plate later on.

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Don’t fear the beard.  Tim grew it out just for Halloween.  It made his Viking costume even more legit.

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 The only time drinking and driving is legal behind the wheel.  Ha! Even the adults enjoyed the photo booth.

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LIAM’S FIRST DAY OF PRESCHOOL

August 21, 2015

The day has finally come! My 1st born is growing up right before my eyes.  Like everyone says, “Enjoy these moments because they go by too fast.”  See that’s the problem, it goes by so fast, I find it difficult to step back and enjoy it.  Sometimes I have to remind myself not to go 100mph through life.  So just like that, the morning rush of getting Liam ready for his big day arrived; pack lunch, make breakfast, brush hair, brush teeth, change clothes, pack backpack, and repeat over and over, “Are you excited, Liam?!”  After all this, I thought, I’m definitely going to cry when I leave him at school.

On our drive there, I kept thinking to myself, how the hell am I going to get his first day of preschool photo?  Liam is one of those.  Yes, one of those toddlers that likes to say NO to a lot of things we say.  Especially when we want to take a picture of him. What is it with this word? Seriously!  Drives me nuts.  We finally arrived and thankfully Liam was in a great mood.  So I asked nicely, “Can I take a picture of you?”  And guess what this little dude said, “Ok!” I was ecstatic! Hence, the 50 photos taken of him in the same spot.  There were so many good takes, it was really hard to share only one.  Or maybe I’m just really proud of my little boy.  As I left his classroom, no tears.  Just a big smile…

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JACE IS GROWING! MONTHS 1-5

Hello everybody!  It’s been a few months since I’ve updated the blog.  Instagram seems to be the easiest and quickest online journal for me.  Since I only post 1 or 2 photos from our events or daily activities on instagram,  I want to start back on our blog so that I can create a full album of our adventures.  It just makes sense, since we don’t print out photos anymore.  I’ve got hundreds thousands of them in my iPhoto in need of attention.  And not only that, but it’s really been helpful documenting our experiences.  Lately Tim and I have been comparing Jace’s growth to Liam’s.  Sadly,  I haven’t posted his month to month photos on here.  Soooo with that being said,  here is Jace’s monthly postings starting from month 1 through 5.  I’ll post the other half when he turns 10 months (currently 9 months).

MONTH 1- DECEMBER 

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Favorite Food: Breast milk

Words: No words yet.  I did get a huge smile from him on the 9th day (happy dreams).

Nicknames: Little love

Enjoys: snuggling with mommy and sleeping

MONTH 2- JANUARY 

Weighing in at: 11lbs 1oz

Height: 23 in

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MONTH 3- FEBRUARY

Weighing in at: 13lbs 12oz

Height: 25 in

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Favorite Food: He sleeps like an angel and has a huge appetite.

Baby Got Skills: At 3 Months Jace can roll onto his belly and hold his head up high.  Lots of smiles and giggles.

MONTH 4- MARCH

Weighing in at: 15lbs 8oz

Height: 25 3/4 in

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Favorite Foods: He drinks a lot and eats a bit of oatmeal and sweet potato.

Baby Got Skills: At 4 months Jace can scoot, pull hair, and gives the best morning smiles ever!

MONTH 5- APRIL

Weighing in at: 16lbs

Height: 26 1/4 in

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Baby Got Skills: At 5 months Jace is army crawling, flipping over, and shares loud giggles with everyone.  He is teething like crazy, but still no tooth in sight.  And this baby loves to eat!  He’s always hungry.