HALLOWEEN FUN

 

Another year another Halloween!  This is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the trips to the pumpkin patch, the treats, and the fun costumes.  The boys were super heroes and I bought a 2 dollar cat mask.  Nothing crazy, until Party City sold out of Spiderman.  The one super hero Liam was dying to be for Halloween.  I mean everyday he reminded me about the Spiderman costume.  So what is a mom to do?  Drive out 25 miles to another store.  Thank goodness they had one.  You are welcome Liam.  Jace was the baby from the Incredibles.   He was going to be a shark, but with the hot weather here in LA, he would have passed out wearing a thick costume like that.  So baby Incredible he was.  I think we did good this year.

   Like I mentioned before, I always try to find easy treats to make during the holidays.  These apple caramel slices with toppings were great.  Liam and his buddy enjoyed a few and of course us moms did too.

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We always try to squeeze in a fun day in October.  At The Americana in Glendale they had a small concert for kids out on the lawn.  Kids came in costumes and paraded around all day.  Liam and Jace enjoyed some time running around and watching the dancing fountains.  I was even nice enough to get them both a Sprinkles cupcake.  Have you had one of their cupcakes?  So freaking delicious!  They melt in your mouth.  Damn you butter! Yes, I ate half of Liam’s and Jace had a mini one without the frosting.

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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!

 

 

PAINTING PUMPKINS

Some of our pumpkins somewhat lasted until the beginning of December.  The smaller ones always do, at least.  It had been since Halloween that those pumpkins were just sitting out front on our steps.  We decided to keep the holiday spirit going with Thanksgiving, but now that we were already decorating the house with elves and antlers, it was time to throw them out.  I was about to toss the pumpkins until I came up with a great idea.  When I say great, I mean GREAT!  What a fun way to entertain toddlers- paint and pumpkins.  So I grabbed a piece of fabric from my party kit and laid it out in the backyard.  I brought out all the washable paints and cheap paintbrushes. While Jace was enjoying the sunshine, Liam was showing his true artistry.  I will continue to do this every year, but probably a little earlier to showcase his colorful pumpkins.  So fun!

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Baby #2!!!


We are SOOO EXCITED to announce that we are expecting baby #2 on November 13, 2014!!!  The Mitchell family is growing, which means we have a lot of changes coming up.  New car, new place, new stroller… these are just a few from our to-do list.   I’m so thankful for everything and can’t wait for more of the Mitchell adventures.

Oh, and weekly postings are back!

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A Visit from Grandma

I can’t believe March is already over.  Spring has definitely sprung and there are so many things cooking up at the Mitchell pad (I’ll explain later).  For now,  I’d like to share a few photos of Liam last weekend.  We had a short visit with Grandma, my mom.  By short visit, I mean only 4 days.  It goes by fast when you are trying to catch up with everything.

When she arrived she surprised him with some cool tractor trucks.  Liam can’t get enough of trucks and cars.  He screams when he sees them at Target.   So when Grandma handed him those bright yellow and green toys he was in aw!

We didn’t do much during her visit.  I mostly caught up with my to-do list while she stayed home and babysat the munchkin.  She did however join us for a fun day at the park the day before she left.  Then we had a tasty Mexican dinner at Casa Vega.  I was dying for a margarita, but ended up chugging 2 glasses of diet coke.  The enchiladas were tasty as always.   Our dinner ended with a quick selfie of the 3 of us.  Good times!  Wish we could have had her here longer, but unfortunately she had to go back home to Texas.

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Our Weekend in Photos

This past weekend wasn’t too crazy.  We hung out at home and enjoyed some time reading  his books and playing with his favorite toys, the usual.   What started out as one car  slowly turned into a collection of 7.  He loves saying the word car (video coming soon)!  We catch him every now and then making race car sounds.  It’s actually quite cute to hear him go varoooooom!  Hmmm 2nd birthday party theme?

 

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Park time=Happy little guy

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Where’s my Milk?

Woke up this morning, as usual, around 6:30am.  Today that’s actually at 7:30am with Spring forward.  Liam slept in a little later.  Great, this whole time change is really gonna throw him off his schedule.   Damn you Spring Forward!  Oh, who am I kidding!  With this little guy, it changes daily so not going to stress out about it too much, until….

I opened the fridge and noticed the gallon of milk was ALL GONE!!!  Someone is about to be crabby pants in 5.2 seconds if he doesn’t get his milk.  Damit! I forgot to buy a gallon yesterday evening like I said I was gonna do.  Instead Tim and I vegged out on the couch to watch American Idol and Vikings.  I know random right?

Anyways, back to this morning, I decided to act like I was not reaching in for the milk, but this 17 month old is pretty damn smart.  I closed the fridge and BOOM there he was, standing, looking at me straight in the eyes.  You can just see he was ready to chug his favorite drink in the world.  I mean Liam drinks his milk like there’s a shortage in California.  He knew exactly what was going on.  I quickly snatched him up and strapped him into the stroller.  Thank God we have a store next door to us!  Did he scream and cry the entire way? YES.  Did he kick off his bear slippers in the store? YES.  Did he throw his toys on the street? YES.  And did they have whole milk? Noooope!!  They ran out!! WTF?!!

Low fat milk it is!

We hurried home.  If anyone knows the sound of a baby crying nonstop… WOW!  I wanted to pull every strand of hair on my head, especially in the elevator up to our place on the 3rd floor.  The slowest elevator I’ve ever been in.    We finally got home and I quickly filled up his sippy cup.  In 5.2 seconds I had a happy little guy.  And when he’s happy, I’m happy.  So I did what any other awesome mother would do… I made the best peanut butter jelly sandwiches for Liam and myself.  And we ate on the couch watching his favorite toons.  Your welcome Liam.

The life of a mother…
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Thanksgiving in Texas

Here’s a recap to our Thanksgiving in Texas.  We started off in San Antonio and stayed there for two days to visit. Then we were off to Corpus Christi to spend the rest of the week with my dad’s side of the family.

I wish I would have taken more photos with everyone, but I think we were just having too much fun!  There is never a dull moment at the Garcia headquarters aka my Aunt Christina’s house.  This is the place where all the family gets together; uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews on my dad’s side of the family.  On my mom’s side, we get together in San Antonio at my Grandma Beatrice house.  She makes the best oatmeal cookies eva!  Wish we could’ve stayed longer in Texas.  I only get to see them once a year,  so it’s always sad to say goodbye.  Anyways, here are a few photos of our memorable trip!

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I took Tim to one of the best Mexican restaurants in Downtown San Antonio.  The place is called Rosario’s.  Enchiladas and margaritas are so delicious!  Wish they had an LA restaurant just as good.

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Next stop, the Alamo!  The last time I was here was in 6th grade.  Never once had I thought I’d visit this place again, but Tim was determined to take a tour.  So we decided to make it happen.  It was really cold, but that didn’t stop Liam from having some fun!

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IMG_0303Have I mentioned how much Liam LOVES books?  Let’s just put it this is, he prefers his books over his toys.  His cousin Olivia reads one of his new books from Grandpa… One Fish, Two Fish…

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Grandma and Liam

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The birthday girl!IMG_0409What a stud. He can’t keep the girls away!IMG_0436 My favorite cousin Monica and I.IMG_0441 IMG_0467 IMG_0468 IMG_0469I’m also bummed that I didn’t capture the huge Thanksgiving feast we had.  As always, we had our bellies full and our hearts filled with love.   We are so grateful for family, food, and much more! We also never miss a game of Taboo.  It’s a blast when all of us play while drinking several cocktails.   It was nothing but fun and laughs the whole way through.  Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving as much as we did!!  🙂