Friday, September 5, 2014


It's been a long time since I had the opportunity to post...too long!  Just thought I would share a few of Junie.  June started second grade and is settling into a new routine.  We are all trying to get our new routine down this year, right now it is a little crazy...who am I kidding a lot crazy.  I won't bore you with all the details, but we've got 4 schools for 4 kids, TJ at college, and 4 playing soccer.  My days are full and I am trying to enjoy the chaos that is my life right now and this smiling face makes all the craziness and the long days worth it.



Have a great weekend!
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Grilled Tandoori Naan Pizza

Friday night is usually "pizza" night at our house and typically we order out or make traditional pizza from scratch.  However, last night I though I would mix it up a little and I am so glad I did!  I decided to grill make your own pizzas using Tandoori Naan and pizza sauce from Trader Joe's and toppings we had in the house.  These individual pizzas were a breeze and perfect for a Summer night, best of all the kids loved them, even Kendall.

Grilled Tandoori Naan Pizza








Tandoori Naan
pizza Sauce
Italian 5 cheese
caramelized onion and peppers

I started by preheating the grill and then setting it on low.  While the grill was preheating I caramelized the onions and pepper with butter and olive oil and assembled the pizzas.  After we finished adding our toppings it was off to the grill.  The pizzas grilled for about 10 minutes, I moved them as needed to avoid burning from hot spots on the grill.  That's it a super easy meal that the whole family loved!  You can print the directions HERE if need them.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The phase...

I have been doing this parenting thing for a long time now and it appears I have many years to go.  One of the things I have become accustomed to is "the phase".   A phase lasts about 6 months....just when you think when is this behavior going to end it leaves quietly and is replaced by another behavior, yep life is one continuous phase.  Kendall is in a fake cry is an extremely annoying phase.  Yes, I said her behavior is annoying.  To get what she wants she does the "fake cry".  Did I mention she is GOOD at it, she has stamina, hours worth of stamina.  When she realizes she is not going to get her way she just stops and goes about her business.  Why am I telling you this?  I snapped these pictures yesterday right after on of her "fake cries" (she was not happy about leaving a play date).  Lucky for her she is stink'n cute!




Hope to get more of our vacation shots up soon...lots going on with getting the big guy ready for college and back to school starting soon.  One of my kids starts August 13th, crazy!  Did I mention all 5 kids will be in different schools this year?  My calendar is bound to be UGLY.  Thanks for stopping by, catch up soon.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Boat Parade 2014

For me The 4th of July is all about tradition and this year was a rough year for tradition.  For example, the girls usually sit on the pier with my mom, Debbie, and myself.....this year no Debbie (she was volunteering her heart out for the fire department) and the girls wanted to ride in the boat.  So my mom and I were able to sit child free for almost an hour in the warm Summer sun.  Wait, I think I am good with this new tradition!


I love the boat parade.  Families decorate their boats and travel around the lake handing out candy, waving, and playing patriotic music.  It is always a good start to our 4th of July celebration.
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Down on the farm

I still have lots of 4th pictures to share, but I thought I would share a few from a local family farm.  We stopped by yesterday afternoon to pick up some eggs for breakfast.  There were chickens, geese, veggies, dogs, and of course eggs.  The owners of the farm are friends of my parents and they were gracious to let us roam around for a while and enjoy their beautiful piece of property in The North Woods.
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PS: Farm fresh eggs are delicious for Sunday breakfast!
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Saturday, July 5, 2014


If you follow me on Instagram you know we made it to the cabin.  Celebrating the 4th of July at the cabin has been a family tradition since the boys were little....did I mention TJ is 18?  The day was perfect and I am sure you will be seeing more of it, however, I am going to start with fishing.  The girls (and boys) love to fish.  The girls were so excited to get out there that they fished in their pajamas.  Thankfully the brothers are around to help...I do not like to fish.  Let me rephrase.  I like to fish, I don't like to bait the hook or take the fish off, so I am basically useless to two little girls who pull the fish in one right after the other.  Really, the fish jump on their hooks at the end of the pier, no joke.




Our little break from reality is off to a good start....Hope you enjoy your holiday weekend!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Memorial Day...Sea Cadets

This is a long overdue post and today is the perfect day for it.  I am missing this boy something fierce.  Jake would love to be in the military and is part of a group of young people serving in the Sea Cadets.  This week was basic training for Jake.  I dropped him off seven days ago, and besides sending him letters, have had no contact with him.  We pick him up Sunday at graduation.  I have been praying for him all week and hope he has had a good week.  As a mom, I am hoping this experience has helped him to decide if pursuing a military career is something he really wants.  I can't wait to hear about his week....the best part?  The commanding officer said they learn how to make beds!


These pictures were from Memorial Day which included a lovely service for our Veterans and a flag burning ceremony.   Afterwards we had a picnic with all of the families in Jake's troop.  It was a beautiful day and truly made me appreciate the sacrafices our military makes for us to enjoy our freedom daily.

Have a great weekend! 
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Friday, June 20, 2014

"The World's Best" Ice Cream Sandwiches

Whew, it has been a long time since I have posted, too long!  However, today I have something delicious to share.  Last night Max had his buddies over and I had nothing in the house to feed them.  I did, however, have the ingredients to make "The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies", sadly I always have those ingredients even if we don't have bread or milk...just saying.  Since it is Summer break I thought I would put a Summer twist on a house favorite.  Behold....

"The World's Best Ice Cream Sandwich"



I am not going to post the recipe for the cookies again, but HERE is the link to the original post.  These turned out great and the combinations of chips, ice cream, and toppings are endless.  With two girlies in the house I see white chocolate chips and pink sprinkles in my future.  

This was the first time I have made these and here is a quick how to and some things I plan on doing next time.  After the cookies cool I would put them in the freezer before I assemble the sandwiches. Firmer cookies will make better sandwiches.  Make sure your ice cream is firm, you can press the toppings into the ice cream, once it started to melt it got messy fast.  Have a cookie tray lined with parchment in the freezer ready to go and transfer each sandwich to the freezer once it is complete.  When all of the sandwiches are frozen you can wrap them individually to store for later.

The boys loved them and we have a new treat to fill our Summer nights.

Have a great Weekend!
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