Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"It's the Most Wonderful Day of the Year!"

(get ready for photo overload) Saturday was Jackson's 3rd favorite day of the year (behind Christmas and his birthday party day)...John Deere Day! Jackson and I were battling ear infections and sinus infections but we stayed strong and had fun anyway.
On the way there, we heard some Kenny Chesney on the radio to get us in the mood. Jackson was belting out "She Thinks My Tractors Sexy". I was amazed (and some what horrified) that he knew that song.
We got there and ate our Bar-b-q and started having fun immediately! We visited the balloon guy. (Huds got a fishing pole with a fish and Jax got a spaceship.)
We rode ponies...
...and lawn mowers.
Jackson slid down the huge slide...
...and Hudson played in the corn.
Jackson got tattoos on his bulging biceps.
I stuck with the traditional tattoo on the hand.
Hudson hung out with Buddy...
...while Jackson jumped on the trampoline and did backflips.
(Please enjoy this video and the realness that is having a 2 year old in public. Hudson went before Jackson on the trampoline but would not let the guys put the harness on him. It became Jackson's turn when Hudson wouldn't cooperate. Life was so tough for little Hudson at that moment. Terrible 2's can be so much fun!)
We had SOOO much fun
It is crazy how much these two boys love tractors!
They have already started asking when is next year's John Deere Day! It can't come quick enough for them.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hudson-isms

Hudson has been killing up lately. It seems like overnight his language has blossomed. I wanted to write down 2 of the funny things he has said lately.

Hudson has become quite the hypochondriac. The other night he fell down and got a small bruise on his knee. He kept saying over and over "Needa goa hopital." "Needa goa hopital." Jason and I were racking our brains as to what he was saying and then it his us. He was saying "I need to go to the hospital." FOR A BRUISE! He now says it every time he gets hurt. I'm afraid he is going to become the boy who cried wolf and when something major happens, we won't believe him.

There was a place in Memphis that recently opened called SkyZone. Every time Jackson has seen the SkyZone commercial he makes sure that we remember that is where he wants to have his birthday party. After hearing this over and over, Hudson has caught on to asking for things for his birthday. After any commercial he sees, he immediately says "I want dat my birfday." So far he has asked for Dr. Pepper, feminine products, Twizzlers, and P90X. At least he is easy to buy for.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Star of the Week

Last week, Jackson was Star of the Week. He got to bring a poster to school , he got to be line leader (which was the best part for him...he LOVES to be line leader), and we also took his favorite snack (Iced Lofthouse cookies) for all his little friends to enjoy.
 He was VERY particular about how he wanted his poster to look. He knew exactly what he wanted...camo, orange, and blue, nothing embarrassing, and not many baby pictures.
 He helped me cut out the pictures and he chose exactly where they would go.
 He told me the questions he wanted on his star. (I love his sweet handwriting!)
favorite color: blue
favorite movie: Iron Man
favorite clothes: camo (Hilarious!)
favorite toy: Legos
favorite activity: paint (again, hilarious!)
favorite food: green beans (again, there are those green beans. Out of EVERYTHING in the world...apparently the green bean is his favorite!)
The finished product- it screams Jackson! I am SO proud of my little super star!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

When it's 80 Degrees in March...

When it's 80 degrees in March, we...
...eat sno cones outside...
...and get it ALL OVER US!

When it's 80 degrees in March, we...
...take Pete to the park...
...and play, play, play!

When it's 80 degrees in March, we...
...do a little dance because the weather is AWESOME!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A few Funnies

If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I like to document the things my kids say. I am terrible about keeping up with their baby books, so this i the way I remember. The boys have been killing me lately. Jason and I are always wondering where they come up with the stuff they say.

*My worst nightmare has happened. Jackson has a girlfriend. He has met the little 5 year-old next door and is in love! He played with her for over an hour on Saturday afternoon. Sunday, he was sitting in time out on his bed. Jason walked by his room and caught him looking out the window (which is not allowed if you are in time out.):
Daddy: "Jackson, you know you don't get to look out the window if you are in time out, right?"
Jackson: "Yes (sighing and propping his head with his arm), but it is such a beautiful day. I bet my girlfriend is playing outside and wondering where I am."
He's got it...and he's got it bad!

*Hudson is learning so much in school. Every week his vocabulary grows and grows. They must be working on spelling their names. This weekend, we were driving and out of the blue he says:
Hudson: "H-Y-N-E-S...Hunky" (and then burst into applause!)
I hated to tell him he was spelling his last name and not his first name like he thought. (I also hated to tell him he was missing the "A".)
*I was just telling Jackson that we needed to go pick out their Easter outfits today. (I needed to prepare him that we would be going "boring" shopping and not "fun" shopping like going to Toys R Us or PetSmart to look at the hamsters and fish):
Jackson: "What are we doing today?"
Mommy: "We are going to go pick out some Easter outfits."
Jackson: "I know what outfit I want. I want Iron Man!"
Mommy: "No Jax, not a costume. Like something dressy."
Jackson: "Iron Man is dressy. He is kinda shiny. Isn't that dressy?"

Being in a house with these boys, we are never short on the laughs.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Few Recipes For Ya!

I adore Pinterest! I have found that I am a pinning fool and then terrible at actually making the recipes/ crafts/ decorating ideas/ etc that I pin. Well, that has changed. This week, I even went as far as to plan our entire week of meals on new Pinterest recipes. I am always looking for new recipes, so I thought I would share a few of our favorites.

(*Also, I am adding these to help my friends out. I recently had to take a recipe post down because people were coming from Pinterest and writing ugly comments. If you have something mean to say, please keep your comment to yourself! I am not very "thick-skinned". There, I feel better!)

A few weeks ago, our Sunday School class had a Soup and Salad Pot Luck. I made some melted ham and cheese sammies and meltaway cookies.
Recipe adapted from the one found HERE

-1 pan of dinner rolls. (I used Colonial dinner rolls because they were already in a foil pan that I could assemble them in and cook them.)
-1 pound of deli ham
-Swiss cheese
-1 stick of butter
-onion powder to taste
-1 Tbs poppy seeds
-2 Tbs brown sugar
-2 Tbs mustard
-1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire
*The original recipe calls for mayo. I omitted this because I was making it for a potluck and many people don't like mayo. I also left out the onion and used onion powder. I didn't have any dijon on had so I added some brown sugar to regular mustard and it was so good.

Melt the stick of butter. Once melted, add the mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and poppy seeds. Stir until completely mixed.

Slice the rolls lengthwise-try your best to keep the top of the rolls and the bottom in one piece. Take a few spoonfuls of the butter sauce and spread it on the bottom layer of the rolls. Top the rolls with ham and Swiss cheese. Once you are done with ham and cheese, replace the top layer of the rolls.
Pour the rest of the butter sauce on top of the rolls. Cover with foil, place in the refrigerator and let sit for 24 hours. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes covered in foil, and 5 minutes with the foil removed.
These sammies are SO good. I think next time I would make it with a little less butter, they were a little too "buttery" for lack of a better word!
I also made these meltaway cookies for the pot luck. Recipe that I used found HERE
Ingredients for the cookies:
-1 cup butter
-3/4 cup corn starch
-3/4 cup powdered sugar
-1 cup flour
Cream the butter until fluffy. Slowly add corn starch and powdered sugar and blend well. Beat in flour until mixed thoroughly mixed.
Drop by spoonful onto a cookie sheet. Flatten out the cookies with the bottom of a glass. (Dip the bottom of the glass in powdered sugar to prevent the cookies from sticking) Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack. Once completely cool, frost with homemade cream cheese icing!

Cream Cheese Icing ingredients:
-1 package cream cheese
-1 cup powered sugar
-1/2 tsp vanilla
(I also added 1 drop of red food coloring to make them pretty in pink!)
Mix all the ingredients together and ice liberally! These cookies are SO. STINKING. GOOD. With no eggs, they are also perfect for one with an egg allergy.



My last recipe was our favorite recipes from this week of pinterest recipes. Honey Garlic Pork Chops adapted from the recipe found HERE (The original recipe calls for 6 cloves of garlic. That was just a bit much for me...feel free to add more if you really like garlic! I also did not reduce the marinade and serve it on top. I am weird about marinades being made into sauce.)

Thin cut pork chops. I used boneless breakfast chops.
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp garlic
2 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce.

I marinaded the chops overnight. I cooked them on a grill pan but you could also bake them. They were SO good. The only thing I would do differently would be to use a little less soy sauce.

Macaroni and Cheese cups recipe adapted from the one found HERE (I did not use the American cheese that it called for. I also used less milk and added some chicken broth to the roux.)

1/2 lb elbow macaroni
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp skim milk
enough chicken stock to loosen up your roux. (eye-ball it)
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1 packed cup)
4 ounces Cheddar-jack cheese
1 large egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika

Preheat oven to 400. Boil the macaroni according to package directions. In a seperate pan, melt the butter. Whisk the flour into melted butter for a few minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Whisk in the milk and chicken stock. Add the cheeses (except the Parmigiano) and melt well. Pour the cheese over the cooked and drained macaroni. Off the heat add the egg yolk. Mix well. Spoon into muffin cups. Sprinkle with Parmigiano and Paprika. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Oh so good! I hope you enjoy these as much as my family did!