Friday, October 24, 2014

Yay for {Friday Favorites}!

I'm super pumped to share my Friday Favorites with you. I'm linking up with the beautiful...

Up First...

I just love Fall! I've grown to love the season more & more over the years. Just this past week I put up my fall wreath and planted some bright yellow mums in our planters in front of our house. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see those pretty bright flowers each time I leave or come home. And we carved our pumpkins. It was so much fun!

Here's my Troy boy trying to carve his pumpkin. He had the cutest face each time he would touch all the insides. He giggled and then looked a bit disgusted at his hands. :) When he was done he was happy to be cleaned up. 

Here are my men carving their pumpkins. Austin did not like pulling out the insides, either. Those 2 boys can get muddy muddy and touch slimy fish but they don't like the pumpkin guts. Funny boys!

Our finished pumpkins. Austin wanted a really scary one (his is the middle one). I did the best I could as far as scary goes ;). 

And how cool do they look? It's so much fun to light the pumpkin candles at night. 

So last Sunday we had a "Cousin Reunion." My sweet cousin, Laure'n, thought of getting us all together. I sure am happy she did, too! It was an absolute blast. These are only some of the cousins. And our spouses came as well as the kiddos, but they weren't in these bottom 2 photos. I have many good memories growing up with these cousins and it was awesome to see each other again. 
We went to eat at the Pizza Ranch in a reserved room and then went to a pumpkin patch. It was the best idea and I think we will need to have this be an annual thing. A favorite and anticipated get together it was!!

Silly poses ;)

And this beautiful lady is my cousin and I love her so much! 

Here are more of us cousins together!

Speaking of fall, this coffee creamer is so yummy! A definite morning favorite of mine! I put it in my coffee and then top it off with a giant swirl of whipped cream. So SO good! Who's counting calories or sugar anyways? ;)

And are these not the cutest n' sweetest little feet?! 

Stripes + Hearts + Sparkly shoes + Beautiful fall weather = 1 happy girl!

Happy Friday to you!!
Jamie :)

You can keep up with me on Instagram @ jamierossie

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Homemade Pizza Sauce {your kids will love}: Packed with veggies!!

Last night was --> Pizza night at our house! 

I started making a "What's for dinner?" weekly menu on a white board. And I'm really liking it! Now that Austin is 6 years old, he asks me every day... "What's for dinner tonight, Mom?" So, I thought it was only appropriate to write out the menu. 
His appetite sure has increased! He's getting to be less of a picky eater. Praise God! 
Pizza night was suppose to be tonight but Austin wanted it last night so I was a #yesmom and obliged :). 

I was going to just buy some jarred pizza sauce at the store but then I thought it'd be fun (& healthy) to make my own. 

Here's what you'll need...
(This will make enough pizza sauce for 2 pizzas. Just half the amount if you just want enough for 1 pizza)

-15 oz can of Tomato Sauce ( I used Organic)
-3 oz of fresh baby Spinach ( I used Organic)
-4 long carrots ( I used Organic) peeled and cut up.
-2 cloves of garlic, grated
-1 Tbsp butter
-2 Tbsp Olive Oil (EVOO)
-1/4 cup water
-1/2 tsp of Paprika
-A dash of Salt + Pepper

Here are the veggies. I love to hide veggies in my meals. And I love when a meal already has them in it so I don't need to add a side of corn or a side salad. This pizza sauce is packed with carrots, spinach and tomatoes. Yum!

I started by steaming the spinach and carrots.

Once the spinach looks wilted like this, you know it's done. The carrots were not quite soft enough so I let them steam longer and took the spinach out.

Isn't it amazing how the spinach shrinks up so much?! 

Once the veggies were done steaming. I sauteed my garlic and butter together for just a few minutes until mixed well.

Then I put the carrots and spinach in the food processor with the garlic/butter mixture and the salt and pepper.

I mixed it up pretty good and then added the can of tomato sauce.

After the veggies mixed up, I added my paprika, EVOO and water.

Once it was done, it looked like this. It wasn't the reddish color I had imagined. And I knew that if Austin saw the color he would question if it was truly pizza sauce. I just told him it was homemade. :) It tastes delicious! If you wanted it more reddish in color I suppose you could add less spinach.

I spreaded it on my refrigerated pizza crust.

I added the mozzarella cheese and pepperoni's on half.

This particular dough had to be pre-baked for 10 minutes before the sauce and fixings. Then baked for another 10 minutes after the sauce and fixings were put on. 

This was the finished product. The sauce darkened up a bit. 

It was a winning recipe in my house. Healthy + delicious!

Jamie :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

The beauty of not worrying

We came back from Florida last Friday and we had an amazing time!  I'll be sharing more photos from our vacation in the future.... get ready for #pictureoverload ;)

 I wanted to share these photos first because I felt led to speak about worry. It is something every person deals with from time to time. 

Jesus says "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store  away in barns, and yet our heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
 -Matthew 6:26-27

We went to the beach almost every day. It was so peaceful and beautiful with the breeze flowing past us, the sound of the waves crashing, seeing my kids enjoying themselves walking on the soft sand and looking out into the ocean. Breathtaking. 

The kids enjoyed the birds a lot. We had pretzels for a snack and the kids loved feeding the birds. My Dad even held up a pretzel and the birds would snatch it from his hold. They would gather around waiting for some more. Troy ended up dumping almost the whole bag out for them. He's generous ;).

It really made me think about :worry: seeing the birds without a care. They don't worry about tomorrow let alone their next meal. God cares for them. And HOW MUCH MORE does he care about His children? He loves us with an everlasting love. There is nothing we can do to make God love us anymore. Isn't that a powerful statement? Of course, we want to be obedient and Christ like but how encouraging to know that He loves us just as we are. We don't need to worry about tomorrow or the future. Trust in God and He will direct our path. 

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. " -Matthew 6:33-34

Jamie :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Girl time

A couple of weeks ago I attended our "Women's Connect Rally" at Church.

It was amazing and such a fun time! 

My sweet parents and my Aunt and Uncle came to be with the kiddos for the day so I could go to it. My Mom came for part of the rally, too. 

The beautiful decorations were all over. Although the rally was at the Church I attend, I felt like I was somewhere else. The decorations were so pretty and feminine! 

And there was a "Photo booth" area where you could "Snap a Selfie." I loved it! How clever and cute!!

There were different frames to hold up. Cutest idea ever. 

These gorgeous rustic doors were on the top of the original Church's doors. I mean, how pretty is that? A friend told me "I want to get married here!" That's how pretty it was!

This is a photo of my sweet friend, Rose, and my Mom. 

In the sanctuary and in other areas of the Church there were beautiful speakers to listen to and worship music for us. There was delicious meals for us women and even dessert at the end of the night. It was so lovely.

 I smiled, laughed and cried.::Joyfully cried:: It was amazing and just what I needed. Have you been to a Women's rally or to Women of Faith? I went to Women of Faith a couple years ago and I think this was like that. I loved every minute of it.

Romans 12:2 was on the side wall of the sanctuary. I Love that verse!

And I was so grateful to have went and feel so refreshed! 

Jamie :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beautiful day for the Zoo

I had made a list of things I want to do for the summer. The Zoo was one of them. When September came I was a little disappointed I hadn't taken the kids to the Zoo. 

So on Sunday when it was a beautiful 80 degree day I took full advantage and we went to the Zoo. 

It was the perfect day for it, too. 

But we almost didn't stay because there was absolutely no where to park. The Zoo was packed! We drove around for close to 45 minutes looking for a place to park. No kidding. Troy kept telling me to park in the grass. Sweet child, I really wish I could have. :) Austin would've been OK with just leaving because he was tired of driving around searching. It took us 50 minutes to get to the Zoo from our house.

We prayed that God would provide a parking place for us. Within several minutes...we were behind a family getting into their car to leave. Hallelujah! God is so good!!

I am so happy we went for it!

When we walked in we saw these beautiful photos. I had never seen such bright red flowers like them before. Gorgeousness!

When ordered food at the Cafe and watched the pretty birds while we waited. The kids loved seeing the birds and at that moment I was so grateful for coming. 

Troy loved the huge tortoises and couldn't believe how big they were. 

While we were walking by the "Seal's Island" we didn't see the seals out. And then an announcement came to tell everyone that the seals would be fed at 1:30. Which was 5 minutes away. Awesome! Here's Austin wiggling his loose tooth while watching the seal. It actually fell out that night :)!

My parents met us at the Zoo since they were already in the area. It was so much fun! Here's my sweet Mom and I.

I stopped taking photos after this because we were busy eating snow cones, watching the polar bear, gorillas, zebras, giraffes, penguins, wolf, buffalos, fish and walking through the "rainforest" and flower garden. 

Jamie :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorites!

I'm linking up today with these sweet-hearted ladies...

These are some of my favorite feelings :)


This quote of Holley Gerth's on Instagram spoke to my heart. It was exactly what I needed to hear on that particular day. 
Has that ever happened to you?  
It encouraged me and allowed me to "give it to God."  

Thank you, Holley!


The weather has been so beautiful lately in MN. Windows open and I love it!!

 I'm so grateful. We've been having fun playing soccer in the yard, running around and playing catch. 

I mean, look at that sweet smile. He's so sweet and he loves him Mommy so much. 


Speaking of nice days. On this particular day, My Dad went to the park with us. Austin and him were playing catch and I just loved watching them play. I remember when Austin was a little toddler playing with "Boppa" and now as a 6 year old he can play catch with him. They've went fishing together as well. I love seeing them together. Especially since my Mom and Dad had 2 daughters. They now have 3 grandsons and I think that is so special.

Have a great Friday!!

Jamie :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

A positive role model

 This morning I had a wonderful visit with my good friend Abriel over coffee and breakfast. We laughed and encouraged each other. She is full of the Joy for the Lord and I am so blessed to have her in my life. 

I adore all of my girlfriends!

They rock!

I follow Mandy Young on Instagram. She's so encouraging and a beautiful person in & out. I don't of course know her personally, but she would be an awesome girlfriend to have! She is a bright light for the Lord as well. 

I had to snap shot her post from the other day. I loved it!

{Be the Person you needed when you were younger}

Amen to that! 

I want to live my life where I can be of encouragement to someone younger.

Kids need it...

Teenagers need it...

They all need it...

I know I did.

I had some awesome girlfriends growing up as well as some positive adult role models. 

The day I got my driver's license I left home in a car my Dad had just fixed up. My parents didn't really want me to go but I wanted to hang out with some friends so bad.  Not even a mile from my house I slid through a stop sign (the roads were a bit slick with rain) and totaled my car and another driver's car. The air bag went off, I was crying and so mad at myself. I remember the cops coming and feeling so sad to tell my parents. I still think back to that horrific day and remember my parents showing me such love and grace. They didn't have to but they did. I also remember them telling me how grateful they were that I was safe and that God had protected me. He really did. My parents have been so good to me all of my life and still are!!

I remember babysitting at this one sweet family's house. I knew that when I grew up I wanted to be the same kind of Mommy with the same kind of values as she was. She seemed to have it all together and I loved it. I love that I noticed she wrote sweet notes to her husband in various places. She was a fantastic Christian role model. She impacted my life in a big way. 

One of my good friend's Mom was amazing, too. She really truly cared about me and some of the poor choices I had made. It almost brings tears to my eyes now looking back when she spoke to me about my choices. The truth and love she spoke to me made a huge difference. She was a wise woman of God and to this day I am grateful for her. 

God is so good and I am thankful he brought so many different role models into my life. 

It brought me to the place I am now. 

I'm forever grateful.

Who has impacted your life in a big way?

Jamie :)