Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Family Fun Time in Florida

We feel so fortunate to have went to Florida during Austin's MEA break. It was so much fun!

Here we are waiting at the airport to board our plane. We were very excited to join the rest of the family in Florida. I absolutely love my family. Family are forever friends and it is an honor to spend time together. 
Sidenote: If you look closely at my neck you can see my poison ivy rash. It was also on my face but it's not very obvious in this photo. The boys and I were playing catch and the ball went into our woods that are full of poison ivy. I got the ball and must have touched my face afterwards. To be honest, I didn't think that I touched any poison ivy. But I did indeed and was so very itchy-itchy. I had a hard time not itching it and I can only imagine how hard it is for kiddos to not itch it. It was a bummer but fortunately my husband encouraged me to see the Doctor the day before leaving. I got a prescription for Prednisone which helped very quickly. Praise God :)!

We spent almost every day at the beach. The weather was so beautiful in the 80's and the ocean water was pretty warm.

Troy loved the sand the most. He was afraid of the big waves, he told me. He enjoyed feeding pretzels to the birds and making sand castles.

He also liked standing on the boogie board in the shallow water.

This big boy was loving the waves. He rode those waves over and over. 

Me and my boys :)!

Here's my Mom and Austin playing in the waves. 

My fun and fearless Uncle also brought this huge tube. It was so much fun riding the waves on it. 

We swam in a couple different pools, too. Here's Grayson, Troy and Taylor. Good buddies/cousins!

Taylor was "the wife" and Troy was "the husband." They are so cute together!

We got some yummy and healthy smoothies at this shop. Funny story is that I didn't know if Austin would like some of the fruity flavors or the green healthy smoothie. He said he didn't. He wanted a pop (which I don't let him drink). Therefore, I got him a peanut butter + chocolate smoothie. He didn't like it BUT he liked mine. And the smoothie I got for myself was... a healthy berry/kale/spinach smoothie. He wanted it and I was happy he was getting the healthy nutrients! :)

Austin and Grayson! 

Bike ride with my big boy enjoying the beautiful weather.

The super kind backyard neighbor has 2 of these pretty birds. We enjoyed watching the birds. 

The tree below is covered with these gorgeous white birds. Every evening at around the same time they would cover this tree and in the morning they would leave. They were so white and fluffy. We enjoyed watching them. The kids would run to the window to see them :).

On our way home driving through the historic down town. 

This kid was absolutely exhausted and he fell asleep like this on the way home. 

Troy + Tay at the airport together. :)

We had an awesome time and it was SO great to get home to be back with Daddy again. 

Happy Day to you!
Jamie :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

A few of my favorite things...

Today I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals and Erika from A Little Bit of Everything for their "Favorite Things Party!"

Tomorrow I'll be sharing some photos from our family Florida trip we took earlier this month. :)

1.) I just purchased these earrings after seeing Sheaffer's (from Pinterest Told Me To) Instagram post regarding them. They are $8.00! I'm really excited for them to come! :) I chose the turquoise color. I got 2 pairs for Christmas gifts. I'm starting earlier this year ;)!

Click HERE to get them.
Statements by DCK Stone Stud Earrings (Juniors)
2.) I went to Old Navy last week and bought 2 of these super comfortable and affordable tops.
 I love the fit and the material. They are definitely my favorite tops.
 Online today they are an extra 20% off at checkout making them $10 or so each for the striped ones or $7 or $8 for the solid colors. 

Click HERE to view them.

Women's Boatneck Tees

Women's Boatneck Tees

3.) I love this hand soap from JR Watkins. It's made with natural ingredients. We went to Menard's and I saw all the "JR Watkins" products displayed and I was excited :)! It's under $4.00.

JR Watkins White Tea & Bamboo Liquid Hand Soap

4.) At Walmart today I picked up a set of 4 small glass Pyrex storage containers for Austin's school lunches. I use 3-4 sandwich baggies daily for his lunch. I think these will save on that waste and be easier to pack various items for him. Click HERE to see them. 

Pyrex 6-piece Storage Plus Value Pack, 3 each - 2 cup round with red plastic covers

What are some of your favorite things under $10? I'd love to hear.

Jamie :)

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 :)