Capturing Time with JORD Watches- AND A GIVEAWAY!!!

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I think the hardest thing about being a parent is time.

Time is constantly against you when you are a parent.

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It starts when you are pregnant- how many weeks are you? how much longer? how far apart are the contractions?

Then on maternity leave- really? you can’t sleep while I try to take a 2 minute shower? When is your father getting home from work? It’s already been 10 weeks, I can’t go back in 2 weeks. I’m not ready. We’re not ready.

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And it goes from there.

“The Days are long, but the years are short.”

That saying is so true. It really is true when you kid wakes you up at 4.35 and you are exhausted at work watching the time slowly creep along.

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It’s true, when you have 2 minutes before you need to leave for work and daycare and you ask your kid to get their shoes on. And 2 minutes later you’re kid is still screwing around and there are no shoes in sight. Or when you are stuck in traffic. There always is traffic.

Or when you are counting down until they go down for a nap or go to bed.

But at the same time I can’t believe that the weeks, months, years have flown by. Where has my itty bitty baby gone? I have an incredible, energized, talkative, loving daughter who is almost 3. That seems impossible to me!

It’s not fair how little they want to snuggle at times. I swear my kid gives me 2 minutes when I could lay there for hours rubbing her back, giving her butterfly kisses, and breathing her in. (But of course, she only wants that when I am trying to get the dog out who refuses to be house trained… come on Brinkley!!)

No mater what, I am constantly checking the time to see when we need to get out the door, when is it snack time, is time to get to the pool, or is TV time over.

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Or is it just time to head over to a friend’s for a BBQ. That is one of the best reasons to rush out of the house. Especially when there are margaritas.

Since I am always looking at the time, I was so excited to get this JORD watch.

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I was always saying ‘I’m not a watch person. My phone tells me the time.’ BUT when you have a kid that wants to watch Clifford/sing to the Banana Phone song/Draw/anything on your phone, you hide it so they are not glued to it draining your precious battery. So when I am at home, I do my best to keep it hidden or out of reach and rely on a watch.

So it might as well look damn good.

This watch is so cool. It’s made out of wood, sized to fit you, and has an overall great style. There are options of faces, kinds of wood, tones of glass. It feels like its luxurious without the insane price tag.

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I selected the Koa and Ash watch from the Frankie Collection. There were so many options, but I felt it was more classic than picking out a watch with a pink toned face. While I love fun pops of color in my wardrobe, I wanted something to be more classic and neutral, to go with everything from a white top, to a plaid one, a striped dress, or a black wrap one. It can go with you large Dunkin’ cold brew, or your PSL, or a margarita. ha!!

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I am contemplating getting the Frankie 35 in Zebrawood and Navy. The navy just gets me. Like that will go with my obsession for all things preppy and nautical in style. It would just look so good with my lobster print skirt, or my anchor tunic, and my other anchor dress, or that other anchor print dress… I have a problem.

Check out all the awesome wood watches from JORD

Click on this LINK to enter a $75 e-voucher from JORD. Best thing is that everyone wins… everyone who enters gets a $20.00 e-gift card (excluding the winner).

The contest is live now, and will end Sunday 9/25/2016.


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My new spring fling glasses {and a Giveaway!!!!}

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I was just a Everything Food Conference in Salt Lake City this past weekend. It was so much fun.

It was wonderful to learn so much from amazing teachers who shared their knowledge and passion from live streaming, photography, and how to best utilize various social media platforms. I met so many great people at the conference. I got a real kick out of people who recognized me because of my bright glasses. For real.

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I have previously shared my love for glasses in the past as they are a great way to accessorize your outfit or to match your mood. They have become part of my identity at this point.

My new green and white framed glasses from Firmoo are so fun for spring and summer. They are matching a lot of my light colored outfits that fill my wardrobe.

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Plus, it feels that they match my happy mood since moving to Florida.

Obviously, I needed new glasses in honor of the move.

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I browsed the wide section of  frames that Firmoo had to offer and eventually picked out these green frames as I tend to go for rich brown tones and I wanted to add a pop of color to highlight my sun kissed Florida tan.

Glasses tend to be so pricey but Firmoo offers glasses at an affordable price- often frames at just $19-$39. And the add on for prescriptions are affordable as well. I’ve spend as little as $60 for new glasses. So reasonable for glasses.

The glasses can take a few weeks to arrive so just plan for that, or pay for the expedited shipping- I did that for these babies! Just plan accordingly

Why just get new sunglasses for summer? Get some new eye glasses frames too!

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!!!!

1 winner will win one pair of glasses with 1.50 index lenses from this page: http://www.firmoo.com/collection-for-bloggers.html. Any other add-ons or upgraded lenses will be charged at an extra fee. Open to US only, includes free shipping.

Give away runs through 5/30/16 at midnight

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Thanks to Amanda for taking these pics!

Pancake Breakfast Sandwiches & a Breakfast Night GIVEAWAY!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program of Taco Tuesday recipe posts for an awesome breakfast sandwich recipe to celebrate National Pancake Day and National Hot Breakfast month with Krusteaz!

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I think that there is something secretly programmed in toddlers and kids to love carbs and breakfast.

Serve them breakfast-y carbs and you have instant love.

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I’ve well documented how much Autmn loves waffles, but really she loves pancakes too. And muffins. Oh man, she loves muffins. But, she isn’t yet a fan of French Toast?!?!?

Side story: this weekend, Price made a box of Krusteaz Wild Blueberry Muffins and Autumn eat 5 of them that day. I got up early with her and she had half a waffle, then he got up and made muffins for us, and she didn’t stop eating them ALL DAY LONG. This creature took over and she had to consume them all! Okay, not them all since the mix makes 12, but you get the point.

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So we make a big deal out of breakfast and often do breakfast for dinner since it’s easy, affordable, and just plain delicious!

I have become quite amazing at making breakfast sandwiches. Yes, I will toot my own horn here. It’s true. I rock them. I make them all different ways with bread, bagels, waffles, english muffins, different meats, cheeses, and sauces. I mean, there are even all different ways to just prepare the egg for it… scrambled, over-medium, over-well, poached. Endless combinations!

So when I discovered today is National Pancake Day I knew that I would have to make a breakfast sandwich with pancakes. It’s also National Hot Breakfast Month. I seriously love whoever has created these fun holidays!

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I used Perfect Pancake Pan to make uniform sized pancakes and eggs. I love it. Also, you don’t have to worry about messing up the flip since you flip the whole pan in 1 quick movement! Plus, it’s dishwasher safe so I really do love it. I can’t handle doing stuff by hand. I’ve honestly contemplated throwing things out just because of that.

I used sausage but you can easily use bacon, if you prefer that. Just cut your bacon slices in half to make them better fit on the sandwich. And you’re good to go!

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I served these awesome breakfast sandwiches with some roasted potatoes and some clementines. I wanted to eat some strawberries with them but had forgotten I gave the last of them to the rabbit. woes me! ha!

Change things up! Stack up your breakfast and make it into a sandwich!

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Pancake Breakfast Sandwiches

Makes 4 sandwiches, plus extra pancakes

Ingredients

Process

  1. Start by preparing the pancake batter,
  2. Over medium heat, on a well buttered surface, create 4″ diameter pancakes (approx 1/3 Cup batter) and cook. Alternatively, use a Perfect Pancake Pan to ensure you create uniform pancakes, follow pan’s directions to cook pancakes.
  3. While your pancakes are cooking, cook your sausage in a separate skillet over medium heat.
  4. When the pancakes are done, cook your eggs. (I suggest over-medium to over-well).
  5. Assemble the sandwiches by layering 1 pancake, the sausage, egg, slice of cheese, and then topping off with another pancake. Enjoy!

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Check out this Fun Infographic HERE!

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A SUPER FUN BREAKFAST NIGHT GIVEAWAY FROM KRUSTEAZ

Krusteaz wants you to enjoy Hot Breakfast Month with some fun Breakfast Night goodies!

· Two boxes of each of the following mixes: Buttermilk Pancake, Belgian Waffle, Blueberry Pancake, and Wild Blueberry Muffin

· Some fun kitchen items like a pancake spatula, a pancake griddle pan, a squeeze bottle for pancake art and an Krusteaz apron

· Breakfast Night inspiration including sample Breakfast Night recipes

***ENTER HERE!!!***

The giveaway runs for a week, ending on February 16th at midnight. Open to US residents.

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 This is a sponsored post from Krusteaz, but all opinions are my own.

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Four Meat Italian Gravy {& a Giveaway}

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Last year I had my hands full with a new baby. My mom arrived the night that Autumn was born and stayed for a few weeks. She helped out immensely with tons of every day things that suddenly feels so  overwhelming. Oh, so much laundry. Plus, she became my chauffeur as I couldn’t drive after my C-section. Oh moms.

And then my dad came for a visit. He helped out by stocking our fridge and freezer with so much good food. One of the things that he made was a big batch of meaty marinara sauce. As I was happily distracted with my sweet little bean, I didn’t pay too much attention to him making it. I did pay attention to how damn good it was. It was flavorful, rich, and nicely filling. Perfect for having the energy to stay up late with a cuddily sweetie. Or just for lounging around watching a movie or football. Whatever gets you through your day!

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As the days get colder and the dark creeps in sooner, I gravitate towards meals like this. So I was recently thinking about that batch of Italian gravy that my dad made. Just when I was going to email him to ask him about it, Price picked out this Four Meat Italian Gravy. It sounded and looked familiar to what my dad made so I figured I’d give it a try to see how it compared.

Thankfully it did not disappoint. I now have a fantastic recipe for a flavorful meat packed sauce that I can whip up myself on a Sunday afternoon to best “Celebrate the Sauce.” I won’t have to wait until my dad comes up for another visit. And since he had to fly in 2 different snow storms last year, I didn’t think think he will be making another trip this winter. I’ll see that snowbird in the summer.

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Since I’ve mentioned before that we have been attempting to cut the carbs and eat more paleo meals, maybe you’re wondering why I just posted a recipe that goes hand in hand with pasta? Well, I have a nifty Spiralizer that we put to good use so often that putting it away seems silly since it gets pulled out of the hutch so often. Anyway, gotta keep the counters clean. Or attempt to.

I’ve been swapping out pasta for healthier veggie ‘noodles’ by using the Spiralizer . We used butternut squash noodles when we enjoyed this gravy as I feel that they hold up well to hearty sauces, at least a bit better than when using zucchini noodles. Basically use what you want… pasta, gluten free pasta, pollenta, veggie noodles, whatever… just make it.

Plus, the Tuttorosso tomatoes that I used were sugar and salt free. Tuttorosso is a cherished 85-year-old tomato brand that has now developed salt free products. This helps everyone better maintain their sodium intake. Plus, having sugar free products makes for healthier eating all around. That means it’s Paleo and Whole 30 complaint. With some subtle changes, like using a compliant sausage and not putting bread crumbs in the meatballs, the resulting gravy would be great paleo and whole 30 recipes in your arsenal.

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And brown the freaking meats! It makes such a big difference when you do that compared to just putting the meat in the pot at the same time as the rest of the ingredients.

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And get that tomato paste all toasty. It helps get rid of the raw flavor and develop that nice toasty umami flavor.

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The original recipe calls for everything to be cooked in a large dutch oven, which you put into the oven. Here’s the thing, I don’t have a dutch oven that is large enough. I have 2 covered casserole/pot things that could have potentially worked but neither large enough, so then I’d have 2 use both and that equals more dishes… uh no. And then I have a monsterious covered pot, but even after googling, I couldn’t figured out if it was oven safe. So I decided to just used that and cook the sauce on the stovetop. No harm, no fail. It worked out perectly. Just a heads up, you can do this recipe ON or IN the oven. Whatever works for you.

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I also deviated from the original recipe in that I just used the whole can of tomato paste and can of beef broth mainly because I knew I wouldn’t use the remaining portions of the cans. Kinda a lazy approach but it worked out perfectly in the end as the paste thickened the extra beef broth and they both packed a a rich extra flavor kick.

Basically, just make this gravy. It’s stick to your ribs good and you’ll need plenty of those hearty meals this upcoming winter. I’m sure you’ll love it. Shoot even my 1 year old could not get enough of it. She ate so much and then attacked the rib bones. Proud mama moment right there!

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Four Meat Italian Gravy

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

Process

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the ribs to brown the sides, remove to plate. Repeat with the stew meat and then the sausage.
  2. Add the chopped onion and oregano to the pot and cook for 5 minutes; stir and scrape the drippings from the bottom of pan.
  3. Next add the tomato paste and stir until it darkens; be sure not to burn. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, just till fragrant,; again take care not to burn.
  4. Crush the peeled plum tomatoes with your hands before adding to the pot, along with the juice. Lastly add crushed tomatoes with basil, beef broth, salt and black pepper.
  5. Add the browned meats, with juices, back to sauce; bring to a simmer. Place cover and cook over low heat for 2 1/2 -3 hours. Meantime make your favorite meatball recipe if using homemade meatballs, or use pre-made meatballs.
  6. Remove the ribs from the sauce and remove the meat from the bones, shred with a fork. Skim off any excess fat from the sauce.  Return the shredded meat to the sauce. Nestle the meatballs into sauce and cook for another 15 minutes.
  7. Serve with pasta and freshly grated cheese.

Adapted from Tuttorosso

This post is sponsored by Tuttorosso. I received product from Tuttorosso to make a recipe of my choosing. All opinions are my own.

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And now the GIVEAWAY!!

You can win a Tuttorosso gift pack that contains a variety of Tuttorosso products (perfect for you to create the recipe yourself!), an apron, a wooden spoon (which are best for sauces) and recipes that can help you “Celebrate the Sauce.”

*You just have to leave a comment by 12/10/14 at midnight. Write whatever you want. Simple as that!

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Walnut Pumpkin Dip with Pie Crisps {& a Giveaway!}

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You wanna know what’s not a fun way to way up at 1.48 in the morning?

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By ALL 5 of your smoke detectors in your house going off.

Yep. That was our last night. They are hardwired so when one of those guys malfunctioned they all went off. The first round of beeps and robot screams of ‘Fire!’ woke us up and we ran around to try to shut them off and comfort Autumn, who actutally was still (thankfully) fast asleep. Then just a minute or two later they went off again. I ran Autumn downstairs to get her away from 3 alarms up there, as there is just 1 on the first floor- somewhat quieter. Since no matter what Price did they would not permanently stop I got her in her coat and hat and took her the car to escape the noise. Price and I texted back and forth while I blasted the heat on us. We were afraid it wouldn’t stop and it would wake neighbors, who would call the police/fire department, so I called them to explain what was going on. The police said they had to send them now that i called (facepalm) so Price ran the dog out so he woulnd go insane with the firefighters in the house. Sirens blaring they came and confirmed there was no fire (not even an electrical short in the attic) & somehow disabled them.

By 2.45am we were all in our bed trying to calm Autumn down & get her back to sleep. By 3 am we were asleep. Autumn starting to wake at 4.35 (which felt like her normal wake up time of 5.35 for her – stupid daylight savings!). I rubbed her back and we fell back to sleep until 5, when I had to get up to start the day (pump).

Price then got ready and went to Home Depot to replace all 5 of our alarms. So not only did he have to hear the alarms go on and on last night he is now doing it again this morning. Thankfully, with ear protection now. Ooph!

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In more delightful current events, I made this Walnut Pumpkin Dip with Pie Crisps and it was so good. So so good. It was like nutty, pumpkin-y, and kinda apple-y, making it the perfect fall time treat. How is is apple-y if it’s a pumpkin dip? There is Musselman’s Apple Butter in there! Apple Butter is such a good base for sweet and savory dishes so it works well in this dip. It just adds to the yummy pumpkin and walnut flavors.

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I had seen this techinque I used for making the pie crisps from either Martha Stewart Magazine or Bon Appetite when they diagramed how to cut a normal sized quiche to serve at a party. It makes total sense as you get plenty of 2 bite pieces by cutting it this way. I don’t think it would work for pies, well maybe pumpkin?, but def works well for these crisps, and I’m guessing quiche.

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Givce this dip a try for some afternoon snacking, munching while watching football, hosting a party, or even you Thanksgiving gathering. It works well for a sweet appetizer or dessert.

Anyway, here’s hoping for an easy breezy Monday as I am so freaking tired!!! Wish me luck!

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 Walnut Pumpkin Dip with Pie Crisps

Makes 8 servings, with 64 pie crisps

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 Cup MUSSELMAN’S® Apple Butter
  • 3/4 Cup pure pumpkin puree
  • Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 Cup heavy cream

For the Pie Crisps

  • 2 Pie Crusts, Store-bought work well
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup sugar

Process

  1. To make the dip, toast walnuts in a small skillet over low heat, shaking pan occasionally, until fragrant and slightly darker in color, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the apple butter, pumpkin puree, and spices to a sputtery simmer over medium heat. Continue to simmer to blend flavors, a few minutes longer.
  3. Stir in cream, and then chopped walnuts. Serve warm for dipping. If serving at a party, keep warm in a small slow cooker.
  4. To make the pie crisps, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay out a pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Using a bowl or a small plate (about 4 1/2 ” across) as a guide, cut out a circle in the middle of the pie crust. Cut the whole pie crust into 8 equal segements. Cut each segment of the outer ring into 3 triangles. There will now be 32 triangles.
  5. Brush the pie crust with half of the butter. Sprinkle with half of the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and sugar. Place on 2 large baking sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes. Repeat with the other pie crust.

Dip Sourced from Musselman’s, Pie Crusts by I am a Honey Bee

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And now the GIVEAWAY!!!!

You can win a large jar of Musselman’s Apple Butter, some recipe cards, and the bowl pictured above!!

To Enter:

*Leave a comment telling me what your favorite fall thing is!!!

Get extra entries by doing the following:

  1. Tweet: “Perfect for Autumn snacking! Walnut Pumpkin Dip with Pie Crisps {& A GIVEAWAY from
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Come back and leave a comment each time to get 3 extra entries. If you do everything you should comment 4 times total!

Contest Ends Sunday, November 9th at Midnight EST.

Good luck but if you don’t win be sure to go to your jam/jelly aisle at your local grocery store and pick up a jar of Musselman’s Apple Butter!

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*This blog contains sponsored content. While I did receive complimentary products from Musselman’s, these opinions are entirely my own.

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