Monday, December 22, 2014

Cinnamon Sugar Crescents

Usually on Christmas morning, we have cinnamon rolls of some sort but I forgot to get some the last time I was at the store, so when we did our little family Christmas morning yesterday at home, I whipped these little gems up. We did have a roll of crescent dough, however. After a quick Pinterest search, I found this super yummy recipe that is sure to be repeated.

Cinnamon Sugar Crescent Rolls
1 roll of crescent dough in the can (I used Trader Joe's)

Filling:
6 tablespoons butter, softened
¼ cup white sugar
2½ teaspoons cinnamon

Glaze:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat oven according to package directions.
2. Place the unrolled and separate crescent rolls on an ungreased rimmed cookie sheet (one with sides- very important as the butter will melt all over).

Filling:
1. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and cinnamon
2. Evenly spread the cinnamon butter over the crescent rolls and roll up tightly.
3. Bake according to package directions.

Glaze:
1. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
2. Place in a zip lock bag and snip a tiny corner off (of just use a spoon like I did, because I was out of small bags).
3. Drizzle the glaze over the cinnamon rolls.

I dare you not to eat one right off the pan when they're done. The husband actually said "it tastes like a Krispy Kreme doughnut" and Finn thoroughly enjoyed his special breakfast treat.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Round One

We had our own little family Christmas this morning at home before we leave town on Tuesday to be with family in South Carolina and in Florida. We did this last year for the first time as a family of three and it was just the sweetest little memory from Finn's first Christmas. This year was even more fun, because our little guy could actually participate and got excited about his gifts (as excited as a 15 month old can). In our house, we celebrate Jesus and Santa- in that order, so Finn got some presents from mommy and daddy as well as some Santa presents. We will most likely continue this pattern in our family, because we want our kids to recognize that mommy and daddy love them and work hard to get them things they want and not everything is from Santa. We stayed home from church this morning, because the Christmas service at our church was sure to be quite possibly the most crowded Sunday of the year and we didn't want Finn to get sick from Waumba Land (nursery) right before we leave town since he seems to get sick about 75% of the time following church. Here are some pics I was able to capture this morning.

 Yes, he normally wakes up around 6 or 6:30... this morning was 7:45.
 Since he slept so late, his only concern when he first got up was having his milk.

 And then he notices the presents.
 Meeting his new friend.
Now for the video... yes the redneck in the background would be husband/daddy.



 We honestly could've wrapped empty boxes and he would've had just as much fun with the paper.





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Monday, December 15, 2014

Merry Merry

So we are only 10 days away from Christmas and I feel like we've been packing as much Christmas fun into this month as we possibly can. Finn is at such a fun age that we are trying to soak up every minute of our second (and last) Christmas as a family of three. Here is a peek into our season so far...

We picked out a Christmas tree. In 75 degree weather.

There was a fire truck. Something tells me that he will be way more excited about this in the future.
The cutest little reindeer I've ever seen.
We decorated the tree after Finn went to bed.
And of course I had to capture his response in the morning.

 Surprisingly, we haven't really had any issues with him trying to pull the tree down. Considering this is the kid who is into anything and everything I was preparing for it to be on its side within 48 hours. He started waving at it so we went with that response. Every time he gets close to it, we just say "wave to the Christmas tree" and he immediately waves and grins. Now he just waves on his own every time he passes it.
 We had a fun Christmas pj playdate with friends.
Finn wore daddy's 30 year old sneakers to church so of course I had to take a picture. He is also pointing out Christmas lights to us.
We got dressed up to go see Santa for the very first time. Last year, Finn was less than 3 months old and the idea of standing in line at a crowded mall of kids with an already respiratory-sensitive baby made me way too nervous. So this is what we ended up with last year...
This year, though, someone was excited even though he had no idea who Santa is.

Success.  I'm not sure why part of me was a little disappointed that we didn't end up with the classic crying picture, but this happy boy had the sweetest smile.
We continued our fun with Chick-fil-A for lunch.
And a ride on the carousel.
And a warm chocolate chip cookie (ok this may have been mommy's idea). All in all, it was such a fun afternoon and with sweet memories.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Turkey Chili Mac and Cheese

In this stage of life, with all of our different weeknight commitments, I typically only cook 3 meals on average each week. When the husband is gone, I am certainly not going to prepare a full meal for just me and Finn. I made this last night for the three of us and it was easy, had minimal cleanup and provided a bunch for leftovers- not to mention it was perfect for a cold, rainy night.

Turkey Chili Mac and Cheese (adapted from here)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced 
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can white kidney beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 a box uncooked elbow pasta
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese(I actually used Mexican blend)
Directions:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion, green pepper and ground turkey, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.

Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste and let simmer. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to box directions in separate pot with generously salted water.

Once pasta is cooked just slightly firmer than al dente (it'll continue to cook once mixed in with the turkey/veggies), add two ladles of the starchy cooking water to the turkey/veggie mix (this will help the sauce bind with the pasta).

Drain the pasta and toss into the turkey/veggie mix. Combine until thoroughly blended.

Remove from heat and mix in your cheese.

I served topped with some fresh avocado to boost the health factor. Both the husband and our one year old loved it!

Enjoy!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

I cannot believe that it is December 1st already! Our house may have been decorated for Christmas two weeks ago, but I didn't want to skip completely over Thanksgiving. We were able to spend several nights in South Carolina and see both of our families. With our active boy, I only managed to get my real camera out a couple times. I also completely forgot to take any pictures with Dustin's fam, so we will have to make up for it at Christmas. Here is a little photo recap from our trip.

We celebrated our last Thanksgiving as a family of three. Hard to believe next year, baby boy #2 will join this picture!
Just because I love his face in this picture so much, here is what our family looked like last year...
 
My attempt to document "Finn's first Thanksgiving plate of food". Last year, he was only 10 weeks old and not able to enjoy to deliciousness that comes with Thanksgiving.
 Four generations of  the King family.

 Nonna with Finn
 Pop with Finn
 He also got a cupcake for dessert which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Getting ready to cheer on our tigers!
 I was so thankful that I was able to visit with one of my very best friends from high school since we were both in town. Rachel lives out on Colorado now with her new hubby so we're grateful when our paths cross.
Cheering on our tigers to the W! Also, we now officially have a walker!
Please ignore the awful lighting. This was the first time I was able to actually capture him walking on camera.


Now onto a full month of Christmas fun! I will try to stay as up to date on here during the month so you can follow along.
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