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Missing Cats While Away…
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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Creamy Mashed Potatoes
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Win 5 Free Packages of Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter
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Farmers Speak: Organic Oats
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Snowman Peanut Butter Balls
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Cheddar M&M’s Popcorn
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Slow Cooker Lamb Tacos
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Gelato Latte Hot Chocolate
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Having fun with your house decor with color and toys!
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Best Hot Chocolate Recipes To Prepare For The Cold!
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What’s Your Wish? #WishesDelivered
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Frozen Vegetable Recipes and Why Frozen Veggies Rule!
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Creamy Chicken and Noodles
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Loft Living With Our New Reading Nook!

Missing Cats While Away…

Hi friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family.  Matthew and I surprised his Mother and family by showing up for dinner a few minutes beforehand.  Only his brother knew we were coming back so it was organized well.  Thankfully someone recorded a video of Matthew walking in the front door and it’s the sweetest reaction his mom could make – crying and yelling.  It was really special coming back to Cleveland for a few days to see his (my) family.

We had such a ordeal getting to Cleveland though.  This is how the schedule went:
Wednesday 12:00PM – Say goodbye to our kitties and make them all kiss me.  4 times.
Wednesday- got to airport with plenty of time to spare as everyone says the busiest day at the airport is the day before Thanksgiving. There were no lines. Spent 2 hours waiting watching Tudors.  
Wednesday 2:30PM – supposed to start boarding plane right now.
Wednesday 3:00PM – started to board the plane.
Wednesday 4:00PM – still sitting on the runway. Pilot comes on and tells us the plane is having mechanical issues.
Wednesday 4:30PM – we’re back sitting inside the airport now. They say they are bring in parts from another airport.  This doesn’t seem good. But they say don’t panic, we’ll be fine.
Wednesday 5:00PM – Don’t panic, you’ll be fine, American Airlines says.
Wednesday 6:00PM – Don’t panic, you’ll be fine, American Airlines says.
Wednesday 7:00PM – Don’t panic, you’ll be fine, American Airlines says.
Wednesday 8:30PM – Panic, the flight is cancelled.
Wednesday 8:31PM – Passengers are either angry or crying because they can’t find any other flights for Thursday morning.
Wednesday 9:00PM – America Airlines tells us that they found Matthew and I a flight with another carrier in the morning, we should be ok. They pay for a cab to go back home to sleep for the night.  Cats are confused why we’re back because their party was just beginning.
Wednesday 11:00PM – Call American Airlines because the flight they said we are now on is actually booked and it’s stating online that we are wait-listed.   Other airline confirms the flight is booked.  American Airlines is confused. They have no idea what to do with us.
Wednesday 11:30PM – After 4 calls back and forth, they get us a flight for the morning. We have to fly New York to Chicago to Cleveland with a 2 hour layover, but whatever, we’ll take it!
Thursday 3:00PM – Finally get to Cleveland!

Whew, that was a bit stressful.. but we made it!

Now back to the topic.. missing kitties!
Whenever we travel I miss my little baby dolls so much.  I even travel with a Polaroid of each of them so I can wake up in the morning and see them:
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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Creamy Mashed Potatoes

What do you think of when I say the words comfort food?  For me, I think 2 things.  Macaroni and Cheese.  And Mashed Potatoes.   Thankfully this post is about one of these foods.  The holy grail of love and comfort… mashed potatoes!

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and then we have the big month of December which is full of festive dinners and parties ahead of us.  One side dish that is always a staple is mashed potatoes.  This weekend we had our annual Friends Thanksgiving dinner and it was fun and delicious. And of course, there were potatoes there!  Is Thanksgiving even possible without mashed potatoes?
Thanksgiving with Friends. Tons of yum. Not pictured here, 3 pieces of pie I ate. #thanksgiving #friends #food #yum #potatoes #stuffing #beans #biscuits #chicken #pie

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Win 5 Free Packages of Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have a cat? Have multiple cats? Well meow to you…

In today’s post I’m giving one winner 5 coupons to go the Dollar General and pick up 5 packages of  Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter!  High 5 happy cats and cat owner!

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Farmers Speak: Organic Oats

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clif Bar & Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you guys like CLIF® Bars? Yeah, me too.   

CLIF® Bar is a great company because they use organic oats. These oats are healthy, nutritious and for a lifestyle that fuels adventure!  Have you ever met a hiker that doesnt like  CLIF® Bars? See, they fuel excitement!  Not only do they use organic oats but they are a essential and key ingredient to all it’s recipes.  I love that they focus on bettering people and the planet while looking towards the future while trying to change it now!

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Snowman Peanut Butter Balls

Snowman Peanut Butter Balls is a fun and delicious recipe for the entire family to make together!  They’re so cute everyone will love them!  Eat them for dessert, a appetizer or use them for a gingerbread house!

 

I’m obsessed with these Snowman  Peanut Butter Balls.    They are delicious.  They are super cute.  Does a holiday treat need to be anything more than that?  Plus they are snowmen!  There’s nothing with a snowman on that I don’t fall in love with.  

Snowman Peanut Butter Balls is a fun and delicious recipe for the entire family to make together! They're so cute everyone will love them!

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Cheddar M&M’s Popcorn

Cheddar M&M’s Popcorn recipe!
 

Step on up.. Step on up.. you’re invited to Movie Night!

Grab your ticket..

Grab your popcorn!
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Now  take a seat and enjoy the movie!
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A few nights ago we threw a ultimate movie night that was full of the necessities: popcorn, pizza, candy, comfy pillows and a good movie.
In this post I’m going to show you how to make a easy and ultra yummy Cheddar M&M’s® Popcorn.  It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet – I love that combination, don’t you?  You’ll only need 2 main ingredients and some spices.
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And for our movie? We’re going epic here.  We were going to pick Harry Potter or The Notebook but we  decided on Braveheart.  I chose this movie because Matthew references it sometimes and I’ve never seen it.  The good thing is that I watch Game of Thrones so I knew I could handle some scenes. 😉

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For our movie night we had a small concession stand in the room.  You could stop on by, grab your candy, your popcorn and a drink.
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What’s your favorite movie candy? Mine is Peanut M&M’s®. YUM.
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There was also plenty of popcorn popping that up.  Reach into the bowl and throw it in your own personal bag.  I went back to this bowl around 7 times.  Ok 8. 
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By the way, have you seen Braveheart? Do you like it?
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There was pizza for the main course.  No pizza was left standing!
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The hit of the night was the Cheddar M&M’s® Popcorn.  Everyone loved the salty and sweet combo.  Sometimes you just want candy…sometimes you want something more.. this is the perfect match for all movie watchers!
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I made this by using Butter flavored Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn along with my own seasonings and spices to give it that cheddar taste we all love.
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Each kernel was popping with flavor.  Popping.. get it? Hahaha!
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Don’t you love how you always start out with a small napkin of popcorn then suddenly you finished 4 cups of it and have popcorn all over your face? It happens to us all!
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Next time you’re looking for a new popcorn recipe to try for movie night, won’t you give this a shot? 
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Hope you like it.. dive in!
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Cheddar M&M's® Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 6 bags Butter Flavored Orville Redenbacher's popcorn Will make 6 quarts popped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried mustard
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese Powder
  • 2 cups M&M's®

Instructions

  1. Pop popcorn in microwave as instructed on package.
  2. Put all popcorn in big bowl.
  3. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, sugar, paprika, onion powder, dried mustard, cheddar cheese powder and M&M'S to popcorn and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Serving size for a party of 10.

 

Slow Cooker Lamb Tacos

Slow Cooker Lamb Tacos recipe!  The meat is so moist!

What do you think of when you hear Leg of Lamb?  What recipes come to your mind?

Tacos might not be the first… but I’m here to change that!

These Slow Cooker Chipotle Leg of Lamb Tacos are super delicious as they are slow cooked with a bunch of spices for flavor.  The lamb itself gets to marinade in this sauce for 8 hours making it oh so juicy when you grab a fork and cut it up. Unlike sometimes when you slow cook, the marinade doesn’t always sink down into all the meat, but these tacos have flavor in every single bite you take.

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Gelato Latte Hot Chocolate

 

Cozy frog slippers? Check.
Comfy blanket? Check.
Cats? Check.
Heater on full force? Check.
Chunky sweater? Check.
Good book? Check.
Cup of the warmest and most delicious hot chocolate? CHECK!

This is my idea of a perfect cold night date with myself.
Gelato Latte Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a ultimate weakness of mine.  There’s something about it that can cheer someone up right away.  Maybe it’s the warm feeling on your hands.  Maybe it’s the memories of Mom making it for me when I came in after a long day of sledding.  Or maybe it’s just that smell of chocolate.   During the Winter hot chocolate becomes our #1 drink. After we come home from work, usually frozen, we’ll quickly make 2 nice hot cups of hot chocolate and sit in front of the heater.  For dessert, brownies are pushed to the side and hot chocolate is favored on chilly nights.  For a night by myself with a book or watching The Tudors (I’m obsessed) I’m going to choose a big mug of hot chocolate, along with a big handful of marshmallows. 

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Having fun with your house decor with color and toys!

“How many kids do you have?” might be a often asked question to strangers who enter our house.
My response “4 cats” and a smile.

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What’s surrounding me right now?
I’m lying on a carpet. I have FiFi Bofinkles next to me who’s kissing up a storm to the side of my face.  I’m resting my elbows on a smiling snowman pillow. My cup of green tea has  Mr. Messy on it.  Above me is a robot, a lion, a alien and multiple organic shaped stuffed animals with great personalities.  

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Best Hot Chocolate Recipes To Prepare For The Cold!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s almost Winter.  I might have just said that a few days ago but I’ll say it again. It’s almost Winter.  

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What’s Your Wish? #WishesDelivered

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love my UPS man. I hope he’s reading this post because he really is the best. He waves at me in his truck if he sees me on the street.  He notices when I change the color of my hair.  He carries my litter and cat food actually inside my loft for me.  He is the best.  I want to bake him cookies.

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Frozen Vegetable Recipes and Why Frozen Veggies Rule!

The coldness suddenly hit last weekend.  One week it was fine with a thin sweater, then suddenly it’s tights, long sweater, winter coat and hat.

One thing that comes with the Winter is lack of fresh fruits and vegetables.  For us, the garden will still be growing a few vegetables under greenhouses, but there will be no peas, no corn and no carrots.    Farmers markets will be closed, or only selling hearty greens.  Grocery stores will have vegetables, but they won’t taste fresh as they’ve been shipped and prices will raise.  You’ll suddenly see raspberries for $7 instead of the $1.50 you were paying in June.  Oh and corn on the cob?  If you’re in a cold location, good luck seeing it until next Summer.

So how do you get your vegetables during the Winter?  Here’s what I suggest, frozen vegetables!

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Creamy Chicken and Noodles

CREAMY Chicken and Noodles is a easy casserole bake recipe that you can serve as a main or side dish.  It’s creamy sauce is made with cream of chicken and cream of broccoli soup and then poured over egg noodles and diced chicken. It’s my favorite comfort food dish!

These Creamy Chicken Noodles are a blue ribbon winner in my family’s heart. It’s perfect for a side dish, but it’s also perfect for a man dish. We love curling up with a bowl of this on a chilly night; it really hits the right spot, just like your fluffy slippers do to your toes!
CREAMY Chicken and Noodles is a easy casserole bake recipe that you can serve as a main or side dish.  It's creamy sauce is made with cream of chicken and cream of broccoli soup and then poured over egg noodles and diced chicken. It's my favorite comfort food dish! Read More

Loft Living With Our New Reading Nook!

Do you remember a few weeks ago I posted about designing a reading nook?  Well it’s done and I couldn’t be more happy!  Thanks to everyone for suggestions on their favorite items to pick. It was  hard tossup on so many things, I think I changed my mind about the couch and the rug 88 times but finally decided!  So then I spent the next few weeks waiting for the delivery guys hoping they’d have my goodies!  The couch was last to arrive, but as soon as we unboxed it – I was set!  The reading nook was all ready to be snuggled into.

As a reminder here is what I wanted:
A cozy spot of our loft to curl up and disappear from work and life for a few minutes (or hours).
A place that I could read and drink many cups of tea.
With the winter coming up, somewhere extra cozy that was warm! Pillows and blankets!
Couch, Rug, Table, Light were the necessities. 
The rug needed to be super warm as we have concrete floors.  They are extremely cold in the winter. 

Are you ready? Here it is!   Not only am I love with my nook but you’ll see below all the cats love it too.   I’m constantly fighting with them to move over on the couch.  Isn’t it funny how a 8 pound cat can take up as much space (if not more) than a human?
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