Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last Night’s dinner: Spicy Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

When I cook dinner it’s a casserole or a pasta dish (not very healthy). Thankfully, when Hunter cooks it’s fairly healthy or we might weigh 500 pounds each. He tried this recipe a while back and it quickly became a go to in our house. Last time, Hunter made it, he played around a bit by adding some snow peas and cooked kale. And don’t be afraid if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, they are chopped up in the recipe and nothing but pure crunchy delight. Trust me!!

Here’s the original Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart:


•2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
•1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and shredded
•Salt and pepper
•1 cup bean sprouts
•2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
•1 small green chile, such as Thai, thinly sliced
•3 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
•1 pound medium shrimp (41 to 50), peeled and deveined (tails left on)
•2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
•Lime wedges, for serving


1.In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high. In 2 batches, saute brussels sprouts until tender, 5 minutes total; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter. Add bean sprouts to pan and cook until heated through, 1 minute; add to platter.
2.Wipe out pan, add remaining tablespoon vegetable oil, and return to heat. Add garlic, chile, and scallion whites and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and saute until opaque throughout, about 4 minutes. Add to platter, drizzle with sesame oil, top with scallion greens, and toss. Serve with lime wedges.

And here you can see where Hunter added some snow peas, kale, and we always top it off with some red pepper flakes and soy sauce!

Bon App├ętit, Guilt Fee!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

At da club... house

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

It's a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So let's make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we're together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you please,
Won't you please,
Please won't you be my neighbor?

We live in the same neighborhood with 3 sets of our closest friends. It was honestly not planned….We just all happened to either fall in love with the neighborhood or found houses we loved there. When Hunter and I were house hunting last year we said we would move to the neighborhood where we found the house. Stars aligned and we just happened fall in love with a home in the same neighborhood as our friends.

Any who – it’s wonderful…we live on the 10th Hole right across the street from the club house and driving range. We are also in walking distance to the pool, gym, and central park complete with playground, pavilion, grills, soccer fields, basketball courts, and beach volleyball! The club house does kids eat free Tuesdays and $2 dollar drafts (best deal in town)! And Friday nights they have $12 dollar bottles of wine and $2 dollar drafts. It’s the perfect place for kiddos to run around too….we sit outside, enjoy the golf course view, and the Hunters can practice their short game on the practice green while we wait for our food. Hunter V is also particularly fond of rolling his cars down the big hills!

Throw meeting the neighbors into the mix and you have to drag me out of the place…I never want to leave  This past Friday was just that scenario. Hunter had a friend from College in town, we met up with neighbor Thorne’s, the kiddos played on the golf course, the vino flowed…and next thing you knew…kid’s/babies bedtime….wait what’s that?

Here’s some visuals to help you picture it better :)

Walk up to the clubhouse...

View looking back down at our house...

     Kiddos having fun on the practice green...

                      A sad attempt at taming torturing a 3yr old for a family picture :)
                      Pa Pa Pweese dont make me leave...

                     James can't hang! Zonked!

Won't you be my neighbor?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Let's talk Gallery Walls....

I've been wanting to share our hallway gallery wall on the blog. Then I saw this morning Kelly’s Korner blog was having a link up party on them. Perfect timing…here goes.

It started out like this…with Hunter trying twice to hang it and took it down both times because he thought it looked terrible.

So I started from scratch and ended up with this….

Mom and I hung it when they were here for James's baptism weekend and everyone now loves it!!! I love that its pretty informal so I can add more pictures without redoing the whole look as the years go on.

My frames are all from potterybarn. (shocking I know, I’m so predictable)

Hope you all have a great weekend! xo

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Recap

How about them Hokies!! Hunter and I agree to agree that we both really like the new quarterback Michael Brewer. I watched his post game interview last night and for a 22 year old he really seems to be level headed and have his shiz together. The facial hair could go…but we won’t go there. I’m sure it doesn’t prevent the college girls from seriously digging him!

So Hunter was in Ohio at the Hokie game. His words when he got home on Sunday were “It’s fun to win.” He said there were no strangers amongst the Hokie fans on Saturday night after that game. Sounds like a good time to me! I’m sorry I missed it (or sorry I wasn’t even invited).

And so it goes…back home on the ranch, I was certainly not lonely thanks to some wonderful friends!! Friday night I put the boys down at The Thorne’s house and enjoyed “un-wine-ding” from the week with Lindsey and John.

Saturday the boys and I had a nice morning at home that involved some napping for James, some tri-cycle riding and baseball playing for Hunter.

After James woke up from his morning nap we headed to The Mitchell’s house for some lunch and play date. After lunch, both boys went down for a nap at their house and I was able to enjoy almost two whole hours of me time catching up with my girlfriend Nicola – her babes slept too and it was truly heaven!

After naps, we headed home to re-group (re-pack diaper bag) before we met back up with The Thorne’s and Mitchells at Birkdale for dinner. A little Bad Daddy’s burger bar, and TCBY to boot and mama was SPENT!! We were home and all in bed by 8:30pm!!

Being we were out and about all day Saturday, Sunday I did not want to leave the house at all! Hunter was home bright and early from Ohio (and tired) so while he and James took morning naps, little Hunter and I had some awesome play time together in his playroom. We read books, did flashcards, played memory, put together puzzles, built rainbows out of play-doh….I haven’t given him that kind of one-on-one attention in a long time and it felt good! We will def do it more often!

After lunch both boys went back down for naps and I ran some errands kid free. Pier-one, Home goods, and the grocery store in 1.5hrs….its amazing how quickly you can get stuff done without kids in tow!

And in the afternoon we did our best to soak up all that is left of summer by breaking out the slip n slide, and sitting on the back deck.

Then all too quickly 5:30pm hit. Dinner, bath, bed commenced and before we knew it, it was 9pm and Monday morning.

Back at it.

Home Tour: Upstairs Hallways

Anyone need a little distraction from this dreary Monday? I sure do! How about a little piece of Home Tour. This is the hallway between the boys bedrooms. One of few areas that I would consider done!

I use the baskets under the console table to throw their stuff in, that is scattered around the house, and needs to be put way in their rooms. I long for the day that they empty these baskets themselves. :)

Hope you all have a great week!

Table: Potterybarn
Mirror: Potterybarn
Baskets: Target
Lamp shades: Potterybarn
Lamps: Homegoods
Decor: Homegoods
Frames: Target

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


After seeing pictures from everyone’s awesome end of summer beach trips, I think I speak for most when I say today was especially hard to return to work. Our trip wasn’t long awaited but I’m so glad we went. Sometimes life just takes us by the horns instead of vice versa and opportunities to create family traditions or make memories are missed. I was craving some family time at the beginning of last week and now we have agreed this will be a yearly tradition to do a family beach trip, just the four of us (or maybe 5 of us one day : ) )
We ended up going to Myrtle beach and stayed at a resort called Dunes village. We typically aren’t the touristy type people and prefer more secluded beaches but our kids are too young to spend all day at the beach right now and therefore you can’t beat Dunes Village, waterslides, playground, lazy river, and pool for the kids, all right on the beach for mom and dad to enjoy while the kids napped. We got into a good little routine while we were there and def could have stayed a few more nights with typical days like this…

7am-ish – Arouse with the kids. Coffee, breakfast, cartoons…just like at home except with a better view

9am-ish – James went down for his morning nap in the room, and I stayed back to pack up the bags for a day on the beach, while Hunter took Hunter V down to the playground to burn some of that 3yr old morning energy.

Hunter would also claim our spot on the beach at this time by setting up our umbrellas and chairs before it got too packed.  After they got back Hunter would pack up the coolers and by 10/10:30 we were off to the waterslides!

10:30am -ish – Waterslides for the little man. This was by far Hunter V’s favorite part of the trip. From the time he was little he has been a sliding machine. The sand on the beach is “too messy” and the beach sun is “too hot” but my fearless two year old never met a slide he didn’t love. He started going down with us and then quickly gained confidence to do it on his own. (Now if we could just teach him to not cut in line!!!)

11:30am-ish – A loop around the lazy river after the waterslides and then off to park our bums on the beach. Once we got to settled in I would give Hunter V his lunch to eat and feed James. For the next hour Hunter V would contently eat his lunch on the beach while watching a show on our phones before he settled down for his nap.

12:30pm –ish - Hunter asleep in the stroller, James asleep on the blanket. We also brought battery operated fans so with the cool fan blowing on them, and the sound of the ocean in the background they had no reason to not nap great!
And for the next 2.5 hrs Hunter and I got to enjoy ourselves.
James would wake up after 30mins to 1hr nap but that was okay too. I remember the days of thinking a 6 month old was hard work. HA!! He’s not mobile yet, and loves to sit on our lap and play so we enjoyed some one on one beach time with him.

3:00pm – ish – Hunter V would wake up from his nap, we would attempt (with fail) to get him to go in the ocean or play in the sand and then give up and just head to the pool. Banana daiquiris daily while at the pool and all were happy.

4:00pm-ish – Back to the waterslides ( you have to walk by the waterslides to get to our room and there is not way the boy will walk by them without riding them)

5pm – ish – Back to the room for showers and to head to dinner.

It was such a good routine and the key was the waterslides, playground and pool for Hunter V to enjoy his vacation as well being he’s not a big beach kid (YET!) 

But Hunter and I LOVE the beach and really got our time out there too, thanks to my good little nappers.

I also highly recommend plenty of shade whether it be two umbrellas like we did (myrtle beach so no tents), a battery operated fan, the bop (for music), and lots of snacks for the kiddos.

Next family event on my list is …Apple Picking!! I say this every year and by the time I get around to looking up places, its October and Apple picking season is over.
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