A had his first game of the season this week! He has such a great enthusiasm for playing, and it was really great to see his skills develop from last year to this one. For his first game, he blocked a rebound shot, and played great defense. Here are some more pics from his game…
Spiced Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 2-3 sweet potatoes (depending on size)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tsp of all spice
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 3/4 tsp of kosher salt
- 1/4 chopped cilantro
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- Wash, peel, and cut sweet potatoes into chunks
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a high sided cookie sheet with foil.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, allspice, chili powder, and salt
- Place chicken breast in a Ziploc bag, and then add half the olive oil mixture
- Place sweet potatoes on a pan, and pour the rest of the olive oil mixture over top.
- Roast sweet potatoes in the oven for 15 minutes, while the chicken marinates.
- Add the chicken to the sweet potato pan, and cook for another 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked completely and potatoes are fork tender.
- Out of the oven sprinkle with cilantro and squeeze lime wedges over the top.
- Serve warm with Hawaiian rolls!
A’s current favorites are creating and identifying arrays:
And practicing his holiday piano songs:
J’s current favorites are building puzzles, playing tsum tsums, and watching his train under the Christmas tree:
Link made his yearly appearance this past week. Hurray for four weeks of jumping up at 6 a.m. realizing he is still hanging out in the same spot from the day before. This guy causes me nothing but trouble. However, the boys sure do love him! Here’s a bit more of our yearly “welcome Link” tradition…
This week we watched the rest of the leaves fall…
Saw the first rainy day in months:
Tortellini + meatballs = weeknight dinner
A month of outfit inspiration.
A dry-erase notebook! Thus is revolutionary!
Fixer-upper Christmas decorating ideas.
A Thai coconut soup perfect for cold winter nights.
Finding your joy.
Stylish sweatpant solutions.
Re-defining your weekday mornings with music.
Holiday stove simmers to make your home smell yummy. Just don’t forget they are on the stove!
J is all about the holidays this year, and I’m pretty sure he’s on a mission to make all the cookies possible between now and Christmas. He wants to help with every single step of baking, which can be a bit challenging, but also terrific. So our first cookie of the season he named “Santa hat cookies” because the cookies have red & white m&ms, and peppermint chocolate chips (just like Santa’s hat, J said).
So here is J’s step by step process. Start with a stick of butter…While it’s softening mix together your dry ingredients… Play hide and seek while the butter is creaming in the mixer… Check to make sure your butter and sugars have mixed completely… Ask repeatedly if you can try one of the candies (and then another, and then another)… Put the cookies in rounded teaspoonfuls on a pan and count them… Wait patiently ten minutes for them to cook and another three for them to cool and then wince at your Mom in annoyance as she tries to take your picture while your eating your cookie… And that’s it! The complete recipe is below!
1 1/2 + 2 tbs of all purpose flour
3/4 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of kosher salt
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tbs of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of peppermint chocolate chips
1/2 cup of red m&ms
1/3 cup of white m&ms
1. Cut butter into tablespoon slices and place in the bottom of the mixer. Set your egg out on the counter. Do this first then prep the rest of your ingredients.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt. Set aside.
4. Crack egg into a small cup and whisk with vanilla.
5. On medium speed cream butter for about three minutes.
6. Add sugars to butter and mix until light and fluffy about 3-4 minutes.
7. Scrape down the sides and then add in the egg mixture. Mix until it resembles cottage cheese (so slightly lumpy, but well mixed).
8. Add all of the flour mixture to the bowl. Mix just a little by hand (so it doesn’t puff out when you start the mixer), and then mix on low speed only until barely blended.
9. Stir in mix ins.
10. Bake for seven minutes, then rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for two additional minutes. Let cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
11. Will keep in an air tight container at room temperature for 3-5 days. In our house they rarely last that long.
Join me around our house! I’ve been steadily adding to our Christmas decorations each year, and I’m loving how everything turned out this year. I’m not the best at decorating, but I’m learning slowly (layering, creating visual points, etc.). The boys’ excitement over the decorations make it worth while. Oh and if you need help decorating quickly, have J come over. He will bustle behind you until you are finished, saying things like “why are you sitting down?” and “keep decorating!!”
First up, our entry way!
I love the idea of combining what you have already with some Christmas updates…
And I was beyond thrilled to find these cotton stems from one of my favorite local shops (Mint Julep Marketplace), to include in the Target vase I had been eyeing:
And then we dressed up our little reading nook in the living room:
And our mantel is fresh and new with accents from Kirklands (that mirror was 20 dollars!!):
And here is a close-up of our tree. Take a good look, because this guy is about to be replaced. We have to string lights that work around the middle of the tree because the pre-lit portion stopped working. Last year. No judgement.
The layering detail was a tip I picked up from the mantel link I posted with my Friday Favorites two weeks ago:
And this year we added in a fox to our random lighted animal collection:
Let’s move on to the kitchen, shall we?
Immediately upon posting this, I noticed that one of my candle wraps has slipped down, and my A-typeness cannot handle that, so I’m fixing it now…
I love the incorporation of the metal canvas with the cookie print that’s a staple in our house.
And our Christmas card holder is ready to go…
And my wall swag:
And my wreath that I made a few years ago with my sister and Mom:
And our cookie holder and Christmas countdown snowman:
And that’s it! I’ve got my eye on these pieces from Anthropologie to complete a few areas:
And then it’s on to wrapping presents! Happy decorating!
While at Target insisting we “NEEDED” more holiday decorations, J found large wooden snowflakes and declared that they would be perfect for his and A’s doors. A agreed they were a great idea and I set them up one evening with their wooden snowflakes and a host of acrylic paints:
I love that they rarely go for typical Christmas colors. They wanted every primary color, silver, bronze, white, and black:
Ten minutes later, they were all done!
After leaving them to dry overnight, I added them to their door with the included twine, and a little monogram ornament over the top. Perfection!
J’s been creating magna tile houses for his animals…
And block tile houses at Nana & Grandpa’s:
And A created a chicken salad dinner for a cub scouts badge:
And A played some Pokemon with Aunt Amanda:
One of J’s BFFs had a rocket themed birthday party and J thought it was the coolest:
And the boys watched Home Alone for the first time and laughed all the way through it: