Thanksgiving Break Recap

We kicked off Thanksgiving break by heading to my favorite place on earth. Some families go to Disney, this one goes to Ikea. 

It was a successful trip, we got new bedding, a big boy bed, several decorative items, and a much smaller desk. Considering many of the things in our house are hand-me-down or just plain wore out I really love that we are replacing them. 


We also made a pit stop by Buc-ee's and bought everything they sold. I was slightly out of control. 

Meal Pinning Monday

Back to the grind this week, I know some are tempted to carry on the festivities until New Years... not I. I feel like junk after a few crazy eating days, honestly. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up

I usually post this earlier in the holiday week, but here's the list of what I'm cooking this year.

Mom is in charge of the desserts, she's got a French Silk Pie & a recipe for Apple Dumplings from The Pioneer Woman.



Here's my side of the menu:










Taking the flavors of this dip recipe and turning it into creamed spinach..









I'm also making [this] sweet potato recipe... but the widget isn't working, so click the link.

What are y'all cooking for Thanksgiving this year?

Coconut Cookie Butter Bread Pudding

Y'all this recipe is to die for, and incredibly easy.

Both of which means it gets an A+ in my book. I'm not one for recipes with random ingredients I'll never use again.



I'm looking at you Chinese Five Spice I bought 6 years ago and maybe used 3 times... and that involved just adding it to random things just to see what it tasted like.

Meal Pinning Monday

It's the last Monday before Thanksgiving and I'm in holiday heaven! Who's with me? 

I honestly can't wait to be off work for a week and live at my own pace. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Saturday Five?


[ONE]

Jeremy was awarded Louisiana School Psychologist of the year this week. Super excited is clearly an understatement of my feelings on the subject. Love that hard working guy. 


Party Sandwich Pasta

We are an appetizer family, plain and simple. 

My favorite part of Christmas is that on Christmas Eve we spend the day making every appetizer our hearts desire and chowing down that evening. 

One of our long time favorite Christmas Eve snacks is Party Sandwiches, you know those lovely sweet rolls with ham and Swiss cheese. Covered in melted butter with Dijon and Poppy Seeds. They're to die for. 


In coming up with a recipe for the Tresomega Organics for Life recipe challenge I decided to turn our favorite appetizer into a quick and easy week night meal. 

If any of your have been around this blog for any amount of time you know that my hubby is hard to please. 

I was pleasantly surprised when he said he loved this dish! 

Meal Pinning Monday

This week is pretty recipe heavy from the new Mark Sisson Keto Reset book, sadly most of the recipes aren't on Pinterest. However they can still give you some great meal ideas. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Friday Five

This has been one of those weeks that needs a weekend, although I'm afraid I say that every week and live for Saturday. Anyone else?


[ONE]


It's that most magical time of year when you realize it's high time to do some serious cleaning again. I've currently got my baseboards laid out in my planner by room category for the next month or so. I'm a soapy water, Magic Eraser, and toothbrush kinda gal. If something works better, let me know. 


[TWO]


I've really had a lot of run with Lafayette Moms Blog is the month since it launched. 
Started out at the month at Tinsel & Treasure, got to meet some great ladies and have fun for a hour or two. Then we had Boo at the Zoo last weekend, got to see some of the same ladies and chat. I mainly love it because for the first time in 9 years I am not the weirdo with the blog. There are other writers, people to bounce ideas off of, other people who blow up social media all the time. It's lovely. 


[THREE]


No one can accuse Harrison of being dull or unimaginative. Halloween was a perfect example of this toddler acting silly. He decided to take my cat ears and spent a good chunk of time before Trick-R-Treating started just crawling around the circle while we all stood outside and talked... there was meowing involved. 

Notice the already chocolate stained lips? He wasn't missing a minute of that candy. 


[FOUR]


Who doesn't love a good side by side photo. This is all of our Halloween photos together over the course of his little life, with his mama (Te-Te) wearing that same pumpkin monogrammed shirt and cat ears. 


[FIVE]


I've decided I'm not that impressed with the It Cosmetics regular concealer, maybe it's because QVC didn't give me the option to buy a different shade from my CC Cream. Either way I don't think it's super special as far as coverage or the ability to not crease goes. I still love my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. Their CC is still life, and next order I'll be moving back over to the beloved illuminating version. However next up on my list of product to try from them is their Bye Bye Pores. I previously bought the touted to be super amazing primer from The Ordinary and don't think it's any better than my pink pump jar of Elf Primer



Play-Doh Te-Te

The other night we had a terrible storm, the kind that wakes you up because it is so incredibly loud. The kind where you get less sleep and pre children you would have taken a nap.

That’s where I was at Sunday.

I wanted to rest.

I wanted to lay on the couch and watch the new episode of The Pioneer Woman Cooks that was recorded on Sling.

As any parent searching for a second of alone time, I quietly crawled into the recliner, turned on my TV, and crossed my fingers that the Play-Doh on the little kid table in the kitchen would entertain for a mere 30 minutes of cooking show quietness.

It didn’t.

My child who normally plays alone wanted my attention… which he normally doesn’t. Daddy is the prime time parents these day, but somehow I was taking center stage this out of the ordinary Sunday and getting lots of love and affection.
As I was just getting into the part of the episode about cauliflower crust pizza I heard a little boy voice saying, “Te-Te, Te-Te come.”

“Te-Te let’s go.”

I assumed I was being beckoned for my usual purpose in life, serving food to people in this house. To my surprise it wasn’t that.

He didn’t want a snack.

That chubby little boy grabbed me by the hand and took me to his tiny Ikea table to play with his Play-Doh with him.

I won’t lie to you, at first I was disappointed. I wanted to park my potato butt in the recliner and watch TV. My beloved TV I see so little of these days, because when it’s on it isn’t a show I care about.

A few minutes into this squishy dough time it occurred to me that this won’t happen for long, and it won’t happen often. I should just sit there and take advantage of it.

As it stands, Harrison doesn’t come to me for this stuff often, he’s a Daddy’s baby.
But for some reason on this odd day he wanted his parent who he’s named Te-Te for some unknown reason… that I think I know the reason for actually.

So this tired mama (Te-Te) sat her rear on the cold tile floor and played with Play-Doh. She realized she needed to be there because that chubby child wanted her there.

He wanted to sit with me. He wanted me to make tons of Play-Doh snakes so he could hiss and play until their tongues fell off and I had to start all over again.

He just wanted to sit next to his mama, and that’s something I have to remind myself to take advantage of.


It’s in the small moments mamas.