Minnesota Hotdish! Tater Tots and Bacon FTW.

Tater Tot Bacon HotDish I was so disappointed! I spent a whole week in Minnesota and ate not a single tater tot. What the heck? I got home and decided I would just have to make my own HotDish. Is it healthy? Yeah, no. But it’s fun to eat! And kids love it! Get my Minnesota Tater Tot Hotdish recipe… (more…)

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Fingerprint Cactus Valentine: Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Card

DIY cactus valentine

I’ve mentioned that bad puns are one of my favorite things about Valentines day (and in life.) Since cacti are one of my other favorite things, here are some sweet little pokey cards that bring together a few of my favorite things. If you were to tie one of these around a bottle of champagne and put Jaime on a plane with it, that would pretty much put all of my favorite things together. Anyway, here are some cute prickly valentines that you can make if you have paper, a fine point marker, a green stamp pad and a finger. DIY cactus valentineDIY cactus valentine   DIY cactus valentine

DIY cactus valentine

Basically you dip a large fingertip (I used pointer) in the inkpad and make the bottom pad of your cactus. Then a small fingertip (the pinky perhaps) and make the rest of the cactus. Kid fingers would make this even more adorable. Next draw a little pot and some funny words. You don’t need to be a calligrapher to make this work, even just block letters will be perfect.

DIY cactus valentine

Leave all your pals a note or tie one around a small potted cactus for your bestess and mostess.

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Starbucks Hack: Spinach Feta Wrap

starbucks spinach feta wrap

So hey, no big, my kid loves spinach. I’m trying to play this cool but in reality I am so freaking excited. After two children who refuse to touch the stuff, I have one babe who shares his mamas love of the OG superfood. It all started when, in a pinch, I purchased myself a Spinach Feta Wrap from Starbucks. It was delicious. Gordon asked for a bite and it blew his mind. I watched him eat the rest. My stomach growled. He demanded a second. We went back. I realized that this was going to get expensive. We made some at home. Now we have a new favorite healthy and delicious breakfast option. Make these. Eat some. Freeze the rest. Grow big awesome Popeye muscles if you are into that.

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Gifts For Your Girls: A Platonic Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

valentines gifts for women

I’m going to go way out on a limb here and say that one of the best things that came out of getting married and having kids was Valentine’s Day losing its power. I remember as a single woman, and I was pretty epically single, the dread associated with the arrival of February 14th. It isn’t that my husband and I now do something magically romantic to mark the occasion, in fact, we literally do nothing. It’s more that somewhere along the way V-day lost its air of annual disappointment and become simply an adorable celebration of friendly love; red and pink and bad puns and sour candy and card boxes and little gifts to remind someone that they are so sweet. You definitely don’t need a lover to celebrate any of that. So do me a favor, will you? Whether you call it Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Black Sunday, or just plain February 14th, treat yo’ self, or someone you appreciate (in a like totally platonic way) to a little love this month.

Because gifts are my love language, don’t judge, here’s how I would show YOU the love…

Comme des Garçons® low-top sneakers– J.Crew  / After this we’re getting pizza water bottle – Ban.do / Cotton candy throw pillow – Land of Nod / Phone case – Rifle Paper Company / Personalized Journal – Paper Source / Whispering Angle Rose / Matador travel picnic blanket / Pressed Glass Tumblers – Pier 1 / ACT NATURAL gold foil print – Read Between the Lines / Flannel Sheet Set – Target  / Olympia Dickey – Le Cou Cou

 

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