Thursday, February 23, 2017


Let me start by saying that it is a really good thing that I'm flexible.  I originally planned Frozen this week thinking I better be sure to get this one in early so that it's at least cold, since there is absolutely no way to plan for snow.  Ha, we are currently having record high temps this February, so definitely no snow.  I was also planning on just making some sandwiches ("we finish each other's sandwiches") and then melting some chocolate that we could dip some fruit and marshmallows in (since some friends are worth melting for.)  However, Patrick had other ideas.  As we were driving home from church Sunday morning, he asked what was for dinner.  Since I was planning sandwiches for our Frozen viewing I figured we would do that for lunch, so my response to Patrick was "I don't know, what would you like?"  His face visibly fell as he said "oh, you mean you don't have a nice Norwegian meal planned like from Akershus?"  LOL I think my husband just confirmed my belief that Akershus may just be his favorite Disney restaurant.  Needless to say, by the time we made it home I had a new meal planned.  After a trip to the grocery store and a few calls to family, we had a nice Norwegian-themed family dinner.
Shortly before our family arrived, we started Frozen for Littlecjc to watch since we figured she would rather play when our family showed up anyway.  I'm not sure how much she saw before and after they arrived, but let's be honest, it's not like she hasn't seen that one a million times before.  In fact, her first birthday was Frozen themed. (You can read about that here)

Thanks to pinterest, I found this recipe here for authentic Norwegian meatball / kj√łttkaker.  This post thankfully planned my entire meal.  She stated that the meatball should be covered with brown gravy and served with boiled potatoes and steamed vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.  So, this is exactly what I did.  It was still a pretty simple meal to make, but it always seems crazy when you have company over while you're cooking and you want to rush around so that you're done faster.  My mom's pretty awesome at helping here.  I feel a little bad, since the last two times I've had her over for dinner I've put her to work, but it's nice to get that one on one time with her (even though I'm an adult) since usually Littlecjc gets all her attention these days.  The meal was a success, and everyone loved the meatballs.  Even though they were all like "so we're eating Norwegian food tonight, huh?" when they agreed to come or arrived, I knew that it would be okay.  Since my family is of a German background, I didn't think it was too far of a stretch.  I can actually see us making this meal again on any regular night.  Here's a picture for your drooling pleasure.

For dessert, I found this recipe for Norwegian almond cake.  I didn't have either of the pans suggested, but I attempted it in a loaf pan.  I also didn't realize that I didn't have almond extract when I was at the store, so I'm not sure how authentic our cake was since I used vanilla instead of almond.  My glaze also did not turn out as a glaze looking anything like the picture, but even with all that, the cake was tasty.  Unfortunately, we ate it all up before remembering to get a picture.

When we finished with dinner, we actually ended up watching Trolls, instead of Frozen.  We gave Littlecjc this movie for Valentine's Day and she was so excited to share it with everyone.  Over Christmas break, my mom had actually taken her to see this movie and she loved it.  She's been talking about it ever since and even a few weeks ago she made the statement that Guy Diamond shot sparkles out of his butt.  Since I hadn't seen the movie yet, I called my mom to ask her and she said she didn't remember that part.  If you haven't seen it yet, let me tell you that my mom was wrong and Littlecjc was right.  She was so proud of herself showing everyone.  After the movie, she even made up her own game of "hug time" where everyone had to take turns calling out hug time as everyone else walked away.  Upon hearing "hug time" everyone had to run back to the caller and give them a hug.  Not super exciting if you're not three or grandma, but she had a blast.

During the movie, we also did a blind taste test of some chocolate.  My brother and sister-in-law had picked up this chocolate while in Spain and loved it.

They recently found this locally for our comparison.

Even though it was a blind taste test, everyone knew which sample came from Spain and which did not.  Although the bars were similar, the chocolate on the outside was so different.  The one from Spain was so creamy in comparison.  It really did melt in your mouth.

We had a great evening of good food shared with great family.  I really wish I had taken more pictures, but after finishing dinner, I just soaked up the family time instead.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: The Princess and the Frog

"Dig a Little Deeper" - Mama Odie

Today, Deb from Focused on the Magic shared her celebration of being cancer free!  What a cause for celebration!  So with the theme of celebration in mind, I found this picture of a human totem pole my friends made near the totem poles in the Canada pavilion at Epcot.  The gal on top is my absolute best friend and this day was a celebration for her upcoming marriage.  We called it a bachelorette party, but it was so much more.  It was a celebration of diversity, friends, and love for my friend.  If you're interested in reading more about our day and why they made this totem pole, you should check out the details in this past post.

What Disney celebrations have you had? Join the link up and the fun!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Hello Monday

Weekend Recap
Friday night, Patrick and Littlecjc went to their daddy/daughter dance that I mentioned last week.

She seemed to have a great time.  Patrick, on the other hand, was a little less enthused when they got home.  He said that she wouldn't dance with him, other than to run around him.  I think it was great for both of them.

Saturday was pretty laid back, but Sunday we ended up hosting an impromptu family dinner.  Since it was our Disney Dinner night, though, you'll have to check back on Thursday for those details.

Hello Monday
Here's your peek at this week, before the ink.

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Surprise, it's The Princess and the Frog this week in honor of Mardi Gras.

Hello Fastpasses
We're getting closer to our Disney trip! This week, we get to select our fastpasses! Littlecjc is so close to the 40 inches marker that would allow her to ride even more big kid rides.  I don't know if she will be tall enough or if she will even want to ride all those rides, but this fact definitely changes my thoughts for our fastpasses.  Keep an eye out for a more detailed post about this!

Hello Spring Weather
We are currently having some crazy warm weather for this time of year this week and I'm already loving it.  We reconnected with some of our Hike it Baby friends already this morning, and I'm looking forward to more great walks this week.

Hello New Books
Although I'm still working on Dragonfly in Amber, I did finally finish the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.  If I was unsure about the first three books in the series, there was no question about my thoughts on the final book.  Let's just say that it's a good thing that the final book wasn't the first book.  I did not really care for it at all.  I think the main problem is that the main character/narrator was the new character introduced in book 3 and the previous main characters weren't even in the final book.  And it didn't really have anything to do with any of the previous issues the characters faced in the first three books.  Anyway, this week I'm listening to The Keeper of Lost Causes by .  This book is fulfilling one of the more random categories, a book written or set in Scandinavia.  This is a detective mystery book which is not my typical read, but so far it's been an easy, enjoyable read.

Hello Binge List
I just finished season one of Outlander, but don't want to start season two until I finish Dragonfly in Amber.  I also binged last week on Santa Clarita Diet, finishing the 10 episodes released.  So, I'm either going to have to start something new that's still undecided or else I'm going to get more done this week.  We will see.  If you have binge-worthy suggestions, feel free to leave those in a comment.

Hello Menu
Last week was not so great in the food department.  However, after procrastinating almost two full weeks, I've finally made it to the grocery store and I'm going to get back on track this week.

Monday - leftovers from last night's family dinner
Tuesday - Tilapia
Wednesday - Mini meatloaf peppers *new recipie
Thursday - Basalmic chicken & veggies *new recipie
Friday - let's be honest, I'm not planning anything since I haven't cooked the last 5 Fridays anyway

I plan on working on my meal plans for next month this week, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.

I think that's it for today.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Frozen

"Let it go" -Elsa

The theme this week over on Focused on the Magic is love, so here's a few more love-ly photos for you to enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Show and Tell: My Loves

Happy Valentine's Day!  It's Show and Tell Tuesday over at Momfessionals and what a better way to celebrate that to reintroduce everyone to our loves.


Patrick and I met while at college.  We started dating at the beginning of our sophomore year.

Our first spring break together, I took Patrick to Disney World with my mom and brother to watch my little brother compete in a cheer competition.

We stayed together all through the fun days of college.  We went to a small private university, that was local for me and only 2 hrs from home for Patrick.  We both were involved in greek life, which is how we met and got together.  Patrick's fraternity had a house on campus, but non of the sororities did.  I said I was local, but it still took me about 30 minutes to get to campus from my parent's house, so after a while, I found myself spending more and more time at the fraternity.  Almost all of our best friends, even to today, all came from that house.  

Since I went to school for two different degrees, I was there for an extra year, but when Patrick graduated he got a job in town and we stayed together.  During my last spring break, we went back to Disney World and Patrick proposed on the beach at the Polynesian.

We were married on July 10, 2010.

And you guessed it, we went back to Disney World for our honeymoon..

Even though we don't usually make a big deal about Valentine's Day, I hope for many, many more with him.


Nearly three years later, we were blessed with our little girl.

She adds so much love and joy to our family.

She's our little wild one for sure.   

I can't believe that she is already 3.  I don't know where the time has gone, but it has been amazing.  I love being her mom and I am so thankful that everyday is truly an adventure with her. 

Please join the fun, and share who you're loving this Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hello Monday

Well, with me still recovering from sickness, this weekend was pretty laid back.  Our big excitement was cleaning.  Our guest bedroom never gets used, so it has kind of become a clutter room where those items without proper homes just get stashed away there.  Patrick had an old magic band that had been missing for a long time that he couldn't find anywhere.  After cleaning through almost every room in the house, I finally looked through his junk drawer that he stated he had already gone through and lo and behold there I found it.

Hello Monday
Here's your peek at this week's layout and plans.

As you can see, it's Frozen week.  My thought was I needed to get to this movie while it was still cold so that there was at least a chance of snow.  However, we've been having an unusually warm winter this year with no real snow and I don't think there's any chance of seeing any this week either.

Hello Consignment Sale
If you've read my last show and tell, you know that I take advantage of two local consignment sales during spring and fall.  The first of the two is taking place this week.  I've signed up to volunteer tonight during drop off where I will likely be sorting through the clothes coming in deciding if anything needs to be turned away due to stains, tears, or such wear.  I always volunteer at these sales, because the volunteers shop first, which makes a big difference in what you can find to take home.

Hello Daddy Daughter Dance
Not only do Patrick and Littlecjc get there quality time while I'm at the sales this week, but they are also going to their first dance together Friday night.  Our church is hosting the event and I can't wait to see them off and then hear all about it when they get back home.

Hello "New" Books
I did get my hands on Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, the second in the Outlander series and was able to start it this weekend.  However, it's even bigger than the first book, so I'm sure it will take me a while to get through it.  I also started Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater but haven't gotten that far yet.  
Hello Binge List Add-ons
I also was able to get Outlander: Season 1, Volume 1 and of course made it through all 8 episodes very quickly.  I'm looking forward to starting Season 1, Volume 2 today.

Hello Menu Plan
Well, last week was awful in following a plan, as I didn't even try.  Here's to hoping this week is better.

Monday - Potato Soup
Tuesday - Spaghetti, Meatballs, green beans
Wednesday - Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki with rice
Thursday - Tilapia, broccoli, carrots
Friday - Mongolian Beef with rice, peas - new recipe

I should know better than putting a new recipe on Friday, but we will see.

Hello Valentine's Day
It's hard to believe I've written this entire post and not mentioned that Valentine's Day is this week.  It's normal that we don't make a big deal of this holiday, but this year in particular, we've agreed not to get each other anything since we just got our annual passes to Disney World.  However, we are expecting a package that day from the shop disney parks app from a sale they just had.  So, I guess we have one more joint gift expected that day after all.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Aristocats

I knew last weekend was going to be busy with food since it was the superbowl.  So, I had planned on viewing The Aristocats and keeping it simple.  I made croque monsieur and pomme frites, also known as grilled cheese sandwhiches and fries. 

Littlecjc did at least play a little piano while we were at Grandma's for the superbowl.

Even though this was a simple lunch followed by the movie, it was nice to change the pace a little.  Patrick said he had never seen the movie before, which I find hard to believe knowing how often Littlecjc has watched it, but it was great having all three of us snuggle up on the couch and watch something together.