Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Perfectly Pumpkin Soup

Perfectly Pumpkin soup. This is a great dish for a Thanksgiving appetizer. Goes well with crackers cheese and wine but what doesn't go well with crackers, cheese and wine! This is great for a side along Thanksgiving dinner,too. With leftover turkey coming also it's a great way to toss in some turkey, left over veggies or even some stuffing. It's a super quick recipe as I used Libby's Pumpkin Puree. Took me about 30 minutes to make.

4 cups pumpkin puree
4 cups chicken broth(vegetable if your a veggie only eater) I had some homemade but any will do
2 celery stalks, tops too chopped
2 carrots chopped
1/4 Vidalia onion(sweet onion is good)
1/4 Pure maple syrup(honey is a good substitute)
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 bay leaves
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of thyme
Dash of Poultry seasoning
1 cup heavy cream(coconut milk if you want healthy/low fat)

Place all ingredients in a pot on low and simmer until vegetables are tender. Puree in a food processor or blender. Pour back in pot without heat and add heavy cream. Stir until it's mix well. When serving you can add a little more cream like in the pictures and add some parsley or whatever herbs you have available. It's great cold too! Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Aquarium and Dinosaurs

We went to the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium a few weeks ago. They have a dinosaur exhibit that travels from each aquarium in North Carolina. I really didn't want to miss out on it and I definitely didn't want to boys to miss it. The dinosaurs actually moved and sprayed water as you walked by making it realistic. It was a pretty amazing. The boys want to go back, of course!

How cute are these four!

Hands on activities

Some more love

They have an amazing 1/2 trail through the forest with a few bridges crossing the water. The boys wanted to do it over and over again.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Best Dressed VMA's 2014

Here are my favorites from the VMA's last night, in order. I know these outfits are not realistic for everyday life  but it's fun to look :)

Fergie was my absolute favorite! Gold is my LOVE. That belt, the shoes, how everything just paired perfectly.She looks absolutely amazing even after a baby. Her jewelry was to die for. I'm so in love with her wedding ring. It's not the typical one you will see on everyone.

Not really a fan of this pointy nail trend. I know it's been a trend for years but I still can not get use to it.

My other favorite was Kate Beckinsale. Wow does she look amazing also. I love the white and the plunge V-neck. She is wearing a snake also which I love. A mother of a 16 year old, too! When I watched her interview her demeanor was so calming it made even more amazed with her. She also does yoga everyday. Inspiration for sure.

Selena Gomez and Jessie J were looking amazing also.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Turquoise Headpiece

Beauty Begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

$10 Headdress from Choie's

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pomegranate Madarin Quinoa

I made Pomegranate Madarin Quinoa and it is so good. It would be great for a Thanksgiving side or even with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving toss in it. Quinoa is a great replacement for white rice and is a good source of protein. I make the quinoa in the rice maker also which makes cooking super easy (might have read that in my previous post). I just hit the white rice button.The trick for good quinoa is making it dry. I have had quinoa to wet and it sticks together and doesn't taste to great. It won't toss well with other ingredients if it's not dry enough. If you cook it, make sure to not add too much water.Recipe below

3 cups cooked Quinoa
1/4 cup Pomegranate
1/4 cup Canned mandarine oranges
1/4 cup Steamed broccoli cut in small pieces(you can use kale also)

Mixed nuts, I used walnuts and sliced almonds
Shredded parmesan regiano
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 Italian Dressing

Toss all the ingredients together. Top with some nuts and parmesan cheese then drizzle honey, olive oil and Italian Dressing.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Our Life Lately

Mykah running to the fish!

Birthday Boys

Birthday Fruit


On our way home fron the beach

There is a reason it's called the Crystal Coast

Carnival time

I love seeing kids in their costumes. It's so cute!
Another beautiful one

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