Sunday, August 31, 2014

Buffalo Cauliflower

So on my last day of my blog challenge I will be sharing a recipe I found on Pinterest that Ryan and i love. It's a great side dish. I am always looking for new side dish recipes. I was thrilled when we tried this out and it was a keeper. It's great dipped in some ranch....YUMMY!!!

We actually just had this the other night with some grilled chicken and baked potato. 

 This is what it looks like after you coat with the batter. 

 And this is after the first 15 minutes after it hardens.

 Then you coat with your sauce. 

 Then put back in the oven and coat again with the sauce. 

Here is the recipe I got from Persnickety Plates

1 head of cauliflower

For the batter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup water
dash of Frank's Wing Sauce (or Frank's Original Hot Sauce)
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon dried onion - I have used this recipe with and without dried onion and it still taste just as yummy without. 

For the buffalo sauce
1/4 cup Frank's Wing Sauce
3 Tablespoons salted butter, melted
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with non-stick spray and set aside.
Wash your head of cauliflower and cut into pieces.
In a medium bowl, mix together the batter ingredients. It will be pretty thick.
Dip each piece of cauliflower into the batter until fully and evenly coated. Place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes until the batter hardens.

In a small bowl, mix together the buffalo sauce ingredients.
Once the cauliflower are done, remove from the oven and brush with the buffalo sauce. And once again, fully and evenly coat each piece.
Put back into the oven and bake for a few more minutes about 5-7 minutes or until  the sauce has mostly dried and the cauliflower is crispy.
Remove from the oven and cool.

I hope you give this a try. It's a different way to eat cauliflower, much more exciting than the usual steamed cauliflower. I am always looking for new ways to cook our veggies:)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bentley's Monster Party.

For Bentley's second birthday I decided on a Monster theme. Of course his birthday was in May but this is part of the month long of blogging to catch up on things:)
We decided to have it at home and do the usual bounce house thing. The kids love those things and the guy we use for the bounce houses is awesome. He is a one man show so he drops it off when he's in the area, so we got the bounce house Friday evening and he didn't pick it up until Monday evening. The party was on Sunday. By the time the party got here the kids were all bounced out. They were so excited we got to keep it all weekend long. All the usual family and friends were here to help us celebrate.

The invitation I got from Big Day Invitations via Etsy. I also got a printable party pack to match the invites. I got a banner, 8x10 sign, cupcake toppers, water bottle/silverware wrapper, tent folds, and favor tags. I hope I remember everything that was included in party pack. You get a lot!  Oh and thank you cards.....something I did not take advatage of. I have been so so bad about writing thank yous. I feel horrible. But do know I am so grateful for everything our little dudes get on their birthdays. 

The chalkboard monster printable I got from Lollipop Ink via Etsy. I got it printed in a 8x10 and used washi tape to tape to mirror. 

Here is a close up of the chalkboard poster. I love it!And it's something that we can keep forever and include with his scrapbook. But I forgot one of his favorite words {JEEP} and I noticed like the next day he really had 17 teeth. He had a sneaky molar coming in waaaaay in the back. And you all know how hard it is to see inside a toddler's mouth. 

 This sign I had in a flower pot right outside the front door. I punch a couple holes, one at top and bottom then slide a dowel through them and stuck it in the pot. 

Singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY! All smiles!!! The there's Easton eyeballing the candle getting ready to BLOW!


 Bentley had 3 little helpers helping him open his presents. 

 The kids tackling poor Jerry. I don't think he realized what he got himself into. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Rewind.

I cannot believe it's already been a week since I went down to Cynthia's. It's crazy how fast a week can go by. I wish they lived closerr. It would so very nice to them on a weekly basis. Oh how I miss her around here:)

 Cynthia and Joe's chickens. They did not like the camera very much at all. 

Oh and how I wish I could see this sweet face more often:) someday!

We had Easton's preschool meeting and finally got the start date. He will be starting Sept 8, so only another week and a half now. This will be good. Bentley will have some time to himself and won't beat up on Easton. Bentley is so mean, such a little punk. And Easton will start up his speech class again. We finally did get some speech help through our insurance carrier and have been going all summer one day a week. So when school starts he will be getting it 3 times a week:) 

I went to the gym for the first time in like 3 months and I am sore today. Tomorrow I am sure I will be even more sore than today. I took it easy and will go back on Tuesday and hopefully start going at least 3 times a week....we will see how that goes. It seems like I always have crap to do and errands to run. 

I signed up to do my very first vendor fair. So nervous!!! Now I am obessessing how I will set up my space and what to use. I have a couple ideas but now I have to see if I can get what I need cheap. A couple ideas might involve Ryan maybe putting something together for me....he doesn't know it yet. So lots to do to get ready for that. It's not until mid September so I have time but you know how that goes. My main goal for this vendor fair is to meet new contacts and hopefully gain some new customers. I hope the investment pays off in the long run. And hopefully I will be able to do more fairs in the future. It was a very hard decision to make because Cameron will have a baseball game and I have never missed a game. Not even one. I have left early for a parent meetings at his school but never missed a whole game:(

Oh and yesterday the Stampin' Up! holiday catalog went LIVE for customers. If you would like a catalog mailed please let me know and I will get one to you. You can check out my online store here. If you place an online order  use hostess code: DA2FQEAB at checkout. Place an order of $40 or more in product and receive a 
small gift from me:) 

Only 2 more post for the month of August and I will have completed my own blog challenge. A month of blogging everyday. I can't believe actually did it and stuck with it!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Disneyland Day Three.

Just like our second day in Disneyland we were up bright and early and got there when they opened. We started the day off at California Adventure again. The lines move very quickly thank goodness. So today Ryan took Bentley with him to get us some Starbucks and I took Cameron and Easton and headed to the Cars fast pass line. And OMG the fast pass line was way longer than the day before. It took about 30 minutes this time and our return time to the ride was 6:30pm where as the day before the return time was 2:30pm. It's still worth waiting in the fast pass line. 

We spent half the day at California Adventure and the other half at Disneyland.  And dinner right in the middle at The Rainforest cafe in Downtown Disney. 

 Waiting in the Cars fast pass line. They were starting to get kinda of restless towards the end. 

 Waiting for Dad and Easton to come down from the Grizzly River rapids ride. 

 Easton loved this ride!!!!

 Of course Ryan dragged Cameron and of course he went unwillingly. 

 Eating dinner at the Rainforest Cafe. The kids loved it!!!

 Bentley was sleeping and woke up a few minutes after we got seated, so he was a little grumpy at first. 

In these pictures the sun was glaring right i n our eyes. In most of the pictures we got takes the kids have their hands blocking their faces because the sun was so blinding. 

 We had some much FUN! We watched the Pixar Parade again and the Word of Color show. Disneyland truly is a magical place. I never went as a kid and I am so grateful we were able to go and experience it the boys. The loved every minute it. It brings such joy seeing the expressions and happiness in your kids. We all had an awesome time and cannot wait to go back. We were there for 3 days and we still didn't see everything. There is so much to see and do. I hope the kids will remember this trip, I know we will.