Apr. 15, 2016

Dax’s Donut Shoppe

Is this real life? Is my kiddo three years old? Is he running like a mad man, talking in full sentences, and acting like a grown up on occasion? Yeah, I think so. Let me go cry my eyes out for a minute. I’ll be right back…

If you don’t know Maddax personally, I’ll let you in on a little secret: he LOVES donuts. I mean, who doesn’t? But this kid will ask me every morning, without fail, if he can have one. Mind you, we have only stopped for donuts ONE time before. This is not a recurring occasion for our family, and he has really only had them a hand full of times in his life. But I guess the sugary crack of that sweet glazed dough ring has hooked him, as it has hooked the world for generations.

Thus, Dax’s Donut Shoppe was born.

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Stop scrolling if you want to hear how I made the cake…

Deriving inspiration from this super pretty sprinkle cake I set out to find some blue and green sprinkles, which was actually harder than I thought. Enter etsy. Simply Baking Supplies can pretty much make any combination of colors you could ever want, and they are affordable and super great!

This cake cost us less than $10. Local bakeries (the grocery store kind) are seriously so great. I ordered a white whipped frosted cake ($5) and had them sprinkle the goods around the borders prior to pickup. Easy peasy.

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Apr. 11, 2016

How to Repot Succulants

To say we love plants may be an understatement. This year we bought seeds and are growing them in our office using a 24-hour light. Eventually they’ll live in our front garden. But for now? It’s safe to say we have a gardening problem. And when I say we, I mean Nace…because if I touch pretty much any plant, flower, or tree, they’ll instantly turn to mush and die. Having a green thumb is definitely not a talent I possess.

This weekend we went to Lowe’s to purchase a hedge trimmer and came out with all the pretty things instead. So we decided to at least make it productive for our followers and share how we repot succulents from store to a pretty new pot. Nace has mastered this over the last few years of trial and error with other soils, drainage systems and pots. This is the solution that has worked out really well for us keeping these hardy, but sometimes sensitive plants alive and thriving. succulent-planter
Check out the video below to see how we repot our succulents to allow for proper drainage eliminating stale water and root rot.

Supply List:
– Gravel
– Cactus Potting Mix
– Clay Pellets (We used ODLA pellets from Ikea, but you can find something similar at Lowe’s or Home Depot.)
– Large Succulent
– Sedum Garden Tile

If you have questions about your succulents feel free to comment below. Don’t worry, I’ll ask Nace and relay an answer back to you. ;)

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Apr. 8, 2016

Big Boy Bed Status

You can tell by Dax’s “long hair don’t care” appearance that this post is long overdue. I had hoped to post a bed tutorial first, but this on-again, off-again spring weather has our bed painting session on hold until it’s consistently warmer.

I think this post deserves a moment of praise for my handy husband took on the task of creating a lighted headboard (with a switch, y’all) from a dream in my head and a chicken scratch sketch on an old bill. Guys, he totally knocked it out of the park! We plan on painting the bed white soon, but in the meantime we are enjoying it as is. Dax absolutely loves being able to have a light above him at the flip of a switch, and although I was worried he may use it when he shouldn’t, we haven’t had any issues in the past couple months, thank goodness!

Stay tuned for more detailed DIYs from the bed, quilt and more from this project coming up. Enjoy.

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Although the DIY is to come, we’ve had interest in where we got the light on the headboard. We got it off amazon guys. It was so easy to install, the perfect size and such a great deal. :)

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Feb. 23, 2016

Coloring our half-bath

Trying something a bit different with this update, a video! Click below to see our continued progress on our half-bath.

Shortly after finishing my post about our half-bath progress I finally found this light fixture! Let’s just take a second to be grateful for Overstock, cause this deal seriously calls for at least one emoji. 🙌😍💡 But I’ll use three instead. This light was under budget, modern yet sparkly, and Nace approved. That’s pretty much the purchase trifecta in our house.

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I really wanted something that would coordinate but not compete or clash with our geometric mirror. In order to do that, I went away from a geometric detailed vanity light and chose a shiny chrome to match the many angles of the mirror instead. I love how the two work together. 
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Overall, I love the way it turned out. We wanted to keep it super affordable, while giving it a bit of a wow factor compared to where it was before. The bright pop of color we chose is called “Blaze Orange” and is actually more on the coral side than the pictures seem to depict.

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We hope you enjoyed our little video, more possibly to come soon!

XO – Court

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Feb. 5, 2016

Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf

Dinner Plate
Growing up I always disliked meatloaf. We didn’t eat it often, but when we did I basically doused the whole mess in ketchup to cover up what was surely something disgusting. Not that my mom’s recipe was bad, but as a kid MEAT LOAF is probably the least exciting food title there is. And honestly, that name is still pretty bad. But it has recently been revamped in our home to become one of Maddax’s favorites and our go-to for a quick and easy kid-friendly recipe.

I believe there are three secrets to the recent success of meatloaf relaunching its way into our home:
1. Use ground turkey—trust me.
2. Muffin size them—kids love kid-sized things.
3. Serve with Sriracha ketchup—amen!

Here’s how we do it:
Ingredients

There are only 8 ingredients in the recipe, and most of them you probably already have in your house, which makes this super easy to throw together at the last minute.

We use 1 lb ground turkey, but pay attention to the leanness, I feel the sweet spot here is about 85% lean, if you go much leaner than that the turkey will come out on the dry side, in any recipe. So remember, 85% is where its at.

Chop your onion and bell pepper and dump the whole mess into a mixing bowl. Combine it all together with a rubber spatula, or if you’re like me, just take off your rings and really just dig in with your hands until it’s well blended. I promise it’s the best and easiest way.

Note: If you don’t like onions, you can substitute for something else—yellow bell pepper, carrots, etc.—or leave them out. meatloaf mixture

Once the mixture is well combined, simply transfer into a greased 12-cup cupcake tin. (This also works really well in jumbo muffin tins.) Then drizzle on a bit of ketchup before baking. You can use regular ketchup or sriracha depending on how much spice you’re hoping for.

baking

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until meatloaf is cooked through.

Dinner Plate

For the adults, serve with a bit of Sriracha Ketchup on the side for a little added kick and enjoy!
Sriracha Ketchup

These little muffin sized meatloafs make great leftovers and freeze well too! Hope they are a hit for your family like they have been for ours.

 

Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 cupcake portions

Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey - 85% lean
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • * Sriracha Ketchup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Finely chop onion and bell pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, onion, bell pepper, oats, soy sauce, ketchup, oregano, garlic salt and pepper until well combined.
  4. Transfer evenly into a 12-cup non-stick cupcake baking pan and drizzle with ketchup.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, until the meat loaf is cooked through.
  6. Serve hot with ketchup or Sriracha ketchup on the side.
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