One of my favorite things is a quick meal, even better if it is made ahead and ready for a heat through and serve. I recently put together these super easy scrambled egg wraps. They came together so fast I wish I had thought of them years ago! They freeze great and warm up fast in the microwave. It has been awesome having these on hand for a simple breakfast on the go! There are a lot of mornings where I just don’t have the time to cook for myself and make sure the kids are fed and happy! These even make a great low fat snack for any time of day which is also great for me and this little bit of baby weight I’m still working off! So the process is simple.. First start with eggs, milk, tortillas, cheese & sausage (optional) Then scramble your eggs and milk, cook. While your eggs are cooking, set up your tortillas. I took my cutting board and lined up the tortillas, then placed a single slice of American cheese on each. Once I was done with that I cooked my sausage according to the directions on the package. Then I cut up my sausage into small chunks. By now the eggs were done so I added the sausage to my eggs. Now I took the sausage & egg mixture and brought it over to the tortillas. Now all that was left was to take a spoonful of the sausage & egg mixture and place it on each tortilla. I tried to spread out the mixture as even as possible. And, I tried to keep each spoonful in the center of the tortilla, right on top of the cheese. Once I had spooned out all my mix, I wrapped them up with parchment paper and popped them into the freezer! My thought here was that the parchment paper could be microwaved which works great when reheating. I used small pieces of white duct tape to hold the parchment paper closed. Then I put together this cute little directions tag for my husband because, let’s be real here.. I’m not a morning person. I put all the wraps in a favor bag because, that’s what I had on hand but a gallon zip lock is great too. And vuallah, breakfast for the week. So simple. This is how they looked fresh out of the freezer.. And the best part, they are super yummy and taste fresh every time!! #winning Print Freezer Scrambled Egg Wraps Ingredients 6 eggs 6 slices american cheese (optional) 6 soft tortillas 4 breakfast sausage (or bacon, slices of ham, diced sweet peppers, etc) splash of milk salt & pepper spray cooking oil Instructions In a large mixing bowl, scramble your 6 eggs and splash of milk. I used whole milk but any fat content will do. Spray cooking oil onto medium sized fry pan and warm over low-medium heat, be careful not to burn your oil. Slowly pour your eggs into pan and …READ MORE
In all honesty, it was a great weekend. My husband and I are facing some really tough life changing decisions right now and we have been working through them so rationally that it has been a real eye opener and reminder of the strength in our relationship. I am at a full out cross road and I couldn’t ask for a better life partner to help navigate me down the right path. I have been doing some major soul searching, staying up all night tossing and turning, thinking and dreaming. This is one of those moments. I think it might be THE moment. The one that makes you who you are. And I am living it. Breathing it. I can’t escape it. I wake up and it is there just staring me in the face, taunting me with it’s uncertainty. This is one of those moments that changes you forever. This moment may be the rest of my life. And to my beautiful children. And to my supportive husband. These memories are for you. I choose my heart. All my love,
With the 4th of July coming up in just a few days, I thought it would be fun to do a little flag project! I wanted something that would be kid friendly to enjoy with my five year old daughter, Summer. I created a printable American Flag that can be used as a coloring page, a stencil or a cut and paste. We are going to head over to print and craft our flag right now! I can’t wait to share our finished product! Click here for your American Flag Printable to enjoy this project with your kids!
I have been meal planning which I hope to share very soon because, it has really been working out beautifully. Tonight our planned meal was pizza. We have A LOT of experience making pizza. There may have been an entire month last summer where we ate pizza every day so my husband could perfect his dough recipe. We LOVE to make our own pizza but, my husband really has a sore spot for store bought dough. I guess all that time spent working on his technique shouldn’t go in vane. But, it has been a really long time since we last made our own pizza so I kind of forgot all about his loyalty and I may have bought a bag of whole wheat dough with my groceries this week. Shoot me. I have to be honest, the store bought dough was a bit stressful. Store bought dough is REALLY sticky (I think because it is pre-frozen?) and my husband swears that his dough is so much easier to handle. So there I was, trying to mediate between my super excited daughter saying “can I try? can I do that? can I roll it? can I put the cheese on now?!!!!!” While my husband held back his rage against this poor unknowing bag of dough. Let the record show, I did offer to take over several times but, the pizza king claimed he was oh so much better at making pizza. Note: Do not add crazy amounts of flour, which I apparently do or at least did before he became the master of homemade pizzas. But I promise you, it is possible to make yourself a pie comparable to take out even with store bought dough. So after a bit of dough wrestling, I was finally allowed to step in and finish pressing the dough out into the pan. Then I was able to let my daughter “do it!” spread the sauce, sprinkle the cheese & finally cook the pie. Really it is a simple process, anyone with a little patience can do it, I promise. Even with the evil that is “store bought dough”. First: Take your store bought dough homemade if you remembered to ask your husband to provide you with his expertise ahead of time. But if not… start by following the directions on the bag (if store bought). This dough was bought frozen, taken home and refrigerated. When we prepped for dinner tonight we had to take the dough out of the fridge and leave it out on the counter inside the bag, allowing it to rise and become room temperature. This is what the dough looked like when we took it out of the bag… Then you want to sprinkle a tiny bit of flour (when your husband isn’t looking) just to make the dough manageable, and roll it into a ball. It really does help the dough from sticking to your surface, ours being our nifty Silicone Baking Mat we have used this mat for every pizza and every …READ MORE
Summer is here and it is hot! When the air conditioner is cranking all day long the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove. I love to break out the Crockpot in the summer because it is convenient heat free cooking! I love the idea of freeing up my day to play outside with the kids and not having to worry about cutting our fun short to make dinner. There is zero part of me that ever wants to break away from the nice weather to come inside and stand over a hot stove! This recipe takes only 5 minutes to set up then you can just walk away until dinner time. That to me is meal perfection. You can even choose between a 3.5 or a 6.5 hour cook time. Perfect for those beach days or aquarium trips, however you choose to spend your summer days! This recipe makes a light and creamy slightly tart lemon sauce with a subtle garlic bite. There will be enough to smother your chicken and also your sides which trust me, you will want to do. Honestly, this sauce is delicious! My entire family loves it. The chicken pairs very well with white rice or stuffing and green vegetables like string beans or broccoli. Bonus if their garden fresh! Happy Summer 🙂 Print 5 Ingredient: Crockpot Lemon Garlic Chicken 5 minutes 3 hours, 30 minutes 3 hours, 35 minutes 4 Ingredients 4 Bonesless Skinless Chicken Breasts, thawed. 1 (10.5 oz) can Cream of Chicken Soup 1 (10.5 oz) can Cream of Mushroom Soup 3 Minced Garlic Cloves Juice from 1 Lemon Instructions Cook chicken in Crockpot (covered) on HIGH for 3 hours (tip: looking for a longer set and forget time? cook on LOW for 6 hours) After 3 hours on HIGH (or 6 hours on LOW) drain the juices from your Crockpot Mix together Cream of Chicken, Cream of Mushroom, Minced Garlic Cloves & Lemon Juice Pour mixture over chicken and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes (covered) or until done Serve with a side of white rice and green beans or stuffing and broccoli ENJOY! Recipe Management Powered by Zip Recipes Plugin 4.29 http://littlebluehazel.com/2016/07/5-ingredient-crockpot-lemon-garlic-chicken/ Little Blue Hazel 2016 This recipe was adapted from others like it @thefrugalgirls.com Need a Crockpot to start crocking your summer away?! How cute is this Disney Themed one?!! I’m in love, I may just need a second pot. For those days when I need to double up right?!! Or how about you buy one and I can live vicariously through you?! That sounds about right! All my love,
You guys, I have to share with you these awesome overnight heat-free curlers that I found! Lately my daughter Summer has been really loving all the attention I’ve been giving to her hair. She wants, all the styles. One thing we hadn’t been able to play around with much was curls. And I have to confess, I love curls. Especially cascading from my adorable little daughter’s head! Of course, she doesn’t want a hot curling iron anywhere near her and really, neither do I. Aside from fear, her sleek silky hair would NEVER cooperate, we have tried. So I found these magical little curlers and tried them out. To my amazement, they work. I mean, really work. It was pure curl magic. There is a slight learning curve but with a little patience you’ll get it quick and you’ll be so glad that you did! Inside the package you will find your curlers and your hook, there are three parts that need to be snapped together. The curlers are hollow and have a grippy edge at each end which holds the hair in place. Start with damp hair and then slide your hook through a curler. Take the hair in small sections, twist the hair tightly at the scalp and place it into the hook. While holding the hair in the hook slowly pull the hair through the curler. This is where I had some trouble, the directions in my package don’t stress the twisting part but really, the twisting is key. If you don’t have a tight enough twist the hair gets snagged inside the curler and won’t pull through. The twist keeps the hair in a tight section that makes it easy for it to be pulled through the curler. Once I got use to the process I thought the curlers were great, easy to use and super kid friendly. I love the fact that I can set them at night and she can wake up to beautiful morning curls! I worried they might be uncomfortable for her to sleep on but she didn’t seem to mind at all. In fact, she kept them in for hours this morning because she wanted to be “extra curly!” Taking them out was really simple, just pull at the end and the hair is free. My favorite part? No hairspray needed! These springy natural looking curls held tight all day! I honestly still can’t believe it. As a person with natural wave who frequents the curling iron for fancy nights out, I am really looking forward to trying these bad boys out on my own hair! No more sweaty curling iron, no more trying to squeeze in the time to use the sweaty curling iron, no more sticky hairspray, I am pretty excited with all the possibilities here. In fact, I may just have to try these on for fun tonight! I ordered mine from Ebay but now I am wishing that I had checked Amazon first because I am finding a …READ MORE
I have been blogging for longer than I would ever like to admit. Not because I am ashamed of blogging but because, I have had more blogs under various different names depicting different aspects of my life than probably anyone, ever. Ok and maybe I am just a little bit ashamed. Not because I should be but because, I am painfully shy and blogging like this is a real push. I have sat by and watched other women as they swoop in and become “overnight” sensations, in the matter of a few years taking their hobby blogs from unknown to full blown business while I sit here still trying to figure out what my niche is. I mean I am a mom, I know that I like to blog about recipes, crafts and my kids so technically that makes me a mom blogger, right? But I have been blogging for so long that I am old and new all at the same time and it is all very confusing for me. When I started blogging, blogs were more like journals where people let out their frustrations and then prayed that someone, anyone might read it. Or maybe prayed that no one would ever read it because we wanted our blog to be private yet for some reason felt the need to publish our private thoughts online for all to see. There were no hashtags. We could not tweet our recent posts, add them to our Facebook page and Instagram an accompanied photo. Twitter and Facebook didn’t even exist. I don’t know, don’t quote me on that, maybe it did but if so I wasn’t using it yet. I know Myspace was a thing at the time but I wasn’t using that either. My point is, I am still trying to figure this blogging thing out. I find myself writing blog posts in my head every day that never make it to the screen because I guess most of the time I am just too scared to put it out there. Something has always been holding me back. My blogging story is basically a metaphor of my life. I somehow hold myself back from everything just at the end, just when things are about to get good. We build a beautiful house, it is 95% finished, we’ve been living in it for over three years yet it still has primer on almost all of it’s walls. I go to school for a hundred years part time, I am one year away from my nursing degree with no desire to finish. I get everything out to start a project then everything sits on the counter for a week before I even look at it again. Story of my life. I have been talking about trying to make money blogging for so long that it has become a running joke in our house. But how do I admit that I have been at this for over ten years and still have no clue what …READ MORE
My best ideas seem to be born in the deep hours of night I spend lying awake in the dark while my family is fast asleep. I spent a good hour last night entering my kids into the #gapcastingcall and then an additional two hours dwelling over the pictures I had chosen. This is the type of insanity I am blessed with in the wee morning hours when I should be sleeping. But after all this nonsense, I did discover that one of the new updates for Instagram lets us have multiple accounts linked to our app. This allows you to toggle back and forth between said accounts easily without having to log in and out. That got me pretty excited. When I created this blog I already had a long standing account with Instagram that I decided to leave the way it was. The name I used means a lot to me and I didn’t want to change and loose it. The other plus to creating a new account was to try and distance myself and my new blog away from my Facebook account and all of the followers that had came with it. Sure now there have been some that have trickled into my new account but for the most part, I have been able to separate myself and leave my old account in the dust. I love to write and take pictures and blogging is a way for me to capture that part of my life and put it on display. But I don’t like to put myself, particularly my writing on display. I’m just well, shy. And, my old account was full of way too many people who know me in the real world, I felt it better to try and create a little wall. So last night I’m reminiscing all of these old pictures and it occurs to me that a part of me regrets not just changing the name because, I miss them. I thought of maybe starting to do flashbacks pictures on my new Instagram account but there are just so many. Then I thought, what if I just spotlighted them here. I could take one picture at a time and talk about it. That to me seems like a better way to pay homage to all of my old memories. Today’s photo is my first ever Instagram. It is of my daughter Summer, when she was about eight months old. It was taken at a Johnny Rockets with my husband after we brought her to have professional pictures taken for the first time. I remember that day like it was yesterday. We discovered how delicious their food is, when your craving a little greasy splurge. Summer tried french fries for the first time. Our photo session was very long, we had so many pictures to sort through, it took hours. We had all these outfit changes for her. She was standing but couldn’t walk yet so we stood her up so she …READ MORE
Here’s a simple food tip for all of you with a preschooler at home who needs pasta shapes like animals but won’t eat the cheese. Save your cheese! Here’s one way to use said cheese.. Cook up some rice, any rice. Long grain, short grain, Jasmine.. Go nuts! Cook according to the directions then take your cheese packet (or packets, depending on the amount of rice you cooked up) and mix up your rice just like you would a box of macaroni and cheese. Cheese packet, butter (or margarine), milk. Done. Best cheesy rice you’ll ever taste and simple too!