Monday, January 25, 2016

Toasted Raviolis {T-Ravs}

I decided over the weekend I wanted to make homemade raviolis. I had seen a recipe in my new Pioneer Woman cookbook on using won ton wrappers to create them, and went to work. A favorite appetizer in the Des Moines area are toasted raviolis, so we made these instead. 

My sous chef wanted to help, and she was indeed so much help. She had the idea to cut them in circles instead of leaving them as squares, and they fried/toasted so much easier. 

She created a little assembly line with won ton wrappers, the mini meatballs I had cooked up, egg wash, and the bread crumbs. 

She was so proud of them. She has been playing coffee shop and waitress recently, so she took her daddy's order, and brought him a plate of appetizers while I got to making our main dinner. {see below...the 1 pan chicken with bacon pasta dish is incredible.}

These were delish, and we will be making them again. 

It is soooo good. 

We have been having a nice pasta dinner on Sunday nights in the last few weeks, with a properly set table, so we have been getting creative with our pasta dishes. This one is a hit. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Things we love lately...

I love you Amazon. I love your for your array of items to buy, and reviews of said items. I love you for Subscribe and Save. I love you for the streaming. I love you for Amazon Fire tablets, Amazon Fire TV, and Amazon Prime. I love you for free 2 day shipping.

I love you Ebates. When I was doing our holiday shopping on Cyber Monday, your easy to use site directed me to all my usual retailers, and let me know which ones were having sales, and which ones you were doubling your rebates on. It added up quick, and that cash will help offset what we spent. Your browser button is a must have! {Try it out! We saved a bunch of cash on items we were going to buy anyway, at websites we were going to use anyway. It does not cost any extra, you simply go to the website and click on the retailer link there. It directs you to Nordstrom, Target, Kohls, etc just as normal, but you earn cash back. Here is a link to get you started: Danielle's referral to Ebates! or you can click on the link on the sidebar <--- }

Oh Costco, you saucy minx you. Your return policy is everything. I love the random items I seem to find each and every time I am shopping your glorious aisles. The 1/2 price Hunter Boots, and the discounted clothing items are worth the price of admission alone. The Mediterranean seasoning on the pork medallions and chicken wings is delish. Your wine pricing is outstanding, and in the Rochester location, the Kirkland Vodka cannot be beat. We love you. 

Girlfriends Guide to Divorce

Now, don't give me the side eye when you hear the title of this show. Tony glared at me when I told him what I was watching, but so far, the message to the storyline is not taking your partner for granted. It is good, and I love Netflix for streaming it. Oh Netflix...

You are the reason we will be cutting the cable cord soon. I can watch all the weird British documentaries my little heart desires, and I can also re watch

 Sirens all day everyday. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Trains, Spices, Babies, and Pimm's.

Gavin was the lucky little boy who got a train table for Christmas from Grandma and Papa. He loves it, and I think Avery and Tony do too. They play with it quite a bit. 

Having the extra room in the basement is very necessary now with the larger toys the kids have. 

I went to the hospital on Friday night to visit some friends who had their second little girl. Downtown looked pretty cool. 

I spent the weekend working on various organizational projects, and the spice cabinet got cleaned out, and re-organized. I love my spices. 

I enjoyed a Pimm's Cup while doing so. It made it a bit more fun!

Gavin was sick yesterday and today. I am hoping he feels better soon, and that it misses the rest of the Bower House. 

Wish us luck!

Friday, January 8, 2016

I'm Back!

Always one for New Years Resolutions, I have decided to make blogging more of a priority. Well, any kind of priority would be an improvement over the last few years. 

2 kids and working full time is no joke. 

They are the best though. 

More to come soon. We have been busy. 

Our basement is mostly finished. We are waiting to finish out the bathroom down there while our bank account recovers from the rest and the holiday season.