Saturday, December 29, 2012

Our "elf on the shelf" adventures!

Here are some highlights of our elf from this Christmas!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012


#1 Tomato Basil soup & grilled mozzarella sandwiches
#2 Toasted ravioli w/ breadsticks and tossed salad
#3 crockpot pulled pork w/ baked potatoes
#4 Spinach strawberry salad w/ grilled chicken


The first real snow of the season....we have had a couple dustings recently but yesterday it was the first significant snow of the year!!! It continued all night and we have at least 2" on the ground this morning and its still coming down....the girls are beyond thrilled and it really makes you get into the Christmas spirit!!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


#1 white chicken chili w/ corn bread
#2 crockpot mac & cheese w/ tossed salad
#3 taco salad
#4 penne w/ italian sausage & fresh bread

my contribution for turkey day feast!! mascarpone chive mashed potatoes & pumpkin cookies

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HAPPY Halloween!

Happy Halloween from our cat & mouse!!!! 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekly Menu

Meal #1 beef stew w/ biscuits
Meal #2  mac&cheese w/ carrots & ranch {Emerson's pic for the week!}
Meal #3 Olive Garden salad w/ paninis
Meal #4 crunch wrap supremes w/ chips & salsa

1 left over from last week!

banana chocolate chip oatmeal bread

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

HAPPY 8th Birthday Savannah Lee!!

Today our oldest turned 8! {WOW, how can I have an 8 year old?!}  This was the first time she has ever had to go to school on her birthday, it usually falls on the Columbus Day weekend so she always gets the day off.  She took her favorite flavors of DD munchkins and clementines made up like jack-o-lanterns as a class treat! 

From Emmie she got the Winx Club Barbie she has been dreaming of and from mom and dad she got the HUGE surprise of an ipod touch!  For dinner on her special day she chose to have birthday brinner, her favorite pancakes and bacon. She knew exactly what type of cake she wanted and decorated it by herself!  She is becoming quite the independent little lady and its hard to believe she is growing up so quick! 

She is having a Barbie Bowling party with all her friends this weekend then all the festivities will finally be over! Happiest of birthday wishes to you my sweet girl, you are my gem!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Weekly Menu

Meal #1 pot roast w/ potatoes & carrots w/ fresh rolls
Meal #2 no peek chicken & tossed salad
Meal #3 corn dogs & french fries
Meal # 4 fajitas w/ spanish rice

1 left over from last week so thats all folks!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 Sausage w/ penne & fresh bread w/ tossed salad
Meal #2 Baked tacos w/ spanish rice
Meal #3 Chicken Riggies
Meal #4 Creamy grilled chicken picata w/ garlic bread
Meal #5 Meatloaf w/ green beans & salt potatoes

Cinnamon sugar bread
granola bars

Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekly Menu

Meal #1 Beef & Cheese manicotti w/ tossed salad
Meal #2 Mexican Pizzas w/ chips & salsa
Meal #3 Lasagna w/ fresh bread
Meal #4 Crockpot BBQ chicken w/ oven roasted potatoes
Meal #5 Creamy tomato tortellini soup w/ turkey paninis

Monday, September 10, 2012

Look who's a WING!

Cannot believe this will be my baby girl's last year of preschool!  Emerson started the Cazenovia Children's House program in the Sunshine room at the age of 2, moved onto Sprouts last year at the age of 3, now this year she is a Fall off to kindergarten....CRAZY!

She picked her outfit all on her own & has been waiting to wear it for over a week now!  No tears at drop off and had a GREAT first day!

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 Ravioli w/ tomato alfredo sauce & breadsticks
Meal #2  Turkey Breast of Wonder w/ spiral potatoes
Meal #3 taco cupcakes w/ spanish rice
Meal #4  Stuffed green peppers w/ parmesan roasted green beans

mini pancakes (going to make a big batch & freeze for easy school morning breakfasts!)
pretzels (didnt get to these last week & dying to try them!)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

DIRTY Girl!!!

Dirty Girl Mud Run! 


WOW, what an amazing way to spend the day with the greatest of friends running up a ski hill & crawling through the mud...going over & under obstacles and having a blast!!!

Pre Mud with part of our group of amazing beautiful ladies!!!!
  Post Mud with those hardcore tough mommas I am lucky enough to call friends!!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

3rd grade here we come!

Today was the first day of 3rd grade for Savannah! 

all about the sequins!!

shoes are SUPER important as always with this girl!
She was not thrilled summer was over but so happy when she got back after her first day. She loves her teacher and loves 3rd grade is what she proclaimed right off the bus! 

This GIANT cookie has been a first day of school tradition since kindergarten!  She made sure to remind me this morning as she was heading out not to forget to make her special treat!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mitey Mites!!! ~ Go Cazenovia Lakers ~ little homebody who never wants to do any extracurricular activities has fallen in love with cheer!!!! A month of practicing 4x a week and countless hours at home teaching Emmie paid off because today was the first big game and the whole squad looked GREAT!!!!

Weekly Menu!!

Meal #1 egg & cheese sandwiches w/ yogurt & granola
Meal #2 chicken salad sandwiches w/ fresh fruit
Meal #3 enchiladas w/ spanish rice
Meal #4 no peek chicken w/ fresh bread
Meal #5 steak on the grill w/ coleslaw & sweet corn

no bake oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip bars
fluffy buttered pretzels

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 Strawberry Spinach Salad {this dressing & I add grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese}

Meal #2 Heroin Chicken w/ sweet corn & tossed salad

Meal #3 Spagetti and meatballs w/ breadsticks

thats it....we are on a little mini farewell to summer vacation part of this week!

if its not too hot I want to try these:

lofthouse style cookies

Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday Emerson!!!

WOW....4 already?!? Where the heck does time go?  You are a super crazy wild girl with a heart of gold!  You are rugged but a girly girl through and through!  I love you like crazy and cannot wait to see what this year brings...hard to believe this time next year you will be off to kindergarten!!

We had a Hello Kitty party with your friends yesterday, so much fun!! You got to choose the menu and plan it all...jello jigglers, popcorn, watermelon & pink frosted brownie cupcakes {with sprinkles of course!}

Today you finally got your American Girl Bitty Baby from mommy & daddy and had an amazing cake from our great friend Miss. Nicki - sprinkle cake just like you had your heart set on!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Weekly Menu!!

Meal #1 Watermelon salad w/ fresh bread
Meal #2 Chicken ranch fajitas w/ spanish rice
Meal #3 Pizzucchini w/ tossed salad & fresh fruit
Meal #4 Chicken Tacquitos w/ chips & salsa
Meal #5 Breakfast pizza w/ fresh fruit

oatmeal choco/pb no bake bars

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Weekly Menu

Meal #1 Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Meal #2 Hamburgers w/ homemade buns & french fries
Meal #3 Taco Pie & Spanish rice
Meal #4 Pork Chops w/ biscuits & baked potatoes
Meal #5 Italian calzone wrap w/ tossed salad

things to try!
Instant mac & cheese (Emerson=mac&cheese addict so this will be great if it passes her test!)
single ingredient ice cream

Monday, August 6, 2012

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 Mississippi roast w/ carrots & potatoes and biscuits
Meal #2 Taco salad w/ chips & salsa
Meal #3 Linguini w/ shrimp scampi w/ tossed salad
Meal #4 Grilled pizza w/ baked mozzarella sticks
1 left over from last week!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mad Cow 5k ~ Sole Sisters Style!

August 4, 2012!  Mad Cow 5k race in Nelson, NY!!!  So much fun, wicked heat but we rocked that race & are now all addicted!  Our team was myself, my niece Alyssa visiting from AZ for the summer, and my 2 amazing friends Jenn and Nicki!

Pre Run photo - still looking all fresh and confident with no idea what we are in store for!

Post Run photo sweaty and whipped but still smiling!

I am so very thankful for each of the girls & beaming with pride for our accomplishment!  Love them all and now onto Dirty Girl 5k next month!!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 Apple Chicken Salad - dressing & salad w/ popovers
Meal #2 Coconut chicken fingers & tossed salad
Meal #3 Chicken Caprese Pasta & fresh bread
Meal #4 Spinach Lasagna roll ups & tossed salad
1 left over from last week!

frozen hot chocolate (we didnt make it to Serendipity on our NYC trip so making it ourselves!)
energy balls

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Weekly Menu!!

Meal #1 Hawaiian Grilled Chicken  w/tossed salad
Meal #2 Taco Salad & cilantro lime rice
Meal #3 Parmesan Chicken Salad & macaroni salad
Meal #4 Fish tacos w/ mango salsa
Meal #5 Grilled Margherita Pizza  w/ tossed salad

salsa new recipe to try out
chocolate chunk coconut icecream
pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 Sonoma chicken salad sandwiches w/ french fries
Meal #2 Grilled 7-up chicken w/ mac&cheese
Meal #3 Crunch Wrap Supreme w/ chips & salsa
Meal #4 Crockpot Chicken w/ corn bread
I have the OG salad leftover from last week's menu

nutella cookies
strawberries...went picking today so need to use em up!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

All GrOwN UP!

Recently took a trip to Arizona for a long overdue visit with family and friends!  While I loved seeing all my nieces and nephews, this trip was for a very special oldest niece, Alyssa was graduating from high school!  This makes me feel horribly old since I was a senior in high school myself the year she was born!?!?  I was so proud and could never miss this huge moment in her life! She is coming to stay part of the summer with us before heading off to college in the fall and I am thrilled to get to spend this time with her! She has grown into an amazing young lady who my girls adore and I respect as a role model for them. I love you Smitty and cannot wait to see what becomes of this new chapter in your life!

A picture the night of my senior prom with the precious little bundle!  I remember telling her mom, my sister Paula that I would not hesitate to drop her if she even looked like she was going to puke or poop on me!?! HAHA

A picture before heading out to Highland High School to watch her grab that diploma & say hello to adulthood! I totally would have pushed her to the side if she looked like she was going to puke or poop on me!?!

See that $ in her hand, that was for a fine for a lost text book, nothing like waiting till the last minute & giving your parents a heart attack!
I hope you remember to always be true to yourself and know that you are capable of anything you put your mind to! Your Auntie Nichole is here for you through whatever, whenever!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekly Menu

Meal #1 Grilled Chicken & pasta salad
Meal #2 Zucchini pizza & tossed salad
Meal #3 Pork tenderloin w/ marinade w/ macaroni & cheese
Meal #4 Margherita Flat bread pizza w/ fried cheese & tossed salad
Meal #5 Chicken tacos w/ spanish rice

choc pb cookies
creamy chocolate fudgesicles

Friday, May 11, 2012

Teacher Appreciation!

Rather than 1 big gift this year we decided to go with little gifts each and every day!  Thanks to pinterest for all the amazing ideas I never would have come across searching blogland!

Day #1 - creative juices

Day #4 - m&m's with poem

Monday, May 7, 2012

No more complaining jar!

So...its no secret I am addicted to Pinterest!  Well the other day I came across this amazing idea & unlike the hundreds of other pins I have I went to work on this one right away!!

Here is the general idea.....if you have little kids, listen up!  We are going on our second week & I swear its working like a charm!  This is based on the bible verse, Phillipians 2:14 - "Do everything without complaining or arguing."  We are not huge church people but do try to instill good values into both our girls, plus I am tired of the endless whining.  Savannah has a bible from VBS so I found the verse and made cute jars for each girl!  If it has sparkles on it & rewards attached I knew my girls would be all over it!

We took the original idea, expanded a bit and ran with it!! We sat both girls down & explained the bible verse and how this whole system would work.  They start the week with $5 in quarters in their special jar.  Every time they complain or whine 1 quarter is removed and put in their sisters jar {DOUBLE Whammy!!} If they argue with mom or dad same thing, if they argue with each other, mom & dad get a quarter from both of their jars! At the end of the week the girls can take their moola to the store and buy whatever they choose, or save up for something they really want!  The better behaved they are, the sooner they will get that item they have been dreaming of!

See the original idea on Born Fabulous Baby

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 honey sesame chicken w/ rice & tossed salad
Meal #2 paninis w/  olive garden salad
Meal #3 hamburgers w/ tortellini salad
Meal #4 chicken marsala & tossed salad with rosemary bread
*1 meal left over from last week so thats it folks*

breakfast cookies
choc chip cheesecake cookies

Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 Penne with italian sausage, tossed salad & fresh bread
Meal #2 Chicken Caesar sandwichs w/ macaroni salad & fresh fruit
Meal #3 Fettucinne alfredo w/ breadsticks & tomato cucumber salad
Meal #4 Pepperoni rolls w/ baked cheese balls
Meal #5 Sesame noodles w/ chicken & eggrolls

peanut butter banana smoothies
banana bread breakfast donuts

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My gems!

We had a crazy heat wave for a CNY Spring....near 90 in March is crazy!!! We celebrated by hanging poolside at a friends house and soaking in the sunshine! That dear friend happens to be an amazing photographer and managed to capture these great shots of my girls {who everyone knows are IMPOSSIBLE to photograph!}

As we are having WAY below normal temps this week I was drawn back to this day and wanted to share!  Thank you to Jennifer Wolsey for being an amazing magician behind the camera!  Check out her work here & here & of course on FB!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekly Menu

Meal #1 Fajitas w/ spanish rice & chips w/ salsa
Meal #2 Baked chicken parmesan w/ tossed salad & fresh bread
Meal #3 Pork Chops w/ parmesan roasted potatoes & fresh fruit
Meal #4 Apple Harvest Chicken Salad w/ fresh bread

frozen yogurt bites
choc chip coconut oat cookies {I have made these before, SO good!}

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 Crockpot Chicken Parmesan w/ tossed salad & bread
Meal #2 Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad w/ breadsticks
Meal #3 Smoked gouda & bacon mac & cheese (recipe below) w/ fruit salad
Meal #4 Enchilada casserole w/ chips & salsa

Easter dessert - Cheesecake tartlets & chocolate cheesecake strawberries

Smoked Gouda & Bacon Macaroni and Cheese (courtesy of my friend Sheila!)
- 1 pound (1 box) of elbow macaroni
- 6 cups water
- 4 tablespoons of salted butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 pound smoked Gouda cheese, grated
- bacon, cooked and crumbled OR real bacon bits

Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat, Add the 4 tablespoons of flour and start whisking it constantly for about 2 minutes, Slowly add the 4 cups of milk, stirring constantly. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper. Allow the milk to come to a light boil as you continue to stir, taking care not to burn it. At this point, start boiling the noodles so that they can be finished cooking around the same time as the sauce. Boil for about 8 minutes. Continue whisking the sauce until the noodles are done. Turn the heat down on the sauce to very low and quickly drain the noodles. Start slowly adding the cheese and stirring until it’s pretty smooth. Combine the cheese sauce and macaroni in a large mixing bowl and serve.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Weekly Menu!

Meal #1 Pepperoni Roll w/ tossed salad
Meal #2 Fuji Apple chicken salad (my most fave item at Panera & hope this copycat measures up!)
Meal #3 Spinach & Cheese Ravioli w/ tossed salad & breadsticks
Meal #4 Chicken quesadillas w/ spanish rice & chips w/ salsa
Meal #5 Pork chops w/ garlic rice pilaf & fruit salad

granola bars
chocolate peanut butter cookies (I have chocolate pb from the amish store so I skip that step!)

Thursday, March 29, 2012