Life is Beautiful

3.25.2015

After School Snack Party with Hormel Peperoni

My kids love and devour Hormel Pepperonis so I thought why thought throw a party out of it? This party has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. As always, thank you for supporting this blog! #PepItUp #CollectiveBias



I don't know about you, but by the time my daughter comes home from school, she is always hungry and asks for a snack.  It's such a awkward time at 3:30 in the afternoon when you're just a few hours away from dinner time so you don't want your child to eat a hefty meal and not be hungry for dinner, but you don't want to give her something little that won't satisfy her for a few hours.  So I made a quick and easy pizza pocket and zucchini pizzas and they were so perfect for her and her friends after school!  These two recipes were perfect because not only are they filling but not hefty, but they are super easy and fast and who wants to cook a meal before making the real meal which is dinner?  Not me!  


My daughter was so excited to help me decorate for the party and came up with the designs herself! She also decorated the table with sea shells and blue and green rocks, treasure chest and her mermaids to give it a "Under the Sea" feel to the party.  I think she did a wonderful job decorating it, don't you think?  I made the flowers using the crepe paper on a white paper plate.  I glued the first layer of crepe paper and pressed down to the glue as I ruffled the paper, in a round circle until all the white paper area was filled.





Below are the two recipes, enjoy!













Ingredients:

1
can (8 oz) crescent dinner rolls
1/4
cup pizza sauce
3/4
cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2
cup sliced Hormel mini pepperoni 
1
teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • 1. Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough onto cookie sheet; separate into 4 rectangles (2 triangles each). Press each rectangle to form a 6x4-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal.
  • 2. Spread 1 tablespoon pizza sauce on half of each rectangle to within 1 inch of edge. Sprinkle each with 3 tablespoons cheese; top with 6 slices pepperoni. Fold dough from the top over filling; firmly press edges with fork to seal. Sprinkle each rectangle with 1/4 teaspoon grated cheese. With fork, prick top of each to allow steam to escape.
  • 3. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until deep golden brown. Serve warm.


Zucchini Pizza Bites







INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • Kosher salt and freshy ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely grated mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Hormel pepperoni minis
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning(optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat oven to broil.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, add zucchini and cook, flipping once, until golden, about 1-2 minutes on each side; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place zucchini rounds onto a large baking sheet. Top each zucchini round with marinara, mozzarella and pepperoni minis.
  • Place into oven and cook until the cheese has melted, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with Italian seasoning, if desired.

Check out other Hormel Peperoni recipes on their Facebook Page.



Do you have a after school go-to snack that you make for your kids?  Please share the recipe with me!

My morning ritual with my son






Now that the weather is getting warmer, it's time to bust out my Taga bike and start exercising!  I went on a bike ride with my son last week and I'm embarrassed to admit, it was my first exercise of the year.  Or more like the past 7 months?  The last time I exercised was when I went on a Taga bike ride with my son in August last year.  I received this bike in exchange for a review and while I have no obligation to post again and am not getting paid to write this, I just wanted to express how much I love this bike!  It's pretty much the only thing that motivates me to exercise.  I'm not a gym person, I need to be active while doing something I enjoy such as hiking, biking, rollerblading, jumping on the trampoline and etc. and all the things I just listed is hard to do with a 1 year old but the Taga bike is perfect since I can just buckle him in and go ride!  I don't need to attach a bike trailer or trying to balance a bike from falling while buckling him in a bike seat, one less step for this frazzled, overwhelmed mama.  You may be wondering, but your son is almost 2 now?  Don't you got the hang of 3 kids by now?  Surely you must.  Well, honest truth, I feel like I am just getting the hang of it.  As in like a month ago.  It's finally getting a tiny bit easier.  Like there's opposition in all things though, as much as I've been overwhelmed and cried sometimes because it was just too hard, I've felt way more joy and happiness than when I had 2 kids.  My happiness seems to burst out of my chest and my heart starts beating faster when I think about how grateful I am to be a mother to my 3 insanely sweet , happy kids.  They make me lose my patience many times but they're mostly wonderful and very sweet, caring and thoughtful kids.  

Today I took my daughter to a church activity where I am a leader to 16-17 year old girls.  We made cookies and delivered them and afterwards when we were driving home, my daughter said to me, "Mommy, when we go home can we eat ice-cream and sit down and talk together?"  My heart melted and I said to her, "Can you please always ask me to sit down and talk together even when you're a teenager?" I really need to start having her sign these contracts, now that I think about it!



P.S. I was browsing Taga Bikes last week and saw that they are having a $250 off sale!  You can also use a code: STYAU100 for a free rain cover with your order.
Use the coupon “Spring2015” in the checkout for a 250 USD discount.
(Valid until March 31st or until stock lasts)
Use code: STYAU100 for a free rain cover too!

3.24.2015

My son loves his daddy more than me









It's the hard truth.  My son loves his daddy so much.  So much that as soon as daddy walks in the door after work, he runs up to dad with the biggest smile on his face and then never leaves him.  Literally.  He will be right by his dad the rest of the night until he falls asleep.  It's cute and all and I am glad they have this father-son bond, but I will be lying if I say I'm not a little sad that he's not a mama's boy.  

A couple months ago when it was that time of the month, I cried one morning after Jay left to work and my son was crying by the door and wanted nothing to do with me.  How could he do this to me?  I'm so nice to him!  I take care of him all day, clean up his messes all day, cook for him and feed him and play with him and make sure he's happy!  So I did what any mature mother would do- I was mad at him for an hour or two.  I withheld affection from him and while I was nice and kind, I wasn't kissing his cheeks every second like I usually do or giving him hugs or giving him big smiles and giggles and playing with him.  I took care of him, fed him, cleaned him, held him when I needed to but I wasn't ogling after him and being obsessed like I usually am.  He and I both took a nap together and when I woke up, I realized how immature that was and went right back to ogling him and kissing him all over and squishing his cheeks.  Because no matter who he loves more, I cannot control how much I love this boy!

So while I do sometimes wish he was a mama's boy and only wanted me sometimes, I am so grateful for his relationship with his dad.  They have such a solid, tight relationship and I think it is the most adorable thing in the world to watch.  And can I really blame my son? Jay is such a fun and sweet dad, I would want to be with him all the time too!  I love my two boys.  So so much.  And I'm so glad they have each other. 

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