Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Easy Ham, Egg & Cheese Muffin Cup Breakfast

So I've been seeing lots of recipe posts on Pinterest for Ham & Egg cups. I'm all about finding different breakfast items that make my morning a little easier, that don't result in cold cereal. Don't get me wrong, we still enjoy breakfast cereal, but I like to mix it up - so we get some variety. Who wants to make a full on breakfast every morning. Not this lady! I'm not what you call a morning person. So I was excited to find these recipes for breakfast....easy, custom made to your liking, and you can make a bunch and store them in the fridge for the week. Yes, please!

End result: Delicious and easy!

Ham (I had a packaged thin sliced honey ham. I used 2 slices per cup, so pending the size of the slice you might only need 1/2 a slice - 2 slices. I'd use black forest ham or similar in the future - just because I'd prefer salt vs. honey)
Eggs (for 6 muffins I used 4 eggs)
Various veggies/cheese - veggies, cheese, etc. (I was out of veggies, so it was just cheese)
Various spices - what you normally season scrambled eggs with if any (I use pepper and Tastefully Simple's Onion Onion - basically a flavorful dehydrated onion seasoning)
Non-stick spray

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray
3. Line your muffin cups with ham slices
4. Scramble your eggs as you normally would and season if you'd like
5. Add a light layer of cheese & veggies on top of the ham
6. Add scrambled eggs on top and fill to just below top of muffin tin
7. Bake for about 15 minutes (give or take depending on your oven). Bake until eggs are firm
8. Store left overs in the fridge.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Day Out With Thomas!

Thomas the Train is in town at the Minnesota Children's Museum!

My husband had this week off from work, so we thought it would be the perfect time to all go together. My boys have a well-used train table at home, and love anything trains. So this was the perfect exhibit!

My little guys wore their Thomas shirts, and before we left the house they were yelling at each other with excitement, pointing at the other's shirt. Roman yelling "Thomas" and Logan just yelling gibberish, but with full gusto!

Logan (my almost 18 month old) actually shrieked with excitement when we first walked into the Thomas the Train Exhibit. The exhibit included trains you could climb aboard, the largest kid's train table my kids had ever seen, costumes to dress as Sir Topham Hatt, an area where you could fix Percy, etc.

 What else can you do at the Minnesota Children's Museum? (Pictures show the tip of the iceberg)


I highly recommend the Minnesota Children's Museum for any families with kids (crawling and above). There is so much to do to keep them entertained, and I recommend purchasing a family membership if you think you can make it there a few times a year. A basic family membership is $99 a year, but for our family of 4 to go 1 time it would cost us $40. So we've already cleared our membership for the year (now on our 3rd visit with the membership).

What the basic membership gets you: 
   * Unlimited admission for 12 months for 2 adults &  children in the same household
   * $2 off admission for up to 6 guests per visit
   * Member discounts - member events, museum store
   * Other local business discounts - ex: Free admission to the Science Museum on Tuesday

A few tips/things to know:
   * Best day to visit: Tuesday, no school groups allowed
   * Worst day to visit: Target Free 3rd Sunday's (while free, it is super packed)
   * There are a couple food options near by, but packing a lunch is a fun/cheap option, and there is an area with tables to sit.
   * Pack light and bring a bag that is cross-body, so you can park your stroller and not have to worry

Dustin (my husband) and I left the Children's museum with smiles on our faces. This has to be one of our favorite memories we've created as a family. We got to see everything we wanted, and the boys did great. Normally things like this can be stressful and can test your patience, but this was one of those moments in time where the stars aligned, and all was right in the world.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

School is now in session!

Does anyone else think of the Billy Madison's "Back to School" song when they start seeing school buses, backpacks, and lunchboxes? Maybe it's just me, but either way, it's fun to see all the Facebook pictures of kid's first day of school. There is so much excitement in the air for knowledge, or maybe it's to show off their cool new starter jacket, Doc Martins, and shirt they tried on in front of the mirror seventeen times. Oh wait...maybe, that was my childhood. I digress. 

The first day is always so thrilling in anything - you feel energized and excited. It could be a new job, a new class, a new diet, first day of school, etc. Well, school is in session, but nobody is in school at our house, but I can feel the energetic pulse regardless. So with that said, I used that energy to get the house in order, spend quality time with my kids, and fit in some education with them while I was at it.

Day 1: kitchen cleaned, living area cleaned, 2 loads of laundry done, brushed the dog, checked emails, went to the library, read a ton of books to my kids, the kids colored pictures for my husband for work, we did a letter B craft, made chili for dinner, and dehydrated apples.

So like I said...it was Day 1. Excitement, motivation, energy...insert other positive words. You get the idea.

As a full-time mom I struggle daily to find balance in keeping the sanity in my house (dishes, laundry, Legos and tiny itty-bitty toys off the floor, etc), educational/social opportunities for my kids, and time for myself. These are my struggles as a full-time mom, but as humans we ALL struggle to stay on track with our goals, and there is comfort in knowing that.

In an effort to find that "perfect" balance as a full-time mom. I found a routine that works for us (when the stars align)

A Full-Time Mom's Schedule (wishful thinking):
Breakfast - at the table, no TV, just talking and waking up
Morning Cartoons - on the couch or they can play in the livingroom, and I get a minute to enjoy some coffee
Let the day begin - Playing, outings, outside, craft, preschool type learning, reading, etc.
Playtime/Pickup toys before lunch
Naps/quiet time
I work on one or some of the following: dinner, clean, shower, blog, bills, etc.

Let's be honest, my days don't usually look like this, but I TRY, and if you are trying you at least have a goal. So if you are trying to get back into a routine, exercise more, eat less, be more financially responsible...whatever your new journey might be, good luck to you! School is now in session!