dinner’s ready: easy meatball sliders

posted one of our fave dinners (meatball sliders!) on Instagram last week and thought it would be fun to share the recipe here. we love this savory and scrumptious comfort food served in a mini size! they are also simple enough to make on busy evening and light enough to eat all year round. make a double batch and serve over pasta later in the week!


MEATBALL SLIDERS: makes 12  (Serves 4), 15 minutes Prep Time, 20 minutes Cook Time

You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup corn flakes, finely crushed (crushed saltines work too)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons favorite marinara sauce, plus more for topping
  • 2 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese, plus more for topping
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces ground beef, 96% lean
  • 12 small dinner rolls or slider buns, halved
  • Fresh basil or arugula leaves for topping

Here’s How

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine corn flakes, parsley, egg, oil, 2 tablespoons marinara, 2 tablespoons cheese, salt and pepper. Add ground beef and mix together. Roll mixture into 12 meatballs, placing on prepared baking sheet as you go.

Place on rack in center of oven and bake for 20 minutes, until cooked through.  Set aside and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Place basil on bottom half of each roll, add a dollop of reserved marinara, top with a meatball, drizzle with more marinara, sprinkle with cheese and cover with roll top.

Arrange on plates, serve with one or two simple sides (ideas below) and wait for the compliments to roll in!

Ideas for sides

  • Crudités with dip or sliced fruit
  • Green salad
  • French fries
  • Favorite specialty chips

free easter tags and stickers

happy monday-funday!

the countdown begins to easter (just a week away!) so i thought i’d share some fun printables with you. (links below)



print the templates off on card stock or sticker paper, cutout and add to sweets, straws, goodie bags, easter baskets, etc.

i styled a little picnic lunch using the tags for some inspiration (pics below).

we also used some for the favors we’ll be sending the kids home with after church this sunday.




still have so much to do before this weekend, but can hardly wait to celebrate Jesus with friends and family.

would love to know how you would use these printables, or what you are most looking forward to this weekend, or really anything easter related!


xx . rae

(images by kim charie)

if you are local, our church is hosting an amazingly over the top easter egg hunt (complete with bouncy houses and food) this saturday and easter service on sunday… would love to see you there!  feel free to email me with questions.


happy (playful) weekend.


wanted to share this little snippet from our arizona trip, where a little bed jumping action prompted me to let loose and be silly. i forget sometimes (way too many sometimes) to put down my to do list and enjoy the moment. so grateful to these kids for the constant reminders.

with that said, happy weekend friends! hope it’s full of playfulness… the laundry can wait!

//outtake pics by connie b photography//


stamped easter eggs

i’ve been waiting for a new way to use these pencil eraser stamps i made awhile back (tutorial found here) and since it’s egg decorating season and i have a stash of acrylic paint in bright colors it seemed like the perfect excuse.


i don’t usually get excited about this part of easter. so much detail on something so small and then waiting for the dye to do it’s job and they never seem to turn out the way i pictured (serious crafting problems over here, ha!), but was excited to find this method a lot more enjoyable and less stressful with the kids…. all the waiting to dry happens after the decorating!

and since we eat a lot of hardboiled eggs around here, particularly since i’ve been pregnant (anything for a little extra protein) it’s been fun getting to pick from all the designs…

what color and pattern would you like today? polka dots, maybe? or that creepy looking bunny? ha! 



  • pencils with unused erasers (checkout the target dollar isle if you don’t have any handy at home)
  • exacto knife or razor blade to cut a shape into your erasers
  • small paint brushes (ikea)
  • acrylic paint (got mine at our local craft store)
  • eggs, hardboiled and cooled to room temp
  • rolls of wash tap (optional, i’ll explain below)
  • plain egg carton found at shop sweet lulu


  • pencil stamps only take 10-15 minutes
  • hardboil and cool eggs, about an hour
  • stamping and painting, about an hour
  • drying, 2-3 hours


it was really helpful to rest our eggs on a roll of washi tape while stamping and then leaving them there to dry.

easter-egg-stamps-5we still have a couple dozen eggs to decorate and the kids have been asking to do the traditional egg dying (maybe this weekend!?) but if your looking to get crazy and switch things up this year, stamping with paint was fun!

how do you usually decorate your eggs?

xo . rae

(images by kim charie)


blue or pink?

happy monday friends!

i so appreciated reading everyones input and thoughts about finding out baby’s gender or not  and after going back and forth without a strong feeling either way, johan and i had the ultrasound tech stick the results in an envelope for us so we could do a big reveal on our trip to phoenix with the kids. so without further adieu….


//the envelope, please.//


//the suspense is killing big sis.//


//not sure griffin knew what was going on exactly, but was totally into it.//


//i see pink!//


//tilly’s face says it all… girlfriends excited and relieved to say the least, but i think it just confirmed what she already kew. she’s been talking about a baby sister from the beginning and despite my rebuttal that God has a wonderful plan for our family and we don’t get to decide her response was quite simply, “yeah, then why would he give us another boy? it’s a girl.” she may have known something we didn’t.//



//it was a fun moment that required celebratory fudgcicles of course.//


//can’t believe he’ll be the oldest of 5…(sigh)//


//or that he’ll no longer be the youngest. (double sigh)//

so my final verdict – i still prefer waiting to find out vs. spilling the beans early, but this moment with the kids in the grass and sunshine instead of recovering in a hospital bed was rather priceless.

feeling extra lucky to have these pictures to document our growing tribe – hopefully no. 5 will one day look back and know how much we loved her – even before we met.

a big fat thank you to my new friend connie who came out to our resort (that was actually just a hotel with ridiculous amenities) to capture this moment and a few others from our day that i’ll post later!

thanks for letting me share the big news with you…



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