Author Archive | rae

halloween ink.

oh, my! it’s been a little cray-cray on the armommy home-front… lots of cool changes (hint, hint) going on that i can’t share yet (so mean, i know) but we have a couple fun posts for you this week that i’m excited to share. starting with these free printable halloween tattoos!

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did you know they make tattoo paper? and it works on a regular ink jet printer!? i bought a pack on a whim and was a little skeptical, but they turned out super cute and easy to use – just like the store-bought kind.

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there’s just enough time to order the paper (or ask your local craft store) before the trick or treating begins. then download the template by clicking the image above and follow the directions on the tattoo paper packaging.

i’m always on the hunt for non-sugary goodies to handout for holidays and birthdays and i think this will be my new go-to.

what do you guys do to help curb the sugar intake around halloween!? i need all the help/ideas i can get!!!!

xo . rae

ps – the “mwahaha!” tat is meant to be used on knuckles – one letter on each, not including thumbs. kinda gangsta, but fun!

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zucchini bread pancakes

the kids might make all kinds of faces (and noises) when they see you add shredded zucchini to perfectly good pancake batter, but they will be kissing the cook after the first bite!

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the recipe above (from the monthly spread) calls for gluten free pancake mix, but you can use whatever brand you like or make it from scratch using this recipe.

// CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF VERSION OF THE RECIPE //

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i don’t love cooking breakfast in the morning (it just seems wrong to start the day with hand dishes!) but the hubs and kids are constantly making requests so it’s nice to have fun recipes to choose from.

do you have any favorite brekkie dishes?

xo . rae
{images by stacy jacobsen}

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delicious {corn} fritters

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now that school has started, i get to spend a few days a week (when i’m not working) with the ham above (no sibs) which i think qualifies me as the luckiest person alive. however, i would like to go on the record and say, i’m not sure that one takes any less energy than two seeing as how he becomes this hilarious, go-go baby when his siblings are away and a chill wallflower when they are around . it’s been interesting to watch and has made for some amusing errands and outings, just the two of us.

earlier this week griffey and i headed over to my friend kim’s house to catch up, play, and make corn fritters in her (nearly complete) remodeled kitchen. so jelly. her and her husband have done an amazing job which made cooking fritters that much more fun.

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corn fritters are a great veggie side for dinner, after school snack, or happy hour app. (recipes below)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon oil, for sautéing
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • a couple pinches of salt (optional)
  • 3 eggs
  • oil to cook fritters

TO MAKE: heat oil and sauté corn and peppers for a few minutes. remove from heat and transfer to a medium mixing bowl.

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prep cilantro, whisk eggs and add to a mixing bowl with a little salt.

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stir to combine.

add enough oil to a non-stick skillet to cover the base and heat over medium. drop large spoonfuls (i use my 1/4 measuring cup) of the corn mixture into the pan, 1 to 3 at a time (depending on size). cook until browned (about 2 minutes) and flip to cook the other side.

lay on a paper towel or wax paper (paper side up) to drain and cool before serving!

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with the exception of griffey, the fam devours these fritters.

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grif just laughs at me for eating my veggies i guess… good thing he doesn’t know what’s in the green juice he chugs at brekkie. guess who will be laughing in the morning!? mwahahaha.

now that we are well into the fall & back to school season, is there something in particular that you are really enjoying?

other than time with my littlest, i must admit i’ve gone over my budget at starbucks – those pumpkin spice lattes get me every time!

xo . rae

(images by kim charie)

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saved by the trench (coat)

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i’m always on the hunt for pieces i can add to my wardrobe that are simple and versatile, but that also make me look (& feel) put together without actually requiring me to be put together.

i mean, (side note) i have a hard enough time getting myself ready and out the door on time and then you add little people to the mix and some mornings it seems almost impossible, but that’s a whole other blog post.

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it’s those kinds of mornings that makes this trench just the thing i need to grab from my closet when things get chaotic. i can throw it on over jeans (even the ones that have a paint stain on the butt from this little fiasco) or leggings, a tee and a pair of flats.

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TRENCH COAT | JEANS (i’ve had mine for 2 years & <3) | SHOES

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what’s your secret to getting out of the house on time? a simple hairdo, go-to brekkie, planning things out the night before? i’m dying to know!?

xo . rae

ps – hope you had a fun weekend! we spent ours visiting friends and going to a football game in our old college town – where our family began. felt so good to be “home”.

{images by stacy jacobsen}

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PERSONAL BAKED PASTA RECIPE

if you appreciate a good dinner idea that everyone will love, then you’re in for a treat today! my kids call this their favorite and i call it genius. mostly because it’s as easy (if not more so) than throwing together spaghetti and red sauce, but the presentation is so fun and lovely that you’ll rake in the mom-points.

make it extra personalized by getting out all the fixings and letting the fam build their own baked pasta dish – just like a pizza night.

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here’s how-to:

preheat oven to 375 degrees. add cooked and drained pasta or gnocchi (pictured) to oven safe ramekins.

side note, my kids go crazy for pinocchio – as they call it. if you haven’t tried it before they cook just like ravioli and can be found in the pasta section at the store. Or if you are looking for a fun & simple (although time consuming and messy) cooking activity with the kids there are lots of homemade gnocchi recipes out there to try.

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add a generous amount of your favorite pasta sauce (red, white, vodka sauce, pesto, etc.).

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add any other topping you have handy such as basil (pictured), ricotta, roasted veggies, grilled chicken, black olives… then top with a handful of mozzarella cheese and a sprinkle of parmesan or romano (if you have it).

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bake for about 20 minutes, until heated through and cheese is bubbling. let cool slightly and serve!

gnocchi-recipe-5meals that include baking time are a fave because it not only gives the house a warm and cozy feeling, but it also gives me a chance to tidy up my (most likely) messy kitchen, help the kids with homework & setting the table, or just catch my breath (and a glass of wine).

what do you think? do you have any tricks or recipes that make for a laid-back dinnertime!?

xo . rae

{images by stacy jacobsen}

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everyone <3's mexican lasagna

i wish i could say that having my brood makes me an expert at picky eaters… but not so much.  every time i think i have it figured out, the next one is picky in a totally different way.  for instance, my oldest, ozzie required dippy to eat during his toddler years.  while my youngest, griffey is choosy about ev.er.y.thing….  child doesn’t even eat fruit right now unless it’s in smoothie form.  same song for the middles, too.  just a different tune.

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the good news is that my older three have (mostly) come out of the picky eater stage to the other side, healthy and still opinionated, but willing to try just about anything.  (persistence pays off!)

while I don’t have a foolproof plan to share there are a few tricks and yummy recipes i’ve learned and this mexican lasagna recipe is the perfect example of both.

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here’s why:

* if your little ones enjoy helping out in the kitchen, this recipe is the perfect fit for them (and you).  lots of prepping and assembling to keep their hands busy and kids love to eat what they helped make.  usually.

* it’s colorful, which is a good distraction.

* i’m not one to hide veggies in my kids food, but this recipe is full of yummy carrots that are grated so they won’t even notice.  (mom – 1, fussy eater – 0)

* the greatest advice i’ve received is to have my kids try something multiple times before deciding to scratch it off my recipe list.  this recipe makes a big enough batch that you’ll have plenty of leftovers to offer to little ones if they don’t like it right away.

* lastly, it’s a total crowd pleaser…. hasn’t failed me yet and even gets rave reviews at yoder’s (my hubs) fire station!

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doesn’t it look good?  in a messy sorta way?

here’s what YOU’LL NEED:

(serves 8 / to make in oven, preheat to 375, follow directions below and bake for 35 minutes until heated through)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and grated (about 2 carrots)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, defrosted
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups mexican cheese blend, shredded
  • 2, 16-oz jar mild chunky salsa
  1. 1. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large sauté pan and cook the onions for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté an additional minute.
  2. Add the ground turkey meat, cumin, salt and chili powder and cook for 6-7 minutes until cooked through. Place turkey mixture aside and cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and sour cream together. Add the cooled turkey mixture, carrots, corn and cilantro and mix to combine.
  4. Spread a 1 cup of salsa on the bottom of the crock pot.
  5. Layer 5 tortillas on top of the salsa, cutting them if necessary to fit the crock pot and covering the salsa completely.
  6. Place half the turkey mixture on top of the tortillas and top with 1 cups of salsa and 1/2 cup of cheese.
  7. Add another layer of 3 tortillas on top of the cheese. Pour the remaining turkey mixture on top of the tortillas and top with another 1/2 cup of cheese.
  8. Top the lasagna with another layer of tortillas, pour the remaining salsa on top and cover with 1 cup of cheese.
  9. Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours & then serve!

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we’d love to hear about your little eater(s) in the comments below…. or perhaps a tip you might have to share!

<3 . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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it’s getting hairy.

yesterday was a long day, with a capital “L”.  mostly because i couldn’t stop crying (no, i’m not preggers, mom), but i also found myself doing a lot of soul searching.

armommy-hair-diy-pinterestluckily it ended with a good convo with a close friend (a few answers) and lots of new hairstyle diy’s pinned to our pinterest board.

head here to check them out…

but before you go, let us know what your GO-TO hair-do is, in the comments below!

top knot all the way, for moi.

<3 . rae

(pic by stacy jacobsen)

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#ootd, soccer mom

i have been waiting my entire adulthood for two things 1) to watch my kids (and their friends) play sports and 2) for an updated version of the hammer pant (please tell me i’m not alone!).

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This weekend it seemed, all my dreams came true when i got to watch ozzie’s varsity baseball game on friday and espen’s soccer game saturday all while wearing these slouchy sweats. (these are super cute too)

it was nice to be comfy and relaxed (and still on trend) without embarrassing my kids while i cheer from the sidelines.

have you tried the slouchy pant style? i think next i’ll need to try a pair of trousers.

kids-sports-instajust a couple iphone snaps from the weekend. i swear i was made to do this. at least when it’s not raining.

hope you had an amazing weekend!

xo . rae

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balloon peeps

a couple weeks ago we put together a gallery for mom dot me on rainy day activities, the perfect topic for us seattleites.  the kids had so much fun helping with one of the project that we couldn’t resist but link to it from here along with a downloadable template.

meet our balloon friend,  r o c c o . . . .

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head HERE for the description and gallery.

click HERE to download the mustache and glasses template.

and if you are loving this DIWY project, tweet this!.

xo . rae + jane

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muffin tin meatloaves

One of my favorite parts of fall and winter months is making  c o m f o r t   f o o d .  Every part of the process brings a little bit of warmth into the home, from the ingredients to the baking and then finally the eating.  So good.

Since it’s been cooling off quickly in the evenings around here, I decided to fire up the oven and reunite the fam bam with a delicious and updated version of individual turkey meatloaves.

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They devoured them, asked for seconds, and were so full by the end of the meal that they didn’t even ask for dessert.

It’s also an easy recipe for the kids to help with.

And because the mini loaves need 45 minutes in the oven, there is plenty of time for them to help you clean up and set the table!

Click the image above to download the recipe.

It’s also part of the spread’s monthly meal plan for October.  You should join us if you haven’t already!?  The menu get’s posted today and for the first time features a filled out shopping list.

Before you go, let us know what your favorite comfort food is, in the comments below!  Mine would be pumpkin spice latte’s, but I’m not so sure that counts (te, he.).

xo . rae

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