Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What to do over Thanksgiving Break in Tulsa

Looking for some fun things to do with your family over the Thanksgiving holiday while the kids are out of school? Check out my latest video on Tulsa Feed for some great ideas!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

This was Corrinne's 5th grade musical, "I Want My Mtv." This was so fun on so many levels. Firstly, I know all the parents had so much fun helping to dress their kids, saying things like, "This is how Mommy used to fix her hair, honey!" and "Trust me, son, the mesh muscle shirt is gnarley."

Our girl did not choose leg warmers, hot pink ruffles or an Aqua Net hairstyle. No, she chose to dress like Michael Jackson, complete with one white glove. Can you find her? I'll help you. She's right behind the microphone, in the second row from the front, second from the right. You can see her head in between Run DMC and the older brother from the Goonies. Even better, they actually sang Thriller, which is her favorite song of all time. Aside from the one girl who had a speaking part who kept referring to Mtv as "Me-tv," it was a fantastic performance. Corrinne did excellent singing as MJ, and also played a ghost in the kids' reenactment of Ghost Busters!

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment. 

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

{haiku wednesday}

the buzzing of a
full house, friends old and new, kids
food laughter wine love

{please share your own}

Monday, November 18, 2013

Honeybee Mama Sponsor and GIVEAWAY! {Admit One Clothing}

You know what time it is? I think it's GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Please welcome with me our newest Honeybee Mama Sponsor, Hannah Hammock with Admit One Clothing. Here's her story:

"Welcome to the Admit One Clothing Story. Buy One, Give One! My name is Hannah and I am the mother of three beautiful children- Duke, Oliver, and June. My children fill my world with love, laughter and adventure. I like to add color and creativity into their world whenever possible. Somehow when these two worlds meet, our life happens. I enjoy sewing outfits for my daughter, June. She feels so beautiful and special every time she puts one on. My boys enjoy a fun T-shirt created by mommy too. Every time I made an outfit for one of my kiddos I realized I had fabric left over that was simply going to waste. So I started thinking about how I could give back. I have several friends who host foster children. Bingo! Perfect way to spread the love! So many children that have been removed from their homes have little to take with them sometimes only the clothes on their back. The vision of Admit One Clothing is to provide every child in foster care with a beautiful and “two of a kind” outfit. Buy One, Give One."
Hannah is a lovely friend of mine from Norman, Oklahoma. As your read in her story, she has such a heart for giving and sharing beauty. Please check out her facebook page and all of her adorable handmade lovelies. With the holiday season approaching, wouldn't you love to purchase gifts from a wonderful work at home mommy who is doing such wonderful things for foster kids? I do!

AND to celebrate Hannah's wonderful business and her new sponsorship of Honeybee Mama, we're having a giveaway! Wanna see what's in the gift set? I know you do...

6-9 mo outfit - worth $42.50

Up-close of the skirt in the 3-9mo outfit

Up-close of the onsie in 3-9mo outfit

6-9mo long sleeved onesie and 2T skirt

3-9mo Elephant Onesie - worth $30

2T Elephant Skirt - worth $30

Entire Admit One Gift Set - Worth $102.50!!

How to enter giveaway!

{Inspire Me}

Get your inspiration HERE

Friday, November 15, 2013

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

It is such a precious privilege I have as a doula to be present and to take part in the moments and the moment of birth. I am not a professional photographer and my pictures are not as beautiful as they could be, but they do capture the moments. 

In the first picture, mom, dad and grandma see their sweet new baby for the first time. The expressions on their faces are magical! In the second, mom reaches down to hold her baby for the first time. The look of love, relief, and peace on her face is intoxicating. 

Congratulations, Santos Family and welcome to the world, sweet baby Drew!

If you are inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comments. 

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

{haiku wednesday}

kids to school, working
baking and cleaning in high heels
practicing for glam

{please share your own}

Monday, November 4, 2013

{Inspire Me}

Get your inspiration HERE

Croissant Pot Pie

Good Monday Morning everyone! I have an amazing recipe to share with you. Problem is, I didn't realize how good it was going to be, so I didn't take pictures throughout the process. Stay with me though, because it's truly easy enough I think you can do it!

Okay, I've made chicken pot pie many, many times. I've even shared with you my real food version with a home made whole wheat pie crust (which is delicious). If you look at that post, you'll get the basic idea for how I make the guts of the pie, but this one I did a little differently.

First, let me show you the finished product.

O. M. G. It's so delicious, I may have to go down and get some leftovers for breakfast!

So here we go: first, keep in mind I made the pie in a casserole dish instead of a pie pan, so I used more of all ingredients than I usually do for one pie.

Basic Ingredients:

2 containers of store bought, refrigerated croissant roll dough
2 1/2 whole grilled chicken breasts (or baked, whatever) - Marc uses McCormick's chicken rub on ours
4 cups-ish chopped, pan fried potatoes (any kind, saute in pan with olive oil and season salt)
3 large carrots, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
3-4 stalks celery, chopped
1 big fat tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup-ish of frozen peas
chicken broth (the good stuff - I use Kitchen Basics if I don't make my own)
Kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorn to taste
Onion Powder
Sage (ground) about a teaspoon, maybe a little more
Parsley flakes, about a teaspoon, I just sprinkled some in until it looked good
Self-rising flour
Butter - real please

1. Preheat oven to 350. Get your chicken and potatoes ready if they're not already. Grill your chicken, unless you have leftovers. This is the best with leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken. Fry your potatoes, unless you have leftovers. We have fried potatoes for breakfast on the weekends often, so I often have a container of fried potatoes. Not talking deep fried here - pan fried in just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan.

2. Prep your casserole dish. Spray with cooking spray. Unroll one container of croissant dough on a cutting board and pinch together the seams as best you can, then stretch over the bottom of the dish. Set aside.

3. Prep the "guts" of your pie. Heat a pan on the stove to med-high heat, put enough olive oil to coat the bottom. If you've got all your veggies prepped, throw them in. Or, like I often do, chop and throw them in as you go. I usually start with onions, then carrots, then celery, not sure why that order though! Make sure to move them around with your spatula so they don't get too done on the bottom, but a little bit of crustiness is good, because you'll scrape it up later when you make your gravy. Cook until onions become slightly translucent and you get a little browning on everything.

4. Add seasonings - salt and pepper, sage, parsley, onion powder and fresh garlic.

5. Add your cooked potatoes to this mess. Cook until everything is heated through, keeping things moving with the spatula.

6. Start to make your gravy. This is where it gets a little tricky if you've never made a gravy. You start by making a roux, which is adding flour to fat to make a gloppy mess, then you "deglaze" with liquid to make the sauce. So, you've got all your stuff in the pan. First throw in several tablespoons butter (I never said this was a healthy recipe), like I think I did 3-4. Move it all around until the butter is melted and well incorporated with everything else in the pan. Then you add a small handful of the self rising flour (normally I would use regular flour, but I was out, and honestly I think self rising did better). About a quarter cup I'd say. You want to add enough that you see a creamy, gloppy roux forming. It should look pretty thick. Keep turning with your spatula just until the point you think everything is going to start getting too dry and burning.

7. Next add the chicken broth, slowly, stirring the whole time. I probably added about a cup. You can add more or less to get the consistency that you want. The liquid should be hot enough that it's starting to bubble and simmer, not boil. During this time, you're scraping the bottom and sides of the pan to get all those crusty bits from when you were sauteing those veggies!

8. Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly, until you get the desired consistency.

9. Add chopped chicken and peas and simmer and stir until everything is hot and the gravy has thickened to where you want it. TIP - if it gets too thick, just slowly add a little broth and little milk until you get it where you want it.

10. Pour your pot pie guts into the casserole dish over the croissant dough, spreading everything evenly.

11. Lastly, open your second roll of croissant dough and spread evenly over the top of the casserole. I didn't bother trying to pinch the pieces together but you could.

Put it in the oven and let bake until the crust gets golden brown - about 20ish minutes - I wasn't completely paying attention to how long it took! Let it sit for a few minutes to firm up a little before cutting into it. You could serve with a salad or another veggie side or just all by itself. The croissant dough gives it a little bit of sweetness that is just to die for! The only thing that would have made this better would have been mushrooms, but not everyone likes mushrooms.

Enjoy! It's the perfect comfort food for Fall! And let me know if the recipe doesn't make sense. I'm going from memory here!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Recipe for Family Night - Country Style Pork Ribs

The Recipe for Family Night:

The "recipe" for family night is simple. It's nothing fancy, nothing difficult or elaborate, unless you want it to be. It's family. Togetherness. Awareness. Pay attention. Engage your senses and be alert and aware of your children. They don't care what you cook, if it's homemade or fancy, and they don't care if you have picture perfect "quality time." They just want your attention. They want you to notice. Oh, and HAVE FUN!

Last Saturday, while I was teaching an essential oils class, my cute husband was home doing one of the things he does best, grilling some delectable meat! He slow-cooked some of his country style pork ribs. Can you smell them through the screen?!

When I got home, I cleaned the green beans for him. I simply adore fresh green beans. I mean, let's get real, I love green beans any way you shake 'em, even from a can, but when they're fresh it's like Christmas!

While he and I finished up things in the kitchen, the kids were busy relaxing. Aidan still snuggles with one of his baby blankets. So sweet!

We keep the green beans simple, sauteed in a pan with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

My husband does the mashed potatoes because he has the spiritual gift of potatoes. Skin on, butter, half and half and salt all blended together with the hand mixer.

We also love squash this time of year (and every other time of year, really). This time, we had spaghetti squash. Super easy, you just bake the whole thing, slice it open, scoop out the guts and then use a fork to separate the "noodles."

Et voila!

Seriously, I told you the pork was amazing.

After dinner, we had a little dance party. Alec is entering the school "Reflections" contest with a dance. Which includes a lot of freestyling,

and headspins.

Next up, Corrinne and Aidan had found a cookie recipe they wanted to try. Corrinne meticulously wrote down the directions. Maybe I should tell her she can print recipes off the Internet...


She made the sugar cookies all on her own!

Then, the littles helped me make some Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip cookies. Alec's favorite part is cracking the eggs.

Aidan's favorite part is using the hand mixer. Keep your eyes on the road, kid!

Don't forget the chips.

Once Corrinne's sugar cookies were done, the others went in the oven.

Alec waited not-so-patiently while they baked.

And the Lord said it was good.

And so did the kids.

Marc didn't because he passed out on the couch.


Country Style Pork Ribs

Marinate ribs in a mixture of Worcestershire sauce and garlic for as long as possible. Slow cook on indirect heat on the grill until almost done (I have no idea what that means, you'll have to ask Marc), about one and a half hours. Finish with a mixture of brown sugar, maple syrup and Wocestershire sauce, then sear off on direct heat on the grill. Let sit before serving.

Fresh Green Beans

Clean beans by removing all the yucky parts and stems. Rinse and dry. Saute in med-high heated pan with enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan, salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes we also add garlic, almonds, and lemon oil.

Spaghetti Squash

Bake spaghetti squash whole, on a cookie sheet, in a preheated 400 degree oven until soft. Slice in half, scoop out the seeds and fluff with fork. Top with butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes we add fresh parmesan cheese which is DELISH.

Mashed Potatoes

Rinse, chop and boil russet potatoes (that's what we had saturday, but we also really like Yukon Gold) until fork tender. Drain. Add butter, half and half, salt and pepper and blend with a hand mixer until you reach the desired consistency. I do not have exact measurements here because it depends on how big your family is, how many potatoes you're using and how thick, chunky, creamy or smooth you like it. Start with a little and add more until you get it where you like it. Some other things we add in from time to time are garlic, various cheeses, italian seasoning. Dress 'em up however you like!

What's on the agenda for your family night this week?

Happy Honeybee Halloween!

I sure hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. We had a blast. Here are some highlights:

We met up at Mimi's house to gather with cousins and eat pizza before trick-or-treating.

The crew: (back row) The Unknown Comic, The Hobo, (front row) White Snake Eyes, The Ninja and Wolverine

The kids ran so fast from door to door, I could barely keep up with them and couldn't even get a picture of them all at the same door together!

We visited our favorite house in their neighborhood, which always has different, elaborate decorations.

We almost got trampled by their spooky carriage! 

Everyone was worn out by the end of the night!

I'd call that success!

AND if you missed my latest episode on Tulsa Feed, be sure to check it out. Many of these events are still open through the weekend!

{my moment}

A moment captured from the week that captured my heart. 
A Friday ritual inspired by Soulemama.

On a whim, I decided I felt like painting. I'd bought several canvases some time ago for a project and never got to it, and on Sunday afternoon, I felt inspired. Once I started painting, my sweet Alec asked if he could join. He likes a lot of paint and he loves to mix colors. I loved sharing these creative moments with him. His painting is even better.

Dreem Big.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your moment in your comment. 

Happy Weekend, Lovies!

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