Monday, September 30, 2013

Life Created Tuesdays (Week 4)

We were so thrilled to see a few more of you joined us last week and can't wait to see your posts again this week. Your links were packed with such creativity, I'm stockpiling projects!

For those of you joining for the first time, welcome!

Life Created Tuesdays is all about sharing your latest project. Make it. Bake it. Build it. Then come back here or It's A Vol! to link up your latest posts!  Let's kick off week four of Life Created Tuesdays with this week's features!

1) Yummy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry by Amy at Nourishing bites!

Life Created Tuesdays Feature (Week 4)


2) Important info on Car Seat Safety by Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer!

Life Created Tuesdays Feature (Week 4)


3) Adorable Burlap Fall Wreath by Melissa at Good Things Come in Small Packages!

Life Created Tuesdays Feature (Week 4)


4) Festive Fall Subway Art by Ila at Little Sprinkles of Joy!

Life Created Tuesdays Feature (Week 4)

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Sour Cream Noodle Bake #Recipe

Successfully presenting your child with a meal they'll actually eat is like hitting the 400M Power Ball. And just like someone in my Famously Hot city, I've hit the jackpot with this Sour Cream Noodle Bake.  Sure, my jackpot won't pay out in a total of 200+ million over the course of 29 years, but at least my toddler and husband are fed and happy!

Sour Cream Noodle Bake #Recipe

This is a great week-night meal, and perfect for leftover work lunches. This casserole is even better the next day; so, I try to serve this dish Monday night and plan any leftovers for my lunches. Some weeks though, there's not a serving left in sight!

Sour Cream Noodle Bake #Recipe

Sour Cream Noodle Bake Recipe
recipe via Plain Chicken

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package wide egg noodles
1 lb ground beef
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x9 casserole dish and set aside. 
2. Cook noodles according to package, drain and set aside.
3. Brown the meat while noodles boil; drain and return to skillet.  Add pepper, garlic salt and tomato sauce. Stir and simmer for about five minutes or until ingredients are well blended.
4. Mix together noodles, cottage cheese, and sour cream.

5. Layer noodle mixture on bottom of casserole dish. Then top with meat sauce and cover with cheese. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serves 6-8.


*linking up with Cooking on the Front Burner, Home Stories A to Z, Kitchen Meets Girl

Be sure to stop back by tonight for week four of Life Created Tuesdays link party! I'm loving all of last week's projects and we have some fabulous features in store this week :)


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Life Created Tuesdays (Week 3)

Welcome to week three of Life Created Tuesdays! We are so excited to have you! We had a great time checking out all of last week's entries and we can't wait to see what you've come up with for us this week!

We really want to encourage y'all to take the plunge and make that recipe you've been wanting to try, start the DIY project you've been thinking about, get crafty with the kids on a random night or put together that tutorial you've be dying to write! Make it. Bake it. Build it. Then come back here or The View from Five Ten to link up and share!

Now onto this week's Life Created features!
 
1) Mandy from A Sorta Fairytale shared these Quick Easy Mini Pizzas! Yum! Totally making these soon!
 
  
2) Over at a Crafty Journal Noreen shared these adorable Jack O Lantern Finger Puppets! With two toddlers we are both putting these on the Fall Craft Bucket list!
 
  
3) How about the Slutty Brownies from Oh! Mrs. Tucker! Goodness these sound divine and addicting!
 
   
4) Maria at Krafty Cards showed us how to dress up our refrigerators with these DIY Leaf Clothespin Magnets!
 

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Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season

The morning breeze boasts an undertone of cooler temperatures, the streets are filled with students finding routine in a new semester and the buzz around town can only mean one thing: football season has arrived in the South.

Born and bred in an SEC town, I’ve never known a life without football season. In fact, it is the pinnacle of the entire year for most Southerners. Weddings are to be planned only on off weeks, family vacations consist of visiting other football towns and children too young to even cheer are decked out in their team’s colors. In my life, I’ve lived the majority of my days in an SEC city and I’d have it no other way.

When Fall rolls around, all bets are off. Any orange clothing is tossed aside. That gator on the t-shirt my MIL bought for Jackson? Not wearable from Friday to Monday; we’d hate to jinx anything. I send and receive multiple "Roll Tide" text messages throughout the week, and the moment I wake up on Saturday, you better believe I’m humming the tune to Rammer Jammer.

Before Jackson was born, he had a handful of Alabama items, hell his nursery was even an elephant theme. I’m raising my son around the morals of Bear Bryant and the drive of Nick Saban. One day, maybe he’ll play for the Tide or another SEC team. A mom can only hope.

But while my dedication to post up in front of my television each Saturday is unwaivering, my toddler doesn’t necessarily get it yet.

Take for example two weeks ago:

I built up the hype that the Gamecocks were taking on the Bulldogs. It was going to be the game of all games and our entire city was clammering over the outcome between the hedges. Being from Columbia with a family rooted in Athens, Ga, I look forward to this game every year.

And my hype seemed to be working, Jackson couldn’t wait to see the Bulldogs! He even jumped up on the couch with me excited for kickoff. That is, until Jackson turned to me saying, "where da dogs, momma?" I looked to him, looked back at the screen and back to him explaining, "those are the Bulldogs, the ones in red." He looked at me again, a bit more puzzled than before. I looked up to our television realizing how disappointed he must’ve been to learn that in fact we would not be watching literal bulldogs.

This moment, my friends, has taught me that I’m going to have to work a little harder to catch my Saturday games. While I believe the love of football is a sixth-sense in most Southerners, it’s clearly going to take a little bit of teaching fun to get the kiddo interested and successfully through a 3-4 hour televised game each week.

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season

I've rounded up some activities, recipes and printables to make Game Day more enjoyable for the kids! Throw in some kid-friendly activities alongside the game and hopefully you'll create a perfect day for the whole family. Stop by these great blogs and share in their ideas!

We'll be using these activities over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out my InstaGram feed for more!


Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Football Letter Matching via Little Family Fun

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
DIY Paper Football Goal Post via All For The Boys

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Wall Football via Spoonful

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Quarterback Bingo Dauber Art Printable via DLTK's Crafts for Kids

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Football Banner via Tatertots and Jello

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Alabama Cupcake Printables via Dixie Delights

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Pigskin Surprise via Spoonful 

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Football Juicebox via And Everything Sweet

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season
Super Bowl Brownies via Bake Love Give

Ideas For Entertaining Your Kids During Football Season

Be sure to stop by the blog tonight as we kick off week three of Life Created Tuesdays! Sarah and I can't wait to see your projects this week! AND I may have a giveaway to share tomorrow as well :)

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze Recipe

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze recipe

This Apple Cake recipe originated years ago in Paula Deen cookbook, but please don't hold that against it. As you may suspect the sugar and butter called for could give the healthiest of hearts an attack. So, to save us a trip to the ER, portions have been modified :)

This Apple Cake boasts a rich flavor & deep Fall flavors!

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze recipe

My Dad lives just down the road from my favorite apple orchard in North Carolina. Thankfully, he delivered an entire peck of apples to our house on his last visit! Then life got away with me and these apples almost went bad before baking. That would've been such a shame!

This apple cake was the perfect welcome to the Fall season for our household. While I enjoyed the cake with a tall glass of milk, Brandon much preferred a scoop of vanilla bean. Whichever way you serve it up, there's no doubt every last bite will fill your soul with a bit of seasonal spirit.

While you're around, don't miss out on week two of Life Created Tuesdays! Jump over to check out this week's feature's and add your latest project, recipe or tutorial to the Life Created Tuesdays link up :)

Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze recipe


Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze
modified from The Charm of Home

Cake Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil 
3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp pumpkin spice
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts 
2 1/2 cups apples, canned or fresh (diced)



Caramel Glaze:
1 1/2 stick of butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1/8 cup of milk

Directions:

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Grease 9x13 inch baking dish and set aside. 
2. Cream together sugar, eggs, and oil. Mix flour and pumpkin spice; add to sugar mixture until well blended. Blend in vanilla.
3. Then fold in walnuts and diced apples.  
4. Spread into prepared baking dish; bake for 45 to 50 minutes (cake is done when toothpick comes out clean).  
5. Prepare the glaze while cake bakes. Melt butter over medium, heat adding in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly for about two minutes. 
6. When cake is done, punch holes in it with a knife and let cool for 5 minutes. Then pour glaze over the cake and serve.

Serves 15-20

linking up with Chef in Training, It's Overflowing, Wake Up Wednesdays, Mostly Homemade Mom , Lambert's Lately

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Life Created Tuesdays (Week 2)

Welcome to week two of the Life Created Tuesdays link up! Sarah and I are so excited to have you! Last week we had over twenty entries, and loved every one of them! 
If you missed last week, no worries! We'll be hosting Life Created Tuesdays every week, with the party going live Mondays at 9 p.m. EST. We want to see what inspires you, from the apple crisp baking in the oven to the toddler craft you finally accomplished to the bathroom remodel you've almost finished. Let's encourage one another in a creative life, one project at a time. 

Make it. Bake it. Build it. Post it. Then come back here (or It's a Vol!) to link up your bit of life created. Dig deep in those pin boards, pull out the project you've been ignoring in the garage, we want to share in your inspiration!

This week's features were chosen from all of last weeks great entries! We've also been pinning away to the Life Created pin board so be sure to check it out! 
1) This awesome Pants to Purse tutorial from Like Mama Like Daughter!
Life Created Tuesdays (link party feature)

2) An incredibly easy DIY Fall Burlap Wreath brought to you by The Chirping Moms!
Life Created Tuesdays (link party feature)


3) Andie from Sweet Southern Spirited did it again with this Easy Italian Pasta Salad.
Life Created Tuesdays (link party feature)

4) This adorable DIY Ruler Growth Chart by Katie from Everyday Graces!
Life Created Tuesdays (link party feature)

Congrats to these lovely ladies! Make sure you give them a shout out and congratulate them! 

Now for this weeks link-up! 


Friday, September 13, 2013

Five on Friday

{one}

We managed to snag a couple last minute tickets to the USC v Vanderbilt game for Saturday, and I'm actually pretty excited. While it means I won't be able to watch my team (Bama) take on Texas A&M, it'll be Brandon's first time to Williams-Brice stadium. As a Carolina girl born and bred, this is kind of a special thing no matter what team you cheer for.

{two}

My birthday is a mere few weeks away. Last year, was the first time I ever thought whoa I'm really getting older. It seems this mindset has continued over to this year as well. Where does the time go?!


Oh yeah, it all flies by thanks to that guy.

{three}

Our kitchen has been seeing some serious use.  As my husband noted at some point Sunday, I'd been in the kitchen for like four hours. Oops! Being in the kitchen, experimenting with recipes is such a wonderful thing. Cleaning the dishes, however, not so much. Delicious things are headed to the blog...sneak peek:


{four}

I am 100% ready for Fall and everything that comes with it. The 90+ degree weather happening tells me mother nature thinks otherwise. I'm holding out hope the temperatures cool as my birthday approaches. Oh and? If I see one more IG of a pumpkin spice latte, I may just lose my ish. Don't y'all know the salted caramel mocha is where it's at?!! Trust me!


{five}

There are some exciting things happening around the blog! Lil Sweetie Designs is offering one of my readers a $25.00 gift card to her shop. This is such a steal for any mama; don't miss out on the giveaway ending TONIGHT!


Another giveaway you parents shouldn't miss out on: Safety First Elite 80 Air car seat!


This is the brand of car seat we use (just last year's version) and I cannot say enough good things.
The Elite 80 Air will seat your little one from 5 to 100 pounds!! Win!


Last, but certainly not least, Sarah and I are also hosting week one of our new link party, Life Created Tuesdays. We're so thankful to those of you who've linked up so far. There's so much inspiration within your posts!

For you readers who haven't linked up yet, join us! We want to see your latest project, recipe, tutorial, toddler tips, blogger tips, whatever it is that's sparked your creativity :)


Dear Jimmy.


We did it.

We managed to bring the boys together for a weekend centered on celebrating our friendships with one another. And despite the fact you weren’t physically there, your spirit was more than present.

Back in January as Brandon and I prepared our trip to DC for the 2013 Inauguration, we knew a visit to Arlington would be in order. It had been not even three full months since we had your service there, and at that time we committed to seeing you at least once a year.

As we stood over your place of rest, wishing they’d completed the headstone, I was overwhelmed. Overwhelmed once again with the reality you’re gone, overwhelmed with the reality of your friendship to my husband, overwhelmed by the light you provided in our lives in days past and present.

It was in this moment I longed for the days you’d call with news you’d be headed to Tennessee. Word would always spread like wildfire that the infamous Jimmy would be landing in Nashville. Not much gets these boys truly giddy, but you did every single time.

The excitement around your visits and the memories you helped to create are something I’ve committed myself to maintaining in the years to come. And with that, it’s as though you gave me the shove I needed to pull off the greatest surprise party ever.

One week after visiting you in Arlington, I texted James with the idea of a weekend in Gatlinburg. We were far enough out that people likely didn’t have plans and it was a place Brandon has been babbling about for years. James got a feel from the guys and it seemed everyone thought our weekend getaway was a good idea.

It’s become increasingly difficult to keep in touch as we’re each living out such different seasons of life. You were always the glue holding it together, forcing their hand to come together. Because who could say no to Jimmy? No one; that’s who. Thankfully, almost everyone was able to join us.

August 1 rolled around and I felt that sense of joy just as you always instilled in the boys. And as the messages from them began to roll in, I could feel their excitement for our weekend together.

Brandon and I pulled up the steep mountain driveway only to plateau to the view of his best friends gathered around the porch awaiting our arrival. My heart literally burst in this moment.

Within minutes, the boys left the girls to our own devices. I watched as they each scurried down the steps, checking out the cabin and all of its amenities. I could hear them whispering, laughing and scheming plans for the weekend.

The giddiness you always brought them was upon us. And in that hour, my goal was accomplished. After eight months of planning, secret emails, texts, Pay Pal payments and prayer, Brandon’s birthday weekend was underway.

That night, Kate and Zach each give a little birthday toast to Brandon. They reflected not just on his friendship, but of each of the friendships around us. Hearing them speak, I was so thankful for the encouragement to make this weekend happen. And while I wanted so badly to make my own toast, I would’ve likely ended up a blubbering mess of tears, so I withheld.

Each time I heard your name mentioned over the weekend, my heart smiled. You may for all technical purposes be gone, but you are very much still living within the hearts of these boys. Over the course of the weekend, people continued to thank me for putting the weekend together. Humbly, I nodded knowing that the thanks truly belongs to you.

Thank you for being Brandon’s friend. Thank you for sharing your light with him and the rest of these boys for so long. Thank you for continuing to shine through our actions every day.

All our love.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Husband, you turned the big 3-0.


For months I kept my birthday plans for you secret. Eight months to be exact. The longest eight months of my life!
This surprise, this milestone, was too big to pass up though.

Thirty.Years. Old.

In the last year, you've changed. A lot. I think as a parent it's just inevitable, even more so than in years prior. Don't worry, all this change is for the better.

If we're keeping count, this is the seventh birthday I've been honored to celebrate with you, and quite easily my favorite. For years, you've indulged me each night as I requested you tell me one reason you love me before falling asleep. And so, I thought I'd share a few, 30 to be exact, reasons I love you:

1. You're a candy crush addict, but won't admit to it.
2. You love our dogs even though they're insane.
3. You love me even though I'm insane.
4. You can talk TV repair for ten minutes without even a breath in between thoughts. I remember when the topic was computers and before that music.
5. You have learned to get out of toddler bath time but are captain of a dirty diaper these days.
6. You put an "r" when saying "wash" so it's "warsh". As much as I correct this, I love it too.
7. You are awful at pretending to listen to me.
8. You support my blog.
9. You listen to me talk incessantly about work. More importantly, you take to heart what I disclose to you about my work.
10. You and Jackson have the same favorite foods. Pizza and hamburgers.
11. You moved to South Carolina with me.
12. You still remember small details of the first night we met seven years ago, yet can't remember what we did for date night two weeks ago.
13. You are the greatest handy-man a woman could ever need.
14. You are who you are and you don't apologize for it.
15. Your heart is huge when it comes to your friends and family. So loyal you are.
16. You are now going to blogs as a point of reference and even said "they're the best place to find good information." Such a good blog husband; making me proud.
17. You're letting me help with the budget. 
18. You watch every reality show E! runs on the Kardashian family.
19. You hate musicals, but sing half of the stuff you say. 
20. Your love of music is evident in Jackson. 
21. You just redid our guest bathroom with hardly any direction from me. And I wouldn't change a thing. 
22. You made that late night run to Krispy Kreme when I was in my first trimester with Jackson. It was thirty minutes away and nearing midnight. I still appreciate that moment...and that nearly fresh donut.
23. You split meals with me when we go out to eat. 
24. You do laundry.
25. You let Jackson in on yard work. 
26. You cook dinner. 
27. You are an amazing husband and dad.
28. You were genuinely surprised by your birthday weekend. 
29. You love bigger than anyone.
30.  You are my greatest blessing and friend. 

Here's two the next thirty my love!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Life Created Tuesdays (Link Party 1)

HOORAY, today is our first Life Created Tuesdays link party!

Every Tuesday (ahem, Monday at 9:00 p.m. EST) Sarah and I invite you to link up your latest projects among a community of other women. Make it. Bake it. Build it. Share it on your blog, then link up your posts with us.

Each link will be pinned to our Life Created pinterest board. To top it off, we'll feature a set of the links the following week!

So, here's the first (of hopefully many) Life Created Tuesdays: a link up for all that you've created! Sarah and I are so excited to have you here! Make sure to take a look at the other entries. Our goal here is to foster a great community of creators!

This week we have some extra special features for y'all! We looked around and came up with some of our favorite posts from the past few weeks from some of our favorite bloggers! Next week we will select two posts each (four total) to feature!

1) Andie from Sweet. Southern. Spirited. made this delicious looking Happy Camper Crunch for her son's second birthday party! Perfect for those fall days we've got coming up!

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party Feature

2) Summer from Made by Munchie's Mama revealed her daughter's beautiful mint and coral nursery and we are in love!

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party Feature

3) The How-To Crew shared this divine looking Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe that we can't wait to try!

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party Feature

4) Nicole from The Kavanaugh Report is inspiring us with her Tot School for the letter Q lessons this week!

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party Feature

What have you created recently that has you inspired? Be sure to share below!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Lil Sweetie Designs Giveaway

I am over the moon about today's giveaway, y'all! When Little Sweetie Designs' creator Cameron contacted me I was immediately excited to share her boutique. You'll find quality brands with dependable products, every single time. 

As a mom herself, Cameron's goal is to bring her appreciation for beautiful baby items to the rest of us mamas. From the Lil Sweetie brand to Aden + Anais and Kissy Kissy, you'll find a nice array of items for both mom and baby.

I must say, the Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs have become my go-to gift for baby showers! No mom can go wrong with them; take my word for it! I know you ladies have babies on the way and showers ahead for friends, let Lil Sweetie Designs help you find the perfect item.

To give you all a sweet taste of the boutique, Lil Sweetie Designs is offering one of The View From 510 readers a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the shop!  Follow the prompt below to enter the giveaway, and be sure to check out Lil Sweetie Designs' website, Facebook and Twitter.
Disclosure: All opinions are not influenced in any way. Facebook and Twitter are not affiliated with this giveaway. If you have any questions please contact me at erin@theviewfromfiveten.com. For full blog disclosure go here