Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Taco Ring Recipe

We eat some form of tacos probably once a week. Last night, we tried a fun variation on tacos, with the Taco Ring!  It was really easy and quick to make, which was nice since we got a late start on dinner yesterday.

  • 1 pack of crescent rolls
  • ground beef
  • cheese
  • any taco toppings you like


First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Start cooking your ground beef with taco seasoning, and whatever else you might like such as green peppers, onions, etc. While that's cooking, starting arranging your crescent triangles in a circular shape, with the corners overlapping.  Make sure you spray your cookie sheet with cooking spray!

When the beef was just about done, Matt stirred some shredded cheese into it.  Then, you put it on top of the crescent rolls and fold the triangles in.

 The directions said to cook it for 18-22 minutes, but it only took about 14 minutes for us.

We cut it into smaller sections with a pizza cutter, and had sour cream for dipping! We also had shredded lettuce and small pieces of tomatoes! So good!

If you have any quick or easy recipes you like, please comment and share!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Our First Trip to 2nd and Charles

Friday night, Matt and I went to check out this awesome bookstore I kept hearing great things about--2nd and Charles.  If you haven’t been yet, you need to go check it out!! There are currently only three locations in Virginia, the 2 closest being in Midlothian and Richmond.  We went to the Richmond location on West Broad Street and we already want to go back. Actually, let’s be honest, we wanted to go back the next day!! 

There are so many amazing things about this place, that I just don’t know where to begin, so here’s a random list of everything I can think of about this store. I wish I took more pictures while we were in there, but I was just so excited to look at as many things as possible!!
  • First of all, this place is HUGE. I was blown away by the size of it when we walked in, because it wasn’t at all what I expected!
  • Make sure you get a basket when you walk in. Even if you think you won’t need it, grab it anyway, because you will. I didn’t even see the baskets when we walked in, so I ended up balancing my growing stack of books on a small part of Marshall’s stroller. Yeah, that worked really well. (Not.)
  • They have free bins outside!  We checked these out before we first went in, and didn’t see much. When we left, the bins had been refilled, and Matt walked away with a new record, and I got 4 books!
  • They have everything from kids books, comic books, coloring books, DVDs, music, video games..the list goes on and on! They're mostly used books, but they are in such great condition. They will also buy your books and everything for either cash or store credit.
  • In the children’s book section, I finally came across the Christmas books.  I saw this shelf and immediately texted Matt, “I am in heaven right now. You just don’t understand.” haha. Yes, a bit dramatic, I will admit. But come ON. Look at all this!!! They had the childrens’ holiday books sectioned off by holiday, which was great! I grabbed a copy of The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with all the stickers still included...for Marshall to play with when he's older :) Y'all, take a look at this. This is ALL CHRISTMAS.
  • Used children's and teen books were Buy 3 Get 1 Free!
  • You can’t beat the prices. Everything is so reasonably priced, which makes it even harder to limit the amount of books you get!! In the end, we got 9 children’s books, 1 comic book, 1 (free) record and 4 (free books) for less than $15! Birthday money well spent ;)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Favorite Baby Items: bath time

Time for another post about our favorite baby items! If you missed the first one (time to eat), you can check out that post HERE.

This post isn't as long, because we're all pretty content with just the basics! Marshall has only a few bath toys he's interested in right now, which you'll read about in the post. I try to give him others to play with, but he wants nothing to do with them, haha. He knows what he likes ;)

1. Disney Baby Tigger Puppet Towel: I just think hooded bath towels are the cutest! Seeing Marshall all wrapped up in these towels after bath time is so adorable! When we first saw this Tigger towel, I knew we had to add it to our registry immediately. Why? Because Maple has a Tigger Halloween costume and they have to match! haha. We'll have to remember to get a picture of that next month!

2. Disney Mickey Mouse and Friends Bath Toys for Baby: These are Marshall's FAVORITE bath toys! So much so, that Pluto gets to venture out from bath time--he stays downstairs with us, and stays with Marshall when we go out, drop him off at our parents' house, etc. He loves him!

3. Johnson's Baby Head-to-Toe Body Wash: This is a pretty basic baby bath time item that I'm sure a lot of people use. We've tried a couple other Johnson's body wash types, but I really like this one the best.

4. Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather: This is the tub we started with when he was born. One thing I really like about this, is that it folds easily for storage. 

5. Koala Baby 6 Pack Blue Anchors Washcloths: We have a few different brands and types of washcloths that we received from our baby showers. We've used them all, but these are our favorites. They're super soft--so soft, that the towels that came with them have an even softer side and we've used them as blankets for Marshall since he was born.

6. Alex Toys Rub a Dub Hoops for the Tub: These are toys that Marshall sometimes branches out to. haha. The balls that come with this will squirt water out, and he'll be entertained for like, 5 seconds, then go back to play with Pluto and Mickey. The hoop is great, though, because it suction cups to the side of the tub, and is storage for the balls or other toys.

7. Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Safety Baby Bath Tub: We moved Marshall to this tub around 8 months. He loves it so much! Besides the plugs to inflate it with air, this tub has a separate plug in it so you can either fill it with water, or leave it empty. We usually leave it unplugged so Marshall can play in the water-he will just sit and splash in the water all day if you'd let him! The one time we kept it plugged was when we actually took this to the pool with us for him to use!