Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Baked Reuben Braid

A few years ago I learned how to make this delicious Baked Reuben Braid using Rhodes Rolls. It is seriously so tasty and quite simple to make. Just one can feed a small family. I am going to show you how o make them today. I hope you try and make one, you won't regret it.

1 loaf Rhodes Bread Dough or 12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
1/3 cup light Italian cheese salad dressing
1/2 pound thinly sliced turkey pastrami
8 slices Swiss cheese
2 cups sauerkraut, drained
1 egg white, beaten
2 tablespoons caraway seeds

To start out, you will need to spray your counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Roll your dough into a 12 x 16 inch rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Next you will remove the plastic wrap from dough and make cuts 4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches apart on the long sides of your dough.

Tip: if your strips are too thin the braid can leak. Use a ruler if you need to.

Pour the dressing lengthwise in a 4 inch strip down the middle of the dough. Top with pastrami, Swiss cheese and then sauerkraut.

Tip: make sure to drain your sauerkraut really well. I even used paper towel to help remove some of the juices. Let the paper towel soak up the extra juices.

Start braiding by folding the top and bottom strips toward filling. Next braid strips left over right, right over left. Finish by pulling the last strip over and tucking under braid.

Tip: make sure the end of the strips stay tucked in so they don't lift while baking.

Lift braid with both hands and place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with caraway seeds.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and slice to serve.

For more family friendly recipes head over to the Rhodes Blog.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ipad Mini and Kate Spade Giveaway!

iPad Min + Kate Spade Giveaway 

Hi! It's time for a massive giveaway brought to you by Angie from My So-Called Chaos, myself, and a few other fabulous bloggers who've joined us this month. For the prize this month, Angie has chosen to give one lucky winner an iPad Mini and a Kate Spade Cedar Street Keyboard Folio. Before we get down to the prize, the prize sponsors have been asked to share what their favorite app is on their mobile device, and why. I love this question because it gives us an idea of what apps or social networks to pay attention to, as well as recommendations we should try for ourselves!

What is Your Favorite Mobile App?

Answer: A Social Media App

"My favorite app on my is definitely twitter because it allows me to communicate with my friends, family, and other bloggers!" - Kaci from Earth to Kace "I love Twitter. I can keep up with friends and the news all in one easy place." - Jen from Injenious Life


"Snapchat! I absolutely love being able to snap random pictures to send out to my friends. I also follow a lot of bloggers so seeing the un-edited sides to them is really neat!" - Sarah of Sarah Emily Blogs "Snapchat! I love that I can be a little more goofy and interact one on one with followers. Life isn't a perfectly edited photo and with snapchat you get to see the real side." - January from The Bouncy Ponytail


"Instagram because I love looking at everyone's beautiful photos." - Alexis from Chemistry Cachet "Instagram! I love finding new people to follow so I can get even more travel inspiration." - Natalie from Cosmos Mariners "My favorite app is Instagram. It allows me to keep up with my friends and family and allows me to share all my pictures I love to take with those I love. It's my way of journaling my life and to me, it's so much easier than writing in a paper journal!" - Kim from United Moms Network "Instagram because a picture is worth a thousand words." - Linda from Brunch 'N Bites "My favourite app is a tie - Instagram - because of my love of photography and beautifully curated visuals and Periscope - I love the interaction on this platform and the sense of community it fosters, the boost of creativity it provides by allowing us to be exposed to a diversity of people and perspectives." - Tript of Footnotes and Finds "It's a tie between my city's transit app (so I'm never late for work) and Instagram (so I can browse some beautiful photos on my hour-long commute to and from work)." - Mar from T.O. & fro "I love Instagram! It's fun to see quick photo updates of people and find inspiration, discover new products, and share highlights from my life." - Lindsay from Lindsay Satmary


"My favorite app on my phone is Facebook. I love the interaction it brings between family and friends. I have family and friends who live really far away and they are always updating their status with new images and news." - Ashley from Simply Ashley Nicole "My Facebook App because it keeps me easily connected to friends and groups." - Jessica from Two Married Geeks "I have to admit it is Facebook, I am such a nosey so and so, I love being able to keep up with everyone's goings on while I am on the move." - Sarah of Life in a Breakdown

iPad + Kate Spade Giveaway Brought to You By These Bloggers

Answer: A Productivity App

"1Password - It stores all my passwords at the touch of a button so I don't have to remember them or take time to look them up." - Darcey from Foodie and Wine


"Hmm that's a tough one, but probably the wordpress app." - Blake from Glitter Your Dash "I love the Bloglovin app and use it all the time to stay up-to-date with all my favorite blogs." - Brittany of Grace, Love, Life

Photo Editing

"Photoshop Express because I'm always editing my photos!" - Jennifer from My Daylights "VSCO or Squaready for photo editing." - Kara from Fit Chick Nextdoor "Right now I'm loving the VSCO Cam app - the camera and editing tools help create beautiful photos from my phone or tablet." - Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen "VSCO- best photo editor app!" - Sylvie from Sylvie in the Sky "I love posting on Instagram so I use a lot of photo apps. I love Afterlight. There are a lot of great filters on that app. I also love to use the apps from the A Beautiful Mess girls to make fun videos and collages!" - Jessica of Living La Vida Holoka "Mextures. I love using it to edit and add some creativity to my photos." - Brianne of Everyday Runaway "PicTapGo - it makes editing photos easy! I especially love the preview it gives of each filter, so I can identify what I want the picture to look like even if I can't describe it."

Answer: Other Apps

"Besides the usual social media apps, I find myself clicking on this app called Neko Atsume at least a couple of times a day. How to describe it... hmm. Well, it's a ridiculous little cat game where you set out food and toys in hopes of attracting cats to your yard. They show up, eat food, play with the toys, and they have cute little butt holes. That's reason enough, right? I swear, I'm not crazy..." - Kimi from Kimi Who "I've been HUGELY addicted to the Covet Fashion app for some reason. It's kind of embarrassing, but I can't stop creating outfits. I even spent a couple bucks on it." - Anna from Anna in Wonderland "My favorite app is my Kindle app. I love being able to carry a million books right on my phone!" - Alicia of Snowstorm "MLB app or Disneyland app. I am obsessed with Disneyland and the St Cardinals." - Dianna of Whatever Dee-Dee Wants "My favorite app is Timehop! I love getting to look back at my good memories!" - Lucy of Coffee with Us 3 "Fitbit is my favorite app right now. I love tracking my steps each day and seeing how I compare to my family and friends!" - Jill of Run Eat Snap "Ibotta - I love it because it helps me save money! I can use a little more of that." - Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas "Calm because you can relax for 5 minutes hearing the sound of the rain." - Caterinea from Kate/idoscope "I love my Netflix app. We only have 1 TV in the house and I am all about killing two birds with one stone type of gal. When I'm cooking dinner, folding laundry, or doing dishes, I can watch one of my shows while maintaining my desire for a clean house. " - Amanda from Green Tea and Cotton

Enter the Giveaway

One lucky winner will take home an iPad Mini and a Kate Spade Cedar Street Keyboard Folio!* Giveaway is open Worldwide**. Entering below agrees to all terms and conditions within the rafflecopter. Entries will be verified.
a Rafflecopter giveaway *Prize is subject to change based on availability-but if it does change (which would be a rare occurrence) it will be an equally awesome case/etc. ** International winners will receive $400 in cash instead of the prizes listed due to shipping restrictions and costs.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Easy Meal Planning with Kids

In an effort to have Brody help me with dinner and actually be excited about it I am recruiting his help in planning the meals. For a picky eater having a say in the family dinner plan makes him happy. I know I would have loved helping my mom plan meals as a kid, if only to avoid the foods I didn't like.

First we pulled out our cook books. I made sure to incorporate some of our kid friendly ones too. Even Sadie and Sammy wanted to look through them.

 Then we talk about some our favorite meals or new foods we want to try. We also talked about what things we would need to make them. Brody loves to help me cook and the girls are wanting to help as well (even if it is just stirring something in a bowl) so we also talked about how we would make the dinners.

Then we wrote down our plan. We decided to just plan the main course and only started with Monday through Friday since we are pretty low key on the weekends.

We used this awesome personalized chalkboard that Personal Creations sent us. Our name isn't just painted on, it is engraved, pretty cool if you ask me.

I love that Brody looks at this time as fun time spent with mom but he is also learning some good life skills!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

DIY Valentine Mail Bag

Last year I made this easy, no sew Valentine mail bag with my kids. It was a hit! In fact, they played with it long after the holiday. it will only take a few minutes to whip up one of these bags.

You will need the following sizes of felt in the same color; 12 x 9, 8 x 9 and 2 x 24. You will also need a pink or red felt heart, a hot glue gun and fabric paint.

You can cut your heart free hand or use a pattern.

First lay down the 12 x 9 sheet of felt and then lay the 8 x 9 sheet on top, matching up the bottom edges (as shown below. With the hot glue gun, glue the bottom edges and side edges together. 

 The top half will then become the top flap to the bag by folding it over.

Now take your felt heart and center it along the bottom half of the flap as shown below. Using the hot glue gun glue the top half of the heart to the bottom part of the flap. Make sure you don't glue the bottom of the heart or you won't be able to get into your bag.

 To make the strap, turn the bag over and glue each end of the 2 x 24 strip of felt to the top of the back side of your bag.
 And lastly take your fabric paint and write mail in the center of the heart. Of course you can write anything you want, perhaps your child's name.

As you can see, my sassy little Sadie loves this bag!  

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pantry Organization with Tupperware

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of my pantry organization I have been working on. I had been searching for the perfect containers for my pantry for quite awhile with not much luck, until I found the Tupperware Modular Mates. Let me tell you, they are awesome! Not only do they have a life time guarantee but they are stackable so there is plenty of room in my small pantry. They are a high quality product, not like that cheap stuff you find at the grocery store.

Right now the Tupperware Modular Mates are on sale for 40% off! If you are interested you may contact me to order some or you can visit the website here. These deals are only available through January 29th.

 I know I will be loading up on more containers!

Monday, December 21, 2015

The LIttle Book of Skin Care

I recently read a book about skin care that I loved, The Little Book of Skin Care. I know that probably sounds weird but really this book is packed full of really great information to help one achieve their best skin. The book is focused on Korean beauty secrets for healthy skin. It is a must read!

Author Charlotte Cho also has a great blog and website, SoKo Glam. It is full of great advice and Korean skin care.

I have been trying some of the products from SoKo Glam and have to tell you about one in particular. The Lioele Waterdrop Sleeping Pack has quickly become one of my favorite products. It is a super hydrating mask to wear while you sleep. It is a light weight gel that you smooth on your face after cleansing. You can literally see little water droplets on your skin right away. Living in Utah my skin gets so dehydrated (lacking water not oil) and it can be hard to find good products that help my skin retain water and moisture. The Lioele Sleeping Pack left my skin feeling soft and hydrated in the morning. Did I mention it is only $16?

You can receive $10 off your order by clicking here. 


Monday, December 7, 2015

Disneyland Food and Treats Part 3

Are you ready for more Disneyland food you have to try?

I have to say that I actually like the Mickey Mouse Marshmallow Wands better than the Tigger Tails, but only for one reason. I am not a fan of dark chocolate (the Tigger Tails stripes are dark chocolate). Found at Pooh Corner in Critter Country.

The Matterhorn Macaroons at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe are a yummy little treat for just under $2.00. How often do you find something to snack on at Disneyland for under $2.00?

Quesadilla Rolls at Cove Bar are pretty dang good! Seriously though, every time I see this picture I want to eat some.

And pretty much anything from Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop is guaranteed to be delicious. Of course I favor anything with Caramel and even just ask for a vanilla caramel shake. Yum!

What is on your Disneyland to eat list?