Celebrate on a budget!

I love to entertain. But my favorite people to entertain are my KIDS! Which is why I am so in love with the dollar section at Target. I’m able to get a bunch of cute and inexpensive items to make my kid’s faces light up. You can even create an adorable Valentine’s inspired breakfast for dinner, using inexpensive heart-shaped cookie cutters in various sizes and milk jugs.

Share pictures of you and your loved ones celebrating Valentine’s Day! Our favorite picture will be sent a signed copy of my book “The Seasoned Life”.  (contest entry deadline February 15th at 12 pm (PST.)

Heart Shaped French Toast and Eggs

3 Eggs.
3/4 Cup of milk or heavy cream.
1 Teaspoon cinnamon.
1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
1 Teaspoon granulated sugar.
Pinch salt.
Any type of bread. (3-4 slices)

*Tip* Mix together 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in a separate bowl and sprinkle on each side as cooking.

Beat eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in shallow dish. Stir in milk.

Use heart shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes.

Dip bread in egg mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly. (Don’t be the victim of soggy bread!)

Cook bread slices on greased nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat until browned on both sides. (Butter baby!)

For the eggs. I simply sprayed a heart shaped cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray. Put it in a heated skillet and crack an egg inside of each one. Cook it to your liking! And season with salt and pepper.

*Tip* Placing a pan lid over the top ensures fully cooking your egg. Usually about 2-3 minutes.

Hope you all have a great day celebrating LOVE!

XO Ayesha

 

Pumpkin Patch 2013

We had the pleasure of going to our local pumpkin patch this weekend as a family. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. It sounds corny but I think i’d been subconsciously waiting for this moment for a long time. No, not to go to the pumpkin patch. It’s that moment of building or starting a tradition. We’ve sort of just started our little family and we’re figuring things out day by day just like any other family. To have that special first moment with Riley and my husband over the weekend was such a joy and warmed my soul in such a way that could only be described as pure love. I’m very sentimental and I cherish moments and building traditions with my family. To see the look on Riley’s face when she saw everything was priceless.

Okay enough with the cheese ball, romance, sap… I’ll spare you, for now. 😉

Needless to say we had an amazing time at the patch. We enjoyed fresh slow cooked brisket sandwiches that were nothing short of perfect and caramel apples that I am still slowly devouring (with large glasses of water ;)). They had a small animal farm that could’ve used some more animals, but got the job done for Riley. We rode an adorable little train around the patch and went through hay mazes. Then, we topped off the afternoon with Riley picking out the cutest pumpkin that was just her size. We plan on decorating it later this week. 🙂

How was all of you weekends? What did you do? Comment below.

Here are a couple of photos from our day. Enjoy!

Walk In LOVE !

We attended a wonderful Easter Sunday church service last week and the message was just what I needed. Simply to walk “in love”. Keep your head held high, and know that you are where you are supposed to be. We are a reflection of God and it is our duty as servants of him to display his love and be a reflection of him. Ultimately letting our “little lights shine”!

No sin is greater than the next. We all have sinned and all have our faults. At the end of the day we should lend our advice in times of need, a shoulder to lean on, and praying hands for one another. We MUST walk in LOVE at all times. Free yourself from the judgement of others and simply pray for them if you feel that their ways are not of the Lord. I feel we are so quickly to judge and talk about other peoples wrong doings (we’ve all been guilty of this i’m sure), but aren’t as quick to pray for them. Lets start praying and loving and stop gossiping and judging. WALK IN LOVE.

Make it a point to display God’s love through both our actions and words. The tongue is a powerful thing. Lets use it for the good of the Lord and not for the negativity of the world.

“Follow God’s example, therefore as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5: 1-2 

Ayesha and Stephen