Monday, July 21, 2014

Vintage Tent | Movie Night Popcorn Crispy Treats

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While the kids were napping, I threw together a fun little family movie night, including a yummy popcorn treat, and the new Rio 2 movie that I picked up while I was at Walmart.  We love to have fun little nights in together as a family, and I love to make them special. The look on Ella's face was so precious when she saw her little vintage tent all ready for her!  

First, I threw together my recipe for delicious Movie Night Popcorn Crispy Treats. The microwave popcorn makes them super quick to prepare. You can find a coupon for the Pop Secret at Walmart {HERE} while supplies last. 

These popcorn crispy treats are so perfectly sweet and salty and are so easy to whip up. You can play around with adding different candies. I used our family movie favorites~ Junior Mints, Red Vines, and M&Ms. I think they turned out to be really, really delicious! 

Movie Night Popcorn Crispy Treats 

1 stick butter
16 oz bag mini marshmallows
1 full bag + 6 cups of popped Pop Secret Butter popcorn 
your favorite movie theater candy

Pop your Pop Secret Butter popcorn. Prepare the popcorn by making sure to remove all of the unpopped kernels. I do this by transferring the popcorn from one bowl to another with my fingers. The kernels fall to the bottom of the bowl. I Repeat one more time just to make sure I got all of them. 

To prepare your marshmallow mixture, combine the butter and marshmallows following the technique I shared here. This technique is the best way to ensure soft and delicious treats. 

Add popcorn to the marshmallow mixture, folding instead of mixing. Press into greased 13x9 pan. Sprinkle with your favorite movie candy. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Ella loves to hang out in her little vintage tent that I made for her a couple years ago {HERE} while she watches movies. I don't blame her! I would love a tent to hang out in too! 

I think it is the easy details that make moments a little extra special. And they don't have to be complicated at all! A special little spot with things gathered from around the house, a treat you can just throw together, and a fun new movie really makes for a special family night together! 

Even Peyton snuck his way in to hang out with his sister! They melt me. 

I love spending time with my little family. These faces.

Now, I am curious! What are your favorite movie night treats?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Microwave Double Chocolate Brownie in a Mug | Single-Serve

This single-serve, double chocolate brownie is so quick and easy that it makes the perfect recipe to tuck away for those emergency situations where you need a chocolate fix in a hurry! It is delicious on its own, and even better with a dollop of ice cream. The plus side is that it doesn't have any added oil or eggs... which doesn't exactly make it healthy... but, hey it does eliminate a few calories.

Double Chocolate Brownie in a Mug 

1/2 cup powdered brownie mix from a box {my favorite is Betty Crocker)
1/4 cup water
1 T chocolate chips 

Stir together the brownie mix and water until there aren't any dry clumps. Microwave for 1 minute {you may have to play with the cook time to suit your microwave. Microwaves tend to vary} Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips; they will become gooey from the heat of the brownie. Enjoy! 

Tip: If you under-cook it a little, it tastes a lot like a chocolate lava cake. 

I have to warn you... this makes brownies way too easily accessible! And, they are SO addicting! I hope you enjoy them!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Thoughts | Training Vines

It has been a lovely summer so far with my babies. I took a little time away from the blog to rest, play, and enjoy the easiness of summer. I feel like I have so much to share with you, so I hope you enjoy all of the pictures. 

I love living in an area where we have real seasons and there are so many things that I look forward to during each one. One of my favorite things about spring and summer is planting my garden. I live in a city neighborhood with a smaller back yard and would not consider myself to have a green thumb by any means, but I try really hard every year to work on my gardening skills. For some reason, my garden decided to boom this year, and I am very pleasantly surprised. Okay, I am really mostly just shocked.

I waited too long to pick my radishes and they looked more like beets! Oops. I keep this sign I made last year {template and tutorial here} out in my garden. 

The thing that makes me the happiest is how much my Ella loves her garden. 

She carefully examines every plant, every day to see if she has anything newly ripe. 

I am so proud of how hard she works in her garden every day, watering and digging and picking. I love that she is learning where food comes from, and I love seeing how proud she is of herself. 

As I mentioned, I have a pretty small backyard and a bigger front yard. When planning for this new garden box last year, this was the best location where I could have the biggest box without taking away from any of the kids play area. I really wanted to have a pumpkin plant this year, but it was pretty unrealistic since they grow so big. I knew Ella would love it though, so I was pretty determined to make it work. I also wanted to plant a cantaloupe and cucumbers. I concocted a plan to grow my vines up and run them along the fence. to give myself more room. 

The first thing I did was grab my hubby and install this sturdy garden wire fencing from the planter bed and arch it to the fence. We used those little screw-in hooks to hold it up. We did three lengths of these. I took this picture last week before I started to really train my vines.

In order to train my vines, I needed something that would be soft and not damaging when I tied it on to the vines. I had a pair of these old trouser socks and they worked perfectly. Nylons or tights would also work very well too. I just cut them into strips and tied them right on to the wire.

I did this in multiple locations to hold all of the little shoots up onto the wire. You can see the difference below. {That big, tall thing is a sunflower that spontaneously grew. I didn't have the heart to pull it out, and now it is over 7 feet tall! I love it. 

And just one week later...

I can't believe how much they have already grown! It is shocking me how well everything is growing. I have never had a garden do this well, and I almost don't know what to do! Everything is getting so big. 

Ella LOVES her tunnel. I just keep grabbing any of the shoots and training them onto the wire to keep her tunnel open for her.

Confession: I love to run through the tunnel too!

Here is a view from the gate. The greens in the forefront are from a Zucchini plant. 

This boy constantly crawls and tries to get into as much dirt as possible. I am choosing to embrace it. He loves to play in the mud and it makes me giggle. 

Oh yes, he completely melts my heart with his squinty adorable smile. These sweet babies are my whole world. I am so thankful that I get to be their mommy. And I am so grateful for my wonderful hubby who works so hard so I can stay home with them. 

There is something so nurturing to my soul to spend time working outside~ even just trimming dead hydrangeas. 

I am looking forward to making salsa with all of these tomatoes. So far, Ella has eaten every single one that has ripened straight off of the vine. She cracks me up. {You can see the tutorial for my tomato cages here}. 

Well, that is what we have been up to... sprinkled with outings, kiddie pools, dinners on the grill, walks, and Popsicles. 

I hope you are enjoying your summer so far! It has been so fun to check in with you. You guys are the best. 

I hope you check out the lovely inspiration from these talented ladies!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Inspiration Exchange | July

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Thank you so much for joining us for our monthly link party!! 

Before we get started, we'd love to show you what we have been up to the past month, and also introduce you to our guest hosts - Sarah from Bombshell Bling and Mary Beth from Cupcakes and Crinoline! They are two very talented ladies and I'd love for you to stop by and show them some love.
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