Monday, February 17, 2014

Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes + a $75 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #littlechanges

I am a member of the Mom it Forward Blogging Network and was compensated for this post by the US Highbush Blueberry Council.
All opinions however are 100% my own.


I don't know about you but breakfast is my VERY FAVORITE meal of the day.
It's also the ONE meal that I can guarantee my kids will eat well.

These Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes have become a FAMILY FAVORITE of ours.
The US Highbush blueberries in this recipe absolutely MAKE the recipe.
So yummy!!


Here's what you'll need to try this recipe out for yourself:

SOUR CREAM BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cups sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup frozen blueberries 


1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. 

2.  In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.  Add the sour cream, milk and butter. Mix well.

3. Stir into dry ingredients and blend together. Fold in frozen blueberries.

4. Mix lightly until blueberries are combined with the batter.

Drop batter by the 1/4 cup full onto a greased griddle; flip when golden on bottom.
Top with extra blueberries 
{my favorite part!}


Doesn't that look like the PERFECT way to start your morning?

For more delicious blueberry recipes - - 
check out the US Highbush Blueberry Council website.

And here's where the extra fun part comes in....

I am giving away a $75 Visa Gift Card!!!!
{Woo hoo!  Who COULDN'T use a little extra money right now?}

CONTEST IS OFFICIALLY OVER!!!

Here's how to enter - it's super simple:

1. FOLLOW the US Highbush Blueberry PINTEREST board HERE.
2. Follow them on Twitter @blueberry411 HERE.
3. Like their Facebook page HERE.

 After those 3 things, just comment on THIS POST with your name and where you're from.

I will draw my winner FRIDAY NIGHT.
Contest ends this Friday 2/21 at 5PM MST.
So what are you waiting for.....get clickin!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

This {Valentine's} Weekend:

You know I love holidays, right?
But as MUCH as I DO love any reason to celebrate...man these holidays tire me out!
{Does it you too?!}

Couldn't have asked for a better day though.
So grateful to have been able to spend the day with the ones I love MoSt!

Here's how our Day o' Love 
{and weekend!} went down:

The kids woke up to their traditional Valentine Breakfast....


 Also per tradition were paper cut out hearts, leading them from their bedrooms to the kitchen...


They each got a little something....


....As did Joe.


Mt. Dew + See's Chocolates = the way to my husband's heart.
And it's not a REAL holiday unless I give him a card with a good FART innuendo.
{Can you blame me? FARTS are FUNNY!}

The kids wore their Valentine shirts to school....


.....and I was lucky enough to help out with both of the boys's class parties.

L: Grant and his fabulous teacher
R: Carson's 2nd grade class
London and I both got flowers from Joe...

LOVE how he always gets her, her own.

....and we ended the day by having our cute sister Missionaries over for a special Valentine dinner followed by Valentine Bingo, pink cinnamon rolls and a bike ride around the 'hood.



* Saturday games for the boys.


I was one proud momma bear too.
Carson scored his FIRST goal EVER in soccer!
And Grant scored another touchdown!!

We celebrated by getting haircuts {ok not really celebrated}.

How have we JUST NOW discovered Sports Clips?
The boys thought they were in HEAVEN with their hot towels, neck massages and free sodas!
We will definitely be back.


Plus dinner at Five Guys.
{Seriously....I think I love their burgers the very best!!!}

* Saturday night we kicked it at home so Joe could get some work done.
I worked on some bloggy-blog stuff that I am MORE than excited to share with you this week.

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
Our primary kiddos started learning THIS sweet song for Easter.
How have I NEVER heard this song before?
It may just be my new fave.

* Fun friends over for dinner Sunday night.
We BBQ'd burgers and hotdogs - - have I mentioned it's been in the 80s out here this weekend?
PERFECT grilling weather, if you ask me.

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Guess what?  I almost have 5,000 followers on my Pinterest page.
{What the what?} 
Truly honored that people find my 'pins' interesting enough to follow.
{You can follow me on Pinterest HERE.}

So guess what this all means?!?
I have a few BIG giveaways going on this week in celebration.
You WON'T want to miss them.
Be sure to check back tomorrow
 for my first one.....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

L-O-V-E.


I was contacted this past week from the fabulous website
  Brilliant Earth Fine Jewelry 
to help participate in their 
Create a Little Love Campaign.

I am HONORED to get to do this.

My only directions were to create a photo that represented the word LOVE and to explain WHY I chose the things I did.

So here goes:

LOVE to ME means many things....

But when Valentine's Day approaches - it always reminds me of my childhood.
I grew up with a mom who LOVED baking.
And LOVED serving others.
And LOVED celebrating the holidays to the fullest.

Each year as a child, I helped my mom make dozens and dozens of pink heart shaped sugar cookies to deliver to friends and neighbors.

She taught me a great lesson about what it means to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

She ALSO taught me my great LOVE for baking and spending time in my kitchen. 
{My husband and kids will forever be grateful for that, too!}

Just yesterday I made a triple batch of my mom's sugar cookies and my kids helped me deliver them to church teachers, friends and neighbors.  Now that I have my OWN kids - - I hope to pass this same  element of LOVE and SERVICE, that was passed down to me from MY mom, to now my very own children.

So there you have it.
I guess you could say that my
 LOVE for LOVE
revolves around sugar cookies this time of year.

{And my husband.....smile.}