Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jesus Saves, Bro

I posted this picture to Instagram on Good Friday this weekend..and there were several reasons why I was so excited about it. 
ONE.)  I mean.. the obvious.  They are 100% precious to the bone.  Agree with me or not, but I'm their mother and the world could come crashing down and I probably wouldn't notice due to my mind consummation of these sweet faces. Plus, both if them are actually looking in the general direction of the camera.
B.) Those shirts. Riley Clay of greythread has some seriously cute stuff for littles.  If only I had unlimited funds.  If only.
THREE.) The leggings.  THESE leggings.  Soft, amazing quality, and breathable for the upcoming summer months.  $13 bucks, y'all. THIRteen.  sold..duh 

I was regrammed by all three of these favorite shops of mine..AND landed on the popular page. I need an emoticon to go here.  
And why my Mac didn't autocorrect 'emoticon' is halfway crazy to me.  

headbows / jameson monroe // shirts / greythread // leggings / odarling handmade
Of course there was more than just one photo worth sharing, but I have to refrain myself from over posting on the 'gram (follow along @masseya).  
Don't want to overwhelm anybody.  Believe me I can do it.
 moccasins / freshly picked
Jolie.  You look OLD.
Listen to your mother.

 Jolie's hair is on the crazy train.  Curly?  Sort of.  Stick Straight?  Almost.  Frizz?  Often.  Amazing?Definitely. 
I've taken to actually 'fixing' it every morning.  Again after meals.  Then once again after nap.  After bath that mess is out.of.control.  
Love every inch of it.
 It wouldn't be a twin post without the twin love.  Kisses (we call them 'sugars' and have done so since they were days old.) have been a regular activity for a couple months now..
 The rather aggressive hugging business is new.  Probably a month now.  Typically these two come tumbling to the floor after a hug like this.  
Everyone needs to hug like that.  The world would be a much better place.
..and then just like that..
 ..its all over.

Jesus Saves, Bro.



Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Fun {2014}

It was another weekend of first's for the Massey's!  We have officially entered into the 'fun parents of toddlers' stage.  See also 'attempt to commit to everything under the sun'

We started our weekend with our very first Easter Egg Hunt.. except my brain thought for sure that the hunt started at 11am.  But, no.  10am was the start time- and much to my surprise when we walked in the door at 11:08am to find kiddos bouncing off the walls hyped on half eaten bags of candy.  
Oops.  My brain is not here, clearly.

Thankfully I have super sweet friends and they re-filled some of the left over eggs for my little birds to "hunt".  

So, here we are.. hunting.
 After showing Parker and Jolie once over the concept, they picked it up super quick.  Totally impressed momma over here.
How sweet is this picture?  My heart is so full!
sandals / old navy

Sunday morning we woke extra early to get ourselves ready for our first Easter Sunday service as a family.  Last year we went out of town with 4 month old baby girls to visit family and so we did not actually go to church.  I was so excited to go this year- no only for the obvious reason of celebration, but of course to see all the colorful outfits in the crowds of people attending service.

But first.. Easter baskets.  

Books (with fuzzy animals). bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles.. big colorful bracelets, Frozen, Finding Nemo.. and a couple of quacking ducklings (that have proven to almost be a $5 mistake.) 
After church we headed over to the Massey's for brunch and family time.  Parker and Jolie love their Papa's dog, Maggie.
Cousin Kendall loves that doggie, too!
Parker was in a particularly sour mood.. teething is in full swing for the past week.  Notice the puckered lips.. she sucks on her lips to help soothe sore gums. Other than a few melt downs, she did well overall with all the stimulus of the holiday.
 ..again with the lips.
 In all sweetness there ever was.. this is at the top.
 No..wait.  This is at the top.  A momma and her girls.

dresses / gymboree // shoes / genuine kids @ target // custom hair bow // jameson monroe
This Jolie Grace girl has my heart.
 Bubbles!  All is right in the world with these two when we pull the bubbles out.  {make note of sweet Parker and her sore gums.}

 We're learning to smile for the camera these days.. that or the fact she can see herself on the screen.. I'm claiming the smile on cue bit.
 Attempt number one at an Easter family picture.  Parker is loving life.
 Attempt number two.  My little family was dead tired by this last photo of the afternoon.   And the fact that Jolie's bow is literally on top of her head.  I needed a nap myself.

maxi skirt / loft {2 seasons ago} similar // top / target {3 seasons ago} similar 

Our Easter celebration weekend was full! Much to remember about our Lord and Savior's resurrection.  I cannot express enough that our hearts are full.

And so are our bellies.  I probably ate Jolie's own weight in honey baked ham and Hawaiian rolls. and loaded potato casserole.  and bacon wrapped green beans.

..and banana pudding.


..pudding for breakfast! #mondaymorningfuel


Sunday, April 20, 2014

WE EAT | Weekly Toddler Menu Planner {4/20/2014}

Cheese & Spinach Tortellini {HERE}
California Quinoa Salad {HERE}
Sweet Potato, Kale, Sausage Casserole {HERE}
Turkey Pepperoni Pockets {HERE}
Potato Pancakes {HERE}
Chicken Gyro Patties {HERE}
Turkey & Veggie Sloppy Joes {HERE}

Mango Smoothie
{1 c frozen mango chunks, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 c whole milk, 2/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt}
BBQ Chicken & Macaroni Bake 
{Chicken breast, bottled Zesty Italian dressing, BBQ sauce - LOW for 7 hours, shred.  Cook whole wheat elbow noodles and prepare cheese sauce (HERE) Mix chicken and macaroni together and bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.}
Chicken Fajita Quesadillas
{Whole grain white tortillas [Tia Rosa], fresh organic baby spinach, shredded monterrey jack cheese}
Chicken Salad
{1/2 cup cooked and shredded chicken breast, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt, juice of 1 lemon wedge, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, 2 tablespoons chopped celery, 1 tablespoon dried raisins or cranberries}


Easter Bunnies 2014

Any opportunity to snap a few pictures with the talents of BFaith Photography.  

Happy Easter {2014} from these little bunnies! 
 Easter 2013 {HERE}
 bunny ears c/o ShelbyChicBoutique {Instagram shop}

 ruffle bloomers / Simply Anandi // head bows c/o ShlebyChicBoutique {Instagram shop}

May your holiday be filled with family, friends, and most importantly in remembrance and celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.  

Come back tomorrow for a full-recap of our weekend activities!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

We EAT | Black Bean Cakes & Guacamole

Black Bean Cakes.  HUGE success.  huge.  

I am saying this in my best "Pretty Woman" impersonation.. 

I have to go shopping now!  

If you are not a Pretty Woman fan, nor have seen the movie you are totally lost at this point.  
What I'm trying to say is that these were amazing.  I made these for Parker and Jolie in hopes they would eat them but I mostly made them for myself.  

Black Bean Cakes with Guacamole {and Blackberries }

  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs {plus a little more as needed}
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and rough chopped
  • 3 whole green onions, chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, rough chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • The juice of 1 whole lime
  • 1 whole egg
  • Fresh Guacamole {HERE}
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray. In your blender or food processor, add cilantro, garlic, green onions and red pepper. Blend until finely chopped. Add black beans and juice of the lime. Blend until beans are coarsely chopped. There still will be some chunks and that’s OK. You don’t want a complete paste. Add bean mixture to a medium mixing bowl.  Add the panko and egg,  mixing with your hands. Add additional panko if needed. Scoop up about 1/4 cup of bean mixture and form it into a patty. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bean mixture. Spray the top of cakes with cooking spray. Cook for 10 minutes, flip the cakes and cook for another 10 minutes.
    {Recipe adapted from The Tasty Fork}

    A little pre-baking action.
I served these to the girls with homemade guacamole.  They love guacamole but typically pick around the tomatoes.  They haven't gotten used to that chunky texture yet, but don't mind steering clear while they are eating.

I opted to serve the guac on the side versus spreading it on the bean cakes for them.  I was curious if they would dip their wedges.
Parker was hangry. I took entirely too long taking pictures and creating a perfect setting for eating before letting her have anything.  I attempted a taste of guacamole while she was yelling/crying at me.

Didn't go so well.  
 However she got over it quickly once I showed her what was for lunch.
Jolie was intrigued.  We've had bean burgers before, but never this recipe and not with guacamole for dipping.

 That sweet face it totally edible.  Especially with that teeny bit of green goo on the tip of her nose.  
I showed them the 'dip - scoop - shovel' technique just one time and they totally comprehended what my goal was for this meal.  I had to remove myself from the situation because I kept wanting to eat off their plates.

This was a winner in our house.  And whats not to love about {cheap} healthy eating that is simple AND you can say you made it.  from scratch.  100% homemade.

No freezer box bean cake this go round!



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