Camden and Ella are 3! Today’s post is all about their adorable party! The theme this year was “Young, Wild, and Three”! I’ll share the details above or below each picture and again toward the bottom of this post.Read more
I had no idea I liked sweet potatoes until I had them roasted one day! I tried making them at home and was shocked at how easy, tasty, and healthy they are! Enjoy!! This isn’t really a recipe, just how to roast sweet potatoes. 🙂
- 1 pound/16 ounces sweet potatoes (you can either by these whole or already cleaned and cubed in the fresh vegetable section)
- Drizzle of vegetable oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- If you bought whole sweet potatoes, clean, peel (or you can leave the skins on, this is just a personal preference) and cut into ½ inch cubes. I buy them already cubed, it’s a little more expensive but so much easier!
- Toss on a baking sheet
- Drizzle with oil
- Season with salt and pepper
- Roast until tended 20-25 minutes (I recommend tossing 10 minutes in)
Easy, right? 🙂
Being healthy is my main goal for 2020! However, sometimes being healthy comes with a lot of inconvenience, which I don’t have time for…to make something work for us it needs to be both healthy and convenient. When I heard about Perdue Farms’ new direct-to-consumer website, I was sold! We’ve been buying Perdue products for years but now you can get directly on their new website, order exactly what you need, and they will ship it to you! I wanted to share more about this with you and also my favorite chicken dish that I make using Perdue Harvestland Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast.
More about Perdue Farms
Something I learned fairly recently is Perdue Farms is not just a business selling chicken (they are the #1 supplier in the U.S. for organic chicken though) but they are also a leader in premium beef, pork, and lamb. All of their products are pasture raised, grass fed- Heritage Breed, antibiotic free, non-GMO, they are Certified Humane, and much more! They also have many brands including Niman Ranch, Perdue Chicken, Coleman Natural, Perdue Harvestland, Spot Farms, Full Moon, and many more.
My First Order
In my first order (Family Bundle-Medium) where everything arrived frozen directly to my door, I received:
- One 13-oz. package Niman Ranch Bacon-Wrapped Pork Chop with Rosemary (contains 2 chops)
- One 2.25-lb. box Perdue Harvestland Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins (contains 4 to 5 packs, each filled with 4 wrapped tenders)
- One 12-oz. package Niman Ranch Applewood Uncured Bacon
- One 1.68-lb. bag Perdue Panko-Breaded Dino Nuggets
- One 12-oz. package Niman Ranch Breakfast Sausage (contains 12 fully cooked sausages)
I also received a box of Perdue Harvestland Diced Chicken Breasts (this is free with your first order), these are awesome because they are already cut and ready to go!
Now to my favorite chicken recipe, “Stuffing Jack Chicken”! It’s easy, it’s tasty, it’s perfect…
-Chicken tenderloins (enough to fill the bottom of the pan or 4-5 chicken breasts)
-6 Slices Pepper Jack Cheese (it is not spicy at all, I promise!)
-1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup (you can get healthier versions)
– ¼ cup milk
-1 box of Stuffing (chicken flavor)
-1/3 cup butter
- Cover bottom of pan with chicken
- Lay cheese on top of chicken
- Mix 1 can cream of chicken soup and ¼ cup milk
- Pour over chicken
- Top with bag of Chicken Stuffing
- Drizzle 1/3 cup butter on top
- Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes
This was plenty of food for us but this dish over rice would be delicious too!
This post was sponsored by Perdue Farms but all opinions and the recipe are my own.
Y’all we had the best day on Saturday. We went to the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park which is now an annual tradition for us. Last year was our first year going and honestly, I didn’t do much research, someone just suggested it so we went! I was BLOWN away and we decided this was going to be an annual tradition and it’s one I looked forward to all year.
Last year, we waited in line to see Santa and bought pictures which was totally fine! Here is our picture from last year.
We decided this year to do the Mingle with Kringle which is when you reserve a time to meet Santa ahead of time. You get a one on one session with Santa, the photographer takes many photos (we got 52!) and emails them all to you, and you get a pass to come back to the Festival of Lights another time that season! Being a blogger and a mom who loves capturing the special moments, I felt this was worth it (it’s barely much of a difference price wise when you add everything up) and my kiddos LOVED all that extra time with Santa. Their giggles could be heard across the park. It was one of those memories that I hope to never forget!
We walked around Winter Wonderland and then Santa’s Village, Camden spotted these guys breakdancing. They were awesome by the way! He said, “Can I dance, Mommy?” How could I say no to that sweet face? I’m so thankful for these dancers, they were so sweet to Camden and even turned on Baby Shark! He loved it.
Here is a cute video of this adorableness:
Then it was time to get some dinner! They have several food trucks lined up to choose from. Judd got the Abominable Burger which was HUGE and so tasty! The rest of us got hot dogs and fries, everything was yummy and just what we needed to fill our bellies for more fun!
They also have several fire pits where you can buy s’more packages and cook s’mores! We were so full from dinner that we decided to do this when we come back later this season (we plan to bring my parents or Judd’s dad when they visit for Christmas!)
We then got tickets for the train which was adorable and the kids were in heaven! They drive you through lighted areas that you wouldn’t normally see in your car. The sweet train conductor, let my kids pull the horn too, they loved that. As soon as we got on board, Camden yelled, “ALL ABOARD! CHOOCHOO!”.
Then it was time for us to drive through the lights!! You turn your radio on to a certain station and just drive and admire the beautiful lights! It’s so festive, so joyful, and just makes you even more excited for the holidays!! I was so caught up in the moment that this is the only picture I took during the drive, oops!
A few other things that they have here: adorable holiday stores from a toy store to a gift shop to a sweet shop, a climbing wall for kiddos, walking paths to walk under the lights, an art display with art work from schools across the area, a carousel, and I know I’m forgetting things!
Basically, if you live in Charleston or you live in SC for that matter, you need to come to the Holiday Festival of Lights! It is AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!! Don’t just believe me, these are some of the awards they’ve received: Top 20 Event in the Southeast, Southeast Tourism Society, November 2013 and November 2018, Third Best Holiday Festival in the US, USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award 2015, Third Best Public Lights Display in the US, USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award 2014, One of the Top 10 Holiday Celebrations, Coastal Living Magazine 2012, One of the Top 100 Events in North America, American Bus Association 2012. So cool, right? I love calling Charleston home!
A huge thanks to Charleston County Parks for hosting us!! I will be sharing more about all the amazing parks they have, events, and their Gold Pass (which we have and use almost weekly) in the future!!
If you know me, you know that I’m all about matching and all about Christmas! We have many Christmas traditions that I hope stick around and that my kids pass on to their kids. Some of these include: a new Christmas book, seeing Santa, finding Santa’s sleigh bells, donuts on Christmas morning, opening stockings on Christmas Eve, and going for a walk on the beach on Christmas. Another fun one is we always get new matching Christmas pajamas. I ordered ours for this year and then I saw that Dearfoams slippers have a matching Holiday Family Collection! Remember how slippers used to be boring? NOT ANYMORE! These are SOO cute! I knew we had to have them and this would be a new tradition that we would start! Who doesn’t love a pair of cozy slippers? We got the Women’s Mama Bear Plaid Clog, Men’s Papa Bear Plaid Clog, and two of the Lil Bear Kids Plaid Scuff Slipper.
Camden and Ella are at a very fun age right now where everything excites them, when I opened this box (which was packaged beautifully by the way, see below), they smiled from ear to ear and said, “Mommy! Look! Shoes for me?”. We immediately put them on and decided to change outfits so we’d all match.
We’ve been wearing these every day around the house since we got them! Camden and Ella love that they get to wear these inside because we don’t allow shoes in our house minus slippers #germaphobe. They keep saying, “Look, we wear shoes in house!” Oh kids, you’re cute!
It’s getting us excited for the holidays and they are so comfortable! There is nothing better than sliding your feet into a pair of cozy slippers after a long day!
Dearfoams slogan is “Feels like home” and as soon as I put these on my feet felt right at home! These slippers are literally like clouds sent down from heaven! They are cozy, warm, and absolutely adorable!!
Our feet are so happy in these matching Dearfoams slippers! I’m excited for this new tradition we have started!!
This post was sponsored by Dearfoams but all opinions are my own.
“That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up!”-Walt Disney
Well friends, our Disney World trip for 2019 was one for the books. We had the most magical time!! I thought I’d share about our day at Disney World, some tips, and also a few helpful links to really great Disney articles that my friend Amber (she’s a Disney blogger) wrote!!
This was a fast trip for us so we had one day to explore! This is the kids second time to Disney World and my husbands and my fourth time. I planned everything in advance so we knew exactly where to go/what to do. Tip: This is a great plan if you’re only going for a day, I researched transportation, the park layouts, and all the rides/attractions.
Note: We didn’t ride even close to every single ride, we picked the rides that we wanted to ride ahead of time!
Our first park was Animal Kingdom. We got there right when the park opened and went straight to Expedition Everest. Judd and I did the parent swap so we each got to ride with only one person having to wait in line once. Look at how cute they were while waiting for their daddy to come out of the ride.
Then it was off to Africa to ride the Kilimanjaro Safari! The kids (and us) loved this!!
Our next stop was Avatar World. We didn’t get to ride Flight of Passage (too long of a line) but that’s ok because we will be back! Then it was off to catch the bus to Hollywood Studios!
Look at these cute little bus riders!
We had fast passes for Tower of Terror so we rode that and then headed to Disney Juniors Dance Party! This was one of the biggest highlights of the trip for Camden and Ella, they had a BLAST!
When we got out, we realized one of our strollers wasn’t there. We think someone took ours by accident because there was one in a different color close by. Note: Make sure you put a tag or something so you can find your stroller easily, we forgot to do this. No worries though, Disney World made this right for us! They gave us a brand new very similar umbrella stroller to take place of ours! Thanks Disney World for going over and beyond!!
Then it was time to explore Toy Story World! Such a fun area!!!
The final stop was to Star Wars World, my husband loved this!! They did an amazing job designing the park.
I did a lot of research before the trip as to how to get to each park the fastest, many suggested walking from Hollywood Studios to Epcot so this is what we did. It was about a 20-30 minute walk so if you’re not up for walking, don’t do this! We loved it though because it was so quiet and peaceful and we probably got there faster than other transportation options. We ate lunch on the way at the boardwalk.
We arrived to my favorite park, Epcot!! As we entered we saw Mickey Mouse so of course we had to get a picture! The kids were thrilled to meet Mickey!
Next, we had fast passes to my FAVORITE ride, Soarin! I’m pretty sure I could ride this ride all day long!!
The kids were anxious to see Nemo so The Seas with Nemo was next!
We walked around Epcot a little bit because I love seeing all the different areas! Disney did an amazing job designing this park!
It was time for the kiddos favorite park, Magic Kingdom! We took the monorail this time!
We rode a ton of rides here! I can’t even remember all of them. One of our favorites was It’s a Small World.
We also ate way too much Dole Whip! Just kidding, can you ever eat too much of that? It’s so darn good!
Overall, we had the best time ever! We hope we get to do this every year because there is nothing better than seeing your kids smile from ear to ear!
My sweet friend Amber is a Disney Blogger and has the most helpful blog! I used this several times while planning our trip. Here are a few articles that really stood out to me:
A huge thanks to Disney World for hosting us!