HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALE | 31

Today is a very important day in our home.  It’s this guy’s 31st birthday!!! I wanted to stop by and share how much we love him and how happy we are that we get to celebrate HIM today.  He’s at work today but you better believe that we will be spending all day plotting away to see how we can surprise and celebrate him.  There’s talk of balloons, cake and frozen confetti!

Alex and I have known each other since we were  13  and I can’t tell you how happy I that He is the man I get to spend the rest of my life with.  He ‘s so thoughtful and kind and incredibly PATIENT.  He has a way of making others feel so special and is always giving of himself.  He loves our kids unconditionally and makes the best butternut squash soup whenever we’re sick.

He gets more handsome every year… in a sophisticated and distinguished kind of way. Like James Bond.

He works so hard for our family and asks for very little in return and is always so supportive of my dreams.  Like, when I said I wanted to be a blogger, he bought me a computer and when I said I wanted to start a business he was right there with me thinking of names and possibilities. He’s always up to throw the kids in the van and drive us wherever my heart desires and when I call him at 8pm and ask him to bring home some dinner…. he’s right there with my favorite meal.

He always finds a way to be our steady when I’m in the clouds thinking of crazy ideas and points my heart back to Christ when I stray.

For these things and SO MANY MORE, I love him. I love him with everything in me and I am so happy that I get to be loved by him.

Happy birthday my sweet husband! I love you more every day!

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SEEDLINGS AND SOME THOUGHTS

 

A couple of weeks ago we started our seedlings for Grace’s flower garden.  It was a cold morning and honestly it seemed like spring would never show up.  Today we had 80 degree weather and played with water on the deck.  The kids had a blast and had no problem falling asleep that night. It felt a little like home.

I feel like living in Nebraska can only get better from here.  Winter was hard on all of us.  It was fun and exciting (because ultimately it was our first winter) but it was cold. So cold that it didn’t matter how many blankets you had on, there was no warming up.

But… lets focus on the good things yea?

I’ll never forget the first time Grace saw snow.  She opened the blinds of the hotel room we were staying at temporarily and shouted “SNOW! I KNEW IT WAS REAL, I KNEW IT!” That was such a sweet moment.

Also, the first time we played in the snow…  It took me 25 minutes to get the kids all geared up and out-the-door, but it was so worth it.  Alex made a pseudo-snow slide on our front lawn and off we all went. We also made a snowman!!!  No one wanted to come inside. Our noses were cold and our eyes were watery but we didn’t care.  It was so much fun.

Bauer was not so excited about the snow.  We got him a bright red coat and a tower of blankets for him to sleep in/on/over.

For me, winter was eye-opening.  It was a sanctifying few months, a time of growth and reflection.  This winter I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was, I learned how to love from a distance, how to depend solely on God for my every emotional need and how to support (really support) my husband.  I saw firsthand the affect that sunshine has on my life and I learned to thank God for the rain and cloudy days. I’m also learning for the first time to embrace seasons, knowing that it’s only a matter of time before they’re over and the day will come when we can fling the front door wide open!

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful Mother’s day weekend!

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FRIED PLANTAINS WITH SPICY AIOLI

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If you have followed along with our Instagram stories, you know that we love dance parties. We crank up the tunes and Alex, the kids and I dance aur hearts out until we are all out of breath! We all take turns picking our favorite tunes and we all pull out our best dance moves.  Because dancing makes us all hungry, today I’m teaming up with El Yucateco® to share my recipe for crispy fried plantains with the spicy a Aioli.  These little guys are super easy to whip up and they make the best dance party snack!

I am also sharing a coupon, and some information and how you can enter to win a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience!

El Yucateco® will now be available at select stadiums and The House of Blues, and since they are music lovers just like us, they want to give you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.

#KingofFlavorSweepstakes (5/9 to 7/4)

Here’s a print at home coupon for $1.oo off your purchase of three bottles.

Coupon starts 5/9 and runs through July!

Our dance parties are usually accompanied by our favorite snacks and these days we are loving fried plantains with a kick! So, turn up the tunes, put on your dancing shoes, and enjoy this spicy and fun recipe.

Ingredients

Two large green plantains- peeled and cut into 1 inch rounds

1/3 cup of vegetable or peanut oil

Salt to taste

Spicy aioli

1 cup of mayonnaise

2 tablespoons of El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce –  I love this hot sauce because it is made with fresh red habanero peppers, tomato, spices and select seasonings. This is the perfect “all purpose” hot sauce and it fits in your purse (or diaper bag) so you can pull it out when you’re on the go!

2 tablespoons of lime juice

pinch of salt

 

Directions

In a skillet, heat oil on medium heat (test it by dipping the back of a wooden spoon in the oil.  If it sizzles, it’s ready). Fry plantains, turning until all sides are lightly golden (about four minutes each side) Remove from skillet and press between two pieces of paper towel to flatten. Return to skillet and continue to fry until crispy. Remove and salt lightly.

Meanwhile, wisk mayonnaise, salt, lime juice and El Yucateco® hot sauce. El Yucateco® is the number one authentic habanero hot sauce, it is made from a habanero’s and picked from their own fields, their flavor is super rich and it has the right amount of heat.

If your dance party involves heading out to a concert, you’re in luck! El Yucateco® is now available at select stadiums and the House of Blues.

I also wanted to share with you what we’re dancing to these days. Grace and Haddon have their favorite playlist which includes theme songs to their favorite movies. They ask me to play it in the car, at home, while they shower and brush their teeth.  My playlist is a little more sophisticated… just kidding it isn’t. These days I’m jamming to 90’s hit songs that bring Alex and I back to our childhood days! Grace thinks we’re a little goofy, but we just keep dancing along!

Here’s to El Yucateco® hot sauce, fried plantains and dancing until morning!

And just incase you were wondering, you can pick up El Yucateco® hot sauces at Target!

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