Copycat Recipes at Home: Cheesecake Factory Southwest Eggrolls

I love to eat out, but with my allergies and two small children it is often more than I am willing to endure for a good meal. Instead, I choose to make my own food at home and try to copy my favorite recipes. I love being able to not only know what is in my food but also to be able to make more than one meal and freeze half.

This month I am craving the Southwest eggrolls from the Cheesecake factory. I hate traveling with my caravan of chaos to enjoy my delicious eggrolls though, so instead I will be making them at home and enjoying them while my caravan of chaos sits at the dining room table and then as soon as they are finished I can pretend to enjoy a meal with my husband while they run around the table enjoying their pre-bath fun.

Working parents have it hard. We have to be both at home for the kids, and at work for our boss. I try to find a balance between the two, and that often means making things ahead of time so that we can enjoy a few stolen moments to help with homework or listen to a story about the news around 2nd grade. One reason I enjoy making meals like this is that I can double the recipe and make things on a day I have time, and freeze them for later when I do not have as much time.

Thank you to great blogs like Dinner and Dessert that help me to find fun and exciting recipes I can enjoy with my family. The full tutorial is on their site and can be accessed by the link. It is simple to follow and can be altered to fit your family. For example, we are gluten-free and I simply pre-purchase gluten free eggroll wraps that I can use for meals like this one. I also double the recipe so that I can save half for another day. Do not be afraid to alter recipes, sometimes it is best if you can follow it exactly, but sometimes a little customization is the best way to live.

Best Boy Books: Movement and Books!

We love highlighting new books every month. This month we wanted to highlight one that would not only give your little one a love for reading but also a love for moving! This fun book encourages kids to get up and move. So much of our time now is ruled by a screen, so it is great when we can find ways to interact with our kids without a screen!

Boogie Monster by Josie Bissett encourages kids to get up and shake their bodies! The Boogie Monster loves to travel the world and he loves to dance. he discovers that no one dances the same, everyone has a unique dance style. He loves to show off dance moves, and he suggests many for your kids to try while reading. Ants in the pants dance, helicopter in the sky dance, and a bear after honey dance. It really motivates little readers to get up and shake their booty.

It is a fun book to read with toddlers and early readers. Just be ready to shake your booty!

Fall Clothes Are Coming!

It may seem as if Fall weather is never coming our way, but maybe if we stock up on fun Fall clothing the weather will change. If you buy it, it will change. I mean it is worth a try. I love Fall clothing. The flannels, the jackets, the sweaters, and the boots. It screams comfort and simplicity to me. My kids love Fall just as much as I do and we spend a lot of time outdoors even in the cooler weather. I try to make sure they have plenty of warm comfortable clothes they can play in. Thank goodness for the Eland & American Vintage line. Their clothes are simple, warm, and casual. They are perfect for a Fall afternoon outdoors.

Boys Henley Waffle Weave Shirt by E-Land: This henley is made of waffle weave cotton. It is so comfortable it almost makes me wish I could wear my sons clothes. It is perfect for cooler weather and long days in the yard or walks to the playground.

Boys’ Motorcycle Shirt by American Vintage: My little guy loves motorcycles. He thinks that they are the coolest thing in the world and wants one already. That is a big no on the mom-dar for me, but at least he can have a fun shirt that shows off his love of two-wheels.

Boys’ Chino Pants by American Vintage: Camouflage pants are all the rage in our house. Grandpa loves them, and that means little man loves them. So we try to make sure to always have at least one pair on hand.

Boy’s Canvas Barn Jacket by Eland Kids: Daddy, Grandpa, and Papa all have their own Barn jackets, so of course little man needs one too. He just loves running around the yard with all his favorite men in his matching Barn Jacket.