Winter Meals: Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen

The cold snap has hit us hard, we are trying desperately to stay warm and comfortable. Late nights at practice for the kids has left us shivering and starving and search for something warm and delicious when we come home. We all love a good ramen soup so when I stumbled upon this Thai inspired ramen recipe I knew it had to make its way in to our soup rotation.

Ramen soup is such a fun and simple way to do soup. It can be dressed up or dressed down according to the tastes in your household. We have some adventurous soup eaters in our house so I was not worried about introducing this one. If you have picky eaters and want to make this less adventurous try eliminating the red curry paste and the mushrooms.

I found this recipe at Half Baked Harvest and have fallen in love with it. It is the perfect Thai soup, not too spicy, not too adventurous, it was just right for our family. You can spice it up if you want more of a kick, but we found it to be spot on.

We even made it in the instant pot so that we didn’t have to wait too long for a spectacular meal after practice. It cooked wonderfully very quickly and we were fed and bathed and ready for bed right on time.

Be sure to check out Half Baked Harvest’s other amazing recipes when you head over for the full tutorial and recipe. You will not be disappointed.

Beach Style: Winter’s Daydreams

The entire country is dealing with freak cold weather snaps. Even California is dealing with below freezing weather. Parts of the midwest are colder than Antarctica. This cold weather has all of us hoping and dreaming of warmer days, so it is no wonder that we are daydreaming about the tropical beachy shores of anywhere but here. The Boy’s Store understands and we are feeding your tropical dreams with some great new styles from Wes and Willy. So get beach ready now.

Boys Striped Beach Shorts by Wes and Willy: These beach shorts are reminding us of the warm sun, a sweet cool drink, and an umbrella shading us from the wonderful rays. These striped beach shorts are perfect for that sunny locale you and the family are wishing you were visiting. Your boys will be beach ready with these cool and casual shorts. Available in size 5 through 18/20.

Boys Hooded Beach Shirt by Wes and Willy: This striped shirt is the epitome of beachwear. Long-sleeved and tagless it screams comfort and is just the right amount of sweater for those cool beach nights. Available in size 4 through 18/20.

Boys I am Smiling Shirt by Wes and Willy: If you have kids you have probably heard the baby shark song. This shark shirt is perfect for that shark obsessed boy. It is fun, comfortable, and baby shark friendly. Available in sizes 4 through 18/20.

Valentine’s Day Pancakes

We love to get excited about holidays in this house. It may seem a little excessive, but if you can’t get excited about the little things then what can you get excited about? We all have work and school on Valentine’s day but I still like to do something special for everyone that helps us get a good and sweet start to our day. I found this fun little recipe for Valentine’s Day pancakes and it is simple to put together even on fast-paced school mornings.

Since we love pancakes so much I tend to make large batches over the weekend and freeze them so that we can just heat them up on weekdays and eat them. This is a great way to ensure your kids eat on school mornings when it can be difficult to get things ready. I like to make pancakes with a protein mix (and sometimes I even sneak in a little bit of blended spinach in and no one even notices!)

For this fun holiday breakfast I just use my previously frozen pancakes and leave out the fun fixings for the holiday theme. For the full tutorial check out Aunt Jemima’s site for the rundown. As I said, you can use their pancake mix or your own, whichever you prefer. Enjoy!