YUM! Savory Sausage Muffins


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Looking for a new breakfast/brunch idea? Give these savory muffins a try. They make a great accompaniment to a cheesy omelette or stand alone with a side of crispy hashbrowns. They’re delicious and easy, using crescent rounds as the “muffin” base.

I’ve also made these using regular crescent rolls and just cut and smashed pieces together to line the muffin tins. That method is just as easy but doesn’t yield as pretty of a product. The rounds are the perfect size to cup the meaty filling.

ImageSimple ingredients are used to create these savory bites. Baby Spinach, Crescent Rounds, Shredded Cheese, Diced Green Chilies, Tomatoes, Breakfast Sausage.

ImageCrumble and brown the sausage in a large skillet. Add the tomato and spinach.

ImageAdd the green chilies.

ImageMix everything together and cook until spinach starts to wilt down. Set aside.

ImageFlatten out each individual crescent round and press into muffin tin.

ImageAdd a scoop of the sausage into each crescent cup.

ImageTop with a small sprinkling of cheese.

ImageBake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

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ImageReal good!

This recipe makes 16, using two tubes of crescent rounds, however one of my tubes never made it to my kitchen from the grocery store. I distinctly remember tossing it in the cart, but it was no where to be found at cookin’ time. Perhaps the clerk didn’t bag it (hate that)? Maybe it rolled away under the seat of my car (I checked)?

In any case, I was short some crescents so I made a quick hash with the leftover sausage mixture by adding a few diced potatoes. Good save!

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Savory Sausage Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tubes Crescent Rounds
  • 1 Chub of Breakfast Sausage
  • 2 Big Handfuls Baby Spinach
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Small Can Diced Green Chilies

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Crumble and brown the sausage.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, spinach and chilies. Cook until the spinach wilts down.
  4. Flatten out each crescent round and press into the cups of a muffin tin. Be sure to press the dough as far up the sides of the cup as you can.
  5. Fill each crescent cup with a heaping scoop of the sausage mixture.
  6. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with cheese.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until muffins are golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before popping the muffins out.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

ImageMy cutie-pie sister, Sarah said it was deeeeliscious! 

Mayhem at the Museum


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Today Jax and I joined her friends and their mama’s at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. I wasn’t sure if it would be good for a child her age but all the mommies rave about it so we joined the fun. It was a bust…literally. Jax busted her lip and bruised her eyebrow!

It wasn’t as museum-y as I thought – no exhibits per se, just lots of different areas for kids to play. It was really cute but most of the areas are geared for older toddlers and children. There was designated baby areas which we did enjoy and I got lots of DIY ideas for at-home play.

Back to my busted-up-baby. She still has the wobbles when she walks and she tends to get way ahead of herself; she also has a fondness for chasing balls.

At the museum she fixated on two golf balls which she alternated between clutching tightly to her chest and rolling them on the floor. A wayward ball got away from her and Jax ran after it – thing is, she can barely walk so running is a baaaad idea. She fell and her eyebrow was forcefully introduced to the corner of a wood platform. Not awesome. Very sad.

The wound on her lip was my fault and so I won’t be winning the Mother Of The Year Award anytime soon. At home Jax loves to play peek-a-boo by putting towels/clothes/blankets over her face…so I decided to cover her head with a blanket. Instead of pulling it off so she could hear me squeal peek-a-boo at her she decided to try to run (again with the running) away. This equation is a disaster:

New walker – the skill to run + dumb mama – the ability to see + falling over = BAD NEWS.

Jax was bleeding and hysterical and I got a little weepy too. No fun.

Needless to say our trip to the museum was memorable but for all the wrong reasons. I did have one moment of joy though – Jax took her first drink from a drinking fountain. It was cute and she wanted to do it over and over. That wonderful drinking fountain saved the day.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix wasn’t all that bad and I fully intend to purchase a membership next summer so Jax and I can get out of the heat and play. By then she will surely be more stable on her feet and she can visit with her good friend the drinking fountain.

ImageWe spent a good 10 minutes at this fountain. Every time I tried walking away she’d screech for more. I was a sucker since I felt so bad about her wounds. Plus, I had to wait there until I found someone to take a photo.

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We also loved this fun activity. Chutes made out of bottomless cups and pipes. Jax got a kick out of putting the balls through it. She may or may not have taken a couple of those balls home with her.

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Sticking her tongue out helped her lift her leg up and into the crate. Next time you need to get in a milk crate give this technique a try.

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Lunch with Mama cheered her up, especially since she got a few tastes of Dr. Pepper. A rare treat.

ImageJax with her souvenirs from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix: a bruised eyebrow, a bloody lip and two stolen golf balls.

How’s that for a play date?

The Fysiko Lash Growth Serum Challenge: Day One


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I am so excited for the opportunity to try this product and share my experience – Fysicko Eyelash Serum!

After Jax’s birth I suffered from MAJOR postpartum hair loss, clumps of my hair clogged the drains and carpeted our floors. Terrifying! The hair exodus was not limited to that on my scalp, my eyelashes also thinned considerably, leaving sparse fringe around my tired eyes.

The hair loss has since stopped and I now have 3 inches of regrowth on my head, but my eyelashes are left thin and short – boooo!

Fysiko Eyelash Serum boasts results in 16 weeks. Today is my first day of use. Seems simple enough – one swipe over clean, dry eyelids, at the lash line. Repeat once to twice daily. See results.

I can handle that.

I have high hopes for Fysiko. As a stay-at-home mama I have found that frump is a way of life, showers are a luxury and tired-chic is easily achieved. A little mascara can do wonders, so if I can get my lashes luxurious and thick without it, I’ll be sittin’ pretty. Literally.

I’ll be checking in again with results at 8 weeks and 16 weeks. Here’s to hoping.

I have not been financially compensated to write this post. Fysiko has provided a sample to use for test and review purposes. All opinions and statements are entirely my own. 

Kickin’ it with KicKee Pants


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When I was pregnant a thoughtful friend of mine gifted me with a care package filled with her favorite mommy essentials. The package included the most precious pair of KicKee Pants pajamas, tiny, cute and oh-so-soft. I remember rubbing the softness against my cheek and dreaming about how cute my sweet girl would look in them.

These pajamas quickly became one of my favorite things to put on my baby. Jax wore them all the time and although they were a newborn size, the soft fabric stretched considerably allowing her to comfortably wear them for months.

Imagine how excited I was to get the opportunity to review a KicKee Pants garment! The company sent me a pair of shorts for Jax in exchange for my honest review. And I honestly love them.

When the shorts arrived I couldn’t wait to get them on her. I  adored the precious pink lotus design and the ruffled bottom. The satin bow in front adds a touch of sassy frill and suits my girl to a tee! The fabric was a little stiff when they arrived but a turn through the wash made them soft and comfy for my love bug.

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She got a ton of compliments and seemed to love strutting (wobbling) around shaking her cute, embellished bottom. SO ADORABLE!

What makes the KicKee Pants line so special and unique is not only the awesome prints, but also that they are an eco-friendly line made from sustainable bamboo.

Yup – bamboo.

I had no idea clothes could be made from bamboo but KicKee Pants makes them and they do a darn good job – amazing job. Erin Cloke, founded the company when she was on bed-rest with her second baby and continues to oversee all aspects of production of the line with her family, using her kiddos as constant inspiration.

The quality of KicKee Pants is unbeatable , unlike some baby clothes they hold their shape and maintain their color through many washes. The bamboo fabric is breathable and comfortable for delicate skin and it’s light weight and cozy for all seasons!

KicKee pants will continue to be a mainstay in Jacquelyn’s wardrobe – cuteness is a must and this line offers it in spades, plus I can feel proud that this cuteness is helping me do my part in leading a “greener” lifestyle. Check them out. I am really digging these leggingsand this dress (can you even stand the dog with a pretzel motif? Awesome Overload). They offer some pretty great stuff for little boys too!

ImageTeeny Baby Jax in the gifted KicKee Pants pajamas that started my love affair with the line! Too cute for words. That hat has me squealing. Find the set here.

KicKee Pants gave me a garment for free in exchange for my honest review, I was not otherwise compensated. All opinions and statements are 100 percent my own. 

Winner’s Circle


Hooray and congratulations to Allison Bressler from Pennsylvania for winning the Glorietta Bay Inn prize pack. She gets the plush robe and stuffed elephant all to herself! Enjoy your loot Miss Allison and get yourself across the country to enjoy the beauty of Coronado Island and the Gloriettta Bay Inn.

And look how cute this is!ImageMaureen, the winner of the Juppy Baby Walker was kind enough to send a picture of her little doll enjoying her prize! Thanks, Maureen – Miss Danielle is just too darn cute for words.

Stay tuned for more giveaways in the coming weeks!