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Mrs V Is it Thursday yet? Don’t know about anyone else, but this Mama is e

Mrs V

  • 22.11.2017 08:09
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Is it Thursday yet? Don’t know about anyone else, but this Mama is exhausted! I should have posted this last month. James is out with his Taco Tuesday family tonight and while playing with the kids I realized we never shared the cake that was made for James. We made it over the weekend and delivered it to Taco Tuesday on October 24th. 3-layer Funfetti cake, cream cheese frosting and sprinkles. Used ice cream cones, YORK peppermint patties to help keep the frosting intact, and food coloring gel mixed in with cream cheese frosting to make the pretend ice cream in the cones. Ziploc bags to pipe the icing. Super quick and easy. Simple and sweet. Kids loved it and let’s face it; that’s all that matters. @madieskitchen #creamcheesefrosting #icecream #birthdaycake #funfetti #yorkpeppermintpatties #madieskitchen http://madieskitchen.com/2014/03/best-cream-cheese-frosting/

Mrs V Happy Friday! I’ve made this broccoli soup twice now. I love it and

Mrs V

  • 18.11.2017 08:14
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Happy Friday! I’ve made this broccoli soup twice now. I love it and both kids actually like it. I needed to use a couple heads of broccoli so I found this recipe online. It’s a copycat recipe from Panera Breads broccoli cheddar soup. Never had theirs but figured I would give it a shot. It’s easy, delicious, doesn’t require too many ingredients and actually quite healthy. We used lactose free whole milk so it’s a lactose free soup. You can use regular milk if you’d like. I tried it without celery, carrots and cheddar as well. And it’s good that way too. Leftover also tastes good. Get creative. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/235874/copycat-panera-broccoli-cheddar-soup/ Ingredients: 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 onion, chopped 1/4 cup melted butter 1/4 cup flour 2 cups milk 2 cups chicken stock 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped broccoli florets 1 cup matchstick-cut carrots 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese salt and ground black pepper to taste Directions: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion in hot butter until translucent, about 5 minutes. Set aside. Whisk 1/4 cup melted butter and flour together in a large saucepan over medium-low heat; cook until flour loses it's granular texture, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk if necessary to keep the flour from burning, 3 to 4 minutes. Gradually pour milk into flour mixture while whisking constantly. Stir chicken stock into milk mixture. Bring to a simmer; cook until flour taste is gone and mixture is thickened, about 20 minutes. Add broccoli, carrots, sauteed onion, and celery; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir Cheddar cheese into vegetable mixture until cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #brocoli #brocolicheddarsoup #panerabread @panerabread @homemadesoupclub #homemadesoup #winter #lactosefree @lactosefreeme_

Mrs V When your neighbor delivers 20 persimmons to your doorstep....you Goog

Mrs V

  • 13.11.2017 08:45
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When your neighbor delivers 20 persimmons to your doorstep....you Google “Persimmon Jelly.” I washed them, cut into one, and ate it. Tasted sweet so I decided to spend Sunday afternoon prepping and making homemade jelly. It turned into a family affair. And guess what? Super easy and it tastes good. Subtle, lightly Sweet, and perfect on toast with a little butter. Used this recipe but modified. - 17 persimmons - cut or peel the outer skin off - cut into wedges - purée in blender until smooth - in a large saucepan on medium heat cook the puréed persimmons with 2 cups of sugar on boil constantly stirring for 15 minutes - 1.5 lemons: add the juice to purée - in a separate bowl mix 4 tbsp. of water and 2 tbsp. of cornstarch fully - pour cornstarch mixture into the persimmon purée and boil/stir for another 15 minutes - put into canning jars - deliver in a picnic basket to your neighbors. Especially the one that gave you the fruit. - refrigerate and serve on toast the next morning or store in the freezer until ready to use. *if you like apricot or peach jam, you will enjoy this! https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/easy-persimmon-jam-recipe/ @madieskitchen #persimmon #persimmons #jelly #homemadejelly #fallactivities #familyfun #neighborlove #picnicbasket #madieskitchen #canning #canningjars #yummy #toastandjam

Mrs V Beautiful day in Barstow today. Parked off Stoddard, did some fun sing

Mrs V

Slash X Ranch Cafe

  • 11.11.2017 03:21
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Beautiful day in Barstow today. Parked off Stoddard, did some fun single track, one too many whoops and landed at Slash X for a snack. Hubby and I just needed a day to ride. It was the best way to spend a vacation day! Weather was 73 and sunny. I feel so out of shape but better to just jump right in. Looking forward to many more rides. @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #slashx #slashxranch #slashxcafe #barstow #stoddardwells #vacationday #mommydaddytime #dualsport #dualsportwomen @california_dual_sport_riders #whoops #singletrack #metime

Mrs V More like “Nico’s Kitchen.” Spent some time with baby boy making

Mrs V

  • 07.11.2017 08:44
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More like “Nico’s Kitchen.” Spent some time with baby boy making his smash cake and birthday cake for our family gathering over the weekend. Hard to believe Nicolas will be one on the 9th. I decided to go with a tractor theme in honor of my dad. My folks couldn’t be here but they were here in spirit. They were able to watch him smash the cake by using FaceTime. Them in Ohio and us in California. Technology these days! For the cake I pulled a little from the butter cake and a little batter from the chocolate cake to make little mini cakes. Food coloring gel to mix into the homemade cream cheese frosting. Kit Kat bars for the fence. Crushed Oreos for the dirt. And special piping tips to create the grass. I’ve just had all these things so I didn’t have to buy anything to design the cake which was nice. @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #babyboy #smashcake #tractor #johndeere #oreo #kitkat #tractorcake #mommasboy #creamcheese #homemadefrosting #firstbirthday #yummy http://madieskitchen.com/2014/03/best-cream-cheese-frosting/

Mrs V Wishing everyone a very safe and fun Halloween tomorrow. We get so muc

Mrs V

  • 31.10.2017 07:26
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Wishing everyone a very safe and fun Halloween tomorrow. We get so much candy from different events each year that we decided to go with puzzles and glow in the dark tattoos for Madie’s classmates. She drew a little something on each note and chose which of her friends got which puzzle. It was cute to hear why she thought each friend should get each puzzle. Happy Halloween! What’s your favorite candy? Mine is Caramello! @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #halloween #candy #caramello #puzzle #glowinthedarktattoo #3yearsold #creative #prek

Mrs V Family time, tuna melts, and fall weather. #madieskitchen @madieskitch

Mrs V

Big Bear Lake - BigBear.com

  • 28.10.2017 21:21
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Family time, tuna melts, and fall weather. #madieskitchen @madieskitchen #tunamelt #goldenrod #ipa #pinecone #bigbearlake #fall #autumn #outdoors #lunchisready

Mrs V Hello. It’s been a while. What a week we’ve had. James and I took

Mrs V

Potato Mountain

  • 21.10.2017 20:35
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Hello. It’s been a while. What a week we’ve had. James and I took turns taking sick days to be home with Madie. She’s spent a good 7 days straight fighting bronchitis and an ear infection. As a parent it is the worst feeling not being able to fix your child’s pain right away. She’s been strong through it all. But it’s also been a struggle. Many nights without sleep isn’t good for anyone. Glad I wasn’t tracing away for work! We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now let’s hope the rest of us stay healthy. Fall has been beautiful here. Finding fun activities on there weekends, watching the kids grow closer, hikes, and finally getting some fruits/veggies on our trees. After planting them a year ago, it is an exciting time! Well worth the wait. The trees were our birthday, anniversary and Christmas gift to each other last year. Just sad we didn’t do it years ago. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend everyone. Planning to have a few good posts for y’all as the holidays near. Please share your fall/winter activities with links and/or Photos, recipes! Thank you. 🍂🍎🥑🍯🍾 @madieskitchen @surferboy.1977 #smudgepot #fall #bigbear #airplane #cableairport #hiking #weekendfun #siblings #sickkids #produce #homemade #madieskitchen

Mrs V Wanted a little sweet treat after the week I've had. Worked since Sund

Mrs V

  • 07.10.2017 06:49
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Wanted a little sweet treat after the week I've had. Worked since Sunday and soooo ready for the weekend. Decided to get creative with what we had at home. Sliced up a fresh peach, heated the peaches and some salted caramel, and poured it over lactose free vanilla ice cream. Everyone enjoyed it and yes the ice cream tastes like the real deal. Have a wonderful weekend! Had to throw a Steve Miller song... https://g.co/kgs/fRmF7M #madieskitchen @madieskitchen #peaches #stevemillerband #lactosefree @lactosefreeme_ #saltedcaramel @breyers @smuckersbrand #dessert #fall

Mrs V Good morning! I hope everyone is ready for Fall. It's officially here

Mrs V

  • 01.10.2017 21:05
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Good morning! I hope everyone is ready for Fall. It's officially here in So Cal which is nice. Last night after the kids were asleep I started packing for my 3 day business trip. I thought of some of you who may or may not have kids. Who may or may not travel for work. Who may or may not be pumping milk on your business trips to bring back to your little ones. Doesn't matter if you are male or female; I just thought this post would help some of y'all. Plan, prep, and get a running start! What this means to me: Make a list. What to do prior to leaving for your trip, what to pack. My list always has the chores I like to check off before I leave (vacuum, sweep/mop, prep meals, laundry) and what items I need to pack. With my OCD I always feel better knowing the house is clean before I walk out the door. I like to think ahead of time on what my travel day will look like. What time I need to leave by, or what time to call a car service to pick me up. Set an alarm so that you know you need to get in the shower by that time, then reset your alarm to either call your Uber/Taxi or what time you should be walking out the door. I try to pack snacks that I'm accustomed to so that I can wake up and have what I need. Of course my vitamins, tea, and fruit/bars for energy food. If you are pumping, bring enough storage bags/bottles, zip-Loc bags for ice, ice pack, scrub brush, etc. And as much as you can get done the night prior the better. Especially if you have kids and you have to leave on a weekend. Which today as I arrive at the airport my heart hurts knowing I have one less day with them but I know they are in the best of hands while I'm away. Plus it helps knowing we are able to work hard and save for their future. 💕 Feel free to share some of your ideas to help make your travel days easier. I made the easiest crock pot meal that will feed the family while I'm away. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend the Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan! @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #chickenparm #chickenparmesan #mealprep #travel #breastpump #breastfeeding #packing #traveling #travelingmom #businesswoman @fijiwater http://madieskitchen.com/2012/06/crock-pot-chicken-parmesan

Cindy Deckrow Thank you @cvang0 for the food 🍉🍐🥔🍳🍞🥖🌽🧀🍗

Cindy Deckrow

  • 30.08.2017 07:33
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Thank you @cvang0 for the food 🍉🍐🥔🍳🍞🥖🌽🧀🍗🍋#madieskitchen #madisonryandeckrow #nowshecooking #playtimefun

Mrs V When it's 103 degrees after school, you find things to do before and a

Mrs V

  • 29.08.2017 16:52
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When it's 103 degrees after school, you find things to do before and after dinner. No outside evening stroll for us last night. But the slime project was well worth the wait. I had tucked the ingredients in the pantry for that perfect moment. Thank you Elmer's for the recipe. I found all of the items at Target. Thanks to Amanda Lewis Gutierrez for your help! Recipe by Elmers: Elmer's Recipe for Large Colored Slime Need more slime in your life? Create your own larger sized colorful slime using a few common household ingredients. It's super easy and kid friendly! skill level: easy to moderate supplies needed: 1 tbsp of baking soda 2 tbsp of contact lens solution 7.625 fl oz Elmer’s White school glue Large bowl and mixing spoon Your choice of food coloring instructions: 1. Pour out the entire contents of a 7.625oz of Elmer’s school glue into a bowl. 2. Add 1 tbsp of baking soda and mix thoroughly. 3. After mixing, add your choice of food coloring. 4. Mix and/or add more food coloring until you get the color you want. 5. Add 2 tbsp of contact lens solution. 6. Mix until mixture gets harder to mix and slime begins to form. We used our hands to mix it up. It took about 5 minutes or longer. Be patient. 7. Take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands. 8. If needed, add ¼ tbsp of contact lens solution to make the slime less sticky. *Adult supervision is required; This project is not appropriate for children under the age of 3 years. Always wash your hands before and after making and playing with slime. Warning: If large quantities of contact lens solution are accidentally ingested (greater than a tablespoon), get medical attention immediately. http://www.elmers.com/projects/project/elmers-large-recipe-slime #madieskitchen @madieskitchen @beene_as_in_beene #slime #elmersglue #elmersslime #toddlers #toddlerfun #bakingsoda #contactlenssolution #project #fun #daddysgirl #daddydaughtertime #foodcoloring #hotday

Mrs V Most of you already know this about me...I love antiques. And of cours

Mrs V

Big Bear Lake, California

  • 26.08.2017 21:08
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Most of you already know this about me...I love antiques. And of course...memories! Since I was a little girl my mom and family were always into the old vintage things. And we all still are. The old postcards too. This one is from 1944! One thing that drives me crazy are the price tags that are stuck on frames or stuck on anything. A trick we use to remove the stickiness, is Desolvit. Pour the smallest amount on a paper towel. Rub it over the sticky spot you removed the price tag from and then with glass cleaner such as Windex on another paper towel to clean it spotless. Another tidbit is where to buy frames. I'm all about the Marshall's and TJ Maxx's of the world for frames. I don't go often but when I do, I grab a few frames. Also perfect gifting options to always have on hand. Now time for the Big Bear Air Show! http://www.de-solv-it.com/ #madieskitchen @madieskitchen @bigbear_trailriders @bigbearlake @desolvit #memoriesforlife #bigbear #photos #frame #pictures

Mrs V James had a few nights away for a guys trip to the river. He got back

Mrs V

  • 22.08.2017 07:42
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James had a few nights away for a guys trip to the river. He got back last night and had requested today off from work, so it only made sense for me to put my work on hold for an hour so that we could make our own solar eclipse viewers and drive over to show Madie. Her school didn't have anything planned so we surprised her by pulling her out of class, showing her the eclipse and popping her back into class. She showed the kids her cereal box and I showed them a few photos on my phone. Even though she probably won't remember, it felt good to be a part of it with her. Oh! And my Land Cruiser hit 260,000 miles today. Felt like a pretty big milestone to share. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of summer. Life is quite busy with us. Non-stop! @madieskitchen #solareclipse #solareclipse2017 #solareclipseviewer #cheerios #cerealbox #3yearsold #landcruiser #toyota #stickfigure #activities #toddler #ilovemybaby #madieskitchen

Mrs V http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-winery-restaurant-2017/the-re

Mrs V

The Restaurant at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

  • 12.08.2017 18:59
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http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-winery-restaurant-2017/the-restaurant-at-justin-vineyards-winery-paso-robles-calif/ - Please vote for The Restaurant at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery. All you have to do is vote. No personal info required. And if you haven't been there, it should really be on your bucket list. Thank you. 🍷#justinwinery #therestaurantatjustin #justinvineyards #wine #usatoday #pasorobles #paso #madieskitchen

Mrs V We are told time and time again how fast these years will go by. Madel

Mrs V

  • 05.08.2017 23:07
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We are told time and time again how fast these years will go by. Madeline turned 3 on Sunday. We spent time with our family in Solana Beach. She road in on her belly on a surfboard for the first time with her aunt Carrie Troxell, she just took 2 weeks of parent and me swim lessons, jumped off a diving board by herself last night and is getting more and more used to sharing the attention with her little brother. Ages 2 and 3 are a roller coaster but she has her sweet moments. She loves to cuddle, tells us she loves us all the time, wants as many bedtime stories as possible, and has the best memory. She remembers everything! Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer. The first two photos are ages 1 and 2. The bottom last two are photos I took this week. ❤️#madieskitchen #3yearsold #solanabeach @madieskitchen @nancybustle #swimlessons

Mrs V Well I missed National Tequila Day. So here's a belated post. We were

Mrs V

  • 25.07.2017 17:18
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Well I missed National Tequila Day. So here's a belated post. We were going camping with our new dual-sport club a few years back, and heard it was one of the clubs member’s birthdays. Instead of baking a cake, I decided to make these margarita shooters the day prior so that we could celebrate with Jell-O shots! These came out so good and everyone enjoyed them. Yields: 24-30 Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shooters Ingredients: 1 box (3.9oz.) Strawberry (real, not generic) Jell-O 3 green baskets of fresh strawberries from the farm (about 24-30 strawberries) 8 ounces tequila, preferably reposado or blanco (1 cup) 6 ounce Cointreau (3/4 cup) Kosher Salt for garnish 1 lime, cut into small triangles and cut a slit to fit onto side of strawberry Strawberry Preparation: Cut the bottoms of the strawberry flat to get them to stand upright. When you do so, make sure that you do not cut off so much that there is a hole at the bottom. Use a huller or apple corer to empty out the strawberry. Once the strawberries have been emptied, use a towel to pat the outside of the strawberries dry. Check each strawberry and make sure there is not a hole in the bottom before you start filling. Jell-O Instructions: Boil one cup of hot water in a saucepan, then add in Jell-O powder and whisk until powder is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Set aside. Measure out 1/4 cup of cold water and set aside. Combine tequila and Cointreau, in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add liquor mixture to cold water and stir to combine. Then add cold liqueur mixture to hot Jell-O mixture and stir to combine. Pour final Jell-O mix into strawberries and chill overnight. Fill your strawberries as high as possible, as the Jell-O will sink a bit in the middle. These are best made the night before and served the next day. Dip your finger in water or use a moistened brush to wet the edge of the strawberries, dip and rotate the strawberries in salt to rim. Garnish with cut lime triangles to finish. http://madieskitchen.com/2013/03/strawberry-margarita-jell-o-shots/ @madieskitchen @lauriemontee @acasper805 #jelloshots #strawberry #tequila #nationaltequiladay #madieskitchen #birthday #jello

Mrs V Thank you to everyone for the sweet Facebook messages, text messages,

Mrs V

  • 15.07.2017 20:00
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Thank you to everyone for the sweet Facebook messages, text messages, voicemails, and wonderful surprise treats. I started the morning with a visit at daycare by my best friend Jen Roybal Logan who brought me a delicious carrot cake from the bundt shop, a platter full of yummy homemade oatmeal raisin cookies from Katlyn Peters, a delivery ordered from Keith Burke and Amanda Burke of the freshest chocolate dipped fruits from the Edibles company, an amazing delivery of gifts from my mom and dad (not just gifts for me but for each of us) and the icing on the cupcakes...Cheryl Wyers Wallace made these absolutely beautiful cupcakes. Some with lactose free butter cream. Love the talent behind these. And a nice lunch with my mother in law. Oh...and my alternator went out on my 94 LC as I was leaving daycare so hubby came and gave me a jump. Taking the weekend to get a new battery and dropping it at the shop before I head out on a TX work trip this week. Never a dull moment. Love to all. Thank you again. Looking forward to a dinner date with James tonight. The first date without a kid or being pregnant we've had in a few years. 💕#madieskitchen @madieskitchen @jenjlogan101 @burka_durka @i.love.superman82

Mrs V When it's been 105 for multiple days straight, you get creative! Forts

Mrs V

  • 10.07.2017 02:19
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When it's been 105 for multiple days straight, you get creative! Forts in the living room. We put on the movie Frozen for the 1st time and it took all day to get through it. She liked it though. Thanks Jen Roybal Logan for letting us borrow it. Madie and I hit Target at 8am before the heat wave. A couple things on this subject. Target! It's become very convenient for us. They nearly have everything. Where you can get gifts, kids swim shoes, groceries, and toiletries in one place. I've always had the Target Red card. You get 5% every purchase when you use it and free shipping for online purchases. I just started using the Cartwheel App. Yes you have to scan each item but it does give you a nice little discount when you check out. I love saving money. Madie saw the Frozen popsicles and asked to have them. At first I said no. Then realized I didn't have any homemade popsicles made and these just happened to be "mini" popsicles. 15 calories each. 3g carbs. It also gave me the idea to make mini ones next time. At Target now with discounts you can get 20 popsicles for about $3.50. Nicolas turned 8 months today and he's majorly teething so he indulged in a popsicle as well. @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #homemadebabyfood #8monthsold #frozen #popsicles #forts #target @target @targetcartwheeldeals http://madieskitchen.com/2013/06/strawberry-paletas-popsicles/

Mrs V With these 100 degree days quickly approaching, we are trying to find

Mrs V

  • 07.07.2017 05:45
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With these 100 degree days quickly approaching, we are trying to find meals that don't require using the oven. We found this delicious yogurt lactose free cheese at Sprouts that was perfect for a light charcuterie appetizer before dinner. Also got tons of produce: cucumbers, grapes, 🍓, and watermelon. Please post some of your favorite summertime meal ideas. Crock pot and BBQ welcomed as well. #madieskitchen @madieskitchen #fruit #charcuterie #lactosefree #sprouts @lactosefreeme_ #salami #cheese #cashews #ritzcrackers

Mrs V For all the Momma's and daddy's looking to make homemade stews for you

Mrs V

  • 02.07.2017 20:32
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For all the Momma's and daddy's looking to make homemade stews for your infants/toddlers, it's really simple. Each week I use a different poultry, carb, and veggie. No seasonings necessary. Boil until soft, blend with enough of the boiled water to get the thickness you want. Chicken, steak, pork, ground beef, ground turkey. Yams, sweet potato, russet potato, Yukon gold, tomato. Peas, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, string beans, garlic, onion, squash. Nicolas has liked every combination so far. We've still not made one with pork. This was a meatball style soup. Ground beef, peas, potato, garlic, and shallots. Don't be afraid to get creative! ❤️#madieskitchen #homemadebabyfood #meatball #soup #nutribullet #meatstew @madieskitchen #peas

Mrs V I've been craving halibut for some time now. After a quick trip to Cos

Mrs V

  • 25.06.2017 01:25
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I've been craving halibut for some time now. After a quick trip to Costco with Madie last weekend, we decided to grill the fresh Atlantic halibut we picked up spur of the moment. Yes it was pricey but we already had all the ingredients so it was really a dinner for 3 for less than $30. Found this recipe on HEB and altered it a bit. Pat halibut with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spray a large piece of foil with cooking spray and grill the halibut on the foil. BBQ until internal temp is around 135. In a large pan sauté garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, capers, white wine, and 2 tbsp of butter. Once it's at a boil, add in a pinch of dill and remove from heat. Only flipped fish once. Enjoy halibut with French fries or over white rice. Spoon the lemon caper sauce over the fish. And heaven is what you get! https://www.heb.com/recipe/recipe-item/grilled-halibut-with-lemon-butter-caper-sauce/1398728864312 #madieskitchen @madieskitchen #halibut #capers #bbq #whitewine #pineridgewinery #costco #lemon #grilling #fathersday #fish

Mrs V With the Big Bear Run beginning this weekend, it seemed like a good ti

Mrs V

Big Bear Lake, California

  • 24.06.2017 03:07
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With the Big Bear Run beginning this weekend, it seemed like a good time to post some images from my latest magazine purchase. I may have a problem. You will see a few more of these posts with articles on Big Bear and LAB2V. Today's post comes from the September 1967 issue of American Motorcycling. A one page article on the 4th Annual Big Bear Run. Good luck to all the riders this weekend. Hubby and I lack babysitting options for our near 3 year old and near 8 month old. Have a great time! @bigbear_trailriders @jnicholson1966 @madieskitchen #bigbear #bigbearrun #madieskitchen #americanmotorcycling #vintage #1967 #dualsport

Mrs V https://youtu.be/_GUgKcdmb4k - got up for my usual 2am pump and saw th

Mrs V

  • 20.06.2017 16:09
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https://youtu.be/_GUgKcdmb4k - got up for my usual 2am pump and saw this commercial just as I was turning on the Television. Smart folks over at Yoplait. Our fave is the lactose free French Vanilla. Yum! https://www.yoplait.com/product/regular-lactose-free-french-vanilla #yoplait #yogurt #frenchvanilla #lactosefree #mom #fitmom #nursing #formula @madieskitchen #madieskitchen

Mrs V Friendly reminder that Father's Day is this Sunday. I had Madie draw i

Mrs V

  • 16.06.2017 03:13
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Friendly reminder that Father's Day is this Sunday. I had Madie draw in the card for her Dad, printed some photos, ordered an assortment of highly rated cigars, got him a 1956 issue of Cycle magazine, and homemade his favorite salsa. All a work in progress over the last couple months. For my dad I sent a special gift and card since he's in Ohio. Sometimes it's hard to get creative when we are so busy. I think a simple card is plenty but when you have a husband that does so much for his family, especially when I travel so much for work. It's important for me to show him how much he means to our family. Truly blessed. Wishing everyone a nice Father's Day weekend before the next couple days get away from me. #madieskitchen @madieskitchen #bigbear #cyclemagazine #cigarcom #fathersday #salsa #homemade #bestdad #cigars @bigbear_trailriders

Mrs V One hour meal prep for our family of 4. While Nico was down for a 5:30

Mrs V

  • 09.06.2017 05:59
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One hour meal prep for our family of 4. While Nico was down for a 5:30pm power nap and Madie was outside helping her dad install headlights on the T100 before sun went down, I was able to prepare puréed pears, puréed stew (chicken, Brussel sprouts, mushrooms, orange bell pepper, and Yukon gold potatoes), puréed butternut squash, garlic chicken, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted crispy wedge potatoes. Dinner is served! And lots of leftovers. And somebody wanted to help. "Help" meaning try all of Nico's food before he does. Now time to clean up and take the kids for an evening stroll around the cul-de-sac. ❤️ have a great night y'all. @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #7monthsold #homemadebabyfood #butternutsquash #pureedfood #pear #chicken #stew #mushrooms

Mrs V What a week. We took our first real vacation of the year and the first

Mrs V

Big Bear Lake, California

  • 03.06.2017 17:10
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What a week. We took our first real vacation of the year and the first few days Madie had a bad cold. Then James caught what she had. Now Nicolas and I are just expecting to get it. We ate two meals out and made all other meals at the cabin. Which always saves so much money. One night I just made a very simple spaghetti dinner with Texas toast and James grilled Italian sausage. Nico loves marinara sauce so I decided to put the pasta in the food processor to see how soft and small I could get the bites. It worked! Doesn't sound so appetizing but he ate all of it. Nico turns 7 months next week. He's eating really well and only waking up early in the mornings if he needs his diaper changed. Let's go back to the Texas toast part. I usually don't buy prepackaged frozen bread but it was emergency food in the cabin freezer and was expiring soon. I was GOOD. Toast in a pan or on the BBQ. With that said, this one time we had a pretty amazing burger up in Kennedy Meadows on Texas Toast. Highly recommend this unhealthy burger. See website for images and recipes. http://madieskitchen.com/2012/09/jimmy-melt/ @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #bigbear #bigbearlake #spaghetti #7monthsold #cabin #spring #foodprosessor #babyboy #texastoast #italiansausage

Mrs V #vacation #bigbearlake #snowsummit #spring #may #moon #sunset #bigbear

Mrs V

Big Bear Lake - BigBear.com

  • 31.05.2017 06:28
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#vacation #bigbearlake #snowsummit #spring #may #moon #sunset #bigbear @madieskitchen #madieskitchen

Mrs V Tostada is a Spanish word meaning

Mrs V

Big Bear Lake - BigBear.com

  • 30.05.2017 06:49
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Tostada is a Spanish word meaning "toasted". In Mexico and other parts of Latin America, it is the name of various local dishes which are toasted or use a toasted ingredient as the main base of their preparation. My mom used to make tostadas a lot when we were kids. I probably haven't had one in 20+ years. But I remember really enjoying them. This week I made Nicolas a ground turkey stew so I decided to use the leftover ground turkey to make taco meat. Also had some older corn tortillas that were expiring soon so I had the idea to make tostadas with organic refried beans, white rice, lettuce, ground turkey meat with a little taco seasoning, avocado, and tomatillo salsa. Fried the tortillas until crispy in olive oil. Pat oil off on paper towels. You can always add cheese, sour cream, guacamole, leave it vegetarian, etc. @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #tostadas #vegetarian #amysorganic #turkey #corntortilla #mexicanfood #avocado #kidfriendly

Mrs V 20 years ago I graduated high school. Wow!Originally Class of 98 and a

Mrs V

Chaffey College

  • 25.05.2017 07:49
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20 years ago I graduated high school. Wow!Originally Class of 98 and after zero period classes, summer school, work experience and a 4.0 GPA, I was able to graduate a year early. Class of 97! I was 16 and knew if I took summer off, I would postpone college. I decided to try Chaffey Community College and continued to work two jobs. My first semester was the summer session. The school offered a lot and it's a nice campus. I recently received a mailer by snail mail from Chaffey. They now have a program that offers free tuition to 10th and 11th graders. You will only pay for the textbooks and fees. Not quite sure what the "fees" are. I always bought used books. Just wanted to share this in case anyone locally would be interested. @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #communitycollege #chaffeycollege #ranchocucamonga ##10thgrade #11thgrade #gotoschool #collegelife #freecollege http://www.chaffey.edu/

Richele Madie tumutulong ka ba talaga?! Gagawa tayong ng bilog para sa ginataa

Richele

Quarry Bay 鰂魚涌

  • 21.05.2017 08:49
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Madie tumutulong ka ba talaga?! Gagawa tayong ng bilog para sa ginataang bilu- bilo at hindii flat! Hindi yan clay anak!😅😂😬 #madieskitchen #madiesworld #sundaybelike

Mrs V Good morning Friends! Hope everyone is off to a nice weekend. Now that

Mrs V

  • 20.05.2017 17:51
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Good morning Friends! Hope everyone is off to a nice weekend. Now that Nico is 6 months he's been cleared by the doctor to go from 100% mommy's milk to mommy's milk and puréed foods. With Madie's doctor they suggested a different veggie every week and then add in meat later. Nicolas's doctor is the complete opposite. Go for the meat right away he says! Make him stews. So the first week I did it with chicken and this weekend I've prepped a steak stew. I leave on business to SC tomorrow so I'm trying to make sure he has a few options to hold him over until I get back. He loves the stew. I heated up in a pot of boiling water: steak, broccoli, onion, potatoes, and carrots until soft enough to run all of it through the NutriBullet. Add the meat and veggies and slowly add in the water until puréed enough. He's a fan, and that's all that matters. Madie never had store bought baby food. It will be my goal with him as well. Healthy baby, Happy life! #madieskitchen #veggies #stew #steak #6monthsold #nutribullet #puree #babyboy @madieskitchen #homemadebabyfood #beefstew

Mrs V May 20th. 13th Annual Palms to Pines. Hosted by @ocdualies and raising

Mrs V

  • 16.05.2017 16:29
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May 20th. 13th Annual Palms to Pines. Hosted by @ocdualies and raising money for the @pbtf_events Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Starting out of Banning to Idyllwild and everything in between. Sign up on http://www.dualies.com #dualsport #dualsportwomen #dirtbikes #charity #livegiveride #ocdualies #adventure #gobigorgohome ❤️#madieskitchen

Mrs V Taking a 6 month old and a near 3 year old camping for the weekend is

Mrs V

Slash X Ranch Cafe

  • 14.05.2017 20:44
  • 2

Taking a 6 month old and a near 3 year old camping for the weekend is no joke. While continuing to do your normal tasks as a mom: feeding, changing diapers, helping your daughter on and off the toilet, pumping and making meals...you now do it in a very confined space. Our days of just the two of us riding our dirt bikes all day, enjoying a cold beer after our ride, and sitting by the fire pit all night have come to a red light. It's now been replaced by our kids who need our undivided attention. It's time to train them to ride dirt bikes so we can ride together as a family one day. This morning I took the slightly burned ham and egg croissant and while holding Nico I set it down so I could sit outside on a folding chair. Madie walks over and says "Happy Mother's Day" while dumping a shovel full of dirt on my breakfast. I wanted to laugh, I wanted to cry. But instead got up, walked inside, and heated up another croissant, minus the egg and ham. Now driving home from our camping weekend and our kids sound asleep, I am reminded that others are having far worse days than dirt dumped on their breakfast. I want to wish everyone a wonderful Mother's Day but I also want to wish a good day to everyone who has lost their Mom, everyone who can never be a mom, and also to those that are pregnant and will soon be a mom. Take the time to just smile. And if you have time, watch this video my mother in law shared. It's the truth! 💕 Mom Nancy Bustle I love you. Happy Mother's Day. We appreciate you everyday. #madieskitchen #camping #dirtbikes #babyboy #toddler #slashx #mothersday https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MWcJZ210AaM&feature=youtu.be

Mrs V A MUST try Crock Pot recipe. I've said it many times. We made it yeste

Mrs V

  • 04.05.2017 16:49
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A MUST try Crock Pot recipe. I've said it many times. We made it yesterday morning. Started before school so it could cook on low for 10+ hours. It takes about 14 minutes to prep or less. Thank you to Ashli McClary who shared this with me years back. I've probably made it 20 times by now. It tastes even better days later. Still having trouble finding the Original Archer Farms sauce so we tried this Hatch Valley 505 and loved it! Some of these are old photos but I wanted to give you an idea of how delicious it looks. We've also always used a pork butt and went with a shoulder this time. Yum! @madieskitchen #madieskitchen #easyrecipes #crockpot #porkshoulder #porkbutt #hatchvalley #chilevende http://madieskitchen.com/2011/12/chili-verde-tacos/

Mrs V So many pot roast recipes out there but I have to admit we are huge fa

Mrs V

  • 13.04.2017 17:30
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So many pot roast recipes out there but I have to admit we are huge fans of this one. Easy, fast clean up and delicious! You can prep this in 20 minutes. We threw in a cup of baby carrots, chopped up one Russet potatoes, and 1/4 cup of yellow onion. 🎈🎤🎈🍼 (Madie typed those). We use a half packet of the dry onion soup mix. Slow cook for 10 hours or use her recipe below. Madie thought her half eaten apple needed to go in it. We removed it before cooking. A must try! Marie's Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Prep 40 m Cook 9 h Ready In 9 h 40 m Recipe By:Marie Thomas "Moist and juicy pot roast done in a slow cooker with carrots, onion and potatoes." Ingredients 4 pounds chuck roast salt and pepper to taste 1 packet dry onion soup mix 1 cup water 3 carrots, chopped 1 onion, chopped 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 stalk celery, chopped Directions Season the roast with salt and pepper to taste. Brown on all sides in a large skillet over high heat, about 4 minutes per side. Place the roast in the slow cooker and add the soup mix, water, carrots, onion, potatoes, and celery. Cover and cook on Low setting for 8 to 10 hours. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/16346/maries-easy-slow-cooker-pot-roast/ #madieskitchen #potroast #mariespotroast #crockpot #toddler #toddlerfun #roast

Mrs V Link to some of the photos we have so far:pix.sfly.com/g65e4vP2 Than

Mrs V

San Bernardino Mountains

  • 11.04.2017 16:20
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Link to some of the photos we have so far: pix.sfly.com/g65e4vP2 Thank you to all our sponsors and for coming out to our 25th Dual Sport Ride for Kids on Saturday. We raised $53,213! I personally raised a little over $4,500 which puts my grand total over $43,000 individually over the last 5 years. ❤️ Hope to see you again next year. #pediatricbraintumorfoundation #dualsport #madieskitchen #dualsportwomen #hondacrf230l #honda #troylee #troyleedesigns #amadistrict37 #rideforkids #california_dual_sport_riders #dualsportlife

Mrs V Big shout out and thank you to Travis and the TBT Racing team for dona

Mrs V

  • 04.04.2017 23:25
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Big shout out and thank you to Travis and the TBT Racing team for donating a a gift certificate for the raffle good towards a full suspension, revalve and rebuild. Value: $450! This will be part of my raffle on Saturday. Join us on the ride! All details below: http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR/2017RideforKids/General?px=1263848&pg=personal&fr_id=2838#.WOQAJUpHaEf www.tbtracing.com #tbtracing #travisflateau #madieskitchen #rideforkids #district37 #glenhelenraceway #pediatricbraintumorfoundation #dualsport

Mrs V When your friends build an outdoor bar and then leave town. #shenaniga

Mrs V

  • 02.04.2017 05:09
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When your friends build an outdoor bar and then leave town. #shenanigans #outdoorbar #neighbors #madieskitchen #bff #loveyou

Mrs V I'm at a business conference in Boston and every year it takes place a

Mrs V

  • 30.03.2017 14:42
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I'm at a business conference in Boston and every year it takes place around late March. I always ask one of the buyers what he gave up this year for Lent. One year he gave up alcohol. He never did that again. Well this time I really liked his answer. Instead of giving something up, he wants to do positive acts of kindness. He mentioned not wanting to make it about buying things for others, but more about gestures. He asked some of my ideas. I had some on the spot but after putting some extra thought into it, I came up with a few more. Please share additional ones you may have; as this is something we don't do often enough. Do for others, give back, give compliments, and take care of "you." ❤ #madieskitchen #giveback #donate #lent #lent2017 #love

Mrs V Been traveling all day. Beyond ready to get to my hotel. I did realize

Mrs V

  • 29.03.2017 05:58
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Been traveling all day. Beyond ready to get to my hotel. I did realize that Easter is just around the corner. Probably a good time to start picking up a few things when you see them. Especially at the Dollar Stores before it's all gone. I will post some ideas for the kiddos in the coming days but this has always been a favorite post. Taking care of the adults for Easter. Hide some lottery tickets/scratchers, candy inside the eggs or hide some delicious adult beverages such as bottles of wine, craft beers, growlers with certificates to get them filled at a local brewery. Please share your ideas here. Thanks. #easter #craftbeer #wine #adultfun #madieskitchen #lastnamebrewing http://madieskitchen.com/2014/04/easter-beer-wine-hunt/

Mrs V 3 day business trip starts tomorrow so I wanted to make my Hubby's fav

Mrs V

  • 28.03.2017 07:09
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3 day business trip starts tomorrow so I wanted to make my Hubby's favorite meal. Milanesa. Another bonus was trying a new refried black bean. Amy's. Vegetarian, creamy and delicious. Madie ate more than half so that made me happy. Not the healthiest choice for a weekday but sometimes we have to splurge a little. https://www.amys.com/our-foods/organic-vegetarian-refried-black-beans A mild, great-tasting addition to any Mexican meal, our lightly seasoned, organic black beans are blended with onion, garlic, spices, cilantro and the just-right touch of chiles. Gluten free/dairy free/soy free/lactose free/corn free/tree nut free/vegan/kosher (Light in Sodium also available.) http://madieskitchen.com/2013/01/milanesa-beef-chicken-or-veal/ #amysrefriedbeans #madieskitchen #overeasy #milanesa #milanese #blackbeans #toddler #pankobreadcrumbs #whiterice #dinner #garlic

Mrs V One of my all time favorite crock pot recipes. It takes about 10 minut

Mrs V

  • 27.03.2017 00:49
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One of my all time favorite crock pot recipes. It takes about 10 minutes to prep. The most simple ingredients and only 6 slow cooking hours. It doesn't look the most appetizing but you'll get the moistest chicken and delicious meal. The 3 of us enjoyed it plus leftovers for the 3 of us. Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1 TBSP olive oil 2 eggs, beaten Sliced or shredded mozzarella cheese Favorite jarred normal sized marinara sauce – We use Culinary Circle brand from Albertson’s Directions: Spread 1 TBSP of olive oil into the bottom of your crockpot stoneware insert. Cut chicken into halves and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs with a fork in a separate bowl. Mix the bread crumbs with the Parmesan cheese in another separate dish. Dip the chicken into the eggs, then into the bread crumb mixture, coating both sides with crumbs and cheese. Place the chicken breast pieces in the bottom of the crockpot. Layer 2-3 slices or 1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese on top, depending on how much cheese you like. Cover chicken and cheese with entire jar of marinara sauce. Close lid and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4. Serve with your favorite pasta or on hoagie rolls for a delicious sandwich. http://madieskitchen.com/2012/06/crock-pot-chicken-parmesan/ #madieskitchen #chickenparm #chickenparmesean #chicken #toddler #crockpot #parmesan #italianbreadcrumbs #motzarella #spaghettisauce

Mrs V Little boy-boy is 4.5 months old. We got the okay to start him on oatm

Mrs V

  • 25.03.2017 20:04
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Little boy-boy is 4.5 months old. We got the okay to start him on oatmeal cereal mixed with BM 1-2 times per day. The doc prefers he start on solid puréed foods closer to 6 months so he keeps getting BM as the #1 source of food. Madie seems to like feeding her little brother. Makes me smile. James and I are trying to put in a whole house attic fan to help save running the AC all summer long. Doing this between playtime, pumping, feedings, and naps. It will get done. Teamwork! #oatmealcereal #toddler #toddlerfun #madieskitchen #teamwork #babyfood #pumping #bumbo #atticfan

Mrs V I can't tell you how long I've wanted to make Prosciutto wrapped aspar

Mrs V

  • 19.03.2017 18:31
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I can't tell you how long I've wanted to make Prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Years! I honestly didn't know what was used to make it besides the meat and veggie. The secret ingredient: Neufchâtel Cheese (1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese). So if you don't have Neufchâtel, then just use good ole cream cheese. It was delicious. I've also been eating it cold days later. Perfect snack. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Spread prosciutto slices with Neufchatel cheese. Wrap slices around 2 or 3 asparagus spears. Arrange wrapped spears in a single layer on a medium baking sheet. Sprinkle with ground pepper is optional. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until asparagus is tender. A little sweet pea wanted to help his mama. Uh oh! Nico's Kitchen is underway. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/42704/prosciutto-wrapped-asparagus/?internalSource=amp&referringContentType=amp%20recipe&clickId=amp_directions #asparagus #prosciutto #proscuittowrappedasparagus #neufchatel #creamcheese #babyboy #madieskitchen #bake #veggies

Mrs V We are not big on hot dogs and buns. Hubby and I anyway. I pretty much

Mrs V

  • 16.03.2017 17:30
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We are not big on hot dogs and buns. Hubby and I anyway. I pretty much buy a package of 100% beef hot dogs and store them in the freezer. I will make one hot dog when I open the package and then slip the remaining 7 into individual snack bags. Then I put all 7 little bags into a freezer Ziploc and write the date I bought them on the bag. 1-2 times per month I will grab a hot dog out, defrost for a few minutes and then grill or cook in a pan. Madie likes to dip the bites in mustard and ketchup. It's a simple, easy, protein meal. And she enjoys it. She dips them in mustard and ketchup. It's a simple, easy, protein meal. And she enjoys it. Highly recommend always keeping a box of snack bags in your cupboard. They sure are handy! #madieskitchen #hotdogs #toddler #snack #snacks #mustard #ketchup #freezer #freezermeals

Mrs V This is one amazing prize! Thank you to Shane Watts and the DirtWise T

Mrs V

  • 16.03.2017 05:10
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This is one amazing prize! Thank you to Shane Watts and the DirtWise Team for donating a 2 day training and their fundamentals DVD. James and I have done the In-Depth school and loved it! Everyone should do it at least once. Even for the most advanced rider. Value: $400.00+ The DirtWise Two Day In-Depth School is exactly that: an in-depth analysis of all components a rider will encounter on the track or trail. This Two Day In-Depth DirtWise School has been conducted over the last six years, and is our proven course for success for any level of rider, from novice to advanced. This school will allow even the most experienced rider to gain a better understanding of the “why” behind the “what” of trail obstacles, and to have a better understanding of how to increase their safety, conserve energy, and to ride faster on the trail if they so desire. If you would like to register for the So Cal Dual Sport 100 mile Adventure ride: please visit: http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2838&pg=entry#.WMnzG0pHaEe #madieskitchen #rideforkids #dualsport #district37 #charity #pediatricbraintumorfoundation #glenhelenraceway http://shanewatts.com/classes/dirtwise-two-day-in-depth-school/

Mrs V I love saving money. Whether by coupons, sales, Thrift Stores, and of

Mrs V

  • 13.03.2017 17:26
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I love saving money. Whether by coupons, sales, Thrift Stores, and of course putting money into savings and the kids college accounts. I had got a $10 coupon off Similac in the mail. I don't buy it, so I took it to the store and tucked it under one of the containers. Madie and I continued to walk around the store and was lucky to have 4 coupons tucked into the Power Crunch bars I like to eat. Pay it forward! #madieskitchen #similac #similaccoupons #albertsons #payitforward #coupons #powercrunch #savemoney

Mrs V Hubby and I took a vacation day to squeeze in a short dirt bike ride/d

Mrs V

  • 11.03.2017 00:14
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Hubby and I took a vacation day to squeeze in a short dirt bike ride/date. With Ride for Kids less than a month away, it was time to get back in the saddle. Rode some trails near Silverwood Lake and Lake Arrowhead. Perfect weather! And a little recap on our babies. Nicolas turned 4 months old yesterday. He's 13 pounds, sleeping through the night, always happy, loves looking at his little sister, and makes our family complete. Madeline will be 3 in July. She's finally not so jealous of Nico, she loves school, enjoys helping in the kitchen and anything outdoors, talks in complete sentences, extremely polite, and just the sweetest little girl. Please join us April 8th if you have a dual sport. Details on the ride and donating www.livegiveride.com ❤ #ktm #hondacrf230l #rideforkids #madieskitchen #silverwoodlake #district37 #dualsport #dirtbikes

Mrs V Panini: In many English-speaking countries, a panini or panino (from t

Mrs V

  • 10.03.2017 07:40
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Panini: In many English-speaking countries, a panini or panino (from the Italian panini [paˈniːni], meaning "small bread, bread rolls") is a grilled sandwich made from bread other than sliced bread. Examples of bread types used for panini are baguette, ciabatta, and michetta. The bread is cut horizontally and filled with deli ingredients such as cheese, ham, mortadella, salami, or other food, and often served warm after having been pressed by a warming grill. I used the fresh rolls they sell at Sprout's that are 2 for $1. Usually I'm a fan of sourdough. Also enjoyed the Boar's Head peppermil sliced turkey and finally got a decent avocado. Mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, Colby jack cheese, turkey, avocado, bacon with a little butter on the outside of the bread to get it crisp. I love using a press! Not the healthiest of dinners but we are taking a vacation day to ride dirt bikes tomorrow and need to carb load. http://madieskitchen.com/2014/01/grilled-chicken-prosciutto-melt/ #boarshead #madieskitchen #panini #press #dirtbikes #carbloading #avocado #bacon #sproutsfarmersmarket

Mrs V Thank you Ty Montee for the scallop recipe. I picked up 5 scallops fro

Mrs V

  • 09.03.2017 08:43
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Thank you Ty Montee for the scallop recipe. I picked up 5 scallops from Sprout's today because I needed to swing in for vitamins. Decided to attempt your recipe and use Madie's help after school. Besides wiping raw fish and raw egg all over her shirt numerous times, she crushed the Ritz crackers with a wooden mallet, and helped dunk the scallops in egg and roll them in the crackers. Cooked them in olive oil for about 1.5 minutes per side. We ate them as appetizers before bath and then a seared Ahi tuna steak dinner. We all loved it. Thanks again! #toddler #toddlerfun #scallops #ritzcrackers #sproutsfarmersmarket #madieskitchen #appetizer #eggs

Mrs V Madie loved scanning all the groceries at Sam's Club. Gotta love self

Mrs V

  • 06.03.2017 06:30
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Madie loved scanning all the groceries at Sam's Club. Gotta love self check. Hubby told me recently he didn't like scallops. He said he had them before and they were rubbery. Told him we need to make them at home so he could try them again and enjoy them cooked properly. He was a fan. And even Madie ate an entire scallop and cous cous. Scallops were just olive oil, salt and pepper. Please send over your favorite scallop recipe. We want to make them different ways. Thanks. #madieskitchen #scallops #samsclub #couscous #toddler #toddlerfun #saute

Mrs V Hello World. I love to cook. Plain and simple. In July 2014 we had our

Mrs V

  • 04.03.2017 20:56
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Hello World. I love to cook. Plain and simple. In July 2014 we had our daughter Madie. I’m dedicating this website to her. From day one, she will know that if you want something bad enough, stay strong and you can make anything possible. Patience, determination, and passion will get you where you want to go. Since starting this page we had a little boy. Nicolas, born November 9, 2016. Not sure yet; but I will have to invent something or come up with a little dedication for him. And changing the group name means deleting everyone off and adding them back in. Being in the kitchen calms me when I’m stressed out and it makes me happy to make dishes for others. I create my own recipes, I try new recipes and I enjoy finding ways to simplify recipes to make others’ lives easier. This website is a personal hobby to share my passion for cooking. One day when I am retired, I would like to have a farm where my family will always have a pot of hot coffee, farm fresh eggs, honey butter and other treats for everyone to enjoy year around. And definitely a fruit stand. Please use this website as a tool to find new recipes, learn how to cook, share with friends, and a place to share your creative ideas. The search box on the home page will help you find anything you are looking for. If there’s a night you want to make chicken, just type in the word “chicken” to view all of the chicken recipes available. There are many recipes to choose from. Desserts, poultry, fish, casseroles, crock pot recipes and much more throughout this website. Go big or go home! There’s nothing on this website that is too difficult for you to accomplish. Be patient, have fun, and enjoy your time in the kitchen. Thank you for taking the time to visit Madie’s Kitchen. Cheers & Love <3, Autumn- http://www.madieskitchen.com #madieskitchen #rainbow #cake #rainbowcake #cookingmom #workingmom #baking #birthday

Mrs V Someone couldn't keep her fork away from the shrimp. Shrimp tacos. Tha

Mrs V

  • 04.03.2017 06:38
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Someone couldn't keep her fork away from the shrimp. Shrimp tacos. That's what's for dinner! And a quesadilla for good measure. #toddler #tacos #shrimp #shrimptacos #madieskitchen

Mrs V Knew I would be away from home on business from Tuesday through Thursd

Mrs V

  • 01.03.2017 17:54
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Knew I would be away from home on business from Tuesday through Thursday this week so I prepped a meal that the family could enjoy as leftovers. Of course it tastes the best right off the stove. Highly recommend if you like chicken and mushrooms you will love this dish! Leave out mushrooms if you don't like them. Mommy misses her little love muffins. Madie ate a great amount. Thankful! #chicken #tylerflorence #familydinner #madieskitchen #travelingmom #clarositalianmarket #prosciutto #mashedpotatoes http://madieskitchen.com/?s=Chicken+mushroom

Mrs V I was looking for an emergency dessert when I realized a teacher at da

Mrs V

  • 27.02.2017 00:31
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I was looking for an emergency dessert when I realized a teacher at daycare had a birthday Friday. Usually I would make something but had to work so I ran down to Trader Joe's. First I popped a mini rose bush in my cart then grabbed the first employee I could find and asked her what the best dessert they make is. She responds, "Oh! Hands down it's the Babka." I said, "The whatka?" - "The Babka" she says and walks me to the dessert table. I bought one for Ms. Nadine and of course I had to know what this was all about. So one for us to share with family and friends. If you like dark chocolate, this is pure heaven. I want to make it myself. Please share a recipe if you've made this. Thank you. #teachers #babka #dessert #chocolate #birthday #traderjoes #darkchocolate #madieskitchen #layers http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chocolate-babka

Mrs V Leaving daycare the other morning I noticed a husband and wife leaving

Mrs V

  • 19.02.2017 19:42
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Leaving daycare the other morning I noticed a husband and wife leaving with their newborn baby. I asked if they were touring the school and they said yes. I explained what a great school it was and that we toured many schools before realizing this was by far the best one around. They said thank you and I got in my truck. Backing up I quickly realized they had pulled their tailgate down on their truck to change the baby. In a tote! I had whiplash looking twice and then immediately rolled my window down to say "now that's a genius idea. She mentioned Pinterest. And that she bought it at Target. It was something I had to make so I went straight to Home Depot. 40 gallon clear tote for $10. Katlyn Peters helped me load it up and get the pics. Thank you. Now I will have a much easier way to change Nico in the back of my old Land Cruiser. Love creativity! And he didn't mind being in it. All you need is a clear rectangular long tote, blankets, we use a dog pad in case of accidents, wipes and diapers. Store in the back of your car or truck. #homedepot #madieskitchen #changingtable #landcruiser #fzj80 #babylove #locked #diapersfordays #1994 #toyota

Mrs V Wishing everyone a wonderful Valentine's day and night. We've never be

Mrs V

  • 15.02.2017 05:54
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Wishing everyone a wonderful Valentine's day and night. We've never been ones to gift give. We write each other a letter. I write a letter. He gets a card and writes a note inside. We used to pick up Chinese food. But tonight was leftover Milanese. We both got Madie and Nico something without knowing the other got them something and wrote notes to them. Enjoyed Birthday celebrations with our dear friend Andrea Lippincott-Gosnell on Saturday. I'm such a lover of hearts that we put a heart on the cake with nothing to do with Valentine's Day. If you ask Madie what today is all about she will tell you: love, kisses, hugs, and candy. 💕#heart #madieskitchen #birthdaycake #valentines #creamcheesefrosting #babylove #warehousepizza

Mrs V It's that time of the year! Time to raise money for the Pediatric Brai

Mrs V

  • 17.01.2017 23:22
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It's that time of the year! Time to raise money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. In 6 years I have personally raised $38,499. As our little boy turns 3 months old in 2 weeks, I will be returning to work full-time. I still want to continue to raise money for this amazing charity. My goal this year is to put my grand total over $40K. I won't be doing a luncheon this year so that I can spend more time with my family. I will try my best to get prizes for the ride. Ways to donate: donate on my fundraising page, visit my livegiveride page for our stickers (2017 currently at the printers), or join us on Saturday, April 8th to ride in the SoCal Adventure dual sport ride. So many ways to get involved. Even volunteering. We appreciate all the support. Thank you all who have donated in the past. <3 Let's do this thing! http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR/2017RideforKids/General?px=1263848&pg=personal&fr_id=2838#.WH5rK1MrKM8 http://www.livegiveride.org/ #district37 #rideforkids #socaldualsport #pediatricbraintumorfoundation #crf230 #ktm #hondamotorcycles #charity #madieskitchen #glenhelen #fundraiser

Mrs V What to do with those special Christmas cards you receive that have ph

Mrs V

  • 03.01.2017 01:13
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What to do with those special Christmas cards you receive that have photos of your favorite friends and family? My mom gave me a little wallet that holds photos. Decided to load it full of photos from the cards we received so Madie can look through it all year long. Hate cutting the cards up but most people just toss the cards in the recyclable after the holidays. Thanks to everyone who sent us a card. We enjoyed opening them and looking at them. 💕 #madieskitchen #christmas #toddlerfun #christmascard #holidays #photoalbum

Mrs V Join us! January 21-22nd. Plated bikes or not. Family ride weekend ben

Mrs V

  • 02.01.2017 03:03
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Join us! January 21-22nd. Plated bikes or not. Family ride weekend benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. We booked our RV space and soon to pay our entry fees. Taking the kids so we would love some help (Ellen, Cari...). We are excited to finally get out and camp, ride and see our family of riding buddies. See y'all real soon. Oh...and Happy New Year! #madieskitchen #livegiveride #crawdaddy #pediatricbraintumorfoundation #glamisnorth #coreforkids #district37

Mrs V I found this set of Santa pant wine bags at Costco a month or so ago.

Mrs V

  • 23.12.2016 00:50
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I found this set of Santa pant wine bags at Costco a month or so ago. Someone had set the box of 3 near the food section. I had to get them. I've called every store near me and can't find them in stock. If you happen to visit your local Costco and find them, please let me know. I will pay for them and shipping. Item #: 739900. $14.99. Ordered a bunch or JUSTIN and Landmark to give away this season. The gift of wine. Yum! If you've wanted to try a delicious Cabernet or Chardonnay, you can't go wrong with the JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon and the Landmark Overlook Chardonnay. #madieskitchen #justinwine #landmarkwine #cabernetsauvignon #chardonnay #overlookchardonnay #winegifts #christmas #winebag

Mrs V There was a guy in the check out line at Stater Bros. months back who

Mrs V

  • 17.12.2016 03:14
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There was a guy in the check out line at Stater Bros. months back who was buying a few frozen pizzas. I noticed the design on the box and then made eye contact with him. I must have looked intrigued because I didn't have to say anything. He just said, "I come to this store just for this pizza." Good enough for me. James is so picky about pizza so he doesn't really ever eat it. Yesterday I randomly decided to grab one box of Screamin Sicilian Italian Combo. All meat no veggies. Baked it on 400 for about 25 minutes. Let's just say Madie and I got to share a small slice and he devoured the rest. Usually they run about $6.99 per pizza but for some reason when we opened the box it read $2.99, expires mid next year. Another cool part was the cut out mustache. That in itself should make you wanna buy one. Madie was not amused but Daddy was. The pizza tasted delicious, no tummy problems and inexpensive. When you just need a lazy night at home on the couch! http://www.screaminsicilian.com/# #madieskitchen #screaminsicilian #frozenpizza #pickyhusband #italian #moustache #rainydays

Mrs V This post is not meant for everyone following Madie's Kitchen. If you

Mrs V

  • 15.12.2016 23:48
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This post is not meant for everyone following Madie's Kitchen. If you are a nursing mom, know someone who breast feeds, or will soon be a mommy...then I hope this post will help. As many of you know, I was able to nurse and pump for a full year with Madie. I did everything I could to avoid formula. And it all worked. Everything from making my own lactation cookies and shakes to getting up in the middle of the night to pump. Now with having a 5 week old and 28 month old, I don't have the time to pump as often and keep up with eating enough. I'm now drinking Mother's Milk tea a few times a day, just picked up this vitamin by Similac (Babies R Us) that you take with your prenatal to help improve levels of DHA, Litwin, and vitamin E in your breast milk, and then an occasional beer to help build production. The stress of Madie's jealously and the lack of sleep is not helping with production so I'm going to do everything I can to nurse and pump so Nico has his Mommy's milk. But I do realize that I have to suck up my pride and know that if I have to supplement in the future, that his nutrition is #1 and I never want him to not have enough. What did you do to help build your supply? If you used formula, what brands are best to try in case we need to go that route next year? I'm all ears. Thank you. http://madieskitchen.com/recipe/mommys-lactation-smoothie/ http://madieskitchen.com/recipe/mommys-lactation-cookies/ #lactationcookies #lactationshake #breastfeeding #mothersmilk #madieskitchen #prenatal #newborn #formula #similac #pumping #pumpingmom

Mrs V We made lemon bars for daddy's coworkers last night. As a thank you fo

Mrs V

  • 14.12.2016 04:22
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We made lemon bars for daddy's coworkers last night. As a thank you for the beautiful basket of baby gifts they put together for Nico. Madie liked zesting the lemon the best and eating the lemon. Mommy daughter time is the best. You can make them in a 9x13 baking dish or into little mini pies. http://madieskitchen.com/2012/05/mini-lemon-pies/ LEMON BARS Ingredients: Crust: 2 cups sifted flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1 cup of butter softened Filling: 4 eggs 2 cups granulated sugar 1/3 cup of lemon juice 1/2 tsp. lemon rind 1/4 cup of flour 1/2 tsp baking powder Directions: Crust - Mix flour and sugar together, cut in butter until mixture clings together. Press into 9x13 pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is barley brown. While crust is baking, mix the following: beat eggs, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Add flour and baking powder, mix well. Pour this over baked crust and return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until firm when touched. While still warm, dust with powdered sugar. *** When cool, cut into thin bite sized squares and share with everyone. These are a huge hit even for people who don't like lemon. #lemonbars #lemons #momdaughter #madieskitchen #holidays

Mrs V Hoping everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. I made a dinner for

Mrs V

  • 28.11.2016 21:41
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Hoping everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. I made a dinner for our neighbors a couple months back. They needed gluten free options. Sprouts and Trader Joe's are always good places to find gluten free and lactose free meals. One think I found was Amy's lactose free Mac and cheese. You can microwave or bake. I give my daughter about two tablespoons with her dinner. We've made it twice and she loves it! A quick side dish if you just don't have the time to make your own from scratch. #lactosefree #glutenfree #sprouts #amyskitchen @lactosefreeme_ #madieskitchen https://www.amys.com/products/product-detail/entrees/000043

Linda Madie's 2nd birthday card. #popupcards #madieskitchen

Linda

  • 01.08.2016 02:54
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Madie's 2nd birthday card. #popupcards #madieskitchen