Hi, guys and gals! Happy to have you here again today! Today I wanted to chat about how to UP your Easter food prep game without breaking the bank and without actually working harder. Smarter not harder, right?! Right! So, stuffed green olives is my answer for you. Now, hear me out… I know that sounds a bit silly…olives are an “smarter not harder” fix?! How so, amber?! Well, let me tell ya…..
Everyone loves to snack and graze. Especially at get togethers. Try a platter. Add your favorite cheeses, meats and nuts and don’t forget the Pearls Specialties olives. These olives add a refined touch without spending a bunch. That’s a win in my book!
David and I love to add em to our lunches. We dice em up and add em to sandwiches or to pizzas. Tonight for dinner I’m making a chicken bacon pasta salad (very similar to this one I’ve shared before) using these Pitted Kalamata olives and I’m so excited about it. It’s going to be so yummy! Check my IG stories later for it because I’m sure I’ll share a pic :p
Tell me your favorite way to eat olives? Do you make a platter and eat your stuffed green olives that way? Do you use them to top a salad? A pizza? They’re even perfect for a girls night in. Just add some cheese and crackers to a platter with these bad boys and done! Who wouldn’t eat that up?! I know I would. Do your prefer black olives? green olives? Stuffed olives? Have you tried the Garlic Stuffed Olives yet? Or the Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives? Those would be so yummy with a platter of buffalo chicken. Mmm. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it and I just ate pizza for lunch (with olives on it, duh).
So, boom. There you have it. A few different ideas and ways to incorporate the best olives into your Easter food prepping, snack makings, and meals in general. 🙂
Happy Monday, you guys! I hope you have a nice week ahead of you. I wanted to pop in and share some of my favorite outfits from February with you all. Let’s play “I spy” with the backgrounds. haha Each day is different.
We thrift a lot of our clothes, but I did what I could to link a few of the similar pieces and a few actual pieces.
School pictures came home the other day…. like a whole package of them and they’re like “Buy em or send em back to the school” and the very idea of them just getting thrown away was almost enough to make me drop the $9583763 on em (no) but instead, I snapped pics of em and sent them right back to school annoyed at the very waste of all of those photos. But, you guys…. Look at my babies! *insert all the heart eyes here* They’re getting so big and I swear they just get more beautiful every day. Is that weird to say about little boys?! I don’t think so. They are beautiful. I made them. I grew them. I’ve managed to keep them alive. (with the help of David of course, but it’s MY blog so he gets left out a lot. haha). I actually prefer my own pics of Fin though becase those freckles melt me, you guys. See here.
Otherwise here’s a fresh look at me. Haha. It only made sense to include one of myself (there’s an updated David pic below too). It’s been a while since I shared a post here. If you follow me on Instagram or my blog’s Facebook page (ambernmccain is me across all social media), you’ll see more pics there. I just forget to come here and ramble sometimes. I guess it’s just easier to share my quick post on Instagram stories or something instead of sitting down to type up a post. I know that sounds silly, but hey…
In other news, my baby boy lost a tooth. My tiny Owen isn’t so tiny anymore, you guys and man… my heart hurts. I’m so proud of the person he’s becomming, but this little milestone really just hit me hard. He’s growing up. It’s just weird knowing that he’s our last baby and there’s just no stopping him now…
But it’s hard to be sad when he RUNS out to greet you yelling, “MOM!!! DADDY!!!! I LOST MY TOOTH” and was just beaming ear to ear with excitement. The tooth fairy in our house brings a gift for their first tooth. He scored a LEGO Pokeball complete with a Pokemon inside. He’s pretty pleased.
David and I squeezed in a zoo trip sans kiddos the other day… mostly to enjoy the sort of warm weather and not be cooped up in the house, but we managed to grab a selfie with a tiger so that’s pretty cool.
That’s my ramble. I hope things are great for you guys! <3
Seriously, if you have kids… you need to go to Target (as if you even needed a Target run excuse *wink*) and grab some of these! They’re great for hands and/or face! They come in 3 packages: Gentle, Sensitive, and Germ Removal. With three kids still at home, you can bet your butt we go through so many wipes, tissues, paper towels, etc etc on repeat. These won’t break the bank, they’re totally budget friendly at only $1.49 each. You can totally order em online as well. Grab your Kleenex Wet Wipes here.
Jam hands are a real thing…. my oldest is almost 11 and he’s my messiest eater. He comes home with mustard stains on him and if sandwiches were made for lunch, I always know which one to call to clean up his mess. Haha.
Maddie is my neat freak. She likes everything arranged a certain way and gets really annoyed if you mess with it, move it around. She likes things neat and tidy, so I keep the germ removal wipes on hand specifically for her.
Then there’s Owen… this kid is just an all around mess. We keep a pack of wipes in the car at all times specifically for this kid’s face! I don’t know how he does it, but he constantly has stuff all over that face. He’s always been my messy faced kiddo… but man, we’ve reached new levels now that he’s a full time kindergartener. Markers, paint, snacks, juice, food, you name it… he’s wearing it on his face.
“This wipe smells goooooood, Mom!!!” – Owen, age 6. “Okay, buddy…..whatever you say” -Mom, age 32.
Know that you know and have met my top three wipe carrying reasons, tell me about yours?!
They’re also great for our Colorado adventures – hiking, camping, snowboarding, even just park trips… they get tossed into a bag and even though everyone insists we don’t need them, we always end up using them. ALWAYS. I will never not carry wipes. They’re just HANDY!
You can find em in the Kleenex aisle, or pretend you didn’t read that part if you just need a good wander around Target.
Have you guys ever heard of Photowall? You may have seen me chat about this little DIY on my instastories It’s this neat little site full of wall murals and canvases. You literally choose your look and size and then it comes to you with the canvas frame to be built and put together. It’s so neat. You can order them with or without the DIY frame, but I thought that was just a fun added bonus honestly.
When it arrived, i second guessed myself and if I wanted to DIY it. It seemed like more work than what I thought originally, but nope. It was seriously SO easy to do. I took it down to the basement table, laid it all out and got busy. About 10 minutes later, I came back upstairs with it and my husband asked, “You’re done?! ALREADY?!” I showed it to him, did an arm flex (haha) and told him to come hang it up for me.
Now it hangs in our bedroom and adds a pop of color to our very dark room. I love it and honestly just wonder how it would look hanging above the fire place. Maybe we’ll make that switch around and see. I’ll keep you updated though 🙂
Head over to Photowall and browse for yourself. They’ve got tons to offer… from living room to kitchen to dining room to kids. I’m sure you’ll find something up your alley 🙂