Everything Bagel Seasoning

I LOOVEEE an everything bagel with cream cheese, but I usually try not to have a ton of carbs for breakfast, so I don’t get them very often.

Recently, I saw people posting about the “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning from Trader Joe’s, and I couldn’t find it while I was there, so I decided to make my own!

It didn’t take long at all and for what you are getting, it is more cost effective.

I used…

2 TBSP Poppy Seeds

2 TBSP Sesame Seeds

2 TBSP Dried Minced Garlic

1 TBSP Dried Minced Onion

1 TSP Himalayan Salt*

*I didn’t have any Kosher Salt, but that would have been way better. If you use Kosher Salt, I would use 1-2 TBSP

Just stir all ingredients together and you just made a TON of everything bagel seasoning!

I have used it on a few different things, my favorite being avocado toast! Avocado toast is so good already, but throw some red pepper flakes and everything bagel seasoning on it and it’s even better!

This is a mini bagel with a ton of the seasoning on it. I went a little overboard so I would suggest putting on a little less.

I also did a few unconventional things with it. I spread some laughing cow cheese on a low carb wrap and added some everything bagel seasoning on top.

I topped that with turkey.

Voila! An everything bagel turkey wrap!

If you don’t want to use the Laughing Cow cheese, you could also spread some avocado on a wrap, sprinkle the seasoning on that and then add some tomato and turkey. That has been a common lunch for me lately!

Okay, so this one is a little weird, but I thought I’d share it anyways. When I initially made the seasoning, I didn’t want to make a bagel just to try it, so I thought of using a pretzel instead. I dunked a pretzel in whipped cream cheese and then dunked that in the seasoning. It was actually really good.

There you have it! Everything bagel seasoning!

Valentine’s Day 2018

Anthony is not big on Valentine’s Day. He has gotten me gifts before (probably because I complained) but we don’t usually get each other anything or plan anything special.

Now that both girls are ages that they understand the holiday and want to celebrate it, it makes Valentine’s Day much more fun!

I made several heart shaped food items this year for Hailey and Aurora.

Pancakes, of course!

I also surprised them in their lunches with heart shaped turkey sandwiches. I have several different sizes of heart cookie cutters, which made it possible to use most of the bread, not having to waste much!

And last but not least, heart shaped grilled cheese.

Hailey’s school also has “soft pretzel day” occasionally and they had one on Valentine’s Day for heart shaped pretzels. Yum! You can order as many pretzels as you want with your choice of dipping sauce and they send them home with the kids at the end of the day.

Now, for the gifts this year, everyone did so good and the girls didn’t get much candy at all! That’s a plus in my book because we still have last years Easter candy (along with all the other holidays after it up until now) sitting in the pantry waiting to be thrown away!

The girls get little gifts from grandparents, great-grandparents and some of my aunts. This year, they got tons of stickers, lots of great new books and some cash! All perfect gifts to me! I am all about minimizing clutter right now! Anthony and I got Hailey a 2018 calendar, Aurora a new book, they both got gift cards to go to the movies and a tiny tiny bit of candy.

Also, Aurora got a singing card which was probably the highlight for her! 

Oh, and their Gammie bought them cute festive outfits too!

I have been lucky that all Hailey’s holiday parties have fallen on school days for Aurora, so I was able to go in and help each time.

Instead of their four normal reading “centers,” they had a different Valentine’s Day activity at each one.

They cut out and assembled “love birds.”

They decorated bags for their valentines.

They decorated and ate cookies.

And they made beaded necklaces with hearts on them.

Hailey loves when I come in to help, so it was no surprise to me that she had a great time.

Like I said in my, Five Reasons I Love my Husband post last week, I scheduled our parent teacher conference with Hailey’s teacher for Valentine’s Day so that Anthony would have to get out of work early and we would already have a babysitter lined up to go to dinner.

Apparently, it has been a VERY long time since we have gone out on actual Valentine’s Day, because when I called around on Monday to make reservations for dinner, everywhere was booked!!

We found a new-to-us Italian restaurant called I Bambini, that had good reviews and an opening for dinner, so we were sold!

We both liked everything and thought it was really affordable! I especially loved my hot date!

I hope anyone who celebrates Valentine’s Day, had an awesome day!


Impromptu Date Night

Saturday morning, my mother-in-law offered to take the girls over night because my nephew, Anthony, was already sleeping over that night. We had no plans that day after Hailey’s basketball game, so we happily said yes to a random date night!

Hailey and Hailey at basketball pictures! A big thanks to Brittany for taking this! I was at home waiting back with Aurora until actual game time!

Hailey scored four points at her game on Saturday and played good defense! She is really getting the hang of basketball.

Gammie and little Anthony came to Hailey’s basketball game and took the girls home with them, so Anthony and I decided to go to lunch and walk around an antique shop sans kids.

We went to Barcelona Burger which is always good, and then we went to the antique shop connected to the restaurant. We were looking for a present for Papa Keith’s birthday, which we were hosting on Sunday.

Classic burger (that I ate with only half the bun) and roasted veggies

After lunch and shopping, Anthony and I went home and did some housework and picked up some things for the Sunday birthday party.

We had plans to go out for drinks with our friends Scott and Donna, so we decided to go grab dinner first. We tried a new-to-us Sushi restaurant next to the wine bar we were meeting at called Sushi at the Lake T00.

We shared two sushi rolls and a hibachi chicken plate. All very good!

After dinner, we went to Wine Maestro for some drinks.

They close at 10PM so we ended up going over to Scott and Donna’s house after. We always have a blast with them!

Sunday, Anthony and I went to breakfast, I ran eight miles and then we got the house ready for Papa Keith’s birthday party.

Hailey and Gammie made a ice cream sandwich cake!  Yum!

Everyone had a great weekend!

Five Reasons Why I Love My Husband: Five on Friday #30

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to get a little sappy over here today. January and February are challenging months for us. Anthony works a ton and is very busy, and I am usually cooped up inside the house all day because of the weather, sicknesses, etc., so we couldn’t be on more different pages in the beginning months. He is exhausted and wants to chill out quietly and then go to bed when he gets home from work, and he wants to stay at home and relax on the weekends. I want to talk, talk, talk when he gets home and get out of the house any chance I can get on the weekends.

These days can get a bit taxing, so I thought I would give credit where credit is due and brag on my husband a bit.

ONE- He makes time for his kids no matter what.

I was going to say, “He is an amazing father,” but I felt like that was too cliché. He IS an amazing father, but the fact that he works so much and still manages to be present so much too, makes him that much more amazing.

If he knows he is going to have a late night, he always tries to be there for breakfast in the morning or he tries to take Hailey to school so she can see him at least a little bit that day.

He has coached several of Hailey’s sports teams with weekday practices, and if he wasn’t the coach, there have been days where he would get out a little early just to go watch a practice, knowing very well he has to work really late the next day because of it. He makes it work. And that is a great father.

TWO- He is such a hard worker to provide for our family.

Anthony’s work ethic is one like I’ve never seen. He is so determined to be the best he can be at work for the sake of our family. I have been on many vacations because of his hard work, and though sometimes it might be taxing on me, I always go back and remember that he is doing it for all four of us.

From our most recent work trip to New Orleans. 

THREE- He understands that in our case, opposites attract. 

Anthony and I have similar interests and values, which I think is important in a marriage, but we couldn’t be more different personality wise. I am a karaoke loving, loud, attention seeker who loves meeting new people and making people laugh. At least I try to make people laugh?! Anthony is quiet and reserved most of the time and doesn’t like being in the spot light.

I am thankful that he puts up with the craziness of being married to me!

FOUR- He will always help around the house.

We each have our “chores” that we do around the house. He keeps up with the outside (lawn, pool, plants, yard, etc.) and I keep up with the inside. If we are having people over or throwing a party, I can always count on Anthony to pitch in and help out inside. When he is home, he will cook, clean up after the girls and he is the one who scrubs the showers and bathtubs because that usually needs some man power!

This is how Anthony cleans the stainless steal, ha! 

FIVE- He is my voice of reason. 

Women can be a little dramatic at times…shocker! He always has a way of talking me through a situation and making me realize that I shouldn’t been worrying about petty things. He puts things into perspective and calms me down when I need to be calmed.

With allll of that said, lets be real. Anthony and I have had our fair share of arguments in our almost TEN YEARS of marriage. Marriage is work…for everyone! I think if each of us takes a minute to look at all the good things in our relationships it can make us forget or look past the not-so-good things!

Also, Anthony hates Valentine’s Day, so we don’t celebrate it. BUUTTT, I scheduled Hailey’s second quarter parent teacher conference on the 14th, along with a babysitter, so we just happen to have a kidless dinner date planned! See, opposites attract!

JORD Wooden Watches: The Perfect Gift for your Valentine + a GIVEAWAY!

Lately, I’ve been trying to get more into fashion and beauty products…mid life crisis, maybe!? Remember when I bought alllll the makeup? Or when I got those gorgeous pink mules. Well, when JORD reached out to do a collaboration, I took one look at their website and I was in!

JORD wooden watches are beautiful and right on trend! Pair them with as many bracelets as your heart desires or simply wear it by itself.

They have both men’s and women’s wooden watches and so many choices of each! I chose the Purpleheart & Plum from the Frankie series. I love the color and it goes with so many things in my closet.

Anthony and I went on a date night and I wore my JORD watch that night!

You know when you are sitting at the bar waiting for your table and you keep checking your phone to see what time it is, and then you see that Facebook notification or that email waiting to be read. Well, that usually takes me into a phone spiral and then I miss out on chatting with Anthony and play on my phone instead. I loved wearing my JORD Frankie on date night because it helped me stay present at dinner and I wasn’t checking my phone every three minutes!

You can also “mom” in the watch too! (Yes, I used that as a verb) Obviously, being a slave, I mean mom, is what I do 99 percent of the time, so I love how comfortable this watch is and how I can now look a bit more fashionable while being a personal chauffeur.

What better accessory to a watch than my friends new sweet baby!! 

Now here’s the fun part! A GIVEAWAY! One lucky reader will get $100 credit towards their own JORD wooden watch! Or, use it towards a watch for the special someone in your life for Valentine’s Day! You can even have the watch engraved for your loved ones!

Click HERE to enter!!

Don’t worry! If you don’t win the giveaway, all my readers who enter the contest will get 10% off their purchase! You have until February 24th to enter the giveaway. JORD will pick a winner and I will announce it here on the blog and email the winner too!

Wooden Wrist Watch