Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hey Batta Batta!


This little dude is pumped to play tball! He's been talking about it forever and he's finally old enough!   Today's first practice was quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen. He says tball is awesome, he had a whole lot of fun and "these cleats sure make me run faster!"






Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Momma's Goulash

This meal is definitely a comfort food for me. It's super quick and easy and doesn't take a whole lot of ingredients. We ate this meal a lot growing up. It was cheap to make and very filling. There are so many goulash recipes online but this one is my favorite.


2 lbs lean ground beef, browned
2 C elbow macaroni, browned
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
2 cans water, or enough water that liquid comes over your mixture
1 1/2-2 Tbsp Nature's Seasoning

Brown ground beef in heavy pot and drain if needed. While beef is cooking add a Tbsp or so of oil to a separate skillet and brown the macaroni.

Once those are finished, add your browned macaroni to the pot with your beef and add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.


Red Beans and Rice

This is hands down my kid's favorite meal. I have eaten it so often over the last few years I can hardly take a bite of it now...but I still cook it often because my kids are ridiculous picky eaters. This is a meal I know they will eat and enjoy the leftovers as well.

1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 C rice
2 pkgs Johnsonville Andouille sausages
2 15 oz cans red beans, rinsed and drained
1 to 2 tsp Zatarain's Shrimp and Crab Boil concentrate
1-2 Tbsp butter or olive oil
4 C water or chicken broth
chicken bouillon cubes if not using broth
1 small bag real bacon bits
Tony Chacheres

Saute onions and green peppers in oil until tender. While those are cooking, cut your sausage up however you like. I cut them lengthwise then crossways so the pieces are smaller. Add sausage to your pot with onions and green peppers. Let those brown for a couple minutes.

Add rice, red beans, water or broth and Zatarain's to your pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until rice is done about 12-15 minutes.

Once its finished cooking, remove from heat and stir in bacon bits. Sprinkle with Tony Chacheres if desired, it spices it up quite a bit. The youngest two pass on the Chacheres. Serve with garlic bread.

Quinoa Salad w/ Mango and Black Beans

My neighbor, Meg, shared this recipe with me. She got it from her friend, Kasey. It's perfect.


2 C quinoa, prepared according to package directions
1 mango, diced
1 C green onions, diced 
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 

Dressing:
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt 

Prepare quinoa according to package directions. I used 1/2 C regular quinoa and 1 1/2 C red quinoa because it's what I had in the pantry. Doesn't matter what color you use. 

While quinoa is cooking and cooling, chop and dice your other ingredients and make the dressing. 

Toss the dressing and veggies together, then add to quinoa once it has cooled. Fold in the black beans, chill and serve.



Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy 2016!


We did something different this year. Instead of staying home like we always do, we booked a room at Embassy Suites to ring in the new year. The kids got to swim, drink Shirley temples while adults drank adults drinks and have the best night ever. 

My friend Kasey who works in HR for embassy, did the sweetest thing. I had asked her if there was any way she could make sure we got on a higher floor for Jacob. I knew he would appreciate that. Well, she got us on the top floor, a hospitality suite and even sent up a fruit a cheese plate and beer. It was a great surprise. 

I spent two hours in the spa and that made me feel like a new person. I got a pedicure and a facial. All the appointments for massages were booked but it was still great:) 

All in all it was a perfect way to ring in a new year. Counting my three precious blessings for sure! 

After we checked out we went to see the new Star Wars movie. It was good and I'm not a Star Wars fan at all. Sawyer was so exhausted from all the swimming and staying up late at the hotel that he didn't make it through the movie but the big kids enjoyed it! 

All in all a good way to ring in the new year. I'm looking forward to a fresh start for 2016! 







Saturday, December 26, 2015

Arkansas Weather

It seriously has not felt like December around here. We have had tornados, insane flooding and then snow...all within a week of each other. I'm not gonna lie...summer sounds better everyday 😊


They make fun of me, but anytime we have to go into the storm shelter I grab my MacBook. I have 12 yrs worth of pictures on that thing and while it's backed up in three, yes three, other places, I still feel the need to keep it close. 


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu



Never in my life did I think Emma would love doing BJJ. She started at the beginning of September and it's all she thinks about. We've tried other sports and she never cared but this has been a game changer for her. After her very first class she was so exhausted and felt like she was gonna be sick. I asked her how she liked it...even feeling as bad as she did...she said "oh, mom, I LOVE it!! I'm proud of her for finding something she loves and working hard to get better. And I'm not one bit sad about the fact that she is learning great self defense. Maybe I can worry a tiny bit less. 




Monday, August 18, 2014

Geocaching



 A couple of weekends ago our family went geocaching for the first time. Our neighbors and friends, the Crafts, have done this for a while and we've always heard them talk about it but had never gone. It was sooo fun! Seriously…it's a real life treasure hunt. We just hit a couple here in Bella Vista close to the house but the kids and I are super excited to go in Tennessee when we are visiting in October. There were a lot not far from my mom's when I checked the map:)









Friday, August 8, 2014

Jacob is 6!



This year was probably Jacob's first real birthday party. We have done just small family and close friend parties but this year he had some friends he wanted to invite. He wanted the Kona Ice truck and he wanted the theme to be Minecraft. Well…They don't sell Minecraft party supplies…they are all DIY so I had to get creative…which I'm not!! Thankfully Pinterest is full of ideas for a Minecraft party.

This kid had a smile on his face all evening and said it was the best party ever!! So I'm gonna call that a win!

I can not believe this boy is six already! Time goes so fast! I say this all the time but I wish I could just press the pause button. He is such a kind hearted, thoughtful and precious kid. He has a hilarious sense of humor and he is so curious about everything! I love watching him learn and grow and I love seeing the world through his eyes!










It was sooo stinking hot but it was fun!










Friday, August 1, 2014

Kindergarten and Fourth Grade!




I have dreaded sending this boy to kindergarten since we found out about his allergies but he has been sooo excited to go to school everyday like Emma! Emma was excited to start back to school this year. I thought it felt like our summer flew by but she was really missing her friends.

I thought I was gonna be able to hold it together until after I left him…but we saw some good friends as we were walking up and the mom gave me this "I know you're about to leave your boy at school for the first time look" she was totally being sweet but it was all it took for the tears to well up in my eyes. We were able to get a few pics in front of the school while I pulled myself together before walking him to his class.

On our way inside I remember looking over at him taking it all in with his big excited eyes. Then he looked up at me and grabbed my hand and held it until we got to his classroom. I will never forget the look on his sweet face at that moment. It is burned into my memory. A little bit of nervous and a lot of excited and a big beaming smile.  He ran straight to his teacher to give her a huge hug. Honestly, I don't think I could have left him had he been sad or scared. After he hugged his teacher he went straight over to his table to start coloring. He was so preoccupied with everything going on around him I snagged a side hug on my way out and lost it. He didn't notice but his sweet teacher came outside and gave me a big hug and told me he was gonna be great! Man, it hurts to leave them for the first time.

Emma informed me as we left Jacob's room that I needed to put my sun glasses on and I did not need to walk her to her classroom!! Apparently my cry face is a bit embarrassing.

Poor Sawyer spent most of the day asking me why I was crying and when could we go get them. We were lost without them. I may or may not have been almost first in the car line to pick up. It was a long day for us.

They both reported it was the best day ever!! School is awesome for the Foust kids!!!


Jacob with Mrs. McCarthy
                                                   

Emma and Anne Marie were in kindergarten and first together. I'm glad they're back together this year.

This guy never left my side the entire first day!



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Jamberry Nails


So…I am so not a salesperson at all…but my sweet friend, Rachel, signed up to be a consultant for Jamberry Nails and I ended up buying some from her. They looked adorable and I thought I would give them a try and I knew Emma would love them! As soon as Emma and I got them in the mail and discovered we really did love them and saw just how easy they were to apply I went ahead and booked a party with Rachel…I thought I might as well earn some free wraps since we loved them so much. I ended up doing a Facebook party. Rachel did all the work and I invited all my friends. Easy stuff! So…if you're interested in a Jamberry Nail Party, let me know! I would love to host your party for you and help you earn free wraps like I did!


Emma's Jams! So adorable! They have some really cute wraps to choose from that are junior size. 
 
Rachel's Jams...this print is called Lotus and it's my favorite. Can't wait to do mine in this one. Here's my website if you want to give them a try! laurafoust.jamberrynails.net