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Let's Celebrate: Valentine's Day Lunch Idea

Monday, January 25, 2021

 



I have yet to meet a charcuterie board that I didn't like and coming up with new ways to mix-up one of our favorites lead me to create this festive lunch board for our little ladies! It would make such a simple, delicious and festive way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your family. I have also found the more I include the girls in the process of preparing food, the more likely they are to eat it. Even just simply having the girls fill our heart shaped bowls with our favorite crunchy snacks, or grabbing the bread and peanut butter + jelly to make our very own uncrustables, makes them excited about eating and allows us to make memories together in the kitchen. 

I also love that this is such an inexpensive and stress free way to make your everyday lunch feel special on Valentine's Day! Grab this set of heart & star shaped sandwich cutters and this set of fruit & veggie cutters to add a little extra love flair to your lunch board. Browsing the holiday section at Target led me to finding so many heart shaped snacks, like our Utz "xo" pretzels and heart shaped veggie straws! Trader Joe's is another go-to for finding holiday themed snacks, like our chocolate covered heart shaped cookies. 

Just the simple idea of sitting at the table together on Valentine's Day, snacking on our favorite treats together makes my heart feel SO happy! Making memories and holiday traditions doesn't have to be expensive, or overwhelming, just a few extra touches to make the everyday lunch feel special, while allowing for new memories to be made as a family. 










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Snyder Family Co. Kitchen: Favorite Cookbooks

Friday, January 8, 2021

 I may be in the minority, but I am all for New Year's resolutions, goals, intentions, words of the year and the general idea of a fresh start with a new year! Meal planning is always on our goal list over here and I will say Scott really took over cooking dinner the past few months and I am NOT mad about it, he's actually a really good cook. I think combining two of my own 2021 goals, meal planning & being more intentional about the time spent with my hubby, cooking together is something we are both looking forward to! 


Dutch Oven / Valentine Tea Towel (Similar)


Wire Basket (similar) // Valentine's Day Mug (similar) // Super Simple Cookbook 

Here are some of my favorite cookbooks and a few new ones I have heading our way too. Cookbooks also make for the prettiest (and functional) kitchen decor, I started displaying my favorite cookbooks in the hopes that the more I see them, the more likely they will inspire me to actually COOK! 

Baking: Whenever I'm in the mood to bake, I typically reach for either Magnolia Table & Magnolia Table vol. 2, if you have not baked Joanna's "After- School Banana Bread" (pg.69) yet, you are seriously missing out! 

Homebaked is a cookbook that I got for Christmas, which side note- I LOVE reading cookbooks and this one in particular looks beautiful sitting on an exposed shelf or tucked away in a basket on your kitchen counter. I am really exited to dive into the pound cake section of this book, I'm looking at you "Super-Light Lemon Poppy Seed Cake" (pg.169). 

Dinner: Hands down, my favorite and most used cookbook of 2020 was Tieghan Gerard, Half Baked Harvest. My parents got me her second book, Super Simple for Christmas last year and we have dug into that one quite a bit too. Let's just say the "Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Meatball Bake" (pg. 196) does NOT disappoint! 

Healthy, Yet Delicious: One of my best girlfriends introduced me to Danielle Walker a LONG time ago and I have enjoyed following her and cooking from her cookbooks ever since. If you are new to Danielle, I suggest starting with her Meals Made Simple book and immediately turn to pg. 166 to make her Pepperoni Pizza Pasta, it's a family favorite! 

New Year, New Books: Two cookbooks that I'm adding to my collection this year are- Sheet Pan Magic and Modern Comfort Food. I have been pinning sheet pan meals for years and have yet to actually make one, I spotted this book at Crate & Barrel and I'm hoping it's the inspiration I need to start testing a few simple sheet pan meals. 

I also feel like I can't have a cookbook collection without a book written by Ina Garten and shockingly, this is my first one! I spotted it on all of my favorite cooking sites and figured it was a great one to start with, as we are big fans of comfort food. I'm looking forward to cooking out of both of these new books and will make sure to share my favorite recipes over on Instagram and will definitely be sharing some monthly recipe round-ups over here!


Wire Basket (similar) // Meal Planning Pad (similar



Hopefully this post gives you a little meal planning inspiration, I'm really excited to start diving into cooking more with Scott, now that the little ladies are getting older, cooking new recipes actually seems somewhat manageable! I also highly suggest keeping your cookbooks out in plain sight, the more you see them, the more likely you are to feel inspired to grab one and start cooking! Do you have a go to cookbook? I would love to hear what one you always reach for! 

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Holiday Wrapping Inspiration

Saturday, December 5, 2020



"Brown paper packages tied up with string... and lots of sparkly extras." These are a few of my favorite things! When it comes to wrapping gifts, I go with the motto "more is MORE" and when in doubt, add MORE! Making your presents whimsical and sparkly is actually really easy, gather ribbon, chunky yarn, tinsel, ornaments, bells and glitter tags to add a little "extra" to your gifts this year! 

I always love browsing Target's ornament section, they have beautiful kid friendly felt ornaments that make for the cutest gift toppers ever! Dollar Tree is another spot to stop for inexpensive gift toppers and is also where I found the cutest gold star tinsel to add to my bows! 

Another one of my favorite wrapping tips is the set of paper mache craft boxes you see in the photos. They come in a set of five and the best part is they all nest inside of each other, which makes for easy storage. You can use them for ANY holiday or occasion and YAY for sustainability, you can use them over and over! I used chunky yarn from Michael's to tie a nice big bow and attached glittery star tags with double stick tape to add a little extra sparkle. 

Wrapping gifts is always something I look forward to and this year I'm extra proud of myself for getting a head start! I always turn on a Christmas movie, usually The Holiday, grab an eggnog latte and just channel my inner Mrs. Claus! I hope my wrapping inspiration gives you a few festive ideas to incorporate into your own wrapping this year, happy holidays!

























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Holiday Wreath with The Bouqs Co.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020




The holiday season is officially in gear and it wouldn't be Christmas without decking the halls inside and OUT. This year our front porch is getting a fresh wreath from The Bouqs Co. and it is absolutely beautiful. Our wreath is a mix of fresh lodgepole pine and noble fir and is a total show stopper! It is so full, fragrant and beautiful- Scott was actually asking to keep it inside. Wreaths are such a simple, yet beautiful way to welcome guests into your home for the holiday season. The girls always look forward to decorating our front porch for Christmas, adding as many twinkle lights as possible and deciding how we should decorate our wreath is always exciting to them. This year I came up with a few different ways to decorate our wreath and we have to make our final decision! Take a peek at some of my wreath decor inspiration:  

Traditional & Festive: Sometimes sticking to the true colors of Christmas, red and green, just seems right! The girls actually picked out this ribbon because (of course) it has a touch of silver sparkle to it. Adding the vintage bells also gives it a whimsical feel and is the perfect way to add holiday cheer to our front door.



Holiday Pajamas for Mama & Littles

Thursday, November 12, 2020

 


Gingerbread Pajamas (Girl Sizes & Toddler Sizes) / Cuddle & Kind Dolls



Holiday pajamas are always something we look forward to! My Mom always bought my brother and I a new pair of holiday pajamas and we always opened them on Christmas Eve. Fortunately for my girls, I have no chill and need them to wear all the festive jammies as soon as they arrive on our door step! I scooped up these adorable gingerbread pjs from Gap this year and was SO excited that they were available in both girl & toddler sizes! I have a full rundown of the pjs the girls will be wearing this winter, along with a pair I ordered for myself-  I figured Mrs. Claus deserves to be comfy & cozy too! 

Holiday Bookshelf: Halloween 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020







Holiday themed books are one of my favorite ways to celebrate each holiday and also double as the cutest shelf decor! My girls have always LOVED books and I chalk that up to have baskets of books ALL over our house, in the car, in their rooms, always in my diaper bag- they are always within an arms reach and the girls love cuddling up to read! 

Let's Celebrate: Halloween Treat & Dessert Board

Thursday, October 29, 2020

 

Large Serving Bowl / Table Runner / Star Garland / Mini Latte Bowl / Witch Bowl-Target Dollar Spot (Similar Here & Here & Here) / Mini Disco Balls


It's no secret we are all about the "snack life" over here and snack/dessert boards have become one of my very favorite things to whip-up for parties. I was so excited to find so many festive snack goodies this year- from the fang shaped Pirate booty and bat shaped animal cookies, I knew I had to make a Halloween inspired treat board! I grabbed one of my favorite platters from MacKenzie-Childs, mini latte bowls from Anthropologie and the cutest witch snack dish from the Target dollar spot and got busy filling everything up. 
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