All Aboard! THE POLAR EXPRESS comes to life this holiday season as the Mt Hood Railroad rolls out of the station bound for the “North Pole!” Come early and climb aboard with your family to cozy-up and enjoy our festively-decorated vintage train cars. Dancing chefs deliver hot chocolate and a cookie to each guest to savor while music from the Polar Express movie plays en route to the North Pole. Make sure to have your tickets handy, because your conductor will be by shortly to punch each child’s ticket.
Before arriving at the North Pole, the iconic book, The Polar Express is read as your Chef turns the pages to share the beautiful illustrations in the original book. With the station far away, THE POLAR EXPRESS magically arrives at the outskirts of Santa’s North Pole village, where Santa Claus himself and his elves joyously welcome the train! As you stay comfortably settled and warm in your seat, Santa and his helper elf board the train! During the return trip, Santa will greet each child with his signature holiday spirit and the first gift of Christmas: a bell cut from his sleigh. It is said that only children and those who still believe can actually hear the bell ring. Join in the singing as your Chef or Conductor lead Christmas caroling on the 30-minute return trip.
For those wanting the magic to last or to do a little Christmas shopping, visit our gift shop in the station for special POLAR EXPRESS gifts and merchandise. Oh, one last thing, children are encouraged to wear their PJ’s; adults who still believe have been known to wear them, too! So, are you coming? All Aboard!
What are some of your funniest mom moments?
Thanks Jessica and Carolyn for having a #motherfunny evening with me! 🙂
I don’t know about you, but this year Halloween has totally crept up on me way to fast. Have you ever found yourself sitting down and looking at the calendar and realizing that you only have a couple days until the big event!?
#1 Ninja Pumpkins
- 1 triple roll of Cottonelle toilet paper
- Sharpie marker ( I used black, but you could use blue, red, etc.)
- 1 Triple Roll Cottonelle toilet paper
- 1 Black Sharpie Marker
- 1 orange highlighter
- Needle and Thread
1 Triple roll Cottonelle toilet paper
1 roll masking tape (or any kind of paper tape)
Red and black dry erase markers or window markers
I have always strived to create family time and family activities that didn’t involve electronics. Sure movie nights are great, and my kids love playing games, but from the beginning of parenthood we have always set limits to their time spent on devices because although fun, they are addicting and take time away from other great things that kids do.
and using their big imaginations to play make believe.
Dinner time at our house is always electronic free, and we have a rule that everything goes off at 7pm so they can get ready for bed and stories.
I’ve been hearing a lot about the Tech Timeout™ challenge, an idea created by Foresters ™which is a pledge stating that your family will have an hour free from technology once a day – and I think its a great idea.
The emails can wait, and TV is overrated. They will all be there in an hour still – I promise. But you know what won’t be there long? Those little smiles. life changes so fast and before you know it you’ll be missing the little moments you all shared together as a family.
Will you pledge with me?
Tech Timeout has come up with 50 great ideas for family activities, and I am happy to say we have done 28 of them this past year.
What are some of you favorite technology free things to do with your family?
Today I’m going to share three simple meals for you. Life as a mom to three growing kids means there aren’t very many dull moments around here, and some weeks are definitely more chaotic than others.
This week is one of those weeks.
I’m working a couple night shifts, have to plan the agenda (and attend) our PTO meeting, Noah has a dentist appointment, and of course I’ll put on my chauffeur hat to take the little ladies to and from their soccer practices and games. To top it all off I’m letting the girls each have two friends over Saturday for a slumber party!
Knowing what this week entailed, I sat down Sunday evening like I usually do to plan out a meal menu and weekly shopping list. Planning ahead not only cuts down on prep time, but also the temptation to grab food that we can’t afford and isn’t healthy.
I did my weekly shopping trip to Safeway in between preschool drop off and kindergarten pick up. They just happened to have Hillshire Brand products on sale with their Just For U program right now where you can Save $3 if you buy 3 products. If you know me, you know I love a deal, so I grabbed three items that I knew would come in handy this week to prepare three simple meals.
Most of the time breakfast is a rushed event in the morning, so I always keep breakfast bars or homemade breakfast burritos on hand. I often make up a big batch of them and freeze them for a week so we can have some ready to go.
Three Simple Meals :
Turkey Breakfast Burritos
8 large eggs
1 cup Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Turkey Sausage
2 Tbsp. green onions
1 small Roma tomato
1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 smoked Gouda cheese (or your favorite kind)
4 whole wheat tortillas
Pepper and Salt (to taste)
Whisk eggs and add milk. Stir in the sausage, onions, tomato, garlic. Pour into greased sauté pan and cook over med. heat until eggs are scrambled. Add cheese and mix well. Warm tortillas one at a time over the sauté pan so they will fold well. Scoop in egg mixture, roll up and enjoy!
Makes 4 burritos.
Both Emma and Noah are home in time for lunch, and one of their first requests are my Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies roll ups. They never last long around here and I can even get them to help me make them!
Lit’l Smokies Cheddar Roll Ups
1 package Hillshire Farm Cheddar Lit’l Smokies
1 package refrigerator crescent rolls
24 .5″ x 2″ slices cheddar cheese
1/4 chopped almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheet. Un-roll crescent rolls and slice each piece lengthwise into three pieces. Place slice of cheddar cheese and Lit’l Smokie on and roll up. Top with almonds.
Cook for 12-14 minutes or until roll ups are slightly browned. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or mustard for lunch or appetizers.
makes 24 roll ups.
Lastly, the dinner dilemma. It seems like it gets here quicker everyday, but with a few simple ingredients I can make a nice meal that appears to have taken all day. The trick is using meat that is pre-cooked and flavorful!
Chicken Apple Pesto Pasta
1/2 lb. whole wheat spaghetti noodles
1 pkg Hillshire Farms Gourmet Creations Chicken Apple with Gouda Sausage
1 small apple
1/4 cups chopped pecans
1 cup heavy cream
3 Tbsp. Flour
1 Tbsp. Butter
1/4 cup pesto
Boil noodles until al dente; drain. Slice Sausage and peel/dice apple. Melt butter in pan over medium heat and add Sausage, apple and pecans. Add pesto and mix well. In a small bowl pour flour and just enough water to make a thickener (it should be consistency of pancake batter, still able to pour). Slowly add flour mixture to pesto sauce and mix well until thickened. Take off of heat and spoon onto pasta and enjoy!
And those are thee simple meals that I make for my family during the busy week. The Hillshire Farm website also has some great recipes to inspire your creativity, and if you’d like to get the Just For U promotion at Safeway, simply sign up here. The Buy 3 Save 3 deal is available through 10/19!
Do you have any simple meals you prepare for your family that your kids absolutely love? I’d love to hear about them. 🙂
Friday afternoon we loaded up the kids and drove to Portland for the Lego® KidsFest which is at the Convention Center this weekend through tomorrow (the 13th). The kids were just a little bit excited as they sat in the car wondering what all the festival would entail.
It did not let them down.
Three acres of every kind of Lego imaginable. It was very family friendly and everything was hands on. There were plenty of areas for sitting down if someone needed a break, and plenty of attendants/staff to answer any questions.
The KidsFest was busy, but not crowded. By breaking the show down into sessions, it really eliminated the potential to become over chaotic. There was lots of room for all the kids to build their own masterpieces.
It was such a relief to see the kids (of all ages!) getting along and playing together, and was so nice to see not only families, but also fathers and sons spending quality time together.
I’m so glad we were able to take the kids on an adventure to “the big city” and create some wonderful memories together.
If you have been wanting to go you can hurry up and pre-purchase a ticket for tomorrow’s show HERE.
Last weekend the kids and I had our first opportunity of the season to attend a Harvest Festival (aka Pumpkin Patch to my kids).
We drove down to the Willamette Valley Pie Company in Salem. It was the first time we had ever attended their festival, and the kids had so much fun. The highlights of the day were the zip line, hay ride, corn maze, pedal tractors, and ginormous ice cream cones for $1.00.
They have a cute little gift shop filled with unique presents and tempting treats, and their pies are delicious! I bit into a pumpkin turnover for the first time and fell in love.
The kids had a difficult time pulling themselves away at closing time, and were immediately asking when we could go back again! We lucked out and had the perfect fall weather last weekend too, so that helped.
If you are looking for a new Harvest Festival to visit, or are a returning visitor, the
Willamette Valley Pie Company is offering a $2/admission coupon now until October 18th!