11.21.14

Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe

We sure are getting excited for Thanksgiving around here and have already started prepping for this holiday dinner with our family. Today we are starting a new series and sharing one of our favorite fall drinks that can also be made into a mocktail or a kids drink! This Caramel Apple Sangria drink is perfect to serve at your Thanksgiving celebrations and the little peanuts will also love having a special apple cider drink that is filled with real apple chunks! This drink is as delicious as it is beautiful and the perfect addition to a plate of mashed potatoes and turkey. What are your favorite drinks to serve at Thanksgiving? We will be sharing a new drink each month so make sure to watch for them!

 

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • ¼ cup caramel syrup
  • 4 apples, chopped

 

DIRECTIONS:
  • Chill your white wine and sparkling apple cider.
  • Once cold, mix together wine and cider and add ¼ cup caramel syrup.
  • Chop approximately 4 apples into small cubes and add to sangria.
  • Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve

*Serve without white wine for a delicious mocktail or kids drink!

 

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11.19.14

Jo Totes Camera Bags {Products we Love}

One of the many things we are trying to work on this coming year is taking more photos of our kids with a “real camera”. It’s always so easy and convenient to snap pics all day with our smart phones, and they now do have pretty good cameras built it… but there is nothing like images from a real camera. If you use both you will know exactly what we are talking about!

 

So if we are going to be taking our cameras around with us all the time + all the other baby/mama essentials we need a bag that can accommodate both. Jo Totes Camera Bags do just that! They provide a fashionable and easy way for women to safely carry their camera bodies and lenses, along with regular handbag items, every day! There are so many styles that we love but our favorites would have to be the Siena Leather Camera Bag that is sophisticated and timeless, and will look lovely with both casual and more formal attire. We also love the Gracie in Black because it has seven spacious pockets, a body hugging shape, and space for a camera body, multiple lenses and even an iPad.

 

If you are asking Santa for a new camera this Christmas you need to make sure you get a great back to safely + stylishly carry around with you!

 

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11.18.14

Butternut Squash Thanksgiving Soup Recipe

We all have our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and recipes, but today we are introducing you to a new recipe that is sure to become an instant hit! We wanted to come up with something a little different for our Thanksgiving menu this year and our thoughts kept turning to the idea of a delicious soup! This butternut squash soup recipe is perfect for fall and adds a warm hint of orange to your Thanksgiving table. Whether you serve it as a first course or right along side with your turkey and mashed potatoes, we promise that kids will love the subtly sweet taste as well!

Head over to Pottery Barn Kids Blog to get the full recipe and directions!

 

 

We hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as ours do! For more great Thanksgiving ideas, check out our stunning DIY centerpiecegold leaf place cards and kid’s placemat craft from this celebration!

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11.17.14

Baking With Grandma + Grandpa {Christmas Cards}

We are so excited to start the week off by sharing this charming Christmas card with you.  Getting Christmas cards is always so much fun and as you prepare to plan yours for this year possibly think outside the box.  Cara Call Photography did such a cute job of capturing some fun, candid shots of these darling little peanuts baking Christmas cookies with their grandparents.  We continue to love the life style pictures versus your traditional ones.  As you look at these photos you can truly feel the fun they are having and can’t help but get in the spirit of the holidays.

 

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11.14.14

Fall/Winter Fashion for Boys

Happy Fashion Friday Friends! Last week we talked about our favorite fall/winter looks for girls and today we are back at it with some styled looks for the boys! We are quickly moving from fall into winter and all of these looks are perfect for that transition with different layers and jacket options. This season we are slightly obsessed with everything flannel + plaid and or course a little pop of red! We are loving everything from plaid shirts and moto jackets paired with slouchy sweatpants to colorblock sweaters and fleece vests. And we can’t forget our very favorite accessory for boys… the beanie! Perfect for keeping those sweet heads warm and also adds a little touch of “cool guy” to the look!

 

When it comes to little boys jeans we are always on the lookout for the perfect stylish jean and ones that fit great is a must! We are currently obsessed with Rowan Christian Couture’s line for boys and our fave is the Brayden Skinny Jeans. They are offering SLP readers 20% off your order through the end of this month! Enter code PEANUT20 at checkout! Outfit details for these cute dudes are listed below!

 

 

LOOK 1: Plaid Flannel Shirt | Moto Jacket | Slouchy Sweatpants | High Tops

LOOK 2: Chambray Shirt | Colorblock Hoodie | Black Skinny Jeans | Colorblock Hat | High Tops

LOOK 3: Sweater {similar} | Fleece Collar Vest  | Rowan Christian Skinny Jeans | Beanie

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11.13.14

Baby Boy Style by Natalie with Hello Copeland

We can never get too much of children’s fashion!  I’m sure most mom’s will agree with me that it is a lot more fun to dress our little ones than it is ourselves.  Today we are so very excited to have the darling Natalie from Hello Copeland sharing some fall fashion for her cute, little peanut Copeland.

 

Good morning! I’m Natalie from Hello Copeland and I’m so exited to share this baby boy styled guest post today on Sweet Little Peanut! I love dressing and styling my little guy and have really loved finding new and unique items for him! Let’s be real for a minute though, Copeland is usually running around the house in a one-piece but on the days when he is out running errands with me or the weekends when we’re out as a family, It’s fun to get him all spiffed up. I put together this style board for some inspiration and tips on how you can easily style and accessorize the little gents in your life. So let’s get right into it!

 

Hats. Hats are so fun! Copeland has been wearing hats since the day he came home from the hospital. Whether it was a little knit beanie or a flat brim baseball cap, this kid loves his hats. Not only is this such a fun way to accessorize an outfit but it helps protect their little heads from the elements as well!

 

Layers. Now that it is getting cooler outside as winter is right around the corner, layering is a great way to keep your little dude warm and stylish. When I layer Copeland’s clothing I’ll start with either a one-piece or basic tee, add a cardigan or button up shirt and top it off with a fun jacket. This is great for winter because you can shed the layers easily once you get inside.

 

Texture . I love finding pieces with texture to add some interest to an outfit. The jeans pictured for example: I love the grey wash with the added suspenders. They are so fun and playful but different than your basic blue jeans.

 

Shoes. There are some really great styles out right now in little boys shoes! I’ll admit, baby shoes are a definite splurge for me, since they grow out of them so fast. But if it’s for a special occasion I’d definitely be tempted to spend a little extra on unique kicks for my little guy.

 

Mix and Match. Don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces, textures and patterns! Copeland has a few accessory items (e.g., hats, suspenders, scarves) and I will mix and match those pieces with different outfits to create a whole new outfit or look.

 

Save vs. Splurge. I’m always tempted by baby and toddler clothing. It’s just so little and so cute! But all those pieces can definitely start adding up. Something I do to save on baby clothing is try to only shop during major sales. Baby Gap and Zara Kids have great sales a few times a year and you can save a lot of money when you shop during those times. But of course, I’m sure other moms would agree that it’s so fun to splurge on our little ones, even more so than splurging on ourselves!

 

Thank you Sweet Little Peanut for letting me guest post for you today!

 

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11.12.14

Easy Thanksgiving Table DIYs {With Pottery Barn Kids}

Creating a gorgeous table setting for your guests is actually much easier than it looks! As we mentioned in our feature last week on stunning centerpiece ideas, Thanksgiving is all about spending time around the dinner table so including a few beautiful {and easy!} decorating ideas is key. Today we are over on Pottery Barn Kids Blog sharing two more DIY projects that are simple to re-create and work perfectly with the adults’ and kids’ tables!

 

Whenever we’re planning a table design for a party or holiday, we always love to bring a little personalization to the table to make our guests feel special and welcome. You can easily do this by creating unique place cards. Check more details on how to make these easy DIY metallic leaf place cards HERE!

 

 

For the kid’s table, we created a DIY “thankful” placemat that each little party guest could interact with. Natural kraft paper works great for a rustic celebration, but you can use any colored paper or card stock that you like. Using the same white pen as our place cards, write a simple “Thankful For” title and blank list along the right side of the sheet. These make a great pre-dinner activity to do with your kiddos and you can talk about all the things they are thankful for — from family and food to toys or pets!

 

 

We hope you loved these two simple DIY ideas! Check back again next week because we will be sharing an amazing and unexpected recipe that will definitely become a new favorite on your Thanksgiving dinner menu!

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11.11.14

Homemade Apple Fruit Leathers

Our dear friend Lindsey Stewart of Green Apple Photography is always doing fun activities with her two little peanuts and we are always drooling over her instagram pictures of all the yummy {not to mention healthy} recipes she is whipping up!  We are so excited to share with you all her delicious homemade apple fruit leather recipe today! There is something about homemade that just makes everything so much better and this recipe is simple and perfect for using up extra apples or any left over fruit for that matter! These fruit leather slices would also be perfect to pack in a baggie and take with you as a snack on the go! We are for sure trying this out for ourselves this weekend! Recipe details below!

 

INGREDIENTS:
- 4 apples
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 Lemon
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cardamon
- 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup {optional}


DIRECTIONS:

1. Peel, core and dice the apples

2. Place in a sauce-pan with 1/2 cup of water, and bring to a simmer

3. Add 1/2 juice of lemon, spices and sweetener

4. Once it’s simmering, turn down to medium-low, and stir every 5-10 minutes or so, until the apples are soft and mushy.

5. Take the apple mixture and blend in a food processor, blender or immersion blender. I used my blender and it worked like a charm. Be careful if it’s still hot and open the air vent on your processor or blender. Or, you could let it cool a bit before blending.

6. Turn the oven on it’s lowest setting, which for me was 170.

7. Place either parchment paper or a Silpat on a cookie sheet, and spread the apple mixture as smoothly as possible. That way it will cook evenly.

8. Cook anywhere from 3-5 hours. My mixture was really thick and took the full 5 hours. If you have yours spread thinner, it will go quicker. Start checking around the 3 hours mark. If you get inpatient, like me, you can turn the heat up to 200 at the end to speed things along. Just watch the leather, so it doesn’t burn. The leather should be rubbery when finished, but not overly dry.
9. Let cool for 10 minutes, and then slice and enjoy! We ate the whole batch!
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11.10.14

Evans Family Photos

It’s that time of year again where we start having our family pictures taken for our Christmas cards.  Today we have Kelsie with Blackbird Photography and Design who hit out of the park with the darling Evans Family.  We love the laid back feel and candid shots that she was able to capture.  And how could you not the love the ones with the cozy blanket, props are always fun to use!  So as you get ready to take your family pics this year remember that the candid ones are the most priceless and really show the true personality of your family, so have fun with it!

 

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11.07.14

Fall/Winter Fashion for the Girls

Pretty sure we have said it many times but we will keep saying it… we sure love fall/winter fashion! They layers, the patterns, the accessories are just amazing! Today we are talking late fall/early winter fashion for the little girl peanuts. This season we are loving all kinds of plaids paired with neutrals like grays, black and navy. A little pop of winter red is what it’s all about! We are loving everything from a playful above the knee uniform dress + leg warmers by Duchess & Lion to a puffer vest + waxed skinny jeans + rain boots this season and encourage you to have fun mixing your patterns, textures and accessories! We can’t get enough of these darling looks below shot by our photographer, Becky Kimball!

 

You can find sources for all of our outfit details below!

 

 

LOOK 1: Sheepskin Coat | Duchess & Lion Dress | Leg Warmers | Moccasin Boots

LOOK 2: Plaid Puffer Vest | Chambray Shirt | Waxed Skinny Jeans | Red Rain Boots | Snow Kitten Beanie

LOOK 3: Houndstooth Shift Dress | Denim Jacket | Gold Booties

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