It's a Coffee Kind of Morning ...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
 It's one of those mornings ... overcast, dreary and 2 cups of coffee just isn't enough

yep, I totally overslept!

xoxo, Natalie

The Pampered Mom's Easy-Peasy Buttercream Icing

Monday, May 20, 2013
 - Easy-Peasy Vanilla Buttercream Icing -


2 sticks unsalted butter [softend]
3 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons heavy cream


In a mixer, add butter and whip on medium speed until nice and smooth
Add to mixer, 3 cups of powdered sugar.  Mix low speed until all sugar is moist.
Add salt, vanilla and heavy cream, mix on medium for 3 minutes

This is my go-to buttercream recipes, because I usually have all the ingredients on hand and it only takes me about 4 mintutes to make!

tip: leave butter out on the counter opposed to softening in the microwave



Springtime at The Imhoff's

Sunday, May 19, 2013
 It's finally Spring!

We're enjoying some of the perks!


The Pampered Mom's: Baked Double-Decker Cheesy Chicken Taco Supreme

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
 - Baked Double-Decker Cheesy Chicken Taco Supreme -
a pampered mom's favorite

It's not easy feeding a house full of boys ... growing, picky and HUNGRY boys ... but this always seems
fill everyone's bellies!  Oh, did I mention it's SUPER easy too?!

That's right, only takes about 15 minutes after the chicken is done to make the tacos ... 
everyone has time for that!

See the recipe below
I also find it takes less time if I prep the toppings throughout the day, which makes it faster to assemble!


Final Product


4 Thawed Chicken Breasts
1 Jar of Salsa
Soft Taco Shells
Hard Taco Shells
Refried Beans
Mexican Blend Cheese
Sour Cream


Place chicken breasts in the crockpot, add about 3/4 of the jar of salsa and cook throughout the day
Shread chicken and put to side
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spread refried beans on soft taco, cover hard taco, add chicken and cover with cheese
Stack tacos in caserole dish and place in oven for 15 minutes or until cheese bubbles
Take out tacos, add sour cream, lettece, tomato and a small amount of salsa



Baptism Invitations 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013
 Wow, where did April go?  With all the hustle and bustle that May brings, it's sure to be the same way.

This month alone, we have a baptism and party, 2 weddings, events over Memorial Day Weekend and finishing up with a retirement party on the first of June.  Yes, it's definitly busy around  here.

The Baptism and party is actually for my to kiddos.  Unlike many, we did not baptise the boys when they were babies.  It wasn't until recently we decided to do so within the Catholic community.  They both love attending school and joining the parish seemed liked the right thing to do for our family.

SO, baptism it is!  It will be a private ceremony and afterwards we will host a luncheon for those who attend.  You know I couldn't leave it to just lunch, so I have prepared a small party to go a long with. 

Here's are cute invitation we sent out last week, complete with gold shimmer envelopes!

 We are so blessed that each of the Godparents are close friends with Ryan and I.  We can not wait to celebrate this joyous occasion!


Spring is in the Air

Thursday, May 2, 2013
 Spring is in the air ... finally, after a long winter and endless weeks of rain.

I was able to sneak out of the house a bit this morning to capture a few images from our trees.


happy spring


May Day Basket Inspiration

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
It's finally MAY!  The time of the year when flowers start sprouting, my allergies start to fade and the sun is out instead of the April rains!

When I was a child, my Mom used to help us make May Day baskets.  Do people still do this?  We would tiptoe up to neighbors and friends doors, ring the doorbell and leave the flowers at their doorstep and run!  We used to think it was SO much fun!  I am wanting to start this tradition with my children as well.

We'll be leaving something similar to this ... an Herb May Day Basket ... I just love it!

 I know I would love to receive one at the door ... super cute idea!

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