Monsterlicious Good Time! Eyeball Chili, Monsters Inc. Fingers, and Scare Juice Spritzers.

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It’s about to get scary up in here. Seriously, we had a monsterrific good time the other night and I’m here to share that with you. Why am I talking like this? Because Monsters U is in theaters nationwide today and you need to go see it NOW. We need to go see it NOW. To get ready, we had a monsterlicious meal and family movie night watching Monsters Inc. with our new Monsters University toys. Who doesn’t love some eyeball chili, monster fingers dipped in super scary dipping sauces, with Scare Juice Spritzers to wash it all down?
Eyeball chili you say? That’s nasty you say? Au contraire. This is just fun and it’s so much easier to get picky little eaters to eat when their food is fun! Let’s get started, shall we?
You should note that all of the ingredients I use are low sodium. We watch that in our house, and you should too. Sodium is a monster (pun intended) and can wreak havoc when it comes to your family’s health. So what do you need for eyeball chili? 

It’s simple. 16 ounces of low sodium or all natural tomato sauce, ground beef,  low sodium beans of your choice, minced garlic, no sodium added diced tomatoes, chopped green chilis, chili powder, cumin, Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy, and green olives (these are high sodium so go light on them) for the eyeballs. 

Start with the eyeballs. Make mini meatballs and poke the olives in there. Cute huh? Once you’re done, stick the pan in the oven uncovered for 25 minutes on 400. 

While the eyeballs are cooking, fry up the rest of the ground beef and mix the other ingredients. As you can see, I’m kind of a dumper. 

  • 16 oz no salt added or all natural tomato sauce
  • 8 oz can low sodium pinto beans
  • 8 oz can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz can of green chilis
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy
  • 6 shots of Tapitio hot sauce

And stir.
When the eyeballs are done, place them in the chili and simmer for about 30 minutes to blend all of the flavors. Longer is better but this works when you’re in a hurry. My kids, and B, always say I make the best chili on the planet. While the chili simmers, you have plenty of time to prep everything else.
My babies like juice. They LOVE juice. But juice isn’t kind to their tummies because they have intolerances so I have to break it down. Juicy Juice is the most awesome of all juices and this Berry variety is one of their favorites. I like them to get a healthy juice intake daily so we often make “spritzers”. Simply pour in half a glass of Juicy Juice Berry, then top the other half off with Sprite and you have the perfect Scare Juice Spritzer. Just ask them. They love the flavor and bubble combination.

You should know that Juicy Juice is hosting a Monster-Sized Giveaway right now. Just buy specially marked packages of Juicy Juice (like the 64 oz 100% all natural Berry Juice blend above for only $2.68), enter the game code to redeem the instant-win prize revealed, plus enter their sweepstakes for your chance to win a family trip to Pixar Studios and a $5,000 cash scholarship. I sure entered and it only took minutes!
The chili was ready and in the meantime, I’d made some sauces for the Monster Fingers (Tyson Chicken Fries since that’s all Bubby will eat and he had to have some fun food too). My homemade low sodium BBQ sauce for B, Blood (ketchup) for Bubby, and Sulley Blue Sauce for Bug (regular ranch dressing mixed with about 6 squirts of blue food coloring). We were ready for our monsterlicious meal!
Bubby enjoyed his bloody fingers. 
Bug delighted in her eyeball chili and scare juice spritzer after devouring her monster fingers with Sulley blue sauce. 
And it was time for cupcakes. Life is good. 

I cleaned up my mess and it was high time that the family sat down to watch a good movie and just relax. Monsters Inc. to get us geared up for Monsters U seemed to be in order, right?
Right! Bubby couldn’t be more adorable, and he couldn’t be happier than he was watching the movie with his family while holding tight to his new Monsters U merchandise. It was an awesome evening full of fun and delicious food, wonderful drinks, and most importantly family bonding. 

Stay up to date on all the scary happenings at Monsters U by following along on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure to follow Nestle on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about all of the amazing Juicy Juice flavors and varieties. And don’t forget to enter the Juicy Juice Monster-Sized Giveaway for your chance to win big!

What do you do for fun in your house? Do you have themed nights often? Are you as excited about Monsters U as we are? We love Monsters Inc. and I’m certain this movie won’t disappoint.

Dress Up for the Holidays? You Bet We Do!

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We Gossetts are not your typical family. You say dress up for holidays and you probably mean suits and ties, dresses and sandals. We, on the other hand, mean Super Heroes and Hello Kitty!

This Easter, we played “dress up”. I love that the babies love to dress up and I love that they don’t like to do it in the traditional manner. My babies play dress up all year long. There’s no reason to wait for Halloween. My Bug is usually a beautiful princess or something equally girly, and my Bubby will always be my Superman (or any other super hero if given the opportunity). Imagination in children is a beautiful thing that should be fostered by whatever means possible. Each of the babies actually have a costume drawer in their dresser that we add to regularly.

This Easter, they wanted to “dress up” and I was sure to make it happen.  They needed something new for the occasion though. Online shopping was my friend since I’ve been pretty busy these days. I actually did an online comparison shop with the babies’ help. We typically shop at Party City in-store but it seemed that Costume Express had a lot to offer online so why not give that a shot too, right? For the record, Party City offers better online prices on their costumes, but Costume Express offers better shipping options and in-stock items galore.

The Costume Express site it really easy to navigate, the shipping prices are right, the availability is endless, and check out is super easy.
The Party City site is crazy busy, harder to navigate, the costume prices are low, but they have almost nothing in stock and the shipping is really high if you’re in a hurry!
But let’s get back to my babies and their Easter dress up outfits, shall we? Bug decided on a sparkly Hello Kitty outfit and Bubby just so happened to choose Flash…ah-ah! Bazinga! How awesome is that?
The babies were thrilled when their Easter outfits arrived.
Easter Egg Hunts have never been more fun!
They had confetti egg fights and I laughed until I cried!
Flash costume for Easter = $65.00. Confetti eggs for the Easter Bunny to hide = $2.50. Watching Bubby find an egg that matched his costume = PRICELESS!

My babies have a good life. Costumes for every day occasions or holidays, warm weather, confetti egg fights, and living on an island. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Celebrate every day. We’re only here for a limited time. Make every day, and every holiday, count. And don’t be afraid to “dress up” in your every day life! I might *or might not* wear my tiara on my shopping trips often just because I can. I guess these nuts don’t fall far from the tree after all. Celebrate life! It’s too short to waste!

Be sure to check out Chasing Fireflies and Buy Costumes for more ideas for your everyday dress up celebrations. Seriously, you’ll thank me later. You’ve missed way too much “dress up” at this point in your life!

Happy Easter from Our House to Yours!

Happy Easter y’all! I hope your day is filled with all of the blessings you deserve. We have a lot of fun lined up here. 

The Easter Bunny already popped by and there are baskets waiting for the babies (go figure…they look JUST like the ones they pointed out to me at Walmart the other night). B and Bug are going fishing in the morning while I prepare the family feast (yea, I get to do all of the “fun” stuff). We have a mid day Easter Egg hunt planned and believe me, you’ll want to stop back by because you do NOT want to miss this. When we say “dress up” for Easter, my babies take that literally. Wait until you see their get ups for the hunt!

Then we feast and sit around on our butts for the rest of the day just enjoying each others company. In my book, that’s a good day. Fingers crossed…everything goes according to plan. 

Enjoy your Easter, or Passover, or whatever it is you celebrate. Just remember to celebrate every day no matter what!