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I am a full-time working mom from North Alabama. I love my family, my friends, and my God!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Getting Ready for Disney

We are going to Disney World in November and we are all so excited!  We have been planning this trip for quite a while but now we are only a little more than a month away and the REAL planning has begun.  This is my first real Disney trip where it is not about me at all... this trip is 100% centered around our 4 year old little princess!  I can not wait to see her reaction to seeing the castle, riding the rides, and meeting Cinderella!
 
Disney has made it so you can pretty much have your whole trip planned by the minute before you even get there.  And there is sooo much planning that has to go into it that I have totally taken for granted every time I have been  (Thanks to my wonderful Disney loving Aunt Nancy who has always been our trip planner).  Between choosing where to stay, what parks to visit, how to get there, where to eat, and now even booking our fastpasses in advance, I am planned out already... not to mention the Disney outfits, packing list, and TinkerBell treats that are still on my to-do list! 
 
I am really hoping to not "over plan" so much that we can't slow down enough to really enjoy every moment!  I know the girls will absolutely love it and I am soooo excited to get to share this special time with them!  I know all of the planning will be totally worth it in the end!
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Menu for the week--

This week I have tried a few new recipes and so far, so good!  The girls and I went to Isom's last weekend for some fresh produce so I wanted to try some recipes to use some of those things in them!  I was also still stocked up on my Organic beef and chicken, rice, and canned tomatoes from my Costco run a few weeks ago.  So I put those ingredients in the search engine on MyRecipes.com (which by the way is really cool... you can search recipes by what you have on hand in your pantry).  I altered each recipe a little to make it fit what I wanted and they were all still great!  If you want the exact recipe with better instructions and ingredients list you will just have to search for them!


 
Monday:  Spanish Chicken and Rice
 - 1 lb chicken breasts, diced
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 small garlic clove chopped
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup rice
- 1 tbs olive oil
 
I browned the chicken in the olive oil for a few minutes in my pressure cooker uncovered.  Then I removed the chicken and added in the pepper, onion, and garlic.  After letting it simmer for a minute, I added in the rest of the ingredients and stirred in the chicken.  Set the cooker for 12 minutes and covered and turned it on.  I had a completed meal in about 20 minutes and it was delicious!
 

 
Tuesday: Chili Pie
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 onion chopped
- Tablespoon of chopped garlic
-  1 Tbs Chili Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 
- Jiffy Cornbread Mix
- 1/4 cup Milk
- 1 egg 
 
I browned the beef on the stove top and then added in the other ingredients and let simmer for a few minutes while I mixed up the cornbread mix according to the instructions on the box (except I forgot my egg so I used a little oil and baking powder instead).  I poured the meat mixture in a baking dish and then topped with the cornbread mix and put in the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  Jarrod added cheese to his but the girls and I both loved it without!  The recipe called for kidney beans added to the meat mixture but that just didn't sound good to me plus I didn't have any in the pantry so I just skipped that.  Yes I know this recipe wasn't completely clean but it still wasn't too bad.
 
 Sorry forgot to take a pic!

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Apple, Butternut Squash, and Chicken
- 1 large butternut squash
- 3 apples (sliced and peeled -- I was lazy and didn't peel mine)
- 1-2 lb Chicken breasts or thighs 
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 tbs olive oil
- some dried rosemary (I just dumped a little of it in there... I hardly ever measure anything)
 
Wednesday is dance day so I almost always fix supper in my crockpot on those days.  So I peeled and chopped the squash and apples up and dumped them in the pot with the other ingredients and mixed it up.  I put it on low for 6 hours.  My slow cooker (which is just one of the many features of my pressure cooker -- I am telling you I seriously use this almost every night)  automatically switches to keep warm after the timer stops so we got to come home to a nice warm ready-to-eat meal.
 

 
We have a busy Thursday and Friday night so will probably just eat sandwiches for dinner those nights.  I would post that recipe too but it is pretty complicated but I will give you a hint (bread, turkey, and cheese or bread, PB, and banana).  Oh yeah and for breakfast this week, we had yogurt with berries.  Next week we will switch that up to eggs and toast!  Lunch was mostly leftovers and snacks were apples and peanut butter! 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Finally Friday!!

This week has been all whacked up for us!  Hadley has been going to cheerleader camp every night plus I have been super busy at work, hosted a friends baby shower, plus we haven't had a normal night home all week!  Luckily I am off every other Friday so hopefully have some time to finally catch up on some things!

One of those things being tagging my consignment items for Little Lambs next week!  I do this every year.... I start planning way ahead and have my items sorted and ready to tag weeks before they are due and then I wait until the very last minute to get them all tagged.  I am hoping that a few are still tagged from last time to save me a little but but I doubt it is enough to really make a difference.  I swear I am the world's best procrastonator but hey, at least it gets done right?
 
On another note, I am still loving my pressure cooker!  I made whole grain rice in about 15 minutes last night!  I put chicken in the crockpot and cooked the rice when I got home so we had a yummy healthy meal on the table in less than 20 minutes which was a great deal considering our busy busy schedule this week! 


 Looking forward to the weekend and praying my kids decide to go to bed early and sleep late!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pressure Cooker

My dad sent me an email a couple of weeks ago about an electric pressure cooker he saw on TV so I started researching it and was amazed at all the great things I found about pressure cookers so we bought one to try!  We got the Power Steamer from Walmart.  It is the same as the one on the infomercial except for its way cheaper because you don't have to pay the $40 shipping and you can return it to Walmart without having to go through more hassle.  When I opened it, there was no power chord so we returned it and they gave us a new one with no problems at all.

So, once I finally got it home and hooked up with all the pieces, I couldn't wait to try it out.  Friday night, Jarrod and Hadley went to the football game so I decided to experiment a little.  I threw in some chicken breast, bacon, and a little bit of chicken broth and pressed the go button and walked away... 20 minutes later, I went back to find it all finished!  I then threw in a few pieces of broccoli and steamed them for about 5 minutes.  In less than 30 minutes, I had a complete delicious meal!  And the only clean up was rinsing out the pot and throwing it in the dishwasher.  Seriously it was that easy!  Saturday night, we cooked burgers in it.  Jarrod mixed his patty with a little cheese and I put some diced onion in mine.  We threw them in the pot and let them cook while we watched the Bama game.  They came out great a few minutes later and we were both really impressed with how good they were!  I have been busy pinning lots of more pressure cooker recipes I can't wait to try! 

This was definitely a great purchase!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Costco!

I officially have a new love.... COSTCO!! My Sam's Club membership expired back in July and I had debated whether to renew it or give Costco a try.  I have a few friends that just love Costco and brag on it all the time so I was really interested.  I had heard a ton of wonderful things about their clean and organic selections on everything!  So.... Living Social offered a deal this week for a $20 shopping card plus some other rewards when you purchase a membership.  Since I love a good deal, I decided this was my sign that I was supposed to join in on the Costco craze!  And....

IIII LOOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!

I am so glad I gave in and joined Costco!  Their meats are all individually bagged and they have a huge selection of natural and organic meats so I loaded up on those.  They had a ton of great produce as well so I loaded up on some of it.  I also grabbed some frozen berries and smoothies that were all organic as well as some rice and seasonings that were also organic!  And best of all... I got it all without breaking the bank! I left there feeling like I had just been to the best party ever!  Definitely a great first experience!  I am so thankful with Costco, I can feed my family economically and healthy!  Win-Win!!

You can check out  the deal here!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wardrobe Update!

I know it seems like all my posts have been about my closet lately but I am really loving this wardrobe project!  I am really trying to get creative and not buy anything at all!  So far, so good!  I have been trying to document every day but of course I have completely missed some days and I definitely need some work on my photo skills (I REALLY hate taking selfies) but I'm getting better!  So here are some of the outfits from the first 10 days! 
 



My chambray shirt is by far my most favorite piece!  It is so versatile and can really be worn with anything!
 
I also really love my Nine West Julissa Pumps in taupe... I seriously wear them pretty much every day!  Not sure what I will do when it gets really cold because I LOOOOVE these!
 
I am also finding that my bottoms choices are perfect!  The black pants and dark skinny jeans are great for every day because they can be dressy or casual!
 
 
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Football!!

It's officially football season here in Alabama! Which means our weekends consist of high school games on Friday night and college football all day Saturday which will usually consist of some type of get together with friends!

I was sooo proud of our nephew Eli Friday night! He did sooo great and Elkmont won! And the girls had a great time cheering along with everyone else! 

On Saturday, we got up early and finally got to have our yard sale we had been attempting to have all summer! It was a lot of work but I did make a little money! After the yard sale, we went to some friends house to watch the Bama game. Even though it rained all afternoon and made the satellite go out for most of the second half, we still had a great time eating football food and hanging out with our friends!

After a busy weekend, I am VERY glad for a day off work to spend at home!