Category: Recipes

Whole 30: Days 1-10

 

I wanted to update every week on Monday and will do that the rest of the Whole 30 but the girls started school and this went to they wayside.

If you don’t know what Whole 30 is- basically it is a “diet” that helps you reset your body by eating whole foods. Here is the website to find out more of what you can or cannot have: Whole 30.

I’ve been wanting to start this for a while mainly because over the past almost two years I have been on a lot of hormones/fertility medicines that have caused weight gain and the over all feeling of CRAPTASTIC. I wanted something to truly strip the crap out of my body- both what I put into it by emotional eating during this hard time (yes, I am admitted that) and the medicines I have been on. I did a lot of research and this seemed like the best for what I wanted right now.

I will tell you upfront that it has been hard. Especially because, as I admitted, I am an emotional eater. It is embarrassing and humbling to admit that to the world, but it is true. This is probably the thing I am most ashamed of in my life, but transparency is what I always talk about so there it is. If you aren’t an emotional eater it is hard to understand and easy to judge. I will say this- the people I know who are this way don’t even realize they are doing it most of the time, it is as if they are on auto pilot and just snack on whatever crap is around.

ANYWAY. All that to say- I needed something strict and that would reset me. I needed something that would make me SO extremely conscious of what I’m putting into my mouth at all times.

Let us move on from that mess.

They key to Whole 30 truly is prepping for it. I researched and made a meal plan and tweaked it for about two weeks before we started. I’m going to show you some meals we have had and I’ll link recipes.

Note: I know a lot of people will notice that we eat on paper plates a lot. This is true. They are my fine china in this state of life that I am in called Young Children. This is my truth.

Breakfasts are all pretty much the same- eggs, fruit, avocado in rotation. Sometimes I eat just fruit if I’m not feeling the egg vibe but all but two mornings I’ve had eggs.IMG_3194 IMG_2939 IMG_2896 IMG_2925

Lunch is my hardest meal. My friend Erin is doing this with me and she agreed. I’m not a big salad person so I have to make sure I have leftovers or else I will just have grapes or something. WHICH IS NOT GOOD. I am telling you that I do this wrong so do not do this. The days that I don’t eat a good lunch are my hardest days. From now on I’m going to do much better about this because I know how hard it is to make it to dinner without it.

Dinners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This, in my opinion, is where this whole 30 thing shines. I have cooked like crazy and have been really enjoying that. I am looking forward to finding even more recipes. I wanted to keep everything simple at first because I knew it would be so hard. I needed to be guaranteed good food in order to get through my withdrawals from sugar and coke and dairy and CRAP.

Night One: Taco Salad – homemade taco seasoning with ground beef, guacamole and cilantro. I forgot to pick up a compliant salsa/make one and that would have definitely made this meal better.IMG_2916Night Two : Chicken, broccoli, sautéed fresh green beans (olive oil, onion powder, kosher salt, pepper)
IMG_3621 Night Three: Chicken, Cauliflower rice (click for recipe– this is so good I promise), roasted sweet potatoes.

(I have never liked sweet potatoes until I roasted them and GAME CHANGER. Cube them, toss in olive oil, kosher salt, pepper and roast for 40 minutes-ish at 425.)IMG_2943Day 4  we went out to eat and I got plain BBQ and it was dry and gross and that is all I have to say about that. HA! We last minute decided to go and it was just not good. Especially when the table next to us had a huge plate of BBQ nachos and Rory said, “Don’t even look over there.”

Day 5 : Steak, leftover green beans, cauliflower and broccoli.

IMG_3141Day 6: We had an event at church and they provided Honey Baked Ham. So I brought grapes and had that for dinner and then came home and scrambled an egg. This is why you always have grapes or something in your purse! I also went to a movie last weekend and brought grapes with me to curb my craving for chocolate and a coke.
IMG_3662Day 7: Leftover steak sautéed with shrimp with a roasted potato with ghee and S&P. This was just ok. Basically I ran out of veggies and hadn’t had a chance to go to store.IMG_3786

Day 8: Leftovers.

Day 9: Pulled pork and sweet potatoes. IMG_3805

Today is day 10 and I’m heading to the grocery to pick up more veggies!

This is what I will say.

Day 2-4 were extremely hard for me. The coke addiction is REAL and coming off of that and sugar in general is hard.

Monday I had a moment where I was so thankful I was doing this because when I dropped the girls off to school all I wanted was a GIANT coke and a chicken biscuit from CFA or a donut. Again- that was my first thought because I’m an emotional eater and all I wanted to do was get that coke and cry into it.

I have made it 10 days and I can honestly say I can tell a difference. I am sleeping SO MUCH BETTER. I don’t quite have the most energy built back up during the day but I’m certainly not as sluggish in the afternoon like before. I am much less bloated and not having tummy troubles like before. The sugar cravings are going away- I do crave something more than water to drink but it isn’t as bad as the first few days. I am really feeling very good- and mostly because I am just proud I am sticking with it and haven’t cheated.

One more thing because I’ve been asked this a lot- yes, my entire family is doing it…. mostly.

Let me be clear on this- MAMA ONLY COOKS ONE MEAL, OKAY?!

I am not cooking something for me and then doing something else for everyone else. OH HECK NO HONEY. So the girls are eating what we eat and are 100% okay with that because 1) they don’t know any different 2) the food is freaking delicious. So far I haven’t had any dud meals that I have cooked. My girls have gobbled it up and asked for seconds.

Rory is a huge dairy eater. But I’m only allowing her to have it with breakfast with her gluten free cereal. Sometimes kids need a reset too! They haven’t complained at all. Winning!

Andy is doing it too and he is having a harder time than me and the girls because he really hates veggies. Bless. At one point he was actually YELLING at me (yes, Andy the one who never speaks) because he was so hangry and wanted a coke so bad. HA. I just stood there trying to stifle my giggle. Bless his heart. He is feeling better too and I can for sure see a difference in him.

Our motto right now is this:im_sorry_for_what_i_said_when_i_was_hungry_t_shirt_textual_tees_grande

On Saturday we went for a hike and I couldn’t believe how good I felt doing it this time. It was hard because I’m out of shape but I enjoyed every second pushing my body unlike the last time we went when I brought a coke for lunch.  I AM TELLING YOU IT WAS PITIFUL UP IN HERE.

Hope you enjoyed this update. The rest won’t be so long- I just had a lot to say about the first 10 days.

The main thing I am focussing on is that if I can do this extremely strict diet for 30 days then I can surely count calories and eat mostly whole foods with the occasional dessert or grain or whatever after. We need a lifestyle change and this has really motivated me.

I am dang proud of myself for sticking with this the past 10 days. It is hard but not impossible.

winter wardrobe staples, deal of the day sites, and my favorite coffee recipe

Happy Friday to all of you!

WE MADE IT! The weekend is among us!

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That ecard makes me laugh every single time.

Luckily, weekends are truly a break for me. (shameless brag approaching…) Andy really is absolutely amazing at helping me on the weekends with the girls. Sunday I always take a nap which is THE MOST ROMANTIC THING HE DOES FOR ME (and I mean that in a good way) and he’s good about tag teaming on the weekends. I will say that this comes with time too because when the girls were smaller and more needy it was much harder for him to deal but now that they are older he is quick to give me a break. So hold out hope moms of infants, it gets better!

I’ve been thinking lately about my wardrobe and beginning to clean out the things I just don’t wear and keep holding onto for some reason. I thought I would share some of my staples right now with you.

1) I bought this anorak before I went to NYC and it has been worn more than any other coat/jacket this winter so far. We haven’t had many insanely cold days so I have been layering and wearing this lightweight jacket more than anything else. It looks SO GOOD on and is so comfy and hangs exactly right. Added bonus- it is long in the back and covers the butt. It is currently on clearance so grab this deal if you need an anorak/rain jacket/light jacket. (side note, i hate this pic of the jacket bc who really ties the ties!? so below is a picture of me wearing it!)

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2. I went a little boot crazy this year and here are the three I live in. They are all so so so comfortable and I am so glad I found these. I have wide calves so it is always a struggle but thank God for places selling wide calf boots!

Avenue Sochi Suede Boot in grey

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Strappy Riding Boot in Brown from Torrid

****FAVORITE SHOE OF LIFE****

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Saldana by BareTraps

(I got mine at DSW but these are on sale!)

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3. The sweater coat. I’ve looked for the past year for the PERFECT sweater coat but could never find one. Then I got on HauteLook the other day and I SAW IT AND FELL IN LOVE. But I was still nervous about the fit. So when it came in and fit PERFECTLY I almost fainted. It is the absolute most gorgeous and soft and comfy sweater coat ever ever ever and amen. I shall never take it off. Unfortunately I just realized this is sold out, but just google tribal sweater coat to find something similar!

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Okay, speaking of HauteLook – I am in love. They are a deal of the day type sight (kind of like zulily but more “high end” but equally good deals. ALSO MIGHT I ADD MUCH BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE AND YOU CAN RETURN EVERYTHING. I won’t ever order anything from zulily again because their sizes are always off and you can’t return anything.)

The best part is they have beauty deals too! Great brands for up to 80% off. Amazing! I am seriously impressed with this site and would suggest it to anyone. They messed up my order because the color of the sweater coat I order ended up being sold out and so they sent me a really nice email explaining that they failed and they were sending another color but if I didn’t like it I could send it back for free and get my money back. I was impressed with their initiative and the way they contacted me. PS- I ended up loving the color!

Now I will leave you with a recipe for my favorite treat these days. I was missing Texas and decided to make my favorite drink from Paris Coffee – the Mexican Mocha.

Tiffany’s Version of MEXICAN MOCHA

  1. Put one packet (or two scoops) of hot chocolate in the bottom of your mug.
  2. Add one packet of truvia or whatever sweetener you would like.
  3. Pour in desired amount of coffee on top of hot chocolate. Stir.
  4. Add a splash of milk
  5. DRINK THE HEAVEN. Pretend you are with your best friends in coffee (yes that is a thing)- Caroline and Cassidy. Send them a text telling them how much you miss drinking coffee with them.

 

HAPPY FRIDAY! What items are you loving in your wardrobe these days? What is your favorite deal-of-the-day website? MOST IMPORTANTLY, what is your favorite coffee/tea treat?!

Marriage Monday: The Over Used Recipe Edition

When Andy and I got married we were young and broke. Most of our meals were mac and cheese, grilled cheese, 99 cent tacos at taco bells, dollar hamburgers at McD. Basically, we were real healthy.

Also, I wasn’t a great cook. I burned frozen meals. It was a bit ridiculous.

But when I was feeling especially fancy I would make one recipe.

Taco Soup

Nothing quite says romance like a bowl of canned beans, amiright?

(Side Note: We also had some awesome friends who invited us to dinner at least once a week- shout out to Joel and Emily who kept us out of debt in college by feeding us! haha! But seriously…)

No but for real. I made Taco Soup every two-three weeks. The problem with TS (taco soup- not to be confused with TS/Taylor Swift) is that when you make it you have to eat on it FOREVER. I had no idea what freezing meals was about back then. So I would make it on, let’s say, a Monday. We would eat it for every meal until the next Monday and still throw some out because we were so sick of it.

It was cheap and easy and I could make it without worrying that I would mess it up because IT IS PRETTY MUCH IMPOSSIBLE TO MESS UP TACO SOUP.

We ate that soup so much that after we graduated from college we didn’t have it FOR YEARS. Seriously. Years. We couldn’t even think about that dang soup without feeling bloated and nauseous.

About 3 years ago I tried a new, but oh-so-similar, recipe (Chicken Tortilla Soup) and we were able to eat it and enjoy it again. I still don’t make any version of this soup much anymore because we can’t handle it but it is still one of those meals that makes me nostalgic about our first years of marriage.

We felt so grown up making this soup, which sounds silly but we were 20 year olds, and it fed us for days and very cheaply.

This morning I decided to pop the ingredients in the crockpot for dinner tonight and couldn’t help but smile thinking of those old days.

The days that were very hard, but very care free at the same time. No kids, so many plans and dreams for our life together, just two kids eating cheap soup feeling like we were so grown up.

It made me think of all the love, fights, hope, disappointment, dreams, forgiveness, and fun we have had since the very beginning of our marriage and, thankfully, continue to have now.

There is always going to be change, there is always going to be disappointment. But if you are willing to fight for it, forgive, and have hope, there will always be love.

And there will always be one over-used recipe in any marriage. Ours is Taco Soup.

Taco Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • 1 packet Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 2 cans Cream Corn
  • 2 Cans Whole Kernel Corn
  • 2 Cans Ranch Style Beans
  • 2 Cans Black Beans
  • 1 Can Rotel
  1. Brown ground beef in a pan, drain.
  2. In a large pot, add every can UNDRAINED.
  3. Add ground beef.
  4. Add Ranch and Taco Packets.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Cook on medium/high heat until bowling.
  7. Reduce heat, cover. Simmer for 15 minutes up to an hour. The longer it simmers the more flavorful.
  8. Serve with chips, sour cream, cilantro (which we could never afford), and shredded cheese. Or just eat plain. Whatever floats your budget or boat.
  9. ENJOY FOR DAYS. Or be smart and freeze for next time.

(If you want to do a Crock Pot – ground beef and then follow the steps of adding ingredients. Put on low heat for 6-10 hours. I didn’t have a crockpot because I couldn’t afford to buy one back then. ha)

 

Chicken Tortilla Soup (in the crockpot)

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 frozen chicken breast
  • 1 packet Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 packet Taco Seasoning
  • 2 cans Cream Corn
  • 2 Cans Whole Kernel Corn
  • 2 Cans Ranch Style Beans
  • 2 Cans Black Beans
  • 1 Can Rotel
  • 1-2 cups water (depending on the desired consistency
  1. Place frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot.
  2. Add water.
  3. Add all cans of corn, beans, and rotel to crockpot.
  4. Add Ranch and Taco Packets
  5. Stir.
  6. Set crockpot on low for 8-10 hours. (High 6 hours)
  7. Serve with chips, sour cream, cilantro (which we could never afford), and shredded cheese. Or just eat plain. Whatever floats your budget or boat.
  8. ENJOY FOR DAYS. Or be smart and freeze for next time.

 

Tell me what YOUR most loved/overused recipe is! I want to know!

Now. Enjoy a few pictures of Andy and I way back in college.

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And here’s a pic of us with our great friends Emily and Joel. I’m so thankful for your friendship and meals still to this day. Love y’all very much. (well. Joel only a little.)

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Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Baked Stuffed Chicken (You’re welcome.)

Good news, people! I will have all of you know that I survived the week with no more major crazy episodes from the stinkers! It is as if they knew I couldn’t take anymore!

The girls finally got to go to school yesterday and therefore, I finally got to join a gym!

And today I can barely move! But I feel good!

At the beginning of the week, I got on the scale and it said a number a good bit more than I expected.

I FREAKED OUT.

Like, tears were about to flow and I was about to throw something.

And then Ryder stepped on the scale and it said that she weighed 32 lbs and I started praising the good Lord for that moment because we all know that girl is not even 20 lbs yet.

So, next thing to purchase is a new scale.

I’ve done good on the eating front and since joining the gym I feel like I can finally get in my groove with the exercise thing since I’ve eliminated my excuses.

I’ve just decided that this whole process is just going to have to be my new full-time job. If I’m not on top of myself, next thing I know it I’m eating something I shouldn’t. The key is tracking every single thing I eat and I have to make sure I’m on top of that.

Last night I cooked a new recipe that was SO good and I promised some people I would post the recipe so I will.

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I got the original recipe from Pinterest and it is found here. She has the breakdown of calories and weight watcher points on there!

I changed it up a bit just because of what I had on hand and it was still so good.

Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Baked Stuffed Chicken

What you need:

  • thin cut chicken breasts 
  • 3 oz 1/3 fat cream cheese (softened)
  • bacon bits (I used the Real Bacon Bits Recipe Pieces kind and it worked great.)
  • 4 oz of shredded cheese (I used both cheddar and pepper jack because I like pepper jack the best)
  • jalapeños (I had canned so just chopped up a handful into very small pieces, wish I would have added more though! Cheese makes it milder!)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of Italian Season Planko bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly spray a pan to put chicken in.
  • Combine cream cheese, cheddar and jack cheese, bacon bits, and jalapeño pieces together in a bowl.
  • Lay chicken out on a cutting board or “working surface” and spread 2 tbsp of cream cheese mixture onto the chicken pieces. Roll them up and secure with toothpick. (This part was much easier than I expected!)
  • Place breadcrumbs in one bowl and olive oil in another.
  • Dip chicken rolls into olive oil and lightly coat with oil, then dip into the bowl of bread crumbs. Roll around until coated. Repeat with the rest of the chicken.
  • Bake 22-25 minutes. (I baked mine for 27 because my oven is slowwww.)
  • Serve immediately! I served mine with a small amount of rice and green beans. Delish!

Yesterday was pajama day at Rory’s school and she was so excited she couldn’t handle it! She looked so precious in her PJs and pigtails. She is just all of a sudden so big to me. Less than a month until she is 3! How did it happen?

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And can I just say- THANK YOU KROGER!!!!- for the car grocery carts!

They make my life about 10930xs easier.

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Have a great weekend!

Day 11: Letting Go and Cooking (?)

Honestly, I’m not sure how to incorporate the two, but I’m all burnt out on going deep and its been a long, wonderful day. So, I thought I’d “let go” (har, har) of the seriousness again and post some recipes to go along with Kelly’s Crockpotalooza 2.

I have a major love affair with my crockpot. About 99% of the meals I cook are crockpot meals. It is perfect for a mom of a 1 and 2 year old that don’t allow me to do anything more than throw some things in the crockpot.

The only downside to me deciding last minute to do this post is that I don’t have any pictures of my recipes. Oh well- I will put some up next time I cook these.

I have three recipes that are no-fail meals. Everyone likes them and they are easy! Win-Win!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I was making my own form of this that was a little harder, and then my awesome friend Cassidy told me her super easy recipe and it is AMAZING. Perfect for cool fall/winter nights!

What you need:

– about 4 frozen chicken breasts (more or less depending on how meaty you want it.

– can of Ranch beans

– can of corn (I do two cans)

– can of rotel

– 1 packet of dry Ranch dry mix, 1 packet of taco seasoning

Directions:

Throw all the ingredients into the crockpot, stir it up, and place on high for 4-6 hours. When chicken is done, take two forks and shred the chicken up into bite size pieces (super easy to do). Serve with shredded cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream

Does it get any easier than that?!

Crockpot Spaghetti Casserole

I got this recipe from a friend in Paris, Amber. I thought it sounded gross at first but OH MY WORD it is so good and SO easy!

What you need:

– 1 jar of spaghetti sauce

– 1 jar of alfredo sauce

– half a package of uncooked spaghetti noodles

– frozen meatballs

– shredded cheese

Directions: 1) Spray your crockpot with cooking spray. 2) Pour half jar of spaghetti sauce, add half your meatballs, and add all of the noodles. 3) Sprinkle that layer with some shredded cheese. 4) Add entire jar of alfredo sauce. 5) Add the rest of your sauce and meatballs. NOTE: Make sure that all of your noodles are covered or else they won’t cook all the way and will be crunchy. 6) Top with cheese. 7) Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours. 8) Enjoy!

Again, so easy and sooooo good!

Crockpot Pulled-Pork

I can’t remember where I got this recipe. I know my friend, Amber, (another Amber than the one above) blogged about it and I know I’ve seen it somewhere else too. But this is wonderful if you are craving some BBQ but don’t want to spend the money and go out! Actually, the husband and I thought it was better than most of the BBQ places we’ve been to- which says a lot since we are from Tennessee!

What you need:

– one pork roast (or you could do beef or chicken breasts, all would be great!)

– 1 bottle of Barbeque sauce (I like using one with honey in it to give it a sweet taste)

– 1 can of root beer

Directions: 1) Place the roast (or other meat) in the bottom of the crockpot. 2) Add entire can of Root Beer. 3) Add entire bottle of sauce. 4) Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. 5) Take two forks and shred it up, it will be super tender and easy to do! If you are from our part of the country, you serve it on buns with a big helping of coleslaw on top. YUM!

Okay now I have to try and curb my late night cravings! Hope you enjoy these meals- let me know if you make them and if you like them!

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Tomorrow we are heading to Jackson to go to a pumpkin patch with some friends. Rory has slept through the night ALL WEEK, y’all. So her reward is a fun day with her little buddy, Brooks, and also seeing Mimi and Papa.

Last Sunday night I was praying that our appointment with the doctor to talk about Rory’s sleep issues would go well, but I never imagined how amazing it would go. I gave it to Jesus (let it go!) and He has come through yet again. I am just so thankful.

This is my 11th post in the series of Letting Go. You can start at the beginning here.

There are over 1100 people participating in the Nester’s 31 Days challenge- go check out more here.

 

a new woman!

I have to say that I’m quite embarrassed at how out of it I’ve been lately. Between the newborn haze, toddler haze and then Ryder’s medical stuff- I’ve just been barely keeping my head above water.

And if I’m being real honest here, I have been a terrible mom most of the time. I’ve been lazy, short tempered, and no fun. I would wake up at the crack of dawn with Rory and just pray that naptime would come quickly. Basically wishing my life away!

On Sunday I was really encouraged at church and decided that the funk had to be over. I was done with feeling like crap and making everyone else in my family feel that way too.

Needless to say, this week has been amazing.

I decided to try Rory on a new schedule this week to see if it helped her at night. I’m making her only take one nap a day instead of two and keeping her up past 8. So far its been much better. And she slept until 6:30 this morning!

The other big change in me is I’ve been intentional with Rory. We have done art projects and played fun games and sang silly songs over and over.

And since it takes Ryder up to 3 hours to finish a 3 oz bottle I have been removing all “no”objects from the room before I start to feed and I’ve been setting out her favorite toys and putting on a fun movie. This has helped our days TREMENDOUSLY! Rory has been so happy and fun. She hasn’t had anger problems and has been “helping” me clean her toys up and “helping” me with Ryder. Its been so fun!

I mean, of course she still is a Stinker…

But she hasn’t gotten into nearly as much trouble or acting out like she was. Like they say- negative attention is better than no attention so they will do anything for it!

And instead of trying to nap as soon as they both are asleep (which never happens), I’ve been using naptimes to be productive. Like CLEAN or COOK. I mean… who would have ever thought?! ha!

In fact, this week I have cooked 3 out of 3 days. Y’all. This is a big stinkin’ deal. I haven’t cooked in FOREVER! My crockpot has become my best friend and lifesaver!

Last night I cooked Bacon Ranch Chicken from the new website Crock Pot Girls. It was so so good! And as a side I made THE BEST CORN EVER. Seriously. And oh so easy! I’m also linking up with Kelly’s Korner Crockpotalooza!

Bacon Ranch Chicken: (sorry I didn’t take any pics)

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp real bacon bits
  • 1tsp minced garlic
  • 1pkg ranch dressing mix
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • egg noodles

Combine bacon, garlic, ranch dressing mix, soup, and sour cream; mix well. Pour over chicken in the crock pot. Cook on high 3-4 hours. I then shred the chicken and put back in the pot and add the egg noodles; mix together

Now I made mine with garlic powder, fat free sour cream and turkey bacon bits. It was wonderful!

And seriously- go make this corn TONIGHT!

BEST CORN EVER:

  • 6 whole Pieces Corn On The Cob
  • 1 cup Milk, Try To Use Whole Milk
  • ⅓ cups Sugar
  • ½ sticks Butter

Fill a large pot half-full with water, making sure it’s enough water to cover the corn (don’t put the corn in yet). Do not salt the water! I repeat, salting the water draws out the moisture of the corn kernel and makes it bitter!

Add the milk, sugar, and butter. Bring to a boil, then add in corn cobs. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 8-10 minutes, or just until tender. Try not to overcook it or it will become tough and have the appearance of the stuff you find in bird seed! Remove from water and serve with butter and salt to taste.

Needless to say, we’ve had a great week! And I feel like a new woman. How do you spend your days at home? I’d love some ideas!

Oh, and Ryder says “hi” too!

babies. yes, plural.

And again I say, “is it really Monday again already?!”. Weekends just go by way too fast for me! They do for Rory too.

they adore eachother

Remember how I told you all we were going to have a “staycation”??? Well that didn’t really work out. Andy, I REPEAT, Andy decided he wanted to go shopping in Sherman on Saturday. I tried to protest, but it didn’t work (thats my story and I’m sticking to it!). Andy dressed Rory (he does most Saturdays) and she looked so cute!

Those tennis shoes! That booty! She’s just so cute, if I do say so myself!

Rory held on to her toy all day, even during naps. Target wore her out.

After church yesterday we did come home, change into our pajamas, and did nothing all day. It was so nice. One day soon we are going to do that the entire weekend… maybe. Then we decided to try out some pictures for Rory’s six month post coming this Friday! Well. I got a really cute video of it, but pictures? Not so much. Here’s the best picture I got.

Rory obviously needs to have a “talking to” about modesty! ha! She’s at this point where everything around her is so much more fun and interesting and she just does not care to sit and smile for the camera. This is obviously frustrating for me. Sigh.

The only other happening around here this weekend was Andy’s doctor appointment on Friday. He had to go have a mole removed and let me tell you, he got butchered! He thought he only got three or four stitches and was doing all kinds of stuff around the house Friday afternoon, then I noticed blood all down his back. Come to find out, no, he has about 14 stitches and its bothering him so bad.

Bless his heart, but can we not all agree that men are the BIGGEST babies EVER when they are uncomfortable in any way?!!!! I said to him at one point, “honey, I just got done pushing a baby out, my sympathy level is REAL low”. But seriously. I did just have a baby… yes its been six months, but with all my problems with it, its going to take quite some time to forget! Not to mention the gallbladder thing which is about 302932 times worse than labor. No joke. Don’t worry, I babied him all weekend and changed his bandage, etc, but I told him that 3 days of it was about all I could do at this point in my life. HA! Lets also agree that I’m the WORST wife in the world. When it comes to this, I’m okay with it right now. ha!

Easy Chocolate Croissants- yes, please!

We’ve had a rough couple of days here in the Harris house. On Sunday we took Rory shopping and she slept ALL day in her stroller. Well that meant she was awake ALL night Sunday night and so we got really off schedule. I think we’re finally getting back to it but I am EXHAUSTED. So today the recipe is super easy and oh so yummy! I got this recipe from the back of the Hershey’s kisses package.

Chocolate Croissants

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 oz.) refrigerated quick crescent dinner rolls
  • 24 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates or HERSHEY’S HUGS Brand Chocolates
  • Powdered sugar
  • Instructions:

    1. Heat oven to 375 F. Separate dough into 8 triangles. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

    2. Place 2 chocolates at wide end of each triangle; place an additional chocolate on top of other two pieces. Starting at wide end, roll to opposite point; pinch edges to seal. Place rolls, pointed side down, on ungreased cookie sheet. Curve into crescent shape. (It works best with two Hugs and one Kiss- the Hugs melt much better!)

    3. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; sift with powdered sugar. Serve warm. 8 crescents.

    Note: Leftover crescents can be reheated in microwave for a few seconds.


    love/hate relationship with Paula Deen

    I mean, who DOESN’T love Paula Deen?! Well I know who- my legs and butt! haha! I’ve started watching HGTV and Food Network all day, and I do mean ALL day its on. I always try to catch Paula‘s show now. Last week she cooked “Mexican Chicken” and I decided to try it out. And SUCCESS! It was wonderful and Andy loved it too. Huge accomplishment! 🙂 So here is the recipe for this “Tempt My Tummy Tuesday”!

    Ingredients:

    1 10 3/4 -ounce can cream of chicken soup
    1 10 3/4 -ounce can cheddar cheese soup
    1 10 3/4 -ounce can cream of mushroom soup
    1 10-ounce can tomatoes
    1 whole chicken, cooked, boned, and chopped or 4 cups leftover cooked chicken (Note: I just used chicken breasts and boiled them and seasoned the water with pepper and a little salt)
    11 1/2-ounce package flour tortillas
    2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    In a large bowl, stir together the three kinds of soup and the tomatoes. Stir in the chicken.

    In a greased 13 x 9- inch pan, layer the tortillas and the chicken mixture, beginning and ending with tortillas. Sprinkle the cheese over the casserole and bake for 30 minutes.

    Servings: 8 servings
    Prep Time: 10 min
    Cook Time: 30 min

    ENJOY!

    Recipe Time!

    I’ve decided that at least once a week (thats all I can commit to right now!) I’m going to research, cook, eat, and then write about one recipe/meal a week. This is partly for something new and fun to add to the blog, and partly because I need to get more creative with our meals! I saw on Glenna’s blog a while ago a “Tempt My Tummy Tuesday”, so for now I’ll use that and do the recipes on Tuesdays!

    “Krystal” Burgers

    What you need:

    • 1 lb ground beef
    • two cans of croissants
    • mustard
    • pickle relish
    • chopped onions (frozen are fine)
    • cheese (I used shredded cheddar, whatever you want to use is fine)
    • Note- if you don’t like onions or pickles, you can make this dish without. I’ve had it both ways and its great either way! The cheese is optional too, but we LOVE cheese in our family so that is a must for us!

    Directions:

    • Brown meat. Drain.
    • If you are using frozen onions, pop them in a skillet and heat them up/cook through a little.
    • Spray/grease a square or rectangle pan. Preheat oven according to directions on croissant package. (Don’t have any in my fridge to tell you, sorry!)
    • Roll out one can of croissants on bottom of pan.
    • On top of croissant bottom, spread out the browned meat.
    • Evenly spread out your pickles/relish and onions.
    • On top of that put desired amount of mustard.
    • Put on desired amount of cheese.
    • Roll out second can of croissants on top.
    • Bake according to croissant directions- its not long, about 10 minutes or so just to heat everything through.
    • Cut into small squares and serve.

    I promise they taste just like Krystal burgers! And I will say that I didn’t feel as yucky after eating this than I did the one time I actually ate real Krystal burgers! My mom made these when she was here after Rory was born, so thats where I got the recipe from.

    Let me know if you make it and how you liked it!