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Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekend Recap

Saturday morning I helped at my work's annual Bowling For Autism event. Usually Ben comes and bowls but this year was our biggest one yet and all of the lanes were completely full. We had a great time watching families and friends bowl together and we raised a lot of money for autism services.

Although he didn't learn to bowl, Jack did learn how to finger paint himself with spaghetti sauce during dinner.

Speaking of food, I watched the documentary Just Eat It on MSNBC. It's about all the food that goes to waste in this country and it was pretty fascinating and definitely makes you think twice about throwing away "old" food or getting take out because there's "no food in the house."

I wore my new Old Navy dress for the first time and loved it. It literally feels like wearing pajamas and was $15. At that price I also picked up the black one. It runs pretty tts and I'm wearing a medium.  

Other things I didn't get a picture of was Ben's baseball practice and dinner out for my dad's birthday Sunday night. Happy Birthday Dad! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crockpot Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup

Although Spring is here and Summer's not too far behind, we've still had a handful of cool days. I adapted this recipe to create the perfect soup for when the weather's a little brisk or a storm is rolling in.

What You Need:
-1 lb chicken breasts
-1 cup basmati rice
-1 cup finely chopped carrots
-1 cup finely chopped celery
-6 cups chicken broth
-1 tsp poultry seasoning
-1/2 tsp onion powder
-1/2 cup butter
-3/4 cup flour
-2 cups of 2% or whole milk

What To Do:
1. Add the chicken, rice, carrots, celery, broth, poultry seasoning, and onion powder to the crockpot. Cook on low for ~8 hours.
2. Approximately 30 minutes before serving, remove the chicken, shred, and return to the crockpot.
3. To make a rue, heat the butter in a small pan on low then slowly add the flour to the butter. Once mixed, add the milk and whisk until smooth.
4. Add the rue to the crockpot and stir gently until well mixed. Add additional milk if it is too thick for your liking.
5. Heat for another 15 minutes and serve.


Linking up with SusanAlesha, & Kate.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend Recap

This weekend was perfectly unplanned. The only things on our schedule were an autism walk and baseball practice for Sunday but both got canceled due to the rain.

Friday night we attempted to watch Frozen...again. Our Apple TV refused to cooperate but thank goodness two minute YouTube clips on repeat were enough to quiet Jack's incessant "Ola, Ola."

It got into the upper 80's and I officially broke out the shorts and blinded everyone who saw my legs. They're not going to get tan by being stuck in jeans all day so better start somewhere.

After too much YouTube and a less than delicious Dominos pizza for dinner, Ben and I made a run to Smoothie King for a late night treat. 

On Saturday we spent as much time outside as possible before the storm rolled in.

Once the boys went to bed J and I rented Wild with Reese Witherspoon. I had a general idea of what the movie was about but the actual storyline itself was not what I was expecting. Have any of you all seen it? What did you think?

Sunday morning came way too early. I forced Jack to snuggle with me on the couch which really meant I forced him to lay with me until he broke free.

Once Jack was over snuggling and I was forced to actually get up, I made two new recipes. Raspberry Cake Squares and Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup. Recipes coming to the blog soon.

Sunday afternoon consisted of cheese dip for the boys and a margarita for the momma.

I popped into Old Navy to grab a few new things for Spring but was too busy keeping the kids from destroying the dressing room while I had one leg stuck in a pant.

I hope you had a fabulous weekend!


Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sweet and Scary Memories

You may recall that I started organizing and packing up my office last weekend for our move. While  doing this I came across a lot of old cards and pictures but I really hit the jackpot with these two little gems.

First, the sweet. A letter from J's grandma. 

Then there's the scary. Circa 2010. I mean, what was I thinking taking my first born to see this particular Easter bunny. And what manager at the mall approved this costume choice? 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easter Bunny Dirt Cake

I know that Easter has come and gone, but this cake is just too darn cute not to share. Make sure to Pin this adorable cake so you're ready to go the next time that little bunny comes to town.

What You Need:

-1 large box (5.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix + milk
-1 Tub Cool Whip, thawed
-7 oz shredded sweetened coconut 
-Green food coloring
-1 Package Regular Oreos (do not use the double stuffed)
-2 packages of Peeps
-Candy eggs, whichever kind/brand you prefer
-9x13 inch pan

What To Do:
1. Begin by making the pudding according to the directions on the box. Place in the refrigerator until set. 
2. While the pudding is thickening, crush Oreos in a food processor or by hand then place in a 9x13 inch pan. I crushed mine using a rolling pin and a ziplock bag. 
3. Once the pudding is set, fold in the Cool Whip then spread the mixture on top of the Oreos.


4. Next, place the coconut in a bowl and add a few drops of food coloring. Mix the color in gently with a fork. You want to keep the coconut as fluffy as possible.

5. Spread the coconut over the pudding mixture then add your candy eggs. I ended up using Whooper eggs, but as long as it looks like an egg you can use whatever you like.

6. Finally, place your Peeps in the "garden." You may need to wiggle them down in the pudding a little bit to keep them from leaning. I recommend waiting to place the Peeps right before serving as they could become soggy if they sit in the pudding mixture too long. 

I know coconut isn't for everyone and most people either love it or hate it. I think you could also make with shredded white chocolate but I haven't tried it yet. Let me know if you do and how it turns out.

Linking up with SusanAlesha, & Kate
Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! This weekend was extra special because we are officially under contract on our new house!! Of course after being on the market for a while, the sellers got our offer and another one at the same time. After several counter offers back and forth, we finally reached an agreement Saturday night. I'll post pictures of the new house once we close but we are SO excited. We have been praying about this house for a while and God is so good!

Our closing date is May 8th, as in less than 30 days and the moving trucks are scheduled to pack everything up on May 16th. To help deal with all my anxiety around moving I started sorting, selling, donating, and packing up a few things late Saturday night.

Besides all things house, our weekend also consisted of a quick, but weird looking storm

We took Ben shopping for some new baseball cleats and practices start this week. 

When did he get this big?! It's amazing how far he's come as a player in these last 2 years.

Jack had no problem entertaining himself throughout practice. Who needs toys when you have bleachers you can climb?

After practice we grabbed dinner and then headed home for baths and pjs but someone just couldn't keep it together long enough.

While the boys both crashed early, J got some work done and I caught up on wine and blogging. 

Have a wonderful week!


Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Weekend 2015

Anyone else been busy picking up every last strand of easter grass and the foil from those little chocolate covered eggs. Whoever created these things obviously doesn't have children. Or they hate parents everywhere.

We started off our easter festivities earlier in the week with an egg hunt at a local park. We were also supposed to do a flashlight egg hunt but it got rained out.

We tried a new tie-dye egg kit this year and they turned out so cute. Ben was able to help with every step of the process and Jack was able to help with dying but not before he managed to sneak a lick of the color tablet while I was getting the eggs from the kitchen. You know he's a second child when I didn't immediately call poison control. Good thing those kits are non-toxic.

You would have thought Easter morning was Christmas with how early the boys got up. 

Of course Jack immediately went for the food. And Olaf.

After baskets and a low key breakfast we headed to church where I let both boys stay upstairs for the sermon. They did pretty well overall but ended up playing (silently) on the floor towards the end.

We hosted lunch for my side of the family and I served this cheese tray as an appetizer. I've wanted a chalkboard tray like this forever and was going to DIY one when I found this gem for a $1 at a church garage sale!

That evening we celebrated with J's side of the family. J's aunt lives in the country so the kids roam all through the yard making sure they didn't forget a single egg especially since those eggs always have money in them:)

And this is what we're left with after all the eggs and baskets. Who wants to come trick or treating in April?



Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.