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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

5 Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

Whether you work in or outside the home, making dinner at the end of a long day is the last thing I want to do. As much I love trying new recipes, I save those for the weekends when I have more time  and instead turn to my tried and true quick and easy weeknight meals.

one. Ravioli Lasagna
Ain't nobody got time to make homemade ravioli on a weeknight, but thankfully with this recipe you don't have to. 

What You Need:
-1 bag frozen cheese ravioli
-1 jar spaghetti sauce
-ground beef or sausage (I used 1/4 lb, but add as much or as little as you like)
-1 cup mozzarella cheese
-1/2 cup parmesan cheese
-9x9 in. pan

What to do:
Boiling water and cook the ravioli to al dente, it will continue to cook in the oven. Drain and set aside.

In a skillet cook meat then add sauce. In a pan, place a thin layer of sauce, then 1/2 c mozzarella then a layer of ravioli. Top with more sauce, ravioli, and mozzarella cheese. After the last layer, top with parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. 
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two. Honey Garlic Shrimp
I know what you may be thinking, but this recipe only takes 20 minutes and is so delicious that there was a point when I was making it 3-4 times a week. To be honest, the boys aren't huge fans of shrimp so they will usually eat chicken nuggets or leftovers from the night before. And let's face it, I'm not above a Lunchable either.

three. Crockpot Chicken Salsa
This one couldn't be easier. Add chicken breasts to a crockpot ( I put them in frozen), sprinkle with 2-3 tbs of taco seasoning, and top with a jar of salsa. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or 4-6  hours if chicken is not frozen. Shred and serve. I use this recipe for tacos, burritos, lettuce wraps, and nachos.
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four. 10-Minute Wonton Soup
Sam at Ahead of Thyme has a 10 minute soup recipe that's perfect for when you want a light yet satisfying dinner. I top ours with crunchy wontons that I found in the crouton aisle. 

five. Breakfast Skillet
Breakfast for dinner can be a quick and easy solution when you're short on time. This skillet recipe allows you to mix up your regular bfd fixings and you can add whatever veggies you have which makes it perfect for when you need to clean out the fridge!

What You'll Need:
-chopped frozen hash browns (as much or as little as you like)
-1/2 lb sausage 
-1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, and 1/2 small onion, finely chopped 
-3 eggs
-1-2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil

What You'll Do:
Heat oil on medium and brown potatoes to your desired consistency-we like ours pretty crispy. While the potatoes are browning, cook sausage thoroughly and drain. Using the sausage pan, sauté onions and peppers for two minutes. When potatoes are done, move them to one side of the pan and scramble eggs. Add sausage and vegetables into the potato and egg skillet, mix well and serve hot.



Let me know your favorite quick and easy weeknight meals. I love adding new ones into our rotation!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

 It's no secret that the eclipse was this past Monday and we happened to be lucky enough to live in the path of totality. My mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and niece ended up coming over at the last minute so we got to experience the event with them. 

Right before totality the sky turned the weirdest color and then all of a sudden it looked and felt like dusk at 1:12 in the afternoon. All the kids shrieked when it got dark and you could hear people in the distance shouting and cheering. Taking our glasses off, we saw the most beautiful glowing ring around the sun and then before we knew it, it was over. Our pictures definitely don't do it justice, but we will treasure the memories forever. 
Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Five

Friday could not come fast enough this week. Work has been kicking my butt and it's not about to slow down, but I've got a 3 day weekend coming up and I'm going to saver every minute of it. 

//one//
Let's start with the reason for my 3 day weekend-the Solar Eclipse. I happen to live right in the path of totality so it's a pretty big thing around here. Our city's expecting 400,000+ extra visitors so I'm sure it will be a mad house. Although school is in session, kids are excused if they wish to stay home so we're going to view the event as a family. And hopefully not burn our retinas off since I have yet to get glasses and everywhere is sold out.

//two//
I painted this periwinkle colors on my nails after seeing it on several other people. I love it on others but not sure how I feel about it for me???

//three//
Our schools started back this week and I can't believe I have a third grader. Especially since I look so young :) He has changed so much in one year and how cute is his little squint in the bright morning.

First day of 2nd grade.

//four//
Anyone else completely sick of every single thing in their closet? I'm dreaming of a whole new wardrobe and all the fall pieces. I'll also take this girls legs.

//five//
With the weekend coming up make sure you check out my 5 Must Watch Documentaries on Netflix. They are so good y'all.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!


Linking up with AmandaLiz, and Momfessionals

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

5 Must Watch Documentaries on Netflix


It's no secret that we all love a good Netflix series. There's nothing like hitting play and the next thing you know you're 12 episodes in, an entire day has passed, and all animals and children have been left to fend for themselves. 

As much as I love a good fiction plot line, there's something gripping about watching a show based on someone's real life. Netflix is not short on documentary choices, but I've done the work for you and found the 5 that you need to watch. And then we can chat about it. Because trust me, you'll need someone to talk you after you see them. And unlike multiple season series, these documentaries are all the length of a typical movie except one of them, but trust me it's worth it.

//The Witness//
38 year old Kitty Genovese is stabbed to death in New York City while several people supposedly watched it happen and did nothing to help her. Her brother searches for answers and why, in a city full of people, no one would do the right thing.

//Rich Hill//
Rich Hill is a small town in Missouri that on the outside looks like any other town. But for 3 boys living in Rich Hill life is anything but normal. This documentary will have you asking yourself, is it possible to succeeded when it seems like the cards are stacked against you? You may need to grab some tissues for the end.

//The Keepers//
The longest of all the documentaries at 7 episodes, The Keepers will shock and horrify you until the very last one. When nun Sister Cathy Cesnik's murder remains unsolved after 40+ years, two of her former students spearhead a search to find out who killed her. What they uncover goes far beyond Cathy's murder into a sick world of abuse, cover ups, and the Catholic church. 

//Imposter//
From the beginning you'll find yourself saying, wwhhhaaatt? Imposter tells the story of how one man tricks the world into believing he's a missing American boy, including the boy's family. You'll discover how he did it, why he did it, and find yourself asking what happened to the real missing boy.

//The Overnighters//
A small town in North Dakota finds itself flooded with people as jobs in the oil fields boom. As workers travel to the area, they find themselves without a place to stay. A local church pastor decides to open his doors and provide shelter to the homeless men. But not everyone in the town is as willing to help and when a local paper runs a story about one of the men, the pastor is forced to make choice. Stick with this one, because the last 5 minutes will shock you. 




Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Vacation in Colorado {Part 3}

We spent our last full day in Colorado at The Royal Gorge and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Like most of the things we did,  it was a little over an hour drive from our hotel. Since our flight left the next morning from Denver, we checked out of our hotel first and then drove from The Royal Gorge to Denver that afternoon. The only bummer was we had to drive back through Colorado Springs on our way which made for a long drive.

When we arrived we headed to the gondolas which would take us across the gorge. The ride is included in your ticket and they recommend taking it from the north side to the south side so your walk through the park is more downhill. 

The Arkansas River. We saw rafters on it when crossing the bridge.

Once we made it to the other side we grabbed some BBQ for lunch and then let the kids run around on the coolest playground.

They also had a merry-go-round with the best views.

After some obligatory Dip'n'Dots, it was time to cross the bridge. Doesn't Jack look thrilled to be having his picture taken :)

Each state's flag was represented on the bridge.

After a long drive to Denver we checked into our hotel and then to dinner at Casa Bonita. I remember visiting this place with my parents on vacation when I was little and it was funny to see it now though the eyes of an adult. You definitely don't go here for the 5 star cuisine, but the boys loved the cliff divers and scary cave and I loved the nostalgia of it all.

One more dip at the hotel pool before going to bed.

Our flight left at 10:00 the next morning and although we were sad for our vacation to end we were happy to be heading home. Even the Superheros.



Linking up with Biana for Weekending
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Summer Vacation in Colorado {Part 2}

With fingers crossed that the rain would hold off, we got up, had breakfast, and made the drive up Pike's Peak. But not before pictures of the boys in their matching shirts. I can't help myself. 

How beautiful was this view from our hotel?!

Making our way to the top. We had originally thought we would take the railway, but by the time I thought to buy tickets they were sold out. I'm honestly so glad we didn't end up taking the tram because we were able to stay at the top as long as we wanted and make stops on the way down to enjoy the scenery.

Ranger Station 1/2 way up the park. We stopped here on the way down for lunch.

I had promised Jack we'd see snow so I'm so glad there was still a tiny bit left. We found a place to pull over so he could get out and touch it and he was beyond thrilled.

As we got closer to the top it became more and more foggy which might have been for the best since my husband is afraid of heights and the one responsible for getting us safely up the mountain.

It was completely foggy once we reached the Summit and cold. 40 degrees! We headed inside to warm up and try the famous donuts everyone told us about.

While J and Ben did some more exploring outside, Jack was content waiting for them in the warm car with his cotton candy. Which he demolished before they returned.

By the time we started making our way down the clouds the fog had cleared and we had the most gorgeous views. We pulled over and "hiked" up a little hill and let the kids run around. Climbing up a hill at 14,000 ain't no joke when you're from Missouri. There's was one point where J and I thought we might literally die.

It was totally worth it though.

True to my word I let the kids touch the snow. But not before trying to find a clean spot :)

Our plan to visit 7 Falls fell through when severe thunderstorms rolled in so we headed back to the arcade where Ben and I won 1,000 tickets on the Wheel of Fortune game with the word Ladybug.

Make sure to head here if you missed Part 1.