Mar 19, 2018

How to Boil Water: A Week of Dinners

Monday - Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner

This is a sheet pan dinner I found on Pinterest. I wasn't sure about it the first time I made it but it turned out to be really good. Check it out the recipe here.

Tuesday - Skinny Crab Cakes + Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits + Mango

This crab cakes recipe I got from a Rachael Ray magazine (but you can also find the recipe here). In the past I made the Peach Summer Slaw with it that the recipe, but I just didn't want it, so I went with my Cheddar Bay Biscuit recipe and some cut up mango.

Wednesday - Spaghetti + Broccoli + Texas Toast

This was a request from Addison because she just loves spaghetti and who doesn't love a super easy meal for the middle of the week!

Thursday - All-American Burgers + Garlic-Chive Baked Fries

This is our favorite burger recipe. I have a few that I make but this is the easier and the yummiest! (You can find this recipe here.) I also love to make our fries which are super simple and pretty dang good. (You can find that recipe here.) Both of these recipes came from Taste of Home and both are super easy.

Friday - Papa John's

We always have pizza on Friday nights, and this night just happened to be a Papa John's night. Next week is a homemade pizza night then.

Saturday - Irish Nachos + Mushroom Swiss Roast Beef Sliders

I looked up St. Patrick's Day recipes on Pinterest and these two popped up. I didn't do a lot of looking to see if these were Irish in anyway (I know shame on me), but they looked good so I went for it. You can find the nacho recipe here and the slider recipe here. The sliders were a hit but I burnt some the potatoes so they weren't as good. Oh well.

Sunday - McDonald's

We had stuff to do ravioli in there but it's just a freezer meal basically so it would keep. It comes to just not wanting to do any cooking so we just did a drive-through. We all have those days.

Here's a look at some other week of meals:
A Week of Crock Pot Meals -- September 2014 -- February 2015 -- October 2015 -- September 2017 -- January 2018

Mar 16, 2018

Spring Break in Photographs // Happy Friday

Truthfully we didn't do anything actually. The weather was a bit chilly at the beginning of the week so we just stayed in and watched live webcams from zoos. The kids loved watching the animals. Then when it got nice, we went outside. Rob had to work all week so it was a pretty chill spring break. 

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

Mar 14, 2018

A Toothfairy Visit

When Addison went to the dentist a few weeks ago I was surprised to learn that had not just one but two loose teeth. She was thrilled to find out and couldn't wait to tell everyone she knew especially all her friends are school. 

And this last weekend her first tooth finally fell out. While we were making our breakfast dinner, she made some comment about her tooth. Rob went over to check on her and discovered her tooth was gone. Luckily it was still in her mouth and we were able to safely recover the tooth before it was swallowed. 

And boy that girl is excited. She couldn't believe her tooth finally fell out. 

She was even more pumped to find that I found my little toothfairy box I had when I was little. I knew it was around somewhere. It has definitely seen better days but it's from Silver Dollar City and it's kind of old now. But she didn't care. She was just pumped to have a place to put her tooth for the toothfairy. 

Of course the next morning she scared the little daylights out of us when she came running into our room, yelling about how she had a dollar from the toothfairy. I seriously jumped about a mile out of my skin thinking the house was burning down around us, but instead I found a very happy little girl with one less tooth and an extra dollar to her name.

Mar 12, 2018

A Breakfast for Dinner

Not often do we have breakfast for dinner, but we did this weekend. In fact this might have been the first time in years that we have had breakfast for dinner. And it was a smash!

We had homemade waffles, breakfast sausage, applesauce muffins, and eggs. But not just any eggs. I have trouble getting Addison to even try the eggs but I asked if they were pink would she eat them. She agreed probably thinking there was no way I could actually turn them pink.

But of course there was and sure enough both kids chowed down on the eggs even asking for more (which I had to make more of of course). Apparently my children will eat eggs as long as they are an oddball color. Good to know.

This was definitely a meal that all hands were on deck. The kids helped Rob make the waffles. I made the muffins, heated the sausages, and cooked the eggs. But everyone helped, which I loved because sometimes mama gets tired of doing all the work herself. It was a lot of fun and a little bit chaotic, but they asked to do this again. And to that we decided we would have breakfast for dinner chaos night at least once a month.

Mar 9, 2018

Two Ladies & Their Gents: Winter 2018


Oh boy has this man been working! I don't know what else to say about him other than he has been so busy working these days. The projects just don't seem to be ending and it's just been a long couple of months. Other than being really tired, he's good.


I personally am really really done with winter. Doing school pick-up by having to stand outside when it is cold just kind of sucks, but mostly I'm done with with winter because I the pesky winter blues every year. After taking a month off from working out in February due to personal reasons I'm back at it again. I'm mostly just tired but feeling a little better being active again. I've been mostly busy finding to find a cleaning routine that works and with my shops. And oh yeah with that being a mom thing - that seems to keep me pretty busy.


This kid has been pretty dang good. She is loving school. She is excited about kindergarten after doing kindergarten round-up a few weeks ago. Of course she has been going through a tough phase heavy with attitude. I guess that's just five. She has been doing even more reading, which I keep finding she knows more words than I even thought. She is writing and reading and is just all around awesome with all that she is learning and doing, mostly all by herself.


This boy is all spirit and all two! He is fiercely independent but also crazy lazy which makes it a confusing combination. It's really quite odd. But he's fun. He has some killer dance moves. He makes monster sounds pretty much all the time. He loves his cars, trains, super heroes and animals. He's a pretty chill kid that just goes with the flow.


She pretty much just wants to be fed and petted. It's pretty simple. And if that doesn't happen then she cries and it's a bit annoying. But she's a cat so there's that.

Mar 8, 2018

Currently: Winter 2018 Edition

Currently Working On // Establishing a better cleaning schedule. I feel like I do really good cleaning then I stopped and then end up playing catch-up to get the house in better shape again. I just can't seem to find a good routine that works and I can stick with. Maybe it's having two tornadoes following me through the house undoing all I do that could be contributing to my lack of motivation.

Currently Anticipating // Spring - I am so tired of this cold and windy weather. I'm tired of wrestling with jackets and coats - I feel like all I do is get Connor in and out of his coat because he doesn't wear it in his carseat. Plus pick-up for school is standing outside and it just sucks to be outside in the cold while we wait,

Currently Annoyed By // After the first of the year I got my hair cut and I thought about doing full bangs again but Rob told me he didn't really like my bangs so I thought a compromise would be to do a side bang but ever since I have regretted that decision because before I got it cut all my hair was long enough to go behind my ears and out of my face but now I have short hairs that don't stay back and are always in my eyes, so I pretty much always have to clip it back - it's really annoying.

Currently Grateful For // DVR. I'm pretty sure I would miss all my favorite shows otherwise. And man DVR is so much simpler than programming a VCR and hoping no one takes out the tape!

Currently Reading // Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian (Rick Riordan)

Currently Staying Active // 30 Day Shred. It's been awhile since I've done this one, but I decided that I wanted to do it again and it hasn't been as challenging as I remembered from the past but it's still a pretty good workout that I have enjoyed. Plus it moves through pretty fast so I don't feel like it just takes forever to get through the workout in general. I'm in my last week of level one, so only four weeks and two levels to go!

Currently Craving // Truthfully nothing. I have been having trouble with food lately. I just can't seem to find what works for breakfast or lunch. I keep trying all kinds of things but I just can't find what I really love. I guess I'll keep searching.

Currently Loving // My new vacuum. So I got a new vacuum and I love it! We got a Dyson V8 Animal and it is amazing. We have had the same vacuum for about nine years now and although it has served us well it was just time. Of course we paid a little more than we probably needed to for a vacuum but I love that this one is light-weight (something that has made a huge difference to me since having knee surgery) and cordless. It can vacuum hardwood like a champ and equally amazing with carpet. I definitely have no complaints because it's awesome!

Currently Would Love to Travel To // Somewhere warm. I am so over this cold weather!

Mar 6, 2018

Six on the Sixth

1. I got a new phone case and I love it. I had a plain torquoise one that I got from Target for  along time but I found an artist that I love and found a place where she sells phone cases with her artwork and I'm in love.

2. I watched the Olympics (because they are awesome) and I think a lot of those people are insane but still amazing. And I can't help while I'm watching it than to think how I will never be able to do anything close to what these people do. Heck I walk around my kitchen in fear of hitting my knee on the knob of a cabinet.

3. Oh the same topic - I had figure skating on the other day and flipped over to the other channel showing the Olympics where they were playing hockey. I have never had any interest in hockey but I found myself completely into the sport. It's so fast pace and violent and although I have no idea the rules of the spots, I apparently preferred it to figure skating.

4. Who else is super pumped about the spring weather? I definitely am!

5. Anyone else use essential oils? I have been interested in doing more research about it and the benefits to our house and to us in general - such as a way to deal with my hormones and PCOS. I have heard some women swear by them but I have no idea. Anyone have any positive experiences with essential oils?

6. We had to get a new DVR box from AT&T. We have lived in this house for just over six months and have had AT&T again for that amount of time (we haven't been able to go back to Google Fiber - sad!). Our DVR box started having trouble shortly after getting it where we have lost our recordings two times and also had a day with just a red x on the screen. We finally called and someone came out and replaced out box making it three times we lost our recordings - and it was right after a free HBO weekend! It has been a major pain and just reminds us why we didn't love AT&T in the first place.


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