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Guess Who!

27 May

Oh yes, it’s true!

I’m ready to roll again and this blog is about to make a comeback. I’ve had a lot of life changes in the past few months but things are back to normal – at least somewhat – and I’m ready to share it all with you, my sweet readers. I’m so sorry for the abrupt drop off the map, but for a very long time life was just getting in the way and a little too painful to talk about.

Coming up in the next few days – updates, pictures, funny stories and of course news on my Army!

Stay tuned, it’s about to get real up in here! But before I go…a teaser for what’s to come!


Lola is all grown up!


The Little Things

8 Mar

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
~ Robert Brault

There are many things in my life I know I could not live without. I spend a lot of my time being grateful for these things and mentioning over and over how I couldn’t bear to part with them. Things like my electricity, running water, a working vehicle and my dishwasher. These are things that if I would suddenly be without them, I would likely lose my sanity – or what’s left of it.

Then there are the little things. The things that are often overlooked and certainly life would go on without them, but they make my life just that much better. Here are just a few of those little things.

Thank you Beckie for introducing me to the St. Ives line of facial products. The apricot scrub and firming mask are incredible. I’ve even convinced Johnny to try them. I love the little scrubby pieces in the cleanser and the scent of both products are incredible. My face has never felt cleaner or smoother.

Live Clean Baby is my absolute favorite line of baby bath products ever. I got some free samples when I was pregnant with Lola and I was sold. It’s all I’ve ever used for her. It has a shampoo/baby wash, bubble bath and lotion that all smell absolutely divine and leave my little girl’s skin so soft! There is also a non-petroleum jelly for diaper changes, but we stopped using that when we were forced to buy Vaseline Baby in a pinch and still haven’t run out and needed to replace it. I’m absolutely sold on these products and will use them again if we ever add another baby to our family.

As you can see, a certain little girl tried to break into these early

We’re a pacifier family. I know some people are absolutely anti-paci, and if you’re one of those people, I salute you. I’ll warn you, though; don’t waste your breath trying to ‘convert” me. There always have been and always will be pacifiers in my family as long as we have a child young enough to use one. My other kids used the “Nuk” brand, but for Lola I decided to go with the Playtex Binky and I have not regretted it for a minute. Lola loves her Binky and it is her constant companion. It’s definitely a little piece of sanity.

Funny thing about these Binkies…we have gone through 3 packages of them so far…and all the green ones still look like new.

This is what my wonderful husband brought home to me this morning after he took Hayden to school. French Vanilla cappuccino from Tim Horton’s. It’s the one thing I feel zero guilt indulging myself in. It’s delicious, sweet and caffienated. Makes every day a better day.

What are some little things that you couldn’t do without?

Project Housewife Returns – Angel Chicken

6 Mar

Way back when I first started blogging, I began a project that I titled “Project Housewife”. It was a labor of love that involved me getting out of my rut and trying new things to make being a housewife more exciting. Among my goals was learning to cook meals for my family that was both nutritious and delicious. So I amassed a grand collection of cookbooks and set about learning what things my family loved – and what things they didn’t.

These are my absolute favorites

I found myself enamored with the “Company’s Coming” series by Jean Paré and Johnny began buying them for me when he felt like bringing me home a little something while out on a shopping trip. The recipes are delicious and not overly complicated.

The first meal that I shared with you was my Roast Chicken Dinner back in November 2009. The beginnings of that recipe was inspired by a recipe I found in my very first Company’s Coming cookbook, “The Rookie Cook” (top row, second from the left) and as I got more confident in my abilities as a cook, I expanded and experimented until the recipe was my own.

This Thursday past my parents decided to come and have dinner with us. Since my dad is a pretty picky eater, my mom rarely ever gets the opportunity to try out new recipes. It’s a waste of food to try out new things just for herself, in her opinion, so I always try to have something new for her to try when she has dinner with us. I make something plain and ordinary for my dad and everyone else has something exciting. This time I decided to introduce my mom to a recipe out of one of my favorites of my collection of books, “Low-Fat Cooking”.

As I have done with most of the best loved recipes in these books, I have cooked them time and time again until I have switched the recipe enough to make it have my own particular flair. Angel Chicken is no exception. Here is how I cook it.

Angel Chicken

1 14oz. can stewed Italian-style tomatoes, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 average zucchini, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. granulated sugar
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 package grated skim mozzarella cheese
1 package angel hair pasta
8 cups boiling water
1 tsp. salt
Grated fresh Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl, mix together your can of tomatoes and the garlic. Pour it into an ungreased casserole dish, then layer the zucchini and yellow pepper on top. Sprinkle it with the basil and sugar. Place the chicken on top of the whole concoction. Spoon a little bit of the tomato and garlic mixture onto the chicken. Bake it uncovered in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. After an hour, sprinkle the cheese on top and put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.

You don’t have to use the whole package, but I do because we love cheese.

Cook the pasta in the boiling water and salt for 7-10 minutes until it’s as tender as you like it. Drain, rinse, and drain it again.

Serve vegetable mixture over the pasta and top with a chicken breast. Sprinkle with the parm.

Voila, Angel Chicken

It is absolutely as delicious as it sounds, and I would highly recommend it. Everyone here loves it – even though Hayden picks out the zucchini because he’s a picky eater.

Try it! I bet you’ll love it. If you do try it, come back and let me know what you thought.

What are your favorite “go-to” recipes for company coming on short notice?

The Best Medicine

3 Mar

Of course we’ve all heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine”. Studies have shown that laughter does indeed reduce the level of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and dopamine as well as increasing the levels of good hormones such as endorphins as well as antibody-producing cells and makes your T-cells more effective. It’s also a pretty nice physical workout. When you laugh it causes you to excercise your diaphram and contract your abdominal muscles. It’s good for the heart in both the physical sense and the spiritual sense.

As nice as that is, in my case I don’t agree that it’s the best medicine. For me, there is no better medicine than a new pair of shoes.

A gift from my fantastic husband

My dosage this time has 4-inch heels and leopard print. Just what the doctor ordered.

Whine and Roses – What We’ve Been Through

13 Feb

A lady of forty-seven who had been married twenty-seven years and has six children knows what love really is and once described it for me like this: ‘Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.’
~ James Thurber

We’ve been through a lot in the 8 years we’ve been together. Married for 7 of those years.

The birth of 3 children. Illness. Depression. Near poverty. Joy. Moving. Life has been an obstacle course of things we needed to overcome together.

Four little soldiers who think their daddy is the best

Thanks fo going through it with me , baby.


12 Feb

My apologies but there have been some unexpected events that have prevented me from posting in the past couple of days. Johnny’s father suffered a heart attack this past week and things have gotten a little chaotic. He’s out of the hospital and stable but needless to say there’s a lot of panic here right now. I hope to get back to posting regularly in the next couple of days.

Please keep my father in law in your prayers.

Again, I apologize for missing posts in this special month.

Whine and Roses #7 – Double Whine

8 Feb

Yesterday’s post was supposed to be a whine about how love isn’t always cracked up to be, but then I had some coding issues and it fell through. Rest assured I’ll be back later with a post…but be forewarned that this day started out with some serious frustrations and that post will be a whine too. Sometimes love stinks.

Tally so far: Roses 6, Whine 1. Congratulations Whine. You’re in the game after all.