Thursday, May 2, 2013

Something I am good at...

Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)

I am going to blog about 2 different things that I think I am good at...

First up is being Type A.  Along with working full-time and raising 3 kids, I am a Team Mom to my older sons football team and now my youngest sons baseball team. I also do whatever I can for my daughters dance/cheer.  I think that my personality makes me really good at doing this job! You have to organize fundraisers, contact parents, ask for and collect money, order team shirts and/or uniforms, plan the team party and order gifts. I am very organized and bossy. I have excel spreadsheets created for everything. I have binders of information that I use during the seasons. I am always busy doing something but I wouldn't have it any other way.

The second thing I think I excel at is COOKING!! I love to cook. I love to try new recipes. I love to feed my family and friends. I love coming up with weekly menus and grocery shopping. I love all kinds of different kitchen gadgets. And most importantly, I love to eat! I think I get my love of cooking from my grandma. We never see her without her apron on! She is a really good cook.

I couldn't find an apron pic...darnit!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Story of My Life

It's been awhile since I blogged but thanks to Miss Jenni (over at Story of My Life) I decided to start blogging again...well at least in May!

Here is her prompt for Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph... no one will be counting your words... probably)

I was born on April 20, 1982 in Oklahoma City to Pam & Wayne. I was their first child (and favorite!) but about 19 months later I received a little sister, Ami. You can definitely tell I am the older sister! I am your typical Type A, OCD, bossy, controlling girl!! Always have been and probably always will be. We lived in Oklahoma City until I started the first grade. At that time my parents became separated and we (mom, sister, and I) followed my grandparents to Tulsa.  We lived in Tulsa from the time I was in 1st - 4th grade and sometime during 1st grade my dad moved up here and we became a family of 4 again. We moved into a rental house in Broken Arrow and I began the 5th grade in a new school. But I am so thankful that we moved to BA and that I now call this my home! I had a great life growing up but I had a lot of freedom. A little too much freedom when looking back. My parents were (and still are) great parents but they are kind of hippy-ish. I began doing dumb things during high school and ended up pregnant at 16.  And to be honest I think that is where my life story really began, the day I became a MOM (19 days shy of my 17th birthday)! It is something I always wanted to be. Yes, I may have started early but I wouldn't change it for anything. I am a mother to 3 kids, Emilee 14, Zackary 12, and Colton 3. My kids are my life!

Thanks Jenni for starting this challenge.

Monday, October 10, 2011

I wish...

Linking up with CrazyJoy for their photo challenge. This week is WISH.

Colton loves when Zack and Emilee have friends over. He loves going to their football and cheer practices. Every day I see him just watching them and "wishing" he could do what they are doing.

This weekend we had a small party for Zack who just turned 11 and the 6 boys played football and basketball outside. I could not keep Colton away from the big boys.

taken with my iphone

Menu - October 10-13

Monday - Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff over egg noodles, peas & carrots
             ***I really didn't like this recipe. Like at all. I like this one from Recipe for Crazy a lot better!***

Tuesday - Orange Chicken over rice, broccoli
            ***This was really good! I use a meat tenderizer thing and pound the chicken breast to make it more
                  tender. I also add fresh broccoli about 30-40 minutes before cook time is over.***

Wednesday - Meatball Subs with a salad

Thursday - Chicken Enchilada Bake with homemade Pinto beans

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekly Menu (Sept 26-30)

Haven't done a menu in awhile...don't worry, we still eat! Like I could go without food. Haha!

This week I found some new (well to me at least) crockpot meals and decided I would give them all a try:

Monday - Crockpot Italian Chicken, rice, green beans
                 **EDIT - This wasn't that great. It was missing something, but I'm not sure what.***

Tuesday - Crockpot Chili (we are having frito chili pies or 3-way)
                  **EDIT - This was AMAZING!***

Wednesday - Poppyseed chicken, carrots (the only meal not out of the crockpot this week)
                  **EDIT - This was very tasty and the kids liked it also.***

Thursday - Crockpot Ravioli Casserole, corn

Friday - Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup, biscuits

Saturday - Help yo'self! Leftovers, sandwiches, etc.

I can't wait to gain about 7 lbs this week!

Hearty Beef Chili (for the crockpot)
You’ll need:
2 1/2 lb beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons oil
4 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 dried bay leaves
1 1/2 cups beef-flavored broth
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup green bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles
Garnish with:
Freshly grated cheese
Sour cream
Chopped fresh cilantro
1. In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, place half of the beef and 1 tablespoon of the flour; seal bag and shake to coat. Repeat with remaining beef and flour. In 4-quart Dutch oven or other large pan , heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook beef in oil until brown on all sides; drain, if desired.
2. Transfer meat to crockpot and stir in remaining chili ingredients except cornmeal, beans and chiles. Cook on low about 7-8 hours or on high about 4-5 hours (it’s done when the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender!).
3. Stir in cornmeal; cook and stir about 1 minute to thicken. Add beans and chiles; cook until thoroughly heated. Remove bay leaves. Serve chili with garnishes.

Chicken, cooked & cut up in small pieces
Linguine, cooked according to directions
Cream of celery soup
Cream of chicken soup
Sour Cream

1 – 1 ½ sleeves Ritz crackers
1 stick butter, melted
2 tsp Poppyseeds

Boil 3-4 chicken breasts.  Cut in small pieces.
Boil Linguine-Drain

Mix soup & sour cream together.  Add chicken & linguine.  Put in a 9x13 greased pan. 
Crunch up ritz crackers.  Add melted butter & poppyseeds.  Put on top.  Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

Monday, September 19, 2011


My life!

My oldest son has a few nicknames, they are: Zack Attack, Zackary Daiquiri, and Z.  So this photo challenge is perfect for him. He loves him some football!!

Attack - Photo Challenge

Every Saturday he plays one football game...
I promise he is mean on the field!

...and my daughter cheers for two games.  This is her first year and I may be biased, but she is doing so good! I love watching her come out of her shell a little bit. She is kinda shy and quiet. She definitely doesn't get that from me. (She is in the middle).
Go Em!!

My poor baby (he is now 19 months old, so maybe I should start calling him a toddler, but I don't wanna!) gets to spend almost 6 hours every Saturday at the football field. Thank God for older siblings and other parents on the team who love my baby. (Also, I am very grateful for family that helps with C during his nap time!)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Weekly Menu (Sept 1 - Sept 7)

I forgot to plan ahead for last week. And I didn't have time to grocery shop. So we ate at my parents, grandparents, made spaghetti, and ate out.  Tonight I am going grocery shopping. Thank you pay-day!

Thursday - Slow Cooker Pork Chops (I know this recipe link calls for chicken, but we are having chicken in 2 other meals, so I am using pork chops instead!), Pasta, and Carrots

Friday - Easy Lemon Chicken, Cheesy Broccoli (thank you Amanda!), and Rolls

Saturday - Hawaiian Chicken Sliders, Baked Beans, and Corn on the Cob

Sunday - Cookout over at my friends house for her birthday!

Monday - Chili Dogs and Tater Tots (a very healthy, low-fat meal, haha!)

Tuesday - Pot Roast (the Lipton Onion Soup Mix way) with Biscuits

Wednesday - Mexican Casserole and Rice

***I could not for the life of me open this link***
Melt 1 cube butter in fry pan
Layer on 4 chicken breasts or chicken tenders
Sprinkle with 1 pkg. Italian Seasonings Salad Dressing Mix
Add juice of 2 lemons.

Cook until tender. Put the lid on at first, then take off at the end in order to brown and absorb seasonings.

*Can be done in crockpot, cook on high 4-5 hrs or low 6-8 hrs. When finished cooking, take out and shred chicken, and ladle on the juices.*

1.5 lbs ground beef
(1 t sald, dash of pepper)
3 cup crushed tortilla chips
16 oz salsa
15.5 oz can chili beans, drained
12 oz sour cream or 1 1/2 cup
10 oz can diced tomatoes
4 oz can sliced black olives, drained
8 oz shredded fiesta blend cheese

Brown ground beef in a skillet, adding salt and pepper, drain. Spread chips in bottom of 9x13 dish. Combine cooked ground beef, salsa, and drained chili beans. Spread over chips. Spread sour cream over meat mixture. Sprinkle tomatoes, black olives, then cheese. Bake uncovered @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

I hope this menu helps you out! Let me know if you make anything. Next Wednesday I will be posting some Crockpot meals that I have tried recently on Kelly's Korner . You should do it too!

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