Monday, September 17, 2012

Yummy Chicken-etti!

Last week was David's birthday and for his gift I made him his favorite:

  He is not one to try new things, and at first he was hesitant, but once he had a bite, he was addicted.  Not to boast or anything, but it is one of my more requested I figured I'd share it with y'all!


-Precooked, pre cut chicken
*I am very lazy and have three kids...this is very convenient for the extra buck*
-1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
-1 green bell pepper
-chicken broth
-1 can of Rotel
-1 can of Cream of Chicken
-Noodles,cooked (duh!)

This is pretty easy...

1-Preheat oven to 350* and spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.

2-Stick the cream of chicken, rotel, and cubed Velveeta in a microwavable bowl and melt together.  The Velveeta melts faster cubed, but you don't have to...

3- Chop up your Bell Pepper into tiny, ity-bity pieces...I just like chopping things...=D

4- Mix your noodles, your chopped chicken(I cut them into smaller pieces...just me), and your broth together in a mixing bowl.  The broth is just to keep the noodles from sticking together while you mix and to keep them moist while you bake.

5- Add your seasoning to the cheese mix.  I like...wait, I love basil, so I added that, some Hawaiian sea salt, onion and garlic powder, and some pepper.  Stir that really good and slowly add it to the noodle mix.

6- Continue to combine the two mixes until all the noodles are covered.  Then pour it all into the casserole dish and cook for 30 minutes.  When done, let it cool and enjoy!

A great healthy alternative is using wheat noodles instead of regular noodles.  It tastes the same. 

I got the idea from Anna Duggar when I was watching "19 Kids and Counting".   Anna used just tomatoes, which is a non-spice alternative. 

Hope you all enjoy this great, tummy-filling dish!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Handprint flowers

Since it was so popular when I first made them, I figured I'd make a blog about them.
I made another set for my grandmother and I took pictures this time!
I got the girl's favorite color to make their flower, then I got green for the grass and stem.
I got a pack of three at Ross for 5 bucks, Walmart is $5 for one.
-Paint brushes
1-I cleaned the girl's hand with baby wipes and painted their hand.

2-Firmly press their hand to the canvas.  You have to get it right the first time or you will get extra "petals".

I didn't press very hard, so I had to press it again and got that extra petal.  It's okay, though.  I rolled with it!

3-Add the stem and grass.

*optional* I personalized each of them with their "bug".  You can add whatever you like to it to make it yours.

And there you have it people! 
I got the idea from pinterest so I will say I am not the awesomest person, but there is my version.  Have a great night!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pretty little vases

So our church has been going through a lot of changes these last
few months.  Here is a little list:

-name change:
From Heritage Baptist Church to City on a Hill
-I was assigned as event coordinator
-there was a dress code change
-we are changing services
-we are starting a benevolent fund to help those out in our church and
surrounding neighborhood

I was trying to think of a cool way to collect this benevolent fund when I thought of the credit union I work at.  Lots of people bring in their spare change and get bills for it.Some people get hundreds of dollars!  I was can we do that with our church....what about a small competition between the older and younger people....whoever collects the most change wins and gets served at our Thanksgiving Potluck by the losing I need a cool thing to collect it....

I spent about a week thinking about what I could collect it in and Joshua suggested a vase.  I was like, Ok.  How can we make it look cool?  Then I saw a twine wrapped cup on Pintereset and was inspired!

It was really easy!  The longest thing was cutting out the petals for the flowers...

Here's whatcha need:

Hot Glue gun
Hot Glue sticks ( I used quite a bit so make sure you got a lot)
A vase

I was really meticulous and put quite a bit of three times a row...but that's just me.  I've read where people just put one dot of glue once a round...whatever floats your boat...

So, first things first.  Put some glue as close to the bottom of the vase as you want and secure the twine.

I put glue all around the bottom of the vase so it won't fall off.

Start winding the twine up the vase, securing it with the glue as you go.  Again, I put a lot of glue on, but put on as much as you like.

I only went half way, but just do it as much as you'd like.  Just cut and secure with glue when you want.

Now, I added flowers for accent, but forgot to take pictures of it.

I found a tutorial for the flowers here.  I love her blog and her etsy store!  Check her out while you're looking at her tutorial.

All I have to do now is add tags with the team names (Team Methuselah and Team Josiah) and then bring it to church to start the competition.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Latest Project: Eating Out Bag

So...we eat out alot.  And I mean A LOT!  With me being so busy and it
being so hot, we just go out to eat...

Anyway, the girls get a little bored with the cheap crayons and ridiculus papers.  I raked through pinterest and I found a couple of ideas.  I don't remember who made them all, so if you see your work, let me know so I can give you props...

First thing first, get a bag...duh!

The first thing I added to it is color paper with crayons in a travel soap container.

I only added a few crayons because it is less for them to drop on the oh-so-dirty floor.

Labeled them, so there is no question whose is whose...

Then I put a rubber band around them so dual purpose:
1) to keep the box shut and the contents in
2) to put the girl's hair up if it isn't already

then put aside.

The last thing I worked on was little "puppets".

First, I took toothpicks then I cut one end off...then I figured out it was easier to just bend off the end...

Then I covered the sharp end with a sticker on one side and a piece of paper on the other.  I then trimmed the paper, as you can see.

Then I put them into little containers and "labeled" them.
Thanks Jessica Mets of MetsyMade for the little box =D

Then I stuck it all in a bag...I also put some books and magnet activity thingys in case they get bored of all that stuff too...

I have yet to try it out...we shall see if it works soon enough!  If you try it out, let me know how it works!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sickie Monkey

So this week was a first ever for our family.

Chelise was the first girl to get an ear infection.

I knew she had some time of infection cuz her fever would go up then down then up again.  I wasn't going to bring her in becasue she had a doctors appointment on Monday and I figured she could wait till then. 

Well, she got really fussy and didn't get much sleep(that means neither did I) and she wasn't eating at all. 

She loved sleeping on the couch.  She looks so miserable...=C

 So we go in on Monday and as I look her over, I see a bunch of wax and junk coming out of her ear...yep, it was an ear infection.  What ended up happening is that we waited so long that her ear drum, I feel like the worst mom in the world!

Here we are at the doctor's in the cute little gown she got to wear.  She was really good except for when the doctor wanted to look in her left ear...

She is now on medicine and she is doing a little bit better.  She still doesn't like people touching her ear, but she is happy and giggly like she always is. 

We did have to put off going out to Lagoon bacause she can't go swimming but we are still going to the zoo so she will like that. 

Enduring this new adventure of ear infections was not the funnest but I did love the extra cuddle time and the extra loves from her. 

Thanks for all the prayers for her!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili Stuff

So I have made this a couple of times and I just have to rave about it!

We call it Cream Cheese Chicken Chili Stuff...seriously, we call it stuff.

It's not exactly chili, it's really soupy if you don't let the steam out, but it is super AWESOME!

Here is what goes into this:

2 lbs. of FROZEN chicken(I forgot to put it in the picture...)
1 can of Rotel
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 package of ranch flavor
1 T cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t onion salt
*I like to add garlic powder, onion salt and basil to everything so that's why that's there*
1 package of cream chese

1-Put FROZEN chicken, corn, and Rotel into your crockpot.

2- Add the ranch packet and seasonings

3-Drain, rinse, and add the black beans
4-Stir all the ingrediants together.

5-Place the cream cheese on top and spread it around.

6- Let it cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Toward the end,you want to turn it up so some of the water will cook off and it won't be so soupy.

7- Right before you serve, I remove the chicken from the pot and shred it by taking two forks and scrapping the chicken apart. Then mix it all up so all the chicken is covered.

8-Serve and enjoy!

We love it over rice and we add sour cream to it. It is one of Joshua's favorites!  What I like about it the most is you use frozen chicken.  I always tend to forget to thaw things out...=D

I hope you all enjoy!

I got the recipe from here.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Lazy Saturday...

So today is Saturday...and I have so much to do, but don't really want to do it...

And then the issue of soccer games...we have a game at 830am, 1200pm, and 700pm...

Totally lazy...I think I am going to try take a nap...

Friday, June 1, 2012

Words just can't say...

So it's been like forever since I've blogged Emma says: "We are busy people..." and we have.  Soccer finally ends tomorrow, but we pick it up again with swimming lessons and possibly dance lessons...but life got put on hold for a bit two weeks ago.

My husband's close friend, Ron Bosley, died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, May 20.  He was 27 years old.  Josh was really hit hard with this news.  Ron was one of his students when he taught up in Washington. Both Josh and I hung out with him and his wife, Shannon, several times and my girls knew him. 

This is the first ever funeral that I went to that I actually "knew" the person.  Not family or a family friend of my parents.  I KNEW him.  I didn't think I would take it as hard as I did. 

Through this entire time, I thought to myself what I could say to the family in order to comfort them in their time of loss...and I couldn't think of anything.  I just wanted to be kind and loving.  I didn't even know what to say to my husband to comfort him.  Words just couldn't express the hurt and sorry I felt.  The only thing I could think of is that I know we will see him again one day.  That is really all we can say to ourselves and each other when something like an early death happen...

Well, Ron, I did want to say something to you...My first memory of you was you coming to my house all the way from Boise in a meat truck with your business partner to try "pay back" Josh by selling him beef...I was pregnant at the time, two weeks from popping, sitting on my couch crocheting while Josh convinced you we didn't need any.  My girls loved hanging with you and Shannon while you were here.  They always asked if the guy who rode the motorcycle with the thing on his head was going to come see them again.  The church members remember your sermon like it happened last week.  Some of them were even asking if you were coming back.  I know I didn't know you well like Josh or your family, but you had an impact on my life and I will always remember you and mourn your early departure.  I know you will meet us at the Pearly Gates on your bike waiting to ride the Golden Highway with Josh. 

Rest in Peace, Ron. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fun with my Love

I just love being with my honey!  Especially since I've started working.
It's going to be really nice becaue tomorrow we get to go on a date together!

But it's moments like these that I cherich the most:

This is the man I love!  Someone who is willing to let me post pics of them like this on the internet....

I love you babe! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fun little find

So I was at Albertsons the other day and I found these!

I was like...oohh!  I'm so excited, but how small are they?  So I bought them and......

They are so cute and tiny!  I could stick them in snack boxes for the girls and they are perfect for the little ones in nursury.  I think, though, it is perfect for....


I love this stuff(thanks to my mom)!  Super yummy!

I'm glad I found these!  =D