Friday, May 26, 2017

Favorite photos from Disney

Minnie's Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Cafe

Some of you may not know and some of you do but we took a little vacation last week, little HA! We road-tripped it to Orlando Florida with a stop off in Atlanta, to see the happiest place on Earth! Yes I have drank the Disney koolaid and I fell in love, already planning our next trip!!!

Ok I must be honest with you I did choose favorite photos from our DISNEY vacation but...these are not all of my favorites! I'm pretty sure every picture is my favorite. I plan to do several more posts about Disney over the next few weeks like...recaping each day, road trip survival, what to pack in your backpack for Disney, and how to plan a Disney vacation and not completely feel overwhelmed.

But for today I will leave you with these pictures! And I will say this trip was so amazing and refreshing for our little family! Happy Memorial Day Weekend ya'll!!!  

Seeing the Castle we both were like little kids in a candy store

Just to sweet to not share

Riding Dumbo

Enjoying a treat at Animal Kingdom after the Safari 

The Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom

Heading into Epcot during the International Flower and Garden Festival

Dreams coming true

Meeting Princess Aurora and several other during dinner at Akershus

Enjoying the fireworks on our final night

Monday, May 1, 2017

Being their Bible...

Today our church hosted it’s second SOS Sunday (service outside the sanctuary), where we spend most of our normal worship times serving others through many different avenues. Before we head out to serve we do have a short worship service with a quick message from our minister and today’s message really spoke to me. He made it a point to say several times that today I may be the only Bible a person will read. This really hit me hard was I truly living like a walking talking Bible, I mean most know that I attend church weekly and have a strong relationship with the Lord but am I showing what it truly means to be a Christian. Honestly Probably NOT.

As I sat there in that pew truly hearing what he was saying I made a vow to myself that I was going to change that. I may not be better every day but I was making this a priority starting today. And this week I would make this a focus as well. He closed his message and we headed out to do our work. I am in charge of the freezer meal portion of this day we successfully sent out many meals to several elderly individuals in our church. Meals that I pray will make their lives a little easier. Once the work was done the hubs helped me load everything up I needed to take home and he headed out to work on a mower while I headed to Walmart. I truly felt refreshed and refocused on living my life a little better.

Then life happened. I had a nice afternoon with the kids, cleaned, played, cleaned, did a little cooking for dinner with my in-laws, cleaned, baked with Charlot. It was nice. The hubs came home earlier than I had expected him, always a good thing, to start the grill for supper. He then tells me that he needs to run out and check the cows, I feel myself getting frustrated with him. He heads out to check and it takes much longer than I anticipated (he as well I’m sure), the sides I have prepared are waiting, the kids are getting hungry/fussy, I getting frustrated, supper is much later than we normally eat. By this point I can feel myself getting cold and short with the hubs. After supper is cleaned up, bathes are given, bedtime has happened, both kids are in bed. I am just down right unhappy. He and I both sit down for basically the first time all night it’s late we are both tired. He asks if I am ok and I just unload all the questions about why he was late, why he didn’t do this or that or whatever. Way more than I should have but I just couldn’t seem to stop. He said he was sorry, I said I know and I headed to bed.

I laid there unable to sleep still hearing my ministers message in my head, you may be the only bible someone reads today, I was ready to start my week with this focus. Then it hit me this isn’t just for the people outside of my home…I have two pairs of very young eyes that watch every move I make and can tell when mommy is frustrated. If I want them to love the Lord with all their hearts and lead their lives in a way that shows it, I cannot have the do as I say don’t do as I do attitude. I can’t just be the bible outside of our house I have to be that at home as well, they read me more than they read anything else. Even in the moments of frustration I have to try to show patience, kindness and understanding. In the moments of heartache, I have to show them strength. In the moments of joy and celebration I have to show them humility and happiness. Will I be perfect; no. Will I stumble will I even fall; of course. But if I don’t the rest of the world isn’t out there doing it for me.

So why open my book today for you guys. Being a wife and a mother is the biggest blessing the Lord has bestowed upon me and I am determined to show each day how thankful I am for this. I have the most important job in the world in teaching my children to be the best people they can be. But that starts with me. I guess for me my biggest reason is I need to be real I need to put this out there I need to express my feeling and I need others to know I will struggle but I am doing my best. I want other wife’s and moms to see this to feel this to know it is ok to have to shake it off, restart, and refocus because those little eyes are watching and reading the bible you are showing them.

Thanks for listening and I hope each of you can take something from this. And this morning I woke the hubs up early (I know he was happy) to say I was sorry for being short, and playing the blame game. That I wanted to be better not just for me but for him and our two little stinks. He answered you are better each day. There are many reasons I love this man. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

9 Months

This weekend a few dear friends reminded me that I have this little thing called a blog, HA! I have been the worst blogger I believe I have ever been recently! Let's hope I can get back into the groove. With that said Mr. Conrad is 9 MONTHS old (ok we are getting closer to 10 months at this point). I took these pictures on his 9 month birthday right before story and bedtime. He was acting pretty dang silly during them.

This month has been full of allergies aka snot, sneezing and wheezing for the poor little guy but he has been a trooper smiling through it all. Seriously he is one of the happiest kids I have ever been around he is constantly laughing and smiling. I can't imagine him being any other way. Currently we are weighing in at 18 lbs, and have nine teeth. His current words are Hi, Ott Oh, Dada.  Conrad is a lover of food, crawling, cruising around and getting into everything, sister, and last but certainly not least his momma. He loves me and stalks me like his prey, cute but sometimes I could use a moment. I will cherish it while I can!
 The above picture is how sweetly they play together Charlot absolutely loves her little brother except when he pulls hair or he touches Truman.
Then the sweet play ends when Sir Conrad goes into full on attack mode and just wants to be all over his sister. 

Oh Conrad we couldn't imagine life without make our days full of joy and honestly terror due to your lack of fear of anything. Please stay the happy, crazy, fun boy you are!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Crockpot Steak Tacos

New Crockpot recipe here on the ole blog today and it is one delicious recipe that my whole family LOVED!!! I will say with my new found love/need of using my crockpot more frequently I may need to invest in one of those fancy ones that will cook for a certain amount of time then just hold things to warm. Otherwise I am going to have to start bringing my meals to work to cook and switch off at a certain time. I leave my house pretty dang early in the morning and I don't always, ok I never make it home within 8 hours of leaving. Basically meaning that whatever I'm putting in the crockpot had better be a ok cooking for a LONG time. This recipe I figured out a way to make it work but the timer slow cooker would have been nice. I found that if you put your meat in frozen into the crockpot obviously it will take longer to cook so that is what I did for this one! Hopefully this one will be loved by you and yours and make it into your dinner rotation! 

Crockpot Steak Tacos

1 larger Skirt Steak (which I found at Aldi!!! Score!!!)
1 Package Taco Seasoning (you can make your own) 
1 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Cup Water

Put steak in the bottom of the slow cooker, sprinkle the taco seasoning over to coat cover with tomatoes and water. Cook on low for 6 hours...if your steak is frozen you can get a few more hours out of it. When you get home remove steak from cooker, ans slice across the grain. Serve with your usual taco fixings! And ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Meal Plan

March Meal Plan is ready and it is Lent Friendly!!! Today I want to talk a little about deviating from the plan. Last month after I had surgery trust me I did not feel like cooking or shopping, the Hubs isn't much of a cook or grocery shopper, so shocker we didn't follow the meal plan real well. But you know what we still didn't throw the thing away and say forget it. I left it on the fridge knowing that I would be going back to work soon enough and would still need a plan. And you know what else the last two weeks have been saved at night because of that little plan right there waiting on me. So just because you miss a day or everyone gets sick and nothing sounds good doesn't mean you can't go back and pick up where you left off.

For this month I again included links for several of my recipes and I noted on several places where I was trying a new recipe that hopefully I will blog soon. Remember the first grocery list is huge it includes almost everything you will need (minus flour, salt, pepper and oils), take stock in your pantry prior to grocery shopping. Then each of the following weeks lists are much smaller just buying the fresh items needed.

I want to hear from you guys!!! Did anyone use any of this last month? What are your meal planning successes/failures??? Let me know if I get 10 responses I will have a giveaway!

 March Meal Plan
Week 1-3/6-3/10
Monday-Ham and Cheddar Quiche with Tossed Salad-LINK
Tuesday-Crockpot Chicken Tacos
Wednesday-Pepperoni Pizza Roll-ups with Raw Veggies-LINK
Thursday- Crockpot Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
Friday- Shrimp Pasta Bake (new Recipe)

Week 2- 3/13-3/17

Monday- Pretzel Chicken Strip Salad-LINK
Tuesday-Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Fajita Soup (new Recipe)
Wednesday- Smothered Round Steak, Rice, Green Beans
Thursday- Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Slaw
Friday- Pasta Primavera, Salad and Garlic Bread(new Recipe)

Week 3-3/20-3/24

Monday-Pulled Pork Pizza-LINK
Tuesday-Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches (new Recipe) with Veggies
Wednesday-Cheez-it Chicken, couscous and broccoli-LINK
Thursday-BBQ Meatballs, Cheese Grits, Salad
Friday-Mexican Shrimp Salad-LINK

Week 4-3/27-3/31

Monday-Steak Fajitas
Tuesday-Ham and Cheese Stromboli with Salad-Link
Wednesday-Chicken with Arugula Pesto Pasta (new Recipe)
Thursday-Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops, Stuffing, Peas
Friday-Shrimp Tacos with lime jalapeño slaw-Link

Grocery Lists- (monthly-this includes fresh products for the first week)

Diced Ham
Chicken Breast- three large packages
Raw Shrimp-4 lbs
Round Steak
Pork Shoulder
Chuck Roast
Ground Beef-1 lb
Ground Pork- 1 lb
Skirt Steak
Sliced Ham Lunch meat
Pork Chops-1 package

Dairy & Eggs-
Cheddar Cheese-3 blocks
Mozzarella Cheese-1 block
Container Parmesan Cheese-2
Sliced Cheese-Provolone
Refrigerated Pie Crust-1
Pizza Crust-2
Crescent Rolls-1
Sour Cream-1
Heavy Cream-1
Eggs- 2 dozen


Canned Goods-
Diced Tomatoes-1
Crushed Tomatoes-2 (28 oz)
Black Beans-2
Green Beans-2
Chipotle Peppers in Adobo-1
Banana Peppers
Box of Chicken Broth-3

Dry Goods-
Short Cut Pasta
Fajita Seasoning (2)
Fettuccini Pasta
Teriyaki Sauce
Worchester Sauce
Bow Tie Pasta

Fresh Fruit and Veggies-
Romaine lettuce
Cherry Tomatoes
Shredded Lettuce
Roma Tomatoes
Berries (if on sale)

Grocery List- (Week 2)


Dry Goods
Garlic Bread

Fresh Fruits and Veggies-
Mixed Greens box of lettuce
Roma Tomatoes
Slaw Mix
Bell Peppers
Berries (if on sale)

Grocery List- (Week 3)

Dairy & Eggs-

Dry Goods-
Sub Rolls

Fresh Fruit & Veggies
Romaine Lettuce
Berries (if on sale)

Grocery List- (Week 4)

Dairy & Eggs

Dry Goods-
Garlic Bread

Fresh Fruit & Veggies
Bell Peppers
Berries (if on sale)