Oct 27, 2011

best way to start a morning

I love seeing ripe bananas on my counter cause it means it's time for banana bread.
Me and Kale always have so much fun baking together.
It keeps his little hands busy, therefore keeping him interested, it's the perfect activity for a 2 year old.
We always get a little messy but that's the fun part right?
Today was a bit more messy then usual, I didn't put the lid back on my sugar bin and Kale decided the bread needed more sugar and dumped it all over the counter, luckily missing the bread mixture, but making quite the mess. 
His shirt is caked with flour and who knows what else but he's a boy, it's good for him :)
 Nothing makes your house smell better then banana bread does, I love it.
 Till next time!

Oct 26, 2011

Kailee Joe's Birthday Party

Cute miss Joe turned 5 this year! 
(holy poo)
and like last year she wanted a fun Halloween Birthday party.
Kailee is my... umm I don't know what she is to me actually, 
She's my cousins daughter, but she's more like a niece to me... 
So what does that make her?
Anyways Kale and Londyn always have a blast, they have fun games and activities for the kiddos and this year it was outside at a park so it was perfect.
This picture is the epitome of their relationship.. 
Let's just say it's a love hate relationship and leave it at that.
 This was the third attempt of getting a pic with him, I gave up after this.
 All the kiddos in their costumes... Ya my child is the only one not dressed up, I will explain later.
Miss Joe blowin out her candles. Thanks for the fun day guys, we love you!
While on the subject of dressing up, Kale found a pretty nifty outfit at grandma's house the other day.
He was begging to put it on, which Jon wasn't too thrilled about. And of course grandma's can never say no so she put it on for him.
 Don't judge, he loved it though.
Till next time!

Oct 25, 2011

Yumalicious Chicken Taco's

I cannot believe that Halloween is next Monday! 
Where has October gone?
This month has been so fun it just disappeared.
We celebrated our 3 year anniversary! We went to dinner at Cheesecake... Mmmm I love that place probably way too much.
We had planned on going to go see The Help after dinner but when we got to the theater I saw that they had Breaking Dawn tickets on sale...
Jon knew what I was thinking and he said that he didn't really feel like seeing a movie anyways (it was 10 at night) so instead he bought me Breaking Dawn tickets for opening night :)
I have the awesomest husband ever! 
 I really don't want it to get cold... I love winter and am so excited for Christmas but I really have been loving taking Kale to the park that is a house away from us every single day and letting him be outside and get some energy out. 
I can't wait to post pics of Kale's Halloween costume, it is quite possibly the cutest thing on the face of the earth.
We are going to take him trick or treating for the first time this year, it's going to be fun to see how he does, we have been teaching him to say trick or treat and he's got it down pretty good now. 
Since we have moved into our home we have been eating in a lot more.
We got tired of spending so much money eating out all the time, so we decided that we are done. We still eat out but we are trying only once a week and we save it for the weekend so we can go out with friends or family.
So I have been trying to find more recipes that are quick, easy and inexpensive.
Because lets be honest even though eating in does save you a lot of money, you can still spend way too much getting certain spices, herbs or other items for a certain recipe and once you use what you need for that one recipe, whats left over goes to waste.
It bothers me so bad that healthy things are the expensive items. 
Shouldn't it be the other way around?
I think that is partially why people don't make healthy food is because it can get way too expensive so people opt for the frozen take and bake lasagna from the store
(which I sadly have to admit to)
So I have been trying to find healthy(er) dinners that don't break the bank.
I have told you before that I absolutely love to bake, I would much rather be baking something then cooking most of the time.
I am getting better though and am planning my time better so that I am not rushed to get dinner on the table and I am starting to really enjoy cooking dinner nightly. 
But sometimes I still don't want to cook a dinner that takes 6 pans, lots of prep work and an hour and a half before we can sit down and eat.
So, (and I know I have said this before) I am going to start posting some of my favorite recipes that are quick and that definitely do not break the bank and are super yummy.
A while ago when I said I was going to do this, I started taking pics of dinners I was making.
The pics are absolutely horrible and I apologize, who wants to make something that doesn't look appetizing? But I promise you, if you try them, you will like them.
So for today I will share my most favorite chicken taco/enchilada recipe. 
What the heck is the difference between a soft taco and an enchilada anyways?
I always call these enchiladas but apparently I am wrong, so if anyone has the answer please let me know!
I can't take credit for this recipe, I got it from my sister in-law Kathryn, thanks Kath!
This recipe is stupidly easy, however getting the chicken and rice all cooked up does take about 45 minutes.
What you will need:
1 lb chicken or about 3 chicken breasts
2 cans chicken broth
1 can corn
1 packet taco seasoning (this is the taco seasoning I use and it Love it)
 1 small can tomato sauce
1 tbs canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups rice 
cheddar cheese and sour cream (or whatever you want to top them)
-Heat large pan with oil
cube chicken and add to pan
salt and pepper chicken
 once chicken is lightly browned add chicken broth, tomato sauce, taco seasoning, and corn. let simmer for a few minutes
 add rice and cook till rice is done (about ten to fifteen minutes)
stir occasionally (I burnt the narf out of mine the first time I made it)
I also turn down the heat as the rice cooks, it helps it not stick to the pan.
Note: if you are using Minute Rice you only need one can of chicken broth
I use regular rice so I need two and I have also found it helps to not drain all the liquid out of the corn, and add that in as well.
Serve with a side salad and WAH LA! Dinner is served.
Enjoy and if you try it let me know what you think!

Oct 18, 2011

Almost there!

Halfway that is :)
A week and a half and I will officially be halfway there, my how time flies!

Oct 14, 2011

New Season New Chapter

My goodness I have a lot to catch up on.
Our internet got hooked up yesterday so it's time for some blogging :)
We are officially all moved into our new home, and it was a crazy week.
We decided to A: paint our entire house 
and B: move into the house all in the same week.
Enough said.
Everything we wanted to get accomplished before the move we did, success! But we still have A LOT more that we are wanting to do.
Just to name a few, wall paper the blank wall in our bedroom, figure out what I want to do in the main bathroom, finish painting furniture, and paint baby # 2's room.
Which also reminds me, we found out what we are having last week.
It's a boy! 
Yes! I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am that Kale is going to have a little brother. 
Kale is already so good with babies, I know he is going to rock it as an older brother.
And I feel so comfortable having another boy, I know he will be so different then Kale but I feel so at ease, I know what I am doing, and I know I can do this.
Bring on baby #2.
I am so glad to be in our own place again and this time is the best yet, because it's our home.
Last night we decided that it was a chocolate chip cookie making, Disney movie watching kind of night, so that's exactly what we did. 
I will post pictures of the house as soon as room's get 100% finished.
And none are yet, how sad.
But for now I will share just one wall that is finished, enjoy, and let me know what you think.
We finally have a garage and it is filled with furniture..
Till next time.