A Messy Good Time!!

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone so long. It’s not that I don’t want to keep up with my blog. I do. I really do. But I’ve been so busy. Busy with what? Kids, work, life.

But most recently, planning a weekend long birthday party for my daughter. She just turned 16. It was crazy!! We had a 3 tiered cake that about did me in, paint wars, a colored powder fight, and so much more. But instead of just telling you, why don’t I just show you? 😊

Lake Wedington, AR. The scene of our epic bday party.

We rented a cabin for the entire weekend.

It was small but cozy, air conditioned (although it didn’t work very well) and clean, and the beds were surprisingly comfortable. No tv-the kids didn’t like that. We brought board games, a karaoke machine, and marshmallows to roast.

First up: unpacking. We packed way too much stuff but I’d rather have too much than not enough. Clothes, party stuff, prizes, games, etc.

THE FIRST NIGHT:

Karaoke Time!!

My daughter and her best friend belted out tunes to an energetic audience of 3.

Not long after, the ‘crowd dispersed and hit the hay.

GOOD MORNING!!

The hubby woke everyone up by banging on pots and pans (This echoes inside a small cabin).

Delicious breakfast for a busy, busy day.

Next up, decorating the cabin for the party.

We all took to this with a smile on our face and a song or two blasting through the cabin.

Finally, We’re heading down to the lake for swimming and food! And a little music too.

CAKE AND ICE CREAM.

We had to keep the cake and ice cream at the cabin because they would have melted in a heartbeat. And I worked really hard on this cake. While it didn’t turn out as planned (I cried for a bit about that), my daughter was still pretty happy with it.

FUN AND GAMES!!

Game #1: Shake your booty. This game had everyone laughing so hard!!!

We actually had a couple more games to play but it was beginning to get late and the park gates closed at 8 pm so we moved on to the best part of the evening, the part all of the kids had been looking forward to.

PAINT SLIP N SLIDE:

How about a colored powder fight next? Shasta was the champion by the way. 😁

And perhaps the messiest and most fun, the paint war!!

Talk about a mess. But so much fun!! Afterward, everyone got sprayed down with the garden hose and showered. (Paint was still coming out of everyone’s hair even a day later.)

Then there was just us. The hubby had a headache so we had my daughter’s friend grill up some chicken for us.

A really good cook by the way.

Roasting marshmallows, ghost stories, and a light show ended the night. (At least for me. I crashed out at 1, the kids were up until the sun came up.)

All in all, I think my daughter had a great time and hopeful it will be one she will remember and cherish for many years.

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It’s what’s for dinner

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce

I love to try new recipes. Especially if they are:

1. Delicious

2. Healthy

This dish fits both requirements. And best of all, my family loves it too!

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKEN:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 TBS mayo
  • 3 TBS shredded Parmasean cheese

INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE:

  • 3 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 TBS cream cheese
  • 1 TBS shredded Parmasean cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Rinse chicken and dry so mayo will stick to it
  3. Baste the mayo onto chicken
  4. Top with shredded cheese
  5. Place in baking dish
  6. Bake uncovered 40-50 minutes
  7. When chicken has 10 minutes left, start your sauce
  8. Combine heavy cream and cream cheese into warm skillet, whisk until mixed thoroughly
  9. Add Parmasean and garlic powder. Whisk until smooth.
  10. Add some bacon but leave some for garnishing chicken
  11. Place chicken on plate and drizzle sauce over it.
  12. Add bacon and enjoy!

40 years and counting…

Good morning all. As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but to watch the clock, waiting for midnight, for October 2nd to roll over into October 3rd. Why? No, not for my break time (I work nights). The reason is simple:

On October 3rd, I will forever leave my 30’s behind. Yep, that’s right, I will join the group of 40 year olds.

By the time you read this, you will no longer be reading a blog post written by a 39 year old woman but from a 40 year old woman.

Big difference? Maybe….

There are those familiar sayings about a person turning forty. You know the ones:

  • Over the hill
  • Your life is half over
  • One foot in the grave
  • It’s all downhill from here

They go on and on. Now I’m not going to lie. Turning 40 makes me feel a tad bit depressed. I mean, I have been alive and on this Earth for 40 years and I don’t know, I just thought I would have done more with my time.

BUT….

I refuse to dig myself into a pit of despair about all of the things I have not done or the places I’ve never been. Instead, I want to think about everything I have experienced in my last 40 years.

1. I didn’t finish high school

BUT…

I got my G.E.D.

2. I worked on a stinky chicken farm

BUT…

I met my best friend in the whole world

3. Unfortunately I had to quit college

BUT…

I have a very good paying job

WITH…

A great partner

4. I got married…and divorced

BUT…

I met and married my soul mate

5. I didn’t have the twins I always wanted

BUT…

I did have two beautiful children

AND…

became a step mom to another beautiful child

6. I’m not living in some million dollar mansion

BUT…

I did purchase an even better, cozy, loving home with my wonderful husband

7. I didn’t get on become a NY Times Bestsellers List or sign a movie deal based on my books (YET…)

BUT…

I did become a published author!

P.S. The 3rd full length book in The Perfect Order series is in the early stages…

So, to sum it all up:

I may not have accomplished everything I wanted to in the way I wanted to…

And I may not have “The Perfect Life”…

But what I have accomplished is amazing to me

And what I do have, the LIFE I have, is perfect for me.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Enjoy!

This is what’s for dinner!

Hi all. I wanted to share an amazing recipe I found. This is out of the world delicious! A definite must try. Enjoy!

Easy Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

So simple yet extremely rich, creamy and absolutely delicious!

An unbelievably easy sour cream chicken enchilada casserole recipe that it can be a weeknight recipe

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P.S. I didn’t add either the onion or the green chilis bc my kids don’t like them but these are still great!

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Servings    Prep Time    Cook

Time
    

8            25 mins.        20 mins

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Ingredients:

2 lb chicken breast diced. Could use as little as 1 pound

1 onion medium

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

8 flour tortillas 8 inch each

2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

15 ounce chicken broth

1 cup sour cream

4 ounce chopped green chilis

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 convection or 400 conventional.

Trim and dice about 1 (or 2) pound skinless boneless chicken breast into about 1/2 inch or smaller pieces. Dice one medium onion.

Add one tablespoon oil to a large fry pan over medium-high heat and when hot add chicken and onion together. Cook until chicken is done. About 5 minutes.

Spray a 9 by 13 baking dish with PAM. Heat 8 tortillas (8 inches) in a microwave for 15-20 seconds to soften.

Assemble the enchiladas. On a tortilla add about 1/4 cup of chicken/onion (more if you increased the chicken) and about two tablespoons of Monterey Jack cheese. Place this not in the center but about at the 1/3 mark then roll over the short end and roll tightly. Place seam down in the baking pan. Repeat until done.

In a medium saucepan melt four tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) butter over medium heat. When melted, add 1/4 cup flour. Whisk together and cook for a few minutes then add one can chicken broth and continuously whisk until thickened then a few minutes more.

Remove from heat and add 1 cup sour cream and 1 (4 ounces) can chopped green chilis.

Pour over the assembled enchiladas. Top with 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese.

Bake until golden brown and bubbling. About 20 minutes.

Stuffed Chicken Breast

I made this for my family last night along with homemade mashed potatoes, white gravy, and French style green beans with a creamy butter sauce. A definite DO for the chicken lovers out there….. 

 INGREDIENTS:

  • Thick chicken breasts
  • Sliced uncooked bacon
  • Shredded cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Cut a “pocket” into the chicken breast, careful not to slice all the way through
  3. Fill the pocket with a slice of bacon and shredded cheese
  4. Bake for 1 hour
  5. Remove and cover with more cheese. *You can add more bacon on top if you want*
  6. Bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is well melted. 

Add your favorites sides and enjoy!