iPhone pics from the weekend

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A little afternoon painting

Watching Frozen

Hi mom 

Wearing boom boom


Trying out the new glider bike 





Fashion Friday

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This is pretty typical to what I wear around the house. Jeans and a casual tshirt  

Outfits details: jeans- express, grey tshirt- target

White chicken chili

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I love chili and this white chicken chili has become a favorite. It's easy, ingredients can be kept on hand and it freezes well. 

Ingredients 
3 cans rinsed canelli beans
1 can rinsed pinto beans 
1 can diced chili ready tomatoes 
1 4oz can diced green chilies 
2 cooked chichen breasts, chopped or shredded
1 cup water
2 T taco seasoning 
1/2 cup sour cream

Add everything except sour cream to a big pot and let it simmer on low for an hour, stirring gently every so often.  
After an hour, stir in sour cream. At this point it is ready to eat. I add a dollop of sour cream on top. 




Monday meal planning

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Monday- Turkey Reuben's with sweet potato fries
Tuesday- White bean chicken chili with cast iron corn bread
Wednesday- I have meal ministry this day. It's when us moms from our moms group get together and bring meals to a new mama who recently had a baby. I'll be making the layered taco for them and also taking them a garden salad, cut up fruit and brownies.  We will be having tacos and probably a salad. 
Thursday- Chirizo and egg breakfast nachos with fruit 
Friday- Soup and bread takeout.  I am loving this day because Mike brings home dinner and we eat a bit later. No dishes and it is a fun way to spend Friday night as a family. 

Our Mad Men inspired room

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We have a formal sitting room and we were looking into some unique ideas to make it a vintage theme. We love the Mad Men show and wanted to base the decor of the room around that 60's era. 
It has taken a while but we finally found some pieces that go perfectly with our theme. 

First up is the furniture. I love the colors and I like that it isn't matchy matchy.


Next is the wall art. These are unique because you place them in the opposite direction and they still match up. 

Our latest purchase is this vintage bar cart. It might be my favorite piece in the room so far. It fits perfect and it is so functional. We host a lot and Mike loves to mix drinks. His favorite is an old fashion. It's the first drink he makes for guests to start the night with. 


We are still looking for a credenza, a side table and some type of lamp. 
It's coming along though and I am loving having an adult space in the house v

Fashion Friday

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This weeks favorite outfit is a comfy one. We went to the zoo on Tuesday and I wanted something casual that I could still easily nurse in. 
I also love roxy hoodies so this new one has quickly become my favorite. I've worn it so many times this past couple of weeks. 


Jeans are citizens of humanity, hoodie is roxy and the tank underneath is vs pink

Happy St Pattys Day

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Ours was pretty relaxing.  I took the kids to the gym during the day so I could take a strength training class. Then we did some grocery shopping and cleaned the house. 
 We enjoyed some corned beef that I made in the crock pot for dinner. Pretty easy recipe too. 
Hope you enjoyed your day. Cheers! 


Meal Planning Monday

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It is Lent right now so we do not eat meat on Fridays.  We used to eat some type of fish each week and we would go out to dinner but since having children, going out to eat is much more of a process.  Mike doesn't really like pasta so we have been eating soup on Fridays.

Mike has been stopping by this gourmet grocery store on his way home and picking up soup and garlic bread.  It has been nice not to cook that day and also it has been great trying new soups since we can only have the vegetarian option.

So this week looks like this:

Corned beef in the crock pot, after it is cooked I'm going to use it to make sandwiches
Chicken and Sausage gumbo, using up a freezer meal 
Turkey tacos with beans and rice
Balsamic chicken, http://shellyheim.com/clean-eating-fitness-recipes/recipes/balsamic-vinegar-chicken/



Fashion Friday

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I know in the past I've done what I wore Wednesdays but I'm usually pretty forgetful when it comes to taking the pictures. Also on most days my outfits are pretty un eventful. 
So I'm going to be doing fashion Fridays, where I'll share with you my favorite outfit of the week. 
This week it was my moms night out outfit. Which I didn't end up going to even though I spent a half hour getting ready.
 More on that later. 


Outfit deets: sequin tank and jeans from express, cardigan from old navy and Jessica Simpson shoes 

Layered Taco Casserole recipe

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Let's talk casseroles.  I think people tend to have a love/ hate relationship with casseroles.  I personally love them.  I grew up eating them.  To me they are pure comfort food.  Yummy different flavors all in one big dish.  I mean who doesn't love that.

Well, I will tell you who.  My husband.  He is not a fan of casseroles and not for the reasons you might think.  He doesn't like them because he has no self control when it comes to eating them.  If I make a 9x13 pan, he will eat more than half of it by himself.

So, we don't eat many casseroles.

Except for this casserole.  I came up with this recipe while I was trying to do some make ahead meals.  It is easy to make, and easy to freeze.  Best part too, is if you break it down to what it essentially is, it's just a bunch of taco's.  So even if Mike eats more than half of it, than he's really only eating 4 or so taco's, which isn't really that bad.

Here are the step by step directions.

First I cook 1 pound of ground turkey and a half an onion that was diced. Then I add in the taco seasonings and 1 can of rinsed black beans.


Then I shred up a block of cheddar cheese.  Freshly shredded cheese is my favorite but you could use a pre shredded package.


Next I spray an 8x8 dish with a non stick spray, then put down a layer of flour tortilla's.  You can buy big ones or just cut up the smaller size ones to make some sort of even layer.  


Then I put down a layer of ground turkey, then some shredded cheese, then dollops of sour cream and salsa.  


Just keep doing layers until everything is used up.  I usually get 3 layers and end it on the top with a layer of shells, then some salsa and lots of cheese.  I made 2 8x8 pans while I did this.  One I cooked right away and the other one I froze.  


And here is the cooked dish.  You can see the layers and all of the melted cheese in between.  




When I serve this I put a little lettuce and a little bit of sour cream and taco sauce on top. 

 I had 2 pieces and Mike ate the rest of the dish.  This is one dinner that we never end up having left overs with.  



Full Recipe Below

Layered Taco

1 Pound Ground Turkey (or Ground Beef)
1/2 Diced onion
3 Tablespoons of taco seasoning (recipe below) or 1 Package of Taco seasoning
1 Can Rinsed Black Beans
1 Cup Salsa 
1 Cup Sour Cream 
8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
6 Taco Size Flour Tortilla Shells

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8x8 pan with a non stick cooking spray.

Start with a layer of shells in a greased 8x8 pan.  Then put down a layer of meat then salsa and sour cream then cheese.  The last layer will be just the flour tortilla's with salsa and cheese on top.  

Bake for 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Let set for at least 10 minutes when it is taken out of the oven to allow the layers to set.  



Taco Seasoning
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 Teaspoon onion powder
1/4 Teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 Teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 Teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

And the new blog is up and running, WELCOME

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Hi fellow friends, family, current followers and new readers. 
Welcome to the my new revised blog complete with a new name. 
 I am excited to have a new format and especially excited about the name change.
My focus with this blog will still be to share our daily life with all of you but I also intend on focusing more on a few items.  I will be writting a lot more on recipes, meal planning and I want to talk more about casual entertaining.   
Thanks as always for reading and please follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. 

Changes to come

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My blog is getting a new look with a new name. Hopefully it's completed today. I'll update my followers when the changes are complete. So exciting!

iPhone pictures

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I forgot to take pictures last week of my outfits. The week flew right by. Here are a few pictures of what we were up to.















Homemade Sugar Scrub

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It is still winter and my skin has had enough.  I try to only shower once a day but, if I end up going to the gym later in the afternoon sometimes I end up showering twice.  I love hot showers too.  I know they dry out your skin but, it relaxes me.
My hands are the worse though.  I am constantly washing them that they end up getting so dry that they crack and sometimes bleed.
At night I apply Neutrogena intense hand cream and although it works it still is not enough.  I finally realized that I should start exfoliating my hands and applying hand lotion through out the day.
I came up with this diy exfoliating oil with 2 ingredients that I already had in the house.
Coconut oil and sugar.
I used Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut oil.  It has such a great scent on it's own that I decided not to add any essential oils to make it smell different.  You could though.  Lavender would be great.



First I scooped out 1/2 Cup of oil, added it to a mason jar and melted it a bit in the microwave.  



Then I stirred in 1/4 Cup of basic white sugar.


I let it sit for a couple of hours. Then I put some in a little container to keep by the sink.  

It smells great and it really works.  You could make a bigger batch at one time.  For example 1 Cup of coconut oil and 1/2 Cup of sugar.  


Meal planning Monday

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Lent starts this week so I've been getting ideas together for some interesting meatless meals. Mike doesn't eat pasta very often so I have a few things in mind to try over the next month.

This week the plan is:

Chicken stir fry with brown rice and home made crab rangoons
Turkey and black bean tacos with corn 
Grilled cheese with tomato basil soup 
Home made individual pizzas with a tomato and cucumber salad
Sunny side eggs over roasted asparagus with roasted sweet potatoes 


Ikea rug make over

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I was looking for a rug for the back door that would go with my St Pattys day decorations. I put up new decorations for every holiday. Right now we are all about the green in our house. 
So when I was shoping with my sister in law this week at Ikea I found the perfect solution. 
I bought this black rug and added green paint on the indented circles. It was really easy and turned out really cute. I already had the paint and the rug was only $3.99. 

Here's the link:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20239307/



They have different colors too. 




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