Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Frozen February - Hot Crock Pot Meal

With all the cold we've had the last few weeks, I've been trying to keep us warm on Monday nights after dance with our Crock Pot meals. Luckily, Craig has been getting home around 5, so he's had us spoiled with dinner on the table when we come in. I'll fix the crock pot before leaving in the morning, and he'll whip up pasta or rice to go with it. Last night we enjoyed Cajun Chicken with Sausage from a recipe I adapted from McCormick. By adapted I mean, used what seasonings I had on hand... I've been avoiding the grocery store due to the weather, I get what we need and get out as quick as I can!

Enjoy your Valentines week... I'll share some pictures of my Valentines Cuties later this week!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cutie Patootie

Check out my Wordless Wednesday Girl all bundled up..... Go HERE!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year New Recipe

We're slowly getting back into routine. Last week was school and church; this week dance.

I'm trying to get cooking at home back into routine. For the new year we have been trying to limit processed food. We typically have a crockpot meal on Mondays, but Craig treated us to dinner. He fixed a BBQ brisket, green beans and macaroni and cheese. So I figured I return the favor, we tried something new... Parmesan Chicken Meatballs and a big salad topped with my new favorite Roasted Red Pepper Italian Dressing!

The girls loved them with a side of leftover macaroni and cheese and we enjoyed something different and healthy.... this was my first time cooking with ground chicken. I adapted this from a recipe I found on Pinterest. 

Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

2 lbs ground chicken
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
1 t. Garlic Powder
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1 egg
Pizza Sauce
Olive Oil

Mix chicken,parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, egg and half mozzarella cheese. Roll into golf ball size meatballs. Mix 1/4 cup pizza sauce and 3 tbl olive oil and brush over each meatball. Cook 15 mins on 400°. Remove and top with a teaspoon of pizza sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and turn to low broil for 5 minutes.

Other recipes I've seen include onions, bell pepper,  parsley, etc. I'm sure any combination would be an improvement, but I tried to keep it simple. - Enjoy!

Monday, January 6, 2014

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas.... It's a Wrap!

I hope you enjoyed our 12 days of Christmas Fall/Winter Recap. I'm glad I got them documented, I'm hoping this is the year I get back to paper scrapbooking, but for now, these post will be a memory jogger for sure!

For this day of Epiphany, I thought I would share some other things we did during the month.  Brooke was in two Christmas Programs. In the one at our Church she played Agent Tiny in We Three Spies. She was too cute, and probably one of the smallest kids up there, and the only 1st grader with a big role. I was so proud of her for trying out. She knew all of her 15 lines and all the dance moves (gee imagine that!).
She also played Mary in the AfterSchool's program at Moe Hts. She was so excited, and who knew Mary was missing teeth! The after school teachers have done a great job with these kids. They have taught them scripture, take them on mission trips (to the local food pantry), and just have a great time in general. Brooke loves it so much that she had the choice to go to Jujus or to the after school program today and she chose afterschool. I think she was missing her friends too. We did meet Juju and Papaw for dinner on this super cold night!

 Of course I can't leave out the cute little crooked halo angel! 

The day after Christmas we spent the morning at the house playing with our new toys, and then dressed up to meet Craig for lunch. He took us to Keifers and then to the Old Capitol Museum and to the William Winters Archives and Histories building to see the electric train set. It was a fun outing, and we returned home for a good nap from 2 to 5!
 Easy Bake cooker and her impatient helper! 
Pretending they are in "New York" - if only they knew! 

We spent the rest of the week and weekend in our Pj's playing at the house. We all had a touch of the Crud and a cold, and Brooke had a stomach bug, so we had good excuses to not get out of our PJ's. We played games, worked puzzles, painted faces, sang, danced, you name it! A perfect way to spend the last weekend of the year!
 Painted Ladies - Brooke actually did mine. We attempted to paint Craigs face, but Tenley got very upset insisting that boys do not wear makeup!

Again - Happy New Year, may your 2014 be as blessed as our 2013!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas... Fall Finale!

 For the third year in a row we went with Craigs family to Mitchell Farms for a day of fun and some pumpkin picking. The girls enjoyed the trip. They had a lot of new things to play on, so it's not the same ole thing every year!
The Prestwood Clan! 
 The girls with Memaw and Pawpaw.
 Our little posers! 

I took a day off to join Tenleys class on her pumpkin patch field trip. Juju went with us too!

And then another day I volunteered to help with their Fall Frolic. Such fun.

 Our Fall Cuties!

The first of October we traveled to MSU for the LSU game and to spend time with Whitney and Chris. We enjoyed tailgating, and then front row seats at the ballgame. The game started great, but ended ugly with an MSU loss. 
 A beautiful reminder of our blessings. A beautiful Rainbow on a perfectly beautiful day!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

On the Tenth Day of Christmas ... Being Thankful!

   Happy Very  Belated Thanksgiving and Go Dawgs!

As you can see from our post, we have had much to be thankful for this year. We survived the year with no hospital visits or surgeries and very few doctors appointments. After 2012, this is a huge blessing. So we are thankful for family, health, and all of our many blessings!

What an exciting Thanksgiving Day, we traveled to Magee for Thanksgiving lunch and then stayed the afternoon to play, do early Black Friday shopping at Wally World, and watch the ballgame. We had a great lunch, and scored some good Christmas finds and we were in and out in less than an hour, just in time to get home to watch the Egg Bowl. Who would have thought the game would have been so exciting!
Our little Indian "Blue Fish" after her pow wow at school! 
 Go Dawgs!