Thursday, February 22, 2018

Orange-Creamsicle Smoothie

If you are an Orange Julius are gonna love this smoothie!!

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

1 cup OJ
1 vanilla yogurt (single serving size)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 T honey
{whipped cream}

--blend together in your nutribullet or blender--that's it! Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

disney countdown......


Counting down meter's 3 week hitch at work means
only 3 weeks until our road trip begins!!!

#countdown #disney #wdw #florida #roadtrip 
#march2018 #justus #cantwaittogoback #fun 
#disneycountdown #21daystogo

[Smoothie Bowls]

 Smoothie Bowls are one of the biggest breakfast food trends out there right now
(at least according to my Instagram feed..LOL)

I LOVE smoothies and I've been looking at some delicious looking smoothie bowls that I am definitely going to make.

I picked up a few supplies last week, including a package of mixed seeds and nuts, chia seeds, and some yummy toasted coconut along with all the ingredients for smoothies. I'm didn't find any of the acai berry packets or mix I was looking for to make the authentic acai bowls, so I'll order some from amazon.

I tried my first smoothie bowl and absolutely loved it!!

blueberry coconut smoothie + pumpkin seeds + nuts + toasted coconut

I do yogurt bowls all the time as well as smoothies, but these are definitely the yummiest!

Here are a few combos I'd like to try!

Lean how make an ACAI BOWL using less acai berry powder but keeping the taste and health benefits. This bowl is packed with antioxidants and is totally #vegan and #refinedsugarfree. Packed with superfoods, this is a #healthy smoothie.  via @healthandpsyched

strawberry + banana + sunflower seeds + granola + coconut

almond + banana + raspberry + coconut + blueberry

Build Your Own Smoothie Bowl - a helpful step-by-step guide with tons of possible combinations! /produceforkids/

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pioneer Woman: Chicken Piccata



The recipe I chose for February from my new Pioneer Woman cook book [Come and Get It], was Chicken Piccata

This has been something I have wanted to try but the capers always kept me away! 
While looking for a recipe to try this month, I was happy to find that PW's recipe omits the capers while still sticking to the original creamy, lemony sauce for the chicken piccata.
It was easy to make and very tasty! I served it over pasta, but mashed potatoes was also suggested.



4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup flour
4 T butter
4 T olive oil
1 cup white wine or chicken broth (I used broth)
3/4 cup chicken broth
juice of 2 lemons 
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 - 2 tsp parsley

Cooking instructions:

1) If chicken breasts are overly thick, pound until slightly flattened. Season with salt & pepper on both sides, then dredge them in the flour.

2) Shake off excess flour and set aside.

3) In a large skillet, heat 2 T oil and 2 T butter, cooking 2 breasts at a time. 

4) Cook until golden brown and cooked through. Repeat with the remains two. Transfer to plate and set aside.

5) Pour in the wine, chicken broth, and lemon juice. Whisk the sauce, scanning the bottom of the pan to loosen up all the flavorful bits. Let the sauce cook and bubble and thicken until reduced by half.

6) Add the cream, salt and pepper, and whisk the sauce, letting it cook for a few minutes to thicken.

7) Stir in parsley, taste to adjust seasoning. It will be very lemony so you can add a little more cream (which I did, along with thickening my sauce a little more with a tsp. of corn starch).

8) Plate & Enjoy!


Monday, February 19, 2018

Rachel Cruze: 14-Day Money Finder

Sign up for Rachel Cruze’s 14-Day Money Finder and you’ll receive daily, practical tips that you can start using right away to find extra…

Ever since the New Year came in, I've been on a budgeting kick! 
I get like this every New Year, you know, new year -fresh start!

I always try to budget and do pretty good at keeping us on one, but I always feel like I could be doing even better. Sometimes, we get busy with work or things going on at home or with the family and we kind of float through the months, not paying attention to little things that creep in, like increases in our Dish bill, etc. 

In January, I pulled out my home binder once again, and started sorting through receipts and bills, and tweaked our current budget a bit. I always write everything in a notebook, with the front page being a monthly calendar log listing all of our bills for the month by date due, then after that, individual pages itemized for each bill, keeping track due dates/amounts paid/which method of payment/etc. This works great for me (us), as I can see everything for the whole month/year at a glance. I like the home binder instead of my notebook, because it files other categories like menu planning/to do lists/home info/etc together in one place. 

I recently started following several [budgeting/money/debt free] accounts on Instagram which led me to Rachel Cruze! I have always loved Dave Ramsey, and even read his "Total Money Makeover" book and applied some of his budgeting tips to our finances, but had never really paid much attention to Rachel's budgeting principles until now.

"Content people don't always have the best of everything, but they make the best of everything." - Rachel Cruze

Her 14-day Money Finder grabbed my looked simple and didn't take long to do, plus I was anxious to see if I really could "find" some extra money hidden in our budget.

I signed up for her daily emails and over the past 2 weeks have taken her money challenge.

I'll break the 14 days down into three parts, sharing the challenge each day and my results. 

Go check out her website and sign up! 

Also, check out her YouTube videos as well! I haven't read her book yet, but it's on my reading list....

Love Your Life, Not Theirs is an inspiring and challenging book no matter your financial situation. The seven habits she outlines are not only wise but biblical.

coming 1-5 of the 14-day money finder challenge!

[photo shoot: derek]


Mom has been wanting an updated picture of Derek, so I pulled out my Canon yesterday and took advantage of the gorgeous, sunny weather! While I am NOT the best at photography, I really tried hard to capture a few shots of Derek that were frame worthy. 

The next two are my faves......

a little washed out, but I like this one....

and because those glasses were important to him....
this one too!!! <3

Having his picture taken is not his most favorite thing to do, but he played along (well kinda sorta) 
so we all could have a grown-up pic to display! What a sweet, handsome guy my nephew is!! :O)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

magic bands!

You know it's getting real when the Magic Bands arrive!! 
Best "happy" mail ever!!

If you are not familiar with Disney's Magic Bands, you wear these during your stay at Walt Disney World to access your room at the resort, get into the parks, get Fast Passes, and pay for meals and snacks. These will be automatically activated on our arrival day so we don't even have to go to the concierge desk at the resort to start using them. :O) 

The trip is quickly approaching and is really coming together. I pretty much have things planned but not too planned because we like to keep things laid back and relaxed. 

Peter crew changes on Wednesday March 14th, and we will meet up and start our road trip. We check in the following day, with no set plans other than getting dinner that night. I didn't make an ADR as I'm not sure what time we will get there. I have some ideas on where we might go though!

We'll have 5 full days after that to enjoy the parks, resort hop, try some new restaurants, spend some time at the pool, check out the night life at Disney Springs, and maybe fit in some extra fun things too! We will do the four parks on Friday 3/16, Saturday 3/17, Sunday 3/18, and Monday 3/19. Tuesday 3/20 is my birthday!!! I've made extra special plans for that day!! :O) :O)

We check out on Wednesday March 21st and will start our drive back home. :O( 

I am very excited about our trip and look forward to seeing/doing some new things in Disney, enjoying some of our favorite things again and making some new special memories in our favorite place!! 

25 days until DISNEY!!!

Orange-Creamsicle Smoothie

If you are an Orange Julius are gonna love this smoothie!! Orange Creamsicle Smoothie 1 cup OJ 1 vanilla yogurt (s...