Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Presidential Pictures and Stories This book is great for any history buff that wants to know more about the presidents. This book will give you a lot of insight and knowledge into what they were like on a day to day level instead of just what you imagine they are like from the news. It was very interesting to see how much some presidents interacted with the photographers and even going as far as building a "home" for them in the White House. Then it showed how some presidents were weary and the photographers started changing how many pictures and if they were even allowed. This book was given to me free in exchange for a honest review from NetGallery.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sargento Cheese

OK....My kids are the pickiest children in the entire world. They won't eat anything new or different unless you trick them into it. I received a VoxBox from Sargento Cheese and rushed out to the store to pick it up. I was so excited. My kids loved the cheese carrier and both wanted to use it. They even tried the cheese!! It is so easy to whip up some cheese and crackers or cheese and grapes and them love it and it be HEALTHY!!!! Thank you Sargento Cheese! #ChooseSargentoCheese

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Heart of the Matter

This book was really inspiring. It makes you sit back and look at your life and different things that happen in your life with a different point of view. It specifically asks in the book "Do you think any person would honestly ever choose to be sick, Have unhealthy relationships, etc." Of course they wouldn't. Things happen in all of our lives as well as habits that each of us have. We just need to have a different perspective when looking at out lives. There is a see, hear and feel technique that is explained in the book which is great. It helps you understand and cope with you emotions. This technique can work with anyone from 2 to 92. What an amazing tool to have. The book will help anyone but especially anyone that has ever been hurt in the past (who hasn't?) cope with the emotions that they still have from that event. I was given this book to review by HayHouse Book Nook.

His Treasure By Sheri Rose Shepherd

This book is fantastic! It has a very appealing cover, as well as great illustrations inside the book. It is little enough to fit in your purse to read when you have a moment but still big enough to be able to read all the words on the page. Each section starts off with "My chosen daughter" or "My child" which I love to see. It is one more way to remind me that I am God's Child. I have spent the last couple of weeks going through the different pages of this book and reading when I am available but I have really looked forward to getting up in the morning and reading a page from the book. The quote I love the most from this book is "If the devil can't make you bad, his next trick will be to try to burn you out". How uplifting that is to hear. It makes me realize that the Devil doesn't just make you do bad things but also it can burn you out of being good. Another quote I love is "When you have no idea what to do...Be still and wait for God" Love this also. It really hits home that if I don't know what to do about a situation, I just need to chill out and wait for God to show me the way. I was given this book by Tyndale to give my personal opinion.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Beep Beep Goes the Bus Driver

Beep Beep Goes the Bus Driver Vincent Scala This book was so cute! My little boy and oldest daughter (2 & 9) love sitting through this book. I think it is like a modern day Dr. Suess. It is fun, catchy and has great pictures. What I liked most about this book is that it could be tailored to a boy or girl. My bad thing is looking at the cover you would assume that it is for a small child (2 - 3) It is actually for older aged children, probably between 6-7. Regardless though it is adorably cute and fun to read. You never know what will be coming next. It could be a dinosaur or a ballerina. I was given this book to review by Net Gallery. This is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


This year, I am going to be a leader of a AHG troop. We are so excited about getting this started. The belief of this group as well as my beliefs are very similar and I love everything that this group stands for. I will be posting lots of ideas for games and different fun items that we will be doing.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Taste of Home Recipes Across America

If you see this book, You have to buy it. I have had so many successes out of this book. It was so good! My favorite out of everything was the Hummingbird Cake..YUMMY! I wish my cameras wasn't dead so that I could post all the amazing things that I have been able to cook. My daughter and husbands favorite was the Maple Syrup Cornbread!! That just sounds terrific. :)

When you first look at the book, You probably think that this is an older persons cookbook but I can assure you that it is for anyone! My 9 year old loved to cook some of the things in it and I didn't hear her complain once about any of the recipes. They divide the book up into regions: West, Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest. Each region has foods that come from each of those areas. You can find something for everyone in this book.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cookie in a cup

Last night, we tried cookie in a cup. It was so much fun to make. It was quick and easy. Very little clean up!


1/4 cup all purpose flour Pinch of baking soda 1 tablespoon white sugar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 3 drops vanilla extract Small pinch salt 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons of semisweet chocolate chiPS

microwave for 60 seconds. Below are some pics..As you can see hubby doesn't like it too much.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


I am so excited!! I ordered a new phone today well the same phone actually but I lost my other. Anyways, when I updated my phone, It automatically synced my blog! This will be so much easier!

Friday, August 16, 2013


Tuesday was Brandon's Birthday! It was so much fun. We went to  Texas De Brazil and had the most amazing meal. The salad bar has over 60 items on it and you could definantly fill up on that but then they bring the meat out. Boy!!! It was great, There was lamb, chicken, beef, sausage, and pork. It was amazing! 

We hung out at Barnes and Nobles for a while and then went on home. It was such a great sweet night to enjoy with the hubby! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Life's Operating Manual

I have been really getting into reading lately and I found a great book that made me think about life in another way. The name is "Life's Operating Manual" by Tom Shadyac.

The book has a very unconventional and different opinion on life.  Tom Shadyac is the director of many hilarious films...Bruce Almighty, Ace Ventura, etc. I would assume that his view on life is one with a sense of humor and it is but it is also very serious.

I do not agree with a lot of the things in the book BUT I do very much like how he presented the information. It takes the way the society views life and "The American Dream" then it presents it in a different view point. Many times in the book, he says "Make life the way you want it" or "You don't have to fit in" make your own decisions instead of letting society (life) make them for you. I loved the fear/truth dialogues through the entire book. It really make his point. I don't think the book would have been 1/2 as good if the dialogues weren't in the book. I wouldn't read this book twice but I think it was a 3 star book.

I was given this book by Hay House to give my honest review.

Garlic & Honey Chicken

So excited for dinner tonight!!


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts (~2 lbs)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed, I use Brown Sugar Substitute 62506)
  • 23 cup vinegar
  • 14 cup lemon lime beverage (carbonated)
  • 2 tbsps minced garlic
  • 2 tbsps soy sauce
  • 1 tsp pepper
Mix together in crockpot for 6-8 hours and eat away. I will let you know how it tastes!

Don't get excited! It was not good. I did exactly what it said to do and it was horrible. I guess some people like it but I hated it.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013



I can't believe that Brandon CUT his hair!! I have never seen him with short hair. What a shock. This is a great move in our marriage that we are trying for the other person. I am excited that he has made a step in a positive direction. I haven't been cooking lately due to Brooklyn not being home and landon eating pretty much anything but I want to start cooking again. I need some new cookbooks. I think that is what I will do this weekend.

Here are some updated pictures of everyone with new haircuts!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

So long

So it has been over a year since I have been on. I really miss getting on and updating all the wonderful things we do. I plan on getting on later and updating a bunch of pictures but for now, I have an awesome reciepe that I cooked last night.

It was all gone before I could get a picture :)

Crunchy Honey Chicken

serves 2+

1 pound thinly sliced, boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 egg whites

1/3 cup cornstarch (or flour – for dredging)

1 cup broccoli florets

1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced

a handful of sugar snap peas (about 3/4 cup)

1 clove garlic, minced

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup honey

salt and pepper to taste

Prepare and slice all veggies – feel free to add whatever you would like. In 2 separate bowls, add the egg whites (lightly beaten) and the cornstarch or flour. (The cornstarch will yield a “crispier” chicken). Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add veggies with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and saute for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add in soy sauce and garlic and stir so veggies are coated, about 60 seconds. Remove from skillet and set aside in a bowl.

Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces and season with salt and pepper. Heat the same skillet (or you can use a different one, I just use the same to make it easier) over medium-high heat and add remaining olive oil. Dip chicken pieces in egg whites and then lightly dredge in cornstarch. Add to the skillet and let brown for 2-3 minutes, then flip. Continue with remaining chicken pieces, and do so in batches if needed.

Once chicken is cooked, add veggies back in the skillet. Add honey and thoroughly mix to combine. Taste and season with salt, pepper, additional honey or soy sauce. Serve with rice.