Monday, January 26, 2015

The Ultimate Super Bowl Menu

In preparation for your big football soiree's, I have some of my favorite, easy recipes lined up for you!


This is one of my families favorite appetizers! If you like it spicy, try this one!

Jalepeno Popper Dip


My 10 Minute Bean Dip is super simple and delicious. My mom has been making this since before I was born and it's one of my go-to appetizers for any occasion!

10 Minute Bean Dip


If you're wanting something a little different, try my Southwestern Corn Dip! It's packed full of flavor!

Southwestern Corn Dip


What is a party without salsa? This is my favorite homemade version!

Better Than Restaurant Salsa



Turkey Chili - I amazingly do not have a picture of this, but it's a super healthy and really flavorful recipe! Bonus? I can whip this up in less than 30 minutes. Serve with cornbread!

If you want a different type of chili, then this is the recipe for you. My white chicken chili is delicious and one reader even entered it into a chili cookoff... and WON!

White Chicken Chili

Mix it up this year and bring this S'more's pie. Everyone will be begging for more!

S'more's Pie

Friday, January 23, 2015

Never Say "I don't get the flu."

Ah, famous last words.

My husband got the flu a couple of weeks ago. He was nervous about me being around him and catching it myself, but as I haven't had the flu since I was a kid, and I've had my flu shot, I didn't think   there was a chance I would get it. "I don't get the flu," I told him. 

Four days after he was fully recovered I felt like something was really wrong. Everything hurt. My eye sockets hurt. My baby toes hurt. I could not figure out what was wrong with myself (seriously...I really had no idea!). Chris came home from work to find me feeling half dead and pronounced that I had the flu.

He ended up being right and I've been confined to bed for ten excruciating days. Thankfully, between Chris and my mom, they've picked up my slack and taken care of everything while I've been out of commission. 

I did use my time wisely though. First, I watched every episode of Downton Abbey. My friends Melissa and Lindsey have been telling me for months that I should watch it and that I'd love it...they were SO right! We just got Amazon Prime and seasons 1-4 are free so I flew through them. It's my new favorite show!


After that I moved onto Gilmore Girls but I am struggling to really get into it. Everyone on twitter raves about it and maybe it just takes awhile to get into. 


And this girl...well, she hasn't left my side once. When I felt my worst she actually jumped onto my bed (she is not allowed on the bed) to check on me. She has stayed next to me the entire time. It's so sweet!


Today (day 10) I am finally starting to feel better. I'm on my last day of Tamiflu which has helped tremendously, and I'm able to get out of bed and do a few things. But take my advice, and never say, "I don't get the flu." Ha!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Birthday Boys

During my blogging break we had some big milestones, including Brody turning 4 and Brayden turning 6!

Brody's birthday was right after we got home from Disney World. Both boys were dying to go see Big Hero 6. Baymax was all over Disney World and they fell in love with him before they had even watched the movie preview! 

Needless to say, they really loved the movie...me, not so much. It was so sad! Why does Disney insist on killing off all the parents?! Baymax was adorable though!


Brody picked Chuck-E-Cheese for his birthday party followed by lunch at Chili's, or as he calls it, the bean place (he thinks the big red chili on the sign is actually a bean).


I picked a pirate Mickey themed cake design for him and he absolutely loved it! It turned out so great!


Brayden's 6th birthday was yesterday and he was beyond excited! This past weekend he picked bowling as his birthday party activity, so our family met us at the bowling alley for games and pizza. I don't have all of those pictures uploaded yet but I did snap a picture of his Ninja Turtles cake with my phone. I think next year we will probably start having friend parties but I've so enjoyed just doing big family events these past few years! It's so much more relaxed!


Yesterday, we surprised B at school with cupcakes for his class! Actually, I think he had guessed that we were coming but he was still so happy to see us!


He picked dinner at Chuy's last night and after that, we went to my parent's house to let him open some gifts and crack open his piñata (this boy LOVES a piñata).

It's so hard to believe that I have a 4 and 6 year old! I always thought it was so cliche to say that kids grow up so fast but I'm finding it to be ridiculously true. I'm so proud of the sweet, God-loving little boys they are and I'm so grateful that I get to be their mommy!
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