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Friday Favorites {2.12.16}

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It’s Friday y’all! This has been a long week that seemed as though it would never end! Nothing special happened, just real life. I’m pumped that it’s almost time for the weekend. We have a full day of basketball games tomorrow plus Maia has 2 different birthday parties to attend and we’re babysitting my nephew tomorrow night. Then Sunday is Valentines Day! We don’t do much for Valentines Day anymore. We really are happier renting a couple of movies from Redbox, grabbing take out for dinner, and having family movie night in front of the fire. No babysitter needed! In honor of Valentines Day my favorites this week I’m sharing a few things that would be on my Valentines wish list if Matt and I still exchanged gifts.

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The Keurig 2.0 in turquoise. How amazing would this look in my kitchen? But our old Keurig still works great and honestly I think I might upgrade to the Ninja coffee bar next time we need a coffee maker. That thing looks awesome! 

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Amazon Gift Cards….the gift that keeps on giving. I love to read on my Kindle and an Amazon gift card to buy books would seriously be the best gift! 

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And because I love my Kindle Paperwhite so much I could definitely use a new case. I love this Jonathan Adler Ampersand case! Isn’t it adorable?

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I’ve been pretty clear that I am in love with my Barefoot Dreams Blardigan from Nordstrom, right? I mean, I would live in it if at all possible. Side note- have you seen the new cable knit blardigan? Oh my gosh, so cute. I really want a pair of these cozy looking lounge pants that are made out of the same material as the blardigan. Don’t they look amazing? But at $92 each I haven’t taken the plunge yet. 

What would be on your Valentines Day wish list?

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He Said, She Said: Hot Salsa

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Setting the Scene: There is a running joke in our house that Matt has burned all his taste buds off with hot sauce. The rest of us will be literally crying while chugging milk to ease the burn and he can’t even tell whatever we’re eating is spicy. I finally found a special salsa at the Asian market and brought it home for him to try. The following conversation took place after he took a big first bite.

She Said: Why are you huffing and puffing over there?

He Said: What is this stuff?

She Said: Hot Salsa from the Asian market.

He Said: It’s really hot.

She Said: You asked for hot.

He Said: Yeah but this is like melt your face off hot.

She Said: Is there any other kind?

He Said: Yeah, there’s hot without melting your face off.

She Said: Want me to drop you back down to white people salsa?

He Said: I guess so.

She Said: It’s ok. I won’t think less of you. Much.

He Said: Thanks.

She Said: You bet. Supportive is my middle name.

He Said: Clearly.

The End.

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Easy Creamy BBQ Chicken Pasta

I stumbled upon this recipe on accident. I meant to buy the ingredients for another dinner but forget a few key components so I ended up throwing this together out of stuff I had on hand instead. And it was a hit. The kids loved it. And the dish was very inexpensive!

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Ingredients:
1 box penne pasta
2 cups cooked & shredded chicken
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cups favorite BBQ sauce
1/4 cup half and half
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:
1. Cook and drain pasta.
2. Add pasta, corn, chicken, tomatoes, and onion to 13×9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
3. Mix BBQ sauce and half and half together.
4. Stir sauce into pasta mix.
5. Top with cheese.
6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

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If your kids love pasta as much as mine do then you should give this creamy pasta dish a try. It’s the perfect one-dish dinner for those busy weeknights when you have no time or energy to make a complicated meal. 

Creamy BBQ Chicken Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box penne pasta
  2. 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken
  3. 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  4. 1 can diced tomatoes
  5. 1/2 cup diced onion
  6. 2 cups favorite BBQ sauce
  7. 1/4 cup half and half
  8. 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook and drain pasta.
  2. Add pasta, corn, chicken, tomatoes, and onion to 13x9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Mix BBQ sauce and half and half together.
  4. Stir sauce into pasta mix.
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
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6 Lessons My Kids Learned From The Superbowl

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I’m a Carolina Panthers fan. I have been from the beginning way back in 1995 and this season was just awesome. We were so excited to make it to the Superbowl and to watch our team play. The game did not go our way, we didn’t play well, and it was disappointing. However, if we had to lose to a team I’m glad it was the Broncos. I like Peyton Manning, I like him a lot. I think he’s a really classy, stand up guy and I’m happy for him. We are a family who loves football and we watch as many games as possible- Sunday, Monday, Thursday…we watch them all. And we let our kids stay up to watch the Superbowl. We spent Sunday getting prepped for the big game. 

We bought ourselves some new Panthers gear to celebrate. We made some delicious snacks and treats for the game. We had a house full of friends and family including a whole group of teenagers. We cheered our team on even when things weren’t going our way. Then we watched our team lose. And there were some lessons learned.

1- Good defense is just as important as good offense. This was a great lesson for Mase. Ty plays middle linebacker so he already understands the importance of strong defense. Mase is still young enough to be enamored by the glitter of being a quarterback. So this was a great lesson for him. The offense might score the big plays but the defense is the foundation of a team.

2- You’re never too old. The age span between Cam Newton and Peyton Manning was the largest ever in a Superbowl. And with age comes wisdom. The lesson that it’s never too late was a great one….especially for the teenager who thinks his parents are ancient.

3- Good sportsmanship means being gracious in defeat as well as in victory. Oh boy. That post-game press conference. Yikes. I understand Cam Newton was very disappointed. We all were. But you have to stand up like a man and show your character. This was a great opportunity for us to talk with our kids about sportsmanship. You have to show grace- both when you win and when you lose. 

4- Playing with integrity is the most important thing. While I wasn’t thrilled with a lot of the missed calls by the referees it was great to watch a game where the teams played with integrity. There were no cheap shots, no fights, very little trash talking…it was great to watch. 

5- Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. I loved being able to talk to the kids about Peyton Manning and share his great comeback story. Everyone counted him out after his surgery and look at him now! That’s a lesson that I hope sinks in for my kids. Believe in yourself, no matter what everyone else is saying.

6- Don’t repeat the words yelled by your parents when you go to school. Yeah. Probably the biggest lesson of all that was learned during the Superbowl game. 

All in all, it was a great season and we are very proud of our Carolina Panthers #keeppounding #pantherspride

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Life Lately {January 2016}

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Just a little bit late on my January Life Lately post. It was a busy month! Life just doesn’t seem to slow down at all around here these days.

Maia finally saved up enough money to buy her camera. She’s been saving for about 6 months and the money she got for her birthday in November and then Christmas finally put her over the top. She’s been taking tons of pictures and she’s really very good.

Wood flooring was delivered to install in the living room, Ty’s bedroom and the upstairs hallway. The leak in the window in our living room was the catalyst for this particular home improvement project. 

The leak in the master bathroom led to the ceiling falling through in the garage so the water remediation company had to come in and cut out all the wet drywall. It took over a week for the big fans to fully dry out this area. I’m starting to think our house hates us. 

Our washer finally died so I went ahead and replaced the dryer too so I could have a matching set. The plus side is that now that I don’t have front loaders I could finally put up the bifold doors again. I love my new washer- I got the biggest size I could fit in the laundry closet and what used to take 3 loads can now be done in 1!

And of course, nothing can be easy in our house. Turns out the floor in the living room and Tyler’s room is uneven. Very very uneven. It cost a whole lot of money to fix the issue before they could even start laying the wood flooring. Can you hear my checking account crying?

Mase had basketball pictures done. Ty declined to participate in such lunacy. Teenagers. Of course, they scheduled picture day at 9am on Saturday at a school across town from the school where they had a game to play at 9:30. Why do they do this to us? That’s way too much stress on a Saturday morning.

Biggest and littlest. Almost 10 years apart in age and he’s still her favorite. She’d follow him everywhere if she could. He’s amazingly tolerant for a 15 year old. 

Mase has become quite the free throw shooter this year. He’s 16 for 17 this season and doesn’t even get nervous anymore. He’s really enjoying basketball and I’m hoping he wants to play again next year.

This boy started the driving portion of Drivers Ed. I’m terrified. But his instructor said he’s great. He said Ty was in the top 3 out of 2800 students this year. That’s good to hear. But I still don’t want to ride with him. Ha!

We had our first snowfall of 2016. We got about 5 inches of snow and quite a bit of ice. The kids missed 3 days of school and ended up with a 5 day weekend. It was fun. It was more fun to watch them play outside from in front of the fire. I’m a girl like that.

All 3 pups had a great time in the snow. They ran, pounced, rolled, tackled each other, and ate a whole lot of snow. We had a great time watching them. Poor Bailey was so demoralized because I tried to make him wear a sweater. I think the puppies were laughing at him.

Then they came inside and all collapsed on one doggie bed and slept for hours all snuggled up together. 

Mase turned 8 during the snow storm. He had a great birthday celebration full of cupcakes, snowball fights, hot cocoa with marshmallows, pizza, Hotel Transylvania 2, and good friends. 

Teenagers versus garage lantern. Pretty sure the teenagers and the basketball won that battle. This house seems determined to drive us insane and everything wants to break at one time. 

January was really busy but so far February hasn’t been any calmer. Maybe March?

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