April 8, 2014

Are you ready for Easter?

Disclaimer: HERSHEY'S and Global Influence sent me an assortment of HERSHEY'S Easter Candy that I have been sampling for the past month with my family. I used this candy for content of this blog post!

This year Easter is coming later in the year. Some years I find myself waiting for the holiday and other years it is here and gone, sometimes before you have time to blink! We are ready for Easter at my house this year.

We had fun pulling out all the Easter decorations and filling the baskets with candy! I remember every year this local group of ladies hosted Friendship Club Easter Egg Hunts. All of us kids would gather at the Elementary School and I couldn't wait to hunt all those Easter eggs. We would run around and fill our buckets up! On Sunday, we would do a repeat Easter egg hunt at my aunts house usually. Of course candy was great, but the ones with the half dollar coins were popular too!

Do you take your kids to Easter Egg Hunts? I am helping with a local one at a church this year. We will do face painting, make balloon animals, and the kids will have an Easter Egg drop from a helicopter. Crazy to think how Easter Egg Hunts have changed since I was a kid!

This year I am happy to tell you I am doing a fun Giveaway for Easter. You will have the opportunity to win an assortment of HERSHEY'S Easter Candy to make your own gift basket. If you need ideas for some cool Easter baskets, visit Celebrate with HERSHEY'S. They have a cute baseball gift basket my nephews would all love!

In order to win, you need to do a couple of simple things. Leave me a comment sharing your favorite Easter tradition AND what is your favorite Easter craft/recipe you like on Celebrate with HERSHEY'S? Share both with me in your comment to be entered to win! Good luck and I hope you and your family have a very Happy Easter! Giveaway will end at 12:00PM CST on April 14, 2014.

March 11, 2014

Let the Walls Go Up

So when we picked out our lot we picked it out because it was narrower and we had more space between our neighbors. Not that we have any neighbors now, but in the future we will I am sure. After living in a condo, when we moved we knew we wanted mature trees and a larger lot. We have just over two acres so we love our space. However, one thing we didn't realize is that we had a lot of slope in our lot. We knew we had some, but when the trees came down, we realized we had more slope than originally planned.

Instead of doing a block foundation, my dad thought we should do "poured walls." They are suppose to be stronger than core filled blocks, and since my dad and uncle are in the concrete business, their word is pretty much gospel when it comes to foundations.

This picture was after a day's work yesterday. It was fun to stop by this morning and see the work done. It is halfway between my parent's house and where I work, so I get to stop twice a day. I can't wait until that day that where I am going home to the new house.
  This picture is after two days of work. Aren't the clouds beautiful? They poured the walls into those frames today with a pump truck. Tomorrow the forms will come off and we will have walls, and they will start to fill it with gravel and then our concrete slab will be poured. Our master bedroom will actually have a crawl space under it due to the height they had to have it at, we are going to have another garage underneath. We will probably put our lawn mower, patio furniture in the winter, and all the fun garden things. I am going to call it my "potting shed" I never thought I would have. So good things do come to those that have highly sloped lots. Hope everyone has a good week. I am loving the sunshine and progress on my house!

March 3, 2014

Just a little update...

I have really slacked on the blogging and so much has happened since I last sat down at a computer. The last few posts were scheduled so it has been over a month. I would be ashamed normally, but the last month had a lot of good and not so good (just keeping it honest). Denver and my niece were in a really bad wreck at the end of January, and thank God they are alive! I really wanted to share with you all what we have been going through, but it has been hard to write. Denver is still dealing with some things from the wreck, so we have spent a low key month at home trying to get better. While being gone, I have been working on a few projects to blog! I have had a lot going on and I can't wait to share some of the things with you.

Denver and I celebrated a special Valentine's day. I told him I didn't want to do anything big, but he wanted to get me flowers. I love tulips!
I am so thankful to have such a great husband who loves me more than anything. We had a low key night and just did a nice quite dinner out with the two of us at Bonefish Grill. It was really a perfect night.

The next morning I left with my mom and sister for a trip to KS City that we had planned a couple of months ago. Remember when my Mom turned 60? We got her a girls trip for her birthday! That trip deserves a post of it's own.

You want to know the funniest thing is that the first business day of February, it was bad weather, and March has turned out to be the same! Hope we do some thawing out tomorrow…

February 8, 2014

Peppered Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

Peppered Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños  

Note: Petit Jean gave me the bacon, but the recipe and opinions are my own.

1 pkg of peppered bacon
1 pkg of cream cheese
12-24 Jalapeños

Wear gloves or put your hands in plastic bags. Just trust me or your hands will be on fire. Cut ends of jalapeños off and slice them in half. After this I used a spoon to deseed them. They will look like this. Make sure you get rid of the veins and seeds, or they will be spicy!

Stuff jalapeños with cream cheese. Wrap a half piece of bacon around the jalapeño and secure with the toothpick. Place on roasting tray so the grease will drain while the bacon cooks.
Bake at 400 degrees until the jalapeños are roasted and bacon is done. Remove from roasting dish and put on serving tray to serve.  

February 6, 2014

Price Matching

Do you spend your Sunday nights clipping coupons? I have for years and I still do. However, now I know something that saves me more money than coupon clipping. The one thing I hate about the coupon clipping is having to keep up with them or buy two of one product, just to save money. I am not an expert on saving money, this is just a tip I use weekly to shave at least ten bucks from my grocery bills. A few months ago, I was complaining about the price of avocados, and a friend told me about price matching at Walmart. She said they price matched with Aldi's and they were 29 cents each. That is a lot better than paying $1.29 for each avocado for my famous guacamole dip. Well after learning more about it, they price match with any local store. Before I go to the store, I look at the weekly ads on my phone and take pictures of the ads. When I check out, I put all my price matching items together at the end and bring up my phone to tell the cashier the price to match and the source. I have found this goes pretty smooth. Just be careful that whatever price you are matching is actually lower than what you are paying at Walmart. Oh, and those coupons you clipped. You can use those on top of your price matching!

I always save on produce, beauty items, canned goods, cereal, gum, and cokes. You do have to buy things when they are on sale vs waiting on needing them, but just think of all the money you save! Happy Shopping! 

February 4, 2014

Peppered Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Peppered Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Disclaimer: I was given the bacon from Petit Jean Meats. However, all recipes and opinions are my own.

I made these for our Super Bowl party and they went fast. So fast, I came back to get another and they were gone. That is when you know you have a good appetizer! 

1 package of peppered bacon (I prefer Petit Jean)
3 Chicken Breasts cut up in chunks
Worcestershire sauce
Garlic powder
Brown sugar

Arrange the cut chicken into chunks in a bowl. Season the chicken with worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and brown sugar. Cut the bacon in half and wrap each piece of seasoned chicken. Secure with a toothpick. Arrange bundles back in a bowl and marinate for 2-4 hours. Arrange on roasting tray and bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees until the chicken and bacon is done. Serve hot and watch them disappear!   

February 2, 2014

Last Weekend

Last weekend was busy. We looked at brick, wood floors, tile, and carpet. It was a busy day of working on the house. We also tried a new restaurant, watched the Razorbacks play, and went to dinner with friends. It was fun filled for sure. Sunday we just spent the day around the house and I made some things to take to my cousin's birthday. My grandmother made the amazing pies because Jaime requested that instead of cake. That is my favorite kind of birthday celebration! It was definitely the perfect weekend.  

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