Thursday, June 20, 2013

TTR: Sweet and Saltines

I made these as a treat for me and the kids. They were gone so fast! These are sooo delicious. My hubby wants me to make them next time with graham crackers instead of saltines. The only thing I did wrong was try to smooth the chocolate too quickly. It didn't get as smooth as it should have. These were tasty!


  • Cooking spray
  • 35 to 40 saltine crackers
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 cups)


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Line 1 large or 2 small jelly-roll pans with aluminum foil, spray with nonstick spray and arrange the saltines salt-side down in a single layer. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together and boil until it turns a caramel color, a few minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, covering them evenly.

Put the jelly-roll pan into the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until just bubbly, watching carefully. Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. When the chips melt a bit, spread them over the crackers with a knife.

Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until completely cold. They will form one big sheet. Break up into pieces. Store in an airtight container.


Bathroom Sign: SYTYC Week 1

My kids have to start sharing a bathroom. That means I have to change it to something that will work for both a boy and girl. The only thing my two kiddos could agree on was fish. Is fish the most original idea? Probably not, but you can't argue with kids that are finally agreeing and not fighting.

I needed something that I could hang on the wall above their towel hooks. I decided to make them a sign. I knew right away what I wanted it to say. I went with: "one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish". My oldest kiddo LOVES to read stories to my littlest kiddo. Dr. Seuss books are 9 times out of 10 the books they are reading. I think it's the perfect saying to show something they love to do together.

Almost all the supplies I needed were things we already had around the house. The wood was leftovers in my hubby's scrap pile, the vinyl I've had on hand for months, the metal piece on the back was also in the hubby's scrap pile. The only thing I had to buy was blue craft paint (go figure it ran out before I finished the first coat).

What I did was cut 4 pieces of wood to 24 inches long. I gave them a quick sand and painted them with craft paint. Once they were dry I cut out the vinyl letters. We had a scrap piece of metal used for stairs laying around our garage. I had my husband help me screw that on the back to hold all the boards together. I also attached a picture hanger to the back.

This weeks challenge for sure gave me the push to get going on the kiddos bathroom. I'm so pleased with how this turned out!

Monday, June 10, 2013

TTR: Chicken Tortilla Soup


If you missed one of my last posts, I've decided to take the recipes from Trisha Yearwood's food network show and test them out. I watch a ton of food network. My problem is I don't usually try the recipes that are on the different shows. Trisha's recipes all seem delicious and easy.
I decided to kickoff, "Testing Trisha's Recipes" with her Chicken Tortilla Soup. This recipe was super easy and super delicious. My hubby isn't a big soup fan and ate three bowls. The only substitution I did was milk instead of half and half. This recipe was a HUGE hit in my family. I will for sure be making this again.

Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Three 14-ounce cans chicken broth
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • One 10.75-ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup prepared salsa, mild or spicy
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boiled, drained and shredded
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained
  • One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • One 15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • One 1.27-ounce packet fajita seasoning
  • One 16-ounce bag tortilla chips
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack, grated
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and the onion and saute until softened, 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir well, cooking for 1 minute more. Add the broth and the half-and-half. Stir in the cream of chicken soup, salsa, chicken, beans, corn, cumin and fajita seasoning. Continue to simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

Crumble the tortilla chips into individual bowls and top with a ladle of soup. Sprinkle each serving with cheese and add a dollop of sour cream.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Family Drawing

I decided to kill some time a few months ago at my favorite thrift store. I found a super cute frame for only $1.50.

After I got home it sat empty in my closet because I didn't know what to put in it. I found the cutest idea on the U-Create website. They suggested having one of your kids draw a picture of all the people in the family. If your kids are anything like mine they do this all the time anyway. I don't know why I never thought to frame them instead of hanging them on the fridge.

My oldest is big into drawing right now. I let her be the one to draw the picture of our family for the frame. I love this little picture. Even my hubby thinks this is one of the best photos of our family we have. I highly suggest letting your kids, niece/nephew, grand kids whoever it might be do the same. It will bring a smile to your face every time you look at it!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I'm a Contestant!!!!!!!!

One of my all time favorite blogs is So You Think You're Crafty. I have been a big follower long before I started this little blog. I have always thought how cool it would be to actually be one of the contestants. Some of you may be wondering what is SYTYC???
SYTYC is a craft competition that lasts for 10 weeks. Each week there is a specific theme that the contestants have to do a craft around. There is also voting that takes place each week. The project with the lowest amount of votes gets sent home. The super cool part is anyone can vote! The other cool part is you don't know which contestant did which craft. The contestants aren't allowed to say which project is theirs. It's all anonymous.
If you follow me on facebook, I posted a link last week during the audition round. I asked everyone to go and vote for their favorite projects. It was a pretty tight race. I was on pins and needles all week. I'm happy to say though that I'm officially one of the contestants!! I'm so excited for this! I will be a part of Season 16 which starts on June 6. I will be posting reminders about the voting. After the voting is over I will post my projects over here.
My audition craft was the Summer Wreath. I will post a tutorial soon. Thanks to everyone that voted!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Testing Trisha's Recipes

Did you ever see the movie Julie and Julia? I thought it was a clever idea. I've thought for a long time it would be fun to try something similar. The hardest part for me was trying to find one cookbook or Network star that I could try this on. That was until I discovered the show Trisha's Southern Kitchen.


First of all it's Trisha Yearwood! I have always loved her. Second all her recipes are pretty easy. I also like her recipes because she uses ingredients that aren't hard to find. Third she's cooking for her hubby who happens to be THE Garth Brooks. You would be eating the same things he is. It was really a no brainer for me to pick her.

I'm going to try out at least one recipe of hers a week. I already started by doing one of her dips for our book club. I will be calling this little adventure, "Testing Trisha's Recipes". I'm super excited about this. I hope that some of you will follow along and try some of them too. Stay tuned......

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Introducing My Family

When I first started my blog I was scared to give out too much information. I didn't want the whole world knowing everything about my little family.
While I was on my hiatus from blogging last year I had an "ah-ha" moment. I was looking at some of my favorite blogs and realized what I loved about them. I of course loved their awesome recipes, amazing home improvements, and darling crafts. Mostly though, I loved that I was seeing normal Moms just like me. I don't have the amazing home decor or food network worthy recipes like some of them. What we do share is a connection as Moms.
I'm not scared anymore to show the faces of the little ones my world is centered around. For the moment I am taking baby steps to this. I will still keep their names to nicknames.
Without further ado I'm happy to introduce you all to my family:
This is my hubby. We have been together for 10 years. We have only been married for 8 of those years. He is hard working, funny, handy around the house, and a great Dad. While he may have a temper (like most men do), I can't imagine my life without him.
This is our oldest MnM. She is the reason I grew up. She is turning out to be such a neat young lady. She loves dancing, reading, playing the piano, drawing, and all things pink. She looks like my mini me. She hates to see people getting left out or have their feelings hurt.
This is my little dude Smac. He is my crazy little red head. He is a lot like his Dad. He is funny, wild, and has a big heart. He loves going to pre-school. His favorite toys are his Ninja Turtles, dinosaurs, and cars. He makes me laugh every day.
Last, but certainly not least, is the newest addition little Lady A. She was born in October. She is the reason I had a break on my blog last year. She has been the sweetest little thing. She is also my smallest baby. My other two were much larger than she is at 4 months. Her brother and sister LOVE her.
So there you have it that's my little family. They are my world.