Monday, April 15, 2013

Menu Plannin’ Monday

Monday: MOPS Breakfast (yum!!)

Thai Chicken Pizza (carryover from…awhile ago – made it before, we liked it!)

Thai Chicken Pizza Recipe

Tuesday: Pumpkin Waffles

            Oven Tacos *new recipe

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Wednesday: Scrambled Eggs

                   Baked Beef Taquitos *new recipe

Six Sisters' Stuff: Baked Beef Taquitos Recipe

Thursday: Cereal

               Skinny Fettucine Alfredo *new recipe

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Friday: Zucchini Bread (quickly becoming a household fave!)

        Sticky Coconut Chicken *new recipe

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Saturday: California Breakfast Casserole

              Chicken Fajita Melts *new recipe

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Sunday: Potluck – no cooking, yay!

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Sorry I lapsed a week folks! Sometimes I’m just tired and other priorities take focus. I did cook fairly often last week, just more fly by the seat of my pants type cooking. I think my favorite throw together meal was a loaded baked potato with broccoli, chicken, pinto beans, and a touch of butter, cheese and salt. YUM!! will do again for sure.

Happy Monday…no doubts you, too, are praying for the Boston marathoners and first responders. My heart is heavy for them.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday–Penny…Penny…Penny…


I very recently read this blog post and thought, “Wow, her hair looks super cute!” And wouldn’t you know that we’ve had a stretch of a few RIDICULOUSLY windy days here. So, I threw my hair up in this messy, folded pony look. And I liked it! I died laughing when my husband came home, complimented it, then said that I looked like Penny from The Big Bang Theory.

Penny Ponytail

I’ll take that as a compliment! How cute is she?! We love the Big Bang Theory round these parts if you haven’t yet watched. Dorky humor, heads up!

Anywho…here were the measly pictures I managed to snap this week. Not the best, but they’ll have to do!



Here was my “ponytail” day. =)

Sweater – Old Navy

Shirt – Kohl’s (exact $5, awesome, right?)

Jeans – Marshall’s

Shoes – DSW (exact – Jessica Simpson) **More than I normally spend on flats. But they’re super comfy and I’ve been looking for a pair similar to this for awhile! Love ‘em! I used a coupon and rewards bucks, otherwise wouldn’t have bought them.

Earrings – Premiere Jewelry, Bracelets – Forever 21

Here’s a close up of the cute print.




Casual and comfy!

Shirt & Necklace– Old Navy

Jeans – Macy’s I.N.C.

Shoes – Rocket Dog

Watch – Target

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This was one I was bummed I didn’t get a good picture of. I even wore it TWICE! (well, for a day and a half) No worries, I’m sure I’ll wear it again soon. =)

Shirt – Vera Wang Kohl’s (exact – colors on the website are not nearly as vibrant as they are in life. I LOVE this shirt!)

Pants – Paige – Marshall’s

Shoes – Target (exact – They had a buy one pair, get one half off sale. Couldn’t resist these! I’ve already worn them 3 or 4 times. Oh…and they call them RED online?! No…salmon, orange…NOT red!)

Purse – Cynthia Rowley – Marshall’s

Cardigan – Old Navy


Also…FYI…while I KNOW I’ll get a few eye rolls by saying this, but it’s true whether you can SEE it or not. Some of you know I had mono for QUITE awhile which prevented me from working out and I’ve gained a few since like October. So, I’m feeling pretty BLAH. But, I do have to say that I can still feel cute, hip and trendy even with the extra few pounds. But it does take a bit more work. Anywho, just thought I’d throw that out there. I’m getting back to working out here and am looking forward to not doing the “jean dance” anymore. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! THE dance you have to do to get into your jeans when you’ve gained a few and refuse to buy a bigger size. *sigh* hehe

Linkin’ up!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday–Easter Dress


Dress – LC @ Kohl’s (in black)

Shoes – Target (exact)

Watch – Target (recent, $15)

Bracelets – Kohl’s, Sonoma (recent)

Earrings – Premiere Jewelry

I ALMOST didn’t get to wear this cute dress on Easter! Last week was taxing to say the least! Both of my kids had fevers (one or the other) for 7 days straight! You know what that means? No interaction outside the home. Eeeeek!!! We had to cancel our Easter plans and I almost wasn’t going to get to go to church.

But my husband and his infinite wisdom God’s pressing conscience allowed me a break from the home and an Easter service at church. Yay!

I recently went shopping at Kohl’s, grabbing a bunch to try on ‘cuz you’re lucky to fine one cute item in the bunch, am I right ladies? Well, this time I found more than I expected and when I put this dress on I literally said, “Dang it!” ‘cuz I just had to buy it. Especially for the price. It was on sale for $30 AND I had a 20% off coupon. Can’t go wrong there!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Trick of the Trade Tuesday–10 Uses for your Phone Alarm

Some background regarding this post…and just some fun FYI material. My maiden name was Roach (not as bad as you might think, but yes, I was excited to get married). And the Roach family, well…we weren’t the most punctual of families. Nothing horrendous, but we ran late more often than not. My brother and I would actually place bets on what my mom’s excuse would be when she was late picking us up from school. We thought it was quite humorous. So, naturally, I myself have this “running late” tendency. BUT…alas, there is hope!

My trick is to use the alarm on my phone….FOR EVERYTHING!

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Here are the following things I use my alarm/timer for:

1. Morning alarm(s) for wake up

2. Reminder to drop off/pick up Cooper from preschool

(okay, it’s not like I’d FORGET…but this way I have a 5 minute buffer to actually get in the car so I’m not seriously late!)

3. Reminder to take medications (for me or my kids)

4. Time outs

(1 minute/year of age. Cooper’s is seeming awfully long these days)

5. Reminder that it’s time to leave the park, or play date, etc.

(you know, when you tell your kids 5 more minutes, and a half hour later you’re finally leaving? With the timer, it’s the fun little robot voice that’s the “bad guy”. And OCCASIONALLY, they actually are excited to hear said funny little robot voice and leave happily! Gasp! Imagine that!)

6. Reminder that I myself have an appointment!

7. Timer for dinner

(‘cuz let’s face it…sometimes you’re playing outside and won’t hear the oven alarm)

8. Timer for when my husband has to stop playing video games

(hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!)

9. Motivation to see how much cleaning I can get done in 10-20 minutes. Set the timer and you’ll be surprised (or not…sometimes it’s a bust, but more often than not, I work faster when timed).

10. Reminder to start crockpot meals. It’s the worst when you have it planned, and forget to start the crockpot and that day’s crockpot use is a bust. Man, oh man, what a disappointment!


There you have it, folks. 10 more ways to utilize your phone alarm. May you be ever more on time my friends!


Becky Nicholas

Monday, April 1, 2013

Menu Plannin’ Monday

Monday: Carrot Sweet Potato Muffins

            Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries & Salad

crispy baked sweet potato fries recipe

Tuesday: Sweet Potato Pancakes

           Rainbow Chard Tortilla Pizza *new recipe

and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert! (comment if you want the recipe!)

Wednesday: Scrambled Eggs

                Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pot Pie

Picture of Creamy Chicken and Mushroom One-Pot with Pot Pie Toppers Recipe

Thursday: Leftover Muffins

             Artichoke & Red Bell Pepper Risotto

(Pampered Chef recipe, it’s delish!)

Friday: Apple Rings

        Cheddar Chicken Spirals

Cheddar Chicken Spirals Recipe

Saturday: Cereal or Eggs

           Thai Chicken Pizza

Thai Chicken Pizza Recipe

Sunday: Potluck – no cooking, yay!

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Recap from last week


Monday: Thai Chicken Noodle Salad

**This was a new recipe for me, and if I were to make it again, I’d either put on less sauce, or omit some of the peanut butter. It was tasty, but MIGHTY rich! And that’s saying a LOT coming from me.

Tuesday: Chicken, Asparagus & Mashed Potatoes

**This is the second time I’ve made this asparagus “recipe”. It’s not like there’s much to it, but it’s DELICIOUS! Our family of 4 ate 2 entire bunches of asparagus, WITHOUT complaint! (well, Allie licked it, hehe)

Wednesday: Roasted Fennel, Carrots & Mixed Rice

**3rd time I’ve made this, also delicious! I add shredded crockpot chicken. It’s sweet, but nature’s kind of sweet! =)

Thursday: Slow Cooker Pork, Chipotle’s Lime Rice & Salad

**I made this slow cooker pork before, but it was WAAY more vinegar-y this time. It may have been because I shredded the chicken in the cooking liquids? I also would NOT pair it with the Chipotle lime rice again, waay too much flavor. I like both of them, just separately. I also ran out of cilantro for the rice when I thought I had some, totally disappointing. It’s amazing how such a tiny ingredient can have such an impact!

Lime-Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies

**I have made these before as well, but didn’t let the butter cool enough this time, and had sort of flat cookies. Still yummers though!

Friday: Autumn Chopped Salad

**Have made it before, and will make it again! Delicious!

Saturday: Nachos (not what was planned)

**Two sick kids and a mom who was stuck in the house with the two of them for a week straight = not wanting to cook. So we made nachos and watched Wreck It Ralph instead. Superb decision!!

Sunday: Egg Salad Sandwiches

recap breakfasts & snacks

Monday: Cereal & Crispy Roasted Snap Peas

(cereal is ALWAYS a hit in this household…snap pea snack? A TOTAL and complete bust. Oh well.)

Tuesday: Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Bread (gone in 2 days FLAT!)

Wednesday: Slammin’ Surprise “Green” Smoothie – a hit!

Thursday: Cute “Bear” Toast

(okay, this one threw me. My daughter didn’t want to eat the bear! She kept saying, “Eyes? Ears? Nose?” and wouldn’t touch it. So I gave her all the food items on the side, and she eventually ate EVERYTHING. So…definitely a hit!)

Friday: Scrambled Eggs

(Neither kid wanted them, but I stuck to my guns and they went hungry until lunch. Winking smile Judge if you want!)

Saturday: Cereal

Sunday: Sticky Lemon Rolls

(DELICIOUS! Don’t get me wrong…these were tasty! But if I’m going to go through the effort of making cinnamon rolls from scratch, I’m gonna go classic next time. They were VERY lemon-y. I’d cut back the lemon juice in the glaze for sure!)


update on picky eater

A definite improvement! We also tried a few new smoothies, Click on the pictures to try them yourself!


Pina Colada Green Monster Smoothie


Lime and Coconut Green Smoothie

Mango & Coconut Smoothie

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Tofu Peanut Butter Smoothie

(This last one sounds GROSS…but try it. I liked it, so did my kids! Husband..could take it or leave it)

Becky Nicholas