Friday, July 18, 2014

Tomatillo Ranch Chicken


Ok, ok, I know I've been on a total food kick lately, but I'm going with it.  Anything that gets me to cook dinner after a long day watching my little ones is fine by me.  This recipe didn't disappoint.  It was yummy, looked amazing, and the kids devoured it...as did I!!!  I served this with Zataran's Spanish Rice.  Enjoy! 
 
Tomatillo Ranch Chicken
 
 This juicy chicken is flavorful and delicious after being marinated, cooked, and smothered in creamy tomatillo ranch dressing!
 
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayo
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 package buttermilk ranch dressing mix
  • 2½ teaspoons garlic
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 3 tomatillos, husked and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice
  • 3-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Instructions
  1. Blend together mayo, buttermilk and next five ingredients. Pour 1 cup of dressing into a large ziplock back. Add chicken breasts. Seal and chill at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375. Discard marinade and place chicken breasts side by side in a shallow baking dish. Bake 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Top with additional dressing and serve with rice if desired. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Whatcha eating?

If you're anything like me, Pinterest is your go-to for just about anything you want to know.  Step aside Google, cause all of the ladies are going to Pinterest from now on for answers.  It's my go-to to find new recipes for sure, and while I've had hit and misses, I've also had some really great success. So today I'm sharing some of my favorites from Pinterest.  These are not only super easy recipes to follow, but they don't take a lot of time and they are LOVED by my kids(who are not always the easiest to please)!! 
http://damndelicious.net/2014/06/13/one-pot-zucchini-mushroom-pasta/
 
 
 
 
If you want more awesome recipes, check out my Tried and True board on Pinterest!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dining Room Before and After

 As many of you know, when we bought our house 5 years ago it was a disaster.  Mike and I got a steal of a deal and decided to put in some serious elbow grease and fix up this dump of ours.  After months of renovations and blood, sweat, and tears, we finally got it finished!  Sorry to say that it took me this long to finally post pictures of our house on this blog of mine, but here we are. 
The walls were stripped of their dated wallpaper, the carpet was ripped out, and the railing was thrown out the window.  After paint, flooring, and a bit of wall building, I'd say it might be my favorite room in my house.  I feel like it just exudes who we are.  The colors fit us and I am pleased.  Want to see more?  Check out our Master Bedroom and Bathroom re-haul HERE!!!

 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Deep Cleaning

There's nothing like a deep clean that make me realize just how big my house is.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm not living in a mansion or anything, but the upkeep always baffles me.  I'm the kind of cleaner that moves from one room to the other.  So when I got to my kitchen I loaded the dishes, wiped down the counters, swept, and then...I looked under my fridge.  Ew!!! Not only did I find a million magnets the kids have hidden under there, but I found wads, piles, and mounds of dirt and dust.  I'm talking the size of a real bunny!  So, then it hit me.  My house is huge!  At least, huge enough to feel defeated when cleaning it.  On I went cleaning every nook and every baseboard...all because of the space below my fridge.  Ugh.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Remee's Garden Party

I think it's pretty obvious by now that I love to throw a party.  My little ones birthday parties especially!  With past years I've thrown big BBQs for Remee where the family all comes out and we bask in the setting sun.  This year, I thought keeping it a bit smaller might be more fun for her.  She would just be able to play with her friends without having to dodge all of us annoying adults trying to constantly give her kisses and hugs.
Remee really wanted to play outside with her friends for her birthday, hence the garden theme, so I went along with it.  We had a picnic set up with all of Remee's favorite things to eat.  Each of the little girls got a flower crown, which sadly they were only thrilled about for 2 minutes before it ended up on the ground. And they also got a bug catching bucket to find snails, lady bugs, worms, and whatever else they could dig for in the dirt. 
When it came time to paint their flower pots, all the kids were on board.  I found some cute little aprons from the dollar store to help keep their outfits clean and each little girl had a place at the table with their name by a flower pot.  I'll be the first to admit the there was more paint on their hands than on their pots.  It's all about having fun though right? 
Remee opened presents and jumped for joy with each one. 
I can't believe that my little lady is 4!  The years have past by too fast, and I really love watching her grow up.  She's our little sassy pants, and we love her to bits!




 

 






Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tulip Festival 2014

Spring is one of my favorite seasons.  I love all the colors it brings and the warmer weather to boot. Every year we make an effort to get to the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point.  It's amazing!!! I'll admit I was a bit shocked with how much it costs, but hey, it's only once a year!  The girls love to roam around the grounds and smell all the flowers, and I always make sure to bring my camera to capture the gorgeousness!  Little did I know that every year, after the festival is over, they rip out all the tulips and sell them for dirt cheap!  Apparently, they believe the first year after planting has the biggest blooms.  I believe I'll be buying bags of these beauties for my yard! 








Florida Vacation 2014

I'll be the first to admit that flying with young children is really super difficult.  You end up packing WAY more than you need and the kids have more melt down than ever expected.  The flights weren't fun, to say the least, but we survived.
This was my third trip out to visit my mom and step-dad in Florida.  I took Mike with me once before, when we were dating, and always made plans to go back after we were married.  Well, it only took us 6 years to make the trip back.  Haha. 
Our first stop was Butterfly World.  It's a favorite of mine.  Worth every penny to experience the beauty and peace that only a few thousand butterflies can create.  I'm not exaggerating when I say they are everywhere.  They fly all around you.  It's breathtaking.  Surprisingly, it scared Remee.  She enjoyed the birds more than the butterflies, but whatever. 
After, we took a trip to Del Ray Beach.  This was Jade's first time at the beach and boy did she enjoy herself!  That girl has no fear!  If we weren't watching her, she'd be in the water within seconds.  She giggled every time a wave hit her.  Remee and I walked up and down the shore and collected shells, and I have to say, what a special event that was for me.  She held my hand and was thrilled when we found a shell. 
Our last big trip was out to see the gators in the Everglades.  Call me crazy, but I really like Alligators.  Yes, they freak me out, but I don't know what it is about them...they fascinate me!  Go learn about gators, they are sure to amaze you! 
We had a wonderful time in Florida.  Not just because it was nice to get away from the cold weather in Utah, but to spend some time with family.  We can wait to go back...one of these days. 













Lingerie Shower

I think its quite obvious that we can get a bit crazy when it comes to celebrating ones marriage.  I mean, it's kinda a big deal!  The food was yummy, the company was fun, and the bride-to-be deserved every minute of celebration! We all love you lots Linda Lou!!!











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