Tortilla Soup

I thought I would share this very tasty Tortilla Soup recipe with you. It is a fantastic and quick recipe to prepare on a chilly day, or any day for that matter.I have adapted this recipe from a Mexican cookbook my husband gave me years ago. I just kept tweaking it until I found that perfect combination of yummy & quick.Tortilla SoupIngredientsPre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the deli14 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained14 oz can of corn3-4 cloves of garlic, finely diced1 small onion, finely … [Read more...]

Spicy Shrimp & Orzo Salad

In an effort to cook healthier meals for my family I have been trying to incorporate more fruits & veggies, leaner meats & still make it taste good!Tonight I planned to make a shrimp & pasta dish, but I had some oranges that needed to be used and knew there was no way we could eat them all (our neighbors gave us a case) so I did a quick search to see if I could find a way to use them with the shrimp. I came across this fantastic recipe for Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp from The Pioneer Woman. … [Read more...]

Reindeer Treats

I saw this really cute idea for quick and easy Christmas cookies and we decided to try them the other night. This was a GREAT cookie project for the kids since it was simple & there was very little mess, which mommy loves!All you need to make these yummy treats are:Nutterbutter cookiesVanilla icingChocolate chipsRed M&M'sMini pretzelsSpread a small amount of icing at the top of the cookie and put the pretzel on for antlers. Add the chocolate chips for eyes & the M&M for the nose and now you … [Read more...]

Apple Picking – MTM

I love fall, it's one of my favorite times of the year. I love all the rich colors, the warm clothes, the crisp air in the morning, the smell of cinnamon, apples and pumpkins and of course Halloween. I had the opportunity several years ago to go apple picking in upstate NY and I immediately feel in love with this fall tradition. Today's MTM theme is apples and as I was trying to come up with ideas it struck me that I could use this great "apple picking" tradition.Since we live in Texas and it … [Read more...]

Simply Delicious

I have been on a new quest lately for simple, delicious and healthy recipes. With my sister's wedding quickly approaching and the thought of being in a swimsuit for 5 days (we are going on a cruise) it is a must that I lose a few pounds. My challenge is my hubby who insist we have "meat" with dinner and "no diet food" so you can imagine my excitement when I ran across this recipe for Chicken Parmesan Subs.This super easy, quick and healthy recipe came from Eating Well and it's definitely … [Read more...]

Ladybug, Ladybug

This morning Aubrey firmly announced she wanted to make an art project. It has been quite some time since we have done an art project. With vacations & most recently sick kids I haven't had the time or energy to organize one, but since she asked it was a must.I asked her what she wanted to do and she said "paint a bug." So I popped over to No Time For Flashcards for some inspiration and we settled on painting a pretty ladybug. Here is how you can make your very own.1. Gather your … [Read more...]

The Way to Grill A Steak

It's summer time which means it's time to fire up the grill! We love to cook outside (even in the hot Texas weather) but burgers and grilled chicken over and over can get boring. The other day sirloin steaks were on sale so I picked up a package. Now, sirloin is not Justin's favorite steak to grill (he says they are too tough) but I found a recipe in the O Magazine that sounded good and decided to give it a try.WOW, it was super yummy! You have to make this for yourself. We made grilled … [Read more...]

Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrated Earth Day by getting outside to appreciate all the beauty around us and to enjoy the beautiful weather here in TX. We went for a walk and looked for bugs, flowers and birds. We even peeked in on the baby birds that live in our tree up by the front door, Aubrey was thrilled about this (not so sure the mama bird enjoyed her excitement).We also celebrated the earth by making "Dirt Cakes". Aubrey picked out the flowers, helped stir pudding and crush cookies for this yummy … [Read more...]