Menu Monday

Am I the only one still in a little shock that its already Thanksgiving?!!  This year has really flown by!  We are a little bummed because hubby doesn't get to be home with us this year but I'm determined to make it fun and special regardless!
Definitely taking it easy on the cooking this week but still trying a new recipe and have several recipes to link to for ya!!
Hamburger Stroganoff over Pasta w/ Peas
Cereal or Salad or Leftovers (or whatever you can find to eat!)
{this is probably the only time you'll ever see leftovers and exclamation marks together from me!}
Enchiladas & Pinto Beans
CP Chicken & Dumplings w/ Green Beans
I hope that everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving full of family, food, & football (Go Cowboys!!) and that you take some time to really count your blessings!


Menu Monday

Woah.  Winter came to visit the beach early this year and it kinda has me thrown off!  Seriously, y'all....it is COLD.  And for any readers that live in the north, feel free to laugh...;)  But it has been in the 30's.  And let me remind you that I live in Florida.  By the beach.  Sigh.  My boys are praying for snow and I'm praying the opposite ~ I guess we'll see who's prayers are stronger! 
{totally kidding! haha!}
This weather has me wanting all kinds of yummy comfort food but my nutrition log and desires are kind of duking it out right now!  I did my best to find some middle ground! ;)
Skillet Sausage, Cous Cous, and Corn
CP Potato Soup w/ French Bread
~see recipe below~
Teryiaki Chicken, Jasmine Rice, & Pineapple
Chili & Cornbread
Meatloaf, Mash Potatoes, & Green Beans
Breakfast for Dinner
I know I originally found the potato soup recipe online but its been a long time ago and I have no idea where I found it to be able to link.  So I figured I'd just share it here!!  Very easy, quick, and SO yummy!!
Crockpot Potato Soup
30oz bag frozen hashbrowns
3 - 14oz cans of chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 C onion, chopped
1/4 tsp pepper
1 pkg cream cheese, cubed

Combine everything in your crockpot except the cream cheese.  Cook on low for 4 -6 hours.  About 2 hours before serving, add in the cream cheese.  Cook until cheese is melted!!
Top with bacon pieces, cheese, crispy jalapenos or whatever else you think sounds good!!
*don't use reduced fat cream cheese because it doesn't melt well at all!*

Be sure to let me know what you think if you try it!! 

Last week, we tried Chicken Chili Verde tacos for the first time and it was a HUGE hit!  My super picky eater ate them.  My teenager ate and ate and ate them and then ate them for lunch the next day too!  And I made a salad with it instead of a taco and it was amazing!!  You should definitely give them a try!

Now I'm off to make a hot cup of coffee and try to get warm!!  Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!!



As promised in my Menu Monday post, here are the recipes for Crockpot BBQ Chicken and Honey Garlic Chicken!  Both of these are super quick and easy and super yummy!  They are also both on my very short list of things my RIDICULOUSLY picky eater will eat!
Crockpot BBQ Chicken
2-3 Chicken Breasts
1 bottle of bbq sauce
1/4 C vinegar
1/4 C brown sugar
1/2 - 1 tsp garlic powder
Mix bbq sauce with vinegar, brown sugar & garlic powder.  Place chicken in the crockpot and pour sauce over it.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Honey Garlic Chicken
3 lg chicken breasts
1/2 C brown sugar
2 tsp dry mustard
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 C honey
Preheat oven to 350.
Lay chicken in 9x13 baking dish.  Spread each ingredient over the chicken in order and do NOT mix.  Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes.
**I only use about 1tsp of dry mustard cause my picky eater doesn't do spicy and the 2tsp is a little much for him.**
You'll have to let me know if you try either of these!!  They are definite hits for my family!
Happy Friday!!


Life Lately

When I think of life around here lately I think....
FuN. MemoRies. fRiends. LoTs O' sMiles.
faMily. CaNdy.  puZzLes.
LoVe. gAmeS. SocCer. HalloWeeN.
FirEwOrkS. BesTieS. CraZy.
And the best way to share more in my opinion?!  Pictures!!  And lots of 'em!!
Meemi came for a visit....
Picking her up at the airport!!
the big boys love to play games with their Meemi!

and Dylan loves to do puzzles with her!

ice cream date!!
this is my abc book that Meemi made me when I was a little girl!  I haven't seen it in years and Meemi brought it to me!!  LOVE!  Brings back so many sweet memories!

one last hug and a tough goodbye.  it never gets easier but I'm so thankful for this time we had with her!
The day that Meemi left we were all kinda bummed and I know I didn't really feel like doing school work so instead we worked together on this 400 piece puzzle!  One of the things I love about homeschooling!  It took a couple of hours, a lot of patience and perseverance but we did it and the boys were super proud!!
all done and proud!!
Next up was Halloween!!  Brayden and Dylan dressed up and still enjoy trick or treating but Colby is "too cool" for trick or treating! ;)  My bestie's hubby LOVES Halloween, is always the scariest house in the neighborhood, and Colby has had so much fun helping him Halloween night for the last couple years.
Headed out w/ a duck hunter, spider man, and a soon to be creepy clown! ;)
Dylan and his "best fwend Ashwey"!  Cuties!

Our trick or treating crew!!

and here's Colby.  Creepy.
 Last weekend, we went to the Blue Angels Homecoming air show!  Our favorite is the night show!  The Blue Angels don't perform, but we are very fortunate that we get to see the Blues fly every time they practice (which is often! they fly RIGHT over our house!) so we like to go see the dark show!  They have all kinds of really neat stuff and lots of fireworks!!
the show kicks off with sky divers and the first one displays the flag while they play the national anthem!  Super cool!
the whole group!
the kiddos were captivated!!
me and my lil guys! and RIGHT after this pic my phone died. boo!  so no more air show pics!!
And I know I've posted about Dylan's soccer quite a bit but I was so proud of him after his game on Saturday!!  He scored 3 goals and did so well participating during the game.  Two of his goals were in the wrong goal but we'll take what we can get!  Haha!!  He was so proud of himself and we had lots of fun watching!
so proud of my crazy lil guy!
Life feels like its moving at warp speed!!  I cannot believe its already time for Thanksgiving and Christmas but I'm doing my best to enjoy these sweet boys of mine and the crazy, sometimes chaotic life that God has blessed us with!!


Menu Monday

Well....darn!  I missed posting last week mostly because I've been soooo sick.  I finally gave up and went to the doc last Monday and left with the most ridiculous bag of meds and strict orders from the doc to REST.  Sigh.  Thankfully, my Meemi had been in town and had a couple days til she left so I did my best to rest.  And then she left and I was exhausted and still sick and ugh!  But thankfully I am finally...as of today....feeling better!  3 weeks.  One of those weeks on antibiotics and FINALLY!!
isn't that a crazy big bag o' meds?!
All that to say that last week I was in survival mode!  But I'm back in the saddle again this week and here's what will fill our tummies!!
Homemade Pizzas
CP BBQ Chicken w/ Green Beans
Sausage & Veggie Bake
Honey Garlic Chicken w/ Broccoli
CP Chicken Chili Verde Tacos & Guacamole
Out to dinner w/ friends!
In my last Menu Monday post I shared links for recipes to two new recipes for us!  I am excited to report that both the Swedish Meatballs and the Southwest Eggrolls were HUGE hits!!  Its always fun to find recipes that the family enjoys!
This week, the Chicken Chili Verde tacos are new to us and I can't wait to try them!  Later this week I'll be posting my recipes for Honey Garlic Chicken and Crockpot BBQ chicken so be sure to check back!!  Both super simple and super tasty!  Hope everyone is staying warm and that your week is off to a great start!!