Taste Bud Tuesday


This recipe came to me from a dear friend who knew I would appreciate the simplicity of a quick and easy meal.  It’s one of those recipes that you can pull out at the last moment, because in most cases you can use what you already have to substitute some of the ingredients if needed!

Today’s Dish: Chicken and Pilaf

Rice Pilaf (Garlic & Herb)
2 Cups of Water
1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
Frozen/Slightly Thawed Chicken tenderloins or thighs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Layer each item in the following order in a 9×13 baking dish uncovered.

ChickenPilaf1Uncooked rice and seasoning on the bottom (make sure it is evenly spread in the dish)

AddChickenFrozen/Slightly Thawed Chicken tenderloins or thighs

AddCreamMushSoup1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup

AddWater2 Cups of Water

Bake375HourBake in oven at 375 degrees for 1 hour.

Serve with a salad and you are set!


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Fashion Friday


I love mixing high end brands with low end brands.  Not only can I have more versatility in my looks by accessorizing, but the high end items elevate the entire outfit.  For example, the classic maxi dress with a denim jacket!






These aviator sunglasses are Dolce & Gabbana, and are the perfect color of metallic for my skin tone.  This Coach bag is a beautiful classic that will never go out of style.  Changing out my purse to coordinate with each outfit has extended the life of my bags.   These functional items have truly become a key piece to accessorizing my ensembles.  Depending on the occasion, my bag will dictate what I wear.  Are you a bag changer?

Appropriate: for an afternoon of shopping

Affordable & Accessible:
Dress: Old Navy (similar)
Jacket: Gap
Purse: Coach (gift from my husband)
Shoes: Target/girls (similar)
Watch: Movado
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana via LensCrafters (gift from my husband)
Earrings: World Market (similar) (birthday gift from a friend)


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Thank you!



Happy Father’s Day


I am blessed to call this godly man my husband.  He loves his family; cherishes, protects, supports, and gives his all.  I love how he loves our kids, for he savors every moment with them.   He is our HERO.

Happy Father’s Day to my man and my dad.  I love you both dearly!

“We’re called to sacrifice for our families.  We’re called to be the men our wives and children need and the heroes God wants us to be”  – Jim Daly, The Good Dad

Summer Reading


Every summer the kids work on some extended learning workbooks such as these:

SummerBridgeActivitiesSummer Bridge Activities

MathPlusReadingSummer Link Math Plus Reading

We also let them pick out something fun from the bookstore as a reward for a successful school year, and a kick-off to summer!  This year the girls picked a journal to write their thoughts and doodle.


Here are some similar diaries and one for boys too!

DoodleDiaryDoodle Diary

AllAboutMeAll About Me Lock & Key Diary

DoodleSketchbookDoodle Sketchbook: Art Journaling for Boys

Visiting the local library is a regular weekly treat throughout the year, but over the summer months we add audio books to our checkout pile.  These are a few that our family has enjoyed over the years:

IslandoftheBlueDolphinsIsland of the Blue Dolphins

TheRunawayDollsThe Runaway Dolls

BecauseofWinnDixieBecause of Winn-Dixie

A short list for reading pleasure and read aloud:

TheBridgeThe Bridge

CrownandJewelCrown and Jewel

20000LeaguesUndertheSea20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

AVisitorforBearA Visitor for Bear

ABedtimeforBearA Bedtime for Bear

LittleCubLittle Cub

We would love to hear your recommendations!  Our summer has just begun!