Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What We Eat {Macaroni & Cheese}

Here is another yummy recipe that my family loves and I know that when Raegan eats solids she is going to be asking for this dish by name!

Macaroni & Cheese
1/3 cup of flour
2 2/3 cup of milk
3/4 cup of swiss cheese
3/4 cup of velveeta cheese (shredded or cubed)
1/2 cup of parmesean cheese
1/2 cup of sharp cheese
1 1/2 cup of stuffing (Peppridge Farm stuffing in blue bag)
3 cups of elbow noodles
1 stick of butter
1/2 tsp of garlic salt (or regular salt)

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
Start cooking the 3 cups of elbow noodles so that it's ready once the cheese sauce is made.
Combine 2 2/3 cups of milk and 1/3 cup of flour.
Pour into a sauce pan.
Continue stirring for 6 minutes on medium heat. The sauce will start to thicken up.
While you are stirring the milk and flour, measure out cheese into a bowl.
Once the milk and flour is thick, pour in the cheese and stir until melted.
 Drain noodles.
Add garlic salt (or regular salt) and noodles to the sauce.
Transfer macaroni and cheese to a 9x13 pyrex.
Melt 1 stick of butter (or 1/2 stick if you want less) and pour over 1 1/2 cup of stuffing.
Sprinkle stuffing over macaroni and cheese.
Bake in oven at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Take out once it begins to bubble.

Monday, March 2, 2015

It's My Birthday Giveaway {Freshly Picked}

I don't know about you, but I pretty much claim an entire month for my birthday.

Since my birthday is at the beginning of March, I pretty much claim after Valentine's Day till mid March and celebrate for an entire month. It really makes it a lot more fun. Don't knock it till ya try it!

As I thought about what I wanted for my birthday, I honestly could only think of things I wanted for Raegan. 

Is this normal when you have kids? 

Well I have been eyeing a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins for Raegan and I am so stinking excited that I can say we finally own a pair and will be owning many more!

It took me a long time to pick out the color I wanted.

There are so many! I ended up going with Birch.
It's a good neutral color that will go with a lot! I plan on adding Platinum to our collection soon too. And of course hot pink, because every baby girl needs hot pick shoes!

The leather is thick and durable and I know when Raegan is walking these will be our go to shoes. Raegan is also teething and these babies are great for that too! :)
The elastic around the ankle helps keep the moccasins on, which is great because Raegan loves kicking her feet and I'd be so sad if one fell off while she was in her stroller.

So for my birthday, I wanted to give away a pair to a lucky reader! I know I'm not the only momma/momma to be that wants multiple pairs in their child's closet.
The best part is, none of the entries are mandatory. So follow what you want and get your entries in! The giveaway will run for 1 week. It is only opened to U.S. citizens, 18 years or older. You CANNOT win if you have won a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in the past 60 days. Double, fake, or giveaway account entries will be deleted. Please email me for other giveaway terms and conditions.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday {Snow} Happenings

Needless to say, Dallas has gotten enough snow and ice this week for the ENTIRE year! 

Right now it's been snowing since 10am and it's not letting up at all! 

Tomorrow brings freezing rain. Perfect.

Old man winter, we need to have a talk. It's my birthday weekend and you are RUINING it!

We had reservations tonight for my birthday, but that won't be happening anymore. Maybe tomorrow night.

Well let's not sulk, onto Five for Friday.

With all of the snow, we had to take some pictures in it! She didn't know what to think about it.

Second up, even though it's freezing here, I am getting ready for Raegan's next holiday, Easter. I have ordered her Easter basket and I have my eye on a few dresses that I can't wait to buy.

 Next up, my little girls is getting so big! She loves standing and holding on to everything. She's not crawling yet, but I swear once she figures it out, she will be walking soon after.

Ummm, when did my daughter's hair turn red?!

And with the cold weather I've been doing a lot of cooking. Cooking of comfort foods that is. This week I make Baked Potato Soup and Macaroni and Cheese.

And last on the list is finally getting a smiling picture of my sweet girl! They are few and far between!

What are you up to on this cold, but amazingly beautiful Friday?

Linking up with:
The Diary of a Real Housewife

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What We Eat {Baked Potato Soup}

Right now Dallas is covered in a sheet of ice. We have been on lock down since Monday. And we are expecting another couple inches of snow tonight.

But this momma had to get out of the house today! I was going crazy. Raegan and I managed to get to swim class and enjoy a nice 30 minute one-on-one swim lesson. We were the only ones who showed up.

Then we headed to the grocery store because we were out of food. Like in a bad way. I'm pretty sure I ate Oreo's for dinner last night because we had nothing to eat. Don't judge.

While I walked the aisles I thought about what I could make that would be so delicious on this cold day.

Then I remembered an amazing recipe my sister sent me and decided to try it.

Baked Potato Soup

And the best part is, the crockpot does all the cooking!


1 bag of frozen diced hash browns
32 oz of Chicken Broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 bag of Bacon Bits
1 little can of diced green chilies 
1 8 oz package of cream cheese 
Tortilla strips
1 tsp Onion or Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
cheddar cheese

Put the frozen hash browns potatoes, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, half a bag a bacon bits, whole can of diced green chilis, and 1 teaspoon of onion (or garlic because that's all I had) powder all in the crockpot!

You can add salt and pepper to taste. 
Stir it all up and set it on high for 8 hours.
Set the cream cheese out on the counter so it will get mushy all day while the soup cooks. 

When there is one hour left, cut the cream cheese into little squares and put them in with the soup.

Stir it in well. 

Let it cook for the last hour or until the cheese is good and melted. 

Stir it a couple of times during that hour to make sure the cheese melts!

Add extra bacon bits, tortilla strips, and cheddar cheese on top.
 And voila! You have a yummy meal that will last for a few days!

The Mr. gave it two thumbs up!