Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Who Ya Rootin' For?


Lawd, I'm ready for some college football, y'all!! Thursday can't get here soon enough!

Linking up today with Shelly for Spiel The Beans.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Roll Call #2

It's been a while since I've done a roll call here on the blog, so I thought since I'm in a fall state of mind that I would do one today! Love getting comments and emails from y'all, so here's how it works: Leave your name {first name only if you prefer}, what state your from, and answer this question:

When do you put up your fall decorations?

I'll go first:

Labor Day weekend but I transition and add to/take down all throughout Halloween & Thanksgiving

Loved hearing where y'all were from on the last roll call and I'm so glad that most of my readers, are sweet tea drinkers - or at least half and half!  That still counts!

Happy Monday, friends!

Friday, August 26, 2016

First Week of Middle School

Hello, Friends and happy Friday!

We survived our first full week of school and I'm still alive to tell about it! That's a good thing!

I'm linking up today with Andrea at Momfessionals and sharing my first week of school favorites!

{one.} Last week, S called and asked if just the two of us could go out and celebrate her senior year.  It was move-in weekend at the university and I think she had mixed emotions about it being her last year, so of course I said yes. She wanted to go to "the place you and your friends always go to" so we headed to a local Mexican restaurant and had the best time. I love having my girls together, but I also enjoy one on one time with them, too. S told me that she decided to go thru Rush Week this week so that she could meet new people and I was totally surprised about it. I'm not sure how she will balance sorority life and being an athlete, but I am so proud of her for getting out of her comfort zone and for doing something new. She texted me from the first meeting and said, "There's too many southern belles in here." I died laughing!

{two.} Most of my week was devoted to getting back in a routine with Alise. My precious middle schooler has gone from play makeup to wanting a Kylie Jenner Lip Kit overnight. We're trying to balance homework, cheer practice, pep rallies, and games. Earlier bedtimes for all of us really helped, too,this week. On Sunday night, we had Meet The Mustangs at school and I was so proud of her squad's performance!  They were awesome!

{three.} I was craving so much comfort food this week. On Sunday afternoon, I spent a few hours making not one, but TWO lasagnas. One for company Wednesday night and another for S and her roommates. I guess I was feeling guilty since we couldn't see her like we normally do on Sunday evenings and Lord knows those girls are always hungry!

Then Monday afternoon, I got to craving chocolate cake and since Wayne was running by the grocery store on his way home already, I just added a few more things to the list!

Mama was happy!

And that was basically our week! If there was ever a time when I felt like the mom that wears all the hats, it was this week! Between chauffer, tutor, cook, maid, errand runner, and pet taker-outer, I feel like I've done it all. Not that I haven't been all of those things before, but it was a little overwhelming this week with Wayne working late a few nights and S needing my attention, too. I can tell we are in a "new" stage in our family and that makes me a little sad. Alise is growing up so fast and for the first time in a long while, I simply want time to stand still.

I am so thankful for her Christian cheer coach.  She sent this text to the girls this week:

                           I am deeply loved, divinely appointed, abundantly equipped,
                           and profoundly cherished by God. No enemy plan, scheme, 
                           or obstacle can keep me from God's highest and best will for
                           me. As I follow the voice of my Savior, I see the invisible,
                           accomplish the impossible, and love the unlovable. I am a
                           living-breathing miracle because Jesus Christ lives in me! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Here We Go Middle School

My cell phone sucks.

It's my "old" phone because my "new" phone fell in the pool at the beginning of summer.

And y'all know how much I hate to use the word, "sucks." I really hate that word.

My Nikon is also out of service.

Thus the crappy first day of middle school photos!

And guess what?!  Mama didn't cry!

Here's our traditional photos in front of the fireplace and staircase!

And my personal favorite!  Love this Girlie!  She is so funny and just loves life right now! I can't get over how grown-up she looks! Breaks this mama's heart! She was like, "MOM!  Come on!!  Hurry up!!" When I bought this shirt for her, I was like, "I was 11 years old myself in 1984! Wow!"

And this Girlie! Oh my goodness!  We spent yesterday afternoon correcting hair color. I'm so glad she's blonde again! Whew!

She asked me, "So...are you gonna come take first day of my senior year pics of me?"


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

General's TSO Chicken Recipe

Alise called me at lunch time on Monday complaining that there was nothing in the house to eat. Granted, I had just been to the grocery store on Saturday, so I knew better. I think she ended up eating a bowl of cereal, so I know the kid didn't starve, but still.  The phone call had me thinking that I really needed to get back to menu planning. Especially with school starting this week. I'll add that to my to do list.

Having S in our family forces me to make a full-blown meal once a week {twice a week during the summer when we had "family nights" on Tuesdays}. She is always hungry, always sending me recipes to try, always willing to eat anything, always inviting her team mates over, and always running away with my tupperware for her leftovers! I mean, I don't want it to sound like I don't cook - because I do! - maybe just not every single night.

Having said all that, this past Sunday night, S and her team mate W were craving Chinese and I had the perfect two recipes to make! I made fried rice and General's TSO Chicken and the girls loved it! Both recipes are family favorites from Pinterest and you can find the fried rice recipe by clicking HERE.

As for the TSO Chicken, the website is no longer available, but my friend Leigh came to the rescue because she actually had the recipe in her phone and was able to send it to me. So for future reference for myself, I'm posting the recipe here. This meal can actually be made on the cooktop instead of the crockpot, which is how I normally prepare it.

General's TSO Chicken

1 pkg of chicken tenders
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup onion (or 2 Tbs dried onion flakes)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground ginger
3 Tbs cornstarch

Cube the chicken into 1-inch pieces and place in a large Ziplock bag with the cornstarch. Shake the bag to coat the chicken with cornstarch. Add the remaining ingredients to the crockpor and whisk until combined. Then in a non-stick pan add 3 Tbs of olive oil and preheat to a Med-Hi setting. Arrange the chicken in the pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side. It's okay if the chicken does not brown, it will cook the rest of the way in the crockpot. Add the chicken to the crockpot stirring the ingredients and turn the heat to low for 3 hours.  Serve with brown rice and vegetables.

Note: If you're not able to use the crockpot, this can also be done in the pan.  Wipe out the leftover oil from the pan and add all ingredients to it covering with a lid. Turn the heat to Low-Med and cook for 30-45 mins or until the chicken is cooked through.


I'm linking this recipe to Johannah's blog for her recipe link up.