Monday, October 24, 2016

Living life in the moment...

I'm a scheduler and a planner....but since having kids I've become more of a on a whim and spur of the moment kind of gal. I'm finding some freedom in that. This week we decided to on a 7 am whim take the kiddos to the State Fair and we had an absolute blast. PS. opening is the BEST time to go, cooler weather, smaller crowds and we were out by noon!

A few pic from our week and our trip to the State Fair:)
Dad's and donuts, sans dad:( He had to work but momma did just fine;)

Camo day for Dad's and donuts

These two got to see Stork with their Mamaw and she said they did great. She said Isabella giggled through the whole thing and she has already requested watching it again!

We decided on a whim to check out the Frisco Rail Yard for dinner Friday night. It was SO fun, too packed for us, we will try making it earlier next time but beautiful weather! The kids loved it!

Dinner Saturday night after family photos! This crew....I'm so blessed

Big Tex before the crowds hit!

She loves to see how big she is getting:)

Love them!

This sweets loving boy was in heaven when daddy bought this...Isabella is not a fan..all she wanted was nacho cheese Doritos. Insert eye roll. All the yummy Fair food and that is what she cried and threw a tantrum for!

Day made for these two! They ONLY get these for special treats aka usually parties. I despise them, so unhealthy and SO messy haha!

This joy is why we do things on a whim!

Fried Nacho crazy it tasted just like nachos

Fried oreos-the only fancy thing I tried!

And no day is complete at the fair without a Fletcher's corn dog!


I encourage you as I have myself....Live life a little more in the doesn't have to always be perfect and go just as planned but some of my favorite moments are those we have made on a whim!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chili club

I know I've shared my love for my book club in past posts here, here and here. It is such a perfect much needed girl time for this hosting loving momma! I had the craziest day Tuesday so was running around until the girls arrived at 7 but I went to bed with a full heart and full belly! This was our social   month so no book but currently on my Kindle are: Steadfast Love, Present over Perfect and Firefly Lane

Our fondest memories are made when gathered around the table!


Bacon wrapped water chesnuts
Cheese platter

Dinner-Chili bar
Spanish cornbread
White chicken chili
Southwest stew

Nothing Bundtinis

Here are the recipes, they are so easy BUT delicious!!

Bacon wrapped chestnuts

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cans (7oz) whole water chestnuts (drained/rinsed)
1 lb smoky bacon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Cute bacon slices into thirds. Wrap chestnuts in bacon and secure with toothpick. 
Place in 9x13 pan. 

Combine ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.
 Pour over bacon and chestnuts.

Bake for 35 minutes.
    Chili bar
    Best additional offerings:
    Cheddar cheese
    Sour cream
    Chopped red onions
    Oyster crackers

    White chicken chili

    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 tbsp corn starch
    1 medium onion-chopped
    1 can chopped green chiles-drained
    2 tsp cumin
    2 tsp chili powder
    1 lb chicken tenders
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp pepper
    2 cups chicken stock

    Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on medium heat for 4-5 hours. Remove chicken, shred, and return to crock pot.

    Southwest Stew

    1.5 lbs ground beef browned
    1 can Rotel
    1 can Ranch style beans
    1 can diced tomatoes
    1 can beef broth
    1 can tomato sauce
    1 can tomato puree
    1 can Minestrone soup

    Combine all ingredients in large pan on stovetop. Bring to a boil, t
    hen reduce and let simmer. Serve warm. 
    You can also make this in a crock pot and keep on warm for 6 hours. I double this recipe
     for book club:)

    Spanish Corn Bread

    1 1/2 cups yellow corn meal
    1/2 cup flour
    1/4 cup sugar
    4 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    3 eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 lb ground beef-browned
    1 lg onion-chopped
    2 cans diced green chiles
    1/2 lb cheddar cheese
    1 can creamed corn

    Mix together in large bowl. Mix well then pour into 9x13 pan. 
    Bake at 425 degrees for 35 minutes or until brown on top.

    "We throw open the door and invite people into our home, despite its size, despite its imperfections. We practice hospitality, creating soft and safe places for people to connect and rest" Shauna Niequist-Bread and Wine

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Pumpkin patch b'day fun

    This past weekend we went to our 3rd pumpkin patch of the season for Cooper's 4th birthday! It was HOT, so not fair for what is suppose to be a fall event but it was so fun. Isabella was still not 100% recovered from a tummy bug so she was a little off as well but we made the best of it. ALL she wanted to do was get her face painted and her dreams came true:)
    Proudly picking his pumpkin

    This kid hearts sweets!

    Me and my boy!

    These girls, adore them, friends since middle school!

    This steals my heart every time!

    Ms Sassy picking her pumpkin
    Face painting

    Hay ride

    Give me all the pumpkin patches! It's looking like cooler weather tomorrow and I can't wait....

    Next on my list:
    Dallas Arboretum
    State Fair

    Friday, October 7, 2016

    Friday Favorites

    Linking up with Shea over at Mix and Match Family, Erika, and Narci today to share my Friday favorites.

    ONE.  I'm on the hunt for the perfect fall purse. Decisions, decisions, I suck at them ha! Debating between a black or grey this season. I honestly desperately need to find a cute backpack, the last few outings with the kids I have realized how much I need one. Loving this black and white Kate Spade one, a cute floral one could be fun too!

    TWO. I'm dreaming of changing out all the light fixtures in my house. Just dreaming for now. I want to start with the pendants in the kitchen and am swooning over these lanterns. If only I didn't need two;) 

    THREE. All the pumpkins and the little tease of cooler weather has me dreaming of soups and warm comfort food. Can't wait to try these couple recipes as soon as Texas weather decides to cooperate and go below 90 degrees again!

    Mix and Match Mama's Sloppy Joe Pot Pies

    and OMG her Nutella S'mores Pie bites look delish

    Also, wanting to try this Cheeseburger soup

    FOUR. I'm trying to stay on top of things and am already planning the kiddos Christmas gifts. I've had my eye on several things from Pottery Barn Kids and they are having their friends and family event. You can save 20% off everything using code FRIENDS16.

    Can't wait for the weekend!! It can't come fast enough!!

    Happy Friday!


    Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Hello Fall

    Remember that one time I said I LOVE all things pumpkin!! Well we made it to our first of 100 pumpkin patches this past weekend! The kiddos had a blast! This was Storybook Ranch in McKinney. Next stop Pumpkins on the Prairie (we go to this one multiple times because it is right by our house), Dallas Arboretum, Preston Trail Farms, Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch for a birthday party
    Picture Day I just had to share

    I love that they feed into my random photo ops:)

    It was HOT!
    Isabella's smile and poses these days kill me:)

    Cayson's Jacket-Miki Miette
    Fox shirt-Target
    Isabella leotard and tights-June and January
    Pumpkin clip-Charlie Cocos

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