Friday, September 30, 2011

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend.
Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer
So my question is . . .
  • If you could travel anywhere TODAY, WHERE would you like to go??

Thursday, September 29, 2011


For Josh's Birthday he chose to go see CARS2, instead of Transformers. I'm glad he did, because we had a blast. The movie isn't just a fun movie with lots of laughs, which had Josh saying, "WASABI" all night long, but I loved the whole James Bond spy movie theme it portrayed. Plus  I am a sucker for Happy Endings!

Star race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship on the road from Radiator Springs to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage!
Information courtesy of Disney

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Cilantro-Lime Chicken in a Green Chili Cream Sauce

One of my favorite foods are chilis, especially green chilis. It must have something to do with the time I spent in New Mexico. I am absolutely in love with green chilis. If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner, than this Cilantro-Lime Chicken in a Green Chili Cream sauce is delicious and don't worry about it being too spicy, because the chilis I use are very mild. It also helps to remove all the seeds, that are responsible for all the heat of the chili.

I don't know where I found the recipe, but I've made my own adjustments.

1.5 lbs chicken
1 Anaheim chili, seeded and diced
2 Tbls. butter
1/2 red onion
1/4 cup of white wine
3/4-1 cup heavy cream
1/8 cup cilantro
1 lime

First I sauteed the chicken in the the butter until it turns golden brown, about 7 minutes until the temp of the chicken reached 165F. Then I added the onion and the chilis to the pan. If  you need to add more butter that's fine. I love butter. Saute the onion and chilis until they are soft. I then add the wine to deglaze the pan, and then I added the cream. Finally I shredded the chicken, (you don't have too) and added it to the cream sauce. Garnish with lime.
For the rice I just made a pilaf and added some tri color peppers to it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"He promised her a new and better life. Out in Arizona, underneath the blue never-ending sky!" -Sedona, AZ

What amazes me is, all this time I've spent blogging, I never realized the impact it has had on my children. In participating in Wordless Wednesday, it never occured to me that my love of photography would rub off on Marissa. She loves it, and has such a passion for it that I couldn't help but share one of my absolute favorites she just took on a trip she took with her friend to Sedona.

Happy Wordless Wednesday all!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Today I started thinking that Halloween is just around the corner. About this time of year, I have my children start thinking what they want for their Halloween costumes. Katelyn this year wants to be Cleopatra. If you are like me, I'm looking for really cute costumes, at a reasonable price.

Keeping that in mind, I was really pleased to find this perfect website Just Kid Costumes. Navigating your way through the website couldn't be easier, they list plenty of specific costumes. You can get very creative, with over 3,000 costumes and accessories to choose from including superheroes and Disney Princesses. I even found a super cute Cleopatra costume. Some of the costumes are around $30, but there are ones for under $20.

Just Kids Costumes offers a fun app called the Dress-Up room. All  you need to do is upload your child's photo to the app and then you can see what they would look like dressed up in their favorite costume. It also makes sharing those photos easy with your friends on Facebook!

Look for Just Kids Costumes in the October 2011 Parents Magazine. Oh I almost forgot the best part, shipping is a FLAT rate of $4.95 AND you recieve a FREE Gift with purchase ( and who doesn't like getting things for Free) A Halloween Activity E-BOOK.

SOMETHING FOR MY READERS!Just Kid Costumes is offering readers 10% off of their purchase of ALL PRODUCTS if you purchase by Oct. 16th, 11:59 PST..So today be sure and head on over there and pick out your child's costume! 

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For this review I was offered an entry into a contest.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011


There are no words to fully express how I have felt being gone from blogging, these past few years, and how incredible it feels to be back visiting with you all. Although I haven't truly disappeared off the face of the planet. I've kept up, by reading blogs and interacting on Facebook.

To catch all of you up, TIME has just flown by, it's extremely hard for me to believe, but Marissa my oldest is a senior in Highschool, planning to attend NAU. She has a passion for the arts; digital/B&W photography, ceramics, and painting.

Joshua is now in 6th grade. His diabetes so far this school year has been amazingly under control, opposed to last year, which was a very difficult one. He's active in sports like he has always been.

Katelyn is 8 and in 3rd grade. She's in student council and is still my Sunshine.

My little Lindsay is 5 and started K. She absolutely loves her teacher and school, and keeps questioning me on Saturday if this is a school day.

For me, while I've been working 25 hours a week, going to school, (with plans to graduate this spring), and this year I feel a weight lifted off me with Josh's diabetes. The nurses at his school are amazing. They help me feel like Josh is in excellent care. Not having to worry has encouraged me to get back into blogging.

WHAT exactly have I been going to school for?? Actually I am wanting to start a personal chef business for families that have special dietary concearns, or a small catering business. As ALL of you know I LOVE to cook.

To help me get back into the blogging groove, I am keeping up with ALL the blog posts I used to write about, of course our family, and cooking, as well as crafts/decorating, product reviews/Giveaways and see if I can get Marissa to help her mother with some guest posts on photography.

As always, I am looking forward to catching up with all of you, and am so overjoyed to be back in the blogosphere once again.