Monday, September 28, 2015

Can you get your feet off the table please?

Oh Lily!  She just wants to be all up in our business all the time!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Go bears!

We love Saturday's because of college football!  We always try to think of fun football foods and snacks. 

Go Baylor!  

We love our silly selfie stick.  The kids get all irritated with me begging them to get ready for a photo.  Times have changed though, from the days of setting up my Canon camera timer.  Now we have the selfie stick.  What will be the next fun way to snag family photos?

I just love these girls!

These two kiddos have so much fun together, but then they fight together.  Fall break is over on Monday and back to school they go!  Golly gee, the break went fast.  

I'm ready to get back into the school routine!  Fall is upon us and it's a wonderful time of the year!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Break!

These two get fall break here in GA!  How cool is that?  No school for a whole week!

So far we've watched tons of football and played outside!

Daddy smoked ribs and a pork shoulder.  He's happy to have taken a couple of days off to hangout with us and celebrate fall!

We were all squinting at the PGA Superstore!  It's cloudy but bright!  The kids picked golf as one of their sports for the fall, so we got a few new clubs and plan to work on our skills a little over the break.  

Happy Fall Y'all!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

a few football appetizers

Look how easy this is:

Go buy your favorite sausage and slice it up.  
Open a can of pineapple chunks and reserve the juice because someone will drink it.  Layla loved it!  Anyway, top the slices with a pineapple chunk and a toothpick and put on a cookie sheet.  This is a great way for kids to help cook; it's an easy job and fun too.  
[I lined the pan with parchment paper for easy clean up.] 
Bake in the oven at 375 until the edges of the sausage are slightly browned.  
Ahhhhh!  It's that easy and the flavor is so yummy.  I think it's a perfect football appetizer!

Next up, is a chicken tamale casserole I mixed up and instead of putting in in a casserole dish I scooped the mix into muffin tins.  This is a tasty appetizer to grab and go!

This picture is awful, but you get the idea.

1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix
1 can of cream style corn
2 eggs
1/3 cup of milk
1 can of enchilada sauce, I used red
2 1/2 cups of shredded chicken
2 cups of shredded cheese, your choice, I used taco blend
a couple sprinkles of cumin

Mix it all together, pour into muffin tins and bake on 375 for 45 minutes.

  I just say watch them.  Ovens vary and I had to bake these little babies longer.  Start with 30 minutes and see how they look.  Stick a toothpick in them because I took mine out of the oven and had to put them back in.  You want the final product to be a little soft, but the outside can have a tad bit of crunch.  Top them with cheese and bake 'til cheese melts.  So yummy!

I've posted this chicken dip before, back in 2011! It seems crazy I've been making this that long.
 It's pretty easy too 'cause I'm all about easy.

8 ounces cream cheese softened
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup blue cheese
1/2 cup wing sauce
1 cup shredded cheese
3 cups shredded chicken

Mix it up and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

I almost always substitute ranch for the blue cheese dressing.  I always have all the stuff in the pantry for homemade ranch, but don't usually keep blue cheese in the fridge.

Happy eating friends! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

navy blue star selfies

The Dallas Cowboys season opener last night was a nail biter.  

We're Texas folks and will always love our Dallas Cowboys.  Layla and Hayden were awake for kick off and then had to hit the hay for school this morning.  

Anyone else watch the last of the game with toothpicks holding their eyes open?  I was so sleepy, but I couldn't look away.  I have some friends who are New York Giants fans (what in the world are they thinking?) and I just couldn't sleep not knowing the outcome of the game!  

We kicked some booty THANK GOODNESS!  

Saturday, September 12, 2015

date night to celebrate 15

Gary and I celebrated our anniversary last night with a fun night out!

We went to 4 or 5 different places around town.  We ate appetizers and had beverages and great conversation.  It's been 15 years since we said 'I DO' on the beach at sunrise.

Time flies when you're having fun!  I wouldn't trade my friendship with my husband for anything!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Two Cells!

Layla worked her tail off this morning creating an animal and plant cell.  

As a 5th grade project the kids had to make model cells.  I took her to Hobby Lobby where she went crazy with ideas and picked out fun sparkly things to glue to Styrofoam.  Layla reminded us that this was her project to do and that her teachers wanted her to do most all the work.  I'm totally cool with that.  Projects make me nervous, so Gary is usually the project parent and that is fine by me forever. 

Layla did have to have Gary's help with the hot glue gun.  Regular glue just wasn't sticking, so she told dad where to glue and when.  I think they did a fabulous job and I just love Gary's patience!  He burnt his fingers a time or two, but he had fun!  The messiest part was definately sawing the styropham.  Geeesh...that stuff was everywhere.  Hayden used the spare parts for a cell project of his own.  He created a fun monster of sorts to keep him busy while they worked and worked on Layla's creations.  He doesn't get on Instagram much (Layla insisted he have his own account) but he posted his pictures on his Instagram page.  I had to giggle at that!

The pictures don't do the cell project justice. It so bright and colorful and she made a great key to show and label each individual cell part.  I think she did a great job and she had fun with it.  I hope she gets a great grade!   I'm pretty sure at this point in the school year so far science is Layla's favorite subject!  I always liked science too!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Go Bears!

Tonight was the first Baylor football game!

Hayden was focused on the big game!

We had a fun night snacking and staying up past our bedtimes to watch the season opener!

We served all the gold and green food we would find as we watched the Bears win!