Monday, June 27, 2016

Mom's Menu 6/27-7/2

It's baaaack, bitches!!!!

It's been a few weeks but let's get right to it, shall we?

Psst...There is a recipe link for EVERY dinner this week!!!

Breakfast options this week:


Refrigerator oatmeal with agave and blueberries
(I'm trying to clean out my pantry and freezer since we'll be moving soon....I've got a bottle of organic agave nectar that I don't plan on taking with us, so I'm going to try to use it up before)

Lunch this week:

Veggie Burgers
(I forgot to pick a second


Corn Chowder with Italian bread

with rice and beans

with breadsticks

Grilled Cheese sandwiches

A tidbit about my pancakes and bacon... We have a pretty large family and I really hate standing over the stove, flipping pancakes and trying to keep them all warm until I'm done cooking for everyone. So, years ago, I began baking my pancake mix like a cake....and it's all done at once! You just mix it up, pour it in a baking dish and bake! No more flipping pancakes or waiting for a million batches to be done! I also bake my bacon in the oven for the same reason. But I don't mix it up like a cake mix. So each has a link to how to do it for yourself! ::wink::

Carnival Fun!!

The annual carnival was back in town recently....

We were more than happy to oblige!!

Waiting for Daddy to get home from work

The telltale bright lights and blasting music greeted us as we pulled into the parking lot.

Before the rides....dinner!

(yes, I realize now that might not have been the best decision...hahahaha)

The boys HATED the dragon kiddie roller coaster.

It scared the ever-loving bejeezus out of both of them.

Then Antonio took the big kids on the huuuuuuge ferris wheel!

(yeah, I'm not too proud to admit that I am too scared to ride it...huge fear of heights here)

But they took some great pics for you!

Can you spot me? I'm the splotch down near the bottom of the frame... Austin is next to me, wearing a black tank top...I have pink writing on my gray shirt. Someone in a red shirt is standing next to me. I don't even know who that was... hahaha

Yep. Scary. I know.

Well, that's just creepy. He looks like an alien.

Can you spot me up there?? The little boys and I are sitting down on the pavement watching the ride.

After the Dragon Coaster fiasco, Austin refused to ride any more rides.

But Levi still wanted to!

Mahri and Christian wanted to ride Tornado!

Before we left, everyone got a sweet treat to take home.

The boys picked cotton candy.

Christian got a caramel apple covered in peanuts.

Mahri got a caramel apple covered in shredded coconut.

Antonio and I both got funnel cakes!!

Thanks for an awesome night, Carnival!

We'll see you again next year!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Life's a Bit Messy


Ready for a dose of MY reality?

So, I've been pretty sick for a few days now...and before that, each of my three boys took their turns being sick.

So I'm just coming clean with what a peek into a typical day looks like around here.

Levi and Austin were rough-housing and somehow, someway Levi cracked his head on the corner of the front door. Cut the side of his eye (not eyeball).

All day long, the poor thing cried about how his brain hurt.

Which is what he calls his head, so don't worry, no actual brain damage was done.

Now...if you're on my private FB page, you know that I was complaining about my walk-in pantry. I told you all how it was amazing how fast it could get completely messy and filled with expired food and stale half-eaten bags of whatever because someone forgot to seal the bag/box back up after taking a bite of whatever it was? Yeah. My pantry is a MESS. No joke. It's a disaster area.

People seem to love not closing up anything when they're done with it and just setting it back in the pantry, open, where it will either go stale or get spilled all over the floor. Or both.

No one (including me, apparently) ever wants to put things on the shelves and instead stacks all the cans and a lot of other edible crap on the floor.

What the heck is up with that?!!

Gosh, we're lazy!!!

So I am trying to work on cleaning it out so that it'll be easier to pack it up when we move.

I don't ever want a walk-in pantry AGAIN! I can't even reach the top shelf to clean it off. Not even on a chair! And there are spiders in there! The ceiling's over 9 feet tall! I'll give you an unprecedented glimpse into my disaster-area pantry, okay??

But you'd better be nice!

::big breath:: we go...


Okay, let me explain something...I have 2 sets of plastic drawers in there. And I had put a box of loose-leaf medicinal teas in an Amazon box in there...but someone else began piling other crap inside of it. I think there's a box of party supplies under there, too, from the boys' Jurassic Park birthday party. beloved farmers market puts all of the bulk spices and dried beans/flours/sugars into deli-type containers and so that's why those are stacked up in there, willy nilly.

I've been telling Antonio that I want to put them into labeled jars, nice and neat, for I finally ordered myself a label maker and I'm hoping to buy the jars this weekend.

Oh, this is so embarrassing.

But....just keepin' it real, yo.

Maybe Antonio will build me a cute little pantry (not walk-in) for me to store some of this food in at the new house. Something for me to easily reach everything. And no floor to pile crap up on. hahaha

I got a little bit of pantry-organizing done yesterday, tossed a ton of expired stuff.

Then I had to leave the house.

Still sick. Looking like doodoo.

Taking Mahri to a birthday party for one of her besties.

I seriously contemplated parking on the side of the road and sleeping.


But this kid was determined to get to her destination.

So I tormented her by taking odd pictures of her as she ran my errands like a good little minion child!

At which point, she came back to the car after paying for the gas I was about to pump and threatened me on the whole taking pictures bit, so it was back to the boring drive, sans camera.

After we dropped her off, the little boys and I decided that an ice cream was in order.
(Christian was at work with Antonio)

We figured that when the temps are 2,493-degrees, ice cream is a must.

Then it was home to finish making dinner.

I had chicken thighs simmering in the slow cooker all day (sorry, veggie friends...I cooked meat yesterday)...and I just needed to transfer it to a bigger pot to add the noodles for something slightly resembling Pioneer Woman's Chicken & Noodles recipe.

And then I played with my camera and the lighting, trying to get a good picture of the finished project.

I never got it. hahaha But here's what I did get....

This may be the closest to a good one:

And that was my day yesterday.

What did your Friday look like??

Friday, June 24, 2016

Weird Food Combos!!

Weird food combos....let's talk about it, shall we?

But...I mean, surely "peanut butter and chocolate" or "cheeseburger with bacon" were considered "weird"...until they caught on, right?

My family eats some weird food combinations.

Christian puts ketchup on everything.



I believe he's even tried it on a peanut butter sandwich.


He and I also love it on macaroni and cheese...but I also add sriracha to mine.

Then again, I add sriracha to everything.

Heck, my kids put hot sauce on popcorn!

BUT we all love ketchup on scrambled eggs!

Do you guys??

I actually think I was an adult before I realized not everybody loves their eggs with ketchup on them...which is just weird to me.

I mean....who eats naked eggs?

I rest my case. ::wink:: Moving on!!

Have you ever had elote??

Holy guacamole, it's delicious!!!

It's a Mexican food...but is a weird combo by American standards, though!

Elote is corn on the cob, rolled in mayo and Mexican cheese and chili pepper!!

Que rico!!!

So delicious!! You should totally try it some time!!

What about weird combos

Back when I was in high school, some friends of mine introduced me to pizza dipped in mayo.

(mayo probably explains 75% of my weight

And then, once I had kids, I got them all to eat their pizza dipped in mayo, too!

This is the pizza I made last week...BEST pizza I've ever made! Crust is from-scratch and topped with a little cheese, green peppers, onion, corn, banana peppers and yellow squash!
I also like my french fries dipped in BBQ sauce and mayo....that one I picked up when I was a teenager and working at McDonalds. daughter has a weird combo that no one else in the family is really getting on board with.

WHITE American cheese with Nerds candy embedded in it.

That's weird, right???

Now this one may not be weird...but I've always thought it was at least "odd"...see...

Antonio wraps his pasta in tortillas. Because...ya know, he's Mexican.

We gotta tortilla the crap out of err'thing.

This all probably sounds random...but what got me thinking about all of our weird food combos is an email I had gotten from Chobani a couple of weeks ago. You know, the famous (and delicious!!) yogurt company? (this is NOT a sponsored post, by the way!) They wanted me to try out their Flips..and let you guys know about their new flavors they've got out. Now, I don't know about you, but my kids love Chobani yogurt. They especially love their seasonal/limited edition flavors. Who doesn't love things that are "limited edition"?! (I'm looking at you, Pumpkin Spice lovers!! hahahaha) It's because of my kids' deep love for Chobani that I decided to do this post.

So I bought us every single one of the flavors that my local Walmart had (which, sadly, wasn't many) and we took them with us as a snack after dinner last night over to the new house. By the way...remind me to post a video of how stinking cute Gypsy (our dog) is, running around her new HUGE yard!!! The kids said the yogurts were awesome!!

Not sure what Levi was doing there???? hahaha Let's try that again, shall we??


Mahri wanted the Key Lime Crumble!

Austin got the Almond Coco Loco one...he thought it was fun mixing everything together, just like he was baking, or something!

Levi wanted bites of everyone else's flavors. hahaha

I really love how awesome our new house is! We can just sit outside and enjoy the peace and is roaming somewhere in the yard...soon, we'll be jumping in the pool!!

::big smile::

Levi tried everyone's but still preferred his Salted Caramel Crunch!

Mmmm! Teeny pretzels!!

And...sometimes...when Mom asks you to to stop eating and just looks a little forced.

Levi's checking to see if I noticed.


Now try it for yourself!! Tell me in the comments which is YOUR Flavor SoulMate??!

No joke, 3 out of 4 of my kids screamed when they got to the "Cats or Dogs?" question.

They made sure that they whispered their answer so none of the pets heard, lest their furry feelings be hurt. hahahaha

Mahri got Sweet N Salty!

Christian also got Sweet N Salty, too!

Mr. AussieBear is a Sweet N Salty guy, too!

Levi, always the rebel, got Sweet N Spicy!

Then it was my turn....

Turns out that mama is a Sweet N Salty kinda gal, too! I wasn't surprised...ya'll know how I love my Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzards from DQ.


But then I got curious....

If WE eat weird food...everyone must have a "weird" combo that they absolutely love.

So I decided to ask my readers on FB (click HERE to hang with me on FB) what their favorite weird food combo was. To make it even MORE fun, I made it into a contest.

You might have seen the may have also played along with us!

Whoever got the most "likes" on their weird food preference won!!

And, before you knew it...we had a winner!!

Annamarie Burge-Bolen!!

Did you read that?? Huh?? Did you??

She said "Samami, cream cheese pickle wrap".


Then sounds like it has some weirdly delicious potential...

I made the contest a 2-parter. The second part of the contest was for a $10 Amazon gift card. To be entered to win that, you just had to publicly share the post on your FB page.

The winner for THAT contest is revealed in this little video, featuring an adorable Austin!

So...after watching that video and you realize that YOU are the lucky winner...shoot me a PM with your email address so I can send you your gift card!!

To everyone who played along with us and shared the post...THANK YOU!!!

Don't forget to let me know down in the comments below (or on FB!) which Chobani Flip flavor sounds the best to you!!