Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken

Once again, we are rushing from here to there...dropping one kid off at a sport and picking another one up. I love quick and easy dinners and especially ones that my family loves!
This recipe has only 4 ingredients and is super easy!




Ingredients:
Chicken breasts (I used tenderloins)
Ranch dressing
Shredded cheese
Bacon - uncooked

 Grease a 9x13 in glass pan. Lay your defrosted chicken breasts in the pan flat. Slice bacon to fit chicken breast and layer on top of ranch. (My family likes crispy bacon, so I cooked the bacon a bit in the microwave first) If you are using raw bacon, I would cover the top of the chicken with the bacon.. Since mine was partially cooked, I just did a strip of bacon on each piece.
Cook in the oven at 400* for 25-35 minutes.


 Take out of the oven and cover the chicken with the shredded cheese. Return to the oven for 5-6 minutes, until melted.


Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Describing myself in all honesty




- I am very outgoing but in a 'stranger' crowd it takes a bit longer to warm up and put myself out there.
- I can keep a secret, through I’ve been told many times I have a big mouth. I DO know how and when to keep it shut. 
- I have little to no self control when it comes to pasta, bread and cheese. Some how my stomach always wins.
- I am pretty easy to get along with and will talk to just about anyone.
- I love and live off coffee. It starts my day and just puts me in a better mood. Not to mention, there’s nothing better than girls talk over coffee.
- I grew up with two older brothers and as much as one would think I was the ‘princess,’ I don’t see it that way. I usually got a ‘tightened rope’ since my brothers tested my parents patience and rules. I was ecstatic when I gained three sister-in-laws by marriage and love that we are all really close.
- I am terrible about saying ‘I’m wrong.’ (Honestly I think I’ve said it 5 times in the almost 15 years of knowing my husband) I know I’m wrong and I say it inside my head, but rarely does it come out of my mouth.
- I will talk your ear off if you let me. I love a good conversation. Since I work with kids 9 and under everyday…good adult conversation is really valued.


- I pride myself on never giving into peer pressure in school. I’ve never smoked a cigarette, or anything for that matter, and never done drugs. (I’m praying my kids follow in my footsteps)
- I don’t take compliments very well. I can take them from a complete stranger, but from family and friends, I am terrible at accepting them.
- I am very persistent and will try anything to get my way. I usually badger my hubby until he gives in.
- I don’t show emotion very well. I never have and as much as I try and work on it…nothing really changes.
- I have been in far too many car accidents for one person. I used to distract myself while driving, good things having kids in the car has changed me to be a much safer driver! 
- I yell at my kids far too much and unfortunately have a terrible temper. I think my kids are learning when to hid in their rooms and stay away from mom.
- I have a huge fear with kids and water. Super crazy paranoid mama comes out when my kids are in/around water. (It doesn't help that I have my own fears of drowning)
- I have a weakness for dark chocolate salted caramel anything and everything!
- I didn't have a very close relationship with any of my grandparents or extended family growing up and one of my biggest fears is my kids growing up feeling the same way. (I grew up, got smart and am trying to build those relationships up as an adult.)
- I am a very giving and kind person. (or, so I've been told many times)

- I prefer fall over any season and winter comes in close second. (I'd much rather curl up in front of a fire with a blanket than sweat my butt off at the beach.)
- I have a 'fake' smile that I plaster over way too many pictures. The only way you can get a 'real' smile is if I am having fun, someone makes me laugh or if I think of something funny before the picture.
- My kids are more fashion trendy than me. I'd much rather go out and update my kids wardrobe and make them look adorable, than take the time to update mine. (Don't get me wrong...I'd love a genie that does all my fashion/wardrobe for me)
- I am a terrible 'green thumb' and can't garden or keep a plant alive to save my life. I love flowers and plants...they just don't love me!
- I am terrible at spelling and grammar (If you read my blog, you already know this)
- I am not a confrontational person, no matter how much I build it up in my head...It never pans out the way I planned.
- I am addicted to candles, I light at least one a day.
- I have a small obsession with Lululemon, thanks to my amazing sister-in-law! (thanks Kendall!) 

Did you find out something you didn't know about me?!

Monday, August 17, 2015

To be friends or not...



How is it that when we’re at a play-date, my kids can meet other kids and be ‘friends at first sight.’ When we are camping, they’ll meet other kids and while playing a big game of kickball or baseball and they’ll all be buddies for the rest of our trip.


 They don’t care about each others background, ‘coolness statuses’, ages, grades…they just become friends…just.like.that!
No stereotyping.No judging!
They’ll play forever, hours if not days together, and often not even remember their new friend’s name. It.doesn’t.matter.to.them!
All that matters is that they all want to have a fun time and play with someone else. Let’s face it, going somewhere with your mom, dad, sibling is great…but meeting someone your age to play with…is the icing on the cake!
Why is it that when we meet people we often stereotype and judge before just ‘diving’ into talking and getting to know them? I am guilty of it too. I’ll be sitting at the park, watching my kids play, and another mom will sit down next to me. It will be silent and we will both be minding out own business watching our kids, that happen to be pretty close in age. I could strike up a conversation to pass the time, but what would we talk about? Does she home-school or do her kids go to public school? Does she work or stay at home with her kids? Do we even have anything in common that we could talk about?! I wonder if she is even interested in talking.
Why do I care so much? If we don’t have anything to talk about and we don’t have anything in common, that’s fine. We’ll probably not run into each other very much, if ever again. BUT if we do hit it off and have a ton in common, maybe I’ll make a new mommy friend out of the whole deal. It.can’t.hurt.to.try!
She might be interested in talking, just like I am and who knows, we.might.just.hit.it.off!


Let's start thinking like our kids think and stop.overthinking.everything! Go outside your comfort zone and talk to someone you wouldn't normally talk to. You just might become friends!

Friday, August 7, 2015

When the baseball is thrown

The moment that you look at your child and feel so proud. You realize that the child that you brought into this world, has amazing talent. They make you so proud, you brag about them, they come up in many discussions...they are your pride and joy!
They'd be loved just as much whether they were 'talented' or not, but 'man this makes life exciting'!


Every time this kid steps on the diamond...he makes me proud. His smile is endless and he is definitely in his element!


 He is small but determined!


He loves everything about it!

Knowing he puts everything he has into the game, makes me proud to be his mom. He supports his teammates and encourages them to be their best.
Competitive...yes! He definitely has that in him, a little too much at times. I do believe a little is good for every athlete.

I think he has found his niche in life!
And I am one of his biggest fans!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Time Flies!

Where does the time go?!
I was just telling my kids today in the car that life is far too short! Make sure you make the most of it, forgive and forget, test yourself, love hard and make TONS of memories!

Speaking of memories...I have had my fair share with these kids! 

I love them like my own and had the privileged of having a hand in raising them.
We are still close, my kids love hanging out with them and having them babysit. It isn't often that the kids that you babysat, now babysit your kids. {At least you know they were raised right}

It tends to make me feel old when they pass big milestones, like high school graduation. 
How did this adorable 2 year old in a saggy white diaper, turn into such a respectable, well shaped, kind young man?!
 How has 16 years passed by in the blink of an eye?

They are like my second family and I can't imagine life without them. My kids adore being around them and love hanging out with their whole family.
I pray that these relationships go on for uncountable years to come.

Time please slow down, as it has gone by to fast thus far and when they get older, so do I!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Playing the summer away

Being a daycare provider and a mom of 4, I am always looking for great toys to occupy the kids. When I come across a toy that is beyond great, and worth the money, I love to share my finds. 
I am all about free play and I am a big advocate of playing outside whenever possible...but in the times when I just need it a little quieter and want the kids to do their own 'station,' these toys are amazing!


Magna-Tiles are the generic version of Play Mags and are literally identical. Both of them are great, just depends if you want to save some cash. Magna-Tiles are a bit cheaper, but I assure you that they are worth every penny. I have kids ages 2-9 in my daycare and everyone of them LOVES these blocks. We build everything with them...towers, ramps, buildings, basketball hoops {just for Blake}...the possibilities are endless. Hours and hours of fun!



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MagnaMIX is great for creativity and hours of fun! The patterns can get a bit tough for kids 2-3 years, but Blake is just starting to get it and loves putting them together. They are magnetic and the kids have to matching numbers and colors to match different designs and pictures. Then when they are done, they just push the top purple button to release all the magnets.


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Playstix are great for fine motor skills, building and creativity. The have sample ideas you can copy, or you can make up your own creation. All my kids in my daycare play with these...even the big kids. They like to challenge themselves to copy the pictures on the cover of the box. It's a great quiet activity with tons of possibilities.



 These are all my own opinions and I was not paid or compensated for this post.

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