Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Plans

The last weekend of March is here, and we have a few things planned. Friday is free. I have some frozen tilapia in the freezer to fix for dinner and then we will probably have a movie night with some popcorn and snacks. Saturday is free during the day, and then we will go to Mass. After that Rhett is going to the movies with a friend, Steve and I are going to dinner with friends, and Peyton and Flynn are going to hang out at home for a bit. Sunday my bestie Marian is coming up for the day! I'm thinking maybe Steve's awesome meatloaf with some mashed potatoes and cheesy broccoli for dinner. After that it will be our weekly shows to end the weekend.

Here is a look back at what we did this past week here in our country home...

We took our weekly "On the way to Mass" Snapchat on Saturday...

And woke on Sunday to what could be winter's kiss goodbye...



In the interest of being real around here, I share this picture of our family room on any given day.
Because. Life. 

And I did this on Wednesday. 
I do not look forward to this.
I have Health Anxiety...it is a thing, trust me...
And that makes going for my mammogram very difficult.
But, I went. And am thankful I am good for another year.

When I got home, a little package awaited me!

I bought myself a gift on Etsy.
And I love it.
Look Tara! Look!

Lastly, we have this little corner upstairs that serves no purpose.
At all.
It sits empty.
Until I finally realized I didn't have to keep our dress up things in Rubbermaid tubs!
Flynn and I arranged all the dresses, costumes, crowns, wands, and accessories in an old toy chest.
Suddenly...

We have a brand new love!

Dress up...



And we are having fun. : )

Peyton was busy on Thursday.
She baked cookies and brownies for dessert at our parish Fish Fry. : )


Remember this, my friends...

Have a wonderful, cozy weekend, my friends!
Thanks for visiting.










Wednesday, March 22, 2017

When Your Child Realizes Her Dream

You are filled with joy. And happiness. And love.  My Madison went after her dream. It took her across the ocean to a foreign land. She met new people who spoke a different language. With the love and support of her boyfriend Nicolas and his dear family, she studied, practiced, worked hard and eventually realized her dream.

Madison is a certified professional make up artist. And through a friendship she made, Madison is now making makeup application and tutorial videos for a wonderful new make up line...Third Culture Cosmetics.


She writes about this exciting adventure on her own blog here.

And if you would like to view her video demonstrating how she uses these products to achieve that natural look follow this link http://www.tcface.com/madisons-naturally-pretty-look.

Thank you so much my friends.
One of the things I love about this wonderful blog world of ours is sharing in the joys of each others' lives. : )

Tuna Stuffed Peppers...A New Lenten Favorite

Alright. Stay with me here. I know. I know. Tuna Stuffed Peppers? But they are really, really good! And they are a nice addition to our Lenten meals. I actually found the recipe...where else? On a package of StarKist Tuna. : )

Tuna Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:
  1. 1 Pack Chunk Light Tuna in Water (11 oz. )
  2. 6 peppers, red, green, or yellow
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  6. 1/2 tsp. oregano
  7. 1 tsp. parsley
  8. 1 1/4 cups cooked brown rice
  9. Salt and Pepper
  10. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
  1. Cut tops off peppers and clean out each one.
  2. Cut stem from the top of each one and discard stem.
  3. Dice remaining pepper from each top.
  4. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Stir in onions, garlic, and diced pepper.
  6. Cook until onions and peppers are soft, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add oregano, parsley, salt and pepper, tuna and rice.
  8. Mix to blend well.
  9. Stuff peppers.
  10. Place in greased 8x8 square baking dish.
  11. Bake in preheated oven (350 degrees) for 15 or 20 minutes.
  12. Top with cheese and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes more to melt the cheese.
  13. Enjoy!
Stirring some veggies in olive oil...

Adding everything else!
Easy, right?

Stuffing these pretty  things...

Adding the best part yet...Cheese!
And back in they go...

Until they look like this!!!!

We served them with garlic toast and applesauce.
Also, cook peppers as long as you want to desired tenderness.

Hope you like them!







Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Morning

The important thing to remember about plans is that they must always be open to change. For example, if one plans a relaxing, lazy Sunday morning followed by Easter decorating, yet wakes up to an absolute winter wonderland courtesy of Mother Nature and God Himself, one may indeed adjust those plans accordingly.

In other words...We woke up to the most beautiful sight today. And so we threw on random coats, hats, gloves and boots and headed outside. Just because. And it was good.














We now return to our regularly scheduled plans...
Easter Decorating. : )






Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend Plans

Happy Friday! And Happy St. Patrick's Day! This wintry weekend will be all about holidays here. Friday we will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a fun dinner of Shepherd's Pie...our bishop allowed meat on Friday due to it being a feast day...and our traditional Lime Jello Poke Cake for dessert. We will be on the look out for those sneaky leprechauns too!

The remainder of the weekend is free with the exception of Saturday afternoon Mass. I plan on packing up the green and gold, and then bringing out the bunnies! I hope to get the house dusted and clean and then decorate for Easter. Perhaps the pastel colors will offset the snow swirling outside. : )

We will finish the weekend with our family favorite The Spring Baking Championship on Food Network. Have you watched it? If not, you only missed a couple episodes. Once our littlest goes to dreamland, we will watch our other Sunday night favorite, The Walking Dead. And that is that.

The past week  in our country home was filled with food and fun...

My own little leprechaun last weekend before Mass...
She loves holidays as much as I do.

I inherited the love of all things holiday from my dear mother.
She has her table decorated for St. Patrick's Day too!

Sunday evenings during Lent bring a small prayer and a quiet peace to our little family.

My Mocha is all decked out for the holiday too.
If I'm in the kitchen, she's in the kitchen. : )

I always enjoy my coffee and blog reading break...

While a little one plays nearby. : )

We watched this favorite move for the tenth time.
Maleficent is a beautiful story, and Angelina Jolie is amazing.

My Snapchat from Monday night...
We had a little Bachelor Finale party.
Because. Fun.



We didn't get the amount of snow that was predicted...
But it is beautiful all the same.

Did I tell you about the Valentine's gift I got for Steve?
I took the idea from my sister-in-law Beth.
I made a certificate declaring him The Most Amazing Husband and Father Ever.
His prize?
A night out with his amazing wife once a month!
We are finding that having that piece of paper hanging in the kitchen really helps us to make it happen.
Last night we tried a place we hadn't been in years...
And this peanut butter pie?
Heaven.

Hence.
My breakfast today. ; )

Tonight, my littlest had her amazing sister Peyton help her prepare for the leprechauns...
This is why I love this little space here.
It is a place to store precious memories like this.



Have a cozy weekend, my friends.
Thanks for visiting!