What’s For Dinner Review – #2…

It’s time for another installment of my What’s For Dinner Review weekly post.  I have some more yummy things for you this week! :) I have been trying hard to eat at home and have at least two new to us meals every week.  This week has been a little nuts since our fridge has been out of service.  It has made cooking at home a little more challenging.

#1 –  Grilled Monterey Chicken.  I order this at restaurants all the time and this recipe is even better.  My kids LOVE this marinade!!  It is so easy to make too.

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#2 – Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce.  I really love how easy this sauce is to make.  I have made this one before and really liked it. However, we have made very slight changes to it the past several times we have made it.  Spaghetti is such a great easy week night meal.  I love having a homemade sauce rather than a bottled one. My kids scarf this stuff down.  :)

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce - A rich and meaty spaghetti sauce easily made in the crockpot with just 10 min prep!

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#3 – Copycat White Castle Cheeseburgers. I make these quite a bit because they are a hit with everyone in my family.  That isn’t always easy to find!!  These come together really easily and quickly.

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#4 – Philly Beef Sloppy Joes.  We make philly cheesesteaks a lot so I thought we would try these for a little something different. Everyone seemed to like them (minus my daughter who doesn’t like cheesesteaks of any kind).  They were super easy to put together and good too!

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#5 – Great Grandma’s Sloppy Joes.  I make these at least once a week lately because they are my daughters favorite meal (second to Bowtie Rotel Chicken).  She can’t get enough of them.  This recipe has been passed down for generations in my family.  Good stuff.

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Apparently I was in a sandwich mood this past week.  LOL  We also had nacho pizza which is one of my FAVORITES!  That is getting ready to hit the food blog this weekend.  I will be back to link it here as well.

We made a new chocolate chip cookie recipe this past week too.  It was ok.  I wouldn’t call it a fail, but wasn’t what we were looking for.

What have you eaten that was new this week?  Or a family favorite? I would love more suggestions on things to try!  Happy Eating! :-)

Car Repairs Are So Fun…

I am working really hard on capturing the everyday things that happen around here.  It feels good to have these images too!  I get in the habit of only taking portrait type shots where everyone is looking and smiling.  I need to get more “in the moment” images.

The high school is celebrating Homecoming this week.  They have different dress up themes everyday.  Monday was color day.  Yesterday was Island day for the seniors and Spanish day for the freshmen.  We forgot to put Noah’s sombrero on for the picture.  Oh well.

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Today’s theme is tacky day.  It was a rough morning with the one on the right.  He was mad at me because I got onto him about a couple grades that are not up to his abilities.  Since he was mad at me, he wouldn’t dress up for tacky day. Shortly after getting to school he texted to say he loved me (his version of apologizing) and to tell me he was the only kid in the school not dressed up.  And who is it that was hurt by that?  It wasn’t me…  ;-)  Logan did dress up.  I need to grab a picture of that when he gets home.

Logan’s car has been having a few little issues.  My awesome Dad offered to help Logan fix them yesterday.  However, as usual with repairs in our family, it ended up being a bigger job than anticipated and something bigger was broken in the process.

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So after a few hours of hard work, it ended up going to the dealership after all.  And with bigger issues.

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At least they had some grandfather/grandson bonding time which is worth it’s weight in gold if you ask me.

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Logan has ALWAYS said that he would NEVER drive a pick up truck.  With his being in the shop, my dad graciously let Logan borrow his big ol’ truck.  I had to laugh when he got home in it and was telling me there is something manly about driving a big truck and how great it rides, etc.  I think his opinion on trucks is changing!  As for me… I have been a bit nervous with him driving that huge thing.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  It is like driving a tank!  I hope he maneuvered through the school parking lot ok this morning!

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The repair people are coming today to look at our fridge.  I am PRAYING that they can fix it and we won’t have to order parts and wait several more days.  It is PAIN for five people to live without a fridge in the kitchen.  I am BEYOND thankful that my parents just gave us their old fridge last week to put in our garage.  It is fully loaded now.

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If it weren’t for that we would be living out of coolers.  That would be worse!!  I am still sick of having to go out to the garage every time I need to get in the fridge though.  I know first world problems… but still…

Well, I have a long to do list today.  Besides sitting at home during our long window time for the repair people to show up, I have to go to Goodwill to look for hippie clothes for tomorrows dress up day at school.  Seniors are hippies and this is THE BIG DAY.  Every senior does it and goes all out from what I hear.  They have some students who play guitar who sit on the floor in the halls and play while others gather around.  Suppose to be a big deal.  Wish me luck!  Noah is a to dress as a senior citizen.  I think we have a gray headed wig in the attic but I need to find him some old man pants and maybe suspenders too.  Our Goodwill is full of nothing usually so I am crossing my fingers.  I hate paying full price at the regular store to buy all this stuff for one day but that is usually what we end up having to do.

I hope you have a great day!!

What’s Happening Around Here…

There has been a lot going on around here.  Today happens to be my birthday but with my hubby out of town it honestly just feels like every other day.  He is the one who usually makes the fuss over my day so it just feels different.  Oh well. My parents are taking me and the kids out for dinner tonight so that will be fun! At least I don’t have to cook.  Anyway… I thought I would just post some random stuff today that I haven’t had a chance to blog yet.

I woke up this morning to everything in my fridge/freezer being warm.  Not a good situation.  Thank goodness for my laziness yesterday that kept me from going to the grocery store.  I really would have been upset if we had to throw out a full fridge of newly purchased food.  In this picture, I was far enough back that you can’t see just how dirty this thing is.  I plan to clean every little crevice tomorrow.  You don’t realize just how nasty it is in there until it’s empty! The repair people can’t get out until Wednesday.  I was NOT happy about that and I let them know it, but it didn’t change anything.  After that I decided I deserved a trip to Starbucks for a Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino.  I didn’t care how many calories were in it.  Besides, calories don’t count on your birthday, right??

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My grandparents came for a visit recently.  I keep telling me kids how lucky they are to have grandparents and great grandparents.

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Like I mentioned before, the high school here requires that all the kids get their yearbook photos done at a certain photography studio.  We went and had Logan’s done right before school started back.  I still can’t believe he is a senior. This is the formal one that we chose for the yearbook.

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This is the casual that we chose for the yearbook.

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I was so proud of myself for keeping it together and not crying. But then when he put this on… there were definitely a few tears.  I am just so proud of this guy.

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Logan takes his girlfriend out for dinner almost every weekend.  He wanted to do something different and special for her birthday so he cooked her his favorite meal.  He made Mezzaluna Ravioli and french bread with the Carrabba’s Herb Dip.  It was a BIG hit.  He even had some left so they made a delivery to his best friend!

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We went to The Fresh Market with my mom one day and she bought us all pretty flowers.  It was a cold, rainy and dreary so they helped brighten up our day!

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Since Eric is out of town for the week he told me to choose where I wanted to go for dinner one night last week.  I chose Steak n’ Shake.  I am TOTALLY addicted to their garlic cheeseburger.  I should have gotten one for lunch again today. Good thing I forgot about it because I am pretty sure it is NOT a low calorie meal!

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This snazzy guy recently went out to eat with his girlfriends family and looked mighty handsome.

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LOVE those Vans shoes!  He is all about clothes.  I love that.  His dad is the TOTAL opposite.  He would wear the free “give blood” t-shirts that they give you for donating everyday if I would let him.

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Logan and Lane celebrated their one year anniversary that week too.  She always tells him that there is never any chocolate around when you need it.  So… he took care of that.  He ordered her this 5lb. bar of chocolate.  He also bought her a beautiful rose gold watch.  It is really nice.  I am so mad that I didn’t get a picture of that.  You can kind of see it in the picture of her below…

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I am back working and LOVING every single second of it.  I can’t wait until my calendar stays full with sessions again.  I have the pleasure of doing Lane’s (Logan’s girlfriend) senior pictures. We have had so much fun, at least I know that I have.  This is one where we had to do some hiking through a little mud to get to, but it was soooo worth it.  I have several more sessions on the books in the next few weeks.  Yay!  If you don’t already, please like my photography facebook page.  And you can see more work on my photography web site as well.  Oh, and I would love to have you follow my senior photography on Instagram too.  :)

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Way to go if you made it all the way to the end.  Thanks for sticking around!  I hope you have a great week!!

A Few Recent Favorite Things…

I love hearing about things that people love and use a lot. I decided to post a few of my recent favorites. Some of these are things that I just recently purchased and some are things that I started using a long time ago but have remained favorites.  I have linked everything but they are NOT affiliate links.  This is NOT a sponsored post and I am not being paid/compensated in any way for mentioning these items.  These are just things that I use and love in my everyday life.  :-)

1. Starbucks Hobnail Cold Cup

I seriously love this thing. I carry it just about everywhere I go filled with water.  It has been great to get me to drink more water throughout the day. It also doesn’t sweat, so no water rings everywhere that I sit it down or on my hands. I love that it has lots of bling out in the sun too! ;-) Guess what… it’s on clearance at your local Starbucks store (if you can still find them) and online.

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2. Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat

This stuff makes your manicure last so much longer.  I put it on as a base coat, then put my colored polish, then this again, then another coat of my colored polish and then my favorite topcoat.  It will easily make my manicure last a full week and I am hard on my nails.  I also love the feel that it gives my nails.  It does get thicker over time so do plan to replace it after a couple months.

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3.  Finger Paints Nail Polish in Warhol Wannabe Neon

This is by far and away my FAVORITE nail polish EVER. I just love the color.  It is MUCH brighter than it shows here.  It is truly a neon pink.  So fun for summer!!  This polish does cry with a more matte finish but I always cover with a glossy topcoat so no problem for me.  I actually LOVE this whole line of nail polishes though.  They last really well on my nails.

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4.  Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I promise this is the last nail polish for today.  This is definitely my favorite top coat.  It drys SUPER SUPER fast and really seals in my polish well.  I am one of those that always ends up painting my nails as I am walking out the door so drying fast is super important to me.  This is another polish that gets thick over time so plan on replacing it every month or so.

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5.  Stabilo Point 88 Pen Set

I just recently purchased these after seeing them used on this blog. (By the way, my parents ordered me the planner that she uses for Christmas as well. I can’t wait to get it!)  Anyway, I am a total pen addict so it was a no brainer that I was going to be order these pens!  I wish the barrel was slightly larger as I write better when I have a little more grip.  The colors are very vibrant though so I definitely will be using these a lot.  :-)  I use them now in my everyday notebook where I put all of my to-do lists.  The colors make it happy!  :-)

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6.  Pampered Chef Mix n’ Chop

Oh my goodness, if you like to cook you NEED one of these.  It is the GREATEST tool when you are browning ground beef.  While you are cooking your ground beef, just use this to break it all up into nice little pieces.  No more chunks.  It is AWESOME!  A little pricey, but worth it to me. It is definitely one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.


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7.  K-PAK Deep Reconstructor

This is a great protein treatment for your hair.  I highly recommend it if you color or heat style your hair.  I had a recent BAD experience with a faulty straightener that FRIED my hair.  I mean it was BAD.  The kids were asking what that horrible smell was. It was burning hair!!  Anyway… this has helped A LOT in making my hair look so much better.  Anyway… I will continue using this at least once a week to help my hair after drying out from coloring.

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8.  Rimmel Scandal Eyes Lycra Flex Mascara

Ok, Rimmel has always been my FAVORITE mascara.  Believe me, I have tried just about everything out there.  The brush on this mascara is THE BOMB. It coats every lash and gives my lashes incredible volume.  I LOVE it!!

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9.  Ninja Express Chop Professional

I use this thing multiple times every day to make our smoothies.  I have tried just about every kind of blender out there (minus the Vitamix.  I just can’t spend that on a blender!).  This thing breaks down ice and makes my smoothies smooth as silk.  I LOVE it.  As a matter of fact, we have two of them because we use them so often every day.  I have a couple other Ninja blenders that I LOVE as well for other purposes.  I have to admit that I have been eyeing this Ninja lately.  I LOVE the idea of using the same cup for blending and drinking and just having that little cup to run through the dishwasher.

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10.  Clairol Age Defy Hair Color 

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I have been coloring my hair for over 10 years now.  Thanks premature graying! Anyway, I have tried pretty much every day drug store hair color you can think of, as well as many professional hair salon ones as well.  This is BY FAR my favorite hair color EVER.  I love that it leaves my hair silky smooth rather than dry and brittle like straw.  My favorite thing though is that is gives my hair amazing definition.  It has natural highlights to it.  It looks so natural and shiny.  I highly recommend you try it if you color your hair.  I use 5A Medium Ash Brown.  It’s my favorite because it is closest to my natural color and no orange brassiness.  :)

Well, it looks like this weeks list had a lot of beauty products on it.  I am a girly girl sometimes what can I say.  :)  I hope everyone has a great weekend!!