Wordless Wednesday: Emma Rides Her Bicycle

So, Emma got a bicycle and a helmet for Christmas, but the helmet was way too small. After Mimi (my mom) traded it for the next size up, we were ready to go.


Cheesy smile posing on her bike.


Joshua also got to ride his ATV outside. He usually rides it around the living room, so this was lots of fun.


Mister wanted in on some fun.


And we captured it on video!


Saw-It-Pinned-It-Did-It Saturday: Bath Toy Storage

My kids love bath toys. They just can’t get enough of them. And they want to play with them ALL. EVERYTIME. But I don’t want bath toys taking up all the room in my bathtub.

And those silly turtles don’t stay up.

Munchkin Bath Super Scooper Turtle

Hubby even tried using epoxy to glue it to the shower wall. Still fell off. So we stored the toys in the turtle and just laid the turtle in the tub when no one was in it and stuck it in the sink when we needed to shower sans toys. But I was inspired by to buy a tension rod to somehow get them off the floor of the bathtub.

For the Home

I couldn’t find any baskets to store the toys and was losing hope when I came across this post which mentioned using mesh laundry bags to store bath toys. And a light went off! I could put the mesh laundry bags on the tension rod and still hang the toys up. Yay!

If you want to do this too, just find a tension-style curtain rod with rubber ends long enough for the wall behind your tub. Here’s the one I got at Walmart.


I already had these mesh laundry bags from Dollar General that we put our bras and other delicates in before washing. They look kinda like this. You need one zips on the front, not the top.

So I cut a few strands of the mesh on the back of the bag big enough for the curtain rod to fit through. I cut two, each a couple of inches from the sides and about an inch and a half from the top.


Then just slide the curtain rod through


and extend it to fit on your wall.


And here’s the finished product in our bathtub a little closer up. Yay!



Edited 2/19/13: Do not use that curtain rod. It rusted horribly! I went back and bought an actual shower curtain rod that is working much better. I highly recommend doing that instead!


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Baked Chili Pie

So, what happened was…

I had this whole month planned out for our dinners every night. I was prepared and organized. And maybe a little over-confident? 🙂 Most of my recipes for the crock pot say to cook on low 6-8 hours. So on Wednesday I didn’t even look at the recipe for my BBQ Pulled Pork until after the meat was thawed and it was time to start cooking.

Uh oh. This recipe says to cook on low 10 hours, and there’s only 7 hours until dinner. Haha.

So I improvised. I saw a recipe like this online one day and thought, “Ooh. That sounds quick & easy.” And then I tried to go back and find it again, but I never could. I don’t know exactly what the original recipe called for, but this was a passable meal-in-a-hurry.

2 boxes of cornbread mix, with oil, eggs, etc added*

2 cans chili

2 c shredded cheese (I like Colby Jack, but Cheddar would work too)

*I found this recipe for a similar-to-Jiffy mix, and I love it. Remember, you need 2 batches though. I’ll be nice and do the math for you 😉

2/3 Cup Flour                                                                       1 1/3 c flour
1/2 Cup Yellow Cornmeal                                               1 c cornmeal
3 Tablespoons Sugar                                                         6 T sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder                                         2 T baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt                                                               1/2 t salt

Add: 1 egg, 2/3 c milk, 2 T vegetable oil                  2 eggs, 1 1/3 c milk, 4 T vegetable oil

Pour prepared cornbread mix in the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish.


Top with both cans of chili.


Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.


And bake according to the cornbread directions plus 5 minutes. (If you used the above recipe for your cornbread, cook a total of 20-25 minutes at 400F.)


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Flavored Vanilla Frosting

I’ve only made this a couple of times and made it with this recipe for  sugar cookie bars (delicious!). But I didn’t like the frosting in this recipe, so I played around with it a bit and made a few adjustments, and here is my new-and-improved version.

3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but not melted

2 1/2 c powdered sugar

1 T vanilla extract

2 T (more or less to taste) pureed fruit

I’ve tried it with cherries to make cherry-vanilla frosting and with blueberries. They were both excellent! Next I will make a blackberry syrup and try blackbeery-vanilla frosting. Mmmm!

February Meal Planning

1- Taco Salad with Home-Grown Lettuce

2- SONIC half-price foot-long hot dogs

3- Pineapple Chicken with Steamed Rice and Edamame

4-Beans & Salt Pork with Cornbread

5- Crock Pot Apple-Glazed Pork Roast and Crack Casserole


7-ASHLEY Buffalo Chicken Breasts with Cilantro Fries and Broccoli

8-Spinach & Chicken Pasta Bake

9-Valentines Pot Luck at church Whole Smoked Chickens

10-Chicken Pot Pie with Cream of Something and Homemade Pie Crust

11- Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bees

12-ASHLEY Shepherd Pie

13-CP Tacos Carnitas and Sugar Cookie Bars with Cherry Vanilla Frosting to take to church

Sugar Cookie Bars for church

14- BREAKFAST- Heart in the Hole Eggs/Toast and Heart-Shaped Bacon

LUNCH- Heart Shaped Ravioli with Homemade Pasta and Marinara Sauce

DINNER- Heart Shaped Pizzas (inspired by these) and Heart Strawberry Pies

15-LUNCH (no school) Stuffed Taco Shells

DINNER Jason’s Potato Soup

16- Dippin’ Dinner Chicken Strips, Fried Pickles, Carrot Sticks, Graham Crackers sticks to dip in Gravy, Ranch, and Strawberry Cream Cheese

17-CP Enchilada Soup

18-LUNCH (no school) Turkey Quesadillas

DINNER Mexican Pizza

19-Beef & Broccoli

20- Pizza Casserole


22- Chicken Bacon Ranch Penne

23- Pick Your Pie Night (build your own personal size pizza) pepperoni, sausage, chicken, peppers, onions, cheese

24- Chile Colorado Burritos

25- BBQ Chicken Calzones

26- Bajio Chicken with Toasted Rice

27-Chicken Fiesta Burritos

28-ASHLEY Chicken Romano

(The Rest of) January Meal Plan

This month, I’m only planning dinners. I may continue that for a while. We usually have enough leftovers for lunch, and breakfast is usually either cereal or eggs here, so to make my life easier, I’m just gonna do dinner. 🙂 Also, it’s already the 10th. And I’m lazy, so I’m not going to go back to the beginning. Life has been crazy over the holidays, so meal planning just hasn’t happened a whole lot, but I’m excited to get back into the groove of things. And I’m going to try to post a lot of these recipes that are not off of Pinterest the day (or Monday if it’s a weekend) after with a picture or two. So check back because I’ll link to the recipes as I post them!

10- Ashley’s Shepherd Pie (link coming soon)

11- Deer Meat Fajitas with homemade Fajita Seasoning

12- Spaghetti (and Cheesy Garlic Bread if I can find the time to try it out)

13- Crock Pot Carnitas Tacos

14- Beans & Cornbread Bowls (Here’s a link to the idea. I’ll post about my experience after I try it out.)

15- Philly Cheesesteak Soup with Deer Meat

16- Cheesy Chicken Tacos (link coming soon)

17- Hot dogs with chili and cheese

18- Turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole (link coming soon)

19- BBQ Chicken Pizza (link coming soon)

20- Chili Colorado Burritos with Deer Meat

21- Leftover Turkey Quesadillas

22- Fiesta Chicken Burritos

23- BBQ pulled pork (link coming soon)

24- King Ranch Chicken (link coming soon)

25- Mexican Lasagne (Here’s a link to the idea. I’ll post about my experience after I try it out.)

26- Spinach Chicken Pasta Casserole

27- Pizza Casserole (with sausage because I cannot STAND pepperoni. Feel free to hate me now)

28- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta with homemade Cream of Something (link coming soon) instead of canned soup

29- Jason’s Potato Soup

30- “Beef” and Broccoli with Deer Meat

31- Deanna’s Roast (link coming soon)

And for good measure, the first few days of February because I probably won’t get to the store again until Monday the 3rd.

1- Zucchini Pizza (again, sausage) with Homemade Pizza Sauce (link coming soon)

2- Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes with Deer Meat

3- Pineapple Chicken with Steamed Rice and Edamame

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


1 c unsalted butter, softened

1 c packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 t vanilla

1 1/2 c flour

1 t baking soda

2 t cinnamon

3 c old fashioned oats (not instant oatmeal or quick oats)

1 c dried cranberries

1/2 c white chocolate chips

Beat brown sugar and butter until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes. Combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. stir in slowly until well mixed. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate chips. Stir in oats. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes at 350. Dough can be refrigerated overnight, but you will need to increase the cooking time if you do.

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