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Cranberry Salsa


Fresh Cranberries, cilantro and green onions are the star players in this super simple, crowd pleasing,  DELICIOUS Cranberry Salsa.

Lets face it, cranberries get a bad rap. People generally love them or hate them, not leaving a whole lot of room for fence sitters. [Read more…]

Crescent Roll Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake


With Christmas just around the corner you might be looking for inspiration for your Christmas Morning Breakfast. Look no farther, this Crescent Roll Sausage Breakfast Bake is perfect for your Christmas Morning Breakfast….or any other day of the week. [Read more…]

What’s for Dinner {December 11, 2014}

If you’re new here, read my first What’s for Dinner post to get filled in on what’s going on. If you’ve been to this rodeo before, let’s get to business.

Brrrrrr. It’s so cold! Cold snowy days typically make me do one of two things. Bake like a mad man or sit on the couch all day under a blanket watching Netflix.

Today fell under the later category. I had to leave the house to take Charlotte to and from preschool, but other than that it was pretty much me and the couch and Netflix with a little mothering as needed.

Not that I didn’t have a million other things I should have been doing……this shot of my kitchen counter is a pretty good representation of what the rest of my house looks like right now.

messy kitchenToday would have been a great day to get it in tip top shape, but the combination of the snow and cold hypnotizing me and Trever waking up six, yes, six times last night made for a very lazy Maria today.

In fact, I was so lazy I didn’t even want to make lunch today. I made an executive decision on the way home from preschool to pick up some lunch for Charlotte and I. I saved mine for after I got the kids down for nap so I could eat it while I……wait for it……..watched Netflix.

qdobaTonight I was supposed to make Stuffed Pepper Skillet, then I remembered Pizza Hut has a great on-line pizza special right now, I talked Sim into ordering pizza.

I pushed a few things out of the way on the counter so we had somewhere to sit it down.


We have a busy weekend so since we had pizza for dinner we figured we might as well have a movie night. Dad picked The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. It’s cuter then I remember it being when I was a kid. All this time I thought I hated the Muppet’s.

Conner loved it and was the only kid who stayed interested in the movie the whole time. Dad spent the last thirty minutes being a jungle gym for the three youngest.

The Dad WagonIn other news, Charlotte gets to sport an eye patch for 2-3 hours a day now. She super loves it…. NOT!!! She is doing better then I expected, I’ll give her that. But she just needs to make sure we know how upset she is about it at least every five minutes or so while she is wearing it.

What's for Dinner {December 11, 2014}

I’m sure it will get better, I am just glad she isn’t picking at it and trying to take it off.

At her appointment yesterday it was the first time she has been old enough for them to test her vision by putting pictures she can name up on the wall.

I was shocked at how bad her vision is in her bad eye. I am not sure what I thought, I guess I thought she could still see out of it and that the glasses and other things we have been doing were to just get it looking straight.

I was wrong. She could see objects the size of a credit card on the wall with her good eye, but couldn’t make out the same objects blown up to the size of an 8×11 sheet of paper with her bad eye.

Poor girl, I hope patching works. I really want to get this fixed while she is young.

Enjoy the Holiday Season and staying warm!

Keep it Real!!!


**UPDATE: I was just about to hit publish when I heard Conner fidgeting around upstairs (he is supposed to be asleep.) He comes down stairs with a book in his hands and tells me his teacher let him borrow this book because he told her that we sometimes have problems with this. When I saw what book it was I started laughing so hard I almost died. This kid kills me!!!

I’ll be looking forward to a call from his teacher……


What’s for Dinner {December 4, 2014}

If you’re new here, read my first What’s for Dinner post to get filled in on what’s going on. If you’ve been to this rodeo before, let’s get to business.

Busy, busy, busy, so goes life, especially in December it seems.

We have been eating dinner later and later this week, because I have been busy and I forget to get dinner in the oven at a decent time and for some reason almost everything I planned to make this week needs to bake for about two hours in the oven.

Baked Chicken and PilafTonight we had Baked Chicken and Rice Pilaf. And just for Charlotte I sliced up a cucumber to throw out as a side. That girl is cucumber crazy!

I was terrible at taking pictures of our day today, because I was so busy with things like an IEP Meeting for Thatcher, getting ready for a Pampered Chef Party I am hosting tomorrow addressing Christmas Cards, and trying to get a few important gifts ordered before I won’t be able to get them…..but I did snag a few quick pictures of the random happenings around here tonight.

My boys are obsessed with cardboard and it is really starting to drive me crazy, I feel like I find cut up boxes everywhere. Today when I went upstairs to put some laundry away in the boys room, I was surprised, but not surprised, to see a ridiculous amount of cardboard stashed away up there!

messy room

and more over here.
messy room 2I guess I should just be happy that the cardboard mess was in there room and not on my kitchen table, but lately just seeing cardboard makes me break out in a cold sweat…..all these Christmas packages arriving via card board box are not helping. I try to sneak them into the recycling bin before the boys notice, but recently I found out that they raid the recycling bin regularly…….

And speaking of cardboard, tonight while I was finishing washing dishes, I saw Thatcher run through the kitchen into the bathroom at record speed with Charlotte close behind him, I figured he must be trying to get away from her or hide something from her because she was crying.

She stopped crying and after a few minutes I decided I better check on them, being quiet, in the bathroom…..

bleeding to deathSure enough, there was a situation.

Apparently Thatcher (who was supposed to be getting ready for bed) had been cutting a box upstairs and cut his finger. He was trying to take care of it all by himself.  This picture doesn’t really do the scene justice. I should have gotten a shot of the bloody tissue in the trash and the bloody band-aid package and wrappers all over the sink.

I’m still in a little shock that he wasn’t crying…he usually cries over much smaller wounds. He was supposed to be getting ready for bed and I think he realized if I knew he had been using a knife he would get in trouble so he was trying to take care of it without telling us. Someone is getting pretty savvy!

And just for fun, here is a picture of our tree. The kids decorated it Monday night. I sat on the couch watched. They were having so much fun, I didn’t want to get in their way, but I have to admit it’s taking everything I have not to re-do the ornaments.

Christmas tree 2014Keep it Real!!!