Wednesday, March 19, 2014

currently:march 2014


watching Scandal & I never thought I would like it.

dancing is my fave, one of the best things about little people is that they like to dance anytime.

enjoying 70 degree weather.

thanking God for his abundance of grace & love.

finishing up our tax paperwork.

reading Smart Money Smart Kids, really excited to be on the launch team.

working on a new much needed refreshed blog design.

adoring being matron-of-honor for my 'adopted' little sister.

writing a few blog posts that are finally able to come to fruition.

planning birthday parties & bridal events.

laughing & crying when 2 littles painted themselves and their room.

focusing menu planning.

feeling very light & bright.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ramblings of a Mom of 2

long time no blog, my mind is overwhelmed with hot weather...


Sometimes naptime includes momma... especially with this terrible humid hotness lately. 
Where is fall??


I end up with a lot of pictures like this on my phone. 
She is so funny & I'm beginning to hear "Whats this & Whats that" all day long and strangely I love those little questions. 
She is not liking the weather either and takes it out on me. Oh well lol.


Nights out with this guy have been sweeter than ever and necessary. We have a whole lot of crazy going on but we are both thriving & surviving & are more a team than ever.
I can't believe we've been together for 6 years and married almost 4 and writing on this blog for 5 of those years, time goes by ridiculously fast! I still feel like our wedding day was just yesterday. 


I really like food - Paul Martin Grill go there now


He is super sweet 70% of the time and the other 30% he is teething. 
Poor guy has a streaming river out of his mouth, soaked drooly wet onesies for days. 
Plus the saddest tears when I put him down. 
He may be a more needy baby than Hayden was but I don't care cause his smile & dimples wreck me every time . 


My friend Kim's 3rd Annual Mug Swap happened this past week, I have participated every year. I love everything about it, the joy in finding and deciding on a mug and bits for someone else and then knowing one for you can come at any moment. It's a whole lot of fun! My mug came from another Emily, Emily Hope of Hope Ink to be exact. I've been loving the mug she customized and of course she sent some of her inspiring artwork along too. Which is happily placed next to my washi tape storage. 

I was assigned to get a mug for Kate of Songs Kate Sang, she stated her preferred style was simply relaxed & romantic. With that direction I opted for a simple feather mug with gold detail from Target's Threshold line. I threw in one of my handmade crocheted coasters, two summer teas from David's tea & some fun little bits including her name on Dymo tape. Always fun to pack up all the stuff and I'm so glad Kate liked it!




Thursday, August 8, 2013

Pintertest : Loaded Baked Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole

I saw this recipe a few weeks ago after bringing home Zach and knew I wanted to make it. I swear its a fact that every nursing mama wants comfort food that first month and I just so happened to pick up that dip a few weeks before having to stock my pantry up with snacks and such. 

Mine

the pin

Loaded Baked Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (roughly 2 lbs)
2-3 large potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (or 6-8 small/med potatoes)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 t. salt
1 T. fresh ground pepper
1 T. paprika
1 1/2 T. garlic powder (I used half McCormicks Garlic & Herb Grill mates) 
3 T. buffalo wing sauce (I used 6 T. I like sauce)
3 T. Loaded Baked Potato Dip*
*You could use Ranch dip or salad dressing in the place of the dip I used

Topping:
1 3/4 cups cheese of choice (I used 1 cup sharp cheddar, 1/2 cup Monterey Jill and 1/4 cup blue cheese)
1/2-3/4 cup real bacon bits (I like the pepper kind)
1/2 cup diced green onion

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, buffalo sauce and dip/dressing (I added the dip after to remaining sauce to coat the chicken only). Add the cubed potatoes and stir to coat.  Pour potatoes into a sprayed 9 x 13 baking dish, reserving as much sauce as possible for the chicken. Bake the potatoes at 500 degrees for 45-50 mins, stirring every 10-15 mins (I did every 15 and only took mine about 35-40 minutes to cook), until potatoes are cooked through and crispy & browned on the outside.  While the potatoes are cooking, add the chicken to the bowl with the remaining sauce.  Stir to coat.  Once potatoes are done, remove from oven and lower oven temp to 400 degrees. Add the chicken to the top of the cooked potatoes.  (I know, raw chicken on top of cooked potatoes seems a little weird, but it all heats back up and cooks through.)  Cover raw chicken with cheese, bacon bits and green onions in an even layer.  Place assembled casserole in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 

You can serve this with extra hot sauce, ranch or blue cheese dressing if desired.

My Verdict: Winner! I could eat this everyday if it was healthy but its not, so I will save this for special events.
Man Test: "Why did you make this?! its so good I don't want to stop eating it"



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Thursday, July 11, 2013

ten on ten : july 2013

12:00 workout before bed


5:00 wake-up


6:00 laundry folded


7:00 baby feeding


9:00 tot breakfast 


3:00 naptime movie, minus the nap
*can anyone guess what it is?


5:00 grapes for her, cherries for me


6:00 a little distraction after an accident


7:00 new wednesday night church service 


9:00 quesadilla snack before bed





Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Coming out of the Baby Haze...


- Zach turned 6 weeks old yesterday. It seriously goes by way too fast but there is something special about this boy. I've been trying to savor every moment with him, we are 80% sure he won't be the last Tucker baby but you never know. He is a milk beast... & now weighs 10 lb. He also really likes to spit up and drool on me. Mama's boy might be an understatement. 
- Hayden will be 2 next week, I might cry. We are keeping it low key this year, Hubs and her share the same birthday week which already overwhelms me. Planning for a fun day trip with her cousins next week though. She is funny and frightening all at the same time. Tantrums come and go. Mine is the new word of the week unfortunately.. but the other new thing 12ish smothering kisses in a row is the best. 
- I ordered 6 months of pictures for my project life album, so be on the lookout for pages and bits of my scrapbooking process soon. Time to get cracking on my studio calico project life kits. 
- Reading Bread & Wine still and following along with the Bloom Book Club posts & videos
- Also doing Good Morning Girls' - Anything by Jennie Allen summer Bible study
- Bart strike = lame 
- If you like oatmeal make this => Overnight, Slow Cooker, Banana & Coconut Milk Steel-Cut Oatmeal but if you don't make this => Fancy Mac & Cheese instead



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Zachariah Owen




Zachariah Owen Tucker
Born Monday May 27th at 5:12pm
6 lbs 7 oz, 19 1/4 inches





Hello new family of FOUR




Hello Little Boy 


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Currently


Swing Hoarder
Whewww, 2ish weeks off from almost all media is really nice sometimes. I think we all need a break from so much stimulation occasionally. Now I wish I could say I had been vacationing in some tropical secluded location but I wasn't, more like working on my task list of before baby items. We also had a lot going on with Mothers day and my birthday, both of which were busy but a joy. 

Prego: Almost 37 weeks prego... I feel amazing other than my almost continuous heart burn/acid reflux & some hip pain. The hip pain I think is from how I have to sleep and from carrying Hayden on it. 

Fitness: I've stopped working out but still walk 2-3 times a week, usually to take Hayden to the playground or to peruse BabyGap & Anthropologie for sale items. Best and worse things having those 2 in walking distance. 

Reading: Bread & Wine at the moment, this book is really hitting my soul of how I want to live our family life really intentionally. 

Watching: The Great Gatsby in 3d, my first 3d movie was very enjoyed. I have a thing for the 20's and for visually decadent movies. 

Craving: All you can eat sushi, I don't not eat sushi when pregnant we just only go a couple times a year.