Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Links

Here are a few interesting tidbits I found around the world (wide web) lately.


I love how Edie describes porch life in the South. Now I need me a porch!

via lifeingraceblog

Really?! Parents are berating Disney for crushing childhood dreams because they ran out of Elsa dolls? Good grief. I like Kristen's take on it here.

Disney image

Have y'all seen the showhouse John and Sherry are working on over at Young House Love? It is phenomenal! I've pinned SO MANY things from that house ... especially the office. That ceiling! It makes me all verklempt!

via Young House Love

Speaking of Pinterest, here are a few of my fave funnies of late:

Does this happen to you?
via Pinterest

This is my new response when talking to my kids:
My new response
via Pinterest

And remember:
Funny Encouragement Ecard: Be kind to everyone you meet; You never know if they have a toddler at home.
via Pinterest
Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 7, 2014

World's Easiest Sweet and Sour Chicken

Update: This post is not affiliated or sponsored by Perdue. We just really like their chicken nuggets!

I know ... that title is a bit grandiose. But I'm not kidding! This recipe was super easy-peasy!

As I am still recouping from the nastiest sinus infection ever to grace my crainum, I was low on time, energy and ideas for last night's meal. I needed a something fast and easy ... and something that took very small amounts of concentration to prepare.

Now for the backstory ... Prince Charming cooks chicken nuggets for our littles every Sunday night after Awana. It has become their favorite tradition ... and probably favorite meal ... of the week. Well, I usually buy the Perdue Whole Grain Chicken Nuggets (they are quite yummy), but our store was out when it was time to refill the freezer. So I grabbed two bags of their Simply Smart Lightly Breaded Chicken Chunks since that's all that was available. Hubby made them one Sunday night ... and they were scarfed down immediately! Super good! As I was sneaking a few from the pan (our boys are QUITE territorial of their Sunday Night Nuggets), I thought "there must be some recipe I can use these in."

Fast forward to last night...the proverbial light bulb came on (however dimly) -- "I can make sweet and sour chicken with those bad boys!"

I whipped out my Kindle and pulled up this recipe at the Made It. Ate It. Loved It. blog (SOOOO crazy good!). And promptly began winging it.

Dump bag of Simply Smart chunks into wok over medium heat. (No oil needed).

While chunks are heating, mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl: 3/4 cup white sugar, 4 Tbs ketchup, 1/2 distilled white vinegar, 1 Tbs light sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 Tbs pineapple juice (or as much as you like).

Pour sauce into wok with chicken. Stir until sauce thickens (about 5-6 minutes).

While sauce is thickening, dice up some bell pepper, carrots, onions ... whatever you'd like. I diced a half of a bell pepper and then made sticks out of a handful of baby carrots (what I had on hand).

Also, since the chunks are in various sizes, I used the end of my spatula to cut the chunks into small, bite-size pieces.

Once sauce is thick, toss in the bell peppers, carrots, etc. to warm them up. This only takes a few minutes. The sauce will be all thick and clinging to the chicken and veggies.

Serve over rice (I used Minute brown rice) and enjoy!! :)

What new receipes have you come up out of desperation creativeness lately? Do share!

Linking up with "Works for Me Wednesday" at the We Are That Family blog.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

WFMW: Parenting Tips

Parent Peeps! Check this out!!

Stacey Watts over at Happily Parenting is hosting "Whatcha Got?" Wednesdays on her Facebook page. Each Wednesday, she will answer any parenting question you have ... how to deal wth homework issues, whining, sibling probems, teen angst ... whatever you want to ask. 

So visit her Facebook page here to submit your questions to be answered by a certified parenting coach! And remember to like her page so you can receive awesome pareting tips on your news feed.

That works for me! (Making my list of questions now...)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!!

Hello Friends!

I know I've been MIA for quite a while. I've been doing some thinking and planning and praying about the blog and what direction I should go in. I've also enjoyed spending time with the family.

How was your Christmas? I hope it was wonderful. Ours was beautifully chaotic and peacefully messy. I know those words don't really go together, but they describe our holidays to a T!

Last night, I read this post from Ann Voskamp (love her!) about having a "No-Fear New Year" and I've been repeating that to myself every day this year. (I know, it's only day 2, but still ... I've needed to repeat it quite a bit already.) Good stuff there ... I encourage you to go read it.

Until next time, I hope you all have a blessed and fearless New Year!