Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

October 22, 2019 at 5:27 pm (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

If you know me at all, you know I’m no cook. It’s never been something I enjoy to do, so I have never gotten much better than “able to keep my kids alive” level. 🤣

But, I have a few recipes up my sleeve that make it seem like I know what I’m doing just a little. This is a family favorite. So easy, probably 10 minute prep time, inexpensive, and both adults and kids love it. It makes enough for the 5 of us for dinner plus leftovers. Leftovers are almost even better with this dish! 😉

Ingredients

2 c shredded chicken

1 box spaghetti

2 can cream of chicken soup

1 can original Rotel

1 8oz package sour cream

Large sprinkling of shredded cheese

Tips: use a broasted chicken from the store. Easiest to shred when its warm. Shred then refrigerate if making tomorrow. Shred an overly full 2 cups. There will be just enough left for a couple of legs for kids lunch or to put on a salad, etc.

Instructions: Boil the entire package of spaghetti. Mix with all other ingredients except cheese in a 9×13 casserole pan. Cover in foil. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes. Remove the foil and add a full sprinkling of your favorite shredded cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes.

Viola!

One more tip, a sprinkling of crumbled potato chips tops it excellently. Especially day 2 leftovers! Yumm!

Xx,

Jess

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Save That Money!

September 16, 2019 at 8:03 pm (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m sure you all try to save money, especially if you are a parent! Kids are expensive, am I right?! So I love finding new ways to save and still be able to do the things we want and have the things we need. And I found a new, awesome way!

Kids on 45th! You’ve got kids? You like to keep them clothed but also like to keep your money? Yeah, you need to check them out! 😅

This is a mama-founded company that’s all about helping mamas like you save money (yay!) and time (yes!) on your kiddos’ everyday clothes. They ship “surprise” boxes of gently-used (and some new with tags) clothes to moms around the country for super-low prices (items start at $1.99 and max out at $12.99 for a winter coat!).

They were so kind and generous to gift my boys a box to try. We are definitely going back for more.

My favorite part? That they customized the items to my kiddos. I could specify what we do or do not want and even what types of things or colors my boys like or don’t. We said we like camo and animals. And look what they sent! Spot on!!

They even have a ‘Happiness Policy’! They build a surprise box of clothes tailored to your kiddo’s style, but if there is ever an item you are not in love with, two taps on your device will get you a credit for the item.

I love the low prices. You can get quality kids clothes for cheap! They have sizes newborn to 14/16 clothes, all in excellent condition. Prices start at $1.99 for baby items and max out at $12.99 for big kid jackets! You get free shipping when you spend $65 too. And, there is no subscription needed and no styling fees. You get what you need ans that’s it!

I love that this saves me time along with money! No trip to the mall needed. Two minutes for online shopping was all that I needed. I didn’t have to search and scour at retailers, thrift racks, or pages cans pages online. No coupon hunting. And no gas spent. You don’t even have to get dressed. 🤣

One more plus? This is green! We all want to reuse and reduce are footprint here. This is another way!

So, my verdict? We are Kids on 45th shoppers for life. Truly. We are so tickled about our experience and cannot wait to make more orders!

Xx

Jess

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We were gifted a box of clothes in exchange for a review of the service, but all opinions expreases are our own!

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What’s In My Planner (And How To Keep Busy Life Organized)

October 30, 2018 at 4:33 pm (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

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Where Have You Been, Girl?!

September 24, 2018 at 1:03 pm (Our New House, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all! Yes, yes. It’s been forever. BUT, I am back. And with lots to share.

One more kiddo and a new (to us) house have kept us very, very busy. But this new house has also given us a TON of new projects to show you while we go. So, I’m back and full of fun stuff to document.

The house. If you have been following along here for very long, you know I love me some old houses. And old projects. And old antiques. Everything with a story. Let me tell you, this house had lots of stories. Built in 1860, and sadly remodeled in the 70’s, we have our hands full, both with old stories and new ideas.

So, here she is. All potential and boring right now.

Pretty cool, right?! And a ton of work, a few headaches, blood, sweat, tears… and love. I’m excited to be getting all creative again. As the new little one allows, of course. 😂

As many of you know, this space was created years ago when I got my first house to document and share all of my remodeling and decorating ideas, trials, errors, and adventures. This is where a plan to keep most of my focus now that I am back with plenty to keep sharing. But, I also plan to share some family, kids, health, and even personal stuff. Let me know if there’s something you would like to see!

And finally, I haven’t shared about myself in a very long time. So, my name is Jessica. I am a social worker with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Forensic Psychology. I love to be outdoors, camp, and travel, decorate, refinish and repurpose furniture, and and hunt for bargains and hidden gems. I live in Iowa with my significant other, Jason, my 15 year old step-daughter, Jordin, my 5 year old son, Brantley, and my 4 month old son, Barrett. Oh, and our little growing crew of pets. Every farm needs chickens and goats, right? We not only love making our new old house a home, but we also love trying out new things along the way. I hope we can inspire you!

Glad you are here! It should be fun, and a little new, so stick around!

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Easter!

April 10, 2012 at 10:15 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! We sure did here. We had a small family dinner at our house and then did some yard work. Very festive, I know. I thought I would share with you our Easter table!

Notice anything different? How about that table? Yes, I finally tried the Restore on it! It worked so well, I think I’m in love! It did not removed the weird patterned spot, so the table is still not perfect, and probably never will be. But, it is so much better! The Restore really does a great job on scratches and scuffs. Anyways, how about the Easter setting? Jeremy even helped to decorate some eggs! I blew out real eggs so that we can save them for next year!

Here is one of Jeremy and I:

Here are the three generations of women in our family who came:

What did you all do for the holiday? 🙂

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Thanksgiving 2011

November 28, 2011 at 9:36 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What a wonderful thanksgiving (and birthday!) I had!  This was the first year I hosted the festivities at our home, thanks to a lot of help from my mom! It was a great break from work to be home on the long holiday weekend with my family.  I wanted to share a few quick photos, especially my quick and fun table settings! …

Jeremy and I…

The family…

I also got to do a lot of hunting and trapping and some playing with cows. Yes, thats right.  So, here’s one of me petting the giant bull…

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday!

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Where Have I Been?

November 24, 2009 at 10:16 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, I was missing for quite some time.  Where was I?  What was I doing?  Here is a mini-peak into my little break.

Here we are all relaxing in our yard with a bonfire this fall. 

Very exciting?!  Basically, I was on a much needed relaxation break.  What were you all up to??

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Lawn Chairs and Cookouts

June 5, 2009 at 8:01 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Yesterday I finally got the garage sale lawn chairs finished!  Remember the old blue metal set we got for $10?  The one that looked like it belonged next to pink plastic flamingos in, well, not our yard?  Yes, those are nice shiny black now!  Before:

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Now:

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All we needed was a couple fun cushions.  Well, that has been a task.  Since these chairs are so old no cushions are the right size!  And, have you noticed how dull this year’s “summer” colors are?  Blah!  But, we stopped in at K-Mart just to check, and found a decent, fun and bright set.  Not what we thought we wanted, but it will work for this year!  They are a bit different shape, but when you sit in them and squish them down they are perfect.  I would also like to add a couple red throw pillows to match the ones we would like to throw on the hammock (coming soon!).  Here’s what we have so far:

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Better!  And Tony even helped me pick ’em out!  So, we decided to celebrate a productive day (and the fact that it didn’t rain!) by grilling out and having dinner at the picnic table. 

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The pups even joined in!  Have a great weekend!

P.S.  Just for the record, the blue on the chairs was a really pretty color.  But, we have a lot of red in our yard and it just wasn’t matching what we wanted to do out there.  But, after already painted the set black we realized the new cushions do have the exact blue in them!  Oh, well, sticking to the plan!  Now they are versatile enough to change our minds on cushions all the time! (if they weren’t so ridiculously expensive!)

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Engagement Pictures

June 2, 2009 at 11:44 am (Tid Bits, Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It has been a few months now since we got engaged and we still haven’t taken engagement pictures.  We didn’t set an exact date and we didn’t throw the party since it was winter, so we decided to put it off for a while.  But, now that we are finally having the party we thought it was about time to make the official announcement.  We plan to have a few shots done professionally, but that will still wait a bit longer.  We set up our tripod and camera timer the other night and had fun snapping a bunch of shots.  We thought we would show off the one we picked to go in the local paper:

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Now our announcement is also official to all of you out there in blog world as well!

Here’s the whole little fam:

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A New Addition

February 2, 2009 at 9:59 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, it has been a busy weekend around our house. Nope, no house projects, no scrap-booking, no treasure hunting. We got a puppy! Yes, we picked out a new little puppy Saturday night. It has been crazy at our house ever since. The dogs seem to get along, but are wild right now. So, I thought I would show you a picture of our cute little girl. She’s 9 weeks old, and she’s a Boxer/Rottweiler mix. I think she is going to be huge! We are considering naming her Wrigley, but let me know if you have any other ideas!

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Does she look like a Wrigley? And, did you see all those wrinkles she has to grow into? And the size of those paws!?

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P.S.  We are still undecided on a name, but have narrowed it to Wrigley, Marley or Ridley, so let me know what you think!

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