Tuesday, January 14, 2014

One Pot Chicken Lo Mein

Hi there! Happy Tuesday!
I have a super easy, extremely delicious recipe for you!

One Pot Chicken Lo Mein
recipe adapted via

Ingredients:
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
16 oz. whole wheat linguini, broken in half
10-20 baby carrots
1 medium red bell pepper, cut in thin 3 inch long strips
1 bunch green onions, white part sliced and green part cut in 3 inch long strips
1 cup diced celery
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
32 oz chicken or vegetable broth (the whole carton)
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
Add the vegetable oil and chicken, then the pasta, then add the remaining ingredients to a large stockpot and cover. Bring to a boil. Stir and reduce to a simmer. Cook covered for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until most of the liquid is gone and the chicken is cooked through.

This recipe makes quite a bit, but it makes really good leftovers! And this could easily be made into a vegetarian dish or you could substitute the chicken with beef or pork.

Enjoy!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Life Catch Up

Hi friends!!
I'M BACK!!!!

I know you're so beyond excited that you can't function. Life has been crazy as of late, but it's a good crazy! So for my first post back, I'll update you on what I've been up to for the last 6 or so months!

See? Pure craziness.
As you may remember, I lost my job last Feburary. All these months later, I still don't understand why I lost my job. I can only say that it wasn't in God's will for me to be there. And honestly, I didn't realize how much stress my boss caused me until I was no longer working there. So... Long story short... It ended up being a blessing.

I job hunted a lot, but then decided that I was enjoying being a stay at home wife for the time being. So I spent a lot of time deep cleaning our home, reading, and catching up with friends.

I blogged about our 4th of July and our trip to Charleston, SC. So here's what we've been up to since...

Football Season
My beloved Aggies had a decent second season in the SEC. It wasn't quite as phenomenal as last season, but it was still a lot of fun. Corby and I made it to five of the eight home football games. Good times, ya'll.

My 28th Birthday
My birthday fell on a Friday this year. And there happened to be a home football game that weekend so we spent by birthday weekend in College Station. Just like the good old days!

Hunting Season(s)
I've said it before, but we're country folks. Corby and I both hunt. We both deer hunt and he also bird hunts. We had a decent year. I shot an 8 point, Corby shot a 9 point {his biggest deer to date} and Corby brought home countless dove and ducks. We spent Thanksgiving weekend at the ranch.

Icepocolypse 2013
The first weekend of December brought crazy cold weather to north Texas. And not just cold, but snow and ice. LOTS of ice. We were stuck inside from Thursday night through Monday. 

Christmas 2013
We spent Christmas Eve with Corby's family and Christmas day with my family. I love getting to spend time with family. And we got to spend time with my sweet grandmother. Her health is rapidly declining so any time that we get to spend with her is a blessing.

Ringing in 2014
We rang in the New Year with an Aggie bowl game win! Whoop! 

And the last update I have for you is that as of last week... I am no longer a stay at home wife! Last Monday, January 6, I started nannying full time for the sweetest family. So now I get to spend my days playing with and loving on a precious 6 month old baby girl!

Overall, life is great! I hope ya'll are ready for me to be blogging full time again! :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

11.18.1999

I know it's been months since I blogged... But today weighs heavy on my heart and I can't not share. I've shared this same post for the last two years on this day. November 18, 1999 is a day I will never forget...
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Fourteen years ago today, the town that I grew up in and the university that I went to were forever changed. I can't believe it's been fourteen years. It feels like yesterday.

On November 18, 1999 at 2:42 am, the Aggie Bonfire collapsed, killing 12 students and injuring 27 others. This was no ordianry backyard bonfire... The Aggie Bonfire was a 90 year tradtion. The Bonfire consisted of 5000+ logs, standing 40+ feet high.

If you know anything about Texas A&M, you know the school revolves around tradition. “The Bonfire symbolizes two things. A burning desire to beat the team from the University of Texas, and the undying flame of love that every loyal Aggie carries in his heart for the school.” The Bonfire was lit every year the week of Thanksgiving before the Texas A&M vs the University of Texas football game.


I was 14 years old when the Bonfire collapsed. I was not {yet} a student at Texas A&M. But I grew up in College Station. I've been an Aggie my whole life. And I knew one of the students that died in the Bonfire collapse. It was heartbreaking.








That note reads: "To Our Fallen Aggies, I want you all to wear my ring today. Since you who have passed will never get to experience the joy and happieness I was fortunate enough to feel, I want you all to have my ring for a while. You will remain in our hearts forever. Jeff Whiling '00"

On November 25, 1999, the date that Bonfire would have burned, Aggies held a candlelight vigil. Over 40,000 people in attendance lit candles and stood in silence. Later that night at Midnight Yell, Parsons Mounted Cavalry fired the cannon 12 times, once for each victim. President George H. W. Bush and President {Govenor at the time} George W. Bush were in attendance.

On November 26, 1999, Texas A&M and UT took the field in College Station. The game began with a flyover of F-16 jets {all flown by Aggie former students} in the missing man formation. At halftime, the Texas Longhorn Band dedicated their performance to the students lost and injured while holding Texas A&M flags. The Longhorn Band ended their performance by playing Amazing Grace and Taps then removing their white hats out of respect. The Aggie Band also played tribute to the Bonfire victims by marching off the field in a silence.


Texas A&M beat the University of Texas 20-16 that year.



 Take the time to watch the video below. Thirteen years later it still brings me to tears.
{sorry for the poor video quality, but techonolgy just wasn't great in 1999}



11.18.1999.
I'll never forget.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Charleston - Part 3 {Savannah}

Hi friends!
Part 3 of our Charleston trip is actually not Charleston at all. We decided to take a day trip and drive to Savannah, Georgia for a day. Neither of us had ever been and decided it would be worth the two hour drive. Savannah is such an amazing city. So full of history!

The way Savannah is set up on the various squares is so unique. I loved it!
So many beautiful churches!
Touring the city via trolley! 
Stopped and had lunch at the Firefly Cafe. Delicious!
And we had to have ice cream at Leopold's before heading back to Charleston!
We definitely hope to visit Savannah again!
That wraps up our trip! We had a great time!

Tomorrow is Friday. 
But even better than that... Tomorrow is my 28th birthday!
I LOVE birthdays! And we will be spending tomorrow in College Station! Harry's, Northgate, Aggie Football... Here we come! :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Charleston - Part 2

Hi lovies!
Yesterday, I recapped Caroline's wedding. Today we're moving on to the rest of Charleston. And let me just say, I could do a entire post on just the food. {hello, shrimp and grits!}

I took approximately 209368 pictures of that bridge. 
Poe's Tavern had the best burgers. And Kickin' Chicken was amaze!
The most beautiful sunset on Sullivan's Island
Folly Beach and brunch at Lost Dog Cafe
Sullivan's Island 
Isle of Palms
Lunch and pina coladas at the Windjammer
Sunrise at the Isle of Palms on our last morning in Charleston
Macaroon Boutique = heaven. And crab claws and she crab soup from Hyman's Seafood
Everything in Charleston is beautiful. The beaches are amazing. The food was to die for. We hope to be able to go back again one day!

I'll leave you with another picture of the Arthur J Ravenel Bridge at sunset.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Charleston Trip - Part 1

Howdy, friends!
I survived vacation. My best friend moving in with us. The first weekend of college football. And labor day. Phew. But for today, I'm recapping part 1 of 3 of our South Carolina trip.

Corby and I flew to Charleston on Friday, August 23 and flew back home to Texas on Wednesday, the 28th. The original reason behind our trip to Charleston was for the wedding of one of my oldest friends. And it just happened to work out that it was a few weeks after our anniversary. So we made what would have been a quick weekend trip into a vacation!
The smile is fake. I hate flying.
Seriously in love with this city.
So here it goes...
Part 1 - Caroline's Wedding.

{a little back story... Caroline and I have been friends since we were 14. We worked at Frontier Camp together for six summer and we lived together my freshman/her sophomore year at A&M. We've been through a lot together and I love her dearly. So happy for her and Aaron!}

The wedding was held at the Creek Club at I'on. It was absolutely beautiful!





Then things got a little crazy...
Corby was about to kill me for this picture
The wedding was beautiful and we couldn't be happier for Caroline and Aaron!
I'll be back tomorrow with part 2 of our trip! :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Books Galore!

Soo.. Back in January, I set a goal for myself to read 100 books in 2013. 
Well here we are not even 9 months into the year and I've read 130 books. I read way too much to keep up with my reviews on the old blog. {I do rate or review all of my books on Goodreads} So I thought I'd share some of my favorites I've read recently...

Five Stars:
Every Breath by Tasha Ivey - review
When You're Ready by J.L. Berg - review
Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey - review
Tangled by Emma Chase - review
Metamorphosis by Erin Noelle - review
Ambrosia by Erin Noelle - review
For Everly by Raine Thomas - review
Love Realized by Melanie Codina - review
Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren - review


Four Stars:
Lick by Kylie Scott - review
Beneath Your Beautiful by Tamsyn Bester - review
Translation of Love by Alice Montalvo-Tribue - review
Stripped by Jasinda Wilder - review
Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige - review
Eversea by Natasha Boyd - review
Fall From Love by Heather London - review
Promise Me by Barbie Bohrman - review
Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely - review

Be sure to follow me on Goodreads to see all my book reviews. 
Happy Hump Day!