Bacon-Cheddar Chicken and Potatoes

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 Prep Time
30min.
Total Time
2hr.
Servings

6 servings

Make It

  • Pour dressing over chicken in shallow dish. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.
  • Heat oven to 400ºF. Cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels.
  • Add potatoes and onions to reserved drippings; cook 5 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Crumble bacon. Add to potato mixture; mix lightly. Spoon into a 13×9-inch baking dish. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Place chicken over potato mixture.
  • Bake 55 min. to 1 hour or until potatoes are tender and chicken is done (165ºF). Top with cheese and parsley.

Black Hairspray

My cousin will be saying “I Do” mid-July of this year and I have been worrying about finding the perfect person to do my hair for the big day. I recently asked my good friend for many years recommendations for a hairdresser. She suggested I look into human hair wigs from Black Hairspray rather than spending a ton of money and time at a salon. I had never heard of this company but I am always open to new suggestions. I love the idea of wearing a wig. This eliminates hours of hair preparation, which is very difficult when you have two toddlers. Seeing the benefits of wearing a wig, I felt the wedding would be the perfect occasion to give it a shot.  Being that I will not be spending a lot of hair preparation time, I will be able to help the bride to get ready for her unforgettable day. I know this day will be very important to her and I will do anything to make this day run as smooth as possible.

 

After visiting Black hairspray website, I realized they are a leading beauty company. The website was easy to navigate and I found that they offer tons of wigs, weaves, lace front wigs, ponytails, braids and beauty supplies. There are so many color and style choices to choose from. I found that these wigs can be worn for everyday events and/or special occasions. What I loved the most are the prices! Black Hairspray has prices starting at 19.95 on their high-quality beauty supplies. These prices can’t be beaten, especially compared to a salon visit. I recommend all women visit Black Hairspray for your next occasion.

 

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% mine.

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

15079032_1142779852443061_2381066070190132062_nMost people only have this during Thanksgiving but my husband loves sweet potato casserole so much we usually have it a few time throughout the year.   A few years ago we had Thanksgiving at my in-laws and my husband’s sister made a . It was the absolute best I have ever had. I begged her for the recipe, since then I have made it every Thanksgiving. It is similar to the Ruth Chris Sweet Potato Casserole and so yummy! I wanted to share it because once you try it you will fall in love. It is really easy to make and people think you are master chef!!

Crust

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I like to chop about 1/2 cup  and use whole or cracked for the other 1/2 cup (pecans preferred))
  • 1/3 stick butter, melted
  • Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter in mixing bowl. Set aside.

Sweet Potato Mixture

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (boil them until soft enough to mash with a fork)
  • 1 cup sugar (I do 3/4 sugar and 1/4 brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a medium-size casserole dish with nonstick spray.

Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and butter in a large mixing bowl in the order listed. Beat thoroughly with a hand mixer to increase the fluffiness of the sweet potato mixture.

Pour mixture into the baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. (At this point, dish can be covered and refrigerated.)

Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture and return to oven for 10 minutes. Allow to set at least 30 minutes before serving.

The brown sugar and pecan crust should be slightly browned and crunchy.

Family Time!

I’ve been trying to find some ways to spend more quality time with my boys as a family. On my husband’s days off we usually do Charlie’s favorite thing, get ice-cream and go to the park. The park is fun, but I would like to have a variety thing to do while daddy is home with us. I found some great ideas Charlie may enjoy doing as a family and especially on days when daddy can join us. Some of these could easily become family traditions for us. Charlie looks forward to spending time with daddy on his days off, so I know he will enjoy doing any of these just as long as daddy is there to play with him.

 

 

  1. Go camping and let him pick out the snacks and games
  2. Take him to his favorite restaurant then laser tag
  3. Build a paper boat and let it sail in the pound
  4. Go see a movie at the theater
  5. Pajama party. Eat junk food and stay up late watching a movie in your jammies.
  6. Find a local park or pond where you can go fishing.
  7. After dark, head outside with binoculars and look at the stars
  8. Have a water gun battle in the backyard.
  9. Pack a picnic lunch and walk the trail at the park
  10. Pick out his favorite toy or something to build and go home and play with it together

 

 

 

Date Night

Recently my husband and I had the rare chance of getting away from the two munchkins for the night. We consider these nights once in a blue moon kinda deals. It just so happened that we had my mother-in-law handy and was willing to watch over our two boys. So, as I packed an “away from mom for the night bag” my husband planned our night out on the town. Because I was busy with my own task I had no idea what he planned. This made for an awesome surprise! To begin, we dropped the boys off and took a 1.5-hour road trip to Sugarland, TX. (one of our favorite places). Our first stop was new to us restaurant called Antonia’s Cucina Italiana restaurant & bar. Italian food is hands down my favorite and my husband scored major points with this choice.The food and staff were phenomenal! Once we stuffed our faces with great food and a couple of glasses of wine, we were off to the next stop.

 

 

The next stop was a bar in Houston, TX called Firehouse Saloon. It seemed like a hole in the wall kind of place so I was really unsure of why we were at the location. It was only about two drinks in did I realize why we were at the location. Both my husband and I enjoy a Texas Native’s music by the name of Bart Crow who just so happen to be playing live there that night! We enjoyed a few alcoholic drinks and watched an awesome live show that never seems to amaze me! What a night it ended up being. At the conclusion of the show we headed home to retrieve our boys and enjoy a good night’s rest. I can’t wait for our next “once in a blue moon” nights!

 

The Ozeri Rev Digital Bath Scale with Electro-Mechanical Dial

I am so excited! My sister in law has asked me to be the Matron of Honor in her wedding,  I cannot wait for the big day. We have started to work out so we can tone up our bodies for the big day. We want our dresses to fit us perfectly. To reach thing goal we’ve decided to start eating healthier! Maybe not eat as many fried foods, attend more workout classes, and if we can’t attend a class we have a few workouts plans to do at home with weights. We have both decided to drink more water and ease up on the soft drinks.

 

I have received the perfect scale to help us with our mission! The Ozeri Rev Digital Bath Scale with Electro-Mechanical Dial. It is a nice sleek black design, perfect size and fits great in my restroom corner! This scale is lightweight, which makes it easy to move it around when I’m cleaning. I love the fact that it displays your weight within seconds of stepping on the scale, no tapping required. The LED screen and the digital dial is well lit and easy to read. The scale will automatically turn off after 2 minutes so it doesn’t run the batteries down. I’ve purchased several bathroom scales before and none compare to this Ozeri bathroom scale, this scale is very accurate. Other scales I have tried would give me different reading if I stepped on it too many times or it would take forever to display my weight.

This scale also has an alarm that goes off ever24 hours, it reminds you to measure your weight at the same time each day. This is an awesome feature, I have a journal next to my scale so I can keep track of my weight. This feature is very useful to me because for starters I have a horrible memory, then I usually get distracted with the boys. That is a very helpful feature for distracted people. Find your next bathroom scale here https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LXX9RRC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1

 

 

Wooden Baby Swing

I received this swing and within an hour was able to get it hung up and ready to try out! It was super easy to hang already put together, which I loved. This swing fits Charlie perfectly. I was surprised at how well built it is and how thick the rope is. This is a fun swing for the kids and so safe. I don’t have to worry about them falling out because the bar is all the way around them. So no matter how crazy they get, they won’t fall off. Here is a preview of him in his first swing. Needless to say that smile says it all!

You can get it from Amazon, check it out:    Click here

We hung this swing a little lower than the normal swing so if they were to have an accident getting in and out of the swing they would have far to fall. Love the classic look of this swing and the many details. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Ozeri Maestro Electric Wine Opener

 

I received the MAESTRO Stainless-Steel Electric Wine opener with Digital Thermometer and I love it!! It is all black and very sleek, it came in a very elegant black magnetic box perfect for storage when not being used. This electric wine opener has all the perks to it, it comes with a foil cutter and its own recharging dock. I love everything about this electric wine opener, the LED screen displays the temperature and charging level. I’d have to say my favorite feature about this wine opener is the wine bottle temperature measurement. The sensor is at the top of the wine opener, so you just aim the infrared sensor at the center of the bottle and it displays the temperature on the LED screen!

 

Now it’s time to enjoys this awesome Electric wine opener!  My friends and I decided to get together and have a wine tasting party, this would allow us to catch up with each other. Now that we all have children it has been really hard for us to find time to all hang out together and our work schedules don’t help either.  We all love to drink wine so what better way to catch up on things than over wine right? I asked everyone to bring a bottle of wine, being their favorite or a new wine for everyone to try.

As everyone arrived we set their bottles of wine in the cooler. And of course, I had to brag about my new electric wine opener that we would be using for the night. We had a total of 5 wine bottles to open that night. This electric wine opener met all my expectations, it displayed the accurate room temperature in addition to the temperature of the wine bottles. It also held its charge throughout the night and was the hit of the party. It was very fast and quiet to open bottles. Everyone loved it and loved using it! I even had one friend ask if she could borrow it for a family function. I would recommend this wine opener to anyone or would make a great gift for wine lovers!

 

 

 

MEIGO Magnetic Blocks

I have been looking for something other than Legos for Charlie, my oldest son,  to bring out his creative side. We’ve tried Legos and it doesn’t seem to spark his interest, but that might be because his younger brother knocks them down as soon as he starts to build something. I’ve noticed he has taken interest in magnets. So, when I saw these, I said we have to have them! These magnetic blocks are plastic, non-toxic and if they are left on the ground and stepped on I won’t be in pain for the next 15 minutes. That was a huge plus for me, I step on at least two toys a day and it so painful. The age range is  3+ so I knew they would be perfect for Charlie!

 

  

 

I talked to Charlie about this order and explained to him what all you can do with these magnets, he was very excited for this order to arrive. He had us check the mail every day hoping they would come in, thankfully the shipping was very fast! When they arrived, they were in a nice teal box neatly organize with an instruction book with different ideas on how to build things. It also came with a red velvet storage bag with a drawstring. I love the bag because when the boys are done playing they can pack them up and they are ready to grab and go if we heading to town that day or just dump them out and start playing again.

These MEIGO Magnetic Blocks are the best, we can do so much with them! We received the 30 piece set, that comes with squares and triangles. I love that they come in many colors to help with color recognition, they are thin and easy to hold on to.  They have a very strong magnetic hold, which helps when your building your models. The instruction book has so many ideas on things to make, this not only helps children build their shapes but also shows them how to follow directions. Really great quality for an affordable price. The boys never get bored with these magnetic blocks!

I know your kids will love these as much as mine do! I would love for you to surprise them with a magnetic set of their own and let their creative side come out. Go to http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077ZQ6H6W and enter this code”KBH6GXD6” at checkout to receive your 10% off coupon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Made Paint

My boys love to paint and do anything that involves getting messy. So I thought it was so awesome when I came across this recipe to make homemade paint. How awesome it that? I’ll never have to buy kids pain again! I can also make whatever color I want when I want. This paint dries so fast I don’t have to worry about the kids coming back to touch it later and getting dirty again.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Ziplock bags
  • Scissors

What to do:

  • Blend 1/2 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of salt. Add 1/2 cup of water…
  • and mix until smooth
  • Divide it up into three sandwich bags and add a few drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring to each bag.

 

Squish them up until it is all mixed pretty good. We had to add a little more water because ours came out a little too thick. We put the paint into Ziplock bags, it made it a lot easier for the kids. I cut the corners off the ziplock bags and let the kids squeeze the paint mixture into your squeeze bottle.

The boys had so much fun making their own paint!