Thursday, April 28, 2016

Favorites At The Moment

My favorites at the moment...

Fresh Tomatoes

...but what gets better than fresh tomatoes?
fresh beautiful tomatoes on the vine!

...but what gets better than fresh tomatoes on the vine?

Fresh beautiful tomatoes on the vine grown in a greenhouse in Marfa, TX! 
Why, you say? Because we were there two years ago on our RV trip to the Davis Mountains and passed by a couple of the greenhouses. How cool is that?

The greenhouses are in the distance. My husband and I speculated about the unusual structures for a while until we came across a sign. Can you imagine what went through our minds? It ran the gamut of the alternate location of Area 51 to a pot farm, haha!!! Instead, it was just a greenhouse where our food comes from, who knew.

Another favorite at the moment....


Diptyque Candles

Tubereuse Diptyque Candles
(The scent is flowery and cheers me up on a rainy day. )

Diptyque Tubéreuse Scented Candle

Last but not least....

Melissa and Doug Stained Glass Crafts
My kids love it, and it keeps them entertained for an extended period of time. Best part, the final product is pretty and hangs on our window, which makes my kiddos very happy whenever they see it.
(It looks a little bit like glass, but it's not. It's plastic, and the color pieces are stickers, which they peel and stick on to the plastic template. It's pricey at full price, so wait for a sale. There are many other different designs here.)

Melissa and Doug Stained Glass Dragon

What are some of your favorites at the moment?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What's Cooking: salads and a crockpot chicken tortilla soup recipe

Nacho Salad

Grilled Chicken Salad

salad with leftover ham and cheese 

blueberry muffins

crockpot chicken tortilla soup

This is a quick and simple recipe. It's nothing fancy and for hectic days when all you have time for is to toss it in the crockpot. The flavor could be enhanced if you have time to sear the chicken breast in a pan first, but then that means you should have planned ahead and thawed the chicken out at least a day in advance. 

The ingredients could be adjusted as desired depending on your family's taste. For some kick, toss in a can of Rotel chilies. I'm the only one in my family who loves spicy stuff, so I left it out.

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup


1 frozen chicken breast
3 cups of water 
1 can of chicken stock
1 cup of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup of frozen corn
1/2 cup of chopped onions
1/2 cup of diced bell peppers
2 tablespoon of taco seasoning

  1. Put all the ingredients into the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours or until chicken is tender. 
  2. Take the chicken out and shred it. Put it back into the crockpot and cook it until you're ready to serve or it could be served right away. 
  3. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, shredded Mexican Cheese, avocados, or whatever you like. Add salt and pepper to taste depending on condiments. There's already a lot of salt with the tortilla chips and shredded cheese.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What's Cooking: roast chicken, root beer floats...

It's been a while since I've roasted a chicken. It's one of those things that I only do on the weekends when we don't have any plans to be out. It happened to be one of those weekends recently... 

Roast Chicken
Roast chicken baste with rosemary, thyme, and lemon butter. 

The chicken is served with cauliflower.

Chicken Noodle Soup
One of the best parts about the roast chicken aside from the chicken itself is having enough leftovers for chicken noodle soup. It's perfect for the rainy weather lately.


Root Beer Floats
My daughter came home from a field trip raving about root beer floats and why we never have them at home. To be honest, I don't know; I used to love them but kinda just forgot about them for no reason.

We used our favorite root beer, IBC. While perusing for root beers, we noticed a lot of root beers contain caffeine now. I was really surprised by that; I don't remember that before. (BTW, the IBC is caffeine free.) We've been enjoying our root beer floats way too much. I need to cut back on mine because my metabolism is not what it used to be, haha!

I love frittatas for leftover vegetables and meats. 

It's served with herb bread made from the bread maker

What's cooking with you?

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