Celebratin’ Did

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

The life this man has created for himself is just awesome. “Hard work” doesn’t even begin to describe his journey and now, he deserves every bit of relaxation that comes his way.

This is the last in my posts of parties from last year. That can only mean one thing…it’s time for another party!

Congratulations to my dad, whom is the most loving, giving, hard working man I know!



Drink table1








Chicken Pot Pie

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Have you ever had a night where you’re just not up to making some complicated dinner, yet you’d like something somewhat nutritious?

This is when my Chicken Pot Pie recipe comes to mind. There’s not much to putting it all together, it is filled with veggies and you can clean up the kitchen and make lunch for the next day while it bakes!

Chicken Pot Pie Filled

Chicken Pot Pie


  • 1 package (2 crusts) Pillsbury Roll Out Refrigerated Pie Crust, thawed
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked, seasoned and cubed
  • 2 cups of green beans, snapped into bite sized pieces and steamed, but still slightly firm
  • 1 cup of carrots, chopped and steamed, but still slightly firm
  • 1 bag/box of frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 bag/box of frozen peas, thawed
  • Spices, as desired


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out one pie crust into the bottom of a pie dish. Using a large bowl, combine all of your veggies. I usually do not use the entire bag of corn or peas, use your judgement depending on the size of your pie dish and your ratio of vegetables. Place half of your chicken in the bottom of the dish on the rolled out pie crust. Cover with half of your veggie mix. Cover this layer with one can of cream of chicken soup. Add any desired spices over this layer. Layer your remaining chicken and remaining vegetables. Cover this layer with your second can of cream of chicken soup and any desired spices. Top with your second pie crust. Be sure to squeeze the edges to seal in your pie filling and create air holes in the top with a knife. Bake on a cookie sheet for 65-75 minutes. The top crust will be brown and you will see your filling boiling.


Chicken Pot Pie Finished

For a quick fix, use a bag of mixed frozen vegetables or use canned veggies in place of fresh ones!


Original Recipe

My Little Beau

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

For those who do know, thank you so much for all of the calls and texts over the past couple of days. Every bit of support is VERY much appreciated. I also appreciate all of you who have been checking in on him the past couple of weeks. As we all know, this surgery has come with a lot of anticipation.

For those who don’t know, Beau had surgery on Friday for the correction of a grade IV (being the worst possible) luxated patella and an ACL repair.

If you’re better with images (as I am), here ‘ya go:

Beau's knee

Basically, he had two bone cuts, two pieces of hardware, eleven screws and a LOT of bone, joint and tissue manipulation in his leg.

Needless to say, he’s in a lot of pain (that is, thankfully, well controlled) and requires A LOT of care. My day with him yesterday (I picked him up in the morning after he spent the night) was just as tiring as a day with a 1 pound baby. Add 49 pounds to that and that’s one big baby!

Beau with MeMama G took this yesterday while one exhausted patient and one exhausted momma slept.

We have a very long road of recovery ahead of us, but I cannot wait to see the improvement.

The surgeon said that he is very, very pleased with how the surgery went and considering the extent of what had to be done, he feels very confident that his knee is now very secure. He has a lot of soft tissue healing required that is now displaced from where it has grown, as Beau has grown. He also has a bit of muscle atrophy.

Our first appointment with physical therapy and his first dressing change is tomorrow. He has a soft cast/dressing in place. He also has a black casing to go around his dressing for going outside. Going outside has been the biggest “adventure”, as Beau cannot bear any weight on his leg and struggles to walk at all. Basically, he isn’t walking (even with the use of a sling), so I’m getting quite the workout every time he needs to go outside.

Beau with Mama GAs usual, my parents have been nothing short of amazing. Here’s Mama G taking watch for a little bit.

He has been a fantastic patient—I couldn’t ask for a more well behaved pup, really.

Thanks again for all of the love. I’ll update again soon.

Beau with friendsBeau, this morning, visiting with friends after food, water, a potty break and ice.

Chipotle Copycat

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

I get a serious kind of craving for Chipotle more times in a week than I’d like to admit.

Lunch this week consisted of a copycat version of their cilantro rice and corn salsa. It tasted as great as it looked.

I wasn’t planning on a recipe post (until several co-workers in the break room asked for it), so I simply have the cell photo I sent to my brother. I was expressing my excitement for the taste bud joy that would soon be mine. That’s what we do, text each other photos of our food and such.

It had even already made it into my fancy Ziploc container for transport to work. Snazzy, huh?

Corn salsa

Cilantro Lime Rice


  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, torn
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil


Combine all ingredients until completely mixed. Make it your own, add more lime juice or cilantro as you’d like. I’m not shy about my cilantro (over)use.


Chipotle’s Corn Salsa


  • 1 12-ounce bag frozen sweet yellow corn, defrosted and drained
  • 2 medium sized jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, torn
  • juice of two limes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


Combine all ingredients until completely mixed. Feel free to add more ingredients to fit your taste! I’m certain fresh corn would taste even more fabulous and canned corn would be just as easy as frozen. Use whatever your prefer and/or have time for!


I followed no exact measurements on either of these recipes, but I don’t think that most people who cook on a regular basis do. Add some black beans, sour cream and cheese and there you have it–your very own, homemade burrito bowl. Enjoy!


Original recipes

Showering Jess

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The third in the shower catchup is my gorgeous friend Jessica’s wedding shower.

The three of us bridesmaids didn’t quite know each other too well before planning this shower, but we made it come together beautifully!

Photography was provided by none other than Kristina Maor Photography. (I am always so grateful for her photos to capture these lovely days!)

Bride garland

MimosasMimosas are always a good idea!



Mr. and Mrs. DuFresne

Mr. and Mrs. DuFresne


Rag garland





Guests used a note card to write a message for the bride and groom. On the envelope, they were instructed to write to specific date or life event for when the message was to be read. For example, on their first anniversary, on the birth date of their first child, their first married argument, etc.

Salad bar1

Salad bar1

The salad bar was phenomenal and such a great hit! Fantastic work by bridesmaids, Jess and Michelle!




The bridesmaids: Jess, Michelle and Rachel. And Shae, the flower girl.

Beautiful ladies

The bride and her mother.

Showering Baby Ari

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Next in line of my procrastination of sharing the fun of last year’s festivities: Kristina’s baby shower.

Showering Kristina and Ari was a blast, as imagined. The plans were months in the making and it all fell together perfectly. All involved worked so hard to make every detail come into play exactly as we had planned. Enjoy!

(Again, photo credit to Kristina Maor Photography. Yes, I asked her to photograph her own baby shower! Just the details though, I promise she enjoyed herself!)




Banner and garland

Glasses and another banner




ABC game

Guests drew a letter, from A to Z. They had to draw a photo of an object, animal, etc. starting with the letter that they drew. We then placed the cards into a book and made Ari’s very first, personalized ABC book!


Cake pops


Bests: Melissa, Kristina and Rachel. Loads of thanks to Eileen (Kris’s Mom) for tons of help and Gail (my Ma) for offering her home for this lovely event!

Mom’s 60th

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

I was doing some Pinterest inspiration cleanup and got a little reminiscent of all of the DIY decor and hours of crafting that I put into several happy events last year. In January, I hosted my mom’s 60th birthday party. A few months later came a baby shower and just a week later a bridal shower, each for two of my very best friends. My dad retired towards the end of the year, which warranted yet another celebration.

Making these occasions one-of-a-kind is the type of thing that makes my world go ’round. Lots of love was put into all four events and all four of them deserved nothing less!

The photos of each event were posted to Facebook, but I wanted to also share them here. Tonight, I will share my mom’s 60th celebration. Photo credit goes to none other than the best, Kristina, from Kristina Maor Photography. Enjoy!







Fire and convo

Food table

Me and Ma



Happy birthday song


Cake and photo

Blowing out the candles

Cake yum


Thanks a million to Kristina for helping me brainstorm and get this party planned. Also, thanks to both my mom and my dad for all of the party prep that helped make this into the great party I imagined!

Thirteen in the Fourteen

Monday, January 13th, 2014

I’m relaxing, drinking some wine from a Mason jar. Please, excuse the ice. I go to take my last sip and I’m looking at the bottom of the jar as I sip. Then, I see it. Thirteen, just staring right back at me. I’ve used this jar time and time again, yet he chooses THIS time for me to see it. As I always say: Coincidence? I think not.


Who Doesn’t Like Pumpkins?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

My mom brought us pumpkins today. Beau likes pumpkins.

Beau and the pumpkin


Smiles All Around

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

It was a nice, relaxing day at home.

As usual, we enjoyed the GORGEOUS weather outside. Isn’t it nice when it rains on the days you work and the weather is perfection on your days off?

Beau outside

Knox outside

Happy Wednesday!

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