If you have never tried this yummy tea, you should give it a go. I am not much of a tea fan and I love this stuff! It is naturally sweet, so no sweetener is needed. And it is pretty tasty cold-brewed too.
Throwback to this past summer when Kaity did a little photo shoot with me and the 3 younger kiddos. I cannot believe that this guy will be SIX in just 9 days!
Cheesy little ham-ball. What a cute little man...who brings our home such joy. I am so excited to experience this upcoming Christmas season as he sees all the wonder for the very first time. (Note: I can hardly get a decent, non-blurry photo of him as he is ALWAYS on the move!)
Wednesdays are crazy busy around here in the evenings, so I try to always have something in the crockpot for people to grab and eat when they have time. This is what I plan to make this week.
SLOW COOKER HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN AND VEGGIES
The easiest one pot recipe ever. Simply throw everything in and that’s it! No cooking, no sauteeing. SO EASY!
- 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
- 16 ounces baby carrots
- 16 ounces green beans, trimmed
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
FOR THE SAUCE
- 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, ketchup, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper.
- Place chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and soy sauce mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, basting every hour. Add green beans during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
- OPTIONAL: Preheat oven to broil. Place chicken thighs onto a baking sheet, skin side up, and broil until crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
- Serve chicken immediately with potatoes, carrots and green beans, garnished with parsley, if desired.
I realized I never posted a picture of my kids at Halloween this year. So here goes...
(Terrible picture! Agh!)
Kaity - Emma Swan from Once Upon a Time. Belle - Slytherin from Harry Potter. Lauren - Rey from Star Wars.
Micah - Indominus Rex from Jurassic World. Noah - precious little owl
Our little guy is almost 10 months now! Here are some facts about him:
- He is on the verge of walking! Crazy! He stands for a good while and takes about 3-4 steps before falling. No time at all and he will be off and running!
- He eats well. He still prefers baby puree foods, but is starting to munch on more table food now too.
- He goes to bed around 7 p.m. and wakes up around 5-6 a.m. Sometime with one night nursing in there, but not always.
- He still needs 2-3 naps a day, but we are lucky if we get 2 naps at all. They are usually around 1-2 hours long.
- He likes to snuggle.
- He says Da-da, all done and shakes his head for "no."
He was the CUTEST little owl for Halloween!
- My Savior and my faith. My rock and foundation.
- My sweet hubby. Some days our marriage really takes work, but most days it is just hanging out with my best friend doing life together and I love it.
- My FIVE beautiful, amazing, healthy, active, LOUD kiddos. What a humbling and sanctifying gift they are to me.
- My sisters - I love them so. I only wish we had more time together.
- My family - large and crazy. But I love them!
- My church family - I appreciate the grace and encouragement that comes from this body of believers.
- My home - cozy, comfy, warm, relaxed, imperfect, messy and dusty. But it's mine and I love it.
- My health - always pounds to lose, but I am grateful for this able body of mine.
- My closest girlfriends - I am blessed to have some AMAZING ladies in my life. Wow. So blessed.
- Joel's job - it often keeps him busier than I would prefer, but it provides well for this tribe of ours and I am thankful.
Try this if you have some leftovers after Thanksgiving. SO GOOD!
- Turkey and Mashed Potato Pot Pie Soup
- Serves about 4
- 3 tablespoons butter butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 3 gloves garlic, minced
- 2-4 chopped celery stalks (I left this out because I didn't have any)
- 2-4 big copped big carrots (I used leftover roasted carrots)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped or shredded cooked turkey (chicken also works!)
- 1 1/2 cups half and half (milk also works)
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, mixed well with 1/3 cup water (GF Flour also works)
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 1 teaspoon herbes de provence (or Italian seasoning)
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots and cook until softened and browned. Add the turkey.
- Add the half and half, chicken stock, flour mixture, mashed potatoes, and herbs. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly and thickened.
- Add the frozen peas and cook until they are completely thawed. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Read more at http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2015/11/turkey-and-mashed-potato-pot-pie-soup.html#iPzBIUVKbH5Q9Gdh.99
I have always loved Yankee candles, and in particular for this time of year, their Harvest scent. And while I do still love that scent, I have noticed recently that something in their candles irritates my throat. I can only assume it's in the fragrance or chemical makeup of the wax. Which makes me a bit nervous, especially with a littler one in the house. So, I have been looking for more natural candles and have really been liking this line from Target. They have tons of fun seasonal scents too.