• Delicious Crock pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

    It is a rainy day here in the Pacific NorthWest and sometimes I might complain about that but not today. Today I am grateful for this rain and watching is wash away some of this insane snow we have had that doesn’t want to go away!

    That is why today I wanted to share this Crock pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole with you.

    It is so easy to make and it is a perfect warm meal to have on a cooler rainy day.

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    The ingredients are few, which I love, and with in just a few hours you’ll have a yummy dinner.

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    I started with spraying the inside of the crockpot with non stick cooking spray and cover the bottom with tater tots.

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    Add half of the bacon bits

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    Then a layer of cheese.

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    Now add in your diced chicken

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    Next you’ll add another layer of cheese and then tater tots

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    Add the rest of the bacon bits

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    And top with cheese.

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    Turn on the crockpot and let it cook!

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    Then enjoy every last bite!

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    • 1 32 oz. bag frozen tater tots
    • 1 3 oz. bag bacon pieces
    • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
    • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • salt & pepper
    1. Spray your crockpot with cooking spray
    2. Cover the bottom of the crockpot with tater tots
    3. Sprinkle with half of the bacon bits
    4. Top with a layer of the shredded cheese
    5. Add diced chicken on top
    6. Layer of shredded cheese
    7. Top with the rest of the tater tots
    8. Add the last of the bacon bits and shredded cheese
    9. Pour milk over the top.
    10. Cover and cook on low about 4 hours.

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    We are tater tot casserole lovers but this was really a fun change from how I normally make it with hamburger!

    Have you ever had this? Did your family love it as much as mine?

  • American Girl Doll Closet

    There was a time when my life only knew boys. I had two sons and we didn’t find out what we were having with baby number 3. We were going to be done after 3 no matter if we had a girl or a boy and while I was secretly thinking I was having a girl I told everyone I thought I was having a boy. I think I was trying to convince myself I was having a boy so that when I had another boy, I was mentally prepared.

    I wasn’t sure if a girl was in my future. But luckily that day I had Summer my life changed for the good. There are so many fun things I get to do with Summer, like painting our nails, doing fun hair styles and playing with dolls.

    For Christmas, Reese joined our family. Summer was so excited to get Reese and plays with her every single day. She has lots of clothes for her, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying more fabric than I need to make matching outfits for Summer and Reese.

    It has also opened up so many opportunities to make fun things like this doll closet.

    It couldn’t have been easier. I bought one of these crates for $10, a rod for .29 and the plank for $2. And I also just used some paint that I already had from DecoArt and some hot glue!

    Because it was a little rough I did use a piece of sand paper to sand down my box a little, but it only took a few minutes.

    These were Summer’s paint choices! Bubblegum and Purple Cow!

    She wanted the inside to be pink, so that is just what we did!

    Then the outside was purple! And I used a glossy clear coat to give it a shine!

    I cut a couple pieces of the peg off and painted them pink, and one longer piece purple. Then, using the hot glue I put the “rod” in to hang the hangers on, and the smaller pegs I used to prop up the board on the side for a shelf.

    I’m thinking of grabbing another piece of wood to put up above the rod because that might be a better place for the shoes to go. What do you think?

    Look how happy this girl is to have Reese’s closet finished? She was so in love!

    I also grabbed this mirror from the dollar store. It has the suction cups on the back, but I just filled them with hot glue and stuck it on!

    I have so many more projects that I want to do for Reese and Summer. What would you like to see me make?

  • 2016 Year in Review

    You guys, January isn’t getting off to a very good start as far as blogging going. I have every intention to blog and I have many posts semi ready to share, however, I just cant seem to make/find time do actually do it. So here we are.

    I thought I’d start with a quick 2016 recap.

    January we spent a lot of time inside because it was soo old outside! We we to Trav’s work dinner, so I had to go before hand to try on dresses and we spent time with friends. Oh, and worked out.

    February warmed up a little and we hit the park several times. I turned 33, We attended friend’s birthday parties, we grew grass just because we can, we did math and I won tickets to a Justin Bieber concert. (And Yes, I was super excited) #noshameinmygame

    March we headed to Grandpa’s house for a long weekend, saw a HUGE herd of elk along the way. We went fishing and enjoyed the sunshine, but didn’t really enjoy the crazy wind! We picked buttercups at Papa’s house, we celebrated Daddy’s birthday, celebrated Easter, and I took my niece to Justin Bieber. And yes, I took pictures of him shirtless. (See above hashtag.)

    In April we attended Zachary’s track meets, Summer and I had a girls weekend while the boys went to Montana, we spent a lot of time at the park, celebrated Zachary’s birthday, and went to a fun day at Daddy’s work.

    May was spent outside a lot! We played at the park with friends, lunch dates with friends, Tyler played T-ball, Zachary ran track, we sent birthday balloons to Grandma in heaven, celebrated Papa’s birthday, ran through the sprinklers and Tyler graduated preschool.

    June I got to have a girls night with my best friend, kid less, which never happens! We had a play date with cousins from Seattle, we picked strawberries, we finished up the school year, Summer caught her first fish, I made “best friend” shirts for Summer and I. We celebrated our bestie Haidyn’s birthday, Summer got her ears pierced, We celebrated father’s day, we had a huge storm make it’s way through and we watched my sweet niece Kaylee graduate from high school. We played outside on the slip n slide, saw Finding Dory, we swam in the river a ton, and had a big BBQ with our friends.

    July was spent almost entirely at the lake, river or pool. Sometimes with friends, always with family. We watched fireworks with our besties, celebrated a sweet girls first birthday, watched many beautiful sunsets, colored Zach’s hair green, went fishing, picked and canned an insane amount of cherries, went to the local theme park and took a fun ride on a boat with friends.

    August was another month outside. Lots of time at a beautiful lake, sprinklers and water fights in the back yard, we make bird feeders, we visited the sunflowers, went to the movies with friends, and spent a ton of time at the park. Tyler got to go to his Kindergarten open house and meet his teacher! Zach and I went to Watershed, which is a big Country music festival. We saw some of our favorites, like Chris Janson, Travis Tritt, Brothers Osborne, Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Keith Urban. It was three days for of amazing music, fun food, rides and interesting people!

    September was another busy month. Zach started high school. Tyler started Kindergarten. Summer started preschool.

    That’s enough for any mom, right?

    We also celebrated Summer’s 4th birthday with a fun tea party full of fun girls. We finally got a new dishwasher after ours went belly up, so we changed out our stove and put in a new microwave while we were at it. We went to the fair, where we rode the rides, ate fun food and fed the animals. Plus, Tyler rode a sheep!

    In October Summer and I got to have another girls weekend while the boys went to Montana. (where they caught some huge fish!) Summer went on her first field trip to the pumpkin patch, then Tyler had his first field trip to the pumpkin patch. Zach went to his first high school dance and my little Batman and Cowgirl enjoyed Halloween. Tyler turned 6 and we celebrated by having an awesome Batman birthday party. No superhero party is complete with out capes and masks, right?

    In November Summer had career day where a Dr and Cop both came to speak in her class. She loved both and now wants to be both. Papa took Tyler to Dad’s and Donuts at school and taught Summer about birds. We did lots of crafts, celebrated Thanksgiving and Travis did a lot of fishing. He also found this awesome arrowhead! Plus the green in Zach’s hair is just about gone. (yeah, that is something to celebrate!)

    December was a cold month! We got a new fridge to match our other new appliances, we went to Tyler’s school friends birthday party, enjoyed Summer’s preschool Christmas concert, had a wonderful long weekend at Christmas and rung in the new year with friends.

    We had a wonderful year and I look forward to the amazing memories we are already making in 2017!

  • Craft Time with GoldFish

    I love craft time and luckily for me, my kids are following right in my tracks. They all love to draw, paint and Summer loves to “scissor”. (it’s her favorite thing to cut paper!)

    So when I get to sit down with them to do some arts and crafts I am all over it. We spend a lot of time, especially during the winter months, coloring, making bracelets, or making holiday decorations.

    With craft time comes snack time. Who else has a kid that is always hungry?

    So when we headed to the store over the weekend we made sure to grab our favorite snack, GoldFish crackers.  I love that they are always baked with real cheese and have no artificial flavors or preservatives. It makes me feel comfortable with the choices I am making by giving them to my kids.

    Their colors sourced from plants, such as annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree
    and are baked with whole grain cheddar that has 12 g of WG per serving.

    So while the kids are busy working away on their projects they have a great snack too.

    We thought it would be super fun to make a stop motion video of our own. The kids and I thought about some fun ideas and because we have 3+ feet of snow outside right now, we thought it would be fitting to make a Snow day with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish!

    Interested in making your own stop motion video? Find out how HERE!

    This was the first stop motion video we’ve ever made, and it took a little while but it was fun! And the kids had fun thinking of ideas on what to do next.

    Visit the campaign landing page to get inspired and learn more about the Goldfish Tales Animation Xperience! And don’t forget to head to the GoldfishTales page to submit your own stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

    What are your favorite ways to pass time during the chilly winter months?

  • Johnny Mazette

    I never really feel old. I mean, my back hurts sometimes, or my knees hurt if I sit on the floor too long. But I don’t “feel” old. And I have never really looked at my age as a sign of getting older. But when I notice some heartburn after I eat certain foods I can’t help but laugh at myself a little and feel that I am “getting old”… Plus I have a 14 year old that likes to tell me I am old too…

    And I hate having to pass on my favorite foods because of heartburn. It seems like a silly thing to do and I love foods like Johnny Mazette so I would rather take something for my heartburn than live without it!

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    PEPCID® is great because it helps relieve my heartburn fast! And with all the candy because of Halloween, and the amazing feasts you will be eating next month for Thanksgiving, you should definitely head to Walmart and stock up on everything to help Tame Your Tummy Troubles!

    What foods give you heartburn?

    • Chocolate
    • garlic
    • raw onion
    • vinegar
    • fried/fatty food
    • ketchup/mustard
    • tomato/tomato sauce

    Even caffeine and alcohol can give you heartburn!

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    So now that you are prepared to subside heartburn, let’s talk dinner!

    Start with butter in your pan. I use a larger pan because it ends up being a lot of food!

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    And Saute your peppers, celery and onion

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    Add in your beef and brown.

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    Stir in olives, mushrooms (with liquid), soup, sauce and water chestnuts. Cook for 5 minutes

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    Boil noodles, then drain. (Yes, I used 2 different kind of noodles because that is what I had!)

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    Add drained noodles to burger mixture and stir well.

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    Pour it into a baking dish and sprinkle with cheese. I put a little less in my 9×13 pan so I could make an extra dish to give to someone!

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    One thing I love about Johnny Mazette is that it is great to make ahead to freeze! Just use a tin baking dish and you can make them quite a head of time! When I was pregnant with both Tyler and Summer I made a couple of these ahead of time so that once I had the baby at home and Travis was back to work I could just grab one out of the freezer and pop it in the oven and it was one less meal to worry about!

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    • 2 C. chopped green pepper
    • 1 C. chopped celery
    • 2 C. chopped onion
    • 2lbs. ground beef
    • 1 C. butter
    • 2 C. grated cheese
    • 1/2 C. chopped olives
    • 1 (4oz) can sliced mushrooms (with liquid)
    • 1 (10 oz) can tomato soup
    • 1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
    • 3/4 lb. egg noodles
    • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
    1. Saute peppers, celery, onion and beef in butter.
    2. Add salt (just a dash) Reduce Heat and cook for 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in olives, mushrooms (and liquid), soup, sauce and chestnuts. Cook 5 minutes
    4. Cook noodles, drain.
    5. Add mixtures too noodles. Stir well.
    6. Pour into a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle cheese on top
    7. Bake on 350° for 35 minutes.

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