Monthly Pinterest Post

Pinterest & FOMO

Maybe this Monthly Pinterest post can count for both April and May?  Oops…. Consistency isn’t my jam.  ANYWAY!

For Mother’s Day we designed a backdrop for the Moms at church to sit with their kids and get a photo made.  It was lovely being the one who could go through those and post them– as a mom who loves photos herself, it makes my heart happy to know an opportunity was given. Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people sitting  Continue reading

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Monthly Pinterest Post, Organization

CRAZY Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

Ladies! Oh man. I want this blog, whatever comes of it to be nothing if not authentic. It doesn’t get much more authentic than how much I ADORE my family (even through all the chaos)….. but how much I hate to cook. Last week, in my effort to be #1 Wife and Mom, I decided I was going to make this yummy recipe I found through Pinterest from WellPlated.com.  In True Mandy Fashion, I didn’t really READ the recipe— nor would I have actually been able to visualize through it properly because that’s just not how my brain works.  But anyway– look.  what. happened!

Earlier in the day, I had cleaned my kitchen…. oh & Colt & I had a stay home day and made cookies….

THESE ARE THE DISHES I USED!!! WHAT?! (photo left large for emphasis!!)

I spend my time doing household chores and driving around listening to podcasts, many from women who are sharing their tips to keep life less cluttered….and I’m addicted!! Of all the tips these podcast/bloggers share, there is an underlying theme they agree on: that having a clean kitchen sets a tone no matter what the rest of the house looks and feels like.

So cooking should not make this MORE COMPLICATED! Of course there will be the dishes the family uses to eat off of and something to cook with, but this was crazy.  ALSO– the time given for prep is NEVER enough time for me. I almost have to double it every time.  As I completed this meal, I kept mumbling to myself…this better be worth it….and continued listening to my podcast.

Once it was in the oven, I got to cleaning up, it finished beautifully and we enjoyed a delicious & healthy meal at the table….2 of us anyway.  Kai was with her dad and Colt– “I don’t Waaant that!” *sigh*

By the way, where was Colt in all this you ask?? Well, turns out Kelly got the same itch to be #1 Husband and Dad the very same day.  So they were busy playing together…awwwww……That’s the ONLY way this meal was accomplished and not abandoned!

3 things I learned:

  1. Erin at WellPlated.com has a BEAUTIFUL website with tons of great recipes that are healthy.
    • Erin enjoys cooking.  This meal was delicious and I (sorta) recommend it. Haha
  2. I’m a ONE PAN Girl.  Crockpot, 3 steps tops…that’s for me.
    • And look! Erin has that here! I’ll be trying something from the one pan list next.
  3. Don’t fight who you are. I’m an amazing Wife & Mom without suffering through the kitchen.  That’s not what I love…. and I don’t need more overwhelm and chaos coming from the kitchen 🙂

Please share with me in the comments your cooking tips, meal plan ideas and (one-pot type) recipes you like!  We’ll all enjoy this #AdoredChaos life together!

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February Pinteresting

Photo Credit(sign): PhraseIt on Etsy

My garage is filled with totes- Thirty-One, plastic…. all kinds. This one Kelly almost threw away, but the RRR’er in me saved it from the dump and I found a purpose finally! (It was dirty…… oh my….)

I also found a bag of dirt we never used (it’s lawn dirt… maybe not the best choice if he was into eating dirt….) but a critter had chewed a hole in. It was just sitting on the side of the house– maybe for over a year… but who’s counting?! Also saved from a trip to the dump.

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Do you Pinterest?

I love pinning on Pinterest but like many of you I find myself pinning more than I DO.  When I was pregnant and couldn’t sleep, and nursing and couldn’t go back to sleep after waking up, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest.  It was good anxiety therapy for me too!  Now, I probably use it most for recipes– Crockpot Recipes, let’s get real.  Cooking isn’t my jam! What I DON’T use it for is feeling bad about myself or less than perfect.  Who has time for that?!  It’s just a fun place to steal other people’s creative and yummy ideas!

To make the most of this obsession, I’ve decided once a month to put into action one of my pins and I’ll share it here with you.  I’d love to see what you use it for too!  And if you want to follow my boards, come along with me!

Since Crockpot is where it’s at in my home, especially in the Winter, I’m going to share a favorite go-to pin as my 1st post.  I’ve not yet tried the making a million meals ahead to have in my freezer, but I have lots of those too- but I couldn’t live without my crockpot.

This post is in thanks to Julies Eats and Treats and her delicious Crockpot Hamburger & Wild Rice Casserole.  Healthy and something my whole family enjoys eating. (I have no affiliation with Julie or her blog, but it looks like there’s lots of good stuff there!)

If you decide to try it, will you share in the comments?  What do you like to do from Pinterest…besides scroll on your phone at 2am and pin!?

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