Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rosemary and Paprika Oven-Roasted Chicken (tried and true!)

It's chicken night! Need a new recipe?

We all know of chicken recipes that are so-so... so when there's a keeper, there's a keeper.

And I'm telling you people, this one here is a keeper.  I think I even impressed myself when I made this (ha ha).

The beauty of this recipe is that you may already have the following in your pantry:

*  Paprika

* Crushed rosemary leaves (I like mine freshly chopped!)

* Minced garlic

* Course ground black pepper

* Pinch of salt

Seriously, you can impress someone with this dish tonight. It's that easy.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Making The Most of Spring: Our Bucket List of Activities

Spring is definitely the time for venturing outside and seeing new growth!

Now that the sun's been out for a while, I wanted to share a spring bucket list of activities we're doing this year (and some I'd like for us to do for the future).

Monday, April 21, 2014

How To Make a Gratitude Journal

DIY gratitude journal
Learn how to make your own gratitude journal.

Could you benefit from a gratitude journal? Practicing gratitude is indeed a life changer--for adults and for kids. It changes the way you experience the world and it can alter your perspective from what you think your story is to the real blessings and abundance in your life. When you change your thoughts, you change your feelings. When you change your feelings, you can change your actions. That's what gratitude does. It gives you the courage to act.

This post will talk about why I made a gratitude journal and also show you how to create a journal for you or for your children. It's a great way to get started on developing a grateful heart. It may even change your life!

I've even included a special printable at the end of this post if you want to make it at home, for a play date, for home school or even at Sunday school. When my son becomes older, we're definitely going to create one together.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

20+ Things To Do During Winter (Our Family Bucket List)

Background photo is a painting by Grandma Moses 
(I love her artwork!)

How many times have you said, "I wish we were able to do [fill in the blank]!"

Or maybe you asked yourself, "what should we do to make the winter season or holidays extra special?" (*raising hand here*)

Answer: Make a bucket list! A bucket list is a wishlist of activities to do in your life or in one season of your life. I find that it's definitely a great way to plan activities for you and your family during different seasons of the year.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Breakfast under 5 minutes: Simple Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles is a popular Mexican dish that's traditionally eaten for breakfast or brunch. It's the perfect filling meal. It's a great way to use leftover meat. It's tasty. It's fast to make. And it gives me all the energy I need for a Saturday full of errands and chores.

I'm Filipino American but I believe I was destined to cook and love Mexican food.

Monday, March 03, 2014

How I Make Filipino Spaghetti

filipino food pasta tomato garlic ground meat cream
Filipino Spaghetti - a comforting pasta dish.

At least 2-3 times a month, I'll make Filipino spaghetti--a pasta dish that is uniquely Filipino because of the addition of hot dogs and banana sauce. I love this meal because this dish is as delicious as it is filling! I ate it as a toddler and my son does too. It makes for great leftovers and house guests and kids love it. Paired with garlic bread (not Filipino) or even in some cases rice (very Filipino), the meal is complete!

Recently, however, I felt something was missing in my recipe. So, after further online research, I added a "special ingredient" to make Filipino spaghetti even more tasty.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

A Potluck Pleaser: Jiffy's Spoon Bread Casserole

When my sister sent me this Jiffy's Spoon Bread Casserole recipe and raved to me about how popular it was at potlucks, I decided to give it a try. This past weekend, I made it as a side dish for 10 hungry adults at a bible study and wondered if people liked it.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Busy Hands, Busy Brains: Add a Magnet Board to Your Toddler's Room

Magnet Board Can Reinforce Learning at Home for Kids
Playing on a magnetic board can be educational for your younger kids.
This post will discuss how a magnetic board can be used as a teaching tool at home and how you can put one together (plus get 15 more ideas for magnet play at the end of the post!) We currently use a magnet board to help our son learn the alphabet. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

When The Going Gets Tough, Love Gets You Going

1 Corinthians 13:13 Pass on Love as The Greatest Virtue

It's not always easy, but our soul’s highest calling is to demonstrate love, even if it’s imperfect. 

As a wife and a mom, here's how I am tested in this area:

Sunday, February 09, 2014

How To Make Quick and Easy French Toast

Nothing beats a Sunday french toast breakfast. Here's how I make it.

Cook French Toast for breakfast or even dessert
Make this easy and quick french toast this week!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Delicious Dinnertime Meal: Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala using Garam Masala and other spices with curry rice and tortillas
Need a new recipe that uses chicken? Try Chicken Tikka Masala.
One recipe I've always wanted to learn was Chicken Tikka Masala. You'll see this fragrant and tasty dish in Indian restaurants. I made mine in 30 minutes. And it turned out delicious! How did I learn it?

OK, I cheated a little.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Boost Your Energy With a Banana Kale Smoothie

You will need bananas, kale, ice, and almond milk to make this smoothie.
A banana kale smoothie is a perfect afternoon pick-me-up for any tired moms.

Even after a big  breakfast, a toddler can wear me down by mid-afternoon. A smoothie is my attempt at getting my nutrition on-the-go.

You too can beat the afternoon lulls by drinking this easy-to-make banana kale smoothie. 

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Holiday Planning Binder {Checklists and Printables}

In the last few years, I've learned that if I don't get specific about planning the holiday season out, it will wear me down! Here are 20+ printables for you to get started and get organized.

Christmas planning binder 20 sheets and more
Get organized for the holidays this year!