Christmas 2011

  I finally got all of my Christmas photos uploaded the other day.  Like I mentioned last week, by the time it’s all said and done, we usually have 7 Christmas get together’s with all the different families.  No, we do NOT do gifts at every one, but there is food.  Lots and lots of food!  🙂  This year we cut a few get togethers out, for the sake of the kids.  We sure enjoy our leisurely days at home as a family, just playing games by the fire and hanging out.


   Here are my photos from Christmas week.  Gotta get them on here, as my plan is to one day print this blog out in book form for my kids to have as the story of their lives.

  Hope you had a safe and Happy New Years!


Christmas Preschool Nativity



Church Drama, finding Jesus in your every day life. Dale was a sheriff, I was a mom with a sick baby in the waiting room of the clinic:



Special gifts from a special friends, our missing Mickey Ears for Pax & darling Heavenly Headband Towers (with headbands!) for the girls:

Picnik collage Thank you!


A new to us, Twister Game!063067

No-no, Pax! That is not how you play!  MOOOOOM! Make him move!


Hmm, not how you play, huh….


How ‘bout I spin round and round on my bottom? I bet THAT’S how you do it!


Let the Family Christmases begin!










  We ended our week of Christmas fun with a GIANT gut the Play Closet cleaning session with my 2 little helpers!  Pax was taking a morning nap, and Destiny was at a slumber party, so we saved the Arts and Crafts drawers for her to organize when she got home.  This is one of those projects that would’ve been easier for Dale and I to tackle after everyone was in bed, but man, it was such a teachable moment I had major guilt thinking about passing it up! 🙂

They did great and we were very very proud of them.  It’s hard to say good-bye to toys, even when new ones are coming in.

Picnik collage

  Happy Tuesday!



Mexican Smothered Chicken Thighs with Spanish Rice

Dillon’s had a nice sale on Chicken Thighs recently.  Usually we grill any “on the bone” chicken I buy, but let’s be realistic, it’s NOT really grill season! BRRR! (By the way, that is a “He-We”. I do not grill, that is a Dale-only job.)  What?  You’ve never heard of a He-we before?  Hmm, well, an example of a “She-We” would be: We need to bake those pies today. Get it?  That’s a job I would typically do alone, even though I said “we”. 

Except when Dale and I talk to each we tease: “Is that a YOU-we or a ME-we?” 

  Anywho, I came across this chicken recipe in one of the many recipe magazines that reside in my home and I had to give her a go.  This photo is SUPER ugly, but trust me, the meal was SUPER delish!  For those who are anti-meat with bone, don’t worry, the chicken falls right off the bone, it is so tender. Plus, think how much money you will save your family by being brave and getting this “budget” kind of chicken!  Bone-in is typically cheaper, sale or no.

Mexican Smothered Chicken Thighs with Spanish Rice


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Season Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Pepper
  • 1-½ cup Milk
  • 10 whole Bone In Chicken Thighs, Skin Removed
  • Olive Oil For Pan Searing
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 2 whole Jalapeno Peppers (seeded And Chopped)
  • 16 ounces, fluid Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin

Remove skin from chicken. In a bowl, combine flour and seasonings. Pour milk in a separate, shallow bowl. Press chicken into first flour mixture, then milk, then flour mixture again. Set aside. Heat up several tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and pan sear each chicken thigh until flour is starting to turn golden brown. Transfer to a sprayed 9 x 13 casserole dish.
In the same skillet, sautee onion and jalapenos until tender. Add tomato sauce, water and spices. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes or until thickened. Pour over chicken.
COVER and bake at 350* for 35 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
Serve chicken and sauce over Mexican rice.



Be sure to head over to Post 2 for today to see our photos from Christmas! 🙂