Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Favorite Things...

Today is Wednesday, a day that I am always happy to wake up to! We are enjoying winter weather in our little area of the country and unfortunately we are also in the slap middle of a flu outbreak. Which by the way is no fun when your job is to take care of children all day! I have used more germX and antibacterial hand sanitizer than I ever imagined possible. So far, it is paying off!

I've been meaning to post about several things the last few times and there seems to be more worthy topics to write about. So, the purpose of this post was to share some of my favorite things with you...

These are my new favorite dip chips! I know some of you have bigger issues in life than finding that perfect dip chip but around our house we always have some kind of dip and chips on hand. The other night I made some white cheese dip and we had these chips with it. It was SO GOOD! There are other flavors, but this specific flavor works great with dip and also with some taco soup. By the way, to make the white cheese dip use one pound of the white velveeta, two blocks of cream cheese, one can of rotel and one package of sausage. Just melt the cheeses and add the rotel and cooked sausage!! Your waist may not thank me but your taste buds will be super excited!

Several years ago Brian surprised me with a Keurig Coffee maker for Christmas and I do mean surprised!! Since that time, I have tried lots of different kinds of coffee. My new favorite is made by Folgers and it is caramel drizzle!! I have that almost every morning with a big splash of white chocolate macadamia creamer. I enjoy other flavors (as you can tell by this picture) but if you have a Keurig you  need to try the caramel drizzle.

At this point many of you may be thinking our lives are consumed by eating. That is not totally true, but food is enjoyed in our home! My kids always seem to think a dessert should be ready after every meal, and they aren't talking about some oreos. They want cookies, brownies or cake. One of the things they love the most is chocolate chip pie and it really is one of my favorites as well. This is like a warm cookie in a pie crust! At Christmas I make these and give them as gifts to some of our neighbors. The recipe is super easy:

Mix 2 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1 stick of softened butter, 1 tsp vanilla all together. Add 1 cup of chocolate chips and then pour into pie shell. Bake at 325 for one hour and enjoy warm with ice cream or whipped topping.

This is my last food picture!!! When we were home at Thanksgiving, my precious aunt gave mother a tin of "trash", which in Texas means chex mix. My kids absolutely devoured that tin and most of another one. Once we got home, I thought I would make up my own. As is typical of my children, they said mine was good but not as good as what they had in Texas. Brian and I enjoyed it and it has been a new favorite snack at all these basketball games!

These are some of my favorite ornaments! They hang on our homemade Christmas tree in the dining room and I enjoy just passing by and seeing pictures of the kids and ornaments people gave us along the way. I gave Brian the bear ornament the Christmas I was pregnant with Brendan. We also have two "our first Christmas" ornaments that I hang each year. Those remind me of our first Christmas as husband and wife, learning how to blend family traditions and make some of own. That first Christmas Brian told almost everyone what we bought them and from then on it is usually a surprise to him what most of the gifts are. He still enjoys peeking and giving hints!

Speaking of Brian.... Here is one of my favorite pictures of him. I snapped this one night last week as we enjoyed a rare night at home watching TV. The dogs must have enjoyed it more because they piled up with him in his chair to settle in for the night. You can tell where Kamdyn might get her love for dogs! I love my husband for alot of different things and this right here is one of them.

SO, there are some of my favorite things for now. I know you are just so excited that I shared them with you, but if nothing else it lets you know a little more about me. I hope you are also able to find some special things to enjoy in the next few weeks as we celebrate the season of love and memories.


  1. Everything sounds good - so you loved the Carmel drizzle, so do I. Lots of good eats this time of year! Love Ya