Yummy Cheese Dip

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My mother-in-law makes this yummy cheese dip whenever we have a barbecue or sandwiches for dinner. It’s so easy and fast to put together!

Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded Colby cheese
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup milk
1/2 packet of ranch dip

Directions:
Mix and serve with crackers.

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“Wow! You’ve got your hands full!”

Hey, all you moms out there with more than one little one (or moms of one that is giving you a run for your money)! I’m pretty sure I can guess the phrase you despise the very most. It’s the one you hear all the time and it makes you want to slam your face against the hood of your car repeatedly. Everyone say it with me now…

“Wow! You’ve got your hands full!”

Yep.

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I have 4 little kids, and when I’m out in public with them, on my own, I hear it every time. EVERY time. You probably do, too. When someone says it to you on a rough day, doesn’t it take everything you have to not spit at them? But usually you just heave a big sigh and say, “Yeah, you want one of them?” And sometimes, you even hear it when everyone is behaving and you look around like “Nobody is bleeding. Everyone still has their clothes on. I GOT THIS!” Either way…it bugs.

I know people don’t mean to be rude. It’s just something to say. I’ve even heard those words come out of my own mouth. Once. I immediately put myself in time-out. Well, fellow mommies, I heard a sweet little sentiment that I now chant in my head whenever someone dares speak those hideous words. It’s my new mantra and it helps to chill my inner monster out. Here it comes…

“You think my hands are full? You should see my heart.”

Awwwww! When I heard that I said, “I should tattoo that on my forehead!” to which my 7 year-old replied, “But that would look weird. It would be cool if you did a dolphin jumping up between your eyebrows, instead.” Yes. Good call, baby.

I seriously love it, though, because it’s absolutely true. Life with children aplenty can be chaotic and loud and sticky with spit-up on it. And there are lots of squirmy little hands that need to be held, short legs that make you have to slow down, and crying kids that just need to be listened to. But it’s awesome because life is equally full of big hugs from little arms, sweet kisses just because, pinky-promises, and bedtime stories. You always have a “helper”, a little buddy, or a shadow. There’s more love than you even know what to do with. My heart is brimming because of my 4 little crazies.

So to all you observant strangers watching me care for my brood, yes…my hands are full, but my heart is jam-packed, overflowing, bursting at the seams. So I’ll take it.

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Grilled Pesto Chicken

Grilled Pesto Chicken

When its hot outside the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven and heat up my house. Where I live we have had about two consecutive weeks of temperatures in the 100′s! Which means our grill has been getting used a lot. This pesto chicken takes no time to throw together, but tastes amazing! Top it with some fresh garden tomatoes, fresh basil, some mozerella and you got yourself a quick, refreshing summer meal.

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs

1/2-3/4 cups pesto

1-2 Tbsp olive oil

Tomatoes

Fresh basil

Mozzarella

Salt & Pepper

 

Defrost chicken if frozen. Pour pesto over the chicken and coat evenly. Cover and marinate for 2 hours in refrigerator . Grill on medium heat until cooked through. Dice or half tomatoes and chop basil. Mix olive oil, tomatoes and basil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish chicken with tomato mixture and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.

 

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Garlic Bread

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We have this yummy garlic bread with pretty much any Italian meal. Spaghetti, baked ziti, fettuccine alfredo, etc. It’s always a huge hit! I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients:
1 loaf of French bread
Butter
Grated Parmesan cheese
Garlic salt
Garlic powder
Paprika
Dried basil

Directions:
Slice French bread into slices about 1 inch thick. Butter each slice. Place buttered bread on cookie sheet. Sprinkle Parmesan generously over each slice. Sprinkle garlic salt, garlic powder, a tiny bit of paprika, and basil over top. Place on top shelf of unheated oven. Broil on high for approximately 4 minutes, or to your liking. Enjoy!

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Like a Girl

My 8-year-old daughter came to me a few days ago and asked me what the phrase, “like a girl” meant. It hurt my heart to have to tell her that it was meant to be demeaning, that it implied that she was somehow weaker or inferior simply because she was a girl. It made my sweet little girl so angry. She was upset at how unfair that was, and how very untrue.

“They don’t know me!” she said, as the tears welled up in her eyes. She was right! My daughter is at the top of her class. She excels at nearly everything she does. She’s talented in so many ways. She loves science. She plays instruments. She loves baseball. She befriended the bully at school because she realized he must have been struggling in some way. She’s hilarious. She’s beautiful. She’s confident and proud of herself and this little phrase was causing her to question all of that. A lump formed in my throat as I realized the world was already trying to bring my baby down.

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Three days later my mom shared this link on Facebook (watch it, share it…it’s so powerful). It’s a video done by Always, and it was just the thing I needed as it addresses exactly what my daughter was struggling with. I immediately showed  her and she watched it over and over and over. After her 6th time hitting play, I stopped her and asked what she thought. She was quiet for a while and then said, “Mom, I’m going to be the girl that shows everyone else that saying that is wrong. Doing something like a girl means to try your best. Being a girl means you’re strong and beautiful. I’m going to change their minds.” Yes!! My heart held so much pride and love for my amazing girl that I was sure it would explode.

I encouraged her, but she inspired me. She wants to show the world her worth and I will have her back every step of the way. While she’s still so young, as her mother I’m her first defense from this cruel world. It’s up to us to raise our girls to be the ones that change that phrase to a positive one. There is no shame in being a girl. Let’s raise them to know that doing something “like a girl” is a compliment, because it is.

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I can tell her what I admire about her all day long, but it’s also important that she can recognize strengths within herself. We talked about some things that we do “like a girl”. Here are some things she said about herself: she reads like a girl; she draws dragons like a girl; she plays the violin like a girl; she makes friends like a girl. Here are some things she said about me: I sing at church like a girl; I make dinner like a girl; I take care of people like a girl.

What are some things you do like a girl? What are ways you are teaching your children to value themselves? How can we change that phrase to be a positive one?

 

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Firecracker Suckers

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Who doesn’t love the 4th of July? Fireworks, barbeques, parades the list goes on. If you’re looking for a festive treat to share with friends and family look no further. These suckers will give your 4th of July party a little extra POP!

Ingredients:

  • Blue/red jolly ranchers
  • Blue/Red poprock candy
  • Sucker sticks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place jolly ranchers (one red one blue) side by side on baking sheet leaving enough room to insert the stick later. Place in oven for 5-10 min or until candy is softened. Take the bottom side of a glass cup and press down on candies until flattened. Insert sucker stick immediately and let cool until hardened. Once cool, remove suckers from the parchment. Fill a bowl with water and dip a sucker into it and then into the poprock candy. Place back on parchment paper until dry.

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Taco Tuesday and The Lego Movie

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The Lego Movie came out today so you know what that means…MOVIE NIGHT! And what better dinner to go with our movie than Taco Tuesday (this is a movie reference for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. I’m not that random)! I used the crock pot because, well…for so many reasons, and it turned out great! So here’s what we had…

Shredded Chicken and Black Bean Tacos
Ingredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 jar (24 oz) salsa (I used black bean and corn salsa)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
lettuce
cheddar cheese, shredded
sour cream
tortillas

Directions:

Spray crock pot with non-stick spray. Place chicken in crock pot. Pour salsa over chicken. Cover and cook on high 4-6 hrs, or until chicken is done. Take chicken out, shred it and return to crock pot so it can absorb the salsa.

We used the fixings I listed, but you could also add corn, avocado, and tomatoes….do your own thing, they’re tacos!!

P.S. I loved the movie! My kids wanted to watch it again as soon as it ended. I highly recommend it!

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