Friday, July 25, 2014

Five on Friday

Are you ready for some randomness?


one.
Kirkland's recently moved to a new location in our town. Ok, so it's probably been there for months, but I had not been there. I was close to it this week and decided to take a peek. Y'all! I NEED these canisters. I actually pinned them about a year ago, but they are so much cuter in person.  Hello, my name is Nikki and I really like owls.

*This is not sponsored. Kirkland's has know idea who I am. 


two.
I ordered an Erin Condren Lesson Planner a few weeks ago to use for the new homeschool year. I have been in planning mode this week. The planner is beautiful, and just what I needed. I plan to do a full review in the coming weeks/months, but I want to break it in a little more before I do. I want you to get the full scoop.

three.
We have had a super laid back week. I have taken zero pics of my kiddos. Mommy fail.
 

four.
I posted my recipe for Cheesy Chicken Bundles earlier this week. It's one of those that I have been making since we first got married. You can find the recipe HERE.

five.
I hate Summer TV and can't find anything that I want to watch on Netflix... any suggestions?




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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No.10

It's Wednesday! Be sure to check the bottom of this post for the link-up details and get your posts linked-up!

 Did y'all check out last weeks links? There were some really good reads, but this tutorial for DIY Canvas Prints from the Crazy Craft Lady really caught my eye! These are so adorable, and the possibilities for customization/personalization are truly endless.




This next one is also from The Crazy Craft Lady, but come on....Reese's Oreo Treats? I had to make sure that you all saw these. I really need to make these for my guys.



Alright, it's your turn to link up your posts this weeks. I do want to mention that you can now link to your IG pictures, so keep that in mind in you don't have a recent blog post to link up.

Oh, and be sure to check out the other hostesses' blogs (Leslie, Stasia, and Melissa) today for other posts and features. If you have been featured, please feel free to grab the I've Been Featured Button below to share on your blog.

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Link-up details.  It's too easy not to join in:
  • share a very recent post of your choosing (link-up at very bottom of this post)
  • include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post
  • check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: myself, Leslie, Stasia, and Melissa

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Bundles


 This is one of those recipes that I have been making for at least 15 years. (Now I feel really old.) It was one of the very few things I could make as a newlywed. I don't make them nearly as often as I did in our early years, but they are still a favorite. I have tweaked them, and made several versions by changing up the filling, but this version is a favorite for my picky eaters.

Cheesy Chicken Bundles

3 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups cooked cubed chicken (I recommend heavily seasoned or rotisserie)
2-4 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 tube crescent rolls

Makes 4 servings.

Beat cream cheese and milk in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add cheddar cheese and chicken to the cream cheese mixture and stir with a spoon. Open the crescent roll tube and separate the rolls into 4 rectangles. You will need to press 2 triangles together to seal and make a rectangle. Add 1/4 of the mixture to the center of each rectangle. Bring the 4 corners to the top to make a bundle. You may need to seal seams around the bundle with your fingers if they come undone. Top each bundle with melted butter and bread crumbs. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 

I normally serve with a side of rice and a vegetable or salad. 

Enjoy! 


Other versions include:
Chicken Pot Pie Bundles - (sub 1/2 - 1 cup of cream of chicken soup for the cream cheese and milk and add a 1/2 - 1 cup of veggies
Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bundles - same as above, add 1/2 - 1 cup of steamed broccoli





I'll be linking-up this post to:
Not Just a Housewife
Off The Hook Monday
What You Wish Wednesday

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan #9



Sunday Lunch - Takeout

Sunday Dinner - Whatever we can find in the fridge/pantry. (egg sandwich, cereal)

Monday - Chicken Fried Rice

Tuesday - Oven Baked Tacos, Mexi Rice

Wednesday - Crockpot Creamy Italian Chicken, Salad, Bread

Thursday - Leftovers


 Friday - Homemade Pizza (Crust)

Saturday - Stuffed French Bread, Chips, Fruit




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Friday, July 18, 2014

Five on Friday


Plum Paper Designs Planner - Etsy - Here is the Review I Did
one.
It has been a wonderful week. For the first time in 6 weeks we didn't have to be somewhere every single day.

http://nikkisnacs.blogspot.com/2014/06/100-mile-challenge.html

two.
If you follow me on IG, or have been following me for a little while, you may remember that I challenged myself to walking 100 miles this Summer. I know that isn't many miles for a whole Summer, but I wanted to give myself something that would be easy to achieve. And then I hurt my foot. I have been out of commission and not able to walk for a month! I had pretty much decided that there was no way that I would be able to complete my goal, but then on Wednesday I realized that I had been walking around without any pain. PRAISE THE LORD! I decided that I would go take a real walk. I walked for 2 miles without any pain. And then again the next day. I can still get these miles in if I stick to it. It won't be the loose schedule like I had planned, but I think I can do it. You can still join me, here is the original post for details. Just use the hashtag #nn100 on Instagram so that I can follow you.

http://nikkisnacs.blogspot.com/2014/07/bathroom-updates.html

three.
Did you see the updates we made to our bathroom? I finally got around to sharing them this week.



four.
Cade, Asher, and his Dad all went to a basball game tonight, so I had a date with this dude. He requested Waffle House and then a cupcake. We all had a fun night.

five.
Y,all! We got a new washer and dryer! I am so excited. Ours were the ones we bought almost 17 years ago when we got married. It was time for an upgrade. God really provided these for us in such a cool way. He always sees ahead and provides. Oh, and they are they exactly what I wanted. I may just do laundry all weekend.



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bathroom Updates




I was cleaning our main level bathroom this morning, and it occurred to me that I have never shared any of the updates we have made in this room since the initial updates we made shortly after we moved in. I decided it was time to snap a few pics and share. When I got on my computer to look up when I posted the initial updates I realized that it had been almost exactly 3 years....What? How in the world? I guess I should not be nominated for the "Slowest Blogger Award". Anyway, when we moved in we decided not to do a complete overhaul, but more of a refresh.

Bathroom Before We Moved In



Bathroom After Initial Updates 3 Years Ago
Initial Updates 3 Years Ago
removed wallpaper
prepped and painted walls
painted cabinets
painted the original hardware
added a newish faucet (used, but new to us)
added a newish sink (used, but new to us)
tiled the counter
added new towel rings and toilet paper holder
spray painted a new light fixture and had my handy husband hang that up for me

You can read more about the initial updates and see more pictures HERE.

We have only done a few really simple things since the initial upgrades, but they have made such a difference.


More Resent Updates
We added a frame to the mirror.
We added accessories.

That's it!



I'm not really sure why it took me so long to add the frame, but it made such a difference. The room really needed something to warm it up, so I chose to stain the wood instead of painting it to match the cabinets. I'm really happy with the contrast. Oh, and I think the wood cost less then $10. We already had stain and adhesive, so this was an inexpensive upgrade.


Accessory Source List
rug - Target
teal towl - Target
gold frames with mats - thrifted
peacock prints - peacock, peacock feather - printed on my printer with images from the graphics fairy
metal sconces - Target
plant and pot - gift
teal plate - Southern Living at Home



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Creative Ways - Posed Perfection
Creative Spark - My Paper Craze 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 9

Is Summer going by too fast for anyone else? I feel like I blinked and it is the middle of July. I will soon be in full on  planning mode for the coming school year, but right now, I am doing my best to soak in this sweet time with my boys. I hope you will excuse my lack of posting right now.



Are you ready to get all of your posts linked up this morning? I can't wait to see what everyone has been up to.

The post I am featuring this week is this Manicotti recipe from Bliss and Blunders . I am always on the lookout for new pasta recipes to try, and this one looks delicious.

http://blissandblundersofanewlywed.blogspot.com/2014/07/bread-and-wine-project-stuffed-manicotti.html


Now it is your turn to get those posts linked up!

Oh, and be sure to check out the other hostesses' blogs (Leslie, Stasia, and Melissa) today for other features. If you have been featured, please feel free to grab the I've Been Featured Button below to share on your blog.

nikkisnacs

Link-up details.  It's too easy not to join in:
  • share a very recent post of your choosing (link-up at very bottom of this post)
  • include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post
  • check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: myself, Leslie, Stasia, and Melissa

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan #8

Last week Cade was at Summer Camp, so I chose not to meal plan. I knew that we would not be on a regular schedule, so I opted out. I am way behind on everything and am trying really hard to catch up. That means late meal plans, that are not overly exciting, and hopefully a Five on Friday post from last week on Monday night! It's an exciting life, I tell you.



Sunday Lunch - Grocery Store Fried Chicken, Fresh Roasted Potatoes, Squash, and Zucchini, Rice, and Zipper Peas ( We were given a ton of fresh veggies from a friends garden, so we kind of had a hodge podge, but it was good.)

Sunday Dinner - Take Out


Monday - Cheesy Chicken Bundles , Leftover Rice and Zipper Peas

Tuesday - Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Roasted Potatoes, Squash, and Zucchini

Wednesday - Sloppy Joes, Oven Fries, Watermelon

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Takeout

Saturday - Pizza

Note - I don't post meal plans because we eat crazy good food all the time and never eat the same thing over and over. We have a real budget, a house full of picky eaters, and do go through phases of having repeat meals. I meal plan because it makes my life easier. It also makes it super easy to look up meals at the store in case I don't  make it to the store with a list written out. It happens.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What You Wish No. 8


Are you ready to get all of your posts linked up this morning? I can't wait to see what everyone has been up to.


Link-up details.  It's too easy not to join in:
  • share a very recent post of your choosing (link-up at very bottom of this post)
  • include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post
  • check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: myself, Leslie, Stasia, and Melissa

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