Thursday, August 30, 2012

Glasses USA

My husband has been wearing the same glasses since high school.  Let that sink in for a moment.

We would love to get a new pair of glasses for him, but that can be very expensive.  You have to either compromise your budget or style and quality.   As you all know, we are expecting our first baby in less than SIX MONTHS! Where has the time gone!? We have been trying to find ways to save money for when the baby comes, and that means cutting back on unnecessary spending.  Clear vision is definitely not unnecessary, but trying to find a quality pair of glasses on our tight budget seemed to be impossible.  I recently discovered that it did not have to be.

We came across and were shocked to discover the wide variety of frames they had to choose from. Their website was so simple to navigate; just pick what you want to search by and go!  You can search categories, brands, color, gender, even material and frame-size!
I could not agree more!
We found eyeglasses for him starting at only $38!  That is a price that we can definitely afford.  And these aren't "cheap-o" glasses. They are sophisticated, high-quality, name-brand glasses available in so many styles and materials that you are certain to find a pair to fit your personality- and your budget!

For the Man in my life
Mr. Husband was a little hesitant to order glasses from the internet, at first,  because he wanted to be able to see what he would look like in them before we spent money.  That hesitation went totally away when I clicked on the virtual mirror feature they have on the website. (I've shared it with you below so you can try it out as well!)
We simply uploaded his picture and instantly all the pairs of online eyeglasses were available for him to "try on!"  We got a little carried away trying on all the different styles and colors, until he clicked one pair that looked like it was MADE for him! After seeing that, he had no problem placing his order! He is so excited to receive his awesome new glasses, and even more excited that we didn't have to "break the bank" to get them!
Here they are! This style is called "Jorden."
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

White Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Sauce

This yummy dinner is made using leftovers from my Salsa Chicken in the Crockpot.  I love it when one meal becomes two!

Leftover Salsa Chicken (or any cooked shredded chicken)
Soft Flour Tortillas (the BIG ones)
Shredded Cheese
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup (I take out all the canned chicken pieces from the soup)
A "good sprinkling" of Cumin, Paprika, and Onion Powder
Pinch of salt
Toppings: Sour cream, salsa, extra cheese, black olives, etc

~In the center of each tortilla, spoon out the salsa chicken. Top with shredded cheese. Fold the tortilla up into itself like a burrito.
~Place the tortillas into a deep baking dish.
~Spoon out the cream of chicken soup.  Add cumin, paprika, onion powder, and a little salt over the soup. Mix it and spread it over the tortillas. Top with shredded cheese.
~Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
~Serve with desired toppings.

Salsa Chicken in the Crock Pot


Now that school has started back (and high school football!), I am trying to find little things to make our lives a little easier.  Football season is band season, and having a band director for a husband means that we have late rehearsals, games, and Saturday band competitions.  Sometimes it feels like we live at the school, so when we are at home, I want as much quality family time as I can get since it won't just be the two of us for much longer! One time-saver I have is using my crock pot to fix dinner.  I can throw ingredients together in the morning before school and come home to find dinner waiting on us!

This recipe is so simple, yet there are endless serving possibilities.  I put three thawed chicken breasts in the crock, covered them with a 16 oz jar of salsa, and cooked them on low from about 7:00 in the morning until we got home at 4:00.  Then all I had to do was take the chicken out and shred it, but it was so tender it fell apart on its own!

For dinner that night, we served the shredded chicken over tortilla chips with melted queso, sour cream, a little extra salsa, and anything else you want to put in nachos.  I purposely made more than enough chicken so that we could have leftovers, turing one dinner into two, and some lunches!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chicken Pockets

Crescent Roll Dough
Fresh Baby Spinach
Cooked, Shredded Chicken
Cream Cheese
Parmesan Cheese

Start by sautee-ing (I can't figure out how to spell that word; you know what I mean) chopped mushrooms in butter and some minced garlic.

Combine cooked, shredded chicken with enough cream cheese to make it stick together. Add some onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste.

Unroll your crescent dough lay flat. Top with baby spinach leaves and mushrooms.

On top of that, add your chicken/cream cheese mixture.

 Top with another crescent roll and seal the edges.  Bake according to crescent roll package instructions.


Why I was MIA for a while...

So this is my first post in an awfully long time, but I have two very good reasons why I dropped the bloggy ball for a while.

Reason #1

Mr. Husband and I finally bought a house!
We had decided to start looking around mid-June, and after a day of looking (it only took us one day!), we found our dream home.  We put the offer on it that afternoon, and the next morning our realtor called to say the owners had accepted!  We got all of the paper work in order and about four weeks later, we closed on the house.  It was really the smoothest process, and I thank my amazing realtor and mortgage consultant for making everything go like clockwork!  The house is 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom, with a huge eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, and spacious living room with a gorgeous stone fireplace.  The backyard is already fenced, so hopefully we'll be able to get a dog soon.  We are thrilled with our new place!

Reason #2

We're having a baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We found out on the 4th of July, and have been dying to start telling people!  This picture is how we finally announced it to the world.  I wanted to wait until after the first ultrasound (8 weeks). At the appointment, we got to hear the heartbeat: a very fast, very steady 180 beats per minute.  That amazing sound made my own heart skip a beat.  My mom and my husband were there to hear it also.  My due date is March 9th, which is my grandfather's birthday, and I would love for my son or daughter to share a birthday with him. My super-creative sister-in-law Jessica (find her blog here) is helping me come up with some pretty awesome nursery ideas, so stay tuned to see how they turn out!

I can't believe how blessed my little *growing* family is.  I am so thankful.