Easy Dinner: Chicken and Rice

Hello dear friends, I have another great fall recipe for you! This dish has minimal ingredients and is so easy to make! My mom used to make this all the time for us when we were growing up. It makes a lot of leftovers, so I like to make it on the weekends so that we can eat it for lunches during the week.

2 diced chicken breasts (uncooked)
32 oz or 1 qt of low sodium chicken broth
minced garlic
2 tbsp of basil
2 cups of uncooked rice (I use Uncle Ben's Brown Rice)

Step 1:
In large dutch oven pan, cook chicken and garlic. I usually add my garlic in right before the chicken is done.

Step 2:
Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir. Bring to boil, then simmer for 30-40 mins or until all liquid is gone.

Step 3:

**We sometimes add a little bit of Ranch dressing on top, and my dad likes to heat up some frozen peas to mix in.**

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2014 Fall Home Tour

Fall Home Tour

Fall is my favorite time of the year (along with just about everybody else). I love the cooler temps, colorful leaves, and pumpkins everywhere. Texas usually has a pretty short fall, and the colors change on the leaves so fast you barely get a chance to enjoy them. So, to make the season longer for me, I decorate in the beginning of September. That gives me a good 2 and a half months of enjoying all things fall!! Welcome to my fall home!

DIY chalkboard woodslice
Tutorial on wood slice coming soon!

I found the scarecrow and leaves at Dollar Tree and the pumpkin is from Target dollar section!

The "Give Thanks" sign is from the Target dollar section and the pumpkins are from Hobby Lobby.

I made this wreath using my DIY Wreath Tutorial, I bought the leaves from Dollar Store!

As you can see, I don't spend a lot of money on decorations. I just can't justify it since they are only up for a short period of time! What is your favorite thing about fall? How do you decorate your home?

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Roasted Veggies and Garlic Noodles

OMG y'all this dish has got to be my new favorite dish to make in our house! It's so easy to cook, healthy, and makes tons of leftovers. All wins in my book. This will be perfect to make Sunday night and to have for lunch the next day.

1 Bag of baby red potatoes quartered
Frozen broccoli
Frozen baby carrots (optional)
Olive Oil
Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
1 Box of Rotini noodles
Minced garlic
13x9 pan

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In pan place potatoes and broccoli (and carrots if you choose, we just don't like them!), drizzle olive oil and stir. Next add salt and pepper to your liking, and coat with Italian Seasoning. I love the seasoning, so I put a lot on it! Stir again and place in oven for 30 mins.

Step 2: After 30 mins, take out and stir again, place back in oven for 20 mins, stir again, put back for another 20 mins. 

Step 3: Cook noodles according to box directions. Once done, drain, put back into pot. Drizzle with olive oil and put in as much garlic as you like and stir.

Step 4: The veggies should be done, and easy way to tell is when you stir them, the broccoli should just fall apart, it'll be really tender.

Step 5: Put back into oven if you feel it needs more time, I do 5 min increments. When done, add noodles to bowl and top with veggies! I sometimes add a bit more salt and a little bit of butter, but you don't have to! 


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Home Tour: The Kitchen/Dining Room

So I realized the other day that I never finished the home tour...not that there is much left to show, but here is our kitchen & dining room. We painted the kitchen the same color we used for the navy blue accent wall in our living room. I really like the way the dark walls make the white cabinets and back splash pop. Although we did not paint the cabinets white, we bought the house that way, I have been slowly painting all of the insides white as well. Let me tell you, that is no easy task!! It is taking me forever, but I only have the two bottom cabinets next to the stove left! It's amazing the difference it makes painting the insides!  If you want to see some pics, I posted some on Instagram! But without further ado, here is the kitchen and dining room.

Now mind you, our kitchen is not always this spotless. I try my hardest to keep up with the dishes, but I just HATE doing them!!

The hubby has gotten into the candy corn! That thing was full just a couple of days ago!

There's not much to see in the dining room. We really need to get a large area rug to go under the table. It'll define the room more. Fun story about this table (yes, we are missing a chair, it's in the guest room), my parents actually won it! In my hometown we have a furniture store that does a huge raffle every year, and we all put our names in it. We had never won before until this! I really want to do a project with it. Paint it or stain it, or something. Any ideas of what we should do with this huge area behind the couch?? We have thought about putting in a huge built-in of bookshelves with a seating area, but that seems like a lot of work for a house we won't be staying in for a long time.

Click HERE for the entry way
Click HERE for our living room
Click HERE for the hallway makeover
Click HERE for our guest bedrooms
Click HERE for the master bedroom
Click HERE for the master bathroom
Click HERE for the master closet

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Life Lately

Wow...I must say it's weird sitting here in front of the computer writing a blog post. I took a looooong unintentional break from blogging, but am happy to be back for now at least! One of the things that changed in the past couple of months is that I got a new job! I'm still doing accounting, but I'm now working 3 days a week for a non-profit organization here. I absolutely LOVE it. I really feel that this is what I'm being called to do. My whole family works for non-profits so it was an easy decision for me. Working for the CPA firm was causing me too much stress, and in order to keep my auto-immune disease under control, I have to control my stress level because it is stressed induced. I was not happy there, I loathed going to work everyday, and was mentally and physically exhausted every day when I got home. I'm happy my stress is now under control again, and I'm not tired all the time. I'm able to enjoy my time with the husband and be able to actually get stuff done around the house. I also work at our church one day a week as the receptionist. It's been super fun and laid back, and I've loved getting to know the staff better. I'm only doing this until they find a full-time person, but I'll take the extra cash for now! :) I'm definitely considering doing one more tax season next year, but I'd only work the two days I'm not working at the non-profit. Well after this super long break, I'm hoping somebody is still out there reading!! I'm sorry I left for so long. I can't guarantee I'll be posting on a regular basis, but now that I have a routine with my work schedule, I'm hoping to be posting more! I miss the blogging world too much!

And a picture for good measure! This is my hubby and I at his cousins wedding in Boerne a couple of weeks ago! I wish someone had told me my hair was in my face before taking this picture! 

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