Monday, March 31, 2014

Cheesy Corn Bites

My intention was to do this recipe about a month ago. And it didn't happen. So my cilantro went bad. But hey, the recipe was still a good one. This recipe is a Rachel Ray recipe from this website adapted by me. I will review it below. In the meanwhile, here is the recipe:

Cheesy Corn Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 48 servings

Bite sized cheese and corn appetizers. Super easy to make, and they will disappear quickly!

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
1 large egg
1/2 cup frozen Husk corn kernels
48 scoop-shaped tortilla chips
chopped cilantro, for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 350F. Set the chips out on a baking sheet.
In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheese, egg and corn; mix completely. 

Place 1 teaspoon of the mixture into each corn chip. 

Bake until the filling sets, about 20 minutes.

Sprinkle the corn bites with the cilantro and serve warm.

These were super easy to make. The most time consuming part was putting the mixture into the chips.

The Family Test:
The girls and I loved the flavor and gobbled them up. Adam was not a fan because the chips got a little soggy as they sat on the counter. (He was not home right when they came out of the oven so his tasting of them was not fresh.)

Will I make them again?
Yes, but not the same way. I think next time I would rather just spread the mixture of cream cheese, egg, and corn in the bottom of a glass pie plate. Put the shredded cheese over the top. And bake it like a dip. Simply because the chips did get soggy as they cooled. I know you are suppose to eat them right away while they are warm, but if I were making them for guests I would not want them to get soggy chips if they waited to get food or were last in line. The mixture is really yummy and I definitely enjoyed the sweetness of Husk corn in with the spicy pepper jack cheese.


Our March was super crazy busy and awesome!

The month started out with Indy Con, our local gaming convention that Adam helps run. It is an invitation only 3 day board game convention limited to 150 people. 3 full days of board gaming with Adam without our girls so we get to game with each other.

The second weekend Adam went to a tournament with our friend Jeremy, and Jeremy's wife came over with their daughter Paige to hang out while they were gone. We spent the morning at Target. (of course I couldn't get a picture of all 3 of them looking.)


The third weekend was full of celebration. My parents came into town on Thursday and it was nice to have some time with them alone before all of the festivities. Friday, my Mema and Pepa came. I haven't seen them in person in 4 years! It was definitely wonderful to see them and hug their necks. Saturday we took them to Carmel and went to Bubs for lunch. It was a tad cold so we didn't spend as much time outside as we would have liked, but it was still a fun day. Sunday we had Charlotte's dedication at church, lunch afterwards, and then Elanor's birthday party that evening. Adam's family and my Uncle Dennis and his family came for the festivities along with a few friends that joined us for the dedication. It was such a fun busy day and I was exhausted by the end of it. The weekend as a whole was a blast. My cup was full and running over after the weekend ended.

The third weekend was our usual game day that we have every month. We have been averaging 20 people and this month did not disappoint. Annie, at one point, had all of the little girls on the couch with her.

The last weekend of the month I went to my very first home-school convention with my mother-in-law, Markita. It was a day packed with sessions and walking around the exhibit hall looking at curriculum. First off, I must admit, I enjoyed the sessions that I went to. They were incredible and insightful. They were both by Heidi St John, who is a tremendous speaker not only about home-schooling, but about being a momma in general. Looking forward to reading her book. I also had a marvelous time talking with Markita about life and about my handsome husband. It was really a great day.

April isn't as packed as March was, but I am really looking forward to what is on the calendar so far.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Little Old Me

Lately I have been seriously struggling with grief over losing sweet baby D. Yes, I know it has been over a year. Yes, I know I have my beautiful little Charlotte to love. Yes, I am grateful for each of my children. But there is a hole. A part of me missing.

My grief is also tied into my personal walk with God. The best way I have found to word how I feel, is actually from a song by Chris Brown called "Give Me Faith". I don't remember much about the song as a whole, but the chorus goes like this:
"Give me faith, to trust what you say, that you're good and your love is great.
I'm broken inside, I give you my life."
My struggle has been that I simply want to feel God's love. I know that my relationship with God is more than emotions and about having faith.  But in these moments. Where all I feel like doing is sobbing. And holding my heart out to God asking Him to mend the broken parts. Wanting so badly for Him to pull me into a hug and tell me He loves me. The emotion is what I yearn for. That feeling, that He cares about little old me.

I know He is good. I know His love is great. I need faith to trust in that. That that faith will be enough for me until He reveals His presence to me.

This is the song I mentioned, if you would like to take a listen:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Great Friday

Yesterday was one of the best Fridays that I have had in a while. The day started early with a bottle for Charlotte. And yes I am real tired.

She is so sweet to feed. She always props her hand up on her head.

After she was finished with her bottle and the girls were finished with their oatmeal that Papa made for them, they did some tummy time.

Of course I had to have my breakfast during this time.

When tummy time was finished the girls got dressed. Ella and I looked at old picture albums.

Papa gave Kaylee a horse ride.

 And Momma gave the girls some surprise Barbie doll dresses. 

While the grandparents entertained my children, I straightened my hair.

And cleaned the bathroom.

Then, we all went to run errands.

Finishing up the errands at Chickfila's play place.

When we got back from errands it was time for naps and for Charlotte to eat again.

After I fed Charlotte and put her to bed, Adam and I got caught up on Survivor.

And wrapped Ella's birthday presents.

Then, I made dinner and we all ate.

My Mema and Pepa flew in for the weekend for Charlotte's dedication and joined us for dinner. Charlotte was named after my Mema. Mema fed Charlotte her dinner.

Pepa gave her cuddles after dinner.

Bedtime for all three girls came quickly after dinner. I put Charlotte to bed last.

And finished the evening by watching Catching Fire with Adam and my parents.

Such a good day.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tea Party Song

At preschool I have been teaching music to the 2-5 year old kids. We recently had a grandmother's tea where the 3-5 year olds sang "I'm a Little Tea Pot" and "Tea Party!", which is a song that I found on You Tube.

Kaylee loves the "Tea Party!" song.  Here is the You Tube version.

What I love about Kaylee's version below is that she mimics the guy in the beginning. So, you don't have to watch either video all the way through. Just enjoy Kaylee's rendition of the first 30 seconds or so. :) 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sunrises vs Sunsets

On our way to drop our kids off at their Mamaw's and Poppy's house, we saw the most beautiful sunrise.

This sunrise got me to thinking about how much I love sunrises. And that I am a sunrise type of gal. Don't get me wrong, sunsets are beautiful too, but there is something so amazing about a sunrise. Adam and I started talking about it and he said that he loves sunrises because when he is sitting in the woods it is incredible to hear the woods come to life. "It starts with one bird singing and then another. And then something runs through like a squirrel and before you know it the woods are alive." 

I think for me personally, I just love that it is a new day. And that whole joy coming with the morning thing. 

 "For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5

Last Tuesday

I started this post on Tuesday of last week. So come back to Tuesday with me.

The morning started with nursing Charlotte and getting the girls up. While they ate their breakfast, I drank my coffee and worked for Husk. (Follow us on Pinterest - here is the link.)

After I finished working and got the girls ready to go, we loaded up for a play date with friends. It is a free play place that we definitely will be visiting more often!

This is Kaylee with her buddy.

After the play place, we came home and ate lunch.

Lunch is followed by naps. While the older two napped, Charlotte helped me with my homework for community group.

Kaylee woke up and snuggled with Charlotte for a bit.

 Elanor woke up and snuggled with me.

Next, I made dinner.

And my handsome husband arrived home from work.

After we ate dinner, I picked up around the house because our host family for community group was sick and so we were hosting for the evening. This is Arden taking a selfie. :)

Once everyone was gone, I hunkered down with Charlotte to end the day as it began. Feeding Charlotte.

Thanks for joining me for last Tuesday.
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