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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AD: Texas Chopped Chicken Salad

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This Texas Chopped Chicken Salad recipe was created with my mother in mind...
a woman who invented chopped salads way before they were even a thing.

This Texas Chopped Chicken Salad recipe is full of all of the classic flavors of a barbecue joint...in a delicious and fresh salad form!
Growing up, my parents always made me choose the side salad over the fries, or potatoes, or whatever the side options were with my meal on restaurant menus. It gave me a good love for salads early on. My mother always ordered one, too. As soon as our salads came to the table, she requested a steak knife and got to work, y'all. You see, she just couldn't handle lettuce that was larger than bite-sized. She'd cross chop that salad up one side and down the other...including any tomatoes, cucumbers, or onions that she deemed inappropriately large, too. When she was done, nothing on that plate would be larger than a bite...and it was super easy to eat. I feel like she invented the chopped salad before they were even cool. Grab my take on this salad style with my Texas Chopped Chicken Salad recipe below.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Kickin' Crockpot Kielbasa

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This Kickin' Crockpot Kielbasa is perfect for all of your gatherings. It's a mix-and-throw recipe (mix it up, throw it in the Crockpot). Those are my fave, because they're easy! This appetizer has a delicious kick that you can dial up or down to your taste preferences.
I know I'm totally riding the coat-tails of a big game with this blog post, but I'm so ready for the fun March brings with my favorite sport: basketball. Football is fine and all that...but I've never been one to get that into it. Basketball is my jam, man. It wasn't always this way. My husband is the one who got me into basketball games...we met during spring and dated through a lot of game-watching fun.

Check out this delicious Kickin' Crockpot Kielbasa recipe for all of your basketball watching fun.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Inspiration Monday

What a week...hope you're having a great weekend and getting ready for the big game tonight! I made a fun announcement on Friday...we purchased a new-to-us fixer upper that we're about to start tackling from head to toe. 
We started yesterday with paint...we have a lot more to do before move-in, and then it's full force crazy mode! But, we're super excited! Click here to tour the house.

We also have a fabulous party for you this Super Bowel Sunday!
The features this week were chosen by Laura from Inspiration for Moms.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Adventure Awaits Printable & Our New Home

This Adventure Awaits Printable is the perfect printable to go along with our new adventure...a new home. It's a fun, quirky, fixer upper that we are head over heals in love with...an adventure in every sense of the word. Download this printable and take a little tour of our new digs below. 

Something a bit CrAzY happened yesterday, y'all. We started a brand new adventure. It's one that's been in the back of our minds for a long time. We've set aside a little here and there thinking one day we'd look for a new home that could not only accommodate us, but my parents, too...at least down the road (not quite yet, though). I know this sounds a bit WILD. But, we have prayed for a while as we've watched my parents age since we moved down to this area almost nine years ago to be closer to them. 
It stinks watching your parents age. Dad turned 80 in December. But my mother's health is what has concerned us most lately. I won't go into details...but it's hard on my dad to be her only caretaker (they actually live an hour away from any family...a distance that worked nine years ago, but is harder now).
When we started setting money aside for this, we never dreamed it would happen right now. We've always said "down the road". However, a momentary realtor.com binge (on my part as I was avoiding work!) led us to close on a new-to-us house this week and we plan to move in within the next month or so. This house seems like it was designed for the future situation we envision with my parents...so we hopped on it. In the area we are in, homes like this are so rare, so it was something we just couldn't wait on.
Plus...let's just get past the elephant in the room...this house is PREMIUM BLOG POST FODDER, y'all! It's like it was made for me to go in and do stuff to. Don't get me wrong...I actually LOVE so much about it, as is. But, it's been vacant for a few years and there are parts of it that haven't been updated since the 1970s. So, we're ready to tackle it head on, y'all. Check out our new adventure awaiting us below>>>

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

30 Free Printable Valentines

These 30 Free Printable Valentines are such a fun alternative to store bought. 
Your kiddo will have the most unique Valentines in their class. 

I'm sure it's pretty obvious, but I love me some printables. I thought it would be fun to round up the best of the best for Valentines from some of my friends out in the blogosphere. Some of these are so clever, y'all...seriously fun for the big day of LOVE. Click below for your favorites!