October 26, 2011

Freezer Meal: Chicken Corn Chowder

I LOVE having freezer meals in our freezer! It's make my life easier! I also feel like I can give my family a healthy meal without all the work that day. So may times I will feel rushed from work, church, etc and not feel like cooking a meal...which some times leads to crappy meals or fast food...neither a good choice. I have decided to be more diligent about keeping at least 8 meals in our freezer a month! It also helps that I am in a freezer group where we make meals and swap them monthly!

I made soup this last swap! I love hearty soup on a cold fall day! This recipe I got from my friend Bert, at FTM.

{Picture courtesy of tasteofhome.com}

Chicken Corn Chowder

14.5 oz. can of chicken broth or make the same amount with bouillon
1 C chopped onion
1/8 t pepper
12 oz can evaporated skim milk
1/4 C flour
12 oz can whole kernel corn - drained
 1 C diced cooked chicken (I use canned sometimes)
In a medium saucepan combine broth, onion, and pepper.  Bring to boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes until the onion is tender.
In small bowl, stir together flour and milk. Stir this into the broth mixture with whisk. Cook and stir until thickened.  Stir in corn and chicken.
Heat through. If desired, garnish with parley flakes.


October 24, 2011

New Design...

Well it's now official...my new blog design is here! Isn't it lovely!?!? (*Que the "oh's" and "ah's")

My beautiful, preggo, long distance friend (she lives in CA), Emily, designed my blog for me! She is amazing! Remember when she designed E's birthday party invites? She also designed his thank you cards and birth announcements (which I still need to get a post about)! Anyways, she has been working away to get it all perfect for me and I must say she nailed it! 

Photo taken by: Shawn Kennedy of ShawnK Photography

So browse around...check things out...leave some comment love! 
A few tabs are under construction and will be up soon! 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

October 15, 2011

Sneak Peek of Katelyn

Here is a quick sneak peek of the beautiful senior, Katelyn, that I was able to photograph last weekend.

October 12, 2011

Happy 50th Birthday MOM!!

Today is my mom's 50th birthday!! 

My mom is amazing! She is an inspiration in SO many ways. She is a strong Christian woman with a strong work ethic, love for family, and desire to help others! 

Pumpkin Patch 2011

Leighton (my brother) and my mom

Mom and Elliana (my niece)

Mom and her finds at the pumpkin patch.

Leighton, Peanut and Mom

This year my mom decided to do a "triathlon" for her 50th. She made up her version of it since she hates swimming! She fasted for 50 hours, rode her bike 50 miles and ran 5 miles. Yeah...she did all that after having a hip replaced a few years ago. She is amazing!! (Not to forget that she also rides her bike thousands of miles each summer)!

Mom and Peanut shortly after he was born!

Mom and Peanut...they ALWAYS match!

Mom and Elliana

Not only is my mom a GREAT mom but she is a wonderful Grandma! She drives just over 2 hours so many times to see her grand-babies! 

Mom, thank you for being such an inspiration to everyone around you. Thank you for installing in us the wonderful morals that your parents taught you. Thank you for taking us to church and teaching us about God. Thank you for giving and giving of your time, money, love, and strength. Thank you for loving your grandchildren like only a Grandma could! 
Happy 50th Birthday! We love you! 

October 10, 2011

Guest Blogging...

Today I am having a FIRST, my first guest blog post! Why not stop on by Newlyweds on a Budget, and check it out, you won't be disappointed with Kari's blog! You won't want to miss my Decorating on a Dollar post!!

October 8, 2011

100 Miles

I hate running. Yep, that's right, I do! Remember when I decided to run my first (and thus far ONLY) 5k? I didn't enjoy it, I didn't love it, and I wasn't addicted to it! I completed it because I had support from my two best friends. But I am 99.9% sure I could not run more than that 5k.

{Hannah and Pamela, her sponsored child}

Hannah, a family friend, and one of my sister's best friends is running 100 miles starting tonight! Yep, that's right...100 miles! Is Hannah crazy, maybe a little, but does she have a good reason...YES!! Hannah and three others (You can read their bios here) are running 100 miles to get 100 sponsors for children in Africa! So far 104 children have been sponsored!

They are starting the race tonight and timing it so that they finish their last 26.2 miles in the Chicago Marathon!

{Hannah and Pamela, her sponsored child}

What they are doing is so amazing! Check out the article that CBS did on them here.

Good luck to Hannah and the other three Team World Vision runners!

Hannah, good luck tonight and tomorrow as you run your 100 miles, 100 miles that are not for yourself, but for those in need! You truly have a heart for God and those in need! Thank you for being strong and using your gift that God has given you! Praying for you, Daphne

October 7, 2011

Sneak Peek of Kya

I can't believe I forgot to put a sneak peek of Kya up! So...here is Kya, who is our friend's little girl...and Elijah's potential future girlfriend!

October 4, 2011


Sunday "it" hit, and I say "it" because I really have no idea what it was. All I know is that it hit Josh first and then took me down with it. We are thinking it was just food poisoning because E never got anything, thank you God!! But I have also heard that a bug (not the flu) is going around as well. Well whatever it was it drained the energy out of me and fast. Thankfully Josh was feeling some better by the time it hit me and took care of E for about 15 hours so I could rest, sleep and well...to put it "nicely" dispose of anything I had eaten earlier. Josh went back to work today and I am back...just need to drink some major water!!

Now that I am finally feeling better I have some projects I am working on today! I can't wait to share them with you. Oh and I am working on my FIRST guest blog post!! Stay tuned for details!