Strange Magic Party Plan: Everyone Deserves to be Loved!

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Just so you know, I received an early release copy of Strange Magic on DVD and some other really fun products to facilitate this party plan post from Click Communications, but all ideas, opinions, and photos are entirely my own.  Oh my singing stars, y'all! Strange Magic was released in stores on DVD today, 5/19/15, and I'm in love. Have I ever told you about my love of musicals, and animation, and stories of true love? No? I've failed you. I was in my first musical production at the age of 11 (the cut off age was 12, but they made an exception because I was SOOO close and my audition was that awesome...so they said), and well...to this day, it's still one of the highlights of my life. I was in a few more productions over the years and was bound for the big screen (in my head), but life got in the way. Mommyhood was my destiny and I'm totally cool with that, but I've never lost my love for musicals, the stage, and the silver screen in general. I try to pass that love along to my … [Continue]

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball

Galveston Pearl Diver #highball #SummerCocktail

About a year ago, we sat down to watch Django for the first time and I, in particular, loved the movie. It was a great story with just enough violence to keep me entertained, and enough humor to make us laugh. If you haven't seen the movie with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, you really should. Not great if you have the kids around, but it's a really good movie which brings me to my point. At some point in the movie, Jamie Foxx sat down to have a highball and I didn't even know what that was at the time, but apparently a highball is just a term that means a family of mixed drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer. Anyway, the highball he was drinking was called a Polynesian Pearl Diver and it looked really good. I found the original recipe (although there are many versions of this drink if you Google it) and tweaked it here and there to suit my personal tastes. It's a real favorite around here and everyone that comes to visit … [Continue]

Homemade Fried BBQ Chicken Hot Pockets

Homemade Fried BBQ Chicken and Cheese Hot Pocket

Who doesn't love a good Hot Pocket? They're a great go-to lunch and B even likes them for breakfast (not the breakfast ones, the regular ones). When he was working in Houston, he found a store that makes a homemade fried version that he absolutely fell in love with and stopped every day on the way to work to get one. Oh no, he was NOT going to love someone else's food more than mine so I had to figure out how to make this happen. That's where this recipe for a (much lower in sodium than the ones he got at the store) Fried BBQ Chicken and Cheese Hot Pocket was born and it's a real keeper. There's a whole lot of beauty to this recipe that I need to share. 1) You can use canned crescent rolls for the shell. 2) You can use up that leftover baked or grilled chicken to make these. 3) You only fry them for about 1 minute because they are pre-baked so that lowers the fat. 4) Assembly takes no time at all. 5) Your family will love these more than the "real" ones! I always keep shredded BBQ … [Continue]

How Do You Define a “People Person”?

How do YOU define a "People Person"?

Are you a "people person", and if so, how does that define you?   I've always been told I was a "people person". In fact, I've built my whole career on it and I've never had to break a sweat at work (physically only, I stress-sweat a lot) because of it. I'm a people person. People like me. The end. Or is it? The other night has me questioning my "status" on this subject matter, and questioning my husbands as well. The definition is fuzzy at best, when I was reminded by one of my husband's friends. B is NOT a people person. Quite the contrary in fact. He really doesn't like people (or mankind) in general and he reminds me of this often. He chose a profession in the construction field for this very reason. They don't have to be "nice". They don't have to like each other. They just have to build shit, call each other incompetent, and tell off-colored jokes that don't amuse those of us in the "people person" category. Like, for real y'all, they don't even eat off plates and stuff … [Continue]

Grown Up Grilled Cheese with Shredded BBQ Chicken

Grown Up Grilled Cheese with Low Sodium Shredded BBQ Chicken

Grilled Cheese and BBQ Chicken Sandwich   Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! It's no surprise to me that my birthday month (shush...I'm not telling you how old I'll be) is also graced with this dubious title. I mean, seriously...grilled cheese? Second only to pizza in my book. I remember begging for grilled cheese sandwiches as a child, and eating them in college with a hot bowl of tomato soup. Personally, I'll never outgrow the traditional grilled cheese sandwich, but since I know some people do, including my husband, I look for ways to make my childhood favorite a little more grown up. This recipe for Grown Up Grilled Cheese with Shredded BBQ Chicken (low sodium of course) was B's lunch today and he couldn't stop raving. Yes, it's a simple recipe, but comfort food is often the most simple, and the most satisfying. Print Grilled Cheese with Shredded BBQ Chicken Author: Christy Recipe type: Lunch Prep time:  5 mins Cook time:  10 mins Total … [Continue]

A Day in the Life of a WAHM: The Night I Lost My Shit!

The Life of a SAHM: The Night I Lost My Shit #momlife

Being a work at home mom has its perks. Like a lot of perks. I can work in my jammies, I often do. I can set my own schedule to an extent. But it's not all sunshine and lollipops and last night, I kind of lost my shit. OK, I totally lost my shit. Like all the shits I had totally went out the window. I stopped giving shits and it might have been past time. Let me back up and explain yesterday, every day in fact, so that you can understand how my days go. Strap yourself in because you're about to live the day in the life of a WORK at home mom. I wake up between 5:30 and 6:00 am. I get breakfast for the babies, take out their vitamins, pour their drinks, and take their lunches out of the frig that I prepared the night before. I pour a cup of coffee (hello!) and take the dog out to potty. I wake the babies up by 6:15 am with a "good morning, it's going to be a great day!", and sit them down for breakfast. There's typically a fight that I ignore. I hold my shit and encourage them to finish … [Continue]