Eat Happy : Chicken Queso Dip

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?



Hey Hey! 🙂 Today’s post is all about Anna’s Chicken Queso Dip. Let me just say that I was super excited to make and eat this. It’s got my most favorite ingredients: chicken, spicy peppers, and cheese. What’s not to love?

This was probably one of the MOST simple things I’ve made since we began this journey of cooking through Eat Happy which is saying a lot because the recipes in this book are generally not complicated. I love that. Cause cooking is not my favorite thing to do…so the less steps the better.

The dip did not disappoint me. It was super yummy, and made the perfect dinner. I used some pork rinds and extra crispy bacon to scoop it up with. Easy peasy peeps.

While this dip would be great to make on any week night for your family, I think that it would make a great addition to any party or get together.

And I mean really, that’s all I have to say about this fabulous dip! Go get yourself this cook book and start treating your body to some yummy meals that are grain free and sugar free. I promise you’ll feel and look amazing. 🙂

Until next time!


If you want to read through our other Eat Happy posts…I’ve got them all lined up for ya!

Eat Happy: Bacon Wrapped Dates

Eat Happy: Broccoli Dip

Eat Happy: Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

Eat Happy: Kale Chips & Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt

Eat Happy: Cheese Biscuits

Eat Happy: Sausage Stuffed Mushroom

Eat Happy: Tzatziki Dip & Almond Meal Pita Chips

Eat Happy: Super Guac! & Smoked Salmon w/ Coconut Flour Blini

Eat Happy: Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches & Cheese Crisps

What We Wore Wednesday

Welcome back!  It’s Wednesday, also known as Wine Wednesday around here!  We are beyond ready to rock out our live show tonight at 9 pm. Be sure you follow our Facebook page so that you can be a part of the shenanigans.  And now, a look at what we’ve been wearing on these back-and-forth-weather days.

Rhonda –

Tank: Mixtape. Shorts: Target, not available. Shoes: Target.

Tee: TJ Maxx maybe? Jeans: Old Navy Rockstars. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Mixtape. Shorts: Target, not available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Mixtape, no longer available. Leggings: No idea! Shoes: Converse, old and dirty AF.

Ashley –

Meanwhile, I’m over here forgetting to take pictures of myself.

Cardigan: Target [similar] Shirt: Mixtape Boutique Earrings: N&S Black

Shirt: TJ Maxx [similar] Earrings: N&S Red

 

 

4 Food Shows on Netflix that You need to Binge…ASAP

Hey boo things. Sooo, it’s Tuesday. And if you’re a regular around here you know we are doing a series where we post our experiences cooking through the Eat Happy cook book. However, I’m a slacker and don’t have my post ready for today.

I forgot. Blogger fail? I will for sure for sure get to it later this week, but listen it’s just not happening tonight.

I do have something else foody and  fun to share…if you’re interested? 😉

I don’t know about you, but I love watching food shows. I like watching actual cooking shows, HELLO PIONEER WOMAN, and I also like just watching shows that are about food…eating it…talking about it…experiencing it… etc etc. Food is life. Literally. And figuratively.

Since I have a mild obsession, I thought I’d share with you some of my absolute favorite food shows on Netflix that I feel like you need to begin to binge watch ASAP so that your life will be complete.

Sound good? Cool. Let’s get to it shall we?

  1. Ugly Delicious – This is like a food documentary/travelouge that follows James Beard Award winning chef, David Chang on a journey hitting up really fantastic restaurants that have non main stream but super successful food concepts. It’s just so good. They eat food that I’ve never even heard of, and it’s just so much more than a food show. They talk about the cultural impact that food has had on us as a society and in different countries.
  2. The Great British Baking Show – y’all. I love this show. I actually just finished season two, and I’m in desperate need of more. It’s basically a baking contest consisting of 12 (or 13 for season 2) amateur British bakers and tests their skill and knowledge over the course of several weeks. One by one the bakers get eliminated until only one baker remains as champion! It’s funny and full of dry humor that I love.  I also really like how it’s only filmed on the weekends. That’s just so realistic and practical. The contestants aren’t holed up and being kept away from the real world. They don’t have to quit their day jobs to participate. Everything about this show is great.
  3. I’ll Have What Phil’s Having / Somebody Feed Phil – These two shows follow Phi Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Love’s Raymond, around as he journeys all over the world trying new food or revisiting places he’s been to and loves. The thing that makes these shows? It’s Phil. He’s so so so funny and amusing to watch. His facial expressions alone are worth a couple episodes of your time. Not to mention he knows a lot about food and great places to eat all over the world.
  4. Nailed It – This. Show. Is. So. Funny.  It’s a cooking competition show wherein contestants are brought in to recreate some Pinterest worthy food creations to the best of their ability. As you can imagine things don’t typically turn out Pinterest worthy which is hilarious in and of itself. BUT the best part of this show is the host, comic Nicole Byer. She seriously makes me belly laugh while watching this show.

Andddd I could go on, but we will save those for a follow up post…cause between these four shows – you’ve got quite a bit of binge watching ahead of you. 😉

What are some of YOUR fave food shows on Netflix? Fill me in. Give me some suggestions.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Tuesday was fantastic!

What We Wore Wednesday

Here we are again, to show you what we’ve been wearing lately.  We would love some comments and feedback from you all… what do you like?  Do you get any inspiration from these posts?  Do you own any of the same pieces?  Do you also do a lot of shopping at Target?  HA!

Ashley –

Lately when I get dressed I’ve had to ask myself, now which MIXTAPE Boutique shirt will I wear today?? 🙂 Seriously though, you should check out Rhonda’s site and grab some of her cute pieces!

Jacket: Green Bomber from Target Shirt: Ash Shirt Earrings: N&S Blank Canvas Leggings: Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s Boots: OOOOOLLLDDD lol

Cardigan: Forever21 from forever ago TShirt: LUTM Band Tee Earrings: N&S Black

Rhonda –

Like Ashley, my Mixtape clothes are in heavy rotation. Of course.

Top: Mixtape. Jeans: Old Navy. Shoes: Converse, old as dirt. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: MixtapeJeans: Old Navy, old. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Mixtape. Jeans: Old Navy, old. Boots: SUPER OLD. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Eat Happy: Bacon Wrapped Dates

Hey hey and welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We started with the very first recipe and are working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. Thanks for being here. Let’s get into it.

Let me just start by saying, I did NOT want to make this.  Okay, I admit that I love bacon and goat cheese and things like that, but dates?  It’s a no for me, dawg.

However, I fully trust Anna and her recipes.  I can usually see the appeal with a food I don’t like.  I don’t eat dates because they are incredibly sugary, and well…. they are ugly.

Just look at em!

I have eaten them plenty of times, pulverized into foods as sweetener…namely, in Larabars which I used to eat the shit out of until I realized all that sugar was doing me no favors.  Just straight up?  Naw.

Overall, this is the type of recipe I tend to shy away from because I hate the tedium of wrapping shit in bacon or stuffing anything.  Turns out the most tedious part of the process was waiting for the bacon to reach room temperature.  I hadn’t read through the recipe ahead of time and was just sitting there like…

I went ahead and popped some goat cheese peppers in the oven too since I had just bought some mini peppers.

These things tasted amazing while cooking, but then I had to talk myself into taking a bite.

 

They were nice and caramelized and better than I expected, but I still just can’t with dates.  Claudia tried a bite and liked it until she looked down at it and decided it was ugly.

If you like dates, this is for you.  In fact, come on over and get these.

Life Lately

Hey hey! Every other Monday we spend a little time catching you guys up on what’s been going on in each of our lives.

Ashley –

Hey Hey! Gosh – I feel like we have done SO MUCH over the past two weeks. We’ve had holidays and birthdays and parties which were all filled with so much happiness and love – and then we had some grief and sadness in the form of some loved ones passing away. It’s just really been a whirl wind!

Me with my Pawpaw MANY years ago. Don’t I look just like my Sophie??

Let’s do the heavy stuff first though? My paternal grandfather, aka Pawpaw, passed away on March 29th. It was a very unexpected thing, and I expounded upon my thoughts here in this post.  His funeral was this past Friday, April 6. While we were riding to the VA Cemetery for his final services, my Mom got a call that her father, aka Papa, had passed away that morning. I mean. It was incredibly emotional. And just all so unexpected. Death is a part of life, but it’s never easy to see your loved ones leave.

Balancing at the park. 🙂

Some light things? We had a fabulous Easter that was filled with celebrations of life and family and multiple Easter Egg Hunts. Cooper even had an Easter Parade that his PreK 4 Class put on for the rest of the school. The kids each wore an ‘Easter Hat’ that their parents made. It was super cute. 🙂

Easter Parade!
Egg Hunt at Beauvoir in Biloxi, MS
Painting Easter Eggs for the Bunny

Coop was on Spring Break this last first week in April, and I stayed home with him Monday – Wednesday (well BOTH kids…lol). We had a lot of fun. We made several park trips. Cooper went to the doctor for his big boy 5 yr old check up that included shots 🙁 , we went to the beach on Tuesday, and Coop even had his first sleep over with Aunt Grace on Tuesday night.

Egg Hunt at Grammy and Ppop’s

Then along with my Pawpaw’s funeral being on Friday – we had a jam packed weekend. The following Saturday, I ran around all morning getting together last minute stuff together for Coop’s Bday party that Sunday. Saturday night we went to my Aunt’s engagement party. And then Sunday was Cooper’s Party at the Mullethop Trampoline Park.

Bed Head at the Beach 🙂

Then Sunday night it was back to reality with getting things together for the upcoming Monday filled with work and school. 🙂

 

Rhonda –

I can’t even adequately describe the insanity of the last couple of weeks.  God bless.  For starters, I have been sick the entire time.  So that’s awesome.  I got well for literally like 2 days then started feeling awful again.

Easter was a lot of fun though.  The day before was supposed to be Claudia’s fourth birthday party, but we were all too sick to have people over.  So we celebrated her with some cupcakes and a couple of gifts, then let the fun spill into Easter.  I made a huge feast and Stuart and I hid eggs for the kids.  I can’t believe how much fun we all even when things are just kept low-key.

I launched my boutique a week ago and that has kept me extremely busy, as you can imagine!

When we finally had her birthday party, we all had the best time.  We got to know some of our neighbors and hang out with our usual besties too.  I am so thankful for friends you never want to leave.

We watched a lot of sunsets and did a lot of porch front sitting.

What We Wore Wednesday

Here we are again, to show you what we’ve been wearing lately.  We would love some comments and feedback from you all… what do you like?  Do you get any inspiration from these posts?  Do you own any of the same pieces?  Do you also do a lot of shopping at Target?  HA!

Rhonda-

This week, I feel like doing something a little different.  I am going to give some backstory or narrative behind the picture or items in the outfits.

The mess is my office was a result of Claudia’s gifts piling up and me crafting some wall decor for the room.  

Top: Mixtape. Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar, this style no longer available. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

I know, you can’t see much on this dress, but I’ve posted it before.  TBH, I only included these pictures because I rarely wear necklaces and I liked that my Grandma’s necklace that I only wear on holidays (Easter in this instance) is front and center.  Oh, and that LIP COLOR.  Swoon.

Dress: Mixtape. Earrings: Nickel & Suede. Necklaces: (top to bottom) FabFitFun Summer 2017 | Amazon | Family Heirloom.

So, I got dressed to run errands, then noticed when I went into my office to take a picture that my tee had a mustard stain.  Tied up the kimono to cover it.  Also, you will notice I wear Old Navy jeans a LOT and often they are no longer available.  That is because they last FOREVER and I wear them to death.

Tee: Target. Kimono: Hope’s, not currently available. Jeans: Old Navy, this style no longer available. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

 

Ashley –

Shirt: Old Stitch Fix Earrings: N&S Signature Gold

Sweat Shirt: Target (no longer available) Earrings: N&S Champagne Shimmer

Shirt: Walmart Earrings: N&S Leopard

And just like that, she is four

How has a year gone by since I got all emotional about Claudia turning three?   Somehow, it flew by and here we are.

I won’t go through all the history behind Claudia’s existence, as I did that last year.  Instead, let’s just look at who she is today.

  • She could literally play Barbies all day, with her tablet acting as the big screen TV.  Best of both worlds – screen time and imaginative play.
  • She loves junk food and healthy food equally.  Her ideal meal would probably be bacon, eggs, and pickles with a side of cupcake and sugary yogurt.
  • She’s the sassiest.  I know everyone calls their daughters sassy…but this girl is like nothing I have ever seen.  She is always rolling her eyes, prancing with her hands on her hips, or flipping her hair.  Her attitude scares me, but she got it from me so I choose to just believe it will cause her to be a strong woman someday – just like her mama.
  • She loves her brothers like crazy.  I know, I know.  All siblings love each other.  But this girl loves to hang out with them and tell them all her secrets – and they do the same with her.  I never knew siblings like this existed.
  • She is incredibly social with NO anxiety at all.  In that way, she is very different from me, and it’s a strength that I am so glad she has.
  • Despite the fact that her father and I have intentionally raised all our kids to ignore gender roles and stereotypes and go their own way, she chooses the route of pink-and-purple-glitter-and-crushes-and-dresses-thank-you-very-much.

Her party was supposed to be this past Saturday, on her birthday, but due to all the sickness in our home, we had to push it back by a week.  She is perfectly happy to drag her celebrations out, so no complaints from her!  We spent her birthday doing mom and daughter stuff, running errands, and eating cupcakes.  We will have a unicorn party in a few days to wrap up her celebration!  I can’t imagine life without her and, in some ways, I celebrate her every day.

 

 

 

Cooper is FIVE

If you’re a regular reader you’ve seen me remark from time to time over the past couple of months about how I couldn’t believe that my baby boy was going to turn five this year. And now…just a few short months into 2018 we are here on his birthday with an official five year old. I just can’t believe how quickly time passes when you measure it against the aging of your children. I’m going to be melodramatic about it today, so I thought maybe you guys would indulge me a bit while I spend a couple hundred words talking about my freshly turned five year old. 🙂

Cooper with his dad. 🙂

I had so many ideas of what parenthood would look like. I was for sure one of those judgy non parents who thought she had it all figured out. The thing is I was pretty much wrong about 97% of all those pre parenthood ideas. These little human beings that we make and then proceed to raise are their own people. They are born with personalities and agendas that have nothing to do with the way we pictured things unfolding. I’m grateful for that though. And I’m so grateful for this little boy that I get to call my own. He’s my first born. He made me a Mommy. He’s been the one who taught me how to be parent and how not to be parent.

It’s crazy to think he’s been here five years already. It’s unbelievable that just five short years ago he made his entrance into the world at 3:30 am. He came unexpectedly about a week and a half before his due date which is too funny because Cooper doesn’t really care for unplanned life events. 🙂 His dad and I were scared to death. Neither one of us were really “kid people”. Neither one of us had held a baby that young. Neither one of us had changed a diaper. Neither one of use had ANY clue of what we were getting ourselves into – but both of us agree that he has made us better people and made our lives more rich – more full – more exciting – and more worthwhile.

Some things about our boy?

  • Cooper is one of the most…ok maybe THE MOST stubborn person I know. Everything has to happen in his time. It has to be his idea. Otherwise? It’s not happening. Whatever it is. You could want to take him to Chuck E Cheese, but if he’s not ready…he doesn’t want to do it.
  • Cooper has got a phenomenal memory. This child remembers things from when he was under a year old that I have even forgotten about until he brings it up. My sister and I were just talking about how he for sure will never let her live down that one time she was babysitting and thought she’d poured tea into his sippey cup, but she’d actually poured some cold brew coffee in his cup and insisted that he drink it. LOL
  • Coop is so incredibly thoughtful and sweet and he loves wide open. He loves fearlessly and passionately. On the flip side? He does the opposite of those things pretty dang passionately as well. 🙂
  • He doesn’t put any priority on sleep and bounds out of the bed before the sun comes up on most days. I should say – sleep in his bed. A longish car ride will knock him out it .2 seconds flat.
  • He is loving playing video games and also has this wonderful imagination for coming up with play scenarios that often involve the adults around him.
  • He had a rough time transitioning to starting Pre K 4 from being at home all day with his grandparents, but we are astounded daily now with the leaps and bounds in progress he’s made.
  • He talks NON STOP. Like literally. He’s always got something to say and he knows it all. When you ask him where he learned something he’s talking about, he will say “Nowhere. I just thought it up!”
Cooper with his great grandmother – aka Mimi – from whom he gets his middle name which is her maiden name.

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here and just say that I’m so proud to call him my son and am grateful for every moment I get to call him mine.

Love you Cooper Grice Catchot!

And if you want to read more about Coop, turns out I’ve written about him a time or two before this. 😉

Cooper is Four

Speech – Cooper’s Journey

The Often Untold Story about Preschool Drop-off

5 Things We Learned on our Journey to Pre-K

Let Him Wear a Bow

When One Becomes Two

 

(Tell Me Something) Good Friday

It’s Fri-Yay!  Good Friday, in particular.  Maybe for you, that means a sacred day, a day off work, or business as usual.  For us, it’s a lead-up to Easter (which, for the most part, is a celebration of spring around here and not a religious holiday).  We thought it would be fun today to bring you a list of good things about this time of year!*

*If you’re wondering what could possibly be bad about Spring, I present to you my friends Seasonal Allergies and Bugs, for starters*

1. Wardrobe updates.  This is the time of year when it’s necessary and more comfortable to sport shorter hemlines and sleeves, airy fabrics, and (mostly if you’re Rhonda) brighter patterns.  Who doesn’t love an excuse to go shopping?

2. Extended outdoors time.  With more daylight, we are transitioning into a time where kids can just run out alllll the pent-up energy on into the evening.  Parents everywhere, rejoice!  Entertainment now becomes less digital and, more importantly, less your responsibility.

3. Skin that is no longer translucent.  Now that people can be outside more frequently and for longer periods, the skin can gain a little color.  We aren’t talking Tanorexia here, but just a natural flush to the skin.  Amen.

4. Alll the blooming flowers. I just love seeing pretty flowers pop up randomly. Azaleas are one of my favorite to see come to life. These little pretties just consume and cover their bushes. How can you NOT smile when flowers start to bloom?

5. Sun dresses.  Goodbye pants and winter tights. HELLO easy breasy sun dresses. Who doesn’t love the ease of throwing on one piece of clothing that makes you look put together and is incredibly cool and comfortable? We love them for ourselves and for our little girls.

6. Sandal Life.  Searching around for matching pairs of socks is one of the biggest annoyances and bummers when you’re trying to get ready in the morning. Waking up on any given morning in the spring and knowing that the weather is going to be perfect for sandals is such a relief.

7. Beach Trips.  Any trip to the beach is something that we definitely look forward to during Spring. Spontaneous weekday trips to the beach for Ashley. Planned beach trips to Orange Beach, AL for Rhonda. We love it all. Beach Please.

8. Light and Fresh Foods.  While there’s never a bad time to eat a loaded-up salad or some grilled veggies, some of the healthiest and yummy foods are in heavy rotation for most people this time of year.  Grilling a juicy steak or burger and pairing with some fresh fruits and vegetables?  Don’t mind if we do!

9. Yes way, Rosè. Pink wine.  We’re here for it and we don’t even care if it’s Basic and cliché.  Sometimes, so are we.

What would make YOUR list?