No place like home for the Holidays


I absolutely love my husband… To me he is the best husband on this planet. Being married to an oil guy means you have absolutely no set schedule. You live according to an “oil schedule” Which is just fine with me. I miss him when he’s gone, but our love is stronger than distance.

My husband was supposed to be home a week and a half before Thanksgiving… That didn’t work out… He got home on Thanksgiving day. We decided to have Thanksgiving with our third child, who lives close, on Sunday… We watched football and relaxed, on Thanksgiving. 🦃

I had this feeling that he wasn’t going to be able to be home when he thought he would be. I decided that I was going to decorate the whole house… Mind you we have 4100 ft.²… For Christmas, before he came home.

I usually have a rule that I don’t start putting any Christmas decorations up until Thanksgiving is over… I love Thanksgiving, it’s one of my favorite holidays and I don’t like to dismiss it, by having Christmas stuff up. This year I made an exception!

I wanted to make sure, that if my husband didn’t make it home for Christmas… That he still got to enjoy Christmas in our home. I absolutely positively love decorating… Very few people know this about me, but my background is interior design.…Even though I chose not to pursue it professionally, after college.

I love designing and decorating my own home. The holidays to me are like an empty canvas and I get to paint with passion and love. I go all out. This year was no exception. In fact this year I went above and beyond what I have done for the last five years combined.

I put a 7 foot plus tree in our sitting room… And I decorated it with all little white lights and lots of gold, silver with angels, beautiful ribbon etc. the rest of the room was decorated the same.

I did the lights down the staircase with Garland swags and bows… In our office I did our sports Christmas tree!  Each room in the house has a different theme.

Our family room and kitchen I put our family Christmas tree… And that was decorated with the ornaments that we’ve collected over the years from our children and family ornaments. Multicolored lights on the tree & fireplace.The fireplace has the garland and the stockings 

I must admit when I was all done, even though it was a lot of work, I loved it. I loved it even more when Mark walk through the door and I could see by the smile on his face, and that twinkle in his eyes how much he loved it!

As I said at the beginning of this blog my hubby is awesome. Doing things like this for him makes me happy.  He not only is an awesome husband… He is an amazing stepfather… He’s actually their dad. Peyton and my older kids all absolutely adore him.

Peyton helped me decorate the whole house… He loves the lights part,  which is so awesome for me because I get so frustrated when the light to get all tangled up! He has the patience of a saint.  😂🎄

In fact Peyton  even wrote a blog about why he loves Christmas lights so much! https://teamawesomism.com/merry-awesomism-christmas/

My hubby works very hard… He never complains… So making his Holidays a little bit better by having the house cozy, loving and festive is the least I can do. My goal was to have Mark feel ” There is no place home for the Holidays” I think I achieved that! I know he felt the love In every Christmas decoration! ❤️🎄❤️

Homemade jalapeño chicken pot pie

About  a month ago my brother-in-law gave us some amazing  homegrown jalapeño peppers. I’ve never been a big fan of jalapeño peppers… But these were so good, I couldn’t eat enough of them.

Mark used most of them to make some amazing stuffed peppers … But I put three large ones of them in the freezer.

We’ve had our first real cold snap here in Houston… So I was thinking tonight of something that I could make that would warm us up… Wow we decorated for Christmas.

We have Christmas music on in the background… Waiting for the next football game to come on and I just really felt like having a really cozy dinner. Peyton loves chicken pot pie,so I thought why not try my own recipe from scratch.

Being as my house is all torn apart because we’re decorating… I wanted to make something quick and easy. This is a great recipe for the holiday season… Because as you get so busy you can quickly still prepare a meal. Turkey can also be substituted for chicken.

As with all my recipes… Please make sure that you don’t have any food allergies, and that your food is fresh and make sure it’s thoroughly cooked… Basically all the disclaimers!

While you’re waiting for this to be baked… Please head over and check out Peyton’s business! https://teamawesomism.com/

Would love any and all feedback! Have an awesome day… Thanks so much for reading… Remember sharing is caring 🤗

Ingredients:

-1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
-1 1/3 cup cut-up cooked chicken..
– 3 large finely chopped  jalapeño peppers
-1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
-1 can (10.5 oz) condensed cream of jalapeño soup
-1 cup Biscuit mix
-1/3 cup milk
– 1/2 cup shredded cheese
– 1 egg

Directions:

Heat oven to 400ºF. Mix vegetables,jalapeño  peppers,onion, chicken and soup in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate or casserole dish
Stir together remaining ingredients with fork until blended. Additional milk can be added if too dry. Pour into pan.
Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Our Version of Meatloaf

We love meatloaf… Especially in the fall and winter. Meatloaf is one of those comfort foods for me. This may not be the healthiest meatloaf recipe… But I absolutely love it.

I’ve experimented a lot over the years with meatloaf… My four kids all have very different taste when it comes to food. This one was one that pretty much satisfied all four of them.

This May not be the typical version of “meatloaf” but I think you’ll agree it’s close enough… The flavor is so good, that it really doesn’t matter if it comes out not exactly looking like meatloaf!

As with all my recipes please check for food allergies,as well as make sure that your ingredients are fresh and cooked properly.

1 1/4 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese

One egg

1/4 cup ketchup

1 teaspoon steak sauce

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1/4 chopped red onion

1 cup bread crumbs

Mix all these ingredients together

Put in an ungreased loaf pan. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes

After 45 minutes take out and add Topping

Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon mustard 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

Spread the topping on top of the meatloaf… And bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure that you check to make sure that it is fully cooked before you take it out. Let sit for 5 minutes

Enjoy! As always thanks for reading my blog!  and please don’t forget to visit Peyton‘s blogs and website at https://teamawesomism.com/

 

 

Fall Corn Salad

Peyton has always loved corn. I think he could eat corn every day and not get sick of it. I look for different ways to make it, that way it isn’t the same all the time.

A few months ago we went to MOD Pizza and they had a corn salad… That Peyton put on top of this pizza. He absolutely loved it. So we decided to experiment at home, and come up with our own corn salad recipe.

We call it Fall corn salad but it can be eaten year round! 😄  This recipe can be a topping on Naan -bread… Or as a stand-alone side dish.

As with all recipes… Make sure you check for any food allergies and make sure your food is fresh!

This is a pretty simple recipe to make… Hope you all enjoy! We love feedback on our recipes too!

Please don’t forget to check out Peyton‘s small business at https://teamawesomism.com/where we will be having some online cooking classes soon, as well as more awesome recipes, that he has made!

Fall Corn Salad:

2 cups corn.. We use frozen corn… That we have cooked

1/2 cup tomatoes chopped

1/2 cup diced green peppers

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup diced celery

2 tablespoons of Italian dressing

1/4 teaspoon cilantro

1/2 Teaspoon sugar

Mix it all together in a bowl… And ground black pepper to taste. This recipe serves four to six people.

Enjoy! As always thanks for reading our Friday food blog! Please share and we always love feedback

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why my GAD is my Monday Motivation

I still remember the day that I was diagnosed with GAD… (General Anxiety Disorder) I was going through a really rough time in my life… An ugly divorce, a very contentious custody battle, and so much more.

I was slipping into a really deep depression…  I knew I needed to get out of it,not only for myself, but most of all for my children. My children lived with me,and I was the primary caregiver, as well as provider.

I went to see my physician, and the first words out of her mouth were you have GAD. I really wasn’t very familiar with it at the time… But she knew it as soon as I described how I was feeling, and what I was going through.

The funny thing about it was…. as soon as she told me my diagnosis… I immediately  started to feel better. Part of the reason for that was… Someone actually listened and believed me!

I hadn’t shared with too many people how depressed I was. But a couple of them that I had shared it with told me “you’ll be fine… You’re just going through a rough patch, don’t dwell on it.”

I kept thinking to myself… I’m not dwelling on it by choice, I can’t seem to get past it. I would pace at night from Anxiety, and then be tired all day, which would cause even more anxiety.

I was in a vicious cycle and I didn’t know how to get out of it! My depression and my anxiety got worse and worse.

My doctor prescribed Lexapro… I felt better right away… Not because it really did that big of a difference… But because I knew I was on the road to getting better.

I also knew, that I wasn’t going to stay on the Lexapro. I wanted to be able to deal with my GAD through lifestyle changes.

I found a counselor… Who specialized in GAD, I told her I don’t want to stay on meds, I want to do this by lifestyle change. She was absolutely wonderful… And she helped me through this horrible time, and taught me so much.

When Peyton talk to me about and a few ideas he had for https://teamawesomism.com/…I absolutely loved the idea. For several reasons, but most of all because we were going to be creating a virtual community that actually listens and cares!

This really personally hit home for me a couple months ago… I was speaking with someone who was “mentoring me“… When I brought it up with him that I had GAD… he proceeded to inform me that it was “all in my head”.

While I don’t disagree with him on the surface …that it really is in my head… 😂😂… I found it to be very disrespectful. He told me people look for excuses for not doing things. At first I thought about going through my entire history, and thr fact that I was actually diagnosed with it, but then realized he didn’t care.

At first, I felt like I did years ago… And then I decided I actually feel sorry for him… And I hope no one close to him is dealing with serious stress and anxiety… I also became more motivated to be a voice for GAD .

Dismissing people‘s fears and anxieties, stresses and hurts is easy… Helping people with them is fulfilling. I’ve chosen to be there for others.

I decided to use his negative energy and turn it around…..My GAD is my Monday motivation!