Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chicken Dorito Casserole

I posted this once before but I am re-posting because the link I gave previously to my recipe for this has been removed from the site it was on.

I am going to be posting quite often here with new recipes and random ramblings. 

Let's get to the recipe shall we? 

What you will need:

4-6 cups cooked chicken, chopped (I used a rotisserie chicken)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 can cream of chicken soup
2 cans Rotel tomatoes- do not drain
1 can of corn, drained- optional
2 cups Mexican cheese, shredded
2 cups Sharp Shredded Cheese
1 bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
Half of Green bell pepper chopped
1 Bundle green onions- chopped
2 tbps Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Saute Onion and Bell Pepper with the butter in skillet

Lightly spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray (I use a deeper throw away pan from the grocery store but either is fine).  Crush the entire bag of Doritos and cover the bottom of the dish with half of the bag of crushed chips.  Reserve one cup ( maybe a bit more if you like it cheesy) of cheese (for the top).   Mix together remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour half chicken mixture over the Doritos then top with cheese to cover. Repeat with second half of doritos, followed by second half of chicken mixture and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 45 min COVERED, remove from oven and uncover then bake an additional 10 minutes.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Meet Sophie-Cuteness Overload!!

"Hello. My Name is Sophie. It is very nice to meet you and I hope we can become friends."

This is the newest addition to our family. She is a breed called the "Chiweenie" A mixture of Chihuahua and Dachshund.  Very loving playful pups. 

This is the first of many announcements coming this week. This one just happens to be my sweet distraction. Show her some love!! 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Attention Attention!!

As you may have already noticed my blog is undergoing a revamping. I have new things coming (new addition to the family and a new addition business wise) and wanted to get it going with a new and fresh perspective! I am excited and hope that you will be too! I will be making my formal announcement of the things to come next week! Stick with me guys just a few more days!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


I mentioned previously that new things are coming, well one new thing has arrived.

I am beyond excited about this one! For years and years everyone in my family has been in the sewing business in some form or fashion. My Dad was a machinist and also did some sewing himself for over 35 years. I guess it's in my blood. Therefore, I decided I have fought it long enough. 

As a photographer and a mother I know how expensive it gets purchasing new props and children's clothes in general. So I decided I will use this as an opportunity not only to start a new venture in business but to use it as a way to stay "close" to my Dad. I have only had this machine a few days and I have found myself saying out loud more times than I can count in the last few days "I wish my Dad were still here." 

I will post projects as I go along and when I get ready to open my store I will make the announcement here also. Right now I am working on a couple of pillow case dresses and newborn prop sets! I am loving them so far! 

Stay tuned!! xoxox

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sneak Peek at My Senior Session

We did half of our session at one location and will be doing the remainder this week at another location. Here is a sneak peek from yesterday. Senior 2014.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Test run with the 50mm

I took a test run with my 50mm lens with a few Easter eggs I picked up on a recent shopping trip with my daughter when we visited Ross. They have some really cool things that can be used as photo props. I plan on using these for Easter decor but for now they were my test subjects. I think it turned out very nice.

Stay tuned for more to follow! I still have the 365 photo challenge to start working on. It was delayed but I will catch up... eventually!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I Can Hardly Contain My Excitement!!

I placed an order last week on Amazon, at Midnight on Thursday night.... late night shopping is probably not the best idea. Ha! But who cares! I ordered a few things along with these: 

I feel like a kid on Christmas morning!! Look out Spring here I come!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Not What I Had Expected

Hello Friends. This year has not started as I had expected or been determined for it to go as I stated in my past post. So, with this post, I thought I should fill you in on things. This is probably the hardest post I have written to date. Or the hardest thing I have written, ever.

To start, on January 12th my other half sustained an injury in which he basically "broke" both of his legs. Let me clarify a little better: He has a torn ACL, MCL and Minicus in BOTH LEGS/KNEES as well as Tibial Plateau Fractures in BOTH . Yes, BOTH legs. Yea, that happened. To say the least I have been busy... very busy.

8 Days later on January 20th, My Father passed away at the young age of 52 after 8 months of fighting pneumonia, infection and a right side brain stroke. That to date has been the hardest days of my life. I watched him struggle through so much pain and the suffering of not being able to speak what he wanted to say or do things he used to do with no problems. I am however, thankful that he was able to meet my children, walk me down the isle and see me grow into the woman I have become.  He is no longer in pain and now has a new fabulous body and I know that one day I will see him again. I "see" and "hear" him every day in one way or another. He will always be with me. It is hard but I take comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain. 

The year has not started the way I had intended by far. But I am sure there is greater purpose for these things. After all, "They" say things happen for a reason. I am just waiting to see what that reason is. It was a very rough year in 2013. It did not end the way I wanted. maybe this start of 2014 is to put things into perspective for the years to come. I just hope I figure it out soon because at this point things are very hard to understand. 

I do have things in store for this blog. I am determined to do what I set out to do with that first post and I will be catching up on my 52 week challenge. So stick with me while I get through these rough times and come back to see what I come up with for the challenge and the updates I post as we go through this year.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hello January 2014!

New Year, New Plans, Time to get things started!

This year I have many goals in mind. One of those being a 52 week Photo Challenge. 
I figure 52 weeks is a little more achievable than 365 days of photos for me.
Alot of things happened in my life in 2013 some good some not very good, but I intend to make sure that 2014 is a much better year.

At the very least this challenge will help keep me focused on something outside of the daily trials and tribulations of everyday life. 

Of course, first on the list would be Self Portrait. That one will really challenge me as I prefer to be behind the lens instead of in front of it. Like most photographers I know.

With that said, I hope the New Year of 2014 brings happiness and joy to all of my friends, family and fans out there!

Coffee Break Mom