Friday, May 30, 2014

Last Weekend's Adventures

Clearly I got behind on my Friday Adventures, plus it was a packed weekend so I thought I would just include extra days to make up for the very delayed post.


My parents bought us an awesome outdoor patio set for my birthday/graduation gift, so Friday's quiet time took place out on the patio.

Then we headed out for some errands. I made cake balls for a friend's son's birthday party, so we dropped those off at their house.

The yellow didn't turn out quite as bright as I wanted it to, but they ended up looking fun--and I heard they disappeared pretty quickly at the party!

We ran to World Market so I could use my birthday coupon, Petsmart to get some treats for our spoiled pup, Target to buy some gifts for the wedding that is this weekend, and then Sprouts for some healthy food.

Kyle shaking his head at some cheesy joke I was telling, my humor is equivalent to about an 8 year old

My World Market goodies, only paid $.49 after my birthday coupon!

Our cart at Sprouts, loaded up with lots of produce and healthy foods!

After our errands we realized we hadn't eaten much all day, so we stopped at Rosa's and split a plate of nachos. They were delicious!

My graduation ceremony was Friday night so we got all dressed up and took some pictures before we headed out to Arlington.

Had to include Buddy in a picture, he was my study buddy throughout grad school. He was always encouraging, sometimes trying to encourage me to take a nap or take a walk but those breaks were always needed. I am beyond grateful for my husband and all the ways he supported me throughout this process, he has always encouraged me and is my biggest fan. Love you!

My family came out to celebrate with me! It was fun to have them there and then introduce them to my classmates and professors! Without my parents this journey would not have been possible, I'm just one blessed girl!

Excited about my diploma, Master's Degree in Counseling!


I've posted many pictures of our peach trees and we had a huge bag of ripe peaches, so Saturday morning we did a Walmart trip and bought cans and canned peaches!

Bought enough cans for canned peaches and to make jam (the jam didn't happen but still might)

Peaches ready to be pealed!

Cans all washed and ready to go!

We had never canned peaches, or anything for that matter, so this was our unsure pic

They turned out pretty good! We had a few that didn't seal right so those went into the fridge.

Then it was time for our whirlwind adventures...

Graduation party for one of our sweet senior students!

Stopped for some coffee and then headed off to a rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for a wedding Kyle was in. (Forgot to take pictures, but it was a great night!)

We hadn't planned on being at church on Sunday because of the wedding but lots of people were gone and they needed us to be there, so we were!

Kyle left early for the wedding and I stayed home and took a nap before getting ready and heading out.

Third day in a row wearing a dress, that has to be a record for me!

Had to take a selfie with Buddy before heading out! He looks so regal in this picture haha

Looking fancy at the Whitehurst wedding

Look how handsome my hubby looks in his groomsman outfit! It was such a great wedding, celebrating with friends and meeting some new ones!

After a busy weekend, Monday was my birthday and was filled with tons of fun and lots and lots of food!

It started with Whataburger at 1 am, cause I was hungry and getting kind of grumpy since I couldn't fall asleep. The chocolate shake and Whataburger jr. cured the hunger and the grumpiness.

We went to Chick-fil-a for lunch, cause it's one of my faves and I don't eat it very often. Then we went to Target (another fave), and Hobby Lobby.

Then Orange Leaf for some delicious fro yo. They have these awesome dividers so you can get three different flavors without them all combining. It's awesome!

For dinner we went to Pie Five with my family and then went over to BJ's for pizookies. (I told you there was lots of food!)

It was such a wonderful birthday, I can't believe I'm 25! I am very thankful to have such a wonderful family that makes me feel so loved!

When I was younger I used to love when my birthday was on Memorial Day cause it meant no school, and it was nice to spend the whole day with my husband on my birthday. It's not just a day to be off work and to enjoy sleeping in thought, it is a day to remember those that have fought for our country and for the freedom we take for granted every day. Thank you to all those who have served, or have a family member that has served or is currently serving!

Off to another weekend filled with wedding adventures! It might be another late blog post haha.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Friday Adventures (way late)

This week's Friday Adventure post is very late, it's been a busy weekend! But here we go...

Started the morning off with some coffee and reading

I took my last final on Tuesday, so I am officially done with school!! To celebrate we had friends over last night, so a lot of the day on Friday we spent cleaning up around the house. I made sugar cookies and decided to do summery colors for the icing. The first time I tried to make cut-out sugar cookies was a big disaster, but this time went a lot better. They turned out great!

I redid our chalkboard sign since it was still from Easter. I bought colored chalk at Target a few weeks ago, so it was fun to use different colors this time.

Our peach trees are filled with peaches, so the next adventure was trying to pick as many as we could. We had to borrow a ladder to reach them, because most of the ripe ones are up really high. Kyle was climbing up in the tree while I picked up the bad ones that had fallen on the ground.

This is the bag of peaches we ended up with, probably close to 100! My adventure this week will be figuring out how to can them or make peach preserves so they aren't wasted.

We met my dad at the new Costco to buy food for the cookout. It's really nice and we got everything we needed for the party.

Kyle had a guys video game night at the church so it was just me and Bud for the night. We took a long walk around the park, we were both pretty exhausted and sweaty by the time we got home.

Kyle and I bought Buddy a new stuffed animal when were were out on Thursday and he loves it, he used it as a head rest.

It's not a very good Friday Adventure blog post, and it's pretty late, but I still wanted to post it. It was a great weekend, filled with good food, great friends, and lots of laughs! Hope yours was the same!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Freezer Ready Chicken Burritos

Since we moved closer to the church Kyle comes home for lunch most days, which is very nice! I started making Chicken Burritos to put in the freezer for a quick lunch for him when there aren't any leftovers to heat up. Every once in awhile I would buy some burritos on sale at Sprouts or Kroger, but even on sale they run about $2 a piece. These are much cheaper, easy to make, and quite delicious! 

Kyle's Burrito Rations
(I asked him what I should call them and that's what he gave me)

I start by getting all the ingredients out--that way I don't forget anything. I cooked four chicken breasts in the slow cooker yesterday and then shredded them so they would be ready for today. I also made a batch of rice to use. 

Ingredients: Shredded chicken, white rice (you could use brown rice), Refried beans (I used fat free), Salsa (pick your heat), Chili Powder, Cumin, Cheese, and Flour Tortillas (I used the large fajita size).

I usually do one batch at a time so that I can mix it really well. I take half the rice, one can of refried beans, about 1/2 cup of salsa, 2 cups of shredded chicken, a sprinkle of cumin, and a bigger sprinkle of chili powder and mix it all together.

This is what all the ingredients look like all mixed together. I really just guess on the amounts of the spices and the salsa. You don't want it to runny but also want it to have enough liquid that it's not dry.

Then I set up a burrito station--the filling, shredded cheese and the tortillas all ready to go.

Put the filling in the center of the tortilla, make sure to leave about an inch and a half on the edges so you can roll it up. I sprinkle some cheese over the top and then roll it up. The first time I made these I did a horrible job rolling the tortillas, but I have gotten better since then. Even if they aren't rolled great, they will still taste delicious! (they just might open up when you heat them up)

This was my best one by far, so I had to take a picture of it!

Once I'm done with all of them I put them in large plastic bags marked with what they are and the date. (Not that they ever last long enough to be concerned about the date)

With the two batches I made 34 burritos. I only bought 30 large fajita tortillas, so the last four were in smaller tortillas. 


4 cups Shredded Chicken
2 cans Refried Beans
2 cups Salsa
2 tablespoons Chili Powder
1 tablespoon Cumin
30 flour large fajita tortillas (more if you use smaller ones, less if you use bigger ones)
2 cups Cheese

In a large bowl mix together the chicken, beans, salsa, chili powder, and cumin

Place some of the filling in the center of a tortilla, leaving an inch and a half on the edges so you can roll them in. Place some shredded cheese on top and roll up the tortilla. Repeat until all the tortillas are gone. 

Place the burritos in large plastic bags, and put in the freezer.

To heat up the burritos place one or two on a plate, microwave for 1 minute, flip, microwave for another minute. Kyle recommends grilling them in a skillet for a few minutes on each side in order to have a crispy outside. 

I calculated the cost per burrito and it's about 56 cents--way cheaper than the $2 burritos from the grocery store. Plus you can control what goes in the burritos and change it up with different cheese, spices, or rice. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Friday Adventures

After a few weeks of crazy Fridays filled with to-do lists we had a pretty relaxing and fun Friday. I've had bad allergies this week but was finally feeling better today.

I went with iced coffee this morning. Buddy joined me for my quiet time, this time sitting normally and not on my shoulder like he has been doing.

Then I decided to go to the gym and Kyle took Buddy for a walk around the park. I figured since my allergies have been so bad I probably shouldn't walk around outside for a long time.

Since I haven't been feeling that well I didn't push myself too hard but got a good workout in and lifted some weights. I am aware that my arm muscle isn't that impressive but hey it's better than it once was!

Then I ran over to Walmart, since apparently no Friday Adventure day is complete without a trip to Walmart. Actually this trip was completely unnecessary. I stopped yesterday to buy some sunscreen since we did not have any, and realized that it was expired. I mean sunscreen is good for like a year and a half and this one expired last month. So I had to go back, and the customer service lady said like two words to me while complaining to another employee about how rude customers are... I had to bite my tongue not to say anything. *end Walmart rant*

I have been wanting to lay out by the pool for quite sometime so Kyle and I loaded up our pool bag and sunscreen (that I worked hard to get) and headed to our community pool. We have two really nice pools and although they are packed in the evenings and weekends, they are empty during the day. It almost felt like we were on vacation

Yes I am aware that I have a horrible tan line on my ankles. It's from taking Buddy for walks and wearing my tennis shoes. How do you really get rid of a tan line though? It just got worse from being in the sun today. I tried self tanner on my feet for Easter and it was an epic fail so that doesn't help.

We didn't stay at the pool long cause I was quite hungry, small breakfast plus working out means one hungry Maddie (and Kyle will testify this is something you fix quickly). Since it's my birthday month I had a coupon for a free burger from Red Robin so we headed there.

It was a delicious burger, I couldn't finish it but I did eat my fair share of fries. I love Red Robin's endless fries, so dangerous.

Our waitress was super sweet and brought me an ice cream sundae for my birthday and even though I was super full I ate it. I mean who can pass up ice cream? Especially with sprinkles!

We walked around Old Navy and the new LifeWay store and then went over to the mall. We needed to get our rings inspected, it keeps our warrantee effective, so we did that.

Look at those shiny rings! They always are so sparkly after they clean them and I'm always reminded of just how excited (and surprised) I was when that sweet boy proposed to me almost four years ago.

We decided to hit up Starbuck's Happy Hour for half price Frappuccinos. I got the Caffe Espresso and Kyle got the Mocha Cookie Crumble. I always feel bad for the baristas during Happy Hour, I remember those days they are the worst, but it was nice to enjoy some fun drinks.


This is what I bought at Old Navy today. I needed some new shorts and I really liked the length of these, plus they were on sale! The sweatshirt is like a minty color and it's from the men's department. I always find good sweatshirts there haha.

I met up with my parents for dinner, we went to BJ's Brewhouse. I got an Asian Chicken Salad and it was delicious. I ate the whole thing and I forgot to take any pictures. We had a great time, it was so busy out at Alliance though. They keep building more and more things out there and the traffic is so bad! Dad had to stop a line of cars so that I could back out otherwise I would have been waiting until about 10pm. You're never too old to need your dad ;)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Friday Adventures!

It's been a busy weekend, which is why I haven't posted our Friday adventures until now. So here we go...

I saw my last client on Tuesday night. It's so crazy that I am almost done with grad school. However almost is the key word in that sentence. I keep thinking that I am done and I'm having a very hard time getting my work done this week. So yesterday morning I woke up and worked on one of the papers I had been putting off...

Buddy was there for moral support and my coffee was keeping me awake, as you can tell I was due for a refill by the time I took this picture.

I did take a few breaks from my paper to work on a birthday list. I can't believe I'm going to be 25 at the end of the month. As you can tell I'm having a difficult time forming a list. All I have right now is a square pan, running shoes, yoga capris, possibly a hydration backpack (although I'm still struggling with this idea) Buddy and I go on tons of walks and currently I sport an X-Box One drawstring backpack cause it's all I can find in our house. So really, I can't get much nerdier than that, right...

Last night we hosted a dinner for our graduating seniors in the student ministry, so we had to head out and buy groceries. I've talked about my struggles with Walmart before, so we went to Target first for some other things and to have a bit of fun before the craziness of Walmart. We went in with a list, and surprisingly we stuck to it pretty well. I mean, that never happens at Target!

I didn't take any pictures in Target, except for of these watermelon Oreos. WHAT? Guys, I'm going to tell you a secret, regular plain Oreos are about the best thing in the world. I remember being little and eating Oreos with my papa. He loved Oreos and he would always roll his eyes at the reduced fat ones, and say if you're going to eat an Oreo, eat a real Oreo. So I'm going to pass on his advice to you all...please just stick to the regular Oreos (or the mint ones, those are pretty good too) *end rant*

Then we headed to Walmart and it was an adventure as always. We searched and searched for Velvetta before we finally had to ask someone. The lady was actually super sweet and walked us to the aisle. It was almost enough to restore my faith in Walmart, almost but not quite.

This is our "we survived Walmart, but just barely" selfie

The rest of the afternoon was spent getting the house ready for the senior dinner. I made Chicken Enchiladas, which I blogged about here, Mexican Rice, Kyle made mashed black beans, and we had chips and queso. Then I made homemade brownies for dessert, they are the best I will have to post the recipe soon. I should've taken pictures of the table and of the food but I didn't.

Kyle and I all ready for dinner
After dinner we played Life, one of my favorite board games. Overall it was a great night! We are so excited to be able to have students over at our house and to start traditions like this one.

It was a busy Friday but that's how it goes sometimes! Two more pictures for you, neither are from Friday but they are worth the add-on.

This was from Thursday night. Buddy likes to sit on random things, like the arm of the couch, and I guess he decided to lay down from that spot. He is strange, guys, but we do love this crazy pup.

And this was from today--we took dinner over to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and got to see our sweet little niece. I could've held her all day long, but we had to give her back ;) She is one sweet little girl!

See you next week!