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Friday, January 3, 2020

New Year + Caulipower pizza & chicken.

This post is sponsored by Caulipower but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It's the New Year! I love the start of the New Year! It brings such a fresh restart, a way to reset, a clean slate. Like most of the world I need a reset in my diet! I've spent the last month filling my body with  JUNK! I want to add more healthy foods with out sacrificing taste. 

Caulipower products are where it's at!!  

This past week my family and I tested out Caulipower pizza + chicken

Remind you there are six family members in my home, they can be a tough crowd. In fact, I can count on my hand the meals that we all agree on and enjoy. I can now confidently...add BOTH of these products to that list. 

I appreciated that I could make cook one pizza with a "softer" crust and one pizza  with a "crisper" crust. Both ways tasted amazing.  One of my children did state that it smelled like cauliflower in the kitchen but they never put together that it was the pizza! I told them after they finished lunch that their pizza was made with cauliflower and their little minds were BLOWN!! 

Why Caulipower products? 

The pizza is low in calories & fat, has 30% less sugar than leading frozen pizzas, and the  cauliflower crust pizza is spot on with flavor! 

The chicken has only 490 calories for the whole darn bag! You guys, 490 FOR THE WHOLE BAG!!!! It is delicious chicken with a crispy coating packed with cauliflower and it'sthe only BAKED (not fried) chicken tender you can purchase.

I made two pizzas + the entire bag of chicken and my tiny clan devoured IT ALL! The poor hubs didn't even get to eat any!! Little vultures, I tell ya, little vultures.

I'm also going to make it a point this new year to get more creative with school lunches and offer more healthy choices to eat. These Caulipower Chicken tenders would be perfect cold in my kiddos lunch boxes! Ok, and the pizza too! Anyone else a fan of cold pizza!? Cold next day pizza is my I just need to figure out how to stop them all from eating it so I can have some leftovers...

Have you tired Caulipower products!? 

If so which ones? 

Be sure to pick up Caulipower at your local retailer! 

Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019 // it.was.magical // maybe my favorite Christmas to date // I've been feeling a little convicted over how much I do and don't share on this little blog - some photos I want to keep just to myself - this Christmas being one of those times // Christmas Eve elves + donuts + shatto milk // sibling present exchange // the real reason for the season // standing room only //  one more sleep // snacks + presents with the grandparents // opps. Duplicate gifts - complete panic + tears // it's going to be ok // tears + getti g out of bed // will hot chocolate + games make it better - yes // laughter and pizza in the kitchen until almost midnight // GO TO BED !! // let's get to work // Christmas tree twinkles // Christmas morning // so many smiles // how did you know !? I love it // comfy + purses + controllers + doll house + goats + music + moons + Baylor's birthday // toys + opening + cleaning + playing // ham + grandparents + cousins // missing a few cousins // happy birthday Jesus // 

Branson 2019

Branson 2019 // last minute road trip // hotel booked with a water slide // snacks + a drive // a missed turn // long line to get into the park // a quick thinking driver who avoided the mess // hello, silver dollar city // thunderation // time traveler peer pressure// laughing so hard after the first drop // so much laughing // more rides // the salon show // the real meaning of Christmas  // the crowd was so big they had to turn guest away // so many lights // so many people // so.many.people // pool time // water slide // a 10:30 Pm McDonald's run // sleep - or at least tried too which was hard because of a little girl kicking all.night.long // shopping // 5 & 10 store // bass pro shop // SANTA!! // beautiful weather // Christmas shopping for siblings // trying to find baby yoda // a drive home // Lambert's home of the thrown rolls // TWO MORE SLEEPS! 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Downton Abbey DVD at Walmart

Downton Abbey, ever heard of it? I'm not ashamed to say that I jumped on this bandwagon and enjoyed every minute of the ride. My favorite part was always the kitchen scenes! I loved the help staff! Daisy was always one of my favorite characters and  I love how she involved and matured...and her story line continues to leave me intrigued in the Downton Abbey DVD! 

I was so excited to finally get to view the Downton Abbey DVD! All the characters that I  love are back together and the DVD is an expansion from the series!! I made and entire night out of it. I baked a cheesecake, whipped up some homemade bread, brought down the fresh garland, and decorated with orange slices and candle sticks!

Like I mentioned in the beginning my favorite element of the Downton Abbey series has always been the kitchen. I'm fascinated with watching the kitchen staff work, always memorized by what they were cooking.

I decided to add my own love for baking into my movie watching theme. I'm going to share these simple recipes with you!



  • 1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted 

  • 2 pounds (four 8-ounce boxes) cream cheese, at room temperature
  •    1 ⅓ cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cups sour cream or heavy cream, or a combination of the two 
Stir the crumbs, sugar and salt together in a medium bowl. Pour in the melted butter and stir until all of the dry ingredients are uniformly moist. Add ingredients in springform pan and then pat an even layer of crumbs along the bottom of the pan.

Then for the filling. Beat the cream cheese until soft ( pro tip: set cream cheese out for a it isn't super cold) add ONE egg at a time!! Mix egg one at a time, beat until smooth then add more eggs. Finally add sugar, salt, vanilla, and heavy cream. 

Pour filling over crust and bake for 45-60 minutes @325 … until cheesecake isn't jiggling. If it's cracked...just add whipped cream to cover. 

Chill + serve!

I also wanted to make fresh bread! This is so simple + isn't intimidating at all!

You'll need:

3 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of water
1 package of instant yeast
1 teaspoon of salt

Mix in a bowl and cover with a tea towel overnight! That is truly it! No kneading needed!

The next day mold into a loaf shape and place on parchment paper.

Add toppings of choice! I used sea salt + rosemary.

Bake for 30 minutes @450

Head to Walmart and purchase the new release of Downton Abbey DVD today! It is available at Walmart and on

Friday, December 6, 2019

SpecTACOlar with CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortillas

This post is sponsored by CAULIPOWER Cauliflower Tortilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

My life has been changed! Have you ever heard of the brand CAUILPOWER? They make amazing products! This week my family and I tried out the cauliflower tortillas.

They were so good. 

These tortillas are a gluten-free + offers fewer calories, less fat, more fiber, and vitamin C.They are availiblein both Original and Grain-Free. They are vegan,  wheat and dairy-free,  and have no preservative-free.
 The Grain-Free Cauliflower Tortillas feature chickpea flour with 7 grams of protein and only 8 net carbs per tortilla

Theses tortillas can be found in the refrigerated section and the freezer section. The best part is the can be cooked in about a minute!

I experimented with 3 different cooking methods. First I microwaved and made a cheesy quesadilla. The microwaved tyke offer a soft traditional tortilla. 

Second, I cooked them in oil for the recommended time. This made the tortillas crispy but still soft enough to fold like a taco. 

Last, I cooked one in oil for a tad bit longer than a minute and that resulted in a very crispy tortilla. The style was actually my favorite method. I topped mine with slow cooker chicken ( recipe to follow) dry coleslaw + cherry tomatoes + sour cream. It was an open faced style taco. Soooooo good!

Slow cooker chicken: Chicken breast + 1 can of enchilada sauce. Cook on low 6-8 hours. This is so simple and delicious!

I'm going to be honest, I was a little spectacle about how this would taste! It was so good! Even my children, and they are a hard audience, enjoyed these!

Be sure to get $2 off HERE and visit your local grocery to pick up a bag today!