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Smoked Sausage and Potatoes

Tonight Kevin (yes, that’s right, my husband does 95% of the cooking and cleaning around here, thank heavens) made a recipe that I so lovingly printed out and left on the counter for him. Lucky him, I also purchased all of the ingredients so as to make his job easy.

Turns out, it was easy anyway.

Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve Kevin has tried many, many new recipes. Some of them have been huge fails, but some have been keepers (or as we call them in our house, re-dos). This one, my friends, is a keeper! Easy, inexpensive, and tasty – notice I did not say healthy, but I guess it could be worse, right? I’m of the school of thought that anything you make at home has GOT to be better for you than something at a restaurant. Basically, this is not something you would want to make every day for dinner – and you’d probably get sick of it anyway. Every once in a while, though? This stuff is legit. (Yes, I’m 36 and I just said “legit”).

Here’s my crappy picture (hey, it’s not easy to make this look good. You just have to trust me on this one):

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Smoked Sausage and Potatoes (via Recipes from the Big Blue Binder)

1 pkg. of Smoked Sausage (we only use Beef in this house, but it’s just whatever – I used Hillshire Farms if that makes a difference)

1 large onion, peeled and chopped (Kevin chopped them up tiny, I prefer them to be bigger chunks)

5 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes (we used 10 smaller ones instead)

Olive oil (yeah, I was out, so he used Canola. It was fine.)

Fine sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Sweet Paprika (I’m pretty sure I only have one kind of paprika, and it may not be sweet!)

Dried thyme

Grated cheddar cheese (we only had Cheddar/Jack blend and it was great)

Preheat oven to 400. Line a large baking pan with shallow sides (we used a 9×13, which may require some timing adjustments*) with foil and drizzle with some oil. Set aside.

Cut the sausage into rounds, or if you’re fancy, you can slice them all sideways style (what is that called, anyway? Diagonally? Well, whatever, Kevin sliced them fancy.) Put sausage, onions, and potatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle some more oil on them and season with salt, pepper, paprika, and dried thyme. Toss it together with your hands until everything is coated. Pour the mixture out into the baking pan and spread it out.

Roast for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until potatoes are golden brown. Turn off the oven and sprinkle the cheese over the top (just a handful – you don’t need to cover it). Stick it back in the oven for a couple of minutes to make the cheese melty.

Serve immediately! We had sourdough bread (CARBS CARBS CARBS) with it. We probably should have had something green with it too, but I’m lazy and we didn’t.

* It took us about an hour to cook – and it could have gone a few minutes longer but the sausage was going to burn. I think this happened because we used a 9×13 pan with deeper sides… potatoes took longer to cook!)


Green Chile Casserole

Green Chile Stew

A few years ago, I was at the brand new H-E-B grocery store closest to me. Okay, it wasn’t close to me at all – it’s about a 45 minute drive with no traffic. Someone was giving out samples of Cookwell & Company’s Two Step Green Chile Stew and I tried it. Yes, please! Even better, they were on sale buy one get one free. Well, of course I grabbed some and took them home. (Yes, I paid for them).

Ever since then, this stuff has been SO hard to find! I’ve driven 45 minutes specifically for that (well, I love H-E-B grocery stores anyway, so I wasn’t too horribly upset to wander around to make it worth the drive) and they have been sold out. H-E-B Central Market is always out as well!

Last weekend I hit the jackpot and I found a TON of them at the Central Market in Fort Worth. Yes! Tonight I made one of the recipes on their website and felt like I should share it with y’all. I would have taken a picture, but as you can imagine it was not a “pretty” dish. No magazine features for this one, but it sure does taste awesome! Enjoy!

Green Chile Casserole (courtesy Cookwell & Company)

3 cups cooked shredded chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken – perfect amount)

10 corn tortillas, cut into strips (1/2 inch x 2-3 inches)

15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

11 oz. can cream-style corn

1 jar Cookwell & Co. Two Step Green Chili Stew Mix

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Colby Jack cheese

Salsa/sour cream/guacamole for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan.

In a large bowl, mix chicken, tortillas, black beans, corn, and stew mix. Stir until combined. Pour into 9×13 pan, spreading evenly. Cover top with cheese, then cover with foil. Bake for 25 minutes, then remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Serve hot, with salsa, sour cream, and/or guacamole!

* This is not a typical “casserole”. It would be excellent served over rice or as a taco/enchilada filling too! Next time I might add a few more tortillas to try to make it a little bit thicker. This recipe is a keeper! I have a feeling it will be even better reheated as leftovers tomorrow night. 

* If you see this product, grab it and use it! The flavor is wonderful – not too spicy, but not too bland either. It DOES have Hatch chiles in it, after all! (Gluten free as well!)

* Cookwell & Company did not pay me to write this, they most likely have no idea I even wrote this! I just love this product and wish it was easier to find :) On their website they have several products that I have never seen in stores – oh, to get my hands on some of those soups they make! 

Enjoy! This is an easy, quick, somewhat healthy meal for your family! This recipe definitely qualifies as comfort food in my house.

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RCHOTX   Marsha's Pasta Salad

My Slacker Pinterest Party Weekend

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You guys know how I’m usually the ringleader at our infamous Pinterest Party Weekends, right? Well, this time? Not so much. Not at all, actually.

I started my new (AWESOME) job on Monday, August 12. Friday, August 16 was my 36th (ouch) birthday. I headed to Aunt Toni’s house right after work. I will just say that it took me three hours to get from work to the lake, and if I think about it too much I will get mad… so I won’t.

I’m sure all of you know what I’m talking about when I say that once the job stress was gone, all I wanted to do was sleep. It was crazy tension relief (combined with a sinus infection, but we won’t go there) and all of the stress I’d had for over a year just melted away. It was pretty amazing, but my body paid the price for it! Changing my schedule and getting up by 5:30 AM to leave the house by 6:30 AM has turned me into one of those people that is asleep before the 10:00 news is on. Seriously.

By the time I got to Aunt Toni’s, I was ready to drop! I brought my trusty SIlhouette, but Paige got a Cameo from her fiance (aka my cousin) for her birthday, so I got to play with the fancy one instead. I’m super jealous. It’s so much quieter than mine! I got to show her how to use the Silhouette software and she cut some stuff on it. I’m not allowed to show you what she and her bridesmaids made for the wedding, because 1) it’s not my wedding, 2) her wedding is in January and some of the people invited read this blog, and 3) I didn’t take any pictures to tempt me to show you what they did. I will just say that it is going to be one pretty wedding! I can’t wait to go! She has some awesome bridesmaids – funny and they are hard little worker bees.

Whitney and I were in charge of Saturday lunch, so I wussed out and picked up rotisserie chicken salad and croissants from Costco. HEY! I also made a pasta salad that I have loved for years and years. I’m not totally lazy (although this recipe is so easy, I kind of am).

I was lucky to have worked for 18 years with a bunch of women who loved to bake and cook. We made a cookbook (and you better believe I took it with me when I left last month!) and this is one of my very favorite recipes from one of my very favorite people in the world. Marsha used to make a separate bowl just for me without celery because I HATE celery. I sacrificed and left it in for the Saturday lunch, but I didn’t eat one bit of that nasty celery.

Anyway, here’s the recipe. It makes a large bowl – we had a little leftover and there were about 10 of us there.

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Marsha’s Pasta Salad

1 box vermicelli, broken into halves or thirds or whatever you want (sixteenths?)

Olive oil

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

Accent (seasoned salt)

Mayonnaise (a few large spoonfuls – I’m very exact, aren’t I?)

1 jar diced pimentos, drained

1 small can chopped olives

1 cup celery, chopped

1/4 cup green onion, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

The night before you want to eat this, boil the vermicelli with a couple of teaspoons of olive oil. Once cooked, drain and put into a large bowl. Add a few shakes of Accent and 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice and stir to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in refrigerator overnight.

The next day, the pasta is basically going to be a huge weird ball of lemony-smelling goodness.  Add a few large spoonfuls of mayonnaise (yes, light mayonnaise works fine. Miracle Whip does not. Don’t ask.) to moisten it. You’re probably going to have to use a fork to break the pasta apart, I’m just saying. Now, add the pimentos, olives, celery, and green onion.

That’s it. It tastes like summer. Feel free to add salt and pepper to taste! The ingredients look really weird together, I know – but this salad is exceptional and SO easy. Everyone loved it!

Guess how many naps I took on Saturday? Just guess.


Three. Glorious. Naps. Two of them while holding a sleeping Benjamin. Man, I love that baby. He’s pretty awesome even if he cries a lot. He’s cute so it makes up for it. Also, I tolerate kids that are blood relatives much better than non-related ones, so I’m sure that makes a difference.

Since I spent basically all of Saturday asleep (apparently it was very much needed), I whipped up a quick yarn wreath on Sunday morning. Whitney and I saw a yarn wreath at Target last year during Christmas and fell in love with it. I did not, however, fall in love with the $20 price tag. I didn’t even love it enough to buy it on clearance for $14. Nope.

RCHOTX  Target Wreath

I bought yarn that was close enough at Michaels (um, probably in January – that’s how long I’ve been holding onto it) and used a styrofoam wreath form. I wasn’t in love with the felt bow on the Target wreath, so I substituted some felt flowers. It looks very fall-ish and not Christmas-y, in my opinion.

RCHOTX  Yarn wreath Pinterest Project

You know what? I didn’t even feel BAD about sleeping. I warned them going into it that my brain was mush (hello, first week at a new job?!) and sure enough, it was. I give big props to whatever air mattress I slept on. I think I liked it better than my bed at home!

I’ll be posting more now that I’ve (somewhat) gotten a routine down. I’m planning on cleaning the craft room this weekend so I can get back to making things! I miss that so much.

Have a great weekend, guys!


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Texas Blogger Pre-Haven Meetup

That’s a mouthful, huh?

A pretty good-sized group of Texas DIY bloggers (that are all going to Haven, with the exception of one) decided to get together before Haven Conference and hang out. I organized it (with some help from Tarah) and it was this past weekend! That is one of the reasons you haven’t heard much from me lately – I’ve been busy with that!

We went to Austin, TX (the best place in the world) for a full day of eating, drinking, and thrift shopping. I was completely exhausted both nights we were there, but it was so worth it to make new friends! (Making friends as an adult is hard. It really is.)

It was a success! Some of us had been to Haven before, and I hope we eased the fears of the first-timers. Going to your first conference can be very, very scary and I said several times that I wish there had been a “get to know you” weekend before we went to Haven last year. I think it was helpful for everyone this weekend, whether it was first conference jitters being calmed or just the experience of meeting strangers (that I now call friends).

Tarah and I weren’t supposed to go until early, EARLY Saturday morning, but she texted me on Thursday and asked if I could get the hotel room for Friday night as well. Well, duh, don’t twist my arm – I was already off on Friday, but I had to wait for a delivery for the goodie bags (they were awesome) so we left town as soon as that was dropped off.

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I used Priceline for our hotel room and could not have been more pleased! I told the other girls what I did, they did the same thing, and we all ended up getting a great deal at the same hotel! It worked out perfectly. The Renaissance Austin Hotel in the Arboretum was perfect. Everyone there was great, friendly, and went above and beyond for us. It was definitely the best experience I have ever had in a hotel, and the fact that we were there at a highly, highly discounted rate did not seem to matter to them. I hope I can stay there every time I visit Austin! (I may try and use Priceline for a hotel in Atlanta next month as well, and cross my fingers for a Renaissance!)

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We bonded over barbecue, Mexican food (twice), margaritas (twice), and thrift store shopping – and we had a blast! Yes, it was extremely hot, and our drinks from Sonic were extremely flat, but we kept on going and got to know each other a little better. I can’t wait to see everyone again in one month!

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ALSO – it was Jamie’s birthday! She joined us for lunch but had to leave after we ate so she could get ready for her birthday cookout. Happy birthday, Jamie!

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Okay, on to the stuff you really want to know about – who was there and what was in those goodie bags?

The whole group!  RCHOTX

Strangers that I now call friends:

Top row:

Lindsay from Makely School for Girls

Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. 


Jamie from Huckleberry Love

Middle row:

Cynthia (no blog YET!)


Sara from Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Tracey (no blog YET!)

Janis from All Things Beautiful

Front row:

Megan from Two Live Colorfully

Lydia from Huckleberry Love

Karla from Huckleberry Love

Two ladies joined us later – Amy and Jennifer (they came for dinner!)

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Awesome companies that donated for the goodie bags and door prizes (I was amazed at how much we got!)

Doozie’s Corner (Cece Caldwell Paint and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint)


Maison Blanche Paint Company (accidentally got left at Tarah’s house… we’ll smuggle it to Haven!)


Paper Coterie

Pick Your Plum



Tito’s Vodka


What I found was that most companies were very willing and happy to contribute! I was super impressed with the response I got from one simple email explaining what I was putting together.

It was so much fun to meet everyone, and Tarah and I are so glad we had the chance to do this with all of you!




Bow Tie Baby Shower Part One

Welcome! Okay, I was going to attempt to put this all into one post, but, uh, there were a TON of pictures. Tarah was our photographer for the shower (THANKS, Tarah!) and she did not disappoint. 180 pictures for a 2 hour shower = not too shabby.

As you know (or maybe if you’re new you don’t know), Whitney is pregnant and will be having Baby Benjamin in exactly two weeks! Tarah and I hosted a shower for her, along with two of Whitney’s other friends (Amy and Lindsey), this past Sunday.

This baby has been a long time coming, so we knew we had to go all out. We’ve waited over 5 years for this kid! We are all just thankful that we get to hold another baby and we can only hope that he lives up to the antics of his big brother, Logan. (He really has no choice, considering our family. You’ll see what I mean in a while.)

Wreath Closeup - RCHOTX Amy’s friend made this wreath for her to put on her front door. Whitney will also use this in the hospital when she has the baby! (Is this just a Texas thing – or do other non-Texans put wreaths on their hospital doors too? Kind of like homecoming mums!)

Invitation Close Up - RCHOTX The invitations were ordered from EThree Design Studio on Etsy. I found some I loved, but they weren’t the colors I wanted and I wanted different wording on one part – she was great about switching up the colors and design a little bit! I was very pleased with the invitations and will definitely order from her again. I also purchased matching cupcake toppers from her (I used them on the envelopes and not on the cupcakes) and she sent a file of Thank You notes for Whitney to use as well.

Welcome Baby Sign - RCHOTX


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Long garland - RCHOTX I whipped up the cute “Welcome Baby” sign one night when I was bored, and I made Whitney help make the (really long) fabric garland while we watched TV one day. I’m not above making the guest of honor help out for her own party. The rest was a surprise, though, so we did good!

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Whale and quotes - RCHOTX This whale was purchased at HomeGoods months ago. I did not love it – it was painted horribly and was just ugly! I bought it, painted it, added new cording to it, and printed out sweet little phrases and verses for it. A friend told Whitney about the Bible verse above when she had decided on the name Benjamin, and she really wanted it somewhere in the nursery, so I made sure to put that verse in.

Diaper Cake - RCHOTX You just can’t have a baby shower without a diaper cake, right? Whitney’s best friend Lindsey (one of the hostesses) made this for her and it was just adorable. I’ve never made one, so I’ll let the people with the diaper cake talent do it!

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Utensil canisters by Tarah - RCHOTX


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Cupcake Tower and Pretzels - RCHOTX

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Accidental Lime and Orange Punch - RCHOTX

All the food! - RCHOTX Tarah made the utensil canisters (out of formula cans!) and the cupcake tower to match the decor. Everything was so bright and cheery, it was exactly what we wanted!

Whitney and scissors - RCHOTX I just had to include this picture. It’s just not a party with us unless there are scissors on the floor. Not childproofed just yet!

Whitney - RCHOTX Whitney, taking it all in. We had a great turnout!

Jennifer and Aunt Toni - RCHOTX This is our Aunt and one of Whitney’s oldest friends.

Aunt Toni, Whitney, and Rebecca - RCHOTX Aunt Toni, Whitney, and our cousin Rebecca (SO TALL AND PRETTY).

Ryan and Whitney - RCHOTX And I’ll end with this. Y’all, this is our brother Ryan. He has no shame. He waltzed in at the tail end of the shower looking for food (as per usual) and he was quite the entertainer, as you can see. In all seriousness, he’s a pretty good uncle, and Logan just adores him. I’m sure Benjamin will too!

Next post: Bow ties!



Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad | Real {Cheap} Housewives of Texas

And again, with the Tex-Mex food. We clearly have an addiction to it.

I found this recipe at Weight Watchers. I did change my version. I never use fat free/reduced fat anything. They seem appealing but they only add in more stuff (typically sugar or sodium) to make the stuff taste decent enough to eat. Just don’t do it, use the real stuff. The original also never mentions exactly how you should eat it. A typical chicken salad you eat on bread. This Tex-Mex chicken salad (which we’ve had twice) is best on a bed of lettuce or salad mix.

Kids loved it, husband loved it and my parents loved it. My brother was on the fence even though he had two helpings. I’ll say it’s a winner.

Tex-Mex Chicken Salad


  • 1 1/4 pounds uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium uncooked scallions, sliced
  • 15 1/4 oz canned yellow corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salad Mix


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (I have boiled it as well)
  2. Place chicken in a glass baking dish and bake until juices run clear, about 25 minutes. Cut into bite size pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, cumin and chili powder.
  4. Stir in chicken, peppers, scallions and corn; mix well. Gently fold in beans; cover and chill at least two hours. Yields about 1 cup per serving over your choice of salad mix.
  5. *Optional - add tomatoes and/or avocados
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Spiked pulled pork

Spiked pulled pork

I bet you’re asking me why it’s called “Spiked pulled pork”? Last weekend, while I was at Pinterest Party I sent my husband a text asking him to put the roast in the slow cooker at noon so we could have it for dinner when I got home on Sunday. I sent him the very simple directions to follow. He okayed and did it.

Fast forward to Sunday night when I arrived home, after the Pin Party and going grocery shopping. We get everything all together for dinner and to the table. I’m pulling the pork apart, commenting on how tender it was. Literally falling apart as I touch it with the fork. He makes no comments, we sit down to eat, I take a bite. It might be the best pulled pork we’ve had in a while.

He happily announces “Oh I added a little to it. It didn’t look like it was going to cook well with just the BBQ sauce so I looked up and saw the vodka on the fridge.”

At least he didn’t make it spicy. And … he did cook.

Spiked pulled pork (crockpot/slow cooker)


  • Pork shoulder (also known as pork butt, I don't ask why.)
  • BBQ sauce (I use Austin's Own or Weber brand - neither have HFCS)
  • Vodka


  1. Cover bottom of the cooker dish with some BBQ sauce.
  2. Place pork roast on top of BBQ sauce and pour BBQ sauce over the top of the roast
  3. Add a 1/2 cup to cup of vodka (or in his words "Pour freely")
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, turning over a few times for perfect tenderness
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And I’m really not kidding when I say its probably the most tender, fall apart pork I’ve had.


April Pinterest Party Food

We were fairly low-maintenance and low-energy for this last Pinterest Party (not that you would ever know that by looking at this picture!) so we didn’t want to mess with too much in the way of food. What we DID have was great, though!

Aunt Toni lived in Chile once upon a time because of my uncle’s job. While they lived there, they became close with other American families working for the same company, also living in Chile. Every year, they have a “Chile Reunion” and this year, Aunt Toni is hosting it, so she was trying out some new recipes on us.

She made Caprese Tarts. Holy crap. These were some of the best things I’ve ever tasted! I have been thinking about them ever since, and that’s just not healthy. We did decide that next time (yes, there WILL be a next time, hopefully sooner rather than later) we would make them as one big tart and slice it instead of making individual tarts.

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The first night we were there, it was just the three of us (Heather, Whitney, and Aunt Toni – she is now “Aunt Toni” to everyone in the group – ha!) so we had Taco Salad. Always easy, always good.

The next morning, we had Peaches and Cream French Toast. *I* loved it, but everyone else wasn’t as in love with it as I was. I liked that it wasn’t sickeningly sweet, and I think all the other girls wanted it to be sweeter. I would definitely make it again!

Peaches & Cream French Toast - RCHOTX

Aunt Toni made some Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus as an “appetizer” for lunch – we failed to get a picture of them (probably because we inhaled them) but they were awesome! The sauce was okay, but in my opinion, unnecessary. The phyllo and asparagus gave plenty in the flavor department.

For lunch, I made an Italian Sub Bake. Now, I did make a few changes to the recipe – I used a 9×13 pan instead of a 9×9. I used the crescent roll “sheets” instead of just the rolls – one on top and one on bottom. It was good, easy, and filling – I would classify it as “dude food”. I would make it again, my husband would love it!

Italian Sub Bake - RCHOTX

For dinner on Saturday night, we had an assortment of goodies. Everyone (well, everyone except me, because they kept me busy on the Silhouette) pitched in and made something!  We had Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken, quinoa (from Homegoods – it was excellent), roasted asparagus, Copycat Texas Roadhouse Butter on pumpernickel bread, and “Most Requested Salad”. Holy cats, that was a good meal. I could eat that salad every day – however, the dressing turned out to be somewhat of a FAIL so I would probably use a flavored vinaigrette instead.

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In another attempt to use us as (very willing) guinea pigs, Aunt Toni made a Sour Cream Lemon Pie. Now, it TASTED great. Not too tart, not too sweet – just perfect. However, it did NOT set up correctly. It could very well be our fault, but it doesn’t matter – because we decided that it would be better served as a parfait in individual champagne or wine glasses. It was really great lemon pudding :)

Sour Cream Lemon -Pie- - RCHOTX

Sunday morning, we had yet another French Toast – this time, Cinnamon French Toast Bake (with pecans AND without, for those fools that don’t love pecans). It was good, but I prefer the peaches & cream version.

Cinnamon French Toast Bake - RCHOTX

We didn’t end up staying for lunch because everyone was tired and we were at a good stopping point. Apparently some people wanted to get home to see their husbands/fiances/kids/dogs? Whatever that is about.

Our next Pinterest Party is slated for sometime in August, and then we’ll do another one in November, and possibly an emergency Pinterest Party in early January, since our honorary housewife, Paige, is marrying MY COUSIN and she is all about the Pinterest wedding. We’re here to help, Paige, and welcome to the family (glad you didn’t run away screaming, that would have been really sad)!

If you have any crafts/recipes you think we HAVE to try out, give us a shout and let us know! We’re pretty open :)



Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole

Paula Deen's Corn Casserole - RCHOTX


I promised you guys that I wouldn’t put nasty pictures of food on the blog – and these past three recipes TASTED great, but they didn’t LOOK great. This way you at least have a “picture” to pin for when you make this (and you should make it).

Yes, it is a Paula Deen recipe. No, it doesn’t use a pound of butter (just one stick!). While it is decidedly not a “healthy” recipe, it’s healthier than most of her recipes, so you can make yourself feel better about eating it. Hey, it worked for me.

Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole


  • 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix (I used Jiffy!)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix both cans of corn, muffin mix, sour cream, butter, and cheese in a medium bowl.
  3. Grease a 9x9 pan or a 2-quart casserole, and spoon the mixture into it. Bake for 55 minutes or until golden brown!
  4. You can make it in a 9x13, but it will not be as thick (obviously). Also, Paula's recipe that I linked tells you to put the cheese on the top of the casserole right before it is finished baking - I like mine mixed in.
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Easy Roasted Green Beans

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Well, I’m not even sure that this requires a recipe – but hey, here’s a recipe for it. I found this one on (you guessed it) Pinterest (via Skinnytaste), because I’ve been craving roasted green beans ever since we made the roasted chicken dish a couple of weeks ago! I am embarrassed proud to say that we had these green beans 4 nights in a row. Yep. They’re that good. And each night they tasted a little bit different – I’ll tell ya how!

Easy Roasted Green Beans

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  • 12 oz. fresh green beans (or, basically, a couple of handfuls)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil (I don't measure, I just drizzle)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder (again, I don't measure, I just sprinkle)
  • A little bit of shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425. Move one of your oven racks to the lower third of the oven.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil (easy clean up!). Wash and trim the green beans (if you don't know what it means to trim a green bean, just cut both of the ends off. I use kitchen scissors to do it). Dry them thoroughly.
  3. Lay them in the foil covered pan, and drizzle the olive oil over them. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder on them. Toss them around all nimbly bimbly to make sure they are coated fairly evenly.
  4. Spread them out so they (for the most part) lay flat, not stacked on top of each other. Place pan in oven (on the lower rack) for 10 minutes. Take them out after 10 minutes and shake the pan a little to toss. Put them back in for 5 more minutes.
  5. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on them right after removing from oven.
  6. * We used fresh garlic one night in place of garlic powder (good), we used red pepper flakes/salt/pepper one night (meh), and we just did plain salt and pepper one night (good).
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Honey Mustard Chicken

Honey Mustard Chicken - RCHOTX

You guys. I have had dinner at home for FOUR nights in a row. This is huge for my house! With both of us working in retail, it is so much easier to just pick up fast food (yuck, well, except for my beloved Taco Casa or Kevin’s beloved Whataburger) on the way home – but I know how horrible that stuff is for us, so I consciously made the effort this weekend and IT WORKED! (Thank God for Pinterest).

I’m going to do the recipes that we used in separate posts, for pinning reasons (and because I’m really sleepy). I like my recipes separated by type on Pinterest and in real life (see my boards for a stunning, if not OCD, example).

Kevin has been amazed that 1) I actually made something food related, and 2) that everything we have had tasted so good! Yes, it costs a little more in the beginning, but I’ve got enough mustard/rosemary, etc. to last through a couple more times. I’m going to go ahead and guess that my picky little nephew would even eat this chicken – so here you go! Enjoy!

This recipe is from Good Life Eats, and my changes are noted!

Honey Mustard Chicken via Good Life Eats


  • 1/4 cup grainy, coarse mustard (you know, the kind with the beads in the mustard)
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard (Excuse me, do you have any Grey Poupon?)
  • 1/2 cup honey (I am cheap, I bought what was on sale, not fancy honey)
  • 3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil (aaaaaand I just realized I used Tbsp., NOT tsp. Oops.)
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped (I bought fresh chopped onion in the produce section because I am lazy)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (but I actually minced garlic with a knife, so I'm not THAT lazy)
  • 2 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast tenderloins
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the mustards, honey, and 2 tsp. of the EVOO.
  3. Use the remaining tsp. in a pan to saute the onion. Once the onion is soft and nearly transparent, add the garlic in and saute another couple of minutes (don't burn it!).
  4. Put the onion/garlic in the bottom of a 9x13 dish.
  5. Place the chicken over the onion/garlic mixture. Salt and pepper your chicken, however you like it done. Pour the honey mustard over the tops of the chicken, and arrange the rosemary sprigs around the chicken (don't pull it apart, leave it in "branches". No one wants to die choking on rosemary spikes).
  6. Bake, covered, at 400 for 20 minutes. Remove the cover, baste/spoon the sauce over the chicken again, and put back in for an additional 20-30 minutes uncovered. We use a thermometer because I am a freak about chicken being "done", but you cook it as long as you think it needs to be cooked!
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I’ll have the next one up tomorrow night! (Hint: it’s a vegetable!)




Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables - RCHOTX

Whitney invited us over for a family dinner tonight, and while I knew exactly what we would be making for dessert, we were stumped on the main course. Pinterest to the rescue! (Of course. What would we do without Pinterest? I don’t even want to think about it.)

We like to try new recipes as well as old standbys. Today, I wanted something new, so I took it upon myself to find something to make. Enter Real Simple Roasted Chicken and Vegetables. Now, I had my doubts about this recipe after reading the reviews on it – tip #1432485: ALWAYS, always, always read the reviews if they exist - but decided to chance it. The recipe that you will see below is how WE made it – basically the same, but a few adjustments according to the reviews. I think it turned out great and everyone loved it (even Logan!). Bonus: It’s pretty darn healthy!

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables


  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced (microwave it for 30 seconds just before juicing - trust me)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb. trimmed green beans
  • 16 small red potatoes, quartered
  • 5 chicken breasts, bone-in, skin on


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat the bottom of a large baking dish (we ended up using a 9x13 and an 8x8 for 2 of the chicken breasts) with 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the olive oil, juice of 1 lemon, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Pour the green beans into the bowl and shake to coat.
  3. Once the green beans are coated, place them in the bottom of the pan, using tongs. (Do not pour them in, you are going to use the oil mixture for the potatoes and chicken too).
  4. Put the potatoes in the bowl and coat. Place potatoes around the inside edge of the pan.
  5. Put the chicken in the bowl and coat (we did 1-2 pieces at a time). Place the breasts on top of the vegetables, skin side up. (We were able to fit 3 breasts in the 9x13, and put the other 2 in an 8x8 by themselves). If there is any oil mixture left, pour it over the top of everything - we didn't have any left. Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper and place in the oven.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes. At 50 minutes, remove the chicken and keep warm. Bake the vegetables for 10 additional minutes.
  7. Serves 5 (our way - 1 breast per person)
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Whitney and I don’t usually get too many “that was awesome!” comments when we have family dinners, but tonight was an exception. It was SO easy and SO not bad for you (especially if you don’t eat the skin, which I don’t. I can’t even deal with that.)! This one will definitely be added to the rotation and I’m sure it will be requested again soon.


Peach Cobbler

I subscribed to Folk Magazine late last year – it’s a new magazine, and I just received my first issue a couple of weeks ago. I like most of it, some parts I’m still on the fence about, but I LOVE that the magazine showcases bloggers that I actually follow! Anyway, check it out if you want a different magazine to read. In that first issue, there is a recipe for peach cobbler. It caught my eye immediately – I love peaches and I love cobbler, and in all of my 35 years I have *never* made a successful cobbler.

It’s like I have a mental block against cobbler.

Not anymore! I’ve broken my bad cobbler streak! (I just ate a bowl of it for breakfast – still excellent).

peach cobbler

Peach Cobbler


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 (30 oz.) can sliced peaches in heavy syrup (I used Lite peaches in their own juice and it turned out just fine)


  1. Melt a stick of butter in 9x13 pan while preheating oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, and buttermilk in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Once butter is melted and oven is preheated, pour batter in pan. Pour peaches and juice over batter. (Don't stir the peaches in!)
  4. Bake for 30 minutes (I did 25) or until crust is golden brown and bubbly.
  5. Serve with vanilla ice cream!
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We liked it so much that I am making it again tonight to take to Whitney’s house for dinner. This is an easy, quick recipe that I can throw together in no time.

PS – Did you know you can freeze buttermilk? You can! Three words: ice cube trays. Two more words: Ziploc bags. Now you don’t have to waste that buttermilk you bought for this recipe!


Whale, it’s Baby Shower Time!

Well, not technically yet, but I’m starting to think about the baby shower I will give Whitney along with a few of her friends. I hope they don’t think I’m too bossy, but dang it, I know what I want!

And what I WANT is a whale shower! The whale thing started last summer on our trip to Georgia (isn’t that where everything on this blog started? Sheesh!) when we saw a sign on Tybee Island that said, “Whale… come see for yourself” and had a huge whale painted on it. For some reason, that was so funny to all of us, and it has just stuck. Whitney ended up buying a wooden whale figurine for her souvenir from Tybee Island, and “Whale, whale, whale” – get it? well, well, well –  became a popular phrase for the rest of the trip and has been ever since.

tybee island whale sign

So, obviously, the next course of action is to put it to use in baby Benjamin’s nursery! Whitney doesn’t want whale overkill in the nursery, but she didn’t say anything about whale overkill at her baby shower…  (and did ya catch that she’s finally decided on a name?!)

I have a secret Pinterest board that Whitney is not allowed to see, and I know it is driving her insane, but she needs to have something to look forward to since we aren’t having it until pretty late in her pregnancy. We’re cutting it close, but the timing just didn’t work out the way I planned. Here’s a little teaser post for her! (You’re welcome, Whit. I aim to please.)

whale wishes Whale Wishes advice cards – Etsy

pretzel sticks

Baby Boy Whale Shower – Little Miss Momma 

whale cookies Oh my God, make the cuteness stop! Whale Cookies – Miss Cuit

whale pillow Chevron (shout out Tarah!) Whale Pillow – Etsy

whaley glad tags

Whaley Glad You Came Tags – Etsy

cake Whale Cake Garland – Sweet and Lovely Crafts

Whale, that should be enough to make her crazy for a while. I suppose I should fill the other hostesses in on the plan, huh? I think it will be so much fun and so cute AND big brother will love all the whale things too. Tell us about the best baby shower/wedding shower you’ve ever been to – we want to hear about them! 

If you’re reading this, you’re obviously around kids/babies/people who have kids and babies, so you should know that there is a new consignment sale coming to Grapevine for kids clothes/toys/accessories! Check it out – Growing Growing Gone. It runs April 19-21, 2013! (You can also click on the banner on the right)


Taco Turkey Casserole {recipe}

Taco Turkey Casserol

When Heather and I discuss recipe on blogs, we often mention our thoughts on the pictures of the food. People, if the food doesn’t look appetizing, don’t capture it on film, er … Camera Roll/Photo Stream. There are foods that look awesome in pictures. Burgers? Yep. Cupcakes or cakes? Yes sir. Casseroles? OH hell no. They are NEVER pretty. Ever. Just don’t worry about the picture of them.

With that established, there is no picture of this Taco Turkey Casserole but Megan at Honey We’re Home has a picture. It’s a pretty decent picture. I’ve taken her recipe and stepped it up a notch. It’s a simple recipe with 4 ingredients, but my version has 2 more to mix in.

Taco Turkey Casserole {recipe}


  • 1lb Extra lean ground turkey (Jennie O is my choice)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup Brown rice (I used instant)
  • taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup all natural sour cream (Lilly's or Breakstone are good choices)
  • 1 cup Colby Jack cheese


  1. Preheat oven 275.
  2. Brown the ground turkey. Then I add the seasoning and black beans to the meat. Cook the rice the same time you're browning the turkey. Combine the cooked rice into the meat. Stir for a good and even mix, then add sour cream and cheese, save some cheese for the top. Pop in the oven for 15 minutes, just enough to melt the cheese nicely.
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We clearly like our Mexican food here in Texas. We’ve got a Walking Taco Casserole, Taco Soup, Taco Salad, and Beef Taco Penne Pasta Kickasserole. After reading that list, we clearly need to branch out on the food we eat.

PS. on the kid scale – One had seconds and would have had thirds if he hadn’t been drawn in by M&Ms, another cleaned his plate and I’m just thankful that Savannah eats a meal instead of drinking her way through life these days.