Month: April 2016

11 Folks Who Had Us Rolling

11 Folks Who Had Us Rolling

Ahh, Friday, my second favorite F word… Food is my first favorite people so chill. Ok, yes I do have a foul mouth but hey, it’s better than having Fowl Language, or maybe not since I thought they were absolutely hysterical this week along with […]

DIY Scented Play Dough

DIY Scented Play Dough

Ever notice that when you play with your kids’ play dough your hands feel dry and kind of gross afterwards? Well that’s all of the salt in them. I can’t stand the feeling of it. Makes me think of nails on a chalk board; and […]

Tara Finds A Lost Friend – Why I wrote a children’s book

Tara Finds A Lost Friend – Why I wrote a children’s book

I have been asked, why did you decide to write a book? When I was in the 7th grade, I had an English teacher who made writing fun. By 8th grade, I lost that passion because I thought I was a terrible writer (just needed glasses). I hid the secret of wanting to write from everyone I knew. It wasn’t going to be for me. But that secret never left me. I wrote little stories and kept them hidden from others.

It wasn’t until I had been home for a year by myself and had a 5 month old that I realized I needed an outlet. So my blog started. I wrote without anyone seeing it but kept going. It felt great and like I was meant to be a writer. I found my tribe and my writing improved. More people saw my writing and reached out to me telling me I impacted them. That was great motivation for the days I felt like throwing in the towel.

Tara is my giant beast baby. Anyone who knows her can tell you she’s a lap dog in a 100lb body. She’s also very protective. When we would trail, Tara would become a different dog. You could see she was worried and truly wanted to find the missing person. Relief would wash over her when she found her subject. The story of Tara trailing kept popping in my head. It took almost a year for me to put it on paper. Her story is a unique one. Something many people don’t know the dogs can even do.

Tara needs your help though. While we tried to work with publishers, it wasn’t the right path. Tara and I went back to the start and got on the right trail and decided to self-publish. It’s not an easy or cheap process. We want to put Tara’s book in the hands of little ones everywhere. Even a $5 pledge can help print our book.

We want to thank our family and friends for your support. Mr. Hound has been there picking me up when I try to give up. Meemaw and Pappy Hound have helped push this to the next level. Mini has laughed at my silly illustrations and loved hearing the book. I also want to thank our amazing friends from Inland Empire Bloodhounds, without all of you, we never would have trained Tara.

Thank you to everyone who believes in this book.

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8 Funny Folks Who Made Us Laugh

8 Funny Folks Who Made Us Laugh

With a tragic week of death and natural disasters, it’s no wonder everyone seems like their down in the dumps. Dearly Beloved, We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. -Prince So let’s all share a laugh and remember that life […]

10 Funniest Folks Online This Week

10 Funniest Folks Online This Week

Spring has been here for 3 weeks now. So how is it that I am still seeing people posting photos of snow where they are? These people aren’t even in the southern hemisphere! In honor of them, I am dedicating this week of laughs to […]

Light Chicken Alfredo

Light Chicken Alfredo

Light Chicken Alfredo

Just say the word alfredo and my mouth will water worse than a teething baby; and my butt will grow. I can’t help but overindulge on it and make myself sick. Jake always says that it’s just too heavy and makes his belly fully. Well, duh, because it’s good food. So he asked me to try and come up with a lighter version of it. Excuse me? We both have Italian in us and you want me to tone down a dish and make it with less calories and lighter? Pff, nope, can’t be done! I don’t even want to dare try because that is just an insult to our heritage.

Well, I tried and came up with something delicious. It still has a rich and creamy flavor to it but you don’t feel like you have a brick in your stomach after you eat. Still not sure if I should be proud or ashamed. Maybe a little of both? You can tell me after you make it for yourself.

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Light Chicken Alfredo
Light Chicken Alfredo
Print Recipe
A lighter version of your favorite chicken alfredo dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Light Chicken Alfredo
Light Chicken Alfredo
Print Recipe
A lighter version of your favorite chicken alfredo dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Fill a pot with water and heat to a boil. Add a center palm full of salt.
  2. Flatten out chicken breasts for an easier grill, season and cook.
  3. While pasta is cooking, begin melting butter over medium heat. Once melted, add garlic. Garlic can be reduced if your not a fan of it.
  4. Once garlic is a straw brown color, lightly sprinkle in your flour and cook off the rawness. Pour in your milk and chicken broth. Whisk all together to mix and break up the clumps of flour.
  5. Heat to a light boil and slowly add your parmesan. Whisk in a little at a time to melt it down. Once it is all added, reduce the heat to a medium-low.
  6. Cook until it has thickened up. Stirring occasionally to prevent burning on the bottom. Once thickened up, taste it to see how much salt or pepper needs to be added. Drizzle over grilled chicken and drained pasta. Enjoy.
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Fun and Cheap Date Ideas

Fun and Cheap Date Ideas

After 11 years together, it can be hard to keep the spark alive. Jake has spent most of our relationship working out of town. I would do my best to go be with him but it was a rare time when I could. After we […]

15 Funny People Who Made Us Laugh

15 Funny People Who Made Us Laugh

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ― Dr. Seuss   Dr. Seuss was a wise man. That’s why I know he’d be happy that you get to find out […]

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

 

I have a weakness. It’s probably killing my heart while it fills it so much with happiness. The secret, I’m a carnivore. If I had short arms I would totally be a Tyrannosaurus Rex. I base every meal I plan around the protein I’ve selected. God wouldn’t have given me teeth to shred steak if he didn’t want me to use them. I’m just doing what makes him happy. And me filling my belly up with a succulent piggy makes me happy. Last night I made a delicious dinner of parmesan crusted pork chops, green beans, breadsticks and angel hair pasta with herbs.

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
Print Recipe
A pork chop dipped into a parmesan cheese blend and then seared off in a pan.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
Print Recipe
A pork chop dipped into a parmesan cheese blend and then seared off in a pan.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Whisk together egg yolk and milk. Fill a plate with bread crumbs, grated parmesan and seasoning salts.
  2. Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. I use a cast iron skillet. If you have an oven safe pan, that will work too.
  3. Dip the pork chops in the milk mixture. Then roll into bread crumb mix and coat each side.
  4. Place into hot pan. Sear off sides, about 2 minutes on each. Once all sides are seared off, place into oven. If you don't have an oven safe skillet then you can place these on a cookie rack on a baking sheet. Cook until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. This can take up to 30 minutes depending on the thickness of the filet.
Recipe Notes

If you want to make this dish a lighter version, you can use low-fat milk and substitute the butter with a vegetable oil.

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Running For God

Running For God

Wake up and see the clock saying 7 a.m. I let out a big groan and crawl out. My clothes are laid out on the couch the night before so I don’t wake up my family. Shoes tied, layers on, music rocking and I am […]


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