Chicken and Vegetable Ramen

Tonight I made a new twist with an old favorite around here. It was a hit thankfully. My family is only really picky when it comes to something new or different than they are use to.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lbs chopped chicken thigh or breast
  • chopped celery
  • chopped onion
  • chopped carrots
  • mushrooms
  • chicken flavored ramen
  • 4 cups water
  • garlic salt
  • olive oil

Cook your chicken, onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms in a pan with olive oil.

After cooking thoroughly mix in your 4 cups of water, season packages from the ramen package and garlic salt to taste. Bring to a boil.

Add your ramen noodles, let boil for two minutes, stir, then cover and remove from stove.

Let sit for 10 minutes.

Now it’s ready to eat!

Marriage

After your faith, your marriage is the most important thing you will have in your life. There’re so many other important responsibilities in your life. Like children, your job, relationships with your friends and family and chores. But the most important is your relationship with your spouse.

So often we put our children and their needs first. Their extracurricular activities, their joy and happiness and although that’s very important, your first responsibility isn’t to your children but it’s to your spouse. 

It’s so important to your children that they see the love, respect and care that goes into a marriage.  And it needs a lot of it. It’s important not to correct your spouse in front of the children (or anyone for that matter). They need to know that you are a team. They are a part of that team but mom and dad’s loyalty reigns with one another. 

What will you do when the children are grown and come to find out you spent so much time focused on the children that you don’t even know your spouse. That you didn’t take time to go through the growing and changing together and now there’s no children to make you feel the need to work things out or to continue to grow.

Marriage isn’t 50/50 it takes 100% effort from you both to make a marriage happy and successful. It takes giving way more than you take. It takes sitting aside your pride and having to be right and just letting the other “win” sometimes. Letting them have their time. Sometimes I have my days where I’m having a bad day or I’m moody and my husband just helps more with the kids or he lets me have my time to be moody that day without making things worse by arguing but I just never disrespect him. And there’s times when that role is reversed. 

In a marriage there’s a responsibility for each of you. No responsibility is more important than the other. No person is more important than the other but I am a strong believer that the husband is the head of the household. He makes all the final decisions in our home but he always talks things over with me and takes my input and if he doesn’t feel strongly one way or the other, he goes with my opinion or thoughts. Some people don’t like that old-fashioned way of living but as I stated each person in a marriage is equally as important as the other. I feel he can be the head of our home so I can be the heart. You need both. Both roles are necessary. 

Just remember your children watch everything you do. Not just what you say but how you live your life. Be their example of a marriage. Be their example of a good person. Be reliable. Be loving. And be respectful. Showing them love for others, especially your spouse, shows them love for themselves. It shows them how someone should treat them. No marriage is perfect and no marriage will ever be but making your marriage your main focus is certainly a start. 

Montgomery Antiques and Interiors to Host First Annual Antique Show to Benefit Landmark Foundation

From Montgomery Antiques and Interiors

  Excitement surrounding the Camellia Antiques & Interiors Show is hard to contain! Presented by Montgomery Antiques & Interiors, LLC, the inaugural show will debut March 13, 2020, and will host select antique dealers, interior designers, and home interior furnishing merchants from across Alabama and the Southeast.

     The speaker series will be an opportunity to enhance your knowledge about design trends and tips as well as the role of antiques in history and today’s designs.

The Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1967 to foster, encourage, and lead the historic preservation movement in Montgomery, Alabama. Landmarks oversees Old Alabama Town and works as an independent entity on community preservation and restoration projects.
With the purchase of the Ordeman House in 1967, Landmarks and the City of Montgomery began a unique partnership that has resulted in the restoration and interpretation of 50 authentically restored 19th and early 20th century structures stretching six blocks through historic downtown Montgomery. Many of these structures are clustered together into the authentic history village, Old Alabama Town, which is open for public tours. The remaining structures are rented out as commercial real estate.
Mission Statement
To preserve, interpret and present Central Alabama’s architecture, history and culture.
 Montgomery Antiques & Interiors was founded in September of 2012, and is home to over twenty different vendors from all across Alabama. Our gallery offers a variety of fine antiques, designer interiors, and accents. We also carry a great selection of sterling silver, and antique and vintage jewelry. In addition, MAI provides in-store repair for your clocks and light fixtures.
    Inside our large showroom, you will find striking examples of many styles of period pieces including: Art Nouveau, Baroque, Chippendale, Danish Modern, Dutch, Edwardian, Empire, Federal, French Country, French Provincial, Georgian, Gothic, Hepplewhite, Jacobean, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Mid-Century Modern, Mission, Neoclassical, Queen Anne, Regency, Renaissance, Rococo, Romantic, and Victorian.
    Our vendors also provide an excellent inventory of quality oriental rugs, as well as, a multitude of silver, brass, and bronze.
    At MAI, we believe in mixing old with new. Yesterday’s treasures are truly a part of today’s design. Antique pieces offer such character and detail to any look, while also bringing forth the ability to be repurposed for a function that fits your needs. Whether mounting a t.v. above a French buffet, or adapting a carved oak cabinet into a cool bar, antiques can easily become that wow factor or focal point to any room.
    Come see how to freshen up your look with the blending of antiques, designer interiors, and accents.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

Wetumpka, AL

I chose Wetumpka first because it’s one of my favorite places in Alabama. It is the neighboring town to mine. So much history, beautiful communities, perseverance after tragedy and great shops and food.

Everyone has driven through Wetumpka at one time or another if you’ve travelled through Alabama.

Recently, they have updated downtown and that includes the streets.

Many people that I have spoken with have all agreed that it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of many in the area but especially the help of Jenny Stubbs. Jenny is the Executive Director of Main Street Wetumpka. According to their website “Main Street Wetumpka is an independent, nonprofit organization, Main Street’s mission is to revitalize its once-bustling downtown business district.”

It’s absolutely beautiful! You can find a live video of downtown here.


Bibb Graves Bridge in Wetumpka

While visiting the historical downtown, be sure to take a walk over the beautiful historical Bibb Graves Bridge.

Photos from encyclopediaofalabama.org


My all time favorite place to eat in Wetumpka is Coaches Corner. They serve fresh chicken chunks and my other favorite is the buffalo fries. YUMMY! They have that good ranch. 😉

Stay in the downtown area for shopping GALORE! The beauty of the historical buildings just makes it even more enjoyable.


Elmore County Museum

Another great tour to make is of the Elmore County Museum. Packed with history and charm.

Photos from encyclopediaofalabama.org


Some other choices to visit while in Wetumpka:

For more information on Wetumpka visit The Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce or Main Street Wetumpka.

Taking Time for Yourself

As wives and moms it is so difficult taking time for yourself. When I wake up I am getting the husband off to work, the kids ready and off to school and then myself ready for work. I’m usually exhausted before I even leave home.

At work I am non-stop and attempting to be the best employee possible. Then it’s home to cook, clean and in soccer season there’s practice and games 3-4 days per week.

It’s hard to find time for yourself. Hard but necessary.

I take at least one hour before bed and I just peacefully catch up on my shows or take a nice comfortable bubble bath. I also take one hour per week to care for myself. I get a massage, get my nails done or hair. It’s this time I need to recharge. I cut all social media connections and I even cut my ringer off.

Before I started doing these things I was overwhelmed and over exhausted. I love caring for my family. I always have but in this time alone it’s not just for my health but also my children. If I am a healthy me. They are happier and healthier.

Mom decides how everyones day will go. If I am rushing and in a bad mood that sets the day in motion for everyone else. That’s just not what I want for my husband or my babies.

Take the time for yourself and DON’T feel bad about it! A healthier happier you means a healthier and happier family. Every woman deserves to be pampered. Go do it! Set that time aside and enjoy it. Even if it’s you going to a movie alone.

You take such great care of your family. Take care of you!

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chicken: Whole, legs, breast.. Whatever Chicken of your choice. I like getting an already cooked rotisserie chicken from Sams or Walmart. 

Add 10 cups of water to pot. Add chopped celery and carrots. Add onions if you like them. 

Chop the chicken and cook until done or add already cooked chicken, chopped.  NO BONES!

Season water with Mrs. Dash and salt and pepper. Add 2 Cups of Coffeemate coffee creamer. Use whisk to smooth it out. NO CLUMPS! Then add your packaged tortellini to ingredients and cook until done. 

To thicken. Take a half a cup of cold water and mix in 1/4 cup of corn starch. Mix vigorously then add to pot. Stir and cut off your stove. Let the ingredients sit in the pan to bring the flavors together for 20 minutes. ENJOY!

Struggles of a Working Mama

I’ve been working full time for one year now. Oddly it’s been the fastest year of my life. As much as I love most aspects of my life I have found it impossible to keep up with everything lately. 

Just when I feel like it can’t get any harder my kids are sick. 

As a mom I look around and feel so blessed. I have an amazing husband and healthy girls. I have an amazing job but the hardest thing I’ve ever done is being a working mom. 

It starts first thing in the morning with trying to get my husband off to work then taking 10 minutes for myself to drink my coffee before the kids wake up. Then it’s getting them ready, lunchboxes, making sure nothing needs to be signed or taken care of before school. Then when they’re finally on the bus I have to get myself ready and make sure everything’s clean and together for practice or games that I will need to rush home to get them to after a full day of work. And then after practice it’s dinner, baths and bedtime. 

Weekends again are spent at games, church or birthday parties. Then do it again on Monday. 

Dads you are hardworking and great dads I won’t take that from you but if you’re like my household when he comes home his day is done. In the mornings he only has to get himself ready. Oh how that would be great.

I know someday I will miss the chaos and the ball games and I don’t look forward to that day…..okay maybe a little, but exhaustion is at an all time high at the moment. 

I appreciate every single moment. But sometimes it’s okay to say it’s freaking hard being a mom. Rewarding but hard. 

Not only are we physically caring for them but we are trying our best to raise good humans. God fearing, kind, giving humans. 

When you’re a working mom you feel like you can’t give everything to one place. While I’m home I think about the things I need to do at work so that takes from my family emotionally and physically and like today I took the day off for my sick kiddo. So now I feel like the worst employee ever. But my family takes priority. Then, when I’m at work I am thinking about things that need to be done when I get home or later that night. So all in all I feel like I’m not a good enough anything. I’m not a good enough employee, wife or mom. 

I can’t imagine life without my family or my work and I hope to never have to but I’ve come to the conclusion that one person can only do or be so much. My devotion after Christ is to my responsibilities as a wife, mom, friend and employee. I think it’s okay not to be a superstar at everything ALL of the time. It’s okay to just try your hardest at everything you do and if for that day you decide not to be the perfect mom or employee that’s okay. As long as it doesn’t become a habitual thing. 

Your sanity and your health are too important for that much stress. Stress no one but YOU puts on yourself. 

Go home get in bed at 6 p.m. and tell those kids or daddy I am taking one day… or two days this week and no one is to bother me. Don’t ask me for anything. Act as if I am not here. You put the kids to bed dad and I am going to Netflix and popcorn for the night. They need to know your time for yourself is important. Time to recharge. 

It’s for YOU but it’s so that you can be the best YOU for THEM!