Southwestern Chicken Pot Pie
Homemade Granola Bars
Sweet Potato Casserole
Menu Monday

a merry minted christmas


{no, your eyes do not deceive you.  i'm blogging.  and, yes, it HAS been seven months to the date since my last post, but more on that later...}   the holidays.  i swear they creep up on us faster and faster every year.  there's just something not right about seeing christmas decorations mingling with halloween candy & fake jack-o-lanterns.  but, i guess it's just a not-so-subtle reminder that, yes, virginia, there is a santa claus and while he's making his list and checking it twice, you had BEST be checking your holiday card list & making sure addresses are up to date. i'll admit that i'm pretty slack when it comes to holiday cards.  some folks in my instagram feed already have their cards tucked safely in addressed AND stamped envelopes.  my holiday cards?  um, … [Read more...]

the allstate foundation’s drive it home show {a recap}


last week, i was given the opportunity to attend an event about teen driving sponsored by the allstate foundation & the national safety council.  although i am not the parent of a teenager, i AM the parent of a tween and - before i know it - my first born child will be behind the wheel.  the mere thought of having a teen driver in a few short years is enough to give me heart palpitations. {i attended the event with my blogging bestie, in the center, & we also met the genius behind mom on dealz.  and, no, i don't always have a flower pot on my head!} back in the 1990s when i got my driver's license, i had a learner's permit for a few months and i remember standing in front of a judge when i was issued my "real" driver's license.  i remember being frustrated because i was heavy … [Read more...]

the drive it home show {a.k.a. an invitation for local readers}

  hey local readers!  i'd love for you to join me at the DRIVE IT HOME SHOW, presented by the National Safety Council and Allstate foundation, on Wednesday, april 10th.  if you have a tween, teen, or are concerned about teen driving safety, it will be an informative {and entertaining!} event.  please fee free to share this post with anyone who might like to attend. details are as follows: what:  Drive it Home Show, presented by the National Safety Council and Allstate Foundation when:  wednesday, april 10th from 7pm to 8:15pm where:  sandler center for the performing arts {201 market street, virginia beach, va  23462} price:  FREE!  {no tickets required} parking:  if you're a hampton roads local and are familiar with virginia beach's town center … [Read more...]

guess who’s back?

whew. that was a l-o-n-g blogging hiatus.  honestly?  it was completely unintentional.  after all, i was on the computer nearly every day since my last blog post.  but, i guess wasting away on twitter & facebook is much easier than coming up with blog content...sometimes. so what have i been up to? well, i got a fresh, new look thanks to this fabulous lady.  i am IN LOVE with my blog's new look & i think a new design is just what i needed to get back into the blogging groove. my long winter break is about to come to an end.  i start student teaching next week.  i'm nervous.  i'm excited.  and, i'm glad that my graduate school career is nearing its end. i spent a lot of time with my family over the holidays.  my mother visited us for a while and, shortly after … [Read more...]

chicken pot pie with a twist.

Southwestern Chicken Pot Pie

sometimes, on saturday mornings, i relax in bed and watch food network.  of course, sometimes i watch food network late at night, too.   i've decided that it doesn't matter what time of day you watch food always get HUNGRY.  but, back to what i was saying about watching food network in bed on a saturday morning... an episode of the best thing i ever made was on television.  the focus of that particular day's epsiode?  chicken.  we eat a LOT of chicken.  i try my very best to vary the chicken dishes that i make...i'm constantly on the hunt for new, yummy chicken dishes.  yummy chicken dishes like sunny anderson's southwestern chicken pot pie.  not only is this recipe ridiculously delicious, but it's also super easy to make {yes, even the homemade crust is easy peasy}. … [Read more...]