4 ingredient Pot Pie

A couple of years ago I took into a bite of something that blew my mind. Very few things in this world actually blow my mind, so I knew this was a hit. My cousin sent me a piece of her Pot Pie and I immediately asked for the recipe. When the list she gave me only consisted of 4 things it became THAT much better. Today as I was eating a yummy, warm, and perfectly creamy piece, I knew I needed to share it with you guys. It’s perfect for this time of year when it’s annoyingly cold and you just want to sit under a blanket all day. Let’s get cooking!

What you need:

  1. 2 pack of frozen pie crusts
  2. 1 can of cream of chicken
  3. 1 can of mixed veggies
  4. 1 large can of cooked chicken

Putting it all together:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and let your pie crusts sit out on the counter to get a little softer during the preheat time.
  2. Mix all of your canned ingredients together in a medium bowl for the pie filling.
  3. Take your filling and pile it all into one of the pie crusts.
  4. Take your second pie crust and lay it crust side down on top of the other pie crust (see picture below to get an idea of what it looks like).
  5. Take your fingers and press down on the aluminum pie pan of the second pie crust and then ease the edges of the pie pan up, pulling it away from the crust.  This crust flattens on top of the bottom crust during the cooking process.
  6. Gently pull the pie pan off of the 2nd pie crust.
  7. Cover the edges of your pie crust with foil to prevent from burning.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until crust is nice and golden brown.
  9. Let sit for about 5 minutes and then EAT!

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The filling itself is worth devouring.

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What is your favorite winter food? :)

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

The hubby found this recipe on Pinterest this past week and asked that I make it. Of course I said yes, not just because I wanted to give him what he wanted but because it looked delicious! Who doesn’t love a warm, freshly baked breakfast with delicious, fresh ingredients! This is the first time I’ve actually dabbled into cooking with lemon zest. Usually I just skip it since I break out like crazy and get rashes when I touch acidic fruit. It was worth the extra work being careful. It really does add in a nice citrus-y, fresh flavor.

It turned out gorgeous!

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Even the plate looks pretty.

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Go check out Alexandra’s Kitchen for the original recipe!

5 Prayers to say everyday for your Husband

My days have been filled with snow cream, naps, and snuggles all week. It’s day 4 of being snowed. On Monday we got 14 inches of snow, which is very rare nowadays. We get a snow like this like once every 10 years. While it was awesome to see such a snow fall and be snowed in with my hubby for 4 whole days (6 day weekend!), it is a little stressful when you can’t get out of the drive way and make it to work. We are on one income, which is a blessing to be able to afford but when my husband can’t get to his job, it makes the budget a little bit tighter. Thankfully his boss let him use 1 vacation day and I have master budgeting skills to make it work. Don’t ask why in the world his work didn’t shut down when the rest of the county did, because I still haven’t been able to fathom it myself just yet.

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I’m super thankful that regardless of all the snow, that me and my family and friends have kept power. I prayed and prayed for God to keep everyone’s power on because saying it’s cold here would be an understatement. We had record breaking cold temps here today, which is why my husband was snowed in for a 4th day. The roads seem to be cleared out but a nice layer of ice has formed on the snow that began to melt yesterday. So all our tires could do is spin and spin and spin this morning. Here’s hoping all of the winter snow came at once and we won’t have to deal with any more large amounts of snow for the rest of the year!

Last week I posted 5 things you should pray for your marriage, everyday , and this week I wanted to post a similar piece focused on just your husband. Prayer is powerful and I have seen it work in amazing ways. I think it’s really important to pray for things that others need as well, not just ourselves. After all, I’m sure prayers from others has helped you out in one way or another at some point. When it comes to praying for your husband, keep the prayers selfless. Instead of praying for him to just do the dishes or help you around the house more, pray for his own well being. What loving wife wants her husband to be less than happy? Not any of them that I know. There are a ton of prayers we could pray over our husband but there 5 I think are especially important to be blessed with every single day of the year.

Safety. In a world full of hazard’s left and right, it’s never a bad thing to pray for your husbands safety. Especially when they work in environment where injuries can occur easily if they aren’t careful (like my husband). He has came home with burns and bruises quite a few times. Instead of whimpering over them, I pray that he be more careful and that God protects him from major harm. Growing up my Dad almost got his finger cut off by a machine and my Papaw has had a few spider bites from Brown Recluses from his job that ended up requiring surgery and he almost lost his entire hand. I’m thankful none of these things have happened to my husband but you never know what will happen. So say a prayer for God to look out for your husband and protect him from harm each and every day. I know there have been many times where I should have been badly hurt but by the grace of God ended up dodging it.

Spiritual Guidance. God guiding my spirit has been such a relief and life changing thing for me. God always knows what’s best for us and being able to trust in God to lead us down all the right paths gives comfort on a whole other level. I’m so glad that most days I am able to remind myself while I’m in the middle of a mini panic-attack that God has my back and that I shouldn’t sweat it because God will work it out. It calms me down almost every time (I’m trying to get better at it). I pray for my husband to be able to trust in God and follow him in each moment of his life. I pray that he can turn to God in his moments of weakness and seek guidance on what to do and receive comfort. I want my husband to be able to experience the wonders of God, just like I can.

Fulfillment. It’s so easy to want, want, want, isn’t it? It can be so easy to get wrapped up in the mind set that “I don’t have enough”. I pray every day that my husband can be fulfilled in the moment for the life he has been given. I pray God gives him fulfillment so he isn’t always feeling like he wants more and more and more. Sure, there are things we can and should try and reach for to better our circumstances. But many of us are pretty blessed to say the least. When we have the feeling of wanting more, we feel less than happy. I don’t want my husband to ever feel like he doesn’t have enough. Instead I want him to be grateful for the blessings he does have.

Laughter. What is life without laughter? My husband makes me laugh everyday and even if I am stressed out, the moments I spend laughing with him is a moment I am spending lighting up and enjoying life. I pray everyday that my husband can always have a sense of humor and will always be able to laugh at some point in his day. Even if it’s just for a second. Laughter is a little vacation from the stress in your mind. Laughter is present in some of life’s most precious moments. I pray that his life is full of laughter (so far, so good, he laughs at almost anything) so he can always look back and remember those moments in his life instead of the less than funny ones.

Happiness. Of course, this is an obvious one, but the most important. I pray that my husband is always happy. I pray for that every single day. I don’t expect him to be happy in every little moment, we all have those strained, stressed out moments in life. But I pray for him to be over all happy when he looks at the big picture. I pray for him to know what will bring him happiness and to embrace it always. No one needs a life that is full of unhappiness. So I pray that he is over all happy with most aspects of his life and when the unhappy ones come, he can surround himself with the things that do make him happy. Happiness is everyone’s ultimate goal and I pray my husband has it, every single day.

I spend a decent time in prayer everyday. I usually pray before bed, a little when I wake up, and when I shower, sometimes when I drive. You can never pray enough and no prayer is insignificant. Each one is heard and answered in some sort of way. Remember to pray for your marriage and your husband when you are thanking God and praying for some relief from the cold weather. It will change his life.

Praying for your and yours! Stay warm.

What are some prayers you pray for your husband everyday?

5 things you should Pray for your Marriage, everyday.

I’m no newbie when it comes to prayer. I have been praying everyday since I was a small child. I grew up in and out of church and recently just got back into it. Regardless of when and when I did not attend church, I have always prayed and had my faith. I believe prayer is powerful in so many ways. I have had mine answered over and over again, sometimes in ways that I didn’t even pray for. When it comes to Marriage, there is a reason a few prayers are said when you say your vows. It’s because it’s so vital to keeping your marriage at it’s best. Here are 5 very important things you should pray for your marriage each day.

  1. Pray for God to be wrapped up in your marriage. In the middle, above, below, all around, and in every single single inch of your marriage. When you place your Marriage into God’s hands, it is in the safest place it can ever be. With God guiding your Marriage, it will go to beautiful places. Yes, you will still have fights and the occasional tough time, but those are all for a reason. Be it to appreciate each other more or to realize just how important something may be. Trust God to take your Marriage to all of the right places.
  2. Pray to be the best spouse you can be. In today’s busy world, I see couples time and time again neglecting their spouse and their needs. Pray everyday for God to help you be the greatest Spouse you can be for your husband. We should always strive to be the best we can be so we can give our spouse the best of us. We expect the same from our husbands so we need to be able to do the same for them. We can’t always be perfect but giving it our best is important. We need to be able to be there for our spouses in all ways we possibly can. By praying for God to help us with this, he can help eliminate distractions that keep you from giving your Spouse the best.
  3. Pray for God to help the both of you to communicate with each other. I’m sure I have mentioned it before, but communication is one of the strongest, if not the strongest, piece in any marriage. Without communication, you can grow apart for your spouse, damaging the closeness you have. When you don’t communicate, wants and needs go unanswered and your happiness is effected. When you don’t communicate, you are damaging the bond the two of you share. You should always be able to tell your spouse anything and everything. This is one of the reasons having a person to spend the rest of your life with is so wonderful, you are never alone. If you are having trouble communicating in your marriage, pray for God to help you and your spouse learn how to do it effectively. This helps build trust, the other most important thing for a Marriage!
  4. Pray for God to fill your Marriage with respect. When you respect your spouse and your Marriage, you are going to treat them/it better. When you don’t have respect, you feel less obligated to care for your Marriage. When you respect your Spouse, you are even more in love with them and you are more likely to take your spouse seriously. Respect is a powerful force that can make or break your feelings for someone. Pray to God to help/sustain respect in your Marriage.
  5. Pray for God to help your Marriage go the distance. Divorce is running rampant these days. People are divorcing left and right, and it’s sad. Some people cripple under stressful times in their marriage, believing that starting over with someone else would be easier. God did not create divorce and doesn’t like it when a Marriage falls a part. So pray for God to protect your marriage from divorce and to help the two of you be strong when things get shakey.

There are many more things to pray for your marriage. You can never pray enough for your precious bond with your husband. Along with your Marriage, be sure and pray for your husband. Check back next week to see 5 ways to Pray for your Husband! I’m praying that all Marriages be filled with happiness and comfort today! Keep praying!

What are some things you pray for your Marriage?

How to make a Goal Plan: a plan designed to help you reach ANY goal.

IMG_1065Through out life, we have all had many goals. Some of us, well to be honest- most of us, have probably failed at at least one of those goals a time or two. If not, YOU GO! I admire your dedication. But, back to the 90% of us. It’s so easy to dream, it’s so easy to point out the things in our lives and how we want to change them, and it’s also so easy to move on to a new goal or dream or put the goal on the back burner. Things just happen that end up keeping us from them. Sometimes they are things that legitimately get in the way, like breaking your ankle as you train for a marathon but most of the time, we end up making excuses and slap the word “reason” on it as we try to convince ourselves that the “reason” is totally a block and that we will get to it whenever we can. I have done this my entire life. Always wanting to do something, but always failing at it for some reason excuse.

I stopped doing that last year and it has changed my life in so many ways. I have reached goals that I had been wanting to for 10 years or longer. It feels amazing and I am so proud of myself for reaching them. What helped me reach them was having a Goal Plan and one of the most important things we as humans can probably learn, discipline. 

Believe it or not, you are already pretty disciplined. Think about it, you go to work each day when you really don’t want to. Now, you’re probably saying, “I only do that because I have to not because I’m disciplined.” And that is where you are wrong. Yes, you do partake in things because you have to, but that in itself is a big part of discipline, having a reason, realizing it, and following through. If you didn’t have any kind of discipline, you would probably just stay in bed in the mornings and let your utilities get shut off, but I’m betting you don’t.

In a Goal Plan we use discipline. The two are like Peanut Butter and Jelly. They compliment each other perfectly and if you leave one of them out, it just isn’t the same. So get out a piece of paper (or print out the handout below), something to write with, and let’s make you your own Goal Plan so you can start reaching your goals too. If you can’t do it now, just bookmark this post and come back to it later. I promise, this is something you are going to want to do. It changed my life and I know it will change yours.

  1. So, first things first. We need to state your goal. For the sake of this article, I’m going to use my own personal goal so you can see examples. This one is really simple, just state your goal.     Goal: 

    to lose 50 pounds.

  2. The second step is to figure out the reason, WHY, you want to reach this goal. This could be any reason, try to be as specific and as honest as possible. This will help you stay clear about why you’re doing this and it will keep you motivated.                                                                         Reason: 

    I want to live a longer life and feel better about myself.

  3. Next you need to justify why the reason for your goal is important. This can also be for many reasons, to make yourself happy, to better the world, to strengthen your marriage. You need a reason for your reason. This will help you to drive your reasons home and make you realize how important they really are to you.                                                                             Why is this important?

    If I died young, I would be missing out on a life full of joy and would be leaving those who loved me behind. Plus, confidence is a major factor in happiness. Who wants to live a less than happy life?

  4. Now we need to establish what happens if you fail at your goal. Will you be less than happy, will your marriage have unmet needs, will your health suffer? When you realize what is at stake, you realize how much you will lose by ditching your goal. List as many as you can think of.         What if I fail? 

    I could die earlier than I should have due to heart disease or something like that, I could develop diabetes, I won’t have as much confidence as I would like and thus putting a damper on the life I do live, pain for my loved ones, my children may follow my foot steps of bad eating habits. (*note: I think everyone should feel confident in whatever body they have and love, I personally would just feel more confident in mine if I were healthier.)

  5. What do you need to do to reach this goal? This is one of the most important steps to a Goal Plan. If you don’t realize the steps you need to take, how will you get there? If you don’t know, take some time to think about it, do some research, or ask someone.                         How will I reach my goal?

    I will eat proper portion sizes, I will exercise at least 4 days a week, I will do yoga, I will add in more fruits and veggies to my diet.

  6. This is the final step and the one to spend the most time on. You need to ask yourself what kind of obstacles you may face and how to get by them. When it comes to failing at goals, it’s often because something pops up and we end up caving or getting weak. Addressing the issues ahead of time will help you to be prepared when they come so you don’t end up making the wrong choice and going back on your goal.                                                                             What kind of obstacles will I face? How will I tackle them?

    I REALLY want a cookie: I will eat 1 cookie, not 3.

    I am too tired to work out: I power through it and gain natural energy from the work out.

    My mom wants to go out to dinner: I will control how much I eat and leave behind the leftovers.

    I had a bad day: Exercise releases endorphin’s do your brain, thus making you happy. And will dodging your goal make you feel better?

    I haven’t lost any weight yet: I will keep trying.

 

And there we have it. A simple, 6 step goal plan that will help you stay focused on what you want to accomplish and actually get you there. Often when we fail at our goals, it’s because we lack something that this goal plan addresses. Feel free to print my copy out here and just fill it out on your own. Carry it around with you, make a copy for your fridge, put it on your desk. Whatever helps you remember your goal and why it’s important, do it. Thanks to this goal plan, I have finally been losing the weight I have wanted to for so long, I am almost finished writing my first novel, and I am saving for my first home with my husband. No goal is too big or too small to use the plan for and I recommend filling it out for each one of your goals and any new goals you may come across.

Good luck to you and your goals and be sure and check back in and let me know how your goal reaching is doing!

Download the printable Goal Plan here!   Goal Plan

My Top 5 Pinterest Valentine’s Day Ideas.

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Valentine’s Day is coming soon! I am was just discussing our plans with my husband. It is bittersweet that it falls on a Saturday. My husband is off so I actually get to spend the day with him BUT it being a Saturday, the restaurants will be so packed. Where we are currently living with my mother for the next few months as we save up for a house, we feel the need to go out and get away that night. However, the wait will be worth a romantic dinner with my hubby.

During the Holidays, I flock to Pinterest for cute and creative ideas. I come up with my own but it’s also fun to see what other’s suggest in case I come across cute ideas there too. There are a ton of cute ideas on Pinterest this year that I wanted to share with my readers. I had so many I loved, but in the end, these were my Top 5 favorites of all the favorites!

1.) A Sensual Box

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loved this idea when I saw it. It’s creative and uses all 5 senses. I think I myself would love to receive this gift. It’s customizable to suit your own husband and what he likes, but think senses. For example, Smell: Cologne, Hear: what about a favorite CD? You get the idea. You can find the original article here to see how to put it together and what she used.

2.) A Giant Heart Gift Box

Anyone can get Heart Neopolitanan ordinary box of chocolates. But your husband isn’t just ordinary. He’s special with his own favorite kind of candy. Most of us have our favorites in a box of chocolate and then we have some of our not so favorites. By creating him a giant heart box filled with things you know he loves, he won’t have to skip over the ones he doesn’t like and waste them, he will like every single thing in the box! The original post and how to is http://www.marthastewart.com/326934/giant-heart-gift-box. I think i’ll be making one of these for my hubby!

3.) One year of Dates Envelope

This was Year-of-Dates-Gift-Ideasuch a super sweet idea. And talk about convenient. Sometimes dates can become routine, dinner and a movie every time. They are wonderful too, I very much enjoy my nights out to dinner and a movie with my husband but this envelope spices things up and it creates a way to save money too. You have 1 date at Home and 1 Out. So you are having 2 dates but only spending a lot of money on the only one that involves going out. Instead of having to ponder on what you should do for a date..you’ll have this envelope on hand. You won’t have to think about it, you just grab the envelope and see what is in store. You can customize it to your own town too! If I can come up with enough date ideas, I plan on doing this one too! Go visit the original post to find out how to make it, right here.

4.) 14 days of Valentine’s Day

This one is exci14 days of Valentinesting and sweet, all in one. Imagine waking up everyday to a new treat. You will spend the day pondering on what the next one will be while you enjoy the one you got that day. You can buy your husband’s favorites and start giving them to him on the 1st! Maybe giving him his favorite on the 14th. Check out the original post to see the cute things she left on the treats to give you some ideas to leave your sweet hubby.

5.) Sticky Note Heart of Love

Talk about swooPost-it-notes-for-Valentines-Dayn! The idea of leaving him a big heart of sticky notes is cute enough, but putting a reason why you love him on each one is incredibly sweet. Put it in a place he will see Valentine’s Day morning when he wakes up. This could be his car windshield, the bathroom mirror (just make sure he won’t see it in the middle of the night if he gets up),or the refrigerator. He will have the perfect day once he sits and reads all of the reasons you love him. Some people put this on cookies, but I like the idea of paper because he can keep them forever. Here is the original post with 39 more Valentine’s Day Ideas!

What do you plan on doing for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Do any of these ideas give you an idea? Let me know in the comments below!

Healthy Make Over: Salmon Patties

Growing up, my mom had always made these delicious salmon patties. They were dipped in flour and deep fried in Vegetable Oil. They are INCREDIBLE. This past week I was curious on what to make with the extra Salmon I had on hand. Last week I made some yummy Coconut Crusted Salmon and had 4 pieces of Salmon left in the big bag of Salmon I got a really good deal on at the store. I’ve never been a fan of just plain Salmon or slightly marinated Salmon, I grew up eating it deep fried. When I came across the coconut recipe I figured I should give it try, and the big bag of it was cheaper than buying 2, 2 packs. But anyways, I had extra Salmon and you should really compare prices on all the different Salmon options you have at your store if you are a big Salmon lover.

My husband brought up the idea of Salmon patties. I was like, “YES!” I love Salmon Patties. But we have been eating our “dinner for lunches” on the healthier side. I like it that way. Not for dieting purposes, for health purposes. So I began to ponder if there was a healthier way to make them. Needless to say, after 1.5 hours in the kitchen experimenting, I had some delicious Salmon patties ready to dig into that came with no guilt. So I am excited to share the recipe with you. It is super easy to cook and you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand.

Ingredients 

  • 4 fresh Salmon Filets (skinless)
  • 1 cup of Bread Crumbs (any kind, I used Traditional)
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijion Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons of Soy Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sriracha (our your favorite hot sauce)
  • 1/4 Cup of Diced Onions
  • 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Parsley (chopped)
  • 3 Eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1.5 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Whip it up

  1. In a Blender or Food Processor, Chop together your Salmon, Eggs, and Parsley until the Salmon and Parsley is minced and the eggs are fully beaten. (You can beat eggs separate and Chop up the Salmon and Parsley by hand if you wish.)
  2. Mix the Salmon and Egg Mixture along with a nice pinch of Salt and Pepper, The Onions, The Soy Sauce, The Dijon Mustard, The Sriracha, and the Bread Crumbs together in a large bowl.
  3. Heat oil in pan on Medium High Heat. While it is heating up, pat out your Salmon mixture into patties.
  4. Once Oil is heated, cook the patties on each side for 4-5 minutes or until Golden Brown.
  5. EAT! :)

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Serve with whatever your favorite veggies are. I served mine with Steamed Broccoli and Sauteed Mushrooms and Green Beans. It was delicious!

Have any questions or comments? What is your favorite way to eat Salmon. Comment below!

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