Operation Pintrest: Round 2 Day 3

I really meant to get this posted earlier, but my life has become suddenly busy, and I’m learning to prioritize…guess what comes after so many other things…blogging. :)

Lime and Jalapeño Chicken Skewers

  • 8 boneless (skinless chicken thighs)
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil (for grilling)
  • For the Chicken Marinade:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Lime juice
  • 2 jalapenos (sliced thinly)
  • 24 skewers
  • For the Guacamole:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 jalapeno (seeded and finely minced)
  • 1/3 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

I cannot tell you how yummy these were!!! First, I only did 1 jalapeno. And, I took the seeds out b/c I was worried they’d be too spicy for the kids. I only made one mistake…I didn’t make enough chicken!!! Here is my picture:
















As you see, I only had 1 skewer…because my family was begging for more so I gave my other one away! Heath said 4 out of 5. Madysen said, “I don’t care; I just want more!” Hunter gave it a 10 out of 5. Does that say how much they loved this chicken! I served with rice and squash too…not sure why, but I did.

So, all of that to say…go make this meal! My kids loved the skewers…I think it made it look more fun! :)

Tonight, I made Roast. Not sure why my gravy didn’t work but the roast itself was amazing! All about cooking it on low for HOURS!!! I don’t have a recipe b/c it’s a hand-me-down from my mom. Sorry! Go find one on Pintrest and cook it! :) Put potatoes, onions, and carrots in there. YUM!!!

Wednesday: Dinner fail, but something else is good!

Hello everyone!

Yesterday was a cooking fail…I totally forgot to put the crockpot lasagne in…so guess what. We went through a drive-thru b/c that’s what happens! Even with a good plan, when I get distracted or off my schedule, things go wrong and something has to give. Tuesday it was cooking dinner, and you know what? that’s okay! It’s not that big of a deal. I didn’t as healthy as I needed to, but I did eat (and NO french fries either, or dr pepper. I did have a diet dp tho). And, we sat down at the dinner table with fast food and still ate together as a family. So hey, that’s life!

Tonight, I’ll be cooking the chicken and moving the lasagne to Friday night. No chicken parm that night…mostly b/c chicken isn’t out of the freezer yet, but the ground turkey is! LOL

I do want to share something else with you today.

This morning, while I was getting dressed for yoga, I decided to take a photo of my weight loss aka “Get Off My Butt” progress. I seriously, don’t want to see myself with a sportsbra on, but it’s a challenge I gave myself. To be vulnerable with the world. I am overweight, but I’m working on it. I’m getting healthy, for me…for my family too. So, here is the before and after picture!!! (well during really. I’m far from my goal, but that’s ok.)











I’m not sure if you can tell. I’m still fat, but I think there is a difference. One, I did just a sports bra and not a tank…so that means something right!?!? Madysen’s room is a bit more messy, but I did get rid of that grey box worth of toys!! LOL

Other stats I want to share with you:

On Aug 2, I started doing measurements. Since then, (about when I started yoga and entered my phase 3 of my “Get off my Butt” transition) I have lost the following:

waist: -2 inches

hips: -1 inch

bust: -3/4 inch

arms: -3/4 inch

thighs: -1/5 inch

I’ve also lost 4 pounds since then. I think I gained muscle though. I’m excited and feel so much better! Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me along the way!
And, if there is anyone who is considering getting off your butt, YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Operation Pintrest: Round 2 Day 2

Good evening everyone!!
Hope all of you are doing well.

Are you ready for the report from tonight’s dinner?

Garlic Lime Pork Tenderloin (linked to original site—for Pintrest Link click HERE)

Garlic Lime Marinated Pork Chops
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 pork chop • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 194.6 • Fat: 7.8 g • Protein: 27.7 g • Carb: 2.3 g • Fiber: 0.6 g • Sodium: 235.5 mg


  • 4 (6 oz each) lean boneless pork chops
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 lime, juice of
  • lime zest
  • salt and fresh pepper

Trim any fat off pork. In a large bowl season pork with garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Squeeze lime juice and some zest from the lime and let it marinade at least 20 minutes.

Line broiler pan with foil for easy clean up. Place pork chops on the broiler pan and broil about 4-5 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.

What I did differently: I actually made this a few weeks ago using Pork Chops, but needed to try it a little differently this time–saving $ by using my frozen meats. 

I had 2 lbs of frozen pork tenderloin. I thawed out in fridge for 2 days, then marinated them in a double batch of the above recipe for approximately 5 hours. I then put both in a Pampered Chef Stone 9×13 pan and cooked on 350 for 40 minutes, rotating 2-3 times to cook evenly. Oh! I also poured remaining marinade in the pan.





















Here is the first tenderloin cut up and ready to serve! This is the perfect size for our family. (I cut up the second one and froze it for a later, in a crunch dinner!)





















And, can I just say…Heath and I liked it BETTER than the pork chops!! It was amazing!!! The minced garlic (out of the jar) coated the tenderloin and was so yummy!!! Hunter saved it for last so he didn’t finish with the taste of spinach…but gave it a 4 out of 5!! Madysen gave it a 0 of 5 b/c she “nibbled” the garlic and decided she was going to have nothing to do with it; therefore, I’m throwing out her score because it was irrational! LOL

Now, for the rest of dinner:





















I did the garlic lime pork tenderloin, serving of sauted spinach, and corn on the cob!

About the corn…my mother-in-law taught me the niftiest trick this summer…how to cook it in the microwave!!!

What?!?! You say?!?!?


How? you ask?

Easy-peasy! cut off the end of the corn that attaches to the stalk. And, I mean, cut it into the kernals, don’t be shy, but not too far! Leave the silky end alone! Then, for 1 cob, place in microwave for one minute. Turn over. One more minute. Take corn, hold the end with the silky stuff, and squeeze! It slides right out…with no to very few silky strings!!! Seriously, it’s perfect!

I actually did all 4 ears at once! I did them 5 minutes on each side and…perfection!!!

Okay, hope you enjoyed the review tonight! See you late tomorrow night!

Operation Pintrest: Round 2 Day 1

Like I said in my earlier post, I am starting a week of Pintrest recipes…minus Thursday and technically Saturday!

Tonight was the first one…are you ready for the recipe and review? (I’m linking the title to the original recipe!)

Honey Sauced Crockpot Chicken
3/4 lb chicken breasts (make sure they are thick ones!)
salt and pepper
1/2 c honey
1/8 c ketchup
1/4 c soy sauce
1 clove garlic minced
1/8 c chopped Onion (didn’t have any onions so I excluded)
1 T veg oil
1/4 t red pepper flakes

Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 3 hours or on high 1 1/2 hours. Chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce. Serve over rice or noodles.
To bake chicken as a 30 minute meal:
Dice chicken and season both sides with salt and pepper, place in 8×8 pan. Pour sauce over chicken and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Serves 2





















Dinner: Honey Chicken, brown rice (Thank you Uncle Ben’s 90 second rice), broccoli, edemame (thank you Costco frozen section!)

I put this on around 1:30 this afternoon. It called to cooked on LOW for 3 hours. I did that and then put it on to stay warm. 2 problems: 1. half of my chicken breasts were thin, not thick. 2. I don’t know why I said 2 problems b/c now I can only think of one! So make sure they are THICK. Oh! The second problem…the chicken got very dry!!! I think that was because the chicken was thin.

Overall, the taste was good. Madysen gave the chicken 4 out of 5. Hunter and Heath gave it 3 of 5. I gave it 2 of 5. It was a little TOO sweet for me. But, they all said they’d eat it again. I personally wish the sauce ended up a little thicker, but it was fine, just not my type of food.

I’m truly not sure if I’ll serve it again. If I do, I will definitely change a couple of things: cubed the chicken before cooking, making sure the breasts are thick. Try?? to thicken up the sauce…and maybe make it on a night where I’m going to Girls Night Out and don’t have to eat it! LOL

No, seriously, it wasn’t that bad!


And….I have to share my discovery of the day!!!

The Philipians 2:14 jar!!!

Philipians 2:24 says: Do all things without grumbling or disputing.

Pretty plain and clear to me! And need to give myself a little talking to probably!

Anyway, my kids have been complaining–a lot. They don’t want to clean their rooms, unload the dishwasher, put up their clean laundry. It’s like pulling teeth. I’m sure it was with me to for my mom and dad, too. I have gotten very sick of hearing all of the complaints. So, when I came across THIS pin, I JUMPED on it. and I mean JUMPED!! Original Blog Post

Luckily, I had 2 extra (actually more than that) Mason jars in my laundry room. I grabbed some paper, our coin jar, Madysen’s art supplies and my Bible. I sat the kids down, had Madysen read the verse, and told them exactly what was happening! They didn’t really even complain, only said, “We’re gonna be rich!” (I thought, “yeah right!”)











This is the kids decorating their jar labels.

And here are the end results!





















(I won’t tell you which kid has already lost 3 quarters because of disputing something, arguing that I took the first quarter, then sticking a tongue out at me when I took the second, BUT that child hasn’t done it since!)

I can’t wait to tell you how this is working later in the week!!

My Weekly Menu: Pintrest Recipes Round 2

Good Sunday morning. I had an hour before I needed to get ready for church, so I decided to plan my menu for the week. I’ve been planning menus for years, but over the past couple of weeks, I’ve become lazy. And, I’ve totally noticed that I’ve had a much harder time getting dinner made, wanting to just go grab something! So, I had to nip that one in the bed.

I then decided to go ahead an do Pintrest recipes again–trying to only use meats that I already have in the freezer–hello lots of chicken! Heath and I are doing Weight Watchers so I need to focus on low-cal healthy stuff. Here is what I’ve planned.

Sunday: Honey Sauced Chicken (CROCK POT!)

Monday: Garlic Lime Pork Tenderloin (I grilled these before and am now going to turn this into a marinade for a pork tender b/c that’s what I have in the freezer.)

Tuesday: Crock Pot Lasagna (need a crock pot b/c we have Life Group tonight)

Wednesday: Lime Jalepeno Chicken Skewers (Saw this on The Chew on Friday) Am going to serve it with ABC dip (avocado, black beans, and corn)

Thursday: Roast potatoes and Carrots (not Pintrest, but a frozen meal–will use my mom’s recipe for the gravy)

Friday: Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

Saturday: I’m done cooking, let’s go out! :)

Right now

I just got Ali Edwards latest 52 Creative Lifts Newletter. I loved it…telling my story is one reason I started to blog…so that I have somewhere my thoughts are shared.

Ali gave us some prompts today…and I decided to do it, RIGHT NOW!!!!

But first, I must share….here is what I got 10 minutes ago…as I was beginning this blog post!

thinking-I can’t wait to get my iPhone 5 up and running, I will, most likely, be doing nothing else today!

dreaming-to finish my project life from the first week of Sept. today

listening/hearing-swamp cooler running

watching-Anderson Live (love Anderson Cooper!)

loving-my husband! (I know this is a cheesy answer, but I really do love him, so much!)

feeling-excited for my new phone, must name her!

counting-the minutes till lunch, I just realized I’m HUNGRY too!

smelling-nothing my nose has been stopped up for 2 weeks


believing-that God has a special plan for my life. I want to live a significant life

making-nothing, about to make a turkey sandwich :)

planning-the rest of my day: playing with phone, scrapping, cooking chili for dinner, rooting on my Baylor Bears in football tonight!

cultivating-plans for making my life significant

living-a great, fun, fulfilling life!

That’s all folks! Have an amazing day!

New Release! No joke…just “Magic”!

I’m so excited to announce the release of a new set of products!!!

“The Magic Project” is my new set of Disney-inspired products. I have fallen in LOVE with “Project Life” and have been dreaming of going to Disney again some time soon, though it’s probably NOT going to happen anytime soon! LOL It was in my dream to make Disney-inspired kits that will fit the Project Life style and/or page protectors and do my album that way!!! And, this is what I came up with!!

The Magic Project 3×4 journal cards




















The Magic Project 4×6 journal cards




















The Magic Project Filler Cards



















Please note, all of the journal and filler cards also have a pdf…all you have to do is open in Adobe Reader, print and cut!!! YAY!! Easy-peasy to turn these into a hybrid product!

The Magic Project Patterned Papers



















The Magic Project Washi Tape



















I am addicted to Washi Tape…especially digital washi…LOVE and couldn’t resist taking time to make it!

And of course, for a special price, you can get all of them in a The Magic Project Bundle!!!




















Fun huh??? I love them so much! I even did a simple page using WM{Squared} template (one of my favorite template designers!)

So, go to my store at MouseScraps to purchase any of these…and they are on SALE this weekend!!!

Operation Pintrest Recipes Day 3

Good evening faithful readers…and newbies too!

Tonight, my family is in Crested Butte, Colorado…one of my favorite places on Earth! And, when I am here, I get to cook and my mother-in-law cleans! How awesome is that!?!?!

I did try two new Pintrest Recipes tonight.

First, Garlic Lime Pork Chops

Here is what mine looked like…we put them on the grill…and the pork chops were THICK!

We LOVED these!!! I think that I didn’t have enough garlic for them because we ran out (and I only used garlic powder), but they were fantastic!!! Heath gave them a 4.5 out of 5!!! I loved them and thought they had a good flavor, as did my mother-in-law!!! YUM!! They are a definite keeper for our house! (sorry about all the exclamation points! LOL)


In addition, I also made Feta and Parmesan Zucchini/Squash Bake

Here is what mine looked like!

First, I cannot tell you how amazing this dish smelled while it was cooking. It made us salivate waiting for the buzzer to go off! Every single one of us commented at least 3 times how good it smelled…and it did not disappoint! Heath started with a 4 out of 5 and after his second helping upped it to 5 of 5! Hunter actually fought his father for the left overs! OMG! This is my kid who doesn’t even like veggies!!! YAY! It was a HIT for us! Thank God I found another recipe for our squash and zucchini out of our garden!

I just threw in a salad too, and it was a perfect dinner!

I recommend both of these dishes…go out, buy the ingredients. You will not be disappointed!

Operation Pintrest Recipe Day 2

Hello world!!!

Well, Both Tuesday and Wednesday, we went out to eat, and I did not cook here at home!

But, I did get back into the kitchen tonight!

Tonight’s Dinner:

Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken

This was a super easy meal to make!! It took a total of like 20 minutes! In addition to the chicken, I steamed some fresh broccoli and made a quick salad! I put the broccoli on, then got the chicken made. By the time the broccoli was ready, so was the chicken! This is a great weeknight meal!

{I did half the chicken breasts  because breasts come so think and take forever to bake! This usually halves the baking time for me!! }

The family liked this meal too! My son gave it a 4 out of 5…Heath gave it a 4-1/2 out of 5!!! Madysen and I didn’t like it quite as much…but I really think that goes to the fact, we don’t like honey mustard!! We decided that next time I make it, I’ll do Heath and Hunter’s chicken with honey mustard and make Madysen’s and mine with ranch instead! But overall, it was good and a success! :)

Tomorrow we are are traveling to Colorado for the weekend. I do have a recipe ready for Saturday and Sunday night! Be looking for those reviews too! :)

Operation Pintrest Recipe Day 1 Review

Hello blogging world!

Yesterday I decided that I was going to put my Pintrest Recipe Pinning to use this week…I would cook all meals this week using recipes I pinned on Pintrest!!

So I sat down last night and chose the recipes that interested me most, printed them out, assigned the day, and went to the store!!

I am also going to do the very best I possibly can to review each recipe!


Tonight’s Dinner:

Key West Grilled Chicken

One word: YUM!!!!!
My family LOVED this chicken! My son devoured it before I could cut my first piece! All voted that it is definitely a keeper…please make it again!! I only marinated my chicken about 15 minutes because of time restrictions tonight, but it didn’t matter! The other thing I did differently that the picture…no kabob type look…I just threw my chicken breasts on the grill! I also had the thinly sliced chicken breasts.

Asparagus Wraps

I actually used bacon because that is what I had on hand. I really liked this dish. I gave the bacon to Hunter because I am on Weight Watchers and do not have the extra points for it!!

My kids aren’t huge fans of asparagus, but both ate what they would normally be required to! I LOVED the texture of the asparagus too! It was cruchy, but not too much. Definitely will make this one again!!!

I consider Operation Pintrest Recipe Day 1 a success!!

Here are pictures of my creations with these recipes!

I’m not sure if I’ll have time to cook tomorrow night or not…we have a baseball game. Until next time…