Family Adventures, Recipes

Weekend Recap & Crock-Pot Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

It was quite an eventful weekend with the Florida Morehouse family! Little Johnny and I enjoyed a fun Saturday afternoon with our friends at the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Big John competed in an MMA fight. Thanks for all the support from friends and family!  I was also busy packing for our trip up to Wisconsin (first time flying alone with Little Johnny!)

Let’s talk about a yummy crock-pot recipe…

I am enjoying sharing easy recipes that I’ve been trying out.  This past week I made a yummy chicken quesadilla where I cooked the chicken in the crock-pot! It was so yummy and easy, plus we had leftovers to use for other meals. I shared the steps on my instastories, so feel free to follow me on instagram for more inspiration! 🙂

love crock-pots, probably more so now that I am a mom. The fact that I can prepare it ahead of time and try to avoid the evening “witching hour” as much as possible is a lifesaver! Big John doesn’t get home from work until 9pm, so I need all the help I can get! Once Johnny gets to a certain hour of the day, it’s difficult to get any tasks done…especially dinner! Here’s to crock pots making dinner time easier! 🙂

(P.S. If there are any other easy recipes you have made using the crock-pot, feel free to share within the comments!Also, I’m still learning on how to take pictures of food, so bare with me)

Easy Crock-Pot Chicken Quesadillas 


Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of chicken breasts

1 can of corn

1 can of black beans (I usually rinse mine)

1/2 tablespoon of cumin

1 tablespoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of oil

(This is an estimate of the amount of spices I use as I tend to just eyeball it.)

Steps:

  1. Place a tablespoon of oil into the crock-pot
  2. Add chicken, corn, beans, cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt
  3. place on low for 3 hours and it should become “pulled” chicken when it’s done
  4. place the mixture on tortilla shells and top with cheese
  5. Use a skillet on medium heat and grill the quesadillas

It was so yummy! I had to add homemade guacamole of course, which you can find my recipe below.

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This mixture would even be good as regular tacos, rice bowls, or just “as is”.

Here’s to a wonderful week ahead!

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

 

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Family Adventures, Recipes

Weekend Recap & Crustless Mini Quiche Recipe

This past weekend was quite eventful for the Florida Morehouse family. Big John had a kickboxing fight in Atlanta, which I am so proud of him for coming home with a win! As his wife I see how hard he trains and what it takes to get into that ring. So that’s a big celebration right there! Little Johnny and I had a weekend at home and attended The Great Duck Derby at Mead Botanical Garden. Sounds fun, right?! Well it WAS (I’m always a sucker for these kinds of events!)

Before I go into detail about our Duck Derby and my appetizing recipe… I have to just say, I am one TIRED mama! When Big John is away it’s definitely a hard thing to manage the household just by yourself, and although he works long hours it’s still hard to know that you’re by yourself for that period of time. WHICH, during that time everyone depends on YOU to keep going.

By everyone, I’m referring to Little Johnny & our second child (Miss LadyBelle, our dog).  They can both be a handful at times! =)

You know that famous line from Finding Nemo “Just keep swimming.”, well that’s exactly what I kept telling myself. Even though it’s hard at times you just have to keep going , because eventually there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. You may not always envision it in the moment, but it’s definitely there waiting for you. All your “strokes” leading up to that point is what leads you there.

So, what I’m trying to say is I truly appreciate all that my husband does for us, even more so when he’s away on a trip. I’m sure many of you can relate!

Back to my actual post. If you live within the Orlando area and like exploring peaceful nature areas, Mead Botanical Garden is one of them. Little Johnny and I love going here. It just so happened that this past weekend there was an event called “The Great Duck Derby”. It was so cute to see all the rubber ducks racing down the setup they had in the lake.

Each duck was $5 and the proceeds went to the Mead Botanical Garden to help with the maintenance of this beautiful area.  It’s a great place to take a short hike, have a picnic, and just be outside exploring! Sometimes you may even spot an owl! img_6385

Now, what you’ve probably been waiting for! (If you’ve made it through my rambling, big round of applause to you!)

Quick story– Before being a stay at home mom, I honestly was not the best cook. I dreaded it every day. Now, it’s still not my favorite, but I’m learning so much since being home, which now I’m starting to add to my own recipe collection. This just shows that sometimes you can truly surprise yourself! I thought I would never post recipes on my blog, but I decided this is part of my journey with motherhood as well, so why not!

Crustless Mini Quiche Recipe


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There are so many different combinations you can make, but I choose to just go with what I had leftover in my fridge! It is crustless, but I did end up putting a few bread crumbs into the mixture.

**This recipe is intended for a serving of 12 muffin quiches.**

Ingredients: 

– 12 eggs

-1/4 cup of milk

-1/2 cup of chopped up onions, tomatoes, and green peppers (I bought the “pre-cut” veggies from the store just to save time, plus it was on sale!)

-1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

-1/4 cup of bread crumbs

-1 teaspoon of salt

-1/2 teaspoon of pepper

-1 teaspoon of salt

-1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

-1 teaspoon of parsley

– muffin pan

– olive oil or non-stick spray

Directions: 

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together eggs, milk, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Add in your onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and 1/4 of your cheese to the mix.
  4. Spray your muffin pan with your choice of non-stick spray
  5. Add the quiche mixture so that it’s about 1/4 way full for each quiche.
  6. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of each quiche.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the egg is cooked through.
  8. Let cook for 5-10 minutes before running a butter knife around each oven. (Make sure you don’t skip this step, otherwise they will STICK!)
  9. Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!

These are great as leftovers as well, which makes for a quick breakfast on the go. Just store in an airtight container, and pop them in the fridge!

How was your weekend? Any good stories you would like to share? (Obviously, I enjoy a great story, haha!)

Here’s to a great week ahead!

Wishing you well,

 Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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Family Adventures, Recipes

Easter Weekend Recap & A Fruit Pancake Muffin Recipe

If you haven’t heard me say it to you yet, Happy Easter! I know it’s over, but the meaning of it will always carry on. Growing up Easter was always a holiday that was very special in our family. I remember shopping at Burlington Coat Factory for our Easter outfits, and during Easter Sunday getting ready for church to celebrate “He has Risen.” We would then go over to my Nana’s & Papa’s house for a yummy lunch along with our own Easter egg hunt in their yard. Beautiful memories I hold onto.

(And yes, somewhere in there we had Easter baskets & treats, but the funny thing is that doesn’t stand out as much in my memory.)

Since becoming a mom there have been so many memories of my childhood that have been flowing through my memory (and by the way, I don’t have a good memory). It especially happens during the holiday seasons, and during this time all my childhood traditions & events start replaying in my mind.

I so badly want to replicate the traditions that I had during my childhood with our little boy (and future children). Here’s the honest truth though, things are a little different nowadays, so I have to go with what I have and develop new traditions and memories.

Big John & I made a choice 5 years ago to move all the way down to Florida without having any family that lives nearby. So during the holiday seasons we don’t visit, it’s sometimes hard to realize that we won’t be celebrating in person with our extended family members.

Our Easter was a little bit different this year. Big John had to work until 2. We didn’t go to church and haven’t gone in a long time, which is something that I have been dwelling on for a while. AND I definitely didn’t have a meal planned for our Easter dinner.

(I’m not always as planned as I should be.)

totally wasn’t thinking about grocery stores being closed (although I didn’t look into all of them, and I wasn’t about to drive all around town.) Yup, you guessed it. Little Johnny and I were on our way to the grocery store, and when we got there we saw the sign “Closed on Easter”, which I get it & I’m glad that the employees don’t have to work on a holiday, but man! In that moment I was really sad.

On the way home Little Johnny fell asleep and I drove while listening to Country Gospel music. (This music really speaks to my soul.)  In that moment I had so many feelings of sadness. I felt really down and honestly kind of overwhelmed. 

As I got home Little Johnny was still asleep and luckily stayed asleep as I transitioned him into his crib. This gave me time to gather my thoughts and pray for myself to come out of this low moment I was feeling.

After a few minutes I gravitated towards the kitchen and something came over me where I decided to get creative with the food we had in our cupboards & fridge. I honestly felt a sense of comfortpeace come over me. I know it’s silly to get upset over not having a fancy meal, but it was something I so badly wanted to provide for my family. With a little research and some knowledge I picked up throughout this past year, I was able to create a delicious meal.

So, you’re probably wondering why did I share all of this with you? The truth is I’m not quite sure. I think I just needed to write out my thoughts and sometimes I look at this blog as my open diary. So if you made it to this point, thanks for listening. 🙂

So, below was our Easter menu from the scraps within our cupboard, which it’s sort of a weird combination, but in the end it’s all about being tasty, right?!

Our Easter Sunday Menu 


(very non-traditional, if I might add…)

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Greek Salad with Toasted Pita Chips & Hummus 

Tuna & Quinoa Patties 

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Sautéed Carrots  

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Fruit Pancake Muffins

(With a drizzle of syrup & whipped cream.) 

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I’m the recipe to this here, because it was so good that my husband said “you need to put this on your blog”. AND he has a HUGE sweet tooth, so you know it’s tasty. My original plan was to make strawberry shortcake, but I didn’t have the ingredients. This was my attempt to make something similar. In one of the mom groups I attend they gave me the idea to place pancake batter into a muffin tin, genius right?! Less time to make, and they’re perfect bite size.  (Especially for little ones.)  I just added a few other goodies to the mixture.

Ingredients:

This makes approximately 12 muffins.

-1 cup of frozen mixed fruit

-1/4 cup of pineapple

-1 banana

-1 teaspoon of cinnamon

-1/2 cup of spinach (trust me, it helps to blend together the sweetness of everything.)

-approximately 2 cups of pancake batter (I just used store-bought batter where you only have to add water to the mix.)

-favorite syrup

-whipped cream

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the frozen fruit, pineapple, banana, cinnamon, and spinach in a blender.
  3. Mix pancake batter and blended fruit mixture together.
  4. Pour mixture into muffin tins (about 3/4 full).
  5. bake for about 20 minutes or until the center is cooked.
  6. serve with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle syrup on top!

Well, I’ll stop here and let you get back to your day! Thanks for sticking around and definitely make these fruit pancake muffins one day! Seriously, they’re easy & delicious! 

If youre feeling up tp it, share a highlight from you Easter! I love hearing all about youfestivities.

Wishing you well,

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Family Adventures

Weekend Recap & Mini Projects

I’m writing this to you on a Saturday. Little Johnny finally went down for his nap time (around 2ish) he didn’t have such a great night of sleeping. Teething, maybe? Who knows, being a toddler is so hard…Anyways, during this time I just finished a few mini projects, which was such a relaxing time for me. Now I’m sitting on my porch listening to…

 (I know it’s overplayed, but I LOVE this song), and sipping my cold coffee. (I’ve been trying to drink this since the morning!) It’s a beautiful day with the sun shinning, a gentle breeze, and a comfortable 75 degrees. My, my, Florida weather how I love you.

I definitely should either be napping OR cleaning the house, but yeah that’s just not going to happen right now.

I have been trying to update our bedroom with a little office area that I can stay organized with while blogging. We live in a small 2 bedroom 1 bath condo, so I’m trying to make the most of our space along with displaying an updated style. Stay tuned for a DIY project on creating a mason jar wall organizer.

Here’s my color palette that I’m trying to go for.

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This weekend I worked with spray paint and the last of my Americana Decor chalk paint in the lace color. I had an outdated tray that was just calling for me to make it light & bright. I ended up using another distressed technique, which I kind of need to stop this. (My husband said I’m a little obsessed with it, and he’s probably right! Haha!) You know when you’re just caught up in something that you really like and then everything is now that style…yeah I think that’s happening to me.

Instead of my traditional “vaseline way” for the distressed look, I used a cloth and spray bottle and rubbed while the chalky paint was still a little wet. Then I lightly went over the area with a dry brush technique using the same type of color. For the finishing touch I sprayed polyurethane on top to give it a protective coat.

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I also found a new favorite spray paint color! It’s satin slate blue by Rust-oleum. Can you guess where I purchased it from? Yup, it’s definitely an Orchard Supply Hardware buy!

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Tried to go for the ombre effect…not really loving it, but still wanted to share with you.

BREAK.

Okay, I’m back to typing and it’s now Sunday, so I’m finishing off The Florida Morehouse family’s weekend recap….

The rest of the weekend followed with Big John using his “birthday coupon” that I gave him, which was for a “Guilt FREE Fishing Day”. By the way, this was the hardest gift I have ever given! 😉 If you’re wondering if he caught anything, the answer is YES! He actually went deep sea fishing, and while trolling they caught a king fish, which was about 3 feet long.

Little Johnny and I started our morning off with banana & walnut pancakes with a little touch of vanilla extra and cinnamon (thanks to a friend for the recipe!) Delicious! 757d1a6d-dab9-459d-a924-8d54261c773c

For our Sunday fun time, we made our way over to the Science Center with friends and had so much fun. Mamas, if you live in Orlando and haven’t gone yet, it’s a must! Their new toddler section is amazing! Also, if you ever visit Orlando with little ones, this is a fun area to take them to. I met a sweet little family from Canada who was visiting and was spending the morning there.

Well, that’s a wrap everyone.

How was your weekend?

Sending good vibes for the week ahead!

Wishing you well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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