Archive for August, 2013

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Friday, August 30th, 2013

A few weeks ago, we got together with Brad’s family for a small reunion. Brad’s sister, LeeLee who is the most amazing cook brought this yummy goodness…

boxwood clippings_slow cooker tortilla soup recipe

“This is the best meal for a crowd and a wonderful quick dish for a busy lady!” -LeeLee

You Will Need:

4-6 chicken breasts

1 large can stewed tomatoes

1 can pinto beans

2 cans kidney beans

1 can black beans

1 can corn

2-3 cans diced tomatoes

1 can diced green chilies

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 envelope of powdered hidden valley ranch dressing mix

How To Make:

Blend can of stewed tomatoes and place in crock pot with chicken breasts on low for 3-4 hours. Drain crock pot and shred the chicken. Replace the shredded chicken in crock pot and add the rest of the ingredients: Do not drain food before adding into crock pot. Let heat in crock pot for 2 hours. Garnish with grated cheese and/or sour cream.

This is so easy to make, delicious and perfect for fall football games and parties! I hope you like it as much as Brad and I do! Thanks for sharing, LeeLee!

Holler Dollar: Children’s Classic Books

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

When I was little, I was not the best reader. However, my parents had a cunning plan to make all their kids love books…and that was to let us stay up an extra hour IF we were reading. I quickly learnt how to fall in love stories, and the work of reading each word eventually disappeared.

Right now at Target they have these charming classic books in their dollar spot. $1 are you kidding me? Obviously, the stories are amazing, but I’m really also impressed with the book designs, seriously adorbs!

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Not too early to be thinking about stocking stuffers! Hint hint!

Anniversary Ideas

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Last month the Faubus and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. I feel so grown up, and quite accomplished! It’s nice to celebrate an occasion when you really like the number increasing year by year as apposed to birthdays, which one can dread.

We like keep the celebration nice and simple, and somewhat sentimental. This year Brock took me to Sundance as he did for our first date and engagement. He also got me hydrangeas, my favorite flower which was also in my wedding bouquet…little things are the best.

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All this gift giving and celebrating got me wondering, how do other couples mark the occasion? Do you have the perfect gift or idea that you fall back on year after year? I’d love to hear.


As for me, these have been my favorite Anniversary Ideas:

1. Printing wedding photos, and making album

2. A slideshow of our favorite couple photos to date

3. Framing a wedding photo, or the invitation

4. A scrapbook of cards, love notes

5. Going on vacation, back to honeymoon spot

6. A mix cd/playlist of songs we listened to when dating


I also saw THIS idea years ago which I’d love to do someday…a balloon for every year married, attached a small gift or love letter or memory…just lovely!

I love love, don’t you?!



Simple Manly Gift Wrap

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

My life has been very hurried lately. I am barely getting through each day’s tasks, and feel like I have no energy or time to get ahead!

Brad’s birthday sneaked up on me very quickly, so in a hurry I grabbed the only wrapping paper I had that looked remotely masculine and started wrapping in a frenzy…

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boxwood clippings_grey and white gift wrap

It actually turned out looking a lot better than what I thought it was going to, thanks to a few on-hand neutral wrapping supplies (wrapping paper from Target, twine from Paper Source).

I still have to learn that sometimes you have to take each day as it comes, and keeping it simple is always the best approach!

Do you have any tips on keeping your household and life simple? We’d love to hear…

Bit’s ‘n’ Bobs Halloween Garland

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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Oh yeah…time to start blogging about Halloween! Enough with the heat already! Last week we got together, got a little giggly at the thought of the next season ahead of us, and then created this…

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We gathered a few bits and bobs from around the house; acorns, pine cones, ribbon etc, got the old can of black spray paint out and got to work.

One great thing about the heat is the spray paint dries so, so fast! No need for patience in 100 degree weather!

Then, we simply tied all of the items onto a thin piece of black ribbon…

boxwood clippings_diy halloween banner

We are in love with the all-black theme…so chic! This project couldn’t have been easier and would be perfect to do with children to get them excited for the months ahead. Yay for autumn!