Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Busy little bee's.

Nest watch...day 9. No news yet. Mommy bird stuck close by again. I hope we have some action soon!

If you are just seeing this whole nest watch...we have been keeping our eyes on the nest since we found it the day after Easter. You can go back through the pictures day by day if you want...start here.

As excited as I am for these little eggs to hatch, I think I will miss this stage.

I saw this quote and fell in love with it...I totally see wishes :) So today I tried to take some photos and get one to go with the quote, this will be added to my "Must print" folder.

Ready to make a wish....

The kiddos planted some cucumber seeds today. Hopefully they grow, must add 'Cucumber watch' to my list...nest, strawberries, tomatoes, flowers. It is going to get exciting around here.

Speaking of flowers...we have a little action starting from the Gladi's we planted a month ago!

Xander took it upon himself to start pulling some tall grass. He said he was making a big nest :) Don't ask me why he thought he needed the coat, it was only 75!! today.

Dinner tonight, another Skinny Taste winner. Cajun chicken pasta...so good, seriously!

8 ounces uncooked linguine
1 pound chicken breast strips
1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cup fat free low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tbsp flour
3 tbsp light cream cheese
fresh cracked pepper
2 scallions, chopped
Smart Balance cooking spray

Prep all your vegetables. In a small blender make a slurry by combining milk, flour and cream cheese. Set aside. Season chicken generously with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder.

Prepare pasta in salted water according to package directions.

Heat a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray and add half of the chicken. Sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until done, set aside on a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken. Set aside.

Add olive oil to the skillet and reduce to medium; add bell peppers, onions, and garlic to skillet, sauté 3-4 minutes.

Add mushrooms and tomatoes and sauté 3-4 more minutes or until vegetables are tender. Season with 1/4 tsp salt, garlic powder and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add chicken broth and pour in slurry stirring about 2 minutes.

Return chicken to skillet; adjust salt and Cajun seasoning to taste, cook another minute or two until hot, then add linguine; toss well to coat. Top with chopped scallions and enjoy!
Serves 5. 1 1/2 cups are 324 calories and 6 grams of fat.

My friend Dina, and her two boys were nice enough to pass on a full 'Cars' theme room set up to my boys. Xander and Jericho are so happy...the girls are even super excited, they had to have a sleep over in their brothers room tonight they were so excited LOL.

They were a big help to their Dad with the decorating, as usual Hehehe.

Xander even ran and put on the PJ's that came with the Cars room suite set up LOL. I have a feeling we will be watching the movie tomorrow LOL.

Xander came running out 2 or 3 times tonight exclaiming how happy he was and how "It's what I've always wanted!!" Thanks Dina, you and your kiddos are such amazing friends...and so very generous. I never could have guessed giving the Pit Bull breed a chance 10 years ago would not only bring me one of the best dogs I have ever had...but a best friend too. XOXOX

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