Fiesta Rice Skillet

Fiesta rice skillet

Surprise!  It’s another skillet meal.  But its super special skillet meal.  Its in surprise baby shower skillet in honor of Cathy from Lemon Tree Dwelling!  A group of blogger decided to get together and throw her a virtual baby shower – complete with amazing food and lots of love!  I brought the dinner portion of the shower and everyone else brought amazing desserts. 

Fiesta rice skillet

I need to make a few disclaimers for this skillet real quick.  First, it was delicious.  Hands down the best skillet I have made to date.  And I am not tooting my own horn on this one.  I know it was the best because we didn’t have any leftovers.  None!  Well, I take that back.  We had a small Tupperware leftover that Ryon ate for breakfast the next day.  [Seriously.]  Second, the pictures don’t do it justice.  I tried to get some good pictures [I took like 50 plus!] but it just doesn’t photograph well.  That’s ok.  The taste makes up for its lack of photogenic-ness. 

fiesta rice skillet meal

Ok, one more disclaimer.  I love baby showers and I’ve been to quite a few of them.  [There is something in the water yall].  So when Jen asked if I wanted to join I started thinking what I would bring a new mom.  [My mind skipped past the baby shower and went straight to the sweet squishy baby.]  And honestly, I would bring Cathy this dish in a heartbeat.  I remember the newborn daze.  [Not to be confused with days.]  Its beautiful and amazing but its tough.  And if I could I would run over and whip up this fiesta rice skillet for her.  


And then you see all the other amazing recipes that everyone made and forget about the skillet dinner.  You can have one of these 22 sweets and treats for dinner!  [Hey, you deserve it!  You just had a baby!]  So be sure to stop by the other sites and checked out their recipes after you have had your fill of fiesta rice skillet.  And run over and tell Cathy congrats on her upcoming baby girl! 

Fiesta Rice Skillet
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  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 1/2 onion, chopped
  3. 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1 pound of hamburger
  5. 2 cups instant rice
  6. 2 cups water
  7. 1 can black beans (15 oz)
  8. 1 can chipotle corn (small can)
  9. 1/2 block of cheese (I used colby)
  10. cayene pepper
  11. red pepper flakes
  1. Saute the onion and bell pepper in the butter until tender.
  2. Add the hamburger and spices and cook until no longer pink.
  3. Drain the grease if needed.
  4. Add the black beans and can of corn and heat through.
  5. Add the water and the rice to the skillet.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer until the water is absorbed.
  7. Remove from heat, add the cheese.
  8. Let cool and enjoy!
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Life of the Party No. 32


Hey yall!  Welcome to another Life of the Party link up – where you share your awesome posts with us!  [And we love it so!]  Today the girls and I have a pretty big announcement.  All of the ladies that host this link party are some of my best blogging friends.  We met at Blog Elevated last year and we have become ahhh-mazing friends the past year.  We talk about meeting up for a girls night but its hard to get together sometimes.  So we are doing to do the next best thing!  We are going to have dinner and movie through our blogs!  Kathy from Sparkles and a Stove thought that it would be fun to once a month share a recipe we created from a movie that we pick.  How stinkin’ fun is that?!  And YOU are totally invited to join us!!  


So our first movie is Steel Magnolias.  [Perfect for a group of Texas bitties like us!]  I may have the perfect recipe and I may be beyond excited to share it with yall next week!  Its good.  Its realllllly good!  And you can follow the #blogfilmfood hashtag on all your favorite social media to get sneak peeks and chat with us too!  AND if you want to join [because we want you to!] you can link up your Steel Magnolias inspired recipe with us on the 18th!  [There are a lot of exclamation points so you know I’m excited!]  Until then.. let’s party! 

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Bolthouse Farms Happy Hour + Recipe

silent night cap

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.  To read my full disclosure policy, click here.

We are living in my home town, which is awesome because so do my best friends from high school.  The best part is that their kids are around the same age as ours so we get together often for play dates and birthday parties.  Or for a Bolthouse Farms taste testing happy hour.  While the kids were playing, we were sampling 10 different varieties of Bolthouse Farms beverages.  I called it a “happy hour” but our drinks didn’t have any alcohol in them.  Until we put the kids to bed.  Check out what our favorite drinks were from the party and what we created after our little ones were sleeping! 


Everyone gathered around our island and taste tested the drinks.  We all tried the 10 varieties that I had picked up for the happy hour.  It was fun to chat and sip with my friends while the kids had their own party going on in the next room. 

baby mike

We even had one of our littlest guests sampled some of the drinks with us.  Bolthouse Farms: loved by adults and little ones!  [Insert cheesy smile and finger pointing to product here.]  Some of the drinks were great and people went back for seconds.  And then some of them were not so great and we all laughed at the weird faces they made when they tasted it.  [Hey, what are friends for!] 


Everyone enjoyed the smoothies which included Amazing Mango, Berry Boost, C-Boost, Blue Goodness and Green Goodness.  Most people liked the Protein Plus drinks especially the coffee and mango flavors.  And almost everyone agreed that the carrot juices were at the bottom of their list; although they were a hit with the kids!  [You can see them all here.]  My favorite was the Vanilla Chai Tea so after everyone left and we put the kids to bed, I had a little night cap.  Or as I like to call it – a Silent Night Cap!

nightcapmade with bolthouse farms

 To make the Silent Night Cap I used:

  • 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon amaretto
  • 1 cup Bolthouse Vanilla Chai Tea
  • Cinnamon sugar

I wet the rim of the glass and added rolled it in the cinnamon sugar.  Then, I added everything to a glass and mixed it with a cinnamon stick. 

silent night cap

I made Ryon taste it first and he loved it!  He said the flavors went so well together.  When I finally got a taste of my own, he was right.  [Ill deny I ever admitted that, just FYI.]  It was delicious!  We sat on the couch and shared our night cap before heading to bed.  It was the perfect ending to a fun day surrounded by friends and family. 


Bolthouse also has a pretty cool promotion going on right now.  You take a picture of ANY of their products [in a store, in an ad, in your hand, etc], share it and tag it with #carrotfarmers and #got coupon.  They will send you an electronic coupon for $1.50 off any drink!  [Which makes them about a dollar each!]  So you can have your own happy hour.. or night cap! 

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Grow your Blog: G+ Link Up


Hey yall!  Im back again with another way to grow your blog – Google +!  I wish I could tell you home important G+ is for bloggers, but that would be a long, long post.  Just know that it helps with SEO [search engine optimization] and authorship.  That means more people that are searching for what you write about, are able to find you.  Which means more page views and so on.  Its a good thing!  If you don’t have a G+ account and you have a blog, I would put that on your ‘to do’ list asap.  Start slow, but once you get the hang of it you will definitely see the benefits. 


Anjanette of MommaYoung at Home | Google Plus: @MommaYoung
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Mom Behind the Blog – Clumsy Crafter


Yall, I am so excited to start this new series!  I love meeting other moms in the blog world.  Why?  Because they are so normal and down to earth and they make me feel normal too.  I think sometimes it hard to see a person as just like us when we are always showcasing the best parts of our lives.  My kids can be down right monsters some days and I hate putting my laundry away.  That kind of stuff normally doesn’t show up on my blog.  As bloggers we are story tellers, crafters, recipe creators and its easy to forget that we are all in this thing called motherhood together.  That’s the premise behind this new series – Mom Behind the Blog


Today I am sharing one of my blog idols with yall.  I met her when I went to Bloggy Boot Camp last year and then we met up again at Blissdom.  Bobbie Byrd is the voice behind the Clumsy Crafter.  She is awesome all around but here are a few things that you should know about Bobbie:

  • She is a mom to three beautiful girls
  • She homeschools all three
  • She is one of the founders of the Blog Elevated conference
  • She loves pencils and tries to push them on people
  • She is hilarious

A few things you should know about this video before you watch it:

  • This is my first time doing this
  • My intro was cut off.. oops
  • I didn’t realize I wasn’t toggling between us
  • I didn’t realize you couldn’t see the screenshare

Other then that, I hope you enjoy getting to know Bobbie!  She has some really great blogging advice at the end so make sure you watch out for it! 

Isn’t she fabulous?  And so down to earth, yall!  Make sure you stop by Clumsy Crafter and say hi!  She’s on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest too! 

Ill be back in two weeks with another amazing mom to feature. 

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Grow your Blog: Pinterest Link Up


Ahh, Pinterest.  How I love thee.  Let me count the ways.  You are endlessly entertaining, you inspire me to be crafty and Susie Homemaker, you have some of the best tips and tricks around, oh and your my number one traffic source.  Yup, not only is it my go to search engine, it also brings a ton of people to my site.  [Which is awesome!]  The one thing I love about Pinterest is that everyone pins different things.  You get to discover new things with each new person you follow.  So Im super excited to share this Pinterest link up with yall today!  Its a way to discover new things and help grow your blog all in one.  [Holla!] 

Thank you for stopping by our Pinterest Link Up… Are you Ready ? Here are the rules…

1. Please Follow your HOSTS: (Ill follow anyone back that follows me!  Make sure you let me know though!)

Anjanette of MommaYoung at Home | Pinterest
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Candy of Candypolooza | Pinterest
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Kelley of The Grant Life | Pinterest
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4. Spread the word!
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Time to Link up…

Easy Homemade Recipes: Dinner Time Ideas

Easy dinner time recipe ideas

Each week I host a link party where my awesome blog friends link up posts from their site onto mine.  There are so many great posts linked up each week including crafts, advice, gardening and tons of great recipes.  Today Im sharing 10 easy dinner time recipes from the link party.  These are super easy recipes that would be perfect for a school night.  Or anytime you want a new recipe to try.  Or whenever you want to come cook for me.  [Kidding.]

Easy dinner time recipe ideas

  1. Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry – Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt
  2. Chicken Parmesan Sliders :: the Grant life
  3. Chicken Empanada :: Pursuit of Functional Home
  4. Buffalo Chicken Pizza : Paint Speckled Pawprints
  5. Crockpot Chicken Tacos :: the Grant life
  6. Parmesan Stuffed Artichokes :: Not Everything I Make is Pretty
  7. Pasta Primavera :: My Turn for Us
  8. Easy Baked Ravioli :: Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt
  9. Italian Meatloaf Muffins :: the Grant life
  10. Easy Savory Meatballs :: Architecture of a Mom

What is your favorite dinner time meal?

Instagram Link Up


Raise your hand if you love Instagram?  Yup, me too!  I love being able to share little tidbits of my day and see other people’s lives as well.  I think Instagram makes me feel like a normal mom.  [Really!]  When another mom posts of picture of 8 loads of laundry that needs to be put away, hey girl – been there!  It helps connect with other people and is also a great way to waste time.  I puffy heart Instagram and Im excited to be apart of the Instragram link up with some of my favorite people!


Thank you for stopping by our Instagram Link Up…  Are you Ready ?  Here are the rules…

1.  Please Follow your HOSTS:  (Ill follow everyone back that follows me!  Hint hint)

Anjanette of MommaYoung at Home | Instagram: @themommayoung
You can also find her here:  Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Candy of Candypolooza | Instagram: @CandyOlivares
You can also find her here:  Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Bobbie of Clumsy Crafter| Instagram: @ClumsyCrafter
You can also find her here:  Blog Facebook  Twitter  | | Pinterest

Kelley of The Grant Life | Instagram:  @TheGrantLife
You can also find her here:  Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Brinn of BoldButterBaby | Instagram:  @BoldButterBaby
You can also find her here:  Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

2. Link up your Instagram Web Profile:
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3. Visit and follow some of our Link Up friends on Instagram.
Be sure and tell them you found them through our link up.

4.  Spread the word!
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Time to Link up…

Texas Sized Giveaway!

Im sure everyone knows that Im Texas born and raised, right?  I ride a horse to work, drink sweet tea and say yall like its my job.  Ok maybe only the last one is true.  Either way I love my home state and I love my Texas bloggy friends.  We have put together an amazing Texas sized giveaway for yall.  With over $700 in prizes!  


I count myself blessed to be included among these lovely hostesses who hail from all over the great state of Texas

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Your hostesses are:

Emily from 52 Mantels

Aimee from It’s Overflowing

Kristen from Capturing Joy

Abbie from Five days…5 ways

Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls

Holly from Holly Mathis Interiors

Lisa from The Pennington Point

Kelley from The Grant Life

Lindsay from Makely School for Girls

Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.


And, boy howdy, have we got some incredible prizes for you!

They come in two packages:


A $100 gift card to Anthropologie:


$100 to Lisa Leonard Designs

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$100 shop credit to Jo Totes


$80 shop credit to Evy’s Tree


$75 shop credit to The Pleated Poppy

75 credit to PP

3 beautiful headbands from Samantha Conner Designs (Samantha just so happens to be one of our lovely hostesses as well!)


Thats over $500 in amazing prizes!  Plus, there is MORE!


Our “runner-up” prize is equally as tantalizing and includes:

This adorable “Nest” pillow cover from Dear Lillie


This fantastic custom-monogrammed burlap table runner from Shop 24 (Lisa is also a hostess!).

lisa pennington burlap runner 

These two great books on photography from Kristen Duke (yet another wonderful hostess!)

kristen duke

And, last, but certainly not least, a mini-consult with Holly Mathis Interiors (also a hostess), which provides you with her decorating expertise via 3 emails and 3 pictures of one space.


Ok, seriously.  How awesome is all that?  I know that I would love to win!  Im so excited to share this with yall!  

Here’s how you enter:

Follow all 10 of the hostesses on Pinterest, as well as the 5 additional sponsors who have been so nice to donate!  Receive additional entries by following our Facebook pages (it’s as easy as a little click of a button).

Also, sharing rocks! You can get an extra entry for sharing on Facebook, Tweeting and/or Instagraming/Pinning the giveaway image! Just be sure to let us know where to find your shares!

And that, my friends, is an easy way to be entered to win a passel of fun stuff!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

So easy, in fact, that all you have to do is click through the simple Rafflecopter form below, and then you’re good to go!


No purchase necessary. To enter, participants must use the Rafflecopter form above.  This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered or endorsed by Facebook. The giveaway closes on April 19th, 11 PM CST. The winners will be chosen via and will be notified by email on 4/21/13 and will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prizes or other winners will be chosen. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US resident in order to win. Prizes are valued at approximately $700. Winners are responsible for paying any necessary taxes on winnings.

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Creative Exchange Link Up


Hey yall!  I hope everyone had fun getting to know their swap partners for the exchange!  My partner was the super sweet Jeni from Anchors Away.  When I got my box I was so surprised!  She loaded it with so much great stuff!  I was spoiled for sure.

creative exchange goodies

My box was filled with:

A burlap pouch with adorable bow

A slouchy beanie

A girly pin

A headband (that is not in the picture because Ryley was wearing it)

A vintage mirror

A book-o-crafts

A coffee cozy

Seriously.  Spoiled!  Thank you Jeni for so many great goodies!

Now its your turn!  What did your Creative Exchange partner send you?