Asian Inspired Crock Pot Chicken

Grate Ginger I used an entire root about the size of my palm
6 tablespoons plum preserve (look for all natural)
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
5 tablespoons soy sauce
Mix above ingredients together in a mixing bowl

Place 4 semi defrosted chicken breast in crock pot pour above over the chicken.

Cook on high 6 hours

Makes 8 servings

Serve with white or fried rice and steamed broccoli. (Use extra sauce cooked in crock pot over rice.)


Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

3 cans low sodium chicken broth
3 cans water
1 large tablespoon chicken base (McCormicks)
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons adobe
4 frozen chicken breast
Chopped celery (use as much as you want)
Chopped carrots (use as much as you want)
Dumped everything in crock pot
Cook on High 6-8 hours

30 mins before serving add no yolk egg noodles (use as much as you like, I used an entire bag because I love noodles)

Makes approx 12 bowls.

Banana Split Cake

1 stick of butter melted and crushed graham crackers pushed into the bottom of a glass casserole dish.

Then beat 2 sticks of butter, 2 eggs and 1 lb of powder sugar together for 15 mins on high

Power this over the graham crackers

Cut up 5 large bananas and lay over the powder sugar

Drain a can of crushed pineapple and pour over the bananas

Cover in cool whip

Cover in nuts

Cover in cherries

Chill – then serve



A friend asked on his facebook page what all the fuss about Pinterest was and why women couldn’t stay off it. Being somewhat silly I commented with “Quick way of being creative without imagination. I didn’t get the arts & craft gene like my mother or your aunt. So I cheat with Pinterest.” Looking back this past week as I get ready for my son’s birthday party – this really is a true story for me.

I have found so many ideas for his Angry Bird party some of my favorites are located here:

And I will share more as we go.

Thanks for reading!

A bit about me…

     A bit about me and why I created this blog.  In 5 days my youngest child will be 7 and he has defined my life since the moment he was born.  Before him , I was a young adult with a career in the travel industry.  I had so many moments already in life that many never get the chance to have. We can blog about them another day.

    However on January 10, 2006 my son was born and he was born “dead.” We spent 8 days in NICU and learned how to navigate that first year with doctor’s appts, an in home nurse and financial stresses.  The day we came home with our son, our daughter arrived from Alaska.  She was almost 4 at the time and barely knew her daddy.   However, she was coming to join her older brother and brand new baby brother in our home.   But we made it to today almost seven year later.

    I never wanted a child let alone three growing up .  I wanted to be a JAG officer.  Funny how I have children and work in the travel industry, however I wouldn’t change anything.  I have no regrets and actually would do it all over again.

    This blog will tell you funny stories about my family, the crazy things I see while I travel – some of the best people watching is at airports.  But most importantly it will tell you about how I use to be upper management until recently.   My son told me all he wanted for Christmas was for me to be home more.  My boss and human resources thought I was crazy – do you?   No one had ever requested a demotion with a VERY large salary reduction. 

     However, my children are only little once and I lost the opportunity with my now 19 year old step son serving in the United States Marine Corp.

                             SO BEGIN THE ADVENTURE of less money and more family time with me.

First his 7th birthday party…..