Mama’s Favorite Shops!

Show us your life, show us what you like, today show us where you like to shop!!
I am always a huge fan of Target, TJ’s, Marshalls, Ross but I think everyone know about them.
Here are a few that you may not know about!
For awesome kids clothes: Lolly Wolly Doodle & Just Ducky
For great invites: Amber’s Announcing YOU!
Great monogramed gifts Anything Joe’s
Killer RE-USEABLE BAGS: Neela Bags
BEST Toy Store in the World (or at least the South!): O.P. Taylors
Happy Shopping!!

Mrs. B’s Shaker Chicken Noodle Soup

This dish was described to me  “OLD, old recipe” that was shared by a dear friends Mom, Anne Beach, who happens to be one of the best cooks I know! EVERYTHING Mrs. B makes is divine, I can remember shortly after moving to H town back in the 90’s sitting in Mrs. B’s kitchen and watching her make homemade Lemon Bars. She cooks with LOVE. Love of the ingredients, love of those she is cooking for and love  in the sharing a bit of herself with all those who are lucky enough to know her! She is a great lady!
Back to the recipe!

Shaker Chicken Noodle Soup:
12 cups chicken stock
1 stick of butter
1/4 c dry vermouth
1 c half & half
1/2 c flour
1 c water (warm in micro and flour will not clump before you add flour)
1 bag of egg noodles, I have recently discoverd Reames (found in the freezer section and highly recommned, they taste homemade)
2-3 cups chicken, diced or shredded, whatever you like
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tsp dill ( I love dill so I add a ton!)

Melt butter, vermouth and 1 cup stock. Bring to a boil and reduce down to apx 1/2 c. Stir in cream and sit aside. Add remaining stock to dutch oven and bring to a boil add noodles and cook. Add flour/water mix stir, cook 1-2 mins, add cream mix, spices and chicken and cook a few more mins. Serve
It is the closest thing to Chicken and Dumplings I have ever had and is DELISH!

My newest find that takes this to a whole new level!!! OH MY GOODNESS!! YUMMY!!! 


21 Things to Do in 2010

If you are anything like me you my too be thinking where the heck has the time gone? 2010? Good grief, I am not much of a resolutions kind of girl, as they seem to much I set way to many and end up feeling that I let myself down. So, this year I am more into Goal Setting. I like to set goals that are somewhat attainable so that I can “feel good” about the Goals I am hoping to achieve. This is a list of things that must get done, could stand to get done and it sure would be nice if it did happen!…. drumroll please…
21 THINGS TO DO in 2010!!
MARCH RE-CAP * = in progress
*1.pick a cookbook for each month and cook 1 new recipe a week!
*2.DE-CLUTTER pick 1 day a week while Jack is at pre-school to be my “clean-out” day
(I have a HUGE goodwill pile, huge!)
*3. read for pleasure pick a book and blog about it (on 3rd book)
4. go to the movies (still haven’t been)
5. make photo album for 2009. Now I must keep up for 2010
6.reduce, reuse, recycle! GREEN is the new black!
7. date night once a month and a playdate for Jack
*8. continue to do my Weekly Meal Planing
9. walk regularly
10. Take fun family day trips once a month (Feb~Circus,snow) March- Curious George Live!
11. double the size of my garden
12. landscape yard
13. re-start up dinner club and keep it going! (slack friends)
14. get more active at church
15. paint shutters on house
16. potty train Jack
17. Have extended family meals once a month
18. Change Jack’s Room from baby to boy! sad….he’s growing so fast!!
19. Paint and re-do Master Bedroom  Filoli Ballroom (an awesome green/blue) 1/9
20. Do a few things for myself, and NOT feel guilty about it!
21. Be nicer to Hubs, he is such a great Dad I give such a hard time!
And of course, Lose Weight
BIG NEW JOURNEY starts on March 8th!!