Let’s Party #44

Hey hey, who’s ready for a Party?

The move is underway! We started on Thursday with the movers bringing all the boxes from the BIG storage unit. We left the bedroom set, office desk and chair and my awesome favorite console table. Those will be donated to Faith Farm if I can ever get them to schedule a pickup.

We still have the smaller unit which Jamie moved most of his stuff out last weekend to his new place.

I feel like I climbed a thousand flights of stairs and picked up a million pounds of stuff. But things are getting put away slowly. We still have to finalize our inspections which is a little bothersome in that my stuff keeps getting moved out again to the main living room floor. We don’t have a refrigerator (original one was damaged and now there’s a whole new issue) but we have a cooler with ice and can I just tell you how I’m looking forward to a home cooked meal! Not soon enough!

We had TWO links last week … one of which was mine. I missed my timing and look what happens! But the good news is my Chicken Piccata was shared to numerous sites and has been a favorite so thank you!

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Awesome Onion Dip

This is a super yummy and easy to make appetizer for all those upcoming holiday parties …



It’s been a looooong time since I made this as we were making it every weekend and both Hubby and I decided that it was a little too indulgent to make “just because it’s Saturday!” BUT now the Boat Parade Party is coming up and well, we are attending as GUEST, what better time than that to make this again! Yippee!! Continue reading “Awesome Onion Dip”

Christmas Crack Candy

Looking for a easy and frugal holiday treat? This is it!

I’m sure everyone has seen this recipe out there … but when one of the attorney’s gave me the recipe to try last year, I decided to do it.  Because, hey, we had that boat parade party and I was trying to do it within the budget that year.

Christmas Crack Candy
Christmas Crack Candy

So I made it with modifications.


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Let’s Party #43!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party?? I am!

Mark had his first treatment of Taxol … not sure yet how he really felt afterwards as it was a crazy busy week with the condo project … he was tired and up early every morning and gone til at least 7pm 3 of the 5 nights …

This week brings a LOT of new excitement: appliances and bedroom furniture items are being delivered … movers are bringing our warehouse boxes in to the condo … I hope to be sleeping in our new place come this weekend! Fingers crossed! So far, we’ve had a few snags: refrigerator damaged so that will be delivered on Friday, microwave sticks out way further than normal so that corner cabinet door needs re-worked to be able to open all the way and so on …

We had some AWESOME shares last week and I’m so glad you all are coming back each week to check in and share!

My rules are super simple: make it yours, keep it simple and link directly to the post you are sharing. A link back to the Party and visiting other party-goers is strongly encouraged!

Let’s Party!

Easy Chicken Piccata

For the longest time, whenever I knew Randi was going to be home for dinner, I would make sure to have Chicken Piccata on the menu … it’s one of her FAVORITE meals that I can make for her.

Easy Chicken Piccata

With her 28th birthday coming up next week, her husband texted me and asked for the recipe … which made me thing that I so need to share it here!


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Let’s Party #42!

Hi! Are you ready to Party?!

I’ve missed the last few parties. it’s just been a little crazy busy … but never too busy to take a quick picture of the office puppy!

Mark will go in this morning to start a new regime of chemo for the esophageal cancer. He hasn’t had anything for a month and can certainly tell … feels like the Tumor is growing with the additional discomfort he’s been feeling. Being that this type of cancer grows super fast, we are both anxious for him to get going again.

This treatment is Taxol which I’ve read good things about. They put him on a heavy dose of blood pressure medicine as one of the main side effects is an increase in blood pressure. Being that Mark has borderline high blood pressure, it is a concern. Not sure if I liked the oncologist remark that a heart attack is better than the cancer. Felt that was a little inappropriate but I suppose he was merely stating a fact.

In other news … we are SO close to being done with the condo! Furniture ordered and on back order for 2 of the 3 rooms we bought so far…luckily the master bedroom stuff is in stock! I’m getting excited as I’m over the temporary housing thing!

Ok … there you have it in a nutshell … Let’s Party!

Let’s Party #41!

Are you ready to party?

We had our 4th trip to Houston last week.

A very stressful visit. Good news: the cancer has not spread! The bad news: all the tumors have grown. That just means the current treatment (those pills) are not super effective so now we will try option #3 … that new chemo med is called Irinotecan which only has a 28% success rate. Let’s see if Mark can beat the odds.

We had another great party last week and I thank you for stopping by to share again this week!

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Black Bean Quesadillas

A quick meatless recipe that will satisfy your crowd!


The world’s simplest recipe!  I mean think about it, you can make just about ANYTHING in a quesadilla!

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So today, I’m going to share one of our favorites … and to make it even better? It’s meat free which can equate to FRUGAL!


Oh. Sorry.  That didn’t make you excited? Would it be better if I said it was Vegetarian? You won’t find a whole lot of those kind of recipes here but this is one of the few!

NOTE: these are OLD pictures but you can bet your booty that as soon as we are in the condo I’ll be sharing NEW and IMPROVED photos! TWO WEEKS!!! They say we can start moving in ONE week but I say TWO!

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I first made these YEARS ago and I felt the need to bring them out again and introduce them to YOU!

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Let’s get cooking!

2 cans of black beans, drained

2 tsp cumin (I would lean towards 3 tsp aka 1 tbs)

1 bag of coleslaw mix

1 lime

2 tsp olive or avocado oil

1/4 cup of cheese of choice (I’ve used laughing cow Queso & Chipolte AND I’ve used jarred queso, cheddar, etc. whichever you prefer!)

8 tortillas (Mark does not like corn so we always use flour)

finely chopped cilantro

chopped tomatoes (totally optional and not used in these pics)

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Dump the drained beans in to a bowl with the cumin and lightly mash them. Eek, that’s an awful picture!

In another LARGE bowl juice the lime and zest a little bit and add the oil. Whisk to mix and then dump in the coleslaw mixture. Toss to coat well.

Grab a large skillet (or griddle if you have!) and put over medium high heat.

Lay your tortilla on the dry skillet and add your cheese to 1/2 of the tortilla and 1/4 c or so of the beans.

Fold tortilla in half and cook til brown on one side. Flip carefully to brown other side.

Move these to a cutting board while you cook the rest!

When done cooking and ready to serve, gently open the shells and add the cabbage mixture and garnish with the fresh cilantro and tomatoes (if using).

Serve up and enjoy!

#EatAtHome   #MeatlessDinner   #QuickDinner

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out! 

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Let’s Party #40!

Hey! Are you ready for another Party??

Halloween Horror Nights did NOT disappoint. And neither did the Magic Kingdom or Epcot! So much fun and nice that we know people who are able to get us guest passes for FREE! FREE! Yes, FREE! 😉

In other news, we head to MD Anderson again Thursday and Friday … this time there is a whole slew of test: blood work, CT Scan, PET Scan and then Friday is the Endoscope and doctor appointment. We are nervous and Hubby is having major anxiety from this and other family drama/issues. I am thinking positive, happy thoughts as there are no other options, in my opinion. Everything will work out just fine. Might not be perfect, might not be the way we’d prefer, but it will all be fine.

Moving onward even more … I’m so glad to see you again this week and can’t wait to see what you are sharing! There’s been some awesome stuff and I’m pinning and sharing on Facebook as much as I can! Are you following me on Facebook yet? Not a big social media person but working on it!

Let’s get on with the party, shall we??

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Apple Snacks

Here’s a quick snack to make that will make everyone happy!

Oh NO! It’s Everything Pumpkin season!

It’s been that since like early September!

I have a few confessions to make …

  1.  I am NOT a fan of pumpkin anything
  2.  I hold out til almost Halloween before I will have my first pumpkin beer (which I will have my first one when we get to Halloween Horror Nights!)
  3. I have ONE pumpkin recipe and even that is not a favorite …

What do you make of THAT??

BUT … Fall also brings my favorite!


 And I LOVE apples!

Healthy Apple Snacks

So, honestly,  a good apple needs nothing more than a nice rinsing and a little polishing and you are good to go … but sometimes, you just want to make something a little more special!

This is super easy AND guess what? It keeps the cut apples from turning brown on top of it!

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