Spinach Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Happy Sunday!
I've been working on this week's Meal Plan and came up with a new recipe in the process! While searching for some recipes to include using what was already in the cabinet, I came across a spinach alfredo dish that looked delicious, but it was made using one of the dinner meal kits from the grocery store, so I used it as inspiration to come up with my own.

This is easy, and it uses cabinet and freezer staples that we keep, but fresh ingredients can easily be substituted.
You'll need:
4 frozen chicken breasts 3 cloves garlic 2 Tbs olive oil 1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs dried basil 1 box (16oz) pasta (I used angel hair pasta) 1.5 large jars alfredo sauce (about 35 oz total) 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 cup fresh spinach (or thawed frozen spinach) Place the chicken, garlic, and salt in the bottom of a Dutch oven or large stock pot and drizzle with olive oil.
I got my 6 quart enameled cast iron Dutch oven from World Market several years ago, but they don't make the same one anymore.…

Meal Planning Time!

Last week I made a Meal Plan for the first time in a very, very, very long time. I full expected that I would fall off the wagon, but we did really well sticking to it (or switching a meal here and there). When we were first married, we would make a meal plan for an entire month (I posted about it at least once!) and make one BIG grocery trip if possible, using the best deals available in store and stacking coupons. As we would run out of milk, bread, cheese, or fruit, I would make quick stops to pick up those things. That was great for our budget and incredibly feasible with the schedule we had at the time. I may go back to that style of planning one day, but for now, I'm liking a week at a time. I can plan my grocery pick-ups and farmer's market trips around the meal plan (and when we start to harvest our garden, I'll write the meal plan based on our crops!).
A few things about the way we tend to eat around here.... We eat a lot of eggs (when our hens aren't being stub…

Hall Bathroom Surprise

I had considered doing a post showing “before” pictures of all the rooms….but I’ve decided to just showcase each room one at a time as we do some work in them. 🙂 That said, here is the Hall Bathroom BEFORE! Hall Bath Before (Listing Photo)
Let me preface this by saying…we have a binder where we have pictures, to-do lists, and price lists of projects for the house and at the front of the binder is a simple one year calendar outlining what projects we plan to do this year and when. We only filled in that calendar through June, knowing that things will need to be shuffled, pushed back, moved forward, or may take more (or less) time than we anticipate. The Hall Bath wasn’t on the calendar yet because it was something we thought we might start to tackle towards the second half of this year. However, a piece of the sink piping broke and water covered the (heavily cracked) tile floor and flooded the (older) pressed wood vanity. It was obvious that this wasn’t the first time that the vanity …

The Start of Our Farmhouse

During our first two years of marriage, we lived in an apartment in a dorm residence hall with nearly 100 college ladies. Those two years are highly documented through lots of pictures, recipes, and sewing projects on our blog. We loved living on campus and being able to walk anywhere we wanted around our “little” college town. If the weather was nice, we would grab a jacket and walk about a mile to downtown and eat at one of our favorite local restaurants.  For the following year, we moved into a friend’s 2 bedroom 2 bath trailer while she was trying to sell it from across the country. Living there was very different from living on campus! We went from being in the center of a large university surrounded by people all the time to being “in the country” surrounded by cotton fields and horse pastures. We were only about 10 minutes from campus (if that!) but it felt like we were in another town. Walking to eat dinner wasn’t an option, but we did have the convenience of a small back yar…

Lately- Hemming pants with a frayed hem

It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been doing a lot of sewing in between growing babies, having babies, and feeding babies. :) Specifically, these two guys:

I have a PILE of fabric and a long list of things to sew, but I'm working my way through them! Recently, I sewed this adorable Brindle + Twig Scuba Hoodie (with an altered neck) for C (the smaller one for B is in the pile of fabric to be cut haha!)  I love it! The blue firefighter's print is from Hancock (got it for $3 or $4 a yard) and the red is actually cut from a jersey twin XL sheet I found at the thrift store for $3!
Right now, the project that has made its way back to my sewing machine is re-hemming two pair of pants. You know how the bottom of a hen will start to fray, especially in the back? 
Well, my father-in-law brought me two pairs to see if I could shorten them about 1/4-1/2 inch to keep them from fraying anymore. Here's what I did...
1. Seam rip the hems
2. Zig-zag stitch (I used the wid…

Oh, Hey!

It's been a while since I've posted here....but the last few months have been CRAZY BUSY. Between February and August, there were very few weekends where we didn't have some event to attend that somehow related to some major event in a friend, family member, or our life haha! Just in our family of three (now four...), Adam finished his Associate Degree and picked back up on his Bachelor Degree, Cole turned two, and Blake was born!

In addition, my youngest sister graduated high school and my middle sister got married! We went to a retirement party, a funeral, a few piano and band performances, honor ceremonies, baby showers (for us and friends), wedding showers, were invited to a handful of other weddings, did some photography for a few folks, went to birthday parties, and wrapped everything up by spending a week at the beach!

That said, I think life is starting to get "normal." We'll see haha!

{Mostly} Healthy Banana Muffins

If you were to open my most used cookbook (Betty Crocker's Cookbook...that I snagged from Mom's cabinet when she bought an updated version ...) you would see page 199 --page with the muffin recipe-- is covered in oil, flour, sugar, blueberry stains. It's pretty great. :)
This morning, I took the recipe for Banana Muffins and tweaked it to make it a little healthier.  Cole waited (not-so-patiently haha) this morning for them to cool off so he could try one! I used 2 bananas, but if you want an extra kick of banana flavor, use three (and the more ripe the better!)
A few things I sometimes do with recipes to make them healthier are: *Use flax seed + water as an egg substitute* (Then I can eat the batter guilt-free!) *Use honey to replace all or some sugar.* *Use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.* I use LouAna Coconut Oil if I don't want a coconut flavor and ALDI or Spectrum Virgin Organic Coconut Oil if I do want coconut flavor added.
Hope you love them!
{Banana Muffins}