Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas – A Family Favorite

Are you in a rut with dinner? Are you tired of eating the same things all the time? Ya, I’ve been there. Pinterest is my go to when I’m stuck. I find so many yummy things there! I have been trying to clean up some of our family favorites in an effort to be more healthy. (clean-up meaning replace bad-for-you ingredients with better-for-you ingredients) And, that is where this chicken enchilada recipe was born.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

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Sweet Treats {2016 edition}

The Christmas countdown is on and this week I have definitely been feeling the pressure. I have been trying my best to relax and not sweat the small stuff, but some days my to-do list makes me want to throw in the towel! (Anybody out there relate today?? I might need some support. 😆 ) Anywho!! I shared some of our Christmas traditions with you guys last week, I hope you enjoyed reading and maybe got a new idea or two. I mentioned my family loves getting their gift of sweet treats from me each year. And, this week I’m baking away. Today I’m going to share what’s going in these cute buckets (from Dollar Tree) this year! (I’ll link to the recipes at the end of the post)

Homemade sweet treats are a great gift for anyone on your list! I

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Grandma’s Lemony Lemon Cake

I mentioned that my daughter had a birthday, but I didn’t mention that my hubby also celebrated his birthday! Yes, our daughter was born on hubby’s birthday! Best gift I ever gave him – and one that keeps on giving!! 🙂

There has always been a struggle over whose cake I make on their day. Well, this year they both got what they wanted. My girl got a cheesecake (which I did not make), and hubby got his favorite lemony lemon cake (recipe courtesy of his grandma).

If you know someone who loves lemon, then this cake is a must try. His grandma was a great cook. You know the kind that doesn’t need to use many recipes. I’m not sure if this is original to her or if she found it somewhere, but man o man is it good!! And it’s super easy too which we all love!

Here are the ingredients

Grandma’s Lemony Lemon Cake
1 box lemon cake mix
1 small box lemon pudding mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 water
4 eggs
1 T lemon juice
Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into a 9X13 greased pan and bake at 350 until toothpick comes out clean – usually between 45mins and an hour. The time really depends on your oven. 
After you take your cake from the oven, prepare the glaze. Mix together 2-3 cups of powdered sugar and 5-6 T of lemon juice. 

Poke holes in your warm cake.

Pour glaze over the top of the cake while still warm. 

Spread evenly over the top. And there ya go!


This cake never lasts long in our house! Enjoy!

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Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#146}

Well here we are.  It’s Friday again!  Does anyone else just feel like the days or speeding by?!?  At any rate, it’s time to party!!

Thank you all for your sweet comments and prayers last week about my mommy burdens. Things have passed, and in the light, are maybe not as bad as they first seemed.  I finally sat down and blogged a bit this week. Sharing just some tidbits of what had been going on around these parts.  Included was a sneak peek at our new family room paint job.

Each week I find such fun stuff at our get together!  Thank you so much for sharing with us and our readers!

I’m happy to share some of my favs with you this week.

Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!

Open shelving is all the rage it seems and these lovely wood floating shelves from On Bliss Street turned out fabulous!

DIY Floating Shelves from On Bliss Street

This bleach stamped scarf from Woods of Bell Trees is so pretty!  What a great idea to use bleach!

Bleach Stamped Scarf from Woods of Bell Trees

I really do try to be frugal with my cleaning supplies so when I saw this I was instantly intrigued.  Homemade dryer sheets from View From The Fridge.

And, this greek yogurt ranch veggie dip – yum!  I am doing my best to move away from processed food and make more things on my own.  This recipe from Natural Chow looks pretty simple and delicious!

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip from Natural Chow

Thank you all for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!! Make sure you grab a button if you were featured!

And as always remember to check out the other hostesses as each hostess chooses their own features. 🙂  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.

Now let’s see what unfolded for you this week!! 

You remember the rules 😉

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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Recipe Organization

I consider myself an organizing junkie.  In that, I like to try out all kinds of organization methods. In fact, I try out several different ways to organize the same thing, until, hopefully I discover a way that actually WORKS for me. Anybody else out there?
Aside from design inspiration, I love pinterest for new recipes.  When I am feeling in a bit of a rut, I will spend an hour or so printing recipes from my pinterest boards I have collected.  After a while of doing this I have quite a collection of printed recipes just floating around.  A couple of years ago I made myself a binder with pocket tabs for different types of recipes, and sheet protectors to slide the recipes into.  
Recipe notebook
Well….after a while I quit sliding the recipes back into the sheet protectors.  And then….after a while I stopped putting the recipes back into the right category.  And then….I stopped putting the recipes back into the pockets.  So, I ended up with this mess.
recipe organization
I knew it was time to try something new.  I tend to organize better loosely.  Meaning, I don’t do well when I have to put things into lots of things. So, a sheet protector, into a section, into a binder was just too many things.
Folder for recipe storage
I found this cutie at walmart and decided to give it a go.
recipe organization tabs
Since I am using this mostly for main courses – for meal planning purposes – I labeled each section by the type of meat and also a “favorites” section and a “misc” section. Favorites for those meals that my family could eat everyday, and misc for a few side dishes, bread, salads, and you know, misc.  🙂
Keep recipes organized in catagorized
I re-sorted all the recipes, threw out a few that hadn’t turned out well, and filed them away.  
recipes organized by category
I’ve shared before my easy-peasy meal planning system and where I store the recipes for the planned period.  I still love this method! It’s easy to see the meals, it keeps the recipes I need handy, and the sheet protectors keeps the recipes clean while I’m cooking!
Use a clear sheet protector for a meal plan and recipe holder for easy access for the week
I’m hoping this new file sorter will be easier for me to manage when it comes to meal planning, and putting things back in the right place!  We shall see.  🙂

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