Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chicken Noodle Casserole with Hood Sour Cream #sponsored #MC

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Hood. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

So many great things come to mind when I think of comfort foods. A lot of the comfort foods that I have come to love and enjoy with my family are also favorites of my kids. Well, most days. They can be pretty picky. It's also no secret that I am not the best cook in the world. Most comfort foods are fool proof though. That is something I can hang with. My favorite food, or side dish I should say, is loaded potatoes! Simply Delicious. Add in some cheese, bacon, green onions and top it all off with Hood Sour Cream.

Photo Credits: Hood
You can't beat a good casserole though. All you do is throw a bunch of stuff in a dish and cook it for however long it takes. Can't get much easier than that! Casseroles are perfect for a chilly winters night, or even a hot summers day! It's a fast an easy way to end a tiring day too! What's more, casseroles freeze so well that you can make one to eat, and one to freeze. I made a few casseroles and froze them prior to having my kids. That way my husband could deal with me post surgery and make something for us to eat.

One of my favorites is Chicken Noodle Casserole. There are so many variations of this recipe that you can't really go wrong. Just substitute for ingredients you really love, and ta-dah! Instant gratification! I'm not to fond of leftovers, but this dish does hold up well in the fridge too. It's a win-win in my book. Most of the ingredients are always found in my kitchen. We always have Hood Sour Cream on hand, as well as egg noodles. You never know when they will come in handy. I believe that Hood Sour Cream makes this dish! It's the best brand out there, and the only I will buy. The all natural ingredients and creamy texture is what sold me from the beginning. It's available in full fat, light, and fat free varieties. All of which are perfect for any cooking needs. Makes a delicious chocolate cake, or on top of potatoes. It's the perfect staple in our home. You can also find some pretty rocking recipes on the Hood website! You can find more about Hood here. Until then, try our recipe!

Chicken Noodle Casserole
Serving Size: 6-8
Time to prepare: 20 minutes
Time to cook: 45 minutes

Nutritional Info:
Calories: 576
Total Fat: 23 g
Protein: 19 g
Fiber: 4 g

1 - 12 oz package of egg noodles, Cooked and Drained
2 Cups shredded, or cubed, Chicken, cooked
2 cups of Hood Sour Cream
1/2 cup Hood Cottage Cheese
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup, undiluted
1 small onion, diced
1 medium Zucchini, chopped
1 red pepper
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 TBS Butter, Divided
Salt and pepper to taste

Tip: For a thicker "sauce" slowly mix in 2 TBS of Corn Starch with your wet mixture. 

Did I mention how much I really love this knife?


  • Pre-Heat oven to 350F Degrees.
  • Coat pan with a small amount of non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add your vegetables and onion to a large skillet with 1 tbs of butter. Gently saute for 2 minutes on low-medium heat. This helps them cook faster. Set aside.
  • In a Large bowl, combine mushroom soup, Hood Sour Cream, Hood, Cottage Cheese and stir.
  • Gently mix in remaining ingredients and egg noodles. Excluding 1/2 cup of cheese and the bread crumbs.
  • Pour your mixture into a 9x13 baking dish or casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle cheese and breadcrumbs over top. Melt remaining butter and drizzle over top.
  • Place in the pre-heated oven for approximately 35-45 minutes. Or until vegetables are tender.

This is what my kitchen looked like post war, I mean after dinner was done. I'm not exactly sure why she loves better so much. I'm not really too thrilled. But I couldn't resist this shot. My husbands two cans of bears after work. A messy counter, it's raw family time. Got to love it!

Chicken Noodle Casserole with sour cream is delicious! It's the perfect comfort food after a long busy day. As well as perfect for when we are snowed in. Most ingredients can be found in your fridge or pantry. We just love comfort food here.

What's your favorite comfort food?

Thanks to Mom Central and Hood for sponsoring this family recipe. You can find out more about hood on their website. You can also find out some great information on the Hood Sour Cream Fact Sheet.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Life, Love, and Family. Making a better 2014!

Life, Love, and Family. Taking it one day at a time in 2014!

Hey everyone, Desiree here. I know that I have been a bad blogger lately. Please accept my sincerest apologies on that one. We have been dealing with a lot of stuff.  Trust me. It has not been a walk in the park. The good news is the husband is well on his way to a new career. Yes! I'm hoping we get out of this rain cloud soon.

Did I mention how bad I am with money? I do not spend it, but I can't save it either. Where does it all go? Honestly we buy the necessities in life and not much more. I make my shampoo last several more months than it probably should. It all comes down to the cost of living. It is too damn high! Food is a huge money sucker upper! Am I wrong? Maybe I am not doing it right, but like I said, I really stink at that. Oh well, I think I get better at this mom stuff every year, and every kid. Hopefully that means I will get better at life in general soon too.

On to other excuses things. I am depressed. I know, I am sorry to drop that huge bomb on you out of the blue. But it is true. I have major depression and it is not getting much better. Depression, something about that word has always made me feel ashamed and even dirty. Like it was some horrible thing that another person could catch. So ashamed in fact that I have gone that last few years without uttering a word about how I feel inside. And then one day, my walls came down and I just had to cry. I cried so much that day. I rarely cry anymore. I guess holding it all in and not speaking about how I feel really took its toll on my mental health. Tonight, another night of spilling my guts out. Thinking about it gives me anxiety. I don't hide it well anymore. I know my kids can see. I have given up on myself. The world can see that. My house is either clean or an utter mess. Some days I am dressed up, makeup all done, and the next I am just in sweats and a pony tail. If some things are done well, others are seriously lacking. Everything around me is just as I feel inside. Which means that the world sees me. I rather just hide.

I didn't make any New Years Resolutions for 2014. But I do have some goals right now for our life and family.
  • 1. To try and be happy. It should be that easy, I know. I really wish that it was. I love my children and everyone that is in my life. None of that fake stuff. 
  • 2. To get out of my comfort zone and do more. I need to give myself room to grow. If you put a plant in a small jar, it is never going to show it's full potential. Why do I do this to myself? I need to get out and do more for my mind, body and soul. Bring the kids to the park, to Chuck 'E' Cheese, any where but here. 
  • 3. Do more for my body! I say it all of the time. "I wish I was as fat as I was when I first thought I was fat." I gained way too much with my first child, it just stuck to me. I need to lose 60bs to be in the "okay" range for my height. That just makes me want to eat cake. Chocolate cake. mmm. Did I mention I am an emotional eater? Not a good combination. 
  • 4. Get more out of blogging. My blog was a great outlet for how I felt and my thoughts once upon a time. It helped with my depression and gave me a bit of social interaction. I created some great friendships too. Then, I fell off the face of the planet. Don't worry, I did this in real life too. Whoops. It wasn't intentional, I promise. I just couldn't handle much of life anymore. But I am coming back to planet Earth. I want to rejoin the species. Ah. It wont be easy. 
  • 5. Enjoy each and every day with my kids. Make everyday unique and matter more. No more rushing for them to get ready, to put their gloves and hats on. No more being in such a hurry that I miss the moments that matter most, those moments that I can never get back. No More of getting frustrated so easily. They grow up so fast. I feel like I have been half asleep or most of it. It saddens me so much that I have been sad almost everyday of their life. And it was my fault for not realizing the impact. No more of it. Okay, it isn't so easy. But I will try. 

We did have some incredible moments in 2013, but I will be damned if I don't make 2014 the most exciting year yet!

I did officially Marry the love of my life in 2013! Feel free to browse those incredible photos below. 
Our wedding was gorgeous. It was held at lake Pearl Lucianos in MA. 

Sorry for all the pictures. I just had to share the good memories. I can't believe it took us 8 years to finally tie the knot! Sure, we did it all backwards. Our love story is far from ordinary in itself. Normal people wouldn't have met how we did. So in an odd way, this worked for us. We have a home, a family and now I have his last name. I can't wait to enjoy each and every day as a Mrs.! 

What did you accomplish in 2013?Read this article next.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

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Welcomes you to the Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

July 10 - July 30

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It's official. Mr. Daddy, and I are getting hitched. August 4, 2013 will mark the start of our new life together. Or continued life really. We may have done it all backwards by having 3 kids, and buying a home, but it's been a beautiful voyage. I wanted to thank all of my readers by giveaway a way a brand new Kindle Fire HD. ARV of $199! Share in the joy with us!

So Sew Mama has gathered a group of amazing bloggers to bring you all this great giveaway.
One lucky reader will have the great opportunity to win a Kindle Fire HD!

This giveaway is open world wide, but you must be over 18 to enter and win. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, or a new winner is chosen.

This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm EST on July 30, 2013.

Use the Giveaway form below to enter. Entries that are not mandatory, will increase your odds of winning. Good Luck!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

5 Family Easter Activities - Guest Post

5 Family Easter Activities

The Easter holidays don’t need to break the bank.  After all the best things in life are free, or so the saying goes!  If you’re worried about the kids getting bored and bouncing off the walls at home then there are plenty of low-cost and free activities to keep them amused throughout the break.  We’ve come up with a few seasonal activities that the whole family can enjoy together.

  1. Make Easter cards
Need to keep the kids entertained? Need to send Easter cards to friends and family? This is a fun way to kill two birds with one stone.  Buy a cheap packet of blank cards and have your kids decorate them with your help.  Maybe you could draw patterned Easter eggs on the front for your kids to colour and cover in glitter?  Or perhaps buy a pack of feathers from a craft shop and your kids can draw and collage chicks and eggs onto the front of the cards.  There’s also a huge selection of templates available on the Internet if your kids are a bit younger and you’re lacking in artistic ability.

  1. Make your own Easter egg hunt at home
If you can’t find any free Easter egg trails in your area then it can be just as much fun to make your own at home.  Buy a couple of packs of small wrapped chocolate eggs and simply hide them all around your house and garden.  If your kids are a bit older you could write a set of clues on scraps of paper and hide each egg with a clue that leads them to the next egg.  You’ll have as much fun writing the clues and finding the hiding places as the kids will have looking for them!

  1. Cook hot cross buns and chocolate nests
Kids love helping out in the kitchen (they love anything where there’s the opportunity to make a horrendous mess!)  Popular Easter treats to cook up in the kitchen include hot cross buns and chocolate cornflake nests with little chocolate eggs in the middle.  If you’ve done all these before then there’s plenty of clever kids’ Easter biscuit and cupcake recipe ideas on the Internet that you can look at for inspiration.

  1. Easter walk and picnic
Easter is a beautiful time of year for a crisp spring walk.  Buy the kids disposable cameras and get them to take pictures capturing the first signs of spring, from butterflies to blooming bulbs and bird nests to delicate snow drops.  Depending where in the world you are it may be warm enough to end the walk with the first picnic of the year.  Even if it is a little damp outside you can take along waterproof PVC tablecloths in the place of a picnic blanket and wrap up warm.  If kids are enjoying themselves outside they often don’t even notice the cold or the damp!

  1. Egg blowing and painting
No child should be deprived of egg blowing at Easter!  It’s been around for generations but this Easter craft still remains fun.  Carefully pierce each end of the egg, insert a skewer and jiggle it around very carefully to break up the yolk and then blow the contents out into a bowl (keep this for baking Easter treats).  Rinse the egg out with water by placing your finger over the bottom hole and running some water over the top hole, shake it around a bit before blowing the water out.  Now gather as many crafty bits; glitter, sequins, feathers and paints as you can find and let your kids go wild decorating them.  Chances are you’ll end up with more glitter, feathers and paint on the kids than on the eggs, but they’ll enjoy it!

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

What popular notion do you think the world has wrong?

One of the biggest things that I believe most people have wrong is that they think they have to love everything about the person whom they are IN love with. 

This is a common misconception, and it destroys families. Not everyone in the world is going to agree with their partner. There is not one perfect person in the world. We are all created as individuals. We all make mistakes. I know that I have, and yet, that person still loves me for who I am. Flaws and all.

Fights happen. That is just how life goes. If you're mad, go in another room and relax. Too many people get divorced because they can't get past their partner's mistakes. Granted, I can understand that some people can't forgive certain misdeeds. 

I believe we live in a world where marriage and relationships do not mean the same as they once did. Hopefully my children will grow up to create a better world. I want them to change the world. 

Is it so hard to just be in love?

What popular notion do you think the world has wrong?

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Monday, January 21, 2013 A Great Family Resource

You can find a lot of great family resources on the web. Such websites as,, can be very helpful. 

Recently I stumbled across It's really easy to navigate and has a clean and fresh look to it. I had no problem signing up. It was quick, easy and above all free.

You can find a lot of different bite size articles on There is a little of something for everybody.