Hello!!!

I am still here!! Just been somewhat busy. Here is what I have been up to lately:
  • Working on my 2nd paint by numbers(this one is very detailed, so it's going slow)
  • Been reading some. You can see what I have been reading on my book blog
  • I have moved back to my Facebook pages- Hair Ties and Headbands
  • Been playing with Gumbo. I can't get enough of this cute hamster!!! He is my world
  • I have been limiting places to go. I only go to places IF I need to or need something. I do curbside for groceries. I haven't been in a grocery store since March 

My nephew turns 5 on July 1st and I turn 29........... I mean 39 hahaha on July 4th!!! Please excuse me while I go sit in a corner and cry for both. Hahaha

On a lighter note BASEBALL IS FINALLY BACK!!!!! I am so excited!!! Can't wait for it to come back, even though it's a short season, I am just excited!!!!



Have a wonderful week and have a safe July 4th!!!!!

Home!!!

I am back in Louisiana!!! I got back on Sunday. 1st thing I did was go to my mom and stepdad's house and gave them big hugs!!! I was so happy to see them and hug them. It was amazing!!!


I am going to miss Texas. Going to miss the open space at the Texas house. Going to miss my huge window in my room. I am going to miss my nephew and niece and brother and sis-in-law the most!!! It was fun seeing them every day. Oh I can't forget my doggie nephew, Striker.  I'll be back soon, but not too soon ha

Monday my dad and I spent the whole day cleaning the house in La. We walked in on Sunday and it was muggy. Now it's spotless. 

I think Gumbo is happy to be back home in La. He only spent a week at the house before we had to go to TX

I haven't been anywhere yet. Still not that conformable going into places. We did a grocery pickup and that's all. I think it's going to be a while when I go into a place(still have to wear a mask though. That's ok)


I really have to into my work area and straighten that up.........it's going to be a chore haha. Can't wait to do more live shows with my hair ties and headbands


Today(Tuesday) I am going to watch my shows on my DVR. Good for a rainy day



Enough rambling. I hope y'all have a wonderful week!!!

Update on DIY painting by numbers and new one

This one was so much fun to do!!! I can't wait to start the new one I just got today(Wednesday)








Done 5\19




Just ordered this one today(Wednesday)  Can't wait to do it!! Got it on Amazon

What's going on lately

Still in Texas!! It's been 2 months since I have been here

 I have been keeping busy while I am here. I am now doing DIY Paint by Numbers(which is fun), been reading, had a Zoom book club meeting, started a new(old) show on Netflix, The Office. OMG, why did I waited so long to start it?!?!?! It's so good and funny!!! Playing with Gumbo, who is doing good and being so cute as always!!! Been spending time with my brother, his family and their dog. 

The good news is that Louisana opened back up on Friday and we are going to be going back sometime next weekend, which I can't wait. I can't wait to see my mom and bouns dad!!!! I will miss the house here in Texas, but we will be back on and off. I will miss my brother, his family and their dog so much, but thank goodness for Facetime!!!


The book we are reading for book club is:
The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying Yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.
 


Fight to the Finish Fly Over 5/10/2020 (TEXAS)

In honor of those that served and sacrificed during WWII, and to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Lone Star Flight Museum and its supporting partners will fly nearly 30 rare and historic warbirds over the City of Houston in an epic aviation event called the Fight to the Finish Flyover.



                                     Saw this in my Texas neighborhood and it was SOOOOOO cool!!! 











DIY painting update

To tell you the truth, I LOVE this painting by numbers!!! It's so much fun and time goes by. I had to get some new brushes because I hated the brushes that came with the paint kit. I also got painters tape of the sides, top and bottom. 


                                                    So below are the brushes, day 1 and day 4




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Under the bathroom sink organization

My bathroom in Texas is WAY smaller than the one in Louisiana and I have limited space to work with. I got some new under the sink bins and I love them. However, I had to order 2 more. I will post the link down below!!! They hold a lot and don't take up too much space. They even stack on top of each other. I am getting purple Sunday. I will probably label them so I know what is in each bin




















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Making dinner in the crockpot. I have been cooking so much than normal


Missing my mom, stepdad and grandparents so much! I miss my house in Louisiana so much too. I have been in Texas at my other house with my dad and hamster for 2 months now. Hopefully, we can head back to La very soon.  Stupid Covid-19. Going to miss Mother's Day with my mom and grandma this year, but I got it handle


Learning new things about my nephew and niece when I am here in Texas. They are 4 and 3 and they are so much to watch and play with. I have enjoyed the past 2 months with them


Loving that I can Facetime, text and call my mom, stepdad, and grandparents every day. I loving seeing their faces


Reading all kinds of books (will post them down below) 

I do have a blog, IG, FB and Twitter book related. The blog and FB page links are up on the top of the page 



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New project

I can't wait to start this! Looks so cool and fun!!! I got this from Amazon, which I'll post the link below. This will probably take me a year or two to get done hahaha. I will have a tab up top for y'all to keep track of my progress!!!


What I have been up to lately

It's been six weeks since I have been in Texas!!! It doesn't feel like it. It feels like it's been longer. I am ready to go back home, but if we head back home to La, I can't go to my mom's house and visit or see my grandparents.  Looks like La is expanding their stay-at-home deal until May 15th.

 

Being in Texas isn't bad because I have family here.  I have been visiting my brother and his family. Facetime my mom, stepdad and grandparents. Reading books. I got some new AirPods, so I have listing to books too. Been doing some diamond art. Also, watching Disney+, Hulu and Netflix. I have also been walking some too.  I have been playing with Gumbo. He is so cute and funny. Being busy isn't bad at all!!!

 

Here in Texas, things are starting to open up TOMORROW(Friday)  I am NOT ready to go back into places at this time. I am staying home for a while, even when we get back home to Louisiana!!!

 

I hope you and your loved ones are doing good and staying safe! Hang in there, hopefully this will all end very soon. However, I have heard somewhere that  this virus is coming back in the fall


Chicken Pot Pie


Ingrеdіеntѕ 

  •     1 can Pіlѕburу Grаndѕ Bіѕсuіtѕ 8 bіѕсuіtѕ 
  •     2 tаblеѕрооnѕ butter 
  •     1 small расkаgе frozen veggie mіx: саrrоtѕ, реаѕ, соrn аnd grееn beans 
  •     2 chicken brеаѕtѕ сооkеd аnd ѕhrеddеd 
  •     1-2 сuрѕ сhісkеn brоth adapt tо уоur рrеfеrеnсе 
  •     1 саn Crеаm оf Chісkеn Sоuр rеgulаr ѕіzе 
  •     ѕаlt аnd рерреr to tаѕtе 


Instructions 

  1. Prеhеаt the оvеn tо 400 dеgrееѕ. 
  2. In a large ѕаuсе раn hеаt thе butter оn mеdіum hеаt. Add thе vеggіе mіxturе to thе раn and ѕаutе untіl thе veggies are tеndеr, about 5-7 mіnutеѕ. Season with salt and рерреr tо tаѕtе. 
  3. Whіѕk in thе сhісkеn brоth аnd thе Crеаm оf Chісkеn soup. Let thе ѕаuсе ѕіmmеr for 1 mіnutе tо thicken. Season wіth mоrе ѕаlt аnd рерреr to tаѕtе. 
  4. Turn оff thе hеаt аnd add the сооkеd shredded сhісkеn to thе mіxturе, ѕtіrrіng untіl thе fіllіng іѕ wеll-соmbіnеd. If thе fіllіng іѕ tоо thісk, ѕtіr іn еxtrа сhісkеn broth. 
  5. On a раrсhmеnt lіnеd ѕhееt pan bаkе thе bіѕсuіtѕ fоr half of the time lіѕtеd оn thе саn for a “рrе-bаkе”. Tаkе them оut оf thе oven. 
  6. Pour thе filling іntо a buttered 13x9-іnсh bаkіng dіѕh. Tор thе filling wіth thе 8 biscuits (раrtіаllу bаkеd), flір them over top tо bоttоm tо unsure even bаkіng оn thе other side. Bаkе for аn аddіtіоnаl 10 mіnutеѕ, untіl the biscuits аrе gоldеn brоwn аnd the fіllіng іѕ bubbly. Cооl fоr 5 mіnutеѕ bеfоrе ѕеrvіng. Enjоу! 

Gumbo lately

Gumbo is doing so good. He is such a sweetheart and has been enjoying playing with!!! My nephew and niece loves him. He is "loving" Texas haha 


His 1st road trip

 






Instant Pot Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Season the chicken thighs with salt and ground black pepper on both sides of the chicken. Turn on the Saute mode on your Instant Pot. As soon as the pot is fully heated and hot, add the olive oil. Pan sear the chicken thighs (skin side down first) until both sides turn nicely brown. You can also pan-sear the chicken in a skillet and then transfer them over to the Instant Pot.

Add the minced garlic and saute until light brown. Add the chicken broth, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and salt. Cover the pot and select Manual and set to High pressure for 8 minutes.

When it beeps, turn to Quick Release. When the valve drops, remove the lid carefully and turn to Saute mode to reduce the sauce if it's too watery. Add the chopped parsley and serve immediately

Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts,
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 6 oz. box stuffing mix
  • ¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups fresh green beans

Optional stuffing additions:

  • 1/2 cup onions,diced
  • 1/2 cup celery,diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled sausage,(cooked or raw)
  • 2 teaspoons dry rosemary

Instructions

Crock Pot Method

  • Season the chicken with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Place on the bottom of a lightly greased Crock Pot.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the soup, sour cream, stuffing, and *half* of the chicken broth. Layer the stuffing mix over the chicken.
  • Add the green beans.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 6-7. 




  • Optional: Serve with gravy and mashed potatoes if desired.
  • If you’d prefer additional moisture, add the rest of the chicken broth, stir, and heat for an additional 10 minutes.
  • For firmer stuffing, leave the lid off the crock pot for the last 30-40 minutes of cooking. Use foil to cover the chicken to keep it moist.
    You can also pop it in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes to brown up the top.
  • Optional: Serve with gravy and mashed potatoes if desired.



OR 

Instant Pot Method

  • Season the chicken with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour 3/4 cup chicken broth into the Instant Pot and top with chicken, overlapping as needed.
  • Seal the vent, and press the “manual” or “pressure cook” button and set the timer to 14 minutes for frozen chicken, or 8 minutes for fresh/defrosted chicken. Ensure the pressure seal valve is secured in place and closed. 
  • As the chicken cooks, gently combine the stuffing, cream of chicken soup, and the sour cream until just combined. Don’t over-mix.
  • Once the chicken timer goes off, turn the quick release valve on the pressure cooker and wait for the steam to escape. Press the cancel button to turn the off the unit.
  • Open the lid and ensure that chicken is fully cooked. You’ll notice a lot of moisture at the bottom, this is needed for the stuffing to cook.
  • If using frozen green beans, place them on top of the chicken, seal the pressure valve, and press the “manual” or “pressure cook” button again and set the timer for 2 minutes. Release the valve, let the steam escape, and then add the stuffing on top. (If using fresh green beans, add them at the same time as the stuffing.)
  • Replace the lid and seal the pressure valve. Press the “manual” or “pressure cook” button and set the timer to 4 minutes. This will heat up the stuffing. (Since the stuffing will absorb the moisture, the pressure cooker won’t steam again.)
  • Once finished, release the valve once more and let the steal escape. Remove and serve!

Update from the Lone Star state

Howdy!!! Still here in Texas. It's going to be a month on Saturday. The good news is, I got a care package today and got my laptop, bible and other things from home!! So I am excited!!! I will be doing recipe posts and phone dump posts too, so stay tuned. I hope everyone is doing good during this crazy time. Hope y''all are being safe too. I am so ready for this to all end and get back to somewhat normal. Have a wonderful rest of your week


I am TikTok. User name is kellyk7812 or try kellyk781. Please don't laugh, I am still learning hahaha............ I laugh at myself. Come follow me and I'll follow back 

Greetings from Texas!!

Still in Texas and it looks like we are going to be here till the end of April. My dad, brother and his family are doing good. My brother and his family lives in Texas. I am thankful my dad and I have a house to live in over here in Texas to stay at. 


I have been doing a lot of things to stay busy. I have been meal planning some and I will post the yummy recipes on here when I get a chance. Silly me left my laptop back in La *shakes head*. I am using my dad's laptop. 

What have you and your family been doing to keep busy? Read any? Going out for a walk in the neighborhood? Played any games? etc



Have a wonderful week!!! I'll be back on soon



Hi.....still hanging

Hey everyone, still hanging in there!! It's been awhile I have blog. I left my laptop at home in Louisiana, so I am using my dad's laptop. I have been in Texas for 2 weeks so far. 

Self quarantine and being bored does NOT mix at all. I have ordered some games and things to do!!! Hopefully this will keep me entertained for awhile hahaha 



Hang in there!!! We are all in this together 

Meet Gumbo...........

I got a hamster Friday. I have had one when I was younger and loved her. This time I got a  male and he is too cute. 

This is his second cage. The 1st one was old and was missing some parts and the wheel was so loud I couldn't sleep Friday night. This cage has so many cool things he plays in.


They say wait for atleast 48 house to pick him up because he has to get used to the new environment. Sunday was the 1st day he has gotten out of his house and we tried the ball, wasn't quite sure of it.

So Monday, I put him back in the ball and he's learning to use it. Baby steps