Thursday, July 27, 2017

Try It Thursday: Baked Chicken & Rice Casserole


Happy Thursday! Thanks for joining me for another week of Try It Thursday- I feel like I haven't shared a recipe in weeks. Make sure you link up below to share your favorite recipe of the week.

Today, I'm sharing a super easy chicken and rice casserole. I found the recipe at Plain Chicken a few years back, and I make it on request for the husband a few times a year. This certainly is not a healthy recipe, but it's hearty and fairly cheap. I like to make it on a Sunday afternoon to warm up for a Monday night "We survived the first day back" dinner. Scroll down for the recipe!







Ingredients:
* 1 box of Rice a Roni OR 1 package of Knorr Chicken Rice + ingredients to prepare
* 1 rotisserie chicken
* 1 cup sour cream
* 1 can cream of chicken soup
* French fried onions

Directions: 
* Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
* Prep your chicken rice according to the package directions. (Note: I originally used Rice a Roni, but we're a Knorr rice family, so I've started making this with that rice instead. Basically, any rice you want to use will work.)
* While the rice is cooking, shred up your rotisserie chicken. 
* Once the rice is finished, add the soup and sour cream to the rice and stir to mix.
* Add the chicken to the rice, and stir once more.
* Spray a 9" x 13" pan.
* Add the chicken and rice mixture to the pan and bake for 30 minutes. (Note: The recipe says to sprinkle the mixture with the French fried onions and then bake. I actually think it is a lot tastier to bake the mixture first and then sprinkle the onions on when ready to serve.)
* After 30 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle with French fried onions to serve.
* Enjoy!

Does your spouse have an often requested dinner? Share about it in the comments below, and make sure to stop by the other blogs to say hello! Don't forget that you can view all of my Try It Thursday recipes HERE! I'll see you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites- have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: July 2017



Happy Wednesday! I hope that you're having a great week so far! Thanks for stopping by today as I link up with Mel to share what's been going on in the Lee casa. It's already the last Wednesday of the month which means it is back to work very soon for me, but I'm excited for new beginnings! 

What we're eating this week...
I'm not cooking at all this week! We're enjoying some of my favorite foods while we're visiting family in St. Louis including toasted raviolis, cheeseburgers from Steak 'n Shake, and custard from Ted Drewes! Yum!


What I'm reminiscing about...
Being in St. Louis has me reminiscing about spending a week each summer with my Nana and Po. They'd always take us to Union Station, to plays at The Muny, to get wedding cake and tiger's blood snow cones, and we'd always stop into one of my favorite museums, The Missouri History Museum. Nana would make me a million chocolate malts a day- even for breakfast! And I loved catching fireflies in her backyard! Miss my sweet grandparents!




What I'm loving...
I'm totally digging my Ipsy bag! I'm planning on telling you all about the products next Wednesday. If you're interested in trying a bag for yourself, you can click HERE for my referral code. 


What we've been up to...
We've been driving to St. Louis! We're excited to get out of the car and explore the zoo, parks, and museums with the kids and hang out with my aunts, uncles, and cousins!


What I'm dreading...
Driving home! Do we have to?!


What I'm working on...
Like my girl Cara, I sat down and meal planned dinners for every night until the end of September! Of course we may choose to deviate from the plan at times, but it is so nice to not have to think about what we should make for the first few weeks back to school.


What I'm excited about...
My aunt is helping us make t-shirts for our Disney World trip! I just brought one tank top to customize, but I have a feeling that I'm going to end up wanting another one! What should I put on my shirt? This one is super cute:


What I'm reading...
I switched between magazines, It Ends With Us, and Lauren Graham's Talking As Fast As I Can on the ride up yesterday. Have you read either of these books?


What I'm listening to...
I'm doing interval runs every other day, and I am doing so much better on my runs now that I have music. Can you believe I ran for years without any music? Agh so boring! I've been enjoying listening to Today's Adult Hits Radio on Pandora to keep me moving.


What I'm wearing...
I've got back to school on the brain and picked up some new tops last week when I was at Marshalls and TJ's. I wasn't going to jump on the cross-front tee bandwagon, but Trip of all people told me that I should get one of those shirts! 


What I'm doing this weekend...
Driving home to Houston! Hoping to have a safe and fast trip home!


What I'm looking forward to next month...
I'm excited to meet my new co-workers and move into my new classroom! Of course I'm nervous, but I think it's going to be a great move.


What else is new...
Hopefully my blog is going to be looking a little refreshed in the next few weeks. I've been wanting to organize it and make it more user friendly, so I'm hoping to find a template soon that will accomplish those goals. 


Question of the month: What's your favorite part of summer?
I love late June - July! Swim team is over by that point and the hustle and bustle is done so we can enjoy a pool day with friends, go to a movie, try out a new playground, and more without having to be anywhere at any specific time. 

What's been going on in your world this July? Tell me in the comments below!

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Don't forget to link-up with me to share your favorite recipe of the week for tomorrow's Try It Thursday! See you soon!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday: Phone Apps


Happy Tuesday! Are you lost without your phone like me? I'm linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals to share my favorite apps on my phone. I'm a Samsung girl, so these are all apps that can be found on the Google store.

My Fitness Pal



When I'm doing my absolute best with my eating, I check into my My Fitness Pal app each morning. Since I usually have our dinners planned out, I log all 3 of my meals for the day so that I can budget my snacks for the rest of the day. Last winter, I lost 17 pounds thanks to this app. I've let myself have a little too much fun in the food department this summer and am looking forward to being more consistent with it. If you are new to My Fitness Pal, check out the tutorial I wrote in THIS post. 

Instagram



I am enjoying Instagram a lot more than Facebook these days. I love the collages, and I love that I can use the editing features to just edit pictures to direct message to myself to use. I enjoy watching some of the Instastories, too. Some of you all expressed an interest in me doing more stories, so I promise to attempt to get over my self-consciousness and try it more!

Xfinity Stream TV



One of the most romantic things my husband ever did for me was to download our cable app onto my phone so I can watch shows from my DVR on my phone while I'm getting ready for work or while I'm doing meal prep. Being able to watch my Housewives in the morning is a true gift! :)

YouTube



While Pandora is awesome, having the YouTube app on my phone makes it super easy to search up songs that the kids request on demand. I also love watching makeup videos from EleventhGorgeous!

Ibotta



My aunt introduced me to Ibotta last summer, and I've gotten over $90 in rebates so far! There was an update a few months ago, and I feel like it does a better job of uploading deals. If you want to make a few bucks back from your grocery shopping, you can sign up through my referral code HERE.

Cartwheel



You all know that I pretty much live at Target, so Cartwheel is used multiple times each week. I've been really lucky to pilot their Perks program this past year, but sadly, Target is going to discontinue that program next month. I've read that there are supposed to be some big changes coming to the Cartwheel app soon, so stay tuned in to save big at Target!

HIIT Interval Trainer



I got back into running this summer, but to keep myself both injury free and from burning out, I decided to do my runs in intervals. I had the darndest time trying to find an intervals app that would work when the phone wasn't open, would give a countdown, and would allow me to listen to music while the interval app was open. I finally found the HIIT Inteval Trainer in the Google store, and I absolutely love it! 

Colorify



I don't let the kids get on my phone too often, but there are definitely times when I need a little technological assistance in keeping them preoccupied during a long wait. Ari really likes the app Colorify that is basically blank coloring book pages that you can save and work on multiple times until you finish. I like that you can zoom in on the images to get the color exactly where you want it, and since there are a lot of mandalas, it's quite an accomplishment when you do finish one!

What are your favorite phone apps? Tell me in the comments below, and don't forget to check out my Tuesday Training post from earlier this morning HERE. I'll see you back here tomorrow to wrap up July for What's Up Wednesday!

Tuesday Training: Week 30


Happy Tuesday! I'm so excited to share today's training with you! Back in May, I found a new celebrity trainer on Popsugar named Astrid Swan. Her workouts are awesome, and I feel like I see results quickly when I consistently do trainings that she leads. I love this 5 minute arm killer! I'd start this with 5 pound weights and then work your way up to doing it with 8 pound weights. I also sometimes will run through it 2 times when I have time. Try it out and let me know what you think: 5 Minute Sexy, Sculpted Arm Workout


You can see all 30 of the Tuesday Trainings on one page HERE!

It'll still be tank top season in Houston for a while, so I've been super focused on my arms lately. What are you working on right now? Make sure you stop by today's Show & Tell Tuesday link-up. We're talking all about phone apps! Have a great day, and I'll see you back here to celebrate the end of July! Ciao! 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Life With the Lees: A Summer's Week Recap 7.24.17


Hey there! Happy Monday! I hope you're enjoying your summer- we definitely are in the Lee house! We decided to have breakfast for dinner on Sunday night, and although I set out to make a creme brulee French toast, I kind of forgot about that part where you let the bread soak for 8 hours! #oops We made some skillet toast instead and added orange zest- yum! 


Trip had his annual check-up on Monday morning, and then we packed up and dropped the kids off with their Lea-Lea for the week!


During our child free week, I did a lot of browsing and a little buying at Marshalls, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Ross. We're going to decorate the guest bedroom eventually, and I found these orange curtain panels that are a perfect fit for the room. I have only found one set of panels though! If you're local and find another pair, holler at me please!


I made a master list of everything we needed for back to school, and I've budgeted to pick up a few new tops for school. I got this top by Violet and Claire at Marshalls - I love the color combos!


And with hesitation, I tried this cross front tee trend and actually really liked it, so it made its way into my cart!


Robert and I mixed up our date nights with lunch dates, and we stopped by Drew's Pastry Place after lunch one day to get tiramisu for me and a cannoli cake for Robert. We met Drew's mom who was so sweet and chatted with her about their experience on Buddy Valastro's Bakery Boss. She said he and his crew were absolutely amazing and such down-to-earth people.


Don't worry- the kids were having a fun week, too!



The date nights continued, and it was fun to just sit at the bar and split an appetizer or one plate and call it a meal when chips and salsa are involved!


The new top made an appearance already! 


We hit up Target to buy snacks for our roadtrip and to take advantage of the Mossimo Cartwheel deal on clothes. I'm going to miss this brand so much! I got these ballet flats with my perks coupon for just $10! Watch for upcoming deals, as I'm sure they'll have some back to school sales, and size down a half size. 


We had a date night at home on Friday with steaks, potatoes, and Pandora pool-side.


After my Saturday morning run, I took advantage of the sale at our local teacher supply store and got to use the awesome gift card from my former teammates! We celebrated our final kid-free dinner at Pappadeaux - shrimp for Robert and oysters for me! I could eat fried oysters at EVERY meal- so good! We wrapped up our week with a trio of pizzookies from BJ's. I told Robert that I love him, but I'm so glad our date week is done- my waistline doesn't need any more cakes, cookies, or fried foods (oh wait, we're going on vacay- agh!)


The kids got home, and Ari got to work prepping the dogsitter for her duties!


We wrapped up our week with swimming and dinner with friends and a little Shark Week! 

Thanks to everyone who completed my blogiversary survey! We'll be pulling a winner from a hat today on Instagram, and I'll contact the winner later today! See you back here tomorrow for Tuesday Training and Show & Tell Tuesday! Have a great day!