Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Two Kitchen Things~

Up until just this week we have been making pancakes two at a time in an iron skillet.
Scott ran to Walmart and bought this amazing griddle which makes 8 at a time~
AND I made a huge discovery while making dinner this week.
I had put my frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot at lunch and when it was time to shred them up for poppyseed chicken,
it dawned on me to use my 1986 (wedding gift original) to shred RIGHT IN THE CROCKPOT!!!
Add the cream of chicken and sour cream too, then mix with mixer!!!
Is that not brilliant? and easy? and faster? and less to wash?
I made this yummy recipe in half the time and look forward to using this new method in lots of my dinner plans!

Poppyseed Chicken
Cook 10-12 chicken breasts in the crockpot with can of chicken broth.
Once done, pour off most of broth and shred with hand mixer.
Preheat oven 350.

Add in 1-2 cans of cream of chicken and 1 8oz sour cream. Mix.
Add 1 tsp poppyseeds.
Add to glass dish (I can get two pans from this recipe)
Crush 2 sleeves of Ritz crackers for each pan and sprinkle over chicken mixture.
Melt 1 stick of butter and pour over first pan. Repeat for second.

Bake 20-25 min until bubbling and crackers are golden brown.
Serve over jasmine rice with a side of black eyed peas. Add a roll and you have a delish dinner served!!!

You're welcome!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Calla's Preop~

Today was a long day for Calla'a preop appt for dental surgery coming up next week~
These sweet siblings were champs!
They endured three hours of waiting, talking, and more waiting.
Calla will go under next Friday for extensive dental surgery.
She came to us with a mouth full of sick teeth due to bottle rot so many will come out.
Not sure what else will be done but we've been through this before and praying for the best!

We of course ate lunch at Steak-n-Shake then headed home for an evening of this~
I seriously don't know what we do without a pool!
Such a great way to decompress and burn off energy.
Calla has no idea what is ahead but thankful God does, and we totally believe He will heal her sweet little mouth.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Southern Joy Podcasts~

Amber and I interviewed our husbands about big family living in adoption and homeschooling~
You can find Episode 7&8 @ our Southern Joy Podcast website.
It was great fun to have our husbands share honesty and truth!
We love you both for giving your time and bearing your hearts with all of us!!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Happy 21st to Rosie~

We are all gathered in Rosie's college town to celebrate her 21st birthday.
It was WONDERFUL to have all our children together (missed Logan and Hayden!)~

I'm always so thankful they know I LOVE a great chance to shoot photos~
 It was hot as blazes but everyone hung in there and helped in their own special way~

What a blessing to be the mom of such sweetness!
Happy Birthday Rosie!!!
You are officially an adult now. :)

Friday, August 12, 2016


Calla has moved to her room and big girl bed~
I really didn't see this happening so soon but I'm glad I went with it.
Calla had been sleeping in our room on a loveseat set up as a little bed.
She wasn't falling asleep until almost 10:30 each night and usually one of us needed to be in the room with her.
She has really fallen in love with Evie and Holly~ playing together in their room.
Evie began asking if Calla could sleep up there... I wasn't ready but decided to give it a try.
We bought her a mattress, set up her bed, and from the first night it has been amazing.
Last night she fell asleep by 8:30 and still sleeping now.

It is important to take cues from your children when helping them adjust to their new life.
Our ideas may not always be what they need.
I think Calla needed to be doing what her siblings were doing... sleeping in her own room in her own bed.
So thankful for bitties that have fallen head over heels in love with each other!

Monday, August 8, 2016

ShayleeJoy's 9th Birthday~

Since we haven't been able to take the kids for a vacation,
we decided a little splurge to the Georgia Aquarium would be a fun way to celebrate SJ's birthday~
I can't tell you how excited they were when we told them we were going.
You would have thought we were going to Disney world.
SJ wanted Chinese for her birthday meal so we headed to PF Changs~
She also got new tennis shoes with birthday money!
And finally got a celebration with Gigi~
G was able to come home for dinner so we celebrated both of them.
SJ 9 and G 21 on Saturday. WHAT? I can't believe it!
Such a beautiful picture of God's beauty... sisters and best friends!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Photo shoot~

After SJ's party, she asked me to take photos of her.
OF course!
Isn't she beautiful?
 LOVES riding her new scooter from Memommy and Pop~
 Can be found swinging all the time~
 And climbing trees~
All around loving, confident, funny, caring, servant hearted girl!
Almost 9 years old!!!

Sunday Party~

Backing up to yesterday, Calla received big mail... her second of two Chatbooks made from IG photos~
 She loved this one filled with all the photos I had posted with #callaanneankerich since coming home.
The other book was photos of her before us and during China~ didn't like it at all.
Now she picks it up and wants me to talk her through it.
Such an important step in processing all the changes she has been through.

I had this huge pile of ironing to do but decided the later was way more important~

 I was so determined NOT to iron, I painted a coffee table and set up a reading area in our sunroom~

Today we celebrate SJ's 9th birthday again with her big siblings (except Rosie)~
 It was a very happy time opening presents and eating cupcakes~
Sunday parties are awesome!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Quick Recipe Idea: Rotisserie Chicken Salad~

Need a quick and yummy idea for lunch or dinner?
Pick up a rotisserie chicken, pull all the chicken off the bone, and shred.
Mix in mayo (amount to your desire) and a dash of seasoned salt~
Place chicken salad on a toasted english muffin
 and garnish with nuts of choice (almond slivers) and fruit (pineapple).
Add some veggie straws and enjoy!!!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Calla and the Bells~

We had a huge cleaning day today and pulled the bells out for our music loving little girl~
She absolutely loved them but listen for yourself~
Sweet sweet baby!