Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekending: A Fire, Family Time + Football

Happy Monday! I can't believe it's the last one of September! 

We spent Friday morning at a local splash pad/playground and lunch at Chick-fil-A with a friend and her little girl. Only in Texas can you go to a splash pad in late September! 

Brandon got home from his week-long business trip, and boy, was I happy to see him! 

Since he eats out every meal for the week he's gone, I always make a home-cooked meal the night he gets home. I was making this recipe, and I always use store-bought tostadas, because seriously -- who has time to make their own? 

Anyway, I had them on the broil function to get them a little brown before I put the tostada ingredients on them and broiled the cheese on top. Well, I got to talking to Brandon and all of a sudden I smelled something burning. I opened the oven to the tostadas on fire -- a full-fledged fire, y'all. I was freaking out, but I remembered that we had a fire extinguisher in our pantry for instances such as these. Well, of course I had no earthly idea how to actually open said fire extinguisher {since it was brand new} and had a moment of panic. I tossed the fire extinguisher to Brandon, who immediately pulled the safety tab and extinguished the fire. {My dad, who is a volunteer fireman, would shake his head at me for not knowing how to use a fire extinguisher!} 

As you can see from the ash, it was pretty significant! I'm just thankful that we had a fire extinguisher in our house; that Brandon was home when it happened; and we didn't have anything worse than a huge mess to clean up in the oven and surrounding area. So, a little PSA: get a fire extinguisher in your kitchen if you don't have one already!! 

I woke up to breakfast in bed and Walker sleeping in until 7:50 a.m.! He normally sleeps from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., so those extra 50 minutes were a welcomed surprise. Brandon and I ate breakfast in bed, watched the news and caught up on social media. {You know you're adults when…} 

Later that morning, we made a trip to Home Depot to get some fertilizer, soil and a few more knockout rose bushes for the front yard to prepare it for fall. {Clearly both boys weren't pleased with the picture-taking…!} 

Then, we ran over to Target so I could get a storage bin for the clothes Walker's outgrowing, and of course Brandon spotted a kid-sized soccer ball and goal, and we left Target with that. And Brandon says I spoil Walker…ha! ;)

I picked up this candle from Target while we were there, and y'all, it smells amazing! It's like a Bath & Body Works candle, but only cost $8 at my store! 

We watched the Baylor game, of course, and got things done around the house afterward. I started to cook dinner and came outside to Brandon giving Walker a little soccer lesson. It melted my heart! 

My aunt joined us for dinner, and she brought her sweet old dog, Abby, so Walker could play with her. Of course, our little animal-lover loved that and kept kissing her over and over! 

We went to church, and since the Cowboys had a noon game, our friends Brandon and Kimmie {and their daughter Emily} came over with pizza to watch it with us. It was so good to see and catch up with our friends! {And you know you're good friends when you fall asleep on the couch in the middle of the game when they're over. Ha!} 

Walker absolutely loves their daughter, Emily, and kept rubbing her head, kissing her and saying, "baby, baby!" 

For dinner, I decided to make my "Cheater Chicken Pot Pie," which is probably one of the best, easiest "homemade" chicken pot pie recipes ever. 

I found a wonderful chicken hack in my local Kroger about a year ago: Del Real Shredded Chicken. Literally, all you do is put it in the microwave to warm it and you have shredded chicken for any recipe! No boiling, cooling and shredding chicken for a recipe! So, that's what I use for this recipe. And, you can totally use on-brand ingredients, but I'm cheap and use Kroger brand ingredients and this tastes just the same. 

Here's the {super easy} recipe if you're interested! 

Yum! My favorite part is the lightly browned crust, because, duh. #carbs

I hope y'all have a great week!

Linking up with Biana and Meghan today



  1. Yikes!! I'm glad that you got the oven fire under control! Luckily the rest of the weekend looked like it was less scary than that haha

  2. When I saw the post on IG or snap chat about the little oven fire I was in shock...but happy that you guys were able to laugh it off! Looks like it was a great weekend with your husband back home!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. That splash pad looks fun! I don't think we have anything like that here!

  4. My husband and I are obsessed with chicken pot pie it is one of our favorite Comfort foods, can't wait to try this recipe!

  5. I'm pretty sure I love everything about this entire weekend! Great pics! (haha to the oven though - sounds like me)


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