Meal Planning Monday

If you've watch the Weather Channel this weekend you've seen the stalling rain front... yeah, that pushed our camping trip back a week. I will say this though, Oklahoma and Texas have got to get on the Reserve America train. When I had this problem last year it was much easier to change my reservations at campgrounds through that system. Rather than calling in and begging for mercy.

Either way, we are rescheduled. Finger and toes crossed.

Monday | Garlic Butter Mushrooms, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Grilled Pork Chops

Tuesday | Cheeseburger Skillet with a salad

Wednesday | Sausage, Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, and Regina's Biscuits

Thursday | Hawaiian Chicken Bowls

Friday | Grilled Wings & Fries

Saturday | Tamale Pie (I'll photograph it and post the recipe this time.)

Sunday | leftovers/eating out

Breakfast | My favorite breastfeeding shake - but really it's a super healthy shake no matter what

Lunch | Kodiak Pancakes with Almond Butter, Hard Boiled Eggs, Blueberries

cariPro Ultrasonic Electronic Toothbrush Review & Giveaway

Y'all know I love my Smile Brillant Whitening System, and from what I've heard from friends who've used it they did too! I've been on a touch of a whitening break with pregnancy and breastfeeding though.

Sadly I can manual brush myself to death with my favorite whitening toothpaste and it hasn't kept up with my coffee intake.


Instant Pot Mac & Cheese with Sarah from Instapot Life

I love an easy recipe, and we all really love mac & cheese! Today, Sarah Jackson from Instapot Life is sharing her family fav that comes together in no time at all!


Who doesn’t get hungry thinking about Mac and Cheese?

It’s always been a favorite in my household.  My boys love anything covered in cheese!

I’ve been playing around with a new twist on the all american dish that ups the flavor pallet to the savory classic with a kick of dijon.  What’s great about this recipe is that you can cook it in an Instapot Pot, the most popular pressure cooker in the country.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1.5 cups unsalted butter
½ cup yellow onion, diced
½ lb macaroni
2 cups chicken broth
⅓ cup half-and-half
⅓ cup shredded parmesan cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded medium sharp cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
.5 tablespoon ground pepper
.5 cup panko bread crumbs

The following recipe will cook 4 servings:
1. Melt the butter in your Instant Pot using the Saute setting.  After about 5 minutes, toss in the diced onions. Make sure to gently stir every minute or so and cook until the onions begin to brown.  Then add in the macaroni and broth.

2. Put on the Instant Pot lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing.  Hit Cancel to reset the cooking program, then press the Pressure Cook or Manual setting for 6 minutes at high pressure.  Keep in mind that your Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come up to pressure before the cooking program starts.

3. After the cooking program is completed, move the Pressure Release to Venting.  Then open the lid and gradually stir in the three cheese, half-and-half, mustard, and pepper.  Give the mac and cheese for about 5 minutes to thicken.

4. Transfer to a oven-safe dish and top it off with a layer of panko bread crumbs and broil for a few minutes before it’s ready to serve.

About the Author: Sarah Jackson is a do-it-all mom who loves making easy, delicious meals for her family.  She fell in love with her Instant pot and started blogging on Instapot Life.

Get Out of Town: Stay the Night in Natchez, MS

Call me biased, but I adore my hometown. 
Not only does it have all the charm of any southern town you can put next to it, but Natchez holds the spot for the most plantation homes. Thanks mainly to the fact that they were handed over to the Union and not burned down during the Civil War. Why does this matter? Well it makes for a great visit during the cities annual pilgrimage. 

Recently we had the chance to get away for one night for our anniversary and decided to stay at our favorite Bed & Breakfast – Twin Oaks.

I recently shared about our anniversary getaway to my hometown (yes the place is that good!), over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read all about our favorite B&B and taking a cooking class with the great Regina Charboneau (and I'd love it if you left a comment) .

Meal Planning Monday

We survived VBS last week and this week Harrison is doing Soccer Camp in the evenings... so another week of easy meals. Plus we are going camping the following week and I have no room for leftovers.

Monday | Baked Meatballs & Roasted Green Beans (premade turkey meatballs, a no sugar added pasta sauce, topped with a shredded Italian Cheese blend & baked)

Tuesday | Leftovers

Wednesday | Grilled Chicken, Fingerling Potatoes roasted with my homemade ranch seasoning (Pioneer Woman), and roasted broccoli

Thursday | Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken, Tortellini, and Vegetables

Friday | leftovers

Saturday | Garlic Butter Chicken & Brussel Sprouts

Sunday | Instant Pot Pineapple Chili Lime Chicken (I won't this in the IP because I have some Ready Rice, so it'll just be tossed together quick on the stove top.)

Things I Bought & Liked | May

It's been non stop since school let out, but here's last month's Amazon buys!

Eucerin Q10 Anti Wrinkle Face Cream | I've put off replacing my night cream and finally broke down and purchased one. This is not disappointing, it's everything I love about the dermatologist approved brands with all the anti wrinkle things I love. My skin looks much more hydrated in the morning after I use this.

Teddie Organics Rosehip Seed Face Oil | Oldie but goodie. I've been using this for 2 years and had to repurchase. This is one of the few beauty products that I always keep on hand. I started using it when we were trying to get pregnant with Elliot because I had to quit Retin-A. Rosehip oil has vitamin A in a form that isn't harmful to baby, plus it's incredibly moisturizing. Don't be afraid of face oils, I get breakouts from mineral oil containing products, not this.

English Tea Strainer | That stainless steal french press from a few months back isn't my favorite as far as keeping all the grounds out goes. So coffee meets tea strainer. If you're in the market for one, this fits across all of my mugs as well as my Yeti Rambler 14oz.

Vetinee Women's Overall Shorts | My mother said I looked like Junior High Emily, but these are legit. I did size up, this is that slightly stretchy jean material. I initially ordered the dark because the light wash wasn't in stock but this month I am ordering the light. They're just fun, and probably the only 90's trend I am going to get back on. For size reference (I wear a 00, just kidding, fashion blogger jab) I wear an 8-10 at Old Navy and mediums in everything else. I ordered a large in these for so it would be a touch roomy. No one wants a tight overall. 

Sansi Once Piece Rash Guard | Elliot needed a swimsuit since he is too chunky for Harrison's baby swimsuit. This is getting the job done. 

TSLA Active Shorts | My biggest issue breastfeeding is that it limits my clothing. My mama hips after two kids weren't getting along with my premama hip sized bike shorts, so I ordered a new pair. This is my way of wearing a dress and being able to pump or nurse without flashing my girl bits to all of America. If you're in the market, this brand is soft, compares well to other leggings I own, and had a pocket for snacks. Just kidding... it's not for snacks but I do put bobby pins in it.