Mozzarella Chicken with Avocado Brushetta

The other night I was looking for a really easy recipe but didn't want to really follow instructions, I just needed food inspo. 

When I used to live with E's grandma she had this habit of making simple fruit and cheese plates and on occasion cutting tomatoes, slicing cucumbers and having it for a snack or even sometimes dinner. 

She is an amazing cook but I can imagine after the many, many years of cooking [she would always tell us about the days when she worked as a line cook at a diner] one can grow a little tired of the over the top, sprinkle some love on it type of meal. 

So sometimes [more often than not] I much rather the simplicity and freshness of a dinner than the eccentric over the top ones, I found this recipe on Pinterest and ran with it. 

I seasoned the chicken the way I like to sprinkle some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.  Heat your olive oil in a pan, place chicken in pan and let it cook. 

The recipe calls for 4 chicken breast I just took two and sliced them in half, I already did my arm work out and didn't really feel like beating some chicken into it's second death so slicing them in half did the trick. 

Once the chicken was in the pan cooking, I chopped my tomatoes and tossed it with the semi dried basil [the recipe calls for fresh basil but my grocery store didn't have it], I then added in salt and pepper plus lime juice and waited to cut the avocado until it was time to top the chicken with the mozzarella. 

I paired the dish with quinoa and some left over avocado.

If you have leftovers make sure you put the leftover brushetta in a separate container unless you are cool with hot tomatoes and avocados, I am not a fan of it. 

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If you decide to use a grain whether it is rice or quinoa be sure to put that on prior to starting your chicken. 

Slice 2 chicken breast in half and sprinkle salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder on each side of sliced chicken breast. 

Pour about 2 - 3 tablespoons of olive oil into saucepan [depending on size I just try to have an even coat of olive oil on the bottom of the pan. 

Put your heat on medium heat for your stove. Once your oil is heated then place your chicken in the saucepan or skillet. 

Let that cook depending on the thickness of your chicken breast, I always like a little crispness to my chicken so I kind of pan fry it.  

While all that goodness is going on start your brushetta, just wait to add the avocado so it doesn't brown to quickly. The lime juice will help it but I like to keep my avocado as fresh as possible. 

 

 

Letters to Jaxon : 01

J, this one's for you. 

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J, you are a special kind of kid, when God made us wait for you he knew exactly what he was doing.

He knew that you'd have that perfect smile, the best heart, and the presence of a little king. Hearts melt for you little one and you are so, so loved.

You are pretty amazing, you are our kind of perfect, and I am so entirely happy you are ours. 

Before you I always told myself I would create a place to write to you, to tell you as much as possible how much you mean to me in case I forget to tell you or you forget when I am gone. 

But it is hard to not always tell you how much I love you. It hard to not squeeze you tighter every day because you are growing too fast and my heart can't handle it.  

I knew once you arrived my heart would forget all those times when we struggled for you, it would forget how much it broke when the test once again said negative, it would forget about all the medicines and how they made me feel, it would forget all the times I cried for you.  It would forget all the hard times your dad and I went through before you. 

Because now all the tears are happy ones and life is what I would call perfect with you.

I want you to know that if there were anything great I've ever done with my life, it was creating you. 

I want you to know that seeing you grow and the new things you do on a daily make me sad because I know you won't be little forever.  And because time flies so quickly, I feel like I'll miss it all if I don't put it down. 

I wanted to tell you that you are my favorite person to dance with and it scares the hell out of me to even think that one day we will be dancing at your wedding [hopefully to a girl I actually approve of, doubtful there'll ever be a girl]. I know it's so far in the future but it breaks my heart some days to see you grow so fast and know that the days and years will pass and I'll look back on this post and read these words of truth. 

If you were to be my only child I have to tell you that you are by far the best I could've ever asked for, whoever comes after you definitely has some big shoes to fill and I can only hope for another as amazing as you. 

I want you to know that you are very special to me and I am so grateful to God every day that you are here. I know I lived life without you for 29 years and I am not sure how I did it. But it did help me to know what good and great are, and you my love are good and great

I love you so, so much my little pumpkin pie.  Please stop growing so fast so this momma can stop crying every time she sees you do something new. It took me forever to write this post because you are moving all over the place and it is really hard to write through tears. 

I love you more and more each day. I love your smiles and head butts in the morning when you try to lay your head next to mine.

Happy 7 months, my wild one.  

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Beauty of the Beast

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I was so excited to see Beauty & the Beast in theaters, it was one of my favorite Disney movies to watch growing up besides Lion King and Aladdin.

But of course, every time we try to get to a theater we are so pooped we decide against it. 

So once it came out on DVD I had to buy it and it just so happened that I was near a Best Buy and had a gift card 😃.  

I decided to wait for Friday evening and I figured I'd pop some popcorn and enjoy it all alone in our upstairs living room area while Eric watched the game but somehow he found himself upstairs snoring next to me ruining parts of the movie 😫. This is exactly why we don't waste money on movies E can snore perfectly fine on our couches. 

While I believe the movie was made very well I will always resort back to the original cartoon version no matter how old I get.  

I do know that the remake was well done but sometimes you just need to leave things alone.  

 

I might have formula in my hair.

It's currently 2:47am here in Houston the Husband and the babes are fast asleep. 

I on the other hand, I might have formula in my hair. 

Currently J is still sleeping in our bed, your judgement isn't needed on this matter. J is also waking up for about 2 feedings from the time he goes to bed until 6 am. One feeding is at 2 and the other at 5 and if I want to get a little more rest he will take another 2 oz at 7. He is a eater, there is no denying that. 

Normally we sleep Me, J, pillow, then E. But last night E thought myself and the pillow could switch places to see if maybe I'd get a better nights sleep between J's feeding schedule. I can say my back hurts way less and I'm actually not uber tired at the moment. Check back with me in the am. 

I had a little hesitation because J's formula is always on the nightstand next to the bed and I'd have to actually get up to make his bottles, and ain't no body got time fa dat. Well I should've made time. 

Like I said it is 2:47, after getting up at 2a to make J's bottle I then had to clean formula off of the bed, which I just cleaned earlier today. I had to dust the majority of it off so it wouldn't feel like we're were laying in sand on a beach, where I actually wish I were right now. 

How did formula get all over the bed you ask? Well J isn't one to really wait for his night time bottles or any bottle for that matter, so as I was pouring the formula into his bottle he threw his arm, it connected with the formula container and the rest my friends is history. 

So after spending so many hours yesterday cleaning our bedroom I know have to do it all over again ☹️ in the morning. I honestly could use a donut, a margarita, a thin crust Pepperoni pizza, and a hug not in that specific order. 

Oh and on top of that my dog is outside barking, at nothing.  

The moral of this story my friends is trust your gut and don't do something you know damn well is a fail. 

Irrelevant picture of my dog [yup the one that is barking] sleeping because it is what I wish I was doing right now 😴 but on a beach .

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Recovery Weekend

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I finally got Jaxon down again [and again since] this morning and my hands are free.  I should be washing his bottles for when he wakes up in a little while but I'd rather get some blogs done.  It is raining in Houston today and I am hoping to get our closet organized and the house cleaned a little.  With Jaxon's arrival and my c-section our living room has been baby central, so today I am going to put everything back in his room.  He is getting so big and I can't believe he will soon be 2 months already, every Monday brings in a new week of life for him and today marks 6 weeks. 

Anyway, I hope you loves are doing well and enjoying your Monday, I know it is Monday it can be hard to enjoy.  I return to my full-time job soon and I am on the fence about how I feel.  I definitely don't want to leave Jaxon but I know I need some time away from the house.  I just don't know how much time my heart can handle being away from him.  I have been to the grocery store a few times and I haven't cried but I know I will return to him in an hour or so.  Once I am at work it will be a full 8+ hours, but I know he will be in good hands.  It still doesn't make it easy to want to leave him. 

I am still trying to find ways to work from home to make some extra income, so definitely let your girl know. 

The weekends lately have been all about trying to recover from the week that just past. Since I have been home with Jaxon I never know what day of the week it is or what day of the month it is.  I don't mind it, though, I'd much rather not know what day of the week it is than keep praying for Friday to come sooner. 

We have had a lot of "to-do's" that keep getting passed up, the dogs need to go to the vet and we need a new kennel for Max [Jax's new doggie, don't worry I will share pics as soon as he is here]. We need to find nightstands for our master bedroom and a stand for under our living room tv.  There is so much dusting that needs to be done upstairs and our master shower needs to be cleaned : | but I have to take it one day at a time, one task at a time.

I have to keep reminding myself that not everything needs to be perfect and everything will get done eventually.  

Being a new mom has changed me for the better, I learn something new every day.  I find new things that interest me, and I have a newfound love for the word hustle. Each morning I wake up, I see his beautiful face and I thank God for this amazing gift he has given us our very own little miracle. 

 

 

Dear Jaxon

Dear Jaxon, 

The other day I sat in the clinic waiting on the doctor to find out the date of your arrival. After meeting with her and discussing a few things I walked to the car, called your dad and proceeded to cry. 

I cried not because anything was wrong or I was in pain but I cried because it became so real. I cried because I would no longer have you to myself, I cried because you would grow too fast, I cried because I can't believe I will finally get to touch your toes, kiss your fingers and kiss your cheeks.  

You see son, I've loved you before you were even conceived, before I ever seen you as a tiny embryo on an ultrasound, before you were a plus symbol on a pregnancy stick.  

You are my everything, my entire world. I am still in awe that you are here with me and I can touch you and love on you.  I know the nights will be rough and things will get difficult at times but I know that you are worth every thing we have ever gone through to get you here. 

You are the most beautiful thing that I have ever created, you are able to bring out a side of your dad that I never have seen but I am completely in love with. You make us better, more than we could have ever dreamed to be better for you, we are.  

We thought we were as close to complete as we could be before you but I now know you were the missing piece.  We love you Jaxon, we love you more than you will ever know.  

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We did it.

And after so many years of living with other people, I can finally walk around in my underwear or hell naked even.  

You may think gross! But when you are pregnant in the Houston summer the last thing you want to do is put clothes on top of your already extra weight gain. So underwear wearing around the house is definitely happening. 

Last night was our first night at home by ourselves, no dogs, no family members, no baby, just us.  And I was scared shitless, not because I don't think E can protect me but our OWN house? Every little sound was making me internally freak out, because I am a loser like that. I also couldn't sleep well, I'm not sure about you but for me there is an adjustment period for me to get comfortable sleeping somewhere new. 

It was weird, I think I may have cried two times silently to myself [I'll blame it on hormones] but over the years I have gotten use to either coming home to E's grandma or my mom.  So when I had a few moments to myself I cried and wonder if we were making a good decision. As much as I love my alone time, I wasn't sure if being this alone was what I wanted.  But like I said hormones.

Taking on a house is a huge responsibility, and now I have to organize, organize, ORGANIZE our life. I think date night will have to revert to once a month or non existent for a while.  LOL.

I am hoping that once the doggies are here I will feel much more comfortable and once we cover the little opening at our front door so no one can see straight into our house or me walking around in my underwear, I will feel slightly better.  

Let's just hope no one decides to bring a pie over, unannounced. 😂

So cheers, to being an adult.  Finally!

I also can't believe this is the house we are going to bring Jaxon home to, I can't wait. And this also makes me cry. Of course. 

Also a huge thanks to all of the people who have always supported us. You know exactly who you are because you still remember my number even when you don't need anything. 😉 

And here is us being HUGE cheeseballs

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