I’ve moved to Blogger!

You can now check out my blog at http://justamandaslife.blogspot.com/


Making a move to Blogger

I’m so wishy-washy…I had worked with Blogger a lot in the past and loved some of the features here on WordPress, so I started blogging here, but I’m just finding so much stuff I can’t do here, so I’m thinking of moving back to Blogger…I’m working on switching everything and will post my Blogger address as soon as I start setting things up over there.

My 5 Favorite Flavors

1. coffee

2. chocolate

3. cheesecake

4. raspberries

5. caramel

My Family

In 1999, I met the most awesome man alive, and in 2000, I married him.  It’s hard to believe we’ll celebrate our 10th anniversary next year!  We have been blessed with the two greatest little boys in the world, who are now 7 and 4.  (I always tell people, how many women can say they live with the 3 best looking men alive?)  We are a very close knit family, and we love being together and having fun together.  I can honestly say that while life may not always be easy, it is always fun with them around!

I think everyone who knows me would agree that my life boils down to two things – faith and family.  That pretty much sums me up as a person.  I’m so grateful God brought my wonderful family into my life.  They mean the world to me.

My Favorite Mac and Cheese

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I went with another of our family favorite holiday recipes – the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had!

1 8-oz box elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

1/2 c. mayonanaise

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 small jar chopped pimento, drained

1 small onion, chopped

12 oz grated cheddar cheese

1 stick melted butter

2 c. crushed cheese crackers, such as Cheese Nips

Mix together everything but the last 2 ingredients and pour into a a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Mix crackers and butter, spread over top of casserole.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Menu Plan Monday – Week of 11/23

Monday Lunch: Chicken and black bean enchilada, Dinner: Baked chicken

Tuesday Lunch: Tuna sandwiches, Dinner: leftovers (chicken and black bean enchiladas)

Wednesday Lunch: Tacos, Dinner: Chicken and egg noodles

Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday: Still enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers

Saturday Lunch: Baked chicken, Dinner: Eat out

Second Thoughts

I’m having major second thoughts about this whole going back to college idea…

I went to my campus this past week to get some paperwork sorted out, and I got lost.  Not on the way there, not on campus…I got lost in the main building.  It’s three stories tall.  I couldn’t find the elevator. 

I have completely lost my mind.  I’m confused, I don’t know where to go on campus or who to talk to or what to do, and I haven’t even attended my first class!  It has me wondering how I’ll ever be able to negotiate college in my 30’s.

I’ve also started freaking out now that I’m making my to-do lists and working on my scheduling.  I’m starting to realize that a lot of things are going to have to change if I do this.  I am passionate about leading our children’s ministry at our church, but I may have to give it up while I’m in school.  My youngest is going to start playing T-ball this spring…how many T-ball games will I have to miss because I’m studying or working to pay for college?  How many bedtime stories will I not get to read?  How many nights will I get 3 or 4 hours of sleep because I’m cramming for a major test?  What if I do a year’s worth of work and don’t get into the program I want?  What if I do get in and start school full time?  What about spending time with my family, hanging out with friends, running, reading, traveling with my family?  I have a life that I really love, and I’m starting to wonder how much of it I’m going to have to give up and whether or not this whole college idea is worth it…yes, I want to finish my degree, but is the price I’ll have to pay to get there going to be worth it?  Three years seemed so short at first…now it looks like an eternity looming before me.

The Next “Survivor”?

This is hysterical!  I love it… 


  • Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and four kids each, for six weeks.
  • Each kid plays two sports and either takes music or dance classes.
  • There is no access to fast food.
  • Each man must take care of his four kids, keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, etc.
  • The men only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done. There is only one TV between them and there is no remote.
  • The men must shave their legs and wear makeup daily, which they must apply themselves, either while driving or while making four lunches.
  • They must attend weekly PTA meetings; clean up after their sick children at 3:00 a.m; make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and get a 4-year-old to eat a serving of peas.
  • The kids vote them off the island, based on performance.
  • The last man wins only if he has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment’s notice.
  • If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over again for the next 18-25 years – eventually earning the right to be called ‘Mother’.


One of those weeks…

Ever have one of those days when you just want to crawl back into bed and pull up the covers?  It’s been one of those weeks for me…let’s just say it’s not been spectacular and it’s not getting better.  The first part was actually ok, but these last two days have been full of yucky weather (which caused me to miss my run this morning, which did not help my general grumpiness), annoying tech support people (after two years on the job, yes, I do know how to use the software at work, and I know enough to know you messed it up instead of fixing it!), plumbing issues (overflowing toilets…not fun), and general stress.  It won’t be a relaxing weekend, either.  We have a day planned tomorrow to work on my children’s ministry rooms at church, then a busy Sunday as we start rehearsing with the kids for our Christmas program.  (And my family wonders why our house is a little chaotic?)  But, thankfully, next week is one of my very favorite holidays…and I only work two days…and we don’t have Wednesday night services at church…next week will be a better week.

Recipe Zaar

My absolute favorite recipe website is www.recipezaar.com  I stumbled across it months ago, and I’ve gotten so many great recipes from it!  My favorite feature is the fact that you can search by preparation method – slow cooker, OMAC, etc., but they have so many different search options.  It’s a lot of fun and so useful!

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