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Easy Weeknight Meal for 6!


Chicken and Macaroni Casserole

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  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 4 skinless chicken breast halves cut into 1 inch cubes (or 12 oz can of chicken chunks, or approx 2 cups chopped pre-cooked chicken)
  • 3 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can water
  • 1 can peas (1-2 cups frozen veggies or whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. place oil in skillet and cook chicken chunks (skip if using canned chicken or pre-cooked)
  3. Cook macaroni in large pot of boiling water until tender (about 6-7 minutes), drain, and set aside
  4. In a large bowl, combine the soup, water, chicken, macaroni, veggies, and cheese
  5. Combine mixture and pour into 9×13 pan
  6. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until bubbly

This recipe will take about 45 minutes from start to finish and even less if using pre-cooked chicken and canned veggies. Should serve 6.

Let me know what you think in the comments! I’d love to hear from you 😊

Have a blessed day, Ang

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When you feel like you’re letting everyone down

Mothers have a lot on their plates. It’s hard to remember that I can’t possibly do it all! From school work and homework to dance and jui jitsu, from housework to my paid job. Most days I’m barely getting through each day because I just don’t have the energy. So when there’s a few days that I’m not around to do the basic tidy ups so I can keep my head above water I really feel like I’m drowning.

My three kids and husband stay home during the day on weekends while I’m away working and I’m usually home just before midnight. Wake up early with the kids and get stuff prepared for the day. After I make them lunch I get my things ready so I can head off for work again.

Monday’s I try to keep open for my day to rest (and by rest I mean catch up on all the laundry, clean the one neglected bathroom that all 5 of us share, sweep and mop all the floors, change all the bedding etc).

Tuesdays I finish up what I couldn’t get done the day before and take the kids to their dance classes. Supper is super late that day so clean up and homework takes us until past bed time.

Wednesdays are for library with my youngest and I usually have time for one load of laundry (potty tracing him and so we have a lot of clothes during the week and if I don’t wash them he has to go naked 🤣)

Thursdays I have set aside for my baking day which means any orders I get throughout the week gets tackled this day. Nothing else gets done.

Fridays are packed with games, reading with the kids, playing, and then a quick tidy up before the weekend hurricane hits 😂

I’m usually gone all weekend for work and nothing gets done. Does anyone else feel this struggle? I admit that since I’ve been working super hard on my perfectionism it is easier because I am able to go to bed knowing there is toys that haven’t been put away, dishes that might still be sitting in the sink or that I forgot a piece of trash in the car. How can we balance everything that needs to be done with the things we want to do for fun or for ourselves? My planner has decreased my anxiety incredibly but I have to be extra careful not to overfill it because then it defeats the purpose.

Anyway, there’s so much going on in this mind of mine that nothing I say will make sense.

-Ang

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Putting The Effort Into Friendships

Having a best friend is great but they require attention just like anything in life! You have to water a plant if you don’t want it to whither and die. Most of us have at least one best friend, someone who will always be there regardless of the time of day or year. My question is have I been a good friend? What would that look like? If someone were to text or call me and say I need to talk, when can we get together? I would jump on it immediately. If that same person were to call and say I’m bored, when can we meet up for coffee? I would more than likely tell them I can’t today because the kids have homework, I have dishes, the little guy just pooped all over himself I have to give him a bath etc. I haven’t been the kind of friend I would want lately and this morning I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts and she really made me think about this. Taking care of our relationships on all levels is also important self care and a great way to show ourselves some self love. Being with our closest friends is always fun and relaxing. I personally always feel great after a visit with my friends!


This is the link to her web page, it is the Happy Bit between episodes 152 and 153 called How To Be A Best Friend

In this podcast she lists 5 steps to a long lasting best friendship. A quick breakdown of these steps are:

  • Listen with your heart
  • Be real
  • Be feminine
  • Be flexible
  • Be committed

I have a tendency to want to fix everything. I just want to make everyone happy and take all their problems away. I’m going to put more effort into listening with my heart. I’m also going to practice being more flexible which is hard for me because I’m just learning about boundaries. I’ve always been the one to go out of my way to make sure everyone is pleased, work around the schedules of everyone else. So now that I’m starting to say no this is going to be a hard one I think. When I say yes right away I have a hard time knowing if I’m saying yes because I want to and CAN or if I’m saying it to keep someone happy. Either way, I’m definitely committed to giving this my all because all my friends are super important to me!

Hope you have a chance to listen to this short podcast. Jen goes through each step and really explains what it means and gives examples.

Have a blessed day,

Ang

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Family drive

The whole family went to the city yesterday and these days are almost always pretty stressful 😂. Packed up all three kids before 9 am (2 of them are sick and have bronchitis so they needed to go to the doctor). Hit the road with more than enough books and toys to keep them occupied but since I was going to work for 7 hours this meant they needed to STAY OCCUPIED for 9.5 hours of the day!

It’s a terrible thing when the Mama attitude needs to come out while at work 🤣

My husband was such a trooper though keeping them busy for the day. They went to Burger King (a real treat for our kids), had their meals, played on the equipment, used up some energy.

When I was done work we took a little drive down to the new Saskatchewan Hospital they’re almost done building. It’s quite the building. Gigantic in comparison to the original but not nearly as beautiful and definitely lacking the character. The road runs along the North Saskatchewan River and it’s an amazing place to take walks and spend time in nature but since it was so cold we opted for the drive 😊 I love going out for family drives. We live in a rural area and we drive the back roads a lot just to get out of the house sometimes.

Yesterday by the river my oldest spotted a porcupine up in a tree. He wasn’t surprised in the least and said very matter of factory “Maybe we could check out the bridge after but you should watch out for falling porcupines going through these trees.” I laughed so hard 🤣

The kids had a blast and I can’t wait till they’re feeling better and the weather is a bit warmer so we can go exploring at the bridges 😃

Have a blessed day,

Ang

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Asking for help is never easy, Accepting help is even harder

This journey is hard, mentally draining and yet so rewarding 💋💕 Through the entirety of it I have been dumped by many friends and family, I have also dumped a few along the way. That’s probably the hardest part. Making that break from those you have loved your entire life knowing that it’s for the best.
The few I have left in my life I hold dear to my heart and they warm my soul ❤️ You all mean so much to me and for those who have been beside me through this entire fight— There are no words that could ever describe how much I appreciate, love and respect you!

One year ago as I fought to get myself out of bed every day, clawed my way through each agonizing moment of reliving the worst moments of my life and still having to be the best mother, wife and friend I could manage…I really didn’t know how I would manage to come out of it. Of course I’m still not all the way better and maybe never will be, but the progress is astonishing and I have learned so much about myself along the way.

Through all my work on myself I’ve also learned how to show myself validation 🙂 I mean, it’s still a work in progress 😉 But I’m slowly getting my life back on track and I’m excited to grow even more so I can raise my kids to know what the unconditional love from their parent can feel like 💕

Hope you have a beautiful day!