Friday, April 24, 2020

Friday Favorites {edition fifteen}

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals and her friend Erika for this blog post. 

Isnt' it funny how even though it's Friday, it doesn't feel like Friday?  At this point, all the days keep running together, and we all struggle from knowing what day it is.  Just yesterday, Jonah told me he didn't bother to ask me if I minded that he ate out for dinner because I never cook on Friday nights.  I looked at him and told him it was Thursday, and he died laughing. 

And for the record, I made a delicious dinner last night and he missed out. 

I wrote a blog post yesterday on a house update, and I think it was one of everyone's favorites, thanks to all the comments on social media.  It was another post I wrote for me, honestly, so that I can have it to look back on. 

This is my new favorite view.  Our deck area has come along so nicely, and I love that it's (mostly) done.  Todd has a few things to do it, but nothing that will affect the way it looks or us sitting out there.

I wrote a blog post with this title earlier in the week and held my first ever link-up "party".  Three people linked up with me!  I'm laughing, but've got to start somewhere, right?  This post was about all the things I don't want to forget during this time we were all stuck at home together.  I plan to do this every week or so, so if you're reading this and are a blogger, make sure you come back and check on it next week!  I'd love for you to add me to your blog roll, if you have one, because I update pretty regularly and that way you can see when I post.  (For the two of you who read this.)

I loved writing this post, and I laughed several times while I was writing it all.  We've definitely made some memories during this time, and some of them we'd probably like to forget. 

I have made a couple of really good dinners this week, and I thought I'd share them with you in case you're like me and are on the lookout for some dinner inspiration.

One is this recipe for chicken fajitas.  I made this last night, and it was delicious.  I used this as a loose guide for my fajitas, and because I didn't have fajita seasoning, I used taco seasoning and added in extra ground cumin.  I used white cooking wine and worcestershire in the chicken while I was cooking it, to deglaze the pan and to add flavor.  I cut the chicken into strips and kind of halved them once they were all done so that I could make sure they were fully cooked.  Because people are picky in my house, I did mushrooms and onions next, using olive oil, butter, and worcestershire sauce.  I did bell peppers last, using the same ingredients and I had that all seperate for people who wanted to pick and choose.  For mine, I put it all in a bowl with smoked provolone on top it all to smother it, then used rolled up tortillas to help me scoop up each bite.  Like I said, it was delicious.

And one night, I made this recipe for a homemade version of hamburger helper.  For us, I doubled this recipe and if you don't have beef broth on hand, you could definitely use chicken broth.  I had to use a mixture of the two because I didn't have enough of the beef.  I omitted the ketchup, because that would make it sweeter, and I hate ketchup.  This was delicious and will definitely be on repeat around here.  It was gone the night after I made it and my husband was the one who finished it off, which is rare for someone who usually doesn't eat a lot of leftovers.

Please excuse this horrible picture of me, but last night was my favorite night of the week.  For the past couple of weeks, we've been meeting (while being six feet or more apart) on a Thursday night and taking our own dinner to eat together.  We were forced to meet under the roof last night because it was raining when we first got there.  We sat there for over two and a half hours and thoroughly enjoyed catching up and laughing our heads off.  And also, we miss going to church!  This was like us being in line for when the doors open back up. 

It's been a pretty great week, one that felt almost normal.  Todd went on a call out this week to do a search and rescue on someone who was missing (they were found), he and Graham both worked some, and it just seemed like a normal week.  I saw my mom and stepdad, my sister, my dad and stepmom and two of my best friends.  I can't ask for more than that! 

How's your week been?  I'd love to hear!  Thanks for reading.  Love to all. 


  1. The picture of you is cute - you look happy! And what fun! What day do you plan to do your link-ups?? Sorry I missed it...but just found your blog:) And...I have no idea which rabbit trail led me here!! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you! I was so happy that night. Even doing what we did and meeting outside our church was so good for all of us. We've all been anxious and discouraged, so we really look forward to these nights. During non quarantine times, we have "fries and friends" every Wednesday after church. We've missed being together. I'm so glad you found my blog! I hope you visit often. Last week I did the link up on Wednesday, but I'm thinking either Tuesday or Thursday. I'd love for you to join me! I hope you've had a great weekend!

  2. I meant to comment on your "these are the days" post, but didn't. I just loved it and I could relate to so many of your thoughts. I will try to link up next week. Love your outdoor deck! Isn't it funny how these days are starting to feel like the new normal? Have a good weekend!

  3. Thanks for that, Tanya! I know we can all relate to most of what I wrote on that day, and I love having things to look back on that will remind me of these days. I was just talking to the Lord about all of this today as I sat and had my quiet time~all too soon we will be back to normal, and I will crave these easy days we've had at home. What a gift they've been! Prior to this quarantine, we were so busy that I couldn't keep up with all the activities of my sons. We all lead extremely busy lives, as most people do, and I've enjoyed this slower pace and all the extra time we've had to catch up. I'll look forward to you linking up with me that day! Thank you about the deck, we've thoroughly enjoyed it and love our nights spent outside. I hope your weekend has been good!


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