Big Release Day

My son was released today for the therapy on his broken hand. We are EXCITED! That is one thing to check off our long list he has accomplished. This wonderful lady is the AWESOME Alison Taylor, of Baylor Scott & White in Frisco. She is our top notch Occupational Therapist that works on Mateo and does not cause him any pain while doing it. She is AMAZING.

We hope to go back and she will do therapy on all his burns if all works out. She did it on our very last visit and it gave Mateo lots of relief and a more mobility.

If you live in Frisco, Texas and you need PT you need to come to the state of the art facility with very knowledgeable staff. We couldn’t have gotten though this with out Alison. So Alison, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART ❤️!

BACON WRAPPED CREAM CHEESE STUFFED CHICKEN

This was a recipe that was yummy and quick. If you love cream cheese you will definitely love this chicken recipe. It goes great with some roasted vegetables, and some French bread. Make some extra because it’s great reheated as well! Enjoy this one! 😉

INGREDIENTS

• 2 lb chicken breasts boneless and skinless

• 8 oz cream cheese softened

• 1 tbsp chives chopped

• 12 slices bacon (3 pieces per chicken breast)

INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

• In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until it begins to curl and turn red – you want it to be partially cooked but still flimsy. Place bacon on a paper towel while preparing other ingredients.

• In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and chives. Set aside.

• Place chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag (gallon sized). Using a rolling pin or meat tenderizer, flatten chicken breasts until they’re about 1/4 inch thick.

• Spoon a portion of the cream cheese mix and spread it in the center of the chicken breast, keeping at least a 1/2 inch gap from the edges clear.

• Starting with the smallest end, roll up the chicken breast. With the seam side of the chicken facing up, wrap pieces of bacon around it so that the ends of the bacon are tucked beneath the chicken. Wrapping this way should secure the bacon and keep the chicken wrapped. If needed, use toothpicks to help keep the chicken wrap together.

• Place chicken in a 9×13 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes. Turn oven to broil for 5 minutes to crisp the bacon. If desired, sprinkle more fresh chopped chives on top.

• Serve immediately.

https://homemadehooplah.com/bacon-wrapped-cream-cheese-stuffed-chicken/

Happy Birthday To Me!

Well I am 52 today! I’m sure like others my age, you get asked…do you feel old? My answer to you is no! You are as old as you feel. My kids keep me feeling young.

I also don’t live my life like I am old. I try to stay up to date with the latest trends when it comes to fashion, music, decor and beauty products. I feel this is so important for your wellbeing to stay youthful.

I am always trying to keep my mind sharp with healthy foods, lots of fresh air and exercise, get plenty of sleep, and always challenge your brain by learning new things.

So in all actuality I’m not afraid to get old, because I am going to do it gracefully and still be in style and I will be living life to the fullest. Happy Birthday To Me 🎂

An Afternoon To Honor Burn Victims

What a wonderful afternoon I had with my son! My son was honored today with other burn victims for being a survivor at the hospital where he received his extensive care in the BURN ICU.

It was so heartfelt and warming for all the nurses and doctors to come up to my son and actually remember him and say” I remember you, you were in room 26, you had a motorcycle accident…. how are you doing?” They also told him several times he looked great. He had such a big smile on his face.

Mateo did not remember most nurses unfortunately because he was so sedated. But there was one nurse that left an impression on him that sorta made him think about wanting to become a nurse. His name is Christian. He is the guy pictured here with Mateo. He is a very young nurse and loves his job. A great all around person. Mateo could listen to him tell stories for hours.

These are all the great people that took steller care of my son. I don’t know what I would have done without them. They are truly our guardian angels. Thank you Medical City Plano for saving my sons life!

Winter Fashion

This cozy looking outfit will sure to keep you warm on a chilly night. I wore this on a cool brisk night and I did not have to wear a jacket. It was perfect For me and I’m always cold. The sweater is super warm and soft.

This sweater is from Vicicollection.com and it’s called the Henry sweater and comes in a few different colors. It’s $58.00. The boots are also from the same place. They are called Essence Scrunch Peep Toe Bootie and they are $44.00 and come in black and taupe. The jeans are Hudson and can be found at Nordstrom. The sunglasses are Tory Burch. The earrings are Halogen and can be also found at Nordstrom.

https://www.vicicollection.com/collections/all

https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/c/womens-jeans-shop?origin=topnav&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FJeans%20%26%20Denim&top=24&offset=0&page=1&sort=Boosted&storeAvailability=724&brand=1769

https://www.toryburch.com/accessories/sunglasses-eyewear/

Artichoke Florentine Pasta

This pasta dish has a tiny kick to it but it is delicious. It’s easy to make and my whole family loved ❤️ this dish. I added chopped up chicken to this dish even though it did not call for it. It was the perfect touch to make this meal complete. I hope you get a chance to try this. Enjoy 😉

Ingredients

1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta

6 tablespoons butter, divided

4 garlic cloves, minced

12 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 16 cups)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups 2% milk

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese

1/2 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 cans (14 ounces each) water-packed artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped

1/3 cup Italian-style panko (Japanese) bread crumbs

*I added chopped chicken to this as well and it was fantastic.

Directions

• Cook pasta according to package directions. In a 6-qt. Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds. Add spinach; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or just until wilted. Remove from pot.

• In same pot, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Add Parmesan cheese, cream cheese, wine and seasonings; stir until smooth. Stir in artichoke hearts; heat through.

• Drain pasta; add to sauce, tossing to coat. Stir in spinach mixture. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with bread crumbs. Serve immediately

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/artichoke-florentine-pasta/

Update From My Sons Surgery Yesterday..

My son Mateo is doing great today. He is feeling in high spirits and is feeling no pain. He got a little sick last night, but nothing to big. He has scabs over his burns and we have to continue to keep those burns hydrated with lots of lotion. This will be nothing new because we have been doing this ever since Mateo had his accident and came home from the hospital.

We were informed though at the hospital by his dr that he will have more then 8 surgeries, which we were very disappointed in.

All I have to say is this…. if you have a child that wants to ride a motorcycle or know someone or have a loved one that wants to ride, please, please, please, force that child and encourage the others to wear protective gear. I don’t care if it’s 102 degrees out. If you can’t handle the temp and the gear then you should not be riding the bike! My son will be getting another bike. He made that clear to me and I can’t stop him. It breaks my heart. He is an adult. But he will be wearing all the protective gear. Riding is his life. I just have to accept that even though I don’t want to.