Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nettles Thanksgiving

After Thanksgiving in Decatur, we traveled to my parents' house in TN for the big Nettles' Thanksgiving. 
We were the first there and set to work making refried beans.  Caleb helped and was so excited that he did it!
Then people began arriving.  They played games and Kate apparently won!
 and we had dinner.  Afterwards, the kids all ran off some energy outside with a very bright ball.  I believe Caleb was kicked in the face by Kate just after this picture was taken when he ran to grab the ball and she kicked it.  No damage!
That night was apparently climb on people night because Daddy played horse for Kate and Caleb and then they both piled on top of David as well!

Thanksgiving is pretty much just a BIG lunch with everyone doing whatever they want from games to puzzles to climbing to walks.  Caleb joined the big guys and Uncle Tony in a game of beanbags.
Kate, of course, climbed her tree but Caleb refused!

Later that day, Kate rode her bike and then took a LONG walk with me and Aunt Margaret where she collected several treasures.  When she got back home, she worked HARD on a craft with Aunt Margaret, which was a big secret and I was reprimanded several times for looking (even though I wasnt! Ha!).

Caleb dreamed of riding the motorcycle while everyone else just visited.

The next day, everyone comes back over for gumbo and then heads in their own directions.  We stay for a few more days.  Thankfully, Philip, Kenna and Ms. Rita stayed as well, so we got some extra visiting in.
The big excitement was getting ready for Christmas now that Thanksgiving was over.  We started with Christmas PJ's and books. 
Then the kids, Mama and I worked on another candy house.
 Caleb mostly ate icing - until I told him to stop and he got VERY upset!  He eventually joined back in the decorating and we all had fun.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Gilliam Thanksgiving

We began our annual Thanksgiving week at David's parents' house. 
The kids are always excited to be there and got a little extra time with his folks since David and I had to stay at a hotel due to some extra guests.
 They loved it.  The time there was spent outside a lot. 
Kate loved doing flips
and Caleb still played a lot on the swing. 
Of course, he got to snuggle with Grammy...
while Kate REALLY got the hang of riding her bike! 

We were so proud.  It's always fun to play with Nana in her bathroom,

spend time with Grandmommie,
and get snuggles and tickles from GG. 

Of course the highlight is making the candy house. 
Caleb took a little while to warm up to it but he eventually figured it all out.
 He was feeding GG by the end.  We were so happy that Nana and GG both joined in the fun.

We were also thankful for Ms. Lois who came with GG.  She made a joyful addition to everyone there and enabled GG to be there!  What a great bunch of thankful friends and family.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Fall Soup Party

The weekend before Halloween, we had a group of friends over for chili and potato soup.  Caleb has a group of friends who go to church and school with him and they all have older sisters. 
We also happen to enjoy spending time with all of their parents.  So, I decided we should have a "party!"  I made my mom's chili and then did potato soup for the kids.  Turns out, I could have just done chili and been fine. 
I think Caleb was the only kid who ate soup.  Kate had chili and the rest had chicken nuggets.  Ha! 
Before we ate, all the kids played outside in their Halloween costumes.  It was fun watching them just run around with each other. 
E was NOT a fan of the dog but the boys did their best to protect her. 
It was a great night! 
Maybe it will become an annual thing. :-)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Zucchini Enchiladas

Not only has it been a long time since I've posted, but it's been AGES since I did a recipe post.  But we had a really unique and YUMMY meal last night (and I'm getting requests for the recipe); so, here it is!  I saw this on one of those random recipe videos on facebook and thought it looked good.  After a whole WEEK of sickness at our house, I was finally able to make it...but it was worth the wait!  It's chicken enchiladas but instead of tortillas, you use zucchini as the wrap.  Once it cooks, you really can't even tell that it's zucchini - which for some people is a plus!  Kate devoured it and said that it should be on kids' menus in restaurants!  Caleb ate it all and David said it was good.  WIN!!!  This is good for us, too, because it makes an easy gluten free option.  We will be doing this again.  Here is the link to the original recipe (which I didn't even look at before making mine, LOL!) with a helpful video for technique (I did everything based on the video):

Zucchini Enchiladas
 1onion, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried garlic (or 1 tsp fresh, minced)
1 tsp chili powder
1.5 teaspoons cumin
1 pre-cooked Rotisserie chicken (I used Kroger's - you could also use your own chicken breasts that you cook and shred - probably about two)
1 can red enchilada sauce
3 zucchini, sliced VERY thinly (I used a vegetable peeler - my mandolin made slices that were slightly too thick)
fresh grated (or bought) cheese
cilantro (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Chop veggies.  Add onion, peppers and garlic to a saute pan (prepared with olive oil OR cooking spray).  Saute until translucent.  Add in chili powder and cumin.  Stir.  Shred chicken and stir into the onion mixture.  When well mixed, pour about half the can of enchilada sauce into the mixture and stir.  Set aside.

Cut the ends off the zucchini.  Slice in half lengthwise.  Using a vegetable peeler - something like this-

 (or mandolin OR if you're REALLY good just a knife), cut very thin and long slices of zucchini.
For each "enchilada" you will use three slices.  Three zucchini made about 12-13 "enchiladas" for me.  On a cutting board, lay out three slices of zucchini.  Place a spoonful of the chicken mixture across the slices.  Roll up down the length of the zucchini.
Place each "enchilada" into a 13x9 baking dish.  Once pan is full or all zucchini or chicken is used, pour remainder of enchilada sauce on top of the rolls.
Top with freshly grated cheese.  Place pan in over and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes (I did about 35 due to kid issues and it was fine!).  Top with freshly cut cilantro.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 06, 2017


Kate and Caleb had a fun time this year at Halloween.  They both had parties at school. 
For that, Kate went as Jasmine and Caleb was Obi Wan Kenobi (again). 
Our church had a Harvest Carnival, so we didn't go trick or treating but still had fun.  For this, Kate was Merida and Caleb was one of her bear brothers. 

Kate had been talking a lot about her friend from school and she actually found her at the carnival.  We were so excited to meet her and Kate had a GREAT time running around with her.