Monday, December 11, 2017

Menu For Week of 12/11

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving. I definitely did. I am FINALLY feeling myself again. Between a lingering cold/cough that sent me to the med center and all the holiday hustle and bustle it was tough finding time to plan meals and post. BUT, the show must go on. By this point I'm sure you guys are going to catch on with how often I make certain things. Listen, when your kids like something you will make it 10 days in a row if that means they will eat and not ask for a snack as soon as you dump their uneaten plate out. 😒 As always, if you have any questions please feel free to comment here or shoot me an email. I am always willing to help.

Monday: Roasted Chicken Thighs over a Mushroom Risotto and steamed veggies

Tuesday: Crispy baked Wings, Mashed Potatoes, and Corn

Wednesday: Sweet and Sour Chicken with Broccoli. Served or choice of Lo Mein Noodles or White Rice.

Thursday:Pancakes and Egg

Friday: Baked Nuggets and Fries

Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide Series. The Perfect Gift For The Person Who Has It All

Luxury Wooden Watch  Um, you guys... the holiday season is fast approaching and I am making my list and checking it twice. Not for myself, but my list of gifts to get my peeps. I pride myself on being an AH-MAZING gift giver. My husband said he knew he was going to marry me after the gifts I got him for his birthday one year... that's how great I am at gift giving. I have a few hard people to shop for this year who have EVERYTHING. *Enters JORD Wood Watches.* Everyone (I think) owns a watch. But, how many people own a watch made of wood... Koa wood. I mean how unique is that?! 

 I absolutely love the packaging the Frankie Koa & Ash watch comes in. This box even controls the humidity for this gorgeous wood timepiece. Also included is a polishing cloth. 

The quality of this beautiful watch is something I have never seen. The Sapphire Crystal glass shines and shimmers. On the inside of the watch JORD has graciously included the city and date of birth of the watch. (like whaaaaa?!) If you're curious my watch was born on May 24th, 2017 in St. Louis. Super cute, right?

The rich colors of the Frankie Koa & Ash watch are perfect for year round, but look especially 
amazing with all my cozy sweaters! The simplicity of the face is not only timeless but elegant.

If you are on the hunt for an amazing gift this Christmas season that will be cherished for many years to come then JORD has you covered! The best part is we have teamed up to offer you 25% off! That's the largest discount JORD has offered... ever! JORD also offers custom engraving for that special touch.  
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Menu for the week of 11/6

This week has been a week... if you know what I mean. Colds and coughs for everyone! Except my husband because he literally never gets sick. I somehow absorb every sniffle that the kids have unfortunately. 😐 BUT, the show must go on! 

Monday: Shrimp n' Grits w/smoked sausage. I honestly don't know how to make this and I never want to know because this is a meal that when it's on the menu my husband makes for us and it's like a special little treat. Sometimes we serve it with some form of bread. This week the entree was enough for us.

Tuesday: Meatballs and gravy served over buttered egg noodles w/ green beans

Wednesday: Buttermilk Waffles w/bacon and eggs

Thursday: Chicken Patties and Fries. 

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: I have nothing planned for Saturday since we're usually out and about

Sunday: Chicken Parm w'garlic bread

Another week of meal planning in the books. Have any questions for me, feel free to message me! I'm always here to help. 



Friday, October 27, 2017

Simple and Delicious Crusty French Bread

This easy Crusty Bread recipe was a HUGE hit this week so I thought I would quickly hop on here to share it. 

Yield: 1 loaf (about 6 servings)


  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (about 105 degrees F should do the trick)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour, plus extra for dusting


  1. Combine yeast, sugar, and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (you could also mix this dough by hand if you like – just use a large mixing bowl instead).
  2. Let the yeast proof for about 5-7 minutes, until the mixture gets all foamy.
  3. Add kosher salt to bowl.
  4. Add flour to bowl a bit at a time and mix on low speed until all flour is incorporated and dough has just started to pull away from the sides of the bowl. (If you are mixing by hand, mix until ingredients have just come together and form a smooth dough).
  5. Lightly flour all sides of your dough (don’t mix the flour in – it’s just to keep the dough from sticking!) and turn it over inside the mixing bowl to coat with flour on all sides. Cover with a tea towel and let rise on the counter for about 1 hour, until dough has doubled in size.
  6. When dough has risen, lightly flour a large cutting board.
  7. Tip the dough out of the bowl and onto the cutting board. do not punch the dough down – you want to keep all those nice air bubbles intact so you have an airy, delicious loaf of bread. (Note: If the dough is sticking to the bowl a little bit, just wet your hand with a bit of water and gently separate the dough from the bowl to get it all out).
  8. Sprinkle a bit of flour across the top of the dough, then begin shaping it into a round loaf.
  9. Flour a small mixing bowl and place your loaf into it seam-side down. Cover with a tea towel and let rise another 30 minutes or so.
  10. While bread proofs, place an empty dutch oven (with the lid on) in your oven and heat to 460 degrees F.
  11. When the oven is hot, you’re ready to go!
  12. Tip your bread dough gently out of the mixing bowl and VERY CAREFULLY (without burning yourself!) place it – seam side UP, this time – into the hot dutch oven.
  13. Put the dutch oven lid back on the pot, and slide the whole thing back into your hot oven.
  14. Cook bread for 25-30 minutes.
  15. After about 30 minutes, remove the lid from your dutch oven. The bread should be crusty and lightly browned. Continue cooking, uncovered, for 10 minutes more or until the bread has deepened in color and you have a beautiful brown crust.
  16. Remove entire Dutch Oven from oven
  17. Lift the bread out of the dutch oven and onto a cooling rack. Let cool for about 20 minutes before cutting into it... and, enjoy!

Menu For The Week of 10/30

I can't believe we are heading into November already!😲 We just had 80 degree days and BOOM! Now it is a high of 48 in Michigan. I'm not complaining, I have actually been ready for the cooler temps. I don't know about you but most of my cute clothes are Fall/Winter stuff. Now that its cooler I enjoy cooking a lot more. This weeks menu is a little random haha. I am trying to use up some things we have in the cabinets and freezer. Anyways, thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions feel free to message me!

Monday: Spaghetti and Garlic Bread (Can you tell my kids REALLYYY enjoy spaghetti lol)

Tuesday: Mexican Pizzas (we are using ground beef but obvi you can omit that)

Wednesday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Thursday: Leftover Chicken Noodle Soup (Thursdays seem to be the leftover day for us haha)

Friday: Chicken Quesadilla w/ Queso for dipping (Guyssss, Im going to cook on a Friday... say whaaaa! lol)



Saturday and Sunday are left blank because I go shopping on Friday and at that time I will finalize whats for dinner on those two days. Thanks for tagging along for another week of meals. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to share a few of my fave recipes as well! I promise just a little planning and you can do this! If you need any help, PLEASE feel free to message me. That is what I am here for.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Menu For The Week Of 10/23

Hey hey hey!! I have been working since yesterday to get on here and post our menu for the week. My laptop had different plans and decided to update for two days. But, here we are! All updated and still running as slow as ever haha. Below are our meals for this week. I will try and link most of them to Pinterest recipes that I love. Just click the main dish for each day and it should take you to the pin. Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday: Buttermilk Waffles with Baked Organic Chicken Fries

Tuesday: Ground Beef Tacos on a Corn Tortilla w/ Mexican rice and homemade Salsa

Wednesday: Beef Stew packed w/ lots of veggies served w/ homemade Crusty Bread for dipping

Thursday: Leftover Stew. I will make white rice to eat it over to make sure its enough and bellies are full

Friday: Order PIZZA!

Saturday: BBQ Meatballs, Quesadillas, and use up the rest of that delicious homemade salsa w/ homemade Corn Tortilla Chips. (this is our "football Saturday" meal so we like to do appetizers)

Sunday: Baked Salmon and bow tie pasta w/ a creamy garlic sauce and roasted carrots

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Menu For The Week Of 10/16

Good evening, friends! I said I was going to work hard to get next weeks menu up on Sunday and as promised here it is. We didn't have meatloaf for dinner tonight (I'm SO bummed... not! lol) so that will be moving from last weeks menu to this weeks. I actually picked up a frozen Beef and Broccoli meal from Trader joes over the weekend and that's what we had tonight. It was AH- MAZING. My husband is super picky and only likes homemade food and even he loved the meal. He suggested I get another bag of it this week *insert surprised ghost face emoji*. If you have any questions about the menu feel free to message me through here or on Instagram. As mentioned before I won't be posting recipes since that would take quite a while to come up with a recipe for each meal. I will however link Pinterest recipes that I love. Just click on the main dish for example: "meatball subs" in this post and it should take you right to Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday: Meatball subs w/Caesar salad topped w/homemade croutons

Tuesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans

Wednesday: Roasted chicken thighs with carrots and parmesan potatoes

Thursday: Leftovers (between the meatloaf and roasted chicken there is bound to be plenty leftover for us)

Friday: Chili dogs OR takeout (I'll let the kids pick this one)

Saturday: We have a wedding to attend! So yippy that means no cooking!!

Sunday: Fried chicken tenders, Mac & cheese, steamed veggies (we love the steamable bag of veggies)

I grocery shop every other Friday so this Thursday I will make a list of meals for the next two weeks and then make a grocery list from that. Friday morning I head to the store with my list of meals and grocery list in hand. I generally stick to what I have planned but if I find something on sale I might switch out a meal for the one I can make on sale instead. That's why its important for me to have my list of meals with me as well so I remember why I'm buying something and if I change my mind I remember what I need to put back.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Menu for the week of 10/9

I am going to try and keep these weekly menu posts as short and sweet as possible. Actually, I am lying they wont be very sweet because I don't like sweets and I can't bake. But, you get what I'm attempting to say here. I also want to add that we eat pretty simple most of the time and repeat family favorites. Some weeks I will make a lot from scratch and other weeks we will eat "boxed food" as I call it. Also, some weeks will be much lighter and healthier than others (my husband LOVES southern cooking... anything fried or smothered lol) Please don't judge or be rude if our meals don't work for you. This is just a starting point for you to get ideas and hopefully be able to create your own weekly menu without my help. I wont give recipes or many photos here as stated above, this is just a simple list or menu to help give you some ideas. We are a family of 4. Me, my husband, and our two boys who are 7 and 16 months. These meals will generally be kid friendly. I try not to have too many leftovers when I cook so you can alter the amount being made to work for you. We don't eat a lot of fish although I would love to change that if I could get the kids to eat it haha. So, here's to week one of sharing our weekly menu with you all!

Monday: Spaghetti w/meat sauce and a side salad

Tuesday: Smothered Chicken over white rice w/ green beans

Wednesday: Leftovers (The previous recipe makes enough for leftovers and reheats well so I try to take advantage of this to give myself a day during the week that I don't have to cook)

Thursday: Grilled hot dogs, baked parmesan fries, and pasta salad

Friday: Takeout (I don't always cook on Fridays. Our schedule is usually pretty busy that day so we often pick up dinner)

Saturday: Boneless wings w/fries and dipping sauces (Saturdays have been for "football food" lately so for the next few weeks it will often include things like wings, fries, and meatballs... blame my husband hehe) 

Sunday: Meatloaf w/a brown sugar and ketchup glaze on top, mashed potatoes and collard greens

Lastly, I often keep things like chicken nuggets and frozen pizzas in the freezer for days I last minute decide not to cook. Also pancake mix. perfect to fill everyone up and easy to make. Best part is the kids always think its such a treat to have breakfast for dinner.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

5 Simple Rules to Engaged Followers

I have seen it a lot lately, large accounts with only 30 likes on a photo. Ugh, Instagrams new algorithm has struck again!  We all know "likes" are not the most important thing in life however, when you work really hard on a photo it does completely suck when no one see it... I mean it IS a photo therefore you want people to see it, right?! This post is not about how to get followers. That is a whole other subject. This post is just about getting your followers or even non-followers to be more active and engaged with you. I decided to take a few simple tips and put them together here. Seriously, they are super easy!

Tip #1: Post When YOUR Followers Are Active

This sounds pretty simple right? My followers are generally moms, around the same age as me. I know that is a very blanket statement but for the sake of this post I'm going use it. What does that break down to? I probably shouldn't post around 7am when were all getting our kids off to school, or at 6pm when were most likely busy with work commute, homework, dinner, laundry, etc. Maybe I shouldn't post at 7:30-8pm when most are rocking their little ones to bed. Saturday afternoons are usually pretty slow on Instagram no matter what type of account you have, I would like to think most are out enjoying their day off of work or working on the yard if its a nice day.... not looking at Instagram. If you ran a nightlife blog and post at 7am would that make any sense? See, figure out where you fit and what lifestyle your followers live. There are general times that have shown to have higher engagement on Instagram, you can easily Google those if you need something to start with. Do your own "test" and post at different times to see what works best for YOU.

Tip #2: Use The Right Hashtags

Use hashtags to reach out beyond your followers and use tags that fit with your account. This also works in reverse, I often look under a hashtag for inspiration and new accounts to follow. Also, something new I have noticed, lets use the hashtag #Blessed as an example... #Blessed currently has 73,549,656 uses. That is a lot of blessed people on Instagram. However, at certain times when I have attempted to use that hashtag it has only shown around 200,000 uses. What does this mean? In MY opinion this means that hashtag has been temporarily banned and you are only seeing those posts that are allowed under that hashtag, or those that you follow who have used that tag. When I see that, I do NOT use that tag. That means that my post will also be banned... lets use a better word: limited. I don't want to limit my post therefore I don't use that tag. It has happened often with tags like #HomeDecor or #RaeDunn. Which leads me to the next part, skip out on a tag if it only has a few uses. No one obviously uses it, which means no one will see it. Find tags that are bigger: bigger means more engagement!

Tip #3: Be More Active With Your Followers

Take the time to write something thoughtful back to those who comment on your posts. I know that you can't always write a novel back and some comments like a thumbs up emoji just seem annoying so why would you write back to that. I suggest this for two reasons: One, when people feel like you care they will continue to like/comment. That's also how you build awesome relationships with your followers. Two, the more activity on a post the higher up the timeline it will be moved. That means when you "lump" comment back to a few people you're actually missing an opportunity to make more activity on your post. Now, I do still reply to a few accounts in one comment if they would all generally get the same reply. But if someone took the time to write you something kind, take the time to write them something kind back. Also, if you know the persons name, USE IT. I honestly love when someone replies to me with my name. It makes the response that much more personal and makes me want to engage with that account more.

Tip #4: Be An Active Follower

Be the change you want to see. You can't be upset that no one is commenting/liking your posts if you don't take the time to do the same. When I took the time to be more active on my timeline I seen a jump of a few hundred follower in just a few short weeks. I know this isn't always possible but, if you spend one week doing this I promise you will see results. Also, when you comment under someone's post, their followers will see it and maybe someone will check out your page. Look at it like free advertising.

Tip #5: Use your Instagram Story Feature

When I want to share during low engagement times, I use my Instagram Stories! I consistently get hundreds of views on anything I post to my story. I absolutely love that feature. I like to call it: The Walker Residence The Unedited Version. I share so much of my day to day on there. It is a way to build a more casual relationship with your followers. I love when people reply to my story, that alone has sparked amazing convos and so many genuine friendships. In return when you do get a chance to actually post to your Instagram feed, those who have been following your Story are way more likely to engage with you on your post.

I hope you have found my tips helpful in increasing engagement on your account. Feel free to share any additional tips/tricks you have picked up along the way!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Straying From the Typical This Fathers Day

I cannot believe that fathers day is just a few weeks away. This past year has been amazing as our family adjusted to a new tiny human entering the bunch. Greyson has added so much to our family. But, as you know a new baby also brings lots of sleepless nights and mysteriously lots of dishes. My husband has been so amazing. There are times when Greyson even prefers for his dad to put him to bed (bittersweet haha).

I have been on a quest to find the perfect gift for my husband. He really is the man that has everything. When JORD Wood Watches reached out to do a partnership I just KNEW my husband was going to be thrilled! I remember (sometime during that haze in those first few months after having a baby) that he loved the look of their men's wood watches. Honestly, this was the only thing he wanted.

As soon as he removed the wood watch from the box his eyes lit up! He loved the details on the engraved wooden box, with all the items needed to take care of the watch. As he read through the directions on how to start the watch up, I heard him say things like "this is amazing!" and "this is the most unique watch I've ever owned!" Seriously, why did I not think to get him one sooner!!

If you are looking for a cool watch that stands out from the rest JORD Wood Watches is the way to go! There is even still time to enter my giveaway contest for a chance to win a $100 Ecode towards a wood watch of your choice with JORD Wood Watches.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Welcome back!!

Listen, I just wanted to let you all know that I am finally ready to take this blogging this serious. (Or semi serious at least haha) There is so much competition out there in blogger world that I let it stop me from doing something just because I wanted to! I started to make it about website design, my domain, my laptop being too slow (although it really is slow), the lens on my camera not being good enough. I know, every excuse possible right? I am done with that. I'm going to write about things that I love, topics that I deal with often. Sometimes that will be kids and dinner ideas. Other times that might be DIY or budget friendly dates. I'll even try to cover everything in-between. You see... what I forgot was that my opinions and ideas could help someone else. Maybe only one person but that's better off then where I started. Now, I'm not promising that we will meet here daily... heck maybe not always weekly, but I will definitely attempt to be way more consistent. In order to do that I may have a few typos, my photos may not be perfect, but I will be here. To anyone who has visited my blog before: Welcome back! To those stopping by for the first time: Hello! I am so happy to have you all and grateful for the opportunity to share a little of my life with you.

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