Chicken Schnitzel

Chicken Schnitzel is a regular in our house, I especially like to make it for Shabbat since it reheats nicely and can be used the next day for sandwiches, salads etc. 


4 Skinless boneless chicken breasts
Salt/black pepper
1 Cup of flour
3 eggs beaten
Dijon mustard
Panko Crumbs
4 TB butter
Vegetable oil
3 garlic cloves -minced

  1. Set the flour, eggs and panko in three separate bowls. Cut chicken breasts in half and pound them thin and even. (I like to put the chicken between waxed paper to keep from making a big mess while pounding
  2.  Transfer pounded chicken to a bowl and season with salt and pepper and minced garlic. Dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in the eggs and coat evenly with the panko.
  3. In a large skillet heat the butter and oil. Add the chicken and cook over medium-high heat, turning once, until golden and crispy. Transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate/sheet to drain.
  4. Once oil has drained, move to serving dish and sprinkle with parsley. 

Rita's Beef Stroganoff

I have tried a few recipes of beef stroganoff and although they were good, I never loved them enough to repeat, so I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own recipe. 
The result was fantastic. This is how I make this dish now and I wrote down the approximate measurements today as I was cooking since I had some requests. 

We all love this dish, even though the kids pick out the mushrooms (which means more for me!)
they truly devour the rest. It has so much flavor and the meat is very tender.


2 lbs beef chuck roast
1/4 cup salted butter
3 TB vegetable oil
3 green onions (whites only)
1 cup chopped onion
3 cups chopped mushrooms
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
4 TB flour
10 oz Chicken broth (yes I use chicken broth- not beef)
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup of white wine
egg noodles
olive oil
garlic salt


Remove fat from the roast and cut into strips. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt butter and oil. 

Add the beef strips and cook until browned, stirring often. 

Add the onions, garlic and mushrooms- sauté everything together. 

Once the onions and mushrooms are browned, add the flour with the juices and stir well. 

Add the chicken broth and mustard and bring to a boil. 
Turn the heat down to low and cover and simmer for one hour or until the meat is tender. 

Then bring the heat up to medium and add the sour cream and wine. Heat and stir. 
Add salt and pepper to your desire.

Boil water and cook the egg noodles to package directions. 
Drain noodles (do not rinse) toss with olive oil and garlic salt. 

Spread the noodle in a serving dish, add the Beef Stroganoff on top of the noodles.

7 Month Update

Baby William is 7 months old already! Its hard to believe that in less then 5 months he will be a year old already. Time is flying by and he is growing so fast. Somedays I still cannot believe that not only is he here, but he is already 7 months old! It feels like just yesterday he was in my tummy. It feels like he has completed our little family, we can not imagine life without him. 

Weight/Length:  He is a big boy! At his 6 month check up last month, he was 22 lb 8oz and 29.33" long, that is in the 100th percentile. I am not sure how much he is at this moment, it is probably a little bit more now. 

New Milestones: He is rolling over, turning around and scooting around the floor by wiggling and grabbing the carpet! He will get on all fours, but does not actually crawl yet.  He sits really well on his own now. He has learned how to walk on his walker really well, which means if he gets in a corner he knows how to back up and get out.  

Sleep: He still sleeps very well during the night and wakes up anywhere from 6:45-8am. He doesn't do so well with naps. Some days if I am lucky he will nap for an hour, most days it is just 20-30 minutes. I noticed that if I pump and give him 405 oz before nap time, he will sleep longer. 
Eating: He is still nursing every 1-2 hours. If I pump, then he eats more (4-5 oz) So he is able to go 3-31/2 hours.  
He was excited for solids last month, now he has no interest at all. He won't eat any mushed up food. He is more interested in big chunks of food like a whole strawberry, pickle, toast and such. 

Clothing: He is already wearing 12 months, although some 9 months fits yet is snug. 
Mood: He is a very happy baby especially when you are playing with him or carrying him around. As soon as he sees you, he breaks out a huge smile. However, he has been a little miserable because 5 of his teeth just came out. Poor little thing.

  • Chewing anything he can get his hand on.
  • Bathtime- He has discovered how to splash with his hands and feet.
  • Playing peekaboo.
  • Being Outside.
Doesn’t Love:
  • He doesn't like diaper changes or clothing changes. As soon as I get him down on the pad or bed, he tries to get away. So I need to distract him with something or change his diaper on the bed or floor. 
  • To be put in his crib. I used to be able to leave him in there to play for at least 20 minutes, now he starts crying right away. 

  • What I Want to Remember:
  • How excited he gets when he sees me.
  • How he opens his little mouth when I kiss his face.
  • His cute little teeth.
  • How he loves his brother and sister. He loves when they play with him 
  • How cute he is sitting all on his own and playing with his toys- well mostly chewing all his toys. 

Thanks for visiting.


First Day of School 2014

Our 2nd year of Homeschool has started today!

 It was much anticipated and went by so quick. We are using Sonlight this year, which is so exciting. Even though I have to admit- I was very intimidated with the huge binder from Sonlight, but I do love that everything is written out for me in such detail.  Surprisingly we were done with school in less then 2 hours today-- Which is great when you have a little baby attached to your hip.

Often, people tell me that they would never be able to homeschool, and that I must be a very patient person. Let me tell you something- I am not. I am not patient at all, and I feel that God is teaching me patience, grace and how to let things go- things that don't really matter. 

I love spending time with my kids, even though there are those days which are filled with tantrums, fighting  and tears and mommy needs some quiet time. We all have those days. Which usually result in taking some time to myself after hubby gets home. Weather it is a trip to Target on my own or a long hot shower. 
I also keep reminding myself that time flies by. Just yesterday I was looking at my wedding pictures from our big day 9 years ago. Now I am a mom of three! My oldest is already in 1st grade!
Soon they will all be in elementary, or middle school- in a blink of an eye. 

People also ask me how long I am planning on homeschooling. The answer is: I don't know.
I don't know what Gods plan is for tomorrow. I just have to trust him. 
I will do what feels right in what ever situation we are in. It may be home schooling, public school or even private school. I am not opposed to any of them. We are just doing what we feel is best for our family now. 

Now that we got all of that out of the way, lets take a look at our first day back. 

Emily also started gymnastics. She is so excited. She wanted to start gymnastics for over a year now, but we waited until after her eye surgery.  Now that she has mostly healed, we thought it would be appropriate to start. I am still worried, since she doesn't have 3D vision,  her ophthalmologist said that kids adapt really well. She also is hoping that Emily will get her 3D vision within a year.

Well this is how our day looked like. Lots of learning, playing and laughing. 
Have you guys started school yet? 

Thanks for visiting,

Empties Reviews

My empties box has been full for quite some time now, I have actually been throwing out the duplicate things we have have used.  I decided to finally do this this week because we are starting home school next week and I am trying to organize and clean a few last minute things. 

So lets get started. 

Did I like it: YES. Strong hold, doesn't leave hair sticky, I can brush it at the end of the day and the hairspray is gone. Both me and my hubby use it and love it. 
Will I repurchase? Yes, already repurchased.

Did I like it: I bought this on Birchbox after loving the sample. I really love the smell and how it helps smooth my hair out before I blow dry.
Will I repurchase? Yes, already repurchased. 

Did I like it: My hair is very thin and fine and I am always trying to find something to help thicken it when I style it. I was excited to try this, however I did not like it. In fact I barely noticed a difference. It gave me a slight "dirty" texture, but that is all. 
Will I repurchase? No

Did I like it: Yes! At first I used this after I dried my hair when I styled it to whisp away any frizzes. Then one day, my ends felt very dry and damaged. I took a handful of this oil and rubbed it into my ends and left it in my hair for about 4 hours. After I washed my hair, and my hair felt amazing. It was completely healed. I now have smooth hair that does not feel or look dry or damaged. Now I occasionally apply to ends before I blow dry. Something everyone should have on hand. 
Will I repurchase? Yes, I bought a larger size this time. 

Home School Room 2014-2015

Welcome to our homeschool room!

Our house has a extra "bonus" room, which is supposed to be the office, hence the laminate floors and no closet. It isn't very big, but I do love the big window in here. There is so much light during the day. 

It is probably the most cluttered room in the house, which will probably get more and more cluttered with every school year as we accumulate more and more books.
 However, it is also a very fun and colorful space, we spend so much time here during the school days.

My husband owns/runs his own business, so this room also stores his business stuff. 
Lots of paper work left lying around. Always. That I need to file. Do you sense my mood here, lol.

Anyways, back to my homeschool room. 

Most of the posters and the calendar are from Amazon, the Ten commandments one and the prayer are from The Learning Palace. 

Hope you enjoy the tour, let me know if you have any questions.

Curriculum Choices 2014-2015

Although we have been working on our  BIG 1st Grade book during the summer, we have been enjoying our summer to the max! However, summer is coming to an end and we are officially starting school in two weeks!

So I am joining the "Not" Back to School Blog Hop and posting my curriculum choices for this school year. This is only my 2nd year "officially" Homeschooling, before that I had a 4 year old I worked on some pre-K books with. 

This year I will have a 1st grader and a Pre-K student.

See last years curriculum choices here.

With my previous curriculum choice, I felt like I was adding a lot of addition things, So I really wanted to find a more "complete" curriculum this year, After months of searching, researching and reading reviews,  I think I decided on Sonlight.
I mean look at all of this!

County Fair 2014

When I think about the county fair, I remember my child hood.

 I was visiting my grandma, uncle and aunts for the summer in Missouri when I was 13, we went to the fair in the evening, I loved the lights, rides, fair food and the demolition derby. I remember being sticky, tired and eating to much cotton candy and caramel apples. But that is part of the fun, right?

Now we are creating new memories.
Memories for our children. 

Wedding Weekend

I love weddings! They are so romantic and everyone is so happy. 
I can not help but smile at the love between the groom and bride. This weekend we attended my cousin's (groom) wedding, and it was so beautiful. 

It was our first wedding with all three kids and it was quite a challenge. Little William is currently going through a nap strike and three of his top teeth are cutting through. So yes, it was a bit challenging. However, we made the best of the situation, because we really wanted to be there. 

Here are a few pictures I managed to take on the wedding day.

Our family

 My big kids

With my little brother who was in town

My daughter and nieces

Beautiful centerpieces

Our family with the happy couple

Isn't the decor beautiful?
I love all the hydrangeas everywhere, it is one of my favorite flowers. 

Thanks for visiting,

Dining Room Updates (New Table)

After getting new counter tops in our kitchen, I started thinking of getting a new table. 
I brought it up to my hubby and he kinda brushed it off, since I had no valid reason to sell it. "I am tired of it" and " I need a change" are not really valid points in our household. But we decided if I can sell it on craigslist, then I can get a new table. Well I listed the table, got a few low ball offers so I kinda gave up. Then one day I listed some side tables for sale and hit the renew button for the table, a few hours later, I sold the table for the asking price! I guess it was just the right time. 

My hubby was so amazing and helpful. He helped the buyer take the table and chairs apart and went to IKEA to pick up the table I wanted with my little wad of cash I have been collecting and from the table we sold. 

And this is the result, TA DA!!


I really love how bright it is! What do you think?