Friday, January 22, 2010

A Good Recipe for a Cold Winter Day

I’ve stumbled upon a fabulous recipe for all of these wintry days we’ve been having. I would like to thank Southern Living for this yummy and EASY recipe.


Hands-on Time: 30 min.; Total Time: 40 min. Deli-roasted chicken, cream of chicken soup, and canned biscuits make a quick-and-tasty version of this favorite. One roasted chicken yields about 3 cups of meat.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings


·         1  (32-oz.) container low-sodium chicken broth

·         3  cups  shredded cooked chicken (about 1 1/2 lb.)  (I bought a rotisserie chicken and took the skin off)

·         1  (10 3/4-oz.) can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup

·         1/4  teaspoon  poultry seasoning

·         1  (10.2-oz.) can refrigerated jumbo buttermilk biscuits  (I’ve used the Pillsbury wheat biscuits and loved it)

·         2  carrots, diced

·         3  celery ribs, diced


·         I added a bag of green peas because I don’t eat carrots and wanted some veggies


1. Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; return to a low boil.

2. Place biscuits on a lightly floured surface. Roll or pat each biscuit to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips.

3. Drop strips, 1 at a time, into boiling broth mixture. Add carrots and celery. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent dumplings from sticking.




Baby Huey

Well, the verdict is in and come May 27, 2010 (approximately) we will be the proud AUNT and UNCLE to Jackson Dean Huey.


That’s right…it’s a BOY!!!!


The great thing about this is that we get one more person to keep the Huey name alive. We don’t have many men in the family, so this is exciting news!


Travis and I are so excited to have our first nephew and be an aunt and uncle.


We cannot wait to meet him! If I know my brother, little Jackson will be decked out in camo when he’s born.


Jackson, we are so excited to watch the family grow and look forward to your arrival. We already love you so much! Uncle T-Rye is already talking about taking you hunting/fishing and riding horses. We look forward to making lots of memories with you!!!



Wednesday, January 20, 2010


That’s right folks, changes are a happenin’ in the Riley household. Hold your horses….no, we are not having any babies.


However, I have finally decided to answer a call that I have felt God putting on my heart for quite some time. You see, I love helping people. Always have. Always will. I’ve always wanted to help sick people, but I ended up with a Business degree from Baylor and it didn’t really allow me to do that.


As of Tuesday, 01-19-2010, I have started my trek into becoming a NURSE!!! I am taking 2 courses this semester so that I can fulfill my pre-req. requirements and then apply to nursing school. This process will take approximately 2+ years. I will continue working while I take my pre-reqs and then I’ll go to school full time!


I can’t even tell you how excited I am that I am finally diving into something that I am so passionate about and know that this is where God wants me. I know I have a long and hard road ahead of me, but I’m truly excited to see what God has planned for us.


Say some prayers for me as I dive in to a whole new world…I’ll be doing a complete 180 from financials to biology/anatomy! It’ll be a rough start, but I know I can do it!

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Great Cupcake Pan

For Christmas I got a giant cupcake pan from Williams-Sonoma. It is fabulous. I had the pleasure of trying out the ginormous pan for my dear friend, Sara's birthday. Sara is dating one of Travis' best buds, Trey Cook. Sara and I are pretty much 2 peas in a pod.

I had a blast making this cake for such a wonderful friend! Sara, I hope you had a fabulous birthday! It was so fun surprising you, too!

Blogger isn't cooperating with me when posting pictures. It won't let me move any pictures like it used to, so for now you get the pictures in reverse order.

The birthday gal getting ready to cut into the cake

Trey and Sara

A work in progress. Made from scratch: red velvet and vanilla cupcake

The beginning of my 'masterpiece'

This is my new favorite piece. It was very easy to use and the final product turned out great and tasted great, too!

Happy New Year

A little belated, but here's a quick re-cap of how we rang in 2010.

We spent the evening sipping wine and champagne, eating some delicious food, and having a White Elephant gift exchange with some of our closest couple friends. Kim and Casey Fretty were the wonderful hosts this year. They have a beautiful home in Richardson.
Sara and I posing before going over to the Fretty's
The hubs and I

And the camera never came out again that night...ha!

Happy New Year!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Christmas 2009

We spent Christmas in San Antonio with Travis' family this year. We
had a wonderful time visiting, eating, relaxing, sitting by the fire,
eating and the BEST part was giving Travis' parents one of our
puppies. We had been potty training Ginger since 6 weeks and even
taught her to ring a bell that was attached to the back door when she
has to go outside. Ginger is adjusting to life in San Antonio and her
parents are also adjusting to life with a puppy!

I hate that we missed the snow at home, but loved my time with the

This picture is of Rusty(Travs dad) and Miss. Ginger.