Scenes from the Zoo

This past weekend, my parents took Jonathan and I to a drive through zoo. It was so much fun!! I felt like a little kid again! God is so amazing and creative! Just look at these pictures, these animals are so beautiful. The zebras are my favorite!

{Peacocks are one of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen}
{Jonathan and the fattest pig I have ever seen}
{Cute and sweet little donkey}
{A kangaroo that sleeps just like Hershey}
{Kinda weird...Kinda Cute}
{Beautiful zebra}
{It was an amazing feeling to be this close to a zebra}
{Mean camel that blocked the road...he stopped every car for food}
{Isn't he precious?!}
{A buffalo this close is way out of my comfort zone}
{Thank goodness he was behind a fence}

It was amazing to see buffalo, zebras, camels, deer, ostrich, etc. all roaming around together!

Tasty Tuesday

Today I am going to share a Four-Bean Taco Chili recipe with you. It's not a summer food, but it sounded good to us! It is easy, cheap, and healthy!

- 2 pounds ground beef
- 3 cups tomato juice
- 1{16 oz.} jar salsa
- 1 {16 oz.} can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 {15.5 oz.} can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 {15 oz.} cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 {16 oz.} can corn, rinsed and drained
- 1 {8 oz.} tomato sauce
- 1 {6 oz.} tomato paste
- 1 {4 oz.} chopped green chilies
- 1 package taco seasoning

In a dutch over, cook beef and drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

It makes a ton!! We put some in the freezer for later!



Scenes from the Weekend

{Old truck in front of Walton's Museum}
{Us at Bentonville's farmer's market}
{Coconut Water}
{Flowers at Compton Gardens}
{Hershey and I relaxing}
{Fried Catfish...yum!}
{Hush puppies and Onion Rings}
{Me getting ready to race Hershey...notice the lead I have}
{Hershey and Benji trying to be friends}
{Yummy strawberry pie}


The Perfect Summer Dessert

The perfect summer dessert is Key Lime pie!


- 1 {14 oz.} sweetened condensed milk
- 4 egg yolks
- 4 oz. key lime juice {I use Nellie & Joe's Famous Key West Lime Juice}
- cool whip
- graham cracker crust


Combine milk and egg yolks at low speed. Slowly add juice, mixing until well blended. Pour into 9 inch graham cracker pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Top with whipped cream/cool whip. Refrigerate overnight



Five things that Make me Happy Friday!

What a beautiful Friday!! I have today off from subbing, which means I got to sleep in! The weather is beautiful so my morning consisted of eating breakfast, drinking coffee, spending time with Hershey, and reading a good book out on our deck. It was the perfect way to start off the day. I am very excited it is Memorial weekend! I hope you all have had a great week and I hope you enjoy your three day weekend!

{I love vintage jewelry}
{Cross my parents gave me for graduation}
{The new book I am reading by Beth Moore}
{Key Lime pie}
{Cute egg separater I used earlier this week}


Crock-pot Chicken and Vegetable Pasta

Today I am going to share another yummy and easy recipe with you! It is called Crock-pot Chicken and Vegetable Pasta.

- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, cubed
- 1 medium (or 2 small) zucchini, quartered and sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
- 1 package country gravy mix
- 1/2 teaspoon dry sweet basil
- 1 teaspoon dry leaf oregano
- Pasta of your choice

Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6-9 hours.

Serve over hot cooked pasta.

Goes great with a yummy salad!