My Military Ball Experience

You see pictures of these women in beautiful dresses and men looking handsome in their uniforms. Military and formal balls are a chance to get all fancy and see your man in his dress uniform.

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It’s like grown up prom, right?

Basically…Except there isn’t a king or queen crowned.

We attended the Seabee Ball in Gulfport in March of 2015. Adam was a member of a specific part of the Navy called the Seabees. They had their own ball each year. We could have also attended Navy ball.

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Adam separated from the Navy in June of 2015. I begged him to go to the ball knowing it would be our last chance. Each year I wanted to go, but his coworkers always made fun of the people that attended!

Let me tell you what…We had a blast. I don’t know what their issues were with ball, but it wasn’t at all what they ragged about.

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My advice to anyone attending any sort of formal ball…

Go with a group. We had so much fun with our group. I honestly didn’t even know them very well. Like I mentioned, our closest friends did not care to attend.

Wear a dress and shoes you won’t be worried about all night. You don’t want to pulling on Spanx and a strapless bra all night. Trust me, y’all!

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Don’t listen to anyone else about whether or not you should go. It’s not that expensive to go. The cost of tickets & a dress. Go and decide for yourself if you like military balls.

Finally, don’t be “that wife.” That wife is the one that gets hammered, acts like a fool, and dresses like a skank. You don’t want to be the talk of the office on Monday.

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Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas

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It’s Cinco de Mayo, y’all! Let’s celebrate with enchiladas.

I love being able to throw something in the crockpot and come back 6 hours later and the majority of dinner be ready.

We eat some sort of Mexican cuisine probably 3 times a week.

These enchiladas are simple and you can easily swap out any of the veggies for something that better fits your taste buds.

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Ingredients

2 chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
1 cup water
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 green pepper
1 red or yellow pepper
1/2 onion
1 can Rotel
1 packet of fajita seasoning mix
1 cup shredded cheese (Colby Jack or Mexican blend)
1 can refried beans
1 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream
1 can enchilada sauce (green or red)
6-10 tortillas (any size)

Instructions

Spray crockpot with nonstick cooking spray and put your chicken breasts, water, chicken stock, and Rotel in on high or low heat.
Slice your peppers & onion put in the crockpot. Sprinkle your fajita seasoning mix over everything.
Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-7.
An hour before you’re ready to eat shred your chicken in the crockpot. It should pull apart easily. Continue to let it cook for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degree.
Put a spoon full of refried beans and greek yogurt (or sour cream) in each tortilla and spread evenly. Fill each tortilla with the crockpot mixture. (I use a slotted spoon because it tends to be a wet mixture, but that’s better than dry chicken!)
Roll each enchilada and place in 8×8 or 9×13 pan.
Sprinkle cheese, enchilada sauce, and more refried beans or sour cream on top of the enchiladas and bake for 15 minutes.
Bake longer if you want them to be crunchy on the ends.

This recipe makes roughly 8 taco size enchiladas for me. I usually only bake 4 enchiladas and freeze the other half of the crockpot mixture.

Doubling the recipe would be easy also if you have a lot of mouths to feed!

A busy week…

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Right now I work 8 days in a row and 6 days off. I’m a nurse, on night shift, and I drew the short straw. I don’t care much for the schedule and am hoping it will change this summer.

Disclaimer: one of those 8 days is an “on call” shift and that means I sit at home anxiously hoping they do not call me into work. Also, I have a second job and find it easier to tack on that extra shift at the beginning of my work week rather than trying to pull an all nighter in the middle of my off week.

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Anyways…

Adam and I were able to accomplish so much around the house since I was finished with the semester. He only has two finals… so he’s done pretty much too. Until next week 

Adam is really good about keeping up with daily household activities like dishes, laundry, and swiffering. Is that a word? swiffering I know y’all know what I’m talking about

Nevertheless the house needed some more serious attention. After the mess was cleared it was time to finish some long awaited projects.

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I saw an oversized chalkboard on Pinterest and Adam liked it also. He took the idea and ran with it. We have a lot of blank space on our walls. We rent. So, a large wall of reclaimed wood or some other sort of statement is not an option.

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He bought one piece of wood and cut it lengthwise to make the four edges. You could easily buy 4 pieces of wood already cut to the width you’d like.

Also, he decided to cut the corners in 45 degree angles. An easier option would be to use the already flat edges and simple glue and “hook” them together with small brackets.

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The actual chalkboard portion is a very thin piece of plywood painted with chalkboard paint. This was a very simple and inexpensive project that takes up so much of that blank space I hate.

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Get the Party Started

stalk read a few blogs routinely. I though I should invest my time writing my own as well.

Why not give it a whirl? At least my mom will read it…right, mom?

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Adam is great at taking a vision I have for a project and making it happen. That must be the engineer in him. Our minds work in total opposite manners.

I asked him to turn a cheap crib from craigslist into a bench with room for storage underneath.

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Painted it white. #justlikejoanna

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We love to watch Fixer Upper. We have a tripped planned to Waco for the fall.

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We are in the middle of rearranging gallery walls. I’m excited of what’s to come above this cute bench!
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He gained his carpentry experience during his first six years in the Navy. Here is in on a deployment in Africa from 2014. He never fails to take my idea to the next level!