WD Elements External Hard Drive

WD Elements External Hard Drive

I take thousands of photos. From documenting memories when we travel to keeping up with Andrew’s everyday moments, my camera is constantly clicking away. One of the hardest things for me is organizing all of those photos in a way that doesn’t bog down my computer and suck up storage.

For a while, I’ve been using a portable external hard drive to save my photos. I’m constantly worried, though, that I’ll drop it and lose everything that I’ve so diligently catalogued.

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Mini Chicken Pot Pies

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One of my favorite comfort foods that’s perfect for a cold winter night is chicken pot pie. I grew up eating the stuff and I just love it. But with such a small family, I like to cook large meals so that I can save leftovers for a second meal.
These Mini Chicken Pot Pies are made in small, wide-mouth mason jars so that you can put the lid on them and freeze them for a later date. Just pull out how many pies you want to make and put them right in the oven. The jars are designed for canning and can handle extreme temperature changes without breaking.

Plus, they’re really cute so you could serve them if friends come over!

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Adapted from: Pillsbury.com
(Makes 8 mini pies)


2 boxes refrigerated pie crusts
1/3 c butter
1/3 c chopped onion
1/3 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 3/4 c low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 c milk
3 c cooked chicken, shredded
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (carrots and peas)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare jars by washing and drying. Cut each of the pie crusts (there are four total) into quarters. Press each quarter into a jar, making sure the crust completely covers the jar.
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions and sauté for two minutes, until fragrant. Stir in flour, salt and pepper and mix well. Gradually add broth and milk, stirring continuously and cooking until thick.

Add the frozen vegetables and cook for a few more minutes, stirring continuously. Add in the chicken.

Spoon chicken mixture into the prepared pie jars, filling to the brim. Top with the remaining pie crust quarters, using the tops of the jars to cut the dough to size, or creating a lattice pattern using thin strips of dough. Remember to make sure there are vents in the tops of the pies if you don’t use the lattice pattern (it will have vents on its own).

Bake 15 minutes until crust starts to turn golden brown. Cover in foil and bake another 15-20 minutes.

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Meet A Dallas Cowboy at the Wright Bacon Bowl at Sam’s Club #MealsTogether #CBias

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This weekend, join me at the Wright Bacon Bowl at Sam’s Club for the chance to meet Dallas Cowboy superstars at Dallas-area stores. We will be sampling a BLT—made with the new Wright Brand Bacon Buffalo flavor on Mrs. Baird’s bread.

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A Day Trip to London From Paris

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One of my favorite things we did on our trip was take a day trip to London from Paris. I’ve always wanted to visit London, so I couldn’t pass up this opportunity!

We took the Eurostar train one morning into Kings Cross Station. It was so cold and rainy, we decided to take a bus tour of the city to see the sights. We were able to get on and off the bus whenever we wanted, so we stopped at Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.

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Visiting The Louvre in Paris

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During our trip, we made a point of visiting The Louvre in Paris. I could have spent days admiring the works of art in there.

From the minute we walked in, we were lost. The Nerd was our navigator, while I tried my best to wrangle Andrew into staying in the stroller. We were cranky and tired — this was the day before we left Paris. I knew time was running out, and I wanted to make sure we saw everything we could.

We had no idea where we were going (we were trying to find the Mona Lisa!) but we were together, as a family. It was frustrating at the time, but looking back, it was one of the best days of our trip. It’s funny how, in the moment, you expect things to go a certain way. When they don’t, your attitude shifts and the meaning gets lost.

I’m going to try to remember that from now on. But hey, I’m only human, right!?

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I was shocked at how tiny the Mona Lisa was. And how giant The Last Supper was. And the richness of the stained glass windows. And the polished feel of it all. To think that these items were held and created by some of the greatest people to ever live just takes my breath away.

One of my favorite memories will always be visiting The Louvre in Paris. I will never forget our watching our little man, who had had ENOUGH of the stroller, wander down the halls past paintings five times as big as he was. He paid no mind to the significance and the history around him. He was just a happy little boy, doing as he pleased.

We were there. We saw these treasures. Andrew won’t remember, but one day, I’ll show him these photos and tell him about the day. About how he played on the floor in front of centuries-old paintings, how he crawled close to The Last Supper. I can’t wait for that day.


Our Trip to Paris in a Few Photos

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It’s been almost two months since we went to Paris, and I don’t know how to tell you just how wonderful it was. I just can’t do the trip justice, so I’ve been hesitant to share it with you.

I posted yesterday about Disneyland Paris and just how great it was. After spending a week at Disneyland, we moved to a hotel in the city, literally blocks from the Eiffel Tower. I could see it from our window.

Don’t get me wrong — I was ready to come home at the end of the trip. Two weeks is a LONG time to spend overseas, especially with a toddler in tow. But I have wonderful memories of the trip with my two men that I will cherish forever.

I could do two weeks’ worth of posts about the trip, but I’ll just sum it up with a few of my favorite photos. I am, however, going to do a separate post on The Louvre (because, how could I NOT?) and a day trip we took to London.


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Disneyland Paris Disney Dreams!

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A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit Paris as a family. It was such an amazing experience and I wanted to share it with you! For the first week, we stayed at Disneyland Paris for Minecon 2012. During our stay, we had to take Andrew to Disneyland!

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