Five on Friday

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Sharing some of our weekend plans, a little doctor update, two must try recipes this Easter and more…

ONE. I wanted to start with acknowledging that today is Good Friday. Good Friday marks the slaying of our Jesus, the unblemished lamb, the perfect sacrifice. He took our guilt and blame upon Himself so we could be with him in eternal heaven. On this Holy day may his light guide your path, may his love grace your heart, and may his sacrifice strengthen your soul.

Tonight, my brother is coming over to watch Ava while Joey and I attend Good Friday Service. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Good Friday service and I’m so looking forward to it.

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TWO. Today, I have an appointment with my doctor for my 34 week check up. I want to thank you all for your kinds words and encouragement about my last appointment. It means more than you could ever know!

When I went in for my blood pressure check on Monday, the nurse said my doctor wanted to talk to me today about what happened last week. He found out that I was super upset and wants to talk about it. I think the lab nurse said something to him, but it’s OK. I’m going to be honest with him and explain to him how I’m feeling. I’m also going to ask about Zoey being breech and if she stays that way, what is their process for delivery.

THREE. This pretty pink top from Shop Pinkblush is one of the few tops that hides my turkey buzzer. Haha, yep! My turkey buzzer (belly button) has officially popped out. I’ve been in love with this top. It’s super soft, flowy, comfortable, and perfect for third trimester bumps.

I received this top from Shop Pinkblush in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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FOUR. I wanted so share two of my favorite recipes that are perfect for this Easter holiday.

The first one is my biscuits and sausage gravy casserole. This breakfast recipe is perfect to feed your holiday guests. It’s easy to make and a delicious twist on your traditional biscuits and gravy. I mean…biscuits + sausage gravy? Yes, please!!! How could you go wrong? It’s also a dish that could be made the night before. you can find the recipe here along with a step by step video tutorial. Also, you can pin it for later here.

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My second all time favorite, super easy, go-to side dish, that everyone loves are my brown sugared green beans with bacon.

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I’ve made them with fresh green beans and I’ve also made them with canned green beans. Honestly, I LOVE canned green beans and could probably eat them everyday. So, because of that and canned green beans being SUPER EASY, it’s my favorite way to make this recipe. Plus, you can find good canned green beans these days with low sodium and organic, if that’s your thing.

I made them with canned green beans for Thanksgiving and everyone devoured them! Also, depending on the season sometimes fresh green beans can get rubbery tasting. That’s really what made me convert to canned green beans. Anyhow, enough about that.

You can find the recipe for using fresh green beans here and I’ve also included the recipe below with steps on how to make them using canned green beans.

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Brown Sugared Green Beans with Bacon (Canned Version)

  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans of green beans ( I think I used about 4 cans or so)
  • 4-6 strips bacon, chopped
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Open and drain green beans. Rinse if desired. Set aside.
  2. In skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 6-8 minutes until fully cooked but not yet crispy.
  3. Add brown sugar, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and garlic to the pan and stir until all ingredients are combined. Add green beans and continue to stir until sauce is bubbly and green beans are thoroughly coated in the sauce (4-6 minutes).
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

FIVE. This year I actually planned ahead for Ava’s Easter basket and dress. I found some great finds this year at TJ MAXX (love that place). I picked up this dress for her for Easter Sunday, and some goodies for her basket that include, books, play-dough, chapstick (she LOVES chapstick), and some dot markers. All we need now is some grass, eggs, Peeps and we’re good to go!

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Hoping everyone has a wonderful Easter celebrating our Risen Lord and Savior!

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