Happy 1st birthday baby girl

Can't believe that my sweet little niece is ONE today.

A year ago on this day was the 2nd best day of my life. (Coop being born was the 1st best day of my life) I will NEVER forget the moment when I 1st saw this beautiful little girl. 

When I held her in my arms, I started to cry and I knew we would be best friends like me and her brother. 

She is my everything. I melt when I see her when she smiles and laughs. I can go on and on and on about her, it will be a LONG post.

Swayze Blayke ...
Aunt KelKel loves you so so so so much, princess. You are my world. Happy 1st birthday my sweet, amazing niece. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Love you always and forever,
Aunt KelKel


Taco Pasta Salad

1 box of shell pasta cooked and cooled
16 oz sour cream
1 package of taco seasoning
1.5 C Pico De Gallo (Or Fresh Salsa)
1.5 C shredded Mexican Blend Cheese

Mix sour cream and taco seasoning together
Stir mix in with pasta
Add in pico de gallo and cheese
Let sit in fridge at least 1 hour before serving
Serve with additional salsa and cheese if desired


Currently- October

styling- really nothing at the moment 

saving-money for once haha. I am so bad at NOT saving money =(

 searching-for new recipes and other things

picking-up the house

making-lots of new things

Slow-Cooker Garlic-Parmesan Chicken


    1/3 c. plus 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    2 lb. bone-in chicken thighs
    kosher salt
    Freshly ground black pepper
    1 lb. baby red potatoes, quartered
    2 tbsp. butter
    5 cloves Garlic, Chopped
    2 tbsp. freshly chopped thyme
    freshly grated Parmesan, for serving
    Freshly chopped parsley, for serving


    In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/3 cup oil. 

    Add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and sear until golden, 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and sear 3 minutes more.

    Meanwhile, in a 6-quart slow-cooker, toss potatoes with remaining 2 tablespoons oil, butter, garlic, and thyme. 

    Season generously with salt and pepper. Add chicken to slow cooker and toss gently, then cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, until potatoes are tender and chicken is fully cooked.

    Garnish with Parmesan and parsley and serve.


Pray for Las Vegas

My heat is just aching for Vegas. For the people who died, for their families. For the people where were injured, fighting for their lives. May GOD be with them all during this horrible time. May he hold each of them in his arms. Let's remember these beautiful angels and their families.

I am sicken to my stomach. The hate MUST END!!!! There are some sick\crazy people in this world.


DIY headband holder

I made this yesterday. It's just a roll of paper towels and some fabric I got from Hobby Lobby. I got about 1 2\3 yards of fabric (better safe than sorry), but you can get as much you need. 

I hot glued gun mine, in beginning and then rolled it and glued it again. Then I pushed in the corners and glued it shut. 

The headbands fit perfect


Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad

VERY GOOD!!! I chilled mine more than 2 hours. 

  • 1 lb box of penne pasta
  • 1 8 oz package whole pepperoni
  • 1 8 oz package mozzarella cheese
  • 1 16 oz bottle of your favorite Italian dressing
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese optional

  1. In a large stock pot of boiling water, cook your pasta until al dente (following the directions on the back or side of the box).
  2. When finished cooking, drain and rinse pasta with cool water.
  3. Let it drain well, then add to a large lidded bowl.
  4. Chop up all your mozzarella and pepperoni into 1-inch cubes.
  5. And slice the grape tomatoes in half (I usually cut them lengthwise).
  6. Add those to your cooled pasta
  7. Pour your bottle of Italian dressing on top (using as little or as much as you like).
  8. Give it all a good stir.
  9. Next, if you are using, add shredded Parmesan Cheese and give it another good stir.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap or a fitted lid.
  11. Then pop the bowl in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours before serving.


Been away from blogging

Hey everyone, sorry I haven't blog in a while. Been busy and sick

Well, the St. Jude walk was wonderful!!! It was a wonderful turned out. Raised a lot of money for the sweet kids. 3 miles kicked my butt hahaha, but it was all for a great caused. I have another walk at the end of October for ALS. Got to get back into walking before that one.

When the walk was done, we headed to my brother and SIL's house to visit them and the kids. Had a great time with the kids. They are something else.

That Sunday, I started to feel bad. My throat was hurting when I swallowed. I was feeling tired. When we got home, I ate some and then went straight to bed and didn't wake up till the next morning (Monday) with barely a voice and my throat worst. I went to the Dr's and he said it was strep throat. He gave me meds and a shot. It basically felt like I had my tonsils out again. It was hard to eat and drink. The meds and the shot weren't working, so on Wednesday, I had to go back to the Dr's and she gave me a new kind of meds.

 As of today, my throat is still sore, but not like last week and I am still taking the meds. Cold fluids are still hard to swallow and I am still barely eating. I am ready for all of this to be OVER!!!!! I am still somewhat tired.......being sick sucks. Having strep really sucks!!!

Hope you all have a great week!!!!


Breast Cancer Awareness

In October we wear pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Place your orders by messaging me at Hair Ties by Kelly Denise


M&M cookies

I put Reese pieces in them along with the M&Ms


  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup M&M’s


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, shortening and sugars on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in vanilla until well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Gently fold in M&M’s.
  4. Drop tablespoons of batter onto prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until edges are golden brown but the center is still moist about 9-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.


Easy Sloppy Joe Meatball Subs


  • 18-20 cooked meatballs
  • 1 can Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce
  • 6 sub buns
  • Shredded cheese


  1. Place meatballs in a medium sized pot. The meatballs can be frozen, but they must be already cooked.
  2. Empty one can of Manwhich Sloppy Joe sauce into the pot with the meatballs. Heat the sauce and the meatballs over medium heat until heated through. Remove from heat.
  3. Use a spoon to place the meatballs in buns. Our buns took 3 meatballs each but fill your buns up. Spoon more sloppy joe sauce over the meatballs.
  4. Place the buns with the meatballs on baking sheet. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve immediately.


9/11/01 & 9/11/04

I write this every year on this day:

As the 16th anniversary of 9/11/01 is today and we remember the ones who lost their lives on that horrible day. We pray for each family and friends who lost their loved ones. We will NEVER forget this day as long as we live.

My thoughts and prayers go to the ones who lost their loved ones and friends on that tragic day!!! They will NEVER be forgotten. They ALL died as heroes

I just want to thank all the men and women who are fighting for this AMAZING Country that I live in!!!! May GOD bless each and every one of y'all!!!!  Be safe, we love y'all and praying for y'all

My dad’s friend was in New York for a meeting that day in one of the Towers. The guys he was supposed to meet there were not in yet. So he and the guys he was with were on their way out of the hotel and that's when they heard of what happened.

I was going to class and saw my teacher and some other teachers watching it on the TV. Then after school, going home, I was listing to it on the radio and then watching it all night long and into the wee hours in the morning and then again in school for the rest of the week.  

9/11/04, Today is also the 13th anniversary when my Grandma (dad's mom) passed away. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, wife (her husband died in August 1981), wonderful mother of 3 kids (2 sons and 1 daughter) and a wonderful grandma of 4 grandkids (3 granddaughters and 1 grandson), a granddaughter-in-law, a grandson-in-law, a great-grandson and 2 great-granddaughters

Dear Grandma, 
We all miss you very very much. I know you are looking down on all of with Grandpa, smiling. We love you and miss you so much. Our family is doing wonderfully. Dad and Aunt Tammy will tell your great-grand kids about you and grandpa when they get older. Keep watching over us and protect the babies.........Love your Family


Happy 11 months

Wow, my sweet niece is 11 months today. I can't believe that she is going to be 1 next month *cries* She is my absolute heart. She is walking some now. Smiling a lot. Talking some. Getting "back" at her big brother Coop haha. Wants what Coop has haha. Wants to play with Coop so bad. Happy 11 months pretty girl. Aunt Kel Kel loves you with all of her heart


Happy Birthday in heaven

Happy birthday sweet baby boy Rico. This is your 1st birthday in heaven. 
We miss you so much every day. We think about you all the time. 
Hope you have a great birthday in heaven our sweet angel!!!!! Be good, love mommy 



I’m linking up with Anne

celebrating: life

watching: how to get away with murder on Netflix 
(I am new to it. Just started) and shows on my DVR

welcoming: fall.......hopefully we will get somewhat cooler weather soon

preparing: to walk in the St. Jude walk on the 16th of September

 photographing: ribbons for my business