Mexican Rice

I tried The Pioneer Women Mexican Rice recipe and loved it. I did have to make some changes to it because the recipe made way too much for us and it was a little too spicy for my kids. Here is the recipe that I tried and it came out great.

  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 cup of rice
  • 1 can of mild Rotel diced tomatoes w/ green chilies
  • 3/4 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1tsp cumin
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • A dash of salt
  • 2cups of low sodium chicken broth

Sauté the oil, garlic, and onion for about 3 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for about 15-20 minutes or until the rice is done. You may need to add a little more broth so keep some close. It’s a great side dish with tacos and my kids love it!


Lemon Whippersnaps

This week I have been on this lemon kick. I searched Pinterest and found this yummy recipe for Lemon Whippersnaps. I had absolutely no idea what a whippersnap was but the recipe looked pretty easy.

  • 1 box of Lemon cake mix
  • 2 cups of Cool Whip
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of powered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine and mix all ingredients. The dough is a very gooey consistency so make sure you have a towel on hand. You can use a cookie scoop(or your hands like I did) to scoop out the dough and roll it into the powered sugar until it is fully coated. Place the dough on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let them cool before eating.

I will say that the cookies are pretty gooey but they sure do taste good!!



Buddy Sports

Buddy Sports is a special needs athletic program hosted by the YMCA in Flower Mound, TX. The program started about 10 years ago when Mr. Keny McClurg moved to the area looking for a sports program for his son. At that time, the YMCA only offered a baseball program. They came together and started the Buddy Sports program. Mr. McClurg has now “retired” from the program but still comes to visit.


The Buddy Sports program meets on Sundays throughout the year, with the elementary age group playing from 2-3 and the high school age group playing from 3-4. They rotate through various sports, with each session lasting 8 weeks. Each season ends with a trophy for every participant and a pizza party, all provided by the YMCA.

The program is now run by James Huseby and Rob Young. Both have special needs boys that participate with their buddy brothers. They have been a part of the program for years.

A membership to the YMCA is not required to be a part of the program, nor a buddy. I did see some parents assisting their children and some sibling participation. Individuals at all abilities are invited to participate in the program.

This 8 week rotation is floor hockey. The coaches, Mr. Huseby and Mr. Young, made sure everyone was able to hit the puck and score a goal (even though they weren’t keeping score). The program is great for social skills, exercise, and having fun!!

For contact information please visit the Buddy Sports Facebook page HERE.

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