Life's great journey is made up of day by day delights.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bacon Ranch Chicken Subs

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love a great recipe! To me, a great recipe is defined as, "A meal that is super quick, amazingly easy, low-maintenance, cheap, hopefully healthy, and of course yum-a-licious!" Tonight, I have such a recipe for you (minus the healthy part-ha!) BACON RANCH CHICKEN SUBS are the way to go if you want the toasted sub shop taste without paying the toasted sub shop price.

Here's what you'll need:
Wheat Hoagie rolls
Pre-cooked, microwaveable bacon
Pre-cooked chicken (the kind you use in salads or wraps)
Shredded cheese (any variety)
Ranch dressing
Lettuce (optional)
Tomatoes (optional)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cook your bacon according to the package directions(mine took all of 20 seconds). On a baking sheet, split open the hoagie buns and put bacon, chicken, and cheese on the bottom half. Toast in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, spread top half with ranch dressing and close. Eat and enjoy!

There you go.  It's that easy! Beyond being ridiculously simple, this sandwich is a favorite of mine because it is so versatile. By just changing the cheese or dressing (spread) you can create a whole new sandwich! So go ahead! Take this recipe for a test drive then come back to tell me about the ride! :-)

P.S.- Sorry this post is pictureless. Still having some technical issues with my camera.

Monday, March 21, 2011

I am His for Eternity

Words. I don't have a lot of them today except for what's in this song. While listening to music this morning, this particular hymn pricked my heart and overwhelmed me that I am indeed HIS child. I am free! Praise the Lord the work is done and I am His for Eternity! Have a great Monday!

I Am His For Eternity

Friday, March 18, 2011

Now YOU know my A-B-C's.....

A to Z

I saw this on my friend's blog and am passing on the fun! This is a playful way to get out of the ordinary blogging routine.

A. Age: 26

B. Bed size: Queen.....not working out so well. Hopefully a King sized bed (and room make-over?) will be in our near future.

C. Chore you dislike: Folding laundry. I don't know why but I just detest sitting and folding laundry. It's the only chore I don't care for.

D. Dogs: Nope. The Hubs is allergic. :-(

E. Essential start to your day: Prayer and hugs from my hubby.

F. Favorite color: I'm not a one color kind of girl.

G. Gold or silver: Silver

H. Height: 5'4

I. Instruments you play(ed): Like Ashley, I dabbled a little with the recorder. haha My dream is to play the piano and violin, though.

J. Job of your dreams: Don't even get me started. I think I just want to be Wonder Woman and do everything. :-D

K. Kids: 1 coming in December.

hahahaha Just teasing. :-)

L. Live: Midwest

M. Mom’s name: Diane

N. Nicknames: Baby, Glug Glug, Bubbles, Dog Clog---nicknames Eric gives me. Believe me! He has more. And yes. I know they don't make sense. :-) Bird, Birdie, Dolly Bird---my parents call me any of those names. Annie---only a few people can call me that and get away with it.

O. Overnight hospital stays: Never.

P. Pet peeves: Probably too many to list. I guess I'm pretty irritable. Working in retail for almost 8 years will do that to you! haha

Q. Quote from a movie: "You have bewitched me body and soul and I lo...I lov....I love you!"-Mr. Darcy in the newer Pride and Prejudice.....also from that movie "What a superbly featured room and what excellent boiled potatoes!" That was for you, Jill.
"Oh I'm not here with these fella's. I'm here for the piggin' competition and I am gonna win that blue ribbon." "Cap'n Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters!"

Owner: "Know what this is?"
Lenny: "Presidential flashcards??"
-Last few quotes from Lenny in That Thing You Do

R. Righty or lefty: Righty

S. Siblings: 1 brother who is awesome and then the in-laws (4 brother-in-laws and 2 sister-in-laws)

T. Time you wake up: Anywhere between 6-7, depending on the day

U. Unhealthy habit: Being an emotional eater? Have you ever heard my story about cramming cream puffs in my face after I slid off of a ramp? haha

V. Vegetables you don’t like: Peas. I loathe peas.

W.What makes you run late: Getting caught up on watching tv while I do my make-up. Sometimes I will hold the mascara in my hand, mid-air for a solid 5 minutes before actually applying it because the tv just sucks me in.

X. X-rays you’ve had: Teeth....I think that's it.

Y. Yummy food you make: No-bakes and pizza dip. Both are sooooo good but sooooo bad for you!

Z. Zoo animal favorites: I enjoy them all!

Ok, TAG! You're it! Can't wait to read your A-Z list (hint, hint)!!! ;-)

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Today being St. Patrick's day and all, I thought it only appropriate to blog about green things. Not about the history of St. Patty's day or about wearing green but more about being green.
Recently I made a visit to Half Price Books and found a great book about green cleaning and living. I've read a few chapters so far and have really enjoyed it. I've also been horrified. The author starts the book by discussing common household items, the toxins in those items, and the effects those toxins have on a person. SHOCKING. DISGUSTING. REPULSIVE. ALARMING. I always knew there were certain things to stay away from or from doing but this book has already opened my eyes to other dangers.
I have several motives for wanting to go green but they are far too lengthy to discuss on my blog. Let me just say, I am wanting to "go green" because I believe God wants me to. I need to take care of my body (not always the best at that), I need to tend to HIS planet (P.s. Not "Mother Earth"), and I have a responsibility as a wife to take care of our household to the best of my ability.
This book also includes tons of safe, cleaning tips for the home so yesterday I decided to try one of them out. We have a stainless steel sink and it needed a good scrub so I found this recipe and gave it a whirl:

1 Handful of Baking Soda
A Squirt of liquid dish soap
Some hot water

Mix that together in a bowl, take a scrub brush, and get to cleaning. Once fully scrubbed down, rinse, and dry. I did have a TADAH! pic for you but due to technical difficulties, my TADAH! is more of a non-existent blah. Just try to imagine the shiniest sink you've ever seen. Are you picturing it? Ok, that's my sink. And I have to say, it smelled so much better than some of the store bought sink cleaners I have used in the past. Tons of the recipes are made up of vinegar, water, salt, lemon juice and other things that I am actually familiar with and know how to pronounce. I am super duper excited to try some more organic, healthy cleaning and to go on this green adventure! I can't wait to share some of the things I learn on here with all of you!

How are you spending your St. Patty's day? Have you made some green choices lately? What are some green tips you can share with me? I would love to know. HAVE A GREAT DAY! :-)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bucket Night

The other night Eric and I had our first offical "Bucket Night." Fully escaping humility, I have to say this was one of our best ideas. EVER. I have big plans for "Bucket Night." Just you wait and see! This is going to catch on. What is "Bucket Night" you ask???
According to the Dictionary of Anna, it is defined as, "An evening where all food is brought in buckets and is consumed while sharing ones bucket list with friends and family."
Of course fried chicken was the main food of the evening and it was oh so delicious! And then the sharing began. It was so fun to sit with my honey and share our dreams together! It definitely brought us to a whole new level of closeness. It was one of those nights where you have that warm, fuzzy feeling deep inside and you end up going to bed with a huge smile on your face dreaming of where life will take you.
I don't know about you but I have a lot of things I want to accomplish before I'm gone from this earth. Of course I want to be the best person I can possibly be for my Lord, my family, and myself but this list is apart from that. A few things being (but most certainly not limited to)....
*Re-do our home BIG time! And/or find our dream home and make it fabulous!
*Learn how to play the play the piano and violin.
*Learn three other languages (Spanish, Italian, and French)-And I mean learn. I want to be fluent. Not just know a few words here and there.
*Learn how to sew because..well...I just can't. I'm pretty bad but that is a story for another day.
*Go white water rafting
*Do INSANE amounts of traveling (Prague, Italy, England, Ireland, Germany, Greece, Brazil, Africa, NYC, etc.)
*To FINALLY become certified in ASL and make a side career out of it. This is a big one!
*Ride horses on the beach
*Memorize the whole Bible.....that's going to be hard. Maybe I should just stick to memorizing the Psalms?
*See a Broadway show in NYC
*Go the Jane Austen festival in England...yeah, I'm cool like that.
*Go to the airport and take the next departing flight out. It doesn't matter where it is. I want to be completely spontaneous like that!
*Do some acting in community theater.
*Go on a missions trip

And the list just goes on and on....of course as I type my mind draws a blank.I have so many big dreams! Big things I want to do! I'm really looking forward to trying and seeing where this journey of life takes me.

These are definitely not my only dreams but they are a few that I'd like to say, "Yeah, I've done that!". What about you? What are some items on your bucket list? :-) 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mom's B-Day

Today is my mom's birthday and I was so blessed to get spend time with her. Work wasn't on my schedule today which was so cool because I honestly didn't plan that. God wanted us to having some bonding time! :-)

Our day started early by visiting a store or two but then we headed to our dreamland....that's right, Ladies (and Gents? Doubt it.) Hobby Lobby (cue the Hallelujah chorus). Mom is currently working on what she likes to call her mom cave. One day she saw ideas for "Mom Caves" and she has been hooked since. So Hobby Lobby being a place of complete inspiration, we thought it was only appropriate that we visit. It's such a happy place! Great deals, adorable items, and beautiful hymns playing in the background. Add in a good cash allowance (thanks Hubby!) and great company (i.e. Mom) and I believe that's called a GOOD TIME. After leaving with some gifts for Mom and some ideas for me, we went to lunch at a faboo place called Shallo's. It's a local place that recycles doors, windows, and anything really to decorate. Shallo's = yummy! Especially because they have homemade potato chips served with ranch. Now if that doesn't sound good, I don't know what does.

We had so much fun laughing and talking! I am truly one blessed gal to have such an amazing mom. I keep typing about her then deleting it because a) I start crying then mess up my typing AND b) I could go on for ever and won't do that to you. :-)

Not so great camera phone picture of my more than amazing mother at Shallo's! Isn't she adorable? :-)

Monday, March 7, 2011

A New Name

The other day my husband goes to Google. Types in "my" blog name but as "Day By Day Delight" not "Delights" and to my horror he finds a blog. With the same name, minus the "s". The other DBD blog looks very sweet and wonderful but what do I do now??? I checked the archives of the other and they have been there longer but I honestly didn't know there was one out there already.
Do I change my name?
Can I change my name but keep all of my posts and info?
Do I start from scratch?
Do I get rid of my blog completely? It's not like I have a huge following anyway....surely I won't be missed in Blogland.
I am lost at this point but be prepared for the name change or complete removal of my blog.

If ya'll have ever heard of this or ran into it, what did you do? Any suggestions for this scatterbrained nut?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Current Obessions

If you were to crack open my mind, these are the things you would probably find floating around on a regular basis....

*Adele's new song, "Rolling in the Deep."  I adore her and have for a few years. She has such a strong and unusual voice. The passion she sings with is amazing. Don't believe me? Listen...

*Sprayway Glass Cleaner. This stuff is a-mazing. I had seen it before but only in commercial use. It's probably been out forever and you all probably have been using it for years but to me it is brand spanking new and I L-O-V-E it!!! We have glass tables {cringe} and I despise seeing smudges and smears on them leftover from other cleaners. I bought this glass cleaning wonder the other day (w/a coupon! WHOOT! WHOOT!) and am now hooked. Now no other product will do. Try it. For real. It will make you smile.

Magic in an aerosol can.
*Almost everything on this site is making me drool! Particularly this chair for my guest room...

It's practically calling my name saying, "Buy me! BUY ME!"
I mean, truly. How cozy does this chair look??? Buuuuuuut $500 to spend on a chair is not really in my budget. However, I found an absolutely horrid orange chair with a great shape at Goodwill for $20. I'm so tempted to go back, buy it, find a fabric I like on sale, and make it faboo....even though I have no experience doing that. Hey! I can't beat $20 for a comfy chair with an ugly facade. I may just try it.

*Paint colors. Every day I think about the colors I will paint the various rooms in the house. I have to be patient right now but oh my! I will be so happy once we tear down some hideous wall paper and replace it with fabulousness!

*Spring time, warm weather, and out of this world sandals.

Random, I know. But real. What are you currently obsessing over? Share! Share! :-)