Raising Dick and Jane

Friday, October 31, 2014


Finding retro style fashion can be difficult, but not when you know where to look! Here is a list of my favorite retro finds from the week from around the web. Have fun shopping!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Southwestern Chicken Bowl #RGRecipes #SlowCooker

#ad Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken Bowl #RGRecipes #Slowcooker

Here is something I'd like to know! Where is my dinner fairy at?! You know, the one who magically makes dinner appear on the table when it's time to eat? I haven't seen that darn little fairy since I was just a wee girl. Please come back dinner fairy. I miss you. :)

Since the dinner fairy doesn't really exist, although I wish she did, most nights I like to turn to the next best thing to have dinner waiting for me when I get home; my slow cooker. Slow cookers or "Crock-Pot's" are magical in their own right because there are so many awesome recipes you can make using them, not only dinners. So, for this reason, over the next few months I am going to post some of my favorite slow cooker recipes. Besides, who doesn't love to have a warm meal waiting for them on a cool fall night? The two just belong together.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Calling the North Pole, Are You There? A Retro Christmas with @Hallmark {GIVEAWAY} #NorthPoleFun #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
#ad NorthPole Communicator from Hallmark #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias

"Calling the North Pole. . Come in North Pole. . Are you there?"

I know I might be getting a little ahead of myself, but Christmas is my very favorite holiday. I love the magic and the wonder of the season. I especially love sharing that wonder and magic with my kids. Sure, some might say that you shouldn't play into the whole Santa Claus thing with your kids, but I love it and wouldn't have it any other way. Yes, my kids believe in Santa. They also believe in elves. I plan to let them hold on to that spirit as long as they choose to believe. Because of that, when I saw this new line of retro style Christmas items from Hallmark, complete with a North Pole communicator and heart felt book, I knew that they would each have a special place in my home.

You see, each Christmas ever since my children were born, I have bought them a new Christmas book that we would read together on Christmas eve. It is sort of like our own little family tradition, one that we started ourselves. To this day, each of the books that I've bought over the years still sit together on our bookshelf and we sometimes even pull them out and look at them year round (to my husbands demise though, he's sort of the Grinch of the family). This year, in preparation for our special Christmas Eve tradition, I picked up the book Find Me, Santa! Snowflake™ and Once Upon a Northpole Christmas by Hallmark. 

Monday, October 27, 2014


Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Shh.. This recipe is a secret. You see, my mother has been making this recipe for our family since I was just a little girl, but she only makes it once a year on Christmas morning. I, however, have grown quite fond of the dish and make it several times a year. But don't tell her! For my mother this dish is symbolic, a family tradition. For me, it is a casserole of childhood memories and it tastes good besides, so why wouldn't I want to have it more often than once a year? 

So, today I am throwing tradition to the wind and showing you how I make my mothers Christmas Breakfast Casserole. . . in October. 

Breakfast Casserole Recipe Sausage