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Haircuts And Soup

It is what is on my mind today.


I have very fine hair, and now it is thinning.  Thinning people, as in thinning, not getting thicker.  Why does this have to happen to me?  My hair has always been the one thing I have had going for me.

Now what to do?

Currently I am using Nioxin, rosemary oil, and a concoction with burdock oil.

I used to think that I would be ok with aging, but I am not.

So it got me thinking about cutting my hair.  Change things up.

After all…..

A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life. – Coco Chanel

I totally agree with this.  I always feel like a new person when I cut my hair.   My face looks different, not to mention my clothes.  Getting a hair cut is so much cheaper than buying a new wardrobe.

I am thinking something like this…


Or this…



I was on Pinterest this morning and came across two soup recipes that look delicious.

Zesty crock pot chicken and potato stew.

Slow cooker cannellini bean stew with tomatoes, Italian sausage and kale.

I am wondering if substituting left over pork roast for the sausage would be yummy?






If I Had An Outdoor Party

Yesterday afternoon, I went to a friends house for some lemonade and swimming.  It got me thinking about entertaining, and how much I would love to have friends over for food, drinks, and fun.

I would want the environment to be relaxing, pretty, and inviting.

Good food and drinks would of course be on the menu.

To top off the night, we could sit back and watch a movie outdoors.

I have a few large trees that totally makes this doable.

Now that the party is planned, I will need one awesome ensemble.


Outdoor Party

Sounds like I should just take a weekend off and plan a party.

Are you planning any outdoor parties this summer?

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Kabob It

I am channeling Cher from Mermaids for this one.

My mother has been telling me for forever that I should serve more food kabob style for my girls.  Kids like food that is fun, and I tend to be very boring in the dinner department.

I took my moms advice and started with this recipe.

My girls loved it and had a blast helping me in the kitchen.  It also sparked some great dinner table conversation.

We decided to come up with a list of other edible items we could put on a stick.

My girls came up with the following list.

  • fruit
  • sandwich fixings
  • meatballs
  • vegetables
  • marshmallows
  • candy
  • cake
  • sausage
  • chicken

Marshamallows always seem to find their way into food conversation into our home.  That, and ice cream.

I looked around and found a few other ideas.

kabob collage1.  Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

2. Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Kabob

3. Gluten Free Chicken Skewer

4. Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs


Kabobs and skewers are a great alternative for lunch and dinner for the upcoming hot summer months.  They also are a good excuse to use the grill.

Did I mention that you could make all the pieces equal sizes.  Yep, perfect bite size pieces.



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I Am A Grocery Shopping Ninja, And Some Pumpkin Goodies

So, Mr. Kell and I went grocery shopping together this morning with our little bit.  He has not gone shopping with me since I was pregnant with our first child.

Before we left, I warned him that I have a system, and that the system could not be interfered with.  I do believe that grocery shopping will be one thing I will not be able to let him do while he is home.  It is another sanity saver for me.

When it was all said and done we spent $189.00 on 12-14 days worth of groceries.

I am a grocery shopping ninja I tell ya!

One item I bought was pumpkin puree.  I have been seeing all sorts of lovely pumpkin goodies on Pinterest, and it totally motivated me to make something.

It all looks so yummy.




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Things To Do With Left Over Chicken

Every weekly menu I create for my family includes a rotisserie chicken.  The kids love it, and it is easy.  I usually add a salad and some veggies, and can then scratch one meal off my list.  All of us eat like birds, so there is always left over chicken which is awesome, because I get two meals out of something that cost $5.

What to do with the left over chicken?

I scoured the interenet, and found a few easy and yummy meals for my leftover rotisserie

1.  Spring Vegetable Chicken Pot Pie

2.  The Waldorf Salad, Revisited

3.  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

4.  Lighter Chicken Enchiladas

5.  Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad

There are so many options for left over chicken.


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Autumn Couscous Bowl

First, I went to the doctor yesterday for my annual girly stuff, and to have some lab work done.  I am 35, a cardiac nurse, and I have never had a lipid panel done.  Shame on me.  Shame on you, if you are not getting yours checked.

While sitting and waiting to be called back to see the doctor I started thinking.  Now, this can be a very dangerous thing since I am a thinker.  There are so many simple and easy things each of us can do to better our health.  Each and every one of us can change something we do every day that would promote a healthier lifestyle.  I do not want the reason that I am not around for my girls wedding to be because I chose to not take better care of myself.   I will not let laziness be the winner, because to be honest, it is usually laziness that is defeating us.

So, I got up this morning and went to the doctor.

A month ago, I started to introduce a couple whole foods meals into my family’s weekly dinner menu.

I have started to buy what I can without preservatives.  I no longer buy processed food if I can help it.  I do not have an expendable income, and I have a tight grocery budget.  If I can buy it fresh and organic that is how I buy it.

I am drinking more water.

I do not want to be a vegetarian, but I do want to introduce some vegetarian meals.  I love cheese and I love a good steak.  Without those, I would not be Necole.

I am going to move the DVD player into the living room so I can start doing my walking video daily.

I am going to start treating this body God gave me with respect.

The key word here is “I” am going to do this.  I am not going to rely on someone else, nor am I going to blame a situation.  “I” am going to take care of “MYSELF”.


With that said, I found a great recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.  I love the magazine, and I love the website.  The pictures of the food are gorgeous.


It is an Autumn Couscous Bowl.  It looks so yummy.  If you do not like butternut squash or cauliflower, you could add mushrooms and broccoli.  When I see a dish like this, I want to create my own version.  I am a closet wanna be Food Network Star.

The meat lover in me wants to add some chicken and apple sausage to the dish.   OMG that would be DE-LISH!


Now something pretty and fun!

Autumn Bowl

This is my version of an Autumn Bowl.  All the colors working together to make the most DE-LISH ensemble.

I love food, and I love clothes.  Which is funny coming from a girl who wears yoga pants and t-shirts daily.

On a completely random note…….

Does anyone have a Pandora station they would like to recommend to me?  Mine are overplayed.

Have I every mentioned that I think Jack Johnson owns Pandora?  I swear one of his songs will show up no matter what station you are listening to.

Happy Thursday!


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White Cheddar

Today I have an 8 hour computer class at work.  I only work weekends, so needless to say I DO NOT want to be here.  My husband took the day off, and I would much rather be with him.  Since I am already a computer genius and I have the attention span of a three year old, I will no doubt be working on the family dinner menu for next week.

For next week I am going to introduce 1-2 whole food meals to the mix.  My tree huggin sister would be so proud!  I am in the process of watching a documentary called Forks Over Knives.  My sister has been raving about it.  Just looking at their website has got me on a googling warpath for whole food recipes.

This is not an advertisement for this movie.  I am a lover of preventative medicine and would like to start taking better care of myself.  I want to be a positive role model for my family, especially my three daughters.

Now to the nitty gritty.  One meal that will be making the list is a white cheddar chicken pasta.

via homade by holeman

A picture of creamy goodness.  Add some bread and a salad, and you have a great meal.  Now, if the adults at the table would like a glass of wine, an expert would recommend a chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, or a pinot noir.  If it was me I would be drinking a reisling, because that is what I always drink.  With meals, it is what I like to drink withe meals.  I just wanted to clarify.

Here is another example of white cheddar.

White Cheddar

All the colors of yummy cheesy goodness.

Forget cooking,  have your sweetheart take you out to dinner in this fabulous outfit.

Best part no dishes!


Snapshot of the Week

  1. This is Emily.  She actually took a nap.  Unfortunately it was on my lap and lasted 1.5 hours.  Bonus, Steel Magnolias was on.
  2. She is dreaming about starting potting training next week.
  3. I too am sooooo excited.  OTSS (only the strong survive).
  4. I like to quote Dazed and Confused.
  5. My hair grows way to fast, and my cute haircut is in that in between stage.  I love short hair, but it is too costly to keep up.
  6. My 5 year old asked me if she gets a day off tomorrow.  She completed her first week of Kindergarten with flying colors.
  7. My 7 year old already got a warning for not following directions.  Maybe I should warn the teacher that she has man ears.
  8. We are having our first birthday sleep over next week and I am so excited.  I loved sleep overs when I was little.
  9. Lot’s of planning going on here at the House of Kells.
  10. One soon to be 8 year old is getting a room redo.

I have been abusing Pinterest this week.  My creative juices are flowing, and I am eager to put them to good use.

furniture renovation


new recipes


knitting ideas

I got mt pretty little hands on some dressers, and I cannot wait to redo them.  I have been informed by the husband, that I am only allowed to change the handles on his.  You think he would understand that he is not in charge.  He must not have read the memo!

I am eager to start cooking up some yummy food.  Not my recipes, because I am not creative that way, but great recipes that I find. I apologize now for the pictures of the food.

I am a seasonal knitter, and the picture above looks like a great gift for all my friends.  The stitch is called the mistake stitch.  I love that!  The button is fabulous, and takes the scarf to a classy, sophisticated place.

Things have gone well this week, and the girls are enjoying school.  I am pretty sure though that I will be screaming this in the weeks to come.

picture via pinterest

I hope everyone has a happy weekend.

Oh, and Irene, please feel free to mosey on over to Texas and dump some of your torrential winds and rain.  I really do not think any of us would mind.

For those that the hurricane will hit, be safe!


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