Friday Favorites-12.1.23

It’s FRIDAY!!! And it’s officially DECEMBER!

Whew! This first week after a big break was difficult for me. I needed an easier re-entry into “real” life before I was thrown into a full week of normal! Anyone else? I’ve got a little dose of Friday FAVORITES for you. And when I say a LITTLE dose, I mean it. As always, I’ve teamed up with my girl, Andrea, to bring you some FAVES. 🙂

First up in my list of FAVES are these podcasts….

The Lazy Genius Podcast!

And 10 Things to Tell You Podcast! I shared both of those in my post on Wednesday, but they’re worth another share! On this topic, if YOU have a FAVORITE podcast you look forward to each week, PLEASE share it with me. I was so glad my aunt shared these two with me last week! I’ll spend the next few months catching up on all their old episodes. They’re THAT good!

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This might be the cutest/funniest Christmas gift I’ve ever opened in the mail! Definitely Bowen’s FAVORITE surprise. One of Tab’s crew mates sent crackers, cheeses, and this football shaped-summer sausage. How CUTE for a group of football officials! Right? If you’re a fellow football wife of some kind, keep this gift in mind. {It came from Harry & David’s.}

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The weather here in Texas yesterday wasn’t exactly cold or even cool really but it was just a grey, rainy day. Every once in a while I absolutely LOVE days like that! Especially if I don’t have to get out in it! My FAVORITE way to spend an evening like that is with a big bowl of soup and guys! This soup was delish last night! I added chicken breasts, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, and sliced carrots along with some seasonings to the slow cooker early yesterday morning and that cooked a long time. About an hour before we were gonna eat I diced up the chicken, added frozen corn, added frozen peas, a little heavy cream to give it just a little creaminess, and egg noodles. An hour later we were eating the most delicious soup-I paired mine with a little parmesan cheese and Tobasco. This was on the schedule for Wednesday night but things got away from me so we had it last night. 😉

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Another FAVORITE….this slow cooker! If you’re looking for a nice gift for someone hard to shop for, see if she has a nice slow cooker. I use mine multiple times a week almost all year long. When I add up the price per use, it’s SO WORTH it!

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Last thing and this isn’t even a FAVORITE of mine but I’m hoping you share a FAVORITE of yours…I have HIGH hopes of a fun, festive game night and am on the hunt for a few great games. Do you have any family faves? This year our typical Christmas Eve plans will look a little different and I’m thinking some fun games that night might be the perfect addition! Please send your recs my way!

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My list is really short and sweet this week. I’ve got a LONG to-do list today and am doing all I can to check everything off my list by the time the kids are out of school. Wish me luck! 😉

Hope you guys have THE BEST weekend!

XO

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  1. 12.1.23
    Kelly Marie Sites said:

    We are a games family- we just played Mind the Gap at Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. Also Farkle, Spy Fall, and Whoonu. Dutch Blitz is my favorite to play with my husband.

    • 12.4.23
      Leah said:

      The game Anomia is so fun and easy – can play with just a few people or larger group! Great for all ages!

      2 podcasts that you might like since you’re into the NFL 🙂 .. calm
      Down podcast and Kelly staffords podcast “the morning after” both have some football but both just make me laugh too 😉

      Better life podcast – I love “raising boys and girls” and always love “that sounds fun” 🙂

      • 12.5.23
        Erika Slaughter said:

        Thank you so much, Leah! I used to listen to Calm Down and kind of forgot about it! I need to listen again!

  2. 12.1.23
    Elspeth said:

    Check out the simplified podcast if you haven’t yet! It’s one of my favorites!
    http://www.elspethsdaybyday.com

  3. 12.1.23

    My kids love when we play BEAT THE PARENTS. It’s a really fun family game that all of you can play!

    • 12.1.23
      Jess said:

      do you have Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza? They have a Christmas edition too!
      We also love Eye Found It, it’s a Disney game. we have and love both the large game board version and the card version!

      • 12.5.23
        Erika Slaughter said:

        Thanks so much, Jess!

  4. 12.1.23
    jennibell said:

    I just blogged about podcasts today and mentioned Midlife Matters. They are a little further along in “life” then you but I bet you can still pick up a lot of good stuff (I always liked getting advice from those ahead of me in life so I was prepared when I hit that milestone) from those ladies. I love Smartless, but it is hosted by people that *I* grew up with – not sure if they are everyone’s jam. My BIL got me started on The Rewatchables – they break down popular movies. I pick and choose those, of course.
    The two you mentioned I’ve listened to for a very long time – so many good things in The Lazy Genius 🙂
    As for games, we are a game family. . .so many good card games out there, especially if you have a crowd or varying age/ability levels. Bananagrams is better than Scrabble, I think. Ticket to Ride and Catan are great strategy games. Sequence has been a favorite for over 30 years.
    Happy Weekend!

    • 12.5.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I’m adding those podcasts to my list! Thank you!

  5. 12.1.23
    Amy Ms. Azza said:

    I LOVE family games! Two of the best ones are Beat the Parents and The Game of Life. I think that all of your kiddos and you and Tab would love these..

    • 12.5.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      THANK YOU, Amy!!

  6. 12.1.23
    Marla said:

    Erika that soup!!! Oh my gosh! Can you please give some specifics like amounts, etc? Also, did you cook the egg noodles before adding them? I can’t wait to make this. Thank you.

    • 12.5.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Hi Marla! Unfortunately, I just dumped but I think this recipe is similar but I added corn and green peas. https://www.simplejoy.com/crock-pot-creamy-chicken-noodle-soup/

    • 12.5.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      One more thing and no, I just added the egg noodles. I had to add more chicken broth and should have even added more because mine was thick.

  7. 12.1.23
    Joanne said:

    That chicken noodle dish looks amazing! It is cold and rainy here today… very cold.

    • 12.5.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thanks, Joanne!

  8. 12.4.23
    Marybeth said:

    Do you happen to have a recipe for the soup? It looks delish!

  9. 12.5.23
    Kelly Bonner said:

    My absolute favorite podcast is The Big Boo Cast. I have also recently started listening to Comfort Food with Kelly Rizzo & have liked each episode. I also like In Joy Life Podcast, Making Space, & Amy & TJ

    • 12.6.23
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you so much, Kelly!