Hatch Green Chili Enchilada Casserole

As summer winds down and you find yourself a bit stressed about getting back into the routine of school schedules, regular commitments starting up again or just a busier life ahead…this is a great recipe to have on hand. It is easy and nutritious. You can make it ahead of time and bake it later. It serves a large family and is great for parties. I made this a few weeks ago when we had a crowd of people stay for dinner after Garrett’s first birthday. If you can’t find Hatch Green Chili Salsa you can use salsa verde.

10-12 medium sized flour tortillas (I used the homemade style ones from Trader Joe’s)
4 large chicken breast cooked and …

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Family Camp Re-Invented…..When your Summer Family Camp Vacation Doesn’t turn out like you had Hoped

Many of you have read about our Summer Family Camp over the years, so you know it is one of our MOST ANTICIPATED FUN FAMILY ACTIVITIES every summer. WELL….this summer we had a hiccup in our plans when our Kitchen/Living Room/Dining Room remodel was not finished in time for Family Camp. The actual target date to finish was two weeks before the family was to arrive for the July 4th weekend and suffice it to say…it is August 10th and we are still in process. We are really close to the finish line but this summer our Family Camp had to be re-invented. We told the kids that we were going to host the annual event here and they …

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Rachel’s Summer of Adventure

This was a Summer for memories! We had such a blast traveling, enjoying the sun, swimming, and more!

We really focused this Summer on swimming. We are so blessed to have a community pool in walking distance, and we spent many of our days practicing our swim skills. Taking 3 kids to the pool is no joke, but these girls are amazing!

We participated in our library’s Summer Reading Program and this mama really enjoyed all the prizes – especially the free kid’s meals!

I didn’t burden myself with too many expectations of projects, but we did take advantage of a few fun afternoons to craft, learn, and play. We are really enjoying our Kiwi Crates – and had …

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Bekah’s Summer Update: The End of One Thing and the Start of Something(s) New

This has been quite a significant summer for us at the Bani Bungalow 🙂

We all survived intern year (Year One) of my hubby’s Pediatric Residency at UCSF Fresno. After one week off, we quickly started another year, but now we are that much closer to completing another step of this medical journey.


We found out that the newest addition to our family is a BOY.

He will be our second and are anxiously awaiting his arrival and seeing how Sophie likes being a Big Sister. This will be the 10th grandchild in our family making it a tie at 5 girls and 5 boys 🙂


We celebrated 5 Years of Marriage.

We did a mini celebration …

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Birthday Boy on a Budget

A week ago my little boy turned 1! I can’t believe it. A year ago I was blessed beyond measure with my little baby boy, who we named Garrett and has brought an enormous amount of joy into my life. And of course, in normal mom fashion, the one year old birthday party became a thing. I set out to not make it a big deal… but I was just having way too much fun! But one thing I did stick to was my budget. I was able to throw a fairly large birthday party and not spend too much money. It took lots of lists, preparation, help, delegation, and lots of time. But I loved it!

My best

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Fresh Harvest Vegetable Marinara Sauce

This is the FIRST OFFICIAL recipe I have cooked in my new kitchen!!!!

We still have a few little repairs that need to be finished before it is completely done, but I can start creating new recipes and get back into my love of cooking now that I don’t have to cook in my laundry room anymore. It has been a LONG 8 months.

One of my distractions while waiting on the kitchen to be finished has been tending my vegetable garden…..Having a vegetable garden is fun and rewarding. The challenge is to use up the produce as it fills up the kitchen. So I decided to be creative and see how many of the vegetables from our garden …

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If you have been wondering where we have been for the past few weeks……we decided to take a break to fully immerse ourselves in our families for the month of July.

Starting tomorrow you can read about some of the fun experiences we have had this summer…..BUT as we all know, life is full of joys and sorrows so we will be posting about the difficult aspects of life as well. I will include a few pictures from the past month to entice you to come back and read about how we have been doing life together although we live far apart.

Rick and Kerry visit a full scale replica of Noah’s Ark-AMAZING!!!

Hiking Bishop’s Peak-INCREDIBLE!

Celebrating Garrett’s first …

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Amazon Prime Day!

Today is Amazon Prime Day!! Are you a prime member and love a good deal? Then, head over to Amazon right now!!

Here are a few awesome deals we are looking at…

The Instant Pot 8 qt.

$89.00 usually $129.95

Chicco KeyFit Infant Car Seat


Save 20% at Checkout!

Check back later for more Prime Day deals!

— The Growing Weisser Women — …

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Healthy Meals in the Summer Heat

Anyone else melting in this heat? I sure am. And it can make sticking to healthy meal plans tricky.

Having fun on our meal prep day!

I have 2 tips to make things easier for you and your family.


Spend one day with the AC on and get all your baking and cooking done!

I roast veggies, made cookies, and prepared easy to grab snacks.

Prepped these AWESOME sweet potato nachos!!! They lasted all week.

I keep protein balls in the fridge for quick snacks or a little energy boost.

Lots of healthy superfood shakes

Then use your crock pot or make lots of fresh meals that don’t require the oven!!


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Picnicking and Potlucking


Summer is filled with potlucks, picnics, bbqs, and get togethers! Most of the time these events are a shared effort where every family brings an item to contribute. I find myself bringing the same types of things to every event… So I am going to share a list of some new ideas I am finding as I tackle the summer potlucks.


  • Corn salad
  • Quinoa Salad
  • Coleslaw
  • Pasta Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Orzo salad
  • Watermelon and mint salad
  • Succotash


  • Watermelon is always great! Find creative ways to cut and serve!
  • Fruit tray: Make a flag for the 4th of July, arrange creatively for the event
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Baked Potato
  • Corn on the cob
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Bread

Appetizers …

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