Thursday, October 9, 2014

Recipe ~ Simple Crockpot Chicken

I LOVE to cook!! But some days, there isn't enough time or you're just way too tired. That's when having a crockpot can really come in handy. This is a recipe that is super simple and tastes delicious!!

You Will Need:
One can of Cream of Celery Soup
One can of Cream of Chicken Soup
One can of Chicken Broth
One can of Kidney or Black Beans
A pack of chicken thighs (whatever type you want - skin, no skin, bone, no bone, whichever) or chicken drumsticks
Pasta of your choice (I really like either egg noodles or rice noodles with this)

Rinse beans in water and drain. Pour in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour about half of the can of the chicken broth in the bottom. Prep the chicken anyway you like/need to (wash and salt and pepper it, for example) then place over the beans. Next, put in the cans of Cream of Celery and Cream of Chicken soup. Mix around a bit and add the rest of the chicken broth. Stir the liquid. Add spices of your choice if you like. (I add some garlic salt and Adobo).

Turn the crockpot on. Either cook on low for eight hours or high for four to five hours.

<3 Amanda Leigh

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Revised 2014 Goals!!

Hi everyone!! Well, it has been over three months since I've posted on this blog.... a long time. I moved and it has been really crazy busy. But I will start posting again and hopefully get back on a regular schedule in the not too far future. 

So, since I moved and ended up also going through all of my things, I decided that I had to rethink and revise my 2014 Goals. Today I thought that I would share those with you. :) 

Revised 2014 Goals

- 1. Read 23 books in 2014. (I'm several books behind, but it is going to happen, it is!!) 

- 2. Write the first draft of Beauty of the Dark during April Camp NaNoWriMo. (I've already accomplished this one!! :) 

- 3. Self-publish "Secret Project". 

- 4. Edit and send out Beauty of the Dark draft to my (wonderful) critique partner. 

- 5. Organize and clean out my entire room. 
T   Here it is, my revised list. The things that I moved from my old list (which you can find here: will be moved to next year's list. 

I   I hope that you all are doing well on any goals that you have!! Have a wonderful day!! :) 

    <3 Amanda Leigh

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Crazy, Crazy

I just wanted to do a quick blog post to let you all know that things have been kind of crazy on my end and will be for a while. I'll be trying to blog as much as possible, but honestly, I can't even remember what day it is today. Seriously, what day is it? Anyway, starting soon, for a while, I'll be taking a break from this blog completely and will only be posting intermittently on my book/writing blog. Then I will do my best to get everything to a set schedule again - and hopefully even post YouTube videos. For now, though, please just bare with me. Thank you! Have a wonderful day!

<3 Amanda Leigh

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Things That Make Me Happy

My fiancĂ© Matt. 





Listening to music. 




Arts and Crafts. 

Darkroom and digital photography. 

Watching LOST. 


Making a new recipe that turns out wonderfully. 

Cooking for other people. 

Chicken, prepared lots of different ways. 



Sometimes coffee. 



Fundraising/donating to causes that I believe in. 

New books. 

New journals. 

Publishing a new book. 

A great review of one of my books. 

People that I love. 

Sailor Moon. 

Characters that I love. 

<3 Amanda Leigh

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Music Review ~ Paramore by Paramore


Title: Paramore
Artist: Paramore
Release Date: April 5th 2013
Released By: Fueled by Ramen, Warner Bros
Produced By: Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Taylor York (4 tracks)  

I can't remember when I discovered Paramore. I think that it was in high school. Either way, I loved them from the second that I discovered them. (Well, you know what I mean). 

I got their newest album pretty close to when it first came out. I really love the sound on this one. There is less hard rock than their other albums but it still leans toward rock and I still really like it. There are also tracks that are more like ballads that are lovely. And there are shorter tracks called "Interludes". I quite enjoy these as well. For a couple of reasons. One: They are good tracks. Two: They're perfect for if you want to listen to somehting quickly. For example, if you're in the car and don't have time for a whole song.

As for my favorite songs on the album, those are as follows:

One: "Now"
Two: "Grow Up"
Three: "Still Into You" 

<3 Amanda Leigh

Thursday, March 20, 2014

How I Made My Book Jar

A while ago I did a post where I shared several photos. (You can find that post here: One of these photos was of my Book Jar. I got this idea off of the YouTube channel Bookables. I'm not sure where this first originated though. So today, I thought that I would share with you how I made my Book Jar. It's quite simple, really.

Step One:
Find a jar that you like that is also big enough to fit all of the slips of paper that you want to. Or use some other type of container. My mom found this really cool one with a mini chalk board on it.

Step Two:
Decorate said jar or container. Since mine has a little chalk board, I wrote "Book Jar" in colored chalk. I also put some stickers on the outside of the jar. 

Step Three:
Begin writing down all of those books that you plan to put into the jar. I did this on colorful card stock. I also saw Little Book Owl (YouTube Channel) made an Excel Spreadsheet, printed that out and used a paper cutter to cut the slips of paper out. 

Step Four:
Fold up the slips of paper and put them in your book jar. If desired, shake to move the slips of paper around. 

Step Five:
Begin enjoying your book jar. Next time you don't know what to read, shake that jar up, put your hand in and pick out a random sheet of paper! This is actually quite fun to do and a great way to pick a book to read!

Have fun making your won book jars! f you do, post a picture to this blog's Facebook page: I would love to see your book jars! Enjoy! :) 

<3 Amanda Leigh

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sailor Moon. Yes, Sailor Moon.

Growing up, I loved Sailor Moon. Absolutely loved. I loved the show, of course. And then I specifically loved the girl Sailor Moon a.k.a. Princess Serena. Also, I was just crazy about about Tuxedo Mask/Prince Darien/Darien. (He was just always very charming and gallant to me. Even when I didn't know what gallant meant :). 

I just recently started watching the entire series in order from start to finish. I still love this show just as much as I did back then. I wanted to sort of reflect on why I love it so much.

So, when I was little I was obsessed with Sailor Moon. I wanted to be Sailor Moon. Here's a picture of me pretending to be Sailor Moon.


To me, as an adult, the show represents the power of love and friendship. As well as the importance of justice and doing what's right. From the episodes that I remember there was always a "Sailor Says" segment. The Sailor Scouts would be teaching one important lesson or another. I know that's probably "lame" to some people, but I appreciate it as an adult and I loved it as a child. Partially because this is what Sailor Moon would do, sure. But still. Another thing, is that the Sailor Scouts just seem so confident to me. That is not to say that they don't 'slip up' in this department, but who doesn't? I always thought that they were so brave, too. And the best part of that is that they still get scared. You can be brave while still being scared. So, there you have it, the reasons that I love Sailor Moon. (I will admit, that the draw of discovering that you are really a princess from the moon destined to find her long lost love again is pretty cool, too. Especially to an eight year old, I'm sure). ;) 

Anyway, I'm sure that I will always love Sailor Moon. :) 

<3 Amanda Leigh