January 2019 - Della Devoted

4 Easy Game Day Recipes

Super Bowl is almost here and I'm so excited! I always look forward to the Super Bowl every year whether or not my favorite team is playing. I love cheering my team on if they are playing, but I mostly love the Super Bowl for all of the delicious food and the hilarious commercials. I really love spending the day with my little family and making memories with them. I also love the appetizers and dishes that go along with watching the game.  If you're still trying to figure out what to fix for Game Day, look no further than here. I have 4 Easy Game Day Recipes that everyone is sure to love.

This is my photo above but the recipe is not mine. The original recipe is by Becky from The Cookie Rookie.  I just adapted it by using canned chicken and homemade taco seasoning. Either way it is so good and super easy to make. 

I hope you and your family enjoy these delicious recipes. I love the fact that they are super easy to make so you're not in the kitchen all day. That allows for more family time and more time to relax before the big game. With these 4 Easy Game Day Recipes, everybody Wins!

Why Not Find A Fun Family Hobby?

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One of the hardest things about living in the modern world is really trying to make the most of the time that you have with your family. After all, between work, school, socializing, chores, and all of the other responsibilities that you all have in your day to day lives, spending time together is a lot harder than it might have been once upon a time. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't things that you can do in order to really make the most of the time you have with your family. One of the best things that you can do is to actually find an activity that you can all do together. With that in mind, here are some great family hobbies you might want to try.

Learn an instrument

Learning an instrument is often considered to be something of a solitary activity. Something you lock yourself away to do for hours on end. However, if you're doing with the people in your life then you're often going to find yourself having a lot more motivation to keep at it. Whether you're trying to form a family band or maybe you just want to try one of those programs that allows you to learn piano in 21 days, doing it as a family can be a great way to stay motivated. Not only that but it can bring you all together wonderfully.

Take up a sport

An active lifestyle is so important, especially when you spend most of your time sitting behind a desk at work or at school. So why not find an activity that you can all enjoy and do it together? Whether it's a team sport you can play together, taking long bike rides on the weekends, or even something a little more unusual like heading to the skatepark together! Not only is it a great way to stay healthy but playing sports as a group has been shown time and time again to help people connect better with one another.

Go exploring

Then again, you might not want something quite so regimented. Why not just take the time to go out into the world together. There are almost certainly going to be some great places to go exploring near to where you live. Getting lost out in the wilderness or discovering hidden gems are wonderful ways for you and your family to bond and connect with each other. Plus, without the obvious rules of things like sports, there's much more freedom for you to all have a say in what you're doing and to really enjoy yourself as much as possible.

Of course, it's important to remember that there's nothing wrong with you or any member of your family needing some time alone for a while. Being able to find the right balance between time spent together and time spent on your own is important. After all, if you're always under each other's feet, you're going to end up getting annoyed with each other pretty quickly.

Chicken Philly Cheesesteak: Instant Pot Recipe

I know you all have seen quite a few Instant Pot recipes on the blog lately, but I just can't help it. I seriously am in love with my Instant Pot. It has made my life so much easier, especially now that I'm a working mom. No woman feels like cooking a huge meal after they come home from work. I prefer to spend the extra time with my little family or propping my feet up and relaxing with a good hot cup of coffee. I feel like I can now fix almost any meal in my instant pot, including one of my favorites which is Chicken Philly Cheesesteak. It hardly takes no time at all. I fixed it the other day and I love the fact that I don't have to stand over the stove making sure it's just right. I just placed it in the Instant Pot and forgot all about it until it was done. It was super delicious and perfect just the way I like my Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks. Here is what you will need to make this delicious masterpiece.

1 Tbsp Butter
1/2 bag of Pepper and Onion Blend
1 lb Tyson Trimmed and Ready Chicken Breast Tenderloins
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 cup of water
Salt (to taste)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese 
Hamburger Buns

1) Set the Instant Pot to the Saute Setting and add the butter.
2) Add Pepper and Onion Blend to Instant Pot. Saute for 4-5 minutes.
3) Add the chicken, onion powder, Worcestershire Sauce and water. Then stir together.
4) Put lid on the Instant Pot, lock and set to 12 minutes on "Manual" high setting.
5) Quick release when finished.
6) Sprinkle Mozarella cheese all over and stir to melt and combine.
7) Serve on toasted hamburger buns and enjoy.

*Makes 7-8 sandwiches

It's so delicious and definitely a family favorite! Chicken Philly has always been my go to sandwich at restaurants. Now I can enjoy it at home in just a few minutes. 

Smart Ways To Balance The Family Dynamic

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Any married person knows that even keeping their relationship with their other half balanced can be a challenge at times, however, when you are attempting to keep an entire family harmonious it can seem like an impossible task! Luckily, there are some tactics you can use to make this task a little easier. Read on to find out what they are.

Space and togetherness

One tactic that can help you achieve a more harmonious family life is carefully negotiating the balance between togetherness and personal space.

The thing here is that in each family unit it will be different because you will have various people with differing personalities and expectations. In fact, a family of introverts with teenagers may like to spend most of their time separately, or together but not interacting. Whereas in a family of introverts with a young baby this would obviously not be suitable, as the child will need contest supervision for their safety.

Additionally, you may have a mix of extroverted and introverted personality types that want a very different amount of social interaction within the family unit. This, of course, can become problematic and cause a lot of stress for the person that feels there need are not being met.

However, there is no one hard and fast rule that can be applied to solve such a problem here. In fact, it's more about providing ample space for alone time and family time, and then allowing your routines to develop naturally, with a little push here and there, if you think things are getting out of balance.


It may sound pretty disciplined to have a strict schedule that everyone in the family needs to adhere to, but it can be incredibly useful, especially in larger families. This is because everyone will then know where they should be, and what they should be doing at a particular time, which makes conflicts less likely to occurs and easier to resolve when they do.

Of course, it's wise to grab a calendar that has enough space for every family member if you are going to go with a scheduling system. It can even be useful for kids, and more forgetful family members to have the basic schedule printed off and displayed around the home as well.

Listening to everyone's voice

Another critical aspect of maintaining the balance of a happy family is making use that everyone's voice is heard. This can be challenging in many family situations, especially if there are some more dominant characters or persons that are from different generations.  

In fact, on occasion, it may not be a matter of all getting together and having a sit-down family meeting, but speaking to each person individually to see how they feel about something.

Of course, it will be impossible for everyone to get their way all of the time, but sometimes it's not about that as much as just being consulted and heard. Something that can ensure everyone feels as if their opinion is valid, and that they are essential to the family group.

Quality time together

Next, although we have discussed that it's essential to get a balance between family time and alone time, the way you do spend time together is also crucial to achieving a harmonious family.

What this means is that effort needs to be made concerning the activities you do together. Yes, a night in front of the TV watching movies is great but this can't be the only activity that you regularly do. Instead, you need to put some effort into organizing family trips locally to the movies, to eat, to bowl, or even to experience something more modern like an escape room.

Alternatively, many families find that having regular time where they sit and play board games once a week provides them with the perfect opportunity to do something as a group and strengthen those familial bonds.  

Appropriate care

The family's function is not only to have fun but to ensure that each member is getting the care and nurturing they need to thrive in life. In fact, this is something that we mainly think of concerning the children we are raising, but it does apply to all the generation as well.

What this means is that it's essential to understand what sort of care each person requires and ensure they get this. This tends to be easier for families that only have children. However, within multigenerational households, caring for young children and aging parents can often become a heavy burden.

Of course on the most obvious way of dealing with this to speak to the older person and discuss the possibility of moving to a facility like the ones run by McKnight Place that specialize in assisted and nursing care. Something that means they would be able to get the medical care that they need, as well as reside in a pleasant environment with restaurant quality meal and plenty of opportunities to mix with friends.

Sharing the load

Another aspect of family life that can help keep things balanced and happy is to ensure that everyone has a role in chores and work that need to be completed. Sadly, the main brunt of the work can often land on the shoulders of the primary parents, with aged relatives and children taking a back seat.

Of course, any chores and jobs that are assigned must be suitable for that person and their abilities at the time, and neither a three-year-old or granny who can't stand for a long time should be expected to do things like making dinner!

Getting everyone to help with appropriate jobs is good for family harmony.

However, it is worth remembering that being involved, in however small a way can not only help lift the burden of keeping the family going from those on which it falls but can also help other members feel a sense of belonging as well.

To that end, teaching the kids to tidy up after they have been playing, or help hang out the washing can work well, as can asking older relatives for help in babysitting, mending clothes, and even going to ask them for financial and life advice. In fact, it small acts like these that benefit everyone that can keep to help the family unit balanced.

Cozy Sweetheart Style


When my husband got me this sweatshirt for Christmas, I had no idea how much I would actually love it. This beautiful light pink sweatshirt is by far the coziest sweatshirt I have ever owned. It is definitely my favorite and it is also now a fashion staple. It's the perfect fashion piece to own during the cold winter months. With it being almost Valentine's Day, it's the perfect time to put it to use.  I wanted to go for the cozy sweetheart look, so I styled it with maroon jeggings. I like to switch things up a bit and do several color variations for Valentine's Day instead of the classic red or pink look. I love how the pink and maroon are nice contrasting colors. It makes the outfit pop and make a statement, which is what most  women want when it comes to fashion. The glitter on the graphic sweatshirt and the metallic shoes  give the outfit an even more sweetheart feel.  I wore this style to a family outing over the weekend and it was seriously the most coziest outfit that I have ever worn. I really am in love! And let's talk about these moccasins for a moment.  Run to your local target or hurry up and order these beauties online. They are on clearance for $9.99. I have never had a shoe this comfortable in my life. They feel like you are walking on air and they are so warm. I'd love to have a pair in every color. I'm loving this Cozy Sweetheart Style and I will definitely be wearing it more than once. What styles are you leaning toward for Valentine's Day?

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High Five For Friday

Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Becky @ BYBMG, Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort, Whitney @ Polka Dotty Place  and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

1) We had a holiday and some snow days this week, so it's been quite a relaxing week. Today is our 3rd snow day this week. I just wish it wasn't so cold so we could enjoy our days off. I'm so over winter already.

2) I captured the above photo of a cardinal eating on a cold snowy morning. I think cardinals against the snow are so pretty. I love cardinals! They have always been my favorite.

3) Speaking of Cardinals, I ordered my first ever string art this week and it was of two cardinals. Have you seen string art before? It is so neat. You should check out my friend Kayla Stevens at Just Crafting Around. She does amazing work. She is super talented.

4)  My sister-in-law made me some Valentine's Day pillow covers and they are so adorable. So I've been try to decorate the house for Valentine's Day this week. I've also been switching my furniture around. I guess cold weather will have you doing that. 

5) I started a  new book this week. It's called The Protector by R.S. Lively. It's so good and such a perfect read for these snow days.

That’s a wrap for my week. How was your week? I hope it was great!

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