Newlywed Life: Blessings, Books, and Football

Happy Tuesday Carmalistas!

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for hubs and I! We've been blessed to experience some awesome things together, and I’m going to share our latest life events with you all!

Blessing Session

I can’t tell you guys enough how much our church has changed our lives. It was no coincidence that we were led to our church home three years ago upon moving to the greater Atlanta area.  The love and inspiration from the other married couples, along with solid resources for a joyful walk with Christ made the decision to join that much easier! Our church has a blessing session for new members. It’s a time for your small group to uplift you and send you their blessings. It was one of the most emotional and spiritual experiences we've ever shared as a couple. Having a room of people pour out their love for you is overwhelming in the most positive way! It showed us how much we (in return) have inspired them! We’ll cherish that day for the rest of our lives.

The Millionaire Next Door

In addition to our blessing session, we've been knee-deep into a financial workshop offered by our church, where we read and discussed the national best-selling book, The Millionaire Next Door. This book explored the lives of the wealthy and how they live, maintain their wealth (net worth) , shop, what they drive, how they provide for their children , and prepare living wills. It was an overload of information, but the main theme throughout the book was that the affluent maintain their wealth by living within their means, and not by “keeping up with the Kardashians Jones’s.” This was not in any capacity a book about how to get rich quick. It’s a study on how the wealthy maintain their net worth, what their strategies and habits are, and how they increase their finances through savvy investment, research, and making smart purchases. We will likely read the book again to get the meat from it. It's time to invest in a 401K…like yesterday! Many employers offer 401 K options for their employees. Married couples and especially newlyweds, it is imperative to discuss your finances regularly.

Atlanta Falcons

On Saturday, we attended the Atlanta Falcons pre-game against the Tennessee Titans. We were lucky enough to score tickets from a friend who couldn't attend, so he gave them to us at a discounted price…score! This was the first NFL game that we've attended together. Since the dirty birds are my honey’s team, he was more than excited to go! We've always wanted to go to a Falcons game, but something always got in the way or the timing wasn't right, but we finally made it! Hubby is hooked, so I’m sure he’ll want to go to a game during the regular season too!







Well, that about sums up the past two weeks of our life! I hope you enjoyed catching up with me today! What are some recent events you've participated in with your spouse? Let me know below!

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Homemade Chicken Quesadillas

Happy Tuesday Carmalistas!

Today I'm sharing a recipe that I cooked for my  hubby last week. Lately, I've been obsessed with the chicken quesadillas at a local Tex Mex restaurant called Willy's. The food is great; which is apparent by the long lines that extend around the building (even in the winter). We hate standing in that long line, so I decided to make my own chicken quesadillas in the comfort of our  home. They turned out so good, that hubs asked me to put it in the dinner rotation! lol I hope you all enjoy them as much as we did!

Chicken Quesadillas
Serves 4
Restaurant -style quesadillas
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken strips
  2. 4 large flour tortillas (serves 4)
  3. 1 cup of Mexican Style shredded cheese (add more for extra cheesy goodness)
  4. 2 avocados
  5. 2 tomatoes (diced)
  6. 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  7. 1 white onion (diced)
  8. 1 cup of cilantro
  9. 2 tbsp. lime juice
  10. sour cream (optional)
  1. Tortillas
  2. Add 1 flour tortilla to a large skillet coated with butter flavored cooking spray. Add 1/2 cup of chicken, and top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Cover with 2nd flour tortilla and press down with a smaller pan for 1-2 minutes, then flip the quesadilla with a large spatula. Press down for 1 more minute or until golden brown and crisp. Using a pizza cutter, cut the tortilla into 6-8 slices.Top with guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream.
  3. Guacamole
  4. Mix avocados, 1 tomato, 1/2 onion, 1/4 cup cilantro, 1 minced garlic clove, and 1tbsp. lime juice in a bowl. Use a potato masher or fork to blend everything into the desired texture. Allow mixture to set for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Pico De Gallo
  6. Mix 1 tomato, 1/2 onion, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/4 cup of cilantro, and 1 tsp. lime juice in a bowl. Allow mixture to cool in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  1. Use two extra-large spatulas when flipping the tortillas to avoid spillage. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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