Chicken, Uncategorized

Amish Bacon Chicken

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I can’t express the simplicity of this dish! It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever cooked. I often talk about certain days of the week being a bit much for us and cooking tends to get thrown out the window. What usually happens is that we end up eating out, because before I know it, it’s 830pm. I despise eating that late. It’s so bad for you. I really should try to make dinner earlier, but then everyone is asking for food before bed. The guys really need to eat around 530-630pm. I just need to figure it out.

Today the vacation count down begins! We’re not going anywhere extra special this summer. It’s really just a small vacation and it’s shorter than usual, because we’re going to be going some other places during the school year. I’m looking forward to going though. I feel like I never see my husband anymore. He’s always busy, or I’m busy, or I have to do busy things with our baby. I feel like we don’t get good quality time without electronics and stuff. I’m just super looking forward to this. I think our family needs this! I can’t wait to share the trip and the yummy food we eat while there!

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into large pieces

1 lbs bacon, sliced in half

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons paprika

3/4 cup brown sugar

salt and pepper

Wrap bacon around chicken. Mix cheese, paprika, and sugar together. Roll chicken in mixture. Add salt and pepper on chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the thermometer reads 155 degrees.

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Noodles, Uncategorized

Bacon Chicken Alfredo

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I love alfredo. I’ve always loved it….but as a teen I’d use the jar alfredo sauce, or pasta roni. I started cooking when I was about 10. It started by burning toast and scorching eggs. I got those down and I decided to try my hand at other foods. By the time I was 13 I’d spend every Friday night at my grandparents house, with my cousin Mandy. After everyone settled down….usually about 8pm…they were all asleep and Mandy and I would watch pay per views.  It’s where I developed a weird taste for alfredo….even though it came from a box and we had chicken that had been put in a seasoning that was premade. My grandmother would always get up right when it was done. I guess she’d smell the yummy flavors. She’d sit with us and eat dinner. It’s the best times I could remember. It’s a time that I wish could have lasted forever. I close my eyes and I see it! Forever I’ll have it in my mind.

 

3 pieces of bacon, diced

1-1 1/2 cups frozen peas

shredded chicken

1 cup chicken broth

16 oz Penne noodles

2 containers alfredo sauce (Bertolli is great!)

Cook noodles, per package directions. Fry bacon. Keep grease, add chicken. Toss around for a minute. Add broth.  Add peas. Cover with lid until most of the liquid is gone. Add sauce. Add pasta. Serve topped with parmesan!

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Green Beans and Potatoes

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I love green beans. When I was a child my favorite time of the year is when I got to help my grandpa in the garden. I don’t have favorite’s now, but back then he was my favorite grandparent. He would do all kinds of things with me. He’d ride bikes with me, let me drive his truck, teach me how to do things, and so much more. Summer was what I always looked forward to. When I was really little, I’d play nearby and watch the family garden. As I got older, about 5 and older, he’d let me help. I got to help plant our vegetables. By the time I turned 8, they used me as a laborer in he tobacco fields. I didn’t mind, I liked to plant the tobacco. I got to ride the setter, drive the tractor, and my favorite is that I got to walk beside him and together we’d replant where the people riding the setter missed. I remember one year we literally JUST finished the whole field and it hailed. It destroyed it all. We had to go buy plants, because ours had been all used… and we replanted the whole field. It was horrible. We were all grouchy. Once they got a certain height I wasn’t allowed to help, because the fields could be dangerous with snakes and stuff. However, I helped harvest, hang, and bail when it was time. During that time we also harvested veggies too. My grandma would sit us all under a big ol’ tree in her yard with water basin’s full of green beans and we learned really young how to string beans. Then we’d get a big ol’ watermelon and we’d all get a piece or two. After that we’d all go in and can the beans. It took ALL day. Morning to night and sometimes another day. They lasted us all winter and into next harvest. I cherish these memories. We might have not had a ton, but I was sure loved and taught the meaning of working and surviving. Every kid should do this!

 

2 pounds fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed

1 large onion, chopped

3 ham hocks

1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, quartered

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules

ground black pepper to taste

String the beans and put into a crockpot cover them with water. Add everything except your potatoes. Cook on high for 2 hours. Then add potatoes and cook for up to another hour. Just until tender. Remove ham hocks, shred and add back.

 

Soups and Stews, Uncategorized

Amish Cheeseburger Soup

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In Lancaster Pennsylvania we had the best soup at this little Amish restaurant. We ended up going back again to get more of this soup and taking it back with us. We ate it for lunch for a few days because we just loved it. We stayed at this cool resort. It was a hotel shaped like a boat. Yes…a BOAT. Not any kind of boat though, like a old timey steam ship. When we walked into the hotel it had beautiful swinging doors to the bar. There was a lot of beautiful wooden desks, etc. They even had OLD FASHIONED post cards to send to people. They had beautiful things in their gift shop. A restaurant, all kinds of foods, and things. It had the most beautiful rooms. When we walked into the room it wasn’t a huge room, it was just standard. The beds had these beautiful golden tinted beddings on them. It smelled beautiful in the room. It really just suited us well. We had four people with us and the fact is at first I was scared that we’d be cramped and be arguing, but we weren’t. It was near the pool….the kids had fun, we had fun. It was a win, win. Anyway, we want to go back one day really soon!!

1/2 lb ground beef

3/4 cup chopped onion

3/4 cup shredded carrots

3/4 cup chopped celery

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

4 tablespoons butter

3 cups chicken broth

4 cups diced potatoes

1/4 cup flour

4 oz cheddar cheese

4 oz velveeta

1 1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Brown beef and drain. Sauté onion, carrots, celery, basil, and parsley with 1 tablespoon butter. Add broth, potatoes, and beef. Simmer until potatoes are soft. Meanwhile, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour. Add milk. Cook until thick. Add salt and pepper. Stir into soup. Add cheese and stir until melted.

Beef, Uncategorized

Meat Loaf

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Ya’ll……..

I HATE meatloaf!

No, Seriously….You don’t understand.

My mother used to make meatloaf when I was a kid. I always wanted to gag AND it gives me heartburn like crazy. Now, I’ll eat it as an adult, but I don’t like it. I feel bad when people make it and in the back of my head I am thinking, OH NO PLEASE NOT MEATLOAF. Ugh….

Ok, let’s get serious. I’ve learned to accept the fact that others around me do like meatloaf. I don’t want my loved ones to miss out on something they like.  My husband loves it. He used to beg me to make it, but I don’t do it much anymore. Tonight I felt like it was a meatloaf night. I use Hunt’s Meatloaf Sauce. I just love it more than anything else I’ve tried. I used to use just tomato sauce, but this came along and I loved it so I kept using it. Enjoy this meal!

 

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

1 egg

1 onion, chopped and sauted

1/4-1/2 cup oatmeal

1 can of hunts meatloaf sauce mix

Salt and pepper to taste

Heinz 57 or Ketchup

Mix everything together.  Be careful about adding too much sauce and too much oatmeal. It should be wet, but not too wet. Put on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Shape into a loaf. Swirl on ketchup or 57 sauce. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Let cool. Serve.

Uncategorized, What do you do?

Tub Cleaning

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I’m cruising around Facebook and I come across a post about a shower cleaner that’s supposed to be the bomb! I shared it and thought oooh I gotta try this. Today I was at Walmart and had to get dish washer soap, and remembered the post. I seen the brush and it really wasn’t very much money. I decided to get it.

Here’s what you do. First add your dish soap. Preferably Dawn soap. You really want to add this first because if you don’t, then the vinegar pours out. Lesson learned! Then you add equal amounts of vinegar. Shake it up really good and scrub that tub. You’ll have to rinse it, but afterwards it’s really shiny and sparkly. It’s going to be my new go to!

Scrub brush

Vinegar

Dawn dish soap

Open scrub brush and put equal parts of dish soap and vinegar. Shake and use.

Chicken, Uncategorized

Shoyu Chicken

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Here’s to more chicken recipes!!!

Obviously, chicken is the thing right now….

Did you know that shoyu means soy sauce? In Japanese culture it’s pretty much everything! This recipe is apparently very popular in Hawaii. It’s actually really good. The original recipe had cayenne in it as well, but I decided to omit it. It just wasn’t doing it for me. Instead I added more black pepper, which I find more tolerable. Everyone liked the recipe. I made corn and mixed veggies with it. Next time I’d like to have rice or maybe a pilaf with it. I also used low sodium soy sauce which was really good. I did need to add a little salt to it too though. Keep that in mind if you use low sodium soy sauce.

5 lbs Chicken thighs, skinless
4 cloves Garlic
1 tablespoon Ginger, fresh root
1/2 small Onion
1 tablespoon Oregano, dried
1 cup Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Black pepper, ground

1 cup Brown sugar

1 teaspoon Paprika, ground

1 pinch Red pepper flakes
1 cup Water
Mix everything together and marinade for at least an hour before grilling.