Uncategorized, What do you do?

What do you do? Laundry Edition

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I’ve had a bad day. It’s one of those days where I need to occupy my mind, because if I don’t, then I might scream and cry. See the problem is C is really struggling in school. It’s not learning that is the issue. He seems to struggle with his teacher. She’s a great woman. I like her in general, as a person. I just think C has some special needs. I’m not talking disabilities…I’m talking about behavioral needs. Even when C was a baby he always needed constant reassurance. He was always outgoing, never shy, but he seems unsure of himself. I’ve had him tested by a psychologist for Autism and ADHD. They’ve said he doesn’t have it. Now they are reevaluating him at 11. I think if he had ADHD he’d have been diagnosed WAY before now. No matter what though, I’m just wanting him to just be happy….healthy…and educated. I’m just really struggling today. What do I do when I struggle? I make stuff! Today I made laundry soap. I started making it years and years ago. It’s the best.

 

What do you do when you need to free your mind?

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Chicken, Uncategorized

Sticky Chicken

Hello. My name is Heather. I’m pretty sure my child is a video game addict. Seriously. I’m not kidding. He’s a great student, but he seems to have problems this nine weeks. He brought home a progress report a few weeks ago. He hid it from me at first. He told me later that he was scared to show me and needed to get his nerve up to give it to me. It sorta’ broke my heart. Needless to say when I opened the paper he had given me, I was completely disappointed in those grades. Never, ever has he made below a C…and only 2 or 3 times his whole entire k5 career has he made a C. He instantly had a sad face and said “Mom, I guess I’m grounded?”. I felt sick. My heart was instantly sad. I told him no. However, I also said we’d talk about it later. After talking to his dad we decided that if his grades didn’t come up by report card time that he’d have to be grounded from his electronics until his next progress report came out. I was surprised by how well he took it. I told him that he needs to understand that when he doesn’t tell the whole truth, it’s still called a lie. He’s had a lot of problems in school lately. I’m hoping that we’ll get through to him. I’m just wanting him to make it through the grade.

I think what bothers me a lot is teachers get busy. They have so many kids and never enough time. I just get so discouraged and upset because I feel like I never hear anything at all good about this child of mine. Everything I ever hear is bad…It seems like every time I go to her with an issue that’s went on at school, he suddenly is being called a liar. Her words are “he doesn’t tell the entire truth”, but maybe to him…he is? What hurts me the most is, when he doesn’t understand things, he’s afraid to talk to her about it. He’s stated to me that he feels scared and unheard a lot. That really upsets me. I’ve tried to talk to her about things, but she now wont reply to me. That just bothers me even more. She’s a good person and I have a lot in common with her. I also think she’s a good teacher in general…but for whatever reasons, she’s not good for us. Sometimes two personalities just clash. It’s really where we are. We have a few more months and we are done. I just need to pray for strength not to let my mama bear continue to show!

4-6 pieces Chicken breasts

4 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoons cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon white pepper

1.2 teaspoon garlic powder

1.2 teaspoon pepper

1 onion, halved

Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Combine salt and other spices in a small bowl. Rub evenly onto chicken. You can place this in a zip lock bag overnight in the fridge. Take apart onion and put in the bottom of a slow cooker.  Add a little water (a 1/4 cup will work fine). Cook on low 6-8 hours.

NOTE: Mine was baked covered in an oven until finished. IF YOU DONT LIKE SPICY FOOD remove some cayenne and make it a pinch, because this was wayyyy too spicy for me and I tend to like spicy foods.

Pork, Uncategorized

Pepper Sage Pork Chops

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Pretty much anyone and everyone knows I’m not a fan of pork.  I still will eat it, but it has to be a really well cooked piece of meat. Funny thing about this is, I probably sound like a broken record to ya’ll. I’m positive I said these things before. I suppose it’s just a way to be a reminder that if I post something like this, chances are I really liked it. For this recipe I ended up needing to change it up, because it was just so plain Jane. It turned out good though.

At some point a few months ago we decided that we didn’t want to pay almost 200.00 for cable. I think that I had mentioned this a while back. So far I have not missed it. It’s been good for our family. We’re no longer paying 200.00 to watch 5 shows. It’s insane. We bought Hulu and Netflix. We’ve been really happy with it. We also have CBS. I was thinking about this a lot lately and I think its been the best move our family has made. We have more money in our pockets…and there is a choice. We decide what we spend our money on and we’re not dictated by a bill. It’s fantastic.

We’ve really been working hard on our step to financial freedom. We’re taking steps to make this happen and I’m happy with how far we’ve made it so far!

4 pork chops

freshly ground black pepper and salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon dried sage

1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder

Olive Oil

Mix together dry ingredients, except salt and pepper. Pat dry pork chops. rub with olive oil. Sprinkle the dry rub over pork. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Put the oil in a frying pan and brown both sides. Finish cooking in the oven until to temperature. Enjoy Ya’ll!

Noodles, Uncategorized

Slow Cooked Mac and Cheese

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I’ve posted several recipes for mac and cheese, so clearly you know I love it! This is also one of the recipes from the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks that I currently am venturing through. My husband has a birthday soon. I decided to give this recipe a try so that I can maybe make this for him.

I don’t know why gift giving has to be so hard sometimes. For some reason I find it incredibly difficult to buy for my husband sometimes. He doesn’t really have a ton of interests. He has a few little interests, but he has all the stuff for those hobbies already. I’ve tried giving him other interests, but they don’t go over so great. At first he has huge plans to do it, but then he just looses interest. I guess it’s hard for me to understand that part of him. I’m one of these people give me a paint brush and I will do my best to paint the world. At least no matter what happens I can encourage him, love him, and walk with him just as he does me. I’m lucky like that…He’s a fantastic man and a fantastic father.

 

8 oz elbow noodles

2 eggs, beaten

12 oz can evaporated milk

1 1/2 cups milk

3 cups shredded cheese, cheddar

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

pepper to taste

Mix all together. Pour into a lightly greased crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Southern Succotash

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It’s turning into one of those days. I’ve had a lot of stuff on my plate lately. C has a lot going on with him, we have our adventure we’re participating in, and on top of all of that, I started spring cleaning. I must have been crazy to start all of this stuff at one time. So far I have 4 bags of either trash or give away from one bedroom and one closet. Today I’m going to work in the game room. Sadly, this room is the room that holds all the junk. I am hoping to get it done today. I’m thinking that I might be able to get it finished up. It just might take me an extra day. That’s a bit disappointing. We have so much to do. We have to do the other 3 bedrooms, the closets, the bathrooms, the laundry room, and all of that fun stuff. I really need to focus and get these rooms done before Monday. Wish me luck! Enjoy this recipe ya’ll. It’s really good; even leftovers are good!

2 slices bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 celery stalk, diced

10 oz frozen corn

10 oz frozen baby lima beans

1/4 cup chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

In a skillet over medium heat cook bacon until crisp. Remove back to a paper towel. Set aside. Add onion and celery drippings in skillet. Cook and stir until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer on low heat until tender. Garnish with bacon.

Chicken, Uncategorized

Skillet Herb Roasted Chicken

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I was in a big jam and I knew it. The last few nights we weren’t eating dinner until 8pm, sometimes almost 9pm. Every year this happens. I either get busy for a while, or the time change throws me off. In this case, it was the case of the busy blues. I was desperate. I searched and searched for a recipe. Then I remembered that I had this recipe that I got from Campbell’s one time. I figured, oh why not, I had all of the ingredients.  It turned out pretty good. Everyone ate it up. C even said mom, this stuff is good!

4-6 pieces of thin cut chicken

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon ground sage

1/4 teaspoon ground thyme

2 tablespoon butter

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup water

Mix flour and spices. Dredge the chicken and put in a pan with butter melted. Brown on each side for about 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Remove from pan. Add soup and water to the pan. You can add the chicken, or scoop the gravy over the chicken. Enjoy ya’ll!

Noodles, Uncategorized

Review: Sam’s Choice Four Cheese Risotto

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I was hesitant about trying it. So much so that I let it sit in the kitchen pantry for months. I was so iffy about it. Finally tonight I decided to try some different recipes.  When I went to find some kind of starch, this is the number one thing that caught my eye. Turns out, making this tonight turned out to be a great idea. It was SO good. The one thing I’m going to tell ya’ll is make sure that you leave some liquid. It’ll seem soupy, but it isn’t. Once it sits it’ll be perfect. I regret not trying it sooner. It’s seriously some of my favorite new starch. I could eat it all day. I like to add a little more parmesan cheese and it’s even better! I can’t even think of a negative thing about this dish. It’s that good ya’ll. Enjoy it!