Snack, Uncategorized

Vanilla Granola

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I love when Cooper wants to eat yogurt. At the awkward preteen years, he still is crazy about yogurt. Sometimes though, I think it’s a bit pricey- but I also like to use it as part of his breakfast. Sometimes I’ll just get some frozen fruit, and put it in with some yogurt. In the mornings, I’ll throw some granola on it and he  will have it for breakfast. He loves this! There could be 100 more different things that he could want that’s way more unhealthy than this, so I never complain when he asks me to make it. Good in fiber and protein snacks are sometimes hard to find; at least one he will eat.

I wrote this recipe down from another blog a few years ago, but I didn’t write down where from. Honestly, I didn’t think it ever really mattered where from back then. I just get recipes to get recipes. I guess I was mistaking. I’ve started keeping track more so lately than I used to.

4 cups rolled oats

1/3 cup of honey (use local, you’ll thank me later!)

1 tablespoon of canola oil

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg white

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a  bowl, beat the egg white until it’s frothy. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a sauce pan add honey, oil, and vanilla. Heat these until they are heated and runny. Pour onto a large bowl filled with oats. Stir until all oats are covered with the mixture.  Add egg white and mix again until thoroughly coated. Spread out on cookie sheet leaving some clumps. Bake 20-45 minutes. You may have to flip halfway through. Make sure that the oats are not sticky. Allow to cool completely before storing.

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Pork, Uncategorized

Pork Chops

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A few years ago, my mother in law came to visit from South Georgia! She had a neighbor named Jo who came with her a few times. My mother in law was in the mood for pork chops so we decided to buy a bunch of pork chops. We had them in the fridge and got busy playing around, going here and there, and all that good stuff…then we realized Ohhhh we better eat! By this time it was pretty late and I don’t cook a ton of pork, so I was like uh….and Jo says I’ll do it. You rest. I went in with her anyway to help. Suddenly she’s raiding my cabinet, my fridge, my spices…and she came up with this delicious treat. It was really good.

She used:

Fajita sauce

lime juice

cumin

salt

pepper

oregano

parsley

Literally doesn’t matter how much. Use to taste. Marinade for about 20-30 minutes and then grill.

It’s really great! Enjoy it guys!

Tips, Uncategorized

Tip of the day: Leftover Broth

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The other day I was making a recipe that had chicken broth in it. It was only a half a cup, but I didn’t have anything but the containers of broth. There was still tons of it left. I’m bad to throw it in my fridge and just never use it again. Then months and months later I’ll pull it out and think hmm when did I use broth? I’m sure I waste TONS of money every single year by wasting. I really hate that waste. I finally figured out that I can just measure it out into my silicone muffin pans and freeze it. Then as I need it, then I can just take it out, throw it in a pan and just wait patiently until it melts down. It works for me. I have 100 times less waste, by doing it this way. I recommend you guys trying this out. It’ll work and you’ll be happy.

Eggs, Uncategorized

Deviled Eggs

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If you ask my husband what his favorite food is….

You’re likely to hear “There’s nothing I like better than eggs!” He doesn’t care if they are fried, scrambled, deviled, or whatever. He’s a mess. I think he could eat eggs every day and ever get tired of it. I don’t talk about my husband much, but honestly he’s the best man I’ve ever known. He’s so caring, kind, and loving. He would give up everything he had including his life for me, if it had to happen. There is never a time when he doesn’t go above and beyond for us.

We had a whirlwind romance. I knew from the moment I met him, within the first 30 minutes that I was going to marry this man. There was no doubt in my mind that we would be forever. Other people thought we were crazy, because we were moving incredibly fast. Within two weeks we knew we were in love. In three months we were sure we wanted to get married. By the end of the year we were married. It was very rocky in the beginning. I had been married before and I had a lot of “issues”, but he was adjusting to life back stateside. Within 11 months of our relationship we had suffered a loss and found out we were pregnant again. All of these things happened so quickly. I had a super rough pregnancy. Turns out I had undiagnosed Hashimoto’s disease. I’d actually had it since I was a kid, but was never officially diagnosed. In fact I was misdiagnosed. This is most likely what caused our loss and then gave the pregnancy a rocky road to climb. We had a healthy and beautiful baby boy. He was very early and had minor complications, but we made it. My husband has always done whatever it took to make sure we had everything we needed. I’m one lucky girl. I love him more than anything in the world!

6 boiled eggs

a few tablespoons of mayo

about 1/2 teaspoon of yellow mustard

paprika

Here’s the thing guys….this isn’t science. It’s about taste. Cut your eggs in half and gently pop out your center (yolk). Put in a bowl and add a little mayo and mustard. I never really measure these out. I start mashing these together until it’s smooth. Once it’s done and it tastes the way I want it to, then I take a teaspoon and scoop up some of the mixture and put back into the eggs. Once I finish I take the paprika and sprinkle it on the eggs.

Dessert, Uncategorized

Oreo Dream Dessert

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Folks, let me tell you something. My man LOVES Oreos. When he was deployed there were two things he’d ask me to send him. One of those items was Oreos. I have to watch him. If I don’t watch him then he’ll eat a whole pack all by himself. When we were doing cub scouts a few years ago one of the other mom’s brought this to an event we had. Ever since then Michael insists he needs to have it at least once a year. If he could get away with it, he’d want it at least once a week. That’s not happening.

Scouts has been an interesting journey for us. When we took over the pack our son wanted to join, there was hardly no children. My husband called me while he was there and he says “honey, there’s two kids here. There aren’t any den leaders and there’s not a cub master.”…I should have known the moment my phone rang that I was getting pulled into doing cub scouts. My life was getting ready to change forever. I’ve met some great people, some iffy people, and some I wish I never met you people. I’ve cried, I’ve listened, I’ve learned, and I’ve never laughed as hard as I do with these families. I’ve done several jobs and taught several dens. At this point, I can tell you I have never had such a privilege of working with such a wonderful group of people.

1/2 cup of butter

1 pack of double stuffed oreos

2 packs of the small instant chocolate pudding mixture

16 oz cool whip

8 oz cream cheese, soft

3 1/4 cups of milk

1 cup powdered sugar

Crush all of the Oreos and set half of them aside. Take half of the crumb mixture and  pour melted butter in and press into a  9×13 pan to form a crust. Start by using half of the butter. Sometimes I find 1/2 cup is too much. In a separate bowl mix together the milk and the pudding mix. Set aside. In another bowl, mix the cream cheese with a mixer. Once smooth, fold in 8 oz  of cool whip. spread the mixture over the crust. Layer with the pudding and then the remaining 8 oz of cool whip. Sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs on top. Chill in the fridge to set before serving.

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Mama’s Broccoli Casserole

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My mother got this recipe from somewhere or someone. It was very different from my grandmothers recipe. Her recipe has velveeta. Moms had regular shredded cheese. It has different textures. Sometimes it’s just a great change.

I can’t recall the first time mom made this recipe, but I know she’s been making it for at least 20 years. That tells you she’s got some experience under her belt. She doesn’t even need a recipe, she can just whip it out like it’s nothing. There are some things my mother makes that’s just amazing. This is one of those recipes.  I love my mother dearly.

 

1 can of cream of chicken soup

2-3 tablespoons of milk

1 box of chicken stove top stuffing

1 bunch of broccoli

8 oz Monterey jack cheese

Cook broccoli to desired doneness.  Take a little less than half the can and put into a casserole dish. Add milk and stir to combine. Drain broccoli and put on top of the soup mix. Top with cheese. Spread around the stuffing  on top. Bake at 350 degrees until stuffing mix is browned.

Chicken, Uncategorized

Key West Chicken

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I love recipes that call for pantry staples. Those are the best one’s to stock up on. It allows us to plan a fairly inexpensive meal for the family. I really like this recipe. It’s a go to for me!

A few days ago I invited the girls over. The girls are made up of some high school friends that I still talk to and some mom’s that I know from cub scouts. I’d love to have some more girls over that I know, but we just haven’t spread out that far yet…but anyway, I was really struggling between this recipe and my amazing chicken recipe. They both go with anything. Both are simple, easy to throw together….easy clean up. In a pinch you can throw either of them together as long as you at least marinade for 30 minutes and you have to baste the chicken while it cooks. Both are just good. I eventually decided to do the other one, but a few days later decided I needed to make this one. Man I love this recipe…..

It’s always fun with the girls. They cheer me up, they make me laugh, they just listen. Sometimes that’s the most important thing we can ask for. Sometimes just having someone in your corner makes all the difference in the world. The feeling of belonging sometimes makes all the difference in the world. I really couldn’t ask for better friends.

Chicken, cubed

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

1/2-3/4 teaspoons lime juice

1 heaping teaspoon garlic, minced

Optional: 1/4 red bell pepper, finely diced

Mix all ingredients together. Marinade for at least 30 minutes. Grill. Baste 2 or 3 times during grilling.