Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: La Costena Pinto Beans

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I use canned beans to make refried beans when I make any type of Mexican foods. It’s just a preference I have, because it makes it quick. I actually had been on the hunt for something new, because my old brand I had to usually rinse the liquid off, because it was a salty liquid. I have a friend who her husband owns a Mexican restaurant. One day when i sent my husband to the grocery store, she was there. He’s searching aimlessly through the aisles and there she was like his ray of light. (Yes I know this sounds corny). He asked her what he was to do, because he had no idea what I was wanting. She handed him this can and said, buy it. It’s the best. I normally would have never bought this. He came home and I thought darn…..this may just be awkward. It wasn’t. It was just fine. In fact it was better than fine. It’s the go to brand now. It has onions and green peppers in it. It’s perfect for any side. I have used it several times since this run in. I wouldn’t advise using it in my chili recipe but it’s perfect any other time. I urge you to give it a chance. I’ve sat here and typed this trying to think of a negative and I simply can’t! It’s that good!

I started these reviews, mostly because I’ve realized that people are becoming very brand specific, or very whatever saves me money specific. It’s always fun to learn about a product that maybe you didn’t know about or was maybe afraid to try before. I hope that you get something good from these reviews.

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Pork, Uncategorized

Yummy Pork Chops

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I have a lot of stuff going on lately. I’ve been really scared that I’d lose some blogging time. I can only be limited in information that I release, due to confidentiality. Hubby and I are in the process of trying to adopt a child. I can’t wait until this finalizes. It’s a girl and she’s older, but still in elementary school. We’ve also been completing our foster parenting classes and we’re pretty much done now. We’re just waiting for our certification. How fun is that? I’ve worked with kids for a long time in many different capacities. This is something that I’ve really been wanting to do. I even more so wanted to do it after we had our nephew living here with us. I wont lie that I was heartbroken when he moved out, but I feel it was worth it. If I could do things over again I would, but I think maybe I’d do things a little bit differently. Overall though we took a person and helped that person to be better. It may not have ended exactly how I’d have imagined, but he finished high school and that in itself is a huge accomplishment in my book. It takes one person to impact a life. One gesture can change everything.

4 pork loin chops

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons ketchup

2 teaspoons honey

Put pork chops into an 8×8  baking pan. Mix remaining ingredients together. Pour over the pork chops. Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Great Value Beef Brisket

I will admit, this sat in my freezer for three months. I didn’t want to eat it. I thought oh man ugh. I kept putting it off for making it. One day the husband was away and he was going to be home for lunch and I didn’t have anything to make! I brought out the dreaded frozen meal. I heated it thinking it was the end of the world, I was literally cringing. It was a mistake. It’s really good. I had only two complaints. Our meat had a ton of fat. Secondly, the green beans weren’t that great. Would I buy it again? Absolutely. It was actually super good. I’d probably microwave the green beans longer, they were just way too crunchy for my liking. Not a bad quick meal!

 

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?

Chicken, Uncategorized

Sticky Chicken

DISCLAIMER: My picture has disappeared and i CAN’T FIND IT! I guess this means I have to remake it 😛

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.