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Ham, Rice and Broccoli Bake


It’s been a while. I’m sorry. I can give you a good update though. I think life is finally looking up. My hubby just finished what we’re pretty sure is his last surgery. About two weeks ago, we went to have a surgery. It was so hard on him because they originally said that he’d have to have this ugly procedure done that would leave him looking much different. He really struggled to try to accept this fact.

I have to say, it’s like some kind of miracle. They told me a week before that his hand hadn’t had a lot of progress. That was Monday. The next Monday we were supposed to have an appointment, but since we had to be there again on Wednesday and it’s a 3 hour drive, we opted to just skip that appointment. Then Sunday night I noticed it looked different. On Monday, it looked even better. Tuesday I thought Oh man…we might be going in the right direction. Finally, on Wednesday night I was like oh man this is a real possibility we might be able to just go for skin grafting. WE WERE ABLE TO!

He ended up with more damage to tendons than we would like, but honestly, I can’t complain with what we have been left with. I’m still upset by how things are, but I think it’ll take me some time to accept that this is our new life. I think that’s pretty common. We have a great support group that has been reaching out to us and helping us. I’d have been lost without them. It’s funny how life works.

I’m hoping I’m back ya’ll. I’m trying really hard to be active. I just have time that I can do stuff and then I have times I can’t. We’re getting ready to list our house, because the steps in our house are difficult for Michael to climb sometimes. It’s a hassle ya’ll. I can barely keep my house clean, get my school work done, and get all of hubby and Coop’s needs met. I think I’m fighting a losing battle.

I Wash, You Dry had a recipe I wanted to try, so we gave it a go. It’s good. Next time I’m going to try using broccoli cheese soup.

  • 2 (10oz) cans Cheese Soup
  • 2 and 2/3 cups water
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked Jasmine rice
  • 3 cups broccoli florets (I used fresh, but you could substitute with frozen)
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese

Mix everything, but cheese. Cover with foil and bake one hour on 350. Cover with cheese and allow to bake until bubbly. Enjoy!


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Grilled Pork and Pineapple


It’s gone. There’s not one single piece of this left. I’m so not kidding! They asked me to make another one. Can you believe that?

The day had already started out really bad. I had to do this test that required me to take a steroid pill, just a small dose, like 1 mg or something, right before bed! People, it kept me up ALL NIGHT. I tossed, I turned, I thought I was going to die from the heat, even though it was in the upper 60’s in my house. Then….I get up at 645. I had to get Coop ready for school. I leave my house about 830 to go to the hospital to take my test. Bloodwork had to be done by 9am. Little did I know I get there and there’s a WHOLE WAITING room full of people! It was 9am when they finally registered me. I run as fast as I can without killing others to get to the lab. The guy finally gets out there…and he’s like it’s after 9, I don’t know if you should do it. I’m so angry at this point. I didn’t know what else to do, so I called the dr’s office and asked what I should do. He said to go ahead and do it. So I did. HONESTLY….the guy was rough. He hurt my arm because he jerked the needle out. Hubby and I joked it was pay back because I was annoyed with him. After I finished that, I had an appointment with a nutritionist.

That went great. I learned SO much about food. I thought I fed my family healthy meals, and for the most part I do, but I wasn’t feeding them enough food to sustain them. I didn’t have any idea. I felt horrible. It’s hard though. My son has grown so quickly. He’s 5 ft 6 and barely 12 years old. How that happened, I don’t know…I just thought he was eating too much food. He would ask for snacks every day after school and I thought no he doesn’t need one, he can wait for dinner. Turns out that’s not correct either. It’s crazy, I couldn’t win! I’ll tell ya’ll more about that appointment later on. I learned some cool things. The best thing is, I don’t have to not eat things, I regularly eat!

I decided we’re going to start on this now….so here we are- this is what’s for dinner.

1 pork loin

salt and pepper


3 tablespoons orange marmalade

Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.  Brush with pineapple and 2 tablespoons of marmalade. Grill until cooked through.

Note: I didn’t grill. I browned mine in a pan and then put it in the oven. I then brushed it with the marinade regularly.

Note 2: Be liberal with the salt and pepper.

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Crockpot BBQ Ribs


I try my best to be positive. Sometimes it’s really hard to stay focused and positive…and staying positive alone can be just exhausting. What I struggle with is I get put in a mind set of “no one wants to help make your life easier”…and honestly that isn’t true. I learned this today. I was so mad today. I’m planning an event and I feel SO alone. I feel like no matter what I do, it’s just me against the world. I was reminded by four simple words I’m not. I have two “best friends” and today I was on Facebook with one of them and I was venting about my frustration. I told her I didn’t care if it got done or not, because I knew I couldn’t enjoy it, because I’ll be the ONLY one running around for it. She is quiet a minute, which i knew was because she was hiding her phone under her desk trying to be quiet….it’s funny, because I totally can picture her looking around all suspicious like. Anyway it took 4 simple words…”What can I do?”….

God is going to make things work out. I know it. However, it’s giving me a lot of stress and honestly, making me want to reconsider the amount of my volunteer work. I’m just not sure if I can continue going the path I’m going. It’s always a few of the same people helping out. I think there needs to be some new guidelines set up to make it work. For now, I’m going to try to count my blessings and chow down on these ribs. Good ol’ comfort!


Bone in country ribs, or boneless ribs works fine

1 cup BBQ Sauce of choice, plus more for finishing

1/2 cup water

Mix all together in crock pot. Should be enough to cover ribs at least halfway up. If you need more, just mix more bbq in. Once you do cook for 6-8 hours on low. I like to remove some liquid afterwards and put in more bbq when it has about 30 minutes left to cook.

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Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Broccoli

32224614_10155688934215895_1555369582443626496_n.jpgFree Tastes Good had this meal posted a while back. I saved it and just never made it. Tonight is the perfect time to make it. We have a class to catch up on. We have to physically be there today. After tomorrow we should be 100% done. I’m pretty happy about this. It’s been weeks and weeks of classes. I feel like I rarely get to see my kid on class days. It’s very well worth it in the long run, but I find it so incredibly difficult to sit during all of those classes.  We ended up missing like 2 or 3 classes in a row, because the last 3 weeks someone in our house has been sick. It’s been some kind of crazy viral thing. We just couldn’t seem to shake it. After we get finished in our make up day, we have scouts. It will probably be almost 8pm before we get home. I figure I’ll throw this in the crockpot and we’ll be ready to go once we get home. The best part about this is I can freeze some for later if I need to.


6 or 7 potatoes cut into 1/4 in slices

1 can cream of potato or cream of chicken soup

1 can of water

1/2 of a small ham

8 oz cheddar cheese

1 cups broccoli

salt and pepper

There are two ways you can do this:

  1. Mix everything into a crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. Freezer meal: Double your recipe and get more food meals prepared. If you decide to freeze this, you need to blanch your broccoli and your potatoes. You will also need to unthaw over night before you throw it in the crockpot.



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Yummy Pork Chops


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.

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Pepper Sage Pork Chops


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!

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Grilled Cheese updated


Every once in a while I decide I need a grilled cheese. However, I wanted something more than a piece of cheese on a piece of bread. Earlier in the day I had seen something on Pinterest with someone using brisket. My mother in law had made some pork the night before. I thought that we could give it a try with the pork she had made. We put just a little bit of bbq sauce in it (My mother in law’s idea! Good thinking!!). We loved it. It was so good. It’s super simple to make too. It’s filling.


BBQ Pork

Monterey Cheese


Spread butter on both slices of bread. Put one slice of bread down in a pan. Add a piece of cheese, then pork, then another piece of cheese and put the bread butter side out on top.  When cheese on the bottom is melted and the bread is browned gently flip over and grill until all the cheese is melted and the bread is grilled.