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Chicken Stir Fry & Ramen Noodles — In Dianes Kitchen

I made this simple and delicious Chicken Stir Fry & Ramen Noodles with my leftover chicken. I didn’t want to use all of the usual vegetables and I wanted to use Ramen Noodles with a homemade sauce. This was very filling and a great combination of flavors. Ingredients In a small bowl add […]

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I’m adding this to my list. I’m always looking for things to make!

Bread, Uncategorized

Soft White Bread


I have made every single bread recipe I could ever find. I only wanted something soft, like sandwich bread. I’ve had the recipe literally the whole time I’ve been baking. I just never knew it. Making bread by hand isn’t an option for me. I SUCK at it. It never turns out right and it never rises…I can’t figure it out. For Christmas I asked for a bread machine and my mother in law bought it for me. Last night I thought well…I might as well just try this recipe and if it doesn’t turn out right I’m not losing much, less than $1.00.  I’m glad I did. My husband fell in love. I had no idea what I was missing. This is great…I’m only giving bread machine directions, nothing else, but if you’re a baker you’ll know how to fix this if you knead by hand. It’ll be the best bread you’ve ever sank your teeth into.

2 cups bread flour

1/4 cup melted shortening

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup lukewarm water

1 tablespoon dry yeast

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 tablespoon salt

Put all of the dry ingredients in, with yeast going in last. Mix all the wet ingredients together and pour into the machine. Choose the 1 lb loaf selection, light crust, and hit the start button.

Beef, Uncategorized

Cottage Pie


I made this for St. Patrick’s Day, but I kept forgetting to post it. Here’s a little fact about our little family. I try to teach our son culture. Since he was little, I tried to show him different cultures. We’ve always made some type of real Irish food for St. Patrick’s Day. At Christmas time we have a traditional Bethlehem dinner. You know that sort of thing.

Traditionally cottage pie has peas and carrots, but I just threw in some left over mixed veggies. Cottage pie is basically Shepherds pie. We all really liked this recipe. I made this recipe up after seeing several recipes. Hope ya’ll like it!

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1/2 bag mixed veggies

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 cups beef broth

1 tablespoon flour (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Mashed potatoes:

1 1/2 lbs potatoes cut and boiled

1/2 cup milk or buttermilk

5 tablespoons butter

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

salt and pepper

preheat oven to 350. put celery, and onion into frying pan with beef. Brown beef, drain fat. Add tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and broth. simmer and reduce. season with salt and pepper. If still too thick, use flour. Add veggies. Mash potatoes with milk and butter. Stir in cheese and salt and pepper. Put potatoes over beef mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned and bubbling.

Pork, Uncategorized

Modenese Pork Chops


I really had a decent day. I’m tired though. I drove a lot the past few days. We went to hubby’s appointment. Turns out in the next few months we’ll be doing a revision surgery. There are risks, but any surgery poses risks. The good news is he’ll be able to stretch his thumb and index finger further. It should allow him to stretch far enough to grab larger things again. I didn’t tell him, but my biggest fear is that we’ve rolled the dice of good luck way too many times. We could roll some bad luck. Is this crazy to think?

Honestly… if it goes wrong, we could end up doing what he didn’t even want done. I’m terrified. He seemed to think that it’d be a low risk….but again we’re rolling those dice. My heart feels SO heavy. Guys, I don’t know if I can go through all of that again. It was hard enough to watch, but if we end up back where we were….I’ll feel like not only a total failure, but all our progress would be for nothing. It’d all be lost. I’ve decided not to give him any input…because I don’t want him to blame me if he needs it. I know he wants to do it though. I can tell. It’s easy enough though. Dr said that it’s an hour surgery and he gets to go home the same day. Crazy enough he wouldn’t need to go completely under either. So much to think about.


4 pork chops

3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Pat pork chops dry and sprinkle both sides with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes. Heat butter in a skillet. Cook pork chops on both sides. Add wine, garlic, rosemary, and pepper. Simmer uncovered. Continue to cook on both sides flipping after 10 minutes. Top with sauce.


Leftover Turkey Potpie


It’s one of those nights when I’m super busy, but want to be lazy (HAHA). I woke up today in a great mood. I took hubby to 2 appointments, got home and ate lunch, did a little homework, worked out, got out some stuff for dinner, and now I’m sitting here waiting for Coop to get home and I’m typing this post.

I seen these Harry Potter shoes on Facebook. Anyone a fan? I’ve loved Harry Potter forever. It’s one of my favorites besides the movie called Overboard. Anyway, I came a smidge from buying them. Then I thought about it and decided hubby might literally have a heart attack since I just bought my niece tons of stuff. I can’t wait for her to get them. She’s probably the cutest baby girl I ever did see!

About this recipe…it’s not diet friendly. I wrote this recipe down and when I did, I wrote down the nutritional values. It’s 566 calories, with 32g fat, 19g protein, 51 carbs, 3g fiber. This thing serves 6. To make it more healthy I try to make side veggies and make this serve more with the veggies. I’d like to explore skipping the crust and making a whole wheat crust which would make it even more healthy. The other thing you could do is eliminate some crust. Instead of two, only use a top crust. I know it sounds weird, but it totally works.

2 cups mixed veggies

1/2cup thin sliced celery

5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter

1/3 cu chopped onion

1/3 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1.4 teaspoon celery seeds

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1 cup chicken broth

2.3 cup milk

2 cups turkey meat

1 package with 2 pie crusts

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put the mixed veggies  and celery in a sauce pan. Cover with water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until celery is tender. Drain.

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion until translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, celery seeds, onion powder, and Italian seasonings. slowly add broth and milk. Whisking. Bring to simmer. Cook until thickened. Stir in veggies and turkey off heat.

Line a 9 inch pie plate with on crust. Spoon in mixture. Moisten the rim with water and set the remaining crust on top, pinching edges. Cut small slits into the top with sharp knife. To have a nice brown crust, brush the top with water thinned egg yolks. Bake until brown and bubbly. About 30-35 minutes. If browns too quick tent with foil Cool for 10 minutes. Can double it and freeze a second pie for later. If you do this bake a frozen pie straight 350 degrees.

Chicken, Uncategorized

Soy Honey Noodles


I found this recipe at Simply Delicious. I really liked how simple it was to make. The only complaint that I have is the spice for the noodles was WAY too much. So I’ve revised the recipe to our liking…and I’ve made it a little bit different than the recipe calls for.

I really love it when I have fast recipes. I need this in my life. It’s important to be able to have quick recipes for our household. Sometimes I have zero time. On some days we’re running appointment to appointment. It ends up being a eat out night. I’m trying to put a stop to so many of those nights, so I’ve been on the hunt for recipes like this one. Enjoy it.

egg noodles (I used spaghetti noodles)

1-2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons fresh lemon/lime juice

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Pinch red pepper flakes optional

salt & pepper to taste

for the chicken

4 skinless chicken breasts

2 tablespoons oil

garlic powder to taste

salt to taste

juice of ½ lemon


For the noodles: Cook the noodles in salted boiling water until al dente then drain and rinse with cold water.
Combine the soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, garlic powder, vegetable oil, chili flakes and seasoning and mix well.
Pour the dressing over the noodles and toss to combine for a few seconds over heat. Remove.
For the chicken: Heat a large, non-stick pan and add the oil. Season the chicken with salt and garlic powder and place in the pan. Cook on both sides until golden brown and cooked through. Add the lemon juice then remove and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
For the blanched broccoli: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the broccoli. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes then remove and place in a bowl of ice water. Drain.


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Celebrating Apples* Johnny Appleseed — Lisa s Everyday Life

Happy Tuesday Everyone : It’s Time to Ring the School Bell ! For many years we home school( 7 years) and now with my son in college I still work with our school organization . Helping parents and kids explore the Fun side of Education. Yesterday was Johnny Appleseed Day ! So I am sharing […]

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Yes I really think this looks amazing!