Uncategorized, What do you do?

Rocks or Candy?

Normally I wouldn’t post like this, but I have to…this caught my attention and it’s the funniest thing I have ever seen. See these rocks? You wouldn’t believe that they are really chocolate candy pieces would you? They really are!!

My mother in law recently took a trip to Florida. She found these somewhere between here and there and bought them for Coop. She brought them in and gave them to him. She said, here ya go Coop, here’s some rocks. He smiles real big and he says ok, I’ll go add them to my collection. He proceeds to giggle as he pretends to tip toe away. Obviously he had an idea what they were. He ate one and loved them. I tried them too. It’s actually really good!

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Pork, Uncategorized

Crockpot BBQ Ribs

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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.

Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Kedem Grape Juice

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I first purchased this in December to go with our Bethlehem dinner.  I actually wish this juice wasn’t so expensive. It’s literally the only downfall I have. If you look at the bottom of the bottle it says no sugar, coloring, or flavoring added. I adore this statement. When we’re talking about my child, these are the things that make me purchase. It’s Kosher. I like this too, but it’s not a deal breaker for me. Whatever grapes they use are amazingly sweet. I expected a bit of a bite with the juice, but there’s not. It’s just perfect grape juice. Give this a try! It’s fantastic!

Chicken, Uncategorized

Busy Day Chicken

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Most people know I have a serious cookbook addiction. I guess it’s about time I get to using these cookbooks. I decided that what I could do is every month take one cookbook and cook a few things that I find interesting. This is where this recipe comes into play. This recipe is in a Gooseberry Patch cookbook. It’s called Slow Cookers, Casseroles & Skillets. I like the sound of this recipe. Mondays are so hard. We just don’t get a lot of free time during these times. I need fast, cheap, and good.

A few months ago, I was sick. I fell behind in all of my responsibilities. I hate when that happens. It is going to take me forever to get caught up. You would think that I’d be caught up by now. However, I just keep falling further behind. The problem I am having is we are doing a class on Tuesday too. Two days a week are now filled from sun up to sun down. It’s a bit overwhelming.  I just need to keep collecting recipes for my “busy day box”. I know it’ll all work out in the end and I’ll save us from the dreaded eat out nights.

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cans broccoli cheese soup (Replace this  and the chicken soup with two cans of cheddar cheese soup as another option)

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup mik

1 teaspoon garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

Arrange chicken in a slow cooker. Blend soup and milk in a bowl. Add seasonings. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

Drinks, Uncategorized

Pineapple Lemonade

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This recipe was handed to me from a friend. Oh grief, I don’t like lemonade at ALL, but this is AMAZING. It’s so good and so inexpensive to make, I’m planning to make it for our crossover ceremony for cub scouts. Hopefully it’s a hit there, but I’m telling you 7-11 year old boys are vultures. They’ll eat and drink almost anything. Last week at scouts, we had a pack meeting. Our pack has decided that our pack will provide a “celebration” cake/cupcakes/cookie cake for these meetings as a once a month celebration of birthdays. It was two other mom’s and me in the kitchen and here we are making lemonade (the regular kind) and cutting cookie cake…as fast as we could get it cut and get the drinks poured they were coming in two’s. It was crazy. I literally felt like I had a stampede heading in my direction. I didn’t know if I should pour drinks faster, duck, or turn and run too. In the end, we saved the day. The three of us pulled it off and all 40 or 50 people who were there had cookie cake and lemonade if they so desired.

1 cup country time lemonade mix

3 cups cold water

46 oz chilled pineapple juice

2 cans of sprite

Mix all together!

 

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

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I really like to change things up a bit. Today my husband took the cub scouts on a hike. The downfall of that is that the grounds were super muddy.  It’s been super rainy the last month. Coop came home and his shoes…HIS SCHOOL shoes are caked in mud. I was pretty aggravated that he wore his good shoes on the hike and my husband didn’t say hey kid, we’re hiking, take off your good shoes and put on your old shoes. I threw them in the washer, but washed shoes never feel the same afterwards. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up having to buy him new shoes before long. It’s ridiculous. Why do kids feet grow so fast?

I didn’t go on this hike. I’m not really an outdoors type of gal. I prefer to find other activities. When I think of outdoors all I can think of is ticks and snakes. I don’t think that’s going to work for me! I hate to go camping. I’ve been a few times, but my kind of camping is in a camper with it’s own shower and toilet. What do you enjoy outdoors?

I make these like my other Brussel sprouts. The only thing I do different is add parmesan. It’s really good!

 

cookies, Uncategorized

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

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It’s one of those days you wake up early and you look around…you just want to do something. Anything. I decided that I would make something for dessert tonight for the boys. I made them these cookies. My husband loves them. It’s one of his favorites. I’ve bought them from the store premade in the cookie aisle and he now says that they don’t taste the same. The icing has to dry on these cookies. You have to give them that time to do so. If not they just get too moist and stick together. Honestly, it’s just a big mess. I encourage you to try this recipe. It’s good! They never last too long here!

2 cups old fashioned oats

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup melted butter

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

Icing

2 cups powdered sugar

5 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Food process oats with flour. Add to a large bowl. Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. In a bowl add butter, and both sugars. Stir in flour mixture. Use a small cookie scoop and place 1.5 inches from each other. Bake for 14-16 minutes on a greased pan. Just until edges are browned. Remove from oven and put on a cooling rack. Do not allow to cool in pan, or else it will stick. Once completely cool, mix the powdered sugar and milk together. Dip the cookies top side in the icing. Allow to completely dry before storing for up to one week, if they last that long ;).