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Crafting.

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My kid recently had his room repainted and just “made over”. I decided I wanted to do something special for him. Our lives are going to be changing forever soon and I want for all of our kids to feel important and loved. I like to make these small gestures from the heart. For me this is part of the way I show my love. I think they know that too. Last night when I gave it to him, I put it on his bed and had him come see. He quickly turned back the covers and said oooh nice. Can I go to bed now? He’s such a fun kid. I’m so honored to be his mother. If I could I’d give him the world. He’s the most amazing kid I’ve ever met. I’m so lucky!!!!

Anyway, I really wanted to show you what I had made. I’m wondering…what do you do in your free time?

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Homemade Chicken Broth

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My heart has felt so happy lately. The last few days I’ve been working so hard to get stuff done. I’ve wanted to try to go to a less processed food life. I want for things to be my type of perfect. God has always guided me and my family. We’ve always accepted that his will is what will be done. Over the last few weeks I’ve realized that it’s ok to share my feelings with God. Sometimes I’m mad and I can vocalize this to Him. He wants us to be able to talk to him and to trust him enough to share these feelings with him. We can always find ways to be thankful to him. I know this seems like a preaching to ya’ll, but over the last few weeks I’m learning so much about myself, my life, my path!

We’ve been pushing forward with our surprise life changing event. I still can’t wait to share more with ya’ll. It’s a doozy. You’re going to be totally 100% blown away. I keep praying and I keep waiting patiently. It’s happening ya’ll!

This recipe is the best. Give it a try!

1 yellow onion, quartered

2 celery stalks, cut into chunks

2 carrots, cut into chunks

one 2.5-3 lbs chicken

8 cups water

4 cloves garlic, unpeeled

1 teaspoon salt

1 bay leaf

10 peppercorns

3 sprigs fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Put everything into a stock pot. Let simmer for an hour. I usually let mine go for about 2 hours low medium/low. Strain in cheese cloth to remove any waste. Use a fat separator to remove any extra fat. Put in fridge and let set overnight. Skim the layer of fat off. Use within 2-3 days or freeze!

 

 

Tips

TIP: Make meals lower fat

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I’m one of these people who likes to eat healthy, but I really hate the taste of plain ol’ ground turkey. I think it’s a texture issue. I figure half way is better than no way. I decided that when I make things with ground beef to add half turkey, half beef. It works well. Just follow your normal recipes. You don’t need anything special, just half and half your meat! It saves some calories and fat ya’ll!

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Laundry Soap (REDO with recipe!)

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Household goods are recipes too! I posted about my laundry soap making skills a few weeks ago. I had several people email me and message me on Facebook. You guys can like my page. Feel free to share it too!!

Here is my recipe. I love this recipe and it is the one I have used forever. It seriously only needs 1 tablespoon per load.

3 Fels Naptha Bars, shredded

4 cups Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA)

4 cups Borax

16 cups water

Add water and bring to a simmer. Add the fels naptha bars and stir until melted. Once melted add washing soda and borax. Stir until combined and not gritty. Fill quart size jars about 2 inches from the top and put a lid on them. You can turn them upside down, lay them on their sides, or leave them upright. However you may have to take a utensil and break up the soap once it has separated. Preferably after 4 hours.  Then you add to a blender and blend. If you have a blender bottom that will fit on your  jar, that’s the easiest way. I sometimes need to add more liquid to make it creamy. As it sits it becomes more firm, but that’s ok. DO NOT ADD to the soap compartment of your GE. Instead add directly to the inside of your washer. Store in a cool dry spot. I store mine under the staircase in the closet. Don’t add extra stuff to the soap unless it’s essential oil.

 

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No Peek Chicken

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Have you ever had those Facebook shared recipes pop up on your page and think…holy cow, I need to try this? This is one of those recipes. I can’t figure out who the original poster of this recipe was, or I’d give them massive credit, because it’s awesome. If you read my blog and this is your recipe, feel free to contact me! I definitely want to give credit where credit is due.  Anyway folks, this recipe is so good. I’ve made it a good handful of times. I think that my biggest love of this recipe, besides the taste, is the fact that it isn’t expensive to make and I can throw it together in the oven and it’s done.

One other thing I want to mention about this recipe. I sent my husband out to buy soup that it calls for, but he came home with cream of whatever and it was STILL good! Don’t think you can’t change up the cream of soups. It totally works. Enjoy ya’ll!

2 boxes uncle ben’s wild rice original recipe

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can water

chicken breasts

Mix everything together and cover and bake at 350 degrees. It originally calls for 60 minutes of bake time. However, I cook until the rice is done. Otherwise it isn’t so great. You can add another can of water for more creamy rice.

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Baked Chicken and Gravy

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It’s been a long day. The last month everyone has been sick in the house. Every other week someone has a cold and we just keep passing it around. I had enough. I decided I was going to get rid of any germs this house might have. Today was perfect for that. I opened the windows, i washed everything, vacuumed the mattresses….sprayed it all down with Lysol…and tomorrow I am going to wash the curtains and the blankets. I  think that it’ll be the best way to rid our lives of the germs. We’ve been preparing our house for our new life journey.

I just want the house to be perfect. I want to feel like my home is complete. That’s the downfall about not doing the things you want to do to your home before you move in. It sometimes gets pushed aside and those things do not get completed. I just can not wait to share with you guys the excitement that’s coming our way. Sadly, until the end I’m legally not allowed to share. Until then, pray for us. We want this to work out whatever God’s will may be. Now let’s get cooking! Enjoy this comfort food! It’s SOOO GOOD.

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

5 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon salt (this can DEF be cut down!)

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon thyme leaves

1 teaspoon sage

2 1/2 cups milk

1 tablespoon parsley

Brown chicken in a large skillet in 2 tablespoons butter. Remove chicken. Place in a baking dish. Mix together the flour and all seasonings. Add melted butter and stir for several minutes with a wire whisk. Slowly add warm milk to flour mixture. Stir until slightly thickened. Pour over chicken. Cover and bake 325 for 50 minutes. (I did 350 for 25 minutes)!

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Bathroom Remodel

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We have been going through our house redoing different rooms of our home. I painted the walls and made the pretty sign I hung above the toilet. I was really pleased with how it turned out and I feel like it’s a bathroom we can be proud of. It’s the bathroom downstairs, so the kids use it and so do guests that come to visit. The only thing I wish I could do in the bathroom is figure out a way to have more storage space.