Pork, Uncategorized

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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Beef, Uncategorized

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

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My mother in law has been so helpful with our journey to help kids. She has watched Cooper while we attended classes, she’s came to events, she’s cheered, she’d totally stepped outside her comfort zone at some times. She has supported every decision we have made, even if she hasn’t always agreed with them. I’m thankful for all she’s done to help. She moved here from another state. She lived about 6 hours away. After her husband had passed, she eventually decided she was needed here. At the time I thought nah, we’re ok, but we’d love to have her…but over time I’ve seen how much I really did need her help and support. God knows what he’s doing, for sure.

While we’ve been on this journey there’s been days here and there we’ve needed her. I’ve had to call her last minute and ask her to drop everything to rush over to get Coop off the bus, or I needed her help to do something. The last 10 weeks I’ve had to ask her to come sit with Cooper one night during the week, in order to do our classes to work with kids. She’d come over and stay for hours and cook everyone dinner.

My mother is great too. She helps out when she can, but my mother has health issues and also works a full time job. I’ll say that while dealing with my own mother’s health issues, my other mother stepped in and did whatever she could do. She’s even offered to help with my mother while she was sick. I’m so lucky to have two great moms. I could never wish for more. God has blesses me.

This recipe is NOT mine. My mother in law made this recipe on her own, from different recipes she found. I’m pretty picky about my Chinese food…and this is a good homemade version. I really like it. Make it and serve with any kind of rice you’d like. It’s all good! Thanks for the recipe!!

1.5 lbs stir fry beef.

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 bags of baby broccoli florets

1/2 bag of shredded carrot

1 small onion, chopped

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup bbq sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic

1 tablespoon ginger

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Mix soy and beef and sit aside. Saute onions, broccoli, and carrots in skillet or wok. Cook meat in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Set aside. Mix water, soy, bbq, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch together and add it to the wok. Add meat and veggies. Cook until sauce is thickened.

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Honey Roasted Carrots

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Oh heavens! This looks absolutely divine. I promise, it tastes as good as it looks. It’s super easy to make. Coop didn’t like it, but I think it’s because he doesn’t like the taste of honey very much. It’s really an acquired taste though. You really have to pay attention to them though, otherwise they will over cook. Also you want to time them perfectly to where as soon as you pull them out they are served. I like them best that way, but they’re good still if they sit out a bit.

I’ve been debating for a while to go through our board games. People who know us knows that we have tons of board games. I’d estimate that we have probably 50 of them. We have games that go back to the 50’s and 60’s. I think we might have 4 or 5 monopoly games. Who has that many games? I guess we do! Anyway, I’ve thought long and hard and I’ve decided that I am going to get rid of some of these that we never play…or maybe we just have multiples of. I don’t know why I feel the constant need to reduce the items we have in our home. Do other people do this too?

Roasted Carrots

8 Carrots, peeled

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup honey

salt and ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place carrots in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Mix until carrots are completely covered. Pour on honey and season with salt and pepper. Mix until evenly coated. Bake in preheated oven until tender. Cook to done to your liking. Mine took about an hour.

Chicken, Uncategorized

Cilantro Lime Chicken with Black Beans and Corn

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4-6 pieces Chicken Breasts

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Lime Juiced

1 teaspoon cilantro

1 cup frozen corn

1 clove minced garlic

1 can of black beans, rinsed

1 teaspoon cumin

salt and pepper

1/2 onion, finely chopped

There’s two ways to make this:

1.  Throw everything in a crock pot. Cook on low for 6 hours.

2. Mix cumin, salt and pepper to taste, lime juice 1/2 the garlic. Saute onion, in olive oil. Add 1/2 garlic. Remove from pan. Add the chicken. You should have the chicken almost completely cooked through. Save marinade. Brown on both sides. Add back the onion and garlic. Add black beans, marinade, and the corn. Place chicken on top. Continue cooking until chicken is done, being careful not to burn the beans.

Double or triple this recipe and freeze it. You can make dinners quickly come together!

Chicken, Uncategorized

Chicken Cordon Blue Quesadillas

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I’ve never been a huge fan of chicken cordon blue.  I had seen the idea scrolling through pinterest. I decided, why not just make my own? So that’s exactly what I did.

Sometimes you have friends that come in and out of your life. It doesn’t mean they’ve left you or abandoned you. I have a friend whom I deeply care for. She has the sweetest kids ever. I’ve known them since they were teeny tiny. The oldest one is going to graduate high school soon. The mom and I have been in a weird holding pattern. I know that we’ve been distant from each other lately, but I hope she knows how much I care for her and her family. Recently, we interacted quiet a bit and she felt bad because she’s been so out of the loop. It actually made me sad that she felt this way. Maybe she will realize I hold no bad feelings and that I just love her the same way.

4 pieces Chicken

favorite seasoning

flour tortillas

provolone cheese

ham slices

First season your chicken with your favorite seasoning. Bake until cooked through. Let rest 10 minutes. Slice the chicken thinly. Place a tortilla into a frying pan and top with cheese, ham, and chicken. Another piece of cheese and another tortilla. Cook until cooked through flipping once cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Nestle Aero

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I found this chocolate bar in the ethnic aisle from the grocery store. Coop loves, loves, loves this chocolate bar, but the rest of the family didn’t like the bubble feeling. The taste of the chocolate is fantastic though. It’s smooth and sweet. It melts quickly in your mouth. When we visited Hershey, PA we did a taste testing. They said when you eat chocolate you break it and you listen for the snap. You don’t hear that here. That’s ok though. Then you take a small piece and place it on your tongue. Don’t chew it. Let it dissolve. What do you taste? Coop said you taste the best chocolate ever. Anyway, this chocolate is definitely good, but the bubbles of this English/Canadian bar can throw you off. Try it! You may like it ya’ll!

Chicken, Uncategorized

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!