Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Do you like? Do you want to win one of these goodie boxes for yourself? Here's how!
Leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing to make using panko breadcrumbs, or if you have never used them before, what food you would love to make with them.
The contest winner will be announced on Friday morning. Can't wait to hear your comments!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I used a few more ingredients than are pictured, just to give it a little more flavor. I marinated the chicken breasts in Italian dressing, then rolled them in the bread crumbs (flavored with Italian seasoning and garlic powder). I then browned them in the skillet using a little olive oil.
Once the chicken breasts have browned and cooked through, I transferred them to a small baking sheet (one of the goodies in the package) and topped them off with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. (I should probably pause here and change the name of my recipe to Chicken Mozzarella instead of Chicken Parm because I just realized that I am not using parmesan cheese at all in this recipe!)
Put the chicken breasts in the oven on 350 for about 10 minutes or just until the cheese is melted. You can also put them under the broiler, but watch them very carefully. Here is what they should look like:
Pair this with a side of pasta and there you go! A quick and easy meal for two. Bon Appetit!
Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway coming up in the next couple of days! You will LOVE it!!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Served “Family Style”
Country Fried Chicken AND Huber Honey Ham
Fried Biscuits and Apple Butter
Chicken & Dumplings, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Greenbeans and Corn
Monday, September 21, 2009
I won't make you go through my entire shopping trip with me, but I do want to show you some of the bargains I picked up along the way. You will not believe the deals I got! Here is a glimpse of what was in my cart yesterday:
$1.50 for these grapes!!
Oh.my.goodness! These cookies are so soft and chewy -- wayyyyy better
than the Keebler Soft Batch ones (and for only $1.99). Seriously!! Check them out for yourself:
And these....well...have you ever had those Pepperidge Farm Pirouette wafers? These are quite similar - rich, chocolatey, delicate. Oh.My. For only $2.49!
And last but not least:
This bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil was a great deal for $3.99. I have put off buying a new bottle forever just because I refused to pay $6 or $7 dollars for a tiny bottle.
This one is 16.5 oz of goodness!
So there you have it. I save a BUNCH of money by going to Aldi. Oh there is one other thing I forgot to mention. There are no baggers so you have to bag your own groceries. You can either bring in your own bags or purchase some from the cashier for 5 or 10 cents each. The good things is that there is a shelf the length of an entire wall where you can push your buggy to and take your time bagging your groceries. How neat!
I hope you will take Aldi into consideration the next time you want to save some money on your groceries. Or if you just need a bouquet of flowers to brighten up your dinner table (yep they have those too!)!
Now I do confess, I had to go to Walmart to get some other things on my list that Aldi did not have: hairspray, pop, cheese, etc. There are some things that you just cannot mess with when it comes to name-brand (Pepsi, Borden cheese). :)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
He was only a couple of weeks old here...notice the bumper pad
No bumper pad (started rolling over at 3 weeks, so we were afraid he would roll next to the bumper pad and smother)
LOVE this glider and ottoman (Thanks Ann & Chas!)
Changing table/Dresser &
Name blocks (each letter has a scripture on the back - Thanks Holly!!)
I hope you have enjoyed your little nursery tour. Blessings on your week!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
So, since my last blog post Isaiah has grown so much! He will be 5 months old on September 3. At his 4 month checkup, he weighed 16 lbs and was 25 inches long! He is going to be a linebacker for sure. :) He has also started eating rice cereal, baby food, and is taking 8 oz. of formula at each feeding. This boy sure likes to eat! Here are some pictures of his first "feedings":
First taste of green beans (he actually gagged several times!)So far he has had carrots, sweet potatoes, and sweet peas. The next veggie is squash and then it is on to fruits. Next thing you know it will be a steak and baked potato!! I am really looking forward to when he begins table food. It will be so much fun to see what his "premature palate" will have to say about the variety of foods this world has to offer. :)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
1 bag romaine lettuce, chopped (I think they come 3 hearts to a bag)
1 small bag garlic croutons
Equal parts of Creamy Caeser dressing and Caesar Vinagrette
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
You can also use raspberries instead of the strawberries and raspberry gelatin instead of the strawberry. Here is the full recipe:
Strawberry Poke Cake
1 box white cake mix
(Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box)
1 small box strawberry-flavored gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1 container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Heat oven to 350°F. Make and cool cake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Pierce cooled cake all over with fork. In small bowl, stir gelatin and boiling water until smooth; stir in cold water. Pour over cake. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Refrigerate at least 2 hours (or overnight). Frost with whipped topping; garnish with strawberries and blueberries. Store covered in refrigerator.
Hope you enjoy your holiday! May we rejoice in our freedom!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup low-fat (1%) milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 2/3 cups boiling water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray.
Combine the flour, granulated sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, coffee powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir just until blended. Spoon the batter evenly into the pan.
Combine the brown sugar and the additional 1/4 cup cocoa powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the batter. Gently pour the boiling water in a zigzag fashion over the top; do not stir. Bake until the top of the pudding is set, about 35 minutes. Cool on a rack at least 30 minutes. Cut into 9 squares and serve warm or at room temperature.
Points: 3 points for one square (when cut into 9 squares).
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Pot Roast with/without Potatoes and Carrots
1 chuck roast (about 3 or 4 lbs. is good)
4 or 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
4 medium sized carrots (sliced) or 1 small bag baby carrots
1 small onion, sliced or chopped or 1 tsp. dehydrated onion flakes
1 teaspoon minced garlic (or 1 tsp. garlic powder)
Enough water to cover the roast
Turn slow cooker on Low. Brown chuck roast in a skillet until there is a good brown color on all sides. Place in slow cooker. Top with a few shakes of worcestershire sauce, garlic, seasoned salt, and onions (or onion flakes). Cover with water and cook on Low for about 8-10 hours or until tender (falling apart).
Now, if you want to add the potatoes and carrots (I usually just make the roast by itself), you can add them at the beginning when you add the roast, or about halfway through. I don't usually put the veggies in just because they either turn out too mushy or not done enough.
I like to pair the roast with mashed potatoes, green beans, and "Almost Spoon Bread". Here is the recipe for the bread:
"Almost Spoon Bread"
1 box Jiffy cornmeal mix
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9x9 baking dish or spray with cooking spray. Mix all ingredients together. Pour into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until bread is lightly golden on top (and cooked through in the center).
Hope you have enjoyed these recipes! A few more posts of "the basics" and then we will get into some amazing, and a little shocking, slow cooker recipes!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Over the next few weeks, I am going to be posting some slow cooker recipes for you to enjoy...and I am dedicating them to my sweet friend Ann Claire who is about to become a new bride! Ann Claire is going to be cooking a lot for her new husband and wants something that is easy and that she can put in the slow cooker (since she and hubs will both be students and will be very busy!). Soooo..let's get "slow cooking"!!
One of my favorite things to make in the crockpot is barbecued ribs (and one of the easiest!). Here is what you need:
1 package boneless ribs (pork or beef)
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
1 cup Coke or Pepsi
Place ribs in slow cooker. Pour entire bottle of BBQ sauce over top of ribs, followed by cola (or, you can mix the BBQ sauce and cola together and pour the mixture over). Cook on Low for 5-6 hours, or until they are tender and cooked through.
These ribs are so yummy! You can pair them with mashed potatoes and mac-n-cheese for a very satisfying meal. :)
More slow-cooker dishes to come! Stay tuned!
Monday, June 1, 2009
These taste like those Reese sticks that you find in the candy aisle at your grocery store, but only 100 calories! And actually, most 100 calorie products are only about 2 points on WW. So...I can indulge for only a couple of points. Hey, it's hard enough trying to lose weight...don't take my sweets away too!!
Anyway, I hope you will pray for me and with me as I begin this weight journey. I don't think it will be too hard since I lost 50 lbs. before I became pregnant. But, you never know (especially now that I have a little one and a lot of "baby fat" as they call it). My husband is going to do this with me, and my sister, so be praying for them as well. Thank you! :)
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Me with my two wonderful boys!
Me and my Mom! Isn't she beautiful?!
Me, Nana, and "Little Man"
This will be a Mother's Day that I will never forget. I pray your Mother's Day was as special as mine. :)
Monday, May 4, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Last Wednesday I had an OB appointment to check on Baby Isaiah. He is doing great! Unfortunately, Momma hasn't been doing so well. My BP was elevated, there was evidence of protein, and my legs/feet were swelled double in size. These are all signs of preeclampsia. The doctor sent me straight to the hospital for overnight observation (I did get to go home and pack a bag first, thankfully).
While in the hospital, I was on "bed rest" the entire rest of the day, and pretty much for 24 hours. I had to lay on my side and could only get up to go to the restroom (I also had to give a 24 hour "sample" if you know what I mean). I did not enjoy this very much. Although I did have plenty of visitors to keep me entertained - praise God for that!! :)
When they dismissed me, I had orders to come straight home and do pretty much nothing but sit in a recliner all day with my feet elevated. No work, no house work, nothing. Let me tell you how boring that can get!! I always thought I would enjoy "sitting back, relaxing in the recliner, watching TV, taking it easy"....but not when you have to do it as an order, and not for an entire week and a half! Needless to say, I had cabin fever pretty bad.
I actually had another doctor's appointment this past Monday and discovered that I have bronchitis on top of everything else. Argh!!! She did give me a Z-pack to take, though, so I am finally "on the mend".
So there you have it - these are the reasons why I have been MIA in the blogging world for the past few days. I haven't been out of this house to eat anywhere, thus no critiques. I haven't been cooking or baking, thus no recipes. But I will tell you that since I have been "down and out", our sweet members of Morningside have been providing meals left and right! Here is what we have had for dinner so far (I knew I could incorporate food into this blogpost somehow!):
Fried chicken, Chili, Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, mixed veggies, applesauce, stuff to make deli sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, chocolate cake (that was to die for!), awesome baked ziti, italian bread, and banana pudding plus all of the leftovers.
We are soooo blessed!! They had a schedule set up for meals the day I got out of the hospital. :) We couldn't ask for a better church family. :) Also, a couple of our closest friends brought over spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and dessert and ate with us the day after I got out (they called to let us know they were bringing it while I was still in the hospital!).
So, needless to say, we are blessed "beyond belief". Is it possible to be so blessed that you are overwhelmed?? :)
I'll be back to blogging about food soon, now that I am "off of work" due to doctor's orders. Be on the lookout!! :)
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Now this place is definitely country -- gravel parking lot, country food, country feel. There are even paper placemats at every table featuring local ads and a crossword puzzle for you to attempt while you wait. They also have "daily specials" and you can get breakfast any time of day. The specials are written on small chalkboards that are randomly placed around the restaurant, and there are wooden paper towel holders at every table in the shape of the restaurant.
On this particular day, our friends Mark and Alyson came along with us for "Sunday dinner". We were greeted by the aroma of homemade pies and fried chicken. The customers were mainly older people with a few younger couples here and there. The decor was nothing to brag about, just a little ole' country place with tables, chairs, and a few booths.
We sat down at a little table and checked out the menu. The little chalkboard above our table listed the daily special for that day: Turkey & Dressing with 3 sides, rolls or cornbread for $7.95. What a deal! My husband and I decided to go for it. He had corn, green beans, and mashed potatoes with his T/D and I had mashed potatoes, green beans, and baked apples. We each had a piece of cornbread as big as our hand! Mark and Alyson each had fried chicken with 3 sides and rolls. It - was- delicious!! We even had enough leftovers for another meal (dinner that night). I realllllly wanted a piece of homemade pie, but could definitely not hold it. Next time for sure.
If you are ever in Louisville or in the PRP neighborhood, I highly recommend trying Jessie's Family Restaurant. Remember - never judge a book by its cover. You never know what is on the inside!!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
After church was over on Sunday, the members had a very nice reception for us (the cake was AWESOME!!). They also gave Jason some really nice gifts, including a Samsonite cowhide satchel-bag, a leather planner, and a gift card to Lifeway. Here are some pictures from the reception:
And here are some pictures of the church:
Isn't it beautiful? Morningside is located right off of Dixie Highway on Arnoldtown Road. Services are 9:45 Sunday School and 11:00 worship on Sunday mornings, 6:00 pm Fellowship dinner and 7:00 Bible Study on Wednesday evenings. We invite you to come and worship with us!!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
My sweet husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day last night (Friday) because I had to start a special 3-day diet today (bleh) as part of an extended glucose test for my pregnancy (the first one was elevated). So, needless to say, I cannot have any chocolate today. :( It's okay, though, I had a couple of pieces last night. Jay got me a heart-shaped Hershey's Pot of Gold, the sweetest card that he made himself, and a dozen yellow roses (my favorite!!). I got him one of those "singing" cards that plays "So Happy Together" and the new Keith and Kristyn Getty CD, plus made him some chocolate-covered strawberries.
We ate at O'Charleys for dinner and headed to Lowe's Home Improvement store to pick out our real gift to each other (not really, but that is our story) -- a washer and dryer. Yep, our dryer (nicknamed "Old Faithful") bit the dust a couple of days ago. We tried everything to revive it - cleaned out the vent, cleaned the outside vent, flipped the breaker -- but to no avail. His friend, washer, was just about to bite the dust and probably wouldn't have lasted long without him, so we replaced it too. Besides, Jay has had the pair since 2000 when he purchased these refurbished appliances from a scratch-n-dent place. So they have served their term well.
We ended up purchasing this set (on sale):
We figured since we would be doing double (or even triple) the amount of laundry we do now when the baby comes, we had better have something reliable and that would last a long time. Despite the dryer not fitting into our laundry space and us having to deplete the bank account, we are pleased with our V-day gift. :)
How was your Valentine's Day? What did you get? Did you cook/bake anything special? I would love to hear your stories!