MMMMMMMMMMMMMM… chicken!

April 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , )

Well, it’s been a while!  I can’t believe I’ve been away so long, but I think I needed a break.  I was managing three blogs, a full time job, making jewelry, planning a move…  it all became just too much!

So, anyway, I’m still here.  And I’m still cooking!  All moved in to the new house, almost settled in, still have boxes to unpack, but need to get some new bookcases, couple odds and ends here and there, start painting walls, all that fun stuff!  Friend of mine said I need to have a painting party…  Hmmmm…

Just a little family news before I get on to the food!  William got straight A’s on his latest report card!  WOO HOO!  Mike is still at the VA, and MOST days he likes it.  James is getting promoted to a shift supervisor at Wendy’s, still kind of hoping he figures out what he really wants to do with his life, but maybe this really is “it” for him??  And MOST days I still like my job, too.  There are bumps in the road from time to time, but all in all, things are good!

So, tonight’s meal was another crock pot meal, I know, who would have guessed, right?  But it was a REALLY good one!!  So here we go…

Part 1

2 or 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts placed in the pot, frozen seems to work best

Sprinkle with about 1/8 cup of taco seasoning

Pour over one medium can of enchilada sauce – I used Old El Paso because I had a coupon

Set pot to low, cover, and leave it alone for 8-9 hours

Part 2

Remove the chicken from the pot, place in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish, shred with a fork (it really should just sort of fall apart if you just press on it after all that cooking)

Pour over the sauce from the crock pot

Cover with about 1 cup shredded cheese

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

Side Dish

2 cups leftover plain rice

1 can tomato paste

1 can drained and rinsed kidney beans

About 1 cup peas (about half a can, or leftovers)

About 1 cup corn (about half a can, or leftovers)

Mix all this in a microwave safe dish, heat on high about 7 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Top with about 1 cup shredded cheese, cover and microwave another 5 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Serve about 1 cup of the rice and veggies with cheese alongside about 1 cup of the cheesey chicken, and you have quite the meal!!

Hope you enjoy!!  Until next time, eat well, love well, live well!!  🙂

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January 6, 2013

January 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm (Food) (, , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!

Here we are, a brand new year, and a brand new chance to do something different/new/exciting!!!  I’m going to keep up with the weekly posts here, but I’m just going to share a few recipes, maybe some family gossip, whatever is new and exciting in my little world.  But I’ve also set up my two other blogs, going to go over there and post to them when I’m done here.  Kind of looking forward to a new challenge!

So here’s what I have for you this week:

Work was BEYOND crazy with two four day weekends in a row, trying to close out the month of December was completely nuts, very stressful (first time I’ve actually said the word stress relating to this job, I think), but I got through it, and get to start fresh on Monday.  Hopefully most of my co-workers will be over their colds and flu by then, too.  Getting scared being surrounded by sick people!

William was SO bored over his two week vacation, he’s actually excited about going back to school, but then he loves that school, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Almost every weekday he called me, sometimes to ask for something, sometimes just to say “hi”.  It was kind of cute actually!  Love my little buddy!!  🙂

James hasn’t been around much, but between work and girlfriend, I don’t expect that he will be.  Would like him to keep on top of his “rent” (chores), but he’s still a kid…

Anyway, got a couple recipes for you, some are actually complete originals!

Green Bean Casserole Bites

1 cup Bisquick

2 cans french cut green beans

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

Mix everything together really well, drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil, fry 1-2 minutes per side or until browned and crispy, remove to paper towel lined plate, serve warm.

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Corn Fritters

1 cup flour

2 cups corn

1 egg

Grated Parmesan

Mix well, drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into hot oil, fry 2-3 minutes per side or until browned and crispy, remove to paper towel lined plate, sprinkle with grated Parmesan, serve warm!

I can honestly say I didn’t cook that much this past week, but these are the only things I wrote down, so that’s all I have for now!  I’ll try to do better next week.

Now over to the new blogs!  Gotta figure out where those are going…

Until next time, eat well, love well, live well!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 109

April 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm (Food) (, , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!  I can’t think of a good word to go with Thursday, so I’ll just say hope you are having a great day!

So, the thought of going back to work is sinking in, getting a little nervous, but a little excited, too.  I start Monday, 8AM, and I still have to make concrete plans for William for before and after school.  He’s 11 now, and I think he’s grown up enough to stay home by himself for a couple of hours, but there’s that little part of me that says NO WAY!  James will most likely be home, so it may not be an issue, but there are just some things up in the air still.

I’ve got plenty of “work clothes”, and most of them still fit, so at least I don’t need to go shopping!  Thank goodness since there is no money for that.  Of course, my wonderful mother offered to get me clothes if I needed them, but I think I’m set for now.  And since I make jewelry, I’ve got something to go with every outfit in my stash!!

Speaking of jewelry, I tried something new today, kind of enjoying it now that I’ve sort of figured it out.  I started a bead embroidery piece today, here’s some photos:

This is the point where my shoulder started hurting from bending over the table so long, so I took a break!  I’ll do some more tomorrow…

And I sort of cheated on dinner…  I bought precooked chicken, potatoes, canned corn, canned gravy and here’s what we ended up with:

Chicken Bowls

1 cooked chicken strip, cut into bite sized pieces

1/2 cup prepared mashed potatoes

1/4 cup prepared chicken gravy

1/2 cup cooked corn

1 slice cheddar cheese, or cheese of your choice, OR 1/4 cup shredded cheese of choice

Layer ingredients in bowl as follows:

Potatoes

Cheese

Chicken

Corn

Gravy

Even though everything is supposed to be warm when you start this, you need to microwave the bowl for about 45 seconds just to make sure the cheese melts well.  Then it’s up to you whether or not you mix it all up!  I do, but I know people who insist on leaving it layered when they eat it.  This is our version of a KFC chicken bowl.  Feel free to mix it up, different veggies, different gravy, different cheese, make it your own!

I also picked up some cookies from the Walmart bakery, so I’m off to nibble now.

Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!!

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The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 79

March 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm (Food) (, , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!  Hope you all are having a nice week.

Today was a little more laid back than yesterday, not as much going on, but got some things done that needed to be done.  Pulled some weeds out front this morning, sure I’ll pay for that tomorrow.  Did some dishes, made soup, then spent most of my day bent over a table working with beads, so my neck is sore.  I’ll have some photos of my newest work tomorrow, I think.  Gotta finish it up first!!

Anyway, here’s what I cooked today:

Taco Soup

1 large can diced tomatoes

1 can corn (I used shoepeg this time)

2 cans red kidney beans

2 packets taco seasoning

1 packet ranch seasoning

DO NOT DRAIN any of the juices from any of your ingredients.  Put everything, juices included, in a crock pot.  Cook on LOW at least 4 hours, longer is better.  Serve as is, or with cheese, chicken, browned ground beef, whatever you would like to add!

Made as above, without any add-ins, a whole bowl of this soup is only 1 point for Weight Watchers!  In fact, this is a Weight Watchers recipe I got from a co-worker many years ago.  It freezes well after cooled, so you don’t have to eat it all at once, and you can make it in large batches for later use.  And I love that it’s so versatile!

We also had leftover meatloaf, leftover baked beans, leftover smashed potatoes, and fresh gravy.  All in all, a really good meal!!

Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!

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