Archive for March, 2007

~* Getting to Know Me, Getting to Know all About Me *~

March 3, 2007

Yesterday, we shared a cuppa java and a recipe. I guess we should get a bit more acquainted.

I love my Lord and Savior.
I love my honey, my very best earthly friend. We’ve been married almost 27 years and it has flown so quickly!
I love our four + one kids (the + one is our lovely dil). (Three sons and one daughter)
We have homeschooled our three youngest (graduated two of those and the last, our “baby” is in our homeschool high school)
I enjoy photography, although I’m not very good at it…yet!
I’ve recently picked back up crochet and am working on a baby blanket for our “someday grandchild”. 😉
I love to read…all kinds of books…cookbooks, how-to books, historical fiction, history, devotionals… Not a huge fan of sci-fi, but have found a few of those I enjoy. I don’t like empty romance books…want something of substance.
I’m recently re-discovering the joy of cooking (thanks in big part to I’m An Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Mondays)
I’d love to say I enjoy losing weight..(.I’ve lost a little over 37 lbs since the end of last summer)…but this time around has definitely been much more enjoyable than the previous time(s)
I enjoy putting fresh flower throughout the house and hope to grow some in containers this year.
I’ve enjoyed homeschooling and am sorry to see it coming to an end in a very short time.
We just moved and renovated a house that was set to be demolished…that’s a journey that someday I’ll share.
I enjoy traveling….by car! I no longer enjoy planes, trains, or buses.
My three favorite vacations are visiting family, Disneyland, and Lord’s Land on the Mendocino coast.
I have great fun blogging…although sometimes I get blogger’s block.
I’m thankful for this journey called life, for my Savior who leads, guides and provides for every part of the journey, and for the wonderful family He’s blessed me with to travel alongside. I’m also thankful for my online blogging buddies.
Can you believe this?!! Here I’ve been chattering away and haven’t let you get a word in edgewise…please, I really want to know more about YOU! Are you married, single? Do you have kids? What are your hobbies?
Please be sure and leave your blog address so I can stop over at your place.


~* Creamy Italian Chicken *~

March 3, 2007

If you saw my MPM post, you might remember I said I would share any of the new recipes we tried and liked. We exchanged the Chicken Saltimbocca for chili, so that new recipe will be moved to next week. But tonight we made the Creamy Italian Chicken and IT.WAS.SO.GOOD!!!
Here’s the recipe:

(This recipe came out of the new Taste Of Home’s Slow Cooker Recipes 2007…an excellent cookbook!)

Cook time: 4 hours
Maura McGee
Tallahasee, Florida

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each) (we used whole boneless/skinless breasts)
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
1/4 C water
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted (we used cream of mushroom)
1 can (4 oz) mushroom stems and pieces, drained (left in the juice)

Hot cooked pasta or rice (we used rice cooked in ff chicken broth)
Fresh oregano leaves, optional (didn’t use)

* Place chicken in a 3-qt slow cooker. Combine salad dressing mix and water, pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.

* In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and soup until blended. Stir in mushrooms. (Before stirring in mushrooms, I used 1/4 – 1/2 of cream cheese/soup mixture to “frost” the breasts, then added in the mushrooms to the remaining mixture). Pour over chicken. Cook 1 hour longer or until chicken juices run clear. Serve over pasta or rice. Garnish with oregano if desired.

Yield: 4 servings.

This was so delicious and flavorful…and the chicken was very moist too.

~* Blog Party Starts Today! *~

March 3, 2007

Ultimate Blog Party
It’s here! The weeklong Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom has officially begun. What better way to kick off a fun party than with a cup o’ java…wouldn’t this be a treat?!

And if you want to see another great piece of java art…look at this:

Now that you’ve had a couple of cuppa’s to get you started, be sure and visit Five Minutes for Mom’s blog and take a tour around the Blog Party! Enjoy!

~* Tasty Thursday Recipe: Savory Meat Loaf w/ Chili Sauce *~

March 2, 2007

Savory Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce

from Southern Food

* 1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
* 1 cup milk
* 1/4 cup finely minced onion
* 1 teaspoon butter
* 1 pound lean ground beef
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon chili sauce
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon curry powder > used garlic powder instead
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger > eliminated this
* ketchup, chili sauce, or prepared mustard for topping


Mix bread crumbs and milk; let stand. Sauté onion in skillet in the butter. Combine bread crumb mixture, onion, ground beef, egg, 1 tablespoon chili sauce, salt, pepper, curry powder, and ginger.

Blend well. Shape into a loaf in a greased shallow baking dish. Spread a thin coat of mustard, ketchup, or chili sauce over the loaf. Sprinkle lightly with bread crumbs.

Bake meatloaf at 350° for 50 to 60 minutes.
Serves 4.

I’ve made different versions of meat loaf over the years, but this is my family’s favorite.

~* Blog Party *~

March 2, 2007

Love a good party? Hate when you’re not invited? Guess what?! 5 minutes for Mom is hostessing a HUGE blog party and EVERYONE is invited. Come join the fun. Check out all the details at 5 minutes for Mom.