Monday, February 7, 2011

Praying for Kate

View this adorable party for one special little girl♥

If you'd like to know more about Kate & her story - please view the links below.

After reading her story, I gathered my children to pray. We will continue to pray for this sweet little girl & her beautiful family.


Monday, January 31, 2011

White Bean Chicken Chili

Last night was the first time I made this recipe. We all LOVED it!! Really good, full of flavor -- perfect for a chilly day/night =)


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (18.75 ounce) can tomatillos, drained and chopped (I used a can of chopped tomatoes)
1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (7 ounce) can diced green chiles (I used fire roasted, didn't mean too lol)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed (didn't use this)
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 ears fresh corn (I used a bag of frozen corn)
1 pound diced, cooked chicken meat
1 (15 ounce) can white beans
1 pinch salt and black pepper to taste


Heat oil, and cook onion and garlic until soft.
Stir in broth, tomatillos, tomatoes, chilies, and spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
Add corn, chicken, and beans; simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Amt per serving 220 Calories 6.1 grams of fat

**I added the cheese & avocado for Paul & the kids, I left mine plain. I also served warm french bread with it**

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine Projects

Sweet Somethings

An arrangement of lollipop flowers with paper petals makes an eye-catching centerpiece. For each flower, fold colored card stock in half and cut out six hearts. Punch a small hole near the tip of each. Insert a lollipop stick and arrange six hearts on the stem, fanning out the petals around the stick.

Valentine Glow

Fill plain glass votive candleholders with candy nonpareils for seasonal color. Small glass beads from the crafts store offer a similar look.

Flight of Fancy

Dozens of colorful hearts flutter on card stock cut into the shape of a wreath. Use paper punches (about $5-$20 at scrapbook supply and crafts stores) or scissors to cut hearts from colored vellum and lightweight decorative papers. See the next slide for additional directions.

Heart to Heart

Make a garland of hearts cut from fabric scraps layered and attached with iron-on adhesive. Punch small holes in the sides of the hearts and tie them together with ribbon.

Better Homes and Gardens

Monday, January 24, 2011

365 Day 23

Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Made these a couple wks ago. Everyone loved them!

-Lime Chicken Soft Tacos-
"A lime chicken filling with vinegar, sugar, green onion, oregano & light seasoning. Makes these soft tacos citrusy-good!"

1 1/2 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breast shredded/cut up.
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 fresh lime (juice)
1 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1tsp dried oregano
10 (6in) flour tortillas
1 tomato, diced
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup salsa

Saute chicken in a medium saucepan over medium high heat for 20min. Add vinegar, lime juice, sugar, salt, pepper, green onion, garlic, oregano. Simmer for an extra 10min.

Heat an iron skillet (or whatever skillet you have) over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the pan, warm, & turn over to heat the other side. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Serve lime chicken mixture in warm tortillas topped with tomato, lettuce, cheese & salsa. 

Nutrition Info: Serves: 10
Calories: 204 
Fat: 6.8g
Carbs: 18.9g
Protein: 16.2g

Cakes containing NO eggs or butter :)

I found a few recipes with GREAT reviews! :) I can not wait to make one, or two ;o) 

-Wacky Chocolate Cake-
(A little story about the cake. It developed as a result of rationing during WWII, Wacky Cake is a chocolate cake made with vinegar (wacky!) and NO eggs or milk.) It's mixed AND baked all within the same pan. No bowls to clean. It's moist, delicious & chocolatey. Research this for yourself, I did my homework ;) 

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
12 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 cups cold water
2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients directly in rectangular cake pan. Create six wells in the dry mixture. Add different wet ingredients to each well before mixing. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

(Here's the same recipe for a 8x8 size pan)

1 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened, nonalkalized cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan.
2. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt directly into the baking pan, then add the sugar. With your finger, poke 2 small holes and 1 large one in the dry ingredients. Into one of the small holes pour the vanilla, into the other one the vinegar, and into the larger one the oil.
3. Pour the water over all the ingredients and stir the ingredients together with a table fork, reaching into the corners, until you can’t see any more flour and the batter looks fairly well homogenized.
4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is springy and a tester inserted in the center comes out dry. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack, then cut and serve it from the pan.
Keep at room temperature, wrapped airtight, for up to 3 days; refrigerate after that.

Ganache - consists of TWO ingredients. Semi sweet chocolate & heavy cream. Here's the recipe to go with this Wacky Cake if you'd like. Or any cake for that matter.

12 ounces of chocolate, semi sweet, chopped into small pieces (or 1 cup of chocolate chips)
1 cup heavy cream
*Optional* 1 tablespoon of dark rum or brandy.

Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot. When the cream has come to a boil, pour in the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth. Stir in the rum or brandy if desired. Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over a cake. Start at the center of the cake and work outward. For a fluffy frosting or chocolate filling, allow it to cool until thick, then whip with a whisk until light and fluffy.

-White Vegan Cake-

1 1/2 cups flour 
3/4 cup sugar 
2 tsp baking powder 
1/4 tsp salt 
3/4 cup soy milk 
2 tsp vanilla 
Egg replacer equivalent to 1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a cake pan. In large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Combine remaining ingredients, and add to flour mixture. Beat for 2 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes in cake pan, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out dry.

-Applesauce Spice Cake-

1/2 cup molasses 
1 cup applesauce 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp cloves 
1 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
1-3/4 cup flour (whole wheat pastry flour is good) 
2 tsp ginger (optional)

Combine the molasses and applesauce in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients and stir into the liquid. (If the batter seems very dry, add a little more applesauce or a little water.) Bake in a nonstick 8 x 8-inch baking pan or one sprayed with a non-stick spray, in a 350° F (175°C) oven, for 30 to 45 minutes, or until it tests done.

The optional ginger makes an acceptable gingerbread. You can also leave out the ginger and add 3 or 4 tablespoons of cocoa to make a tasty but not very sweet or rich chocolate cake.


Very excited to be blogging again.
I'd like to start off with a recipe. Not just any ol recipe. My absolute FAVORITE
cookie recipe :)

-Ooey Gooey Cake Cookies-
8oz package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter softened
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package of yellow cake mix (butter recipe) 
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl cream together the cream cheese & butter. Stir in the egg & vanilla. Add cake mix & stir until well blended. Roll into 1 inch balls & roll the balls in the powdered sugar. Place 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 13 min. Remove from baking sheet & cool on wire racks.