Wednesday, December 25, 2013

puff pancake












This was the second year we've had puff pancake as part of our Christmas breakfast so it's now a tradition.  Last year we topped it with raspberry syrup and whipped cream but this year it was nutella and whipped cream and it tasted like a cream puff.  Dessert for breakfast, if you ask me.  We also had a loaded breakfast casserole so nobody left the table hungry that's for sure.

puff pancake (from my friend Dee-Anna; this is her Christmas tradition)
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
6 eggs
3 tablespoons honey
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda



Preheat oven to 400.  Grease deep dish baker with 1 tablespoon of butter and place remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in center of dish.  Place dish in oven and let the butter come to a sizzle.  While deep dish is in the oven place all remaining ingredients in a blender and mix well.  Pour into sizzling deep dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until PUFFED and golden brown.
Serve with raspberry syrup, blackberry syrup and whipped cream or Nutella and whipped cream (my family's preference).

What I have to say- if you make your whipped cream in a Vita-mix it takes no time at all!  My new favorite way to whip cream.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

white chocolate chip pumpkin bread









My friend Amy gave us this beautiful big loaf of white chocolate chip pumpkin bread and my family enjoyed it for breakfast (it was like dessert for breakfast) and everyone loved it.  My husband thought it was super moist.  We love to make pumpkin bread with chocolate chips but I'd never tried white chocolate.  Beautiful!

white chocolate chip pumpkin bread (my friend Amy N.)
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons nutmeg
3 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
16 ounces canned pumpkin
2/3 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
11 ounces Nestle white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in large mixing bowl.  Add eggs, water, oil and pumpkin.  Stir until blended.  Add chips.  Mix well.  Pour into two 9x5-inch loaf pans.  Bake 1 hour.  Cool slightly and take out pans to let cool on wire rack.

What Amy says- she put a little more pumpkin in our loaf so had to cook it a little longer. She put foil over the loaf during the last 15 minutes of baking.

sugar "glue"









Every Christmas season we like to decorate with candy whether it's sugar cone trees, sugar cookies, gingerbread men or houses.  Then we have the tradition of eating the sugary decorations on New Year's Eve...the kids go wild as I watch with a big grin and camera in hand.  My oh my how my kids love candy!  For future reference, I thought I should jot down how to adhere sugar cones to the paper plates (it also works for gingerbread houses).

sugar "glue"
Simply pour any amount of sugar into a pot and cook over medium heat until the sugar melts completely.  Turn the stove off.  Dip the top of the sugar cone into the melted sugar then place on the paper plate.  It dries in minutes.  Once it's on, it's on!

What I have to say-  I used about 3/4 cup sugar to secure about 72 sugar cones this year and had leftover.  I also need to say that when you have used all the sugar glue, rinse it out of your pot right away or it will harden and you'll have to soak your pot overnight to get it out.  I have experience here. : )

maple cinnamon rolls










There's something extra special about these cinnamon rolls and it's the maple.  When Julie handed over a pan of them I could smell the sugary maple which reminded me of a maple bar. We tore into them after dinner and they are incredible.  Now I have two favorite cinnamon roll recipes- this very recipe and cinnamon rolls rolled with chocolate chips and topped with cream cheese icing...and there is that pumpkin cinnamon roll recipe we adore.  What about that blackberry cinnamon roll recipe?  You just cannot go wrong with cinnamon rolls!  Hall of Fame!

maple cinnamon rolls (my friend julie got the recipe from The Pioneer Woman)
1 quart whole milk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 ounce packets
8 cups (plus 1 cup extra, reserved) all purpose flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
1 scant teaspoon baking soda
1 heaping tablespoon salt
melted butter, plenty
2 cups sugar
cinnamon, generous sprinkling

maple frosting
1 bag powdered sugar
2 teaspoons maple flavoring
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/8 teaspoon salt

For the dough, heat the milk, oil and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to just below a boil.  Set aside and cool to warm.  Sprinkle the yeast on top and let sit on the milk for l minute.
Add 8 cups of the flour.  Stir until just combined, then cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour.  After 1 hour, remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt and the remaining cup of flour.  Stir thoroughly to combine.  Use the dough right away or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl. (Note: dough is easier to work with if it's been chilled for at least an hour or so beforehand.)
Preheat the oven to 375F.
To assemble the rolls, remove half the dough from the pan/bowl.  On a floured baking surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 30x10 inches.  The dough should be rolled very thin.
To make the filling pour 3/4 cup to 1 cup of the melted butter over the surface of the dough.  Use your fingers to spread the butter evenly.  Generously sprinkle half the ground cinnamon and 1 cup of the sugar over the butter.  Don't be afraid to drizzle on more butter or sugar!  Gooey is the goal.
Beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle towards you.  Use both hands and work slowly, being careful to keep the roll tight.  Don't worry if the filling oozes as you work; that just means the rolls are going to be divine.  When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the rolls so that the seam is facing down.  When you're finished you'll end up with one long buttery, cinnamony, sugary, gooey log.
Slip a cutting board underneath the roll and with a sharp knife make 1/2-inch slices.  One "log" will produce 20 to 25 rolls.  Pour a couple of teaspoons of melted butter into disposable cake pans and swirl to coat  Place the sliced rolls in the pans, being careful not to overcrowd. (Each pan will hold 7 to 9 rolls.)
Repeat the rolling/sugar/butter process with the other half of the dough and more pans.  Preheat the oven to 375 F.  Cover all the pans with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise on the countertop for at least 20 minutes before baking.  Remove the towel and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown.  Don't allow the rolls to become overly brown.
While the rolls are baking, make the maple icing:  In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, butter an salt.  Splash in maple flavoring.  Whisk until very smooth.  Taste and add in more maple, sugar, butter or other ingredients as needed until the icing reaches the desired consistency.  The icing should be somewhat thick but still very pourable.
Remove pans from the oven.  Immediately drizzle icing over the top.  Be sure to get it all around the edges and over the top.  As they sit, the rolls will absorb some of the icing's moisture and flavor.  They only get better with time...not that they last for more than a few seconds.  Make them for a friend today!  It'll seal the relationship for life.  I promise.

What I have to say-  Julie is amazing.  She has four kids under the age of 6 and she's go-go-go!  She is always serving others, spending time with extended family while taking care of her own darling family...and she still takes on cinnamon rolls.
 






Wednesday, December 18, 2013

smoky southwest chicken and rice soup









If I could rename this recipe I would call it Country Southwest Chicken Soup.  It was delicious.  I loved how the charm of the country and the zest of the southwest cooking came together in this soup.  A success.

smoky southwest chicken and rice soup (adapted from Consumers Power Ruralite Magazine, Sept 2013)
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can fat free Campbell's cream of chicken soup
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1 cup milk
1/2 can fat free evaporated milk
1 cup cooked rice
1 can sliced carrots, drained
3 frozen chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch ground chipotle chile
shredded Mexican cheese blend, for garnish
cilantro, for garnish

Place 3 frozen chicken breasts in a slow cooker.  Cook on high for 3 hours.  Push the chicken to the side and add the onion, celery and carrots.  Cook until veggies are tender.  Turn heat down to low.  In a bowl, mix together the bouillon, milk, evaporated milk, chili powder and cumin.  Cook for a couple more hours.  Take out chicken and shred then put back in the soup.  Add a pinch of ground chipotle chile.  When ready to serve, ladle soup into bowls then sprinkle each serving with a tablespoon of shredded cheese and cilantro.

What I have to say-  LOVED the carrots!  Next time I will double them.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

braised pork, sweet potato and fennel stew









The last time I made a recipe from Real Simple magazine with fennel I was so impressed I thought I'd try another.  The flavor combinations in this stew are astounding.  My husband remarked, "This is the kind of meal I like.  Real food and fresh."  Since I bought sweet potatoes that ended up being white and not orange (whoops) I added some sliced carrots to the stew for color and I was glad I did.  Delicious.  I made some divine bread sticks to go with our meal.

braised pork, sweet potato and fennel stew (slightly adapted from Real Simple December 2013)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1  pound boneless pork shoulder or butt, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (I used 1 3/4 pounds)
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed (I omitted)
1 (14.5 ounce) can sliced carrots
kosher salt and black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
6 fresh thyme sprigs, plus leaves for serving (I used 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
2 sweet potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces (you're supposed to use the orange variety)
2 small fennel bulbs, quartered plus 2 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds, for serving
crusty bread or soft bread sticks, for serving

Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Season the pork with fennel seeds and 1/4 teaspoons each salt and pepper.  Cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.
Add the broth and thyme and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, until the pork can be pierced with a fork, 30 to 40 minutes.
Add the sweet potatoes, carrots and fennel bulbs.  Cook, covered, until the pork is tender and the vegetables are soft, 15 to 20 minutes more.  Remove the thyme sprigs.
Serve the stew with sprinkled thyme leaves and fennel fronds and with the bread on the side.

What I have to say- if you use a nonstick pot you do not need to use the 2 tablespoons olive oil if you make sure to stir occasionally so the pork doesn't stick to the pan.

Tip from Real Simple- Like most braised dishes, this one tastes even better the day after you make it.  If you have time make it ahead and reheat it over low heat.  The pork will get more tender each time you reheat the stew.

buttermilk herb chicken breasts









I enjoyed this chicken but what I enjoyed best about it was the next day when I put it on a whole wheat bun with shredded lettuce and turned it into a sandwich.  I've also thrown it into a garden salad.  It's a very summery chicken recipe so I will have to remember that when summer rolls around again.

buttermilk herb chicken breasts (Once A Month Meals
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 pounds chicken breasts 

Combine all ingredients into a freezer bag slightly shake to mix and let sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour or up to overnight.  Grill until chicken is done.
Freezing directions: Combine all ingredients into a freezer bag.  Slightly shake to mix and place into freezer until ready to use.  To serve, thaw in refrigerator.  Grill until done.
Note:  A  good substitute for buttermilk is 1 tablespoon lemon juice in 1 cup milk; let sit for about 5 minutes.



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

sweet and spicy stir fry











This stir fry was unlike any I've had before.  It came with the awesome peanut butter pork that my friend Shelli delivered for me to try last night.  This stir fry contains pork, cabbage, jalapenos, pineapple, red pepper and cashews.  I'd have never thought to throw in pineapple but it was soooo good with the spicy jalapenos.  Her husband did the cooking last night-  nicely done, Kamanu.

sweet and spicy stir fry (kamanu)
"Saute veggies with peanut butter, oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice, cabbage, pineapple tidbits, onions and peppers."  Serve over rice.

What I have to say- Again, I'm not sure I can trust myself without an exact recipe but it was so good I'll have to try.  Kamanu did say he added his peanut butter pork to this recipe.

peanut butter pork









Last night there was a knock at the door.  It was my friend Shelli.  It was a sight for sore eyes to see a friend after being snowed in for FOUR days (and now FIVE).  She and her husband risked their lives (okay I'm being dramatic) to deliver two dishes that her husband made for dinner that night.  My kiddos and I sampled them and I had to call her immediately to tell her that they are restaurant worthy.  I asked her husband for the recipe and this is what he told me (I asked him to write down exact measurements next time):

peanut butter pork (kamanu)
1 1/2 pounds pork, cubed
sesame oil
salt & pepper
2-3 tablespoons peanut butter
shoyu sauce
1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
pineapple juice from a can of pineapple tidbits
1 tablespoon sugar

Saute pork in a little sesame oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add peanut butter and some shoyu sauce (similar to soy sauce but a little sweeter), sriracha sauce and oyster sauce.  Cook a while.  Add a little more shoyu, pineapple juice and sugar.  Let the juice cook down.  Serve with rice.

What I have to say- I'm not sure I trust myself without an exact recipe but it was so good I might try.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

diego chicken









We enjoyed this HALL OF FAME entree last night.  Grilling in severe temperatures isn't ideal but SO worth it.  My husband and I agreed that it was the green chiles that made it hall of fame.  We'll be making this one again and again for sure.

diego chicken (found it in my SIL Heidi's ward cookbook then adapted it)
3 chicken breasts, fileted
2 teaspoons Pappy's garlic and herb seasoning
1 can whole roasted green chiles (my can contained 4)
your favorite salsa or picante sauce
grated cheese (I used Mexican blend)
1 avocado, thinly sliced
fat free sour cream
shredded lettuce, optional for serving

Place the chicken breasts on a preheated grill and sprinkle with Pappy's.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  When the chicken is done, place on a cookie sheet with sides and assemble in the following order:  chicken, sprinkle of grated cheese (this will secure the green chile), 1 slice green chile, 2 tablespoons picante sauce, sprinkle of cheese.  Put into the oven until the cheese melts.  Take out of the oven and add the avocado and sour cream.  Place on a bed of shredded lettuce and serve!

What I have to say- we served grilled chicken with melted cheese to our kiddos whom we knew may not enjoy all the good stuff!

nutella mousse













We had crepes with Nutella for breakfast on Sunday so I had Nutella on my mind.  Knowing I wanted to make some chocolate mousse I googled Nutella Mousse and found exactly what I wanted.  Only two ingredients.  It's as delicious as you think!

nutella mousse (the wicked noodle)
1 1/2 cups nutella
3 cups whipping cream

Place nutella in a very large mixing bowl and pour the whipping cream on top.  Use a hand mixer to whip until you get peaks.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

What I have to say- I found when I whipped mine, the ingredients weren't cold enough to get peaks so I re-whipped it after it had chilled and right before I was ready to serve it.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

chicken breast with tomatoes









This chicken recipe tasted just like chicken parmesan but the best chicken parmesan I've ever tasted.  My husband even remarked how fresh it tasted.  Restaurant quality for sure.  I think it had something to do with the quality of the fire roasted tomatoes and the homemade italian breadcrumbs I made then used.  Absolutely delicious.

chicken breast with tomatoes (adapted from my SIL Heidi's ward cookbook)
3 large chicken breasts, fileted
homemade italian breadcrumbs
1 (15 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
parmesan cheese for sprinkling

Heat a skillet with a little bit of olive oil.  Dip chicken breasts into homemade italian breadcrumbs and brown on both sides.  Puree tomatoes with tomato sauce then pour over the chicken.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Let simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.  Serve with pasta.

homemade italian breadcrumbs

















I wanted to make "chicken with tomatoes" tonight but didn't have Italian breadcrumbs on hand.  I wanted to try this recipe so desperately that I decided not to wait but to make my own breadcrumbs.  I think it was the homemade breadcrumbs that turned tonight's dinner into a super huge success.  The recipe tasted like chicken parmesan but the best I've ever had.

homemade italian breadcrumbs (food.com)
enough bread to make 2 cups breadcrumbs (I used about 3 slices whole wheat bread)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Put bread into a blender and process until you achieve breadcrumbs.  Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until combined.  Bake at 300 degrees on a cookie tray with a lip for 5 to 10 minutes.  Store in an airtight container.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

healthy eating chart












A couple weeks ago my friend Cherie mentioned that her extended family is doing a fitness challenge (competition).  They track the healthy food they eat, water they drink, exercise and probably even more.  I thought it was a GREAT idea.  Then last week when we visited my SIL Heidi and had a couple of meals with her and her family I noticed a vast assortment of fresh fruits and veggies at every meal which was inspiring.  Instead of creating my own chart, I found one and printed enough copies for my family so we can get started.
If you'd like to print out a healthy eating chart you can find it HERE.

What I have to say- I wish there were a column for my kids to mark the junk food they eat.  They may be surprised how many treats they are sneaking- like I don't know!  Maybe one day the wrappers will make their way into the trash can.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

tuna oriental salad









It may not come as a surprise but I like peas.  I really like them and I always have.  When my husband saw my list of things to make this week he said in reference to this recipe, "You're going to make that [and eat that] when I'm not home, right?"  Yes.  Of course.  Why would I ever make him eat canned tuna (one of the four things he doesn't like to eat)?  I am going to eat the entire batch of this recipe for lunch every day this week because I love it.

tuna oriental salad (found in my SIL Heidi's ward cookbook then adapted)
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup fat free sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cans white albacore tuna, drained
1 package peas, cooked then cooled
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup sliced green onions
1 cup sliced water chestnuts
1/2 cup slivered almonds, optional

Mix mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, curry, soy sauce and garlic powder.  Mix with the tuna, peas, celery, onion, and chestnuts.  Let refrigerate overnight.  When ready to serve, add nuts.  Serve over a bed of lettuce.

cocktail cranberry meatballs









My kids LOVE these.  Enough said.

cocktail cranberry meatballs
2 packages frozen meatballs
2 jars chili sauce
1 (15 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
1 (15 ounce) can cranberry sauce with berries

In a slow cooker on high heat, stir the chili sauce with the jars of cranberry sauce.  Let cook until sauce is not lumpy except for the cranberries.  Add the meatballs and cook until meatballs are nice and hot. 


pumpkin fluff dip




















Due to traveling, our family's Thanksgiving contributions were meager but they were enjoyed nontheless.  We made this pumpkin fluff dip and cocktail cranberry meatballs for appetizers.  I enjoyed listening to Todd trying to figure out what was in the dip.  He had some good ideas.  Here's what's in it:

pumpkin fluff dip
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip
1 small box vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 

In a bowl, mix pumpkin with vanilla pudding mix and pumpkin pie spice.  Stir in Cool Whip.  Chill until ready to serve.  If you want to be fancy, carve an apple swan...or in this case an apple turkey.  Serve with apple slices, cinnamon graham cracker sticks and whatever else strikes your fancy.

famous vegetable soup for the soul









I enjoyed watching the preparation of all the gorgeous vegetables that went into this soup (sorry ladies, I had a camera in my hand) and couldn't wait to try it.  Indeed I focused on the 10 cups of veggies in the soup and not the butter or cream. : )  Delicious!  I thought a nice bowl of soup was an excellent addition to the Thanksgiving feast.

famous vegetable soup for the soul (Megan)
2 sticks butter
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced green beans
1 cup broccoli, cut
1 cup leeks,sliced
1 cup diced zucchini
1 cup diced red pepper
2 cups diced potatoes
3 cloves garlic
6 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions in butter.  Add all veggies and reduce heat to low for 25 minutes or until all veggies are soft.  Add chicken stock and boil on medium for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes.  Blend all of the above then return to pot and add cream.  Enjoy!

heidi's pineappled sweet potatoes









We got to spend a day and a half at Heidi's house while we were in Southern Cal and I spent a long time in her yard, a tropical paradise.  The meals we had were full of fresh fruits and veggies so I wasn't surprised to see the sweet potatoes she brought to the Thanksgiving table.  To be honest this wasn't a recipe I'd have attempted to make by looking at the black-and-white recipe in the cookbook but this recipe is fabulous and shakes up the standard sweet potato recipe.  Sweet potatoes California style!


heidi's pineappled sweet potatoes (Lion House Cookbook)
6 medium sweet potatoes or yams, cooked and peeled
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 can (13 1/4 ounces) pineapple chunks, well drained or use pineapple tidbits
2 tablespoons butter

Cook sweet potatoes in boiling salted water until tender.  Cut into thick slices; arrange in shallow baking dish.  Stir and blend well the sugars, salt, cornstarch in a heavy saucepan.  In a small saucepan, bring fruit juices to a boil; gradually add to sugar mixture.  Cook and stir until thickened.  Add pineapple and butter.  Pour over potatoes.  Serve immediately, or place in a 350-degree oven just until bubbly hot.  Makes 8 servings.

megan's turkey dressing









Megan made this absolutely delicious dressing recipe for Thanksgiving dinner, which she graciously hosted.   She cooked one batch in the oven and one in the slow cooker which I had never thought of doing before (instead of inside the bird).  What a great idea!

megan's turkey dressing 
16 cups day old bread (2 loaves with crusts cut off)
1/2 cup chopped onions
4 cups chopped celery
1/2 pound fresh sausage
1/2 pound butter
3 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup turkey broth

Cook onions, sausage and celery in butter for 10 minutes until sausage is cooked.  Combine and mix thoroughly.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour to 1 hour.  Stir while cooking.  Makes 12 cups.
 

buttermilk ranch dressing









Anne made this homemade version of buttermilk ranch dressing and it was perfect.  She said she'd tried other recipes but was never pleased with them but was content with this one.  It went splendidly with the Honey Baked ham she brought to the Thanksgiving table (which she stood in line for over an hour for...it was worth it).

buttermilk ranch dressing (Our Best Bites)
1 cup mayo (no substitutes)
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon parsley
1/8 teaspoon dill
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/4 teaspoons dried chives
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard

Whisk mayo and buttermilk until the texture is lump free.  Whisk in remaining ingredients.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Monday, December 2, 2013

thanksgiving dinner












For the first time in the history of our married life, my husband, kiddos and I spent Thanksgiving out-of-state with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins...and lots of them!  It was very nice just as a Thanksgiving dinner should be.  I love the napkins that dressed the table.  If I ever host Thanksgiving dinner at my house I'll need reminders everywhere to keep calm- on napkins, t-shirts, posters, etc.  Megan was the perfect hostess and so calm.  So let's carry on with some great recipes...
cranberry meatballs, pumpkin fluff dip with apples, grapes & cinnamon graham cracker sticks (I made the apple bird), famous vegetable soup for the soul, pineappled sweet potatoes, heidi's sweet potatoes, megan's turkey dressing and anne's buttermilk ranch dressing.  




























































Sunday, December 1, 2013

slow cooker garlic lime chicken









Attention busy people: You need to know about this recipe.  It's SOOO good.  We came home late last night from a week-long Southern CA vacation and I knew I couldn't get to the store until tomorrow.  I threw 7 ingredients that we had on hand into the slow cooker this morning (including frozen chicken breasts!) and when we came home from church we were wowed.  After trying the chicken my son asked for more "fancy chicken".  Fancy?!  We can have fancy chicken every busy night!
Thank you, Heidi for letting me raid your cookbook for some recipes while we were at your home!

slow cooker garlic lime chicken (my sister-in-law Heidi's cookbook)
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used frozen)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Place chicken in slow cooker.  Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.  Cover.  Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low 6-8 hours.  Serve with rice and fresh fruits and vegetables.

What I have to say- a family favorite!