Sunday, May 31, 2009
A Night of Praise
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Coming and going...
Our son Noah Reagan was born last night after a long, long adventure. When Nat went into labor Thursday morning, we called our moms and they made the trip. My mom Beverly got here after lunch and got a call shortly thereafter that my Granddad, who led me to Christ and practically reared my brother and I and was a father to us, had developed double pneumonia and was not doing well. We knew that as Natalie progressed toward delivery and Noah neared entering the world, Grandpa was weakening and would soon leave it. Noah was born at 8:26, and my Grandpa and hero Onus Sanders passed away this morning at 4:59 am. So its been a bittersweet morning, but mostly sweet as Grandpa is with Jesus. Please pray today for my mom as she travels 4 hours home alone and for my Grandma Harriette as she deals with the loss, though Grandpa had been in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer's for a long time. We love you. We praise Jesus for new life in Noah and for freedom in Heaven with Jesus for my Grandpa. Love, JD
We'll miss you, Granddaddy, but we're glad you're at peace and with Jesus!
Welcome baby Noah! We're so glad you're here with us!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Today I'm a cookin' Mama!
I bought my first Boston Butt today. I had to call my grandmother to see how to cook it! It turned out well. She recommended putting the meat in a pan with a little water, season well with salt and pepper, and some seasoning salt if you had it. Then cover it and cook it for about an hour on 400 and then reduce (I went down to 325) for another couple of hours until the juice that comes out is not red. It came out well! I ate mine with barbeque sauce. Along with that I made for us, and the other family, roasted ranch potatoes. It's good and easy. I use red potatoes and cut them into quarters. I get a large ziplock baggy and put a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch with some EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). Drop your potatoes down in there, zip it up, and shake. Put them in a pan (with sides...I use a cake pan) and cook for about 20-30 min. on 425. Yum! For dessert for us I cut up some strawberries and made a sauce by warming up a little bit of fat free sweetened condensed milk with some mini semi-sweet choc. chips. Then some fat free whipped cream on top. Oh, yeah...it's like strawberries dipped in chocolate. Delish!
For my friends I made a recipe I got from a friend of mine that was in Thailand (thanks, Catherine!). It's called chicken broccoli puffs. You can cook up some chicken (probably about 4-6 breasts) and cut it up in small pieces. Because I knew I was going to be cooking a lot, I just bought a whole chicken that was cooked rotisseri style and picked the chicken off the bone. You'll also need to get some fresh broccoli (about 3-4 small bunches?--not sure what you call one stalk of broccoli), boil it, and drain. Add the chicken, broccoli, salt and pepper to taste, and 8 oz (one bar) of cream cheese that's softened, together. For the "puff" part, you'll need a can of those croissants. I got two cans of 8. You'll take two of the croissants and join them together so that it makes a square. After you've got it all joined up, you scoop some of the chicken/broccoli mix in the center. Pinch the sides together to make it closed. Do this for the rest of the croissants. This made 8 "puffs" with the two cans. You put these on a cookie sheet and the recipe says to bake at 425 for 30 min...but I found that I needed to do it at about 400 for about 15-20 min. The only thing you have to be careful about is not letting the outside getting too brown before the inside it done...that's why I lowered the temp. Sorry this isn't in recipe format! I just felt the need to write it out conversation style! ;-)
I also made them a Weight Watchers chocolate chip peanut butter pie. Ok...this is awesome! I'm not sure if I can post a Weight Watchers recipe on here or not? If you'd like the recipe, let me know! It's easy and so good. I usually don't do all the reduced fat items on the recipe, but I figure it's still less fat than something you would buy in the store.
So, that's what I did! I hope you're enjoying the recipes. I have so many, it's crazy. Happy cooking!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sophie ate hers up! So did I! Joe got his later when he got home, and we still have several pancakes left and some muffins. Even though I didn't make them tonight, I thought I would include the best grits suggestion ever! This is what I grew up eating and I personally think it's the best. You basically get whatever type of grits you normally buy (I usually get the box or little bag of the quick grits). You cook them according to the package directions, but right before they're done (they're still a little soupy), you add one egg to them and stir it in and the egg cooks in the grits. We also add some pieces of cheddar cheese and some butter...about a tablespoon. All of it will melt and your grits will have a light yellow color to them. Man...they're good! I usually can't do the regular white grits after having these.
Hope you have a great day!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Hearts and Jumps...
I have the sandwich on my favorite little plates from Ikea. I LOVE their kids plates, cups, bowls, forks, spoons, and knives. You can get a pack of plates (6) for about $2. You can also get a set of bowls for the same price. I also got a pack of several plastic ware pieces for the same. I highly recommend them!!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Fun and Fit
God bless you!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Check it out!
- 2 cups tuna (I always get the tuna that's in water)
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup mayo (I used light Kraft...and I'm sure you could do a little less if you wanted to)
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 1 tsp minced onion
- 1 Tbs lemon juice
- 1 cup almonds on top (I used the almond slivers)
- cornflakes on top--optional (I opted not to)
Mix everything together, put in a casserole dish, and bake at 375 for 30 mins.
We ate it with a salad. I also made dessert tonight, which I don't usually do. It's an easy dessert that tastes great. You get your favorite can of pie filling. Tonight I used a can of strawberry. Then you get a box of cake mix that will complement it. I chose white vanilla cake mix. Other good combos are cherry with chocolate cake mix (my favorite), blueberry with yellow cake mix, apple with spice cake mix, etc. You get a casserole dish and put in the can of pie filling. Then you sprinkle about half the box of cake mix on top--just the powder straight from the box. Then you pour about a stick of melted butter of the top...or you can just put dallops all over of soft butter. I baked mine on 375 for 30 mins and it didn't get completely done (I think my dish might've been too deep...if you spread it out more over a larger dish, it does better). But it was still very tasty! You may need to do it for about 45 min. You can also sprinkle chopped nuts on top if you like before baking.
And this is the meal (except the dessert)! I also included our prayer sticks in the picture. The stick I featured on the top says, "future children and future generations". I created this when Joe and I first got married. So we will continue to pray for any more children we may have and our children's children, and on down the line. God hears our prayers!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A time to visit
May the Lord bless you today! Stacey
Monday, May 18, 2009
Easy Chicken (I don't know what the formal name is!):
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup with herbs (be sure it's got the herbs!)
- 1 8 oz container of sour cream (I use the light kind and it tastes good)
- chicken (I usually use a package of boneless skinless breasts (4) or one pack of tenderloins)
Just mix it all together and you can cook it in the crockpot on high for about 2 or 2 1/2 hours or low for longer...maybe 4 or 5 hours. It makes a great sauce that is good over rice or mashed potatoes.
Here's one more favorite that is awesome!
- 1 3 oz package of lemon jello
- 1/4 cup of yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup of oil (some type of vegetable oil works best)
- 1 1/2 tsp of garlic salt
- chicken (again, I usually use skinless, boneless 4 pack)
Preheat oven to 350. Place chicken in a casserole dish (you don't have to grease it). Mix ingredients together and pour over chicken. Cook in oven for about an hour...mine is usually done in about 45 min.
Hope you like it...I usually serve the lemon chicken over rice. The sauce is a little tangy and it tastes great over rice!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We love to read!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I need some feedback...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I want to be a loser!
This brings to mind another thing that I've done around the house. I've written different Bible verses on index cards. Most of them I've done in bright colors and I drew little pictures over key words or underlined key words so that I could remember them better. I've also put them in key places. I've got a verse about thinking on the Lord in my sleep taped to the lamp beside my bed. I've got the verse I mentioned before on my fridge. I've got another verse on my mirror in our bedroom. In the past, I've used a whiteboard marker and written verses on the bathroom mirror...when you want to change it, you can just wipe it off and go again. It's good to keep the Word of the Lord in your sight...and it's great if you have kids, too. An encouraging word on their bathroom mirror might minister to them in the mornings before school. It could also minister to your husband or wife to leave them a note claiming a verse for them. As I'm writing this, I know that I need to do this more often myself. I used to do better about leaving my husband notes of encouragement. I have kind of neglected this as time has gone by.
I have lots of goals...pray for me that God will help me have the motivation I need!! Thanks!
Monday, May 11, 2009
A Special Day
Saturday, May 9, 2009
(this is a little different from the way I would normally fix it, but I really like it on bread or crackers...or when I was pregnant...on dill pickle flavored Pringles :-))
- Two large cans of white chicken breast, drained
- 1 small can of crushed pineapple, not drained
- chopped pecans, onions, celery (as much as you prefer)
- Mayo (enough to cover all the chicken)
- craisins (or dried cranberries, whichever you prefer)
As you can tell, this is all not very measured. You just mix it all up and enjoy! If there's something you don't like, you can leave it out. It's got kind of a sweet taste to it, which I like. I usually have it with the craisins, but today I had some dried cranberries already, so I used that and it was good. Hope you like it!
Most of you have probably already had this. I've had it many times and it's addictive!
- 4 lbs green or red grapes (seedless...you can also cut them in half if you like...I left them whole)
- 8 oz sour cream
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup sugar in the raw (or brown sugar)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
Mix sour cream, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together (I did it with a mixer). Mix these ingredients in with the grapes. Sprinkle the brown sugar or sugar in the raw and nuts over the top (I didn't need to use that much on the top...just enough to cover it).
We also had some celery and carrots with Hidden Valley Ranch dip, tortilla chips and salsa, and a Jell-O no bake cherry cheesecake that I added almond flavoring to. Yum...I don't know about ya'll, but I love anything almond flavored. Don't get me started on Fresh Market's almond pillow cookies...I could eat my weight in those things!
Hope all of you have a great Mother's Day. God bless!