Veggie stuffed chicken

Have you ever found a recipe on pinterest and your sucked in to the picture. It looks so easy to make and so good. But then you start cooking… your pictures are looking nothing like what you saw on pinterest?

Veggie stuffed chicken was that recipe for me.

Ingredients:

thin chicken breast

frozen chopped broccoli

frozen peppers and onions

mayo

diced tomatoes

shredded cheese

Also cooked this with rice on the side.

First, if your chicken breast is not thin, use a mallet and flatten it out.

next take the frozen vegetables and tomatoes. mix together with mayo and cheese. I basically eyeballed how much mayo I used. I didn’t want to much but enough.

I used a cast iron skillet and put the chicken on the edge. that way i could stuff and then turn over.

I cooked in the oven for 30 minutes on 350*. it did get watery. I’m sure because of the vegetable and mayo

I served with yellow rice on the side.

It tasted good…but it looks less than appetizing

this is how it was suppose to look from Pinterest.

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Cooking together- pork chops, green beans, potatoes

The bf and I don’t get to cook together very often. Last night, we both were off work at a decent time and were able to sit down and cook together.

On the menu:

Thick cut pork chops

Green beans

potatoes

I know that it doesn’t sound like a lot. Or really anything fancy, but that wasn’t the point. It was us cooking together.

Basically, we cut up the potatoes into slices, mixed with olive oil and seasoning.

The green beans were tossed with olive oil and seasoning.

Both were put into the oven at 350* for 20 minutes. Took out half way and tossed.

The pork chops were seasoned and also put into the oven. they prob would have been better on the grill, but we realized we didn’t have any propane. lol

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The Wager by Rachel Van Dyken

The Wager is the second book in the series The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken. I would make sure to read The Bet first before this book.

About the book:

I was not intending to read the second book but I forgot that I requested it from the library and when it showed up in my library que, figured might as well read it!

download (7)The Wager picks up from the first book following Jake Titus and Char Lynn. They both have known each other from childhood. Jake is the richie, rich boy that has always been known as to handsome, rich, arrogant, sexy, and everything in between. Char is a local tv reporter that wants nothing to do with Jake again after him leaving her alone after sleeping with her.

They are thrown together for a wedding party from the first book in the series. They must work together to help with wedding plans per Grandmas request.

Char and Jake don’t want to do it because its awkward enough being in the same room together when you walked away from a one night stand. But throw in being attracted to one another again?

 

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STOP HERE ! POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!

Ok, so this book was a lot like the first. cute, funny, sexy, and a good short read. I felt like the first one that there was a lot of things being left out. I know the grandma is meddling but they make comments regarding Benadryl and other things that you feel like you are not in on the private jokes.

Over all the book was good. I have been reading so many mystery books that sometimes you just need a good sexy read. Sometimes books are meant to make to much sense, I just wish that the author would explain things a little more.

I give this book 3 Stars. I would recommend it to any one that wants a quick feel good book. I would suggest that you do not read this book without first reading the Bet.

 

Library haul 08

As you can tell, I love thriller and suspense books.

21032312_815231239623_8707258607396552250_nThe Other Girl by Erica Spindler. “What if no one believed you?” Officer Miranda Rader lives in a small town in Louisiana. She prides herself on how she has made it possible to be respected for her “honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis.” That is until a murder happens at a college where a newspaper clipping is found regarding a night 15 years ago that Miranda would like to forget about. Another man is found dead and the only connection is to Miranda. She is being criticized and her honesty and integrity doubted. What happened all those years ago and what is happening now?

The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal “Utterly compelling…The Lost download (1)ones will stay with you for a long, long time after you finish the last page. Perhaps forever- Jeffery Deaver.” Nora Watts is a product of the foster system, filled with violence and pain. She gave up her child many years ago with no care in the world knowing that it would have been better if she was never born. She receives a call one day, 15 years later, that her daughter Bonnie has vanished. She doesn’t want to care but she does and sets out with her dog to find Bonnie. She is sent into the world of darkness of lies and trying to find the truth, knowing that she is going someone that she has run from so many years ago.

download (2)The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond. Jake and Alice are the couple that others dream about wanting to be. They are successful in their jobs and lives, recently married. They receive a wedding gift to join an exclusive group called The Pact. In the group there are rules, answer the phone when your spouse calls, exchange thoughtful gifts monthly, plan a trip, and never tell others about The Pact. They enjoy being part of this group, they have a sense of belonging, community, and glamorous lifestyle. But then a rule is broke and the Pact goes to great lengthens to make sure that the rules are enforced. “How far would you go to protect your marriage?”

A Stranger in the house by Shari Lapena. Author of The couple next door brings download (3)another suspenseful book. You have everything in the world, a husband, job, house. Then one night while you are at home, receive a call that makes you run out of the house to look into a building. Then nothing. You remember nothing from that night. You were told that you were in an accident. The police think that drugs or alcohol is involved. Your husband believes that there is something else, because he knows you right? Your best friend, doesn’t believe it. You? You don’t know what to believe.

 

download (5)Unsub by Meg Gardiner. Caitlin has been a narcotics detective for the last 6 years when the UNSUB (FBI calls those that are unknown suspects) called the prophet emerges again. This is the same UNSUB that has haunted her father when he was a detective and drove him mad. Now more bodies are showing up with the same markings of the UNSUB. Is it the real UNSUB or just a copy cat?

 

 

download (6)The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer “The Doll Funeral gathers pace with every page, hooking you into its strangeness and keeping you hooked to the very last word.- Financial Times” Ruby finds out on her 13th birthday that are abusive parents are not her real parents, but that she was adopted. She wants to find her parents and runs away into the woods with nothing other than her friend–the imaginary Shadow Boy. She lives with a group of siblings in the woods that take her in as part of their family. Ruby is happy beyond belief because she never has had a family. But are they really her family or a threat to her?

 

Have you read any of these books?

Which ones interest you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amish beef and noodles

howdy everyone. it’s a wonderful Tuesday here. the air is warming up and the air is clear.

tonight is archery and I wanted to just throw something in the crockpot so that I could go as well.

in my area there is a family run business that makes beef and chicken in cans. it is kinda expensive but oh so good.

you can make this recipe with any kind of beef, steak, chicken, etc.

ingredients:

beef, noodles, mushrooms, stroganoff, cream of mushroom soup, fried onions, mozzarella chesse.

first cook your noodles. well if you have to cook the meat cook that first. drain and put into crockpot with mushrooms and canned meat .

I know doesn’t look pleasant. mix all together

mix the stroganoff into it.

top with cheese and crispy onions

individual beef stew

I have these little individual dishes that are so cute. for dinner I wanted to do individual beef stew dishes with biscuits on top. I have done something similar before with mashed potatoes on top. all you need for ingredients is one pound ground beef, mushrooms, potatoes, beef stew mix, and biscuits. first brown your hamburger. add your mushrooms all the potatoes. I used canned whole potatoes that I sliced. I could have used raw but then it takes longer to cook. mix in the beef stew mix. this is actually to cook in the crockpot but worked out just fine. put into individual dishes. top with biscuits that you have tore apart. could also leave them together if you want. cook in the oven on 350* for 30 minutes. I served with a salad. it was very tasty.

Rambler’s rambling week to-do Sept 11-17th

september4My expectations that I am going to be able to stick to tracking everything in my planner, blogging on time, family life, working out, etc are high for this week. I just spent the last hour planning out bills and writing everything down for the rest of the month. I am hoping that I can get back on track with my weight and exercising routine. I’m trying not to make excuses but I know that with the bf work schedule and kid after school activities that the classes I usually take at night I won’t be able to go to.

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Here are some of the things that I am up to this week:

Monday

  • I am working 8 to 5pm. bf working 730 to 630 and kid has school and ymca after leavesschool
  • return library books
  • dinner is beef and mushroom stew with salad
  • body pump class 5-6 am. I better go!!!

Tuesday

  • I possible will be going into work around 9 and 3:30 to sit in on some interviews. bf is off work and kid school.
  • archery practice 5:30- 7 pm
  • Mary’s thirty-one virtual live party is at 630
  • piloxing? or if not working take the body pump class at 8:30 am.images (9)
  • dinner is beef goulash

Wednesday

  • I work 8 to 5 pm. bf works 2 to 630. kid at school and ymca after school care
  • going to bf parents for dinner to help set up for garage sale
  • body pump at 5-6 am

Thursday

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  • boy scouts 630-730
  • dinner is beef and noodles with salad
  • piloxing at 645 pm hopefully

Friday

  • I work 8 to 5. unsure on bf schedule yet
  • body pump 5-6 am
  • Jenny’s thirty-one party starts!
  • dinner is broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken with couscous and vegetables

 

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Saturday/ Sunday

  • unsure on bf schedule yet
  • going to local johnny appleseed fair either Saturday/sunday
  • Saturday possible piloxing

Lemon Garlic chicken with pasta and salad

Have you seen these boxes called “Freezer to Plate” at the grocery store?  I have been wanting to try it and when I went to the store last weekend, I found a box to try!

Here is the box and the directions on the back to give you an idea what I am talking about. It seems to be very simple to make.

 

I think what draws me to this recipe is that it says “Easy 5 min prep!” In my world right now, I need anything that is easy.

In a baking dish that states that you should have ungreased. (side note, grease it. my pasta stuck) pour the pasta and then add water. I did not use frozen chicken breast but fresh, which meant that the water I added is less.

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Next you add thee chicken breast on top of the noodles with water. then use the sauce over the chicken.

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I also served it up with salad and mashed potatoes.

Crockpot stuffin chicken

This was last Monday’s meal. I debated putting it on in the morning before work and having it cook but then stay warm in the crockpot….but that worried me that the chicken would get dry. have you ever done that with your crockpot and it turn out?!?

This recipe is very easy. All you need is chicken breast, stuffing mix, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and green beans. If you don’t like green beans, try broccoli, okra, carrots, etc.

Set the crockpot on low for 8-10 hours.

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Top with the dry stuffing mix. Mix the sour cream and cream of chicken soup together. Put this over the stuffing mix. It does get a little tricky.

Top with your vegetable of choice. Make sure that it is frozen and not fresh. 20170905_121822

And… let it cook. I ended up serving this dish and realized my phone was dead so.. did not get a picture but here is one from a recipe that I found.

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Week in review Sept 4-11th

Good afternoon everyone! how has your week gone? mine has been good, but very busy. I had a whole week planned out and it did go pretty well and according to plan. ok…well. I didn’t blog as much as I wanted to. I need to get better with that.

Tuesday

This was a very busy day for us! lots of running around. found out that I will not be working 8 to 430pm on Tuesdays any more. gotta love changes in the medical field. or changes in the work field in general.

  • set up crockpot before leaving for work. Chicken, green bean, stuffing crockpot mix (look for a post) I came home at lunch and did this
  • work 8am – 4:30 pm
  • pick up kid from the ymca and get back to the school by 5 pm for archery practice until 7 pm. found out that archery practice starts at 530 NOT 5. kid ended up walking home, my sister was at my house.
  • call library and cancel class for tonight
  • post recipe
  • send a future hostess a message regarding setting up a party on thirty-one
  • take pictures of thirty-one packages that should have arrived today!!
  • bill plan based on paycheck notice
  • set up workout bag, working out on Wednesday ! no excuses!
  • take back library movies and two books

Like I mentioned this was a very busy day. I ended up having to rush home at lunch to put food in crockpot. I got off work at 4:30 pm. rushed home to get the kid to archery practice until 7 pm. the bf ended up not getting off work till 8 pm. while he was at work, the kid and I separated out the Thirty-one products that I recently received. we made a live video which was fun to do!

Wednesday

  • body pump 5-6am I totally went to class and got my butt beat
  • work 8 to 5 pm. bf working 2-630pm. kid school then pick up at ymca
  • dinner, lemon garlic chicken with pasta
  • write up hostess letter for thirty-one

i’m not sure what happened but after work I cooked dinner and then started to not feel well. I ended up falling asleep on the couch and waking up Thursday feeling like I was run over by a truck.

Thursday

  • work 8 am to 5 pm. bf off work. kid at school
  • pay car bill, pay cell bill also paid credit card, trash
  • beef and noodles in crockpot when off work we went out to Mexican instead
  • go to piloxing from 645 to 730 nope!
  • kid will be doing archery 5 to 615, boy scouts 630 to 730 found out that archery is only on Tuesdays right now. I hate changes and miscommunication!
  • pack workout bag for Friday, body pump in AM did not pack bag, just laid everything out in bathroom

i had every intention to go to piloxing that night but after getting off work, Mexican sounded so much better. it worked out that we went there before scouts and then came home to relax.

Friday

  • body pump 5-6 am did not go 😦
  • work 8-5 pm, bf work 730-630, kid at school then goes to moms for the weekend
  • chicken with couscous we ended up going to a local fair for dinner
  • renew library books

The fair

every year around September a local fair is done. it has crafts, food, music, vendors. we rushed down there after work because we knew that we weren’t going to be able to get 20170908_212052to go on Saturday as planned. we sampled some pretzels with cheese, pioneer fries with cheese. the bf ended up getting steak tacos. I had a hobo potatoes. which Is basically mashed potatoes with steak, green peppers, tomatoes with cheese.

I also then ended up buying some things, spent way to much money!

20170910_160407First thing that I  bought was candle wax melts. they are from a local company that makes them their self. that is the beautiful thing about this fair, everything is local.

Second thing that I bought and the most expensive was young living essential oils. I love essential oils and have been eyeing the start up kit for young living essential oils. I will be taking my holistic nursing class in October to become certified and wanted to have oils for myself and that class. I registered for the kit and it will be delivered some time this week. I hope to post pictures of it soon. I also bought an essential oil bracelet. it is made with charcoal beads with an owl that I love.

 

Saturday

  • piloxing 930-1015 am
  • take Mary her hostess package
  • make Mary facebook thirty-one party page
  • spot clean animal cages
  • laundry
  • possible go to local fair?

i wanted to go to piloxing but i found out we were going to the bf’s parents house to get ready for a garage sale that they are having on Thursday. went to meet a friend around 9:15 am to drop off her Thirty-one product and quickly catch up. I also went to the library (surprise, surprise) and returned books…got more books. when i came home we ate lunch then went to the bf’s parents house. we ended up staying there from 2 pm to 9 pm setting everything out for a garage sale.

Sunday

  • make sure every that ordered thirty-one received their gifts! everyone but one!
  • double-check, no triple check Mary’s thirty-one party for Monday doing the finishing touches tonight
  • plan out rest of month pages in planner
  • laundry
  • pack work-out clothes for monday
  • blog sunday review

went grocery shopping which was not on the to-do. i love my thirty-one product the large utility tote! see everything that i bought at the store and how easily that it went into the bag?!?

my goal for the rest of the night is to post the two recipes that i did this week, my week to do list, library haul, and get dinner on the table.

how was your weekend? did you get everything done?