Monday, February 8, 2016

Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is the best that I have tried for pot pie. It's easy to put together and the perfect blend.  I got the recipe from here, but made a couple of changes. We don't like chunks in our pot pie, so I cook the chicken down and shred it. I also don't have celery seed so I took that ingredient out. It says to put your chicken in the bottom of the pie crust and pour the mixture over, but I stir it all together and pour it in at one time.

 
 
 
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup frozen green peas
1/2 cup diced celery
    1/3 cup butter
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    1/3 cup plain flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1 -3/4 cups chicken broth
    2/3 cup milk
    2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts

 


1. Preheat oven to 425

2. In a saucepan, combine carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

3. In a large saucepan, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Stir in the chicken and vegetables.

4. Pour into  pie crust. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Wedding Date Canvas Painting

 
A friend of ours made us a canvas painting with our last name letter and it was so nice. I love something handmade better than anything you could buy from a store. So that got me wanting to do canvas painting. Some friends of ours got married the month after us and so I decided to make this my first one. I have never painted on canvas or anything like this before. This is a 16x20 picture.  This is such a relaxing, easy project.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

War Room Prayers for Your Husband

 
If you have not seen the movie, War Room, please do. The makers of these films just gets better with each one they produce. The message of this one is much needed. We live in a time when so many complain about things, but never pray about them. Marriages end in divorce, relationships are shattered, co-workers cannot get along, children hating each other and the list could go on. We never use the only weapon that can truly change things in our lives. Prayer. For a lot of people, they just don't know how to use this weapon. We know what we want and we complain to God, or give him a report, but we don't know how to effectively pray. First our hearts must have the right attitude towards God. He is not waiting for us to say the magic words and he'll give us just what we ask for. We must ask him for his will. How do we know his will? Read the word of God.  Then pray for the word of God for your situation.
Just to give you an idea of some things to pray for, I am going to give you some scriptures that I pray for my husband. This list is not limited so get into the word of God and watch your husband and see what areas he needs strengthening in and then find a scripture and pray it for him, not for him to be every thing you want, but so that he can be every thing God wants him to be, so that God gets the glory for it. We don't need to tell our husbands what to be. We need to see what God wants him to be and get in our own war room and go to battle for our man!!  You don't have to wait to see things in his life to pray for. Some things are just common temptations to men, Pray for him to have strength before that temptation comes.
Here is an example of how to pray the scriptures:
The number one thing our husbands need is salvation. The bible says no man can come to God unless he is drawn. John 6:44. If your husband is not saved, pray:
"God, please draw_____to you, that he may be saved."
If he gets saved or if he is saved already, the most needful thing is for him to love God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, as we are commanded to do in Luke.
Luke 10:27 God please help___________to love you with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his strength and with all his mind.
Ex 20:3 Help _____to not have any other gods before you.
Eph. 6:4 Bless ______that he would love and nurture our children in the admonition of the Lord.
Philip. 4:8 Help ______to think on things that true, lovely, honest, just, pure, of a good report, virtuous.
Ps. 101:3 May_____put no wicked things before his eyes: computer, TV, Phone,  or anywhere.
Col. 4:6 Bless _______'s speech, that it be with grace, seasoned with salt. Eph 4:29 That no corrupt communication come out of his mouth, but that he edifies others with his words.
Eph 2:3  Give______a heart to esteem others better than himself.
Prov. 3:5-6 Help ______to trust in you and lean not unto his own understanding, but to acknowledge you in all his ways that you may direct his paths.
Matt. 4:4 Help ______to live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
There are so many things we can pray for our husband. These are just a few. We don't need to pray for selfish things like him spending more time with us, that he'll pick up his dirty socks etc. We need to pray for our men to become like Christ. When that happens, all else will fall into place.
Expect a battle when you begin to pray this way. The devil does not like us to take the most powerful weapon and use it. But go ahead and by faith, pray!!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Spinach Quiche


I love this spinach quiche, whether for breakfast or supper. I make this once a month for my husband's breakfast to take to work. It is just as good reheated as it is fresh.  This is not my picture, but it looks just like this. This picture comes from here and she adds mushrooms and different cheese. There are so many different ways you can make a quiche.

1 pie crust
8 slices bacon
4 oz diced onion
6 large eggs
1 cup spinach, diced
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp red pepper & black pepper
1 cup Swiss cheese
1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 400.
Prick holes in pie crust and bake 7 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350.
Cook bacon until crisp and crumble.
With remaining grease cook onions until clear. Drain.
Mix the eggs, spinach, milk, onions, salt, peppers and half the cheeses and pour into pie crust.
Sprinkle the top of quiche with the rest of remaining cheeses.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fluffy Brown Rice

We all know that brown rice is better for us, but who likes the wet, heavy rice? Who wants to add peas or gravy to already soggy rice? I searched for a year and a half and was about to give up on brown rice until I found a recipe by Alton Brown.  This recipe makes fluffy, light brown rice perfect every time. You can double the recipe and it works perfect.  He has for you to add some butter to the pan, but I never do. You can't tell the difference. For something different, you can add chicken bullion or fresh mushrooms diced up, but it's great just like it is.

1-1/2 cups brown rice
2-1/2 cups water

Preheat oven to 375 for glass or 400 for metal pan.

Put the rice in an 8 or 9 inch baking pan.
Bring the water to a boil and pour over rice.
Cover tightly with tenfoil.
Bake for one hour.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Don't Tell

Here is another example of being a Christian 1st. My ex-husband just bought out my half of our home but there was a lesson to be told before the papers were signed.
I recently remarried and told my ex-husband that I was going to sell our home. He said he wanted it and he and I set up a time to do a walk through.  The very next week, my children were there moving some stuff out and noticed that the flooring under the refrigerator was soft. My husband and I went back over that night and the valve behind the refrigerator had gone bad and had been leaking.  Several people told me to just not tell my ex because 'we had done the walk through and it was fine at that point'.  He was 'buying the house as is'.
There is a lot of hatred of ex spouses in our world. People let that hatred make them do nasty things and feel some bad emotions about the other. My ex did walk out on a family that was and is still, serving God. He went against the word of God and did just what he felt like doing, what was easy.  From the day he walked out, I began praying for God to help me forgive him. Forgiveness does not mean what he did was OK, it just means I'm taking my hands off of him and letting God deal with him. The bible says, the way of the transgressor is hard. God never lies. When a person goes against God, it is hard. So when I was told to not tell him, I knew it was wrong. I had forgiven him and if I was selling this home to a close friend or someone I loved, I would tell them. Just because he did his family wrong, does not give me the right to do him wrong. God sees all that we do in secret and he judges us for it. He also sees the right things we do and judges us openly for those as well.
So I told him about it. I know he doesn't appreciate that, because he never appreciated anything I did for him, but God knew I was being honest.  I didn't do it for him to appreciate it. I didn't do it to  gain any favor with him. I did it simply because, 1st I am a Christian,  before I am an ex-wife.  A Christian cannot let their emotions get in the way of doing what is right. God says to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It does not say do unto them what you think they deserve. God says to esteem others better than yourself, not think of yourself before others who you think are not worthy of it. When God tells us how to treat others, he gives no stipulations as to whom you can not do right. He does not say if it's an ex-spouse who did you wrong, he does not say if your boss is mean you can write that verse off for him, he does not give us the privilege of cutting certain groups out. He says to do it and we must.  1st I am a Christian, before I am an ex-wife.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Yes or No

I am going to start a new series on here, called "1st I am a Christian". No matter what happens or where we are or who we are around, if we bought by the precious blood of Christ, we must remember that before anything else, we are a Christian. Every thing we do, every where we go, the people we hang  around with, the way we deal with others, the things we listen to and watch, should all be filtered by the fact, that before we are a husband, wife, sister, brother, mother, father, friend or co-worker, we are a Christian. God lets bad things happen to us, so that we can let him shine through us, that others may see there is a better way to handle things. A way that brings us peace and lets others see God in us. What good does it do to be a Christian, if we don't live the word out. Every one knows how to get mad and blow up. Everyone knows how to lie, steal and cheat, how to get even with someone. But God has a better way.  There has been quite a few lessons I have learned in life, the hard way. Even though others told me I had a right to do this or that, or to say this or that, God didn't. I thank him for  his word and the peace that passes all understanding when you follow it.
A problem will keep reoccurring and make us more aggravated every time it comes up, if we don't look at the root of the problem, which can be found in the word of God. Take any problem and look in the word and you will see it clearly and know how to respond.  Before you respond to any hurt or anger or bad situation, remember that you are a Christian first.  If it is not more important for Christ to be seen in you, than for your flesh to be glorified through your reaction, then you need to check up on your salvation. This life is not about us being tough. It's about drawing others to Christ through the life we live on a daily basis in front of everyone.
A common problem that occurs all the time, is that people don't want to give you a straight answer. This is very common when it comes to buying and selling.  I am in the middle of selling my home. I know what I want for it. A realtor told me to ask more and go down. That makes no sense to me.  I am not going to haggle and go back and forth. I prayed about it, I know what sum God gave me and I am sticking to it. But that is God's way. Matthew 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Settle it in your heart, hear from him and wait.  The worlds way is to haggle, bargain, go back and forth, making excuses for the sum they can or will pay, looking at little things and trying to make the other person think they can't pay that much. Did you notice the second part of that verse? Whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. People will lie to you to get what they want, to get their way. Whenever I go to buy something, I pray about it and get the amount I know the Lord has told me and then find it. If someone gives me a price too high, I just go on. Is it more important for you to brag about the deal you got, even if you know you had to lie to get it or for Christ to be seen because your answer was simply yes or no?
If someone asks you to come to dinner, go shopping or to a  movie or do anything, if you know you don't want to do something with that person, just say no. It's better to say no, than to go and make everyone miserable because you are showing an attitude. I had that happen in our family. One person made the whole day miserable because they couldn't control their emotions and made sure everyone knew they didn't want to be there. I never made them come. They profess to be a Christian, but they sure didn't look or act like one that day to anyone there. It was more important to that person to show their flesh than for God to be seen in them.
These are just 2 examples. The next time you feel yourself hesitate or think about how to answer someone, just ask God what your answer should be and be honest. When you walk away from that person, it feels so good to know that you were honest and trusted God, that if he wanted it, it happened and that you didn't do anything to hurt the work of God. God honors us when we honor his word.
Before being a wheeler and dealer or someone who doesn't take anything off anyone, be a Christian. God paid a high price for you, if you are saved. It's the least we can do for him.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Best Cinnamon Rolls


 

 I have tried a lot of cinnamon roll recipes, but we like this one the best. I can't imagine it getting any better than this. I got the recipe and picture from here. If you want to see a detailed post on each step for how to make these rolls, just go to the link and she shows you in detail how to make these.  I don't put mine on parchment paper and they come out of the pan just fine.  I also don't mix the egg, oil and buttermilk separately. I just put it all in the bowl and add the flour last and mine rise and bake up beautifully.  I also don't have fresh lemon juice so I just used my lemon juice in the bottle and I also added more cream cheese and a little more sugar to my icing, after reading that a true cinnabon has equal amounts of butter and cream cheese.

3/4 cup water, 115 degrees

2-1/4 tsp. yeast

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature

1 egg

1/3 cup oil

1 tsp. salt

4-1/2 cups plain flour

 

Mix the yeast and water and let set 5 minutes.

Add the sugar, buttermilk, egg and oil. Mix together.

Add the salt and then half the flour. Add additional flour 1/4 cup at a time until  the dough leaves the edges of the bowl. Knead for 5 minutes and then cover and let rise until double, about an hour and a half.

 

Filling:

1/2 cup soft butter

1-1/4 cups brown sugar

2-1/2 TBS cinnamon

2 TBS cornstarch

Roll the dough out on the counter to a thin rectangle. Spread the butter over the dough and then sprinkle with mixture.  Roll up tightly.  Using dental floss, cut every 2 inches and place in a greased 9x13 pan.  Cover and let rise 1-1/2 hours or until edges almost touch.

Bake for  about 17 minutes at 350, or until the top starts to brown.

 

Icing:

4 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 TBS corn syrup

1-1/2 cups confectionary sugar

Mix together and spread a thin layer on rolls, fresh out of the oven. Wait about 5 minutes and spread the rest.

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

This is now my new favorite soup. I love stuffed bell peppers, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. We  all voted it to be a keeper.  I started out with this recipe, but changed it up just a bit. It says to cook it in a crock pot, but we just cooked it like a normal soup on top of the stove.  I added garlic cloves and  sausage to it. We thought it was perfect!
1/2 lb. hamburger
1/2 lb. sausage
1 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
15 oz can tomato sauce
15 oz can diced tomatoes
2 cups diced bell pepper
3 cups beef broth
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 cup cooked rice

Brown your beef and sausage with the onion. Drain and add the rest of the ingredients. Let it simmer for one hour. This is good served with cornbread.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mexican Cornbread


Someone told me about Mexican Cornbread and how good it was so I decided to give it a try. After doing some searching and reading comments, I started with the basic recipe from here and did some adding to that others said was good additions. The original  recipe makes a 9x13 but I cut it in half to make an 8 inch skillet. The changes I made to this recipe is that I added jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and minced onions.  This was a big hit at our house. If you want it hotter, just add more jalapenos.

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 of 15 oz can cream corn
1-1/2 oz. chopped green chili peppers, drained
1/4 cup pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 tsp. jalapeno, with seeds, diced
2 TBS minced onions
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 300. Grease an 8 inch pan or cast iron skillet.

Beat the butter and sugar together.

Add eggs.

Blend in corn, chilies, cheeses, jalapeno, onion.

Add cornmeal and flour, salt and baking powder.

Pour into pan and bake one hour or until done.

 
 
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