Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

    I know that oatmeal is healthy for you, but I do not like mushy oatmeal, so I just don't eat it. I have tried a couple of baked oatmeal recipes, but they were either dry or tasteless.  Then I found this recipe.  I gave it one more try and I'm so glad I did. My hubby doesn't like mushy oatmeal either, so when he asked for seconds, I knew this was a keeper!!  This oatmeal is moist and flavorful. It's just perfect.  The only thing I changed, is that I used all Old Fashioned Oatmeal.  She says to use 1/4 to 1/2 cup chocolate chips. I used 1/2 cup and it's perfect, but use less if you desire.


3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
 1 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
½ c. butter melted
2 eggs, beaten
 ½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
2.  Spoon into a greased 9 inch baking dish  (or any similar sized baking dish).
3.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set.

I used a 7x11 baking dish and it was done perfectly in 30 minutes.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Taking Chance

 
    This is a movie based on a true story of a young man named, Chance, who gave his life in Iraq while serving in the military.  It shows the great care that is taken of this body when one  has lost his life for our country.  This is a must see movie for every American. I am very thankful for the great care that they take of our soldiers, even after they have died.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Finally, How to Easily Peel Farm Fresh Eggs

 
 I LOVE having farm fresh eggs. What I don't love, is peeling them when I need boiled eggs. When I have needed large amounts of boiled eggs, I would buy them from the store, because I hate chipping away every tiny piece. I have tried every method I have heard about or read on the internet.  Nothing has worked. Last week I saw a new method and I was excited to try it. I made sure my eggs were 7 days old,  but after it was all said and done, my eggs looked more like golf balls. I went back to that post and read the comments. One person had a comment that she claimed worked 100% of the time and even used her eggs that she had collected that very morning. I gave it one more shot. The eggs you see above are those eggs! I was so excited when the shells came right off that I took my plate of eggs around to all my family members in the house to show them!  These eggs were just 1 day old!!  The method is simple, you just have to have 2 temperature shocks to make the membrane let loose of the shell. Here's how it's done.

Put enough water in a pan to cover the eggs, and bring to a boil.  Carefully put your eggs in the pan and let boil for 15 minutes. That is the first temperature shock.
While they are boiling, fill a bowl with ice and then add some cold water. As soon as the eggs have cooked for 15 minutes, immediately place them in the ice water. Second temperature shock.  I waited 10 minutes and then peeled them. This is the best fresh boiled eggs I have ever made in my life.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sergeant York

 I usually don't watch a movie more than one time, but this is one I would watch again.  It is based on a true story of a man who was a brawler and drinker and then was converted. After giving his life to God, he was called to war and became a hero. It's a great movie that shows us that when we truly surrender to God, that no matter where we go, he'll protect us and that whatever he wants to do in our lives will happen, regardless of what is going on around us.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Iron Will

   This is a movie based on actual events. It's a clean movie that  the entire family can watch. It's action packed, so no boring moments.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

15 Minute Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

   Last week I tried this new recipe that I had found on Pinterest.  The entire family loved it and agreed that we need to have this at least once a month. I cooked some pasta to go with it and it was perfect. It would be good over rice too. I didn't have any zucchini, but with this recipe, you can use whatever vegetables you have. This literally cooks in 15 minutes. The key is, to have your pieces cut small enough. I cut mine in bite size pieces. If you like your vegetables crunchy, cut them a little bigger. The tomatoes really make this dish!

  • 2 medium chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper, chopped (any colors you like)
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup tomatoes, chopped or plum/grape
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  •  
     
    Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
    Chop all your vegetables and chicken into bite size pieces and place in large bowl..
    In a small dish, mix the olive oil and seasonings.
    Drizzle over meat and veggies and toss to coat.
     Put on baking sheet, lined with tinfoil.
    Bake for 15 minutes or until veggies are charred and chicken is done.
    Serve over pasta or rice.
     
     

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Oven Baked Pork Chops & Potatoes


    I was wanting to try something new with pork chops, so I went online and found this recipe. Our entire family loved it. The pork chops were tender and flavorful, as well as the potatoes. I didn't sprinkle the pork chops with parsley, but I figured that was just for looks.  I also doubled the marinade and I was glad I did. I used every bit of it.

    Ingredients
    Rub
    • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
    • 2 TBS ketchup
    • 1 TBS  soy sauce
    • 2 TBS  brown sugar
    • 1 TBS  olive oil (or vegetable or canola oil)
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
    Chops
    • 4 pork chops
    • 1.6 lb baby potatoes , larger ones cut in half
    • 1 TBS  olive oil
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450/
    2. Toss potatoes in oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scatter on baking tray.
    3. Place in oven for 15 minutes (giving them a head start).
    Pork
    1. Meanwhile, mix the Rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
    2. Slather the pork on both sides with the Rub, reserving some Rub for basting.
    3. Take the tray out of the oven. Place pork on the tray.
    4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove tray from oven, spoon over reserved rub on the surface then bake for a further 10 minutes (or 15 minutes for large chops .
    5. Take tray out of the oven, flick to grill/broiler on high.
    6. Use a brush to get the golden juices off the tray (especially around pork) and dab it onto the pork - this is key for flavour and colour!
    7. Pop pork under grill/broiler for a few minutes until pork is caramelised and golden.
    8. Serve, scraping the juices on the tray onto the pork, then garnish with parsley if desired

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    Peas & Bacon


             There are some in our family that don't particularly care for green peas. But a couple of us love them.  I am always on the look out for new recipes to try with peas for my other family members.  When I tried this recipe, it was a real hit. There was not any left in the pan. It's quick to cook and easy. 

    2 TBS butter
    16 oz. frozen green peas
    1/2 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
    2 TBS brown sugar
    1 TBS spicy brown mustard
    1/4 tsp. pepper

    Melt butter in pan. Add frozen peas and cook 5 minutes.
    Add remaining ingredients and cook an additional 3 minutes.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    One Verse That Can Change Your Life


      There are a lot of verses in the bible that can change your life, especially the one that tells you how to be saved. That's where it all begins.  After that, we are to read the bible and believe it's every word.  It's not an opinion or maybe true, it's the only thing in this world that is absolute truth.
     We were listening to a series on Tension, through Fellowship Baptist Church in WV. On one of the CDs, he expounded on this verse and it was just so good, that I made this little sign above, to go on our refrigerator. On the back, I have the definitions to each of the words. They are simple words, but just looking at the definitions, gives you a perfect picture of what God is telling us.
    Ephesians 4:31-32 says Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  God's word   has the power to change a life completely, but we have to let it. God never forces us to do right, but he gives us the tools to live a life that is peaceable and that pleases him, but we have to take the tools of the word of God and use them, not just keep them sitting on the shelf.
    God tells us to put away bitterness. That is resentment, hard feelings that someone did you wrong. Haven't we all had someone do us wrong?  Didn't we do God wrong? Do you know that when we harbor bitterness, that we continue to do God wrong, because he has said to put it away. To keep bitterness in our hearts, is to sin against God.
    He says to put away wrath. That is extreme anger. The more you think about a thing, the angrier you become. Put it away. When you become angry, you say things you don't mean, do things you wouldn't otherwise do and you hurt people in a way that sometimes, cannot be fixed.
    God says to put away anger. That is a strong feeling of hostility. It's not worth holding onto it. It will build to wrath, and eventually, to action.
    Clamour. That is shouting. No one likes to be yelled at. It shows that you are angry and  makes others feel like you hate them.
    Evil Speaking. I really like this one. The very day we listened to this sermon, something happened at work and I was about to tell my husband at lunch, but God reminded me of evil speaking. It's saying anything that would be hurtful to the person you are speaking about. If it doesn't effect the other person's life, why tell it?  Even if it's true, don't talk about it, unless you are willing to speak it in front of them. If someone is doing something wrong, talk to God alone about it.
    When we put away those things, then we can be kind, which is helpful, gentle and a good disposition.
    Tenderhearted-compassionate. Forgiving, which is to grant a pardon, to cease to feel resentment against.
    Jesus used the parable in Matthew 18: 23-35 to teach us about forgiveness. The man owed a debt that was comparable to ten million dollars and was forgiven, yet he went out and grabbed a man by the throat that owed him the equivalent of $15 and demanded he pay him back.  God paid our sin debt. It was so large, that we could never have repaid it. Just like the man and the ten million dollars. How dare we, think we can make others pay for what they have done, when it's so small compared to what God has forgiven us. We are to forgive, as he has forgiven us.
    When I heard this sermon, I didn't want to forget it and I don't want my family to either. Tensions will come. Hurtful things will happen, but God has an answer.  It feels so much better to forgive, to be tenderhearted and kind than to be angry, bitter and speaking evil all the time. And most of all, it please God. Then the peace of God comes into our heart and we can be truly happy. A happy that shows on our face and in the way that we live.

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Best Baked Beans


    I really like Pioneer Woman's recipes, so when I wanted to try something different with baked beans, I headed over to her blog.  I found this recipe.  We were  not disappointed.  These have just enough sweet and just enough spice. Of course, the men in the family said I could add some jalapenos next time, but they like stuff a little hotter than the females in the house.

                                Baked Beans

    8 pieces bacon

    1 cup onion, diced

    1/2 cup bell pepper, diced

    3 28oz. Cans pork n beans

    3/4 cup BBQ sauce

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar

    2 tsp. Dijon mustard

     

    Cook the bacon about half way done.  Remove from pan.

    Put the onion and bell pepper in the pan and cook until tender.

    Add the beans and stir.

    Bring to a simmer.

    Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together.

    Pour into a 9x13 baking dish.

    Put bacon on top.

    Bake in a 325 oven for 2 hours, uncovered.

     
     
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