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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Magical Baby Girl and The Brokenhearted Woman

This is the story I tell my daughter every year about her birth story, the essence of the story is true, my hubby and I waited nearly a decade for the promise of parenthood to be fulfilled. 2 & 1/2 years before Kissi was born we suffered the loss of 3 babies consecutively and the heartache and loss nearly swept us away. It was only the loving hands of our Lord that kept us intact and the lessons we learned during those lean years still aid us in our walk today....

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Creamy Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

This is Soooooooooo Good! 

Even my 2 year old son was begging to eat my portion after devouring his own!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


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Rose Hips- Rosa Canina

Plant Facts:
The Dog Rose, is the main source of the rose hips, it grow up to 10 feet high and bears the most delicious scented flowers! The "hips" emerge in the fall after the flower have faded and petals have fallen off

Parts Used:
Can be used fresh or dried, make wine, or jellies, and purees. Because of it's acidic nature never store in metal containers will give rose hips an "off-flavor".

Fun Facts:
Rose Hips are so rich in Vitamin C that just 1 T of the pulp has 60mg! The adult recommended Allowance! Pretty cool, huh? It also contains health-promoting carotenoids, the yellow-orange pigments with antioxidant powers- think carrots! Great health benefits from such a small fruit and to think you probably have in your backyard NOW!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

No 'Poo Hair Helps: #1 Prewash Rinses...Good even for those NON- NO-POO'ers!

So you decided to try the latest craze and go NO 'Poo?  Though you have read convincing Blog posts touting all about the "joys" of  using all natural baking soda and water with apple cider vinegar rinses- 
you are not exactly thrilled with the "mess" you see.

And now your husband who thinks your nuts anyway, because of  going "green" & making your own household cleaners, thinks the "No-Poo" is off the charts WEIRD....
Is NOW snickering in the background....

Ohhh that is just me ? 
 If there is anyone out there who is determined to stick with this, I am planning on posting some treatments that have helped me or I seen help others. 

I will post them regularly and plan on giving you 3-4 in each post, so as not to overwhelm you with too much information...PROMISE!!

By the way even NON-No-Poo'ers WILL LOVE these!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stuffed Marsala Chicken Deliciousness

Saw this on a TV cooking show and thought this would be a great hit in my house with a few tweaks to make it mine. 

My family just loves to find things "stuffed" 
in their food
like meatballs, cupcakes, burgers,  
you name it!

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Not super simple but SUPER YUMMY!! My mom used to make stuffed chicken breasts all the time and stuffed pork chops, with seasoned bread crumbs. I just forgot until I started getting into doing this and she reminded me, only back then there wasn't Pinterest to spark creativity as there is now-a-days!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Menu Mondays: April 8-12, 2013

Pain Perdu...DELISH!!
Cold Cereal Hot Cereal 
Eggs made to order
Granola Bars
Fresh Fruit w/Yogurt
Toast Points
Pain Perdu

Macaroni & Cheese, Raviolis, Tuna Fish Bundles, Felafels & Tzaziki Sauce, Black Bean Burgers, Barley & Beef Soup (From left over Roast), Chicken Nuggets
Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Cheese Slices, Fresh Fruit, Carrot Sticks, Steamed Veggies, Humus, Ranch Dippings, Veggie Chips, Rice Cakes, Pita Crisps, Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars, Pudding, Jello, Canned Fruit Cocktail or Mandarin Oranges.

Apples, Grapes, Bananas, Dried Berries, Carrot Sticks, Cheese Chunks, Granola Bars, Humus, Veggie Chips, Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Keifer, Graham Crackers, Cheese & fruit Plate, Pop tarts, Rice Cakes, Woven Wheat Crackers,


Crock Pot Creamy Mushroom & Onion Roast, Mashed Garlic Potatoes, & Buttered Corn w/ Ice Box Yeasty Dinner Rolls & Caesar Salad

Kinda like mine, Will post Soon!
Monterrey Jack Crispy Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Quinoa Pilaf w/ Chopped Salad and Homemade Ranch Dressing

Lemon Pepper Baked Swai, Baked Potato, & Grilled Asparagus w/ Romaine Heart Salad, pickled red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted pine-nuts and feta cheese

Chicken & Broccoli Bow-tie Pasta Bake w/ Chopped Salad and Balsamic and EVOO Vinaigrette Dressing

Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs and Homemade Noodles, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts w/Bacon, & Romaine Heart Salad w/pickled Red Onions, sun-dried tomatoes, toasted almonds, and Balsamic & EVOO Vinaigrette Dressing

Take in- PIZZA NIGHT!! & Family MOVIE Night!!! Yay!!

Left-over Buffet!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pizza'ritto: MotherHOOD style!!

Exclaimed my daughter yesterday as I came up with this from the tidbits left in the pantry and fridge...

You know what? I had no left overs and the kids were happy, I was happy, and it is tasty enough to place in the blog...

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Tortillas, Mozzarella, Pepperoni, a bit of pizza sauce....and BLAMMO!!! 
Lunch....she is served!! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Teach me Tuesdays: Your Garden Medicine Cabinet- Calendula

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Calendula Offinalis- Latin for "The first day of the Month" refers to the bloom's extremely long season, in some parts of the country May-November!


How it works:
Calendula is known for its strong antiseptic properties both topically and taken internally.

It's known in healing salves,
great for painless healing of minor wounds- Think diaper rashes!
reduces inflammation and and pus formation.
It improves blood circulation, alleviates skin ulcers, burns,bruises, and reduces scars,

can be used as gargle to relieve sore throats
stimulates digestion, and bowel function.

Monday, April 1, 2013

My Own "Chopped" Basket Menu Mondays!

I just totally love that show "Chopped" I love it when Alex Guarnaschelli gives the chef with the egos a redressing or when Amanda Freitag does the one eyebrow raised when she is not happy with the arragance of some chefs. I always pull for the underdog and I cringe when the souffle flops, the ice cream is watery goo, or the GOD FORBID the Pork is dry!

I watched recent episode and found our why my pork gets dry sometimes, it's because I leave it too long in the crock and it "boils", That is Marc Murphy told one contestant, "Your pork got boiled that is why is it so dry & no amount of sauce will help..." Owwwwwww, I will have to adjust the times in my crock pot recipes bc that is what happens a lot to me. 
Have you learned any tricks from watching "Chopped"?

One more thing, don't you just love how sincere Todd Allen is when the contestant gets chopped? I think he sounds so sad unlike that dork who judges CupCake Wars! Grrr, he is irritating and NOT funny, I practically don't watch it anymore bc he is such a smuck, IMO...

Ok enough chit chat on with the show! SO I totally over spent at the grocery store last Wed, and I now am on a STRICK budget. So to make it fun I am going to treat Easter Dinner left overs like a "Chopped Basket" Get ready for some round #2 Recipes... In the basket you will find honey and brown-sugar glazed ham with a fruit sauce, Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup, Corn, Chibatta Rolls, Citrus Butter, Strawberries, and Mashed Potatoes