Friday, August 29, 2014

crock pot chicken verde

I have been so busy cooking lately that I am now behind on editing the photos and writing the post. Well, here is a prime example. I fixed this recipe over a week ago, almost 2 I think.  It was really easy and delicious.

Now it is not clean in the sense that all ingredients are fresh, I did use a few prepackaged items. Like the salsa verde, I did not make my own, I bought it in a jar. You could make your own or even buy organic. I just bought a jar in the "International" section of my local Wally World. I knew I was going back to work and just didn't have the time.

When we were ready for supper I prepared the saffron rice, chopped some onions, heated up some refried beans and BAM supper was done and in less than 20 minutes.

Of course the chicken had been cooking all day in the slow cooker but isn't that the best way? Toss it all in early in the morning, enjoy it later that day. The meat is always done, moist, 1 pan to clean and you know you'll have leftovers.
Crock Pot Chicken Verde
6-8 boneless skinless chicken tenders
1 jar salsa verde
8 oz tomato sauce, no salt
3 tsp fresh lime juice
1 TBSP cilantro, dried and crushed
1 tsp garlic powder

Mix the sauce, salsa, lime juice and spices together, pour half into the cooker, place the chicken inside and pour the remaining mix on top. Set on high for 4 hours, my chicken was frozen solid. At four hours, remove the chicken and shred, replace the chicken and reduce to low. Cook 2 more hours or whenever you're ready. Serve over rice, with beans and a salad.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Turkey Fajita Burgers

It seems we've been on a burger kick lately and with that it means lots of bread/buns. The one thing I had done without for so long. Now the problem is... I'm enjoying bread again.

Wanting to cut down on the calories, without giving up the bun, I decided to make my fajita burgers again, but with turkey instead of beef.

Shhh don't tell my husband! With a lot of seasoning and fresh finely chopped peppers and onions, the burgers were moist and flavorful without a lot of fat and calories.

A win win!

With the beef burgers I sauteed the onions and peppers to put on top of the burgers, this time I chopped them up and placed them IN the burger.

Turkey Fajita Burgers
1 pkg ground turkey ( 20 oz)
6 sweet salad peppers
1 onion, Vidala (sweet)
2 tsp olive oil

Cut the tops off your peppers and toss them and a peeled onion into the food processor. Do a fine chop and mix this with your meat and seasoning.
I used a dab of olive oil, because turkey has no fat and the burgers will stick to the pan without some sort of oil.
Cook until they are done. This doesn't take long and if you over cook the burgers they will be dry.
This mix made 8 patties.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

marinated carrot salad

Here we are in the middle of another week, how's it going for you so far? This week is not as hot as last, we had record breaking temperatures and several days in a row of well over 105 heat index, add to that the 50% and higher humidity... whew, it's like being in an oven with a wet blanket on you, yuck.

A few weeks ago we were out at the farm, love going out there, and my sister-in-law made a marinated carrot salad. It was divine, I tell you I could have eaten the entire half gallon but didn't.

Isn't this lovely, I can see myself fixing this for holidays or even to enjoy on hot summer days. I mean, it's cool, refreshing, healthy and raw. What's not to love? Plus the longer it sits, the better it gets! Now there's a tag line for ya.

Marinated Carrot Salad
3 cups peeled and sliced carrots
1/4 cup diced bell pepper
1 large onion thinly sliced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup vinegar, white

Heat the vinegar and sugar in a sauce pan until the sugar dissolves. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour into a air tight container. Chill in the fridge for several hours or over night, serve and enjoy!
Super simple
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Southern Special 21

Week 21 and I have some sad news, Mandy will no longer be co-hosting with Cate and myself. She recently moved to Florida and is having too much fun on the beach and outside with her kids. Who could blame her?! She is putting her blog on the back burner for now and her family first and foremost. Which is wonderful for them, sad for us.

Cate and I will continue on, so be sure to link up and tell your friends.

First let's see WHO I chose for my:
Joy over at Yesterfood shared these great reusable bags
Maureen over at Organically Mom Poppy seed dressing

Be sure to follow your host!! Thanks so much AND link back to whichever blog you posted your link through.
Cate: Random Crafty GA Girl ~  Facebook ~ Twitter

ME:  Facebook ~   Twitter ~  Pinterest ~  G+ ~ Instagram
The Rules are simple:
 Share #recipes #crafts #DIY projects #beauty #fitness #homedecor #landscapes, #architecture #homemade items and more! 
Link 2 -3 links from YOUR blog. Link back to one of your host on the post you shared OR on a party page. Visit others, share the party and ENJOY!!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Chicken pot stickers

Happy Monday and no this is not a "meatless Monday" dish but it sure is a #manfoodMonday dish and that is because I made these with my 22 yo in mind.
He recently moved to GA to live with us, not really what he wanted, but you know if life we don't always get what we want.
I'm thrilled he's here but wish it was under better conditions. Anyway, back to why you're really here, a recipe.
I made these and they didn't photograph well, but WOW were they delicious. I mean, gosh. Slap yo'man good.
They take quiet a bit of time, but the recipe makes a lot, I actually got tired of making them and only did half the package, the rest of the filling I used in fried rice.
So it's a two for one meal, even better.

I found these wrappers at my local Wally World. Since I live in a teeny tiny South GA town, that's all I have and I was thrilled to find these. As our area is not culturally diverse. I'm used to over 300k people and a multitude of ethnic backgrounds, which provided me with several different small markets to choose from.
Above is the filling, after it was cooked of course.
Yes, I ate one BEFORE I finished cooking, I had to make sure they were good and not serve my family something yucky. haha like that's gonna happen.
Above is the whole tray full, in the back you see I provided them with several choices of dipping sauce. I prefer the Frank's red hot chili sweet hot sauce.

Chicken Pot Stickers
1 1/2 lbs ground chicken
3 carrots
1 onion
2 ribs of celery
1 TBSP fish sauce
1 TBSP soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp white ground pepper
Peel and chop the vegetables and place them into a food processor, run blade until you get a fine chopped mixture. Mix the vegetables with the ground chicken and spices.
Add all ingredients into a skillet and cook with a dab of oil, the chicken has no fat and will stick without some sort of oil, it doesn't take much, less than a tablespoon. Allow the mixture to cool as you will need to handle it.
 Place 2 tsp of mixture into the center of a won ton wrapper, fold into the shape of a triangle and seal with water and place into a hot pan of oil. Drain on a paper towel. Serve with dipping sauce.

I used HALF of the wrappers and mixture, the other half I added to 2 cups of leftover brown rice, I added 1 TBSP soy sauce, 1 TSBP fish sauce, 1 tsp garlic and stirred well, when the mix was heated through I added 2 beaten eggs and completed my fried rice. 
Two meals in one.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting - Fly On The Wall

TGIF we made it! It's Friday!! WOO HOO

Today I'm sharing my recipe for chocolate cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting! YUM

This cake is really simple, no eggs, no milk, no dairy, sometimes you'll see it called a "depression" cake because women used to make it during the depression when baking staples were at a premium and not used due to the rations.
I call it a "Wacky" cake because it uses vinegar, and isn't that kinda crazy sounding? It makes 1 8x8 or 9x9 square cake or in this case I used a 9 inch round. Either way, it's perfect if you don't want a lot of cake (I know, another crazy thought, who doesn't want cake) or if it is just you and your spouse.
Originally I posted this cake back in March 2013 and I've made several different versions. For this chocolate version go HERE and to see the others go HERE.
Today's chocolate cake I followed the recipe on the link above, except for the frosting.

4 oz dark chocolate chips
2 TBSP peanut butter (I used WOW butter due to my allergy of peanuts)
2 TBSP butter (unsalted)
Melt in a bowl over boiling water, in a double boiler or VERY carefully in a microwave. Stir while melting and whisk or whip the frosting. Set aside and wait for your cake. Once the cake has cooled spread the frosting on top and add sprinkles, because they are fun!

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
While sitting in the truck waiting for my husband, he ran in the store real quick, there was a van parked by us. A woman gets out holding a baby, she passes him to another lady (her mom I think) older lady says "Ewww he stinks"
Other lady says: you think he stinks , here (holds out her hand) smell my hand where I was holding his butt"
I laughed, shook my head and made a note in my phone. I swear the things you see and hear in parking lots!

I fell at work and messed up my knee. The workman's comp questions are ridiculous. What happened? I fell. How did you fall? On a wet floor. Where did you fall? duh on the floor, on my knee. What did you hurt? duh, my knee. How did it happen? HELLO I fell. sheez

Little Man got a bicycle. He calls it an "i" cycle. It is so funny. You say BI and he says BI, then you say bicycle and he says no no i cycle. LOL

He calls his toy motorcycle an OOO Duh Cycle. NO idea where that came from.

Our oldest son has plugs, you know, you've seen the kids with the BIG holes in their ears. Yeah, well, he has them. He just moved down here to GA with us a few weeks ago. He is NOT the typical red-neck deep South boy and sticks out, well every time we go to the store, someone will stop him and say "ooooh how'd you get them big holes in your ears" being my child, he answered, OMG I woke up and there they were! SMH

Talking with my mom on the phone and Miss Sassy Pants says, Gram ma Gram ma hush I want to talk. Dawn where are you?
At my house.
Because I am.
Where is your house?
In Georgia.
Because I moved, remember.
I don't know.
Well, when am I gonna see you?
I'm not sure honey.
CRY Gram ma she said she don't know!
SMH again

In our TEENY TINY town there is 1 high school. And in the county, there is 1 high school. In the next TEENY TINY town/county there is 1 high school. The two are MAJOR rivals, so much so that you are not allowed on campus in the rival teams colors! I was at work in the next county last week, a girl showed up at the office to help me, I went to get her and she had on the rival t-shirt, I grabbed her and ducked into the rest room, not before being seen by the Principal. He said "Is that a FHS shirt?" yes sir it is but I'm taking care of it. I told her to turn it wrong side out and to PLEASE not wear it again. We were down the hall and saw him again, he looked at her shirt and I said "see we fixed it" he replied: "Ah good, wrong side out, just how THAT shirt belongs" OMGosh seriously? It is CRAZY down here!

Going to Wal-Mart is a lesson in "What not to wear" I swear Clinton and Stacy could move here and have a show for the rest of their lives! Saturday seems to be "teeth and bra are optional" day at Wally world. ewww
Stretch pants/spandex and tube tops are in, no matter the size of the person and it is a MUST that you wear Georgia Boots with them.

At the grocery store on Wednesday and in the poultry section they had a BIG package of ... turkey tails for sale. TURKEY TAIL who in the heck buys the tail and for what? My son looks at me and says "you're the one who moved here" I think this kid is kin to Karen!

My sister in law calls and says "what were you doing?"
Working out
ugh... to loose weight and be healthier
smh... because I'm bored.
oh okay

Things I have learned since moving here:
all food is battered and deep fried
Mt. Dew is the drink of choice
if you're over 16 chances are you smoke with your parents
if you're over 18 chances are you have already been arrested at least once
dinner is eaten around 8-9 pm
breakfast is a biscuit or grit bowl
gnat is the Georgia state bird (not really but it should be)
there is NO drivers ed here, and BOY can you tell it too
the statement "hotter than hell" must have started here
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes: All links should be up by 10 a.m. EST

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Baked French Toast Casserole

On Monday I shared with you a review of the "A Year Of Holidays" by Ree Drummond. Today I am sharing with you another of the recipes that I made from the book.

If you missed the review and want to ENTER TO WIN a copy for yourself click THIS LINK

As you can see from the photo, we enjoyed this along with crispy bacon and fresh fruit.
My recipe is HALF of the one in the book, as it was just for myself and my husband. It still made enough that we ate it three times before it was all gone.
Baked French Toast Casserole
4 eggs
1 cup milk (I used almond)
1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup sugar
1-2 tsp vanilla
1/2 loaf, cubed, french bread
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans (not in the original recipe)

Whip the first 5 ingredients and soak the bread, pour into a greased baking pan, mine was a small rectangular ( 6x10). Mix your topping ingredients and sprinkle on top. Cover and place in the fridge overnight. The next morning, place it in the oven for 60-75 minutes. ENJOY
My oven's temperature is off, so I baked mine for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 300 degrees. The recipe called for 350 degrees for the same time. 60-75 minutes.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Eggs and Beets - August 2014 #CIC

What day is it? Come on, what day is it? It's HUMP DAY!
Do you hate this commercial as much as I do? I swear that camel walking around asking the same question, over and over and over. Makes me want to S C R E A M!

Today, I'm screaming about...
CIC host SpatulasOnParade monthly food challenge
That's right, it's time for our CRAZY challenge! And this month it's ...


Yes, crazy ingredients, but that's what this is all about. Once again, our group of talented bloggers voted on the ingredients. These two won my 2 votes. The other choice that was the popular one in the beginning was "peas and cheese", I secretly wanted that one.

I did a lot of research and mostly what I found was folks making chocolate cakes, cup cakes and brownies with beet puree mixed in. That was easy and great sounding but I wanted to be different.
I love pickled beets and I add them to my salads along with boiled eggs, so that was a natural fit to me.

I chose to make:

I had planned on mixing the relish "in" the yoke mix but it turned it a yucky pinkie mauve puck color, so I opted to make my normal deviled eggs and add the beet relish on top. I thought it was tasty, my husband refused to try it. I found something else he doesn't like, beets.

Beet Relish
3 cups peeled, sliced boiled beets
1 large onion thinly sliced
2 tsp pickling spice
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups of the beet water
Boil these ingredients together, allow to cool and place in the fridge over night. After 24 hours remove and dice up the beets/onion mixture.

Be sure to visit the other participating bloggers post!! THANKS
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Southern Special 20

First let me ask you, did you see yesterday's post? Did you enter TO WIN the Ree Drummond cookbook? No?!?! HURRY CLICK HERE to enter!

Terrific Tuesday! Time for the party and of course, my favorite links from last week.
Still at home resting, my knee is better but trying to get my back straightened out. OUCH Almost there.

Chelsea over at A Duck's Oven has a great "Pinterest" post
Michelle over at From Calculus to Cupcakes... WOW  I love everything about this recipe!

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The Rules are simple:
 Share #recipes #crafts #DIY projects #beauty #fitness #homedecor #landscapes, #architecture #homemade items and more! 
Link 2 -3 links from YOUR blog. Link back to one of your host on the post you shared OR on a party page. Visit others, share the party and ENJOY!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chipotle Salsa: Pioneer Woman cook book review

Happy Monday! ah come on, you might as well be happy, it's gonna be Monday whether you like it or not. So turn that frown up side down and smile!
Don't throw that shoe!

Now why am I so hyped up on a Monday you ask? 
1. I had a good weekend
2. I have a GREAT cookbook to tell you about

Now, this will not be news to you, but it was to me. Ree Drummond or The Pioneer Woman has a great new cookbook called "A Year of Holidays" and it is jam packed with fun and delicious recipe for holidays throughout the year.

Like I said, this may not be new to you, I however am new to TPW, okay okay, pick yourself up off the floor. YES I am new to TPW. I saw her show for the first time about 6 weeks ago and this was the first book I have read of hers, or even the first recipes I've seen, other than those posted by other bloggers.
NO I'm not a hermit, remember, I've said before we haven't had tv, cable or satellite for 10+ years and I'm not a "follow the crowd" type of person. So yes, I had heard of her and seen her MILLIONS of followers, but that turned me off. I follow the beat of my own drum and I honestly avoided her.
Then I read this book and made 4 of the recipes, two of them I made twice because they were that good.
So today I'm joining with several other bloggers to offer you the opportunity to WIN your very own copy!

Later this week, you'll see recipes that I made from the book and my take on them. But for a sneak peek, here is what I made. If you follow me on Instagram you've seen this photo.
One of the things I love best about this book is the step by step photos. No need to worry about what it looks like, how much there is or if you're doing it correctly. Each recipe has 3-4 pages, depending on the difficulty of the recipe, with photos. LOVE that. See
Here is ONE (the first recipe I tried) of the recipes that I made and what I did, my recipe is NOT exact from the book. Reason being, my husband likes his SPICY and I am a MILD kinda gal, so I made some adjustments. So here is my adaptation:

Chipotle Salsa
1 can Fire roasted Rotel MILD
2 can diced tomatoes
1 can chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
1 onion
1/2 cup lime juice
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sugar
2 TBSP dried cilantro
ALL items go in the food processor (except the chipotle peppers)and blend until you get the consistency you like.
It really made a lot so after I blended all the ingredients EXCEPT, I took HALF out and then placed the chipotle peppers in and blended it again. The second half was for my husband. YES a WHOLE can of chipotle peppers, there were 12 peppers in the can. FIRE hot but he loved it and thought it was perfect.

The second time I made it:
no chipotle peppers
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can fire roasted dice tomatoes
1 can Rotel Lime cilantro MILD
otherwise it was the same

We ate ALL of this salsa, the first and second batch in less than 4 days.

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My fellow bloggers also created dishes from the book, you can read about them HERE:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Calico Pearl CousCous and Use Your Words: Installment 7 of Pearl and William

Today, several things are going on. A great recipe AND the Use Your Words post. First the recipe and then... another installment of Pearl and William.

If you missed the previous installments you can catch up by going to the following post: (the number is the link)
Installment 1 :a love story

On the talapia I used my spicy seasoning, rubbed it on and seared the fish in a pan. Simple and delicious.
This was a simple dinner, less than 20 minutes from start to finish

For the couscous:

Calico CousCous with Veggies
1 cup chicken broth (I use my own that I keep in the freezer)
1 cup pearl couscous
sauteed veggies

For the veggies: red onion, kale, edamame, diced carrots, diced red, yellow and orange sweet mini bell peppers sauteed in a dab of olive oil.

Bring the broth to a boil, pour in the couscous, stir, cover and remove from heat. Prepare the veggies. Once they are done, stir in the couscous  and serve.
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

Your words are: Mystery ~ humid ~ water ~ adorable ~ time
They were submitted by:   

It was a hot humid day and Pearl had just stopped for a drink of water. The time was flying by and she was very anxious to return to Ohio and William.

She heard the giggles of the children and looked over to see the adorable barn kittens crawling all over them in the hay pile. How they had grown, they rarely asked about their mama any more and poor baby April has no memory at all. The disturbing thoughts of William's most recent letters and the mystery of what had gone on with Cousin Sarah plagued her dreams at night.

The wedding season was upon them and she, the family and children would be traveling back to Ohio where she would wed William. A miracle to some of her family who thought she would be an old spinster forever. A smile plastered to her face she went back to her chores.

Back in Ohio, William and Abe were once again in town. Trying desperately to figure out the mystery of what had gone on with Sarah. The woman they had seen coming out of the brothel over a month ago insisted she was not Sarah and did not know what they were talking about.

Abe was determined to bring his wife home again. Only time could heal her mind as it had her body. If only his adorable children were around, surely they could shake her memory, her mind was so furhoodled.

Another humid day thought Ruby as she splashed water on her face and neck. Another satisfied customer, she counted her coins. In no time she'd have enough money to leave this small town (how she had even gotten here she wasn't sure)and head to New York. She placed her wrap around her shoulders and sauntered down the stairs to the saloon below.

As Ruby descended the stair case she saw that insistent Amish man again, ugh... he kept insisting she was his wife. Furrowing her brow she wondered, was she? She had no memory beyond the last several months. She shrugged and headed for the piano.

Abe caught his breath when he saw Sarah or Ruby as she insisted. She was fetching in the Englischer clothing but also scandalous. His feelings were very torn. He missed his wife but this woman brought up feelings and thought that he knew were unholy for a man of God who had pledged himself to the church while still a youth.

He approached her, she spun around and said "look bub I told ya, I ain't yer wife, so if you want to spend time with me, ya gotta pay up". Abe was so caught off guard by her forward talk that he stumbled and almost fell. He bumped into a bar patron who spun around and clocked him. William rushed in the room and grabbed Abe. Abe bounced back like a tight spring and clocked the man with a right hook.

And the fight was on, beer flying, fist smashing, chairs crashing and then it happened POW someone missed and cold cocked Ruby right in the nose. She fell back like a fresh cut tree in the forest. BAM on the floor, out cold and blood running from her nose.

Meanwhile, Pearl was tending to children, wedding preparations, the fall wedding garden, packing and helping her ma run the house. Oh she would miss this but she longed to be a wife and have her own home, soon, very soon.


Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:                                                                                                  

A side note: Stacy from Stacy Sews and Schools normally joins us and we will miss her today, she is a very sweet and encouraging blog buddy. However, today she is mourning the loss of a loved one, so she opted out this week. Please send your thoughts, prayers and love her way if only in your heart.
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