Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This is one of the most amazing recipes that I have ever made. Doesn't it look yummy? I am sure that there are ways to make it lower in fat but measuring out skim milk, using margarine (which will work fine), and using fat free cream cheese but I was wanting the ooey gooey goodness of everything last night! This is an amazingly easy recipe and everything flows. It will take a total of 20 - 25 minutes to make and I was so focused that I forgot to fry squash to put with it last night. Matt doesn't ask for certain things to be made too much but this is one that he asks for. I also figure that you could use tuna or turkey. The turkey would really need to be pulled and moisture added to make it taste right. Here we go with the recipe!!!
1 can of cresent rolls 3 oz cream cheese
3 Tbs butter
1 can chicken breast, drained
2 cups Minute Rice
Slightly less than 2 cups of water
Salt to taste
1 tsp butter
1 can Cream of chicken soup
1 can milk
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Put cream cheese and the 3 Tbs of butter in the microwave for 15 seconds. (If not soft enough to blend microwave in 1 second increments until they are able to be blended – not melted). Blend together. Add the drained chicken and mix. Unroll the crescent rolls and put 1/8 of mixture on each roll. Bring the corners of roll together. They won’t all come together and there will still be mixture showing. This is fine, it won’t affect the bundle. Put in the oven on a cookie sheet and bake until lightly brown.
While bundles are cooking, add the salt and the 1 tsp of butter to the water and bring to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the rice. Stir and take off the heat, covering with a lid. Let the rice sit at least five minutes.
Mix soup and milk together with a wire whisk. Cook over medium high heat until just starts to boil, stirring constantly.
Put the rice in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Put the cook bundles on top and then cover with sauce.
I always let this sit for approximately 5 minutes to let it mix and "mari" and cool off!
*This is enough that Matt and I eat half and save the other half for the next day. It does heat up well and tastes just as good the next day!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
(measurements are for 1 quart jar)
1 tsp of sugar
1 1/2 Tbls salt
2 1/2 Tbls vinegar
1 dill head with seeds
cucumbers that are between 6-9 inches long
(this is one of the hints) Combine the sugar, salt and vinegar with boiling water. My first batch I followed the directions and put the cucumbers first and then everything else but it didn't mix well so do it backwards. After you have added the boiling water and made sure that it has basically dissolved start adding the cucumbers. This is your brine. The recipe that I had said to split the cumbers in half but I split mine in quarters to make spears. add the dill at the end and put the lid on. I used canning jars and it needs to be tightened one turn. I have it tight enough that I could have the lid "holding" but not totally screwed on. It needs to be loose for the brine to be able to bubble out a bit. Sit the jar outside in the sun and let it "cook". It takes 3 to 4 days to cook. The brine will start to get cloudy and the cucumbers will look more like pickles. After they are done bring them in and refrigerate them.
-Like I said before combining the ingredients put the sugar, salt and vinegar in and let them dissolve makes it easier.
-If you can't put the jars in something to keep the animals out of them they need to be taken in at night. I found that the cage works great.
-The pickles will not be bright green like you see in the store. They will be a nice green color.
-The sun may bleach the cucumbers. This is okay and doesn't effect the taste.
-Be careful carrying the jars, the brine makes them slippery.
-Make sure and have tons of cucumbers because everyone is going to love them!!!!
This is my 3 quart jar that will be done tomorrow (Wednesday). We have already gone through 3 quarts!!! This is a new favorite of ours!
I have been getting a good amount of cherry tomatoes out of the garden and have been getting tons of cucumbers but not a single of my beefsteak tomatoes had turned. FINALLY I had one turn!!! It should be ready to pick tomorrow and I am going to eat it then!!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
He now has one living great grandparent left and we love his Mema Mier. This woman weights maybe 90 pounds and took care of his great grandfather for years after he had a stroke. She wanted him to be where he wanted to so she got nurses to come in and take care of him during the day and she took care of him at night. Those nurses were only there to help her so she could go to work and help support them. She is now 93 and isn't doing the best. Matt has been living with her to help her be able to live at home still but last year it became too much. We had been putting off getting remarried so that she could live in her home still. I won't go into the dirty details but it hasn't been pretty. There are some family members who have shown their true colors and she isn't even gone yet. In the last week and a half family members have decided to step in and make changes. These are changes that should have been made over a year ago but it took her falling and laying there for an extended amount of time for these changes to be made.
I just that my point is, although she is older she still has a will. She has been moved to a town that she doesn't like, away from her home, and away from those who spent the time with her. I am hoping that these family members will step up and take the responsibility instead of running from it. Just please always think when decisions are made and think how they will affect everyone, not just yourself. Although there will be sacrifices, they will be worth it in the end and they can enrich the life of the person they are made for. Although we will be driving 30 minutes at least twice a week the time spent with Mema will be wonderful and the time in the car can be a good thing for Matt and myself to get to talk. I guess we will be killing two birds with one stone! Please sent up some prayers for peace and that she will know when it is time to let go.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
September 1st is the opening day for dove season in Oklahoma so I am counting the days - 6 weeks and 6 days. I am thinking that I am going to have to make some dove and dumplins this week. It has been sounding soooooo good!
My friend Brandy expecting in December. She is 18 weeks along and doesn't know what it is yet but I think she has basically decided to use yellow as a base color and then accent once they find out what it is in a couple of weeks. The are trying to start a men's ministry at their church so they had a guys night and watched the UFC fights Saturday night. So us girls got to have a night together. We ran across the border to the "show me state" and ate at a sushi and steak house place in the mall. We had this noodley stuff and rolls. She had chicken noodley stuff with cucumber rolls and I had a seafood noodley stuff with spicy crab rolls. Yummy! We ran to Babies R Us, not realizing that they closed at 9 so we got to shop for 7 whole minutes I think. But we hit the clearance rack first and I got to buy the baby its first gift! I found a set of two yellow silkies that were on clearance and they are smaller so if the baby does get very attached it can drag it all over and not worry about it dragging on the ground. She bought an adorable set of footy pajamas with yellow ducks all over it. I just keep thinking two more weeks and we will know what it is!
I had to find something quick for dinner tonight so before I left I threw a pork roast in with some potatoes. I will let Matt choose between corn on the cob or green beans ( I am sure he will choose corn on the cob) and then I am sure that I will have a little bit of ice cream for dessert!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
We went out to go fishing this morning before all the other people got out. One of the first places that we went there were Canadian geese all over. I started counting them and there were over 150 total. It amazed me watching them but one of the things that I saw was that in each smaller group there was a tame goose. The beautiful black and tan Canadians had adopted a white goose in the middle of them. It made me realize the beauty of nature. These creatures were color blind and have adopted this different goose into the group. In fact I saw one that was flying with the group and making up a spot in the "V". I know that this post is kinda random but I hope that you were able to see the beauty in this.....