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thankful thirteen slow-cookin’ thursday

Thursday, September 27th, 2007
thirteen things i am thankful for today…

  1. isabelle’s love for pre-k!
  2. quiet mornings
  3. answered prayers
  4. sonic ice
  5. a clean house
  6. 13 pounds lost!!!
  7. smart healthy kids
  8. phone calls from friends
  9. lunch with my brother
  10. new church friends
  11. God’s promises
  12. countdown to vacation
  13. YOU!

This is what’s in my crock pot today…

frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts (3 or so)
1 can rotel
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 cans black beans
2 cans hominy
1 can chicken broth
1 package taco seasoning
1 package dry ranch dressing mix

Cook on low all day and serve with cornbread! YUM!

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rain, coffee pt II ~sct ~ diet devo day nineteen

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

I’m sitting here (with my sidekick Izzy by me) looking out the window, it is still raining. Not sprinkling, raining. It did stop for a couple of hours yesterday, but when we came out of church I could tell it had downpoured while we were in… I’m not complaining. I know that we won’t all float away, God promised that. So, I just thank Him for watering all the beautiful flowers so nicely and soaking the earth. I am imagining all the fires that are being prevented from this rain.
So, Gail and Stacy both mentioned liquid creamers for the coffee. Gail even sent links to websites. I went yesterday with the goal of finding these creamers. I bought international flavors hershey chocolate with caramel I think. Miss Paula mentioned liking the Mocha foldgers. I have so much to try, very exciting. Then Jenna discouraged me from using splenda, she and I see eye to eye on those artificial sweeteners. So, this morning I made my first cup with the tablespoon of the new creamer, and 3 tsp. of sugar. It was actually good. I think it’s funny how many people either hate coffee or really love it. Amanda loves starbucks and several of you suggested different drinks there. She usually talks me into a drink there when we are at Target. I have tried several and in the past if they had a coffee flavor I pitched them (I’m a new woman now, so I’ll try again), usually opting for hot cocoa. Isn’t this just fascinating stuff? :o)
At church last night, the pastor was talking about leadership, not in the way I would expect. More about courage and character. He said courage is faith in action. He also mentioned that there have been studies done that show the people who acheive their goals write them down. I am going to start writing my goals down. He also talked about living a yuck life and made an acrostic to define his thoughts… y – yesterday, living in the past, being caught up in what was or could have been; u – unsupervised, not being held accountable to anyone; c – callused; and k – killjoy, no fun to be around, someone who just sucks the life out of you. I certainly don’t want to live a yuck life!
Izzy had summer school yesterday, for some reason she was so cranky there. She starting being fussy while I was getting ready to take her and then I noticed when I picked her up she was still very vocal and a little stiff. I’m not sure if her tummy was upset from her lunch, or if she just didn’t want to be there. I can’t wait until she can tell me what’s wrong instead of playing the guessing game… I’m just glad that she does show me when she is uncomfortable. She slept really well last night and so far this morning seems to be doing good. When I heard her and went in to get her this morning she smiled and was glad to see me! I showed her the view out the window and we talked about the rain. I usually spend some time first thing in the morning in prayer over her too. She is a sweetie. Prayers are welcome btw.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs
2 pounds ground turkey breast
2 teaspoons salt-free garlic and herb seasoning or poultry seasoning
1 egg whi
Salt and ground black pepper
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce

2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons dried thyme
In a large bowl, combine turkey, garlic and herb seasoning, egg white and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Mix well and shape mixture into about 32 meatballs. Place meatballs in bottom of slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, broth, chili sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and thyme. Pour mixture over meatballs.

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.

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It’s funny to follow a recipe with a diet devo huh? I have had some good laughs at the comments on the diet devos pertaining to recipes and food. You have to eat for goodness sakes, the point is to just be smart about it right… Anyway, here is day 19. I sent out several of these books yesterday, so if I promised one to you expect it soon.

Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps … Who his own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.”

It is good for us to remember, as we sit feeling sorry for ourselves because we may not indulge in tasty pleasures, that our sacrifice is not really so great when we compare it to the many sacrifices Christ made. What we are doing is indeed a sacrifice, but for self rather than for others. Christ sacrificed for us in order that we might enjoy life to the fullest. Let us learn from the sacrifices of Christ and remember that He has given us the power to overcome any temptation that might present itself.

Today’s thought: Christ has conquered temptation and will be with me!

Hope you have a great Thursday!

sct~italian sausage, peppers & onions

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

2 lbs Italian link sausage, browned
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 large green bell pepper, sliced into thick strips
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano

Put all ingredients in slow cooker.

Cook on low for 4 hours.

Serve on hard rolls or hoagie rolls.
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SCT~slow cooker jambalaya~

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 pound andouille sausage, diced
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound frozen peeled and cooked shrimp, thawed
2 cups cooked rice
In a slow cooker, combine chicken, sausage, tomatoes, onion, green pepper, celery, and chicken broth. Stir in oregano, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, bay leaves, and thyme.
Cover, and cook on LOW for 7 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours. Stir in the thawed shrimp, cover and cook until the shrimp is heated through, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves and spoon mixture over cooked rice.

Do yourself a favor and visit my pal Sandra (Diary of a SAHM) to see more slow cooker recipes, and maybe even share yours~

a goulash-y post (a little of this, a little of that…) & SCT

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Thank you so much for all your laughter my dear bloggy friends at my unfortunate experiences on Tuesday, it makes it all so much easier to bear knowing that my mistakes and misfortune cause you so much pleasure! No, seriously though… thanks for all the sweet comments! Life is pretty much back to some kind of normalcy, whatever that is.

sonic ice!!!
The new fridge is installed, it has food in it, the food is cold… it has even made a lot of ice! I tried out the filtered water in the door at 3 a.m. last night and I would give it a thumbs up! And regarding the old friend, two things I forgot to mention about that… 1) I did get dressed to go shop for a fridge and he was still with my dad visiting outside so I at least was able to show him I did know how to ‘clean up,’ and 2) the first thing out of my mouth when I stomped in the front room looking like I described was “don’t look at me” Isn’t that hilarious? I can’t even believe I said that or that I am admitting it… but, it just came out of my mouth before my brain caught up. Oh well. I did take that lesson to heart and got dressed early yesterday morning so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed when the refrigerator delivery people came. Good thing too! They came earlier than I expected.

Next subject… Sandra’s slow cooker Thursday! I love my crock pot. I had crock pot meatloaf on my MPM for Tuesday night, but with the Memorial day cookouts it got bumped to last night. It was really good! I left it cooking while we went to church and everyone came home and ate it up! Even Amanda who hates meatloaf! (Bailey didn’t eat it because, well, he doesn’t eat meat…)
So, I already linked to it on my MPM… but, it was good enough to share it here. By the way, I also used the crock pot liner and those things sure make clean up easy! I used the foil over that because I thought it might be necessary for browning or something.

Crock Pot Meat Loaf

2 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup italian breadcrumbs or crushed crackers
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion (diced)
1/4 cup water


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into a meatloaf shape that will fit into your crock pot. Cut a strip of foil and place under the meatloaf in crock pot. Cut it long enough to cover the bottom and sides of meatloaf. Place meat loaf in crock pot and top with an additional 2 tablespoons ketchup & chili sauce. Cover and cook on low for approximately 8 hours or high for four hours.

We’ve been putting Izzy in the stander that we borrowed from school a lot recently. Since we are home more with no school this is possible. This includes wearing the foot splints too, which I have to say she isn’t thrilled about either. I do see her legs getting stronger, that is very encouraging. This is a pic of the stander. Our den is basically full of her equipment. It is tucked away everywhere and whatever we are ‘using’ at the time is just kinda in the middle of it all! I am getting used to it and it is just how things will be until we get her running around. I have said it before but feel it necessary to say again, “I believe Izzy will be restored completely through the healing blood of Jesus Christ, I believe that she has been healed by the stripes of Jesus, we are simply waiting and expecting the manifestation of this healing.” If you don’t agree with this, don’t pray for her. I also don’t need to be felt sorry for or talked out of my beliefs. These beliefs are based on God’s word alone and have taken root deep inside me now, they will not be moved.

We went to church last night (cornerstone). There was a guest speaker. I am pretty aware of things so when they were having singing I noticed a gray haired gentleman standing by the pastor of the church … I told Matt, “that guy has spunk, I hope he is the guest speaker.” I was right! He did have spunk. His message was “shake it off and step up.” He told a story about a donkey in a well that was being buried because they couldn’t get him out and each shovel of dirt thrown down he shook it off and used it to step up until he was out of that well. It was a great motivational lesson and lots of good scriptures went along with it.

New topic… Amanda. She is leaving for montreal in less than two weeks and her passport has yet to come. We applied at the beginning of March and were told there was no problem and now here we are with a problem. I plan to spend the day on the phone trying to have it expedited. That and deciding how many american $ to change into canadian $’s have been the topics the last few days. We’ve been told she will need canadian money for niagra falls too. She is going with our church to visit our old preacher who has a church in montreal now. She is SOOOOO… excited.

Another thing I didn’t mention is that Saturday on my way home from that brunch we hosted and while my mil was here, I got a letter from the health care authority stating that as of 5-31 Izzy no longer has tefra which is the program I had to jump through 8 months of hoops to get her approved for. Anyway, I couldn’t call until Tuesday, because Monday was a state holiday but I finally found out that they deleted her from the system because I called when they mispelled her name “iszbell” instead of “isabelle” and that correction deleted her somehow. I was on the phone with them when I discovered the dead fridge and while I poured the gunk on Izzy. So, it was a fun morning all in all. I promise that is the last I’m going to say about that. ok?

In Light of the Truth
is hosting a weekly memory verse. I signed up! This week’s scripture is:
Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Thank you Tori for the cd you mailed! It is such beautiful music, I can hear it playing on the kitchen cd player! (it is her husband playing) You are so sweet! I love good mail!

TTT next week I was thinking about memories of our fathers since father’s day is around the corner. What do you think?

Thursday, May 24th, 2007
Crock Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken
frozen skinless chicken breasts or tenders (about 2 pounds)
1/2 cup Lemon juice
several crushed garlic cloves (10-12)
1 teaspoon Seasoned salt
1 teaspoon Poultry seasoning
2 dashes Tabasco
1 cup White wine

Skin and cut up chicken. Combine with other ingredients in slow cooker/Crock Pot. Set on low. Serve over rice.

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It’s SCT ~ Herb roasted chicken with veggies

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

So, I bought one of these…

because the one I had like this got left in Dallas last weekend…
and I use it twice a day to make Izzy’s protein shakes.

Well, this morning the new one started smoking, so I had to go to Target and buy this…
(notice I said I had to go to Target…) so, let’s hope the new one lasts more than two days.

I actually bought another one at Walmart late Sunday night because Target was closed and it died the first time I used it.

I sure hope this new Kitchen Aid Immersion blender does the job! If not I’m ordering another like the one in Dallas so I have a spare. (Matt hates it because it is loud…)

It’s Thursday, Sandra is the host of slow cooker thursday. There are lots of delicious recipes for the crock pot to be had and they sure do save time. I love to have dinner cooking while I am busy with my day. And having the house filled with the smell of dinner is also a plus.

Herb roasted chicken w/veggies…

chicken (I use frozen breasts or tenders)
quarters or baby potatoes
1 sweet onion sliced or chopped
bag of baby carrots
kosher salt

Place ingredients in crockpot, put pats of butter on top, sprinkle with rosemary and kosher salt. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low 8. Yummy and smells so good.

The physical therapist put Izzy on the tricycle today. She helped push the pedals and they said she enjoyed riding. They took pictures and when (if) they email them to me I’ll post them.

SCT~ Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

  • 6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  1. Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbeque sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken.
  2. Cover, and cook 3 to 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.

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SCT~Pork Chops…

Friday, April 20th, 2007

This is probably one of the easiest slow cooker recipes I have made, but it is always good.

6-8 pork chops (I use butterfly pork chops/the thick ones that are boneless.)

2 vidalia or sweet onions

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

salt & pepper



I put a little butter on the bottom of the crock pot, slice the onions, lay them down next, then salt & pepper the chops and put them on top of the onions. Pour the soup over the chops and cook all day on low~or half a day on high. They are good served with rice or mashed potatoes.

I almost didn’t post a recipe for SCT because it is so late in the day, but I still wanted to participate! Thanks Sandra for hosting this each week!

We had another good day today, Izzy did well at school… her physical therapist Camilla, said that she was very quick to respond today. She put suction balls on a mirror and would tell her to stand to get a ball (supported) and she said she did almost instantly. I had a funny experience with her this morning too, Izzy doesn’t always look at people but she is more and more so this morning I was feeding her breakfast and I said, “Izzy, if I can tame my wild hair you might be early for school, did you see my hair?” She turned her head to look at me and smiled almost laughed at my hair which is getting too long and is naturally curly so I have quite the hairdo in the morning. It’s nice to give your family a reason to smile first thing in the morning. I’m always the giver ;o).

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Slow Cooker Thursday~Beer Beef Fajitas

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Beer Beef Fajitas

2 pounds beef round steak
2 packets (1.27-ounces each) fajita seasoning mix (recommended: Lawry’s)

1 onion, thickly sliced
2 green bell peppers, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
1 red bell pepper, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
1/2 cup beer or water.
Rinse steaks with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides of steaks with 1 packet of fajita seasoning. Slice into strips; set aside. Add vegetables to a 5-quart slow cooker. Toss with remaining packet of fajita seasoning. Add steak strips on top of vegetables. Pour in beer. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Serve hot with peppers, warm tortillas, refried beans, and shredded cheese, if desired.

This is my 99th post! I am trying to compile a list of 100 things about me, it’s hard! I guess that will be my next post when I finish…

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