Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chicken/Broccoli Fetticini


Fetticini, cooked and drained
4-6 chicken breasts, boiled and cubed
2 cans cream of broccoli
1 soup can of milk
Cheddar cheese
Seasoned bread crumbs
Seasoning (separate recipe already list on blog)

Place your boiled, cubed chicken, soups, milk, cheddar and seasoned bread crumbs in a crock pot.  Add seasoning.

Put on low for 4-6 hrs.

Serve over hot pasta.

Serve with bread (I make french bread with butter, garlic and parmesan on it).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Homemade dryer sheets


Sponges, cut in half
5 gallon bucket, with lid
1 bottle of fabric softener

Pour fabric softener in 5 gallon bucket, then refill the jug with water 3x and pour into bucket.  Throw in sponges.  When ready to use, lift lid, get a sponge and squeeze it out.  Throw it in the dryer.

Fabric Softener

Homemade fabric softener

1 gallon white vinegar

  • 20-30 drops of essential oil
Just shake well before each use and it’s ready for the rinse cycle. For small or average loads add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle, for larger loads add about 1 cup to the rinse cycle or place in the fabric softener compartment before running your load.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Taco Ring

Taco Ring

Ground Beef
Seasoning (prior recipe)
taco mix
2 crescent rolls
colby jack (or whatever cheese you like)
**any other taco toppings you like**

Brown ground beef with onion and seasoning.  Drain.

On greased cookie sheet, open up each crescent roll and place the wide end in a circle.


Next, spoon the meat onto the wide end of the crescent roll.

Sprinkle cheese over meat.

Lift up the smaller and place over the meat.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 min.

Cool and then layer the inside of the circle with lettuce, cheese and any other toppings you prefer for tacos.

Serve with chips.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Seasoning Recipe

I use this recipe for EVERYTHING I cook.

Seasoning Recipe

1 cup salt
1/4 cup pepper
1/4 cup onion powder
1/4 cup garlic powder

Put in a gallon baggie or a plastic bowl with lid (that's what I do) and shake.  Sprinkle on everything that needs it.  Love love love this.

Golden Chicken and Noodles


4-6 chicken breasts, cubed
2 cans cream of broccoli
2 cups milk
1 onion, sliced
Seasoning (separate recipe)
1 tsp. basil
1 bag egg noodles

Place cubed chicken, soups, milk, onion, basil and seasoning in crockpot.  Cook on high for 2 -3 hrs. depending on if you chicken is thawed or frozen.

After that time, place in uncooked egg noodles and stir.  Cook on low for another 2 hrs, stirring occasionally to get the noodles covered in the liquid.

Serve with bread.

HE Top Loading Washing Machine

In an effort to "go more green" this year, I'm going to post some of my homemade recipes for housecleaning.  The first one is the Duggar family recipe for laundry detergent.  You need to get a 5 gallon bucket, with a lid on it.  Then, I reused an old fabric softener bottle for putting my concentrate in.

4 cups hot water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar (found in Kroger, in the laundry aisle)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
Essential oils (optional)

*Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with some water.  Stir until it is all melted.
*Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water.
*Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax
*Stir until dissolved.
*Fill the rest of the bucket to the top with hot water
*Cover and sit overnight to thicken

Next day
*Stir concentrate
*Take empty container and fill 1/2 way with concentrate (add essential oils, if you want a scent other than lemony)
*Fill the rest of it with warm water.
*Shake before use

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy 11th Birthday, Boo!

My heart overflowth with love on the day my sweet baby boy was born.  

We had a great day, yesterday.  Well, great AFTER all 6 kids had physicals :) and the torrential downpour.

I had to wake him up because our appts were so early.  We got him a basketball and for all the kids, a basketball goal.  He was SO excited.  We got all ready, did our thing at the drs and then came home so I could get some stuff prepared for supper.

We headed out the door and off to Paducah.  We went to eat at Olive Garden (which is my favorite place to eat) and he quickly learned that it was a cheese heaven.  He ordered mac and cheese and pizza and he devoured the breadsticks.  He told me that he was a "beginner" gentleman, so I was telling him what a good gentleman would do/say to the waitress and how to properly pay the bill (saying credit cards are from hell, always go with cash).  He did beautifully.  He said that Olive Garden was his *most favorite* Italian restaurant (albeit the only one he has gone too). love love him.

After lunch, we went to visit Jojo and Papa.  That is always fun to pop in on them and get some grandparent love :)

We headed to the pet store to check out all the critters and then we went to the bookstore where he picked out 2 books.  I love that my kids love books.  Makes me smile.  He had some birthday money burning a whole in his pocket and I had to go to Walmart anyway, so we headed there to get what we needed and he picked out a couple of things to get, leaving him some money to stay in his wallet.  "All men need a little money in their pocket."

Next off, we had to go and pick up his cake.  It was a "Spy" cake and my friend, Teresa, again outdid herself.  It was so cool and SO good.  Then I promised him ice cream, so we did that too.  Headed home and started cooking his meal o choice.  He wanted fried chicken, mac and cheese, and I wanted potato soup (best EVER).

After a bit, my MIL came, then my mom and my other mom and my dad came.  It was so much fun.  He enjoyed every minute.

As we were ending the day, he said "mom, this was the best birthday ever."  

Ahhh, success :)


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The fear of dentist

I have a fear.....a terrible terrible fear of the dentist.  I try not to show it, but the hives that pop up are a clear give away that I'm feeling some stress, on the inside.  

I panic even when I get my teeth that's bad.

My mom and I were talking about Dr. Habacker, from Paducah.  He was my dentist when I was a child.  We were so.very.poor.  but my mom insisted that we go to the best dentist and one that will do a good job.  Kudos to mom.  He was gentle and kind.  He was patient and wonderful.  I have no idea where this fear comes from because Dr. Habacker was the quietest, most gentle dentist EVER.

I worked up enough courage to schedule an appt to get my teeth cleaned (after way too many years).  I did good, it didn't take long, but I could feel the tension in my body and I realized that I was griping the handles of chair and that my breathing was incredibly fast.  I was telling myself to relax and calm down.  Then, it was over.

Alas, I had to have all these old fillings replaced :/  Panic.  I had to have a crown.  Panic central.  I resolved myself to the fact that it had to be done, so I wanted as few appts as humanly possible to get them finished.

Today, was my right side.  2 fillings, very deep, that had to be replaced.  One on top, one on bottom.  My new dentist, Dr. Lebaron (amazing) was so kind.  He knew that I was panicking and he literally talked to me the whole time telling me what he was doing. He allowed me to shut my mouth, to relax my jaws every few minutes. It was painless, yet...I panicked.  I could feel myself getting hot, my feet started sweating, I couldn't breathe, my head was hurting...the beginning of a full blown panic attack.  Again, I talked to myself and reassured myself that I was fine, it didn't. He was doing good, not harm.  He was nice, the hygienist was nice...I was fine...over and over and over, till the magic words of YOU ARE DONE.  Less than an hour and I was so tense and worked up I didn't know whether I was washing or hanging out.

I decided that getting 2 more fillings replaced and a crown was not in the cards for me, so I separated my appts up.  I have them timed down to the second of how long I will be in that chair and I actually like my dentist.  I can do appt is the end of this month.

Moral:  go to the dentist every 6 mths (worth it for the free toothbrush), brush, floss, take care of your teeth and for the love of all that is good...RELAX.


Friday, March 2, 2012

God is so cool

Yesterday, during our weekly therapy session, G and I headed to Mayfield.  I've traveled the road that leads to Mayfield, several times, it is the road that I took to get to my Granny's house.  I'm familiar with each house, each side road, each creek....everything.  It is a comforting road, to me.

We say little, on the way up.  I listen to the radio and she reads a book.  On this trip, the Lord spoke clearly to me, very clearly.  I was be-bopping to the radio with the windows down, looking at all these homes and thinking about how much I missed my hurts, sometimes.  While I was thinking, I could smell smoke.  The kind of distinctive of destruction.  I looked up and saw that a home that I passed a thousands times had burnt to the ground.  For those who aren't familiar with that smell....let me just tell you, there is nothing like it.  I drove up on the devastation and I saw the family, just standing there, staring at what used to be a home.  Sadness overcame me and I prayed for the family as I continued up the road.

We were in counseling much longer than I had anticipated, the sun was coming down and we headed home.  I was just around the bend, of that home, after several hours and the family was still standing appeared that no one had moved.  The house was still smoldering and the sadness was overwhelming.  I passed by.....then it was like the Lord had taken ahold of my heart, threw it up into my throat and said 'turn around.'  I heeded that and I turned my vehicle around.  It was placed, so hard, on my heart to give them money, but I never have cash and I rarely have the checkbook because I don't get out much.  I pulled into the driveway and started thumbing through my purse and I saw the checkbook, just sitting in there.  I whipped it out and wrote out a check.  The family must've thought I was a "rubber neck" person who was just curious as to what happened.  

I hopped out of my vehicle and I apologized for inconveniencing them and gave them my thoughts and prayers towards the sadness of what had happened to them.  I didn't want to know what had happened, I just simply told them the Lord has impressed on me to stop and give them money and see if they had any needs.  She stood there, with shock in her eyes.  I told her that the Lord had a plan and a purpose for this sadness and that He was there with them during this time.  The granddaughter, who was about my age, stated that her grandmother got out safely, but that the grandmothers disabled son, wasn't so lucky and he died in the fire.  My heart broke as she was recounting what had happened and tears ran down her face.

I hugged her, asked if I could feed them, I told them of places they could go for clothes, for free and then she mentioned that the place where her grandmother was staying didn't have a working  fridge.  I told her not to worry, I would find her one.  The Lord knew she needed that and He sent me to be His feet.  I took her number and told her that I would put my feelers out and see what I could do.  I came home, sent out a massive email and placed the need on facebook.  No responders.  There was one sweet girl, who had a microwave that she was gladly give this lady.  How thankful I was for her.  I was set out to buy her a fridge, if that's what it took.  I let it go and this morning, I got an email from a friend stating she had an EXTRA fridge that she just defrosted and said she would give it to the lady.  Oh.My.Goodness.  I immediately praised God for His faithfulness and timing.

I called the granddaughter and told her that I had a microwave and a fridge that people were giving her and she sat there....and cried....thanked me over and over.  I told her that the Lord deserves all the glory and the praise because He was the One who did all of this, not me.  We are now trying to get a truck to deliver these items and I'm certain, we may be tomorrow, but we will get it there.

May the Lord bless those who donated.  May He bless those who have prayed for this woman. May He bless the family during this difficult time.  

Jehovah Jirah....Our Provider.