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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
It seriously made boring pork chops like a gourmet meal! IN 35 MINUTES!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Well, technically we're MAKING a new single.
Grace Reigns Down is.
We were in the studio last week recording a brand new single for the band.
It should be ready to share reeeeeallllly soon.
But, if you just can't stand it and want to hear it, then come to Shout at 6:30pm Sunday night. :-)
[If you need details message me.]
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Friday, September 23, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
In other words, it was good.
I would tweak it a bit, though, for next time (and oh, there will be a next time), so I just went ahead and gave you my directions on how I think it SHOULD be done.
6 boneless chicken breasts
2 packages of cream cheese
4 cans of cream of chicken soup
2 cups of shredded chedder cheese
1. Mix 4 cans of cream of chicken with 2 blocks of cream cheese until smooth.
2. Pour half of the mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker.
3. Lay chicken breasts on the mixture.
4. Sprinkle chicken with any seasonings to taste. (I did salt, pepper, and a little Mrs. Dash.)
5. Cover with remaining half of mixture.
6. Sprinkle 2 cups of shredded cheese on top.
7. Cover and cook on low 6 hours.
Friday, September 16, 2011
So, I am proud to say that I came up with this idea all on my own.
About 1 year ago.
And I'm just now getting around to doing it.
Since I was finally tired of looking at the Michaels bags on my floor....for a year.
(Hey- I never said that I was quick with creativity.)
Let me start by saying, "Do any of you moms have stacks and stacks of kids artwork that you just don't know what to do with?"
I don't keep everything the kids bring home but I do try to save about 1-2 things a week from each kid. And, I really wanted a way to display some of this artwork in the house.
But I had run out of wallspace downstairs.
So, I decided to frame some of their art to hang upstairs in the hallway leading to the bonus room. I also wanted to include some pictures of the kids around the ages of when the artwork was created.
I ordered 6 black and white 5x7 pics of the kids together from Shutterfly and then bought 11x13 "floater" frames from Michaels. I only buy frames when I get the yellow "extra 25% off wall or tabletop frames" coupon in the Michaels Sunday or Wednesday ad. It comes pretty often now and made these 9.99 frames (which were also on sale that day one year ago) about $4.50 each. So, a pretty affordable project at about $35.00.
I couldn't decide on only 6 pieces of art so I doubled up and layered in half the frames and then used other art as mattes for the b/w pictures.
And here they are hung in the hallway...
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Pimped out the minivan....
In case you forget who my Carolina Girls are, you can click here. :-)
The true meaning of the day stemmed from celebrating the 30th annniversary of the birth of the "baby" of the group, Loryn. Loryn's only requirement for her celebration was "togetherness." But Loryn also loves wine :-). So, we decided to combine the love of wine and our love of each other to do a 4 stop winery tour in Yadkin Valley.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
But, regardless, that's kinda been in my head lately because that's how I have started feeling about this whole running business.
I kinda like it.
More accurately, I kinda like the size 6 pants I wear now because of it.
I have seen such great changes in my health and body since I started running, so I am quite motivated to keep up this new hobby.
And I am really excited to say that I conquered this:
This past Saturday, I ran my first ever 5K. Ok, to be fair, I walked the first .1 mile because I had always started my routes with a power walk and then a run. I was afraid my legs wouldn't know what to do if I started running immediately. Chad made fun of me a bit, so I did just 3 minutes of walking and then ran the rest of the course. That was the longest distance I have run at one time up to this point. And it felt great when I finished!
Here we are before the race. The HP Central Drumline was playing, which is why Brooklyn is blocking her ears and Jake is completely disinterested in taking a pic.
And here I am coming into the Finish!
And for the sake of "When I get around to scrapbooking:"
Official race results say that I came in 64th place out of 239 runners.
I was 11th out of 36 females age 30-39.
Gun time was 34 minutes and 23 seconds.
Chip time was 33 minutes and 54 seconds.
It was a 11:05 mile pace.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
6-8 boneless chicken thighs (Using thighs was perfect. The meat was so juicy and super easy to pull apart.)
1 can of pineapple chunks, drained
1/2 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
*The recipe also called for one small onion, diced, but when Chad cut into our onion it looked a bit sketch so we chose to toss it and do without.
1. Place chicken in crock pot.
2. Place onions (if not nasty like mine) and drained pineapple chunks on top of chicken.
3. Cover everything with the 1/2 bottle of BBQ sauce. (And if you are not using Sweet Baby Ray's you are truly missing out.)
4. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours.
5. Remove chicken, shred with two forks, and then add back to the crock pot to mix with the sauce. (Now, I did not see in the beginning of the recipe that the chicken needed to marinate about an hour like this to soak up all the sauce. We were hungry so it sat maybe 10 minutes and was still really good. But, I bet after an hour it would have been awesomely soaked and flavorful.)
6. Spoon chicken BBQ mixture on hawaiian sweet rolls and serve!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
It was Brooklyn's first time on a boat and actually it had probably been a decade or two since I had been on one. She quickly grew right comfortable.
Monday, September 5, 2011
I'm not sure if you have heard of a group on Facebook called Crock Pot Girls. They have just a few followers....like 1.1 MILLION after about 2 weeks!! While I can silently congratulate myself for hopping on the crock pot train way before Facebook made it cool (hey- just like Glee), I am a bit close to slapping myself saying, "Why the heck didn't I start a "Slow Cooker Sunday" page?
But, I digress. And just to show I am a good sport, I decided to utilize this new resource and try one of their recipes.
The bad news? It actually kinda stunk. The good news? It actually kinda stunk.
But, I do see possibility and if you tweak the recipe a bit, you could actually have a great, filling meal.
Creamy Chicken and Potatoes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8-10 small new red potatoes
8 oz. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
black pepper, to taste
poultry seasoning, to taste
1. Sprinkle poultry seasoning on chicken and lay in the crock pot. (This is where I would tweak and really add more seasonings. It was pretty bland with just the little bit of poultry seasoning.)
2. Arrange the potatoes around the chicken.
3. Mix the sour cream and cream of chicken soup and add a generous amount of black pepper.
4. Pour the mixture over the chicken and potatoes.
5. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
*Ok, here is where we must have had issues because I did 4.5 hours and the chicken was perfect but the potatoes were way under cooked. If you go longer, you will have cooked potatoes but tough chicken. I think instead of the small potatoes I would either do the teeny red potatoes in the store and do 5 hours or use bigger, fatter chicken breasts so I could cook everything longer. The flavor had potential but wasn't knock-your-socks-off.
So there you have it.
Maybe I will visit the Crock Pot Guys page next week. :-)
Friday, September 2, 2011
It's been one of those days...
Went to get oil changed.
Place near me closed so had to go out of my way.
Went to buy groceries.
Left my coupons in the car that Chad took to work.
Went to run.
It started raining.
It's just been one of the days.
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