Friday, February 26, 2010

Yep, you guessed it!

I feel like all I blog about these days are RECIPES!! For some reason I have been on this kick of trying new recipes and baking goodies...yum!! Back in the day when our church was getting ready to build it's building we did a cookbook fundraiser that was compiled of recipes from ladies in the church. It's a treasure for sure! I made these muffins a couple days ago and they are DELICS!! I pretty much had everything in my pantry to make them too which was fantastic. This recipe is from Deb Gaiotti :)...

Oatmeal Apple Raisin Muffins
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup raisins
1 chopped apple
1/2 cup oil (I used applesauce instead)
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon

Beat egg; stir in remaining ingredients. Mix just until moistened. Pour into muffin cups. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes.

That's IT!!!!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fantastic Recipe!

My sister Jen gave me this YUMMY recipe off of the Dole website for Pineapple Sweet n' Sour Chicken. The picture is from their website not the one I made :0)! Very easy to make and sooooo good! Enjoy!
1 can (20 oz.) DOLE® Pineapple Chunks
1 medium green or red bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 medium onion, cut into chunks
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup prepared sweet and sour sauce
2 tablespoons less sodium soy sauce
4 cups cooked MINUTE® White Rice
1. Drain pineapple; reserve 2 tablespoons juice.
2. Cook; stirring pepper, onion and mushrooms in hot oil, over medium heat, in large skillet, until tender-crisp. Remove vegetables from skillet; set aside.
3. Cook chicken in same skillet, until chicken is browned. Add vegetables back to skillet with sweet and sour sauce, soy sauce, pineapple chunks and reserved juice. Heat through. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What a week!

In my last post I mentioned that I was going away...well that trip was a lot longer then I thought it would be (I'll explain below)! The Cadre group Dave is involved in with Jeanne Mayo does a 'Ladies Breakaway' and it was amazing. To be able to get away with 57 other Pastors/Pastors Wives was truly a privilege. I met some awesome ladies that I hope to continue friendships with. God really put me on this breakaway for this time and season in my life. I feel refreshed and encouraged.

I was supposed to leave Atlanta (ATL) early Wednesday morning and arrive home around 11am which would have been perfect cause I could see Evan for a bit before nap time for us both :0)! WELL I found out Tues afternoon that my flight was CANCELLED due to the snow up north, which ended up being a whole lot of nothing! ANYWAY so I was re-booked on the same early flight for Thursday morning. So along with a couple other girls we went to PF Changs for lunch! One of my favs!! Had a great time. Got to attend Jeanne's youth service Wednesday night which was a panel of couple being asked questions. Started off with silly questions and then got more serious about how to honor God in your dating/marriage relationships. It was really good. When I called to check on my flight for Thurs morning I found out that flight was also CANCELLED! UGH! There didn't seem to be a problem with landing in Hartford (BDL) but was more my connection through I thought??? I asked if there was anything flying in Boston since it's only about 1.5 hours away and if it meant I could come home Thursday then I was all about that! They booked me on a flight leaving at 3pm and arriving at 7:45pm in Boston. Well don't you know that my flight leaving ATL was DELAYED for an hour (at least) which meant I would miss my connection once in Philly. Can you imagine the frustration that I am feeling?! I have my husband saying 'can you come into NYC? PLEASE come home today!' :0(!! We ended up driving right over to the airport to talk to someone in the flesh. Basically I could get out of ATL but would be stranded in Charlotte or Philly if I went cause all flights were booked from there. SOOO she booked me on a flight leaving at 5:30AM Friday and arriving in BDL at 9:30am! YIKES that's early! Here's the kicker...the lady tells me I should arrive early like 4am and that the 'train' that brings people to their gates doesn't start running until 530am which means I have to WALK 2.5 miles!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh my gosh right?!?! I said well I hope my baby doesn't come! ;0)! It ended up being fine and they had those moving walk ways so that helped. Good thing I work out, hahahahaha. SO my flight finally arrived at BDL Fri morning at 9:10am and I was SOOOOOO happy to be home with my boys!! My trip away was AWESOME but there is no place like HOME!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A new me!

I have been thinking about dying my hair for a LONG time now. Just haven't quite gotten up the 'guts' to do it until now! It was almost like I just made up my mind and that was IT! When both asked separately (a friend,who is a hair stylist, and my hair stylist) what I should do next to my hair BOTH said dye it brown and cut it short! Out of the mouth of more than one??? OK! I was nervous about my cut I must say but the great thing about hair is it always grows back :0). And to be honest I really like both!! I just did this yesterday so when I walk past a mirror I still am like 'whoaaa'. Here I am...totally different right?!?!

On a different note I am about to go away ALONE for 3 nights...WOW. I know. I've actually only been away from my sweet Evan for one night! Dave I have been away from for many nights...but where am I going you ask?! Atlanta! Dave is a part of a cadre group (ministry related) and they set aside a couple days for just the wives to go. I'm really excited and nervous! Luckily, I know a couple of people already so I will know SOMEONE! I leave Sunday afternoon and return Wednesday morning. Until then...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ANOTHER Recipe :0)

It seems like I have been wanting to try NEW recipes lately! Not that I'm complaining or anything, haha! Here's a Pampered Chef one...meatballs were SOOO good.

Curried Turkey Meatballs
Pampered Chef Cookbook – 'Cooking for two or more '

1 pound ground turkey
2 slices French bread, coarsely chopped (1/2 cup bread crumbs)
1/3 cup golden raisins
¼ cup thinly chopped green onions with tops
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 ½ tsp curry powder
2 garlic gloves, pressed
1 tsp. salt
1 jar (9ounces) hot mango chutney, such as Major Grey
1Tbl. cornstarch
1 red bell pepper, diced
Additional thinly sliced green onions (optional)

Preheat oven to 375. In large bowl combine turkey, bread crumbs, raisins, green onions, egg, curry powder, garlic & salt; mix well until blended. Form turkey mixture into meatballs using 'small scoop' (love this PC item!). Heat skillet over med heat until hot. Add meatballs and cook about 10min or until they are browned on all sides, turning often. Remove skillet from heat.

Combine chutney and cornstarch in small bowl; add mixture and bell pepper to skillet. Stir to coat meatballs; spoon into baking dish. Bake 15-20min or until glaze is thickened and meatballs are cooked through. Remove from over; sprinkle with additional gr. Onions if desired! YUMMY!!