Thursday, March 12, 2009

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

I'm not talking marriage here. I'm talking FOOD!! I feel like I have spent most of my entire day in the kitchen, but I've enjoyed it. Carl was off today, and he and the kids have spent pretty much all day outside, after homeschooling, of course. That gave me some time to try a new recipe that I've been wanting to try, along with some other things, too.

We along with many others have been pinching pennies due to several medical bills, the cost of medical supplies, auto problems, etc. That means staying home more. Well staying home more means cooking more. I started the day out by making blueberry muffins, and this was a first for me. :o) I've always relied on those packaged muffin mixes, adding only milk. I've been reading labels, and learning alot about ingredients in some of these foods that we usually purchase, and of course those things that we are trying to avoid is found in the muffin mixes. I found blueberries on sale (bogo) the other day at a local grocery store, and purchased some. The muffins were pretty tasty, and everyone enjoyed them. I liked having the fresh tasting blueberries in them as compared to the imitation blueberry "bits" found in the mixes. (This was my something blue.)

Next, I have a recipe for homemade granola from a fellow blogger that I've been dying to try, so I made that this afternoon. It's very good and has a lot of options to choose from. Here's the recipe, if you like. Let me just say, if I may, that I really have been enjoying her blog. She is a godly woman with lots of ideas for serving the Lord in her family. I've never met her, but if you read her blog, you can't help but pick up on that. God has used her to encourage and inspire me just when I need it. Who knew that blogging could do that?? Only God can take anything and use it for His glory. (That's my something borrowed and my something new.)

My something old is what we're having for supper tonight. (Pick yourself up off the floor, Leap of Faith!!) My mom had some grilled chicken that she had left over from Sunday's lunch, and she wanted to know if we wanted it. I try not to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I took it and ran. :o) (And, no, my mom is not a horse.) Ha! Ha! I have a recipe from an old friend that we used to hang around with. I don't remember how we met him, but he attended the local college near us, and we sort of took him "under our wing" at times, and at other times he took us "under his wing" when he would cook for us. I must say, he's a really good cook, too. Well, the recipe I got from him, I call Andy's Chicken because it doesn't have an official name. It's simple and delicious! Here's that recipe:

3 or 4 chicken breasts, cooked, and cut up
2 cans cream of chicken soup
8 oz. sour cream
Ritz crackers
Scatter chicken in the bottom of a greased dish. In a separate bowl, mix the chicken soup and sour cream, and pour over chicken. Top with crushed Ritz crackers, and cook at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Well, the day is drawing to a close, and guess what???? I have an absolute mess to clean up in the kitchen. A woman's work is NEVER done. I'm not complaining, though. I'm glad that I can serve my family by making some nutritious and better than "fast food" type meals. And I'm thankful to have a family to enjoy sitting down with and eating together. Can we press a "Pause" button so that moments like these will last forever?? If only......................

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Sounds great--can you come over and cook for us? It does seem that I don't get one meal cleaned up before I'm starting the next one.

Keep up the good work--your family will appreciate it :).

Love to all!