Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone had a great time celebrating our saviors birthday this past week.We had a blast
with our families.It was a great thing to be able to spend time with them on Christmas Eve and Day.I love this time of year!!
It is hard to believe that another year has gone by so quickly.2011 will be here in a few hours and I wonder how many of you have your New Years resolutions writing down?Or how many of you have decided to just nix it this year cause you never follow it anyways?That would be me.I try ever year to follow my New Years resolution but I never get past the first week :-}
Well I hope everyone has a great time tonight and be safe.
Happy New Year!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

One of my families favorites

Thought I would share a family favorite around here.We call it Captains Chicken or Southwestern Chicken,whichever you prefer.Its actually a Rachel Ray recipe called 30 Minute Southern Classic: Country Captain Chicken. Again it turned out great,and every time I make it,it seems to get easier and better.Here goes......

1 1/2 cups white and wild rice or long grain rice (I buy Uncle Bens)
2/3 cup flour, eyeball it
1 rounded tablespoon sweet paprika
4 pieces, boneless, skinless chicken breast
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
2 tablespoons butter

1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 or 3 large cloves garlic, smashed
1-2 tablespoon curry powder or mild curry paste

1 can chicken stock

1 can diced tomatoes in puree or chunky style crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup golden raisins or currants, a couple of handfuls

Follow direction on box of rice,prepare and set aside.

Combine flour and paprika in a shallow dish. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cut each chicken breast and thigh in 1/2 on an angle. Coat chicken pieces in paprika seasoned flour. Wash your hands and chicken work surfaces thoroughly.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to the pan. Brown chicken pieces, 3 minutes on each side, and remove from the skillet. Add butter to the pan, then stir in peppers, onions and garlic. Season the veggies with salt and pepper and saute them 5 to 7 minutes to soften. Add curry, stock, tomatoes and raisins. Slide chicken back into the skillet and simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes to combine flavors and finish cooking the chicken through. Place skillet on a trivet and serve the chicken from the pan.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Princess D's "New" desk

Today I decided to paint Princess D's desk.We bought this chalkboard paint awhile back and I was going to paint a section on the wall but never got around to it.Well to be honest with you I have moved the school room around 4 or 5 times already this year so it wouldn't have worked out anyways.It looks really good on her desk.She loves it and thats all that matters right?What do you think?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Whoooo Hooooo!!! Week 5

I am so proud of us!! We are on week 5 in our school and still truckin' along. The first year with V and J both home it was a big struggle.I think mostly just getting use to being with each other for so long in the day.Last year it was more of disciplining and also getting use to homeschooling with a newborn.(which was a first for me) This year I really have no excuse! =) I have put all my trust and faith in the Lord.I know through Him all things are possible.That has been what my prayers have mostly consisted of these days.God is so good!

Monday, August 2, 2010

First day of school

Well today is our first day of school.We are starting early this year partly because we tend to fall behind.Also I would like to be done by May so we can start our garden.This year I neglected it badly.
I would like to here from you.Do you ever fall behind?If so how do you handle it,what do you do to get back on track?