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Feb 2, 2016

I'm MOVING...

... The blog that is!!!

Hey everyone!!! I'm going to be slowing making the transition over to Wordpress instead of Blogger. Wordpress will give me more room to grow which is my goal over the next year!!! 

All my posts from now forward will be on Wordpress (thestokerkitchen.wordpress.com.... for now) and over the next little while I will be transitioning older posts -- the food ones -- over there as well! 

Don't throw out this link yet (thestokerkitchen.blogspot.com)! I'll let you know when everything is moved over. 

In the mean time... please continue trying our recipes and sharing my posts!! <3

Feb 1, 2016

February 2016 Visiting Teaching Message & Printable


What did you think of January's Printable? Was it helpful for you when it came to sharing the message with your sisters? I hope so. I love making them and spending the time contemplating on what to pull out of the message to share. 

I apologize for the simplicity of the design but sometimes simple is better. 

I just want to share one more part that I loved from the message this month. Elder D. Todd Christofferson said,

A family built on the marriage of a man and woman supplies the best setting for God’s plan to thrive. … 
Some of you are denied the blessing of marriage for reasons including a lack of viable prospects, same-sex attraction, physical or mental impairments, or simply a fear of failure. … Or you may have married, but that marriage ended. … Some of you who are married cannot bear children. ... 
Even so, … everyone can contribute to the unfolding of the divine plan in each generation.
I hope that you ladies feel inspired this month. I would love your input so that I can better improve these for you!




Jan 27, 2016

{Wednesday Weekly Meal} Chow Mein

I love Chinese Food!!! We had tried some Chow Mein from Panda Express and we both liked it and thought that we would make our own. We found this Chow Mein Recipe and tried it out.

We both feel like it needs more flavor, however, we were curious if it was because of the noodles that we used. The recipe calls for Yakisoba Noodles. We couldn't find any so we use Ramen Noodles. It works, but like I said we were curious if the Ramen Noodles don't hold the flavor the same way.


So we decided to try it again!! This time I found noodles in the Asian Section of the grocery store (I shop at Walmart) that are Chow Mein Noodles and they are called Chuka Soba Noodles. We decided to add more cabbage this time and celery. Last time we only used celery seed which was just fine. Our opinion...... I don't think the Ramen Noodles hold flavor the same way. I also may have added a little more garlic then we did last time. But I felt like there was more flavor the second time around the Chuka Soba noodles seemed to add flavor as well. Use what you have it and give it a try! Let us know what you think!!

Ingredients
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1-2 cloves grated Garlic
1 tsp fresh grated Ginger
Black Pepper, to taste
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
15 oz Yakisoba Noodles (about, or Chuka Soba Noodles)
2/3 cup Celery, chopped diagonally
1/2 of a medium Onion, thinly sliced
2+ heaping cups chopped Cabbage

Directions
In a small bowl combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and black pepper then set aside.

Remove noodles from packaging and discard flavor packaging. 
(If using Yakisoba Noodles, rinse noodles, drain and set aside. If using Ramen of Chuka Soba Noodles, cook according to package directions and set aside.)

Heat oil in a large wok or skillet, add celery and onion and saute for several minutes until onions become soft and transparent. 

Add cabbage and saute another few minutes until soft.

Add noodles and soy sauce mixture and heat for an addition 2-3 minutes or until noodles are heated through.

Serve immediately! :)

Jan 20, 2016

{Wednesday Weekly Meal} BBQ Pulled Chicken with Baked Potatoes

I had been having a craving for Famous Dave's Loaded Baked Potato with pulled BBQ Chicken. Why? I'm not sure. It had been a few days and I just couldn't shake the yummy taste in my mind and mouth. So instead of spending the money to go out, I found recipes online! :) It may sound weird, but trust me, it tastes amazing together!!

Here is a BBQ Chicken recipe that I found. It tasted delicious!!




Ingredients
2lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 tbsp Onion Powder
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 cup Root Beer
1 cup BBQ Sauce
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Russet Baking Potatoes
Olive Oil
Salt 
Pepper

Directions
Mix together the dry ingredients and rub on the chicken then place the chicken in the crockpot, top with BBQ sauce and Root Beer.

Cook on HIGH for 3 hrs.

With a little more than hour remaining, preheat oven to 425*, scrub potatoes, fork them, rub with olive oil, S&P, and place on a baking sheet.
(For soft potato skins wrap in foil before placing on baking sheet.)

Cook the potatoes for about 45-60 minutes.

With about 30 minutes remaining, remove the chicken, shred it and return to crockpot.

I like to cut open my potatoes, smother with butter, add the BBQ Pulled Chicken, sprinkle cheese on top and add a daulup of sour cream :)
Hmmmmmm!!