Nov 30, 2011

Cafe Rio Chicken

For those of you who don't know what Cafe Rio is... it's a fantabulous Mexican Restaurant. The only place that I know of where they are is in UT. But I really have only ever been to UT since I got married. So if you have a Cafe Rio near you, please leave a comment and let us know!

This is a super easy crock pot recipe! I was super nervous to do it because I have only used my crock pot once for chili (which was kind of a bust) and that was over a year ago. This was the second time that we've used it since we got married. After the success that we had with this recipe I have a feeling we'll be using the crock pot more often!!

We had this for dinner on Black Friday. The best part about all of this, is I came home mid-shopping and threw everything in the crock pot in less then 10-15 minutes and I was back out the door. (Now I had only been out for an hour. And I had left at 11. I'm NOT a true Black Friday shopper.) I hope you guys enjoy this as much as we did!

2 lbs chicken breasts
1/2 a small bottle of zesty Italian dressing (about 4-8 oz)
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
1 packet Ranch Dressing mix (mixed with 1/2 cup of water*)
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
(*I forgot to add the water. Not sure if it made a difference)

Cut the extra fat/tendons off the chicken

Place all ingredients in the crock pot

Cook on High 5-6 hours
Low for 8 hours.

Shred chicken in Kitchen Aid
(best idea ever... what would take 10 minutes takes 10 seconds)


I was going to do burritos but we had no shells. I was so sad but the salad was amazing also!

Serves about 3-4
We had enough for the 2 of us and enough for left overs which was perfect
We used 1.8 lbs chicken

Nov 29, 2011

Tuesday Tip #10

I'm not sure what it is about this time of the year, but chocolate chip cookies really start to become popular. 
Here are a few tips to get some great chocolate chip cookies!

Cream the shortening and sugar well. All the rest of the ingredients can just be mixed in, but proper creaming of the shortening and sugar is important.
Drip you cookies extra thick (use ice cream scoop), flatten the top a little, then place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Take the sheet from the refrigerator and put it in the oven at 375* until the cookie's edges are slightly brown and you will have a soft centered delight!

Let us know how your cookies turn out!

Happy Tuesday! 

Nov 23, 2011

Asiago Crusted Chicken

Now this recipe really is for Parmesan Crusted Chicken but my husband loves Asiago better so that's what we used. This is super super easy and tasted great!!! Perfect for one of those nights where you're running short on time and just want to throw something together fast.

1/2 cup Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Asiago Cheese
(or Parmesan Cheese)
4 Chicken Breast Halves
4 tsp Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs

Combine Mayo with cheese

Arrange chicken on baking sheet

Top with Mayo mixtures

Sprinkle with bread crumbs

Bake 20 minutes at 425*

Serve!! :)

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Nov 22, 2011

Tuesday Tip #9

With Turkey Day just around the corner, here is something important to remember!!

It's important to let a roast -- beef, pork, lamb, poultry -- sit a little while before carving. It allows the juices to retreat back into the meat. If you carve a roast too soon, much of its goodness will spill out on to the carving board.

What other carving tips do you have?

Happy Tuesday!

Nov 21, 2011

Spiritual Feasting #4

Today’s Spiritual Feasting is a personal one... And a late one and I'm sorry about that but I'm sure that you'll understand by the end of the post.

I’ve had an interesting week. I wouldn’t necessarily say that it was hard… but it was a challenge.
I have a major flaw or weakness, whatever you want to call it. I’m extremely dependent on other people. All my life, I have hated being a lone. Hated it. I shared a room for the majority of my life. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t share a room with someone until we moved when I was around 10. We moved into a house that had more bedrooms… And I got to have my own room. You're think that someone would be excited about having their own room right? I wasn't. Before we moved, when my sister would baby-sit late or stay out at sleep-overs, I would leave the hall light on and the door cracked and I would curl up in my bed and say to my self over and over again “She’ll come to bed in just a few minutes” and that’s how I would fall asleep. Then when we moved and I had my own room, when I couldn’t sleep at night, I would sneak into her room and sleep on the floor. I never slept well and was always able to sneak out before she woke up… But when she found out what I was doing, she started locking her door when she went to bed. Then I started sneaking into my brothers’ room and I tired sleeping with them for a while...  But let me tell you, that one didn’t last long at all :). Then I would sneak into my parents’ room and curl up on the floor next to the bed and sleep there. It happened a lot. But that was the only way that I could actually get a good nights sleep… Then I got older, and I wasn’t allowed to do that anymore.
(Side note: Have I ever told you that I can say all 13 Articles of Faith in under a minute correctly, clearly and with out messing up?)
Now that I was older, my parents said that it was time to stay in my own room, that if I couldn’t sleep I should read my scriptures or listen to them or study the Articles of Faith. I remember there would be nights that I would read chapter after chapter and not even get tired. It was annoying!! So then I started on the Articles of Faith. I kept a notebook by my bed and several different colored pens. I would write the Articles of Faith down word for word until it got to the point that I could do it by memory. Then when I knew them all, I would write each line in a different color. Then each word. {I’m laughing and smiling now as I’m remembering back on this.} I did that almost every night. I knew the Articles of Faith inside and out. In order and out of order. Give me a number and I would spout it off with out any hesitation.
(Another side note: As a kid for FHE we would work on the Articles of Faith. Each would do one Article or a phrase, but it was always entertaining when each person would do one word and we’d rotate around. That always brought smiles and laughter. We also had races to see who could say them the fastest… ergo the above the side note :).)
I remember I would be writing them down and when I was finally dozing off my hand would jerk and I would wake back up. At some point during the night I would eventually fall asleep. I would show my parents in the morning what I had done the night before and I remember them saying “Good job!” of “Wow!” But the kind of “wow” of astonishment and like they were showing “Holy Cow!!” instead of the good Wow. {Remember, this is still making me laugh at the memories.} Then I started doing other things to help me fall asleep. Like listening to calming music, or the faint sound of the TV from downstairs that dad had fallen asleep to. I struggled off an on with insomnia till I had mono in high school.  But anyway… long story short I struggle being alone, especially at night! Then I got married and I have slept better then I ever have!! :)
But to bring you to the point of this post… My husband was out hunting this past week. Usually if it’s a long trip {meaning a few days} and I can some time work off I’ll go down and stay with my sister-in-law while the men hunt, or if it’s a short Thursday/Friday/Saturday hunt I’ll stay at home and have my brother come stay at my house. But this time it was Saturday to Saturday. Seven whole days with possibly no to limited communication. I was a mess on Sunday. I couldn’t keep it together and I think I cried like 7 times. I’ll admit it. I’m a big baby!!
I prayed! I prayed and pleaded harder then I have in a long time to feel comfort and peace and to have courage to make it through this week regardless of whatever communication we would be able to have. That I would be able to sleep peacefully and feel His Presence near me at all times.  It truly is amazing how much the Lord loves us and that even though there are billions of us and we’re all praying all the time, he heard my prayers and pleadings and blessed me with the comfort and courage to make it through the week. 
The week did go really fast and I'm extremely grateful for that. There was one night when I didn't hear from my husband but other then that I got to talk to him at least once a day and it definitely made things easier. 
Out of all of those, I have had a reaffirmation of the power of prayer and my testimony has become strong. We can't do everything alone for those times when we struggle we have the Lord on our side to help us through.
My husband is home safe and sound and we have a buck and bull!!! Now, lets not talk about hunting for a long time :)

P.S. I spent all my time with my husband yesterday cuddling with him :)

Do any of you have husbands that hunt? What do you do to keep yourself busy while they are gone? I got crafty and made Christmas Presents!!!

Nov 17, 2011

...Tip #8.5

I had a comment come the other day regarding Tuesday Tip #6 and the answers that I have are so good I thought they deserved their own post and not just a comment to the comment. 
Ergo Tip #8.5!!!

When you're too impatient to wait for butter to melt {and because I live in a trailer that doesn't exactly stay a nice warm temperature} I'll sit by the heating vent with the butter in hand and steadily warm it up that way.

Place stick of butter in a sealable baggie and place in sink or bowl of hot water until softened.

Over a mixing bowl grate the amount of butter needed and it should soften in no time.


Nov 16, 2011

White Chicken Chili

A while ago we went to our friends house for dinner and she made this fabulous White Chicken Chili. I loved it!! Then I started seeing White Chili showing up all over Pinterest. So, I asked my friend for her recipe and made it. :)
It tasted fabulous and totally hit the spot!! 
It's super easy!

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tb vegetable oil
2 cans (15.5 oz) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chilies
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 1/2 cups chicken broth

In large saucepan, saute chicken onion and garlic powder in oil until chicken is no longer pink

Add the beans, broth, chilies, and seasonings

Bring to a boil

Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes

Remove from the heat and stir in sour cream and whipping cream
(I turned the heat down way low so that the creams could warm up too)

Serve immediately
(The directions I got said serves 7 but it barely served 3 so adjust accordingly)

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Nov 15, 2011

Tuesday Tip #8

This is perfect for all the whipped toppings going on pies and desserts this holiday season. Oh, and for all the baking too.

Egg whites should always be at room temperature before whipping. Be certain there is no yolk in the whites and that the bowl and beaters are perfectly clean.
Cream, on the other hand, should be well-chilled. For the largest volume, chill the bowl and beaters before whipping.

Let us know how all this worked out for you!

Happy Tuesday!

Nov 13, 2011

Spiritual Feasting #3

Today is the primary program!
I'm super excited. It has been so fun being in Primary the last few weeks (or months I can't remember) and the songs are really starting to hit home. It's been a blessing to learn and relearn the songs and remember how important Primary is and the lessons we learned as little children. 
This video clips is perfect to share with you as it is our closing song in the program. 
I AM a child and daughter of God
So are you!!

Nov 9, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

This is DELICIOUS!!!!
It's like instant cinnamon rolls with out all the hard work and sweat :)

I found this recipe while I was looking for people to invite to the Holiday Sweet Swap that I co-hosted in October.
I stumbled upon Purplest Pecalin and her blog is amazing and fun. It has lots of different and fun things and it's fun to explore. But here here's the link where I found the sweet Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.
She made some changes from where she found it and I made a few also. So keep keep reading and grab a napkin to catch your drool.

Cinnamon Drizzle
1/ 2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp butter, melted
2-3 Tbsp milk - start slow and add until you think it's the right consistency

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1Tbsp butter, melted
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 Tbsp milk
(as always you may need more milk to get the right consistency and taste)

Bisquick Box Mix

I would put the drizzle together first
Test the consistency and make sure that you can smoothly squeeze it through the spout
Also, make sure that the brown sugar is not clumpy...

I had to add a little more milk afterwards to make it a little more thinner still

Next put the frosting together
You may need to add more milk

Now mix the pancakes according to the box instructions

Grease your pan

Ladle Pancake mix on pan and drizzle your Cinnamon drizzle over the pancakes

Turn over

Once removed frost with your yummy frosting and eat!!!

Go HERE for other frosting recipes!

Nov 8, 2011

Tuesday Tip #7

It's my new favorite time of the year.
Below are some tips and ideas regarding making pies and what to do with the left over scraps.
I can hardly till Thanksgiving when there are more pies then we can all eat!

Save the drained juice from frozen or canned fruit and use fruit juice instead of water in your recipe. This is only a good idea if the juice does not have a lot of sugar in it.
Add fresh butter to your fruit pie filling after it has been cooked... Or dot pieces of butter over the fruit before you place on the top crust.
Don't cut apple pieces too thin when you are using fresh apples. Larger chunks will hold together and have more apple flavor.
Butter pie pastry scraps; sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake like cookies.

Let us know who this all worked out for you.

Happy Tuesday!

Nov 6, 2011

Spiritual Feasting #2

Do you have a favorite calling at church? I do!!! I love leading the music in sacrament meeting, and I think I just substituted for the last time…
 I was never the official substitute, she just always asked me and I was more than willing to help. The woman that had the calling was just released on Sunday. :(
But, that’s not the reason for the post.
The reason is the hymns that were sung.
I didn’t really know any of them. Well, more like I didn’t recognize any of them. We sung them and I stuttered along the way. Then afterwards I sat down and read the songs.
They are magnificent!
To me it’s really hard to truly understand a hymn when you have the melody running through your head.  In this case, I was free of the melody and able to concentrate on the words and they brought such peace to my spirit.

Jesus, Savior, pilot me Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, Hiding rock and treach’rous shoal.
Chart and compass came from thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boist’rous waves obey thy will When thou say’st to them, “Be still!”
Wondrous Sov’reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.
When at last I near the shore, And the fearful breakers roar
’Twixt me and the peaceful rest, Then, while leaning on thy breast,
May I hear thee say to me, “Fear not; I will pilot thee.”
(I changed the format so it appears more like a poem then a song. I hope that helped if you knew the melody.)

Isn’t that just lovely?
Doesn’t that just bring peace to your heart?!
Now that is definitely a song that I can go to for peace and comfort.

What’s you’re favorite hymn or song that brings you comfort?

Nov 2, 2011

Chicken & Roasted Garlic Risotto

Happy Wednesday!!!
Can you believe that we are into November?
I can't believe it!! But I'm excited for Thanksgiving. I'm working on getting all my harvest and Thanksgiving decorations out and I'm loving the change!!

Todays recipe is an easy one. 
If you're ever at the grocery store and at a loss on what to fix for dinner that night, or any other night for that matter, then just head over to the canned soups isle and start checking the back of the cans. 
We found this on the back of a Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom with Roasted Garlic Soup. Super easy and turned out pretty good! :)

1 tbsp butter
4 skinless boneless Chicken breast halves
(or how ever many tenders your family will eat, we did about 8)
1 can (10 3/4 oz) Campbell's Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can (10 3/4 oz) Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom with Roasted Garlic Soup
2 cups water
2 cups uncooked instant white rice (give or take)
1 cup frozen peas and carrots (or other combo)

Heat butter in 10" skillet over medium-high heat

Add chicken and cook 10 min or until well browned on both sides

Remove Chicken from skillet

Stir soups and water in skillet and heat to a boil
(our skillet wasn't big enough to hold everything so we changed pans)

Stir in rice and vegetables

Return chicken to skillet
(we 'cubed' the chicken because we didn't realize at first that you're supposed to put the chicken on top)

Reduce heat to low

Cover and cook 5 min or until chicken is cooked through
(we also added about another cup of rice because we wanted it a little thicker and less watery)

Remove skillet from heat

Let stand 5 min

Our Final Results

What it should look liked...

German Pancakes

If ever I'm not around for a meal, this is Marvin's go to. For snack, dinner, lunch... He loves it. I've tried it, but the amount of butter really gets to my stomach. 
Serving size: Marvin :)

6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cube butter

Put one cube of butter in a 9x13 pan and place in oven at 400* (do not pre-heat)
If you want less fat, try a half cube butter 

Mix eggs flour salt and milk together

When butter is melted, pour mixture into pan and place in oven for 15-20 minutes

Edges should be light to golden brown and rising above the top of the pan when done

Remove and enjoy immediately

I sprinkle with powdered sugar and a little lemon juice but you can top with your favorite fruit. 

Nov 1, 2011

Tuesday Tip #6

By now, the weather is cool. 
The mornings are crisp. 
And many are really getting into their baking!
Here are some cookie baking tips that should help while you're getting all your cookies ready for holiday deliveries for your families, friends and neighbors.

Cookies will spread if your dough is too pliable by allowing butter to get too soft. if your cookies are spreading too much, try refrigerating the dough for a couple of hours before baking.
Cookie dough can be frozen up to 3 months in an airtight container or refrigerated 3-4 days.
Check cookies at minimum baking time.
Let Cookies cool completely before storing. 
Store different types of cookies in separate containers so they'll keep their original flavor and texture.

Let us know how these turned out for you!

Happy Tuesday!