Dec 26, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Inside Out Chicken Potpie

I'm so in love with my crock pot that it's becoming a bit of an obsession.

Marvin LOVES Chicken Potpie. 
I don't mind it but I really don't like the crust.
I was cruising around Pinterest a few weeks ago looking for a good crock pot recipe and when I stumbled upon this I had to jumped on it. I thought this would be the perfect meal!
I was so excited and it turned out great. I'm even more excited to try out more and more of the crock pot recipes that I have found. They are perfect on weekends. 

*I'm trying to find the perfect meal for during the week. Any suggestions?
By the time Marvin goes to work and we sit down and eat dinner the food will have been in crock pot for about 12 hours... Some times it doesn't matter, but if you have suggestions I'm open to them.*

On to the recipe... Let us know what you think!!

1 large can Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup
1 small can Campbell's Cream of Celery Soup
1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (uncooked)
1 lb bag Frozen Peas and Carrots
1 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix
3-4 Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch cubes
**There weren't any Russet Potatoes at the store that weren't bagged. The potatoes we used below were perfect regardless and we did use the whole bag**
1/2 cup water
1 can Pillsbury Homestyle Biscuits

Place all the ingredients (except the biscuits) in the crock pot and cover

We Put the potatoes on the bottom 

Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours
(We did high heat for 4-5 hours)

Take the chicken out and shred it.

Bake biscuits according to package

Serve over biscuits
(We didn't use Pillsbury Biscuits, you can't see if very well in the ingredients pictures, we just used the store brand and they still tasted perfect)

Makes about 6-8 servings

**Next time we make this, we decided that we would probably clean the chicken and cube it first so that way when it's ready we can just eat instead of having to cut and re-warm**


Dec 19, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Crescent Chicken

This recipe is pretty good. 
I'm not a huge fan of crescent rolls and I'm not sure why I keep finding and making meals from them, but this one is not bad either. 
It's rather similar to my Chicken Rolls recipe yet different at the same time. 
This one is a bit easier.

1 package refrigerator Crescent Rolls
2 cups chopped Cooked Chicken
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can of Milk (using soup can)

Preheat oven to 350

Prepare soup using milk and set aside

Separate crescent rolls

Spoon chicken and cheese onto each crescent and then roll and seal to enclose filling

Place in 9" x 13" baking dish

Pour soup over the rolls

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes


Dec 18, 2012

Baby Pictures

Hello Blog Family!!!

Boy am I glad that I got so many meals scheduled for posting before I had my baby. 
I have to honestly say that I had no idea how little time I would have. 
I thought that days would be easy and I would have oodles of time on my hands.
Boy was I WRONG!!!
(And yes all you veteran mom's, go a head and laugh.)

We were very blessed to welcome Royce into our family on November 3rd. 

Labor was pretty painful, but considering I was only in labor for 4 1/2 hours, it was pretty easy.
He is a bundle of joy.

His smiles make the long nights worth it.

I'm a photographer so I did a mini photo shoot and the pictures below are the result of it. 
My husband is a hunter and I was so excited to put Royce in a hammock between the rack and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

^This was between poses and I couldn't resist that face :)

I could keep going with the pictures!!!! 
I will try and post a few here and there.
If you want to see our family photo head over to the 'About Us' tab.
I'll also try and do better at posting.
We have to really budget now so creative and new meals are far between.
I have gotten more into the crafting world so I'll try and post some of the projects I've been working on.
I hope this post finds all of you well.

Happy Tuesday!!!!

Dec 16, 2012

{Spiritual Feasting #32}

Well, I had my baby on 11/3/12 so it's been a little busy around here. My brother wrote home from his mission this week and included his Mormon Message. I watched it and it seemed to hit home for me. I think part of it is because I can relate with my baby, but I wanted to share the message with you in hopes to help all of you to feel the spirit of this Holiday season.

Dec 12, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} French Dip Crescent

I remember having French Dip a lot when I was kid. 
It always seemed complicated, but when I found this I realized that it wasn't as difficult as I remembered. 
This made it super easy but even just throwing roast beef in buns is easy too.

Here is a more creative way of eating French Dip.

2 packages Crescent Rolls, 8 count
1 lb Deli Roast Beef, thinly sliced
4 oz Swiss or Provolone Cheese (opt)
Au Jus Dipping sause package

Unroll the crescents onto a large cookie sheet

Place roast beef and cheese on the crescents
(I would nix the cheese because as it melted the bottom of the crescents didn't cook all the way)

Roll the crescents from the wide end to the narrow end

Bake at 375 for 11-13 minutes or until they are a golden color

Serve with the Au Ju Dipping Sauce
(follow packaging instructions)

(Since my computer hasn't been working well lately and the internet was crazy I was just snapping little pictures on my iphone. The image above is the only one I had.)

Dec 5, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Crockpot Potato Soup

Tis the season for Crockpot recipes and soup!
Tis the Season to combine the two!!!

This is a super easy recipe and it tasted a lot better than I thought it would. 
Lately whenever I've made something, it just looks disgusting to me. 
I think a lot of it might have to deal with the fact that I'm pregnant and the only thing that ever seems good is peanut butter and jelly. 
(That is what I've had for lunch almost every day for the last 8 weeks or so)

I have to tell you that I love how easy the Crockpot is. 
All you have to do is throw everything in and sit and wait. 
The best lazy man (or woman's) meal!!!

1 30oz bag of frozen, Shredded Hash Browns
3 14oz cans of Chicken Broth
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup Onion, chopped
1/4 tsp ground Pepper
1 pkg Cream Cheese (don't use fat free, it WON't melt)

Add everything into the Crockpot except for the cream cheese and cook on low for 6-8 hours

About an hour before serving, add the cream cheese and keep heated until thoroughly melted

Serve with cheese, sour cream, green onions, bacon bits or whatever else you want to


Nov 28, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Bean Dip

Last week you saw the Baby Shower Cupcakes we did at my shower...
This week we have the Bean Dip that we also enjoyed.
It's super easy and yet another Crockpot recipe that helps to make life easier.
The recipe that I'm sharing is supposedly for one serving but when you only take a small amount as an appetizer you can feed a few. I would recommend doubling it though.
(Sorry, I don't have pictures for this one. Mom was making it as I was helping prepare everything else.)

1 15oz can of Refried Beans
1 cup Picante Source (or your favorite)
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
(or the pre-shredded combination of the two cheeses)
3/4 cup Sour Cream
1 3oz package of Cream Cheese, softened
1 tbspn Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
Tortilla Chips
(double for more fun)

In a bowl or in your Crockpot, combine the first 8 ingredients

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until heated through, stirring once or twice

Serve with chips and salsa

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

Nov 21, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Baby Shower Cupcakes

For one of my baby showers we did something really cute instead of a cake. 
My mom was throwing a shower for me and the person who was going to help her wasn't able to last minute so I jumped in.

My mom bought me this cupcake dessert book for Christmas last year and I'm so glad that she did.

I have looked through it several times and have found several cool cupcakes that I wanted to try but it wasn't until right before my shower that I found this....

Isn't that cute???
I was so excited and showed my mom and she thought it was super cute too. 
 Here is a picture of how my Baby Shower Cupcakes turned out.

I didn't want mine to just be flat on the table and 2D so I got a styrofoam board, covered it with tissue paper and cut the rain drops out of tissue paper as well.
Here are the rest of the images from my shower....

Rice Krispie Treats (Teddy Bears & Trains)

We also had Fruit Salad and the Crockpot has Bean Dip

I couldn't find a place online that had the recipe/directions for the cupcakes but there is the link to google where I found several places to get the Dessert Book.

If you like baking then it would totally be worth the price of just drooling over the book itself. 
Sometime, when I have more time, I want to try some of the other recipes, but until then....


Nov 14, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Lemon Raspberry Cake

This post is a long time coming. 
I made this cake last year for my dad's birthday.
Yes, I have been a real slacker when it comes with this post. 
I was always saving it for backup when I didn't have time to make a real meal and needed something to post. 
Then when I needed something to post, well, I was pregnant and not wanting to do anything. 
I'm FINALLY getting this posted and in a few weeks I might be making another one.

First you'll need a... 
Lemon Box Cake Mix
Butter Cream Frosting

Butter Cream Frosting
1/2 cups Butter
4 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/4 cup Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Lemon to taste
Add more milk later for consistency

Make the Cake according to the box

Let it cool if you can for a day or two before frosting
(You can always freeze the cake as well but I've never had success with that method)

Make the frosting and add lemon to taste

When I made my 'dummy cake' to see how everything was going to pan out I made this cool marbled affected with the raspberry jam. 
I learned the hard way that you can't write with jam, so out of my mistake I created a master piece and marbled the jam with a tooth pick.

It was a happy accident and I felt so proud of myself that I was able to make my mistake into something beautiful and unique.

For my dad's actual birthday I made him a guitar cake. 
I used the same box cake mix and frosting ideas but I didn't use the raspberry jam this time. 
I used gold cake spray paint for the sides of the cake and black pipe icing for the rest of the detail.
(Sorry the image quality is bad, these were taken with my iphone)

My dad was so impressed and happy and surprised with this cake. 
I wish and hope that I can do something for him this year but we'll have to see when this baby gets here. If he comes sooner than later I might be able to make something else fun for him but we'll see.

Yay for fun baking experiences!!!!

Nov 13, 2012

(tuesday tip #35) Poached Eggs

We got these cool little things from my mother-in-law for our birthday this year.

They are called PoachPods!

I swear they are the easiest and the best way to poach eggs.
They are little silicone containers. 
You spray them with non-stick spray (like Pam), place your egg inside and gently place in a pan of boiling water. You cook the eggs to the desired yokie-ness and simply maneuver the pod until you pretty much have it flipped inside and the egg will gently slip out with none of the white left behind.

After getting this cool gift, what did we do?
We made Eggs Benedict
Here are some pictures of how it all turned out.

They turned out to be the best size and shape for the Eggs Benedict and it was lots of fun!!

My tip, if you like poached eggs, this is definitely a very good investment!!! 
Check out Google and Amazon for places and prices to find what works best for you.

Nov 7, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

I've been looking for easier yet still healthy recipes. 
I love cooking. I really do.
But lately, and all you mommas will understand, I have wanted to be on my feet less and less and more in a horizontal position called sleeping and relaxing.
I found this recipe and I thought it was a perfect addition to a busy mom's repertoire. 

8 oz Angel Hair Pasta
2 cups chopped, Grilled Chicken or 1 large can of Chicken
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 10oz can Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
8 oz Sour Cream
Sprinkling of Parmesan or Mexican-blend Cheese

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Boil Pasta as package directs and drain

Mix all other ingredients (except cheese)

Add the cooked pasta and mix together 

Put in 9" x 13" baking dish

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly

Sprinkle with your choice of cheese and return and oven to melt
(I only cooked the 30 minutes as I used Parmesan Cheese and didn't need to melt it.)

Enjoy with a salad or garlic bread or both!!!

Nov 6, 2012

{Tuesday Tip #34} Homemade Frozen Meatballs

I'm pretty sure I found the idea on Pinterest for throwing meatballs in the Crockpot but I can't seem to find the Pin at the moment.

We were having the missionaries over for dinner one night and it was summer and hot and we were in the trailer and my feet/legs were swelling like crazy...
I was looking for something that was easy to make and thought of Meatball Subs but didn't want to spend all my time in the hot kitchen after work making dinner. 
So I looked around online for a way to make them in the crockpot and all the recipes that I was finding called for frozen meatballs. 
We had already been to the store and I didn't want to buy frozen meatballs, so a few nights before when I had more time available, I made Home-Made Meatballs
After making the meatballs, I placed them individually on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer.

Once they were frozen, I placed them in a gallon sized bag for later use.
All Marvin had to do the morning the missionaries were coming to dinner was empty the contents of the bag into the crockpot with meat sauce and we were in the home-stretch.

It was so easy and I'm so glad that I figured that out. 
So if you have freezer meatballs on hand this would be REALLY easy and perfect for you... but even making the meatballs the day or a few days before still made it easy.

Oct 31, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Cilantro Lime Rice

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!!

Like I promised a long time ago, there are a few meals that we did before I got too sick and before we moved.
We had the missionaries over for dinner one night and we made Cafe Rio Chicken.
I wanted to make something to go along with it, so we tried the rice for the first time. 
I loved it. 
Here is the recipe. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

2 tablespoons Butter, Pepper to taste
1 1/4 cup Rice (recommend long grain)
Juice and Zest from 1 large or 2 small Limes
2 1/4 cups Chicken Broth
2 tbsp chopped Cilantro
3/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cumin

In a skillet, melt butter with rice

Add liquid and other ingredients

Bring to a boil, reduce eat and cover

Cook for 20 minutes or until rice is done



Oct 30, 2012

{Tuesday Tip #33} Meatloaf in Muffin Tins

This is both a tip and a recipe to share.
I found this cool idea on Pinterest about how to make meatloaf easier. 
If meatloaf isn't already easy to make.
It takes longer to make meatloaf the traditional way but this way is super simple.
All you do is make your meatloaf how you would any other way and instead of placing it in a loaf pan, you make smaller servings and put them in a muffin tin for baking.

Here is the recipe for meatloaf that I got from my mother.

1 lb ground beef (or elk)
1 Egg
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
Salt & Pepper
1/3 cup Steak Sauce
1/4 cup Ketchup
dash of Garlic and Onion Powder
(rough estimates)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Thaw meat

Mix together

Grease muffin tins and scoop meatloaf into muffin tins

Bake for 20 minutes

Serve with rice and veggies


Oct 24, 2012

Our New Kitchen in our New House

I LOVE our new kitchen, so much better than our old place.
It is brighter and bigger (well it feels bigger).
You have seen a few small glimpses of our old kitchen from the cooking posts. 
I don't have official images of our new kitchen, but here are a few shots of our first home cooked meal in our new kitchen.

We moved from a gas stove to an electric stove. 
It was a harder adjustment than I thought it would be. 
I was so excited to get a flat top stove for the extra counter space and it has been great. 
I don't have to worry about anything falling down into the flames or worrying about the gas.
But it has taken some time to get used to the heating processing of an electrical stove. 
It takes longer to warm up and doesn't cook evenly.
I'm learning and it's been great.
Our first meal was Schnitzel.
I burned the chicken and the rice because I didn't turn the heat up enough and then I turned it up too high and well... it's was a mess.
But over the last month or so I've learned better when to start heating things and to have patients with cooking.

Oct 23, 2012

{Tuesday Tip #32} Decorated Pie

This is not exactly a tip or a new recipe or anything like that but I wanted to share something new that I tried.
This is an apple pie that I made for a friend of ours and everything turned out perfect. 
Marvin was jealous that it wasn't a pie for him. 
I need to make him one. 
I was going to try and make Raspberry Turnovers and an Apple Pie for him last Saturday but I was busy getting posts together and didn't have a chance.
Maybe I can try on Sunday...

So what I did.... I made this Apple Pie and then I wanted to try something new that I found on Pinterest.
It was little pies in jars and then someone made a leave out of the pie crust and put it one top as decoration.
I can't seem to find it anywhere though!
I know I pinned it but I can't seem to find it.


This is the before baked and after baked pictures.

Sorry for the image quality, it was taken with my iphone

I was so impressed with how well it turned out. 
This is how I'm going to do my pie for Thanksgiving this year. 
All my life my mom has drawn in her pies.
Names, initials, pictures
But now...
Now I have a creative string to add and place on top. 
Thanksgiving's pie will be better then this one.
But I had to share my success!!!

Now if only I can find the pin for the jar pies......

Oct 22, 2012

Happy Monday!!!

I finally got all of my meals written and scheduled.
And you'll never guess how far in advance I'm all scheduled out for....!!!
I am all scheduled out into January!!!!

See, I told you that we have been making new meals this whole time but I just haven't had time, the desire or the internet to post all of the fun things that I've learned. 
I didn't realize how many meals I had put together and had done in the last several months until I sat down and started drafting everything. 

While I'm out on maternity leave, I've got a lot of crafting things I want to work on.
I'm excited to post those so maybe I'll be able to relax on the new meals for a few weeks and work on crafty things and make a new addition to my blog. 
But I'm also trying to remind myself, not to stress myself out postpartum.

I hope that you enjoy the recipes that are coming and the few tips that I have scheduled so far.

**If any of you have advice for a new mommy to be, I'd love to hear it.
Leave me a comment or shoot me an email at**

Oct 20, 2012

Good News!!!!


We finally got internet last night! 
I got my Netflix back up and running and I'm getting caught up on my Bones episodes and working on my meal posts.

I'm 36 1/2 weeks pregnant and we're expecting the baby anytime in the next few weeks.

I dropped a lot in a week

I have to say that its a bittersweet ending. 
I love feeling the movements but at the same time they hurt since he has been getting so much bigger.
I love my cute basketball belly but I'm so ready to be in my non-pregnant cute fall clothes.

Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll have all my posts scheduled for live viewing.
I have a few saved as drafts already but I'm kind of saving them, stock piling you know. 
So I don't feel so overwhelmed later.

Can I ask a question to all you mothers out there?
Were you overwhelmed after your baby was born?
I haven't done pre-cooking for freezing any dinners or anything.
I feel that will be release for me. An outlet....
Is that weird???

Well, off I go to work on my posts.
Enjoy your weekend!!!!!

Oct 5, 2012

Small Update:

Hello Everyone!!! 

I just wanted to give you all a little update that we still don't have the internet yet at our new place.
(I'm at my parents house writing this up. We live outside of town now and I can't exactly grocery shop on my own anymore so I have to wait until Marvin gets off work so we can eat dinner and shop together. I'm pretty much at the 'I'm-useless' stage.)
I'm still finding and cooking new meals and it's really frustrating to me that I can't do anything about it. 
At this point I can't even type up the posts let alone put the pictures on my computer because every time we open it up and start working it freezes.
Any of you Mac users?
Familiar with the 'beach-ball of death'???
I have to take it in and see if there is anything that can be fixed or if we're out of luck and have to purchase a new computer. 
I've had my Mac since before I went to photography school (so about 4 years) and it's been through a lot. I'm crossing my fingers it can be fixed as we're a little tight with money right now.

I hope that you have all had a fantabulous Friday and that your weekend is going to be relaxing as we head into General Conference. 
I'm really excited to be able to sit down and listen. I have to tell you, that since being pregnant I have felt a strong desire to study scriptures more and really pay attention to all things spiritual. 
I love how our baby isn't born yet and he is inspiring me to learn and grow!

I have found several cool things lately that I want to share with you that might help you out with paying attention or growing spiritually during conference. 
I have the Pinterest app on my iphone and I have been on there growing my recipe board and everything else since that is pretty much all I can do.
While I've been on Pinterest, I've found this amazing blog called The Red Headed Hostess.
You really just need to click on that link and go explore her blog.
Be beware... once you get there, you may loose track of time.
Do you have some time to loose?
I PROMISE it will be well worth it!!!!!!!!
Just to wet your palate, she has all these different kinds of books that she has designed to help you study your scriptures, tips on how to study your scriptures, marking suggestions, scripture master flash cards... 
And the list goes on.
Trust me, just go check it out!

So what I wanted to share with you are her General Conference Note Taking Packet.
It's genius!!!

Here is just a sample of what the pages look like.
But if you click on the link above or the image you should be able to jump over The Red Headed Hostess' Blog and print out the PDF version that she has available so that you can take notes and remember the impressions you had.
Now with some speakers I tend to take A TON of notes so I may have to end up on the back of each page but that's okay. There is room for that!!!
I'm excited to make a binder of notes!
Then when little one is older, he'll be able to go back and read it and have a reference if need be for talks and things like that.

Now the other cool thing that I found, for those of you who have little ones, is this General Conference Bingo. I wish that I had something like this when I was little.

The only thing that I remember from when I was little was I colored A LOT!!!
Every Saturday between sessions we would go to this restaurant called Boston Market and get 'linner'. Best mashed potatoes EVER!!!
This was also back when they didn't have it available to listen to over the radio, unless you were in UT, and you had to go to the church to watch it.
Then on Sundays we would pack a little lunch and have a picnic at the church between sessions because we lived about 30-45 minutes from the stake center.
Saturdays we would listen in the Relief Society Room, but on Sundays, we were in the Chapel.
Those are some fun memories.

I also don't remember really taking notes until I was in College. I'm sure I did, but I have no idea where they are and I can't recall even a faint memory of listening to conference.
It wasn't until College that I really start to have memories of going to watch and listen to Conference and the Institute and I think that is really when I started to "partake of living waters".

I hope that these two things help you guys out this weekend and you'll have to let me know what you think.

Happy Conference Weekend!!!

Also, here is a meal for you guys to indulge in.
It's my families tradition Sunday Morning Breakfast.
Coffee Cake
(There is no Coffee in the cake, click on the link and take a look. Enjoy!!)

Sep 19, 2012

Dear Blogger Friends

We have moved!!!! Finally!!! But we’ve reverted back to the ‘dark ages’ for the last almost 4 weeks and at the moment there is no light at the end of the tunnel. We have no TV (not necessarily a bad thing, except all my favorite shows are starting in the next few weeks) and we have no internet. We have no idea at this point when we’ll be getting the internet either. We have been doing everything via our phones. Thank goodness for smart phones right?

Don’t worry; I have been doing some new recipes here and there. With being pregnant and moving and learning to budget, those new meals aren’t happening as often as I used to have them.  I do have some that are already to be posted, but I’m kind of stock piling them so that when we do get the internet back up and running and my life is back in order (if it ever will be back in order) I will be several weeks ahead and won’t feel overwhelmed about catching up.

I’m due in just under 2 months so things are still crazy around here. With moving and trying to figure everything out financially after Minion is born (the nick name we gave the baby a long time ago) I’ve learned a lot of new stuff that I want to share. I’m sure that you have all seen the things that I’ve learned floating around Pinterest or ‘Pinned’ on my boards but I want to be able to share how they have been helping us. I’ve been so excited that I have found so many amazing resources on Pinterest and from fellow bloggers as well. I’m so grateful I got involved in everything when I did.

The other fun part is that my husband is starting to get the hang of Pinterest I think. The other day we were going to make Taco Pizza for dinner and I realized that we had no Taco Seasoning. I remembered that I had pinned something on Pinterest a while ago on how to make Taco Seasoning so I went looking for it and we tried it. Marvin was impressed. It ended up not turning out the way we wanted it to, but I found another site that actually has measurements on it so I’m excited to make that one and see how it turns out. Then the other night when we figuring out our weekly dinner menu, I remember I found this chicken spaghetti casserole on Pinterest and I wanted to try and when I told him I found the casserole, he asked if it was on Pinterest and promptly wrote it on our Menu Calendar and moved on. I even caught him looking at the app on my phone the other day. It makes me giggle but I’m learning so much and finding so much that is helping us out that he doesn’t tease me so much about it and is impressed with the things I find. Like…

(Sorry that the images are all off center. I couldn't figure out to realign them. It's been a while since I've worked with HTML)

I’m hoping that we’ll be up and running soon but I wanted you to know that I haven’t exactly dropped off the face of the planet, just a little until the sun shines and the ‘dark ages’ are behind us once again!