Mar 28, 2012

{wednesday weekly meals} Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This is a great appetizer or dinner for two on a hot summer night!
With this recipe I learned a whole new way to cook chicken and I'm excited to share it. 
This is also a very low calorie dinner.

3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1/2 to 1 cup Famous Dave's Rich and Sassy BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup Sour Cream
Bibb or Butter Lettuce
Sliced Chives
Sprinkle of Blue Cheese (optional)

Bring a saucepan of water to boil

Add chicken and reduce to a simmer and let cook for 12-15 minutes 
(or until the chicken is cooked through to 160 degrees with thermometer)

Using fork or cookie paddle with a stand mixer, shred chicken

Combine BBQ sauce and sour cream and chives with your chicken

Scoop chicken into individual lettuce leaves

Eat like a taco!


Mar 27, 2012

{tuesday tip #27} Baking with Eggs

Two Weeks Ago on Tuesday Tip #25 I spot lighted a blog that had great measurement charts. 
Last week on Tuesday Tip #26 I talked about shelling boiled eggs.
This week is kind of a combination of both measurements and eggs!!!

Pinterest is the most amazing tool that I have found! I can't brag enough about it but I'll save that for another day... But onto todays tip!

I found another chart all about eggs. It gives you a diagram of the egg and measurement equivalents and other awesome tips dealing with eggs!!

This chart is the coolest thing! Don't you think?
Just like the charts that I found on my Tuesday Tip #25 this gives an amazing break down of tips on making Meringue and things that you can use as substitutes in your baking.
Can we saw A-M-A-Z-I-N-G?!!

Now I kind of what to make a Meringue. I've never done it before and now that I have this chart, it makes it seem a little less daunting...

Maybe I'll have to that do sometime...

I hope this chart is just as helpful as the others that I've found.

Enjoy and we'll 'see' you next week!!! :)

Mar 25, 2012

{Spiritual Feasting #30}

Happy Sunday Morning!!!
It's beautiful and sunny here in Montana!!

I spent about 45 minutes this morning looking around YouTube and trying to find a good video to share and for some reason none of them really stuck out like they usually do. 
I think part of it might be that this week has been rough for me. Each day has brought out some good moments and bad moments and I think that right now I may not be in the best place.
Not that where I'm at is bad, I just think that I need to spend more time turning myself around. 
As I was watching a video clip this morning I had several thoughts pop into my head of things that I can do to ease my 'rough spots'. One of them was to read my scriptures personally.
I used to be really good at that before I got married.
I would read them every night before I went to bed and it was my time. It was my time to learn from the Lord about what he wanted to share with me. 
Now, we read together before we go to bed and I always thought that was enough. 
I think now is the time to change that and start reading my scriptures on my own. 
The problem...
Is finding the time to do that. 
It always seems to be the problem.
Why can't there be more time?
I think I'll go pull out my scriptures (because I use an app on my iPhone mostly) and place them in our front room. Then when I come home from work I can read them while I wait for Marvin to come home. 
What do you think?
I think I will try that this week!
Did you also know that prayer is AMAZING!
I have prayed a lot this week. 
I have received a lot of comfort and help this week. 
The Lord does truly listen and answer out prayers when they are sincere, specific, and we have the desire to act on what we pray for.
... ... ...
I pray for the strength to make it through this upcoming week.
I pray for The Chef in Training and her husband who is having some serious medical problems. 
I prayer for all of you who may be in need of comfort or a little extra help this week. 
May a prayer be forever in our hearts!!!

General Conference is next week and I'm super excited. Marvin and I are going down to Utah. He has never been to General Conference. I'm excited for him!!!
With that said, there is a very good chance that I won't have a Spiritual Feasting next week. But I'm sure that I'll make up for it with all my notes to share the follow week from what I learned.

Mar 21, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

I'm really starting to love my Crock Pot!!!
I love not having to do anything but put the ingredients in the pot and set the timer. 
Perfect for a Saturday or Sunday dinner!
The other Sunday, we did just that. 
Marvin placed all the ingredients in the pot and we enjoyed a nice breakfast and then left for church. 
It was marvelous to come home to a wonderful smelling dinner.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did :)

4-6 Boneless Chicken Breast Halves (completely defrosted)
1 24oz jar of Medium or Mild Salsa
Juice from One Lime
1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped*
1 package of Taco Seasoning
2 Jalapeno Peppers, finely chopped (optional)
*we did not use the fresh kind
(When Marvin cooks, he doesn't measure things. He throws in what he thinks is close to the measurement of the recipe and with out fail it always works out and always tastes great.)

Place all ingredients, minus the chicken, in the crock pot

Add the completed defrosted chicken to the crock pot

Set timer on low for 6 hours

Now find something to do whether it's an enjoyable day with family, catching up on your to-do list, or enjoying a good book!!

We shredded our chicken like we did in our Cafe Rio Chicken Recipe and served as chicken burritos!


Mar 20, 2012

{tuesday tip #26} Eggs

Welcome Back to Tuesday Tips!!


I know that we eat LOTS of eggs. We have breakfast at least once during the week but sometimes more and then on Sunday too sometimes. 
There are lots of different ways to make eggs...

Over Easy
Soft Boiled
Hard Boiled
Any others that I'm missing?

Well todays tip has to deal with how to shell a boiled egg. 
Are you surprised that I found the tip again from Pinterest?

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

I read the post and all the comments and found that there really is no ONE way that is the best for shelling boiled eggs. Each egg unique and different.
If you buy them from the store you don't really know how old they are.
Each family has their own way of shelling eggs.
This particular post talks about using baking soda to change the PH balance so that the albumen doesn't stick to the shell. In the comments of this post, people talking about different ways they boil their eggs and each way seemed to work the best for that person. The most commented way to have the shell come off easily was putting your eggs in cold water after boiling them to allow the egg to shrink away from the shell. I have been doing that all my life and it works well on some eggs and not so good on others. Now that I think back on it, I think that the colder the egg the easier the shell is to remove. If you don't give the egg enough time to cool then the shell sticks more. Patience is the key in this case. My Tip would be to use the method that works the best for you!!!

What ways do you remove the shell from the egg?

Mar 18, 2012

{Spiritual Feasting #29} Looking Through Windows

Happy Sunday Everyone!!

I found this Mormon Message a few weeks ago and it makes me smile and breaks my heart. 
How many of us are guilty of judging someone when we don't know the full situation?
I know that I am. I try not to, and I'm sure that you try not too. But sometimes we just do and we really need work on changing that aspect. Judging it not for us, but for the Lord at the end...

We may not know the full situation that someone is in. We very well could be looking through a dirty window and not even realize it. 
I've been the person who is being judged and to hear what that person was saying about me was hurtful because that person had no idea what I was going through. 
I've been the judged many times and it's painful.
What we need to do, is when we feel like we're starting to judge, we need to take off our shoes and put on the other persons shoes and walk a mile...
Even then, we may not completely understand what that person is going through, but it helps us to "clean our dirty window" and start to understand.

May we all clean our windows and judge not, but instead love everyone and invite them in!

Mar 14, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Can you tell how much we love chicken?

So this recipe is very similar to our Asiago Crusted Chicken and our Chicken Schnitzel. Each one of these recipes are breaded with something different.

The Chicken Schnitzel uses Panko Bread Crumbs
The Asiago Crusted Chicken uses Italian Bread Crumbs
This recipe uses Ritz Crackers
{This recipe is great for those who can't have yeast}

I loved this recipe and it's another easy one that I'm excited to add to our collection of favorites!!

4 large Chicken Breasts
2 sleeves Ritz Crackers
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
1/2 cup Milk
3 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
1 tsp dried Parsley
*We halved it*

1 10 oz can Cream of Chicken Soup
2 tbsp Sour Cream
2 tbsp Butter

Preheat the oven to 400*

Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray

Cut each chicken breast length-wise so that it cooks faster

Grind up Ritz crackers (I used a gallon bag and meat tenderizer) with salt and pepper

Pour milk, cheese and cracker crumbs in 3 separate small pans

Dip each piece of chicken into the milk, cheese and crackers

Press the cheese into the chicken as best as you can, some will fall off into the crackers, it's ok

Press the chicken with the cheese into the crackers as best as you can

Sprinkle some more crumbs and cheese on top of chicken

Top with parsley

Cover pan with foil and bake for 35 minutes

Remove the foil and bake for additional 10 minutes or until edges of chicken are golden brown

While the chicken is baking... Start the sauce

In a medium sized sauce pan combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and butter with a whisk

Stir over medium high heat until the sauce is nice and hot

Serve over chicken


Mar 13, 2012

{tuesday tip #25} Measurements

Happy Tuesday, and welcome to Tuesday's Tips!
If you haven't been here before, this is where I share tips that I find on the internet or some of my own. Todays tips comes from something that I found on Pinterest. Are you surprised? 'Cause I'm not. ;)

How many of you are really good at making a dinner from scratch with out a recipe?
I'M NOT!!!!
I have to have a recipe and I HAVE to measure everything exactly. It makes me laugh when Marvin and I are cooking together because he'll guess and throw things in and I'll look at him and shake my head because I can't do that. I don't know if it's just not having the confidence to do it or I'm still just learning. But he's good at it.
Just like my dad!! :)

Well... While cruising around Pinterest I found this...

At first I felt stupid when reading the post where the Pins came from because yes, I'm the kind of person that will measure out 1 1/2 tsp of something or 4 tbsp of something instead of using the equivalent. It's enough for me that I really stepped out of my comfort zone, cooking a new recipe every week, but now I have no excuse. 
I'll have to add these charts to my wish list for my kitchen. :)

Then after clicking on the Pin and going to the website Chasing Delicious, I found that the creator of this Pin also had a Pinterest Account. Then after looking around his Pinterest Boards, I found this chart too...

This guy's website is amazing....

If you click on the Pin's you can go to his website and from there, he has links to where you can purchase the measure charts in either an 8x10 or 11x14. 
This is just fantabulous!!

On the wish list these charts go! 

Now, if all you need is something simple to remember just a few measurement equivalents, then this next Pin I found might be the best for you. 

Do you what it says at the top of the Pin? A Free Printable. Free is always good!!!

Two different types of measurement charts. 
A large more detailed list to purchase and a simple free printable.
I hope this really helps you out in the kitchen and that it makes things easier and more enjoyable for you in the kitchen. 

See you next week for another Tuesday Tip!!

Mar 11, 2012

{Spiritual Feasting #19} Uplifting

Happy Sunday!!!

This past weekend it has felt like spring here in Montana!!! It was 60 degrees almost on Friday and Saturday and it's supposed to be a bit cooler today but there are fluffy clouds in the sky and a little bit of bright sun here and there.

With it being such a gorgeous day and weekend I felt like this post should be about uplifting quotes.
On Pinterest I've been collecting quotes, and I wanted to share a few of them with you today.
I hope you enjoy the enlightenment and that it brightens your spirit today!!!

Mar 7, 2012

{wednesday weekly meal} Breakfast Wreath

Welcome to Wednesday Weekly Meals!!
I know that it's been a while since I've called my Wednesday posts that.
Wednesday become the set a side day a few months ago where we would post about the meal that we made that we had never cooked before. In fact, that was the whole reason for this blog in the first place when we started it a year ago. Over the last year it has evolved, changed formats and colors, titles of posts and I think I'm starting to figure out how I want things to work. I've been paying attention to how others are blogging and I've liked a lot of different things and over the next little while I'm going to start integrating them into this little blog to make it better for you now and others in the future.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know!!!

So, back to the meal at hand...
Last week when I posted about Potato Bacon Casserole I told you that we had breakfast once a week and I wasn't kidding. I had schedule to make this meal on our usual Wednesday and well, we didn't have any bacon and it was getting late, so I ended up making eggs and I found a box mix of Cinnamon muffins and then we had this new recipe on Thursday. So we were spoiled and had breakfast two days in a row!!! It made for a pretty good week! :)

This Breakfast Wreath is pretty tasty. 
I would add more bacon to it but it was pretty delicious as is.

1 can of Crescent Rolls (8 count)
5 large Eggs
1 cup Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese
8 slices of fully cooked Bacon (we like Maple Bacon)

Preheat oven to 375*

Scramble your eggs on the stove

Line Pizza Pan with Parchment Paper

Lay out crescents as seen below on Parchment lined Pizza Pan

Add the cooked bacon to the crescent rolls

Now add the cheese and egg in layers, ie. cheese, egg, cheese

Fold crescent tails over the bacon/egg/cheese innards

Sprinkle some more cheese on top (I forgot)

Bake for about 10-15 minutes depending on your oven or until the crescent are golden brown

Serve HOT!!

We ate ours with Salsa and Mmmm Mmmmm Mmmmmmmmmmm!

Next time I might add some crumbled bacon bits to the scrambled eggs because 1 slice was not enough for me. But try it out and let us know what you think!

Have a great week and weekend!!!! :)

Mar 6, 2012

Tuesday Tip #24

Welcome back to Tuesday Tips!!!!

So how many of you have a hard time make the perfect fried egg, over easy...?
Some times I'll get all the eggs perfect and then other times I don't get any perfect or half and half, but all together sometimes making fried eggs isn't easy.
Marvin found these tips online when he on Yahoo news and we thought that we'd share them with you.

Use a cast iron skillet, if you have one, heat it first before adding a mixture a olive oil and butter
(If using a nonstick, heat the pan with the fat in it.)
The pan should get hot enough so that the butter foams up and then subsides but not so hot that it burns
Then crack the egg on a flat surface and not the edge of a counter or the pan, you'll have a cleaner break
Then gently slide the egg from the shell into the pan
Turn the heat down to medium and cover your pan.
Cook the egg until white part turns milking, about 1-1 1/2 minutes
This makes the yolk sturdy enough to handle the flip
Using your thinnest spatula, gently but firmly slide it under the egg and turn
Turn off the heat and let the egg cook uncovered for 10-20 seconds
For a runny center the yolk should be jiggly
For firm yolk, cook a little longer, until un-jiggly

I that helps with your fried egg cooking in the future. It has definitely helped mine. I still break but practice makes perfect right?

Have any tips you want to share? Email us at {megancamilla}@{hotmail}.com

Mar 4, 2012

{Spiritual Feasting #18} Forgiveness

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!
Sorry this post is late today. We had Stake Conference today and the whole day has been thrown off. Usually we have church at 1pm but today it was at 10am.
I guess I'm really glad though that I hadn't posted anything this morning because there is one thing that is resonating with me that I want to share.
A member of our Stake Presidency talked about Forgiveness today. He had a really good analogy about how hard it can to be to forgive if we weren't taught how to forgive when we were young. So let me share his analogy...

He said that when his son was in high school, he would drive him to early morning seminary. Instead of just sitting and waiting in the car until the class was up, he went to the park on the other side of the street and wanted to run it. It had been a few years since he had run but he wanted to start getting into it. He said the lap around the park was about a mile long... the first few times around were arduous. He didn't quiet run around it the first few days. He wanted to stop several times along the path each day because he was exhausted, sore, out of breath, had the nasty taste of blood in his mouth... But each morning he kept going. He would run more and more so that he could actually run the whole mile and then several with out even breaking a sweat. He had struggled but he conquered the struggle and was able to run.
He compare that to forgiveness. If we haven't been very forgiving or have never really forgiven someone, then learning to do so or trying for the first time can be just as painful and exhausting as trying to run for the first time. It can be a rough and arduous experience. Especially if something big has happened. 
He said if we can forgive, and frequently during the day, all the little things, then when a big thing does come up it won't be as difficult or as pain to forgive during the difficult experiences.

That is sooooo true!
I have a friend at work that is going through a very difficult time right now. Some trust between her and her partner was broken and she doesn't know what to do. She doesn't want to forgive him. She is so angry with him for what he had done to the trust that they had and to their family that they have created. She has so much anger and hurt and resentment and in all reality at first, I didn't think that he needed forgiveness. But after hearing this talk today, he needs it just as much as she needs to give it in order to press forward and move on with her life. If she doesn't forgive, then all the nasty emotions that she has will constantly eat away at her until there is nothing left. 
The power of forgiveness isn't just for the person that did the harm. To me, it just as important for the person giving the  forgiveness as it is for the person who caused the harm. The person giving it creates closure and a point to move past. It's a very strong healing power that I believe in with my whole heart. 

I've had my own experiences where I've had to forgive and where I'm still learning to forgive. Sometimes forgiving someone isn't easy. But the important thing is to work on learning to forgive the person. It's a processes. Sometimes it can be instantaneous and other times it can takes days, weeks or years. But forgiveness is one of the many key to happiness!

May we all strive to forgive ourselves and those around us!