Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mabel Makes Jambalaya

Miss Mabel wanted to make our Sunday dinner, trying a recipe from her new Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook that she received as a birthday gift last Monday.


This was so delicious!

Seriously good stuff.

She did a great job on a recipe that included a lot of cutting and chopping.  The prep time took a little bit longer than I anticipated, but it was totally worth the effort!

Ingredients ::

2 tbsp olive oil

3 skinless chicken breasts

1 large onion chopped (*she substituted with onion powder)

7 oz smoked ham (*I purchased smoked beef sausage)

2 large cloves garlic (chopped)

1 red pepper (de-seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces)

1 tsp paprika

1 green chili, de-seeded and finely chopped (optional)

1 tsp dried thyme

3 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock

1 chopped tomato

1 1/3 cups brown rice

1/3 cup peas

salt and pepper

Directions ::

**We doubled this recipe for our family**

1.  Chop the onion into small pieces and set aside.  Then carefully cut the chicken and ham into bite-sized pieces.  Heat the oil in the large saucepan.

2.  Fry the chicken and onion for 8 mins over a medium heat until the chicken is golden all over.  Stir frequently.

3.  Add the ham, garlic, red pepper, and chili, and cook for 2 mins.  Add the paprika, thyme, rice, stock, and tomato.  Stir and bring to a boil.

4.  Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 35 in or until the rice is cooked and the stock is absorbed.  Season the rice and stir before serving.

**The recipe can be adapted for vegetarians by swapping the chicken and ham for extra vegetables, meat-free sausages, or tofu.


~  Patty  ~

Pecan Pie Muffins

Oh. My. Goodness.

Pecan Pie Muffins.  One of my new faves, totally worthy of  blog-worthy status!

I found these over at Britt's place, The Fisk Files.

Ingredients ::

1   cup packed light brown sugar

1/2   cups all-purpose flour

1    cup chopped pecans

2/3  cups softened butter

2 whole eggs

Directions ::

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

2.  Grease your muffin pan (whatever size).

3.  In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, and pecans.

4.  In a separate bowl, beat the butter and eggs together until smooth.  Stir into the dry ingredients just until combined.

5.  Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups.  Cups should be about 2/3 full.

6.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  (20 was enough in my oven.)  Cool on wire racks when done.

These are so easy peasy and delicious!!

Yields one dozen.


~  Patty  ~

Friday, September 19, 2014

What's For Dinner?

Last Sunday...I served up some of my "old" recipes.

Shredded Turkey Breast, recipe found here.

I cooked the boneless turkey breast in the crock pot on Saturday and served it on Sunday.  Easy meal!  This is shredded turkey meat, chicken broth, and stuffing...all mixed in together and served on a bun.

BTW, I make that shredded turkey breast meal for parties...a super easy, in advance, type of meal.

Tomato, Basil, and Feta Cheese, recipe found here.

Tomatoes and cucumbers...this recipe rockes!

Ranger Cookies, recipe found here.

I could eat these all.  day.  long!

I substitute the shortening with butter.  Butter just makes everything taste better!

What's on your Sunday menu this week?



Apple Oatmeal Crisp

Apple Oatmeal Crisp

This recipe is insanely easy to make!

Ingredients ::

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats (I used quick oats)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 cups apples - peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions ::

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  (175 degrees C)  Lightly grease an 8" square pan.

2.  In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour, and butter.  Mix until crumbly.  Place half of the crumb mixture on the bottom of the dish, spreading it evenly.  Spread the apples evenly over the crumb mixture.  Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and top with remaining crumb mixture.

3.  Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

We served this warm with vanilla ice cream.  Oh my goodness!  Scrumptious.

Note:  I doubled the recipe and used a 9" x 13" baking dish.



Our Special Asian Friend

St. Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean priest, was martyred in 1846 at the age of 25.

His memorial is September 20 - tomorrow.  He is patron saint to Korean clergy (and to our Stan ;)

This statue of St. Andrew Kim Taegon was a gift to Stan the man from our Korean neighbor about three years ago.  It sits on a shelf in his room.

Statues and other sacramental of this saint are VERY difficult to come by in the United States.  Our Korean neighbor had it shipped all the way from South Korea!s

I found this next image of St. Andrew Kim Taegon in 2008 for Stan's Baptism birthday...

I found it online at St. Andrew's Abbey - The Monks of Valyermo.

It's beautiful!

And then there are the holy cards which I found online a few years ago, and had them laminated.

Pope Francis was just in South Korea last month and visited many of the memorials and Catholic churches that honor those Catholics persecuted for their faith during the 19th century.

You can find his incredible and courageous journey of faith, here.

We will remember St. Andrew Kim Taegon and those who were martyred alongside him by making a delicious Korean dish.

Maple Syrup Korean Teriyaki Chicken

Recipe can be found here.  I received it from my friend, Jen, who has a two daughters that were born in Korea.

Our next September saint study will be on St. Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, September 28.

Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Master Bath - Putting It Back Together (Part 2)

The bathroom came to a stall when I took my daughter on her 8th grade trip, and the granite company dropped the ball on our vanity top.

So I thought I'd post on what happened since the last update.

* David built and installed the new trim around the doors and floor.

* We made a color change.

From this ::

to this ::

I think it looks so much better.  The green seemed so 1990's to us.

New color ::  Kwal paint color #2274 Belvedere

* Glass shower curtain - this was a BIG day!

Our shower has no glass door.  Instead, it is a 5' long walk in.

See that 90 degree angle shower head?  It sprays down, not out.  No water sprays out of the shower!

* Tile change for wall.

To save $500, we scrapped the idea of using the pebble wall tile, and decided to take the floor tile up and cap it with a mosaic tile.

We went from this ::

To this ::

We used up the remaining floor tile and purchased some glass/stone mosaic wall tile at Lowe's.

Going this route was a HUGE money saver!

*  Towel hooks

We purchased some contemporary ones at Lowe's.

(David installed  2 of these on the back of the door, then put a little silicone around the base to make it a bit stronger since this is a hollow door.)

(That is the toilet paper holder on the side of the vanity.)

Now we wait for the vanity top which is suppose to be installed tomorrow.   Once it is installed, David will be able to hook up the plumbing.

After the vanity, he will make the new mirror and install the light fixture.  

We are a.l.m.o.s.t. there.  Maybe one more week??

I think David is doing a REMARKABLE job on this bathroom remodel!!  He truly is talented.  (And tired!  For his sake, I'll be glad for him when it is done.)

~  Patty ~


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