October 8, 2015
You don’t have to include the chips with this recipe, but I guarantee announcing “Doritos for Dinner!” will bring your kids to the table.
After that declaration brings them to the table, the meal itself will keep them there. The last time we had this creation for dinner, one of my kiddos said aloud, “Mmm, mmm, good.” How often does that happen?
And you’re welcome to give it some nutritional goodness by adding beans or corn. I do sometimes serve mine with corn chips. Close enough, right?
Crockpot Dorito Chicken
4 Chicken Breasts (about 2 ½-3 pounds), cooked and shredded
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 pound Velveeta cheese, cut into small pieces
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except chips.
Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
Crumble Doritos to cover the bottom.
Add chicken mixture.
Cover with crushed Doritos.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours until heated through.
Serve with additional Doritos or tortilla chips. We sometimes eat ours over rice.
Savor your time with family. They’ll be at the table for a few helpings.
*Recipe adapted from Pleasures from the Good Earth, a church cookbook.
October 7, 2015
When you’re a typical thirteen year old and your mom’s best friend and your best friend’s dad get married, you call that really cool. It just automatically ups the amount of time you get to spend with your BFF.
When you’re pushing 40 and you look back on it all, you call it fantastic because what you were really getting was an extended family. The kind of people who take up special residence in your heart.
Hope, on her wedding day, graciously allowing a 13 year old to take part.
As my BFF’s dad says, “We always have Hope.” It’s true, especially since that’s his wife’s name.
I thought about that “always having Hope” line the other day in the grocery store. I studied my list and felt I was missing an ingredient for a recipe I wanted to make.
The list was insufficient and my memory failed me, but I still had Hope. So I texted her. Within 5 minutes, she responded with a full list of ingredients I needed. I knew she would.
Hope’s a helper and an encourager.
Isn’t that true of the hope we carry in our hearts? In the midst of joy, hope cheers us on. Through trials, hope urges and reminds us that not all is lost.
When all is stripped away, hope remains. In other words, “We always have Hope.”
*Stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe Hope helped me salvage.*
October 5, 2015
Call it determination. Call it willpower. Call it crazy. Whatever works for you. Just know that with some planning and gusto, you too can accomplish great things. We did yesterday.
The minivan exited the church parking lot at 12:28. We made the 15 minute trek home through blustery winds. (I’m not just adding that for effect; it really was windy.)
On the drive home, we developed a plan. Go in. Get prepared.
The van doors opened and out spilled two parents and three boys who gathered Bibles, notebooks, Sunday School papers, and a pocketbook.
The five of us leapt into the backdoor and commenced with the game plan.
Within minutes, the mission was complete. The soup was warmed and the bread toasted. Church clothes were exchanged for comfy ones. We all found our assigned seats. Somehow in the flurry of activity, even a mattress made its way into the living room.
All in time for the Panthers football game. One o’clock game time.
Looking back on the scene, I laughed.
And then I thought…what if we approached other things with such gusto and determination?
Perhaps my disdain for Mondays could be altered if I attempted to look forward to the day’s events, rather than facing it with dread. Have a little pep talk in the kitchen before heading out to face the world. School, work, life.
“Okay, kids, huddle up. We can do this.”
Or really, when was the last time we approached the things that surely matter with enthusiasm and contagious excitement? When was the last time we made a game plan for studying the Word? Or developed a strategy for our prayer lives?
When was the last time our hearts cried out to get all pumped up and prepared for what He has in store?
Oh God, give us a gusto for your Ways. Let us be determined to follow You.
October 3, 2015
If you read the headlines or look outside or even just get to the end of the week that some of us have had, you may think that all of it, including our peace, may just float away. I’m grateful I serve a Savior who reminds,
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
For me, it’s certainly been a hectic week, with lots of places to go and things to do. Unfortunately, at the end of most days, I felt that I had come up short. Whether it was something as trivial as
the busyness of life drained me. So a chilly, rainy weekend at home? Yes, please. Time to piddle around and snuggle and cook. Three kinds of soup (I know, I know) and a cherry pie to top it off is making for a few days of peace and comfort.
October 2, 2015
Muffins are a go-to item around the Sloan house. They work for breakfast, lunchbox additions, and after school snacks. Perhaps they are partly to blame for someone’s (ahem) muffin top. (See earlier reference here.)
I have discovered some yummy recipes that include greek yogurt as an ingredient. It seems to result in a moister muffin. And I’d like to think it adds some nutritional value. Never mind the butter and sugar.
Even when baked goods recipes call for plain yogurt, I typically use vanilla-flavored yogurt because it brings more flavor and that’s what we usually have on hand anyway.
I’m including the recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Muffins. Camden, our oldest kiddo, says that they're one of his favorites.
Cinnamon Sugar Muffins
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup Vanilla Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon cinnamon and 3 teaspoons sugar, combined
Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Using a mixer, cream butter until smooth. Add egg and mix.
Add ¾ cup sugar and mix until combined.
Combine yogurt and vanilla into butter mixture.
Mix in flour just until moistened.
Spoon batter into sprayed muffin tin. Top each with cinnamon sugar.
Bake about 18 minutes on 350.
*Recipe adapted from Lori’s on “Who Needs a Cape?”
The recipe should yield 12 muffins.
Last week, I watched Chef Bobby Flay whip up a muffin recipe on his TV show. He only filled 11 muffin cups before running out of batter. I sat and thought, “C'mon, you’re Bobby Flay, make it work for 12 muffins.”
Today when I made this muffin recipe, I only had enough to fill 11 cups. I quickly changed my way of thinking. “Well, if it happens to Bobby Flay…”
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