Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pepper Jack & Spinach Stuffed Chicken

I must say that this chicken has started to make its way into your meal rotation. I love that it is so quick & simple but gives you maximum taste results! You can always mix it you if you don't like pepper jack, I think swiss would also work great. We like a bit of spicy so this works perfect at our house.

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 thick slice of pepper jack cheese per chicken breast ( so for this I used 4)
a handfull of fresh spinach per chicken breasts
spicy chicken spice ( i used Weber- kickin Chicken)

In a baking dish, spray with cooking spray.
then cut open your chicken breast to make a little pocket, add in your spinach & cheese. secure with a toothpick. continue to do this for how many breasts you need. In my case I only cooked 4.
after they are assembled sprinkle on top some Kickin Chicken & black pepper.
cover with tin foil.
cook in the oven at 350 for 35-40 mins.
let cool remove toothpicks & enjoy! its really that simple!

Hope you let me know how yours turned out.
Thanks for stopping by


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Homemade Turkey Sloppy Joes

This is by far one of my most favorite recipes. Making your own sauce for a sloppy joe is really simple & just taste so much better than the canned version. It only takes a bit of time to chop out some things to go into it, which you can always do ahead of time to make an even quicker meal on the weekdays.

1 pound ground turkey or beef
1 Tbsp woreschester sauce
1 small yellow onion- diced
1 medium red bell pepper- diced
3 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 cup ketchup
1 cup water
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp yellow mustard
salt to taste ( about 1 tsp)
pepper to taste (about 1 Tbsp) - I love Pepper~!

Brown your meat, drain any excess fat if needed. When meat is cooked add in diced onion, bell pepper & garlic. Cook a few minutes, until onion & bell pepper start to soften.

Next add in ketchup, stir until combined. Then add in salt & pepper- mix well.

Now add in water, and stir in brow sugar, chili powder & mustard. Combine well.

Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

while that is simmering I like to toast my hamburger buns.

Please leave a comment letting me know how it turned out for you & share with friends!
Thanks for stopping by.

Recipe from the wonderful & talented : The Pioneer Woman

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Raspberry Wheat Beer Bread

This bread is so wonderful. I made this as a side for dinner over the weekend. Can I say it is amazing & so so simple to make. It actually is sweet from the beer & could be used as a breakfast bread.  I hope you make it right now! & let me know how you & your family enjoyed it!

Raspberry Wheat Beer Bread:

3 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp honey
1 bottle of Raspberry Wheat Beer.( I used Shock Top)
4 Tbsp butter. (melted)

Preheat oven to 350, grease a 9x5x3 in loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, & salt, using a wooded spoon, stir in the beer and honey into the dry ingredients until mixed. I recommend putting your honey in the microwave for a few seconds to make it easier to mix into the bread.

Pour half the melted butter into the bottom of your loaf pan. then spoon the batter into the pan, level off and then pour the rest of your butter on top of the mixture. ( you can use a pastry brush to do this or your hand)

Bake for 50-60 mins, until top is golden brown & toothpick comes out clean.

Serve Immediately

Recipe adapted from:

Gimme Some Oven

Guest Post

I recently was approached to have a guest post to my blog. Her name is Emily Walsh & she is a Community Outreach Blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. 

Here is her Link if you would like to follow & see more posts from her.

I enjoyed reading Emily's post a lot mostly because my Hubby & I have started a life style change, which includes exercise & change in the way we eat. We are making changes to ensure that our children also grow up with our healthy choices for life.
For me I have about 60 pounds to lose since the birth of your 2nd child. I have started doing Calorie counting.  I use a great App on my smart phone, It helps me to stay in bounds and know what is going into my body.  It really is amazing when you start tracking it. 
I have also started a few different exercise Apps, like Map my Run & 5k running. MY goal beyond losing the weight is to finally run in a 5k. My handsome Sailor has also been on the track for a healthy life style & has encouraged me that If I get enough endurance he will also run in the 5k with me!! :)
What goals & lifestyle changes are you making?
THanks for stopping by to Read a great Post!

How Obesity Has an Impact on Veterans
Veterans often have to deal with some life-altering conditions. Mesothelioma, PTSD and depression are just to name a few of the conditions veterans may have to deal with in their lifetime. Unfortunately, there is an even bigger problem that veterans are now having to face. This problem has to do with their weight and the fact that they may be developing type two diabetes because of their new lifestyle as a civilian. Weight gain for veterans is incredibly common because of their change going from an active military serviceman or woman to a normal civilian who is disabled or works a normal, sedentary job.
If you're a veteran who's dealing with weight gain or weight-related problems, remember that your problem can be changed. Excess weight can be lost by following the right diet and exercise program. If you find that you're eating too much throughout the day or are eating foods that are high in calories and fat, you need to make changes to the way that you eat. The best way to do this is by making small and gradual changes that you'll be able to stick to. Changing afternoon sweets and snacks out for fruits or dark chocolate covered fruits is a great way to make a healthy change.
Another thing you should be doing to lose weight and become healthier is to simply exercise more. Many veterans go from living a very active lifestyle to one that is relatively sedentary. You do not have to work out as much as you did in the military, but it is a good idea to exercise a little bit each day. This could be as simple as taking a walk around the block to something more intense like joining a local gym or lifting weights on a set that you've purchased for the home.
One of the major reasons why veterans gain weight over time is also because of stress and anxiety. Many veterans also deal with major depression that often cripples them on a daily basis. The best way to take care of these issues is to speak with a therapist or to begin going to support groups. If you'd rather not attend a local meeting for veterans, there are quite a number of support groups online that you can definitely make use of. You will notice that this helps you tremendously when it comes to copping with stress and living a more care-free life.
You should also schedule regular trips to your doctor to make sure that you are doing well and that your health is in good shape. Your doctor will be able to run physicals and blood tests to ensure that you are as healthy as possible. Only your doctor will be able to recommend and advise you on certain programs designed to help you lose weight. It does not hurt to try to lose weight and become healthier. You do not have to be as physically fit as you were in the military, but you should at least be the healthiest you can possibly be at this point in your life.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sweet Pork Burritos & Ranch Tomatillo sauce

This recipe is by far one of our family favorites. I do not make it very often because it is high in the calorie area, but it is so so yummy! We love when this is on the menu. I usually plan to make it when we have friends or family coming over for dinner.

I got the recipe from my mom a few years back and have changed it a little bit to fit our liking.

Sweet Pork:
2 1/2 pounds pork loin
salt to taste
pepper to taste
garlic salt to taste
1 package 10ct tortillas
2 -15oz cans mild green chili sauce - I use el pato
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1- 15oz can black beans
1 bunch of cilantro
2 bags Monterey jack cheese

Place your pork into your slow cooker with 1/3 cup water , Season with pepper, salt & garlic salt. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8. Once it is cooked remove from cooker and drain if needed. shred trhe meat, place back into your slow cooker. Add 1/3 cup green chili sauce & brown sugar.
Turn oven on to 350.
pour 1/2 cup green sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Then start to prepare your burritos. place some of your pork down the middle, then add your black beans ( or pinto), a little cilantro & shredded cheese. place the seam down in the dish.
repeat until  all the burritos are assembled. Then pour 1/2 - 2 cups chili sauce over the top & cover with Cheese.
Cover with foil & bake for 25-30 mins, or until cheese melts & burritos are warmed threw.

My Husband also likes Tomatillo dressing to be used on top of the burritos after cooking as an extra sauce. Here is the recipe for that.

Tomatillo sauce:
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 package dry hidden valley ranch
2 cloves garlic
2 cups cilantro
3 tomatillos

Husk & wash tomatillos. place all ingredients in your blender. mix well. place in your fridge until you are going to use it.


Monday, January 14, 2013


As a SAHM of a 3 year old little boy & a 4 month baby girl I am constantly trying to think of new and exciting things to engage not only my mind but my little ones. My son is a busy body, On nice days we try to get out and do a walk ( for mommy getting fit) and then a stop over at the park for my little guy to release that energy.
Some other things that we really enjoy is play dough, cooking, playing cars, jumping on the trampoline & Dancing. He is such big character and loves to have my full attention. Lately I have been looking online at other was to engage his mind.
Here are a few really great websites that I have found to be so incredibly helpful they give you a lot of resources to help them learn things that will prepare them for school.

No Time for Flashcards
This site is awesome because you can search within your child's age group!

She has a great blog & also wonderful printables for holidays, color pages, etc.

Free Home School Deals
More great printables like, ABC 's

Classroom Jr
More great learning resources

3 Dinosaurs
She has wonderful printables for reading charts, ABC, numbers, shapes, counting.

More Printables

I sure hope that gives you a jump start on activities that you can do with your kiddos that is also helping them to learn in new & fun ways. My son has been enjoying them a lot. He gets so excited when we are trying a new thing.

Please let me know what you have been doing to keep your little ones entrained?  I would love to also hear about other amazing websites :)


Monday, January 7, 2013

Work ups & Deployment

 I knew that with us coming back to sea duty that this time would come eventually....and it has! In the spring my hubby starts back up on workups for his job. They do work ups in order to get re-qualified to go out on the ship (aircraft carrier).

I think it is going to be a rather tough one this time. In the 8 years that we have been married,  It seems each time he has to go out gets harder & harder. Probably because it is a different situation when you have kids. They grown & change so very much in just a short amount of time.  On my hubby's last one that  he went on it was just our son and Me. Our son was still small and it didn't really effect him. but fast forward to now, and he already cries when he wakes up and didn't get to give daddy a kiss before work. I can only imagine how this next deployment will go. I am anxious for it to come and then go, mainly because this will be my hubby's last one. Retirement is coming soon.

I am hoping to come up with some great ways to make the time pass quickly. If we are moved into a house in Idaho before he goes out on the ship, then I see a lot of remodel posts on my blog :) but as of right now we live in base housing & so I will keep busy with my hubby while I can & also our little ones.

Please feel free to give me your ideas of ways to help the time pass quickly.


Veggies & Ground Beef Stew

Let me just say this is a perfect dish for a cold day. So yummy & filling!

2 pounds ground beef
2 cups carrots- chopped
1 can green beans- drained
1 can peas - drained
3 cups potatoes- cubed
1 yellow onion- chopped
3 cloves garlic- minced
2 packs brown gravy mix
3 cups water
1 can beef broth
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon worshirechester  sauce
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1/2 tablespoon parsley

1. Brown the meat, onion & garlic on the stove in a pan. Once cooked throw in the crockpot.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the potato flakes. Cook on High for 5 hours or Low for 8.

3. 1/2 hours before serving add 1/2 cup potato flakes, it helps to thicken up the sauce.


Pumpkin Pie Cake

I found this recipe a while back on Pinterest which actually linked over to one of my favorite blogs for saving money :)
This was so so easy to do and was so good, make sure you give some to your neighbors.

1 (29oz) can pumpkin puree
1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Use 3T pumpkin pie spice
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup butter
1 cup chopped nuts
1bottle of whipping cream

1. preheat the oven to 350. line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper or foil. spray with cooking spray

2. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves ( or pumpkin pie spice). Mix until smooth and pour into your pan.

3. sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pumpkin mixture, then sprinkle chopped nuts and pat down gently. melt butter & drizzle over cake.

4. bake at 350 for 45-60 mins. check at 45 mins and go from there. let cake cool ( i stuck mine in the fridge for an hour.

5. after cake is cool, turn upside-down so the top is now the crust. stick back in the fridge until you serve it. spray on the whipping cream & enjoy!

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