Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chicken Noodle and Barley Soup

Hello everyone, Sunday night we had a roasted chicken for dinner. We wound up with a lot of leftovers from that dinner. For last night's dinner I noticed we are all getting the sniffles and my husband is sounding like he's coming down with a cold. So last night's dinner was a no brainer, chicken soup. Here is how I made it, feel free to change it or swap ingredients to your liking.

Ingredients:

2 cups of chopped chicken
2 cups of cooked carrots
1 diced onion
1 diced garlic clove
2 stalks of celery diced
2 chicken flavored bullion cubes
half cup of egg noodles
half cup of barley
salt and pepper to taste
a dash of oregano

Instructions:

Grab a large dutch oven or a large pot, drizzle about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and heat up add onion, celery and garlic. On about a medium low heat sweat the veggies until they are soft and add your chicken and carrots. Mix in some salt and pepper and oregano. Dissolve your bullion cubes in hot water in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Pour in the chicken flavored water and bring to a boil, next add in your barley and noodles. Cook on medium low heat until the noodles and barley is done. Serve with crackers and a salad and you have a yummy and healthy meal. My family loved this so much we had no leftovers, yipppeeee. Now to figure out what is for dinner tonight, maybe home made spaghetti sauce with meatballs? Perhaps. Take care everyone and make sure you take the time to live, laugh and love too.

Quick Tip:

Want a healthy snack that wont kill your calories for the day, heat up your broiler to about 500. take a tomato slice it in half and sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese, mrs dash tomato and basil flavored and broil just until the topping on the tomato is golden brown. Its so gooey and yummy you will tricked in thinking your eating something naughty.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mishmawsh random thoughts

Hi everyone, today is going to be a bit different and on a different course. As you all may have guessed I Kinda like cooking. However a very long time ago I used to like writing too, nothing too fancy just what was on my mind at the time. I was feeling a bit nostalgic and I was listening to some music that I enjoyed back when I was probably between 6-8 th grades. "I Remember You" by Skid Row. Back then when I listened to it I had a huge crush on Sebastian Bach and I thought the whole band was pretty hot. It was also pretty hot back in the day for the "rough" rocker types to have power ballads, its a like a hair band's signature and very similar to the foo foo singers like Celine, Mariah and Whitney. I always knew what the song was about but never really listened to it with grown up ears. After really listening and watching the video again after all these years, I found it very heartbreaking and it made me think. Think about what if that was one of us? If you dont know what the video is about its about a homeless man and among a few personal items is a picture he carries with him always of the love his life. Anyway I strongly suggest to look it up on youtube to see the whole thing. What if the love of our life is gone from your life and what if we were homeless? What if we ran into that person again being homeless and have nothing to give them but our undying love? Would they accept us? Everyone faces different challenges in life and it makes us who we are. I am not the same person I was when I was 14 years old, I am similar and a semi more grown up version. I say semi because of my refusal to completely grow up and stop having fun lol but grown up nonetheless and as I should be. Sometimes during the process of growing up our feelings about some people never change. What if you missed your only chance at true love and all you have are memories of what could have been? What if you never realize where your heart really is until its too late? Sometimes we take for granted the people in our lives because they are there at that moment and we feel they will always be there. If there is one thing I learned being a grown up is just because someone is there now doesn't mean they always will be. Same thing can be said for love, love is more than just a feeling ( excuse the ill pun to the song) its what you do, what you work at and what everyone wants to strive for. Love is hard work but its worth it, sometimes the heart wants what it wants. Take the homeless man in the video, he has nothing, no home, no job, no family and now no love of his life either and yet he still holds on to a picture of his true love. I wonder if the girl in the picture knew how much he loved her or would she care? This man has nothing to offer her but his love for her and him. It sounds so hopeless to love someone when every single odd is stacked against you. Is that the time to fight harder? What if you lost the fight simply because of your circumstances, then what? Too many questions, I like to think in my romantic heart of hearts that he does run into her again and she is shocked to see him living the way he does but thrilled to see him again. I think that they connect on a much deeper level than they did before and he gets back on his feet again because of her and they wind up married with 3 children and live in a modest house and take yearly vacations. They live blissfully happy until they die together in their 90s with their family by their side. Sure it might sound like a pipe dream but come on its soo sad I want this guy to have a happy ending so I made it up but it doesnt mean it cant happen. Anyway I know this was a goofy type of post but that is just who I am and that is just how I roll. Until tomorrow live, laugh and love you never know what to expect from me .

Friday, September 17, 2010

Made in a Jiffy Casserole

Hi everyone, ok so its Friday and who in the world wants to cook on a Friday? I know I dont. I have something that you can do to re vamp your leftovers and you dont need a lot of extra ingredients just use what you have. Today I am making spaghetti casserole and here is how you make it.

Ingredients:

left over spaghetti and sauce
1 diced garlic clove
Shredded Parmesan cheese and Shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can of diced tomatoes and the juice

Instructions:

Grab a large casserole dish and put your spaghetti and sauce in there and add your diced tomatoes and garlic. Next sprinkle the top with the cheeses and Bake on 350 for about 30 minutes or so just until the spaghetti and sauce is heated through and the cheeses created a crust. Serve with a salad and dinner is ready.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and take time to live laugh and love. See you Monday !

Thursday, September 16, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOBY!!!

Hello everyone, so today is my husband's birthday and I will have no recipe today, because I am going to be cooking up a storm all his favorites. Chicken fried Steak, fried tators, and pico de gallo, and a salad. Along with a cheesecake and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. I know its a very ambitious menu lol but he is worth every bit of it. I hope you all have a wonderful day and make sure you live, laugh and love every second of every day. Be well everyone! Happy Mexican Independence Day as well.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chicken ala King Casserole

Hello everyone, so this morning I am just going to jump right into the recipe. Everyone has their own versions of Chicken ala King and some of them can be really really good and some others are an epic culinary fail. This is my version of chicken ala king and I am not quite sure I can call it chicken ala king so how about we say my version of it. As always if you do not like something I put in here by all means change it to something you do like and make it all your own.

Ingredients:

2 skinned and de boned cooked chicken breasts chopped
12 oz package of frozen mixed veggies
1 whole onion chopped
1 diced garlic clove minced
1 bell pepper diced
1 stalk of celery diced
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup of chicken broth or stock
2 cups of cooked egg noodles
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of Shredded Cheese
1 handful of fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Grab a large to medium casserole pan and spray it with cooking spray. Put your cooked and diced chicken breast in the pan. Add your frozen veggies they will cook as the casserole bakes. In a small skillet saute all your diced veggies just until soft and add them over the frozen veggies. Add your cooked egg noodles and the cream soups and mix well. From there add your chicken broth or stock and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. Add salt and pepper to your taste and sprinkle the top with your cheeses and then top it with the parsley for color. Pre heat your oven to 350 and bake for about 30-40 minutes until the frozen veggies are cooked. You can serve this alone or with a salad or some nice dinner rolls. Whatever you choose.

I hope you all have fun with this recipe and dont be afraid to make it your own. If you like an extra amount of heat add some hot peppers to it too. I hope this recipe will become of use to you all. Make sure you live, laugh and love every single day.

This recipe is dedicated to a very good friend of mine "Doreen-Bob" thanks for the tip on doing a casserole recipe! Love ya

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Beef Gravy/sauce

Hello everyone, I am sorry this post is coming up later than I would have liked it to be. I was very perplexed as to what to put up for a recipe today. I Decided to put up my gravy for roast beef or beef stew or any beef related recipe.

Ingredients:

1 envelope of french onion soup mix
2 beef bullion cubes
3 cups of water
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic finely diced to a mince
1 large red onion
2 stalks of celery minced
2 carrots cleaned, peeled and minced
8 ounces of fresh mushrooms halved
fresh herbs of rosemary, oregano, and thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

After all your veggies are all minced and chopped. Grab a large bowl and add your soup mix and bullion cubes to 3 cups of hot water.
Heat up a large skillet with extra virgin olive oil and add all your veggies, cook them just until soft and add them to the dissolved soup mix and bullion. Stir them around and add in your herbs. Now you have a gravy or a sauce that goes great with any red meat dish, you could even use this for steak. I used this to cook with the roast beef I made the other night, not only did it give the meat a wonderful flavor it was used to keep the meat moist and tender.

If any of you have any recipe ideas you can email me at Heatherzblueyez@aol.com or you can contact me through facebook or leave a comment here. I hope you all have a great day and remember to live, laugh and love.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Honey Mustard Roasted Red Potatoes


Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My weekend was crazy busy and Monday and possibly Tuesday will be just as busy however is should slow down the middle of the week. Anyway, I made a very fallish yummy meal tonight and I would like share one of the things I made with you today. Honey Mustard roasted red potatoes, yeah I know its a mouthful but its super easy to make and soooo tasty.

Ingredients:

1.
1-2 pounds of cleaned red potatoes with skin on.
2. 3-4 pats of butter
3. One large clove of garlic or two small cloves of garlic
4. 1-2 teaspoons of oregano
5. Salt and pepper to taste
6. 1-1 and half teaspoons of honey
7. 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, the grainy kind not the smooth kind


Instructions:

Cut your potatoes in bite sized quarters, depending on the size of the potato cut about 6 times.
Put your potatoes in a large bowl.
Melt your butter in the microwave.
While the butter is still warm add your honey.
after the honey has dissolved add the mustard and oregano and salt and pepper to taste
finely dice your garlic you dont want any really big chunks because you want your potatoes coated.
add your garlic to the butter and honey mixture blend well
drizzle over your red potatoes
Mix the honey mustard mixture and the potatoes well and put in a casserole dish, I used a glass pyrex dish.
Bake on 350 for about an hour you can serve this alone or with a whole meal. I had this with roast beef and honey glazed
carrots. My family really enjoyed this tonight, they are already asking me to make these again.
I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine. Stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe for my roast beef I made tonight. Until then I hope you all take the time to live, laugh and love.



Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Why I am going to be MIA tomorrow and was today

Hello everyone, I am sorry I had no blog up today or tomorrow. My husband had a doctor's appointment today for his arthritis. For those of you who also follow his blog as well as mine, you probably already know this. At any rate tomorrow he has to run all over hell and creation for tests. Its possible he could have fibromyalgia as well as arthritis. I am sure most of you with families and husbands understand this. At any rate feel free to check out my previous posts if you havent already.
I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow and make sure you live, laugh and love even when there are times you dont feel like it, do it anyway because I said so lol. Take care everyone

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Hello everyone, I hope you all have had a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. Today I thought I would kick us off with a comfort recipe for those days when all rules should be broken. We are making bacon cheeseburger casserole and here is how you do it.

Ingredients:

1 pound of ground beef, we use the 95 or more percent lean.
1 clove of garlic
1 large onion
Half a block of Velveeta
two cups of shredded cheese we use a blend of cheddar and colby
6 slices of bacon
12 ounce package of french fries
9x9 casserole dish
1 Green pepper
1 Red pepper
1 pound of mushrooms

Instructions:

Dice finely all your veggies. Heat a skillet with extra virgin olive oil and add your meat and diced veggies. When the meat is brown drain and mix in your cheeses over low heat. While waiting for the cheeses to melt pre cook your bacon and spray cooking spray on your casserole dish and add your french fries. When the cheeses are melted add your meat and cheese mixture over the top. Crumble up your pre cooked bacon slices and sprinkle over the top. Bake on 350 for about 20-40 minutes, just until the french fries are cooked and the cheeses created a crust. Serve with a tossed salad or some crusty bread. This is one of my family's favorite comfort food recipes and I hope you and your family enjoy it as well. Until we chat tomorrow make sure you live, laugh and love every single day.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ramblings/ Rant

Hi everyone, it was way too hot here yesterday for me think of a blog. I am sorry I missed you guys. We took our a/c down a couple of weeks ago and thought that a few days wasn't worth trying to put back up so we just roasted instead. I am at a loss for ideas for recipes so if any of you have any ideas for recipes for me to try out let me know. I already received one recipe from a friend of mine that I want to try but its a soup so I might work on that sometime next week when it will be cooler.
So how was everyone's first day back to school? I love looking at people's pictures that they put up on facebook of their kids. They are so adorable.
I really dont have much to yack about today, I am really tired and very chill today since the temps today are much more comfortable than they were yesterday. I know I have housework to catch up on. I think next year we wont take the a/c down until the middle of September because the past few days have been so awful. I know in the southern parts of the country its hotter and I know that they would love to have weather like we had the past few days, I can already hear it. However when you live in the south do you expect to have Maine winters? I didnt think so, so why here in Maine when we complain about having temps in the mid 90's people say well that is comfy weather? Maybe for you it is but most folks that live here in Maine have lived here their whole lives and the average temp for this time of year is 76 and that is just the way it is. People that live here are used to it just like people in the south are used to 100 degree temps for this time of year.
I didn't put this blog up so people could judge me and how I do things, I put this blog together so maybe it will help someone who doesn't know how to cook or for someone somewhere to find some use for it. I understand when you put yourself out there you get feedback that is not wanted I totally get that. Its just sometimes its not necessary to go out of your way to be a complete ass about it either. If its not constructive I really have no time for it. I have more to do with my day than worry about some random person spouting off just to hear themselves talk without really offering any solutions. Because of this reason I have thought a few times about just taking this blog down and being done with it, because its intended purpose was to offer ideas/suggestions for something different to cook and get motivation to get myself on a healthy way of life. Anyway my rant is over, I do appreciate all of the readers though. Everyone has opinions just like they have assholes. You just have to take the good with the bad I guess. Well everyone I hope you have a great labor day weekend, be safe and live, laugh and love whenever you can.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

No Recipe today

Hi everyone, so today was the first day of school here in Augusta. I am so excited for my oldest daughter and I cannot wait for my little one's first day of school in a couple more years. Time flies by way too fast and before you know it you are the proud mama or daddy sitting in the audience watching your child walking across the stage to get her or his diploma from high school, then college. When I was younger I thought time stood still and I couldn't wait to be a grown up. Now time doesn't slow down enough for me. My oldest daughter will be 8 years old in October and I know to some people that is just the beginning, but to me the beginning with her is the moment I found I was pregnant for her. I have enjoyed my children so much that 8 years flew by and my baby who would always wake up greeting the world with a smile, no matter if she was sick or not is now in the second grade and I have to wake her up to get up for school. She fights and protests and tells me she wishes she had one more day of summer, I only wish I had one more day where she would wake up as easily as she did when she was a baby. My youngest daughter, well she cannot wait for school to start, she's a lot like her father always has been. Even when she was a baby and couldn't even walk yet she knew if she didn't like something or someone she would let the whole world know it and not apologize for it lol. Now that she is 3 and starting to use her words better, I am finding comic relief with everything she says and does because she is so witty ( like her father). She looked at him the other day when he was scolding her about something and she changed the subject awful fast when she looked at Toby and said "daddy I bootiful." lol I have a feeling she will be the class clown making everyone laugh driving the teachers nuts but because she is so much like her father she is also very smart and I am sure teachers will love her too. I know I am rambling , but it just amazes how fast time goes by and it amazes me how my oldest daughter Isabella is exactly like me in every way possible and Bailey is exactly like her father. I hope you all have a wonderful day, stay cool and live, laugh and love because there is going to come a day when today is the past and you will miss this. take care