I’m Passionate….

There are so many things that I enjoy but there are a few that I am absolutely passionate about…

Anyone that knows me knows that I love coffee and cake and I love a good ole southern meal. My husband and I love new foods and we love finding new restaurants.

I love to travel, I love to explore, I love to be adventurous and sporadic and I typically fly by the seat of my pants in most areas of my life. I love meeting new people and making new friends. I love to read and I love wrapping up in a blanket on a cool day with a good book and staying there until I finish the book.

I love so many different things but there are a couple of things that I am passionate about.

I am passionate about my Jesus.
Since I was a little girl, I remember being so excited when the church bus would come and get me on Sunday morning. I loved going to church with my Granny, getting all dressed up and going to a place with peace and hope and safety. I start everyday with my favorite scripture… I will say it over and over again because this is me… Psalms 42:1 “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God” , because as a little girl that was me and as an adult I know that I couldn’t make it a day without Him. I am PASSIONATE about Jesus.

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I am passionate about my family.
I wake up every morning knowing that I am a mama to 4 of the coolest kids ever. I take this responsibility so serious and I give it my all. Sometimes until it has run me into the ground. I love taking care of my family. I love cooking for them and caring for them and I love that I was chosen for this place.  I am sure that there are things that I could do better and I try daily to make that happen. I love being there for them. I love that they know that I will always be there for them. I am PASSIONATE about my family!mountaintripimg_2118

I am passionate about my friends.
I believe being a friend is unconditional. It is not my place to judge them but to be there for them. It is my responsibility as a friend to encourage them and support them in their quests through life. That is what a friend does. My job as a friend isn’t to tear them down or compete with them. I pray for them and I know that they pray for me too.  I love my friends as if they were family and that is why they are a passion for me.

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And I am passionate about me… about being the BEST ME that I can be.

I know that may sound a little bit conceited but, how can I be passionate about Jesus, Family and friends if I am not the best me for them. I had a big scare in November and it gave me a bit of an enlightening. I realized that I wasn’t doing everything that I could to be a healthier, happier me. So I decided to change that. After numerous doctors to no avail, I looked to a more natural approach. I started taking better care of me for me. I stumbled across the Le-Vel product Thrive® about a month ago and it has allowed me to take my life back and be more PASSIONATE about the things that matter the most. I tell people I am not promoting a product that I half heartedly believe in, I am promoting a product that allows me to give my all. I am thankful that I stumbled across this product because today, I am more involved in church, a better witness, a better wife and mother and a better friend. I have more energy and I feel better than I have in years. thrive3

What are you passionate about? What keeps you going? What makes you stop and think and wonder what you can change?

I am a happy, HEALTHY lady today and I am so grateful for the things that I am passionate about because it allows me to live life in a different way.

 

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Try It Tuesday #3

Waking up this spring morning to a temperature of 29 was too much for me!! I am beyond ready for spring!

#2 asked me “mom, is Summer EVER gonna get here” and without missing a beat #3 says “no sis, we live in Indiana” . . .  He can be so funny sometimes without even trying.

There is still quite a nip in the air and nothing warms us up like a hearty pasta dish. Tonight I decided on a bit of the Mediterranean.

We LOVE Greek food!

When Braxton was sick there was a little Greek restaurant sitting just under an overpass, down the road from the hospital and we frequented it often. “Chicken on a stick” being my favorite and lamb gyro’s being a favorite of the Barbers.

So I found a dish that combines those flavors right in my own kitchen and it was super easy to throw together . . . my favorite.

I also threw together some green beans and potatoes with a splash of Greek vinaigrette salt and pepper.

If you like spices and a cream sauce then this is a fabulous dish to try. There wasn’t a clean plate in the house.  Find the recipe here >>>> Tuscan Chicken

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For dessert we made spring and summer come to us with strawberry shortcakes . . . .  we are thinking warm thoughts with hopes that the weather would cooperate.

Tomato Basil Goodness

It is a nasty rainy Thursday here in Southern Indiana … yet again. But I will take this over snow any day I suppose. The little boys love rainy days because this gives them an opportunity to wear rain boots and splash and play and gather… worms. They are obsessed with worms right now. So today me being the ultra cool mama that I am {LOL 🙂 yeah I’m sure} decided to throw together a make shift worm farm and who would have thought this would be so much fun. . . for THEM. They would “capture” a worm, bring it to me for “inspection” and throw it in the farm. AND this made them smile and give me kisses so I loved their farm too …  and of course in true #3 fashion he had to come in, sit down and “study” the worm book to ensure that everything was done properly. IMG_20160331_084337.jpg

 With that being said, {because the thought of gross little worms makes me want to talk food I’m sure}  rainy days make me want to stay in my jammies, cuddle up under a cozy blanket, sip my coffee and it always makes me want soup, whether it is warm or cold outside I still want soup. So I think that tonight I will whip up a pot of my Tomato Basil Soup and have some grilled cheese and call it nice.

#2 of the quartet LOVES tomatoes and last year in the barbers garden he planted 4 tomato plants just for her that produced and produced and PRODUCED…. until the end of summer. So I had an abundance of tomatoes that I had to find a use for. The barber and the quartet were so kind to get me a pressure canner and  mason jars last year for Mothers day, so I decided to put them to use and voila!!!! Tomato sauce, paste and fire roasted tomatoes for an entire year!!

One of my favorite soups is tomato basil and Panera is about the only place that I have been that I am absolutely in love with it. But, alas here in my little tiny town there is no such place so I had to improvise.

I am sharing with you my top secret Tomato Basil heaven in a bowl. . .

{obviously I can’t keep a secret}

You will need:

butter

a large can of tomato sauce

whipping cream

basil

one can of chicken broth

Parmesan cheese

Now do this: 

  1. Start with melting a half a stick of butter, watch because you don’t want it to scortch
  2. slowly add  tomato sauce, chicken broth , basil, salt and pepper
  3. once this is heated through slowly add about a 1/2 cup of whipping cream
  4. stir this together until well blended, cook about 5-7 minutes
  5. add parm to taste and enjoy

We like to add a little cheddar cheese and goldfish crackers {cause it’s fun}

I also serve this with a pepper-jack and Munster grilled cheese that is to die for . . . it’s just what you need on a dreary day like this, just waiting on a tornado to drop out of the sky at any moment.

Try It Tuesday

This week we went Asian…. sorta.

My cooking ADHD kinda took over, so this dish is a little bit of everything. I knew I wanted to make this dish >>> found on Pinterest but then I got to clickin’ and thought that this dish looked good too >>> Bang Bang Chicken   and the sauce that she makes had me at hello. SOOOO….

With that being said I kinda took the ramen noodle idea from the first, the idea of seafood and the yummy sauce and chicken from the other.

If I know how to do anything I can fry some chicken, y’all!!

The final product was melt in your mouth divine. And I paired it with a little fried corn ( I will add that recipe later). I have to say that I wasn’t sure if I was proud or a bit disappointed that 3 out of 4 members of the quartet had no idea what “oodles of noodles” were, partly because there was a time in history when all that Braxton wanted was Ramen…. UGH!! When he decided that he was done so. were. we.

But then I thought what can I do with those easy peasy noodles to kick them up a notch and this is what you get.

What you don’t see is the fish that I baked for the barber and #1, But it used the same concept and they still had a few pieces of chicken.

I am cooking for 6 BIG eaters so modify as needed….

BANG BANG RAMEN

For the Chicken:

16 Chicken breast tenders

AP flour

Paprika

Tbsp. of cornstarch

S and P

Egg

Milk

Sweet Chili Sauce

For the Noodles:

5 packs of chicken flavored Ramen Noodles

Butter

For the Bang:

About a ¼ cup of Mayo (I used Dukes mayo because I am from the South and I don’t think there is anything better) AND for heaven’s sake use REAL mayonnaise regardless of what you use)

About 3 tbsp. of sweet chili sauce

1 tbsp. of honey

  1. Prepare your flour mixture and your egg mixture… Heat a large skillet at about med high heat with about 4 tbsps. of butter and a couple swirls of vegetable oil. Also preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil for your noodles
  3. I prefer the dry, wet, dry dredge but it’s your preference.
  4. When sizzling, fry up those tenders until golden brown. 5-7 minutes on each side. Don’t fuss with them … let the pan work its magic
  5. Place in a greased casserole dish drizzle a little sweet chili sauce on them and place in the oven until crispy but not too long or they will dry out.
  6. Once they are in the oven finish your noodles, add 2 of the seasoning packs.
  7. Cook al dente and drain
  8. Prepare the Bang Bang sauce in a small bowl, mixing all ingredients until well blended.
  9. In a skillet melt a few pads of butter and toss those noodles in the skillet. Drizzle your Bang Bang sauce over the noodles as they cook only cook a few minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and you are ready to eat
  11. Plate it noodles and chicken and drizzle the Bang Bang sauce over the top
  12. Your mouth will thank you.
  13. Bon A petit!!

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did. It was so good that the quartet was fighting over who got the last of the noodles. 😉

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