Monday, August 9, 2010

Whew, finally back!

Hello fellow bloggers. I have been missing in action due to a horrible virus that sneaked in through facebook. It messed everything up on my laptop and oh how I missed you all. However, the set back on my laptop did allow me more time to do things with my family, bible study, study Esther, and catch up on some much needed items. I have really been searching what to do with this page and hope that what I am coming up with to share will interest so many other women. Studying Esther with Beth Moore we are learning that it is Tough being a woman and how to be more like her. With this blog, I am hoping that Mothers and women in general will find that it doesn't have to be stressful. We have been giving such a gift from God in the form of our husband & children.

So everyday there will be several things on my blog. There will be tips, trick, & ideas that are sure to help when it comes to time savers or money savers. Recipes that anyone can fix; quick & easy meals along with some meals that just want to make you throw a huge neighborhood party. Motivation Quote along with a bible verse to look up and pray on.

I do hope everyone is ready for the ride and will invite all your friends to share in the information. Your suggestions and feed back is welcome as I know that will be a way that I can grow as well.

The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely.
Psalm 145:18 NLT
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Recipes, Recipes, & More Recipes:

AZTEC SAUSAGE 'N' ZUCCHINI SOUP

1 pound leeks, trimmed, cut into rings
1 carrot, peeled, cut into thin strips
4 medium zucchini, sliced
32 oz container low sodium chicken broth
1 tbs oil
5 oz can Vienna sausage, sliced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp chopped thyme

In saucepot, cook leeks, zucchini, and carrots in oil 4 min. Add broth, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, simmer 5 min. Add sausage, thyme and pepper flakes. Let simmer 2 min. Season with salt, if desired. Goes good with crackers or bread.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS OF SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI SOUP...


PORK TACOS

2 tsp oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into cubes
1 cup green salsa
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 corn tortillas, heated
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
1 cup shredded lettuce

Heat oil in a skillet. Add pork and cumin, cook until golden brown on all sides. Add garlic and cook 1 min. Stir salsa into skillet, cook 1 min. or until heated through. Stir in cilantro, shred cubes of pork.
*TO ASSEMBLE---Fill warmed tortillas with pork mixture, then add lettuce. Serve with diced tomatoes, avocado, and lime wedges, if desired.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS OF PORK TACOS...


COUNTRY TUSCAN CHICKEN

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, halved
2 tbs flour
3 tbs chopped parsley
2 tbs oil
2 large leeks, trimmed, white part only chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled, minced
1 cup chicken broth
4 tomatoes, seeded, chopped
2 red and/or yellow bell peppers, seeded, sliced
1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise and sliced
1 tsp dried thyme
15.5 oz can navy beans, drained, rinsed
1/2 cup pitted olives
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

In bowl, toss chicken with flour and 1 tbs parsley. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. In pot or Dutch oven, cook oil 30 seconds. Cook chicken until golden brown, turning once, remove pieces and set aside.
*Add leeks and garlic to Dutch oven. Cook 2 min. Add broth, stirring, bring to a boil. Return chicken to pan. Add next 4 ingredients. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 30min. Stir in beans and olives. Cook until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese and remaining parsley, then serve.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS OF COUNTRY TUSCAN CHICKEN...
FOR SLOW COOKER METHOD---After browning chicken, combine all ingredients except zucchini, 2 tbs parsley and cheese in slow cooker on low heat. Cook 6 hours. Stir in zucchini, cook 1 hour. Sprinkle with parsley and cheese before serving.
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Tips, Tricks, & Ideas

*If you are out on the water, particularly in smaller vessels such as jet skis,
canoes, kayaks, etc., take note of the following tip. Place your cell phone
inside a drink cozy and then place inside a plastic zip top bag. This way should
your cell phone take a dive in the water, it should float as well as stay dry.


*When you want to tie back your curtains to let air in, but their not usually
tied back, use a ponytail holder/hair tie. Gather the curtain panel and pull the
holder/hair tie up from the bottom. It allows the air to flow through the window
without leaving creases in your curtains and easily pulls right off to close
them up again. You could be creative and use hair ties with flowers, gems, or
other fun things on them too.

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"If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?"
– Dolores Huerta


Have a marvelous Monday!
Tina

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