Grilled Beer Chops

 

I stumbled on this recipe as I was looking at meat in the grocery store. On the meat in the corner of the package is always a peel off sticker like try this recipe…I thought why not? It turned out great and talk about easy, just marinade and grill!

Grilled Beer Chops

6 pork chops about 1/2 thick

1/4 c. soy sauce

2 T. brown sugar

1/2 t. ginger

1 c. light beer

2 1/2 t. minced garlic

Put beer, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic in a gallon sized bag. Mesh it all together in the bag. Then add the pork chops. Rub all over the chops it is a very liquidy marinade. Place the plastic bag with the marinade and chops in a bowl. Place in the fridge for 4-24 hours. Take out and grill! Each side doesn’t not take very long. My husband is the master griller in the house. He is amazing at not over cooking it. Enjoy:)

Grilled Corn Cakes

Grilled Corn Cakes

2 cups corn (can be frozen and thawed or even that left over corn)

3/4 cup grated cheese (I used a Mexican shredded cheese blend)

1/2 c. bread crumbs

2 t. chopped red onion or chives

1 T. sour cream or vanilla yogurt

dash of salt and pepper

My Little Helper

Put the corn in a food processor for a couple of minutes until the corn becomes milky and kinda creamy. Put into bowl and add all the other ingredients.

Form into little cakes and place on plate. Put in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.

Take them out and cover in bread crumbs. Grill until grill marks appear on the cakes. It becomes kinda crispy on the outside. Enjoy:)

Southwest Pork Chops

Southwest Chops

4 Pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)

1 t. oregano

1 t. cumin

5 t. chilli powder

2 t. minced garlic

dash of salt and pepper

1 T. olive oil

Mix together all the spices and the oil in a small bowl. Place the pork chops in baking dish. Rub the seasoning on both sides. Place in fridge covered for 4-24 hours. Take out and grill. The trick is to just not grill for too long. Pork has a tendency to get very dry. My husband is AMAZING at grilling. In face truth be told I don’t even know how to turn on the grill. It doesn’t take very long on each side and watch it. Don’t walk away! Enjoy:)

Cashew Chicken

I was looking for something different to serve my family. The original recipe called for peanuts but I wanted cashews. It turned out to be a hit with the whole family even the kids:) I love the colors in this dish and the flavor is amazing.

Cashew Chicken

1 boneless skinless chicken breast

1 T. oil

1/4 c. white wine

3 T. soy sauce

1 1/4 t. flour

1/4 t. ginger

2 t. minced garlic

3 medium carrots sliced

2 cups of sugar snap peas

1/2 cup of cashews (got mine at 99cent store)

2 cups of hot rice cooked

Mix together wine, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger in a bowl and set aside. Pour in the carrots to the skillet with 1 T. oil and cook until tender. Pour into separate medium-sized bowl and set aside. Cut up chicken into 1 inch chunks. Spray bottom of pan with cooking spray. Cook until not longer pink but not tough. Remove chicken from pan and put into bowl with carrots. Pour the sauce mixture into the pan and bring to simmer. Add in flour as whisking vigorously. This will prevent those lumps we do not want….Continue to cook until the sauce is alittle thick. Then add back in the carrots and the chicken. Mix together. Then add the sugar snap peas. Cook for about 3 minutes. We do not want the snap peas limp or to change from that beautiful color green. Last add the cashews. Pour over hot rice and Enjoy:)

White Wine Shrimp Pasta

I love the flavor of wine in food especially with pasta. I love to drink sweet wines, however I love the flavor of a strong chardonnay in my pasta sauces. This was really cheap wine at only $2.95 a bottle. At that price we can all afford to cook with wine!

White Wine Shrimp Pasta

1 pound of bow ties (cook to directions on box)

2-3 cloves of garlic

1/2 pound of shrimp (cooked frozen shrimp just thaw out)

2/3 cup of Chicken broth

1/2 cup white wine

2 t. dried basil

Shake of salt

Shake of pepper

2 T. flour

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta. Set to the side and drain out the water. In a saucepan start on the sauce, put in white wine, chicken broth, basil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix all together start to simmer. Mix together 2 T. cold water and 2 T. flour. This will get very thick add to the mixture in the saucepan and whisk it in. This is important so that you do not get lumps in your sauce. When mixture is thickened alittle. Add in the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes. Then add the pasta. Mix altogether. Spoon into favorite bowl and top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy:)

 

 

 

Life…

Sometimes there are times in your life that you have a hard time explaining why it all happens. Or I ask the question why does it have to happen to me? I started this blog when I was going through one of those times. The blog was my outlet a way to see beyond myself and circumstances that I was facing. Now I can not say that I am all the way through the mess. I am still struggling however….I serve an amazing God that has brought me through alot and continues to work through my life. I know that if was not for amazing family and friends I would not have gotten though this. Thank you to all those who encouraged, uplifted, and prayed for me.

This song is really powerful..”Blessings” by Laura’s Story

Watch the video HERE

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

These are a favorite in our house. We even skip the butter and the syrup just because of the yummy chocolate chips that are sprinkled in by hand into the pancakes. I always make a double batch just so that I can put them in the fridge for my kids to munch on later in the day for snacks..

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes 

1 c flour
1 c. quick oats
2 c. milk
2 T. sugar
4 T. veggie oil
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
2 eggs
1 c. chocolate chips

First mix togther all the wet ingredients. Then add all of the dry ingredients, except for the chocolate chips. Grease a large skillet and cook the pancakes on medium heat. Wait until the pan is hot to cook the pancakes. As soon as you drop the batter into  the pan sprinkle in the chocolate chips. Flip over the pancakes as soon as you see bubbles break into surface on the pancakes. You will also notice the edge of the pancake is cooked. Serve hot and smile:)


 

Ruffle bag from old tshirts

I needed a bag that I could just throw a couple of items in to go to the store or the beach…or a cute diaper bag. So I got this old tshirts from Naomi…thanks girl!! I got to work…this really easy an easy and fun project!! Talk about cute results…LOVE it!!

the old tshirts

Step 1: This is alot of cutting. I used my old quilt that I used for my daughter’s computer bag. (found it at the thrift store for 95 cents..now used on two projects great buy:) The quilt and the striped material, I cut a rectangle of 19 inches by 12 inches…weird demensions I know…but remember I am working with a tshirt….Then out of the striped tshirt and the other one I cut 2 1/2 inch strips measuring ____ inches long.

Step 2: This is my favorite new way of gathering and making ruffles. Just stick the gathered material under the pressure foot as you sew and taadaa you have a gathered stich as you sew LOVE it!!

Step 3: Start attaching those cute little ruffles row by row. I started at the bottom of the bag. Then I pinned on the next row of ruffle making sure that I cover up what I want from the last row…(which is the top gathering stich on the last ruffle) Don’t sew on yet!! Don’t get excited!!!

Step 4: We needed handles. I cut off the bottom of the shirt because it had a BIG hem. I was careful not to damage the stitch. Then I fliped it inside out and ironed down no extra sewing I love when I come up with ideas like that!!

Step 5: Attach the handles on with pins. This is where you have to remove some of the front ruffles to get the handle stitching to go under the ruffles.

Step 6: Pull over the extra material to make a hem at the top of the purse. This will give a finished look to the top of the purse. Sew in place.

Step 7: Sew on the handles. I stitched twice in a box shape to make sure that it stays.

Step 8: Now you can sew on the ruffles one row at a time…

 

Step 9: Sew together the sides of the bag inside out. Then flip the whole bag right side out. Now all you have to decide is……Where are you going to go first with you cute new bag??

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Healthy Hummus

I love to make my hummus from scratch. The kids love to use the mini food processor. I love the results of adding different things to your hummus. We love to dip carrots, pita bread, and cucumbers. I also love to put on sandwiches…mmm….

Lemon hummus

2/3 can chick peas

1/4 c. fresh lemon juice

sprinkle of salt

2 t. cumin powder

First add the chick peas to the food processor. Drain out the juices from the chick pea can.

Mix until pretty smooth. Add the lemon juice. Mix until really smooth.

Last add the salt and cumin powder.

Give a couple more spins of the food processor and ENJOY!!

Avacado Hummus

Avacado hummus

1/3 can chick beans

3 T. fresh lemon juice

1 medium avacado

2 T. fresh cilantro

1/2 t. salt

Drain the juice off the can of chick peas. Add to food processor.

Blend until smooth…

Cut the avacado in half, take out the pit, and add the smooth avacado to the food prosessor.  Mix until smooth add the lemon juice. After you mix again it should be really smooth.

Last add the cilantro and salt. Couple more spins of the food prosessor then you are good to go! Enjoy!!

Headband organizer

I have always had a hard time figuring out a way to organize my daughters headbands…my solution…old oatmeal container and some fabric.

Materials needed: old oatmeal conatainer, fabric piece 17 by 11 inches, hot glue gun, cake pop stick, spray glue adhesive, labels, iron

Step One: Cut out the material. Iron the material flat.

Step Two:Lay down the fabric with the right side facing down. Spray the fabric as you turn the oatmeal canister onto the fabric. I am sorry this was really hard to get a good pic of me doing this…..The slower you go the better theis will turn out…..At the end of the fabric rolling. Flod over the faric like you are about to make a rolled hem. Spray the adhesive and lay down on the oatmeal container. This makes for a pretty ending:)

Step Three: Cut a x in the top of the oatmeal container lid. Stick in the cake pop stick and get to stay by using hot glue .

Step Four: Tie on the ribbon to the cute little stick

Step Five: Write on the labels and stick them on sticky back to sticky back.

Step Six: Line up all those cute little headbands on your NEW organizer!!

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