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We’ve Moved!

12 May

For Mother’s Day, my darling hubs gave me my own domain! We’ve got a new name, a new look and a new home! Check us out over at Operation: Housewife!

Thanks to all who have followed me on this blog and been so patient with my gaps between blogging. This last one was mostly due to technical difficulties and hopefully those will be resolved with the new site.

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Project Housewife Returns – Angel Chicken

6 Mar

Way back when I first started blogging, I began a project that I titled “Project Housewife”. It was a labor of love that involved me getting out of my rut and trying new things to make being a housewife more exciting. Among my goals was learning to cook meals for my family that was both nutritious and delicious. So I amassed a grand collection of cookbooks and set about learning what things my family loved – and what things they didn’t.

These are my absolute favorites

I found myself enamored with the “Company’s Coming” series by Jean Paré and Johnny began buying them for me when he felt like bringing me home a little something while out on a shopping trip. The recipes are delicious and not overly complicated.

The first meal that I shared with you was my Roast Chicken Dinner back in November 2009. The beginnings of that recipe was inspired by a recipe I found in my very first Company’s Coming cookbook, “The Rookie Cook” (top row, second from the left) and as I got more confident in my abilities as a cook, I expanded and experimented until the recipe was my own.

This Thursday past my parents decided to come and have dinner with us. Since my dad is a pretty picky eater, my mom rarely ever gets the opportunity to try out new recipes. It’s a waste of food to try out new things just for herself, in her opinion, so I always try to have something new for her to try when she has dinner with us. I make something plain and ordinary for my dad and everyone else has something exciting. This time I decided to introduce my mom to a recipe out of one of my favorites of my collection of books, “Low-Fat Cooking”.

As I have done with most of the best loved recipes in these books, I have cooked them time and time again until I have switched the recipe enough to make it have my own particular flair. Angel Chicken is no exception. Here is how I cook it.

Angel Chicken

1 14oz. can stewed Italian-style tomatoes, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 average zucchini, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. granulated sugar
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 package grated skim mozzarella cheese
1 package angel hair pasta
8 cups boiling water
1 tsp. salt
Grated fresh Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl, mix together your can of tomatoes and the garlic. Pour it into an ungreased casserole dish, then layer the zucchini and yellow pepper on top. Sprinkle it with the basil and sugar. Place the chicken on top of the whole concoction. Spoon a little bit of the tomato and garlic mixture onto the chicken. Bake it uncovered in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. After an hour, sprinkle the cheese on top and put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.

You don’t have to use the whole package, but I do because we love cheese.

Cook the pasta in the boiling water and salt for 7-10 minutes until it’s as tender as you like it. Drain, rinse, and drain it again.

Serve vegetable mixture over the pasta and top with a chicken breast. Sprinkle with the parm.

Voila, Angel Chicken

It is absolutely as delicious as it sounds, and I would highly recommend it. Everyone here loves it – even though Hayden picks out the zucchini because he’s a picky eater.

Try it! I bet you’ll love it. If you do try it, come back and let me know what you thought.

What are your favorite “go-to” recipes for company coming on short notice?

The Best Medicine

3 Mar

Of course we’ve all heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine”. Studies have shown that laughter does indeed reduce the level of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and dopamine as well as increasing the levels of good hormones such as endorphins as well as antibody-producing cells and makes your T-cells more effective. It’s also a pretty nice physical workout. When you laugh it causes you to excercise your diaphram and contract your abdominal muscles. It’s good for the heart in both the physical sense and the spiritual sense.

As nice as that is, in my case I don’t agree that it’s the best medicine. For me, there is no better medicine than a new pair of shoes.

A gift from my fantastic husband

My dosage this time has 4-inch heels and leopard print. Just what the doctor ordered.

Whine and Roses #7 – Double Whine

8 Feb

Yesterday’s post was supposed to be a whine about how love isn’t always cracked up to be, but then I had some coding issues and it fell through. Rest assured I’ll be back later with a post…but be forewarned that this day started out with some serious frustrations and that post will be a whine too. Sometimes love stinks.

Tally so far: Roses 6, Whine 1. Congratulations Whine. You’re in the game after all.

Whine and Roses #4 – Is Elsewhere!

4 Feb

Todays “Whine and Roses” post is featured on my dear friend Priya’s blog over at My Reflections! I encourage all my readers to go check out my post and the rest of Priya’s blog as well, as she is definitely a favorite blogger of mine. Become a follower too, you will not regret it!

Thank you Priya for this wonderful opportunity. It’s been an incredible experience and I have truly appreciated it. Much love for you from me and my Army.

And to keep the home fires burning here on  my own little corner of the internets…

The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar - as read by Hayden

Where I’ve Been

5 Oct

Today I’m supposed to share a picture of somewhere I’ve been. Since I didn’t have any scanned pictures of anywhere I’ve been, I had to turn to good old Google to find one. Believe me, you’re not in for anything exciting. I haven’t done any extensive travel. I decided on a picture of Niagara Falls.

Thank you, Google.

I visited Niagara Falls for the first and only time when I was 11 years old. It was on a family vacation with my mom and dad. We were visiting my Uncle Allan and Aunt Louise. The three of us, along with Uncle Al, Aunt Lou and their daughter Andrea headed off to Niagara Falls for the day. There’s really not much to tell. We did the typical tourist things and had lots of fun. It was a good day.

Boring post, I know. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Wedding Part 3

27 Sep

So we made it to the lodge relatively unscathed by the downpour which had ruined our plans for an outdoor wedding. The girls adjusted our hair, checked our makeup and re-checked bra straps to make sure they weren’t showing. Then we all lined up on the stairs to await our cue.

Okay, so I wasn't looking. So sue me. I had dress issues since I'm so short.

I also want to share with you the processional song. Beckie decided to follow my lead with picking a song to walk in to. I chose a song by my favorite band, Aerosmith. She chose one from her favorite band, the Backstreet Boys.

Even though we’d originally been a little “iffy” about this choice, it was absolutely perfect. If I was going to choose a song for Beckie’s wedding myself, I’d choose this one all over again.

As the music played and we all walked in, Jason waited patiently for his first glimpse of his bride.

Looking snazzy Jason!

And that first glimpse was well worth it. Beckie was absolutely stunning and her face practically glowed as she walked in on her father’s arm.

My father performed the marriage ceremony (he’s an ordained pastor) and the bridal attendants gave the evil eye during the “speak  now” part to make sure everyone “forever held their peace”.

Speak and DIE!

Beckie and Jason were married while seated in front of the fireplace in the lodge and when they were pronounced husband and wife everyone cheered.

It was a long kiss...seriously.

The wedding went off without so much as a speedbump, despite the last-minute change in location. By now the rain had eased up…and we headed outside to take some pictures!

Next post…more pictures than you ever need to see in one place!

(Photos on this post courtesy of Adam Colbourne)