Thursday, March 31, 2011

Homemade Granola Bars

 Homemade Granola Bars
 Granola, Oats, Dark Chocolate Chips, Honey, Natural Peanut Butter
 Place the Granola, Oats, and Chocolate in a bowl
 Mix the Honey and Peanut Butter together
 Add the Peanut Butter mixture to the bowl, mix well.  My hands did the best job :)
 Roll into pan
Chill at least 2 hours

Homemade Granola Bars:

2 cups Granola
1 1/2 cups Oats
1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
3/4 cup Honey
2 Cups Natural Peanut Butter

Once these were chilled. I cut them and put two bars into small baggies.
I have them stored in the fridge..The whole family really enjoyed them.
For a fraction of the cost of store bought bars and none of the added ingredients.
Try this recipe I think you will be very pleased with it!
Carla <><

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Parmesan Chicken

Parmesan Chicken

If you are looking for a baked chicken recipe, look no further!
This chicken comes out moist and delicious every time.
Hope you will try this and enjoy it as much as we do.
~Carla <><

Chicken Breast, Whole Wheat Bread, Fresh Parsley, Parmesan Cheese, Butter, Garlic Powder, Sea Salt
Tear bread into pieces, add the cheese, parsley, garlic powder and salt. Pulse
Until you have fine breadcrumbs
Ready to assemble
Dip chicken in melted butter
Now coat with breadcrumbs
Place into greased baking dish
 Cover and bake 350' for 30 min.
 Uncover and bake 10 more min...until golden brown

Parmesan Chicken:

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
3 Slices Whole Wheat Bread
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (fresh or jar)
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Fresh Parsley
1 stick Butter-melted

(adapted from Sue Gregg's recipe in Main Dishes cookbook)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011


As I was cleaning the house the other day I found myself in the bathroom to put away lotion. As I opened the small cupboard out fell the box of Q-Tips. Leaving about 20-25 of them on the floor to pick up. Now this may not have been a big deal, however I had picked up those very same Q-Tips at least 4 times in the past week.
All at once as if to question my frustration I heard the Lord ask me "why don't you move them"? Move them? I then thought about the mess those Q-Tips made every time I opened that cupboard last week. Yet every time I stuffed them right back in the same spot. How many times does God "clean up" our mess?  Yet every time we stay in the same spot. Believe me I moved those Q-Tips that afternoon. No more mess for me to clean up!
Where do we need to move today. Do we need to move past bitterness and anger to forgive. Do we need to move past idol activities and spend time in the word of God and prayer. Do we need to give up something because we know it is not pleasing to the God of ALL. I know that I can answer YES! to a few of those questions. Today I am moving....

"Feeling far from God? Guess who moved?"
Carla <><  read Acts 17:30-31

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sweet and Savory Spanich Salad

Sweet and Savory Spinach Salad

We had family from out of state come to visit yesterday.
I am so blessed to have married into a wonderful family.
I always look forward to spending time with them.
All the cousins got to spend the whole day together and make memories that will last a lifetime.
For supper we ordered pizza and made a few sides and desserts to share.
Whenever I make this salad I usually get asked for the recipe.
It's SO simple and delicious!
Hope you enjoy.
Carla <><

Fresh Spinach, Bacon Bits, Sliced Almonds, Green Onions, Strawberries, Chow Mien Noodles
I usually make this to take to a family gathering or potluck
Cut green onion and place in a baggie
Wash and slice berries, place in a baggie
Dressing: Ketchup, Red Wine Vinegar, Veg Oil, Sugar, Worcestershire Sauce
Place all ingredients into a jar 
Shake Well...

Place the spinach, green onions, bacon bits, noodles, berries, and almonds into a large bowl 

Add Dressing..

Toss Well
( I never use all the dressing...use as much as you like)

Sweet and Savory Spinach Salad:

1 Bag Spinach
Green Onions
Sliced Almonds
Chow Mien Noodles
Bacon Bits


1 cup Veg Oil
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 TB Worcestershire Sauce

*Add grilled or bredded chicken for a nice spring/summer meal*

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Crockpot Steak Fajitas

This recipe is full of flavor and it's quick and easy in the crock pot.
You could use chicken in place of the steak if you prefer.
We just filled our freezer with 1/4 of beef and hog, so I was looking forward to using some of our meat.
If you have the chance to purchase beef from someone local I highly recommend doing so.
Here is the recipe, hope you enjoy
~Carla <><

Crockpot Steak Fajitas
Diced Tomatoes, Green Pepper, Onion, Cilantro, Taco Seasoning, Lime, Sirloin
Layer in the crock pot (srpay with cooking spray first)
1/2 tomatoes, meat, seasoning, pepper, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice
Cook for 4 hours- until meat is tender (now, that was easy)
Stir half way
Finished Product
Enjoy!  It's a little messy...but oh, so good!
Also makes GREAT leftovers!!
If you are a working woman...make this in the evening and reheat the next day!

Crockpot Steak Fajitas:

1-1 1/2 lb Sirloin-sliced
1 small onion-sliced
1 green pepper-sliced
1 can diced tomatoes (w/peppers and onions) (can use fresh)
Juice of one lime
1 pkg Taco Seasoning (can use homemade)
Fresh Cilantro


Tortillia Shells
Sour Cream

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Buttermilk Pancakes

I think the heart of hospitality begins in the home.
Whether you are the mother of a house full of children, a wife with an empty nest, or precious grandma, us ladies set the mood and tone of our home.  I want hospitality to dwell within the walls of my home.
I think preparing a meal for family and friends, alike is such a way of blessing those around us.
Saturday mornings are pancakes and sausage in our home.  It is so wonderful to come together as a family after a busy week of school work, and activities. Every evening we gather for our family dinner, but Saturday mornings are extra special in my opinion. :)
This is my Buttermilk Pancake recipe...these pancakes get fluffy and golden.  They are light and taste great with REAL maple syrup!

Hope you enjoy!
~Carla <><
Buttermilk Pancakes
Gather ingredients
Sift dry ingredients
Add the egg, buttermilk, and oil
Mix well
You will have a nice thick batter
A few fun toppings
Scoop out 1/3 cup and flip after 2-3 min
Almost done...
Breakfast time!

Buttermilk Pancakes:

1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp (heaping) baking soda
pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cup Buttermilk
1/4 cup veg. oil