Sunday, April 21, 2013

I'm back to give some more recipes from my menu I wrote on my last blog post! Going to pick back up with Burgers and Corn on the Cob.

Ingredients-2 lbs ground beef 85/15
sesame seed buns
1/2 cup of grated Monterrey jack cheese
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
season salt to taste
cracked black pepper
onion powder
Secret Sauce
  • ¾ cup of mayo
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup relish
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire
  • seasoned salt
Instructions
  1. Combine the ground beef, grated cheese, bbq sauce, and seasonings. Shape patties that are about 1 inch thick.
  2. Then it is very important to push a ½ inch indent into the center of the patty–this is what prevents the patty from becoming a dome. These burgers stay extra moist because the bbq sauce and cheese are mixed in with the meat.
  3. Wait for the skillet to get super hot and then apply a very thin layer of butter to the pan. Place the patties on the pan, indent side up.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and allow this side of the patty to cook for about 4-6 minutes, but make sure it doesn’t burn. Then flip the burger over and cook until done.
  5. For the sauce: Combine all ingredients and whisk until well mixed. Taste and adjust ingredients to your liking.
  6. Assemble the burgers and serve with avocado, lettuce or your choice of toppings!
For the corn on the cob, I just boil it about 5 minutes until it's tender and then put on the desired toppings.. (I use mayonnaise ;)
 
Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole and Baked Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients-
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
3 stalks celery, finely diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 Tablespoons fresh minced garlic
2 Cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
2 Cups steamed white rice
16 oz prepared wild rice (I get mine at Trader Joes, LOVE it)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
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Cheese Sauce
4 Tablespoons butter
1/4 Cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 Cups chicken broth
2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
Top with 1 1/2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
Directions-
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Heat oil into a medium dutch oven or pot over medium heat.  Saute onion, celery and carrots until softened, about 10 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in chicken, both rices, salt, pepper and garlic salt.  Reduce heat to low.
2.  To prepare cheese sauce melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Whisk in flour, salt and pepper then slowly pour in chicken broth whisking continuously.  Whisk until thick and nearly boiling then stir in cheese until melted.  Pour cheese sauce into rice mixture then transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Top with additional cheddar cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted through.  Serve.
8-10 servings




For the sweet potatoes, I put 2 in the microwave and cook them 8-14 minutes, and add desired toppings :)
Cinnamon Bread
(makes 2 loaves)

Batter:

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Cinnamon/sugar mixture:

2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon 

Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs.  Add milk, flour, and baking soda.  Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each pan).  Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 c sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan.  Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping.  Swirl with a knife.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min.  or until toothpick tester come clean.  
Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.
 
Greek Yogurt Chocolate Muffins/Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffin
Ingredients-
1 3/4 cup oats
3 egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or regular plain low fat yogurt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar or 1-1/3 tbsp. vinegar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup hot water
1 cup sugar substitute like Splenda granular or 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. stevia (I use one cup regular sugar)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Line 2 (12 cup) muffin pans with cupcake liners or spray tin with non-stick cooking spray. In a blender or food processer, mix all of the ingredients together, *except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth. Place mixture in a bowl and gently stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips (Set the rest aside). Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pans
. Place muffin tins in the oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove muffins from the oven, but don't turn oven off and distribute the other half of the chocolate chips on top of each muffin. Put muffins back in the oven and bake for another 2-5 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (mine took 14 minutes, but I only made 18 muffins and they were filled pretty full).
*Note, you could skip this step by putting all the chips in the batter and baking for 12-15 minutes straight. Or in my case, 25 minutes total.



 
 
                           
                            That's all I have for today!
-The Happy Housewife :)
                                                         
                                      
                           


Monday, April 1, 2013

In the Kitchen with The Happy Housewife- Continued from last post

      Today has been a relaxing day, went for a walk, got hubby some new ACU's, took a nap.. It was nice! Seth has to go back to work tomorrow, the weekend seemed so short! I guess it's like they say, "time flies when you're having fun". And we definitely had fun!! Those of you who follow me on Facebook probably already know about this, but I will share again. We took 75 large popsicle craft sticks and wrote a fun date that we wanted to try on each one and we pick out one for each weekend. I will share the list :) Anyway Seth picked out the one for this weekend- Sundae night! Our plan is to go to Chipotle for dinner (I've never eaten there and heard I am missing out) and then that night we will make our homemade sundae's! I am really looking forward to it! Glad it is finally warming up enough to eat ice cream, and wear shorts and flip-flops! 
                       Seth got me this necklace and earrings yesterday! He is so sweet!!! 

    In my last post, I didn't have that salsa recipe with me but today I do!!! This is the BEST salsa you will ever eat, so I really advise you to write this down!
     Creamy Salsa Dip (credit to Betty Crocker)
Ingredients-
       1/2 Cup Sour Cream
       1/2 Cup Mayonnaise 
       3/4 Cup El Paso Thick'n'Chunky salsa (but you can use pretty much any brand)
       1/4 Cup lightly packed, freshly chopped cilantro
      Tortilla Chips
Directions-
      In small bowl, mix all ingredients except tortilla chips. Serve immediately with chips or cover and refridgerate to blend flavors.

And here is the recipe I had for the 4th meal on my menu! 
Crock-Pot Cheese Chicken and Broccoli over Rice
Ingredients-
 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
 1 10oz can cream of chicken soup
1 10 oz can cheddar soup
1 14 oz can chicken broth
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic salt seasoning
1 cup sour cream
6 cups broccoli florets, just fork tender (I cooked it in boiling water for 3-4 minutes)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions-
      1. Place soups, chicken broth, salt, and garlic seasoning into a crock-pot over low heat. Whisk until smooth. Place chicken in, pressing to the bottom. Cover lid and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
     2. When chicken is cooked, use 2 forks to shred into bite size pieces. Stir in sour cream and broccoli.
       3. Serve over steamed rice and sprinkle with cheese. 4-6 servings
And can't forget the side, it is one of my favorite recipes. I've even given it out to people and had them come back and tell me how delicious it is! It's very easy to make and kind of a "go-to" side. Taste's almost exactly like Ruby Tuesday's garlic cheddar biscuits!
Garlic Cheese Biscuits (credit to Betty Crocker)
Ingredients-
        1 Cup Bisquick mix
        1/3 Cup milk
        1/4 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
        1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
        Butter-flavored cooking spray (optional)
Directions-
      Heat oven to 450 F. In small bowl, stir together all ingredients (except cooking spray) to make a soft dough. Drop dough by 5 spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Spray warm biscuits with cooking spray before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm.
If you try them (which you definitely should!!!) let me know how it turns out! That's all for tonight! :)
                                        -The Happy Housewife
P.S. Here is the list of date ideas that me and the hubs came up with 
1.Ice Cream Date
2. Shopping Day
3.Chuckwagon Supper
4.Home Movie Night
5.Make Cookies from scratch
6.Visit a Cowtown
7.Batting Cages
8.Play Croquet
9.Zoo Day w/ Picnic
10.Outdoor Candlelit Dinner
11.Go for a night drive
12.Visit a planetarium
13.Go Fruit Picking
14.See a play
15.Play tennis
16.Go to the Pancake House
17.Dress fancy & go out to a nice restaraunt
18.Horseback Riding
19.Stay overnight at a Bed & Breakfast
20.Go roller skating
21.Take a day trip
22.Rock Climbing
23.Visit a farm or ranch
24.Flea-Market/Yard Sale Day
25.Coffee Date
26. Go to dinner and see a movie
27.Cook a meal together
28.Go camping
29.Rent Jet Ski's
30.Go Ice Skating
31.Go for a drive
32.Go to Broadway on the Plains
33.Zip-Lining
34.Scenic Train Ride
35.Dessert Date
36.Test Drive a car
37.Fondue Night
38.Bubble Bath/Massage Night
39.Reenact first date
40.Go to rodeo
41.Fishing Day
42.Go to a local ball game & get hotdogs and soda's
43.Tour part of a prairie trail
44.Fancy Candlelit Dinner 
45.Day on the Lake
46.Have a BBQ and invite friends over
46.Go to a fair/carnival
47.Play Frisbee
48.Go on a dinner cruise
49.Make a big breakfast
50.Visit a cavern
51.Arcade Night
52.Visit an art gallery
53.Breakfast Date
54.Make some yummy snacks (chips&dip/Mozzarella Sticks,Etc..) and play board games
55.Ride Go-Karts
56.Hubby cooks a meal
57.Go to the circus
58.Hiking Trip w/ Picnic
59.Shooting Range
60.Haunted House
61.Get plate-sized cinnamon rolls 
62.Go on a Dinner Train
63.Try a BBQ restaraunt
64.Play Golf
65.Go on a Picnic
66.Go Bowling
67.Visit a museum
68.Have a sundae night
69.Work on the house together
70.Play Putt-Putt
71.Nature Walk
72.Have a Bonfire and roast hot dogs & make S'mores
73.Scavenger Hunt with fun prizes at the end
74.White Water Rafting
75.Whatever you want to do!
And on the ones that did not say anything about food, such as visiting a museum or playing tennis, we will do dinner afterwards usually, but the choice is yours and I didn't want to have to keep writing "and dinner" on all of them lol. Enjoy!! 






        

Saturday, March 30, 2013

In The Kitchen with The Happy Housewife: Greek Yogurt Chicken & My Menu

I'm back!! And I'm really surprised that I remembered to write within the week, like I promised! But I did, and I've got some really yummy recipes to share with you, as well as my menu for the next two weeks. For most families, like ours, the Army splits the paycheck up into 2 parts and you get paid twice a month. So I plan a menu and do one big grocery trip every 2 weeks. You will notice that it is not quite 14 meals, because we go on one date every weekend and then we also have leftovers some days. So this time, I have 9 meals on my menu, along with one baked good, one dessert, and some muffins to go along with the breakfast burrito's I make for Seth to take to work in the mornings. I am going to list 2 recipes I made last week and a few off my menu.
Here is my Menu for the next two weeks:
1.Chicken Ranch Taco's & Salsa w/ Tortilla Chips
2. Outa The Ballpark Pulled Chicken & Sweet Potato Fries
3.Chicken Alfredo & Salad
4.Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli over Rice w/ Garlic Cheddar biscuits
5.Burgers 7 Corn on the Cob
6.Chicken & Rice Casserole & Baked Sweet Potatoes
7.Baked Ranch and Parmesan Chicken (a favorite!) & Butter Potatoes
8.Soup & Sandwich Night
9.Chili & Cornbread
Baked Good. Cinnamon Bread
Dessert. Peach Cobbler
Breakfast Muffins. Greek Yogurt Chocolate Muffins

And there ya have it! Last week, I made Greek Yogurt Chicken! It was delicious! Seth thought it was possibly the best chicken I've made, next to the Baked Ranch & Parmesan Chicken. Here is the recipe for that!

Greek Yogurt Chicken
Ingredients- 
 4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 cup plain greek yogurt (I used Oikos)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese - grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
Directions-
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2) Combine greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper in a bowl.

3) Line baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

4) Coat each chicken breast in greek yogurt mixture and place on foiled baking sheet.

5) Bake for 45 minutes. Enjoy!!

Now for the first 3 recipes on my Menu!

1. Chicken Ranch Taco's
Ingredients-
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into small cubes)
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
1 packet taco seasoning 
1 can (14 oz) chicken broth
Tortillas
Desired Toppings (sour cream, shredded cheese, tomato, etc)
Directions-
Place chicken in crockpot, sprinkle Ranch dressing mix and the taco seasoning over it, then the chicken broth. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or until chicken is thoroughly cooked! Place in taco's and top with desired toppings.
Simple and delicious! I am going to have to post the salsa recipe next time because I don't have the recipe with me. (Hubby and I are at a local computer lab :) ) 

2 . Outa the Ballpark Pulled Chicken
Ingredients-
1 bottle of Outta the Ballpark BBQ sauce
1/3 cup of chicken broth
6 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
Buns
Directions-
Place all of your ingredients into your crock pot.  Turn to the low setting and give all of the ingredients a good stir.  Cover and let cook for 4 – 6 hours.  Remove and place the chicken in a bowl.  With two forks, shred the meat.  Ladle some of the sauce over top of the chicken and serve on a bun.  

Sweet Potato Fries
Ingredients-
4 sweet potatoes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/3-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
A handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
Salt and Pepper, optional
Directions-

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Peel, rinse and dry the potatoes.
3. Now, you can either:
a. Use the proper blade on a mandolin to create ‘french fry’ shape or
b. Cut it by hand. Depending on the size of the sweet potato, you may wish to cut it in half lengthwise but if it is small/short, don’t worry about it. Take a half of the sweet potato and cut it into large slices about 3/4 inch thick. Then cut them lengthwise at about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick.
4. Toss them into a bowl, drizzle with the olive oil and mix well so that they are coated evenly. Bake them for 20-25 minutes depending on their thickness and how you prefer your fries.
5. Place the fries in a bowl and sprinkle on the cheese and cilantro. Season with salt & pepper if necessary.
3.Chicken Alfredo (Credit to mycrazyblessedlife.com)
Yields- 4 adult servings
Ingredients-
4 oz. cream cheese
4 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons garlic powder
3/4 cup 2% milk
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
Dash of salt
Dash of fresh ground pepper
16 oz of your choice of pasta
Cooked Shredded Chicken (optional)
Directions-
Cook chicken thoroughly on the stove and shred. Set aside. 
Then for the alfredo sauce, put the cream cheese and butter in a small saucepan. Then add the garlic and the milk. Next, add the Parmesan and the salt & pepper. Then put on the stove over medium heat. Stirring it with a whisk as the cream cheese and the butter melt. Once it begins to boil whisk constantly so it doesn’t burn and turn down the heat after about 2-3 min to med/low heat. Let it cook for about 5-7 min more while whisking, until it is a little thicker but not quite the thickness you want your sauce to be. It will thicken as it cools down. If it is too thick on the stove it will be very thick and chunky off the stove. 
Cook pasta as directed on the box, top with shredded chicken and alfredo sauce. 
Salad- For the salad, I just toss together a simple side salad- lettuce or baby spinach leaves, tomato, shredded cheese, croutons, and dressing. 
And that's all the recipes for tonight! Going to get off here and watch a movie with my husband and start the food preparations for tomorrow's Easter lunch! Going to church in the morning, then having a few friends over, making turkey, stuffing, vegetables, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, and sweet tea! Take some time this weekend to relax and reflect on what Easter really means- how Jesus gave His life for us and then rose again on the 3rd day, and is preparing a place for us to live with Him in Heaven. I am so grateful that He chose to do that for us, aren't you?! We would have no hope without Him. 
Have a wonderful weekend, -The Happy Housewife







Sunday, March 24, 2013

In The Kitchen With The Happy Housewife

Hey All,
    The last time I wrote, Seth was getting ready to go to NTC, so I guess I will pick up there! We celebrated his 20th birthday before he left..gave him presents, went to Kite's with friends, played pool, and then went home and had his birthday pie! I made him a Frozen Reese Peanut Butter Pie. It was scrumptious!!
                                         
 He went to NTC and was gone over 30 days..I missed him so much, but tried to stay as busy as possible. Did my spring cleaning, hung out with other army wives, got my hair highlighted, etc.. The day he came back was AMAZING!!! Words can't even express how happy I am to have him back home <3
                                              
    A few days after he got back was my 20th birthday, we decided to celebrate that weekend since that day was a workday for him and I had to babysit all day. So that weekend I got my nails done, we went to Umi's Japanese Steakhouse with friends. I got free ice cream and then I had my birthday cheesecake when I got home. It was a great day!!
      Yesterday we went to Topeka on a all-day shopping trip! Started at the mall about 11 am and shopped for several hours..I found a lot of good deals and still have money leftover! I've still got to get a few more things for Seth and a couple things for myself that I didn't get at the mall. After that, our wardrobe for this summer should be ready...now to wait on warmer weather! As of right now, we have at least an inch of snow on the ground and it's below freezing..in March!! I am so ready for spring to come! The groundhog definitely lied this year. 
     So we have been watching Duck Dynasty. We bought both seasons and we are anxiously waiting for Season 3 to come out on dvd. It is officially our new favorite show. It's so nice to find something to watch where the people share our views on life, love, and Jesus. Miss Kay is one of my favorite people on the show. She is an awesome Southern cook and I plan on ordering her cooking dvd lol :) Those of you that know me already know that I LOVE to cook and bake and hope to one day be as good as my mom and grandma. That being said, I have decided to use this blog not only to keep all of you updated on our life, but I'm also going to be using it as a cooking blog. I will post weekly (or even more frequently than that) and share recipes and my thoughts on how they turned out. And I will start tonight with a couple of my favorite recipes!
                                        Baked Ranch and Parmesan Chicken
Ingredients:
         3/4 cup crushed corn flakes
         3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
         1 (1 oz.) envelope ranch salad dressing mix
         2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
         1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
Directions:
 Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a baking dish. Combine corn flakes, Parmesan cheese, and ranch dressing mix in a bowl. Dip each chicken breast in melted butter, and roll it in the corn flake mixture until it is evenly coated. Place coated chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish. I also pour the leftover melted butter over the chicken. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 45 mins. Delicious!!!!!


                                            Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
Ingredients:
         1 cup Bisquick mix
         1/3 cup milk
         1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
         1/4 tsp garlic powder
         Butter-flavored cooking spray (optional)
Directions:
  Heat over to 450 F. In small bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, cheese, and garlic powder to make a soft dough. Drop dough by 5 spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. (This recipe says ungreased but I usually grease mine lightly). Bake about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Spray warm biscuits with cooking spray before removing from cookie sheet. Serve warm. So yummy!

I made that chicken and the cheddar biscuits tonight for dinner along with corn on the cob and a pineapple fruit salad. I will post that recipe soon. I hope you have all enjoyed reading this and have as much fun
cooking it as I did!                                                                                                                           
 Have a great night! -The Happy Housewife 

                                  

 













        
   

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A number of things

Hi Friends, I have a number of things to write about! At least this time I have an excuse for not writing in so long- We have been so busy the last couple months!! But I guess it will give me a lot to blog about this time, huh?

                                      For Halloween, we carved our first Pumpkin together!

                                 
      Thanksgiving came and went so quickly! It was my first time cooking the whole meal and I didn't do half-bad! Guess I inherited some cooking skills from my Mom and Grandma after all! We had turkey, stuffing, taters'n'gravy, mac'n'cheese, green beans, cranberry salad, and pumpkin pie! I was going to make biscuits too, but forgot :( Oh well, it was more than enough food anyway! We had our good friends, Chris and Bree Wright over for the Thanksgiving meal. It was a fun time :)
      In December, we made the longggg trip back to our hometown in NC. It was about an 18 hour drive, but we didn't have any trouble on the way and we both enjoy roadtrips anyway. :)
We were there a week but it seemed so short and rushed, but fun nonetheless. We had lots of people to see and one activity after the other, and I think we managed to get most of it all done! We visited with Seth's family and my family, ate TONS of food to include everything from our favorite restaraunts to big family Christmas dinners, and of course all the cookies and treats that our families had baked. Pretty sure we both gained a few pounds ;) That's ok though, right? Yeah, I thought so too!
                                    Standing in front of my Mom's Christmas tree
           
      When we got back to KS, on the 28th, we celebrated our ONE YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!!!!! <3 <3 It was such a romantic evening, Seth took  me to Olive Garden and gave me gorgeous mint-colored earrings and I gave him a movie he had been wanting for a long time! Afterwards, we went and did some shopping and got cheesecake! Yum! I am truly blessed to have such an awesome husband and be able to spend eternity with him! We are falling in love more each day and God is really blessing our marriage! It is amazing to be married to my best friend and true love, we have so much fun together!
                                                            <3 ONE YEAR <3
                   
                         
     A couple weeks ago, we got about 4 inches of snow!! It was beautiful! We went out on our balcony and watched it come down..That night, we practiced our snow driving and went to town to eat at our favorite burger place-Kite's.. It was so fun to sit there and eat and look at the snow falling. It snowed pretty much all night. The next day we went out and took some pictures and that night we made snow cream and went sledding on our inner tubes ;) (They actually work great as sleds lol!!)
                                               
                                           
    We really enjoyed the snow, but are looking forward to summer and all the activities that come with it- cookouts with friends, fishing, swimming, hiking, etc.. Sometime in late spring, our lease is up and we are seriously considering moving to a different apartment place. We found one that is much nicer, cheaper, and comes with a washer/dryer, plus our friends live there so we would be closer to them.. We'll see :)
        I've decided to see how much money I can save by making a lot of things homemade (Laundry detergent, granola bars, etc)..If you are friends with me on Facebook, you will see me post a review and recipe if they turn out right! And I'm always trying new dinner recipes off Pinterest ;) I have found some really good ones that I've added to my recipe book! It's starting to get quite full!
                                   Here's a short one I'll share with you- (it was delish!)
                                                        Chicken Ranch Taco's
Ingredients-     Boneless, Skinless Chicken breasts (as many as you want) thawed and cut into small cubes
                       1 pkg dry Ranch dressing mix
                       1 pkg taco seasoning
                       1 can chicken broth
Directions- Place cubed chicken in crockpot..sprinkle with the dry Ranch, then the taco seasoning, then pour in chicken broth. Cook 4-5 hours on high (or until chicken is cooked thoroughly) Mine took about 4 and a half hours.                            
                                   
                   
                 
      We are busy getting ready for Seth to go to NTC, I can't share any details on here due to OPSEC, but if you would just say a prayer that everything will go good, we will really appreciate it! I am going to miss him so much, but hopefully it will go by quickly! And I love the fact that he knows that he can trust me, that I'll be here waiting on him and being faithful to him..Makes it easier on him to have that peace of mind.
    I've been working on starting college to become a surgical tech. It's a process, but hopefully I'll be starting soon!  Well, that's about all I have for now! Thanks for stopping in!
                                                            -The Happy Housewife
     
                                       

Sunday, September 30, 2012

FALL :)

Fall has officially arrived in Kansas! And I sure am glad! One thing nice about KS is although the summers are scorching hot, they don't seem to last that long!

                                     “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the
                                     first September was crisp and golden as an apple..."
                                                                                                               -J.K. Rowling
       About a week ago, we had an Apple Festival on base...I wasn't expecting it to be that big, but everyone seemed to really go all out for it! There was a petting zoo, a place to buy apple pie's, a cavalry competition, etc..I was told that people came from all kinds of different bases just to be there for it! Seth's Company sold caramel apple's and frozen banana's and they also set up a firing range where people could come and see what it was like to fire different weapons. Hubby helped run the firing range and he did a great job! Although he had to work on a Saturday it wasn't too bad because I got to be there with him! The weapons they had there were the 240, the 249, and the M4. I got to shoot all 3 (and just an FYI, we were only firing blanks). lol. My favorite was the 240. My next goal is to fire a 50 cal..but for some reason I don't think that's gonna happen ;)
                                                              Me shooting the M4  
At the end of the day, we were driving off base and saw some helicopters so we parked and went over in a big field and watched them take off from about 30 feet away.. it was awesome! They had a Black Hawk, Apache and a Kiowa.
                                                           Here is the Kiowa
Pretty awesome, huh?? All in all, it was a great day! Coming up soon, we are going to the Battalion Festival.. There's going to be a cookout, bonfire, etc.. great way to kick off fall time! I still haven't gotten over to Starbucks to try the Pumpkin Spice Latte I hear everyone raving about, but I did buy our first box of hot chocolate of the season ;)
                         Oh yeah, Hubby passed both parts of the Ranger PT test, so he is officially ready to go!!! I am extremely proud of him. He had to run 5 miles in under 40 minutes, and he did great on that, and he also maxed out the pushups, pullups, and situps. Then the next day, he rucked 19 miles carrying 65 lbs and he also did wonderful on that. He is really excited to be going and I'm sure he will do just as well at the actual Ranger School as he did on the PT tests.
                I've been doing quite a bit of baking lately, love the way it makes the place smell! We went and watched Hotel Transylvania tonight...it was a good movie! Glad that I found my "Zing".. (if you watch the movie, you will understand what I'm talking about) And that's about all I have to write about for today! Think I will get off here and go make myself a cup of that hot chocolate I bought ;)
                                                                      Happy Fall!!!!
                                                                                      -The Happy Housewife
                                        
                                                                

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mom's Visit :)

Dear Friends,
  Well, I had a great time with mom!!! We toured the base, and went out to eat at several of our favorite restaraunts! She was really impressed with my little apartment, and that made me really happy to know she thinks I am doing a good job.I also copied down most of her recipes so I have some new ones to try!!!!!We all had a really great time visiting together!
     On Sunday, we all went to Beaver City, NE to visit with my brother Wesley and his wife, Teresa! She had their first baby 4 months ago, Jennessa Lynnae and I finally got to meet her and was there for her dedication :) She is so precious <3
                                            

                                            On Tuesday, Mom and I did alot of shopping.. ;)
   I know it's alot, but I found alot of great deals. Got new jeans for Seth at JCPenney..they had them on sale for 8-10 dollars a pair..and these were nice Arizona jeans :) Got some Christmas presents for him, and found some nice fall clothes for myself.  Mom headed back to NC on Wednesday, I was sad to see her go, but it won't be long before Christmas and I can see her again!
         Seth has been doing alot of working out and training for Ranger School. We are both excited and I have been encouraging him alot. He was in the field this week but is coming back today!!!!!!! :D I am so ready to see him!
         A cold front hit Kansas today and it feels really nice to have some cooler weather..Summer seemed to fly by. I can't believe it's already fall..soon it will be Christmas! Speaking of Christmas, I got all of my Christmas shopping done early. :)
     Tonight I am trying two recipes from my mom...they are both really good and I hope mine will turn out as good as when she makes them! Here they are:
                     Rice Krispie Treats:
 Ingredients- 1/4 cup margarine or butter
                     1 pkg (10 oz) regular marshmallows
                      6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal.
Directions- Melt margarine in large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper, press mixture evenly into buttered 13x9x2 pan. Cut into squares when cool. Yields 24, 2x2 inches.

                       King Ranch Chicken Casserole:
Ingredients-1/4  cup margarine
                  1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
                   2 cans (10 3/4 oz each) condensed cream of chicken soup
                  2 cans (10 oz each) Rotel Milder Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
                   2 cups cubed cooked chicken
                   12 corn tortillas, torn into bite sized pieces
                   2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
Directions- Melt margarine in large saucepan. Add bell pepper and onion; cook over medium heat until tender. Blend in soup, tomatoes, and chicken; heat through. Place a layer of 4 tortillas in bottom of 13x9x2 inch baking dish; top with 1/3 tomato mixture, then 1/3 cheese. Repeat 2 more times. Bake in a preheated 325 F oven for 40 minutes or until bubbling.

Hope you enjoy those!!!! Well, I have got to go to the commissary and then pick up Seth, so I'm gonna go, but I'll write more soon!
                                           -Mrs. Godaire