Lauries Kitchen

Monday, July 07, 2014

Our summer so far.

It's been over 6 months since I last posted. Lot of changes have taken place in 6 months! Most of you know that Mom passed away in January. We are all still adjusting to that. She was such an integral part of our family. Dad's home base is still Amarillo. He has a street legal golf cart to drive on the backroads and alleys. (translation: he can go to Sonic and get his own cherry limeade!).


As usual, Coy is working hard in the summer. I know he's been working on the budget and grants and all kinds of stuff I can barely comprehend. Since Eustace now has a sonic (I know, 2 stop lights AND a Sonic), I'm spoiling him by taking him a Route 44 diet coke every day. He's going to miss that when school starts! :)


Grace is visiting colleges, still pretty much in limbo as to what she wants to do and where she wants to go. She has several options, so it's a matter of prayer and following God's lead. She's been to Girls State this summer and loved it. She is driving with confidence now. Tomorrow she is driving me to Tyler, so we will see how that goes! She's been doing the summer workouts and working on her volleyball skills. She just found out she scored high enough on the AP English test to get another 3 hours of college credit. She's taking online classes through the local community college as well. She volunteers at a local library as well.


JoGail is busy with church. She love going to church, absolutely loves it. She is planning on playing volleyball and being in the band. We will see how that works out! She probably won't march this season, but will be in 'the pit' because she is a freshman. She loves music and is going to help with the VBS music class next week. She, too has been doing summer workouts. She's had a basketball camp and volleyball camp as well. She's been working diligently on her Pre Ap English assignment.


I have probably had the biggest changes this summer. I has a gastric sleeve surgery on May 12. I barely made the weight cut off, but since I had diabetes and high blood pressure, I was approved. I can honestly say my life has changed fro the better and that most of the battle is mental. I'm up to walking 2.5 miles (at least) every day. I've started wogging (combination of jogging and walking this week).  It's easy to fit in the exercise in the summer, I'm still talking to God about how to get it in in the school year and when it gets colder. I'm keeping a journal and it is truly amazing to see how far I have come. Yes, I will never have another Coke or carbonated beverage. Yes, I will always have to exercise. Yes, I eat very little. I'm learning how to order when we have to eat out....I beg and steal of the girls' plates and usually just order a side if there's one that interests me. Salads are typically too big for me. My main nutrition goal is to eat 60 grams of protein a day. Sounds like a lot, but when add it up it happens rather quickly. I used to laugh at Coy for using myfitnesspal, but now I use it, too.


Well, that pretty much sums up our summer so far....I'll try to update more regularly! :)


Laurie

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

JoGail's punch

Being the second sister, she likes to do things a little different than Grace. So she wanted me to make her a different punch recipe than Grace and her friends like. (Grace likes Almost Champagne Punch.)  So after souring pinterest, I came across this and it was really, really easy and good!


Lemonade Punch
2 cups lemonade ready made mix
 4 cups water
2 regular size jugs pineapple juice
1 2liter sprite

Mix and serve!

 One of the best things I have purchased is a drink dispenser. It works great when more than just us are here and I don't want o serve soft drinks. Mine has a an ice core thingy that even keeps it cold, so I put the ingredients in the fridge, mix and it stays cold for a long time.


We made cinnamon rolls for supper tonight. I think we might have just started a New ew Year's Day tradition! Nice after eating all those peas at lunch!

Black Eyed Peas

1 bag peas, presoaked for about 8-12 hours
2 cups chopped leftover ham
2-3 stalks celery (leftover from Coy's salad), diced and sauted in a little butter
thyme seasoning
greek seasoning

Put in crockpot, cover with water and cook on high for 4-6 hours.

I kind of tweaked Emeril's hopping john recipe for this one. We really liked it. Some ate it over rice, some ate it over cornbread!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

OK, I'm going to write down some of out favorite crockpot recipes. We have been eating a lot from the crockpot this school year. JG typically has a game on Monday night. I put something on and away we go. Grace comes in from her practice while we are at JG's game and has something hot to eat. Then we have something to eat, besides fast food. It has worked out well.

Buffalo Chicken-JoGail's favorite

1 package frozen chicken breast (I buy Tyson in the bag)
12 oz bottle Frank's hot sauce
1 pack hidden valley ranch mix

Cook on low 6-8 hours. Great to make a sandwich with using Hawaiin rolls.

Salsa Chicken-Grace's favorite

1 package frozen chicken breasts
2 can rotel
1 package taco seasoning

Cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred chicken. Can eat plan or use as taco filling.


3 packet roast-recipe from my mom

1 large roast
1 package hidden valley ranch dressing mix
1 package Italian dressing mux
1 package brown grave mix
1 can French onion soup
1 large container beef broth.

Cook on low 6-8 hours. Meat will be extremely tender and gravy is already made.

Creamy pork chops
1 package boneless pork chops
1 can cream celery soup
1 package hidden valley ranch dressing

Cook on low 6-8 hours. Can also use chicken instead of pork chops.
Sometimes I boil some cut up potatoes and carrots and add them to the gravy.


Hot Apple juice (my mom's recipe)

1 bottle apple juice
1 bag red hots

Cook til hot and red hots melt. If I have it, I might also add some cinnamon sticks.

I also make stew using the packet made by 'slow cooker' . I just follow the directions on the package. It turns out great!

I have also cooked BBQ chicken in the crockpot-just add frozen chicken and BBQ sauce and it has turned out great. I haven't tried ribs yet!





Monday, July 08, 2013

Pineapple pecan cake

My goodness it's Monday again! That means sweeping and mopping along with a long list of things for me to do that I couldn't get done on the weekend! It always amazes me how dirty the floors get (we have a lot of tile). JoGail is on her way with the youth trip this week. please say a prayer for them as they complete their road trip and draw closer to the Lord and each other. Grace chose not to go (we're ok with that). She is looking forward to some quiet times and time with just Coy and I . She has been driving more. Her arms get a workout (because she is still stiff when she drives), but they will loosen up in time. She finished her speech class, so she has some extra time now to workout more. She loves working out. I'm making a pineapple-pecan cake this morning! I hope it turns our good. We need something different for dessert! Grace requested a roast and some chicken and dumplings while JoGail is gone. Roast today and chicken and dumplings Wednesday. Coy's still working up a storm at work. I think he's just about got the budget done and only needs to hire one more person. Those two things are always good to get done!

Here's the pineapple pecan cake recipe.

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-20oz can pineapple in juice
2 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix dry ingredients together and stir in wet ingredients and pecans. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Top with cream cheese frosting.


from Taste of Home


~Laurie

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Catching up!

My goodness it's been a while since I posted! I've been really busy, taking people places this summer--No, Grace still doesn't want to drive....We are trying not to force her, but even she admits her days of not driving "are numbered."  JoGail had her tonsils out abut a week and a half ago. She's done great! She only cried once with the pain, and is pretty much back to her old self and eating whatever she wants! She has drank a lot of tea this summer. She says its her drink of choice. She's gearing up to go on the church's youth road trip next week. Grace is busy working out and going to the local community college. She just finished her speech class so she now has 3 college hours! Coy and I can't believe she is already at this stage in her life! Last I heard she was leaning towards going to college at Tarleton. She has been there for regionals and loves it. Last I heard she wants to be an English teacher (I know). Of course, all this is subject to change! Coy has been busy getting his summer things done at work. The summers seem to really fly by. I took a position with the Henderson County Coop, so I'll start there in August. I'm going to miss all my Mabank people, though. I have truly developed some deep friendships there.

Mom and Dad are pretty much settled back in Amarillo, so it you go through there let them know. They would love for people to visit. Missy has done an excellent job getting them settled and into a sort of routine.

Our absolute favorite baked chicken this summer is chicken that has been marinated in Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Dressing. I can only find it at WalMart. It makes a great gravy when you bake it. MeeMoo put us on to this little gem. She brushes it on tortillas  and then add meat. She rolls it up and cuts them into slices. The kids love it. Of course, there's not much MeeMoo makes that the kids don't devour!

I fried eggplant for the first time the other night. It was really good. I have been frying my veggies in coconut oil and I love it. There is hardly any grease on them. Coy's sister, Judy put us on to that!

I've been making buttermilk pies this summer. Seems everyone likes them and they are super easy to make!

Coy and I have been working out together for about 4 weeks. It kills--absolutely kills me. But the fat shredder routine is a good way for me to start. No major (or minor for that matter) weight loss yet-I keep telling Coy it won't happen but we will see) Of course I can't do the whole 3 sets yet; Coy barely can. It's a killer for sure. I think he found it in the Men's Health magazine. I have been making myself work outside a lot this summer as well. So when I go to bed at night I am really tired.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!

~Laurie

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

1 cut up mango
2 T cilantro chopped
1 jalapeno, deseeded and finely diced
juice of 1 lime

Mix all together and serve!

I made this tonight and we all really liked it. I will definately be making this again!

Strawberry Brownies

Brandon Hall loves these!!


Strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk


Mix strawberry cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/3 c. oil, spread in 9x13 pan (dough will be thick) and bake at 350 for 14 minutes. For glaze, mix 1 c. Powdered sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons milk or water. Pour over warm brownies.