So, I’ve done a lot of reading and researching and decided that I’m changing up how I eat. Since the main issue I’ve had has been with dairy, I knew I’d needed to figure out how to change recipes and my usual go-to snacks (I LOVE me some queso)!
I am an over-ripe banana hoarder. We buy them, all nice and yellow, only to forget about them and watch them all but peel themselves off the banana hook (although I have been standing next to the kitchen counter when one decided to peel…creepy). They then get tossed into the freezer where they await their fate: bread, smoothie, and the pièce de résistance ICE CREAM.
That was tonight’s challenge, which I gladly accepted! The picture below is all I had left after I realized I should have taken the picture at the beginning.
Amber’s Pb & Cocoa Ice “Cream”
• 2 frozen bananas peeled
• 1-2 TBSP peanut butter
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk ( mine is unsweetened)
• 1 tsp cocoa powder
• 1 short squirt/dash/splash agave nectar
Throw everything in the blender and mix until smooth. The variance in milk depends on how much you need to keep the mixture moving in the blender. I then poured it into a Tupperware container and plopped it into the freezer for about a hour-and-one-half hour. After an hour, or so, I took it out and stirred it (the edges freeze quicker). I added pecans to top it, but you don’t need anything!
Enjoy, and let me know how yours turns out!
…well, it was here. Now we focus on the New Year. New goals, new friends, new lives…NEW! However, before we move on, I am following-up on a previous post in which I promised to share our Christmas breakfast and dinner. Hold on to your seats! This is going to be a recipe slam!
I mentioned two breakfast recipes: one oatmeal and one more traditional breakfast casserole. I also had a Hot Cocoa bar with a crock pot hot cocoa (found here) along with chocolate chips, smosh-moes (marshmallows), and crushed peppermint.
My simple tablescape:
My sister even brought me some Trader Joes gingerbread men!
The Gluten-Free Oatmeal casserole found here
This thing is DELISH! I would however, cut the chocolate chips in half or just add them as a topping at the end. I’m also pretty sure I could make this a vegan-friendly dish by using an egg substitute. There was none left at the end of breakfast!
Another gluten-free option found here
This also had nothing left of it at the end of the morning. There is just something about sausage, cheese, and hashbrowns!
The boy enjoying Christmas Breakfast!
OK, realizing how late it is here, I will continue this post with a second entry. Next time, cabbage, savory carrots, potatoes in cream sauce, and Martha Washington balls!
With Christmas rapidly approaching (I could’ve sworn there was another week to go) and family already on their way, I want to pause and thank Hod for such an amazing 2012. From new career paths to upcoming career endings, to a two-year-old that is already smarter than me…it has been amazing.
Now don’t worry. I’ll still be cooking and blogging, but the next post won’t be until after Christmas dinner.
So, with that, I wish you and your family the merriest of Christmases!
Christ, Jesus is born!
I’m putting off doing my Christmas meal shopping, kind of. It’s just going to take me actually writing down a list of what I need and then going to the store to get everything. Until then, however, I still need to feed our family in the days leading up to Christmas. So, when I went out today, I made sure to grab some tortillas, enchilada sauce, and shredded cheese. In my prior trips to the grocer I managed to stock up on chicken broth and onions, along with some evaporated milk. I was set!
Mexican Chicken Casserole
- 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 can (10-15 oz) enchilada sauce (mild or hot)
- 1 can (5 oz) evaporated milk
- 12 corn tortillas (I bought flour by accident…they taste good but get pretty mushy)
- 1 lb grated cheese
- 1 cup chopped green chilies (I wish I had my hatch chilies for this)
- 1 medium onion chopped
Combine chicken broth with enchilada sauce and milk. Layer half the tortillas in a 9×13 casserole dish. Top with chicken, 3/4 cheese, chilies and onions. Add remaining tortillas and cheese. Pour sauce mixture over casserole and bake for one hour at 350. Side note: when you pour the sauce over the top, the cheese tends to “migrate,” so pour slowly!
Grandma’s Notes: 12/15/91- White frost. Marcus came home with me after church. He’s watching football game while I fix lunch. We ate in front of the TV. He went to George’s after lunch, Haley came by- took me to choir practice. She’s spending the night. I THANK YOU LORD THAT YOUR FAMILY SPREADS TO MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD. THANK YOU LORD THAT I AM PART OF IT.
Things are beginning to really look, and smell, like Christmas around here. From the last post, mincemeat cake, to the tree being up, we are ready to celebrate the season!
I found lots of Pinterest ideas for scenting the house and decided that I would come up with my own. Enjoy!
Spicy Orange Simmer
• 4 juicing oranges, quartered
• Two “healthy” dashes of cinnamon
• 1 TBSP whole cloves
Put into medium sauce pot all ingredients, cover with water. Simmer on low. Add water as it dissipates.
Amber’s Notes: I love Christmas time. The scents, the lights, the
snow great weather. In it all, remember the real reason for the season! Christ, the Savior, is born!
I am on my way home from a 13-wk job in Texas. I will guarantee recipes will be done for the holidays. Thanks to the followers that have kept up with me, even though I wasn’t cooking!
Thank you for all the great recipes. I am sorry that in my busy 21st century life I have not been able to balance family, home, work, and cooking. I don’t envy how busy you must have been with THREE growing boys and a farmer husband. How did you manage to do it all?! I only hope that when my life’s pace slows a bit, I will be able to do justice to the last few recipes I really want to try.
Your hard-working, pseudo-homemaking granddaughter,
At the moment (yes! in the car), I am traveling across the southeast U.S. in route to a new chapter in our lives. I have recently been hired by a hospital in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area as a contract physical therapist. I will be living with my parents…can we say flashbacks of high school?! My husband retires in December and we are trying to cut back on my student loans prior to that day.
Anyway, on order to not feel like a complete freeloader, I decided to bring my cookbook and cook while I’m in Texas. However, I forgot my calendar at home…yes, the one with the ENTIRE year planned! Instead of letting it get me bummed, I realized I had my 2nd.book under the armrest of the truck and started flipping through it…
It isn’t as comprehensive as the original calendar, but it will give me a good meal and side dish most weeks and a few desserts and breads.
Here’s to new opportunities!!
OK, so the last post was the June recipes I missed. Here is a list of July’s that will not be made (unless requested):
- Cherry Apple Spice Cake 6/18/94- DEAR LORD, THANK YOU FOR WALKING WITH ME AS I GO ABOUT MY DAILY TASKS
- Cherry Spice Cake 7/1/94- Lance is to carry April home this evening
- Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake 7/13/94- Had to get a walker, knee hurts too much
- Chocolate Sheet Cake 7/18/94- Read Bible; if we lack wisdom, ask in faith for God’s divine leadership
- Cocoa Divinity Cake 7/26/94- LORD, SO MANY TIMES I FAIL YOU. THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME IN TIMES OF NEED
- Gum Drop Cookies 7/2/98- Had a sweet note from April; she had gotten the doll I sent. She loved it
- Microwave Brownies 7/18/98- George and family are back from Florida
- Walnut or Peanut Candy 7/6/99- HELP ME BE THE PERSON YOU CREATED ME TO BE- MORE LIKE YOU JESUS
- 9 Day Pickles 7/15/99- Finished canning fig preserves, started yesterday; had 4-quarts
- Bread & Butter Pickles 7/21/99- Clipped limbs off wisteria bushed.
- Gingerbread 7/21/93- Went to garden; dug potatoes and worked in garden over an hour.
- Fried Eggplant Strips 7/2/91- To Bevie and Mable Bowlin’s; gave me a big box of corn; all day getting it in the freezer.
- Mushroom Eggplant Bake 7/8/91- Haley ate supper with me. She and Amber spent the night.
- Savory Carrots 7/11/91- Amber, April, Anthony, & Ashley spent the night (all the “As”)
- Spanish Potatoes 7/21/94- THANK YOU LORD FOR BEING WITH ME.
- Sweet Potatoes “N” Mallow 7/29/91- Walked mile, picked up cans; found peaches on a little tree at fence, pealed, cut up, cooked qt.
Amber’s Notes: This evening I actually made a bread…stay tuned for the post next!