January 30, 2013

Crock-pot Honey Sesame Chicken.

I love my crockpot.  Can you tell?  I have another recipe for you today--a recent favorite here.  Better than take-out chinese!  I found this recipe here, give credit where credit is due! :)  No picture today but still a great recipe.  I doubled this and froze half (with the extra rice) for a freezer meal.

Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken.
2.5 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 tablespoons diced onion
4 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoon canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds
Season both sides of chicken with lightly with salt and pepper, put into crock pot. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce.
Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces, then return to pot and toss with sauce before serving.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.

January 29, 2013

Pulled Pork.

So, I'm making a couple of meals this week in preparation for the baby.  I do have a few meals in the freezer--a hearty chicken casserole, a couple of meals from Sams Club, but not much.  Ken has been craving my pulled pork and he came home from Sam's with an 8lb pork loin!  I buy that size to feed a party of 30!  Which, is my favorite thing about this recipe--it is easy and can feed a large crowd!  So, I made the whole thing and freezing in portions for my family.  We will get at least 4/5 meals (with leftovers for lunches) from this loin.

Pulled Pork.
(This recipe came straight from the pork council's website years ago).

2lbs pork loin
3/4 cup Montgomery Inn BBQ sauce*
3/4 cup Coke

Dump all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours.  You'll know it is done when it shreds easily.  Pull the chunks out and shred on a plate or cutting board with a fork.  Return to crock pot.  Serve on buns with extra bbq sauce.

*I've listed name brand ingredients.  I have used other bbq sauces.  I have used generic cola.  But, I think these are the best!

January 15, 2013

Movin' on up!

Whenever I see this....
I start singing this...

Anyone else watch the Jeffersons? I'm not sure I'd let my kids watch it but after all these years I can still sing the theme song so I must have watched it a lot!

The kids think our new (to us) van is a big, giant playground.  I feel like I'm driving a tour bus!  "And, on our left....another corn field.  On the right, cows, folks!"  The biggest bonus of a giant van is that I no longer wonder where I parked in the grocery store parking lot....I can see it!  :)  In all seriousness, I feel so blessed to have such a big van to fill up and to be able to afford such a thing!

January 14, 2013

15 days.

Counting down.

15 days (not counting today!), 2 weeks of schooling....until we meet baby girl!  Induction scheduled for 1/29!

Granted, she could come on her own before then.

But, I'm not counting on it.

I'm so excited!

Now, back to nesting....which really means that everything I clean instaneously gets destroyed. But, hey, it was clean once!

I had to laugh, I was working on our school closet and had the bin of playdough stuff out. Peter not only dumped all the playdough stuff, but banged each item on the floor to get all the dried playdough out of each thing. He was fascinated. I had lots to sweep! Bonus is that the playdough toys are also now...clean! :)

January 7, 2013

Honest Admission.

We started back to school today.

It has been good!  Peaceful, in fact.

But, I was hoping for another week off.... I woke up yesterday miserable.  Headcold with a capital H.  Throwing up, which I think was actually just a recurrence of morning sickness because it only happened once and I didn't feel sick to my stomach at all the rest of the day.  But I panicked thinking the worst.

I had plans for errands to run and things to whip into shape yesterday before we jumped back into schooling.   Instead, I spent most of the day lounging around.

To top it off, I had contractions all day.  I was so darn uncomfortable but I was really hoping!  I was looking forward to the thought of snuggling a new wee one (and I'm just as bad as the kids---another week of vacation, woohoo!).

About 2am last night, it all suddenly stopped and I was just left tired and weary.   I'm pretty convinced that my body just likes to make me crazy and not actually produce a baby on its own!

So, Mama has been "schooling" from bed.  Mostly.  Trying to resign myself to 3 more weeks of school and sleepless nights! (Well, more nights of sleeplessness after that but at least it won't be from heartburn or faulty contractions!).

AND...I just want to say.  I have tried to post something since Christmas.  But Blogger wouldn't let me.  So, I took that as a sign and gave up!  There may be a lot of back-posting, lol!  So, Happy New Year, Happy Epiphany, and I hope that all of you are getting back into the swing of "ordinary" life!


January 3, 2013

A Christmas to New Years Recap.

Backposted because I couldn't get pictures to load! (But never mind that....)

Christmas evening...we finally finished that puzzle!
And there was a piece missing.
Isn't that always the way?
(We found it later though!)
The big highlight of the week was SNOW!
We got a great snowstorm the day after Christmas and then another a couple days later.
I think our total for both was somewhere around 9-10 inches.
The kids were loving it!
(Peter not so much--he was really against snow boots.)
Ken was even happy to have a driveway to shovel.
(Instead of gravel that you couldn't....)
Lots of happy fort building.
And sledding, of course!
New Years Day.
We have a tradition of visiting the Krohn Conservatory during our Christmas break.
This year, it worked out best to visit after Mass on New Year's Day.
It is always a great place to see some beautiful flowers, be warm and walk around.
We love seeing if there are oranges, bananas, and cocoa pods.
And, it is a great distraction for a bunch of tired kids who stayed up too late and partied on New Year's Eve with their cousins! :)
The trains were a hit this year for Nick.
Thomas and Percy were especially exciting.
We had a hard time pulling him away from this part!
The Nativity scene is really the reason we try to go at this time of year.
The kids love it and it is a lovely public reminder of Who we are celebrating.
Nick said, "They are using a baby doll for baby Jesus!"
That was pretty astounding to him!
The other excitement at the manger scene are the real animals.
Especially this new lamb--so sweet!
We were blessed to have so much fun visiting with friends and family this season!
I can't even begin to record all the moments here.
2012 was a great year and 2013 will be filled with lots of wonderful moments!
Blessings to all of you in the new year!