Monday, December 14, 2009

Sticky Chicken

Hello...Hello...Have you given up on me? I don't blame you if you have. I have been in hiding from this blog. I don't know why. I have had plenty of delicious ideas that I have wanted to post but just haven't. I apologize. So, here we go again. I tried out this recipe tonight and I absolutely had to share it. I found it from a recipe book called Go Forth To Serve.

Sticky Chicken
1 1/2 lbs. boneless,skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized strips
1 cup apricot or plum jam
1 cup fat free Catalina salad dressing or barbecue sauce
Saute the chicken strips until lightly browned. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. (I used apricot jam and Barbecue sauce. I don't know how the flavor of barbecue sauce you use will change the taste but you can experiment and get it to your liking.) Pour over chicken. Bring to a Boil; turn the heat to low. Partially cover. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Serve over rice.
Simple!!! It was so easy and delicious. I just had to share. If you use Catalina salad dressing let me know how it turned out for you. Also, tell me what your favotie BBQ choice was.

Friday, March 27, 2009

No-Fail Yeast Bread

I made bread! I found this recipe off of the KSL news website and it looked easy enough for me. It has "No-Fail" in the title of the recipe so I thought that if I failed then bread making isn't for me. To tell you the truth I have made bread a few times before. I have practiced making my Grandma's Wheat Bread and it isn't until recently that I think I finally got it down. Like I said, "Don't give up. Pick yourself up and try again." This is Delicious bread and seriously easy to make.

No-Fail Yeast Bread

· 5 cups warm water
· 1/4 cup oil
· 1 1/2 Tbl. salt
· 1 cup honey, or 3/4 cup sugar
· 3 Tbl. yeast
· 3 Tbl. dough enhancer, (optional)
· 11-14 cups flour

This recipe is easiest if a large mixer is used. If a mixer is unavailable, dough maybe kneaded by hand. Combine water, oil, salt, sugar (or honey) and dough enhancer. Add yeast, mix. Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 8 - 10 min. Flour hands and remove from mixer. Divide into 4 parts. Shape each part into a loaf and place into greased loaf pans. Cover and allow to rise until dough is 1 inch above pan. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 30 min.

The above pictures is what my husband calls "Poor Man's Shish Kabobs." Because of our recent weather we couldn't BBQ. So He threw all the ingredients for the Shish Kabobs in a Casserole dish. We had chicken and steak, that was left soaking in sauce, pineapples, mushrooms, green peppers and onions all mixed in the dish. We lined the pan with Foil and baked it on 400 degrees. I think it took about an hour. A little longer than we had hoped. The chicken wasn't cooking fast enough. Anyway, it was delicous along side the bread I made. You can cook up some rice to go with this dish as well.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mini Chocolate Tarts


I must admit I found this new website and found this delicious recipe. You really need to check out It is absolutely awesome. She has some great recipes. While I was making them I think I recall my friend Bobbi had made something like this. I doubled the recipe and it made A LOT! They are great. You can top them off with strawberries or raspberries or just plain, like I did.

Mini Chocolate Tarts makes 24 tarts

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup melted butter1
3.4 oz box instant chocolate pudding
1 cup half and half
1 8 oz container cool whip

1. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, egg and butter until smooth. Scoop batter 2/3rds full into a mini muffin tin sprayed with non stick spray. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the edges are set. Immediately press down the centers of the cups using a tart shaper or a plastic lid of a soda bottle. Cool completely.2. In a medium bowl, mix the pudding with the half and half until smooth. Fold in the cool whip. Spoon or pipe into the cups and top with a fresh strawberry or raspberry.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Chicken Enchiladas

This is a very delicious recipe. I don't make it very often because I don't always have the right ingredients on hand and then I forget to buy them while I am out. I suggest to DOUBLE or TRIPLE the recipe because if you don't you won't have enough. At least that is how I have experienced it. We did triple it the other night because we brought dinner into someone and we definitely had enough with a little extra we placed in the freezer.

(Sorry about the plate...I forgot to take a picture of it the night before and this was leftover at lunch the next day so I was using a snowman plate! :/ )

Chick Enchiladas

1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tblsp. margarine
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. chili powder
2 cups cooked chicken
1 can green chilies (diced or chopped)
1 can of mushrooms (I don't add unless Corey makes me put it on a few of them.)
8 flour tortillas (I use the ones they make at Walmart. If you use bigger shells you will probably not get 8 completed.)
Shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together the soup and sour cream in a seperate bowl until smooth. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook onion and chili powder in hot margarine. Stir in chicken, mushrooms, chilies and 2 tablespoons of soup mixture. Remove from heat. Spread 1/4 cup of mixture along center of tortilla. Roll and place seam down in greased baking dish. Spread remaining mixture over enchiladas. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese for 5 more minutes. ENJOY!

Now remember to at least double this recipe. It'll be a hit.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Chicken Taco Pie

I seriously don't know why this recipe is called Chicken Taco Pie. It is not made in a pie pan nor does it resemble a pie. This is just what I know it as. This is a hit with my family except child number three who thinks everything I put in front of him lately is "YUCK." He did used to eat it and want more but for some reason he has decided he doesn't like anything right now. Anyway, here is the recipe along with some pictures that may help or hinder the process.

Chicken Taco Pie

4-6 Flour Taco Shells
1 1/2 - 2 pounds of Chicken Breasts (Boiled in water and cut up into pieces)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
3/4 - 1 cup salsa (to your liking)
1 - 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Boil the chicken on medium for about an hour or until well cooked. Rinse off, cut up, and set aside. In a bowl mix in the cans of Cream of Mushroom soup, sour cream, and salsa. I also mix in a bit of the cheddar cheese just for fun. Once that is all mixed up add the chicken and mix in. Spray a 9x13 pan with PAM or whatever you use. Tear up your flour taco shells and layer on the bottom. It usually takes about two shells or more to cover the bottom. Next, take half the chicken mixture and spread over the first layer of shells. Then shred about two more taco shells over chicken layer. After that add the remaining chicken mixture and spread until even. Sprinkle top with cheese. Cook at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

If the instructions confused you a bit here are pictures in the order of how the layers should be.


Thursday, January 15, 2009


Now remember, I warned you.

I told you when I started this it wasn't going to be all about recipes. I'm doing this to serve you up some of my favorite things.

Anyway, a few years ago I lost 40 pounds. This was back in 2004. I had a couple different work out videos that I would do on occasion but nothing really would work. Of couse I was very impatient, as I am now. I wanted results and I wanted them NOW! There was a certain talk show host that was concentrating on weight loss that year. He, I mean this host, had books out and plans. Well, I did get a book or two of this particular host. I hate fish and a lot of diet plans have this so I just stuck to what I eat on a regular basis but on a smaller scale. Basically, it came down to eat what you want but in smaller portions. I really liked the fact the we were allowed to have chocolate too. I started watching my portion sizes but allowed myself the sweet stuff too. On top of all this I decided to try out a new work out video. What could it hurt? The only problem was it was just the bar and videos it included. It was a step aerobics program. Here is their FREE advertisement.

THE FIRM is what I decided to start doing. I had to adjust a bit. I didn't have the steps. So, I used my stools that I had in my house. Probably not the smartest thing to do and I am not recommending it so don't hold me responsible if you decide to do something so irresponsible. One or two of the videos I had to use a chair to support myself when doing weights. They use the "Fanny lifter" for these routines. The stool was too low so I had to once again improvise. All I can say is that I am a HUGE believer in THE FIRM. I am doing it all again now. The only difference is that I have the actual steps a.k.a Fanny Lifter. This definitely is one of my favorite things.

Now, I know you all have your favorite work out routines, videos, or whatever. JUST....STICK...TO IT!!!! I will be the first to admit that I am extremely frustrated right now. I just have to tell myself that I am building muscle and the weight will start coming off. It happened five years ago. Since then I had two more kids and now I am working at getting all that weight off again. It will take time. DON'T....GIVE...UP!!! Once the weather is nice I will be going out for my walks again as well. Keep it going even if you don't see results. Something is happening but it might not show it on the scales just yet. These things do take time. I will be reading this over and over to remind myself of that. Good Luck to any of you who chose to be healthier as one of your New Years Resolution. I started this off before the New Year but I plan to stick to it. I will report back every so often. Maybe this will motivate me. My goal, if my body will allow it, is to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year. I'll be fine with 40 but it really would be nice to lose that extra 10.