Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Skillet Garlic Chicken

I am always looking for FAST recipes, especially during the summer.  I don’t want to spend my evening in the kitchen, plus, I have about 45 minutes until Brian gets home from work, and WHEN (yes, when) I cook dinner, I want it to be ready when he gets home.  I cook more in the winter than in the summer, because I would rather be outside playing than inside cooking.  We make a lot of sandwiches in the summer.  Anyway, I found this recipe and it says it takes 20 minutes to cook, so it is right up my alley, and it looks delish, can’t wait to try it:

Skillet Garlic Chicken
from Campbell's Kitchen
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.

1/4 teaspoon ground sage

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves  (about 1 pound)

Vegetable cooking spray

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Healthy Request® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

1/2 cup water

Parslied Rice

1. Stir the sage and thyme in a small bowl. Season the chicken with the sage mixture.
2. Spray a 12-inch nonstick skillet with the cooking spray and heat over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook for 15 minutes or until the chicken is well browned on both sides and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and keep warm.
3. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook and stir until lightly browned. Stir in the soup and water and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Serve the sauce over the chicken with the Parslied Rice.
4. Parslied Rice: Toss 4 cups hot cooked long-grain white rice with 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley.
Makes: 4 servings.

Sliced onions and mushrooms make great additions to this sauce. Sauté them with the garlic until the mushrooms are soft and onions are caramelized, then proceed with the recipe.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

News on Terry

First and Foremost, Brian’s stepdad Terry, is in Minnesota, like I said yesterday, he had surgery and things were looking up, that was yesterday.  Around 2:30 or so, Karmen was supposed to head to the airport and they noticed that Terry stomach had swollen, so the doctors did a scan on him and found that a staple from his previous surgery had come loose and poked a hole in his bile duct and bile had leaked out.  Not good.  So they rushed in into surgery to repair it.  As of this morning, he was in ICU, on a ventilator.  He had a 102 fever, and a blood pressure of 87 over 34.  Actually, his fever had come down, and his blood pressure had risen from what is was in the middle of the night, so he was already getting better.  The doctors are confident that he can fight off this infection, but it will be a long, hard fight.  Please keep him in your prayers, as he needs strength and a miracle right now, as does his whole family.  Karen and Karmen are sleep deprived and worn out.  They have been through the wringer and have been trying to be strong through this whole thing, but it is very trying on them both. 

On the home front, Craig and Brian can’t understand what is happening and they both want to be up there.  Craig actually left this morning to go up there.  Terry elected to have this surgery, he was tired of feeling sick all the time and being in pain.  He wanted all this to be over, and the doctors were confident that they could fix him.  He prayed about it, and this is where the Lord led him.   The Lord will take care of him now.

Second, Brian’s Great Uncle Armond, fell off of the ladder and is in ICU in California.  He is getting better daily, but he could use some prayers too! 

Also, Ron is having an MRI tomorrow to find out what is going on with his shoulder.  I hope it is nothing serious and can be fixed with a few simple massages.  Wouldn’t that be nice!

Well, I have been shuffling Gracie from one place to the other, and I think when Karmen comes back we might change a few things, i.e. nap time.  I kind of like it when Gracie goes to bed at 8, she is asleep at 8:15.  She has played so hard these past two weeks, and I thank each of you that has helped me out, I really appreciate it!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I have not forgotten about you…

There is a lot going on right now, I am very busy at work, and I haven’t had a chance to even sit down and think about what all has happened in the last few days.  I promise I will update you all tomorrow. 

However, I do want to say a quick note, Terry had his surgery and is healing fine.  He has had a few setbacks, but that is to be expected.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Deep Dish Taco Squares


This recipe looked really good, and fast, think I will have to try this one.

Try this ground beef recipe made with Old El Paso® chopped green chiles from Betty Crocker.

Prep Time: 25 min
Total Time: 55 min
Makes: 6 servings


1/2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

1/4 cup chopped onion (1 small)

2 tablespoons Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)

1 cup Original Bisquick® mix

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 cup sour cream

1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (2 oz)

1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)

1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso® chopped green chiles

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 8-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix until blended.

2. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix and water until soft dough forms. Using fingers dipped in Bisquick mix, pat dough in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of baking dish.

3. In same bowl, mix sour cream, mayonnaise and cheese until blended. Layer beef mixture, tomato and chiles over dough; spoon sour cream mixture over top.

4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges of dough are light golden brown.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Jeans for Sale!

Have you ever shopped at Crazy 8?  It is like Old Navy is to Gap, but this is compared to Gymboree.  Well, they have there jeans on sale for $6.99.  That is a great price for jeans especially for fall, and as the kids get older, they are going to get harder on the jeans.  So go to Crazy 8 and start shopping.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Garage sale

Garage sale went great, sold lots of great stuff, and got sunburned, of course.  I am so glad that it is over though.  We made a little over a $1000 and we had a lady who ran a mission come to pick up everything that we didn't want to keep.  I kept 4 bins of clothes of which I am donating to a children's closet.  Keeping nothing, this year!
Anyway, it went great, and thank you to everyone who helped out!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Coupon Inserts

There will be 3, TRES, TROIS count them THREE coupon inserts this weekend in the paper, baby!!  Go by yourself two of them, you deserve it!

What was happening and what will be happening.

Well, this past weekend was a great weekend!  It started off, by Gracie and I having a girl’s day in Lawton.  We went shopping and then had lunch.  Finished off the day by going swimming and went to listen to some live music at the Smyth house across the street from ours and eat some BBQ.  Which was GOOD!  We had ordered a pizza at Guiseppes, but decided to eat it for breakfast the next morning once we smelled the BBQ across the street.  Sunday, we all slept late, which was nice.  Karen and Terry swung by to say goodbye on their way to Minnesota, then we ended up doing yard work, and went swimming again.  Had some good burgers and went to bed.  Slept late AGAIN!  And again, we cleaned and did yard work, although we did not go swimming, but we did cook some good steaks!! 

We have been getting ready for a garage sale. Yes, that is right, it is garage sale time!  Every year, my family gets together for a giant garage, we through all of our crap together and then we all get to go through it and take whatever we want.  Whatever is left we sale.  It is so much fun, but ask me how much fun on Monday, after we sat in 104 degree weather all day!!

I bought bubbles, sprinklers, water guns, kool-aid jammers, scooby doo snacks,etc… for the kids to eat and play with while we are working our tales off.  I am sure we will all be crabby and hot by the time it is over!

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