Hello June Cleaver…

My crockpot has been getting a workout lately.  I’ve decided to name her June Cleaver since she cooks all day long and has dinner ready for me when I get home from work, which makes me feel a little like Ward Cleaver.   If only she would do my laundry and vacuum the living room….

June and I made Beef Stew yesterday, recipe and photo forthcoming.  It is my tweaked version of a recipe I found in a magazine…. the original called for bay leaves and thyme and my husband didn’t really care for it when I made it the first time going strictly by the recipe.  So I’ve been leaving those out the last couple of times I’ve made it and we both like it much better.  This got me to thinking about what kind of foods I like to cook and what I want to share on this blog.  My style is simple, homestyle, southern comfort food.  My mother never cooked with anything like a bay leaf or thyme… the most exotic spices she probably ever used were paprika and oregano once in awhile.  And the food tasted GOOD.  The flavors of the meat and vegetables were not disguised or changed by a bunch of spices.  A little salt and pepper and the occasional addition of a simple spice or two (more on what I call “simple spices” later), that’s really all I need.  You would have never found my mom cooking with most of the stuff you see on the Food Network today.  And I want to cook like she did… simple and real.  So there is my “culinary viewpoint”.

And yes, I’ve watched way too many episodes of “The Next Food Network Star”.  🙂

Creamy Italian Chicken Recipe

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I got this recipe from a friend at work and it is YUMMY! I’ve been using my crockpot a lot lately…. It’s nice to come home and have dinner already done!

Creamy Italian Chicken

ingredients:

4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese (let sit out to soften)

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 pkg. italian dressing seasoning (the dried kind in the packet)

rice

crockpot

Stir the cream cheese, cream of chicken, and seasoning together in the crockpot. Put the frozen chicken in and cover with the mix. Cook on high 4-6 hours or until the chicken is cooked and fall-apart-tender. After the first two hours when the chicken is softer you can cut it up into strips for easier eating.

Cook the rice in a pot and smother with chicken mixture…. Mmmm mmmm good!!!!!

The Sweater

Making some progress…. It’s 24 month in size and that’s what my son currently wears. I’m thinking it’s going to take me approximately 32 more years to finish so maybe he will have a 24 month old son by then who can wear it…..

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Eggs 101

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I was about to make a strawberry cake (Duncan Hines, don’t get excited people) when I realized my eggs went out on February 14th… Since it’s my cheat day on my diet, I really wanted to make this cake and I didn’t want to trek all the way to the store to get more eggs (even though the store is only about two miles away, that’s beside the point). So I googled and found this nifty tip I thought I’d share…. How to tell if an egg is bad: put it in water – if it stays at the bottom of the bowl or cup, it’s good. If it stays at the bottom and tilts a little, it’s still good but should only be used for baking. And if it floats, throw it out! I’ve attached a nice shot of my egg behaving itself and lying on the bottom of the measuring cup, like a good little egg. So I threw that sucker and two of it’s brothers in my cake mix and now I’m patiently waiting for it to finish baking….. Mmmmmm, eggs.

Drowning in a sea of laundry

Since my hubby rejected my initial great idea of calling Merry Maids, I’ve decided to make a cleaning and laundry schedule so that one day he won’t find me dead beneath a mountain of towels and work pants. First I made a list of all the tasks I would like to have completed in my home each week (in a perfect world). Then I figured out what had to be done everyday, such as dishes, and divided the rest up evenly over the week. Laundry is the biggie… I swear, I don’t know how two adults and one toddler can go through so many clothes. You’d think we change clothes every 10 minutes. But anyway, I figured with a written schedule I’m more likely to actually follow through. It’s gonna cut into my tv time though. Cleaning sucks….

Turkey Kielbasa and Rice

While I was driving home from work, I started thinking about dinner and what I have in the pantry and I came up with this. It was actually pretty yummy!

8 oz turkey kielbasa, diced
1 bag success rice
4 cups instant turkey broth
1 small can of corn (2 serving size)
Chili powder to taste
Lawry’s to taste
Salt & pepper to taste

Brown the turkey in a skillet and cook rice in the turkey broth in a separate pot.
When both are done, add rice to skillet, saving about 1 1/2 cups of broth. Also add corn, chili powder, lawry’s, salt and pepper, then add the broth and simmer until most of the liquid is gone.

The half sweater

So I’ve been working on a sweater for my son for probably about 9 months now…. Off and on, I take regular hiatuses from it. He’s now one and I’m afraid even if I do manage to finish this thing soon, it’s going to be too small. So what does one do with a half sweater? I could use the panel I have already knitted in another project for him and hope that this one doesn’t fizzle out too…. Suggestions would be welcome, if anybody is reading this 🙂

Hello my name is…

Hi, I’m Shauna and I’m a thirty-something wife and mother who also works full-time. I aspire to be Martha Stewart (minus the jail time) but have only succeeded in becoming Roseanne Barr thus far. I will chronicle my attempts at becoming a domestic diva – recipes, knitting projects, housekeeping, child rearin’, etc. As I learn, I will share 🙂