- 1 can of Hormel Chicken Breast
- 2-3 cans of black beans (rinsed)
- 1 can of chili beans
- 1 can of corn
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped onions if you like ( my kids do not like onions)
- Some fresh or packaged chives & cilantro if you have it , it tastes great without it too
- I box of chicken stock
- 3 cups of water
- Stir and cook on high or low depending on the time you need to have it by
Today is a super busy day. I will not have time to make dinner later. So that's where my trusty slow cooker comes in! Just a few simple ingredients later and I have a meal in the making while I am busy doing other things! I share with you meals as I go along in my family life and this was one that is one of our go to family meals for years when in a hurry. I just have to share!
Here is what you will need for a large crock pot: ( we make enough to feed a family of 4 and have left overs)
It is so super easy to make this. I love the fact I can use Hormel canned chicken breast in a jiffy and be on my way rather than to wait to cook the chicken. I do not have time some days for that! You can even add some Spanish rice to it if you want as well to the soup. We top with sour cream, Mexican blended cheese & serve with corn chips.
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Today I bring you this fabulous little giveaway by Peggy Hill Crafts. She does amazing work. She donated these items for you to win today. You get two summer flower dish cloths and one pocket buddy!
Peggy Hill Crafts takes custom orders. If you see anything in Pinterest that strikes your fancy she can do it. Visit her Pinterest page to take a look at some of the things she can recreate for you! Here is her page. Simply email her with your request. I promise you she will do quality work for cheaper than most. She is a stay at home mom of teens and crochet is her passion. I personally own some of her great items and they are durable and amazing.
I just love her pocket buddies. I currently have one myself that I use to store business cards in.
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I just read Motivate Your Child. It is a Christian parents guide to to raising kids to do what they need to without being told. I have older kids. Age 20 & 15. I so wish this book was out when they where young. But this book is good for all ages age 1-19! Most parents are using approaches that are asking the wrong questions of life & they do not even realize it. Kids need internal motivation not external. I had read a lot of parenting books but this one seems to get to the root of issues realistically. It shines a new & better perspective on heart issues of any aged child & how to address them for overall better outcome of their actions. It states " God designed the conscience to help guide the heart in the right direction. But the conscience is incomplete without the spiritual leadership of the holy spirit inside.Faith development in children is strategic for building moral thinking and for recognizing that the internal promptings they experience fit into a bigger picture of God's work in the world and in people's hearts." It shows different scenarios all throughout the ages & stages of a child and how to deal with it at the root in a Biblical longer lasting approach. I It truly helps parents to teach Philippians 2;3-4 with success. No parent is perfect but our Abba father is and with the Godly wisdom shared in this book it will equip. I am so happy to have this book to review as my girl is 15 and coming into new issues & dealing with some old that the timing of this book is amazing and is already working in her life. I want to guide her on the right path and not the path of self. I highly recommend this book to any parent of any child.
Scott Turansky has been a pastor and missionary for more than 33 years and is an author of several books. In addition to pastoring full time, Scott also conducts parenting seminars on Saturdays around the United States (http://www.effectiveparenting.org/). He is the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting (www.biblicalparenting.org) and has co-authored four books.
Joanne Miller is a pediatric nurse with 26 years of experience and the cofounder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. She is the coauthor of seven parenting books.
Ok my husband and I was wanting to create something amazing with the Spam Jalapeno we had. He loves jalapeno's! So we created Spam's Benedict! It had an interesting kick to it that was an awesome change from your typical Eggs Benedict!
The how to:
I will list them in order as you should do it and build your creation
Total cook time ten minutes
This fast meal is simple and elegant. The Jalapeno Spam gives it just the right kick of extra flavor. But of course you could use any Spam!
I received the Spam product as a Hormel Extended Family Blogger. All thoughts are my very own.
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I have blogged about our Taco Tuesday before. But Taco Tuesday is one of our favorite meals of the week, so I want to share this past weeks dinner! I hope this makes your mouth water and inspire you in cooking.
To make our chicken soft tacos I used Herdez Mexican Cooking Sauce, Red Guajillo Chile. Most use this sauce in shrimp but it can also be used in chicken. It tastes amazing. My kids had never had it before and loved it. It is not a hot sauce by no means which I love yet it was spicy tasty! I also used Herdez soft flour tortillas.
You simply cook your chopped chicken pieces in the pan coated with olive oil first then add your Herdez cooking sauce. Just warm it up as you toss in the chicken no need to cook a long time.
Add your pre-cooked rice with fresh cilantro.
Add black beans
Garnish with low fat sour cream & or cheese
This meal is sure to please!
I received the Herdez products as a Hormel Extended Family Blogger all thoughts are my very own!
Today I would love to share with you a great air freshener alternative. This new design by Renuzit was made to accent your home decor as well as give a long-lasting aroma. I am seriously enjoying my sample I received as a Purex Insider for free to test. It fits lovely into my little home with my home decor style. I love the fresh scent! It is not over powering. It truly enhances my living room.
Renuzit Pearl ( New) Scents come in:
If you are looking for great odor neutralizer that is long lasting yet cute... this is it. It is currently my favorite air freshener! I hate spraying air sprays that's just not good to breath in. This solves the problem. Be sure to comment below for a chance to win your own Pearl Scents by Renuzit.
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Last weekend me & my son went for a drive. We love to sometimes drive and explore the city we live in that we moved to over a year ago. I love random adventure. We came to a corner that had an extremely old building. They had an open house. We said let's go see! This house is the Crabtree Jones House that used to stand on the lot you see below where the new apartment complex is! Preservation North Carolina saved the house from it's doom of being demolished and moved it only feet away on it's own large lot.
The house is believed the be the oldest remaining residential house left in Raleigh. It is on the market for sale! You can purchase it and renovate it. This house is around 200 years old & is a listed historical site. This Federal style house was built in 1809 and started off as a one story but transformed over the years.I am so happy I got to go take a peek inside at how it looks now from the years of history before it is bought and renovated into a residential residence. So come along with me to peek at the past before it becomes modernized! Forgive the quality of my photos but all I had on hand on this random trip was my cell phone camera!
There was so much more to this house than I have showed in my pictures. I wanted to just give a glimpse & somewhat document this historical home in it's current state before it is renovated. I think the years & stories this old house could tell would be awesome. I think of all the past 200 years of people that lived in this house and how each family saw their own history in the making. If only houses could talk! Thank you for coming along with me to peek into the past.
May's box is here. I love sharing with you each month what Hormel has sent me to use in my daily life. I love to try new things and also enjoy old favorites. I look forward to seeing what May will bring with these Hormel family of products below.
Be sure to stay tuned for how I will use these items.
Meanwhile visit Hormel for some amazing recipes & food ideas!
I recently was given a Conscious Premium subscription box to try.
You can visit Conscious Box & discover they offer healthier choices abundantly. Every box is filled with samples & full size items for you to discover new useful options for your every day life. You can choose from Vegan, Gluten Free ,or Classic boxes! No GMO!
The box is stunning in presentation. I love the all natural recyclable look with just a splash of color. It came wrapped beautifully. I set up a gallery below. You can scroll over each item and it will tell you what it is and the grade I gave the product.
This box was a lot of fun to review and opened my eyes to more natural choices. I would feel good about purchasing any of these products in the future. My 3 favorites was the Primal Pit Paste, the Rock Green Dish Washer soap, & the Kelapo Coconut Oil.
All boxes ship free and these are awesome to experience each month or send as a gift!
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Wow what a month with Hormel products. I am so happy to be an Extended Family Blogger and share with you my Hormel journey each month. This recap post is fun because it lists all my Hormel posts in one! You get some great food ideas in a one stop shop lol. So I welcome you to click any of my April Hormel Posts! Happy eating!
Ok I love craft stores. I get so inspired to make so many things when I see all the possibilities and pretty stuff. But I have a problem with buying crating supplies when ideas in mind. Some I do but other sit & sit & sit! Do you know what I mean? So I thought about bringing once a month to set aside some hours ( I love a busy life) to bring some balance to my life & this situation. I get joy when I craft. Plus I also needed to use some things that have sat around forever. So I thought let me do some random crafting out of what I already have and not dare to step foot again into a craft store until I do! I also thought it would be neat to share this personal challenge with some other blogging ladies. So below is some super easy & fast crafts ( I love easy crafting not hard lol) I am sharing with you. I will also introduce you to the other ladies below who are in the Craft What You Have Challenge!
I have had a Daisy Kingdom Apron Kit to sew forever. I mean forever. I love aprons & collect them. I also love cupcakes which this apron has. I also love pearls which this apron had. It was high time to make it. I love the way it turned out. It felt good to get it done & out of the storage. I also traced the pattern of it onto a large piece of cloth to remake in another style the same apron at a future date. I will reference back to this apron in that post soon as I make them and share it.
My girl is so skilled in eating with chopsticks. I am not. It is so cute to see her eat almost every meal with her beloved chopsticks. She wanted a case to carry them in her purse for portable eating. I had a lot of scraps of fabric on hand & some long zippers. I made her a case in less than 5 minutes. It was nothing fancy but durable. She loves it! She likes the color blue so I used the blue with polka dots fabric and lined it with a cream colored fabric.
I also have pre-printed fabrics with pillows you can sew. You just cut them out & sew. Super easy. I have a lot of them. I bought them on clearance ages ago. I have a little toddler friend I figured I would make one for.
Yet again some of the pre-printed fabric's I had some birds. Large to large for me to really do a pillow so I cut some of different sizes out & mod podged to a pre-spray painted canvas along with some Dollar Tree dollies I had. The canvas was left over from a former project that I took off the canvas. It had also been painted in gray before to keep it easy I kept it as it was. This made some super cute & fast art!
I must say it felt good after a some recent busy weeks to sit and just relax and do something that brings me joy. Ya know in this hurried world we all should slow down to just breath. It also felt good to start tackling my crafting stash & start putting it to some use & do a little purging as I went too. I donated some items I know I will never craft haha & freed up space.
Now in this challenge I invited others to join me! I would love to share with you Rachel from Beautifully Poor & her Craft Stash Challenge post! Her craft is simply LOVELY! Stop by to visit!
Why is it some of the most depressed people in the world are Christians? David Murray takes a very in depth look at some of the reasons why this is so. Christians should be the happiest people in the world not the saddest! David shows us how that is possible in a world full of doom , gloom & guilt. I will share with you highlights of the book in my own commentary. I will share chapter by chapter.
1. Happy Facts
Facts > Feelings = Positive
An example David uses of this equation is imagine your sitting in a traffic jam late for a meeting. A car has broken down ahead causing the jam possibly. Your really upset. The fact is your stuck in a traffic jam but there is nothing you can change about that fact. But what you can change is how your looking at it. You could use that time to fellowship with God. You could pray. You could use that time to go over with God what you need to remember for your meeting. It may be the extra time you needed to relax! Think positive instead of negative when the facts are what they are. You can't change them but you can change your perspective. Thank the Lord it may of saved you from an unforeseen wreck you could of been in down the road.
2. Happy Media
Good News > Bad News = Positive
This chapter 2 dove deep into all the negative media we have all around us and why people are drawn to it. People tend to focus more on the negative than the positive. It is good to know what is going on in the world but a great way to ward off feeling so down is to focus on all the good going on around us. Do not spend to much time listening to negative news. Seek out the good news! Remember all the good things Jesus has done for us too! When focusing on GOOD thoughts it is hard to get down. It will help to reduce stress too.
Done > Do = Positive
Guilt. That is a big ugly word. Guilt ways us down even a lot of Christians. Have you ever did a good deed out of guilt for God? I know I have A LOT in the past. Why because even thought I knew he saved me by his blood I do not at times feel good enough to deserve his gift of grace. So a lot of us get caught up in doing for God out of guilt instead of out of pure love for him and gratitude. Somewhere in the back of our minds we do stuff to try and earn his love. But we forget it was all finished on the cross. It is done. There is NOTHING we can do to earn his love. There is nothing we can do further to earn a way into heaven other than believe in Jesus Christ's redeeming blood for ourselves and receive it! We need do nothing more. It is done. We should simply DO for God out of love never out of guilt to earn a way into his heart. It is finished. It is all DONE all the work that needs to be done! His grace is GRACE. David points out at the end of each day say out loud it is done. There is nothing more I can do no matter what you did that day because we all fall sort!
Christ > Christians+ Positive
David dives deep into the subject of hypocrisy in this chapter. We all fall short. Why is it we tend to always look at the failures first of others rather than focus more on their successes and praise the Lord for it? If you see a broken Christian there is still remnants somewhere in them of Christs reconstructing work if Jesus lives in them. Find the good in people. We are to build each other up not tear each other down. Remember it is DONE Christ did it all. Focus more on Christ than others falling short!
5. Happy Future
Future > Past = Positive
I will talk about the word guilt again. This chapter was so good for me. It examines the heart. Something that brings a lot of people down is the past. Yes we have all made mistakes in the past. We should remember the lessons we learned from them but we are not to dwell in the past. We are to look to the future. We should remember the good things of the past more if we think of the past at all. We should remember all the good things God has done for you. Remember all the good things he did in the Bible the amazing miracles & signs too! Think on good things but think more future minded. We all made in his image. We are all a work in progress heading to better not broken! Think of a great future & a great now do not hang out in a depressing past that will weight your heart down if you have a broken past. Remember it is DONE. What you will be in far more important that what you where!
6. Happy World
Everywhere Grace > Everywhere Sin = Positive
Ok we all know sin is all around us. We are sinners to and of course make mistakes. But this world could be a lot worst than it is. Gods common grace is everywhere! There is bad happening, yes. But God's goodness is happening MORE we just mostly do not look for it. Even unsaved people do good at times and show some kindness at some point. ALL good comes from God. All people are made in HIS image. There is some common grace ( which is different from his salvation grace) that exists in the world all around us. See Satan is the author of pain & TOTAL misery. In Satan's kingdom below there is no rest, no fun, no relaxing, no laughter, no beauty,no kindness & the list goes on. So when your out and about in the world look for even the smallest of good things! You will begin to see all the good big & small in all people.
7. Happy Praise
Praise > Criticism = Positive
Studies have shown ( the book will go more in depth on this) that people get more successful changes from people with praise more then with criticism. The math should weigh more praise from someone than pointing out their weakness. Let the Holy Spirit do his job of changing hearts meanwhile build people up including yourself and stop tearing down!
8. Happy Giving
Giving > Getting = Positive
I loved this chapter as it really dives deep into the subject of giving. It is so true that is truly more blessed to give than to receive! Studies have even been done on people's happiness on who is happier those giving in the test or getting. The ones giving came out the long term happiest! Go figure :-)
Work > Play = Positive
Did you know God loves work? He worked & works daily! He created which takes work. There should be a work life balance. A time for all of us to work & a time for rest. Play time does not come before work. If you have a proper work life balance it will be a positive experience. Most of us are not in a minister or missionary position. Yet we are all in a holy calling. Your work is your calling. If your a teacher be the best teacher unto the Lord. If your a stay at home mom be the best you can be unto the Lord. No matter your job & we all have one of some sorts even if it is to wash dishes , Wash dishes for the Lord! Take pleasure in your work. But if you say all I am is a dish washer. Remember most of Jesus life he was a carpenter. He Jesus I am sure gave God pleasure in his work.
10. Happy Differences
Diversity > Uniformity = Positive
We will experience a sample of God's kingdom in the future if you lay down any prejudices now. Prejudice can be in many forms. Classes, jobs,color,regions,religions you name it. Open your heart to not be prejudice on any level to experience & learn more joy in God's kingdom here on earth in his body NOW!
In conclusion I could not go anywhere without bringing this book with me while I was reading it. At first I thought I would be bored with it but o how I was wrong. This book captivated me, boosted me to the next level in my walk with Abba God that I was not expecting. It goes deep into a lot of issues we may not even realize or push aside. It shines such a beautiful light into the dark & equips us Biblically to walk in the joy we should have as Christians who should be the happiest people on earth!
Welcome friends! Tonight for dinner we had Malaysian Chicken Pizza for the first time. We made it homemade. My family LOVED this pizza. It was so different than what we are used to but it was the different we where looking for tonight. We bought a wheat crust which went very well with this type of pizza but you can use any crust you wish. Would you like to learn how to make it yourself? Below is what all you will need and how to make it!
Ingredients & instructions
3/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of corn starch
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon ginger powder
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons Skippy Peanut Butter
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves minced or garlic powder
Cook on low then turn up and cook on medium high for 5 minutes stirring then set aside
You also need crust
1/2 pound chicken cut up into pieces
1 cup mozzarella
1/2 cup Swiss
1/4 cup green onions
1/4 cup chopped spinach
Cook chicken in the oil. Then add the chicken to the sauce (once done) you have made & mix.
Lay out your most of your cheese on the crust. Add your green onions, spinach, chicken & sauce. Then top with some cheese. Bake & enjoy!
This pizza is excellent!
I received the Skippy as a Hormel Extended Family Blogger for free. All thoughts on the product are my very own.
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This Saturday I went on a community picnic in our neighborhood park. Boy was the weather amazing! Since I am still kind of new to the area it was a great way to meet people. They also had a donation drive for the local animal shelters which I thought was a great idea. I brought along the Hormel Gatherings Snack Tray ( the Smoked Turkey one)to share along with a towel to donate.
I arrived early to set up my Hormel Gatherings Snack Tray along side the other picnic items others had shared. If you ever attend an event or picnic this is a great no fuss easy item to bring that takes zero time to prepare! I love that about this Hormel product. It was not on the table 2 minutes before people started picking at it, as you can see in the picture below it was hit fast! It was half gone within 30 minutes! I thought it was funny. It was a hit & so very easy to share.
Now this event shed light on something for me I had never thought of. To donate towels & blankets to animals shelters! I was so happy to donate a nice fluffy towel & will do this more often. I encourage you also, if you have some extra towels or blankets why not consider donating them to your local animal shelter!
I really enjoyed my picnic in the park today meeting new people & supporting a great cause. Hormel's snack tray took all the stress of preparing food away so I could focus on having fun.
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