Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to take a minute to wish you all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you get to spend time with your precious families. I hope you get to eat wonderfully delicious food! I hope you make some wonderful memories with family and friends! And, I hope you don’t have to work!

I’ll be back on Monday! 🙂

Happy, happy Thanksgiving!

Lynne

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Recipe Share Wednesday: Cheesy Chicken & Rice Bake

Recipe shared with me by Lynn Pridgen 🙂

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake 

Recipe By: How Sweet It Is 

Ingredients: 

- 2 whole chicken breast, skinless. boneless, cooked 
- 2 cups brown rice, cooked 
- 3/4 cub corn (15 ounces), frozen 
- 1 can black beans, 15 ounce, drained and rinsed 
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt or sour cream 
- 1 can green chilis, 4 ounces 
- 1/2 cup salsa 
- 1 cup low fat cheddar cheese shredded, plus more for topping 
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, optional 

Directions: 

A quick, easy and healthy casserole to throw together when you’re pressed for time!

Preparation Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for cilantro and mix thoroughly to combine.

3. Make sure the yogurt and cheese are stirred in throughout the entire bowl. 

4. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

5. Transfer to an oven-safe dish and top with extra cheese if you would like.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

7. To make this process easier, I always have cooked chicken on hand, and use Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice. If you have those two things, this can be throw together in a matter of minutes! It can also easily be made ahead of time and reheated.

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a great weekend! It was a beautiful – and WARM – start to our week here today. It was in the upper 70’s today (might have even topped 80 degrees). Of course, tomorrow is another day and who knows what it will be like then. 🙂

The holiday season gets “official” next week with Thanksgiving. I’m excited. I love Thanksgiving! I’m so not ready for Christmas yet. I hate that Thanksgiving kind of gets shoved to the side and that Christmas starts in the stores before school even starts, it seems.

I don’t have a challenge for you this week. I think it’s a week to reflect on what we’re thankful for (and if you haven’t been doing the 30 Day Thankfulness thing on FB, you should). I’ll be doing some pre-holiday housecleaning. Mainly because I feel like my house hasn’t been really clean in a few weeks. But I also have to clean before the Christmas decorations come out!

Y’all have a blessed week!

~ Lynne

P.S. Here is Friday’s post from Facebook.

 

Hey, all!

Just realized that I didn’t post yesterday! Oops!! 

Having spent time and money at the grocery store today, I am just curious about the following things.

1. How much do you spend at the grocery store each week?

2. How many eat at your house on a regular basis?

3. How many meals do you eat at home?

4. Do you cook from scratch or do you buy prepared foods?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

P.P.S. And here is a picture of my “What Makes Me Happy” project…which I didn’t intend to be a beach scene, but that’s what it turned out to be. The beach was, of course, on my list and everything else on it would be better at the beach, so I guess that’s why. 🙂

 

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Recipe Share Wednesday: Stuffed French Toast

This is what I’m having for breakfast in the morning. 🙂

Stuffed French Toast

  • 12 slices whole wheat bread or French bread
  • 6 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup fruit preserves (100% fruit was in original recipe)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar

Combine cream cheese and preserves; use mixture to make 6 sandwiches. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla together with whisk. Butter a griddle (I just rub the end of a stick of butter over my griddle) and heat to medium-low heat. Dip each sandwich in egg mixture. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned on both sides. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Weekly Challenge: Let’s Get Creative!

Happy Monday, everyone!

What a beautiful day it was here today! I spent most of the afternoon in the back yard playing with my mom’s dog, watching the birds and butterflies fly and flit about, and enjoying a cup of coffee (or two or three!) sitting in the swing. Absolutely perfect weather!

So, last week’s challenge was to create a list of things that make you happy, bring you joy, make you smile. I hope you made your list! Because my challenge to you this week is to take the things from that list – or at least the top five – and make yourself some art. You can make a scrapbook page; you can paint things on a canvas. Make a collage, maybe even a 3-D one. Paint a canvas or choose a pretty paper and write the words out in fancy script. I just want you to make it beautiful and something that you can display.

I’m (hoping!) to create something on canvas that can hang in my kitchen coffee nook. (Y’all know coffee made my list!) I’m going to use my favorite beachy colors (the beach also made the list). I have some ideas in my head that I hope I can make happen. I promise that I will not take advantage of my daughter’s artistic talent and have her do it for me.

And…I want you to share the pictures of what you create! Please. Pretty please!

If you haven’t made your list, take a day or two and do that first. Then get to work on your creation. And be HAPPY while you’re doing it! That’s the point of this exercise, after all.

Have a blessed week!

Lynne

Yummy Casserole

casserole 2

CASSEROLE 1

So the casserole was quite yummy! I did make my own cream of chicken soup and sauteed some mushrooms to add to it so it was like “cream of chicken and mushroom” soup. Those buttery pieces of toasty bread on top are the best! You should so try this recipe! 🙂

Hope you’ve had a great day!

Good night, folks!

Lynne

 

 

Recipe Share Wednesday: Chicken & Noodle Casserole

Here’s the recipe for one of my favorite chicken casseroles! The buttery bread crumbs on top make it divine!

(from A Taste of Heaven cookbook from Putman Baptist Church in Buffalo, SC)

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 oz. bag medium egg noodles
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup *
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup *
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 6 slices bread, crumbled or torn into small chunks

Boil chicken until done and remove from stock/broth. Cook noodles in chicken broth according to package directions. (I strain the broth first.) Drain. Mix chicken, noodles, soups, sour cream, salt and pepper. Pour into 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Stir bread crumbs into melted butter and spread over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until bread crumbs are brown and crunchy.

* I’m having this for dinner tomorrow night. It will be the first time I try it making my own “cream of” soups. I’ll let you know how it turns out and post a picture. 🙂

 

 

 

Tuesday Ramblings :)

Hey!

How was your Tuesday? I had a productive day at work, so I’m hoping for a productive day at home tomorrow. 🙂

Last week, I dreamed about redecorating and rearranging most of my house. Might actually do that…starting tomorrow. I’ve been reading blogs and looking at pictures of how to do things frugally, some DIY projects, etc. So I’m going to start collecting those pictures and ideas (no, I don’t think I’ll be pinning anything…I’m trying to resist Pinterest still) and go from there. I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

Have you started on your happy list? Are you really thinking about it? I have been. I have a few things on there. I know the list will grow as the week progresses. Here are a few things from mine: Sunday afternoon naps. The first cup of coffee in the morning. Sheets fresh off the clothesline. Ahh….now I’m smiling.

Well, I’m off to read an old John Grisham novel before I read his newest one as they are both set in the same place.

Y’all have a good night!

Lynne

Weekly Challenge: Love & Happiness

Good Monday evening, y’all!

Today’s post was inspired by my dear friend April (love ya, girl!) and a discussion we had last week. I know a lot of people are doing the “30 Days of Thanks” thing on Facebook where you list something every day that you’re thankful for. I’m all for that. Expressing gratitude is never a bad thing; we should do it more often. This season of the year gets us thinking about the things that we are thankful for yet often take for granted.

But what do you love? What always brings a smile to your face or peace in your soul? We all love our spouse and children (I hope!), but what else? It will be different for everyone. We’re talking about things like sunrises and sunsets. Fall colors. Polka dots. Kittens.  Things that make you smile and make your heart happy.

Here’s my challenge to you. Get a piece of paper and at the top write “Things That Make Me Happy.” You can sit down and start right away, or you can take some time to think about it. You can just write a list or you can fill the page with randomness. Include pictures, doodles, hearts, smiley faces, etc. Write as many or as few things as you want. Really think about it. Is there something you love that you don’t get to do anymore? Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet? Maybe it’s something you do every day and love it every time. It’s YOUR list. So don’t ask anyone else what you love! You have to know for yourself. 🙂

So, that’s it. Make a list of things that make you happy and that you love. (We’ll do something with this list again next week.)

Have a blessed week!

Lynne

 

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday, y’all!

I hope you’ve had a good week. I haven’t been blogging this week because, well, I just haven’t. Sometimes that just happens. However, I have been rejuvenated with a new Bible study that I started with some friends on Friday and a good girls’ night last night, so hopefully, I will be back on track on Monday. I already know what I’m going to blog about on Monday, so I’ve got a head start. 🙂

It’s a beautiful sunny day today after some much needed rain yesterday. I plan to spend some time doing some porch sitting, as well as some meal prep for the coming week. About to make some mini breakfast quiches to have on hand in the freezer.

What are your plans for the day?

Enjoy your day!

Blessings,

Lynne