Family Movie Night: Enchanted

This is a hilarious romp through pretty much all of the Disney-esque fairy tale cliches.  It begins in standard animated format, but before long, those shallow, animated characters find themselves thrust into the real world, interacting with real people.  Is there really such a thing as true love?  What is it?  Can it still be […]

May Grocery Challenge: Week 1

I started the month with my usual $800 in cash, and went shopping last Saturday (when my beloved van finally came home from the shop!)  I went to three stores last week: the local Kroger on Friday, where I spent $120, thinking my van might not be home till the following week and really needing […]

{P, H, F, R} Summer Already?

{PRETTY} It seems like Spring has hardly made her appearance, but already Summer is shouldering her out of the way!  Everything is so green and lush, almost overgrown, the temperatures have soared into the nineties, and if not for a certain paleness in the sky, I would think it was early July rather than early […]

Creamy Chicken Soup With Rice

I found this recipe in a magazine once and I absolutely love it! I used to make it sometimes before Saturday night Mass, except I’d add the broth, bring to a boil, turn off the stove, THEN stir in the rice. The rice cooked in the residual heat, and I just stirred in the cream […]

Chicken Fricassee

Ingredients 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 large sweet green or red pepper; chopped 2 tsp paprika 1 large onion; chopped 1/2 tsp salt 3 cups chicken broth 1/2 tsp pepper 1 tsp dried oregano or basil Leg pieces from 3-4 chickens (12-16 pieces) 1/2 cup light cream or milk 2-4 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp […]

Chicken Fajita Soup

Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 can diced tomatoes 1 red bell pepper; chopped 1 can black beans (or 2 cups cooked beans) 1 green bell pepper; chopped 2 cups chicken broth 1 jalapeno pepper diced 2 tbsp fajita seasoning 1 large onion; chopped Salt and pepper; to taste 3 cups cooked chicken (see Chicken […]

Fajita Seasoning

1 tbsp cornstarch 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp onion powder ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp cumin ¾ tsp crushed chicken bullion cube (optional if using in recipes calling for chicken broth) Combine all ingredients in a small screw top jar […]

Chicken Enchiladas

I’m just going to assume from the get-go that there are either lots of people in your family or you don’t want to do this much work for dinner any more often than necessary and give you the recipe in Big Batch form. This makes three big pans for our family of nine. We usually […]

Raise the Roof!

I started writing a completely different post this morning, all about our struggles to figure out what to do to make space for Dave’s dad in our house.  Ideas.  Pros and cons.  I was diligently tapping away at the keyboard, thinking “out loud” in the way that I think best, when the Holy Spirit whispered […]