Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Santa Fe Chicken Casserole

This is a recipe I made for dinner last night!  I love cream cheese so when I saw the new Philadelphia Cream Cheese Cooking Cremes I had to try them.  So far I've used the Santa Fe Blend twice and both dishes were d-lish.  There are several other flavors that I will try out soon!!  Of course what made this such a huge success is that my fam loved it!! 
3 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts (I bought a rotisserie chicken from WM)
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed
1 can (14.5) diced tomatoes, drained (I used Rotel)
2 green onions, sliced
1 tub Philadelphia Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme, divided
3 flour tortillas (6 inch)
Kraft Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese

Heat oven to 375
Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl.  Add 3/4 cup cooking creme; mix lightly.
Spoon 1/3 of the chicken mixture into 9-inch pie plate; top with 1 tortilla, half the remaining chicken mixture and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Repeat.  Top with tortilla, remaining cooking creme and cheese; cover.
Bake 20 min. or until heated through.  Uncover, bake until cheese is golden brown.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Balsamic Chicken

Last night I tried a new recipe for dinner!!  I'm always on the lookout for yummy, easy recipes that a fam of five will love!  I found this recipe from  It was a submitted recipe and I highly recommend it!

•6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
•1 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves, minced or 1/2 tsp dried (fresh is better)
•2 cloves garlic minced
•1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
•1/2 tsp salt
•2 tbl extra-virgin olive oil
•1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

I used thinly sliced chicken breast (bought at WM).  Lightly spray a non-stick skillet with olive oil, lay chicken in warmed skillet.  Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.  Cook slowly for about 30 min on med heat, turning occasionally. 

THAT'S IT!!!  Parker helped me with dinner (I love when the kids help me cook) and everyone really liked it!!  Let me know if you make it and what you think!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

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You could win an entire Francine Rivers library collection.  I can't think of anything better!!  She is an amazing, inspirational author; definitely one of my favorites. 

Check out the Tyndale House Publishers website by clicking HERE to see how to win.

Good Luck!!! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011


What do you usually think of when you hear someone say 'whatever'?  What do you really mean when you say 'whatever'? 
I know for me I usually say whatever in a condescending way or to let someone know that I really don't care what they're saying.  I know this isn't an attitude of someone who believes and follows Christ.  The Bible gives us the perfect definition of the word 'whatever' in Philippians 4:18~
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

The Spirit has led me to this verse today and forced me to drink.  It's really easy for us to think on the negative things of this world.  God knew this would be a challenge for us, that's why he gives us many things to hold on to for comfort and hope; this is one of them.  If we keep our mind on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy God tells us that His peace will be with us, v9.  What more could we want?

My challenge to you is to start using this word in a new way.  Give it the meaning from Phil 4:8.  Memorize this verse, put it in places you'll see it, tell yourself  'whatever' when your mind is overcome with unholy thoughts...whatever you need to do to remind yourself to think on these things.  Try it for a week and be in prayer and see where God leads you!!  He will never fail you!!

Just say WHATEVER!!   

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NO Sweets

So last Wednesday I made a pact that I would eliminate sweets from my diet for one week.  Sweets meaning cakes, cookies, ice cream, candy...all the stuff I really love.  The only exception is that I could have one 'dessert' in that weeks time!  I'm one day away from meeting my goal and I will say it was much easier then I thought it would be.  I've been eating apples, fruit smoothies and yogurt; they curb my sweet tooth just fine.  There have actually been only a couple of times that I've wanted to eat sweets but thankfully I've resisted.  I feel really good about myself that I did this...I think a couple of pounds have been shed in the mean time!! Hooray!!  I pray, with God's strength, this will be the jump start I need to lose those extra pounds.  My next step is to fit in exercise on a more regular basis!  I've got a few ideas of what I'd like to do I just need to get up and do it!!



I was seriously having a blog meltdown.  I contacted Julie over at LeeLou Blogs and she fixed me right up along with the ADORABLE blog template.  Now let's just see if I can get things rolling!! 

I don't understand how some people can blog everyday and I can barely pull something out once a week.  I would love to have a great blog but for now it's just my little lovie!! 

I do have a few pics to post so I'll add those soon!! 

Love to you,

Thursday, March 10, 2011

All Jacked Up!!

I guess you can see that I totally jacked up my blog :( !!!  It's so depressing that I haven't even felt like posting anything!!  ugh!!  Anyone out there wanna help me?  I really need to figure out this blog design/HTML on my own!!  Blah! Blah! Blah!  Hopefully I'll get'er back up and running pretty again!!