Josh, Kelly, Everett, Emery, Atticus & Boo

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Frozen Crockpot Meals

Right before the twins were born my mom and I put together frozen crockpot meals & they were so wonderful to have. So this was at the top of my to-do list before baby #3 arrived. Here are the recipes I used from a variety of different websites. Enjoy!

Mediterranean Pork Chops:
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 cup of chicken stock
4 Cloves of garlic, chopped
1 Sweet potato
2 Tbsp. Paprika
2 Tbsp. Chicken seasoning
2 Tsp. Dried oregano
2 Tsp. Dried Basil
6-8 Pork chops

Split all ingredients between 2 freezer bags
Cook on low 8 Hours

BBQ Chicken
5-6 chicken breasts
2 cups cubed potatoes
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup diced onions
2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp minced garlic
1 bottle BBQ sauce

6-8 hours on low

Spinach and Salsa Chicken
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 cups of salsa (we like to use the fresh kind that is more like a Pico de Gallo) Frozen bag of spinach (I usually use 1/2 the bag, but you could use more or less)
1 to 2 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning

Directions: Place all items in freezer bag, you can add or wait for the spinach
Write on bag:
1. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4.
2. Shred the chicken and mix together with the spinach.
3. Serve on whole-wheat tortillas, over rice, or even over a salad for a healthy meal!

Crock Pot SW Flank Steak
1-1/2 lbs. flank steak
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz. jar chunky salsa
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
3 cups hot cooked rice

1   Trim excess fat from steak.
           Place onions and garlic in bottom of freezer bag and top with steak.
     Mix salsa, oregano, chili powder, salt, and pepper in small bowl and pour over meat.
     Top with drained black beans.
Write on bag:
1. Cook on low for 7-9 hours until meat is tender
2. Remove meat from slow cooker and slice into thin strips against the grain. 3. Turn heat to high and return beef to slow cooker until ready to serve
4. Can serve over rice

Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary
               1 chicken breast, 2-3 chicken thighs
               3 apples, peeled and sliced
               (lime juice for the apples)
               ½ onion, diced
               2 rosemary sprigs
               Salt and pepper

Assembly Instructions: Add all ingredients to the pack, in the order they were listed. Remove as much air as you can or vacuum seal the pack. Freeze up to 6 months in a refrigerator freezer, or 12 months in a deep freezer.
Cooking Instructions: Thaw the slow cooker pack in the refrigerator overnight, or in a bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes. If the pack is partially thawed, cook on low for 8-10 hours. If the pack is completely thawed, you can cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.
Side dish suggestion: I would serve this with some brown rice or warm bread.

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken & Potatoes
               1 lb. chicken breasts
               4-6 medium potatoes, about 2 lbs, cut into chunks
               2 cups baby carrots
               1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
               2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
               Salt and pepper

, to taste

1.   Place the chicken in the base of the slow cooker and add the potato chunks and baby carrots around and on top of the chicken. Pour the diced tomatoes and their juices over top of the chicken-potatoes-carrots. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over top. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top.
2.   Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.
3.   Serve Slow Cooker

Italian Chicken & Potatoes as a “one dish dinner,” season to taste.
4.   To prepare a freezer pack, add all ingredients to a gallon size freezer baggie and freeze up to 3 months.
5.   To thaw: place the freezer pack in the fridge overnight to thaw and then place partially frozen ingredients in the slow cooker

to cook.

Cilantro Lime Chicken
1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast
juice from 2 limes
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp cumin 
salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix together and zip bag closed.
When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on LOW for 8 hours (or HIGH for 4 hours). 

Serve with tortillas and your favorite toppings (sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese).

Beer & Beef Slow-Cooker Stew
·      2 lbs. stew beef

     2 T olive oil

·      2 T butter

·      2 celery stalks chopped

·      2 large carrots chopped
1 lb. potatoes chopped

·      2 garlic cloves chopped
2 bay leaves

·      1 T parsley

·      1 cup dark beer

·      1 cup beef stock
1 can tomatoes with green chilis (Like Rotel)
2 t salt
1 t pepper
     Season beef with salt & pepper. 
     Place all ingredients in large freezer bag except beer and beef stock. 
     When ready, place stew mixture in crockpot, add beer and beef stock
     Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Taco Chili
·      1 lb. cooked ground beef
·      1 medium onion chopped
·      1 can corn drained
·      1 can black beans drained
·      1 can navy beans drained
·      1 8 oz can tomato sauce
·      2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
·      1 small can diced green chiles
·      1 package taco seasoning (I use old el paso)

·      shredded cheese
·      Fritos
·      chopped green onions

1   Place all ingredients in freezer bag and freeze until ready. 
     Thaw slightly, place in crockpot
     Cook on low for 4-6 hours. 
     Serve with shredded cheese, chopped green onions and fritos

Martha’s Breakfast Casserole
o  1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilis
o  1 large bag of shredded hashbrowns ( I use just shy of 32 oz bag), thawed enough to stir
o  1 Tablespoon dried onion
o  1 medium container (16 ounces) cottage cheese
o  2 cups grated chedder cheese
o  2 cups cubed ham or cooked sausage (pick you favorite, we like sausage)
o  12 eggs
1  Preaheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine everything but the eggs in a large bowl and pour mixture into a greased 9x13 pan.
    Beat eggs and pour over the mixture. Bake at 350 uncovered for 1 hour or until set and slightly brown on top. It can be refrigerated overnight before cooking in the morning. Serves 16.
    *This can also be made ahead and frozen (raw) and brought out for guests. When frozen cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. 1st hour covered 2nd hour uncovered.

Ham and Broccoli Breakfast Casserole with Extra-Sharp Cheddar
·      4 whole wheat English muffins, cut into bite size pieces
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups leftover ham, diced

·      8 oz. block extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided

·      12 eggs

·      1 cup milk

·      1 teaspoon paprika

·      1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

·      Salt and pepper
1.   Lightly grease a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2.   In a mixing bowl, toss together the cut English muffin pieces with the broccoli florets, diced ham and about 3/4 cup of the shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese. Once tossed, pour into the baking dish.
3.   In the same mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, paprika and crushed red pepper.  Add in a few dashes of salt and pepper as well.
4.   Pour the egg mixture over top of the ingredients in the baking dish.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
5.   In the morning, sprinkle the remaining shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese over top of the casserole. Bake, covered, at 375 for 45 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the casserole puffs up and slightly browns on top.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

You're the Best Song - Bethany Dillion

In love with this song by Bethany Dillon

You're the Best Song

Good morning
You and the sun are up before I'm ready
But ready or not, you need me
So here I am

I'm learning that in the long hard days
There is beauty
Do you know my favorite place to see it
It's when I look at you

And though I'm tired now
You're worth every sleepless night
You're worth it all, cause I know...

You're the best song I'll ever write
And we're humming and dancing through the years together
You're the best song I'll ever write
And I pray you'll hear Jesus in it when you're older

I remember when you were just a heartbeat that I heard
and now our eyes meet
Forever is not enough to love you


Every prayer for you is like a seed in the ground
Every tear I cry is like rain
And in its due season
I pray a harvest will be found
Your heart and mouth confessing Jesus' name
Your heart and mouth confessing Jesus' name 

Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July 2013

Growing up we always went to visit my family in Webster Groves, Missouri (suburb of St.Louis). The fourth of July is a huge deal in St. Louis. Webster always has a huge parade that we would go watch and occassionally have a reason to be in. Then my grandma and Aunt would have a picnic on their front lawn. Later that night we would go up to the Rec. Center for the carnival that comes in every year and then watch the fireworks. It was a huge deal and what I grew up thinking every 4th of July was like. The few times that we would stay in Texas for the 4th we were always disappointed that not much was going on. 

Yesterday was one of the first 4th of July's that I actually felt like it was a real 4th! We had a great day! We started of at the Double Oak Parade. Our friends live right on the parade route so it was fun to be able to all be together and watch the parade. It was the first parade for the twins and they loved it! 

Talking to Asher

Mimi and Grandpa were there too!

After the parade we came home so the twins could nap and Josh worked on putting together their new swing set! That evening we went over to the Adams to swim and BBQ. It was only the 2nd time we've had all our kids together! It was wonderful. I just love having everyone there. The twins love playing with all the big kids and just can't sit still!
Can I freeze her just like this?

Dinner time!

Playing with Finley! She loves the big girls!

Playing ball with Asher :)
We didn't make the fireworks this year, just don't think they could make it that late when they normally are in bed at 7:30. Thinking next year we will try it!

This 4th was the first one with out my grandma. The 4th was one of her favorite holidays and she has helped with Webster Groves celebration for decades. I know she would have been so proud to know that the twins loved celebrating it and a blast at their first 4th of July parade. Love you grandma! Hope you had a blast watching the fireworks last night just from a different view :)
My grandma watching the parade last year