Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer has asked us to post 5 ingredients or less recipes this week for Works for Me Wednesday. Some of my favorite quick and easy recipes are crockpot recipes.  The only time I come home to the smell of a home cooked meal is when I cook a crock pot meal.  My favorites are the kind when you dump and pour cans into the crock pot.  I have also found that if you use frozen chicken breasts, they come out incredibly tender.

These meals are served at least once a month at our house and are great for days when I know we will have a crazy afternoon and I want dinner quickly.  And best yet, it doesn’t take much time in the morning to get it ready.  When my son was a new born his fussy time of day was always right before dinner.  He slept really well in the morning, so crock pot meals worked for me b/c I could make dinner during his sleepy time and then when he was fussy, I didn’t have to stress about making dinner.

Fiesta Chicken:

  • Put frozen chicken breasts into crock pot add one jar of salsa and simmer on low for 8 hrs.
  • Serve chicken and salsa over rice and sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top.

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Put 2 frozen chicken breasts into crock pot

Add:

  • one can of diced tomatos with jalepenos
  • one can of black beans
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  • one cup of water

Simmer on low for 8 hrs or more or high for 6 hours

Serve with crushed tortilla chips in bowl and sour cream.

Chicken and Dumplings

  • Put frozen chicken breasts into crock pot
  • Add 2 cans of chicken broth
  • Simmer on low for 8 hrs or high for 6 hrs
  • Then mix Bisquick and milk to make dumplings and follow recipe on Bisquick box (allow 20 min to cook dumplings)

Hope you enjoy these recipes!!!  For more quick and easy recipes using 5 ingredients or less, be sure to check out Rocks in My Dryer.

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Isn’t he just awesome?

July 1, 2008

in Wife

I think everyone should be so lucky as to be married to an engineer. While it is true that purchasing large or technical products such as televisions, cameras, or computers will take longer as we’ll he’ll have to research the various brands, settings, options and figure out which one is the best price and has the best features for us, when any of those things breaks he is not afraid to open them up and fix them (and since he spend a larger portion of his childhood taking a part such items he actually knows what he is looking at and how to fix it).   Last week when we had our phone fiasco he was able to open the phone up and work on the motherboard and fix it.  For a few days we had to deal with no ringer (I wouldn’t know that someone was calling my house until I heard my answering machine pick up at which point I’d have to quickly make a dash for the phone) but last night he got out his soldering iron and within 10 minutes the ringer was working!   Isn’t that so cool?  His mind totally amazes me.  I have never wondered what the inside of a computer looks like, but because he has, when our screen broke, he wasn’t afraid to unscrew a few screws and install a new screen, or keyboard, or hard drive (mmm, yea, we are a little hard on our laptop I am afraid to admit).   If a toy isn’t working, even after I finally got around to changing the batteries, he’ll just unscrew the top, do a little soldering and wa-la, the drum is back to playing that annoying little jingle when the kids beat on it.   I’m so thankful he asked why and how all those years and that his parents patiently answered him instead of just responding “because.”   Hmmmm…. looks like I gotta start asking why so when my children ask me I will have something brilliant ready to say when asked, “How do the words in your e-mail end up on Daddy’s computer at work?”

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