Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sweet and Simple Chicken and Rice Recipe

Here are two versions of the Sweet and Simple Chicken and Rice Recipe- One is a fast and easy version, one is the version pictured above (Gluten free)

 Sweet and Simple Chicken and Rice

Sweet Sauce: 
1 and 1/4 cup of Sugar
1/2 cup of Ketchup
1/2 cup of Water
2 TBL of soy Sauce

Mix all of the ingredients together in a pot until sugar is dissolved on medium high heat, bring to a boil, turn heat down to medium. Let the sauce cook uncovered for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. 

This Sauce can be served warm or cold. We often make a double batch and store it in mason jars in our refrigerator. 

To finish up this recipe we make the desired amount of rice we want. For the chicken we heat up some  popcorn chicken in our convection toaster. Popcorn chicken can be found at most grocery stores in the freezer section. They are kind of nicer version of chicken nuggets! 

Place the rice on a plate, top with the popcorn chicken and pour some of the sweet sauce on top! We also add duck sauce and soy sauce. 

Sweet and Simple Chicken and Rice
(does contain soy sauce)

This recipe was kind of made up at the last minute to accommodate our friend who was gluten intolerant.
The major difference was making our own un-breaded chicken.  

Sweet Sauce:
1 and 1/4 cup of Sugar
1/2 cup of Ketchup
1/2 cup of Water
2 TBL of soy Sauce

Mix all of the ingredients together in a pot until sugar is dissolved on medium high heat, bring to a boil, turn heat down to medium. Let the sauce cook uncovered for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Take 2 large chicken breasts and cute into cube shapes. Toss into an oiled pan. We basically pan fried them until they were cooked. 

My husband sauteed green onion, orange and yellow peppers, broccoli and sliced garlic with a bit of salt until they were cooked through- this was kind of a last minute thing and not exactly by a recipe. To finish up this meal Justin made enough rice for four people. Everyone scooped out what they wanted on their plates and poured the Sweet sauce on top. 

Let me know if you make this recipe and what you did to make it your own version!! :)
God bless, 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

NY Trip- Bonus!!

So while we were in NY visiting Katy and Jason, Katy kept commenting that she was not feeling all that great. 

On Saturday afternoon we were just chilling in the living room when Katy called me from her bathroom, I went over thinking something was wrong and she needed my help- as her voice was very excited. She handed me a pregnancy test- it was positive. 

"You're pregnant?!" I asked.

I went to give her a hug and Katy was laughing and crying and bouncing all over the place. She reminded me of Tigger! 

"We need to think up of a way to tell Jason! I want to do something really nice!" Katy told me. 

I suggested we rush upstairs and hop onto her laptop and search Pinterest for ideas. We headed up as nonchalantly as we could manage so as not to arouse suspicion from our husbands.

Once we got the laptop booted up and launched the internet browser we quickly ran into a problem- Pinterest wouldn't open! So we gave up and started brainstorming for ideas. 

We soon came to an adorable idea! We would create a video! I took a few photos of Katy and Elijah holding the positive pregnancy test. 


The video we made was under the guise of being a slideshow of Elijah's pictures from birth to his first birthday. Elijah would be turning one in a few days. It was perfect! At the end of the slideshow we added a picture of Elijah smiling with the caption "Daddy Guess What?!!!"  and then the positive pregnancy test photos would be shown.

We ran downstairs once the video was all set and saved. 
"Jason we made a video of Elijah- would you please watch it?" Katy asked.
"Oh, but I was going to take a nap! Could it wait an hour?" Jason answered.
No! This could not! 

Katy was able to talk Jason into waiting to take his nap for "just three minutes" to watch the video. 

Here are the reactions: 

A BIG Congrats to my sister-at-heart and to her family! It was so awesome to be able to share in and capture these precious moments. 

You can visit Katy here

God bless, 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mspiration- Etsy Shop Promo

My friend Melissa recently started an Etsy shop and I would really appreciate if you all would check it out! 
Melissa is a wife, mother, cancer survivor and very creative! 

Pink Decor Birdhouse
Look at this adorable little Birdhouse! This would make an awesome decoration for a little girl's room! 

Button Brooch
Assorted flower button brooches in assorted colors to dress up an outfit or add to a purse or other tote bags!

Pink & Brown Button Brooch
Look how pretty this is!
 Dog Button Brooch
There are also so themed button brooches! 

Multi Color/Rainbow Sashay Scarf
Melissa also made some Sashay scarves!

Black and White Sashay Scarf

Pink Sashay Scarf

I highly encourage you to check out her Etsy shop, she will be posting many more items soon! I saw a sneak preview at a military themed button pin!! 

Each item is unique and a one-of-a-kind piece! 
Please visit Melissa's Etsy shop at Mspiration

God bless, 

(I will be posting the orange chicken recipe ASAP!) 

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Monday, April 22, 2013

NY Trip 2013, Going Home

On Tuesday morning we started to pack up and prepare to leave. Elijah kept us company :)

I tried to get a photo with him but he was too interested in my very frizzy hair!

There we go!

After hugs and goodbyes, we got in the car and began the long journey home.

I should add that it rained the entire trip home!

I am not sure what town we were in, but the buildings looked cool.

as well as this pink house!!

Considering we left at 11am, and didn't get back home till 7pm- it was a long trip to be raining the entire time! We must have been traveling with a storm system I guess!

I am so thankful that we made the trip out to see Katy, Jason and their family. It was a blessing to my heart! We are hoping to be able to visit again next year!

God bless,

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

NY Trip 2013- part 3

Monday morning was heralded in by this little "songbird"

We decided to take Elijah to the local park!

I love those brown eyes!

I loved this face

Elijah "talking"

Cute little guy!

Elijah loved the swings!!

Look at that smile!

They tried the see-saw!

Elijah wasn't too keen about the bouncy horse

*trying* the Monkey bars!

We found this canon near the park, it was part of a WWI memorial.

That evening Justin made us Orange Chicken and rice with veggies. It was DELICIOUS!


God bless,

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Friday, April 19, 2013

NY Trip 2013- part 2

On Sunday morning we attended church with Katy and Jason. The church they attend was originally built in 1889 and had several gorgeous stained-glass windows. 

I do not know if these windows are original to when the church was built in 1889, but they were still very gorgeous! 

look at those colors! 

I should add that the windows were huge too! 

Calla Lillies! 

Katy is a pianist for the church, once she started practicing before service, Elijah started "singing", it was so cute!! 

Elijah with his daddy! 

After church the guys decided that they would make us a special lunch. Katy and I got some girl time! 

I cannot express how much of a blessing Katy's friendship is to me!! 

The guys hard at work making french toast, bacon and sausage 

Justin LOVES to cook, and it is so much fun to watch him get creative with meals.

Jason cooked up some nice crispy bacon!! 

Look at this impressive meal- it tasted as good as it looked! 

Did I mention that it was amazing??! 

One of my favorite couples ever.... :) 

Elijah cuddling with his mommy after a restful nap.

It is always so cute to see a little child cuddling with their momma.

Elijah made some cute faces while eating  banana

Such a cutie!

I guess Bananas are funny!

Later on in the afternoon we drove to Jason's family's home. We saw some more of the beautiful buildings and farms.

Such beautiful architecture

Some of the shops

We saw so many fields!

A beautiful red barn

Run-down and dilapidated barns are quite common too.

The boys playing more Carcasconne! 

God bless,
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