Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Tis the day to pause and list that for which you are thankful:

A rather incomplete list, in random order...
-God
- family
- stroke recovery
- a very supportive hubby...who spoils me rotten
- puppy kisses
- monster children whom I love
- spitting toothpaste
- my cool car
- my warm house
- a table full of food
- a new bigger Christmas tree. Prelit...I feel ready to tackle more than my 4 ft one finally.
- friends
- friends who have made me part of the family
- a thousand things I can do now that I couldn't after the strokes....like turn on a light from standing while walking into the potty 
- cheesy Christmas movies
- snuggles from a warm hubby on super cold days in Alaska....lazy days under warm blankets too
- a closet full of warm coats, tons of winter gear, and more boots than I can trip over
- toooooooo many kitchen gadgets 
- a church family that is very supportive
- the Alaskan landscape, severly beautiful in all seasons
- fresh snow
- swirly cones at -20F ...I'm weird.
- a puppy who loves naps
- my Christmas gift on the way- a UE ranger to help with physical therapy
- a whole handful of things I can't remember right now...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I make these all time. However, this time we subbed coconut oil (it gets hardened when cool) for butter.

Score One for the Cookie front! They had an addictive flavor and unique texture. Plus Coconut oil is very good for you.

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream together 1 cup coconut oil, 3/4 cup white sugar, and 3/4 cup brown.

Mix in 1tsp vanilla.

One at a time, mix in two eggs.

Mix in 1 tbs milk.

In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, and 1 tsp kosher salt.

Mix that in a bit at a time.

Slowly add 2.5 cups quick oats

I tossed in half a bag on white chocolate chips and a bag of craisins. 

Bake at 375 for 11 min on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. I won't bake without parchment any more. It makes life so much easier.

Makes 50ish cookies.

May the Count Down begin...

Not to Christmas. I'm talking Dec 21. I have the hardest time getting my concrete bootie out of bed when it is dark out. 8 am and it was pitch black. It is 9:45 am right now, and we only have partial light. The sun will set around 2:30. This time of year is tough on me. We will continue to loose 7 min of light a day until Dec 21, at which point we will have the equivalent of about 3 hours of dusky light. It is always a bit of a hard time for me since the strokes. It didn't bother me before, but I guess I'm a bit more emotionally unstable now. I shall start my countdown today. Dec 21 is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Here's to sunshine! Poor hubby leaves for work in the pitch black dark, works in the dark all day, and comes home in the dark. His watch is Solar powered, and this time of year he has to charge it under our "Happy Lights".

Monday, November 24, 2014

Update

Ms V is sitting up. Mentally still confused, but looking much better all things considered.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Another stroke victim

I'm so distraught, it is hard to talk. Ms. V, one of church secretaries, the sweetheart of our church, a person I had a 20 min phone conversation with yesterday, was found by a church member on the floor of her home. She had a stroke this morning. Please pray for Ms. V and her adult son and daughter in law. She is 75. Her husband passed away years ago. I honestly don't know what to think. 4 church members, including myself, have had strokes. Ms H died, Mr R and I are survivors, and now Ms V. I don't know what is going on. Our church isn't very big! I'm flabbergasted. Then, my friend J had one right before me, and her dear Mom had stroke like seizures just a while ago. To much!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pay It Forward Fun

We had the best time today, at the craziest of places....the Grocery Store! Unbeknownst to us, the store was running a special. Spend $150 or more and get a free turkey (up to 24 lbs). That is not a hard dollar amount to spend feeding 6 people in Alaska! Anyway, the lady in front of us left her turkey for us. We then left our turkey for the lady behind us. I have no idea how many people before or after us did that. I love living here. The people here seem to have extra kindness built in. I guess it takes a different kind of person to like interior Alaska. All I know is that it gives you such a fun natural high to do something like that. Hubby got a big ol hug from the tiny lady behind us. It made me smile. I really hope it continues all day while the special runs. I'm just imagining it is blessing the cashier who keeps passing on good news too.
 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hot BBQ Chicken Dip

I freely admit I'm a shameless copycat. My wise friend M taught me that dip makes a good dinner. So. I started with Salmon dip, moved to Pizza Dip, and finally BBQ chicken dip.

This would make a great game day dip, Turkey Day appetizer, or holiday party dip. Plus, this crew thought it was a fun dinner.

1 block cream cheese
1 small bag (2 cups) Mexican blend shredded cheese
4 or 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 onion 
1 bottle of your fav BBQ sauce

In a big soup pot, boil up the chicken and onion. Chop them to bits when cooked through. Throw everything in a crock pot. I recommend a liner because the cheese makes it a pain to clean. Cook on high 1.5 hrs, stirring every 30 min.

I served it with Spicy Honey Mustard Coleslaw and flatbread crackers. It tastes yummy on about any cracker or tortilla chip.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hide your veggies

Tricky Chicken and Cheese

This is a process. My kids love veggies and strange things like Quinoa. So, I didn't bother with the food processor step needed to fool children. I also added broccoli.

This is a process,that once you master you can change things up to suit your family:

In a big sauce pan or I use a deep sided skillet, put 1/4 cup butter, and 1/4 cup flour. Cook them together for a few minutes. You will get a paste.

Then, slowly whisk in about 2 cups milk, give or take...I don't measure. You just want a gravy.

Mix in about 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese (it melts the best). Then add spices....I use 1tablespoon Cajun seasoning, a pinch of salt, and 20 grinds of pepper. You can totally use what your family likes.

In a blender, put one medium bag of thawed frozen cauliflower. Chop it up to bits and add it to your cheese sauce.

In a baking dish put 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts that have been chopped into bite size chunks.

Pour your sauce over the chicken and mix it all up.

Bake at 375 Farenheit (___ C) for 25 min or until chicken is cooked through.

I served mine over red quinoa. Kid friendly choices would be rice, veggie pasta, regular pasta, quinoa, or even barley.

If you mix in cooked noodles, you can call it Mac and Cheese with chicken. Nobody needs know about the cauliflower.

New Blog Look!

Like my new look? I have a fabulous and talented bloggie friend who made this for me. I'm boring, and quite computer stupid. I'm so happy to have a "new look" on my blog! Tell me,  don't Ya think it looks better!?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homeschool Home Ec


Home Ec, writing, and science....I'm calling it a successful, if messy, school day.