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    cream cheese chicken chili

    Ingredients:

    • 4 frozen chicken breasts
    • 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes (original)
    • 2 cans of corn, undrained
    • 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 2 packages of Ranch dressing mix
    • 1 Tsp of chili powder
    • 1 Tsp of cumin
    • (Optional) 1 tsp of onion powder
    • 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese **if freezing, wait to add this until about 30min-1hour before serving**
    • Optional (but highly recommended): cilantro, sour cream, and avocado for topping

    What to Do:

    1. Throw chicken breasts, Rotel, corn, black beans, Ranch dressing mix, chili powder, and cumin into the crockpot and cook on high for about 4 hours (can also cook on low for about 6-7 hours).
    2. If you’re home, stir occasionally.  If not, carpe diem and don’t worry, it’ll be fine.
    3. 30 min. before you’re ready to eat, take the chicken out of the crockpot and shred it into bite-sized pieces with two forks.  Put chicken back in the crockpot.
    4. Then, put the cream cheese in and stir it for a few minutes, encouraging its break-down.
    5. Replace the lid and let hang out for the remaining half hour.
    6. Stir a little more to ensure the cream cheese has melted.
    7. Serve and enjoy!

    I made some corn bread waffles and served this over them. Talk about delicious!!!

    feeding a family of 3.5 on -23 hours

    now that i’m back to work, my time is SUPER limited.

    my first week back i still managed to cook every night–with the exception of one night where there was a mishap with the slow cooker meal courtesy of the husband. i’m getting pretty good at getting the slow cooker meals prepped during the weekend and on during the week so that when we get home, we have a nice, hot, home cooked meal waiting for us.

    a couple of people have been asking for recipes. some people have been asking how i do it. i’ll be posting the recipes in different posts but here’s my process:

    every 2 weeks i come up with a meal plan for dinners. it includes monday – saturday because sunday’s are normally spent at my inlaws house. based upon the meals that i come up with, i develop a grocery shopping list. i go grocery shopping on saturday–normally with abc strapped to me as she naps (today she’ll be at home with the hubs).

    after i do the shopping, i don’t put any groceries away that are for the meals. i sort my recipes based upon ingredients and then pull out my gallon freezer bags. **i used zipper bags this last go round and needless to say, they were not my favorite. i’ll be sticking with the standard ziplock bags from now on.** i write the meal that’s going in there.

    the first thing i do is get the meats together. i normally approximate the meats as it’s virtually impossible to get everything perfect. after the meats go in, then i cut up a bunch of onions. pretty much all my recipes call for onions and i love them. i buy the pre-minced garlic to keep things simple. after i put in the garlic and onions into each bag that requires them, then i start building meals 1 by 1 based on what else is needed. and then i pop them in the freezer!

    a couple of notes–i don’t freeze milk or dairy with the bags. i will add those once the bag is defrosted and ready to be cooked.

    it normally takes me about 1.5-2.5 hours to get all the meals prepped including interruptions from the kids. my grocery bill is normally about $125 for the 2 weeks. i don’t think that’s too bad since these meals include dinner with enough leftovers for lunch the next day.

    i’ll begin posting recipes and if you have any questions or recipes to share, please do!

    slow cooker recipe: chicken & dumplings

    this is one of my favorites…

    Cook Time: 6 hours Serving Size: 6 servings

    Ingredients

    6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

    2 (10.75 ounce) cans Cream of Chicken soup **if freezing don’t add this until you put into the crockpot**

    1 cup water

    1 cup diced onion

    1/2 cup shredded carrots (i used baby carrots)

    4 T butter, cut into chunks **if freezing don’t add this until you put into the crockpot**

    1/2 t ground pepper

    1 T dried Rosemary

    1 cup milk **if freezing don’t add this until you put into the crockpot**

    1 (16 oz) can Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (do not cook) **if freezing don’t add this until you put into the crockpot**

    Instructions

    1. Add one can of the Cream of Chicken soup to the bottom of your Crockpot, spread around.

    2. Sprinkle 1/2 of the diced onions and carrots on top of the soup.

    3. Now layer with chicken breasts & add water.

    4. Spread remaining can of soup over top of chicken breasts.

    5. Add butter, placing chunks all over top of soup.

    6. Add remaining onion and carrots. Sprinkle ground pepper and Rosemary over entire top of

    Crockpot.

    7. Place lid on and cook on high for 5 hours. (This time may vary according to your Crockpot).

    8. Shred chicken with 2 forks.

    9. Stir in milk.

    10. Cut uncooked biscuits into 4 pieces each, add all cut pieces into Crockpot, stir well.

    11. Replace lid & cook 1 more hour or until center of biscuits are not raw. Serves 6.

    13. ***If freezing as part of the Freezer Cooking meals, do not add milk or biscuits to freezer bags.

    Those ingredients go in towards the end of cook time***

    http://www.honeedsacape.com/2013/01/crockpot-chicken-dumplings/

    i’m back at work

    hence my lack of writing.

    instead of writing and really fine tuning my craft, i opted to spend time snuggling with my baby before i returned to work. it’s been 2 days and i think we’re good. i haven’t freaked out–well, outside of the first time i left her and i cried till i got to starbucks and then cried a little in my coffee before going off to enjoy chaperoning mini’s field trip.

    but i want to be “that” mom. you know, the one that goes on the field trips, comes to the school parties, and does all that stuff that involved moms do. i want to be an involved mom. more importantly, when i’m not being an involved mom, i want to be doing something that i love.

    what does that look like right? welp, at 31 i finally know what i want to be when i grow up–a writer and motivational speaker of sorts. i have a message. i figured out what it was. i have an audience. multiple ones in fact. i have the drive, now more than ever. i’m going to make it happen.

    i had a great conversation with a mentor about how to get these things started. being back at work is just the start. i’m going to make this work for me so that i’m no longer working on someone else’s schedule outside of my own. i’m excited for things to come!!!

    which comes first? the other chicken or the egg?

    proverbially speaking of course.

    but in a marriage, which do you put first, your marriage/spouse or your children? this has been a hot topic and was recently (as in today) posed to me as well. my answer has always been the same. my spouse comes first.

    some people might be up in arms like, “OMG how could you put anything before your child?!?” for those that are religious, it’s in the bible it speaks to putting your spouse first always. for those that aren’t religious, it honestly just makes sense. just like how it’s crucial for a mom to have “me time” to be a better mother, it’s equally as important for spouses to have a strong connection so they can parent cohesively.

    even outside of parenting, your children are going to grow up and leave you and then have families of their own. if you’ve neglected your spouse during the time that you were raising your children, once they leave, you’re left with a stranger. the very cute chick flick “failure to launch” with matthew mcconaughey and sarah jessica parker touches on this. in the movie, once mcconaughey finally moves out at like 35, the mom doesn’t know how to act outside of her role as a mother.

    in all honesty, my priorities are as follows: God, me, the hubs, the babes. yes, in that order. if my spirit isn’t right, then honestly, nothing else is right either. for some this looks like a relationship with God through religion or other spiritual paths. for others, this may look differently. after getting my spirit right, then comes me. so what this looks like to me is making sure i’m taking the time out to handle what’s important for my growth and sanity. on sunday mornings, i take time out to give myself a facial and deep condition my hair, i work out, i make sure that the foods i’m putting in my body are healthy and delicious.

    these things come before my husband because i want to be a whole person for him. i don’t believe in this whole “you complete me” jazz. i want to be a whole person just like i want him to be complete as well. that way when we come together, we’re even greater. nurturing a connection with my husband is vital for my role as a mother and as a woman. we need to connect on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. we do this through texts throughout the day, conversations at night, snuggling, and other intimate times. we’re able to discuss parenting among other things that are important.

    having this strong connection with my husband makes us better parents for our girls. he knows how i feel about certain things and i know his feelings as well. so when mini comes and asks me something that she’s already gotten a “no” out of him for, i also say know showing a united front. but because he and i are affectionate, respectful, and loving, it sets the standard for what mini and baby abc should expect from relationships as well.

    so for me, the other chicken comes before the eggs–that way there’ll be more eggs 😉