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Chicken Diable

My brother asked for this recipe so I figured since I was typing it out I might as well share it w/ all of you.  It’s one of my favourite dishes since it’s easy to prepare & only takes about an hour.  What are your easy stand-bys?

Chicken Diable    -Preheat oven to 375°

1/4 C Butter or hard margarine

1/4 C Honey

1/4 C Corn Syrup

1/4 C Prepared Mustard

1 tsp Curry Powder (I usually mix mild & hot b/c I am a wimp)

1 tsp Salt

3 lbs Chicken breast

Put all except chicken in 9×13.  Melt in oven.  Stir well.

Arrange Chicken in pan & turn to coat both sides.

Bake uncovered 375° 30min – 1 hour ’til tender

Serves 4-6

*I always serve w/ Sidekicks Honey Garlic Noodles.  (I’m not very inventive, so once I find a combination that works I stick w/ it!)

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Crockpotalooza!

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BooMama is asking for Crock-Pot recipes, so here’s my stand-by:

Moroccan Chicken

3 Chicken Breasts (cut into chunks)
2 Cans Garbonzo Beans (Chick Peas)
1 Small Red Bell Pepper (chopped) -I have never added this
1 Red Onion (chopped)
1/3 C Raisins (or more, it’s the best part!)
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
4 Tbsp Water
3 Cloves Garlic (minced)
3 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
2 tsp Cumin

Combine in Crock-Pot & mix well. Cook on Low 5-7 hours, or High 2.5 hours.
Add:

1 Can Whole Tomatoes (or Diced) 28oz
3 Tbsp Peanut Butter

Continue cooking for 30 min. checking for doneness of chicken. Serve over Rice.

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Good Advice

“Sleep when your baby sleeps.” It’s written in every parentling handbook, everyone tells new mothers this & generally mothers take the advice. I figured it would be difficult w/ 2 kids b/c Asher would not sleep when Chancery did, or *gasp* might decide he no longer needs naps.

Who would have guessed that Chancery is the cause of my grief? She sleeps AWESOME at night. Usually 8-10 hours, nurse & then 2-4 more hours. I really can’t complain about that. But napping is another story. She’s really tired, but fights sleep like nobody’s business. I’ve been trying to put her down for a nap for the past 2.5 hours, but she keeps waking up after about 10-15 minutes!

Asher, on the other hand, will go to sleep w/o any issues. It doesn’t seem to bother him if Chancery is crying up a storm in the next room, we just put him in bed & off he drifts to dreamland. He actually has been taking LONGER naps since we moved here. 2-3 hours instead of 1.5. I just wish Chancery would get the memo that when it’s naptime, it’s better to just go to sleep. No one likes to wake up every 10 minutes! (trust me, I’ve been trying it).

Someone asked the other day if I’ve tried her in the swing. Oh, I just laughed. That is the ONLY place she has slept AT ALL in the last 3-4 weeks. How I’m supposed to get anything done, I’ll never know. It’s pretty difficult to cook dinner w/ an overtired baby hanging on your chest b/c it’s the only place she won’t be screaming. Maybe we should just start eating after 8pm when she’s in bed for the night. Or we could get pizza delivered every night……… Mmmm, that sounds like a good idea. What’s the number for Pizza Hut?

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Fun w/ Appliances!

Last night I cooked pizza for dinner & was seeing what different button on the stove are for. I find it’s always interesting figuring out the “quirks” of new appliances whenever we move. For instance, the last place we were at had 2 burners that never got past warm, & the oven was always cooler than the temperature indicated. The freezer in one apartment we were in would freeze things in the back much more than things in the front for some unexplained reason, & I learned the hard way, that the oven timer didn’t work at our house in Grand Rapids…..

So, I pushed the “lock” button on the stove, but it had no effect. I decided to try to figure out where the lock was, so I looked around, found it, & slid it over manually. Then I closed the door. Only to discover that I had locked the door, & couldn’t open it. I thought if I ran the cleaning cycle it might unlock on it’s own after it finished, so I turned it on. 2 hours later the house was cooking, the cupboards on either side of the oven were hot to the touch, & the door was still stuck shut. After about 20 minutes of Pastor Chad & his dad fiddling with it, we finally got the door open this morning, along w/ a “don’t try that again” lecture!

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Brownies

Just so you are aware……. the brownies are DELICIOUS!!!!

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Cravings

As I type this little blog, dear reader, a sad thing has happened. I am baking brownies. The smell is wafting around the apartment & tantalizing my taste buds. I had to go into the kitchen to get something & noticed that the brownies only had 15 minutes to go. I started to think of how good fresh home-made brownies are. I figured I could wait 15 minutes for one, but then I remembered that I would also have to wait for them to cool down a bit & I decided I couldn’t wait that long. Soooooo, I ate a Suzy-Q. Not so bad, you say? Well, the brownies have just come out of the oven & I am starting to rethink that I could probably wait until they cool down a bit & have one of those as well. No wonder my stomach is getting so big!

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Apple Crisp

We had a potluck at our church on Sunday, and I had a hard time figuring out what to bring b/c you have to have something that will taste good at room temperature, and that you can make ahead of time. I also had a bit of a tiem crunch b/c we were gone most of Saturday, so I decided to make an Apple Crisp.

I had a recipie that asked for apples, but I had a can of apple pie filling, so I figured I could use that and just make the crisp part of the Apple Crisp. At the potluck there were quite a few desserts, and I decided to try others, and not mine. Later I asked Chad if he had tried any of it and he said, “yes, it’s really good.” So I thought all was well. When we were ready to leave Chad went to collect all our dishes. I was still a little apprehensive about how the Apple Crisp turned out, so I asked if much was left, and Chad said, “only about 3 pieces,” so I figured it must’ve been pretty good. After we got home I was putting things away, and washing dishes when I discovered that Chad had brought home the wrong pan! I mentioned it to Chad and he said, “no, I don’t think so, the other Apple Crisp had a really thick, dry topping on it.” ……..the other one was MY Apple Crisp!

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