• Jun
    27

    New Summer Chicken Recipe ~ Roasted Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta!


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    Roasted Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta
    Prep Time: 10 min. ~ Total Time 1 hour ~ Serves 4

    Ingredients Needed

    • 8 bone in skin on chicken thighs (I used 2 breasts instead)
    • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
    • 1/2 cup pitted Spanish olives
    • 6 medium shallots, halved letnthwise and peeled
    • 3 spring fresh thyme
    • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
    • Feta cheese, crumbled, for garnish
    • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

    Easy Step by Step Instructions

    1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2.  Combine chicken, oil, tomatoes, olives, shallots, and thyme in large bowl.  Season with salt and pepper and toss.
    3.  Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and spread chicken mixture, skin side up, in a single layer.
    4.  Roast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest parts of the thighs (do not touch bones) reaches 165 degrees (about 35-40 min.)
    5.  Transfer chicken to a platter and loosely cover with foil.
    6.  Return vegetables to oven and roast until golden brown in places, about 10 minutes more.
    7.  Transfer vegetables and accumulated juices to platter with chicken, and season with salt and pepper.
    8.  Garnish with mint and feta.

    Serve with crusty bread or pasta ~ or just yummy alone!
    Tonight I added a few diced potatoes in the vegetable mixture for the kids :)

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  • Jan
    17

    Yummy & Easy Way to Serve Butternut Squash!


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    After cubing them and steaming them to get tender.
    I sauteed in a pan, sliced some onions, chopped parsley, salt & pepper and butter, with splash of cinnamon!

    Great for babies and the whole family!!!!

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  • Jan
    03

    Every family loves taco night!


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    Just a few pointers to help make it even easier and better tasting!

    • Triple your recipe

    Triple your normal recipe and put it in the crock-pot on low for 4-6 hours.
    This way you have enough for 3 taco nights. Just put the extra meat in freezer bags for the next 2 uses.

    • Cook it in the crock-pot 

    The meat is so much more tender when you cook it in the crock-pot.

    • Make your own taco seasoning  (you most likely have all you need in your spice cabinet)

    Ingredients – to season 1 pound of meat:

    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or minced garlic
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    This tastes so much better than the taco seasoning packets and saves around $2 each pound of meat.

    Please let me know if you try this and how it goes for you!!!

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  • Oct
    26

    Homemade Febreze with Ease!


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    2 Reasons Why I Use Febreze:

    1. Kids
    2. Dog

    Febreze is a great fabric refresher but can be expensive.
    You can make it yourself with only 2 ingredients!!
    One 32oz bottle will cost pennies to make instead of $4.97 at Walmart.

    32 ounce  recipe

    • 1/8 Cup of Your Favorite Fabric Softener
    • 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
    • Hot Tap Water – To Fill the Bottle to the Top

    Mix all 2 ingredients.
    Pour into a 32 ounce bottle (an old Febreze bottle works great!)
    Shake well

    1/2 Gallon Recipe 
    Now when you need a refill it’s already made

    • 1/4 Cup of Your Favorite Fabric Softener
    • 4 Tablespoons Baking Soda
    • 64 ounces (8 cups) Hot Tap Water

    Pour all ingredients into an empty gallon jug
    Shake well
    Pour into a 32 ounce bottle (an old Febreze bottle works great!!)

     #1 Question:
    Does it work as good?
    Yes! Actually….It’s Better!

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  • Sep
    20

    Easy Baby Food – Butternut Squash


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    These look HUGE and very intimidating but they are very easy to prepare some YUMMY baby food! Here’s how. (more…)

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  • Sep
    18

    Making & Storing Baby Food


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    This morning I woke up determined to get my 6 month old to eat her veggies.  That stuff in the jar it just looks and smells so yucky I don’t even want to touch it.  But I want her to be healthy.  So instead of waking up and opening a jar (more…)

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  • Sep
    16

    $35 for a new Knife Set


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    I don’t usually buy from these Google Offers I get in my email, but this one caught my eye because it was such a great deal. (more…)

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  • Sep
    05

    Yummy & Easy – Chicken Cacciatore


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    Description
    Chicken Catch-A-Tory (A.K.A – Chicken Cacciatiore)

    Don’t we all just love the simplicity in a crock pot meal…come home to dinner done!  Here is a new recipe to add to your collection. (more…)

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  • Aug
    25

    20 Uses for Used Dryer Sheets


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    20 uses for USED dryer sheets – I love how many uses they have….let me know if you have any other uses for them :) Here’s the list (more…)

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  • Aug
    23

    Smart Local Shopping at the Farmers Market ~ Charles Town, WV


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    Shopping at local farmers markets not only saves money but it’s healthier for your family and at the same time helps support our local community businesses. I almost forgot the best reason of all…TASTE.  The quality of food you get from local home grown farmers you can’t even put into words.  The first time I made taco’s with the beef I purchased from the butcher my family was like “MOM!!!  These taco’s are the BEST ever!!!!”  My friend from church said she has an envelope in her budget designated monthly just for the farmers market…Smart Idea!!!

    My butcher is the nicest guy ever.  If you can’t make it to the farmers market, you can call in your order and pick up at his farm at your convenience.  Here is his contact info: (more…)

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