Monday, January 23, 2012

Recipe of the week-- week 2!

Our crock pot remains on overdrive, and this is a new recipe I found this week. Everyone loved it! This was slightly more complicated than I usually attempt, but Ron assures me it was worth it! :)

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak and rice


1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips
Garlic powder to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cube beef bouillon
1/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 large green bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 large red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid (I subbed crushed tomatoes because we are not tomato fans) ;)
3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt


1.   Sprinkle strips of sirloin with garlic powder to taste. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Transfer to a slow cooker.
2.  Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, then mix in cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
3.  Cover, and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve over 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Recipe of the week!

I thought it would be fun to share a recipe of the week. If you have a blog and do something similar, share it in the comments. I know my family often gets stuck in a rut with the same ideas, so thought this might be fun.

My crock pot has been in overdrive lately. With homeschooling, kids activities, and just life, I have found slow cooking to be a fantastic secret weapon.

Chicken Stroganoff

Frozen Chicken breasts (we use 2 for our family)
2 cans cream of mushroom soup*
32 oz sour cream*
1 cup of chicken broth (I just use a bullion cube in water)*
1 packet of Lipton onion soup

Place the frozen chicken breasts in the slow cooker (yes, must be frozen)
Top with the rest of the ingredients
Cook on low 7-8 hours

Remove Chicken and shred (super easy!)
I make egg noodles and then mix it all together. 
*If you are not serving with noodles, you can use half the cream of mushroom, sour cream, and broth

Super yummy! 

Friday, January 13, 2012


Life with littles is challenging. Not gonna lie. We wake up to chaos and most days it pretty much stays that way until bed time. In the last few weeks several people have told me "just wait until they are teenagers!" I have to admit, the thought scares me. Really? Can teenage years be worse than having 3 littles? I shudder at the thought. Worse? Harder? Surely not . . . I dream of sitting around the kitchen table with my teens chatting about their days, lying in bed at night talking about their struggles and triumphs, family game nights and movie nights. Is this a dream world? Surely not, because I have friends and family with teenagers they actually enjoy. Then I began to think. In order to have all that then, you have to have it now. You cannot wake up one day and decide to have a relationship with your twelve year old. If you didn't listen at 3 or 5, they are not going to listen at 13 or 15. Your fourteen year old probably won't be easily convinced a family game night is really fun if its the first time ever. In order to develop this kind of relationship with our teens, we have to have this kind of relationship with our toddlers and preschoolers. It won't be perfect then . . . or now. You just get out of it what you put into it. (And then pray for a whole lot of God's grace, then and now!) :)

Too many nights I am exhausted and rush the bedtime routine just to be done. Too many days I rush through homeschooling or dinner just to move on. How much am I missing? How many walks, park days, smiles and giggles have I already missed out on?  Long ago I promised myself I wouldn't wish a stage of childhood away, it is gone too quickly, however, am I actually cherishing my children? My dh often encourages his clients (and me!) to remember that a child needs 13 positives for every negative they receive. How I miss that mark every day. My prayer is to see my children as God sees them, to have a fraction of the patience and grace He has with me. Not often enough have I prayed for God to help me to be the parent to these precious children He has called me to be. I don't want to raise them doing "my best." My best is not good enough. My best fails at its best attempt. May the Holy Spirit enable me with HIS best. His best is perfect.
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