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Monday, May 4, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff


This is one of my hubby's favorite dishes and he asks for it often.  It is super easy and perfect for those days, we will be outside working around the Ranch and need a quick dinner ready when we get back to the Ranch House.  I first fixed it when we were building the barn and when we came into the house after a long day, I added the cream cheese, he started the pasta and by the time I came out of the shower, dinner was ready.   Yep, it was my favorite dish that night also!

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Ingredients
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 (1.4 oz) envelope of Knorr vegetable recipe mix
  • 1 (10 1/2 oz) can of cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup of bowtie pasta (or pasta of your choice)
  • fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Instructions
1. Place chicken breasts in slow cooker
2. Sprinkle the vegetable recipe mix over the chicken
3. Pour in soup
4. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is done
5. Cut up cream cheese and add to chicken and cook on high for an additional 30 minutes to make a creamy sauce
5. Cook pasta according to package instructions
6. Gently stir sauce and serve chicken breast with sauce over pasta
7. Sprinkle with fresh parsley
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Social Media Weekly #16 (Facebook)



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
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We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Facebook

 Link up your Facebook account, then go get some Facebook CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 
Remember you need to "Like" pages from your personal page so Facebook counts them!

Reminder:  Be sure and link up your Facebook not your blog so we can find you easier!  




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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends # 78

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 


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This Week's Features!

Devils Food Cake with Raspberry Filling from Crazy for Cookies and More ***Most Viewed*** 
How to Make a Tote Bag from Atta Girl Says
 Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad from Miz Helen's Country Cottage
How to Etch a Bottle from A Mom's Take
Creamy Bacon Guacamole Potato Bites from The Kitchen is My Playground
In Case of Emergency Teacher Gift from Inspiration for Moms
Sloppy Joe Cups from A Sprinkle of This and That

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ranch Dreams


How do you start to explain exactly what something means to you?  I'm not sure but I'll try.
 These Gates represent such an achievement for my sweet hubby and I.  Behind these Gates lay so many of our dreams and hopes and yes our accomplishments. We have arrived at the destination where we can fulfill our dreams and obtain that one spot in this world that is safe and we can be free.  It's not a huge spot, only about 160 acres but it's ours!  Its the playground for our children and grandchildren where they can hunt and fish, go on adventures and ride 4 wheelers without any intervention from the outside world.   Where they can take a break from this crazy world, where there is no time clock nor schedules and if you ask our grandchildren, no rules!!  Oh yes cake for breakfast, absolutely!!   Where there is always cookies in the biscotti jar, where there is always bait in the freezer and plenty of stones to skip across the dirt tanks (ponds).   
And where the hubby and I can do exactly what we wish each and every day. 

This is the location we will return to after our travels.  No we are not planning to be hermits, we still wish to travel this gorgeous country but always knowing we see these gates upon our return.  

It's our peaceful place!










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Monday, April 27, 2015

Flourless Pancakes

A couple things we miss when we are watching those calories and carbs are pancakes and waffles!  My hubby loves a great pancake with peanut butter and syrup but that's too many carbs.   So we have played around with several recipe combinations and come up with a healthier pancake, that is filled with nutrition and tastes great!   This recipe will not make waffles (still working on that one)  but it makes the absolute best flourless pancakes!   


Flourless Pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup old fashion oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole blueberries (optional)
  • Reduced sugar syrup (optional)
  • Natural peanut butter (optional)
Instructions
1. Add first 8 (eight) ingredients to a blender and blend until frothy
2. Preheat a skillet over medium heat and coat it with cooking spray
3. Pour batter onto hot skillet until the desired size of pancake is reached.
4. Drop about 5-6 blueberries on top of the batter in the skillet.
5. Cook until the edges begin to look dry and bubbles start to form on the top of the pancake, about 1 minute.
5. Flip and cook about 2 more minutes on the other side.
6. Serve with reduced sugar syrup and/or top with natural peanut butter
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Social Media Weekly #15 (Google+)



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
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We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Google+

 Link up your Google+ account, then go get some Google+ CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #77

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



If you don't already follow us on Pinterest, I would love for you to follow us - you can even do it right here:

With a Blast

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This Week's Features!
 Traditional Southern Chicken Salad from The Kitchen is My Playground ***Most Viewed*** 
Chocolate Salted Caramel Pancakes from Meatloaf and Melodrama
 Birds of a (Buttoned) Feather from Little Miss Celebration
Ranch Chicken Club Rollups from Life With The Crust Cut Off
Earbud Zipper Pouch from Our Secondhand House
Crock Pot Curried Carrot Soup fromJoy Love Food
Mother's Day Banner Free Printable from Smart Party Planning

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

This is a sponsored post written Chocoley Gourmet Chocolate but all opinions are 100% my own.

My mother loved chocolate covered cherries, you know those little boxes that appear around Christmas time and have the individual trays of chocolate covered maraschino cherries. Any time I see them I think of her.   
Even when Alzheimer's had claimed her, she never forgot about those cherries. She didn't always know who I was but she always got excited when we handed her a new box of these treats.  These memories bring such strong feelings back to me.  
So with Mother's Day right around the corner, of course she is in my thoughts and I think of the pleasure she had receiving those chocolate covered cherries.  I knew that homemade chocolate covered cherries with a really great chocolate like Chocoley Gourmet Chocolate, would be a great tribute to her for Mother's Day.  I know my Mom would have loved to have this crystal bowl filled with chocolate covered cherries on her table!   


I choose a dark chocolate for my coating since I have heard so many great health benefits associated with dark chocolate.  And I just love tempered chocolate, who doesn't love the snap when you bite through the coating into that gooey center.  Chocoley had the most amazing dark dipping chocolate that requires no tempering!  Just a gorgeous shiny chocolate coating with that awesome snap into the treasure inside. Also if you would like a thicker coating, Chocoley has a Candy molding formula that is also awesome!!
  I also knew if the coating stuck to the trays, it would leak out the gooey goodness so I grabbed some Chocoley heavy weight dipping sheets to prevent this from occurring.    


Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries
Ingredients
Instructions
1. Drain cherries and retain juice
2. Spread cherries on a cookie sheet, lined with a dipping sheet and place in freezer for at least 2 hours
3. Mix the butter, sweetened condensed milk, cherry juice, salt and powdered sugar until well blended and smooth for the filling. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill.
4. Remove filling from fridge and roll two teaspoons of the filling into a ball, flatten and place a frozen cherry in center, roll into a ball making sure the cherry is completed coated.
5. Place coated cherries in freezer separated on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
6. Heat the Chocoley Coating chocolate in a double boiler. Remove a few coated cherries at a time and dip into the melted chocolate, removing with a slotted spoon and place on a Chocoley Heavy Duty Dipping sheet
7. Refrigerate until firm, remove the Chocolate Cherries and place in an airtight container for up to a month.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

A Mother's Day Tea

This is a sponsored post written for Plum Deluxe Teas but all opinions are 100% my own.
My idea of a perfect start to Mother's Day is a lovely tea tray in bed!  Propped up in bed with a warm pot of a aromatic tea makes one feel so pampered and special.  Just to take the time to enjoy a special brew without getting out of bed is the perfect start to an amazing day.

I have just discovered a wonderful little tea company, PLUM DELUXE, that believes in making "Moments  that Matter" and I couldn't agree more!    
A day is just a day until you make it a special day and it's up to you to decide to do that.  
Mother's day is a special day but we have to make it so.  Even if I have no children in the house now to make my tea tray, I intend to have my tea tray for Mother's day morning.  
 My problem now is to choose between these two lovely tea blends from PLUM DELUXE!

Mindful Morning Black Tea

or
Afternoon "High Tea" white Tea

and they have several other tea blends you might also enjoy in their teashop!

I love these two tea blends, they are just so fresh and the smell and taste is just divine!    I can't decide which is my favorite but I do know that I love them both and can't wait to try others! 

Plum Deluxe purchases all ingredients for their teas from USDA Organic or Fair Trade certified Vendors.  Plum Deluxe teas have no sulfites, no artificial chemicals and are non-GMO, gluten free, vegan and hand blended and infused with love from Portland Oregon. 

And if you wish to join in Living a Life you love, and Making Moments that matter then sign up for their newsletter,
The Plum Deluxe Blend.

Every Sunday Morning they deliver their handcrafted weekly mix of what they enjoyed this week and what they are looking forward to.  It would be perfect to read with a steaming cup of these lovely teas! 
And I just love to receive some positive news each week in my inbox, with suggestions  to live and enjoy my life to the fullest.  I noticed this week, one of the topics was their favorite 10 ways to commit random acts of kindness.


Mother's Day Gift Idea!!
I am sure your mother would enjoy (or you can treat yourself to) a membership to 
Plum Deluxe Tea of the Month Club!  
 Don't tell but we just purchased one for our MOM!!  We know she will love it and we love to pamper her with a gift that she will enjoy all year!  Special teas for one special lady!! 

And to quote Plum Deluxe,
"Plum Deluxe is here to help you decide what kinds of moments are important to you – in order for you to live a life you love. All of the free articles and resources available on Plum Deluxe are financially supported by our line of signature, organic tea blends – please consider making a purchase or gift purchase."



Other dishes that would look lovely on your tea tray:


Bacon, Cheese and Chive Scones



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Let's Get Social Sunday #14 (Instagram)



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
Weekly.


We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Instagram

 Link up your Instagram account, then go get some Instagram CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 

Reminder:  Be sure and link up your Instagram Page not your blog so we can find you easier!  




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