Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Thank you for visiting my blog. I am away on Vacation until July 9th.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Recipe Monday: Baked Cheesy Chicken Penne

I found this on Pinterest this past fall and have loved it. It makes a TON. I usually prepare one dish to eat that night, and freeze the other! It's also a great POTLUCK meal if you need to feed a lot of people (this feeds about 20)!

You'll need
6 TBSP butter, plus more for dishes
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
1lb Penne Noodles
1.5lb of Chicken Breasts. I use Zaycon Chicken, nothing else!
1/2 c plus 2 TBSP flour
6 cups whole milk (I use 2%)
10 ounces of mushrooms (I used canned)
1 1/2 c Provolone Cheese
1 1/2 c Parmesan
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 TBSP Minced Garlic

1. Preheat oven to 400. Butter 2 - 9x13 baking dishes.
2. In a large pot of boiling salt water, cook pasta. 3 min short of a la dente. Drain and set aside.
3. Heat oil over medium heat in skillet. Season chicken. Cook until opaque throughout. Chop up. Remove from pan. Cook mushrooms and cook until golden brown.
4. In a 5 quart dutch over or heavy pot melt butter over medium heat. Add flour, garlic. Cook, whisking 1 minute. While whisking constantly add milk. Simmer. Whisk until it thickens (takes a while).
5. Stir in cheese and Parmesan
6. Divide into baking dishes. If freezing, place remaining Parmesan cheese in baggie.
7. Bake uncovered until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Traveling with Preschoolers - BONUS

My mom is an AMAZING sewer. She and I made THESE before we left on our BIG ADVENTURE!

If you haven't check out part 1, 2, 3, 4,

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Review: The Bible Doodle Book

#1s Godparents got him this AWESOME Bible Doodle Book. It's a drawing book. It helps tell the bible stories, and the kids get to draw the parts. It's simply AMAZING. Now #1 isn't the BEST artist in the world, so Pastor and him have been doing a page or so a day. They are really enjoying it together!

It starts out in the beginning, God creating the earth. Here is what it looks like to #1 and Pastor!

 The book even comes with CUSTOMIZABLE stickers. You can COLOR the stickers and add them to the book, wherever you choose! My kids absolutely LOVE stickers! This was such a cool feature!

They keep it simple, and tell you what to draw. Which is very helpful!

The graphics included in the book are great. #1 loves them and I personally think they hit the concepts of the bible passages right on the head!

This is a great activity book. I'd say it probably should be for older kids, but what a great opportunity for Pastor and #1 to work together on something! A GREAT doodle book!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Recipe Monday: Fudge Strip Cookie Salad

This is another favorite in our house. I count this as a fruit side, Pastor says its a dessert because it has pudding and cool whip. Use your own judgement.

You'll Need:
1 c buttermilk
1 pkg instant vanilla pudding
8oz cool whip
1 can oranges
1 can crushed pinneapple
1 can fruit cocktail
2 sliced bananas

Mix together
Buttermilk, vanilla pudding, and cool whip.

Add fruit.

Just before serving crush the fudge stripe cookies and stir into salad (and put some whole ones on top!).
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