Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken

Unfortunately I don't know where this recipe originally came from.
I do know it is one of my hubby's favorites.

2 lbs. chicken breasts (approx. 4)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. pepper
 1 Tbsp. oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp. vinegar
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 cup cashews

Combine flour and pepper in bag.
Add chopped chicken and shake to coat.

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
Brown chicken, about 2 minutes each side.
Place chicken in slow cooker.

Combine soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic and pepper flakes
and pour over chicken.
Top with cashews.
Cook on Low for 3-4 hours.
Serve with rice.

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For today... Sunday, November 16, 2014

Outside my window...

I am thinking... Of how my dad is turning 70 yesterday and how many things he has been through in his life.

I am thankful for... Family

From the kitchen...
Multi-Cultural Potluck @ Church
Cabbage Rolls
Cheesy Tomato Skillet, Garlic Bread, Italian Cauliflower, Cesar Salad
Chocolate Eclair Square
Meatloaf, Roasted Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Cookie & Cream Cake
Sweet & Sour Crockpot Chicken, Rice, Tossed Salad, Broccoli Slaw,
Jelly Roll
Asian Glazed Salmon, Rice Pilaf, Peas, Broccoli Slaw, Cookie & Cream Cake
Leftover Smorg

I am wearing...  Black dress pants, black tank top with a fuschia cardigan

I am creating...

I am reading... "Return to Me" by Lynn Austin

I am praying for... My brother-in-law who got fired from his job of 27 years this week.

Pondering these words... "Right priorities and good time management demand an awareness that today is the only time with which we ever have to work.  The past is irretrievably gone, and the future is only a possibility."  ~Dorothy Kelley Patterson~

I am hoping... For warmer weather!

I am hearing... Inspirational music & the furnace running.

Around the house... Time to think Christmas decorating.

One of my favorite things... Family celebrations.

A few plans for the rest of the week...
~Sunday:  Multi-cultural potluck @ church
~Monday:  Luvin' My Home
~Tuesday:  Work
~Wednesday:  Work
~Thursday:  Optometrist Appointment & shopping for new glasses, visit parents
~Friday:  Luvin' My Home
~Saturday:  Date with Hubby :)

Here is a picture thought I am sharing... 

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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I am joining...
Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


(A Hymn for Remembrance Sunday)
~Charles Henrywood~

Grant peace, O Lord, across our strife-torn world,
Where war divides and greed and dogma drive.
Help us to learn the lessons from the past,
That all are human and all pay the price.
All life is dear and should be treated so;
Joined, not divided, is the way to go.

Protect, dear Lord, all who, on our behalf,
Now take the steps that place them in harm's way.
May they find courage for each task they face
By knowing they are in our thoughts always.
Then, duty done and missions at an end,
Return them safe to family and friends.

Grant rest, O Lord, to those no longer with us;
Who died protecting us and this their land.
Bring healing, Lord, to those who, through their service,
Bear conflict’s scars on body or in mind.
With those who mourn support and comfort share.
Give strength to those who for hurt loved-ones care.

And some there be who no memorial have;
Who perished are as though they’d never been.
For our tomorrows their today they gave,
And simply asked that in our hearts they'd live.
We heed their call and pledge ourselves again,
At dusk and dawn - we will remember them!

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

We will remember them

Monday, November 10, 2014

Slow Cooker Home Style Pork Stew


1 Tbsp. oil
1-1/2 lbs. pork stew meat
1/8 tsp. seasoned salt
1/8 tsp. garlic pepper
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 cups fresh baby carrots
2 cups pork (or brown) gravy
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/8 tsp. ground sage

Heat oil in large skillet over high heat until hot.
Add pork; sprinkle with seasoning salt and garlic pepper.
Cook 3-5 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently.

In 3-quart slow cooker, combine pork
and all remaining ingredients.

Cover; cook on low for 6-8 hours.

I usually serve this with buns and a salad.

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For today... Sunday, November 9, 2014

Outside my window... The sky is grey and their is a light skiff of snow.  A heavy snowfall warning is in effect for today.

I am thinking... That it is taking me awhile to get going this morning.

I am thankful for... Morning coffee!

From the kitchen...
Roast Chicken w/Roasted Potatoes & Carrots, Gravy, Buns, Corn, Salad, 
Chocolate Icebox Cake
Crockpot Sweet & Sour Ribs, Rice, Crockpot Cauliflower & Cheese, Salad, 
Banana Cream Pie
Crockpot Chicken & Biscuits, Salad, 
Chocolate Chip Cake
Pork Chops & Gravy, Buns, Crockpot Carrots, Salad, 
Chocolate Icebox Cake
Easy Stuffed Shells, Garlic Bread, Oven Baked Zucchini, Ceasar Salad, 
Banana Cream Pie
Cheesy Mushroom Fish Bake, Herbed Pasta, Garlic Green Beans, Mashed Turnip, Salad, 
Chocolate Chip Cake
Birthday Cake

I am wearing...  Jeans & a green t-shirt with a black cardigan

I am creating... Scrapbook pages, cards, painting a picture and x-stitching.

I am reading... "A Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices" by Elizabeth George

I am praying for... My daughter's budding relationship.

Pondering these words... "Woman can splash the world with the love of Christ...through kindness, caring, touching, meeting needs, and telling of their love for Christ."  ~Esther Burroughs~

I am hoping... That we don't get the freezing rain before the snow.

I am hearing... The fireplace.

Around the house... All is still quiet.

One of my favorite things... Sitting in front of the fireplace in the quiet of the morning with a steaming cup of fresh brewed coffee.

A few plans for the rest of the week...
~Sunday:  Church & Work
~Monday:  Housework & Work
~Tuesday:  Remembrance Day & Work
~Wednesday:  Housework & Work
~Thursday:  Sister-in-law's Birthday, Errands & Grocery Shopping
~Friday:  Home Day
~Saturday:  Dad's Birthday - Supper with parents

Here is a picture thought I am sharing... 

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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I am joining...
Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook

Thursday, November 6, 2014

After School Crunch Bars

I love the quick simplicity of these bars.
They are good with the peanut butter chips
but my favorite way
is with the butterscotch chips :)

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter (or butterscotch) chips
2/3 cup margarine
2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups Rolled Oats

1 cup peanut butter

In a large microwave safe bowl
combine chocolate, peanut butter chips and margarine.

Microwave on medium for 2-3 minutes,
stirring once halfway through.
Stir until smooth.

Add vanilla, Rice Krispies and oats.
Stir well.

Press into a 9x13-inch greased pan.

Melt peanut butter in microwave for 30-40 seconds.
Drizzle over bars.
Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
Cut into bars and enjoy!

 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fall Decor Around The Home

"The Autumn of Life"
~by Helen Steiner Rice~

What a wonderful time is life's autumn,
when the leaves of the trees are all gold,

When God fills each day as He sends it
with memories, priceless and old.

What a treasure-house filled with rare jewels
are the blessings of year upon year,

When life has been lived as you've lived it
in a home where God's presence is near...

May in the deep meaning surrounding this day,
like the paintbrush of God up above,

Touch your life with wonderful blessings.


 ~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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