Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Update in case someone actually reads this blog.

Christmas card for 2020

Until next time... JenT

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Recipe Series Chicken: Southwestern Chicken Salad in Avocado Bowls

Another good summer-time lunch recipe that is best if the chicken is cooked ahead in the crock-pot.

Southwestern Chicken Salad in Avocado Bowls

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
2/3 cup sour cream
3 tbsp chunky salsa
1 tbsp fresh copped cilantro
1 tsp lime juice
2 avocados

1. Mix together shredded chicken, sour cream, salsa, cilantro, and lime juice in a large bowl.

2. Cover and refrigerate chicken salad for 30 minutes for the ingredients to mingle, or  skip to the next step to serve immediately.

3. When you are ready to serve, slice the avocados in half lengthwise and remove pit.  Use each half as a serving bowl for 1 person, stuffing chicken salad into the empty pit cavity and then mounding heaping spoonfuls over top of the entire surface of the avocado half.  Serve garnished with fresh cilantro.

Until next time...


Recipe Series Chicken: Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap

This one makes a good lunch for those warm summer days.  I suggest cooking the chicken in the crock-pot ahead of time.

Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/8 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped
1 1/2 cups fresh carrots, peeled, shredded (I would buy the ones already shredded)
1/4 cup canned crushed pineapple, in juice, drained
1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
3 cups cooked diced chicken
Wrap of your preference

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine mayo, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder.  Mix well.

2. Combine broccoli, carrots, pineapple, and spinach in a large bowl.  Stir in dressing and chicken.  Mix well.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

3.  For each wrap place 2/3 cup filling on bottom half and roll like a burrito.  Place seam side down and cut diagonally.  Serve immediately.

Suggestion: Filling may be made up to one day in advance. Assemble wraps when ready to serve.

Until next time...


Recipe Series Chicken: Crock-pot Orange Chicken

Crock-pot Orange Chicken

2 large carrots, peeled and sliced about 1/2 inch thick
2 large red or green bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
8 oz orange juice concentrate
2 cups mandarin orange segments
2 green onions, chopped
hot cooked rice

Put everything except the orange segments and green onions into crock-pot.  Cook on low for about 4-6 hours.  Serve over hot rice.  Top with orange segments and green onions.

Until next time... JenT

Recipe Series Chicken: Southwest Chicken Casserole

Another recipe that starts with cooking your chicken in the crock-pot.

Cook about 3 chicken breasts, 4 if they are on the small side
You can actually cook the first four ingredients with the chicken in the crock-pot to save time later.
1 small can cream of mushroom
1 small can cream of chicken
1 can Rotel
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 bag of Doritos (nacho cheese flavor), crushed
Shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese

When the chicken is done, shred it up and mix the first four ingredients in...or if you cooked them all together then just shred the chicken up.
Mix in some of the crushed Doritos (save some for top). Place mixture in a casserole dish and place in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Take out and sprinkle cheese on top, put back into oven for another 10 minutes. 

Until next time...


Recipe Series Chicken: Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken

Another good recipe for the crock-pot and also served over rice.  This is my second daughter's favorite...everyone else loves it too.

Lemon Poppy Seed Chicken

5 chicken breasts, cooked in crock-pot until tender and shreds apart easily

1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 stick butter, melted
1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crumbled
Poppy seeds

Mix together in a large bowl: chicken, sour cream, lemon juice, and soup.  Put into a casserole dish and liberally sprinkle crackers and poppy seeds over top.  Drizzle with melted butter then bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Serve over rice.

Until next time...


Recipe Series Chicken: Island Chicken

Summer is the time for Crock-pot recipes.  Here is one of our favorites.

Island Chicken

3 lbs chicken (we prefer boneless, skinless chicken breast)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 cup soy sauce (we use Bragg's Liquid Aminos for a healthier option)
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp vinegar
1 green pepper, sliced
1 large can pineapple chunks, drained (our kids like to drink the juice)
1 onion, sliced thinly

Basically throw it all in your crock-pot until done.  You can put it in in the morning on low and it will done by supper, or put it in in the afternoon on high for supper. 
Serve over rice.

Until next time...


Recipe Series Chicken: Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

I am going to do a series of recipes that our family loves.  You are free to use these, adjust to your taste or needs, share them, ignore them...whatever.

First will be some chicken recipes and to start that off will be Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas.

I realize that the weather is warming up, so some of these will be crock-pot recipes.  Also, for those recipes where the chicken is shredded up, I cook it in the crock-pot starting in the morning to be ready for supper.  It keeps the chicken moist and tender.  I don't have the newest rage, the insta-pot, so if you have one of those, I'm sure it will work just as well if not better and faster.

Without farther ado -

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

2 cups or more cooked chicken, seasoned with taco seasoning (I usually use more)
1 lb Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded*
flour tortillas; as many as needed
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 tbsp flour
2 cups chicken broth
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped**
1 cup sour cream

Roll chicken and most of cheese together in tortillas to fill 9x13 pan.

Sauce: cook butter, flour, broth, peppers until thick.  Add sour cream and cook until hot, but DO NOT boil.  Pour over tortillas.  Top with remainder of cheese.  Bake at 350 until cheese is melted.

* divide cheese; part for inside tortillas, part for on top
** if someone does not care for hot and spicy, these can be left out...also if someone likes it really spicy, more can be added.

Just a note: for our large family we do two with jalapenos, one without. 

Until next time...


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

because chickens are homeshool curriculum

My latest acquisition...French Black Copper Maran chicks.  We think at least one is a rooster.  These lay super dark chocolate colored eggs.  I can't wait!!

As for the title...well, yes, we count anything and everything for homeschool curriculum...after all there are lessons in every aspect of life.  And that is what we are doing - teaching life.


Until next time... JenT

Saturday, December 17, 2016

well it's almost that time...

 You know that time of year that, well, the year is almost over. 

Christmas is only a week away and we celebrate and revel in the greatest holiday of the year.  Then the year winds down and suddenly it's Jan First!!  A new year!! 

I would like to consider myself a fairly optimistic person.  So I generally look ahead to the new year and all the possibilities that lie before me.  What will 2017 bring?

A lot of people like to make New Year's resolutions and then fail to fulfill the promises to themselves.  I say make goals all year long and meet them.  Make them small enough to meet and then gradually make bigger ones. 

Instead of saying "I'm going to lose 50 lbs this year!", say "I'm going to go to the gym this morning."  Just go there.  No exercise routine, no fancy unrealistic diet...just going to the gym.  Then once you are there, do one push-up.  That's it - just one push-up.  "What?!", you ask.  All that work going to the gym for just one push-up?  Yep.  Of course if you're already there...

Well anyway, that's my tip for the day. :)

Until next time...


Monday, October 31, 2016

when it rains it pours!! blessings that is

It pays to exercise!!  No kidding...Saturday on my way into the gym I found a quarter and a penny on the ground. lol

I went over to the library after my workout and they were cleaning out their lost and found...I walked out with a ladies wallet and a zipper pouch of school supplies.

I dropped my hubby off at work and went to Kroger to pick up a few things.  I don't like to shop on an empty stomach and I had not eaten breakfast so I stopped by Taco Bell to buy something.  I had such a loooooonnnngg wait for ONE item that they GAVE me a drink and two of those cinnabon cheesecake balls (wow - worth the wait!).

When I got home I discovered that our neighbors had give us a bouncy toy for the baby.  Since I already had a girl one and this one was neutral I passed that blessing on to a friend who has a boy.

I wasn't home very long and another friend stopped by with a gallon of homemade root beer.  He was making sure of his recipe because his mom had asked him to make if for their church festival on Sunday and that was left over.  The kids loved it.  I'm not a root beer fan, but they all love it so that was nice.

Yesterday on the way home from church I stopped by yet another friend's house and she gave us lots of bread...nice expensive healthy bread.  Someone gave them about 20 trays - like the ones you see the bread trucks stacking bread on - full of bread.

So I guess you could say I had a pretty good weekend. :)

Until next time...


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Boss Hogg's BBQ Shack Pigeon Forge, TN

Woooo-eeee!!  Can you hear it now?  That sound of great satisfaction and excitement?  Yeah, well, if you go Boss Hogg's BBQ Shack in Pigeon Forge, TN,  you'll be squealing like that too.

They claim to be the best BBQ place in town and I have to say - I agree with them! 

They make their very own unique BBQ sauce that really puts that finishing touch on some excellently cooked meat.  (They also have it available for sale in bottles).

They offer chicken, brisket, and, of course, pork - that is grilled to perfection.  The meat is moist and not dried out like you get in some places.  (Yes, that is half of a chicken in that picture above - breast, wing, thigh, leg).

 (The brisket is what I had...soooooo good!)

The sides measure up to the rest of the meal, too.  Baked beans and loaded potato salad were our choices and, oh-my-goodness!! - they have the best baked beans ever!!!  There is a touch of something in them that just sets them apart from every other baked bean out there!  I'm telling you, I would go order just baked beans if I couldn't have anything else. 

I also really like the decor.  The tables and chairs are very sturdy and rustic; I love that style!!  It's not very roomy on the inside, but there are tables available on the deck outside and the weather is perfect for picnic style eating.

So next time you are in Pigeon Forge, or if you already live here, go check out Boss Hogg's.  It's located on Wear's Valley Rd (stoplight 3), about 2 miles down on the right.  (This is facing towards the parkway so it looks like it's on the left).

That's some good eatin' folks!  ;)

Until next time...


Friday, September 16, 2016

giveaway input

 If I can get enough traffic on this blog, I can host some giveaways.

I love giveaways!  I love to win and I love to give stuff away!

Now for your input - what kind of stuff do you like to win?

Until next time...