Saturday, April 5, 2014

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

We tried this recipe tonight and it was really good. It will be used a lot, I believe this Summer - it's that easy and inexpensive. An added bonus, it's a Weight Watcher's recipe - only 6 points per serving. While looking for some new light cooking recipes, I came across this WW Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken recipe posted by Stella B's Kitchen. It looked so good and loved that it was an easy crock pot meal, I can use on these nice Spring/Summer days.

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Ingredients:
2 1/2 lbs. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 2 inch strips
1/2 cup soy sauce (I used the 50% less sodium)
1/2 cup honey (I used local honey)
3 garlic cloves, whole
hot chili sauce (optional)  - I used 1 Tbsp. and 1 dash of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Instructions:

  • Place chicken breasts in crock pot along with soy sauce, honey, garlic cloves and hot chili sauce.  
  • Set crock pot to low and cover. 
  • Stir once 2 hours into the cooking and then cook an additional 2 hours.  Add a little additional time, if chicken is frozen.  I used frozen breasts, so I added an additional 30 minutes and it was perfect.  
  • Remove the garlic cloves.


I served this chicken with baby spinach salad (baby spinach, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cut cucumbers).

The house smelled so GOOD!  No hot kitchen, supper was ready within 4 1/2 hours and I got to spend time with my children.  It was so delicious and the hot chili sauce gave it a great flavor and no heat.  I just LOVE crock pot meals in the Spring and Summer time.

I'm trying my best to get back on our regular healthy diet.  It would be a good opportunity for us right  now because we like to eat light meals during the warm months.  I've always loved baby spinach in my salad instead of iceberg lettuce.  I know that spinach is very healthy for you.  I read an article the other day and it said not only is spinach good for you, but to try kale to switch things up.  Well, I'm a little nervous trying kale.  I've never been good on eating greens (collards, turnip).  I blame my childhood.  My parents made me eat collards and turnip greens during the Winter months.  The leaves were not washed good because I always tasted the grit (sand/dirt) from our outside garden.  It would turn my stomach every time.  When I first got married, I would hold my nose and quickly swallow the greens during New Years Day.  It's tradition, everyone that wants lots of money in the coming year has to eat lots of greens and blackeye peas.  My sweet sweet mother-in-law found out through my husband my hatred for greens, so to this day she makes me a pot of cabbage instead.  I did try creamy collards at a barbecue restaurant this past Winter.  They were good!  I couldn't eat a whole lot, but it reminded me of creamy spinach dip.  I'll eat spinach dip, so good.  I know I'm strange.  I love spinach (raw) and cabbage, but can't handle turnip or regular collard greens.  Saying this, I'm a little nervous to try kale.  Do you think I'll like it?  Does it taste more like spinach or turnip greens?  On Pinterest, I found a few recipes that sounded good.  One was a Gruyere Cheese and Kale Quiche and the other was kale cooked with white beans.  Do you have a good kale recipe that I should try? Please let me know.  Thanks!
  Mirya

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How Great Thou Art

If you turn on the news or keep up with your local newspaper, you read or see terrible events all the time. With the horrific shootings in Texas, the high magnitude earthquake in Chile to our own troubles at home. The world is filled with pain and suffering. Some environmentalist claim that we are living in the time of global warming and that is why we've had such a crazy Winter (blizzards, frigid cold temperatures, severe storms, and mudslides). Our planet is out of balance due to human abuse to our planet. Well, I agree to a certain extent. Our planet is out of balance that is for sure. When God created the heavens and the earth, He made it perfect. We allowed sin to enter into this perfection and destroy it as well as us. We are out of balance because of sin, we can not have a close and personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. The world is pushing the Only God out as fast as possible because He doesn't fit in the evil and selfish lifestyle that we desire. We choose our passions and desires. Whether it is our career, family life, craft, etc. The list goes on and on, unending. It's okay because we all do it. As long as we realize it and turn to God with forgiveness and thanksgiving. We are not perfect and never will, but God desires a relationship with his children. The environmentalist say that we need to create more regulations and restrictions to reverse this action to more positive end results. They claim that we are living in time of global warming. I believe we are living in the ENDS OF DAYS. I believe we are living the days of Revelations, we have for many many years. Instead of more regulations, we need repentance to God Almighty. Instead of more restrictions, we need to embrace God and all his wonders. Because He is Still In Control, whether we want to admit it or not. It might feel better if we say that WE ARE IN CONTROL, but we are not. Never have! GOD IS IN CONTROL and what is, will be.

With all the craziness that is going on all around us - earthquakes, tsunamis, forest fires, mudslides, murders, tornadoes, hurricanes, severe storms, terrorism, bad health plans that are forced on us and other evil acts. Be assured the God is with you. Just go to him and he will give you rest. He will give you peace during the worst of times and joy during the best of times.

I receive emails from one of my favorite bands "The Piano Guys" whenever they release a new album or song. I just love these guys. This morning while watching Fox News regarding the latest events, the shooting at Fort Hood, TX. As I shake my head, so sorrowful for the victims' families and those that are wounded. My heart is so heavy with more bad news of the world. I think to myself how much this country alone needs God and a good ole' revival to bring our spirits back up and give praise to God for what he has done for us. I opened up my emails to clean out mostly the junk messages, when I noticed that The Piano Guys have released yet another masterpiece "The Mission: How Great Thou Art". How fitting to what has been going on for several days, months and years. The Piano Guys are strictly instrumental, but growing up in a country church I remembered most of the lyrics. If you don't know the lyrics to "How Great Thou Art", here they are:

How Great Thou Art
O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

You know, even as I read these lyrics once again.  I always get choked up during the part of "he bled and died to take away my sin."  Of course, I'm in tears of joy at the last verse in the song.  How encouraging to know, no matter what happens to me, Jesus is coming back for me and taking me to a place of no pain, no suffering, no tears - EVER!  How great is this and how powerful my God truly is.    Y'all he is coming back and the signs are all around us.  Will it happen tomorrow?  I don't know, but I do know that it is coming and Jesus will come to embrace His children and take us home.  Nonbelievers can call it global warming, but I know what it is.  Time is slowly coming to an end and I will be with my Heavenly Father FOREVER AND FOREVER!  Praise God for all his grace on my soul.  I pray that if you are not a believer that God will touch your heart, so you might let him in.  He will give you peace, love and rest from all your troubles.  HE LOVES YOU!!  Please ask him to come into your heart and soul today.  God is LOVE and a world without LOVE is very grim and gloomy.

I encourage you to watch the musical video of The Piano Guys and their version of "How Great Thou Art".  It is taken place in Iguaza Falls, absolutely beautiful.  I don't think they could have picked a better place to produce this video.  Just breathe taking.  



If there is anything that I can give you is Hope and Peace.  Hope that God is coming back for his children and he will give us peace to all the tragedy around us.  In Exodus, Moses had the opportunity to have a one on one conversation with God Almighty.  Jehovah told Moses, "My presence will go with you and I will give you rest." Exodus 33:14.  It's that simple.  Today, I hope you embrace God's rest that he is offering you without cost.


  Mirya

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gulf Coast Trip - Part 2

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Jackson Square

This was my first trip to New Orleans and of all opportunities, we got to visit during Mardi Gras week.  Of course, I went with a little fear because I heard a lot of horror stories.  We stayed in the areas that we were advised to hang out.  It is basically around Jackson Square.  We had a very good experience and encourage others to have just as much clean and stress-free fun.  
  • Stay close to Jackson Square area - very family friendly
  • Keep all of your personal items close to your eye sight.  I took a small hipster purse.  Put it  across my chest and the purse in front of me.  This might help you from becoming a victim of pick-pocketing.  Guys - keep your wallet in your front pants pocket. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.  
  • I wouldn't stay out too late unless you are enjoying the parades during Mardi Gras.  When the crowds clear out, go with them back to your vehicle or hotel.  
I hope these simple tips help you have a wonderful experience like we did.  A few landmarks I would recommend you visit: 
  • Jackson Square
  • Cafe Du Monde - try the beignets or French Donuts - They are delicious! 
  • French Market - is an awesome place to shop for anyone and everyone.  
  • Aunt Sally's Pralines are to die for.  The shop is just down the strip between Cafe Du Monde and the French Market. 
To me, as long as you stay along that strip, there is so much to do, eat and see.  Shopping galore, wonderful flavored cuisines, beautiful landscapes and I really enjoyed the street performers. 


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The Naked Cowboy normally hangs his hat in New York, I thought.  I was so surprised to see him on Bourbon Street, playing his guitar and singing with Naked Cowgirl by his side.  Yes, they do have on underwear.  

Another thing about Bourbon Street, PLEASE BE WARNED!  IT ISN'T FAMILY FRIENDLY AT ALL!  It's an experience, but be prepared to witness drunks, puke, and some nudity.  It reminded me of a college frat party.  We just went to say that we've been on Bourbon Street.  Now that we've been there and experienced it, I wasn't too impressed nor have it on my list of "To Go Back and Visit".  

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I had to have a picture of these ladies - Red Solo Cup - LOL! 
Rednecks after my own heart - so creative

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The Mardi Gras Royal Court - ready for the parade to start

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King of Mardi Gras

I loved how parades would just start up out of the blue and it might be just one band and a few people throwing out beaded necklaces to the crowds.

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We had to take a break after walking, for it seems like 20 miles.  It was good exercise for me to make room in my stomach for some Emeril's delicious grilled salmon. 

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My special date with the man of my dreams and Emeril's.  We started out with three different types of bread (rosemary, sweet potato and cornbread).  The appetizer was barbecue shrimp - delicious!  For our main course, Doug tried their sea scallops (huge) and I got the honey glazed salmon.  I've never had a chocolate soufflĂ©, which is what the waiter recommended for dessert with a serving of vanilla ice cream.  Trust me, you'll need the ice cream to cut the sweetness of the chocolate.  It was all so good and I would absolutely go back for seconds again.  It's a once in a lifetime experience.  

On our way home, we decided to go through Gulfport, MS.  It was such a beautiful drive and I hated to leave the beach.  

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Mississippi Coast
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I would absolutely love to do this again some time.  I enjoyed experiencing great Southern cuisines, the beautiful sights, and different cultures.    

  Mirya

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2014 Millard & Peggy 50th Anniversary Book

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I'm running a little behind, but I finally published the photo book of my mother & father-in-law's 50th Anniversary celebration.  


Mirya

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gulf Coast Trip - Part 1

My husband had a little business meeting in Picayune, MS and he asked me to go along with him. The only catch, I would have to be away from my babies for 3 nights. I do believe that was the longest I've ever stayed away from them. I asked myself, what does God say about your relationship priorities? God is always first. Your spouse is second. Your children come next. As hard as I could imagine it would be, God would want me to go with Doug. Of course, Doug adding that we'll stop by New Orleans, LA on our last day, helped me confirm my decision as well {te-he}. I knew the trip would be some what boring and I would have to stay in the hotel room all day for at least a day. I brought a few things to keep me occupied until Doug could get back from work.

So how did I survive all day in a hotel room? It wasn't bad. After Doug left for work, I did my stretches. I guess I spent around 30 minutes on them. It did loosen up my back and neck from the long ride down. I made sure to drink plenty water after all the stretching and popping in my back. I thumbed through the magazines and books that I brought, but really wasn't in the mood to read. I brought some chick flicks in hopes that they might have a DVD player. Unfortunately, they didn't. Thankfully, they did have DirecTV and HBO. I caught up on a couple of movies that I haven't seen. I use to be addicted to FOX News (Hannity, Glenn Beck, FOX and Friends, etc.), so I got to catch up on all the latest media hype. Yep, the country is still going straight to HELICAN in a hand basket. I tried to remember to move around during every commercial break on the television. We had a little refrigerator and microwave in the room, so it was nice to warm up some soup for lunch. We  picked up a few snacks from Walmart as soon as we got to town. The time really did go by fast. The part I hated about it was how beautiful and sunny it was outside and I couldn't be a part of it. With it being a town that I'm not familiar with, I didn't want to take the chance and go out venturing.

On Wednesday night, Doug and I drove down to Long Beach, MS. I never thought we would ever get there. Driving at night and from a long distance, thank goodness for GPS. We never would have found this little joint that a buddy of Doug's recommended "Darwell's". It is back in the sticks, but it was a great atmosphere, delicious food and wonderful hospitality. Their specials were a little pricy, but well worth it. Doug had the Blackened Mahi-Mahi with Crawfish Etouffee for $25. I got the Tuna Steak Oscar, cooked medium, with grilled shrimp, blue crab meat,  Mushrooms in Yum-Yum sauce, asparagus and a side of green beans for $21. Darwell's was featured on "Diner's, Drive-In's & Dives" with Guy Fieri.  Below is the episode to give you a better idea.



Darwell's is located: 127 E First St, Long Beach, MS 39560

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Our entertainment, while we eat

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Tuna Steak Oscar - It was delicious!



I've seen commercial ads on television regarding Pearl River Resort and the casinos in that area.  I never really knew where it was because for one thing, I don't gamble or have a desire to gamble.  I'd rather see where my money is going.  Thank you.  Little did I know, I wasn't too far from it the night we went to Long Beach.  You know, you just can't see much while driving at 7:00-9:00 at night.  To the left is black and to the right is - well, BLACK.  Unless we passed a town with streetlights, it was very hard to make things out. 

On Thursday night, Doug said the same guy that recommended Darwell's told him to go to Silver Slipper Casino.  Their buffet restaurant there "Jubliee Buffet" was having an all you can eat for $24.95 seafood bar.  Doug knew I would love it because how much I love snow crab legs and Gulf Shrimp.  Oh my gracious!  I believe I got my monies worth because I ended up with 3 lbs. of crab legs and about 12 butterfly fried shrimp.  Oh. It was so good.  We wanted to try the Dungeness Crab legs, but their not very good.  Not as sweet as Snow Crab.  Instead, I put the Dungeness crab legs down and picked me up a funnel cake with sugar topping.  So delicious!  I wished you could have been there. 

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ALL YOU CAN EAT!

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I'm posing with my funnel cake and powder sugar - LOL! 



Mirya

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bandz Coming Out My Ears!

We survived a bad thunderstorm the other night, but that is what to expect in early Spring. It's just amazing, it was just last week we were digging ourselves out of 6 inches of snow and ice and the past few days have been such a delight with upper 60s and 70 degree weather. It was so nice on Tuesday that Colton and I had a picnic. He wanted to stay outside and play, but his tummy was rumbling. We went in the house and got our lunch boxes and packed us up a nice lunch. He didn't know what to think. All smiles, he put in his bag of chips and cookies. I was actually shocked that he wanted to try my peanut butter sandwich. He is very picky and never would try peanut butter because it looked weird. Well, he likes it now. He still has his favorites, but he will take a bite or two of a peanut butter sandwich with nothing else on it. I told him how I love honey on my peanut butter and he wrinkled up his nose. Little stinker! I told him where the picnic blanket was and here he came down the hallway with this big ole' quilt. "Is this it mom?" he said gasping for breath. He was so excited that we were actually going to eat outside. He insisted on taking his shoes off before getting on the blanket. Then, he would waller around on the blanket as he ate his sandwich. He never stays still for a second. When we were finished, he informed me that he liked our picnic and that we should do it again. LOL! 

Do you have Bandz obsessed children? My daughter recently got involved in Bandz and making bracelets. She complains because the loom I purchased isn't made the same way as the girls on the instruction videos on YouTube. We've found out the hard way that the pegs are not laid out the exact way the instructions tell us and I've tried to modify, but it's doesn't work. We don't have a Michaels close by, but I promised Katie the next time, I'm close to a Michaels that I will pick up the loom her cousin uses. Well my child has developed this obsession with her bands. Every time I turn around she is making bracelets and I didn't even know that there was a level. She is ecstatic that she made it to level 4. I'm like, what doesn't that mean exactly? She explained to me that each level is based on what type of bracelet you can make. She knows how to make 4 different types of bracelets. My response is "Wow! Well okay." I've had to threaten to take away the bands a couple of times because she doesn't consider it priority to clean her room or taking a bath before designing her next creation. There are times where all I want to do is pull out my hair. What can I say? She's 8 and good at it. She has requested more bands because she is running out. The rainbow bracelets require a lot of them apparently. I finally asked "what are you planning on doing with all of these bracelets once you have finished?" After roller her eyes and thinking a bit, she said "keep them." I suggested that she give them away to friends or something. I mean, she loves making them. Put them to better use. Something for heaven sakes. If she had enough of them, I wonder if the local hospital would allow you to distribute them to sick kids. Wouldn't that make a nice "get well" present? I think it would brighten those little kid's day to receive something like that. I'll have to do my research and talk with Katie about it. 

I really haven't cooked anything new lately. It's been the same old same old. Because of the bad Winter, we've been eating a lot of comfort foods: soup, casseroles, hearty-fattening stuff. Trust me, you can tell that I'm packin' it. LOL! It's still a little cool to be eating salads and grilled foods, but I'm all ears. What do you recommend? After preparing my children for school in the mornings, there are times that I completely forget to eat breakfast. Well, I found a recipe that I might try out. It's Nutella Breakfast bars. Made with coconut milk, baby food prunes, oats and nutella. I know . . . PRUNES! Right? However, it does sound pretty good and if I make a big cookie sheet of this stuff, I could cut it up in sections and carry it with me on those busy mornings.

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I've been wanting to post this, but continued to forget about it. We discovered The Shed Beef Blaster marinade for our steaks and it is AWESOME!! No need for steak sauce during consumption. It is that GOOD! We've also tried the Southern Sweet for pork barbecue and it's good as well. Just try the Beef Blaster the next time you grill out steaks. I put our steaks in a marinade bath for at least half a day. Delicious! 



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While watching one of the millions of reality shows that are out on the network right now, we noticed one of the guys seasoning a chicken with "Slap Ya Mama" seasoning. On the show, he said it was the best seasoning on the market. That's all it took, we had to try it out. We've only had an opportunity to cook with it once and it's pretty good. You might like it as well. 

Happy Grillin' Y'all!


  Mirya