Lauries Kitchen

Friday, June 17, 2011

Rachel's San Antonio Squash Casserole

I made an 'alternate' version of this casserole. Rachel friend from work, made a 'modified version'. For those who know about the various versions of TAKS tests, this is a play on words. She orignally modified it for what she had in her pantry and I did the same. So feel free to do this as well!

San Antonio Squash Casserole

2 large squash-cut up and boiled til just tender
1 can rotel drained (Rachel used a cooked down onion and a can green chilis)
1 can cream celery soup
2 cups cheese (I didn't use this)

Mix and heat in oven til bubbly. (350)
Ten minutes before serving sprinkle top with bread crumbs and bake til golden.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Squash-A blessing!!!

Summer squash is everywhere in my kitchen!!!!!!  What a blessing for someone who loves the stuff! (we do!)  At some point I concocted this recipe. I'm sure someone else already has a name for it but I am calling it Summer Squash Chicken! I will probably double this and get out the extra large cast iron skillet next time. This will become a summer staple around here!!!

Summer Squash Chicken
2 medium sized squash --washed and diced
1 can rotel, drained 
2 large chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
Splash chicken stock
salt/pepper to taste
Splash olive oil

Heat olive oil in skillet. Salt/pepper chicken and pan fry for just a minute. Add other ingredients and cook with lid on about 15 minutes or until squash is tender and chicken is cooked. JoGail and I also topped ours with cheese.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

My summer of Blessings

Some people I know choose a word to focus on throughout a year. Well, I am simplifying it. I am choosing a word to focus on this summer. First and foremost, I give thanks to God my Father for all these blessings. He
blesses in so many ways so often that I often overlook the little things. But the little things often add up to BIG things, ya know? So I will focus on the BIG and little things that I perceive as blessings. You may or may not agree with my perception, but it's my blog so my perception counts on this.

First of all my family is my blessing. Coy is such a blessing. So calm and collected when I am ranting and raving about something or MORE LIKELY when I am obsessing over something.

The girls. Each is so special in their own way. I really don't even know where to start.

My extended parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles....each has accepted Coy and I as we are and loved out girls unconditionally. That is a blessing. Being far away from each other,  it's easy to overlook this. But trust me. IT is a blessing.

My friends and 'family' here in Eustace and Mabank. Wow. God has prepared some neat people to bless here. This includes our work family and church family. So many have taken us in and loved us. Thank you!

Some little couches that the girls cleaned....the feel of clean sheets on my bed when I slide books to read from the library....sweet tea....bath soap that smells air conditioner that's working....a netbook that works!!!!!

I'm planning on a few more posts that highlights my blessings this summer.......stay tuned!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

2 new recipes

Saw this recipe and new I had to try it for the girls one night when Coy wasn't home to eat supper with us. Oh my goodness.......we all three loved this. I will be making this again--probably on a school board meeting night! I have seen this recipe all over the internet so I am not sure who to really give credit to. I'll go with The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond at Tasty Kitchen. I omitted the meat in ours and some of her spices...I personally thin kthe bowtie pasta is what mimics the lasagane noodles so well and make syou think you are eating lasagne.

BowTie Pasta
1 box bowtie pasts
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 small tub sour cream
2 cups grated mozz cheese
Italian seasonings

Cook bowtie pasta. Drain. Return to pot. Add  other ingredients. (Can add cooked hamburger meat if you want). Stir. Heat on stovetop until cheese melts.

My other new recipe is really a chicken marinade. My friend and co worker Gina saw this on a Paula Deen  episode and sade it was awesome, so I had to try it. Lots of sodium in it, so be ware! It is awesome though! I will use it alot this summer for grilling chicken!  Super simple, too!

Chicken Marinade
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce

Marinat chicken in this at least 30 minutes before cooking, grilling, etc.

Happy summer!!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Easy Chicken Parmesan

My measurements may be a little off in this recipe. I fed the family spaghetti and then tried this recipe with the leftovers. It was good!!! and not too difficult!!!

chicken breasts
italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
cooked spaghetti
spaghetti sauce
mozz cheese

Pam spray a baking dish. Preheat oven to 350.
Pat chicken dry then dip in eggs then bread crumb.
Place in pan and bake until chicken is done-depending on how much chicken about 30 mins at 350.
Take chicken out of baking dish and let rest on a plate.
Put cooked spaghetti n baking dish and pour sauce over. Put chicken back in pan. Heat in oven. When almost ready to eat, put mozz on top of chicken and heat til cheese melts.