Lauries Kitchen

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

OK, I'm going to write down some of out favorite crockpot recipes. We have been eating a lot from the crockpot this school year. JG typically has a game on Monday night. I put something on and away we go. Grace comes in from her practice while we are at JG's game and has something hot to eat. Then we have something to eat, besides fast food. It has worked out well.

Buffalo Chicken-JoGail's favorite

1 package frozen chicken breast (I buy Tyson in the bag)
12 oz bottle Frank's hot sauce
1 pack hidden valley ranch mix

Cook on low 6-8 hours. Great to make a sandwich with using Hawaiin rolls.

Salsa Chicken-Grace's favorite

1 package frozen chicken breasts
2 can rotel
1 package taco seasoning

Cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred chicken. Can eat plan or use as taco filling.

3 packet roast-recipe from my mom

1 large roast
1 package hidden valley ranch dressing mix
1 package Italian dressing mux
1 package brown grave mix
1 can French onion soup
1 large container beef broth.

Cook on low 6-8 hours. Meat will be extremely tender and gravy is already made.

Creamy pork chops
1 package boneless pork chops
1 can cream celery soup
1 package hidden valley ranch dressing

Cook on low 6-8 hours. Can also use chicken instead of pork chops.
Sometimes I boil some cut up potatoes and carrots and add them to the gravy.

Hot Apple juice (my mom's recipe)

1 bottle apple juice
1 bag red hots

Cook til hot and red hots melt. If I have it, I might also add some cinnamon sticks.

I also make stew using the packet made by 'slow cooker' . I just follow the directions on the package. It turns out great!

I have also cooked BBQ chicken in the crockpot-just add frozen chicken and BBQ sauce and it has turned out great. I haven't tried ribs yet!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Pineapple pecan cake

My goodness it's Monday again! That means sweeping and mopping along with a long list of things for me to do that I couldn't get done on the weekend! It always amazes me how dirty the floors get (we have a lot of tile). JoGail is on her way with the youth trip this week. please say a prayer for them as they complete their road trip and draw closer to the Lord and each other. Grace chose not to go (we're ok with that). She is looking forward to some quiet times and time with just Coy and I . She has been driving more. Her arms get a workout (because she is still stiff when she drives), but they will loosen up in time. She finished her speech class, so she has some extra time now to workout more. She loves working out. I'm making a pineapple-pecan cake this morning! I hope it turns our good. We need something different for dessert! Grace requested a roast and some chicken and dumplings while JoGail is gone. Roast today and chicken and dumplings Wednesday. Coy's still working up a storm at work. I think he's just about got the budget done and only needs to hire one more person. Those two things are always good to get done!

Here's the pineapple pecan cake recipe.

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-20oz can pineapple in juice
2 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix dry ingredients together and stir in wet ingredients and pecans. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Top with cream cheese frosting.

from Taste of Home


Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Catching up!

My goodness it's been a while since I posted! I've been really busy, taking people places this summer--No, Grace still doesn't want to drive....We are trying not to force her, but even she admits her days of not driving "are numbered."  JoGail had her tonsils out abut a week and a half ago. She's done great! She only cried once with the pain, and is pretty much back to her old self and eating whatever she wants! She has drank a lot of tea this summer. She says its her drink of choice. She's gearing up to go on the church's youth road trip next week. Grace is busy working out and going to the local community college. She just finished her speech class so she now has 3 college hours! Coy and I can't believe she is already at this stage in her life! Last I heard she was leaning towards going to college at Tarleton. She has been there for regionals and loves it. Last I heard she wants to be an English teacher (I know). Of course, all this is subject to change! Coy has been busy getting his summer things done at work. The summers seem to really fly by. I took a position with the Henderson County Coop, so I'll start there in August. I'm going to miss all my Mabank people, though. I have truly developed some deep friendships there.

Mom and Dad are pretty much settled back in Amarillo, so it you go through there let them know. They would love for people to visit. Missy has done an excellent job getting them settled and into a sort of routine.

Our absolute favorite baked chicken this summer is chicken that has been marinated in Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Dressing. I can only find it at WalMart. It makes a great gravy when you bake it. MeeMoo put us on to this little gem. She brushes it on tortillas  and then add meat. She rolls it up and cuts them into slices. The kids love it. Of course, there's not much MeeMoo makes that the kids don't devour!

I fried eggplant for the first time the other night. It was really good. I have been frying my veggies in coconut oil and I love it. There is hardly any grease on them. Coy's sister, Judy put us on to that!

I've been making buttermilk pies this summer. Seems everyone likes them and they are super easy to make!

Coy and I have been working out together for about 4 weeks. It kills--absolutely kills me. But the fat shredder routine is a good way for me to start. No major (or minor for that matter) weight loss yet-I keep telling Coy it won't happen but we will see) Of course I can't do the whole 3 sets yet; Coy barely can. It's a killer for sure. I think he found it in the Men's Health magazine. I have been making myself work outside a lot this summer as well. So when I go to bed at night I am really tired.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

1 cut up mango
2 T cilantro chopped
1 jalapeno, deseeded and finely diced
juice of 1 lime

Mix all together and serve!

I made this tonight and we all really liked it. I will definately be making this again!

Strawberry Brownies

Brandon Hall loves these!!

Strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Mix strawberry cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/3 c. oil, spread in 9x13 pan (dough will be thick) and bake at 350 for 14 minutes. For glaze, mix 1 c. Powdered sugar with 1 1/2 tablespoons milk or water. Pour over warm brownies.

Chicken and Biscuits

Chicken and Biscuits

1 can cheap biscuits
1 large can veg all
2 cups cooked and sredded chicken
1/2 c sour cream
1 can cream chicken soup

Spray 8x8 pan with pan. In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the bisuits. Pour into baking dish. Put biscuits on top. Bake at 375 until biscuits are done (check top and bottom), about 30 minutes.

Sweet green beans (or Arkansas green beans)

Sweet green beans

1 large can Allen Green Beans (I don't use any other kind!)
1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 slices cooked and chopped bacon

I drain the green beans a little-not all the way. Stir in other ingredients and heat either in teh oven or on the stove.
Creamed Corn

1 package steam fresh frozen corn
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
4 ounces cream cheese
smidgen of sugar

Cook corn according to packages. Place in skillet on stove. Stir in remaining ingredients. I have also added chopped bacon to this and love it with that, too! Don't leave out the jalapeno! It's not spicy and gives it good flavor!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Top ten things about last year......not in any particuliar order!

1. Watching Grace discover throwing the discus and learning to ready write. Just seeing my baby girl passionate about something made my heart happy.

2. Learning the JoGail is becoming more self directed. She's gotten al lher AR Reading points quickly in the first pasrt of the 6 weeks. (Previously we would be struggling to get them in the last weeks that they are due.) I'm very proud of her for that.

3. Continuing to realize how many friends I have in Eustace ! Just knowing I have friends I cna text, call or scream out helps. Sometimes I can get down, feeling like I live in a fish bowl, but I KNOW I have friends who will try to understand. We are truly a village trying to raise our kids!

4.  Suriving a due process hearing. In my line of work, that's when a parent basically sues the school for something to do with Special Ed. services. Not fun and  stressful, but I now KNOW I can handle it should it come up again. Well, actually it's not quite over yet, but knowing God is in control. Period.

5. Taking the girls to Ragley and watching them interact with MawMaw (my grndmother). Making memories!

6. Watching Coy lose weight and work out. Yes, it sort of inspires me.....sort of! He is very dedicated and determined. And he has started counting calories again, so I'm saving every wrapper I cook with!

7. Reconnecting with college suite mates. We had a girls away weekend and it was wonderful! We chat on facebook often now and that is stress relief at its best!

8. Starting to teach the junior high girls Sunday School class. (Yes, I actually put that!) I love those girls. They are funny and honest. I know what an  impact my Sunday School teacher had on me and I hope I am a good role model for them as well!

9. Rediscovering that God's ever protective arm is around me. Covering me.  But that I must read his Word to have hope! (Psalm 119:114). My Bible was my constant while I waited for 3 days to testify in the Due Process hearing. It was my comfort!

10. Seeing myself grow at work. Not having knee jerk reactions, or stating my opinion quite as much.I think I have learned to just be quiet a little more. ( I'm not sure if I have actually learned that yet, as I have to keep practicing that! )Seeing that I am making a difference in the lives of my kids I work with.  I love interacting with them. They can brighten a day full of paperwork!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

2 new recipes!!!!

I tried 2 new recipes from pinterest this week and they were both hits! JoGail and Coy loved the meatloaf and Grace loved the chicken and biscuits! Both are super simple and easy enough for weeknight meals!


1 pound ground turkey
1 box stovetop stuffing -whichever flavor you choose
1 egg
1 cup water.

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together well. I ended up using my hands to make sure it was mixed well! Patinto loaf pana nd bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done!

Chicken and Biscuits
1 tube biscuits
2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
1/2 c sour cream
3Tablespoons milk.

Preheat oven to 375. Mix all ingredients together, except for the biscuits. Add some salt and pepper. Pour into 8X8 pan. Lay bescuits on top. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until done.

Variations--You can add shredded cheese to the chicken mixture.I am going to add a drained can of veg all to the chicken mixture next time I make this (my gang loves veg-all.) I think it will turn out like a chicken pot pie but with biscuits on top instead of the crust.