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Cajun Chicken Pasta Soup

18 January 2017

Cajun Chicken Pasta Soup
It has been a while since I blogged.  Well years actually.  I have all sorts of excuses like... Running a business or having a baby... But the reality is, life got hectic and the few hours a night I used to spend blogging were spent catching up on sleep or housework or something. 

Although its been a few years, I have been working on a few blog posts here and there as time would have it.  So I have a dozen or so stocked up and ready to share as well as a few half started and a couple more in the works.  Now that the baby (are they still babies at 14 months) is taking a pretty decent afternoon nap fairly regularly, I find myself with a little spare time on my hands and am itching to get back to sharing regularly around here. 

First up is this delicious Cajun Chicken Soup recipe. 

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1-2 lbs Chicken, cubed
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 onions, chopped
2 peppers, chopped
8 oz mushrooms
2 C frozen peas
4 C chicken broth
1 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp Oregano
3 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
1 Box Pasta
1/4 C Flour
1.5 C Heavy Cream
6-8 Bacon Strips, cooked.

Directions:
1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet.  Add the cubed chicken and cook thoroughly. 
2. Remove the chicken and place in a large stockpot. 
3.  In the skillet, heat the onions and garlic stirring regularly for 2-3 minutes.  Add the pepper and mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes.  
4. Add the onion/pepper mixture to the stockpot, along with the peas, chicken broth, pepper, oregano and cajun seasoning.  Bring to a boil.
5. Meanwhile in the skillet, combine the flour and heavy cream.  Mix thoroughly to remove clumps and bring to a simmer.  
5.  Add the pasta and heavy cream mixture to the stockpot and cook for 10-12 minutes. 
6. Crumble the bacon and top each bowl with some bacon.  Enjoy!   


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Apple Oatmeal Cookies

20 March 2015

Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Sometimes cookies fill a need to use an over abundance of pantry items.  Like the time I bought a huge canister of oats only to look up and find a high BJ's sized box at the top of the pantry.  I mean we like oats but that is A LOT of oats.  
So these Apple Oatmeal Cookies were created.   Our fridge was still overflowing with apples that we picked way back in the fall.  And with some "help" from the little guy we peeled, chopped and tasted a bunch of apples for this recipe.  
Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 Butter, softened
3/4 C Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2 C Flour
1 1/2 C Oats
2 C Apples, peeled + finely chopped
1/2 C Walnuts

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 
  2. Combine the butter and sugar and beat well. 
  3. Add the egg, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and mix to combine. 
  4. Slowly add the flour and oats and beat until combined.
  5. Fold in the chopped apples. 
  6. Drop in 2” balls onto a cookie sheet. 
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.
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My 3 Year Old Boy's Easter Basket (with no candy!)

19 March 2015

Spring really snuck up on me this year.  Not that I am complaining that winter is almost over, but it wasn't until the baby chicks were at the local Tractor Supply store that I realized Easter is coming.  And coming fast.  

So I did a little gathering and some shopping in preparation of Easter and put together Reid's Easter Basket.  

This year I kept things fairly simple... 
I might add a little chocolate bunny for Easter but again we are sticking with the "no candy" theme.  

To see our Easter Basket's of years past... 1 Year Old Boy Easter Basket and 2 Year Old Boy Easter Basket.


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