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All Those Green Beans

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So one day, way back when, I was talking about trying to shape up and lose a few “LBs.” A lady who I had been chatting with suggested cutting out green beans because they are a legume and not a vegetable. Come again? I’m pretty sure that killed me considering any of her advice from that point on. I don’t even really like green beans that much. However, in a world where we are surrounded by greasy “meals” and high sugar snacks, saying fresh green beans are a no-no just seems…criminal.
A while ago, I shared with you what I did with some fresh green beans from the farmers market. Because green beans are just ok to me, it is no surprise that the rest of my beans were getting close to unusable in my fridge. Then I had an epiphany!
I had a few ham bones chilling in the freezer from Easter. Why not crockpot the beans with one of the bones!?!

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Yummy!! Ok, so I added a few more ingredients along the way. I really enjoyed these green beans and actually looked forward to leftovers the next day.

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Of course, I decided to add even more after I took the picture. This is sort of one of those recipes you need to make to your own liking. I was interested in the green beans for me and just a little potato but I put extra potato in for my husband.

Here is what I used:
fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half (I used about 2 1/2-3 cups, that is a ginormous measuring cup they are in, don’t be fooled)
potatoes, (I scrubbed skins and left them on for extra fiber), cut into slices
1/2 onion
salt and pepper, to taste
broth, I used chicken
ham bone

and minced garlic 1-2 cloves

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1. Throw green beans, onion, potatoes and garlic into cold crock pot. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Arrange ham bone on top.

3. Fill crockpot with broth until green beans and potatoes are about covered.

4. Cook on whatever heat works best for you. I cooked mine all day on low heat.

5. Before serving remove bone and be sure to look thoroughly for any little bone or really fatty bits, remove them.

6. Serve using slotted spoon. (sorry not sure what is going on with my spacing at the moment…:) )

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Post Holiday Guilt?

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I may have just a tiny bit! All weekend I tried to keep things in check. Yesterday, I think I was super tired and all my inhibition was lost. Sigh. So I may have over indulged in a few treats. Fortunately I had planned a rather healthy dinner so things didn’t get too out of control!

Other than that, let’s talk about the fun we had!

Easter Egg Hunt!!

They had so much fun and thankfully they ended up with a rather equal bounty.

We all woke up Easter morning to an unexpected gift hanging on our mailbox.  If you know who sent this to us we were all curious. I texted a few likely people and asked but none of them seemed to know what I was talking about.

How nice! Surprises always make my day!

So let’s move on to a recipe I’ve been meaning to share with you!

Chicken Enchilada Pasta!

Here is what I used:

2 marinated cooked chicken breasts, diced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 minced garlic cloves

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 (4 oz) can of diced green chiles, drained

green enchilada sauce (I used an entire jar and I believe it was 16 oz but original recipe called for 20 oz.)

red enchilada sauce (since I was short on the green I added the entire 16 oz jar of the red instead of 2/3 cup)

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt (I felt this is optional, I left it out)

2 cups shredded cheese (I used 1 1/2 cups in sauce and saved rest to top the dish)

1 cup sour cream (I used 1/2 cup in sauce and saved the rest to top the dish)

penne pasta

Optional Toppings

sour cream

shredded cheese

tomatoes

green onions

avocado

black olives

1. Cook penne pasta according to box, drain.

2. While pasta is cooking, add oil to skillet and heat to medium-medium high heat. Sauté garlic, onion and red peppers in skillet until peppers are soft and onion translucent.

3. Add in chicken, green chilies, chili powder, cumin, salt and enchilada sauces. Allow everything to simmer for about 8-10 minutes.

4. Reduce heat to LOW! Make sure sauce is not boiling, then add in sour cream and cheese. This part apparently freaks some people out because if the sour cream can curdle if too hot. I don’t think this was an issue with my sauce. However, I tasted the sauce before the cheese and sour cream was added and I really felt that it was good as is. So if you are anti dairy or just fearful of curdling, you can totally skip this step!

5. Carefully mix sauce into drained pasta.

6. Top with optional toppings and serve!

I found my recipe for this at 366 Days of Pinterest!!

Easter Party Goodies

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So yesterday I showed you all the great crafts we made at the Easter craft party. Today I wanted to share with you the goodies!

Bird’s Nests! Are they cute or what!?! My husband asked me today if he was allowed to eat them or if they were decoration only. These are so easy to make, I didn’t mind sharing!

Mini Rustic Cherry and Peach Pies! I had to leave the leftover pies at the craft party because if they came home with me I would have eaten them all in five minutes!! I will however be making these the next time I have people over for dinner! The good news is that these are super easy to make too!

The hostess of the craft party also made some treats!

Cookie Dough Dip!!

Peanut Butter Blossoms!

She was a little disappointed in her Blossoms. The Hugs really melted down on them and she thought they looked like “boobies.” When I made my Biscoff Blossoms, I had some issues with melting Hugs too. I’m thinking next time we should freeze the Hugs ahead of time to see if that doesn’t help! Anyone else have another idea? The cookies tasted darn good regardless of the melty chocolate! The real treat however was the cookie dough dip. It was sick!!

Here is how to make the Bird’s Nest.

You will need:

Chow Mein Noodles

Bag of Butterscotch Chips

Candy eggs, I used Reese’s Eggs but you could use Jelly Beans,

That’s it! Just melt down your butterscotch in the microwave. Stir frequently and don’t over cook. In a separate bowl, I poured in half the bag of noodles and mixed in some of the butterscotch until noodles are coated. Load coated noodles into a muffin tin. I used my finger and created a little depression in the middle of each “nest”. Add two or three candies. If you want to make sure your candies secure, dip an edge of them in your butterscotch before putting them in their nest.

The silicon muffin trays are really the way to go. You can just push the nests right out! Continue process with noodles and butterscotch until you run out! Refrigerate to allow butterscotch to harden quickly. I think I could have ended up with 12 nests but some how I only had 11. Hmmmmmm.

Now for those pies.

First off. I used these two lovelies!

This is almost as simple as the Bird’s Nests.

What you will need is:

pie crust

preserves

one egg

I used a Ramekin to cut out circles in my pie crust. Note, do not try to roll your crust with a pin to make the crust thinner. I did that and I think that it made it difficult for the crust to keep its shape. One of mine flattened out and I was force to eat it! Center a spoonful of preserves. Press edges up and over so they keep the preserves in the center. I beat an egg in a bowl and added a bit of water and brushed the edges of the folded up crust so that they would brown. I would cook crust on temperate on box of pie crust. Mine said 425. They took about 5-8 minutes to cook. Keep an eye on them!

Enjoy!!

A Crafty Easter Weekend

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Hey there! How was your weekend! Mine was super busy but I managed to have some fun! Going into the weekend, I was worried that I wouldn’t have much to share with you this week. My work week is super hectic so I didn’t know if I would have much worth talking about.

Well I was wrong!!

Some people are in book clubs, some in sewing clubs and others in cooking clubs. I would actually enjoy all of these clubs (although I have no idea how to sew…yet). However this weekend might have been the kickoff to our craft club! A friend of mine invited a bunch of us to get together to make Easter decorations. She had sent out ideas of what we should have to make the craft but after it was all said and done we had some unique pieces.

Are these awesome or what? These are some of the larger pieces we made. Wouldn’t they be great for a center piece or as a gift for a family member or friend?

I shot this picture right before we started putting everything together. Notice how in the large round vase there is a smaller glass jar? That is how I was able to put fresh flowers in the center of that particular decoration. As a money saving tip, use the cardboard from toilet paper rolls in the center of your vase or something similar to fill the inside of your larger vases, that way you won’t have to pay a small fortune for candy!

There was a lesson to be learned however! Never try to stuff a Peep into a narrow mouthed vase. Save that trick for love notes and pirate ships!

Drats! Oh well. After the bunny was successfully extracted, she was able to come up a fun and festive save!

This is a majority of the decorations we made. One of my friends had to leave early. She made to mason jars decorations that were lidded. Apparently she has a dog that will eat anything she can get her paws on. Wouldn’t lidded mason jars be a great idea for an Easter Egg Hunt?? I sure think so!

As we decorated we had great conversation. One of the girls at the party was anti Pinterest. Come again?? She was a sweet lady overall but she just didn’t get  why all these people would want to pin the same idea. I just said I love when people pin my stuff. Sorta like a high-five for what I’ve put together. What do you think?

I hope these decorations get your creative juices moving!