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Dark Days Can Be A Blessing

9 Apr

Have you ever been in the midst of something that you wanted to overcome so badly? Whether its a job situation, a financial strain, a less than ideal living circumstance, or something else less than “ideal”. You just begin to exist in your life praying that you will overcome your situation sooner rather than later.

Then, the day comes, something happens, God answers your prayers, the tides change, and the end of your trial has been determined and a new journey is beginning. Adios old job, hello better finances. Goodbye gray days, thank God for sunny skies ahead.

Then, days, weeks, months, maybe even years, pass and you realize those long ago gray days weren’t actually as awful as they seemed when you were in the midst of them. They were really just tests and trials that you needed to overcome to be the you God wanted you to be, He was molding you into the person He designed. You begin to thank God for your trial, for the dark days that you thought would never cease. And you realize in the end, your thankful for the dark times, thankful for how it changed you because even in the dark days, God was leading you…

Loaded Crustless Quiche

1 Mar

Decided to throw this together today. Tastes pretty yummy… and it’s super easy!

Ingredients

4 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 c. Frozen Broccoli, thawed

5 Eggs

2/3 c. Milk

1 c. Shredded Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Start Preparing

  1. Preaheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie pan with Pam or butter.
  2. Whisk eggs and milk together until combined. Add in crumbled bacon, broccoli, cheese and salt and pepper. Combine.
  3. Pour in pie pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

 

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Bake

9 Feb

BEWARE: This is very cheesy!! But that’s the way I like everything! 🙂

Ingredients

2 cups Cooked Chicken, diced

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup

1 small brick Velveeta Cheese, diced

16-oz pkg Frozen Broccoli, thawed

1 row Ritz Crackers, crushed

Start Preparing

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 casserole dish.
  2. Combine chicken, soup, velveeta and broccoli in bowl and stir. Pour into greased dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove and sprinkle ritz crackers on top and bake a remaining 15 minutes.

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BBQ Meatballs

3 Feb

I made these for the first time the other day, and just like I remember from my dad and stepmom making them, they were DELICIOUS!! They also feed a crowd, so if you do not want to feed more than 8 people, then just cut the recipe in half. And dont forget to serve them over buttered egg noodles!

Ingredients

Meatballs:

12 oz can Evaporated Milk

1 tsp Pepper

1/2 cup Onion, chopped

2 tsp Salt

2 cups Quick-Cooking Oats

3 lbs Ground Beef

2 Eggs

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Sauce:

2 cups Ketchup

2 Tbsp Liquid Smoke

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

2 cups Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Onion, chopped

Start Preparing

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13×9 pan with Pam.
  2. Mix together all ingredients for meatballs and combine well (best if you dig in with your hands!).
  3. Shape mixture into walnut-sized balls and place into greased pan. Meatballs can be on top of each other. (At this point you can either prepare sauce now or refrigerate overnight for completion the next day.)
  4. Heat ingredients for sauce on medium heat for about 3 minutes. Pour over meatballs.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.

Serve with buttered egg or stroganoff noodles.

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Spinach and Ham Quiche

27 Jan

This has become my quick, go-to meal. It is not only very simple but also really delicious!

Ingredients

1 9-inch Deep Dish Pie Crust

1 medium Onion, chopped

10 oz frozen Spinach, thawed and drained

3/4 cup Ham, diced (lunch meat ham or leftover ham work great)

1 cup Cheese

4 Eggs

1 cup Milk

Start Preparing

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In bowl, mix onion, spinach, ham and cheese until combined. Pour into deep dish pie crust.
  3. Whisk together eggs and milk and then pour over spinach and ham mixture.
  4. Top with additional cheese if desired.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes.
  6. Let set for 2-5 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies

20 Dec

Came up with these a few weeks ago… they are SO delicious! And just throw in Holiday M&M’s to make them festive or even to give out as Christmas gifts. I always LOVE homemade goodies!!

Ingredients

1 box Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix

3/4 cup M&M pieces

4 Tbsp Water

3 Tbsp Veggie Oil

1 1/2 Cups Coconut

1 Egg

Start Preparing

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Mix brownie mix, water, veggie oil and egg until combined well. Stir in coconut and M&M’s.
  4. Drop by teaspoon fulls onto cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE!

Makes 2 Dozen Wonderful Cookies!

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Quick Mexican Pasta

5 Nov

I was in the mood for pasta the other night… not very unusual for me considering I LOVE pasta… but wanted to merge it with mexican… because I was also in the mood for that. Not wanting to run to the store, I grabbed a few pantry staples and put this quick and easy pasta dish together. I will add pictures later…

Ingredients

2 cups Pasta (whatever shape you prefer)

3/4 cup Salsa

1/2 cup grated Cheddar Cheese

Start Preparing

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; Drain.
  2. Add salsa and combine well.
  3. Add cheese and stir, on low heat, until cheese melts.
  4. Top with sour cream if desired.

This was a hit in my family. I paired it with some cheese quesadillas and we loved it. A very quick, easy and budget-friendly meal!!

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