P31 Wannabe

Sweet N Spicy Chicken May 27, 2010

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 5:33 pm

This recipe is one of Seth’s favorites and so easy. In fact, I also have gotten my sister, brother and mom loving it too. I got it from some Quick Cooking magazine a while ago.

Sweet N Spicy Chicken

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 in cubes
3 T taco seasoning
1-2 t vegetable oil
1 jar (11 oz) chunky salsa
1/2 c preach preserves
Hot cooked rice

1. Place the chicken into a large resealable plastic bag, add taco seasoning and toss to coat. Brown chicken in a skillet in oil.
2. Combine salsa and preserves; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; sover and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until meat juices run clear. Serve over rice.



Filed under: God thoughts,Life — Lacey @ 12:43 pm

Haddie always continues to amaze me as to how much she learns. Sometimes I’ll just tell her different things to see if she will remember them. So, if you hear her saying some of these things, please don’t think I’m drilling my child and trying to make her into a brainiac prodigy. I’m really not trying to pressure her into learning a ton at this age (she’s 21 months), but she picks up so much information and seems so eager to learn (she’s started to ask “what’s that?” about a lot of things). So, occasionally I will try to teach her things just to see if she will remember them. All of that said.. I was recently reading to her from Psalms and I tried to explain that Psalms is a book in the Bible and that it was written by David (at least mostly). In trying to explain who David was, I tried to associate with the story of David and Goliath since she already knows about that. Anyways…some of it stuck in her mind…only when I ask her who wrote Psalms she says Goliath! lol. Well, I tried to correct it and now she finally says David (at least most of the time you ask her). I still can’t believe how much she remembers!


Disaster Averted May 26, 2010

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 1:33 pm

Ok, to preface the story, I have to explain that Haddie has been given piles of stuffed animals since even before she was born. Out of all them, she became most attached to a pink “prayer bear” from Nana. This bear has his hands sewed together, eyes closed, and stocking cap on. She insists on sleeping with it and for a while was taking it with her everywhere.

When I went to put her to bed for naptime this morning, I found that bear’s hands had come unsewn. I showed it to her and tried to give her a hug w/ his now free hands, but she totally freaked. She got the most awful look on her face, and you would have thought the world was ending by the way she started crying and yelling! She kept saying “mommy fix, mommy fix.” So, we calmed her down (after Seth got out his phone and recorded her…of course), I got out my sewing kit and fixed poor bear. Funny how she didn’t seem upset to see a sharp needle being stabbed through his bear hands. So, he is officially back to praying and Haddie is officially back to hugging him (since he can’t hug her back anymore). Disaster has been averted…at least for now.


Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 12:32 pm

I got this recipe from my mom and I think she got it from my neighbor who had won actual cooking awards for it. Its awesome. I made it for our high school d-group tonight as some of the girls actually requested it. Its going to be yummy!

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

2 cups crushed pretzels
1.5 sticks of melted margarine
3 Tablespoons sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
Crushed pineapple (about 1/2 can)
8 oz cool whip
1 Tablespoon Milk
6 oz strawberry jello (2 pkgs)
Strawberries, cut up (either 2 10 oz cartons frozen, or 2 pkgs fresh)

1. Combine 1st 3 ingredients and press onto bottom of 9X13 pan. Bake this crust for 8 min at 400 Degrees. Cool.
2. Beat cream cheese, sugar and milk with mixer. Then fold in cool whip and crushed pineapple. Spread over cooled pretzel crust (or sometimes I first put this mixture in fridge to set a bit).
3. Mix jello and 2 c. boiling water. Add frozen berries and mix. (Or if you’re using fresh, put 12 ice cubes in jello, then add strawberries.) Stir well, chill. Pour over cream cheese mixture before its completely set.
4. Refridgerate until jello is fully set.


Pizza Dip May 25, 2010

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes,Side Dishes/Snacks — Lacey @ 7:08 pm

Here’s another recipe I borrowed from the Family Circle Magazine. I’ve had a number of people ask for it. So here it is. It’s delicious!

Pizza Dip
8 oz cream cheese softened
3/4 c light mayo
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz sliced pepperoni chopped
2 ripe plum tomatoes chopped
Large, pitted black olives chopped (amount cut off on my recipe)
4 crusty Italian rolls, cut into 1/2 in pieces

1. Heat oven to 350
2. In large bowl, mix together cream cheese, mayo, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, tomatoes, and olives. Spoon into 6-cup baking dish.
3. Bake at 350 for 30 min, until lightly browned and bubbly.
4. Allow to cool slightly. Serve w/ bread pieces for dipping.

(I used chicken in mine because I’m not a big fan of pepperoni, and I left out the olives because we don’t like those either. And I just used a loaf of french bread instead of the rolls.)

I made this for a date night w/ Seth. I also made a chocolate fondue. It was all a yummy meal!

I also recently made pizza dip with some of our youth group girls. Here’s some photos of them enjoying it ; )


Majestic God?

Filed under: God thoughts — Lacey @ 7:01 pm

I’m in the middle of reading through Psalms in my Daily Bible. I find that some of the Psalms really relate to me and some of my recent struggles with trusting God, anxiety and the like. Others, I read then realize I don’t even remember or understand what I read. Today’s reading made me think…

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1)

Is God’s name really majestic these days? When people hear the name of God, they seem to cringe–even Christians, because they equate His name with guilt. His name is supposed to bring awe and joy to our minds (among many other things!). Why do we limit God to only a small part of his character (judgment and wrath) and not include His awesome majesty, power, grace, compassion and blessing? Why is it so difficult (for myself included!) to focus on the positive instead of all the negative in life? So, in order to combat that today, here’s what I’m thankful for–How God has blessed me:

1. My Permanent Home and My Salvation. Aka heaven. I love C.S. Lewis’ quote: “If I find in myself desires nothing in this world will satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

2. My Temporary Home. Aka the one that’s located in Cocoa, FL. Even with all its many repairs and faults, it has always protected and provided us comfort.

3. My Husband. I love how much he loves me! So many times I can’t understand his full acceptance, patience, and how he always tells me how beautiful I am (even when I honestly look disgusting!). I also appreciate how handy and do-it-himself he is (I am reminded of that today as he’s tearing apart and redoing our bedroom ceiling).

4. My Haddie. She is the most beautiful little girl I know (of course I am a little biased). She never ceases to amaze me with her love, joy, and incredible ability to learn. Today she counted to 4 and rode her play horsey around saying “gitty-up, gitty-up.” Then she wanted me to ride it. Needless to say, I got out of it by blogging : )

5. My satisfied stomach. No matter how tight things have been, we’ve never been without food.

6. Our families, including our church family. We never lack for support, love, and encouragement. And we are always given so many gifts (financial, and some that follow here…)

7. Our new hot tub. Thanks to the DaSilva family, we now have a FREE large hot tub in our porch. It took a bit of work on Seth’s part and a new pump, but its working. And we have enjoyed a new sitting space while we watch our 24 episodes.

8. FREE dentistry. I am reminded of this today as I have a cleaning appointment tomorrow. As much as I hate the dentist (not our specific one, but just the actual appointments), I am very thankful to Dr. Baratta and the free care he gives our family.

9. Our cars. Even though they may look a bit dumpy on the outside (Seth’s more than mine), they are free and clear of payments and we pray they will continue to run for much longer.

10. Our health. We have our minor illness hiccups, but overall, we and our entire close family have not have any serious health problems. Thank you, God!

11. Seth’s awesome youth ministry job. He loves it and that makes me like it all the more. And I love the chance to serve God and be making (at least I hope) a difference in these kids lives. And the church is always so good to us.

12. Our yard. We’ve been playing more and more outside recently. And although we don’t have the biggest yard, I really do enjoy our shade trees and the recent breezes. Seth has also done a good job making our yard into an adventurous area (i.e. trampoline, fire pit w/ even a swinging bench, my hammock, yard games and a front swing). And I’m enjoying my flowers…but I can’t wait to plant more! I also love watching Haddie explore the yard–picking flowers, pointing out the rolly-pollies, waving hi to the birds and squirrels.

13. My bigger than expected tax return check we received yesterday. Thanks to it, we’ll be able to pay off a credit card and complete a few house projects that have been waiting for a rainy day (aka, $).

Of course there are many, many more…but those are a few that come to mind today.


Mexican Lasagna

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 6:35 pm

We tried this recipe I got from Family Circle, last night and it was really quite good. I added ground beef to the veggie mix, too.

Mexican Lasagna
Makes: 8 servings Prep: 15 Min
Slow-Cook: 3.5 hrs on HIGH or 6 hrs on LOW

1 Head Cauliflower, cored (I used 1 bag of frozen, but thawed it first)
3 Plum tomatoes, chopped
1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3.5 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 jar (16 oz) salsa
6 fajita-size flour tortillas
Sour Cream (optional)

1. Cut cauliflower into florets and slice them into 1/2 inch slices (you should have about 6 cups). Place cauliflower, tomatoes, beans, corn and cilantro into a large bowl. Sprinkle w/ chili powder and cumin and stir to combine.

2. Coat inside of oval slow cooker bowl w/ nonstick cooking spray. Spread 3 cups veggie mixture over bottom of slow cooker, then sprinkle w/ 1 cup cheese and 1/2 cup salsa over top. Place 2 tortillas on top. Repeat layering two more times, setting aside last 2 tortillas. Cut these tortillas into 2 pieces and scatter on top.

3. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5.5 hours. Top w/ remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes or until cheese has melted. Let sit 10 min, then serve w/ sour cream, if desired.