P31 Wannabe

Goodnight August 30, 2010

Filed under: Life — Lacey @ 3:09 pm

Every night I am reminded again and again how much I love my daughter. I love our bedtime routine and every night I keep remembering that I want to share it with you. After we get Haddie into her pj’s and brush her teeth we go into her room for prayer time. I have to sit with her in the rocking chair while daddy sits on the footstool. I say “have to” because if we don’t sit this way, Haddie throws a fit! That’s my little OCD girl, I guess.

We have started a different prayer time routine the past month or so and I really like it. Now instead of just Haddie praying (and us helping), we now all 3 pray together. Haddie tells us which one of us goes first, who’s second and who’s last (I figure this is helping her learn number orders). Then we take turns praying. Haddie is really getting good at praying by herself and I love to hear her little voice and her cute prayers. Usually she just thanks God for different people or sometimes toys. Sometimes she prays for people who are sick. Its funny how certain people make it to her prayers night after night even though we haven’t seen them or talked about them in a while. And its neat to hear her pray for people she hasn’t even met, but that we might have talked about.

I tend to think that God has a special place in his heart for children’s prayers. After all, He said that we need to become like children to enter His kingdom. So, shouldn’t the prayers of innocent children be so important and powerful?

After we pray, Haddie always exclaims “Kisses!” with a big smile on her face. She decides who gets kisses first (usually its me!!). She kisses both of our cheeks, gives us nose kisses (eskimo kisses) while says “dee-dee-dee,” then gives us eye kisses (butterfly kisses). I love, love, love this time! Then its her turn for kisses and every night she’s sure to say that she wants them on “both cheeks.”

Oh, how I love this Big Girl of mine!


Java Salad

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 2:58 pm

This recipe probably sounds kinda weird. It has nothing to do with coffee despite the “java” in its name. And the ingredients listed below probably sound like they can’t possibly go together. But trust, me…its really delicious!

I made this salad for both of Haddie’s birthday parties. Its pretty easy because you just have to get all the ingredients ready separately and its great for big gatherings. Its also neat because it allows everyone to choose which ingredients they want in their salad so there’s no worrying about what people can’t have or don’t like. And you can even have guests each bring a different ingredient to share.

I got this recipe from my mother-in-law who got it from an office party many years ago.

This is an example of what one of the servings can look like (depending on what you put in!)

Java Salad
-Grapes, washed and de-stemed
-1 Jar Maraschino Cherries
-1 Can Pineapple Chunks
-Onion, Diced
-Tomatoes, Diced
-Shredded Cheddar Cheese
-Shredded Mozarella Cheese
-1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken, cut into 1 inch pieces
-1-2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
-1 Bag Chinese Noodles
-1 Bag Coconut
-Sliced Almonds
-Rice, Cooked

1. I cooked whole chicken breasts in a crockpot, took it out and cut it up. Then returned it to the juices along with the cream of chicken soup. You may need to add some cornstarch to thicken up the juices to make gravy.
2. Put each ingredient in a different bowl and to set them in this order: Rice, Chicken (w/ Gravy), Cheeses, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Grapes, Cherries, Pineapple, Coconut, Almonds, Chinese Noodles. Make your own salads with whatever ingredients you choose!


Southwestern Chicken–Slow Cooker

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 2:40 pm

This is supposed to be a slow cooker recipe, but I didn’t read it all beforehand and went to fix it for dinner. I didn’t have the 4 hrs it required, so I just made it in the oven and it turned out great. So, it can technically be either kind of recipe.

I found this recipe in the Quick Cooking magazine from Sept/Oct 1998.

Southwestern Chicken
2 cans (15.25 oz each) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 jar (16 oz) chunky salsa, divided
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 c (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese

1. Combine the corn, black beans and 1/2 c of salsa in slow cooker. Top with chicken. Pour remaining salsa over chicken. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hrs or LOW for 7-8 hrs.
2. Sprinkle with cheese, cover and cook until cheese is melted. Can be served with rice.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — Lacey @ 1:25 pm

I made these for my D-Group a couple weeks ago and they were a hit. Seth even chose to use his diet splurge day to finish off half the pan. No joke! I chocolate chips instead of having to chop the baker’s chocolate.

I got this recipe from a Kraft Foods Magazine.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
1 pkg Chocolate Cake Mix
1 pkg (3.9 oz) Chocolate Pudding Mix
1/2 C (1 stick) Butter, Melted
1/2 C Cold Milk
6 Squares Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Chopped, Divided
1 C Dry Roasted Peanuts, Divided
1 C Creamy Peanut Butter

1. Heat oven to 350. Line 13X9 dish with foil and spray w/ cooking spray.
2. Mix 1st 4 ingredients until blended (mixture will be thick). Press half the cake mixture into pan. Bake 10 min.
3. Spread peanut butter over the crust. Sprinkle half each of the chocolate and nuts. Cover with remaining cake mix, and then remaining chocolate and nuts. Bake 15 min. Cool 1 hr. Refrigerate 4 hrs before cutting bars.


Chicken & Broccoli Slow Cooker Casserole

Filed under: Main Courses,Recipes — Lacey @ 1:16 pm

I’m not a big fan of broccoli, but its one of the few veggies that Seth really likes, so I tend to add it to a lot of our meals. This recipe actually made the broccoli really yummy. The pic probably doesn’t look too appetizing, but it was really good.

I didn’t read the recipe very good so I dumped the whole can of chicken broth in. It was of course then a bit too runny, so I ended up adding more cornstarch to thicken it up. I also forgot to add the crackers at the end, but I did add more cheese and served it on rice.

I got this recipe from the Family Circle magazine back in Sept 2009

Chicken & Broccoli Slow Cooker Casserole

1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 T Cornstarch
1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pkg (10oz) Frozen Chopped Broccoli
1 Medium-Sized Onion, Chopped
1/2 c Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Petter
4 T Cheddar Cheese Crackers (optional)
3 C Cooked Rice (optional)

1. Toss together 1/2 c of the cheddar cheese and the cornstarch, set aside.
2. Place chicken, broccoli, onion, broth, 1/4 tsp each of the salt and pepper and the cheddar cornstarch mixtures into slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hrs or on LOW for 4 hrs.
3. Remove lid and stir remaining 1/2 c cheddar cheese and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper into slow cooker. Sprinkle crushed crackers over top and serve immediately with rice.


Moving on up August 24, 2010

Filed under: Jewelry — Lacey @ 5:13 pm

So, I’m getting more excited about the jewelry business and am working to expand it. I ordered super cute business cards today and I’m starting a blog just for the jewelry.

Here’s the new site: www.p31jewelry.wordpress.com

I’m thinking about starting to do jewelry making classes and also having jewelry parties sometime once I get my “stock” built up. I feel kinda silly about this stuff…mainly because I’ve never done anything like this before. But I’m super excited at the same time. I feel like this is ALL I think about. But it really isn’t. It just feels like it sometimes.

I’d love to have your input…whether good or bad!


Few More Additions August 21, 2010

Filed under: Jewelry — Lacey @ 11:46 am

Here are the newest additions within the past few days….

I really like how the second necklace (turquoise one) came out. I’ll have to make some more of those in different colors. Let me know if you want to request one in a specific color scheme.