Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Who am I?

Losing Bethany Hope has taught me so many life lessons I don’t even know where to start, but here’s one; life is short!
I think before I lost Bethany, I often would get wrapped up in things that really didn’t matter and forget to focus on what did, AKA, my family. I love my husband and my children, they are my world, but are my actions showing that?
One side of me you might not know is that I love to cook, or at least I did. Somewhere in this battle of losing my little girl and waiting on Christ to bring me back to solid ground, I think I fell into a dark hole and I lost part of me. I truly have come so far and yet when I look around me I see how much all of this has changed me.
I used to love cooking for my family and truly being a mom to them, not because it was my job, but because I was blessed to be able to take care of them and I loved doing it. I have noticed that over the last, oh I don’t know year, I have fallen into a rut, a bad routine. I cook, clean, and take care of my family as if it were my job.  I have lost the joy in taking care of my family because I am blessed to have them.
I realized that my family needs me to find “me” again, although I am not completely sure who that is anymore. To start, I am going to start cooking again like I really enjoy it, instead of just quickly throwing meals together so we can eat. I truly want to please my family, I want to make them happy…..SO……to help me and give me some encouragement, I thought I would start something new on my blog
            “Tasty Tuesday’s” Every Tuesday I will post what’s for dinner at our house…..I will also give you the recipe. I love finding great recipes and sometimes changing them up a bit. Feel free to post any ideas you have on things I can add or ways you have tried it at your house, I love getting new ideas in the kitchen! 
I am excited to get back in the kitchen and share my creations with you. Life is too Short; as many of you know……What am I waiting on?????
Here is what we had last Night:
My take on Chicken Divan:
4 small thin chicken breast
3 TBL butter
Garlic, salt and pepper (season to taste)
Cream of chicken soup (fat free)
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese (Room temperature)
Parmesan Cheese
Italian seasoning packet

Place frozen chicken breast in crock pot with butter, ½ Italian seasoning pack, and season with garlic, salt and pepper. Cook on high for 1 ½ hours. (Remember the breasts are thin so it will cook faster. For thicker breast cook longer).  

Mix cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, and the rest of Italian seasoning pack in a small bowl till creamed together) Take chicken out of crock pot and place on cutting board. Stir mixture into crock-pot. Trim any fat on side edges of chicken and cut each breast in half. Place the chicken back in the sauce in crock pot. Cook one more hour on LOW.
When the chicken is about 10 minutes from being done in the crock pot, wash and cut broccoli crowns. Gently boil for about 4 minutes. DO not completely cook all the way through.
Place broccoli in casserole dish, then take chicken out of crock pot and place on top of broccoli, then pour the sauce from crock pot all over the chicken and broccoli. Sprinkle parmesan cheese all over the top till covered. Bake at 350 for about 20 min. Broil the last 2 or 3 min to gently brown the cheese. Serve over egg noodles.  Enjoy!
We even finished off Dinner with yummy homemade strawberry milkshakes! Clean-up; well my sweet husband took care of that while I was making the milkshakes. 

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  1. Tasty Tuesdays sounds great and I love finding new recipes. Bless you sweetie <3

  2. I know exactly what you mean..I love to bake, and I have gotten out of it since losing Aubree. I actually had to tell myself, "You will bake today." It is soothing to me so I forced myself to do it. I am trying to enjoy it again, but even at Christmas I found it annoying to "have" to bake. That is not who I am. Your idea sounds wonderful..I also love to cook so I will be open to any new ideas you post! Enjoy! Isn't it awful that we do what we have to do because we are moms, but we don't enjoy it in the same ways? I am with you on that I need to find the real "me" and get her back because I think she was much more fun and her kids enjoyed that mom a bit more..

  3. I can relate to that entire post word for word i tell ya! (((HUGS)))
    LOVE your tasty tuesday idea too!! :)

  4. I think it's relatively easy to lose our joys along the way. I'm glad you are finding yours again.


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