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April 2012

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

This was my first time making any kind of pulled pork, and actually this was my first time cooking pork.  Ever.   I’m not any kind of barbecue expert but this was delicious.  Even though it is a vinegar based barbecue the vinegar taste was not very prominent which is great because you can individually add as much or as little vinegar sauce to the pork as you’d like.  Also, cooking it in the crock pot for 10 1/2 hours made the meat really tender and moist.

I cooked 6 1/2 lbs. of pork for 10 1/2 hours on low using the recipe below, although I only cooked the meat in half the vinegar sauce.

http://momswithcrockpots.com/2012/03/crock-pot-pulled-pork/

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Nothing but the blood of Jesus

On a difficult day the lyrics of this hymn always encourage my soul- I hope they are a blessing to your soul today-

Nothing but the blood:

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Praise the Lord that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins was and is and always will be sufficient.  His precious blood will never lose its power!

Review: Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

I was hesitant to try another ‘dessert in a mug’ recipe because the first one I tried (cinnamon roll cake) was not very good.   This recipe is amazing because it really does taste like the real thing and it should- it uses smaller portions of the ingredients found in a standard chocolate chip cookie recipe.  The only difference I noticed between the cookie in a mug and the real thing was that the texture was a little more cake-like but I think that I may have just overcooked it by a few seconds in the microwave.

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup:

(via http://number-2-pencil.blogspot.com/2012/03/chocolate-chip-cookie-in-cup.html)

1.) Melt 1 Tbs. of butter in a microwave safe mug.  Add 1 Tbs. white sugar and 1 Tbs. brown sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt and stir.

2.) Add one egg yolk and stir to combine.  Add a little less than 1/4 cup of flour and stir to combine.  Add 1/8 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or as many as you want) and stir.

3.) Cook in microwave for 35-50 seconds until it looks like a cookie!  Stop at 35 seconds to check for ‘doneness’.

Easy Chicken Parmesan

This is a delicious and simple recipe! I especially love the tomato basil mixture in lieu of marinara sauce.

Easy Chicken Parmesan

(adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup flour, 2 large eggs (whisked), 1 cup panko bread crumbs, 1 cup shredded parmesan, 6 thin cut boneless skinless cutlets*, 10 Tbs. olive oil, 1 pint cherry tomatoes quartered, 1 clove garlic minced, 2 Tbs. finely chopped basil.

1.) Pat chicken dry.  Season with salt & pepper.  Set up breading station with flour in one bowl, eggs in another and Panko breadcrumb and Parmesan mixed in the third.

2.) Dredge each cutlet one by one, first in the flour, then eggs, and then in the Parmesan mixture.

3.) Heat 3 Tbs. oil in a skillet over medium heat until simmering.  Cook 2 cutlets at a time until golden brown and crisp (approximately 2-3 minutes on each side).  Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining 4 cutlets.

4.) Toss cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil and 1 Tbs. olive oil in bowl and season with salt and pepper.  Top chicken with salad.

* I make my own cutlets by buying Boneless Chicken breasts and pounding them until they are an equal thickness all the way around and then cut them into 2-3 pieces.  For this recipe I cut them in two to make bigger cutlets.

Prayer Journaling for your husband and children

Read this post (http://kd316.com/2012/04/16/prayer-journaling-for-your-husband-and-children/) by my friend Kim and was so encouraged I needed to share! God has really been teaching me the past several months that one of the most effective ways I can practically love and encourage my husband is by praying for him!  Thank you Kim for your encouragement and Christ-like example!

Giada’s Salmon cakes with lemon yogurt sauce

These. were. awesome.  I planned to make these last night while Nick was at his internship because I knew I would have some time to kill- this is definitely one of those special occasion meals because even though this recipe is not difficult it takes a good chunk of time to make.  I will most definitely be making these again!

I made a few adjustments to the recipe- the original calls for capers in the cakes and the sauce but I omitted them because my husband doesn’t like them, I used diced onion instead of green onion simply because I forgot to pick it up at the store  (I will use green onion next time)  and used Ritz crackers instead of saltines because it’s what I had on hand.

You can find the recipe here:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/salmon-cakes-with-lemon-caper-yogurt-sauce-recipe/index.html


Happy Birthday Mom!

Today my beautiful mother turns 50 and in two days my parents will celebrate their 25th anniversary!!! I am so thankful for both of them and for the love they have for each other! Nick and I feel so blessed to have parents that love each other more with each passing year!

Happy birthday mommy, I love you so much!!!

Save More Clip Less

Below is the link to the free e-book by The Peaceful Mom

http://thepeacefulmom.com/2011/08/19/free-e-book-save-more-clip-less/

I really enjoy following this woman via her blog as she chronicles their journey as a family of six living on less than 28,000$ a year.  She has a lot of helpful tips on her website for organizing, planning and feeding a family on a tight budget.  I was really excited when I saw this book on her blog and thought I would share it! I will update with a quick review when I finish it.

**Also, while we are on this topic, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are on sale in my area at Food Lion for 1.99$/lb. (When chicken is this cheap I buy it in bulk and freeze it).

Some new recipes…

Wanted to try out some new recipes this week while still trying to stay well below our food budget.  Out of the 3 I have already tried these 2 were my favorite!

The first is a ‘Mexican’ Rice Casserole:

It was really easy and quick to make, very flavorful and cheap (I buy rice in bulk and lean ground beef and cheese were on sale).  The recipe calls for 1/2- 1 tsp red pepper flakes and I used 1 tsp and it was REALLY spicy so next time I will definitely use less. Also, instead of using beans I used corn and I added a couple tablespoons of butter to the rice mixture. 🙂

You can find the recipe here:

http://www.fortheloveofcooking.net/2009/04/mexican-rice-casserole.html

The next recipe I found when looking for creative ways to use eggs and found this recipe for Lemon Herb Egg Salad:

8 hard-boiled eggs, 1/3 c.  mayonnaise, ground pepper, salt, fresh parsley, dried thyme and lemon juice (Next time I will use a little less mayonnaise).

Recipe via:

http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2012/04/lemon-herb-egg-salad-216-recipe-054.html

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