Feb 19, 2018

Trim Heathy Mama Creamy Verde Chicken Chili Review

Good morning, friends!

Today I am sharing the first review of a crock pot recipe in the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook.  You will find it on page 78 in the Sanity Saving Crockpot and Electric Pressure Cooker Meals chapter.  The Chili is an S (satisfying) meal and is also a NSI (no special ingredients) recipe.

I prepped the Creamy Verde Chicken Chili recipe on a cold Saturday evening so that I could put it in the crockpot quickly on Sunday before going to church.  It is a family serve recipe and if family serve in the Trim Healthy Mama world means 6-8 servings, this was a very generous 8 servings.  I would estimate it is more along the lines of 10-12 servings.  My crockpot was full and we had it for four days, plus shared with a friend.

And so you know up front, it is Salesman approved! He liked this soup!  I will be making it again! He did ask for butter crackers to eat with his chili.

I had never purchased salsa verde, have you?  It is a green salsa. I purchased the mild version of salsa; but thought the chili was very flavorful.   Of course you could use the medium or hot, if you prefer.  The chili is full of vegetables and also has two secret veggies added as well.

There is also an option for making this chili in an electric pressure cooker.

The recipe was very easy to follow and had three steps.  I prepped the second step the night before which was blending some of the ingredients and the secret veggies!  I also had the crockpot, all canned ingredients and spices, and all measuring spoons out, so that the Sunday morning assembly went quickly.

Full of veggies...

Full of flavor...

Two spoons up!


Feb 16, 2018

For the Love of Lamp Lights - Chico's Knoxville

Happy end of the week!  I hope you have a wonder filled weekend!

Look up!

There is beauty to be found.

Feb 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

At ninety-two,
She is delightful and lovely, too.

My grandma.
My best friend.
My valentine.

She is the most beautiful woman in the world to me.

She has loved me well -
And oh, the stories she does tell...
She has loved me and my family well.

She is a listener, a communicator, a story teller.
She is the only grandmother I have ever known on my mother's side.
She is patient, and she is kind,
My Grandma Mavis, is my lovely Valentine!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Pictured is my grandmother from a visit we shared on Sunday evening.  Her lovely afghan of many colors is gracing the chair she reclines in as we visit.

These are the happiest of days.  I pray that you too, have a very happy day.

Feb 12, 2018

Trim Healthy Mama Creamed Spinach and Bacon Smothered Chicken Review

Good morning, mama's!!! Happy start to a new week!  How was your weekend? Did you relax? I hope so!!!

Today I am reviewing a recipe from the Oven Baked Meats and Fish chapter of the new Trim Healthy Table cookbook.  Creamed Spinach and Bacon Smothered Chicken is on page 219 and is a S (satisfying) meal and calls for NSI (no special ingredients).  It is a family serve, which by the Trim Healthy Table guide means 6 - 8 servings.  It would be 8 servings for me, because I eat less; but it would be 4 servings for my husband, The Salesman, because he eats more.

And I must start out by saying, "Winner, winner! Chicken dinner!" This is a great tasting recipe that I will be making again.  Two thumbs up! Or forks up!!! We both enjoyed this dish and the leftovers! Yum!

The recipe was easy to follow with just four easy steps.

As you already know, I like kale and spinach and salad greens, oh my!  And this recipe includes one of my favorites,  spinach.  In the first picture, I am wilting the spinach using the same pan that I used for frying the turkey bacon.  Of course you could use regular bacon; but I've decided to give up pork, so, turkey bacon is my choice.

Step two of the recipe includes adding the bacon back to the pan.

Step three was very simple: flatten the chicken, season, and add the sauce, then cheese.  I used mozzarella and parmesan:

And after baking, doesn't this look delicious?!?  Seriously, look at the size of the servings! I used two chicken breasts and cut each one in half.  To share how this works out to servings at our home, I eat half of one of these halves and am very full.  The Salesman eats an entire half of half a breast (along with several sides) and is full.

Here is The Salesman's portion plated with Mashed Fotatoes and lima beans.  I think I have shared with you my like of the mashed fotatoes... My plate had only mashed fotatoes and chicken on it and I was happy.

I would highly recommend trying this recipe from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook. Winner, winner!!! Chicken dinner!


Feb 9, 2018

For the Love of Lamp Lights - Clarksville

Happy Friday!  Spending a few days with my oldest daughter.  And looking up!  There is beauty to be found.

Have a wonder filled weekend!

Feb 7, 2018

He is in the Waiting

Good morning, friends!  Happy middle of the week to you!

Today I am sharing a repost from June 28, 2017 because as I sat down to write a post, I thought that it sounded familiar to me... Because, here I am again...waiting...and He is in the waiting.  Would you mind saying a prayer for me as I wait?

Thank you, dear ones.

It seems that the LORD is speaking in the theme of seasons with me. Aren't you glad that seasons change? That the heat of summer will be eventually cooled by fall and then painted by winter frosts and thawed out to spring systematically. 

Fall is my favorite season. Do you have a favorite season? Are you ever in one season and truly want it to be over and the next one to arrive? Have you ever had enough of the heat, or enough of the snow, or enough of the rain and you just want it to be the next season?  I have.

Sometimes waiting for the current season to pass and the next one to come is difficult.  Sometimes when we know the next season will come, we so anticipate the new season, that we miss out on the everyday.

For me, it's like my calendar.  Planning and scheduling on my calendar is truly enjoyable to me. Like the seasons coming systematically, there is a part of me that enjoys knowing what is coming next.  Most of the time.  Now there may be items or appointments or events on the calendar that I don't anticipate myself; but it is at least comforting to know that they are coming.

But what about the unknowns? What about the accidents, trials and surprises that come in a particular season and seem to come with the force and repetitiveness of ocean waves? What about the loneliness? What about the hurtful words spoken? Or the words that you wish would fall upon your ears?  What about the phone calls in the middle of the night?  The estranged relationships? The situations you don't understand?  The phone call from the doctors office?  The waiting while surgery is done?

HE is in the waiting.

We are never, ever alone.

HE has a heavenly calendar that holds all events - the ones we have scheduled and anticipated and the ones that seem to come from nowhere.

But, HE, who is The Who, knows where and why and how and what.



Lately, I seem to be doing much waiting,
Hoping, dreaming, and anticipating.
Help me to see you in today.
Help me with the unforeseen along the way.
I so enjoy the beauty of this current seasons blooms;
But do not enjoy when a dormant season looms.
YOU are in the every single day.
Help me to anticipate waiting with YOU along the way.
My bent is to schedule and plan,
And YOU know, I long to understand.
But, until, or if I ever do,
I want to wait, in peace, with YOU.


Feb 5, 2018

Trim Healthy Mama Transformer Fudge Brownies Review

Good morning, mama's! Happy Monday!

We are going to start off the week with a dessert recipe from the new Trim Healthy Table Cookbook! I am trying to make a new recipe every week.  Some weeks I am trying several.  Do you all try new recipes often? Or do you find some that you like, and make the same ones over? Have you all purchased the new cookbook? If so, what are your favorite recipes? It seems like I have tried more of the main meal recipes from the Trim Healthy Table, so this week, I'm going to review a sweet recipe! Yay!

The Transformer Fudge Brownies are from the Cookies Brownies and Pies chapter and you will find it on page 403. It is a Multiple Serve recipe, and for me, that meant about 16 servings in an 8 inch square pan.  If you all have the cookbook, the picture of this dessert looked so good. Seriously, it reminded me of a Chick-Fil-A brownie, and I wish I could say that mine looked like the picture.  It did not.  Mine looked good; but no where near as good as the picture in the cookbook.  And to be up-front, it did not taste like a Chick-Fil-A brownie either.  Not that the cookbook claimed that it would. Before I went sugar free, the CFA brownie (original recipe), was one of my favorite sweets.  Then they (Chick-Fil-A) changed the recipe to a new brownie and lost me as a fan.  Now Chick-Fil-A is one of the best fast food experiences, in my opinion, because of the people and the customer service you experience at their establishment.  Anyway, I digress.

Maybe because I had the Chick-Fil-A brownie all built up in my mind, this just did not cut it for me.  The Salesman would not even try them, so I can't give you his vote.  Victoria thought they were delicious!  So there you go: a thumbs down, no thumb, and a thumbs up, equals a mixed review...

 But look at this, you all! Doesn't it look good? And the picture in the cookbook is a gazillion times better than my picture!

The ganache icing looks so good.  I did not like the caramel flavor though.  If I make these again, I will not add the caramel flavor to the icing.

This is a serving after it was refrigerated for a couple days. It looks really good, you all.  And to Victoria Leigh, it tasted really good too! I would gladly make these again for her.  The things we parents do for our beloved children. Yes, indeed.