Happy New Year!!

The ringing of 2015 has been a crazy one! The 2 weeks before Christmas went like this… Wednesday Dec. 10, get to church to prep for my class. I talk with the now former Director of our Children’s Ministry about the following Wednesday’s Christmas party, she brings up the fact that she is stepping down at the end of the year and asks if I want to apply, but says that she has 2 great applicants (I would be her just in case, probably won’t even interview). Thursday, Friday and Saturday is prepping for my cousin’s wedding and then some how I ended up kind of in the coordinator role… Sunday rolls around and the Children’s Ministry director is freaking out over the fact I don’t have my application ready… so I turn it in Monday. Tuesday I have my only final, then my first and second interview for the position. We offered me the position (wait, what???). Wednesday I have the Christmas Party, and I accept their offer. We then schedule a “we want to talk to your husband interview” for the following Monday. Thursday it the study day for my CNA Skills test, which I thankfully passed on Friday!! Saturday, breathe!! Sunday, I got up early to check out how the Children’s Department was set up and I also had nursery duty. Monday, at the “husband interview” I was officially given the job. I shadowed on Tuesday, then babysat on Wednesday. Merry Christmas!!

So Monday, after Christmas, it’s my second day of shadowing and our lovely former director decides that instead of her last day being Wednesday, it was going to be Monday…. She kicked me out the window and yelled, “Fly, baby fly!!”

The end of 2014 was a crazy one, but the Lord provided for us in so many ways, and we are so thankful for the craziness!

I still plan to continue with school for now, but we will see in the fall. I may just finish my associates for now.

My God Bless You in 2015,

Amanda

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Thanksgiving Leftovers.

This year I had the pleasure of cooking my first turkey! I was super naive, to say the least, but it turned out pretty good (the breasts were a little dry). But it was also the first Thanksgiving that just my husband, son and I got to celebrate together… alone. After almost 4 years of marriage, we have had our fair share of hard times, but God blessed us this year with a dinner, and to have it by ourselves. And it was the best!

But, this meant that we had a ton of leftovers. We were given an almost 13 lb. bird, do you know how many people a 13 lb. bird is recommended for…6-7! We did bless my mom with almost a pound of leftovers, and we munched for several days after Thanksgiving. But my husband did finally ask me to make a casserole with rice and this is what I came up with. The original recipe is a Six Sisters’ Stuff recipe, that I have adapted twice now:¬†http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2014/03/easy-chicken-and-noodle-casserole.html. First, I adapted it for Tuna Noodle Casserole, so not too much change. But this time, I made Turkey Rice Casserole.

Since I have no pictures… I know, I know. So here is what I did.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

First I cooked a decent amount of brown rice (I pour till I feel there’s enough, I did have leftover rice. And you can totally use white rice for this, my husband prefers brown).

While the rice was cooking, I chopped one stalk of celery and 1/3 of a yellow onion, and pan fried both in some butter.

Also, I mixed up the sauce (which is where the above mentioned recipe comes into play). I took one container of Pacific Organic Cream of Chicken, 1/2 of an 8 oz container of Daisy Sour Cream, 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Pacific Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth, some garlic powder, 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and a pinch of S&P. Then just mix it together with a spoon.

Since the rice was still cooking, I took a small casserole dish, and covered the bottom in a decent layer of leftover turkey, then added the cooked rice and celery-onion mixture. Lastly, I poured the sauce over everything and stirred till combined.

Bake covered for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 10 minutes. Then enjoy:D

God Bless,

Amanda

Hungry Girl.

Has anyone ever watched the Hungry Girl show? This show drives me absolutely bonkers with all the processed food she uses!! Seriously, you would be better off to eat whole fat, no processed foods then the junk chemicals that are in processed foods. Not that all the foods she uses are processed, but when she whips out coco puffs as her chocolate substitute for s’mores popcorn, or processed american cheese for nachos because they are both low in fat and calories… gag me please! Instead of coco puffs, use dark chocolate shavings, because honestly if I’m going to make s’mores popcorn, I want melted chocolate! And seriously, what is wrong with a good cheddar cheese, heated to just the right temp, is just as gooey!

Despite this all, I write as a concerned mother and wife, who feels that we need to take back our farms! We need to get back to good ole’ fashion eating. Back before food was convenient and easy. Not only would we be healthier, have less chronic diseases, but we would have a more well mannered society. Think about it, if kids actually had to help their parents gather food to eat and then have to wait for it to be made… oh yeah!

So, come follow me as I take a journey down the road of Nutrition in college! I am super excited to have my first nutrition course this coming spring.

This Hungry Girl,

Amanda