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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Crock Pot Enchiladas for a crowd

For our staff kick off dinner we had enchiladas.  I had a pretty busy day that day, so I took a short cut I think I will use from now on!

I took 4lbs of chicken tenders that were frozen and put them in the crock pot along with 1 diced onion and 2 bottles of taco sauce.

After it cooked all day, I added 2 cups of shredded cheese to the mixture and shredded the chicken.

I scooped out the mixture, rolled up the tortillas and topped them with enchilada sauce and shredded cheese, then baked at 350 until bubbly and melted.

Monday, July 28, 2014

This Week's Menu

This is our last week of dinners at home for a month or so, we will be eating with the team during pre season camp again this year, and it's a LONG one this year!

Monday:  Grilled Chicken and mashed potatoes, green beans

Tuesday: ground turkey tacos salad, black beans, chips and guacamole

Wednesday:  Burgers, salad, roasted basmati rice and noodles

Thursday: leftovers or chicken fried rice and salad

Friday: homemade pizza

Saturday: breakfast for dinner

This is a pretty simple week, I will take an hour on Monday to prep the meals ahead of time:

Make ahead: taco meat and pizza dough

On Wednesday I will double to rice while cooking.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review and GIVEAWAY! Interrupted

I'm not sure what I was expecting from the book Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker.  Besides reading her blog faithfully I've only read her book Modern Girls Guide to Bible Study.  Regardless, this is a book that anyone who has grown up in the church needs to read.

Written in the same style as any blog post, Facebook status or what I imagine a conversation with Jen would be like, Interrupted is really 2 books in one.  The first part of this book is the back story behind how Jen and Brandon Hatmaker began to understand with clarity the unique call God has placed on their life.  I really appreciated how Brandon wrote his parts, allowing the reader to understand how partnership in marriage and ministry can work.  The second part of this book is really a call to action.  

I cannot put into words how deeply I appreciated the honesty and humility with which this book is written.  Each section lists a wealth of resources to help the reader process the steps previously introduced.  The Hatmakers are very passionate about their ministry and church and it shows on the pages of this book, but more specifically, it shows in their daily actions.  This is a book about showing people who Jesus truly is in a time when people are leaving the churches in masses.  

I have 1 copy to give away!!!  If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a copy of Jen Hatmaker's new and revised version of Interrupted you may do so my heading over to my facebook page and Liking the post attached to the give away!  I will announce a winner on Monday.

If you aren't lucky enough to win a free copy you can purchase a copy through July 31st HERE for 20% off!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I received no other compensation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CWW: Summer Exploring

One of the bonuses of moving to a new area is having a lot of new places to explore!  We are loving our new east coast mountains and have tried to take the time to see them up close this summer.  One thing I have learned as a mother to boys is that the summer is about finding things that we can all participate in, that will bond my boys to their dad a bit more.  Hiking may not be my favorite thing, but it's something they all enjoy.  I decided I don't want all my kids summer memories to be about doing fun things with just dad.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

World's Best Chicken

I found this recipe for the World's Best Chicken on pinterest and decided to give it a try, with my own adaptations.

My recipe was well received by all my guys, which is a feat in itself these days!

1/2 C grainy course mustard
1 T yellow mustard
1/4 C real syrup
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried thyme

Combine and pour over chicken, bake 350 for 30 minutes.

If you wanted to prep this ahead I would make the sauce and keep separate until you are ready to bake the chicken off.  This should keep well in the fridge for several days.

Monday, July 21, 2014

On the Menu this Week

I'm back after a wonderful break!  Life is going to get hectic again as football players report the beginning of August, but in this two week break of the calm before the storm I'm going to savor the last bits of summer family time work to get back in the blogging groove.  There will be some give aways coming up and plenty of new recipes to share as well!

Monday: Sesame Chicken (using Campbell's Soup Skillet Sauce), broccoli and rice bowl, crab rangoon

Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas, black beans, chips and guacamole

Wednesday: Grilled steak/fish, baked potatoes, green beans

Thursday: Feta Basil Turkey Burgers, orzo pasta, salad

Friday: homemade pizza

Saturday: breakfast for dinner

Sunday: leftovers or sandwiches

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review: The Good News About Marriage

Have you ever heard that the divorce rate in America is about 50%?  I had, I had heard this many times.  When I discovered that author Shaunti Feldhahn had discovered a different set of statics I couldn't wait to read more.  The Good News About Marriage is that the divorce rate is no where NEAR 50%! In fact, it's closer to 30% nation wide, with some very specific groups leading the majority.

If you are a church leader or someone who works with adults of marrying age this book is a must read!
What I appreciated most about this book is that after 8 years of research, Feldhahn takes time to not only explain how she discovered the inaccuracies in numbers being reported, but she also explains the importance of getting correct information in the hands of all people, regardless of religious affiliation.

This is a very quick read with great charts and resources to review.  Written similarly to best selling books For Women Only and For Men Only, this book is one that is easily referenced with confidence.

In exchange for an honest review I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books.