Weeks are flying by and it's time to update! Jerry's surgery went well and he is recovering nicely. In fact he is on another business trip to San Francisco for a few days, although the plane ride was not in favor of his knee.
I've been making healthier meals found a good one on Pinterest which was a hit with everyone in the house.It's a broccoli & chicken pasta.
1 lb ground chicken breast
14 1/2 ozs canned Italian style tomatoes, undrained and diced
2 tsps minced garlic
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tbs no salt added tomato paste
1/2 tsp basil
6 oz rotini pasta cooked and drained
1/2 tsp oregano
3 ozs shredded cheddar cheese
10 oz frozen broccoli florets
In a large skillet cook chicken, garlic, and onions until chicken is no longer pink. Mix in basil and oregano
Transfer mixture to crock pot and add broccoli, tomatoes and chicken broth. Mix well and cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Then stir in tomato paste, pasta and cheese cook another 30 mins. Then Enjoy!
Kathleen was so excited that the author Ted Arnold was coming to her school the other day that she made him a special picture. He told her there is a great chance he will feature it on his website! This is her creation of Fly Guy!
The girls also made a countdown chain for the end of school....of course it's much shorter now! lol
Hayley just finished a book by Jerry Spinelli called Milkweed about the Holocaust, great book for a young reader to help them understand what happened during that time.
How many of you are familiar with the Orange Julius store and drink? We don't have them where I live now but I found a recipe in Pinterest that tastes just like it!
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
8-9 ice cubes
Combine and blend about 1-2 mins. Says to add ice cubes 1 at a time but I have a Vitamix so I threw them all in. So delicious and so not healthy...but once in awhile it's o.k. :-)
Kathleen had her kitty at the kitchen table the other morning and I thought it was so cute she covered him with a napkin to keep him warm while she was at school.
Oh and I can't forget to share the recipe for orange creamsicle homemade Popsicles, yum!
1 cup orange juice
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium bowl whisk all ingredients together. Pour into Popsicle molds ( I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond and I love them! Very sturdy) Let sit 30-60 mins then add sticks. Freeze at least 4-6 hours until frozen
When ready to serve run a little warm water over them to loosen them up to come out.
Grabbed a few of my favorite magazines the other day. :-)
Been enjoying the Spring changes in our yard and all the lovely fragrances when walking out the front door.
Hayley has been busy crafting and creating. She made a path to go around the Tipi for her American Girls.
Jerry wanted to get mowing done before traveling to San Francisco for business and decided to mow at night using his flashlight app on his IPhone, lol. Not the best picture but you can get an idea :-) His poor knee! Can't keep him down for long and with my heart I can't do push mowing.
Both girls were really happy that their Nana and Pop Pop came up for grandparent's day at their school. We got a great picture of Kathleen with them :-)
I have more to post but for some reason blogger loading pictures is taking a ton of time today. So I will catch up more next week from Mother's day. This weekend one of my best friends is getting married and I'm so excited for him. I'll be posting pictures from that next week too! Been crazy busy here but hoping to get caught up on some of my blog reading the next few days. Have a wonderful weekend!!
"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul"
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox