Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pinterest Fail or Prevail : Stuffed Peppers

My friend, Lacey, blogger extraordinaire, inspired me through her series of blogs titled “Pinterest Test Kitchen.” So, I am going to follow her lead. Lacey and I are real people with real lives. We are busy, we work, and we have picky eaters in our families. We need meals and projects that work.

The truth is, Pinterest can, and eventually it will fail you. When it fails you, you end up with a grumpy family and a full compost bin (ain’t nobody got time for that.) So my goal here is to try out recipes and let you know “Fail or Prevail.”

Tonight we prevailed VICTORIOUS!

Here is my take on it because I do not like to follow recipes to a T.
Grocery List (In Order of how you find it at the store so that you can copy and paste it to your list)

4 Large Poblano Peppers
3 Average Sized Jalapenos
3 or 4 Tomatillos
1 Bunch of Cilantro
1 Red Onion
1 can of Corn
3 Chicken Breasts
1 Bag of Colby Jack Cheese or Block (I’m lazy so I get the bag)

Things already in your spice rack:
Sea Salt

This is a meal for 4 hungry people- It takes 1 baking sheet, 1 Pan, 1 cutting board, 1 mixing bowl.  
  • Grill up your chicken in a bit of EVOO and diced it up into about dime sized bites. After it is fully cooked, let it cool.

  • Slice your jalapenos in half and de-seed them. Cut your tomatillos in half. Leave your poblanos whole. Coat all of this in EVOO and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Place them on a baking sheet and broil at 500. Broil until the peppers are tender. Remove and let the Poblanos cool. BUT immediately put your tomatillos and jalapenos in your blender (I love my Magic Bullet) with a dash of salt and pepper. Blend until it is liquefied and set it aside.
  • Dice up about a cup of red onion, tbls of garlic and tbls of cilantro (really however much you like) add all of this to a large bowl. Drain and add the can of corn. Add the chicken and a cup of cheese. Dash it with cumin and pepper and salt to your liking. Mix it up.

  • Once your poblanos are cool split them open (not in half) and de-seed it. Stuff them with your chicken and veggie mix.

Bake for 20 minutes at 425.

Once you plate your peppers, top it off with the tomatillo & jalapeno sauce.

This is really amazing with some black beans and rice.

This is a pretty healthy meal… exclude the cheese and it is a really healthy meal… but why would you want to do that!?

This meal is Mike approved and will become a regular meal in our household.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cover to Cover

I was struggling.

Men have been going to war for eons.

Women have been saying goodbye to their husbands since war began.

I was not unique in this, but I was struggling with deployment none-the-less.

One night, in the thick of distress {ugly crying} I heard the song Psalm 91 by Sonicflood. The lyrics struck a chord with me and I wrote the words on my heart.

“God you are so many things.”

I have been reading the Bible since I could read, but I couldn’t tell you exactly what those “so many things” were. That night, in the middle of excruciating missing, I made a commitment to read the Bible cover to cover to find out who exactly God is.

Tonight I shut the cover behind Revelation 22:21.

It took me nearly three years.

It was an epic, trying, emotional, frustrating and fulfilling journey. Sojourn.

With all 2272 pages of Eugene H. Peterson’s Message accounted for, I discovered that I haven’t even touched the tip of the iceberg on finding, seeing, knowing who God is.

Tomorrow night I will break open Genesis 1, New Living Translation, and start the journey over.

“You are my refuge and strength. You are my hiding place.” That is who God is… just to start with.


PS. For those who feel the call to read the Bible through for the first time and you want to start with the Message, feel free to ask me about my thoughts on starting with that translation.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's Been One Year

March: Flu Recovery (the same flu from the last post)

April: Broke my right arm because I fell down {Clumsy Much?}

May: uhm-teen doctors’ appointments

June: Finally adapted to being a lefty

July: Epic wedding in Asheville with friends

August: Endless work and physical therapy

September: Admissions Travel Season

October: Admissions Travel Season month 2 and FRANKENSTORM! (Awesome storm for us but insanely tragic for the Northeast)

November: Wonderful Thanksgiving with sisters, parents, brother-in-laws, nieces (one was being in utero) nephews and cousins  

December: Volleyball league & Christmas with the Lavoies = games and good conversation until the AM

January: Interviews and the decision to leave my job for a new career

Feburary: Hello Hannah! Grown ups, Abbey and I, flew to WI to love on our new niece.  

It was a doozy of a year to say the least, but I learned so much. Mike deserves a medal for surviving this year with me. He was a hero in many ways {too many to list now, but I will soon} Thanks Mike.