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Flea market finds

Yesterday Phil and I suddenly had the whole day to ourselves. So we went to a huge flea market. Unfortunately it rained and most vendors packed up and left. But before they did I found a Wiss stainless steel scissor set for $5.00!!! I wanted to find a certain type of shears and found them in that set. Yeah!!! We went there looking for a few specific things and I really didn’t find what I was looking for but Phil? He found several good books to read, a few tools and we bought lots of fresh produce.

I bought a few pounds of peaches for fresh peach cobbler. I bought the ingredients for making Pico de Gallo and more pastries than we should be allowed to purchase on a shopping trip! All in all we had a great day together.

In the evening we went to the church and cooked a pot of rice for the youth group who were doing a reverse missions trip. That is where they stay local, and help out at various ministries in our cities. Well one of their goals was to identify with poverty and the poor among us. They were each given only 1 cup of rice, plain white rice for dinner. Then they created a cardboard village on the church lawn and slept out there last night. It went well. Tomorrow they are going to help with 4 local ministries to the poor and homeless. Jake is there with the group and he seems to be getting it. You can never tell with teens!

Today we are relaxing after church, did some cleaning and Phil’s dad brought over some fish for us to fry. We will have fresh green beans, fish and burgers! What a combo. Oh well, good food and family go together well.

One more note. Friday night Jack, our dog, seems to have ruptured his ACL! He is hobbling around on 3 paws and holding his right rear leg in the air. I have to get him to the vet this week. Poor puppy!


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A recipe…

This is a variation of two different recipes and I put them together to work for our family’s likes and tastes.

Garlic-lime Chicken with Jasmine Rice

1/3 cup lime juice
1/2 cup or so of olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut the halves in half), or boneless pork chops-
1 cup Jasmine rice
2 1/4 cups chicken broth
Marinate chicken or chops in first 6 ingredients for at least 1 hour. Heat large skillet on med/high, add chicken and marinade. Brown chicken on both sides, at least 5 min. per side. Remove chicken to dish. You will have some of the cooked marinade left in the pan and you want that. Add rice and broth to pan and bring to a boil. Add chicken on top of rice, reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for 25 min. or until the water is absorbed and chicken and rice are done.
You could try adding 1 cup of frozen peas and 1/4 cup of water if you want this to be a one dish meal but I don’t like how the peas turn out.
I add in a pinch or two of dried cilantro as well or you could use a few sprigs of fresh cilantro.

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Stuffed chicken breasts with tarragon sauce

I took a Rachael Ray recipe and converted it to what I had on hand. Yummy.

3 half chicken breasts, sliced in half-butterfly style

6 slices ham

6-12 slices of swiss cheese

3 TBSP EVOO-extra virgin olive oil

2 TBSP butter

2 TBSP flour

1/2 cup white wine

1 cup chicken broth

2 tsp. tarragon leaves or 2 TBSP fresh leaves, chopped.

Heat oil in non-stick skillet, add chicken rolls, brown on all sides, about 10-12 min. total. Chicken will cook fast as it’s thin. Remove to plate. Add butter, melt, then add in flour and cook 1 min.. Whisk in wine and reduce for 1 min.. Add in broth and tarragon, stir. Add in chicken and keep on low heat and simmer till ready to serve. Remove toothpicks and serve whole or sliced.

We had brown rice and used the sauce on that as well. My family loved it!


Lay ham and cheese on each half breast, roll and secure with toothpicks. Set aside.

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Menu Plan Monday


We have a busy week so the menu is simple and light.

Monday: Burgers and munchies

Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner-play that night

Wednesday: Chili (recipe below) and cornbread

Thursday: Michelle’s Italian chicken, pasta and green beans

Friday: Subs and salads

Saturday: Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet

Sunday: Clean out the refridgerator.

Visiting Laura at Organizing Junkie for more menus. Thanks to Laura for hosting for so long and inspiring us to plan and be organized.

 My Award Winning Chili

2 lbs ground turkey
1/2 sweet onion chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, crushed
Brown those 3 together. Drain off fat. Add two 28 ounce cans of tomato sauce, 1 large can of kidney beans, rinsed, and 1 small can of green chilies.
3-4 tablespoons chili powder
1-2 teaspoons cumin
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
salt and pepper

Cook on low in crock pot or on stove top.

I actually didn’t measure this time around so those are approximates. There was probably more garlic cause I let my ds do that part. It’s very spicy though. yummy.

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