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I know, long time, no post…right?!  Well, things have been a little crazy over here the past few weeks.  I had a whirlwind of a segment last week on Fox and Friends, which was fun but a little crazy, and a TON of work!  So, I’ve been recovering/settling back in, and I can’t tell you how good it has felt to be back in my kitchen, cooking regularly again.  I suppose, I’m a little odd when it comes to that, but cooking is a sort of therapy for me.  Especially, if Zach is home while I’m cooking to watch Mav… ;)

Anyway, in an effort to avoid the “let’s just grab something for dinner” phrase we’ve used so much recently, I’ve been trying to plan our meals ahead.  For example, this past Sunday we went to the late church service, so I had time that morning to make this layered casserole and stick it in the fridge.  It is sort of a twist on Chicken Cordon Blue, in casserole form, perfect for a make ahead meal.  All I had to do was stick it in the oven that evening, and dinner was done!

I’m usually not much of a casserole kind of gal, but I like the simplicity of this one and the use of real ingredients (for the most part).  You won’t find any “cream of … soup” in this bad boy.  It’s full of protein and low on carbs, a nice change from the traditional, carb loaded casseroles.  The easiest way to make this is to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go.  At that point, it’s just a matter of assembling!

 

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Date posted: September 10, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Main Dish Poultry

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This weekend we had some new neighbors that moved in beside us.  Even though we have had a pretty busy couple of days, I kept thinking we needed to go introduce ourselves, and I knew I wanted to make something for them.  Since I was short on time, I decided to take an idea from my mother in law and make some good ol chicken salad for them.

When we were moving into our house a couple of years ago, my MIL showed up with a loaf of bread and chicken salad, and it was simply perfect!  It was so nice to have something to throw in the fridge that we could snack on or have for lunch while were in the unpacking/organizing process.  Chicken salad also seems appropriate right now considering this super hot July we are having here in Tennessee.

I threw a pack of crackers in the bag and Voila, I’ve got an easy and thoughtful “welcome to the neighborhood” gift!  This would also be a helpful gift for a new mom or someone recovering from a surgery or illness.  Plus, you can double this recipe and have plenty leftover for your family as well, that’s a win-win in my book!

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Be sure to scroll on down to the bottom of this post for these Quick Chicken Salad Melts!

 

 

Check out these Chicken Salad Melts we had last night for dinner with the remaining chicken salad.  Place a few slices of bread on a sheet tray,  scoop some chicken salad on each one, top each with a slice of cheese, and bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees, top with a fresh tomato, and dinner is served!

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Date posted: July 21, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Lunch Poultry

Sticky Sesame Legs

“It’s a shame when we box up hospitality in entertaining.  We lose sight of the true spiritual significance behind it, and in doing so we rob ourselves and others of the blessings God intends to come through it.”  -Logan Wolfram, From the She Reads Truth Hospitality study

I just love a good chicken leg, it comes with a handle after all!  Even back in the day when we would get a bucket of KFC fried chicken after church, I always preferred the legs.  So, in honor of my love for legs, I’m sharing my Sticky Sesame Chicken Leg recipe!  You may have seen some similar recipes to this on Pinterest, but this is my version of the mouth waveringly delicious, Asian flared main dish.

You have probably noticed that lately I have had some type of story to go with my recipes.   Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking on what to write for this post, and I got nothin!  Ever since I have been getting more personal on here, I’ve waited to write a post until I felt like God was really speaking to me and guiding my writing.  I kept coming back to this one, and I finally decided I was just going to publish it today without anything extra.  And then, this morning, I read my She Reads Truth devotional and boom, God gave me something!  I love when He does that, sometimes I go for days where I just can’t hear Him, but He always shows up at just the right time.

If you haven’t checked out the She Reads Truth app, you should, it’s an awesome women’s devotional app with all kinds of different studies to choose from.   I am currently doing a study on hospitality, and as I read the one for today, I realized that I use the word “entertaining” quite a bit, when what I really mean is hospitality.  As you might have guessed, we haven’t been doing much entertaining since Maverick was born.  We haven’t thrown any Pinterest worthy dinner parties, and I haven’t hosted a fancy ladies’ brunch.  It just feels like I can’t really entertain right now, because we are in such a busy season of our lives.  My husband, Zach, is finishing up building his first house, I’m listing it this month, my cookbook is coming out soon, and of course Maverick complicates things a little too.  ;)

In reality, maybe it’s not the time for me to entertain, but there is still time for me to be hospitable.  I can still have people over to my house, and I can show hospitality to others even when I’m out and about by just having a welcoming spirit.  I don’t have to have a big spread of food or send out formal invitations to create community.  It might mean I make this chicken recipe and some good ol baked potatoes, or maybe we just pick up BBQ and hang out with friends after Mav goes to bed.  It’s easy to make excuses and find reasons why “we can’t,” but the bottom line is we all need each other.  Heck, sometimes I just need to talk to someone other than Maverick and Zach.  Haha!  And I’m thinking I’m not alone.  People want to feel safe and comfortable, and I believe that happens most at the home of someone (like me) where a laundry basket of clothes is waiting to be folded in the corner and a Boppy gets used as a couch throw pillow.

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Anyone else?!

To entertain, I may have to get everything pretty and perfect, but to be hospitable all I have to do is say, come on in!

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  Romans 15:7

Now that that’s settled, back to my chicken legs, which are super easy and baked in the oven, making them perfect for when you’re being hospitable.  No running in and out to check the grill and plenty of time to socialize while they bake!   They also get slathered with an ooey,gooey sauce that is sticky and sweet and just plain yummy.    

Also, shameless plug, the recipes in my cookbook are also perfect for showing hospitality this summer!  Seriously, they are easy and uncomplicated, so no need to stress over food when you want to invite others to hang out and enjoy a meal on your patio.  Bonus!  Outdoor eating, means not so much cleaning!

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Date posted: April 22, 2015 | Author: | 2 Comments »

Categories: Inspiration Main Dish Mommyhood Personal Thoughts Poultry

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I am still in awe that my cookbook, which has been almost two years in the making, is actually coming out later this Spring!  I haven’t revealed a whole lot about the book yet, but now that we are so close to the release date, which is June 2nd, I can share more!  One thing you should know, is that I created and tested over 200 recipes EXCLUSIVELY for this cookbook, meaning you won’t find them on this blog ;)

As you have probably guessed by the title, all of these recipes were created for outdoor entertaining.  Whether you are having a cookout, barbecue, picnic, or tailgate, you will find plenty of fresh and delicious recipes to choose from in this book.  Not only is it full of gorgeous pictures and outdoor dining ideas, it also features 30 outdoor venues, many of them in the South, that I thought were the perfect places to take some of these dishes to.   The venues range from outdoor concerts and amphitheaters to botanical gardens and tailgates.  This book was truly a labor of love and I hope you all enjoy it as much I enjoyed writing it!

Now for the really exciting news….

You can Pre-Order your copy now for a discount!

So go ahead and reserve your copy now by clicking on the retailer links below…

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Now, if you tuned into Talk of the Town in Nashville today, you may have seen me make my “Sunshine Citrus Chicken.”   This is a sneak peek recipe from the cookbook, that I am sharing to give you a “taste” of the deliciousness that is in this book!  Enjoy ;)

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Date posted: April 2, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: cookbook Main Dish Poultry

 

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If you are looking for the perfect “game day” recipe without all of the fuss, here it is!  I have always been a fan of chicken legs, the meat is so rich and moist, and they even come with a handle for easy eating.  This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled for a crowd, making it ideal for football time in Tennessee!

I will actually be making this recipe Monday, September 8th on Channel 5’s  Talk of the Town live at 11am.  You will definitely want to watch, I mean it’s not everyday you get to see an almost 9 month pregnant lady makin chicken legs on TV, ha!  It should be quite a site, but I am excited to get in one last appearance on TOTT before this little boy comes in October.

I will also be posting a video next week for my super moist and addictive Maple Pumpkin Bread, so stay tuned for that.  By the way, I totally did not mean to do two Maple recipes in a row, but hey it’s almost Fall y’all!

 

 

Date posted: September 4, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Main Dish Poultry