Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup


I tried a soup at "Noodles and Company" that is called a "Tai Hot Pot", one pot and I was in love. I had to have it, like every week. The taste was amazing and spicy {which I love}. So after awhile I got to thinking I should try and make this, or something at least close. I found a outstanding recipe from foodiecrush that had the same kind of concept. From there I made it my own and made some changes to mimic the Noodles and Co bowl. It was AMAZING and I'm not just saying this, this may be my new favorite soup
Here's the how to if your interested, let me tell you. You wont be disappointed.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons red curry paste {bought mine at Sprouts}

2 12 ounce cans of coconut milk {I scooped out some of the fatty stuff on top}

2 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons fish sauce {bought mine at Sprouts}

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons peanut butter {left this out}

1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces 

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 1/4 inch slices {left this out}

1 onion, thinly sliced
1 heaping tablespoon fresh ginger, minced 
1 cup frozen peas, thawed {left this out, instead added fresh spinach at the last 15 minutes of cooking}
1 tablespoon lime juice {used 2}
cilantro for garnish
cooked white rice {I subbed for rice noodles, like at Noodles and co}
I also added: Fresh sprouts and a Red hot pepper

Instructions
  1. Mix the curry paste, coconut milk, chicken stock, fish sauce, brown sugar in a 4-1/2 to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl. Place the chicken breast, red bell pepper, onion and ginger in the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  2. Stir in lime juice and serve with cilantro
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Snow Sledding



Its one of those things if you live in a Winter/Snowy state that its a must to go snow sledding at least once for the season, we have a hill that we have been going to for years now. There finally enough snow to slide down it, now just need to build a snowman. We had fun, it way super super cold {maybe in the negatives} but good to know we weren't the only nuts out there. Didn't last long, 45 minutes tops and we all had red snotty frozen faces. TOTALLY worth the smile on my sons face.







Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sterling Silver Tree Key Chain GIVEAWAY


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I need to pick it back up again in the giveaway department, I LOVE gifting out free products from my shop yourcharmedlife. This time you have a chance to win a sterling silver plated hand stamped personalized tree key chain. You choose what initial you want on it!
 
Simple entries via the rafflecopter below.
Open to USA only at this time.
 
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DIY Fabric Softner Crystals

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Here comes another one of those, wow I can do that posts. Its so easy and a easy way to save a little money. This one is for DIY fabric crystals. I made a batch and have been using it all month, it leaves a very light subtle tone of smell. Nothing over powering at all. No chemicals and affordable compared to what you buy in store. 

DIY:
A bag of Epsom salt, I happened to have 2 bags laying around glad to be using them finally!
30-40 drops Essential Oil, I mixed Lemon and Lavender

container with lid for storage, I store mine right on the washer
plastic container or bucket to mix it all together in 

I scooped out 4 cups to start with, add the oils and mixed them around with my hands in the container. Until no clumping and that's it! That simple. I use 4-6 tablespoons of the mix in the laundry 


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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I'm on the hunt, all the time for new things to eat and new things to put into the rotation. Its funny before I learned about the world of food it was always a dread to make that grocery list and struggle with what to have that wasn't a constant re-peat and I was getting burned out on food in general. Its been 2 years and I always add in a new recipe weekly. It keeps cooking interesting and fun for me, it actually opened up a whole new door of enjoyment and admiration towards food. I love it and having so much fun, who knew there was so much to do out there and so many options? Just have to search a little.

I was hunting for something to use up a broccoli head I had left over and this is what I found, adapted from cookingclassy its a Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Not just any sandwich but a super beefed up semi healthy one. My son and i loved it. Its good as it looks above.

Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Yield: 1 Sandwich
Ingredients
  • 2 slices Double Fiber Bread or Whole Wheat Bread {I used Wheat}
  • 1.5 oz Medium Cheddar Cheese, grated (about 1/3 cup packed)
  • 1/2 oz Parmesan Cheese, finely grated (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped quality ham* {I bought some quality farmer market ham and blended it}
  • 6 small broccoli florets, steamed then diced into small pieces**
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
Directions
  • In a bowl, combine grated Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, ham, steamed broccoli, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Layer mixture over one slice of bread then top with additional slice of bread gently pressing down. Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium low heat then drizzle 1/2 Tbsp olive oil into pan and tilt pan back and forth to evenly coat, immediately place sandwich in pan (I don't preheat the oil because the outside would darken before the inside cooks through), cover pan with lid and cook 2 - 3 minutes until bottom becomes golden brown. Carefully lift sandwich out of pan with a spatula then add remaining 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to pan and tilt to coat. Carefully flip sandwich returning to pan, cover pan with lid, and cook opposite side until bottom is golden brown and cheese has melted about 2 - 3 minutes. Serve warm.
  • Recipe Source: inspired by BS in the Kitchen, recipe Cooking Classy