"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Monday, July 28, 2014

Crockpot Thai Chicken and Rice

Thai Chicken and Rice I’m in the process of reviewing another wonderful Gooseberry Patch cookbook called Slow Cooker-Fall Favorites. (Giveaway coming soon!) 

This is one of the recipes I’ve tried so far. It had great flavor and got better with each bite. The whole family loved it. Enjoy!

Thai Chicken and Rice

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into strips

1 red pepper, sliced

1 onion, coarsely chopped

1/2 c. chicken broth

5 T. soy sauce, divided

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 T. ground cumin

1/2 t. red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste

2 T. cornstarch

2/3 c. creamy peanut butter

1/4 c. lime juice

cooked rice

Garnish: chopped fresh cilantro, chopped green onions, chopped peanuts.

Arrange chicken, red pepper and onion in a slow cooker; set aside. In a bowl, combine broth and 4 tablespoons soy sauce; drizzle over chicken mixture. Add garlic and seasonings to slow cooker; stir to mix. Cover and cook on low setting for 4-1/2 to 5 hours, until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Remove one cup liquid from slow cooker; mix with cornstarch, peanut butter, lime juice and remaining soy sauce in a bowl. Stir mixture back into slow cooker; increase heat to high setting. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Spoon over rice to serve; garnish as desired. Serves 6

You can find this recipe on page 158. (Affiliate link)

They also have a Pineterest board for this cookbook so you can check out what the other reviewers are making as well. And be sure to check back because recipes are added all the time.

There is a handy “Print Friendly” button below the post for those of you who want to print it out or you can use the button to pin it.

Have a lovely day my friends.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gluten Free Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

GF Cheddar Biscuits

You are going to love these biscuits. They remind me of the biscuits from Red Lobster only gluten free. Easy to whip up too.

Gluten Free Garlic Cheddar Biscuits


3/4 c. brown rice flourIMG_6337

3/4 c. arrowroot starch

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. xanthan gum

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese

2 eggs

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 c. almond milk

2 TBS. butter, melted

1 tsp. garlic powder


Combine brown rice flour, starch, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and shredded cheese in a bowl and set aside. Mix eggs, oil and milk together and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix with spoon until combined.

Now by the spoonful drop your biscuits onto your greased cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile melt your butter and mix in the garlic powder. As soon as the biscuits are done remove from oven and use a pastry brush to slather on the melted butter garlic yumminess and enjoy!

Makes 8-12 biscuits depending on size.

Have a lovely day my friends.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Let’s Cutesify It!

I like pretty things. I like making not so pretty things, pretty. Why can’t functional things be pretty? They can and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. *smile*

As most of you know (if you follow my FB page) I’ve been working hard on transforming my craft/homeschool space. There is going to be a series of posts leading up to the reveal but it’s been a labor of love, that’s for sure.

But one thing I can show you now is the little project that I did to make my work table just a wee bit cuter.

First, here is Exhibit A, my work table.IMG_6960

Here it is after it’s been cutesified.


Didn’t it just make it super adorable? It goes so well in my new space. All I did was buy me some oilcloth, cut it and have my hubby staple it to the underside.


I love that oilcloth wipes off so easy and is so durable. I have some left over that I’m going to use to make placemats for my kitchen table. I’ll show ya when I’m done.

Have you used oilcloth in your decorating before and if so for what?
Have a lovely day my friends.



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blogging Old School Style

It’s been a very long time since I was tagged in something and even longer since I’ve participated but because my long time blogging buddy Debbie tagged me I knew I had to do it. Plus you might learn something new. A lot has changed since I first started blogging 7 years ago.

Let’s see, I write what I do because it’s my life. I love reaching out to people. I love encouraging people. And on occasion my life will probably make you laugh and who doesn’t want to laugh? Oh and who knows, you stick around long enough and you might learn something. *smile*

I think everyone’s blog is different in some way simply because we are all different. No one has the same life with the same circumstances. That’s what I love about blogging. You get to see glimpses into the lives of people to whom you’d probably never meet otherwise.

Right this instant I am working on getting my craft/homeschool room together. We’ve been doing a lot of painting and moving around of rooms lately and mine is the last to get done. Don’t worry you’ll get to see it when it’s all finished.

Hmmm….I never really thought about what my writing process is. I usually just wing it. I know that’s not very technical or thought out but it’s true. Some posts are thought out but a lot of them are spurred from the moment. But those usually end up being my best ones.

One thing I wish I could go back and change are pictures. If you go back far enough in my archives the pictures are really bad. LOL! But it’s the nature of the beast I guess.

So now I pick a person to whom I want to pass this on. I’m going to pick a person who has a lot to offer on her blog but doesn’t get recognized like she should. My bestest Kathy over at the Bluebird’s Nest. She is so very talented. She sews, cooks, bakes and has the cutest boxer on the planet. Why don’t you stop on by and say hello.

Have a lovely day my friends.


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