A Down Home Country Meal

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I’ve wanted to make a post of a typical country meal. And well, I decided to go ahead and make it. What’s included is Southern green beans, cream corn, and chicken and dumplings. I hope you like it! (The next time I make this all together, I’ll add some pictures. Adding 3 or 4 different pictures with different foods than what’s on here seems a bit much.)

Country Green Beans (Otherwise known as my KoKo’s green beans)

2 bags frozen green beans (or about 3 cans of normal cut or french style canned green beans)

Crisco Shortening

Pepper

And, most importantly, BACON

Put some crisco in a skillet and let it melt down, add and cook the bacon. When that’s done, and the green beans and some pepper and cook until it’s nice and greasy and tender. A little over done doesn’t hurt.

Cream Corn

1 family sized bag of corn

Heavy whipping cream

Pepper

Sugar

Mix all at once and cook until done. (I tend to be pretty liberal with my use of the heavy whipping cream.) Use corn starch if you want to thicken it up a bit.

Tools you’ll need:

Crock pot or a 9*13 pan for the oven

Large pot (it honestly tastes fantastic with everything made in a cast iron dutch oven, but use this if you don’t have one)

Wooden spoon (it doesn’t leave a taste like metal and plastic spoons)

Cooking spray

Can opener

Ingredients:

4.5 to 6 pound uncooked whole chicken (if you don’t have time to cook one, just pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store; it isn’t as good, but it’ll do)

Chicken stock

Can of cream of chicken

Heavy whipping cream (it’s in a carton)

Salt, black pepper, red cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, mexican chili powder, paprika, brown sugar (optional)

First, put the chicken in the crock pot or pan and season it with all of the spices listed above and rub it all in really good (I don’t like to list amounts, because people have different tastes), and then pour as much chicken stock in the crock pot or pan as it can hold. Make sure the gibblets and all that are removed. Next, add the spices again, but don’t rub it in. Cook the chicken in the crock pot on high for at least 6 hours (this is for a 4lb chicken, cook longer for a larger chicken) or in the oven at 450 for 15min and then reduce it to 350 and 20 min per pound (honestly the oven is my favorite way). Be sure to check to make sure it’s done all the way through. Then, take the chicken out and take out the bones and take off the skin. After you’ve done that, shred the remaining chicken and put it in a pot on the stove. Have the stove on a medium setting. Just throw out the bones and skin, you don’t need those. Add the cream of chicken and a little bit of salt and pepper. Then, add the juices from the crock pot (if you don’t like it soupy, just don’t pour all of the juices in there or pour all of it if you do) and add at least a cup of heavy whipping cream (you may add more as you’re cooking, I usually do).

Dumplings

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup of milk (start with 1/2 cup and add more if needed; depending on the weather or climate you may need to add more)

1/4 to 1/2 cup Crisco Shortening

Mix all together and knead onto a flour surface no more than 12 times. (You are more than welcome to add flour if it’s too runny or more milk if it’s not runny enough.) Once it’s good and easy to move around without sticking, flatten out and cut into strips. Leave them out to harden a little bit before adding them to the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Cook until done.

Enjoy!

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3 Ingredient Country Biscuits

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Do you know why I love country food? Generally speaking, not only does it taste awesome, but it’s simple. For instance, my KoKo’s biscuits. Everyone thought there was something special about her biscuits, and everyone also thought they were very complicated. Well, she told me her recipe, and as her only granddaughter, I’d like to have it so people can use it.

Ingredients

2 cups self-rising flour

3/4 cup of milk (start with 3/4 cup and add as needed, depending on the weather I sometimes add more)

1/4 to 1/2 cup of Crisco shortening

Preheat oven to 450. Mix all the ingredients together really well. If it’s a little sticky, that’s okay. Just add extra flour to the counter where you knead it at. Pour enough flour to coat the space on the counter where you will knead your dough, place your dough on top and dust some flour over it. Knead/fold no more than 12 times. Flatten it out with your hands (no need to dirty dishes further by using a rolling-pin) until it’s your desired thickness. Cut it with a biscuit cutter or, if you’re like me and keep forgetting to buy one at the store, just use a butter knife and cut is as closely as you can to a circle. Besides, I always enjoyed the fun shaped pieces that would come out growing up. Place them either in a cake pan or a cast iron pan. Bake them roughly 12 minutes or until they are turning a delicious brown on top. Cool and enjoy! I recommend topping them with some equal parts butter and Golden Eagle syrup. You know you have the right consistency when you run a biscuit half through it and about half of it gets lost.

If you have a difficult time in getting the flour to milk ratio correct, just take a spoon and make them drop biscuits instead. It works fine that way, too.

*Side note: I don’t post pictures of me making this stuff on purpose. One thing I learned from KoKo was that at some point you just have to trust yourself as a cook. My motto: As long as it tastes good and doesn’t kill ya, then it’s alright.

Below is a picture of my biscuits and some apple butter dipping sauce. I made the sauce accidentally one day when making fried apples. As soon as I figure out just what I did, I’ll post that recipe too.

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Reasons why my Son is Crying

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Below is a list of reasons of why my son is crying. Note: I didn’t make this to complain or embarrass my kid, but to be able to remember how goofy he is as a toddler and to hopefully make some fellow parents laugh.

  • He thought it was funny that our dog was sitting in his little toddler chair, but he was also extremely angry because the dog was sitting in his little toddler chair. Bedtime quickly followed.
  • I put the exact episode he requested on the T.V. for him.
  • I gave him my phone with the app he wanted to play with. Then gave it back and asked for it again. I gave it back to him again. This repeated for a solid five minutes before he got super happy that he had his game.
  • I gave him mac and cheese when he asked twice for mac and cheese.
  • I played with the action figure he gave me to play with.
  • The dog walked close to him.
  • He attacked the cat and the cat ran away from him.
  • He wanted to play with my phone, but he said it needed to charge. (It was at 100% battery power.)
  • The dog didn’t pee or poop when I let him outside to potty. (This happens every day.)
  • He pooped and needed/wanted a pull-up change, but was upset I wasn’t changing it. (He wouldn’t lie down for it.)

What things does your child(ren) cry about that you think are silly?

I’m a Gray-Haired, Crazy Old Lady

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Or Little Old Woman, as my great-uncle, Bud, likes to call me. Not even just because I’m “old-fashioned” in a lot of my beliefs. I literally have gray hair. And I also need a little bit of sanity. Just a pinch. Not that much. (If a pinch was the equivalent of a ton.)

I sit here typing this to you as my son makes a trip up and down this strip from our living room to the dining table, pushing his Batmobile and humming a somewhat-engine-like-but-not-really noise. Oh, looky there. His Jake and the Neverland Pirates boat just joined in the fun. I think I like that boat a lot better, it’s so much quieter.

Our dog, Taco, was getting into things he wasn’t supposed to mess with. You can tell that by how he keeps circling around right by my leg trying to get me to pet him. The cat, Max, is just sitting on the table, looking down on us petty mortals. Aaaaaaaaaand the cat is asleep. ‘Cause he doesn’t do that every hour of the day.

Batman is playing on the T.V. Again. Even though my son isn’t watching it I can guarantee you that he would notice the millisecond I turned it off.

As I sat here thinking to myself, since my husband is away for training again, I realized that I’m such an old fart. I think mostly about recipes and cooking during the day, I think of all the stuff I have to clean, I get onto whichever  person or animal is doing a no-no, and I get overly excited about dreaming of household appliances that would just be so awesome to have.

Whelp, good thing I have the crazy in me to help balance me out. You know, the part of me that loves to watch Looney Tunes (I’m so sick of all the “everybody’s a winner” crap T.V. shows), who eats chocolate because it tastes yummy (don’t tell my cardiologist……or my husband for that matter), who gets more excited than her kid to play football, who sings just about all day (I have an awful voice and I don’t care), and who also makes some very funny (and sanity questioning) sounds to make the day not be so dull. Yes, I am that lady that makes chicken noises walking in the mall to get her toddler excited about eating some chicken. I can totally see why my husband loves me so much. I’m awesome.

Maybe it’s not that I need to cling to my sanity so much, but that I should just let the crazy be. Ultimately, I think that will actually help keep me sane 😉

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Did David Have a Spirit of Fear?

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2 Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (ESV) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”(NKJV) I love both of these translations. Tonight’s post is inspired by what I’ve read and heard people say about David. Despite there being no evidence suggesting David was afraid to face Goliath (the truth is actually quite the opposite of that), so many talk about how David was afraid and still what God wanted. Here’s the kicker: God doesn’t want us to be afraid.

Here are just a few of the verses where you can see that God tells us to not be afraid:

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.”

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

In the verses mentioned above, God tells us to not be afraid. A favorite verse of mine is Psalm 46:10 where God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” We shouldn’t be afraid, because we have God with us.

Let’s take a look at the attitude David had when facing Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:26, David pretty much asks, “Who does this guy think he is to defy the army of God?” This was as soon as David heard of Goliath. That was his first thought. A few verses down (v. 29) David asks, “Is there not a cause?” Think about what he’s asking for just a minute. David is asking them isn’t there a good reason to have conviction. The rest of these men had been too cowardly to stand up to Goliath, it’s almost like David is astounded that no one has stood up to him.

Would you believe that David, without hesitation, told them that he would go and fight the Philistine (vs. 32)? King Saul didn’t believe he could it, but David told him that the Lord would deliver him from the Philistine, just as the Lord delivered him from the lion and the bear (vs. 33-37). Have you noticed anything yet that would suggest that David was afraid?

When David went up to meet Goliath, the giant was insulted that someone of David’s stature wound up being the one to challenge him. However, David was not afraid. We can see in his reply to Goliath that he trusted in God (vs. 45-47). In verse 48, David hurried and ran toward the Army to meet the Philistine. Does that sound like someone who was afraid? No, he trusted and believed in God the way we are supposed to trust and believe in Him.

Before I end this post, there’s another part of the Bible I want to briefly discuss. In Daniel chapter 3, we read about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. King Nebuchadnezzar had decreed that whenever people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, the people shall fall down and worship the golden image that he made. If people didn’t worship it, then they would be cast into a burning fiery furnace.

It came to the attention of the king that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refused to worship the king’s gods and the golden image he had made. The king was enraged when he heard that and had commanded that those three be brought to him. Nebuchadnezzar basically told them to either worship the image he made or be cast into the furnace and killed. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego stood up to him (vs. 16-18).

Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury when they told him they wouldn’t worship the golden image. He was so furious that he commanded the furnace be heated seven times more than usual. (Now that’s pretty hot.) They were bound in their coats, trousers, turbans, and their other garments, and cast into the fire. The people who had put them in the furnace were burned by it from being so hot, but Shadrach Meshach, and Abed-Nego fell down in the midst of it. The king was astonished. Not only were those three unharmed, but there was a fourth being in their. King Nebuchadnezzar said the form of the fourth was like the Son of God. After all this happened, the king let them go and decreed that anyone who spoke ill against God would be punished. Just as in the case of David, these men showed no fear. They put their trust in God that His will be done, regardless of what happened to them.

There are many instances in the Bible where we are told to not be afraid. Romans 8:35,37-39 states, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?….Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Be of good courage (Psalm 27:14),  He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

I hope this has helped somebody. God bless you, I love you.

One Pot Pasta

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Yet another pasta recipe, I know. But it tastes pretty good and is fairly simple to make. I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients

1 pound of spaghetti (or whatever pasta you like)

12.8oz smoked sausage (NOT LINKS) I normally use the jalapeno flavor

1 onion diced or sliced

3 pieces of garlic

3 cups of grape tomato halves

1 to 2 cups of basil leaves

Parmesan

Salt and Pepper to taste

Add five cups of water and bring to a boil. Add every ingredient to a pot. Cook until the pasta is done and water is gone. (You may need to add water during the process.)

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Rotisserie Style Chicken

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This is a melt in your mouth chicken recipe of mine. I kind of came up with it after not really finding a recipe that I wanted. You can either cook it in the oven or in the crock pot. The only differences are that the crock pot take longer and you do not need to worry about basting in the crock pot. I hope you like it!

Ingredients

4 or 5 pound whole chicken

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Salt

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Cayenne Pepper

Mexican Chili Powder

Chicken Stock

Chicken Bullion Cubes

Lemon Pepper

Brown Sugar (optional-use if you like it a bit sweet)

If you’re using an oven, pre-heat to 375 degrees. For a crock pot, have it set on high. Rub your desired amount of spices all over the chicken. Set in 4 chicken bullion cubes and then pour half the container of chicken stock over it. Add all spices again (just a little bit of lemon pepper this time, if any) and pour the rest of the chicken stock over the chicken. For the oven – pour juices over it every 30 minutes and cook for about 2 hours. For the crock pot – leave it on high until the skin is a little bit burnt (usually around 7 hours, depending on the weight of the chicken).

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