A Hamburger Helper

I use a potato masher to make my ground meats perfect for gravies, dips, and sauces.  Works great!


Last days of warm weather here in Missouri so we are grilling a lot. Easy grilled chicken is just marinading frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast in Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (just enough to cover the chicken) overnight (or freeze the chicken in the dressing and it will marinade as it defrosts).


Grill and it is perfect!  Great with pasta salad or baked potato and a green salad.


My friend is decorating her spare bedroom in orange and hot pink.  Looks better than it sounds. I found these lamps at Hobby Lobby and Alice loved them!


She has this gorgeous orange couch and love seat (very retro!) so I am working on an aghan shaped like a huge hot pink star to contrast with the rectangles and squares of the couch.  I think it will be a great Christmas present.


Very simple pattern of shell stitches that can be found on Ravelry here.


Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Recipe

I tried this Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Recipe and we all really liked it.  The bow tie pasta was a great idea.  Good texture.  Next time I’m going to remember to add a couple of tablespoons of butter to the pasta before adding the sauce.  Rachel Ray says that adding butter to the pasta helps the sauce to cling to it.  I’ll also make a double batch to freeze one and serve one.


Cream Cheese Chicken {Crockpot Recipe}
Author: Kimberly
Recipe type: Crock pot
Prep time:  5 mins
Cook time:  5 hours
Total time:  5 hours 5 mins
Serves: 6
1-2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen) 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup 1½ cups chicken broth 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 packet of Italian dressing mix ½ block of cream cheese Pasta of your choice or rice
  • 1-2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen)
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 packet of Italian dressing mix
  • ½ block of cream cheese
  • Pasta of your choice or rice
  1. Place chicken, broth, soup, garlic, and dressing mix in the crock pot
  2. Stir slightly to break up the soup and mix all the ingredients together
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours (mine was done in 4 hours) or until chicken can shred with a fork
  4. Remove chicken and shred; place back in crock pot
  5. Add small chunks of cream cheese and mix slightly
  6. Cook on high for 30 more minutes to melt the cream cheese.  Serve over pasta or rice.
  7. Freezer instructions: Prepare it following the instructions above, then let cool completely
  8. Pour into gallon-sized ziploc bags and lay flat to freeze
  9. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge
  10. Pour contents of bag into a saucepan and heat on low-medium heat until heated through

Two for One Dinner and Other Stuff

Yesterday morning I tried an experimental recipe for crockpot chicken.  I used 3 lbs. of skinless, boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot then prepared two packages of Southeastern Mills Chicken Gravy with 4 cups of boiling water and 1 cup cold water to mix the two packages of gravy mix before adding it to the boiling water.  I poured the hot gravy over the chicken and added 2 cups of chopped carrots then cooked on low for 10 hours.


I served one chicken breast with mashed potatoes and green beans for dinner and it was delicious.


After dinner I shredded the remaining chicken with a fork then added a can of peas and 1/4 cup diced onion.  I poured the now chicken pot pie mixture into a 13×9 pan and spread out 1 can of Grands Buttermilk Biscuits over the top then put it all in the refrigerator.


Today I replaced my pan cover with aluminum foil and cooked the chicken pot pie in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  I took off the foil and cooked it another 15 minutes and it was again … delicious.  Rick will eat two lunches of chicken pot pie this week because he liked it so much and asked for it.


I finished my crocheted house slippers … finally!  I found this slipper pattern on Pinterest and I sort of modified it here and there, but kept to the basic instructions.  I used 3 strands of Red Heart Super Saver and an H hook.


Ben and I are learning to play chess.


I got to have lunch with my daughter.  She had her third miscarriage last month and we are all sad and confused about that.  She’s been through every test they can think of to find out why she has been pregnant three times in the past five years and miscarried in the first trimester every time.  The physicians all say that there is no reason for her to miscarry next time, but she has.  Has anyone heard of anyone else having a story like that?