Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: 15 Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner

From my trusty Campbell's Classic Recipes cookbook: 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 lb.) 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's condensed cream of chicken soup 1 1/2 cup water (for creamier rice, increase water to 1 2/3 cups) 1/4 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp pepper 1 1/2 cups uncooked minute rice 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen broccoli flowerets Shortened version of the instructions: Heat oil, cook chicken 8 min. or until browned. (I cut it into smaller chunks and season it with chicken seasoning that includes paprika and pepper). Set chicken aside, drain any fat from the pan. Add soup and water, bring to a boil. Add rice and broccoli and put chicken back in on top. (In the cookbook, you season the chicken at this step but I've already seasoned it.) Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook 5 minutes or until rice and chicken are done.

Monday, April 18, 2011


When I woke up and looked out the window this morning, there was snow on the ground!! Thankfully it's all melted away already but it's pretty chilly out there still. I know, I know, this is northern Indiana and our last frost can be all the way into May but a girl can hope, right? I did some damage surveying this morning and it looks like my new strawberry plants might have sruvived despite me not covering them up. They are a cooler weather crop so I hope I'm right that they survived the spring snow.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring has sprung... maybe

Wow, I hadn't realized it had been that long since I made a post. I guess I don't have as much to talk about in the winter! Spring is trying to get started but we're still having some pretty cold days. What's going on with me? Our cute little starter house (that we've been in for 7 years) has been on the market for one week now. We've had one showing and the feedback was cute, but too small... that's exactly how we feel too! It's nerve wracking but I'm going to keep praying that the right person comes along and sees it! Afterall, we don't even have a sign in our front yard yet, suppose to be today or tomorrow. And when people find out where we live, in the past 7 years we have had so many people say, "Oh I've always thought that was such a cute house!" Even though the house is on the market I can't stand to not start spring gardening! So L and I planted taters yesterday and onions today. My dad always planted potatoes but this is my first year and I'm doing the barrel/trash can planting method. There are a million instructions and videos out there showing how you can plant them in containers from a barrel to a 5 gallon bucket. We also planted onions, 1 row of red and 1 row of yellow, in the raised bed next to the driveway. I marked where I wanted them, L put them in the holes, I pushed them in and we bothed covered them with dirt. Great teamwork!!

Happy Spring!!