Monday, June 23, 2014

Overnight Summer Porridge

Overnight Summer Porridge
It is summertime.  If you'd like a nice, hot bowl of Oatmeal, please raise your hand.
That's what I thought.  Me neither.
Maybe you've been seeing a bunch of variations of cold overnight refrigerator Oatmeal floating through cyberspace like I have.  And maybe, like me, you've been wondering if cold, uncooked Oatmeal is really even good.
It took my friend Deborah telling me how much her family has been enjoying this to convince me that I should give the recipe a try.  I tried this Vanilla-Raspberry version, the Maple-Blueberry adaption, and the Cinnamon-Applesauce recipe.  I, personally, enjoyed the Vanilla-Raspberry the most.  Several liked the Maple-Blueberry and only one liked the Cinnamon-Applesauce.  If you're going to make several, I found that a 1-quart container of Yogurt will make about 16 servings.  I am especially impressed with the Vanilla-Raspberry: I used fresh Raspberries and over one week later, it is still fresh and tasty!  And it is sooo good!  I hope you enjoy this, too!
Vanilla-Raspberry Overnight Summer Porridge
For each serving you will need:
One-Cup Jar with lid 
1/4  Cup  Old Fashioned Oatmeal
1/4  Cup  Milk
1/4  Cup  Plain -or- Vanilla Yogurt
1-1/2  teaspoons  Chia Seeds
1  Tablespoon  Raspberry Jam
1/2 to 1  teaspoon  Vanilla
Raspberries to fill jar, about 1/4-cup
In the bottom of the jar, mix well the Oatmeal, Milk, Yogurt, Chia Seeds, Jam and Vanilla.  Top with fresh or frozen Raspberries (fresh are preferred; if using frozen Raspberries, stir them into the Oatmeal mixture); seal with lid and let set in refrigerator a minimum of four hours.  Enjoy cold.  Serves One.
Maple-Blueberry Overnight Summer Porridge
For each serving you will need:
One-Cup Jar with lid
1/4  Cup  Old Fashioned Oatmeal
1/4  Cup  Milk
1/4  Cup  Plain -or- Vanilla Yogurt
1-1/2  teaspoons  Chia Seeds
2  teaspoons  Maple Syrup
1/2 to 1  teaspoon  Vanilla
Blueberries to fill jar, about 1/4-cup
In the bottom of the jar, mix well the Oatmeal, Milk, Yogurt, Chia Seeds, Maple Syrup and Vanilla.  Top with fresh or frozen Blueberries (fresh are preferred; if using frozen Blueberries, stir them into the Oatmeal mixture--you will be pleasantly surprised how well frozen Blueberries perform in this recipe: they do not collapse, but stay firm and plump); seal with lid and let set in refrigerator a minimum of four hours.  Enjoy cold.  Serves One.
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye
were not redeemed with corruptible things,
like silver and gold,...
But with the precious blood of Christ"
I Peter 1:18a, 19a

Adapted from The Yummy Life 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Luau Chicken Sandwiches

Luau Chicken Sandwiches
It's summertime.
Sunny, warm, sleeping-in, lazing around type of days.
And my brain has went ka-put.
Went on vacation.
My get-up-and-go has got up and went.
If you find it, send it home.
I've really been struggling to come up with ideas of what to have for dinner.
I have all these ideas floating around up there.
I usually think of them about 11 pm, when I'm trying to get to sleep.
11 pm, when I'm trying to get to sleep, and I can solve all the world's problems with the snap of my fingers.
8 am in the morning, and I can't even remember what day of the week it is.
Please don't tell me I'm the only one with these issues.
So pardon me while I ramble along, dancing on those marbles that are rattling around in my head.
And no, I haven't lost any of those marbles.
I think.
 Recently I've been waking up to unusual sounds outside my bedroom window.
A gentle "quack-quack" followed by at least a dozen or so "peep-peep-peeps" and then "plop. plop. plop." thirteen time in succession.
Molly and Mr. Mallard had taken up residence in our neighbor's shrubs and pool.  This is their second clutch of eggs to hatch this summer.  One dozen little ducklings.  Aren't they adorable?

Father's Day weekend T took the boys backpacking.  They left on Thursday and came back on Sunday--hot, stinky, and tired.  They hiked 6.4 miles in to Ten Lakes and, of course, 6.4 miles back out.  They had a fantastic time.  They caught a grand total of 218 fish.  For real.
The girls and I stayed home (of course!).  We cleaned house, tried out the new self-serve Yogurt shop, had Taco Truck for dinner, relaxed, and had company--two of my friends from school were here for a funeral.  Rachel and her family stayed with us for three nights (my girls had a fantastic time getting reacquainted with her children), and Kendra was able to pop in for a few hours.  It was So Good to see both of them.  I hadn't seen Kendra for thirteen years.  You know it is a true friendship when you can literally pick up from where you last left off.
J has been having fun learning how to use my camera.  It's a work in progress:

I found a wreath idea/inspiration on Pinterest (link here ).

Burlap around a styrofoam wreath, house numbers from Lowes, and dried moss around a letter initial from a craft store!
Mine didn't turn out quite exactly the same, but I'm happy with it:

Oh, yeah.
This post was supposed to be about Luau Chicken Sandwiches, wasn't it.
I guess I'd better stop rambling, then.
But first, my scripture verse:
"If My people,
who are called by My name,
shall humble themselves,
pray, seek, crave, and
require of necessity My face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven,
forgive their sin,
and heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14, Amplified

Luau Chicken Sandwiches
1  20-oz.  Sliced Pineapple
1  Tablespoon  Brown Sugar
1  Tablespoon  Dijon Mustard
2  Garlic Cloves, crushed
8  thin-sliced  Chicken Breast
1/2  Cup  Mayonnaise
1/4  Cup  Dijon Mustard
1  Tablespoon  Dill Weed
Dash  Chipotle Chili Powder
4  Slices  Provolone Cheese, halved
8  Hamburger Buns
Sliced Tomatoes
Favorite BBQ Sauce--use one that has fruit in it for best results
Drain Pineapple, reserving juice; set aside Pineapple.
In a large resealable bag, combine the Pineapple Juice, Brown Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard, and Garlic.  Add Chicken and coat well.  Refrigerate for a minimum of two hours.
In a small bowl, combine the Mayo, 1/4-Cup Dijon Mustard, Dill, and Chipotle Chili Powder.  Set in refrigerator until time to assemble sandwiches.
For Grilling:
Preheat Grill.  Butter Hamburger Buns and gently toast; set aside.  Drain Chicken Marinade, grill until done, about 15 minutes.  Top with BBQ Sauce the last 5 minutes or so.  Top with Provolone Cheese, and allow to melt.  Grill Pineapple Rings, about 1 minute per side.
Assemble Sandwiches:
Spread Buns with the Dill-Mayo sauce.  Top with Chicken, Lettuce, Tomato, and Grilled Pineapple.
Serves 8.  We enjoy this with Grilled Summer Squash.

Pardon me, while I get distracted by the snack the girls left on the table.
This stuff is dangerous, friends.
Very, very dangerous stuff.

Grill the Buns

Put the Pineapple back in the can until needed
 I wrapped a rubber band around my fork because they kept falling into my marinade pan

This Mango BBQ sauce has no high-fructose corn syrup in it
I found it at WinCo

And Carl's Prime Rib & Roast Seasoning
I could wax rhapsodic over it
We use it on just about everything grilled--I put it on the Squash
Find it at O'Brien's



Recipe adapted from Southern Fixin's, page 142.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cake Review

Cake Review
Last week I shared on Facebook that my boys were making their own birthday cakes.  I handed them my Kindle with my Pinterest board, Cake, Let Them Eat Cake open and told them to choose which cake they wanted for their birthday. 
J first chose a cake which had European measurements (like ml and Celsius--I said not this time).  His second choice was this Chocolate-Coffee Cake from Eat the Love.  The only changes J made was to use regular flour in place of the 1/4-cup of Teff Flour and the 1/4-cup of Mesquite Flour.  I was quite impressed with this recipe, as the cake baked up with three layers of thick, fluffy, yumminess.  But more than that, I was impressed with both my son and his willingness to master the Swiss Buttercream frosting, which called for cooking 5 Egg Whites in a double-boiler pan.  He did it!  No lumps of over-cooked Egg White!
D chose the most beautiful cake on the Pinterest board, and the most exotic sounding cake: Blackberry Basil Swirl Pound Cake.  We were both drooling over the gorgeous photos which accompanied the recipe.  This cake did not have a filling, so he took a cheesecake recipe, cut it in third, and make a Blackberry Cheesecake filling layer.  But the pound cake recipe?  It was, um, mystifying, to say the least.  For starters, it only made one layer.  The dough was very, very, very stiff--almost like cookie dough.  And then the recipe said to bake for 1- to 1-1/2 hours.  Really?  D doubled the recipe and baked his cake for 1 hour, at which time it was done.  Very done.  Good thing he didn't let it go for the full 1-1/2 hours!  My personal belief is that this cake was supposed to bake in a loaf pan (which wasn't specified), but that the food stylist made/baked/decorated as he or she chose, and then didn't adjust the recipe properly.  But Oh! it was Beautiful!  I'd like to play around with this recipe because it has a lot of potential.  I think D did an excellent job with his cake and that every so often a Pin-Fail happens.
Excellent, well done baking for two 12-year-old boys, I think!
"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature,
and in favor with God and man."
Luke 2:52
Be like Jesus, boys...