Thursday, August 6, 2020

What's To Eat?

I wanted to share a few things I've been making lately.  I feel v stuck in a food rut right now, but am trying to get out of it.  

But first, a story....
I took this picture at a park.  It was outside the restroom (normal flushing toilet, thank goodness).  The restroom my daughter was stuck in because the lock wouldn't turn to unlock.  We tried to get her out of the window, but that was stuck too.  She kept trying to turn the lock.  She finally kicked it.  It unlocked and she was no longer stuck in a state park bathroom.  

A sweet find!  Chocolate chip sweet biscuits!  They are new and I found them at Walmart Grocery.  They were a hit with the kids and they said they rather have those then regular cinnamon rolls.  I will have to pick them up again some time.

Chicken, Taco Seasoning and an Instapot can be turned into two easy meals:  Chicken Enchiladas and Ugly Soup (it's actually called Chicken Tortilla Soup, but it's ugly, just look at the pic below)

I put five chicken breasts, water and taco seasoning into the Instapot.  I did high pressure for 26 minutes, that way the chicken would easily shred apart.  After it's done Instapotting, shred the chicken and separate about half out and leave the other half with the broth in the pot.

Meal One: Chicken Enchiladas
For the inside of the enchiladas, I use the shredded chicken, shredded cheese (I used Quesadilla cheese this time around), cream cheese and garlic powder.  You mix all of that up and put it into the tortilla and roll it up.  Before placing them in the pan, you do want to put the red enchilada sauce on the bottom.
After they are all rolled up, you put the red enchilada sauce on top and your choice of cheese.  I like the fiesta variety.  Make sure to put foil on or the cheese will burn.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.  
We had our enchiladas with chips and guac.

The second recipe is my younger son's favorite soup!
It's super easy.
You just add these cans of food to the Instapot with shredded chicken and broth.
I added frozen regular corn in here also.
I put the Instapot on slow cooker mode for four hours and it was good to go for dinner time.
Peyton likes his ugly soup, just ugly.
I like to add some cheese into mine.  The next day, I made an ugly soup roll up.  
I just drained off the sauces.
See, it's so ugly!  But so delicious!
Monday night, I did a quick Aldi's run because I wasn't sure about the rest of the week.  Here is what I came up with!
Butter Chicken with Naan bread.  Super easy to make!  Put four chicken breasts in with the Butter Chicken Sauce.  Put it all in the crockpot for four hours on high.  Naan bread can be heated up in the oven.  I've never tried the garlic variety, so I'm excited to try that.  That was for Wednesday night.

Thursday night will be Tomato Tortellini Soup.
It's another you can stick in the crockpot or make on the stove.  Either way, it's delicious.
Here is what you need:
Package of Cheese Tortellini
Tomato Soup, I got three small cans at Aldi.
2 cups of chicken or veggie broth, either work.
2 cups of milk
onion powder, garlic powder, basil and salt to taste.  I have an Italian Spice that I like to throw in mine.  
Mozzarella and Parm cheese to top it!

Throw everything in and heat it up!  Make sure the tortellini are completely cooked through if you are making it on the stove.

I'll make a bread to go with it.

I've done a few desserts.  
Fruit and Chocolate -- an easy, but delicious one!

I got bored and made a bundt cake.
What has been on your menu?  I need ideas!  HALP!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Currently (8)

The first Wednesday of the month means it is time for the Currently Link Up!  Head on over to In Residence to join in the fun.

choosing

I've been able to choose lots of fruits at the grocery store lately!  I've been able to find Rainer Cherries, which are my fav.  I found Cherry Plums!  They are delicious!  Have you tried them?


consuming

A lot of candles!  If you are a Marshalls shopper, check the prices on the larger candles, I found quite a few that were the same price as the smaller versions.  I found a lava candle also, I know they were popular a while back, but I never picked one up.  Will be trying it out now though!

enjoying

My cats as my coworkers?  I'm not sure on this one.  I enjoyed the long weekend road trip and am planning another for the end of this month.

ordering

I haven't really ordered anything lately.  I did buy the cat items from Chewy.com.  That's all though.  I have some purchases to make from Amazon though for my daughters room.

and remembering.

That one time we went to Natchez Trace Parkway and I thought I was Anna Pigeon.




I've been to Cahokia too.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Elephant Rocks State Park

The next stop I want to talk about from our little Missouri State Parks adventure is Elephant Rocks State Park.  

This park is absolutely gorgeous!  

Here are a few things to get us started:  they have a food truck that comes on Friday, Saturday and Sundays!  It is cash only since cell service is spotty.  They have regular flush toilets!  Always a plus.  The water fountains are currently not turned on as they are revamping their water system, but they do have vending machines if there is no food truck there.  (Drinks are the same price both places)  There is plenty of shade and a ton of space with picnic tables.  They have a fairly large playground.

Elephant Rocks is named after the large granite rocks!  There is even on part on the trail where they are lined up end to end and look like elephants parading.  The largest rock is named "Dumbo".  They don't know how many boulders are actually in the entire park.  The granite rocks were formed around 1.5 billion years ago.  Magma formed deep below the Earth's service forming the granite formations.  The granite, being much heavier than surrounding rocks were left after erosion wore the others away.  Water seeping into the cracks caused the round formations and expansions of the boulders.  The land form in which a pile of spherically weathered residual granite rock boulders sitting atop a bedrock mass of the same rock is called a "Tor".  Tors are abundant in other areas, but no in the area that Elephant Rocks exists.  It is considered one of the best examples of a Tor in the Midwest.

There are two official trails and you can also wander wherever you want (as long as it's not marked off).  
There is the Braille Trail.  It's a 1 mile loop and fairly easy.  It is designed for visually impaired persons and is also wheel chair accessible.  There are a few spurs on the trail: to the quarry and to the Elephant Rocks namesake formation.  Alli and I walked this one and took the short path to the Engine House.
The Engine House trail makes it a little longer and it is not wheelchair accessible as it is a non-concrete hiking path.  I recommend doing both of these paths.

Alli and I went to the other water formation that is not as busy.  Honestly, we didn't see a single person walking that trail around the pond.

I would definitely visit this park again.


One of the ponds available for fishing.  Less busy hiking over here.









Size comparison of the boulders in the picnic area.


Engine House Trail





This was called Fat Man's Squeeze.
The trail is still wheel chair and stroller accessible, it just goes around the boulders instead of through it.


The Quarry.

Monday, August 3, 2020

August To-Do List

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!  We've made it to August.  We are starting month 4,269 of the pandemic. Jokes.  It just feels that way.


Here is my To-Do List for the month!  Most are fun things!
-Go to the cat cafe
-Hike two trails
-Back to School Shopping -- starts after Labor Day this year.
-Apple Picking - a local orchard has confirmed their start date as August 1st.  
-Complete part of the puzzle book and pass it on to family members to do puzzles
-Send Tanner his monthly package
-Outdoor skating, at least, once per week
-Make my Nanny's BBQ Sparerib recipe.
-Stay on my budget -- no extra spending.  
-Make a meal plan and stick to it!

What's on your list for this month?

Friday, July 31, 2020

Happy Fri-yay!

Happy Fri-yay!  We've made it to the end of another week!

Guys!  I wish it would stop raining around here.  It's rained every day this week!  Some days were huge storms and others were just a constant drizzle.  

Tomorrow is August already!  I cannot believe it.  The days, weeks and months have been blending together.  

This week was another pretty boring one.

I worked all week.  Doing the same tasks as before.  They pushed back our open date to August 17th, but they are thinking about pushing it back to September now.  I have a new manager starting on Monday.  We haven't gotten an intro or email or phone number from her....maybe today that will happen.

I ended up making a few things this week.  I love cooking, but quite frankly, I'm getting a little tired of it.  I made a sheet pan dinner.  It turned out delicious. I had planned on making a baked chicken dish on Thursday, but Alli said she thought Subway sounded good.  She was right, it did.  We did Subway for dinner, but I did make an apple crisp for dessert.


Tanner has been able to text me a few nights this week.  He has to buy his wifi and did that for a few days.  He plans on getting a hotspot, so he doesn't have to pay by the hour.  I mailed his package.  I've mailed stuff overseas to military addresses before and have never been asked what region I'm sending it to.  The postal worker asked me.  I'm not sure if she was just curious or needed to know.  It's been about a month since I last sent a package overseas and was not asked that before.  I grabbed some customs forms and priority boxes, so it will be easier next time I go.  I will already have the form filled out.
Alli worked her normal schedule.  

Peyton is still just chilling his summer vacation away.

I washed all the comforters in the house.  Some of them you can't put in the dryer and since it's been raining a lot, they got put all throughout the house to dry.  The upside is: they smell v nice!  

Not sure what I'm going to be doing this weekend.  I saw that on Saturday it is supposed to be clear!  I'll try to get outside and do something.

What are your plans?  Anything fun?