Friday, January 13, 2017

Chicken Cordon Blu and #UYW

Do you like cordon bleu? I do. I previously, a few years ago, made a orzo for cordon bleu AND egg rolls! But I wanted to make it, baked. It wasn't difficult but I think next time I'll buy the thin cut chicken breast instead of slicing my own. I didn't get mine thin enough so it was difficult to roll.
I used:
3 large chicken breast, boneless and skinless, sliced into 3 slices each
9 oz black forest ham
12 oz thinly sliced baby swiss

Lay out a slice of the breast, top with ham and cheese. Roll and pin with a toothpick. I then dipped it in melted butter and parsley. Pan seared the sides and placed it in a baking pan. Then baked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
I served it with bacon cheese baked potato and a salad.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
 Your words are: 
Snacks ~ book ~ enticing ~ ditches ~ confidant ~ souvenirs 
They were submitted by:     

I love going on vacation. One of my favorite things to do is a staycation. You know where I stay at home, to save money, and pretend to be a tourist in my own town. I shop for souvenirs, browse the cute little stores downtown, finding enticing gifts, nic nacs and books along the way. I'm confidant that I will always find something new as I live on the coast in a tourist town right across the ditches(or creek) from several larger towns that are an easy hour drive. But like all driving trips, even if only an hour, I bring along snacks and lots of water. Seeking out new places to eat, local artist and of course if you know me, I'm always taking lots of photos along the way. 
If you haven't tried a staycation, I strongly suggest it.
Find a local at the gas station, ask an elderly person where to eat, ask a post man which streets are the loveliest and so on.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado              
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Spatulas on Parade           
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo          
On the Border                 
Confessions of a part time working mom  
The Bergham Chronicles         
Southern Belle Charm                

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Creamy Chicken and Bean Noodle Soup AND New Beginnings poetry

Cold weather can be depressing, lack of sunshine, cold wind, cold temperatures and be shut indoors.

So to combat the blues I made a big pot of soup this past weekend. Well, actually I made two pots, two different soups. Here is one:
Creamy Chicken and Bean Noodle Soup
4 chicken thighs, boneless skinless cooked and shredded
1 can chick peas rinsed and drained
1 can kidney beans rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 TBSP parsley
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
salt to taste
1 big box of fat free reduced sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups dry pasta
2 cups water
Mix all the ingredient in a large stock pot and allow to simmer until the noodles are done. ENJOY

See, quick, easy and delicious!

This post is also part of the monthly poetry group that I participate in. Each month we choose a theme and everyone gets creative. Scroll down to read my poem, don't worry I'm okay, then hop over to visit the others.

Patsy Cline's song Blue is one of my favorites. It came on the radio a few days ago and I thought about this upcoming post. 

"Blue, oh so lonesome for you
Why can't you be blue over me?"

New Beginnings, why be blue over something from the past? Why worry or fret because someone is not worried over what they have done to you? Move on. Move forward. New Beginnings. These are some of the thoughts floating through my head.

New Beginnings
Once there was a girl
frail, meek and mild.
She thought she had found
the love of her life.
He changed a little,
day to day something new.
Until she no longer knew him
and wished she never had.
She worried and fretted.
She questioned her life.
Until one day he asked her,
to be his lovely wife.
She was overjoyed
and said yes,
but then she wound up
with a knife,
it was sticking through her heart.
The same heart she loved him with.
The same heart now ripped apart.
If only she had of left sooner,
none of this would have come to pass.
New Beginnings;
yes she found hers.
Just not the way you expected
and not how she wanted.
So if you are like her
and find yourself alone at night,
be thankful and rejoice,
because you're not at the end of a knife.
He's not nice.
he's mean, cruel and cold/
kick him out and find another
or spend your nights alone.
it's not so bad,
you might be a little sad,
but oh how glad you will be,
when you really start to enjoy -
your new beginnings.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Frosty Fun #BWF Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Filled Bundt Cake

Blogging With Friends is a group post each month where we pick a theme and each blogger puts their personal spin on it. This month the theme is Frosty Fun.

I had visions of a frosted "fun" cake but it didn't exactly happen that way. So how does this recipe fit "frosty fun" you ask. Well, easy, I make it fit. hahaha
Frosty as in a white filling, fun because cake is always fun and it's chilled in the fridge to add another chill/frosty level. Viola!
Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Filled Bundt Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cups sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup water
6 oz unsalted butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used Dutch processed from NuNaturals)
6 oz mini dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 TBSP unsalted butter melted
2 TBSP brown sugar
a jar of maraschino cherries drained
1/2 can cherry pie filling

Cheesecake filling
2 - 8 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 TBSP all purpose flour
1 egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a bundt pan and set aside.
Cake: In a large bowl add flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Stir well.
In a small saucepan combine water, 6 oz butter cook until melted, add cocoa and whisk until no lumps. Add the chocolate chips and stir until completely melted and smooth.Remove from heat.
Add chocolate sauce to the dry mix and combine, add sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Do not over mix. Set aside.
Cheesecake filling: in a medium bowl with a mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy then add flour and eggs, beat until smooth.
Evenly pour 1 1/2 TBSP melted butter in the bottom of the pan, add two cherries to each well and sprinkle with brown sugar. Pour 3/4 of the chocolate batter over the cherries.
Being very careful add the cheesecake filling IN THE CENTER so as not to touch the sides or center of the pan. Next add the cherry pie filling on top of the cheesecake filling, again careful not to touch the sides.
Now pour the remaining chocolate batter over the cherries. Spread evenly on the top to cover the fillings. The pan will be full.
Carefully slide it into the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, until the cake center is set and done. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then flip onto a plate to cool.
This cake is better the second day and after it has been chilled in the fridge for at least 6 hours. I know, it's hard to wait, but it's worth it.