Sunday, March 30, 2014

Freezer Meals

As promised, I posted about freezer meals on my facebook page and said I would get you the recipes.

For all of these I found it easiest to put together a grocery list of everything you need from each recipe and the amount needed. Then I took the list and marked off things that I already had in my cabinets and frig/freezer (this time around I already had more then half the chicken I needed for the recipes and most of the spices.) Once that is taken care of I went shopping...I have most seasonings needed except a couple that I had to buy and I had enough chicken for a 4 of the meals. I ended up spending $60ish on everything except chicken. So adding Chicken to the mix I would say about $80 for 7 meals bagged and frozen!

When putting them all together I found it easier to put each recipes ingredient list together in separate piles to make myself a little more organized. I labeled my zip lock bags, with what it was and how to cook it, along with if it needed anything else added to it. Then did the recipes one by one. Some ppl would find it easier to do all the cutting of veggies and what not first then do it but I just found it a little confusing.
Below are just a few of the recipes!!!

Recipe #1: French Chicken

4-6 Chicken Breasts (I use the Costco Pouches and generally 3 to 4 breasts is PLENTY for my family of 4)
1 can of Cranberry Sauce (I like Whole Berry best for this recipe)
8 oz of French Dressing
1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
Mix Chicken, Cranberry Sauce, French Dressing and Lipton Onion Soup Mix in a Gallon Freezer Ziplock Bag.  After closing, take your hands and smash all the ingredients to combine.
To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer an hour before starting or run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!

Recipe #2: Teriyaki Chicken

6-8 Bonesless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
1 Cup Teriyaki Sauce
1 Cup Water
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Cloves Garlic
A few slices of of Ginger
Add all ingredients to a Freezer Gallon Ziplock Bag!  Don’t stres about trimming up the Chicken Thighs too much, it’s really not needed!  One of the reasons I love crockpotting Chicken Thighs is because the fat melts and only adds to the taste!!  Once bag is closed with all the air out use your hands to mix all the ingredients and make sure the Thighs are sitting in a good sauce!!
To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer an hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!

Recipe #3: Sweet BBQ Chicken

4-6 Chicken Breasts
12 oz bottle of BBQ Sauce
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (I like mine really sweet, so I’ll usually do a little bit more then this)
1/4 Cup Vinegar
1/8 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Garlic Powder
Once the chicken is cleaned, I like to rub it with the Cayenne Pepper.  But, if you’re in a hurry you can just add the Chicken to a Freezer Gallon Ziplock Bag and then add the rest of the ingredients.  Once bag is closed, use your hands to mash all the ingredients together!
To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer an hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!

Recipe #4: Creamy Chicken Italian-O
This is a household favorite!!!

4-6 Chicken Breasts
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 Can of Cream of Chicken
1 Dry Packet of Italian Seasoning
Take softened Cream Cheese, Cream of Chicken and Italian Seasoning and mix together in a bowl.  Take cleaned chicken and place in a Freezer Gallon Ziplock Bag and top with the mixture.  After Ziplock bag is closed, take your hands and push wet mixture to cover chicken.

To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer an hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!

Recipe #5: Cafe Rio Crockpot Chicken
I got this recipe from Chef in Training!

4-6 Chicken Breasts
1/2 a small bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing
1 Packet of Dry Ranch Dressing (3 TB)
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 TB of Minced Garlic
1/2 TB Chili Powder
1/2 TB Ground Cumin
Combine all ingredients in a Freezer Gallon Ziplock Bag.  Once ziplock bag is closed, take your hands and combine all ingredients together well.
To cook: Take the Freezer Meal out of the Freezer an hour before starting OR run it under some room temperature water for about 30 seconds.  Dump meal in the a Crockpot and cook on Low for 4-6 hours!

Recipe #6 Cilantro Lime Chicken w/ Corn and Black Beans
6-8 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (I used 2 Costco Pouches per bag)
4 Tbs Olive Oil
2+ Limes, juiced (I like a little more lime then the recipe calls for)
2 Cups Cilantro
1 large bag of Frozen Corn (or two smaller bags)
4 minced Garlic Cloves
1 finely Chopped Red Onion
2 cans of Black Beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp Cumin or Chipotle powder
Salt an Pepper to taste
Take ingredients and split everything into two containers.
Mix bag by shaking, seal, label and put in the freezer.
Cooking instructions: Cook in Crockpot on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.  Serve with hot tortillas and dress with sour cream, guacamole, and/or cheese.

Friday, November 29, 2013

More Orlando and Newport beach happenings

 We took Aaron to Disney World Downtown again and Aaron was so excited to be able to be able to play with the legos again!

 Aaron Loved Santa, but played shy this year.

 We loved Disney's Santa! (Plus he was Free) He was so sweet with our shy boy!

 On our last day there we wanted to take advantage of it being so Sunny! It was so beautiful! Cold, but Beautiful! It has been so long since we have been to a beach. Living in TN we are so FAR from the beach we haven't been able to see it, touch it, or feel it. It was great being able to just enjoy it.

I have to mention that I feel like the luckiest women in the world. I have these two handsome guys in my life and a baby girl on her way only 14 weeks away. We do have our fair, if not more, share of trials, but Heavenly Father really has blessed us and our Family!

I mean, look at that Handsome man I get to go to bed with every night and be with for eternity!

 25 weeks and counting down til I get to hold my baby girl in my arms!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Orlando Florida

Michael and I had the opportunity to take a family vacation to Florida over Thanksgiving.  The first few days were taken care of by Michael's work because of the conference he was presenting at for world language teachers. We stayed in the fancy hotel and ate at some AMAZING restaurants. Friday night we went to a place called Opa Taverns. OMG it was amazing. The were belly dancers and loud music. The dancers were dancing on the dinner tables with the customers and doing konga lines with them. With it being a Greek restaurant the frequently threw napkins in the air and yelled "OPA!!!" Aaron of course loved it.
Aaron and I enjoyed the pool on Saturday. Oh it was beautiful. 78* weather the weekend before Thanksgiving! Loved it!
Saturday night we went to a place called Ming Court. Such good Chinese food. It brought us back to Taiwan! They had traditional Chinese music and Aaron loved it.

Sunday of course Aaron and I went to Church. (see the last post for the details.)

Today, Monday, we woke up in our new hotel. It had a great breakfast downstairs for us. So good! After breakfast we went to downtown Disney. It was a blast. Aaron had so much fun! He thought we really were in Disneyworld. (that's good cause we could not afford to go there this time around)

Daddy and Aaron Spent most of the time in the Lego store building things! (as mom sat on the curb wishing she already had her girl so she could do girlie stuff at that time!) We really just enjoyed spending time with each other (a rare things these days).

Okay, well, it's late so there will be more picture a little bit later.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Family and family history

     The last few weeks in sunday school we have bee talking about Family History. It has really made me want to get into mine. That is when I remembered that I had someone in my family that has done so much work already. That is when I got of Facebook, yes facebook, and got in contact with someone special!

     Today I had the pleasure of meeting someone that I have only met once in my life, when I was somewhere between 8-10. This person is such a sweet spirit and is now sharing that spirit with the Orlando, Florida area as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her name, well, her name is Ann Danes. My Great Aunt on my mom's side. (of course it won't be my father's side since he is not and has not been around. Although, I would LOVE to meet him. Anyways, getting off track!)
     Ann is the wife of Don Danes, my Grandfather's brother. Well, in the last year my Grandfather, Carl Danes and my Uncle Danes both passed away.  Both of these men I did not get the chance to get know, something I wish I didn't have to say. So today, like I was saying, I got to meet with Ann. When we found out we would be going to Florida for Michael's work for a week and a half, and that she was serving a mission here, I decided to contact her and set up a time for us to me. And that is what we did today. I got to go to church with her, then afterwards, my little family went to her place and had lunch with her. I got to find out that there are so many members of the church on that side and that my Brother and I are not the only active members. I found out that my Grandfather was a bit of a loaner and he really broke my Grandmother's heart when he left, which explains so much when it comes to her and men.  She then was able to show me so many great pictures of her side of the family and of my Uncle Roger, who I have also only met once, maybe twice. Along with another Aunt that I had met but her name escapes me at the moment. 
     We also go tot go on the computer and she showed me a few names in order to get my uncle and Grandfather's family history. I can not wait to be able to continue to work on our family history.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Half way there...then a girl!

The 24th marked my half way mark in this pregnancy. Honestly, this pregnancy is sooooo much easier then it was with Aaron. 

Some prego facts this time around:
* only was sick the first trimester. 
* I sometimes forget I am pregnant when she is not kicking cause it has been that easy this time. 
* I have not gained any weight but have lost 4lbs 
* I am not craving anything unhealthy unlike with Aaron. This time around I wand sushi(the cooked kind)
* the worst part is not being able to sleep very well. 

     We are so excited for our little girl to be here. I think I am more excited cause I will have my girl finally!!!! 

Harper I love u so much already and can't wait to hold u!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Summer Recap

This summer we had the wonderful opportunity to go back home for a month to CALIFORNIA. It was wonderful! We were able to see so many of our family and friends. It was great! We were also able to be present for the beautiful blessing of our niece Peyton Noe Vatcher, David and Megan's baby girl. 
This  is mostly going to be a picture up date with a few captions. Sorry for the picture overload.
Pictured above is the first ever Homemade jam that I made with Mom V and Lindy-lu.
 Mamo and I took the kids to the beach! It was so great to be at the beach during good weather.
 Grandma Noe really enjoyed having Aaron around to love on her.
 Miss Cordie was all smiles at DISNEYLAND when we went for 2 beautiful days. Love this little girl!
 We had the opportunity to go to Disneyland with the Davenports! They are truly some of my all time favorite people in the WORLD. It was so fun to get away with them.
 Grandma Julie Had Aaron take swim lesson while there and he was in HEAVEN. This little boy LOVES the water and is not afraid of it. He had fun swimming with Grandma ever after the lessons.
 In n Out---need I say more?
 Seriously, I was so excited to be able to spend time with my best friend. It was not long enough with her.
 Aaron and Ryan had a blast together at the beach and at home. Two peas in the pod. Cars, trucks, and dinosaurs.
 Loving on his one and Only Grandpa
Before I found out I was prego I even got to take a lesson from my sister in law on scuba diving in mom and dads pool. It was so cool! I loved it.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer fun in North Carolina.

I love summer time. Now that my boy is getting older and can start really enjoying the pool it is even better.

     He had a blast with uncle Billy and cousin savvy.