Breakfast

So for breakfast we had Biscuits and sausage gravy. 

So how did I do the biscuits let’s see. First I used self rising flour and then I poured some oil in with the flour. Then I poured some milk in with the flour and oil then I mixed it up using my hands. Then I pulled some apart and rolled it into a ball an put it on a baking sheet and patted it down some. I did that till there was no more to roll into a ball.

Now for the gravy I used mild Italian sausage. I browned it in a pot. Then added flour and milk and stired it to it got a little thick to make gravy. I added more flour and milk to make enough for the week to freeze for brekfast for the hubby. He asked me to make it so I got up early to fix it for him. So this is how it turned out.

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Dinner party “Girls Night”

  So I had a girls night dinner party. We had easy enchilada casserole for the main course. For the appetizers we had chips and corn dip and salsa, crunchy taco cups. For side dishes we had fast Mexican black beans, bread. As for dessert we had a pumpkin cheesecake that my friend made. For drinks we had wine, margaritas, tea, water, and soda. We just talked and ate and dranked. 

So for the recipes I used for the food are.

Fast Mexican Black Beans

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Frijoles negros a la mexicana

Beans are one of my favorite foods, I grew up eating them almost every day and now I do the same with my family. Last week I wanted to make black beans for lunch but I didn’t have a lot of time, so I went to my pantry and the fridge to see what I had, and in just a few minutes I had a beautiful and delicious bowl of black beans.

This is a perfect recipe to make when you are in a hurry and need a fast, delicious and nutritious meal.  Just add a few warm tortillas and you are set.

Fast Mexican Black Beans

4 portions

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (11 oz) can of corn, drained
  • Salt & pepper to taste

With a medium sized pot over high heat, pour in the olive oil. When oil is hot, turn down the heat to medium-high and add the onion and serrano peppers. Stir constantly until onion is soft and then add the tomatoes. Let them cook for 5 minutes and then add the black beans (with juice) and the corn (drained).  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Cover the pot and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes until all flavors are deliciously combined.

Crunchy Taco Cups

YIELD: 12 CUPS (ABOUT 3-4 SERVINGS).

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 envelope (3 tablespoons) taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-oz) can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (or Mexican blend)
  • 24 wonton wrappers

Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously coat a standard size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine cooked beef, taco seasoning, and tomatoes in a bowl and stir to combine. Line each cup of prepared muffin tin with a wonton wrapper. Add 1.5 tablespoons taco mixture. Top with 1 tablespoon of cheese. Press down and add another layer of wonton wrapper, taco mixture, and a final layer of cheese.
  3. Bake at 375 for 11-13 minutes until cups are heated through and edges are gooey.



easy chicken enchilada casserole

 

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Prep time

20 mins

Cook time

45 mins

Total time

1 hour 5 mins

 

Author: Jo

Serves: 6

ingredients

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instructions

  1. Cut each chicken breast in about 3 pieces, so that it cooks faster and put it in a small pot. Pour Enchilada sauce over it and cook covered on low to medium heat until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. No water is needed, the chicken will cook in the Enchilada sauce. Make sure you stir occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  2. Remove chicken from the pot and shred with two forks.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  4. Start layering the casserole. Start with about ¼ cup of the leftover Enchilada sauce over the bottom of a baking dish. I used a longer baking dish, so that I can put 2 corn tortillas across. Place 2 tortillas on the bottom, top with ⅓ of the chicken and ⅓ of the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with ⅓ of the cheese and repeat starting with 2 more tortillas, then chicken, sauce, cheese. Repeat with last layer with the remaining ingredients, tortillas, chicken, sauce and cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes uncovered, until bubbly and cheese has melted and started to brown on top.
  6. Serve warm.

Dinner tonight

This is for dinner tonight. It is really yummy. I fount this recipe on yummly cooking sight. For the vegetables I am going to use broccoli and carrots and red potatoes. Instead of Italian seasoning dressing I use the Italian seasoning from the spices section.

Ingredients


3 generous cups red potatoes, quartered

2 cans cut green beans (you could use frozen)

1-1 1/2 lb chicken breasts (4 chicken breasts)

3/4 stick butter, cut into pieces 

2 Italian dressing seasoning/mix packets

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Line one side of the pan with green beans. Cut potatoes up. Line opposite side of pan with the potatoes. Line the chicken breasts down the middle of the baking dish. Cut butter up and layer over the green beans, potatoes and chicken. Sprinkle Italian dressing over the entire pan. Cover with foil add small holes in the foil so it can vent and cool better. Bake 1 hour. 

Savannah Trip

Hey all so I am back from my trip to Savannah GA. So I am going to tell you about my trip and all the places my husband and I went to for our first anniversary trip. There are pictures and videos so I am sorry if this post is a long one. I will go in order of the trip from when we got there till we left.

We left Saturday afternoon to head to Savannah I drove 5 1/2 hours from were we liv in FL. We stayed in the Marriott Courtyard in Savannah historic district. It was a nice hotel I really liked it. It reminded me of the hotel I worked at. Our view was of the city and bridge and river and part of one of the cathedrals. We walked every were from our hotel with it being right in the city. I sure did get a workout walking the first day which was Sunday I walked 18840 steps which is 8 miles. The second day which is the day we left I walked 9998 steps but that is part of the city and then Old Fort Jackson which ill talk about later also the rest of the steps are from rest stops and then walking to my house lol.

Now to the stuff we did the first day well we walked to the River Front to go to this really cute little café for breakfast and it is called Café M. I just loved it with the cute little tables and the different cups and plates. If I ever go back and I have my girlfriends we will definitely go there. So I am going to talk about this café and give some history on it.

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o  Located in the heart of the Historic District, this beckoning bistro is situates right of the River Street, just far enough to miss the noisy crowds, but close enough catch friendly faces exploring the shops behind the busy street. A neighbor to the historic River Street Inn, Café M is nestled in a corner where two bridges, which use to carry cotton factors to the different warehouses in the 1800’s, meet.  Their scenic setting complete with cobblestone streets, wrought iron railways and moss-laden live oaks is a picture square as a movie scene. Café M would make a really cute movie scene to me personally it would be beautiful.

Café M serves French pastries, Macaroon’s,  savory sandwiches and much more food. Now as for drinks they serve fresh brewed coffee, latte’s, teas and much more. My husband had coffee and the Mozzarella, Sundried Tomatoes & Basil Pesto also came with fruit and homemade veggie chips. I had a Moroccan mint tea and to eat I had Ham & Swiss Croissant with fruit and homemade veggie chips it was all really yummy. If you go to Savannah you should really try this cute café.

Now after the café we went for a walk we took the original steps down to the cobblestone to go to the river. We walked all around the rive front and we saw some statues and a WW2 memorial. Then we went back to the hotel so my husband could finish his homework  and I took a 2 hour nap as I drove us there I was still tired lol.  After he finished his homework and I was up again we decided to head back out to the river front. We had lunch at this restaurant called Cotton Exchange Tavern it was a nice old rustic looking Tavern and I loved it. If you know me I love old and rustic stuff lol. We were on the second floor by a window so we got to see all the boats go by.

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So after the restaurant we went on a tour of Old Savannah tour. We took the Historic Overview tour I really liked it so did my husband. It took 2 hours but it was a good information tour for us on history as we like history. I don’t remember all of it so I am going to just post the pictures I took on the tour. Now on the tour they did have people dressed up as form the history there so we saw some of that it was really nice and funny and inserting.

So after the tour we walked back to the hotel and relaxed for a few hours and got ready to go out to dinner. We decided to try the restaurant our Pastor recommended which was awesome. The name of the restaurant is The Crystal Beer Parlor it was really good. It also was 2 blocks from our hotel which was a win for me lol.

So for the history of this restaurant is…

In the early 1900’s, what was to become the Crystal Beer Parlor opened as the “Gerken Family Grocery Store.” It was operated by a young Julius Weitz with his parents and siblings. They all lived upstairs over the store. Sold in the early Thirties to William “Blocko” and Connie Manning, The Crystal was one of the first American eating establishments to serve alcohol after the repeal of Prohibition. (Probably because the booze was already on the premises!) It’s rumored that Blocko ran illegal hooch and operated a speakeasy during Prohibition.

Native Savannahians still talk about The Crystal. Some got engaged here, had their first date or beer here or came with their family for a juicy burger, homemade fries and creamy crab stew. Many of the pictures on the walls depict scenes from Savannah’s past and some of her more famous and infamous citizens! Pictures from our family album are proudly displayed in the Monroe Room, lovingly named after Monroe Whitlock who, along with A.G. “Smitty” Smith, were servers here for almost 45 years.

The building and the interior are much as they were back when Blocko and Connie grilled burgers and poured draft beer here. Burgers were 30 cents and draft beer was 10 cents a glass! Times sure have changed, but our commitment to good, quality food at a fair price and efficient, friendly service are right in keeping with The Crystal’s long standing tradition of excellence!

We are proud to be a part of such a rich and colorful piece of Savannah’s past. We are at your service!

John Nichols

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Now for the second day which is the day we left to come home. So we got up and packed and got ready to check out of our hotel. We asked valet if we could put our stuff in the car and leave the car so we could go grab lunch they said it was fine. So we put the stuff in the car and headed off to get some lunch. We decided to go to the chive to eat but they were not opened yet so we decided to do a little shopping. We got a cut sign and a coat hanger. We also got a pirate monkey for my brother I always try to get him a bear but we could not find one with Savannah on it so I told Rusty to pick something out for Jacob. So he picked out this cute pirate monkey I love it. So after little shopping trip we went back to the Chive to eat.

 

 

Now about the Chive..

Inspired by the decadence of the 1920s, Chive Sea Bar & Lounge offers a unique dining affair in Savannah’s Historic District.

Located on bustling Broughton Street, Chive is a refreshing change of pace for those seeking an intimate experience like no other, for special occasions or a weekday wind down. Our signature vintage cocktails made with top-shelf favorites are perfectly paired with dishes incomparable to any fare served downtown.

Chive Sea Bar & Lounge is the ideal place for the Southern pace, bringing the classic to the contemporary.

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After we ate we walked to look at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It is such a beautiful church the inside looks amazing with all the stained glass and paintings and wood carvings are some amazing work. You can tell it is telling you a story just walking through the Cathedral you can just fill the emotions and the history. Now to tell you the history of this Cathedral.

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The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a Roman Catholic cathedral at 222 East Harris Street, Savannah, Georgia, in the United States. It is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah.

The colonial charter of Savannah prohibited Roman Catholics from settling in the city. The English trustees feared that Catholics would be more loyal to the Spanish authorities in Florida than to the English government in Georgia, however this prohibition faded shortly after the American Revolution.[2] The church’s congregation was reorganized about 1796. French Catholic émigrés established the first church in 1799 when they arrived from Haiti after slave rebellions began on that Caribbean island in 1791.[3] Construction began on the new Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in 1873 and was completed with the addition of the spires in 1896. The structure was nearly destroyed by fire in 1898 but through diligent effort was rebuilt by 1899.

The congregation constructed its first church on Liberty Square in 1779 and in 1811, choose a site on Drayton and Perry Streets for a larger building. Bishop John England of the Diocese of Charleston, which encompassed Savannah, consecrated the new church April 1, 1839. Pope Pius IX established the Diocese of Savannah in July 1850 and the congregation began to plan for a new cathedral in 1870 under Savannah’s fourth Bishop, The Right Reverend Ignatius Persico. Most Reverend James Roosevelt Bayley, Archbishop of Baltimore, presided at the dedication of the Neo-Gothic sanctuary April 30, 1876. However, the brick structure lacked spires which were not added until 1896 when it also received a coating of stucco and whitewash.

On February 6, 1898, a fire swept the building and left only the walls and towers, however the congregation quickly rebuilt and was able to celebrate Christmas Mass in the new facility in 1899. But again, the structure was not complete and interior decoration took an additional 13 years. The parish undertook subsequent renovation projects in 1959-1965, which addressed heating, cooling and lighting systems and decoration; 1984-1985, to reinforce structural foundations and implement changes mandated by the Second Vatican Council and 1998-2000 to install new roofing, and restore the original interior color palate and decorations. We also bought three post cards and a cute ornament at the Cathedral.

After the tour of the Cathedral we walked to our car and headed out to Old Fort Jackson. That was something I really liked as I like history about the wars and military. Just hearing the story about this fort is neat. We did miss almost the entire tour but we did get to see the canon be fired. That was something I liked a lot. Now about the history of the fort.

Fort James Jackson (usually called Old Fort Jackson or shortened to Fort Jackson) is a restored 19th-century fort located on the Savannah River, two miles east of the city of Savannah in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest standing brick fort in Georgia.[3]

U.S. President Thomas Jefferson authorized the construction of a national defense system of fortifications to defend his new nation. Jefferson’s system included Fort Jackson, constructed between 1808 and 1812 over an old earthen battery from the American Revolution. At the time, war with Great Britain or France seemed likely, and Fort Jackson was the best site from which to protect Savannah from attack by sea. In the War of 1812, local militias and U.S. troops saw active duty at Fort Jackson. After the War of 1812, two periods of construction followed at the fort. A moat, drawbridge, brick barracks, privies, a rear wall, and another powder magazine were added.[3]

James Jackson, the namesake of the fort, was a British native who fought for the American cause and rose to the rank of colonel. When he was twenty-five, Jackson accepted the surrender of the British in Savannah at the close of the revolution. He was later a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and Governor of Georgia. He is interred at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C..[3]

During the American Civil War, Fort Jackson, along with nearby Fort McAllister and Fort Pulaski, defended Savannah from Union attack. In 1862, Fort Jackson was shelled from a ship captained by an escaped slave named Robert Smalls. The fort was commanded by Colonel Edward Clifford Anderson and would become the Confederate Headquarters for the Savannah River defenses, including the Confederate Navy.

When the Union Army commanded by William T. Sherman captured Savannah by land on December 20, 1864, Confederate troops abandoned the fort and retreated across the Savannah River into South Carolina. Confederate troops from Savannah joined other forces in North Carolina and South Carolina and continued to fight until April 26, 1865, when they surrendered to General Sherman’s army at Durham, North Carolina. Several different regiments garrisoned Fort Jackson during the Union occupation of Savannah. One of these units was the 55th Massachusetts Regiment, which consisted of African American troops.[3]

From 1884 to 1905, Fort Jackson was known as Fort Oglethorpe and was little used by the U.S. military. It was purchased by the city of Savannah in 1924 for park purposes but not fully restored until the 1970s.[2][4]

Fort Jackson is located at 1 Fort Jackson Road,[4] on the Islands Expressway linking Savannah to Fort Pulaski and the town of Tybee Island.[2]

Fort Jackson is owned by the state of Georgia and operated as a museum by Coastal Heritage Society, which also manages Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum (formerly the Railroad Roundhouse Museum), Savannah Children’s Museum and, most recently, Pin Point Heritage Museum.[3]

In the summer the fort has a daily cannon-firing demonstration. Admission is $7 for adults.

So this was are trip we had for our first anniversary. When we got home we exchanged gifts and I got my husband a poster of a Magic the Gathering person he likes. He got me a journal and pencils and a bag for our anniversary.  Thanks for reading this post. Also sorry it is so long.

THANK YOU FOR READING….

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Whats In My Gym Bag

 

Hey everyone so I am posting about whats in my gym bag. So lets see whats all in my bag.

  1. Lock and key
  2. headphones and ipod
  3. extra gym clothes
  4. wipes for face
  5. baby wipes
  6. tampons/pads
  7. ponytails
  8. brush
  9. snacks
  10. water bottle
  11. extra socks
  12. phone
  13. yoga mat
  14. phone case
  15. tennisues
  16. Tissue
  17. towel 

So this is all in my gym bag WOW but it is needed for me. What do you have in yours message me your list and if you have anything I need let me know.

Lets see why I joined the gym well one would be because of my health. I have a small heart problem also to help my back as i have back problems as well. I am doing yoga and I work on the tread mill and the bike and rower and i do some weights for the back and arms and legs. Its intense but if it keeps me healthy that is a good thing LOL.

Now as for eating healthy I am doing my best on that I am cooking a lot of vegetables and lean meats and fish and chicken. i will post about that later with recipes. I also eat a lot of fruit and drink water. Now if I can get off the caffeine and sugary drinks that would be great as well but i sure do like my coffee and tea and soda but I am doing a lot better.

As for the workout gear I mainly get my clothes from Walt-Mart or Ross for my shirts and leggings and pants. As for my shoes I go to Shoe Carnival or Pay less or some were else. As for hair accessories I go to Walt-Mart or Claire’s. As for my gym bag my mom got it for me and she got it from Walt-Mart the same for my yoga mat. So as you can see I shop at Walt-Mart a lot LOL.

Now as for my workouts at home I do yoga and i work with dumbbells and resistance bands and a ball. I do stretches everyday and crunches the front and the side also I do the ones with the ball. I am also trying to get into PIYO one of my friends is taking a class and she will be teaching me.

Banana Bread/ Pound cake

Hey all here is a recipe I use for my husband he asks for this every few months. I decided to make it for him now as are First Wedding Anniversary is Monday. So this is how I make it.

Ingredients

  1. 3 Eggs
  2. 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  3. 2/3 Sugar
  4. 1 TSP Baking Powder
  5. 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
  6. Dash of Vanilla Extract
  7. 2 Bananas Mushed together
  8. 2 Cups of Pecans

Mix it all together till there is no lumps except for the Pecans. Spray a pound Cake pan with cooking spray. Pour in the mixed ingredients and Bake at 350 for 45 Minutes