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Big Thicket Chicken and Dumplings

This is soooooo good! I can’t even believe how good it is! The flavor is amazing, and the smell is to die for! The key is  your chicken broth. Make sure it’s homemade if you can. Thank you Susie in Texas!!!


  • 1 (3-4 lb) whole chickens
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced thin or 1/2 medium
  • 4 carrot chopped
  • 6 chicken bouillon cubes

Bisquick Dumpling Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 2/3 cup milk


  1. Place whole chicken and water into large pot or dutch oven.
  2. Add poultry seasoning, garlic powder& pepper.
  3. Add celery, onion, carrot and bouillon cubes to remaining stock and continue to cook on simmer.
  4. Bring to boil and reduce heat to medium.
  5. Cook chicken for about 1 hour or until tender.
  6. When done, carefully remove chicken from pot; set aside to cool.
  7. Remove from heat and cover pan.
  8. Remove skin and debone cooled chicken, then return the chicken back to the pot
  9. Reseason broth if needed
  10. In a medium bowl add Bisquick mix and milk stirring until a soft dough forms.
  11. Return chicken stock to a boil; drop dumplings in, a few at a time, as quickly as possible.
  12. Cook about 10 minutes with the lid off
  13. Then cook another 10 minutes with the lid on
  14. Last enjoy!!!
  15. This recipe will serve a family of 4 two main course meals. Leftovers can be frozen.

Menu Plan Monday March 29-April 5, 2015


Happy Monday Everyone!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weekend was very quite and easy going it was kind of nice if you ask me. I have been purging a lot of junk around the house in preparation of a moving sometime this fall. I know that’s a long way out but the sooner I have some of this junk out of my house the better. 3 big boxes/bags so far! That’s pretty good for me. 

We don’t have a lot going on this week and I am very thankful for that. Some times you just don’t want any crazy in your week. I hope all goes as planning. Next week the crazy will start but for this week we will just be happy where we are at. 

We are keeping our menu pretty simple this week. Here is our Menu Plan for the week! What’s on your menu?

Menu Plan Main Course Vegetables Side Dish
Monday   Bacon Sandwiches    Chips
Tuesday  Grilled Chicken    
Wednesday  Hot Sausage Sandwiches    
Thursday  Frito Pie    
Friday  Sausage Jambalaya    
Saturday  Parmesan Chicken    
Sunday  Easter Dinner    
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Nami Naturals Peppermint Oil Review #naminaturals


Nami Naturals Peppermint Oil has become my new love and lifesaver. When I had the flu a few weeks ago I honestly believe that this Peppermint Oil was my saving grace. When I would go to sleep I would put a sock around my neck with Peppermint Oil on it to open my head and it would do the trick. 

I would make hot Peppermint tea and add Nami Naturals Peppermint Oil to my cup. I would even take a hot bath and add a few drops of Peppermint Oil to the water. I now swear by this oil because within 48 hours I was feeling so much better. Normally I would have been down and out for a week. Peppermint Oil can be used in so many different ways.

I have learned that Peppermint Oil placed in a spray bottle with some water makes and excellent air freshener around the house it’s so much better than spraying a bunch of chemicals in the air. I tried it and I can’t tell you how wonderful it leaves my house smelling. It’s like Christmas year round! There are times when you house doesn’t smell fresh no matter how hard you clean it (especially after someone has been sick) but when you spray Peppermint Oil in the air it’s an instant refresher.

I love Nami Naturals Peppermint Oil it’s a new go to for just about everything! I never thought I would love an oil so much but I am completely impressed with all that it can do and all the uses it has in your home.

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Garlic and Balsamic Glazed Mushrooms (Steakhouse Quality!)


I want to go on record as saying I hate fresh mushrooms. I don’t mind them in a can but fresh to me are no good. I had no idea I could be converted and all it would take would be this recipe. These are the best things I have tasted in forever. They are tangy, with a slight bit of sweet, but the perfect amount of sweet, with and incredible balsamic flavor.  

These went so fast in our house my head was spinning! At first I couldn’t understand why everyone was ooing and awwing until I tried them myself… OH MY GOODNESS these mushrooms are fantastic absolutely fantiastic! 

I LOVE these mushrooms!


  • 1 lb. white mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce


  1. Clean mushrooms with a paper towel. I learned from Rachel Ray you should never wash mushrooms with water so I wouldn’t suggest that because it will make them mushy! No one wants mushy mushrooms!
  2. Slice your mushrooms into nice thick slices
  3. Preheat a heavy skillet on a medium heat then add olive oil and butter
  4. Once your oil and butter are well melted and combined add mushrooms and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes without touching them.
  5. Flip each mushroom onto its other side and cook for another 3-4 minutes
  6. Add remaining ingredients and gently stir until everything is well combined. You will want to continue to watch the mushrooms until they reach your desired caramelization. They will be beautiful!

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Preserve and Showcase Your Hard Earned Diploma with a Church Hill Classics Handcrafted Diploma Frame #EarnItFrameIt + Giveaway


I love graduation season because I like to see people get the benefits of all their hard work. This is the first year in many years that we not only have people graduating in our family but we have five people graduating! I am so excited about this!

My niece, and nephew are graduating from their respective high schools and my cousin, husband, and myself, are all graduating from the University of Houston. I am so proud of everyone for their hard work. To me graduating is a big deal and it should be celebrated!


It’s important that I give those I love graduating a gift that will last a life time. After all they have worked what seems like a life time to achieve their goal of graduating. You want to give someone something that is not only memorable but practical and something that they will keep forever.

For my niece who is graduating from the University of Houston I placed an order with Church Hill Classics for a diploma frame. This will house her hard earned diploma. Like me she can’t find her high school diploma. I don’t want her college diploma to be the same way. I want her to proudly display her hard work for all the world to see. With a Church Hill Classics frame her diploma will not only hang in style but it will also be museum quality and preserved for a lifetime.


Church Hill Classics is a professional framing company helps graduates preserve and showcase their hard-earned diplomas in handcrafted officially licensed frames. These are custom fames from 1,500+ colleges and universities. No one wants to work that hard to either misplace their diploma, or allow it to be destroyed. As we all know if you don’t preserve paper properly it will crack, or fade. You don’t want that to happen to your diploma. If you are like me you don’t even know where you high school diploma is located! 


Church Hill Classics makes beautiful frames that you can not only customize the college or university your graduated attended, but in many cases you can choose from frames unique, in color-enameled medallions of the school seal or athletic logo, beautiful campus images, foil embossing of the school name and/or seal and even an opening for a tassel. 


Going through Church Hill Classics for Kody’s diploma was one of the best experiences. One night my husband and I pulled up their website. found the University of Houston frames, selected the style we like, the mat we liked, the frame color and wood we liked, we also chose the type of glass we wanted and placed the order. Within a few days we had a tracking number then a few days later Kody’s beautiful Church Hill Classics fame was at our door. The experience was incredibly easily and the beauty of the frame is unimaginable. I can’t believe a frame that was so easy to order could be so beautiful! 


I can’t wait to see her expression when Kody sees her frame in person. I know without a doubt she will be in love with it as much as we are. For a high quality diploma frame Church Hill Classics cuts no corners and provides a product that exceeds expectations. 

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Bounty with Dawn to the Rescue! Make Cleaning up a SNAP! #BountyatWalmart


Allowing your kids to make their own milk shake seemed like a good idea at the time. It was allowing them to assert their independence! On the other hand the mess left behind made me realize that probably wasn’t the best decision!  Bounty with Dawn to the rescue!


In just a snap the mess that I figured would take forever to clean up or would leave a nasty sticky residue was cleaned up in a snap with Bounty with Dawn! It made me realize that allowing your kids to be a little more independent isn’t a bad thing especially when you have Bounty with Dawn to do all the hard work!


Check Out this simple recipe for chocolate milkshakes they made themselves!


  • 3 scoops of chocolate ice cream
  • Chocolate syrup
  • 2 tbsp. Peanut Butter
  • Milk as needed
  • Whipped Cream


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender
  2. Pour mixture into your favorite cup
  3. Top with whip cream and chocolate syrup
  4. Enjoy!

I have been using Bounty with Dawn all over my house. Bounty with Dawn saved the day in our microwave. I was shocked when I opened it up to use it a few days ago only to find something nasty and burnt on the inside plate. In just a matter of minutes Bounty with Dawn took something I was really dreading the idea of cleaning and turned it into a simple task that was less work than I could have even imagined!


One of my favorite things about Bounty with Dawn is that it’s designed with a 2-in-1 product that combines an ultra-durable Bounty paper towel with grease-fighting power of Dawn dish soap like I said it’s 2-in-1! You can’t beat that! A paper towel that helps around the house more than a normal paper towel would! I love it! Just add a little water to activate the Dawn! You can clean just about every surface in your house in just a short amount of time! The oil spill on my stove top came up in a snap!


Because Bounty with Dawn is reusable all I had to do was rinse out the oil and use the paper towel again! I have used the same paper towel over and over again which I love! You get back each penny you spend with these paper towels! I have never seen a paper towel like it! Bounty with Dawn is an extra thick paper towel with a light coating of Dawn it’s incredible! Obviously you would only use these paper towels when you need the fast action of Dawn but for every day uses you


For me, using Bounty with Dawn is a much better option than using a sponge! I like that Bounty with Dawn not only has its own soap but I also like that, like a sponge, I can use it over and over again, but unlike a sponge Bounty with Dawn doesn’t grow bacteria because you throw it away when you are done! I have always been scare of sponges because they do harbor bacteria and other things that could make you sick! Bounty with Dawn is my new favorite product because it has so many uses and serves so many purposes from cleaning your child’s face to cleaning the counter Bounty with Dawn is to the rescue in our house!

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Brussels Sprouts in Garlic Butter

I have never like brussel sprouts. They taste too much like cabbage to me. I decided to try this recipe in hopes that I would like it. I am the only one in my family who doesn’t like them, and I hate to NOT make them for everyone else. I LOVED these. They are wonderful. This is perfect for a brussel sprout hater like me!


  • 15 Brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed with the flat of a knife
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Melt butter and olive oil in a medium skillet (over medium-high heat) until butter is foamy.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, add smashed garlic and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Remove garlic and discard.
  4. Add sprouts cut side down, cover, and cook without stirring on medium-low heat 10-15 minutes or until tender when pierced with a knife.
  5. The cut side of the sprouts should get nice and browned, with a nutty, buttery flavor enhanced by garlic.
  6. Top with freshly grated parmesan and salt& pepper to taste.

Shrimp Etouffee

This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s truly comfort food for me, and it will always remind me of my Dad. He was a great Cajun cook, and this recipe is all him. It’s hot and hearty full of bold flavors. It’s important to note that the chicken broth can make or break this recipe. Only use a tasty chicken broth, and fresh seafood!
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth (You could use clam juice)
  • 3/4 cup white wine (if you don’t have wine you can double the chicken broth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-4 teaspoons (to taste) Louisiana pepper sauce (Tabasco)
  • 1/2 cup scallions, chopped (including green parts)
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled (deveined)
  • 3-4 cups cooked white rice


  1. Make roux: Heat margarine in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Gradually stir in flour. Cook, stirring constantly until brown (slightly darker than peanut butter).
  2.  Add celery, onion, garlic, and bell pepper, simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, wine, basil, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender.
  4. Thin with chicken broth if roux is too thick. Add hot sauce to taste, scallions, and shrimp.
  5. Simmer 5 minutes, or until shrimp are no longer pink.
  6. Remove bay leaf.
  7. Serve over rice. (use brown to save on calories)

$25.00 Starbucks Gift Card #Giveaway #Coffee

If you love coffee as much as we do you want to go to Starbucks as often as possible! In honor of our love of Starbucks we are giving away a Starbucks Gift Card!
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Digital Kitchen Scale Review #redstonekitchenware


I have been looking for a good kitchen scale for a while now with no luck. That is no luck until I found the Redstone Kitchenware digital scale. I can’t say one bad thing about this scale because there is nothing bad that can be said. This scale is just the perfect size for any bowls or anything big you might want to put on the scale. It’s heavy and thick and as soon as you look at it you can see the quality that has gone into this scale.

Because the Redstone Kitchenware scale can double as a kitchen clock you can hang it on the wall. The numbers on the scale are big and light up with a blue background! I love this!! You don’t even have to put the kitchen light on to weigh out a snack!

I also love that if you put something cold on it condensation does not build up in the clock area. My favorite feature of the scale is the fact that it does not turn off until you turn it off. It drives me bonkers to have a scale that keeps turning off when I am not done using it. This scale has all the bells and whistles that you could ever want in a kitchen scale. It’s accurate, well made, and comes with a lot of great features.

I also love the fact that this scale is easy to clean. I have had many in the past that are nightmares to clean and they end up always looking dirty no matter how hard I try to clean them or I clean them so well that they never work again. Yes I am good and killing a scale when I clean it. With the Redstone Kitchenware scale you won’t have to worry about that. It’s not only easy to clean but it’s also sealed well so it won’t take on water when you wipe it down.


There are so many reason to love the Redstone Kitchenware kitchen scale:

  • Kitchen Digital Scale with Tare Function | Precision Weigh Food in Grams ,Ounces ,Lb & Kg | Wow Your Friends with the Stylish Must Have Ultra Thin Design and Its Integrated Kitchen Clock Wrapped in Heavy Duty Easy to Clean Tempered Glass Casing | Backed By Our No Quibble 1 Year 110% Money Back Guarantee
  • PERFECT NO MATTER YOUR USE! – Are you the Foodie looking for the perfect outcome or on a calorie controlled meal plan looking to demystify portion control and be confident your getting it right every time.
  • WOW YOUR FRIENDS WITH THE UNIQUE DUEL USE LAYOUT – Stylish Extra flat design with integrated kitchen clock – No more “FORGETTING WHERE YOU STORED IT” , Keep it on the wall and use the integrated clock for all your daily time needs
  • INTEGRATED TARE FUNCTION allowing you to use a single bowl and bring the reading back to zero after each ingredient speeding up cooking and helping CREATE LESS MESS AND CLEANUP

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