Baked Chicken Ranch (Marinated)

This is a great recipe and I love to make it when it is cold out.  My family loves this and I serve it with a side of veggies and creamy rice. 

1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tsp paprika
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp celery salt
4 tsp lemon juice
2 cups sour cream

Combine sour cream, ranch dressing mix, lemon juice, Worcestershire, celery salt, paprika, garlic salt and pepper in a plastic bag, add chicken. Seal bag, turn to coat, refrigerate 8 hours. Drain, discard marinade. Place on a greased baking pan. Drizzle with butter. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 min. or until juices run clear, then SERVE...


Slowcooker Southwestern Pork Stew

It has been rather cool in the midwest the past few days and I decided that this week would be perfect for soup.  I really haven't made much soup this winter so far because it really hasn't been very cold.  I decided to take a step out of my comfort zone to make this and we loved it. 

3 cups cooked rice
16 oz jar tomatillo salsa
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp cumin
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder or pork butt, cut into 2" pieces
Sour Cream and Cilantro
2 tbs cornmeal
2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, sliced
2 onions, sliced
1 tsp dried oregano

Coat slow cooker bowl with cooking spray. Place pork in bottom of slow cooker, toss with oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Scatter onions, garlic and bell peppers over pork. Pour salsa over top. Cover cook on high 6 hours or low 8 hours. Stir in cornmeal during last 15 min. SERVE with rice, top with sour cream and cilantro...


Car problems YUCK!!!

This week has left me feeling drained.  I have been dealing with car dealership/service people since Dec. 24th.  That is when the transmission light on my car came on the car lost power and the headache began.  On Christmas eve I took the car in to get the problem diagnosed.  Well they decided I needed a new battery and a fuel filter $450 later and a few days and the lights came on again.  Well back to the dealership we go, they decided the car didn't get reprogrammed the right way and therefore, they would reprogram the car and off I was again.  I went on a road trip last weekend with this car 4 hours from home with two children in subzero temps.  It lasted until New Year's day and when I was pulling into the garage the light came on again.

This brings me to the saga of this week.  Wed. morning we took the car back in and asked if it could possibly be the transmission (since this is the meaning of the light in question).  Well a bit later in the day the diagnosis was some part was shorting out within the transmission and the part would need to come from Missouri to Iowa before my car could be fixed.  Well, said part should have been here Thursday and currently it still isn't here.  Supposedly it was lost by UPS.  Apparently they are overnighting this part again tonight, but I have little faith my car is going to ever be fixed.. And did I tell you the part needing fixed is going to cost me $1800.  UGH!!! I sure hope this is the problem and will definitely fix the problem.

Weight Watching

Well, it is always been a cliche, but this year one of my goals is to lose some weight.  I could stand to lose between 50-60 lbs.  I blame some of this on getting older, but mostly on bad food choices.  I plant to attend my first weight watcher's meeting tomorrow.  Not sure how this will go, but I am hoping the accountability to someone will allow me to actually lose weight.  Please support me in this venture and I promise to continue to post frugal and weight friendly recipes in the new year.

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UnHappy New Year

Well I was having a great day until I started to drive my car today.  I had wrench lights and fail safe mode engage the week before Christmas and took it in on Christmas Day for it to be diagnosed as a low battery and fuel filter needing changed.  I authorized the fix and took it home.  Low and behold last Friday the light came on two more times and took it back to the dealer and they stated the computer needed to be reprogrammed.  Ok.  I then took it on a four hour road trip this past weekend.  So far so good.  Well, today it happened again.  Back to the dealer it will go tomorrow???  My only prayer is that it is not the transmission.  I really do not want to buy a new car.  It is my husband's turn and he needs a new vehicle more than me.  I have the nice car that was supposed to have held up.   UGH!!!!!!!!!        

This is one Murphy I don't want to have to deal with.....  Hopefully, the new year will begin to look up soon!!  Thank goodness we have $7000 in savings with about $1300 more to add to it this week.  Looks like I need to find some things to sell soon!