I’ve had a bag of barley in my pantry for some time now. I kept meaning to make a chicken and barley stew recipe that I found online. Late this week I came down with a cold, and here it is Saturday and I’m still feeling crappy. I looked in my pantry and decided to give the barley a whirl. I just used items I had on hand. Here’s what I did:
– 4 cups fat free chicken broth
– 1/2 Cup organic pearled barley
– 1 bag frozen mixed veggies
– 1/2 bag frozen onions
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 3 frozen chicken breasts (thin cut)
– 1 tbsp basil
– 2 bay leaves
Cook the garlic and onions in EVOO till fragrant and translucent.
Assemble all other ingredients in crock pot. Cook for 3 hours on low. Enjoy.
Low in fat, high in fiber!
The holidays were festive and fun around here! We kicked off the holidays with a small shindig at our house the weekend before Christmas. We had yummy food, wine, and cocktails (The Cranberry Kiss is a great holiday drink!). The party really kicked off the week of Christmas appropriately!
On Christmas Eve we did the annual Day family gathering at my folks house. Since we did a huge family Thanksgiving party, Brady’s First Birthday, and a family funeral all within a few weeks of Christmas, mom and dad decided to just do our small family on Christmas Eve (10 people vs. 25 people). The party was great and mom and dad went all out with their menu. After dinner we did the gift exchange, which is my favorite part! This year my family used Amazon Wish Lists to help with the shopping and it totally worked. Also, I was able to order almost every gift online…awesome.
On Christmas Day Ryan and I woke up at 6am to see what Santa had brought us. Ryan got an XBox 360 and I got a Karaoke Machine and a new workout gadget called the FitBit. We sang and danced using our new gadgets till 9am when we had to leave for DeSoto.
Ryan’s mom, Karen, was throwing a shindig in DeSoto, but it happened to be the same time as my Grandma’s party (so many parties…so little time!) so we arranged with Karen to come for brunch and leave around 12:30. It worked out pretty good, we were able to visit with the outta town folks and open gifts with the kiddos. From there we drove west to Everman, TX (south of Fort Worth). My Grandparents have been doing this gathering since I can remember. It’s an awesome lunch spread followed by a chaotic and fun gift exchange. Each year we gain a few new family members (babies, husbands, wives, etc). This year we added the new tacky sweater contest element. I regret not getting any photos of the crew in horrible Christmas sweaters!
From there we drove back up north to Watauga, to open the wine and play with our new toys at my sister’s house. We stayed way too late, but we were having such a good time! Ryan had to work the next morning…sorry hun!
Overall it was a great Christmas season. I got to see lots of family, ate delicious festive meals, and received some awesome gifts. Below are some pics from the holiday festivities:
A few months ago my sister and I were shopping at Pier One and came across their “Tasting Party” display. Basically a bunch of cute tiny bowls, shot glasses, and spoons, for just a taste of dessert. Ever since I saw them, they’ve been on my mind. Earlier this week I went and purchased the 24-piece set for $29.99. Woohoo!
With it being the week of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate to attempt Mini Pumpkin Parfaits for my aunt’s Thanksgiving party. I used this recipe from the Food Network. The next challenge was how to transport the cute little creations. Handyman husband to the rescue! The morning of the party Ryan cobbled me up a carrying tray for my dessert. Needless to say my family was impressed with my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner! Pics below:
Tomorrow, Ryan and I are setting up shop at the Grapevine City Wide Garage Sale. The sale is 7am-11am at 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine TX.
For those of you remodeling a house or looking for a quick update, swing by our booth because we have a ton of light fixtures (all types) for sale…for cheap!
Here are a few pics of us packing up the truck to get ready for the big sale:
Check out my new owl couple I bought over the weekend. I haven’t seen the real owl couple around in awhile. Maybe it’s the hot temps, the scary Blue Jay family that lives next door, or my 25 lb Cat…or maybe all of the above! Regardless, I hope they come back for Halloween! In the meanwhile, these little cuties will have to do!