This is my cookcabulary


Flowers

Hello peeps! I know I haven’t been around as much as some of you would like, but being pregnant takes a lot of energy out of me! By Sunday afternoons (when I usually bake) I am just plain pooped! I have a couple of blogs I need upload and share with you guys, so I should be getting to those soon.

Since baby life is consuming our world now – I can tell you what we have been up to besides baking. 

  •  Last weekend we had a massive garage sale. I am nesting and want everything GONE! That was a lot of work to set up in itself!
  • Vacation is in 9 days! We’re headed to Cape Cod for fun in the sun! Well, I hope it’s sunny.  Were really going because two of our best friends are getting married and Sam and I are both in the wedding.  It’s so cute, they were in our wedding as well. So, since a baby is on the way, were making a vacation out of it and taking some work off
  • Weve been shopping for a crib and we found the perfect one! Wants to see? Its super hot! I cannot wait to see it in the nursery.
  • And, tomorrow we find out the gender of the baby! Woo! 

But anyway, my other hobby – aside from baking – is our garden! Sam and I have worked long and hard on our yard to help make it look and feel more quaint.  Last year we tried a veggie garden for the first time and it worked awesome. So this year I tried it again. Were growing green beans, corn and onions. Oh, and my neighbor just gave me some strawberries that I can’t wait to see turn out. So, since I am not baking, I thought I would share some of my master skillzz (ha!) with my green thumb. 

Today I went and got flowers for my two pots, one is for the deck that gets full sun, and the other is for the front of the house that is partial shade. Big difference ya know! Anyway, I got enough soil to plant the back yard pot, but not enough for the front – ahh, another day – another day. So, here are some pics! Enjoy!

And then here are my little corn and bean sprouts! I really hope the corn turn outs!!

Oh, and Kalila came out to play …

Dang she’s cute!

Here are some other pics of the next pot I need to do.  Apparently I was really diggin’ yellow this year.  I am also including some pictures of my clematis that is just about to bloom and some other flowers. Give my yard another month, and its going to be so colorful! I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted!!


Chicken Divan

Exactly two weeks ago, my closest friend and her husband welcomed their first baby into the world! A beautiful girl with a head full of hair! I figured the new mom and dad would probably appreciate something home cooked for a meal as all their attention would be focused on their newest addition! So, I decided to make a hearty, quick and delicious meal I grew up on back in Oregon.  Hopefully they loved it! This recipe is not gluten-free, due to the cream of chicken, so I have to admit – I was a bit jealous they were going to get to eat it! I havent had this dish since college probably because I havent lived at home and its something Sam can’t eat. Oh, and sorry for the pic quality – my camera was dead so the good ‘ol Droid came to the rescue!

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups Broccoli
  • 2 Chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

This recipe is very simple! First, cook the chicken in EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and set aside to cool. While the chicken is cooking you can chop your broccoli and place in your cooking dish.  I used a toss-a-way cooking pan given the situation, but the recipe calls for a 9×13 baking dish.

Take your can of creamed soup and mayonnaise and combine in a bowl.

Go back to the chicken and cut into small bite sized cubes. Add on top of your cut broccoli and pour mayonnaise mixture over the chicken.

Then add as much cheese as you want.  If you have no clue where to start, just spread a thin layer on top of the combined ingredients, or just keep going! The cheese only makes it better right?

Thats it! It’s ready to go right in the oven, or put in the fridge if made ahead of time! Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes until the cheese is brown and everything is bubbling with deliciousness!

If you ever do send food for a friend, wrap in tin foil and write directions directly on top.  That way they don’t have to keep track of a separate sheet of paper just for the baking instructions.

Yum, I’m getting hungry now …