Archives for January 2013

Cheese Tortellini Soup

Cheese Tortellini Soup

INGREDIENTS:
10 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 large (or 2 small) packages of refrigerated cheese tortellini
Freshly ground black pepper & salt to taste
Parsley (or Cilantro) chopped
Freshly grated parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS
Pour the broth into a heavy large saucepan.
Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
Season the broth with salt and pepper, to taste.
Add the tortellini.
Simmer over medium heat until al dente, about 7-10 minutes.
Ladle the broth and tortellini into soup bowls.
Top with parsley or cilantro then grate fresh parmesan cheese on top and serve with homemade garlic bread.

This seriously is the yummiest and easiest soup I’ve ever made!  It also stores well in the fridge and is yummy leftover the next day!  🙂  Enjoy!

Friday Letters

Dear Migraine,
Will you please see your way out of my head?  I cannot deal with you during pregnancy!

Dear 2nd Trimester,
Please treat me as well as the 1st!  I cannot wait to meet this peanut!

Dear California,
Oh how I can’t wait for your sunshine next week!  🙂

Dear Neighbors,
Please stop bringing your dogs to my property to poop on it…  It grosses me out!

Dear Laundry,
Would you mind folding yourself and putting yourself away in our closets and drawers!?  I’d appreciate it!  😉

Dear Baby,
I can’t wait to see you again on Monday in my ultrasound!  🙂

Dear Hubby,
I LOVE YOU!!!

Dear Coop & Cam,
I’m going to miss you guys so much next week!  Can’t you just hide in my suitcase and come along!?

Dear Superbowl,
Get here, NOW!!!!  :)))

Laura’s Kitchen Must Haves

Laura's Kitchen Must Haves

 

 

Pure Craziness

 

Had a wonderful but very long and tiring holiday weekend…  Friday we took my grandparents out to dinner at their favorite Texas BBQ place (yes they are from Texas) :O, Saturday the boys had their game and my dad came which was a blast, Sunday after church we went to brunch with friends and then we picked up my Nonna (my moms mom) and brought her over to spend the night!  I was overjoyed that she loved the big dinner I made because she’s such an amazing cook and it seems that nothing is to her perfect liking.  However, after I dropped her off at home on monday she called my mom immediately to rave about the delicious dinner I had made her!!!  SCORE!  🙂 Monday I made dinner for a friend who just had a baby and OH MY GOODNESS he is GORGEOUS!!!!  I forget how precious and tiny they are as newborns and I’m even more excited for our lil peanut to arrive this summer!!!  Woot woot 😉

I was hoping Monday night I’d go to bed early and get an amazing nights sleep since we had the busiest weekend EVER and sadly I was awakened at 2am to one of our dogs vomiting all over our bed…  🙁 Then, when I had barely fallen back asleep I was awoken to screams at 5am to my 7 year old who had a HORRIBLE bloody nose!  He NEVER gets bloody noses and it scared him and let me tell you, it kinda looked like a crime scene in his room.  He had stood up on his bed and reached for his wall and smeared the blood all over and it dripped horribly from his nose all over the bed in big drops.  Poor little guy…  It took 20 minutes to stop the bleeding and lets just say I had a mes to clean up and laundry that continued on for miles…  Sheets, blankets and comforters full of blood and vomit!

I wish I could have slept all day but there was too much to clean…  lol  When I picked them up from school I got word that my poor little guy had gotten a bloody nose at school today…  What gives?  I wonder if it’s the very cold weather, allergies?!?  Praying for a good nights sleep because honestly that’s all I want to do!  Tomorrow I have jury duty…  We shall see what fun that brings!  🙂

Throughout all of this chaos, I am honestly just so grateful for everything the Lord has given me…  I have a beautiful home that I’m thankful for, two beautiful boys that are healthy and we have another baby on the way, and I have an amazing husband that I’m so blessed by…  He loves me and works so hard for our family!  Through my exhaustion I just realize I’m blessed to have people in my life who I love and want to be around and am thankful for time spent with them no matter how tired it makes me…  And waking up in the night reminds me that I have kids who the Lord has blessed us with and it is an honor to wake up and serve them!  Thank you, Lord, for blessing me beyond my wildest dreams…  You are the ultimate GIVER!  🙂

Hope you all have an amazing day, friends…

XOXO

Parmesan Garlic Knots

Parmesan Garlic Knots

INGREDIENTS:
1 tube refrigerated buttermilk  flaky biscuits
1/4 cup olive oil (or canola oil)
5 tablespoons grated fresh parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

DIRECTIONS:
Cut each biscuit into thirds.
Roll each piece into a 4 inch rope and tie into a knot…  Tuck the ends under.
Place 2 inches apart on a silpat or greased baking sheet .
Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; add the warm knots and gently toss to coat.
Serve warm.

Friday Letters

 

Dear Jesus,
You truly are the light of the world!  Thank you for blessing me beyond my wildest dreams.

Dear Chris,
Happy Birthday today!  I’m grateful to have you as my brother!  Have an amazing day celebrating!!!

Dear Tanya,
Congratulations on your new, beautiful arrival!  It’s about time he got here!  🙂 Can’t wait to meet him!

Dear Nana, Grandad and Dad,
We are so excited to take you out to dinner tonight!!!  It’s going to be so fun!

Dear Mom,
Glad you girls made it safe to the desert!  Have so much fun and know we miss you!  Hurry home!

Dear Hubby,
You work sooooooo hard for our family and I couldn’t be more proud of everything you’ve accomplished!

Dear Cooper & Camden,
I cherished my morning with you boys and can’t wait for you to get home from school so we can hang out!!!

Dear Cocoa & Chloe,
Thank you for being such furry snuggle bugs lately.  You’ve kept my preggo belly so warm!  🙂

Dear New Kitchen,
You are a dream!  I am loving cooking and baking in you everyday!

Dear Nails,
Would you grow back already, please?  I know I still have boxes to unpack and they ruin you but please grow!

Dear Blog & Twitter Friends,
You all show me such love and I appreciate each and every one of you!  Thank you!

Dear Kari,
I am so excited for our trip next week!!!  We are going to have so much fun together basking in Gods presence!  🙂

Dear Tummy,
Please do away with the nausea…  it’s getting old!  Thank you in advance!

Dear Stuffy Nose,
You make it hard to breathe…  Would you kindly clear my airways please?

Scripture Sunday

 

 

Cheesy Broccoli Curry Chicken Casserole

This is one of my kids and my husbands favorite casseroles and you’ll love how easy it is!

 

 

INGREDIENTS:
2 chicken breasts, boiled
1 cup uncooked rice (I use a rice cooker)
1 can Campbells Broccoli Cheese Soup
1 can Campbells Chedder Cheese Soup
1/2 cup mayo
1 tsp – 1 tbsp curry powder (desired taste)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon (if desired)

DIRECTIONS:
Cook the rice  in a rice cooker.
Boil the chicken until done but still tender.
In a casserole dish mix together the broccoli cheese soup and the cheddar soup until combined.
Add the mayo, curry powder and salt and pepper to taste.  (You can also add the lemon right now if desired)
When chicken is cooked chop it up and add it to the soup mixture.
Add the cooked rice and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

I usually serve it with a big green salad full of veggies and some fresh fruit to nosh on.  🙂 Enjoy!

Friday Letters

Dear God,
Thank you for our beautiful new house.  I am way beyond blessed to live here!

Dear Kids,
I’m sorry I’m short with you sometimes, I am so grateful for both of you!  I definitely lucked out in the kiddo department!

Dear Hubby,
Thank you for working so hard for our family…  And thank you for leading our family! 🙂

Dear Baby in my belly,
I have loved you since the moment I knew we had conceived!  You are such an incredible miracle to mommy!
I can’t wait to meet you this summer!

Dear Boxes,
Would you mind unpacking yourselves for me?  This pregnancy has me a bit tired!

Dear Weather,
It would be so awesome if you’d snow for a couple of days…  What do ya say?  😉

Dear Ginger Tea,
I sure am loving you nowadays…  Grateful I found a yummy recipe for you!!

Dear Gym,
I need to make an appointment with you very, very soon!  Gotta whip this preggo body back into tip top shape!

Scripture Sunday