Mom, I want to Learn To Cook your Recipes #happilyblended #cooking

The other night my daughter returned from her two night visit with her Dad when I was tossing around dinner ideas to the family. My daughter decided that, while she loves my odd chicken parmesan I make, she really wanted my breaded garlic chicken breast instead. From there we went talking about how she wants to learn the recipes for meals I create because she enjoys the things I make.

It’s funny that she, at age 11, is so interested in cooking and quite honestly she bakes a heck of a lot better than I do. If there is a cake, cupcake or brownie to be made I always turn to her. Now she wants to turn to me to learn the cooking skills for later years in her life that I never learned until my late 20′s into my 30′s. I am so happy that my daughter wants to learn to cook things and to boot, she is putting all of the things we create in the kitchen on index cards in a recipe book to keep for later years of her life.
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My daughter had fun creating breaded garlic chicken breast with me the other night and added it to her recipe book. I thought since my daughter wants all of these recipes kept for years to come so she can make the same meals for her family one day, that I would share with you all too.

This year, 2014, I will be sharing a lot of the recipes I create here in the Happily Blended home as a way to make a pound of chicken or a pound of hamburg stretch far enough to feed a family of seven when all of the children are here on the weekends. I will show you things that all of my children, even the picky eaters, will eat on occasion or all of the time.

I’m so happy that my daughter and I have a close relationship to the point she actually enjoys spending time in the kitchen learning how to cook with me. My heart melted just a little bit that evening and we made memories … the memory that my tween daughter, no matter what, is always happy to learn and look up to her Mama for tips on how to be a happy, healthy, well-rounded person!

Held Back Temporarily but not Forever

So my son is on a new medication, combined with his old medication increased a bit. We shall see if these two work well together or not, in the meantime things have started to slow down with his mood swings and he has been more loving which is super fun to experience. Aj is not my lovey dovey kind of kid so when he is in this mindset I take full advantage as long as he can withhold himself from being all huggy when I am trying to cook over a hot stove or doing something like folding laundry and he makes me drop laundry every time he goes in for a hug or kiss.


Things are starting to feel a little more level around here for me, it could be that things on my own health personal end are resolved a bit at the moment which probably was creating more stress on me than I thought. Today is a new day and I awoke feeling a little crampy and not so awake at first but in moments with my two smiley boys talking away to me, I jumped out of bed ready to start the day.

My sons were busy playing around pretend Transformers after they quickly got dressed and brushed teeth for me.

The morning routine went so well today that I even had time to shower before dropping them to school, which is not normally something I end up with time to do.

I then went to the grocery store and pick up kielbasa because it’s buy one get one free and my Aj just loves his kielbasa for dinner. I plan to make a yummy meal tomorrow with chicken breast, baked potatoes and maybe some green beans.

So today I woke up feeling a bit more like ME again and I cannot even begin to explain how much of a relief off of my shoulders that is. Sure I have some emotional feelings going on with some stuff in my life, but I feel as if I am better knowing what’s what and don’t feel held back. The held back, stressed out feelings were what was keeping me from sharing anything personal on this blog lately. I knew if I started to type up anything that my tone would be more negative, hateful and just not me. I didn’t want to get one hundred questions about what’s wrong with me.

I was completely out of my mind and body for a bit which makes perfect sense with all that I have had going on in the past five weeks or so. I am thankful to be feeling a bit more level today and look forward to regaining control over my hormones soon.

Hoping you all have been wonderful and nothing is holding you back from being yourself!

Quick and Easy Meals for on-the-go Women and Men Tai Pei® @TaiPeiAsianFood #TaiPeiFood #spon

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Are you an on-the-go sort of person? Does life keep you moving so much that you barely have time to sit down and eat lunch, dinner or even breakfast? Well Tai Pei® has a wide range of Appetizers and Entrees for the on-the-go person like you and me. I am here to share with you some information as well as my thoughts on the brand after taste testing. 

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The man of the house was already one who tried and loved the Tai Pei® brand so it was a no brainer which Tai Pei® frozen appetizer/entree he would chose; General Tso’s Chicken and Pepper Beef. I choose General Tso’s as well because that is a particular favorite menu item for me when we go out.

Tai Pei® Entree Options Include: Beef & Broccoli, Bourbon Chicken, Cashew Chicken, Chicken Fried Rice, Chicken Chow Mein, Combination Fried Rice, General Tso’s Chicken, Orange Chicken, Pepper Beef, Shrimp Fried Rice, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Sweet Teriyaki Chicken.

Tai Pei® Appetizers Include: Chicken Egg Rolls, Chicken Potstickers, Pork Egg Rolls, Pork Potstickers, Vegetable Egg Rolls, Battered Green Beans, Edamame, Mini Chicken Spring Rolls, Savory Chicken for Lettuce Wraps, Spicy Mini Chicken Egg Rolls, Mini Vegetable Spring Rolls.

Tai Pei® makes having your favorite Asian dishes quickly at home or at the office, my boyfriend will be taking his to work for lunch tomorrow. It’s a quick and easy meal for someone like me who is always on the run with kid events and my business tasks I need to complete as well as someone like my boyfriend who works in a shop that gives you a specific time period off for lunch only. With over 20 years of experience creating authentic and innovative restaurant-quality Asian-style dishes, Tai Pei® really nailed keeping the flavorful options of Asian style eating with quick on-the-go convenience.

Not only do you have the options shared above and that we tried here but they have also introduce the Tai Pei Asian Garden™ line of quick on-the-go options for those seeking a different variety of food options. Low in calories, fat and sodium you can choose from the Asian Garden selections of; Hunan Beef & Broccoli, Chicken Fried Rice, Spicy General Tso’s Chicken, Ginger Chicken, Glazed Chicken Potstickers, Mango Chicken, Sesame Chicken, Orange Chicken. Each referenced entree contains around 300 calories, 8 grams of fat or less, and real ingredients including lean meats, crispy vegetables, brown rice and whole grain noodles. Great for on-the-go people who are watching those calories during the day.

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In all honesty, these lines of quick-n-easy meals from Tai Pei® are a great option for those of you who live on-the-go but seem to miss meals due to this fact. No more having to take too long of a break to eat, Tai Pei® entrees and appetizers make life easier to eat on the run.

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My Not So Cool Recipe Idea for Chicken Breast in the Crock Pot aka Slow Cooker #recipe

I have to admit that this recipe was disgusting to me, but the boyfriend loved it and my daughter enjoyed one tortilla wrap of it…. this is my own creation and was not taken from any cook book nor online resource, just taken from inside my beautiful brain.

Crock Pot Chicken Breast

Crock Pot Chicken Turned Tortilla Meal
A crock pot chicken breast recipe that in turn creates a Mexican style flavor tortilla wrap
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  1. 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  2. 1 large bottle of Italian dressing
  3. 1 jar of hot, mild or whatever flavor you like salsa
  4. 1 container of sour cream
  5. 1 cup shredded lettuce
  6. 2 cups shredded cheddar & monterey jack cheese
  7. 1 package of soft tortilla shells (or hard taco shells)
  1. Combine the 1lb of chicken breast with the 1 large bottle of italian dressing into your crock pot (slow cooker). Use a fork to stab holes into the chicken breast so the italian dressing will bring more flavor to the chicken breast. Set crock pot on low setting for 9 hours.
  2. Close to the 9 hours being done, shred up some lettuce. Place the tortillas, lettuce, sour cream, salsa and shredded cheese in middle of the table so that family or guests may choose which toppings to add to their chicken tortillas (or tacos).
  3. Once 9 hours is over, the chicken is ready to eat. Take chicken out of the crock pot and place on a plate. use two forks to shred the chicken up, for easier placement on tortillas (or tacos). Create your tortilla (or taco) how you wish with the various toppings available to you to place on the shell prior to or after the shredded chicken is on your shell.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul Married Life & Family Caregivers

Chicken Soup for the Soul brand books are amazing and I am excited to be sharing a couple of new books of theirs with you all today!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul – Married Life! 101 Inspirational Stories about Fun, Family and Wedded Bliss

What a great book full of inspirational stories of love and married life. I am not married, but I can still enjoy these wonderful stories. I know all to well that your spouse may not be the most perfect person all of the time, who is?! BUT there are those wonderful moments that keep you all hanging tight in happily ever after together. Think of those happy, loving and silly moments with your spouse while you read aloud together this cute book full of inspirational stories of married life.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Family Caregivers 101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding

This topic for a book idea is just wonderful and I felt it would coincide well with sharing the Married Life! book because the two can sometimes go hand in hand. Read stories from all ages of people who take care of family members, at home or in outside facilities. So much emotional and practical advice through stories of various people who want you to read their inspirational stories.

Want to know what else is coming from Chicken Soup for the Soul in 2013? Well go head over to the Chicken Soup for the Soul website where you can purchase books and see what titles are coming soon.

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