Crockpot Lasagna

Happy Monday 😁

It’s time for the Meal Planning Monday Recipe! Crockpot Lasagna- I serve with a salad and garlic bread. It is a family favorite and sooooo easy!

I always use crockpot liners when I use my crockpot and it makes clean up a breeze!

Here is the recipe:

Crockpot Lasagna

1 lb. ground beef

1 large jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (approx. 30oz)

8 oz pkg. lasagna noodles, uncooked

4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

15 oz ricotta cheese

Directions

1. Spray the inside of the crock-pot with cooking spray

2. Brown the ground beef

3. Stir the spaghetti sauce in with the ground beef

4. Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crock-pot

5. Arrange 1/3 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce (I usually break them up so they fit better)

6. Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles.

7. Repeat these layers twice

8. Top with remaining sauce

9. Cover and cook on low for 4hrs

10. Let the lasagna stand in the crock-pot with the lid off for at least 10 minutes

Shredded Beef Roast and Noodles

Meal Planning Monday Recipe

Shredded Beef Roast and Noodles

3-4 lb Beef Roast

1 can(15oz) beef broth

1 package brown gravy mix

2 cups egg noodles

Place roast in crock pot and season the top with brown gravy mix.

Add can of beef broth.

Place lid on crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours

Prepare egg noodles according to package directions.

Pull roast out of crock pot and shred the meat.

Serve the shredded chuck roast over the egg noodles or mix roast in with noodles.

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken, Corn and Rice Casserole

Here is your weekly Meal Planning Monday recipe 🙂

Enjoy!

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken, Corn and Rice Casserole

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 onion, chopped

8 ounce box of rice (prepared)

1 cup cheddar cheese

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

Place chicken in bottom of crockpot.

Cover with cream of chicken soup and chopped onion. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.

A few minutes before serving, add in cooked rice, corn and cheese.

Stir to combine, cover to melt cheese (about 5 minuets) and serve hot.

Happiness is Simple

Happiness is simple.

Maybe I should say it like this instead-Simple makes me happy.

Simplicity makes me happy.

I am not saying that happiness is easy. (But it definitely isn’t as hard as people make it)

I am saying that keeping things simple is a key to my happiness.

I can say this as a fact:

I AM TRULY HAPPY

It’s that simple! Or maybe I’m simple (okay I know, enough of the word play with the word simple)

I am happy!

Definition:Happy-characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy.

I am content, I am joyful, I love my life!

I am grateful!

Happiness is a choice, it is not a destination. I decide that I am going to be happy and it’s not some place that I am going, it is right where I am.

I FIND JOY WHERE I AM.

That is what brings me contentment.

I find real joy in the everyday. Simple things. Not in material worldly things like what the commercials on TV tell me I need to be happy, but in the amazing beauty of the gifts that my God has given me.

First and foremost, the gift of salvation. I have the gift of eternal life because my Savior died for my sins.

My husband.

My marriage.

My children.

My family.

I am surrounded by things that make me happy. That brings me joy. I take the time to appreciate them and that is another key to my happiness.

Something else that I find joy in that makes me happy is- sharing it with others.

That can be done in many ways. Some as simple as just smiling at someone while I’m out and about or telling my kids a goofy joke(I have a lot of them). But I feel that I share it the best in my photography.

No, I am not a professional photographer, I am just a simple county gal who sees beauty in the world around me and I try to capture that to share with others. Most of the pictures I share here on the blog I took on our farm. The picture below I took over looking our farm, I finally found the perfect quote to describe it and that makes me happy.

Perfect isn’t it?

Don’t get me wrong my life isn’t perfect, no one’s is, but it is perfect for me.

I choose to roll with the punches, to find blessing in everything and

I choose to be happy.

I am not perfect, I am perfectly imperfect and I am perfectly happy.

Isn’t that simple?

If April showers bring May flowers, what does April snow bring?

If April showers bring May flowers, what does April snow bring?

Is this a joke????

No, if I remember it correctly the joke went like this:

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

Pilgrims!

It didn’t say anything about snow in April. It is supposed to be spring. Sunny warm days. Not cold snowy ones! And definitely not on the first day of spring break!

Today is the first day of my children’s spring break. They go to a private Christian school so their schedule is different than our local county’s schools who are back in school this week. The county schools had a 2 hour delay so far today (to early to know if it is canceled yet) so they get to sleep in a little. My children on the other hand got up anticipating the first day of spring break and the looked out the window, saw snow and frowned.

Well, while it is disappointing to wake up to snow when you are expecting spring, it will definitely make us appreciate the spring weather when it does show up.Whenever that will be. And I sure hope it’s soon. It has been a long winter.

I guess if I like the warmer weather I should go farther south 🙂

Visit not move 😉

I could never leave the beautiful mountains of my home state.Even if the weather is crazy at times.It is where my heart sings while I’m here and when I’m gone my soul aches for it.

It truly is Almost Heaven!

Well back to my original question.If April showers bring May flowers, what does April snow bring? I think I just may have figured out the answer.

It brings grateful heart when spring does arrive.

CrockPot Chicken Parmesan

It is Meal Planning Monday!

Here is a new recipe for your menu rotation.

It is one of our favorites!

CrockPot Chicken Parmesan

2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1/2 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

1/4 t black pepper

1/4 t salt

1 TBSP olive oil

1 egg, beaten

sliced or shredded mozzarella cheese

favorite jarred marinara sauce

Spread the 1 TBSP of olive oil into the bottom of your crockpot.

Beat the egg with a fork in a separate bowl.

Mix the bread crumbs with the seasonings and the Parmesan cheese in another separate dish.

Dip the chicken into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture, coating both sides with crumbs, cheese and seasonings.

Place the chicken breast pieces in the bottom of the crockpot.

Layer 2-3 slices or 1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese on top, depending on how much cheese you like.

Cover chicken and cheese with entire jar of marinara sauce.

Close lid and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3.

Serve with your favorite pasta.

Making Beauty From The Scraps

Making Beauty From The Scraps

I should have know that something was up.

Through out last week both of my children kept asking to help feed the horses, muck the stalls, clean the barn-anything that gave them some time in the barn. I thought they were enjoying the spring weather or just being out of the house.

I was wrong, they were not out there enjoying spring.

They were both out there up to something else.

Sometimes they were together, other times just one of them.

They were working hard.

It was a labor of love.

I’m not sure when they finished it.

But, I was presented with the beautiful, precious gift today. The day after Good Friday and the day before Easter.

My heart was bursting with thankfulness and love. My eyes teared up. I was (believe it or not) speechless.

And here it is❤️

It is a masterpiece and fills my heart in so many ways.

My children made this from scraps that they found around the farm.

Pieces that were broken, no good, of no use. So they were thrown away.

But my children made those broken, useless pieces into something beautiful.

Something beautiful that represents The One who takes the broken, the no good, the ones thought to be useless, worthless and He makes them beautiful.

What an amazing expression of love!

They took those scraps and built the symbol of my Savior. The cross that He died on for my sins and yours. The very symbol that takes my broken undeserving worldly ways-my sins, away. It takes them and turns it in to beautiful loving forgiveness- an amazing grace.

What an amazing gift of love- a symbol of the greatest act of love.

“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3b-4

Because He died for our sins we are a made new. We were broken, sinful, no good and He makes us in to something beautiful.

He died for you. For the forgiveness of your sins. Because He loves you.

Do you know this amazing grace? The unending Love of our Savior? Have you asked Him in to your heart and given Him your sins, your brokenness?

He will make beauty from the scraps.

To learn more you can visit:

https://peacewithgod.net/

What is that smell????

What is that smell?

That can be a dangerous question.

Just by hearing how it is asked is a predictor of if you want to know the answer or not.

Was it asked like this:

WHAT is THAT SMELL?

or What is that SMELL?

I would associate the first with a bad outcome. Such as that sippy cup of milk that somehow rolled under the couch and you didn’t know it was missing till you smelled it or-oh yeah,that bag of frozen food that when you had your teenager help carry groceries in from the car, they left it right BESIDE of the freezer and you didn’t see it there, even though you probably walked by it a few times. But your nose led you right to it after 2 days.

THE NOSE KNOWS!

But if asked the second way, something good is definitely around. Like when you first walk in to your Grandma’s house and you smell what is cooking. It smells familiar but you just can’t put your finer on it but you can’t wait to get your fingers in it. Or when you are shopping at the mall and smell a hint of a fragrance when passing the bath and body store and it smells so good you have to go in to see what fragrance it is.

Smell is really an amazing thing when you think about it. And is probably the most under appreciated of the five senses. It really amazes me how it triggers such strong memories. The smell of baby shampoo brings back so many memories of cuddling my babies. I really don’t think I put them down for their first few years of life, and every time I smell baby shampoo I truly feel my heart swell and I yearn for those cuddles again.

Are there any certain smells that do that to you?

It has been said that happiness has a smell.

I am sure that smell is something different for everyone but I’m also sure that the happiness comes from the memories that the smell triggers.

As you know, I live on a farm. So to say that I encounter many different smells in a day would be an understatement. And in my opinion that’s not a bad thing. Yes some aren’t as pleasant as others but overall it’s not so bad. Actually I rather enjoy it.

The smell of the hay when I walk in the barn, the smell of the honeysuckle blooming in the spring and the smell of the horses when I kiss their noses. So many good smells!

Have you ever stopped to think about what happiness smells like to you?

You may want to and I bet you will be pleasantly surprised the memories that come back to you.

Surviving On Jesus and Dry Shampoo

Sometimes you know it is just gonna be one of those days.

It is the end of March, so the weather is very unpredictable. Today it is rainy and dreary. That doesn’t help my motivation level. If anything it makes me want to take a nap.

It has been a busy day already, my energy is fading fast and I didn’t have a lot to start with.

I still have a list of things that need to be done today.

It’s gonna be one of those days.

You know. Those days. The days when you feel like you have to drag yourself through the day. The days that you feel like you are just surviving. Yeah, that kind.

I started the morning out pretty well. I was up on time, but moving slower than usual. I took a little extra time drinking my coffee in hopes that it would kick in sooner than later. The kids got up and ready better than they usually do and they were ready to walk out the door on time.

Yes I said they were.

It actually was me that wasn’t ready today.

They were ready and I was still drinking my coffee waiting for it to kick in. So when it finally registered in my brain that it was time to leave, and I wasn’t ready, I was in a little bit of a panic. I hadn’t even gotten my shower yet! How did I lose track of time like this?

Dry shampoo to the rescue!

A few sprays. Run a brush trough my hair and I am ready to face the world.

Out the door we go.

In the car and on our way.

Every morning on the way to school the kids and I pray in the car and this has been such a blessing to me.

Especially on days like today.

We take turns praying. Thanking God for all He has given us as we know all good things come from Him. Asking for healing, safety and protection for others and asking for His blessings and guidance as we face our day. This has really given me an insight on what is on my children’s hearts and minds. It helps us all start the day out right.

On days like this that is what helps me make it through the day.

Coffee, Dry shampoo and Jesus

Days like this really aren’t bad days. I am very grateful for my health, my family and all of the many blessings I have. Some days I just feel like I’m surviving instead of thriving.

I am still waiting for the coffee to kick in but as I drag my sleepy self through this day I will just be thankful to be able to do it.

I am not super woman. I will have days like this, and that is okay.

Oh, and we did make it to school on time 🙂