Recipes, Tips & Celebrations

My Ryder is now a WALKER, or should I say wobbler.
He can't get up by himself, but once we set him on his feet he will walk!  Now don't get me wrong, he still dislikes it very much.  And whines each wobbly step he takes until he plops on his behind.  But he can officially walk many, many steps!  I am one proud mama.


The million dollar question for myself:  Why don't I use the crock pot more?  Yesterday during lunch I put on Crock Pot Chicken and when I got home after work, I made Squash and Cheese Casserole with fresh squash from the Wilson garden in Vaughan.  And we also had a delish ceasar salad with none other than Cardini's Ceasar Dressing.  It was Mmm Mmm Good.

Crock Pot Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 can cream of chicken
1 can cream of mushroom
1 tablespoon minced onion (I used onion powder)
1 seven ounce can mushroom pieces & stems (no thank you...)
1 bell pepper cut into strips

Place all ingredients in the pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low all day.
The chicken will just fall apart...mmmmm

Squash and Cheese Casserole
1 1/2 pounds yellow squash, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup shredded Montery Jack
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
Salt & pepper to taste
2/3 cup fresh bread crumbs (from two slices of bread, crusts removed, coarsely ground in a food processor)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter a shallow 2 1/2 quart baking dish.
In a vegetable steamer, steam the squash until tender but not mushy-soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
In a small skillet over low heat, cook the onion in 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes.  Add to the squash along with the Jack and Parmesan cheeses, cream, coriander, and salt and pepper.  Spoon the mixture into the baking dish.
Melt the remaining butter.  Sprinkle the top of the gratin with the bread crumbs and drizzle with butter.  Bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes.

And while I'm being Martha Stewart today, here are three handy household tips for you:

#1 Cleaning Glass
Now I've heard this numerous times, but never tried it.  Just seems yuck.  But after seeing so often, I decided it must be a useful trick.  So, use old newspapers instead of paper towels to clean mirrors and windows. And if anything, you're recycling!

#2 Dusting Crown Moldings

To dust crown moldings, place a microfiber rag over the broom's bristles and secure with a rubber band. Then use the long handle to dust areas that your arms can't reach.

#3 Cleaning Glassware
 When you're washing narrow-necked glass vases and decanters, add a little uncooked rice to the water. Your glassware will sparkle.


My daddy with his girls and g-son

Playing in the sprinkler

Telling me BYE (he screams this word)

Ryder has turned into a dancing machine.  When we turn on the song on his little riding horse he pokes his elbows out and moves them up and down.  And he gets his head a bobbin' too.  It's seriously funny.
The dance off begins...

Shoot, I gotta sit down for these kind of moves

Everybody HUSH!
I'm trying to concentrate on my steps!

Sweet angel face

Ryder was happily trucking along the living room until he heard his favorite sound.  You guessed it.  The garage!!!  Didn't take him long to figure out how to hop off.

Last weekend we had a celebration dinner party for George's 60th Birthday and Retirement from the National Guard.

Everybody was there, even his four grandsons

We had to find ways to entertain the kids while waiting on the food

More entertainment.  Too bad Ryder wasn't down there, he could've gotten in on the dancing for sure!

Courtney giving her sweet speech to her daddy

Marlee, Sellers & Tripp

Aunt Kayla keeping Ryder busy reading a book

George's parents and Carolyn and Jim

CC and Poppy cutting the CAMO cake
We had so much fun and it was great getting everybody together to celebrate.

Speaking of birthdays, we are so excited about Preston & Pace's first birthday party on Sunday!  It's a barn yard theme and I know it will be just precious.  Ryder's super excited about seeing his little buddies too.

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