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Cheesy Fajita Chicken Stir Fry

Today my sister Donna and her husband David came to spend the day after church. We spent our time baking Cranberry Pecan and Chocolate Chip Muffins then we made this new recipe. It turned out even better than I had anticipated. All three of us enjoyed it and I will be making this often.

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Cheesy Fajita Chicken Stir Fry

  • 2 pound chicken tenders, cut into bite size pieces
  • olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup triple cheddar cheese blend, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup Colby, Monterrey jack cheese blend, shredded
  • guacamole and salsa to garnish

In a non-stick pan add olive oil and when hot add onion and stir until onion is almost carmelized. Add all bell peppers and continue to stir often until peppers are almost cooked tender. Add chicken and cook until chicken is completely cooked. Add all spices and stir until well blended. Next add all cheeses and stir until completely melted.

I ate mine without a wrap but Donna and David used low carb tortilla wrappers to eat theirs. I added guacamole and salsa to mine and it was very good. Serves 8.

 

 

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian

I am currently participating in two different book clubs and a woman who is in both of these group recommended this book to me and I was very pleased. I have been reading each night before bed and downloading audio books and listening to them while I drive for work since I drive several hours each day. I have been tempted to share all of the books that I have read but I doubt that most of you want to know about ALL of my books that I am reading so I have decided to only write about the ones that I consider to be a five out of five stars. This book falls into that category.

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This book is about a happily married man who throws a bachelor party for his brother and at the end of the evening  there are two dead men in his home and two women who have been brought from Russia as sex slaves on the run. This book opens your eyes to the plight of these young women and made me want to drop everything that I am doing to help them in some way.

The author helps you to understand what the ladies have gone through and the fear and torture that they have endured. If you want to know more about this story you can read about it here.

Good Reads- The Guest Room

Shrimp Scampi Over Spaghetti Squash

This recipe is cheating a bit but so very good and easy. I have been working practically non-stop and it is taking its toll on me. My back, neck and shoulders are hurting and have been for several weeks. I have been looking at simple, quick and healthy recipes to make and this one fits the bill.

I found these Campbell’s Dinner Sauces at my local Kroger and each pouch is less than $3. Not all of them are low carb but I did pick out four that I found to be healthy. Today I made the Shrimp Scampi and I served it over oven roasted spaghetti squash. It was very good, light and I was barely on my feet while making this.

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Shrimp Scampi Over Spaghetti Squash

  • 1 pound raw shrimp, tails removed and deveined
  • 1 pouch of Campbell’s Sauces Skillet, Shrimp Scampi flavor
  • 1 spaghetti squash, oven roasted and shredded

To prepare the squash you use a 9 X 13 pan and put about 1 inch of water in the bottom of the pan. Cut the squash in half length ways and scoop out the center. Place cut side down in the pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes and check for tenderness every 5 minutes. When the squash is ready remove from the pan and drain the water. Using a fork scrape out the center.

In a non-stick skillet sauce shrimp until pink. Add sauce and cook for a few minutes until shrimp is cooked. Add shrimp and sauce to top of spaghetti squash and serve. Serves 4.

Sauce is 3 carbs per serving. Spaghetti Squash is 5.5 carbs per serving for a total of 8.5 carbs per serving.

 

Hiking in WV

As you all know I absolutely love to hike in WV. I found this link that recommends hiking in WV and lists the beautiful places to hike with gorgeous pictures to encourage you to go there. I have already been to several of them but I need to get busy to go to the rest of them. To see the page please go here. 

There are 17 places to go to. I will list them all here.

  1. Audra State Park in Buchannon WV
  2. Babcock State Park in Clifftop, WV
  3. Beartown State Park in Hillsboro, WV
  4. Beechfork State Park in Huntington, WV- I have been here multiple times but never had the opportunity to hike there. I need to remedy that.
  5. Berkeley Springs State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV
  6. Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, WV
  7. Bluestone State Park in Hinton, WV- I have driven through the park but again didn’t get to hike there. ::sigh::
  8. Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, WV
  9. Canaan Valley State Park in Davis, WV
  10. Cathedral State Park in Aurora, WV
  11. Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in Hillsboro, WV
  12. Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted, WV- I have been here multiple times but it was always for family picnics so no opportunity to hike.
  13. Little Beaver State Park in Beaver, WV
  14. Prickett’s Fork State Park in Fairmont, WV
  15. Tu-Endie-Wei State Park in Point Pleasant- I have been here several times but never found a place to hike there. I will need to look into it.
  16. Valley Falls State Park in Fairmont, WV
  17. Watoga State Park in Marlinton, WV

There are a few other State Parks that I have been to and even hiked there but for some reason they never made the list. I will add those here.

  1. Pipestem State Park- I have spent 5 days here in their lodge and hiked every single day. I absolutely love going there.
  2. Twin Falls State Park- I haven’t hiked there but I did go there for lunch a few weeks ago when I had a break in my schedule and I can’t wait to go back to hike.
  3. North Bend State Park- I have hiked there with a group from college. It was beautiful there.

The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

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I have been trying to strengthen my prayer life and I have been reading several prayer books lately. This is my third book that I have read by Stormie Omartian and I loved each of them. The first book of hers that I read was titled Praying God’s Will for Your Life. At times we all have been in a place where we are unsure which direction that God wants us to go. If you are at the place than I highly recommend that book.

The book that I read last week was The Power of a Praying Parent. As a parent we often worry about our children and we want so desperately to make the right decisions so that they will become God serving adults who know that they are both loved by God and by their parents. This book will give you guidance in how God will provide for your child whether they are newborn or 50. No matter their age we are still their parent and we want what God wants for them.

This book touches on the subject of dating, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, premarital sex and many other areas of concern regarding our children. It provides examples of prayers that you can say and will provide scripture to help you along the way.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

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I have found that I am reading about a book a week lately. I have been turning off the television and going to bed early. I am currently involved with three different book clubs. Two meet in person and one meets online. This book was a required read for our meeting for March at the public library. I enjoy being in book clubs because it introduces me to books that I would have otherwise never heard of such as this book, Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.

I am going to give a few spoilers possibly so if you are like me and don’t like to hear spoilers before reading a book you should stop here. This book was well written but I still only give it a 3 out of 5 stars. It is supposed to be a mystery and it didn’t hold my attention in that aspect. That said, I do have to say that I loved the Christian message that the book provided.

The book is told by the adult version of the thirteen year old boy that is experiencing tragic loss and coming of age in Minnesota in 1961. Frank Drum and his younger brother Jake are practically inseparable in this book. Their father is a local minister and their mother is the choir director. They also have an 18 year old sister who is very musically talented.

Over the course of a summer there are multiple deaths within the community including the tragic murder of their sister, Ariel. The family have to deal with their anger towards God, learning to go on after her death and how to forgive others. This story shows us God’s amazing grace and how much he loves each and every one of us whether you are the minister, a 13 year old child or even a murderer.

While reading this book I was reminded of a dear friend of mine dying back in 2000 and how traumatized I was by her death. I was told that she was murdered but nothing was ever done to bring to justice who had killed her. About three weeks after she passed two elderly women at church took me aside and offered to help pray with me for the man who had murdered my friend. I was horrified that someone actually expected me to pray for him. It took several years for me to come to terms with the fact that God loves him just as much as he loves me and God wants his soul to be clean as well. I can now freely pray for him with an open heart. It wasn’t easy but God commanded it.

I do recommend this book if you are struggling with forgiveness or a loss. The amazing love and forgiveness in this book will open your heart to the amazing peace that God has for each of us.

 

 

New Chest of Drawers

My friend Andrea gave me a chest of drawers last summer and it has taken me this long to figure out how I wanted this piece of furniture to turn out. I finally finished it today and I am very pleased with it. Andrea even came by this evening with her teenagers to help me get it from the basement to the upstairs bedroom.

I had to repair some glides on the inside of the dresser and a friend made those for me. I still have one more thing to do underneath one of the drawers to make it glide more easily and then it will be finished. I am quite pleased with it. Here are the before and after pictures.

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