Thursday, April 13, 2017

What's for Dinner Wednesday~Chicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce

Hello everyone!  It feels good to get back to cooking and blogging.  We continue to be blessed by all of your sweet emails and messages being sent our way.

This is such an easy recipe to prepare, and perfect for a busy weeknight.  Kid friendly too!

Chicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce
(Cooking Light Ultimate Chicken Cookbook 2012

We have adapted this recipe to be gluten free, dairy free and soy free.


Cooking spray (we prefer coconut oil spray)
1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic (we ALWAYS keep a jar on hand)
16 slices pepperoni, coarsely chopped (we use Hormel naturals)
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce (we prefer Nello's brand)
2 TBS chopped fresh basil (already in our garden)
2 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 pounds chicken cutlets (we used breasts and just pounded until thin)
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper (we use white as I cannot have black)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (we used Follow Your Heart Vegan and shredded ourselves)

1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic and pepperoni; cook 2 minutes or until garlic begins to brown, stirring frequently. Add oregano; cook 30 seconds. Add marinara sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in basil.

3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with pepper.  Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning after 3 minutes.  Spoon sauce over chicken; sprinkle evenly with cheese.  Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

We served with simple mixed greens and Italian dressing.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What Makes Me Happy~

Good Wednesday morning everyone!

I wanted to first off thank you, my sweet friends and readers, for all of your heartfelt comments and emails regarding the recent loss of my Mother In Law, Ruth.  We can't possibly express how much your love and prayers have meant to us during this difficult time.  

In lieu of a What's for Dinner Wednesday post (which I hope to resume next week), I am guest posting over at my dear friend Ron's blog, Uptown Acorn, for his What Makes Me Happy Series. Because let's face it, everyone needs a little happiness in their lives.  And, I know my sweet MIL wouldn't want us to be sad.  She lived life to the fullest, and found joy in even the simplest of things.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Mom~

It is with an extremely heavy heart, and through tears,  that I write this post.  As many of you know, my precious MIL fell ill two weeks ago.  God called her home on March 18, 2017.

She was 98 1/2 years young, and the most amazing woman I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She was part of the greatest generation that has ever lived.  She had seen it all, yet remained positive until the end.  She was never one to complain, rather look for the good in everything and everyone. I remember always asking her when I'd call, "Mom, how are you doing?" and she would reply with a little chuckle in her voice, "Better than the alternative."  She set a beautiful example of what a daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother should be.  God was always first, and her best friend.  Something that didn't go unnoticed by her best friend, as she recommended that one of the hymns for Mom's service be What a Friend We Have in Jesus.  She did indeed call Jesus her friend, and knew she could count on Him to see her through anything that came her way.

Reverend Trosien preached a beautiful sermon from Malachi 3:16-17, "God's completed Gem".

The Faithful Remnant

"Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of rememberance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. On the day when I act, says the Lord Almighty, they will be my treasured possession.  I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him."

Mom, you were a gem to all who had the privilege of knowing you and you will be greatly missed.

And because she wouldn't want us to be sad, I'll end with a funny story...

My FIL always called her the "boss".  When we asked a question of him, he would reply, "go ask the boss." (jokingly, of course)

When mom passed from this broken world and arrived in heaven, we could just hear sweet dad..."Oh Lord, the boss is back!"

To which she would reply, "Would anyone like some coffee and dessert?"

Ruth Eleanor
August 28, 1918-March 18, 2017