Chicken Lazone

I love this dish because I always have the ingredients on hand.  If we were extra greedy during the week and need a quick meal before the new weekly menu kicks in, this is one of those meals that tides us over.  It’s tasty too!  Thanks, Plain Chicken, for the idea!

Chicken Lazone

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2-21/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into strips
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • whole wheat noodles or brown riceChicken Lazone

Combine salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder & cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle over both sides of chicken thighs.  In a large frying pan, cook chicken & minced garlic in half of the butter until done.  Remove and keep warm.

Chicken Lazone 1Melt remaining half of butter in leftover chicken drippings.  Whisk in flour for a couple minutes.  Gradually add milk and bring to a simmer.  Whisk continually until thickened to your liking.  Season sauce with more salt & pepper as desired.

Serve chicken & sauce over cooked noodles or brown rice.  Baked green beans are an excellent way to complete this delicious meal!

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Two Months Old!!

2 month old 3Evelyn is two months old now and weighs 9 lb 7 oz.  She’s following in her sister’s footsteps and is only on the 8th percentile for weight.  In spite of their ginormous appetites, we have tiny kids!  The favorite development from 1 to 2 months of age would definitely be the whole getting more sleep.  Of course, this is coming from the mother who is finally starting to function like a normal human again because of the increase in sleep. ha  Unlike Abigail, who slept in her crib from night one, Evie has yet to actually sleep in her crib.  I tried a couple times in the beginning, but every time she fell asleep and I tried lying her down, she would start choking on her spit-up and wake herself up in a frenzy.  If I just held her in the awesome recliner chair (my even more awesome husband bought me) or on a pile of pillows in our bed, we all got a LOT more sleep.  I know our doctor would freak out at me if they heard I was “co-sleeping” with baby or whatever, but I say do whatever you can survive with.  Prior to Abigail’s birth I could be a pretty deep sleeper and it might have been more frightening to have her in bed with us, but honestly, ever since Abby arrived I wake up to EVERYTHING.  One of the girls lets out a sniffle and I am wide awake.  Caleb on the other hand….. well, I am pretty sure he could sleep through our entire apartment exploding to bits and never even stir.  It’s a talent.  Anyway, after Evie’s first 6 weeks, her spitting at night significantly decreased and I am hoping to work on some major sleep training in the very near future.  It just doesn’t seem worth it at the moment since we’ll be visiting family again over Christmas and our schedules will be all messed up.  We have progressed from me holding her at night, to her mostly just laying next to me.  And hallelujah we now typically have a 7-8 hour stretch of no feedings at night!!  This means, I am really only feeding her once in the night and it’s WONDERFUL. 🙂  2 month old 2

2 month old 5Speaking of feedings, they have been going amazing lately.  About 2 weeks after getting some serious help from that miracle-worker lactation consultant and things were SO. MUCH. BETTER.  I had to use the shield on the left side for a couple weeks before the open sore was healed enough that I could stand not using it again.  Evie is a pretty frequent eater during the day and nurses every 2 hours and sometimes even a little sooner.  She often has a longer nap sometime in the afternoon where we might make a 3 hour stretch, but it’s not a given.  I really don’t mind the constant feeding frenzy though, since we are doing well over night.  That makes a world of difference, folks!

Evelyn absolutely LOVES when we talk to her.  She tries so hard to keep us over there – she’ll smile and gurgle and in general be insanely adorable so it’s really hard to turn away. 🙂  She naps in her car seat and swing during the day pretty well, but not so much with the crib yet.  (Like I said… I’m hoping to really push the crib training after Christmas visiting ends and we can be settled in with our routines a little better)2 month old 3

SissiesWith an older two year old sister at large, Evie is pretty used to having body parts and toys constantly in her face and is able to sleep through noise a lot better than Abby ever did.  Evs is starting to show a little more interest in her big sister and will smile at her when she holds still long enough to be spotted.

Evie can hold her head up very well on her own already, although she still isn’t too big on tummy time.  She is enjoying playing on her back for longer periods of time and even swings at her mobile toys occasionally.  I like the stage when they can start really grabbing toys, so that will be fun to see happen.2 month old 1

Turning Two!

cutes1Our little girl turned two a couple weeks ago….  where did the time go?!  She used to be so little and I still don’t know what happened.  Caleb and I may be a tad biased, but we’re pretty sure a smarter, more adorable little two year old has never existed. 🙂  Although she feels “big,” I guess she is technically pretty little as she is only the 11th percentile for weight (59th for height though!).  I guess she’ll be scrawny like my siblings and I all were. 🙂

Abigail’s all-time favorite activity is school.  Her constant cry is “More school!  More school!” and if I tell her I have to work on other things for a while, she comforts herself by saying, “Later.  Daddy home.  Ask Daddy.”  She seems to be a very quick learner.  She has known her colors and a wide variety of shapes since 18 months, her upper/lower case letters and corresponding sounds since 20 months, and can now count successfully to 4 (5 on a good day).  She also has been able to name her numbers 1-10 since 20 months along with a few random ones.

We potty trained Abby at 18 months and she didcutes really well with it.  I am especially grateful that I haven’t had to deal with both girls in diapers.  That would have made for a lot of laundry.  She does really well holding it when necessary and now enjoys running in, doing her thing and then hollering “DONE!” from the bathroom.  (I haven’t worked on wiping skills as I really would rather do it myself at this point for sanitary purposes. haha)

One of the sweetest things about Abby is how wonderful she is with her baby sister, Evelyn.  She loves her SO much and always wants to hold her, play with her, and of course give her lots of “kisses” (her version of a kiss is leaning her cheek against people/objects).  She has recently been assuring me that, “Abby take her” when I’m in the middle of something and suddenly Evie needs my attention.  Needless to say, I don’t hand the baby over to the standing up two year old trying to take her. sisters

Abby is also always concerned about everyone getting to enjoy chairwhatever she is eating.  She loved sharing pieces of popcorn with her younger uncle when we were visiting family over Thanksgiving and is constantly concerned that Daddy share whatever she is eating.  Speaking of being home, playing with her aunties was a major highlight!  One of the pros for having younger, adopted sisters…. insta-playmates for my girls!

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My two year old is probably my favorite helper ever (aside from her Daddy at least)!  She is always running to get things for me when I’m busy with Evie and loves nothing more than “helping Mama cook!”  If I am in the kitchen, she is sure to have her chair shoved up to the table where she can climb up and be as involved as possible!

A few months ago, Abby really took off with talking and now she never stops.  Seriously, never.  She chatters alllll day, as well as at quiet time and bedtime (until she falls asleep).  I never have to wonder where she is because I can always hear her! 🙂  She is using more and more full sentences.  I love hearing what she has to say, especially with her optimistic outlook on life.  Some favorite sayings are when she encourages herself by saying, “Good job, Abby!!” and “Pretty close!”  Or when we tell her we’re done with something she is really having fun with she’ll say, “Maybe later!”, “Maybe tomorrow!”, or “Maybe after nap time!”  If it’s something we really aren’t going to do anymore and we shut those ideas down, she will continue with, “Well…. maybe.  We’ll see!”  She knows how to use her cuteness on her parents to say the least. 😉

hi cutes!Abby continues to eat really well for us and is usually only picky about things when we are eating somewhere else (restaurant or other people’s houses).  She thinks bell pepper pieces and frozen corn are great snacks, which is perfect by me!

Lest you think our wee tot is perfect though, she does have her times. 🙂  Her main flaw tends to be stubbornness.  Caleb and I can both be pretty stubborn, so we kind of deserve our kids to dish it back.  She is currently in a stage where she overuses the word “no” and always wants to do the opposite of what she is asked,  We’re working on her though and she always listens eventually.

Aside from school, she absolutely loves reading and listening to books.  She has recently been asking Caleb to read her “Elmer and the Dragon” books – small chapter books with only a few sketches – and seems to enjoy them.  Abby also loves taking care of her babies.  She will push them in her stroller (thanks, Emmy), doctor them, cook for them, hold/burp them, give them hugs, and usually wants them all lined up to listen when Daddy reads her stories.  Often, when it’s time for her to go to bed, I am designated to watch her babies for her as they are piled on my lap. ha!strollerReading

We are looking forward to warmer weather when it’s more possible to take both girls out walking again.  In the summer, Abby would walk a good 3 + miles with me every day and we miss that!  She loves the outdoors and all animals!  One of our favorite subjects is talking about how we will get a puppy when we have a house with a fence someday.  (Her and I are both pretty pumped for that!)

starThis post was rather randomly thrown together, but I wanted to get it all down before I forgot.  I also typed it one-handed (baby in other arm – check!) as usual with my posts, so any and all errors basically have an awesome excuse.  And p.s. we love teaching our girl how to play board games.  It’s our favorite!! 🙂  And p.p.s. I find it hilarious when she refers to Caleb and me as “hun” or “babe” after hearing us say that.  “Pears, babe!” when it’s time for bedtime snack.  “Nice catch, hun!” when we throw something across the room to one another (to be honest, this happens a lot and usually involves a diaper).

Crock-Pot Chicken Pot Roast

Hopefully everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and was able to spend time with family!  We had the whole week off (after my husband took some vacation days) and were able to see quite a few of the relatives.  Always good to see people, but we were all pretty glad to be back home with just the four of us afterwards.  Abby had bronchitis the entire time home which didn’t help her attitude towards all the strange faces and of course our almost 2 month old little Evie isn’t always easy – although they both are always super cute! 🙂  It is honestly terrifying how much stuff we have to pack and bring every time we travel back to our parents’ though…. phew.  Anyhow…

Because we got back from our four + hour drive (with “only” 7 stops) completely exhausted on Sunday night and spent Monday trying to recover and unpack, we hadn’t made it to the grocery store and were out of pretty much everything.  I scavenged the fridge and managed to come up with this hearty meal to tide us over.  It’s simple but satisfying and fills you right up! 🙂  Most people don’t picture chicken for a pot roast type of meal, but it’s actually a nice substitute every now and then!

Crock-Pot Chicken Pot RoastCrock-Pot Chicken, Potatoes and Carrots Pot Roast 1

  • 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs frozen
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 medium potatoes cut in bite-sized chunks
  • 1 bag baby carrots (1lb)
  • poultry seasoning
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • salt
  • pepper

Place chicken in bottom of crock-pot and sprinkle with poultry seasoning, salt & pepper.  Scatter onion on top of chicken.  Layer potatoes and carrots on top, seasoning liberally with salt & pepper after each layer.  Top with desired amounts of thyme & rosemary.  Cook on low about 7 hours or until veggies are tender and chicken is cooked through.  I stirred the veggies around after about 4 hours.  Before serving, taste to see if you need more salt.  If it tastes a little too bland, you need more. 🙂  I served it with these cheesy onion biscuit wedges.  They are the perfect (super quick & easy) side!  They have a subtle flavor that pairs really well with pot roast type meals. Crock-Pot Chicken, Potatoes and Carrots Pot Roast

Cheesy Onion Biscuit Wedges

We really enjoy these fast biscuits and the light onion flavor paired with cheddar cheese is, well…. yummy! 🙂  I switched them up just a tad because we don’t usually have buttermilk and I am often too lazy to make the substitute. haha  These are great served alongside meat dishes, such as my crock-pot chicken pot roast.  When I’m serving these for company, I like to prepare them in the morning, place on the greased baking sheet, cover lightly with plastic wrap and poke them in the fridge.  When I’m ready later, I stick them in the preheated oven and they cook up great!

Cheesy Onion Biscuit WedgesCheesy Onion Biscuit Wedges

  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter cut in pea sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

Saute onion for just a few minutes in a small frying pan until softened.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, garlic powder, and oregano.  Add in butter and kind of mush it around with your hand until mixture gets a little crumbly and the pieces aren’t as noticeable.  Stir in onion and cheese.  Stir in milk – mixture will be thick and sticky.

Scrape it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 8-10 times.  Add more flour as necessary.  Just add a little at a time as you’re kneading until it’s not super sticky.  Pat it into a circle and cut into four wedges.  Place wedges on a greased baking sheet a couple inches apart from each other and bake 8-12 minutes or lightly golden on top.  Serve warm!

FYI: this recipe doubles very nicely 🙂