2015 – time for a new theme

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Happy New Year! (Cool phrase on this float!!!)  Welcome to my 2nd year of blogging. I am very excited. For my long term followers, you already know that every new year I take on a new challenge. 2013 was a cup a tea a day. I love tea but realized that I never took the time to slow down to drink it. I logged every type of tea I drank along with the setting and people I enjoyed it with. This wasn’t a blog just a personal goal.  2014 was starting a blog about getting rid of one item a day. Within a few weeks, it became a weekly blog with a lot of items lumped together. What a journey we had. So, now it’s 2015 and it’s time for something new. Please invite your friends because this is going to be an adventure.

2015 THEME: A new recipe every week.

In November, I began praying for a new idea and this instantly popped into my head. I sat with it for a month and continued to pray for wisdom. This was my only idea but I liked it. So, I believe this is the direction God wants me to head this year. More home cooking and sharing it with my followers.

Last night I ventured into my first recipe. I posted a photo of the recipe and hope this format will work. If not, let me know and I can type it in. I realized I should have taken a photo of my finished product. Alas, that won’t be possible for week one of this experiment. So, plan on photos from my kitchen every week. I should say the following caveat, I am not a chef. I can get good food on the table for my family and I follow recipes well. I will have mishaps (those will be some of the best blogs) and I may even miss a week (we all deserve a break at times). I hope you follow me and try some of the recipes. Here is something new though, I want more feedback. If you try a recipe, let me know. If you have a suggestion to improve a recipe, pass that along too. If you have a better recipe that’s similar to one I tried, post it. Let’s be more interactive this year.

I have also embraced my role as author this year. I just registered for a writer’s conference in April. I plan to pitch my novel as well as a non-fiction book I want to write. My web presence is important to publishers. It shows people want to read what I write. I would like to increase my following 100% by April. Right now there are 30+ followers so I need 270 more people by April. Get the word out. Get me followers. I would appreciate it.

The past year my blogs usually had a spiritual lesson with them. Not sure how God is going to reveal himself through raw chicken but I trust He will. So onto, my first recipe.

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I made a Creamy Baked Broccoli Rice from Family Fun December/January 2015.

It was more time consuming than I thought. It baked for 75 minutes. We watched over half of a movie while it cooked. I had to add cheese, panko and broccoli then bake for 15 more minutes. The panko didn’t brown so well but I took it out anyway to serve it. The bottom burned so that part was inedible. The top and middle were good though. I most likely won’t make it again because it took so much preparation for little payoff. If I did make it again, I would stir the rice after the baking period was over before I added the broccoli. I would put it on a higher rack to prevent a burnt bottom. I will, however, add some precooked diced celery and onion to future rice that I make and a bit of sour cream. The sour cream made the rice creamy and yummy. Should you try it? I would say yes but consider my suggestions for how to prevent burning. If you are lactose intolerant, run from it. It has 2 cups of milk, 2 cups of cheese and 3/4 of a cup of sour cream. Heaven for me though.

So there it is. The start of new year and new idea. Join me. Bring a friend. Share your ideas and recipes. I am grateful God gave me this idea. I am excited about it. Here we go.

Dream Big!

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P.S. The featured image is from the Rose Parade.  Our family has a tradition of attending every year.  Such a joy.  Thanks to the Strong family for letting us join their amazing location the past few years.

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