Friday, January 13, 2012

4 years ago...

Four years ago on this day this boy changed my life in the best way possible...



When he arrived, all 7lbs 1oz of him - my heart doubled in size, perhaps even tripled.  And four years later he's done nothing but expand what I thought was already an impossible amount for love for him just by being him.

He's sweet.
He's cute.
He's funny.
He's expressive.
He's SOOOOO smart.
He's thoughtful.
He's sensitive.
He has the most contagious laugh.
He's kind.

And he says adorable things like, "Mom, I just love you so much" ALL.THE.TIME without being coaxed and it's all I can do to not throw him in the car and drive him to the nearest toystore and say, "Pick whatever you want!" 


MELT.MY.HEART!

That and he reminds me so much of his father... another boy I happen to adore.

Dear Hayden,
Happy birthday to my handsome little man!
I love you so very much
and I'm so proud, so happy,
so blessed to be your mommy!

I love you forever & always.






Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Savory Swiss Chicken

Tonight I made this for dinner.

Hello tasty chicken smothered in cheesy-creamy goodness!


And it was delicious.
And SO easy. 
And my little family of four ate it ravenously.
I love meals like that, so I'm sharing it with you!


The ingredients were all things I had on hand which is always a plus!  Chicken, swiss cheese, milk, bread crumbs, butter, cream of chicken soup and some good ol' Montreal chicken seasoning.  
(Printed recipe at bottom of post.)


I started by seasoning my chicken in a casserole dish with some montreal chicken & black pepper.


Then I added a slice of swiss cheese to each chicken breast (and a little extra on a couple of the bigger pieces of chicken).



Next I mixed a can of cream of chicken soup with half a cup of milk and poured it over the chicken.




Then I melted three tablespoons of butter and mixed it with 1 cup of bread crumbs, before sprinkling over the entire dish.



I baked it at 350'F for one hour and PRESTO - one delicious dinner ready to go!



The sauce mixed with the breadcrumbs is delicious and would be excellent over rice, or served with pasta... but tonight I served it alone with green beans and some homemade cheddar cheese drop biscuits.



SAVORY SWISS CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Montreal chicken seasoning (or similar) to taste
Black pepper to taste
4 slices of Swiss cheese
1 can of cream of chicken condensed soup
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons of butter, melted
1 cup breadcrumbs

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350'F.

2. Place chicken in a 9x13 casserole dish and season on both sides.  Cover each breast with a slice of swiss cheese.

3.  Mix together soup and milk and pour over the chicken breasts.

4.  Melt butter, and mix together with bread crumbs and then sprinkle evenly over top of the dish.

5.  Bake at 350'F for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through.