Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

Suzy homemaker wanna be

There are a couple of good canned Chicken noodle soups out there.  The convenience is a plus.  I have found a recipe that not only is wonderful, it is also fun to make.  It reminds me of watching my grandma make homemade noodles.  This makes a good portion for two with a bowl leftover for later.

¾ c flour
½ tsp ground thyme, divided
¼ tsp salt
1 egg yolk
1 boneless/skinless chicken breast
2 cans Chicken broth – low sodium
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, sliced
¾ c frozen peas
1 T parsley

Mix  flour, 1/4 tsp ground thyme, and salt in a bowl.  Beat  egg yolk with 3 T of water in another bowl: add to flour mixture. Stir until blended.  Shape into a ball.  Place dough on lightly floured surface – knead about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let stand 15 minutes.

Then roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness.  Let stand 30 minutes to dry.  Cut into 1/4 inch wide strips.  (next time I will cut them into more bite size pieces instead of leaving them long)  Let dry at least another 30 minutes.  My grandma would literally let them dry all morning.

key is to let it dry

key is to let it dry

Meanwhile place the boneless chicken breast in a pan with enough water to cover.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer  until tender.  Remove chicken and cut into pieces.  Let water cool, strain, return liquid to pan and add  2 cans of chicken broth – more if you like.  Add: cut up chicken,  onions, carrots,  peas, 1/4 tsp ground thyme –  bring to a boil.  Add noodles.  Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, 8 minutes or until noodles are done.  Add dried parsley.    Enjoy!

mmmmmm good(This time around – sadly – I forgot the peas and parsley.  It was still delicious.)

I am always looking for something that takes little time and is delicious.  This next recipe is both!

Quesadilla Casserole

Quesadilla casserole

1 lb ground beef
½ c chopped onion
2 cans (8oz each) tomato sauce
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 can chopped green chiles, undrained
6 flour tortillas (8in)
2 c shredded cheese or more as desired

Brown beef and onion in large skillet, drain.  Add tomato sauce, beans, corn and green chiles; mix well.  Stir in all spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes.  (you may add 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper – I didn’t)

Spread 1/2 cup of the beef mixture on bottom of 13X9X2 baking dish sprayed with no-stick spray.  Top with 3 of the tortillas – I cut mine to cover – there will be overlapping. Layer with 1/2 remaining beef mixture and 1/2 of the cheese.  Repeat with remaining tortillas, beef and cheese.  Bake 350 for 15 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Garnish with sour cream, green olives and/or black olives.  You can make this ahead of time and then bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

Family favorite – chix and rice

chix and riceChix and Rice -family fav

1 ½ lb chicken (boneless/skinless cut into 1 inch pieces)
3 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups sour cream
2 tubes hi ho crackers (crushed)
1 stick butter (melted)
2 T poppy seeds

Spray 9X13 pan. Line chicken in the bottom of the pan.  Mix soup and sour cream. Pour mixture over chicken.  Top with crackers.  Drizzle butter over all.  Sprinkle poppy seeds on top.  Bake 350 for 1 1/2 hours.  Serve over rice.  I prefer long cooking rice.  Enjoy!

Autumn apple crisp

Autumn apple crisp

5 apples sliced (next time I will skin them also)
½ c sugar
½ T flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ c water
½ c oats
½ c flour
½ c brown sugar
¼ c nuts (optional)
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
¼ c butter melted

Spray 9×9 pan. Line apples on bottom.  Mix next 3 ingredients and sprinkle over apples.  Next pour water over it.  Mix up topping ingredients and crumble over the apples.  Bake 350 for 35 – 40 minutes.  Great with cool whip or cinnamon ice cream.

I am married to a man who eats about anything – although he is not a fan of chunk tomatoes.  He encourages me to try new recipes and recognizes that sometimes they will flop horribly.  We have the take out pizza number handy.

I am always looking for new recipes.  I would love to have you share your favorite.

til next time


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  1. Yummy! I’ll have to try the chicken noodle soup! 🙂
    MMMMmmmmm Good!

    Comment by jbsisam | December 15, 2014 | Reply

    • I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas!

      Comment by Gloria | December 19, 2014 | Reply

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