13 *Easy* Recipes for Leftover Chicken

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Ever since my life changed when I found my new favorite simple way to cook chicken, I’ve been thinking of all the ways I can use the chicken to streamline meal prep and spend more time on Pinterest with my kids.

There are so many chicken recipes out there. Like so, so many. But here are our 13 family tested favorites that use leftover chicken.

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Despite the many international and regional power struggles that have plagued Afghanistan over the years, it is supposed to be a beautiful country with stunning landscapes and a rich cultural heritage.
Based on the author’s personal experience (Kate McCord is a pseudonym), the novel Farewell Four Waters brings the people and customs of Afghanistan alive, and caused me to think differently about the country. 
The author was actually an aid worker in Afghanistan for five years, until 2010, and the main character is based on her experiences. The main character, Marie, is an American who works as an aid worker, based in the small fictional village of Shehktan, outside Kabul. The novel begins with Marie in Kabul, seeking stamps and signatures from the government in order to hold women’s literacy classes in her little village. While in Kabul, she receives a phone call that another female aid worker has been gunned down on the streets of Kabul. Now feeling vulnerable, this precipitous event signals the beginning of the end of Marie’s time in Afghanistan.
Returning home to Shehktan, Marie begins the literacy classes and forges new friendships in the tiny neighboring town of Char Ab. She feels called to minister to the women of Afghanistan, but she is unaware of a dangerous local feud, involving the families of some of her Afghani friends and colleagues. 
During the 14 days from the Kabul murder until Marie’s sudden escape, we see her journey in finding God in the storms of life. From the announcement of her friend and roommate’s departure, to the injustices of how women are treated by Afghan society, to the fear that she is being stalked, Marie learns that God is in everything–good and bad. 
I think this book was successful in getting the reader to have a different perspective on Afghanistan. The author describes it as a beautiful country filled with kind people and strong family ties, and not just a news headline. I learned a lot about Afghani culture, and the customs, however different from ours, that permeate their everyday lives. The interactions between Marie and the Afghani women also gave insight into their cultural norms, as the local women discussed their arranged marriages and large families. 
Judging from the description on the back, I assumed the novel was going to have more action; that it would be about Marie’s treacherous journey out of the country. However, nothing really “exciting”  happens until the last 80 pages or so of the 362-page book. It was more about Marie’s inner musings and quest for personal peace than of her struggle to escape Afghanistan. 
And just because I’m obsessive about proofreading, I noticed that “Shehktan” as was written throughout the novel was written as “Shektan” on the back cover of the book, and that Marie was incorrectly referred to as “Maria” at one point. These are not crucial to the story, but it was a minor distraction.
While I was expecting something different, I still gleaned a lot from Farewell Four Waters. Mostly perspective and cultural awareness for a country completely different than what most Westerners have ever experienced.
*I was provided a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

An Update on Junior…Summer 2014


We’ve been continuing twice a week speech therapy with auditory verbal therapy with Junior this summer, but have taken a break from occupational therapy until the Fall, and may begin physical therapy when we resume as well. The few OT sessions we’ve had have already helped his balance and his sensory issues, and his speech is really improving!

He’s 25 months, but has been implanted for 16 months, so his speech capabilities are expected to be around that of a typically developing 16 month old. At his last assessment, he understands over a hundred words and phrases, and can say 50 words, including a couple of sentences! “Daddy” is still his favorite word, and “Hi Daddy” is his sentence of choice. Occasionally he’ll mix it up and say “Hi doggy” or “Hi Gramma” when he sees a familiar face, but Daddy is his best buddy.

Some new words he’s started saying recently:
-Apple…this one is super obvious. A stranger could hear it and know he’s saying apple!
-Stuck…“uh oh. Stuck.” is the phrase he uses when he can’t reach a toy or when he can’t get my hidden chocolate stash out of it’s hiding place =)
-Owie…every time someone or something gets hurt, he runs up and gives it a kiss while saying “owie”. I love seeing his caring personality emerging.
-Stink…this comes out sounding like “ning”, but he’s beginning to tell us when he needs a diaper change. I’m thinking potty training may be in the near future!
-Drawing…Junior loves to draw (occasionally on my walls), and proudly announces that he’s daww-eeee” (drawing).

The next step in Junior’s progress will be continuing to strengthen his vocabulary. There are two types of vocabulary we’re aiming to increase…receptive and expressive. Receptive vocabulary are the words and phrases he understands, and it comes along quicker than expressive language which are the words and phrases he can actually associate with something and say out loud. We’re hoping his expressive language hits a major growth spurt soon, and that he starts stringing lots of words together to make sentences.

Besides his therapies, Junior has been enjoying a lot of time in the water this summer. We opted for a waterproof cochlear implant so he can hear while he’s swimming, and he’s definitely a water baby. He never wants to leave the pool, and yells “bahhhhh” when we’re driving by the beach.

Stinker adores her little brother, and is very protective of him. They like to snuggle up on the couch and watch Frozen together. It’s so heartwarming, and I’m so grateful to be at the point where I wouldn’t change anything about Junior’s challenges, since he’s so perfect just the way God made him.

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34 Toppings for Nachos (with Recipes!)

Few meals are more satisfying than a plate of hot, gooey nachos with the works. The topping combinations for this crowd favorite are endless, but here are 34 of my favorite! (Hint: It’s all about the cheese, so make sure your cheese is the star. Try my Best Ever Nacho Cheese Sauce (#1).)

Cheese
1. Best Ever Nacho Cheese Sauce
2. Shredded cheese, such as cheddar, pepper jack, or Mexican blend

Meat
3. Taco Seasoned Ground Beef
4. Mexican Pulled Beef
5. Slow Cooker Carnitas
6. Easiest Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
7. Chopped Steak (carne asada)
8. Crumbled Chorizo
9. BBQ Pulled Pork
10. BBQ Chicken
11. Crumbled Bacon
12. Buffalo Chicken

Vegetables
13. Diced Tomatoes
14. Diced onion (red, yellow, green, and/or white)
15. Chopped Jalapenos
16. Shredded Lettuce
17. Chopped Spinach
18. Shredded Cabbage
19. Black Olives
20. Diced Bell Peppers (cooked or raw)
21. Sliced Avocado
22. Cilantro

Beans
23. Slow Cooker Black Beans
24. Slow Cooker Pinto Beans (use recipe for Slow Cooker Black Beans, sub Pinto Beans)
25. Slow Cooker Refried Beans
26. Slow Cooker Refried Black Beans (use recipe for Slow Cooker Refried Beans, sub Black Beans)

Condiments
27. Salsa (homemade or jarred)
28. Sour Cream
29. Guacamole
30. Enchilada Sauce
31. Jalapeno Cheese Dip
32. Leftover Chili
33. Fresh Lime
34. Hot Sauce (like Cholula or Tapatio)

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This Week’s Menu Plan-April 14-19

This week, I’m using some of my stockpiled meat from the freezer, so it was pretty inexpensive as far as groceries were concerned. As usual, I did the bulk of my shopping at Trader Joes, with fresh fruit coming from Sprouts, and fresh meat coming from Costco.

Monday, 4/14
Breakfast-Muffins and Fruit
Lunch-Out to Eat to celebrate the last day of Homeschool Classroom Day!
Dinner-Chicken Pot Pie and Biscuits

Tuesday, 4/15
Breakfast-Pancakes and Fruit
Lunch-Smoothies and Muffins
Dinner-Roasted Salmon, Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday, 4/16
Breakfast-Pancakes and Fruit
Lunch-Pizza and Fruit
Dinner-Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos, Chips and Guacamole

Thursday, 4/17
Breakfast-French Toast and Fruit
Lunch-Tuna Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Fruit
Dinner-Beef Stew and Biscuits

Friday, 4/18
Breakfast-Bagels and Fruit
Lunch-Out to Eat
Dinner-Leftovers (we’ll have plenty of Carnitas and Beef Stew leftover)
Decorating Easter Eggs tonight!!

Saturday, 4/19
Breakfast-Waffles and Fruit
Lunch-TBD
Dinner-Leftovers (whatever is left of the Carnitas and Beef Stew!)

Sunday, 4/20
Easter Get-Together with Family
He is Risen!

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