When I first started sharing recipes here, I wanted to make all of my reader knew that i am not a fancy cook. I am definitely not a foodie. Instead, I try to focus on creating delicious homestyle, southern meals that my family loves. I consider myself a family cook, not a fancy cook. Today, I’m sharing a recipe that is a pretty basic, common home meal for many families– Stuffed Bell Peppers. In fact, Mellow Man asked me in early May to add these into our weekly meal planning repertoire. I called my Mother-in-Law to get her recipe as a starting point, as I knew that she made Stuffed Bell Peppers. I took her recipe, along with my memories of making Stuffed Cabbage, and practiced until I got a recipe that I liked. Here is my version of Stuffed Bell Peppers in case other families are looking for some traditional homestyle dishes to add to their recipe bank.
Guess what? I heard the humming of cicadas this morning. They were doing their buzzing crescendo, and it made me smile. Then tonight I walked out to my car at 9:00pm, and it was the earliest part of dusk where the sky is a silvery grey. The lightening bugs were just starting to blink in the yard. All these things can only mean one thing– summer is officially here. (In case the constant heat and humidity of Georgia left any doubt in my mind!) Today, to help you celebrate summer, I am delighted to be able to present an exciting summertime cash giveaway.
I received a product to review from Nuby USA in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.
The Little Monkey has taken his fair share of trips. We have done longish car rides (nothing more than 8 hours yet!) and quite a few plane trips. Even though flying with a toddler gets you to your destination quicker, to me, it’s far more stressful. To all of the childless readers of My Mom Made That, let me assure you that I am more stressed by sitting next to you with my toddler than you are sitting next to me. Flying with a toddler is a situation where my parenting skills are tested in a multitude of different ways.
Again, if you don’t have a toddler, imagine traveling with a squirming, demanding, tiny-but-heavy, strong-willed little person through check in, TSA, waiting at the gate, boarding, flying, walking to baggage claim, getting bags, and then getting the bags and the impatient little person to our transportation. It’s a lot of stress, and my biggest fear is that something will go wrong, and my airport travels will be extended due to something going wrong. Even worse, my checked luggage will get lost, and suddenly the Little Monkey won’t have all of his supplies. To reduce this anxiety, I have started to pack a number of items to insure that even if we get delayed or our luggage gets lost, the family will survive.
When Mellow Man and I were first dating, he cooked me dinner of Apricot Goat Cheese Chicken. It’s one of his specialties, and a dish that I never actually make myself. However, since it’s one of our favorite dinners around here, it seemed as if I should share it. I asked Mellow Man where he got the recipe, and he said that he had it at a friend’s house for dinner, and liked it so much that he asked for the recipe. (Don’t you love a man who cooks!) Now, he’s tweaked the recipe a bit, and does it by feel, rather than exact measurements. I am going to do my best by giving the measurements, but he shared that you can alter the proportion of ingredients based on personal taste.
- 4 Large Chicken Breasts
- 1/2 Cup Dried Apricots
- 1/2 Cup Goat Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Chopped Almonds
- 1 Egg (Use 2 if needed)
- 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Set aside 4 to 6 apricots, and then chop the remaining apricots coarsely. Chop the goat cheese, and add the cheese and the almonds to the apricots. Again, these proportions can be changed if you like more cheese or more apricots. Then split the chicken breads in half, and stuff a quarter of the apricot mixture into each chicken breast. Close the chicken breast with toothpicks– we’ve learned that round work better than flat!
Once the chicken breasts are stuffed, dip them in egg, and then coat the chicken with the bread crumbs. Put a small amount of olive oil in a pan that can transition from range to oven, and brown the chicken on both sides on the stovetop.
Once the chicken has been browned on both sides for 4 minutes, move the chicken into a 350 degree oven. Mellow Man always places one or two whole apricots on top of the chicken to brown. It should be fully cooked after 15 to 20 minutes.
I’m excited today to be a part of the Summer Fun series that is being hosted by Emily over at Nap-Time Creations. Today there are four other summer-inspired projects that you can visit on four other blogs (links are at the bottom of the page!) Our family is planning on taking a brief vacation to the beach this summer, and I wanted to make sure that the Little Monkey was dressed in style with some beachy attire. I found a pair of swim trunks and a matching beach hat with a happy looking crab on it, and I really thought that the Little Monkey needed a matching Onesie. Using flocked HTV and my Silhouette Portrait, I was easily able to whip up a onesie that will go perfect with his beach clothes. This particular pattern required me to build upon the HTV process that I used to make the Captain America Romper. Here’s how I made a flocked HTV onesie without layering the HTV.