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Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir Fry

Today I have a very delicious, easy, one-pot meal for you.

Ingredient List

Butter, 1/2 to 3/4 of a cube

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts-cut into bite size pieces

1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 orange bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 medium onion, cut into small size pieces

2 garlic cloves, minced

Stir Fry Sauce, 1/2 bottle  ( I used Kikkoman)

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Assemble all the ingredients.

Chop the peppers and onion.

(This is so colorful, and my favorite part of making this dish!)

Cut the chicken into pieces.

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat-I use a cast iron fry pan.

Add the peppers and onion,

cook and stir for 3-5 minutes.

Press the garlic cloves into the pepper mix.

I use a garlic press, which I just love.  It makes mincing garlic so easy!

Stir the garlic into the pepper mix.

Cook and stir until the garlic is fragrant, the onions are translucent

and the peppers cooked through.

Push the vegetables to the outer edges of the skillet.

Add the chicken pieces to the center of the skillet.

Cook and stir the chicken until the chicken is cooked through.

You can add more butter here if needed.

Salt and pepper to your taste.

Add the stir-fry sauce.  I use 1/2 of a bottle of Kikkomans.

Bring everything to a low simmer, simmer for a few more minutes.

Ready to serve over rice, noodles or alone, just as it is.

So delicious!

I like to serve this chicken stir fry over rice.

The chopping of the vegetables takes the longest, and I’ve found that as soon as all the veggies are chopped up, I can put the rice on to cook, and both the rice and chicken are finished cooking at about the same time-ready to serve.

To cook the rice-

Bring the rice water to a boil.  The ratio is 1 part rice to 2 parts water.  (Example-2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice.)

For this recipe, I used 4 cups water and 2 cups rice.

I add a couple chicken bouillon cubes to the rice water for more flavor.

Add the rice to the boiling water.

Bring back to a boil, cover, and cook for 14 minutes.

Turn off heat and let sit, covered for a few minutes so all the water will be absorbed.

Fluff the rice.

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Psalm 55:22

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: 

he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

 

 

 

 

Garden

Reasons to Start Your Own Seeds

 

It is the time of year to start thinking about starting seeds

for this summer’s garden.

What are some of the reasons why you should start your own seeds?

  1. More choice of variety.  With the variety of seed choices, mainly through seed catalogs-see here– the choices are almost endless.  Nurseries, greenhouses and big stores mainly sell starter plants and seeds of the most common, familiar, and tried and true varieties. There is nothing wrong with the old tried and true varieties, that is why they are sold year after year, but there are so many more varieties to try.  By ordering your seeds, you are not stuck with the small choice of varieties.
  2. More plants for less money. Most seed packets contain 30 or more seeds, and it is much more economical than a 4 or 6 pack of bought starter plants. This point needs qualifying-the initial cost will be greater.  You will need certain supplies to begin with, but these are mostly 1 time expenses.  Once you have these items, the main yearly cost is mostly just the seeds and soil.
  3. Seeds can be started for the proper and extended planting times in your area.  You can start seeds earlier than usual if you want to plant out early if you have the proper season extending covers, or seeds can be started later for an extended fall and winter harvest.  It is nearly impossible to find starter plants to buy in mid to late summer for a fall and winter harvest.
  4. Seeds can be saved from year to year, and varieties can become custom to your locale. By saving seeds from plants that display certain traits that you desire, such a bigger size, different color or taste, or better disease or pest resistance, or just in general do well for you, you can eventually end up with a custom variety well suited to your specific growing area.  This is how many of the heirloom varieties have come about, they have been saved and passed down through the years.
  5. You can control how the seedlings are grown in regards to watering, fertilizing, and thinning.  Actually there is very little thinning needed if you start your own seeds as you control how they are planted.
  6. The crowds are avoided in the spring planting rush.  I am always amazed at the frantic folks buying their starter plants and rushing to get them planted in the short planting window.
  7. You won’t be disappointed when many of the starter plants are sold out  You won’t be left planting what you really didn’t want because what you wanted was sold out.
  8. You can experience the fun, excitement, and enjoyment of gardening while it is still winter outside.  What better way to spend part of your days stuck inside-watering, tending, and watching green, growing things.

Let the planting begin!

Do you start you own seeds?

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Hebrew 12:15

See to it that no one misses the grace of God

and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

 

 

Garden

Winter Winds

Wild winds

come a-blustering,

Clearing a path

for the feet of Spring,

To dance her way

along the lane,

Bringing

daffodils

again.

Patience Strong

These last few days we have been battered with the worst winds that I can remember.

Trees down, power outages.

Winter is going out with a bang.

The first month of Spring will soon arrive, and none too soon!

I am so ready for Spring to dance it’s way in.

I am tired of being cold!

Are you ready for Winter to be over?

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Psalm 40:3

And He put a new song in my mouth,

a song of praise to our God.

 

Garden

Growing Amaryllis

 

Say hello to Amaryllis!

Amaryllis bulbs are such a fun thing to grow in these long winter days.

I purchased pre-potted amaryllis bulbs this year, gifting some of them to my daughter and daughter-in-laws for Christmas, and keeping a few for myself.  I thought that my Sunday School class would enjoy growing a bulb, and took one into class.  The children enjoyed watering it and watching it grow-amaryllis bulbs shoot up very fast-and it bloomed prolifically, much to our joy.

Lovely pink and cream blossoms.

We were out of town for a week and

my sweet Sunday School scholar, Rachel,

faithfully watered and tended to the bulb while we were gone.

It bloomed so beautifully for us!

We also grow 2 jade plants in our class.

They are hard to kill!

Growing Amaryllis

  • Amaryllis are very easy to grow.
  • Amaryllis bulbs can usually be purchased from the big stores, already potted up.  This is the easiest way to start them.
  • If you have bare bulbs, plant them in a pot of good potting soil, leaving the top 1/3 of the bulb exposed.
  • Keep the soil barely moist-about 1/4 cup of water per week, until growth begins.
  • They like a cool room-60-65 degrees.  (This is probably why our Sunday School bulb bloomed so beautifully!)
  • Keep in bright, indirect sun.
  • Use a pot that is 6-8 inches and is heavy.  The stalks can grow quite tall and when it blooms it can become top heavy.
  • The bigger the bulb, the better.
  • Amaryllis should bloom 6-8 weeks after planting.  My bloomed much earlier.
  • The bloom time should last a few weeks.  Dead head the spent blooms to keep tidy.
  • After it is done blooming, cut back the flowing stalk.
  • Continue to water and fertilize, the bulb will continue to grow its leaves.  The leaves need to grow to feed the bulb for re-blooming.
  • When the danger of frost has passed, the amaryllis can be placed outside.  It can be left in its original pot if it has drainage holes. If there are no drainage holes, the bulb will rot.  The bulb can also be planted out in the flower garden where the foliage can be enjoyed.
  • At the end of summer, quit watering and let the foliage die back.
  • Store the bulb in a cool, dark place for at least 8 weeks to let it rest.
  • After it’s rest, you can re-pot the bulb in fresh soil, and begin watering again.  It should re-bloom for you in 6-8 weeks.

Have you ever grown an amaryllis bulb?

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Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow;

for tomorrow will care for itself.

 

 

 

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February’s Moon

and you are

just like the moon

…….alone……

but you shine bright

at the darkest

of times

savspoetry

The full moon of February arrives tonight.

This months full moon is known as the snow moon due to the snow that falls in February.  It has also been known as the hunger moon, so named by eastern American Indians as food was scarce this time of year.

This full moon will also be a ‘super’ moon, meaning that the moon is closet to earth in it’s annual orbit and will appear bigger on the horizon as it rises.

With the snow covered ground, it should make for a ‘bright’ night.

Here is hoping that the night is clear!

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Acts 24:16

“And herein do I exercise myself, 

to have always a conscience void of offence toward God,

and toward men.”

Garden · Uncategorized

In Concern of Spring

 

In Concern of Spring

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintery birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

Sing Robin, Sing!

I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring!

Christina Rossetti

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Winter still has a grip on us-cold, snowy, windy, icy, all the things that accompany these winter months.

Spring seems so far away, though, in reality, I know that spring will ‘spring’ upon us before we know it….

and I will be behind, as usual.

The ground outside is dead and lifeless, or so it seems,

though I know the growing things are stirring underneath this snow and ice.

(See my winter surprise HERE)

And just because I am missing the wonderful color

and the growing of the spring and summer months….

I am so enjoying the growing of Amaryllis indoors.

Do you grow anything indoors during the winter?

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Romans 8:14

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

 

 

Faith

Sunday-To Please God

Love to God must penetrate

and possess our whole nature

and all the powers of it.

The mind must think of God,

the will must delight God,

in short, our whole being

must be employed to please him.

Samuel Annesley

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Matthew 22:37

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Garden

Seed Catalogs

The seed catalogs have arrived.

(They actually began arriving before Christmas.)

The stores now also have a great supply of seeds.

I tell ya, seeing all of these seeds makes me anxious for spring growing!

Perusing the seed catalogs and dreaming of the beautiful garden you will have this year is a great way to spend some of this time while you are stuck inside because of the cold and snow.

Some of the seed companies that provide catalogs (both paper and on-line) are:

  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.  http://www.Rareseeds.com.  This catalog is the premier dream of seed catalogs.  The photos are gorgeous, the information is plentiful, it is full of interesting stories and the selection beyond compare.
  • Pinetree Garden Seeds.  http://www.superseeds.com.  A great catalog.  I have ordered from them for many years.  The prices are good, and they have a nice selection of garden related books and soapmaking supplies.  For those that don’t have a lot of room to grow many different varieties, they have custom mixes of seeds that let you grow a variety from 1 packet.
  • Territorial Seed Company.  http://www.TerritorialSeed.com.  A lovely catalog with a big selection.  Also have beneficial insects.
  • John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds. http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com.
  • Totally Tomatoes.  http://www.totallytomao.com.  This catalog is devoted to the avid tomato grower, and also includes a nice selection of other garden seeds.  A must if you love tomatoes!
  • Vermont Bean seed Company.  http://www.vermontbean.com.  This catalog is devoted to the bean lover, they have every kind of fresh and dried bean seed, plus other vegetable garden seeds.   Wish I had more room to grow!
  • Jung Seeds and Plants.  http://www.Jungseed.com.  A great catalog of seeds, perennial plants, fruits and berries.
  • R.H. Shumway.  http://www.rhshumway.com.  An old fashioned style of catalog.  Free seeds if you order before March 15!
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds.  http://www.Johnnyseeds.com.  A great catalog with a huge selection.
  • Gurney’s Seed and Nursery.  http://www.Gurneys.com.  Seeds, perennial plants, berry plants, fruit, nut and shade trees.  1/2 off till March 6th!
  • Farmer Seed and Nursery. http://www.FarmerSeed.com.  They have been around for 131 years.
  • Burgess Seed and Plant.  http://www.eburgess.com.  They have been in business for 107 years.  They are advertising a 1/2 price vegetable seed sampler that includes 12 packets of the most common vegetables grown in the home garden for $6.99.  That is a good deal.
  • Burpee.  http://www.burpee.com.  A nice selection of good growing seeds and plants.  I no longer order from them as they sell their seeds at Wal Mart.

There are many more seed catalogs out there, but these are the ones that I have ordered from and have been happy with.

Do you order your seeds from catalogs?

Happy garden dreaming and planning!

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Proverbs 3:6

“In all thy ways acknowledge him,

and he shall direct thy paths.”

 

 

 

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Philosophy of Abraham Lincoln

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You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence

You cannot help men permanently by doing for then what they could and should do for themselves.

Faith

A Sunday Song

Come Thou Fount of Every  Blessing

A song written by Robert Robinson in 1758.

The tune is an early American Melody.

 

Come thou fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing thy grace.

Streams of mercy never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,

Mount of God’s unchanging love.

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Here I raise my Ebenezer;*

Hither by thy help I’m come.

And I hope, by thy good pleasure,

Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wandering from the fold of God.

He, to rescue me from danger,

Interposed His precious blood.

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O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let that grace, now like a fetter,

Bind my yielded heart to Thee.

Let me know Thee in Thy fullness;

Guide me by Thy mighty hand

Till, transformed, in Thine own image,

In Thy presence I shall stand.

(*Ebenezar is a stone that was erected in commemoration of God’s deliverance of His people.  It literally means ‘stone of help’.)