Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

Rotisserie Chicken Recipes
Well hey there mamas!  After a busy day, the last thing I want to do is spend forever cooking food.  I have a few hacks for saving time in that arena, but one of my favorites is Rotisserie Chickens.  It's the quickest way to have cooked chicken on hand, and I love to make all kinds of stuff with it!  Rotisserie chickens are available at lots of grocery stores these days in the deli area, or at your local SAMs club (that's where I like to go!)  

So what can you make with a rotisserie? Well, read on for some of my favorite recipes! 


Poppyseed Chicken 

Poppy seed chicken is the ultimate in comfort food around here, and even my pickiest eater laps it right up!  To be honest, I've made this so often I kind of eyeball the ingredient amounts at this point, so feel free to adjust these to your level. 

Casserole:
1 can cream of chicken soup 
8 oz sour cream
4 cups shredded chicken 

Topping
1/ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 Tbsp. Poppy seeds
2 sleeves of Ritz crackers, crushed

Mix casserole ingredients together and pour into a 9 x13 dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Mix crushed crackers, poppyseed, and melted butter together and sprinkle over the top of the casserole.  Bake at 350 degrees or until hot and bubbly. 


Ranch Chicken Tacos 

Tacos are usually a winner with everyone!  This easy chicken recipe will make taco night a breeze! 

4 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken 
1 envelope taco seasoning 
1 envelope ranch seasoning
1/2 cup of water 

Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer until some of the liquid has cooked down.  Serve on tortillas with shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream, salsa-whatever toppings you desire! 


Crack Chicken 

It's called that because it's like crack.  Seriously, you can't stop eating this stuff.  It's great on buns as a sandwich, over rice, or on baked potatoes.  Quick, easy, tasty-all the things I'm looking for in a meal. 

4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken 
8 oz block cream cheese
1 packet ranch seasoning 
1 4 oz packet real bacon pieces

Put all ingredients together over medium to low heat in a saucepan, stirring constantly to allow cream cheese to melt with out burning (or you can MICROWAVE in intervals)  Heat until cheese is completely melted and dish is heated through. Serve atop rice or noodles, baked potatoes, or on buns.  You can even make nachos!  This stuff is the best. 


So yeah, rotisserie is pretty much the BOMB when it comes to quick meats.  Hope these recipes help you get dinner on the table fast, so you have more time to do what you wanna do with your life. 

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Angie 

Cooking Hacks: Flash Freezing

Cooking Hacks:  Flash Freezing
I don't know about you, but after a long day, I just want dinner on the table as fast as possible.  

Flash freezing has become one of my favorite hacks for getting dinner on the table FAST.   

What is flash freezing?

Flash freezing is a technique I use to freeze cooked meat in a manner that allows me to use it in small portions, instead of having to thaw a whole chunk.  Basically I cook my meat, spread it out on a cookie sheet, and then freeze the sheet for about 30 minutes-long enough that it won't stick together when frozen, but short enough that it's not TOO frozen when I go to remove it from the sheet.  Learn more about it in my video here: 


So that's about it!  Then I love to use it to make quick and easy meals, like this one:

Taco Soup 

1-2 lbs. ground beef
2 -(14.5 oz) can chili beans (juice included)
1- (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes (juice included)
1- (10.5 oz) can Rotel (juice included)
1- (14.5) oz can corn (juice included)
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
1 packet taco seasoning

Mix all ingredients together in a large stockpot on the stove.  Heat to boiling, then turn down heat and simmer for 30 minutes (or more!)  Serve topped with sour cream and shredded cheese, tortilla chips on the side.
This also makes a great crockpot meal-mix all the ingredients together in the crockpot and cook for 6-8 hours on low. 

So there you have it....

When you flash freeze, you have cooked meat ready to go to throw together casseroles, soups, anything your heart desires!  This easily shaves 30 minutes or so off my dinner cooking times.  I also do this with breakfast sausage for quick breakfast burritos in the mornings! 


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My Favorite Three Scents for Bedtime

My Favorite Three Scents for Bedtime
You've probably already figured this out by now, but I LOVE sleep.  So part of my life is all about finding ways to do more of it.  

With that in mind, I started a little journey a couple of years ago with essential oils in my home.  While I know EO's aren't everyone's bag, no one can argue that scent can be a HUGE signal to the brain.  Who doesn't feel immediately relaxed by the smell of the sea?  Enjoy feelings of warmth and happiness when you smell fresh baked cookies?  Swoon a bit at the smell of the cologne (or perfume) your first love wore.  OR-maybe all of these smells evoke negative emotions.  Either way, it's true-smell and feelings go hand in hand.  

That's why SMELLS have become a huge part of my bedtime routine, and the routine of my kids.  Here are my favorite three scents to have a relaxing bedtime.

Lavender

You're probably not even surprised I said this, right? Probably rolling your eyes right now. It's cool, that just means you know that some smells are really undisputed heavy hitters when it comes to sleep.  Lavender is right up there, for sure.  There's a reason Lavender is one of the most beloved of all relaxation smells-it evokes feelings of peace, calming, and tranquility.  I don't know about you, but sometimes when I lay down at night my mind is running a thousand different directions.  A little lavender in my neck or on the diffuser quiets all that.  Lavender has the bonus of being super well known for this purpose, so you'll find it's scent in a variety of bath products, candles, and fragrance packaged especially for bed/ pamper time use.  Get you some! 

Chamomille

Chamomille is the scent above all others that knocks my kids OUT.  If I'm being honest, it's not my favorite smell, but ya'll-it gets the job done.  As an oil, I use it on my feet.  The pores are larger there so it gets into my bloodstream and does it's magic work but I don't have to smell it as much.  Chamomille's main vehicle for a lot of people is tea.  You can find it in a variety of specialty teas (including sleepy time ones) in the grocery store aisles.  A fragrant mug of tea will give you the benefits of both smell and ingestion of this relaxing fave. 

Orange

A surprise addition to most people, orange is actually a beautiful, smooth addition to my diffuser most nights.  Maybe it's because the smell of fresh oranges invokes feelings of happiness and contentment.  After all, what's more sunny and joyful than a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice, right?  When I combine it with something like lemon in the morning, I snap right to it.  But when I mix it with a woodsy smell (like another favorite, Cedarwood) in the evenings it gives a feeling of warmth and happiness that helps me drift right off to dreamland.  Try it, I promise you won't be sorry. 


The list could go on and on, but I think I'll stop there.  Give me a shout in the comments and let me know what your favorite sleep scents are, if it didn't make the list!  I'm always up to try new things.  

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Angie 

How a Routine Helps My Kids Sleep

How a Routine Helps My Kids Sleep
If there's one thing I'm passionate about as a mama, it's bedtime.  Can I get an amen?

I love my kids, but I LIVE for the precious moments of freedom I get after they go to bed.  Mommin' ain't easy.  After dinner is cleared away most nights, I'm pretty much done.  Maybe you are too.  You know what?  That's ok.  We can be GOOD moms and still need time away from our kids.  Heck, I venture to say that time to myself IS what makes me a good mom. 

So since I need that time, I've always been a big fan of putting the kids to bed early and protecting that time.  One of the best tools in my arsenal for doing this has become our bedtime routine.  What's important about the bedtime routine, and why does it help?  Let's chat…..

It sets the body clock.

For kiddos as well as adults, the same predictable routine at the same time every night signals to the body that it's time to wind down for sleep.  This is an important part of helping my kids let go of the day and fall asleep well.  When it's rushed, chaotic, and different every evening, then they have to spend some time winding down in their beds before they can fall asleep.  When we combine the same things every night in a routine, they get the signal that bed is coming-and they begin winding down before they get there.  That makes falling asleep the natural next step once they hit the pillow. 

It makes them feel safe. 

You probably realize this, but haven't put it into words yet-kids thrive on routine. The times when my kids act out the most are times when things are out of control, and they are out of routine.  When that happens, they don't feel safe.   Bedtime is the same for us-it's easier and more natural for them to relax into the most vulnerable of states-sleep-when there's a consistent routine that accompanies that.  They know what to expect and that equals security.  Security makes for some pretty relaxing sleep. 

I need dis. 

I really couldn't think of a better way to say this.  Mama needs to know bedtime is coming.  And also, mama needs it to be fairly early and to work well.  A routine helps all of it go like a well oiled machine.  That does wonders for not only my kids health, but also mine.  They get the relaxing, quaility sleep they need for their health.  I get the relaxing, quality time I also need for MY HEALTH.  I see no way this could go wrong. 

So if you've been on the fence if a bedtime routine is necessary, I hope this gives you some insight into whether it's worth it for you.  

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Angie 




"It's Just A Detour"- A Mindset Shift for Breaking Habits

"It's Just A Detour"- A Mindset Shift for Breaking Habits
This week, I started a new journey.  Naturally slim most of my life, middle age has caused my metabolism to slow and the pounds to begin accumulating.  After going up two pants sizes and starting to see my BMI creep ever closer to overweight, I decided it was time to change the bad eating habits I've ignored for years.  

Bad news, though-apparently when you've been drinking HUGE sodas multiple times a day for literal YEARS, it can be a bit hard to quit.  I have gone up and and down and tried a million things.

This last week, I switched to diet sodas and simply tracked my calories.  So far, this working because it's made me very conscious of what's gone in my mouth.  And for a couple of days I did very well, but…...

Today is Saturday.  It's day 1,102,393, 023 (or whatever) of quarantine.  My kids are in my business, I can't get anything done, everyone is whiny and bored, and I'm tired.  So I ate what I wanted, and I drank WAY. TOO. MUCH. SODA.  
I feel gross, defeated, and like I'm never going to overcome this monster.  

However, I just had a conversation with a friend that I rushed to blog about because I felt like it hit on a very important mindset shift that I hope everyone hears.  As I complained about how hard I fell off the wagon today, I realized something. From somewhere inside of me, a voice told me that  I did really well most of this week.  Better than I think I've ever done at working towards change.  "Yeah, today sucked," I told my friend, "But it's just a detour. And tomorrow I'm going to get back on the road."

"It's just a detour."   Why was this such a fundamental mindshift for me?  Well, when you take a detour, you just take a side trip that takes you off the road for a little bit.  But ultimately, you're still going the same direction. 
Too often, I think that when we set out to do something new, and we fail, we see it as a wrong turn.  You're off course, off track, and going completely the wrong way.  When you do that, you'll never get there.  You have to turn around, go back to the beginning, and start all over.  That's so defeating!  No wonder we just give up and stay where we are.  So what would happen then, if we decided to see the mistakes we make on the way to our goals as just "detours."  Things that took us off the road for a bit, but once they're over, we get right back on.   

Do you have an ongoing battle you're fighting?  Something you'd like to do but haven't quite achieved it?  What held you back?  Think through that situation and be honest with yourself-did you think that failure meant you couldn't do it?  Now imagine that wasn't a failure at all.  It was simply a little side trip.  You were going in the right direction, and you had to stop for a minute-but now you're getting right back on and heading out.  

I believe in ya! 

Angie 
 
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