# 4 Spinach Potato Casserole

DELICIOUS! Ok I have to apologize right away … I forgot to take a photo. But I love this dish.

Boil a big pot of water and peel a few potatoes and then boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes

Pour a little olive oil in a pan and saute a whole chopped up onion and a few garlic cloves, also chopped.

Add spinach (I had un froze a frozen kind), and then add chunks of sausage (I had cut up sausage links) .

Drain the water and mash the potatoes with a dash of nutmeg, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup of skim milk and 1/2 cup of swiss cheese.

Mix it all together with the onion/sausage/spinach combo and place in an 8×8 baking dish. Cover with a 1/2 cup more of shredded swiss cheese and cook at 400 for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly!

ENJOY!

Chris’s Rating – 8…I think, he said “add it to the rotation”, which is a good sign.

Lindsey’s Rating – 9…I initially gave it a lower grade, but after having it for lunch the next day, it was even more amazing so it gets bonus points for left over ability.

# 3 – Apricot Chicken

Success! This dish was divine.

Ingredients – chicken, 12 oz jar of apricot preserves, 1 onion chopped up, little bit of crushed red pepper flakes, 1 tsp soy sauce, and a little squeeze of dijon mustard. It was wonderful, flavorful and a little spicy.

Super easy to make and we heated it up the next day and it tasted just as amazing.

Chris’ Rating – 9

Lindsey’s Rating – 8

# 2 – Cranberry Roast

One Word. Yuck.

Ingredients – 2 lbs stew meat, 1 can whole cranberries, 1 onion chopped, 2 table spoons soy sauce.

I think I overcooked the crap out of this…10 hours on low in the crockpot. The flavor was great but the meat was chewy. It was so disappointing because the house smelled out of this world when we got home from work.

In the future I would use less soy sauce, another can of cranberries and maybe some chopped up celery.

Lindsey’s Rating – 4

Chris’ Rating – 6 (I think he was being generous).

#1 – Applesauce Delight

Today marks WEEK ONE! of my latest and greatest idea (and endeavor too a. cook more, b. become a better cook, and c. eat at home more!) 52 WEEKS, 52 CROCKPOT RECIPES!

Today I made Applesauce Delight!

Ease of making – 9.5….basically the only thing I had to do other than get the ingredients out of the fridge and toss them in the crockpot was chop up the onions and garlic.

Ingredients – 1 and 1/2 cup applesauce, cinnamon (I just poured some in), red pepper flake (same as cinnamon), pepper (same), 1 yellow onion chopped, and 3 garlic cloves chopped up, 3 frozen chicken breasts. Put it all in the crock pot – I was kind of behind after a long hike with yogi, so instead of 8 hours on low, I cranked my baby up to HIGH! 4 hours later, the house smelled amazing, kind of sweet and I was pleasantly surprised. In all fairness, I borrowed some ingredients from last night’s meal at Terry and Robbi’s (Mashed Potatoes and Corn Bread) and served it all up on a plate.

I LOVED IT! Chris liked it until he found a little piece of paper from the frozen chicken that I had forgotten to remove, but he ate seconds. It was a little spicy and really sweet at the same time and the chicken was divine and tender…yum yum yum.

Lindsey’s Rating – 9

Chris’ Rating – 8

Dreams

Today I am inspired by Walt Disney – “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”. I am praying that Chris and I have the courage to pursue our dream of having a beautiful home where we can raise Yogi for now, and someday a family. I have always been one to plan for the future….It is intimidating and daunting to think about the future, but I hope that we can take a leap of faith, and go for it!

Wedding Week!

Tonight Elke, my exchange sister from the Netherlands will arrive with her husband Jaap, (pronounced YAp), her adorable daughters Rene and Lara and our handsome long lost brother, Sandor! We are so excited to have them in town! Thankfully, I was given this whole week off, and so far, I am busier now than if I would be working! Last minute details are fun though!….until next time…..

Happy

I am not the greatest with words….but these sum it up pretty well :)

I love the way you make me so happy,
And the ways you show you care.
I love the way you say, “I Love You,”
And the way you’re always there.

~ Crystal Jansen

Three Weeks!


I can not believe Chris and I will be tying the knot in less than three weeks!!!! It seems like just yesterday it was september and we were hiking out to Lighthouse Point where he proposed! All of the final details are coming together beautifully and I am so excited to see 9 months of planning come to life! I am very much looking forward to seeing all of our friends and meeting some new ones too :) Hope everyone has their dancing shoes ready!

Glue, Card Stock, and Tongue Depressors

Chris has had his most brillant idea yet! I want to keep it a secret, but the title of this post should give you a little idea….I am sure we will have lots of photos after the wedding for you to see our creation!

The big day is getting closer now! I, for one am SO EXCITED!

Dancing with the Stars!

Chris and I love DWTS….ok, I love DWTS and he watches it too :) We recently started taking dance lessons, and I LOVE IT! Learning each new step is hilarious and fun, and by far the best part is practicing at home, and having Yogi look at us, like….”what in the world are you two doing” :) Hopefully we will remember all of our steps on June 25th, but this has been a great experience, and I love being Chris’ partner and cannot wait to dance the night away with all of our family and friends!

:)

Hi All!

Happy May! Just wanted to take a quick moment to blog about a few things…
1. Ever heard of simplyblueweddings? Check out their website…They are the ultimate Northern Michigan Wedding Resource! I am slightly obsessed and loved their website. We found our photographer on their vendor page and have borrowed several of their ideas from their almost daily blog updates. My favorite part of this website is the photos of bride and grooms with a cute love poem or quote as the caption…. I can’t wait to make some art like this for Chris and I’s home one day!
2. Gifts! Chris and I have been over joyed and over whelmed with the amount of love, support and gifts we have received already from friends and family! Thank you so much for everything! I can not begin to express how grateful we are :) A few of you have sent us money and we just wanted to thank you, and let you know we have started a “honeymoon fund”! We are going to leave on Sunday after the wedding, and will be heading to Marbella, Spain! I’m sure we will have a separate blog post about Spain, so stay tuned!
3. We love you and look forward to celebrating with you in less than two months!

Christmas in May!

Well the time has finally come! The invitations are in the mail!!! Whoo Hoo! We have already received some response cards and it was like christmas when I went to the mail box, and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but wonderful response cards sitting right there!!!….which means, it will be like christmas every day for the next few weeks!!!!

Chris and I watched Kate and William tie the knot this morning and her dress was nothing short of Incredible! I loved the sleeves, the lace, her hair, her tiara, the bodice, everything….and my dress is…. well, nothing like it! As Chris teared up and I grinned from ear to ear as they said their vows, I kept thinking about our big day…just 56 days away!

Spring!

I think spring is finally here! Thank Goodness! Chris and I ventured down to the Roger’s beach this weekend with the doggies, and while they were playing in the water, I had some fun with Rocks :) Hope everyone is enjoying the new season!

My family also hosted the first bridal shower this past weekend. It was AWESOME! My family, Chris’s grandma and Aunt and my work family were all there and it was so much fun! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for all the fantastic gifts and well wishes. We love you all!