Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Yummy in my Tummy Tuesday- Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Sunday evening, I made a recipe that I had "Pinned" a while back.  Greg & I loved it so much that we ate it again for dinner last night and I plan on bringing some to work for lunches this week.  So, something that good has to be shared on the blog.

I've always been a big fan of Chicken Cordon Bleu!  I can remember Mom buying them from the Schwans man when I was little and we used to eat it all the time at the Faculty Club where I worked in college.  I've attempted to make the real deal a few times in my adult life, but pounding out and stuffing chicken without everything oozing out during the cooking process is not my thing.  So when this recipe appeared on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it!  And it was sooooo easy!!  The hardest parts was boiling and chopping up the chicken (and that could be replaced with a trusty dusty rotisserie chicken).  And it tastes exactly like the real thing!  So, here's the recipe!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  (P.S. almost all the ingredients can be sustituted for "healthy" alternatives except the swiss cheese.  I still can't find low fat swiss cheese anywhere)

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole


2 chicken breasts (approximately 3 cups)
2 cups cooked rice
6 slices swiss cheese
10 slices of thick cut ham (I used less than 10 slices and it was plenty)
2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
10-20 saltine crackers
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. garlic salt
1/2 t. parsley

Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray
Boil 2 chicken breast and dice them up into bite sized pieces (approx. 3 cups)
Spread cooked rice on bottom of baking dish
Arrange chicken on top of the rice
Layer swiss cheese over the chicken
Layer diced ham on top of cheese
Mix together soup, milk & sour cream in a small bowl
Spread mixture on top of the ham
Crush saltines and mix with the spices
Top soup mixture with saltines
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fathers Day Weekend

Better late than never... Last weekend was a busy weekend with the family.  First, we all got together at my sister's house on Saturday to celebrate Father's Day.  We had a yummy fajita lunch and showered my Dad with fun gifts.  He just recently bought a new boat, so most of his gifts were things he could use on his new "toy" :-)

My Dad with his girls

Dad/ Granddad with ALL his girls

After lunch, we all, with the exception of my parents, headed to the Woodlands Pavilion for the "A Day in the Country" music festival.  The headliners were Ronnie Dunn & Dierks Bentley, but we wanted to see Wade Bowen the most!  For those of you who don't know my nieces, Kate & Claire, they are huge music fans!  Those two will dance and sing to whatever comes on the radio, so this opportunity was right up their alley!

Here's proof that Miss Kate is a little ham.  I'm not even sure what she was doing in the first three other than being silly.  In the last picture, she was pouting because she realized we were NOT at a Justin Bieber concert.  But luckily, she got over that fast and enjoyed the rest of the day.  It was a hot one for all of us!  A little rain storm crept up on us which ended up being a blessing in disguise.  They let us all move underneath the covered pavilion part and the quick rain ended up cooling off the weather a ton!  We had such a fun time listening to some great music and watching the little girls dance!

Me & My sister, Jill, with her girls

Love my Claire!

Enjoying the view from Uncle Greg's shoulders

Okay, so I have to brag on my hubby for a minute.  He is such a great uncle to Kate & Claire!  He would do anything for these girls...like letting them sit on his shoulders in 100 degree heat, swing them around until he's about to puke from dizziness, or dance with them in a public place!  Greg is not a dancer, per se.  I mean, I can drag him out on the dance floor after a couple beers, but he's not one to initiate a jig at a moments notice.  But here he is spinning Claire around as we left the Pavilion on Saturday night.  I love seeing him have fun with the girls.  It just reminds me about what a great father he will be one day :-)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Happy Friday everyone!  I'm a little behind on updating you all on our weekend last week!  For those of you not from the Houston area, we are so excited to now have a new independent minor league baseball team!  The Sugar land Skeeters (yes, as in mosquito) have started their inaugural season and we were lucky enough to get to enjoy a home game last Friday night.  Our friends, Terrence & Kristina just bought a new home in the Sugar land area, so we thought, what better excuse to go down and see their new casa and catch a game together!  A storm came through that afternoon and we were sweating it out that the game would be cancelled, but luckily, it cooled it off just enough and made the night perfect for a ball game!

Constellation Field is an absolutely gorgeous stadium!  If you get a chance to go see it, I highly recommend it!  The games are so kid-friendly!  I can't wait to bring back the nieces so they can enjoy the splash pad, playground, AND carousel!  The field even has a Texas-sized scoreboard!  Excuse the player's picture in the picture below.  It was "Star Wars" night so they dressed all their pictures up as Star Wars characters.  This lucky guy was morphed into Chewbaca! Ha!

Me & Kristina with "Swatson"

Thank you Terrence & Kristina for the Sugar land hospitality!  We enjoyed your new home and our night at the Skeeters game! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A New Era

I know football season is a few months away, but I saw this floating around on Facebook today and had to share.  I know this year is going to be a tough one for Texas A&M football, but the excitement and camaraderie that is following up our move to the SEC is amazing!  I have never been more excited about Aggie Football!  The SEC is an wonderful and prestigious conference and we are honored to be a part of it this year!  Bring on August!!  Whoop!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Yes, I am a Pirate...200 Years too Late

Happy Monday everyone!  This is my first 5 day week in a month, so I'm hoping I can muscle through it.  Not looking forward to it!  Anyways, this weekend was wonderful!  As you those of you who have followed for a while, you know that the Jimmy Buffett concert is always my husband's family's annual "thing".  You can read about previous concerts here and here.  Anyways, usually we travel up to the Dallas area to attend, but this year, since he was playing on a Saturday here in Houston, we opted for that concert.  And let me tell you, it's a tailgating extravaganza!  The people watching is amazing!  I wish I took more pictures this year of the Parrotheads.  We saw a dummy captain smoking a cigar, a "Jimmy for President" petition, plenty of bikinis on all different body types (yikes!), a man making out with a shark, lots of pirates, and a man riding a flamingo (don't ask!).

Our day started off about 10am with staking out our parking lot spots and unloading a couple truck-loads of "Parrothead Gear".  We had our "camp site" set up by about 11am and the grillin' and chillin' began! 

Our set-up
Me & Greg "wastin' away again in Margaritaville"

The best part of the day was getting to hang out with numerous friends and family members! I even got to see some of my best girl friends.  Amber was there with her family, Liz came with her hubby to hang out with us, and Merin & her husband came to their first Buffett concert with friends (I wish I got a picture with you, Merin!).

Amber, me & Liz

Greg with his mom and brother, Geoff
Me with my Mother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law

I will say that I think it was the hottest I have ever been in my life!  The 95 degree Houston heat and high humidity could have made the day bad, but the funnesss overpowered! 
Lots of Friends!!

So, when it was time for the concert, we changed clothes (yes, this isn't our first rodeo...we learned to bring extra clothes) and headed over to the Pavillion.  We had seats on the hill and as soon as we got to the gate, it was evident that the sold out crowd was legit!  We were stuck at the very top of the hill!  So, even though we could barely see Mr. Buffett, we danced, sang and had a great time!

Me & my sweets waiting for the concert to start

Geoff & Laura

Fins to the left, fins to the right!

 So, overall we had a great day!  I love our little tradition and look forward to many more afternoons in Margaritaville to come!! 

Simply Smith

The Mr. & Mrs.


Miss Prissy

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