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Eighth Anniversary and Two Books May 19, 2020

Hi friends!

Today, May 19, 2020, is the eighth anniversary of our blog, I cannot believe it!

I hope all of you are doing well. Living in lockdown is something that we will not soon forget; we have had to adapt, and I believe, that we are doing a great job, considering the circumstances we find ourselves in at this unforgettable time.

I do not have a recipe for you today, rather, I have a writing update. Later this year, I will be publishing two books!



The first book is a novel entitled: ‘Imprisoned Hearts’, it is the second book in ‘The Hidden Hearts Series’.

Keynote:

When two teenagers agree to start a relationship, their problems and secrets threaten to ruin the new love they have found, can their love survive with the struggles they find?



If you have not read my first book, check it out, it is entitled: ‘Fevered Hearts’, it is a clean romantic suspense novel.
https://www.amazon.com/Fevered-Hearts-Book-Hidden-ebook/dp/B07JP94346



The second book is for children, it is entitled: ‘Nigel and The Festival of Flames’.

Keynote:

Nigel is competing in The Festival of Flames, but he is smaller than the other dragons and does not think he can throw his flames in the sky; will Nigel be victorious and win The Festival of Flames?



I cannot wait for you to read these books! I will post the links as soon as they are published.

I know Times are tough, but we can do this!

Stay safe! God bless!
 

Activities For Kids! March 23, 2020

Friends,

If you have children, I am sure you are going crazy during lockdown from the
Corona Virus, COVID-19.

Right now, you are super parents: working from home, trying to get your kids
to do their school work, and keeping your home running. When you are tired
of the video games and screen time, you probably think: “What am I going to
do to keep them entertained?”

Here are some fun activities that I have compiled, special thanks must go to
my friends who have shared their recipes with me or on social media. Due to
COVID-19 making shopping more challenging, I hope you are able to find, or
have the ingredients to make the following recipes.



*Kari’s Edible Play Dough

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup ish of cornstarch

Food coloring

Mix the yogurt and food coloring together, then mix in the corn starch until
the play dough is as thick as you want. Play and eat to your hearts content.
Store in the refrigerator.

I followed a Facebook post where Kari asked for ideas to keep her kids
entertained, here are some great ideas someone posted in the comments:

1. Put shaving cream on your table and let them draw in it.

2. Dump baking soda on a baking sheet, get eye droppers to put colored
vinegar on it, and watch it bubble.

3. Put acrylic paint in a baggie, seal it, tape it down to your table, and
let them draw on it.

4. Get a big bowl and put water and dish soap in it and let them make
bubbles.

5. Color light Karo syrup with food coloring and then paint with it, it
looks like stained glass.



*Elizabeth’s Sidewalk Paint

Equal parts corn starch and water.

Then add food coloring.

Use paintbrushes and your imagination!



*Eileen’s Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe

2 cups plain flour (all purpose)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)

1/2 cup salt.

2 tablespoons cream of tartar.

1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)

gel food colouring (optional)

A few drops glycerin (my secret ingredient for stretch and shine!)

Mix everything together and play!



*Madelyn is a Special Education Teacher and she teaches visually impaired
and blind children, here are her ideas:

They could make edible necklaces, slime or kids love mini pizza.

Kids could also make cupcakes and take food coloring and decorate their own
couple of cupcakes stirring with a toothpick.

They can die Easter eggs using a bag:

Pour dry rice and put some food coloring in the bag. Then, roll the egg
around. They can make the eggs tactile using stickers as well.



*Faheem shared the following website which has wonderful activities for scout groups. https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/ *My ideas:

If you have pudding, eat and finger paint with it.

For chocolate pudding, try making cups of dirt (Quantities of each item are
up to you)

1. Fill your coffee mug/paper cup with chocolate pudding. Make chocolate pie
filling from the following link:
https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/easy-chocolate-pie/ (Or use
the premade chocolate pudding cups for easier preparation).

2. Mix a few chunks of cookie in the pudding, optional.

3. Sprinkle cookie crumbs on top of the chocolate pudding so it is
completely covered.

4. Garnish with gummy worms. (watch out if you eat Gluten-Free)

5. Serve immediately or cover cups of dirt with Saran wrap and store in the
refrigerator until ready to eat. (You may want to hold off on adding the
cookie crumbs and gummy worms if the pudding is going to sit for a long time
or overnight).



Search for Wikki Stix (string covered in wax that you can mold) on Amazon;
kids can outline and color or paint around the Wikki Stix.

Play board games.

Draw on the sidewalk with ice cubes or sidewalk chalk.

Have dance parties and sing songs, play musical instruments.

Take a walk or hike. Jump rope, play hopscotch, or ride bicycles.

Cook and bake (There are plenty of recipes on the blog).

Build forts out of blankets or sheets.

Let the kids play in and color on boxes, as well as, make little towns for
their dolls, stuffed animals, or cars and other toys using boxes.

String beads onto pipe cleaners.

Write and perform plays. Write poetry. Read books. Write and illustrate stories. Aquariums and zoos are sharing videos each day to let us see their animals since they are closed to the public; a lot of museums are doing virtual tours as well.



Most of all, enjoy yourselves and stay safe!
 

Easy Way To Rehydrate Brown Sugar March 19, 2020

Hi everyone!
All I have to say about 2020 is, wow! None of us could have predicted the outbreak of COVID-19 (The Corona Virus). Wherever you are, we send you our love, and we pray that you are staying safe during this lockdown, which is so difficult, but necessary to stop the virus from spreading. Remember to wash your hands and check in with friends, family, and neighbors using technology.
Yesterday, our family endured three earthquakes; where we live, that is very unusual, luckily, there were no injuries. It took a two-hour workout, and baking banana muffins for me to relax. Here is the link to the muffin recipe.
https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/banana-muffins/
When I had all of the ingredients ready to make the muffins, I discovered that my brown sugar was hard as a rock. Due to the already stressful situation, I was very irritated, and looked for a way to rehydrate the brown sugar quickly, which is what I want to share with you below.
1. Place your brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl.
2. Cover the bowl with a damp paper towel.
3. Microwave the brown sugar for 30 second intervals, until it is soft enough to break apart with a fork. be careful because the brown sugar will be hot; don’t heat the brown sugar too much, because it will melt.
4. When the brown sugar is soft, it is ready to be mixed into your batter!
I hope you are doing well!
God bless, stay safe!
 

Mongolian Beef and Broccoli June 1, 2019

Filed under: Dinner,Gluten Free,Slow Cooker — lewissisters @ 5:37 pm
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Hey guys!

In September 2018, I made this fantastic Mongolian Beef and Broccoli. I was looking in my files for a new main dish and found this recipe. I don’t recall who sent me the recipe; here is a big “Thank you!” to whoever created this wonderful dish.

The beef and broccoli is so easy to throw together; combined everything in the crock pot and let it do the work. It is packed full of flavor and the leftovers are delicious!

If you eat gluten-free, watch out for soy sauce because it may have gluten in it.

You have got to try this recipe, it is wonderful!

 

Mongolian Beef and Broccoli 

1 pound flank steak cut into strips

16 oz frozen broccoli 

4 scallions (We used 1 tsp dried onion flakes)

1/4 cup brown sugar 

1/4 cup light soy sauce (careful of gluten)

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cup cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Spray the crock pot with Pam

2. Place the meat, broccoli and onions into it.

3. In a bowl mix together everything but the cornstarch. Slowly mix the cornstarch into the soy sauce mixture. Then pour it over the steak an veggies and mix it up well.

4. Cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. 

We served it over brown rice. 

Enjoy!

 

 

‘Fevered Hearts’ is Available! October 30, 2018

Hey guys!
I don’t have a recipe for you, rather, I am thrilled to let you know that my debut novel ‘Fevered Hearts’ is live!
I can’t thank you enough for the support! You guys are incredible!
To brighten your day, pick up a copy of my clean, romantic, suspense novel and start reading!
I hope you enjoy!
Amazon link:

Archway Publishing Link:
https://www.archwaypublishing.com/Bookstore/BookSearchResults.aspx?Search=fevered%20hearts
Barnes and Noble Link:
https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/fevered-hearts-macy-lewis/1129777819?ean=9781480868441

 

Fiesta Chicken April 16, 2018

This year has been crazy…But we’re back with a delicious recipe!

My sister found this delicious Mexican meal that you can make in your crock pot. It would be perfect for lunch or dinner. It is so easy to throw together; feel free to add other ingredients if you’d like. 😊

We served it over rice, but it would be delicious in a burrito, hard or soft taco shells, topping tortilla chips, and maybe even on a salad. The options are endless for this meal.

Give it a try, it is fantastic!

Fiesta Chicken

Layer in crock pot in the following order:

1 package frozen shredded chicken

1 Bag frozen corn

1 can black beans, drained

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese

1 packet fiesta ranch mix

Directions:

1 Layer everything in crock pot on high, for 4 hours.

2 Stir once cream cheese has melted which is usually about 2 or 3 hours.

3 Let it marinate 30 minutes to 1 hour; whatever you think it needs.

4 Serve over rice, make burritos, inside hard or soft taco shells, over tortilla chips, or topping salads.

Enjoy!

 

Easy Cheesy Penne August 20, 2017

Filed under: Dinner,Gluten Free,Slow Cooker — lewissisters @ 11:40 pm

Hi guys!
The last month has been crazy! I finished my novel and signed with a publisher; the blog has taken a back seat.
My dad is the hero for this month; he saw this recipe on social media and made it for us today. We adapted the recipe, by using Gluten Free Penne, not using mushrooms, using onion flakes and changing the herb to oregano. This recipe is easy to throw together because the slow cooker does all the work!
We served the penne with cooked vegetables. Use a 5 quart or larger slow cooker.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. It’s delicious!
 
Easy Cheesy Chicken Penne
1 and ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 (10 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
½ cup chicken broth
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp dried tarragon (time and oregano are good too)
1 and ½ cups sliced mushrooms, optional
1 small yellow onion, diced, (onion flakes are good too)
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb penne pasta (gluten free), cooked
Directions:
1. Add the cream of chicken soup and chicken broth to the slow cooker. Stir until smooth.

2. Add the tarragon (or other herbs), pepper, mushrooms and onion; stir.

3. Add the chicken breasts.

4. Cook on low for 6 hours.

5. Once the 6 hours are done, cook the pasta according to the package directions, do not overcook.

6. Shred the chicken and return to slow cooker. Add the sour cream and half of the cheese; stir.

7. Add drained, cooked pasta and stir.

8. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of the mixture. Cover the slow cooker; cook on low for 20 minutes. Serve!
Enjoy!

 

Roast Beef and Veggies April 1, 2017

Filed under: Dinner,Gluten Free,Slow Cooker — lewissisters @ 10:01 pm

Hi everyone!
I hope you are having a delightful spring! I have a wonderful recipe for you today, and I would like to tell you about something that is coming up for me in the near future.
In a few months, I am going to release a novel. If you would like to stay up-to-date with information, feel free to like the Facebook page I have created for the book. http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMacyLewis.
Now, for the recipe… This is our own recipe for roast beef and vegetables. It is simple to throw together and your slow cooker does all the work! It is delicious the day of an even better as leftovers.
I know you will love this dish!
Roast Beef and Vegetables


1 beef roast
Potatoes cut in pieces (we use small red potatoes with the skin left on, use as many as you want)
Carrots (baby carrots or carrot slices with ridges, as many as you want)
Seasoning (we use 1 package Liptin onion soup mix)
2 cups water
Directions:

1. Spray a large Crock pot with cooking spray. 

2. Place vegetables in crock pot, sprinkle half of the soup/seasoning on top. 

3. Add roast beef and sprinkle with remaining soup/seasoning. 

4. Add 2 cups water. 

5. Cook on high 6 to 8 hours or on low 10 to 12 hours or until vegetables are tender.

 

Enjoy!
 

 

BBQ Pork Chops February 2, 2017

Filed under: Dinner,Gluten Free,Slow Cooker — lewissisters @ 10:53 pm

Hello everyone!
This month’s recipe was a creative accident that turned out to be delicious! In December 2016, we were going to have barbecue ribs, but my dad accidently bought pork chops so we decided: “What the heck, we will give barbecue pork chops a try.” I am telling you, they were delicious! You have got to try them because the way we make them is so darn simple; it makes the pork chops extremely tender. This is the same recipe for our barbecue ribs https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/?s=BBQ+Ribs 
We served this dish with rice and cooked vegetables.
 
Barbecue Pork Chops


1 cup plus a little more water

8 boneless pork chops (or more) 

1 bottle BBQ sauce (any kind) 

Cooking spray

Directions

1. Spray a small crock pot with cooking spray.
2. Put pork chops in crock pot, season chops with preferred seasoning, and pour water on top.
3. Cook on low 7 to 9 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours; drain water.
4. Pour BBQ sauce on top of pork chops and heat through.

Serve with rice and cooked vegetables; great as leftovers.

Enjoy!
 

 

Chicken Pot Pie and Clothes November 5, 2016

Filed under: Chicken,Dinner,Gluten Free,Slow Cooker — lewissisters @ 3:47 am

Hey gals and gents!! It’s the older sister…. gasp…. yeah I make and appearance once a blue moon. 😊

Before I get to the recipe I wanted to let you all know that I am becoming a consultant for LuLaRoe! If you haven’t heard of LuLaRoe it is a clothing company that makes amazingly soft clothes that are modest and stylish. Their leggings are as soft as butter! Seriously no joke. Not to mention the clothes look amazing on every body type which is one of the many reasons I chose to become a consultant. If you would like to learn more about the clothes, try the clothes and even shop join my VIP Group on Facebook. I’m currently waiting for my inventory but am holding Giveaways of LuLaCash and Leggings which is a great way to get a chance to try the clothes! Here is the link to my group I would love to have you!! 

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1839378343015427?ref=bookmarks


 So the recipe I choose is a different take than the typical Chicken Pot Pie. It’s more like a Chicken Pot Dressing to put over a biscuit of your choice. Yum! Seriously it’s amazingly delicious!!

CHICKEN POT PIE SLOW COOKER


Ingredients
3-4 frozen chicken breasts

2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup

4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

2 cups frozen peas and carrots

1 Chicken bullion cube

Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional Seasonings: 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1 tsp onion powder

½ -1 cup shredded cheese

Biscuit mix of your choice!

Directions
In Crock Pot, combine chicken breasts, potatoes, frozen vegetables, bullion cube, cream of chicken soup and mix well. Add additional salt and pepper if desired.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours until chicken is fully cooked. Use a sturdy spoon to break up the chicken after cooking.

Prepare biscuits

Serve over biscuits

Top with shredded cheese.

ENJOY!!!