Kohl Hard Facts

This adventure we call life in the Kohl Family

Easy Chicken Warps and Our Crazy Life July 10, 2012

Filed under: Life Adventures,Recipes I Love — kohlhardfacts @ 2:28 am

Ever since L was born, life has been – a whirlwind – relentless in its pace.

And so, we absolutely love easy peasy recipes around here.

And since we all know how much I like to share, I’m sharing one of my fave easy peasy recipes passed on from my wonderful Mother-in-law. [Who is hanging out in Great Britain right now.  Um, so super jealous!]

Here’s something she likes to do with leftover chicken.  My awesome hubby put chicken and sweet potatoes and carrots in the crock pot yesterday [while we were making the crazy long trek home from the lake] to make life a little easier.  I highly recommend the crock pot approach for this recipe – or [like I said] if you have chicken leftover from another meal.

Anyway – let’s get to it.  Here’s the recipe for my MIL’s famous chicken wraps.

Ingredients:

Chicken
Coleslaw or [like we used tonight] lettuce from your garden
Barbecue sauce [I basically exclusively use Sweet Baby Ray’s, but you can use whatever inferior other brand you prefer.]
Carrots
Shredded Cheese
Soft Shell Tortillas

Directions:

1.)  Heat up chicken, add lettuce/coleslaw, carrots, barbecue sauce, and whatever other veggies you might want to add in.

2.)  Warm up tortillas.  [Well, this is an optional step I suppose, but I highly recommend it. 🙂 ]

3.)  Put chicken mixture and cheese on tortilla.

4.)  Eat!

See?  Super easy!!  And very delicious!

[Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of it.]

Speaking of the whirlwind of our lives….

Our power was out for 3 days last week [which is nothing compared to some people whose power is still out from that same storm!]  So we stayed in the model apartment at the place where C works.  It was so wonderful of them to let us stay there for a few nights so that we had air conditioning and a place to cook!  V kept telling us that it was a “nice, comfy bed.”  I said she’d been spending too much time talking to Nana [whose favorite descriptor is nice.]

Cozying up on the couch watching a movie in our temporary home.  Yes, that is a beach towel she’s snuggling under – I forgot to bring blankets.

We got power back late Sunday night, so we didn’t head back home until Monday after naps.  Then Tuesday, C took the girls and I down to Nana and Papaw’s house so that we could leave for the lake the next day [we borrowed my dad’s car – it was very generous of them to let us use it!]

Wednesday we drove to Tennessee with my dear friend Audrey [whose name V was pretty impressive at saying – it’s not an easy name! 🙂 ]  She drove, I kept the babies happy.  It took us about 7 hours.  Didn’t make for much a celebration on the Fourth of July, but that’s ok.  I’m hoping to catch some fireworks next weekend at Three Rivers Festival.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we hung out on the lake and had a blast.

My favorite moment happened when we went to The Dixie for dinner and bluegrass Friday night.  The waitress brought out a plate full of catfish and looked around the table to ask whose it was.  She simply held up the plate and said, “Catfish?” To which V replied, “Poor Nemo!”  And then went on with her business.  That girl cracks me up!

This one too.

I love being at the lake.  It’s always been a peaceful sanctuary for me – a place where I can always count on seeing and feeling the presence of the Lord.  There’s something about being in the middle of that beautiful creation that just draws me into His presence.  Laying in the cool, clear water, soaking in the warm sun, gazing around at the beautiful green trees and rolling hills – I feel myself breathe more deeply, more easily.  It’s probably my favorite place on earth.

We made the long haul home yesterday – it took us around 9 and a half hours.  Ugh!  But we made it!  Nana rode home with us which made my life much easier.  She drove, I kept the babies happy.  The best part of the drive home was knowing I was going to get to see C at the end of it.  As much as I love the lake, being away from him is pretty miserable.  But seeing as he was on call all weekend and was called out 6 different times to fix AC units, we wouldn’t have gotten to see him much anyway.

So there you have it, the craziness of our lives over the past couple of weeks.

Did you lose power from the storm?  How did you spend your 4th of July?

 

Pinterest and 30 Minute Cinnamon Rolls March 21, 2012

Filed under: Recipes I Love — kohlhardfacts @ 5:51 pm

Oh Pinterest.

I have such a love/hate relationship with you.

Love: Tons of ideas to spark my creativity – in the kitchen, in craftiness, with my kiddos, for my wardrobe, and lots more

Hate: The tendency to compare myself to other people on there and feel [extremely] inadequate.

Love: Taking these ideas and putting them to use (i.e. homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies paired with peanut butter cream filling, chickpea chocolate chip dip, scarves are for spring too, and many more projects to come.)

Hate: the time I end up spending wasting on the site

Love:  Organizing ideas and being able to easily access them when I have the free time [Did I say free time?  I guess it’s more like a decision to put off other things that need to get done in order to spend some time doing things I enjoy – which, in my opinion, is very important to do from time to time.]

I’ve also been doing some reading about the copyright issues that are arising from the use of this site.  I’m not totally sure where I stand at this point, but I’m going to keep an eye on the issue.  [For more information on this check out this blog.  She has some helpful advice and a lot of great links to other resources as well.]

So in light of my new found love/hate with Pinterest, I’m sharing a recipe for Cinnamon Rolls that C and I found/created.  It’s really a combination of a few recipes we tried and things we added/experimented with.  We’ve been perfecting this recipe for a couple of years now, and I think we’ve got it down now.

The best part is, it only takes about about 30 minutes – start to finish – prep time and baking time included!

Ingredients:
Dough
2 1/2 C flour [a little less if you use whole wheat flour]*
2 Tbs granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 – 1/2 tsp baking soda [We prefer the taste of using 1/4 tsp, the original recipe called for 1/2 tsp]
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 – 1 C buttermilk [Start with 3/4, add more if needed.]
6 Tbs butter [melted]

Mix dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.

Add wet ingredients and mix well.

Roll dough out into [more or less] a circle.

Ingredients:
Filling
3/4 C brown sugar
1/4 C white sugar
3 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 Tbs butter [melted]

Mix filling ingredients in medium mixing bowl.  Spread filling evenly over dough.

Roll dough [filling side in!] into a “log.”  Cut into rounds [I’m guessing about 1 1/2 inches wide.]

Place cinnamon rolls in greased 9″ round cake pan. [As you can see, we didn’t have a round pan, so a square one will work just as well.]

*Update* I forgot say the oven temp!  Oops… Set the oven to 375 degrees.

Bake 20-30 minutes.  [C and I like ours mostly gooey in the middle, so we usually only bake them for 18 minutes…or less.]

Ingredients:
Frosting
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1/2 C butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 C powdered sugar

While Cinnamon Rolls are baking, mix frosting ingredients in small mixing bowl.  Blend until very smooth.

Remove Cinnamon Rolls and cover with frosting.

Enjoy!!

*We’ve made these with both white flour and wheat flour.  C prefers white flour, I prefer wheat – go figure.

Yeesh, this got to be a very lengthy post!  Sorry about that.  Thanks for sticking through to the end.

I would love to hear if you make these and what you think of them.