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Green Bean Casserole Remix

This is NOT your regular green bean casserole!  No canned beans, no soup cans, and no french fried onions required!

Instead, this yummy-down home-delectable-creamy-goodness-of-a-dish is going to please your inner bean-lover self!

Found at Pioneer Woman,THIS is the recipe.  It creates a wonderful sauce that we also used to top a bed of white rice.

To compliment such great side dishes, I decided to go with something found on Pinterest during my one visit there.  I haven’t yet committed to the Pinterest craze — mainly for fear that I will be hooked!  Still, the one time I did look, this garlic chicken recipe really stood out.

All you do is saute’ 4 minced garlic cloves in 3 teaspoons olive oil until tender.  Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.  Place chicken breasts in a lightly greased baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.  Add salt and pepper to taste, then bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes at 500 degrees.

Once again, the family showered me with praise and insisted on doing the dishes thanked me for such a great dinner.  The boys ate without complaint.  Hubby (who doesn’t normally like chicken) thought it was wonderful, and Daughter 2 devoured her dinner (even thought she thought it was a pork chop instead of chicken, lol).

All-in-all both were wonderful new dishes for my Cooking Extravaganza week!  I’m going to slow down on the food now and try to post something more than recipes.  After all the eating we’ve done in the last several days, maybe I should make Fitness and Weight Control my next subject 😉

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Here I sit…

Here I sit, at 4:56 AM, not having slept a wink all night.  Ok, well, maybe a wink or two, but barely.  Each time my eyes would close and I enter “The Zone” I was awakened by either my shoulder hurting (from trying to fit on the bed — all 5 available inches of it due to the Hubby and the grandchild taking up most of it), or because my lovely daughter in the middle of a hair coloring tragedy kept leaving her light on, or because Son #1 continues with his nightly habit of moving from his bed to ours.  Finally, I decided to give up and headed to the couch.

What in the world happens so early in the morning?!!  What am I to do now?  I’ve already checked Facebook, noting my displeasure at the lack of sleep.  Then I had a little “so-you’re-not-gonna-try-and-color-your-own-hair-again-are-you?” talk with the daughter.  Then here came Son #1 (again) to which I was actually excited that he didn’t disturb my sleep this time since I was already awake!

So…here I sit, reviving my dusty old blog, and not knowing quite what to write. 

Maybe this is an answer to the prayers of my brothers and sisters at Lifegroup tonight?!  We were talking about the need to rest in the Lord — spending time with Him daily.  This has been a huge struggle for me lately, and I shared that I really miss the times I used to pour over the scripture, diving into every word, searching out all I could find and understand and then blogging on it.  It was during those times that I refreshed spiritually and grew in the Lord.

Life has been so CHAOTIC, it seems for several years now.  With the responsibilities of a stay-at-home Mom of four children and one grandchild, in addition to homeschooling, and countless other “projects”, it seems I have lost my way.  I run, and run, and run, and run until it gets to the point that I throw up my hands and decide to just coast through the remainder of time because everything I run to and from ends with more to run to and from!

There’s got to be a better balance…and I need to find it.

So….our lifegroup members prayed that I would start blogging again, and …  

here I sit… at 5:10 am.

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Whatever Wednesday

After taking a break last week, the question on the table is:

Where are all the “Whatever Wednesday’ers?”

Invite your friends to join us….answer the question before you, and then ask another.  I wonder what Life Mystery we’re going to solve today? lol

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Whatever Wednesday

No one played last week, so I’m gonna keep the same starting question.  Tell your friends to come and play with us each week!

Here’s the way it works:  I start by asking a random question.  The next person answers my question, and then posts another question.  Then, it just keeps going and going.  It’s really neat to see how the questions evolve during the day.  At the end of the day, the last question will be carried forward to the next week’s “Whatever Wednesday”. 

Play as many times throughout the day as you can!  And…as you guessed, you can ask about “Whatever” you want!

Hopefully that all makes sense!  Here goes….

Question #1:  What is the greatest piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

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Whatever Wednesday

Keeping with the “Days of the Week” theme, today is “Whatever Wednesday”!

This was actually something I saw on someone else’s blog last year, and figured we might could have some fun with it!

Here’s the way it works:  I start by asking a random question.  The next person answers my question, and then posts another question.  Then, it just keeps going and going.  It’s really neat to see how the questions evolve during the day.  At the end of the day, the last question will be carried forward to the next week’s “Whatever Wednesday”. 

Play as many times throughout the day as you can!  And…as you guessed, you can ask about “Whatever” you want!

Hopefully that all makes sense!  Here goes….

Question #1:  What is the greatest piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

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Trivia Tuesday

Welcome to Trivia Tuesday here at “The Donkey Kong Monkey Blog”. 

(By the way, if you haven’t noticed, my blog name has changed, and is changing weekly.  The boys are naming it for me each week.  Last week was “The Super Big Blog”.  This week — “The Donkey Kong Monkey Blog”!  (Can you guess what he was doing when I asked him what he wanted to name it?! lol)  I know you are really in suspense about the next week’s name, huh?  Tune in Mondays to get a piece of my children’s creative juices 🙂

Anyway…Tuesdays are now Trivia days.  I will post a question, and you answer it with a comment. 

The first one to comment with the correct answer wins something from my “surprise” box!   It is chocked full of really inexpensive plastic toys, pencils, baseball cards, and candy from past holidays, so get excited about those possibilities 😉 

Today’s question:

The main street in Back to the Future is also the main street in what other 80’s movie?

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To Dreama

I posted here in honor of you 🙂

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