Chicken & Asparagus Casserole

I told y’all last week that I’m a converted casserole lover now – truly so easy and tasty. I’m now 2 for 2 on the hubby approval of casseroles. He loves them! Plus they’re quick and easy, which means more time for us to hang together outside with the pups or on the couch watching House of Cards. Done and done. Hope y’all enjoy this one – feel free to use different cheese, milk or pasta that you have on hand. You can’t really mess this one up. Enjoy!

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Chicken & Asparagus Casserole

INGREDIENTS:

1 (1-ounce) slice wheat (or white) bread
3 3/4 cups uncooked extra-broad egg noodles
1 bunch (1 1/2-inch) sliced asparagus
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup 2% milk
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups (about 8 ounces) chicken, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1/2 cup.
  3. Cook pasta in boiling water 7 minutes, omitting salt and fat. Add asparagus; cook 1 minute. Drain.
  4. Lightly spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Place flour, thyme, salt, and pepper in medium bowl; gradually add milk and broth, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion; saute 4 minutes. Add milk mixture; cook until thick (about 4 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice. Combine the pasta mixture, milk mixture, chicken and parsley in large bowl; spoon into a 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese.
  5. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden.

 

*serves 6. recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

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Psalm 3:5-6

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Happy Sunday lovelies! It’s been such a relaxing weekend here in the Big D – Willy was in a golf tournament and I ventured out to The Joule’s ESPA for a little me time. The spa was wonderful and the me time even better. I highly recommend both! What have y’all been up to this weekend? Hope y’all are enjoying every bit!

A verse to share…

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.

– Psalm 3:5-6

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, www.thedailybibleverse.org

It is easy to be caught up with anxiety over the circumstances that surround us, yet King David lifts our perspective to a reality that has been in existence all along—God has always been our sustainer. This means that peace is available even in the direst situations, because if God sustained us in the past, he will do so again today. This is not ignoring our challenges, but seeing through them to the one who is greater than any obstacle that we face.

 

 

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Shades of Poppy Red

Shades of Poppy Red

I went to the mall with my baby sister the other day to return a few online order mishaps and noticed that everything I touched and wanted to try on was this lovely shade of poppy red. Baby Sister got a kick out of it and finally called me out on my obsession. Are y’all noticing the poppy everywhere too? I’m wanting to color my whole closet in it! It’s such a happy shade and, for someone who doesn’t wear red, I seemed to be comfortable with this particular hue. Hope y’all enjoy these goodies!

What other colors are we loving right now? Share in the comments below.

 

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Tex-Mex Lasagna

 

 

Last week, we stayed at Will’s parent’s house with our youngest sister…after early mornings taking her to school and juggling her schedule along with our own, I now completely understand why moms love casserole dinners. Fix it early and cook it whenever! I’m officially converted. I tried out this new to me “lasagna” recipe last week and we loved it. Will decided it’s one of his new favorites – definitely a new go-to!

 

What are your go-to casserole recipes? Share in the comments below!

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Tex-Mex Lasagna

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup bottled salsa
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt-added diced tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can no salt-added tomato sauce
Cooking spray
6 precooked lasagna noodles (such as Barilla or Vigo)
1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups (8 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients; spread 2/3 cup sauce in bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  3. Arrange 2 noodles over sauce; top with 1/2 cup corn and half of beans. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese; top with 2/3 cup sauce.
  4. Repeat layers once; top with remaining 2 noodles. Spread remaining sauce over noodles. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.
  5. Cover and bake at 450° for 30 minutes or until noodles are tender and sauce is bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped green onions.

 

*Serves 4. Recipe from Cooking Light.

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Matthew 28:2-6

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Happy Easter everyone – He is risen!

We are having a little mini church service as a family at the Friver – so sweet! We’ve enjoyed gorgeous weather and plenty of time outdoors this weekend. Soon, we’ll head back to Dallas to visit with my mom for a bit before she has to head home too. I hope you and yours are enjoying some good quality time together as well.

A verse to share…

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

– Matthew 28:2-6

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, www.thedailybibleverse.org

Notice how the angel of the Lord bypasses the guards and speaks to women about the resurrection. God chose to reveal His truth to a people group who, in that day, could not even testify in a court of law. God’s love challenges our paradigms in order to free us to be the children of God. As the apostle Paul wrote, there is neither male nor female in Christ. What was scandalous in the 1st Century becomes freeing for all of eternity. The resurrection is an event that includes everybody! Happy Easter!

 

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Matthew 24:4-5

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A short week and it’s Friday – two of my favorite things! Will and I will be celebrating Easter weekend at the ranch in Mineral Wells with his family and then home to visit with my sweet momma too. I just love holiday weekends that bring the family together. What are y’alls plans for the weekend – anything special? Share in the comments below.

In honor of Good Friday, I thought I’d share a verse with y’all today…
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

– Matthew 24:4-5

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, www.thedailybibleverse.org

Taught during the last week of His life, Jesus was giving His followers some strong boundaries so that they would not fall away after He was gone. Here he talks of people who say that they are the Christ (“anointed one”). Notice the word “deceive”. To be deceived is to not know the difference between the truth and a falsehood – they both look the same. There are many voices today that proclaim to be God’s anointed, but Jesus explicitly tells us that He is God’s final statement to humanity. There is no other.

 

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Sponsor a Child

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If you have been following me on instragram, you may already know that my husband and I decided to sponsor a young boy, Michael, in October of last year. Through Family Legacy and by the grace of God, we were given the unique opportunity to provide school and discipleship to young Michael. We originally learned about Camp Life when Will’s little sister went on a mission trip to Lusaka where Michael was one of the ten boys in her group. When she returned home from her trip, we felt called to sponsor one of her boys. After careful thought and prayer, we decided to make the commitment to sponsor Michael.

I received an email yesterday from the program with an update and a birthday wish from the CEO, Greer Kendall. His wish: that every child in the program would have a sponsor. While I wish that Will and I could sponsor each and every one of them, we cannot. So, I’ve been praying praying for the kids and want to share with y’all too. Please pray for each of them, and if you feel called or want to find out more about how you can help, take a look. I can tell you that it has been so rewarding to know that Michael now has the opportunity to go to school and eat at least one healthy meal a day. Will and I have his picture all around our house and we think about him and pray for him all the time.

If you, your friends or your family have ever given thought to sponsoring a child, take few minutes to look into Family Legacy’s Father’s Heart Sponsorship program. This organization is certainly not the cheapest and it is definitely a commitment to sponsor a child from elementary to high school, but I can tell you this: it’s the best money we spend each month. Here is a list of the sweet kiddos who currently need sponsors.

Happy Easter weekend my friends! I hope you and yours enjoy a lovely weekend with those you love.

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Five Fav Easter Recipes

Did you get asked to bring something for Easter this weekend? Don’t get stuck picking something up at the last minute – I’ve got you covered with a few of my favorite Spring recipes for breakfast through dessert. Trust me, these are all simple enough recipes that you can handle and they’re sure to be crowd pleasers!

What are your plans for the weekend? Share in the comments below. Happy Easter (almost) weekend my friends!

Baby Frittatas

 {BREAKFAST | Baby Frittatas}

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus

{APP | Spinach and Artichoke Hummus}

roaated brussels

{SIDE | Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon in a Mustard Cream Sauce}

apple-pear salad

{SALAD | Apple Pear Salad with Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing}

Meyer Lemon Bar

{DESSERT | Meyer Lemon Bars}

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Luke 19:37-40

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I hope you all have enjoyed a lovely weekend! Will and I had a pretty low-key weekend here in Dallas. It’s always such a treat to be home with no plans! Our only real plan was a going away party on Saturday night for our pastor and his wife, which was really fun. While we are sad to see them go, we are excited for them to be planting a church in Portland. If you’re interested in learning more, you can read about their plans here. We know God has great plans for them in Portland and we’re already talking about plans to visit them!

PS – Can y’all believe Easter is just around the corner?

A verse to share…

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

– Luke 19:37-40

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, www.thedailybibleverse.org

When the miracle worker came into Jerusalem the Jewish crowds were ready for a king to sweep the Roman occupation out of power. The praise was overwhelming – so much that the Pharisees were nervous about the attention this would bring from the Roman guard. Yet Jesus had a bigger picture. He WAS the king, but this king was not coming to deliver the Jews from political oppression, but all of humanity from the oppression of sin. Even the rocks understood what the crowds didn’t; the King has come to take his rightful place on His throne.

 

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Fitness Friday | Just Dance

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If you’ve ever been out with me on a Friday or Saturday night…or seen me at a wedding, you know very well that I love to dance more than just about anybody in the room. Totally guilty! That’s why when I stumbled upon Tracy Anderson’s 5 minute dance cardio video on goop, I pinned it immediately and knew it would be such a fun way to squeeze in a quick workout – at least until I can get to the real deal come the weekend! Happy Friday my loves – cheers!

 

 

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