Foodie Friday…Cupboard Casserole!


TGIF, everyone!  Another week in the books!  Okay, so I admit today’s recipe has a bit of a strange name, but I literally was looking for something to make where I wouldn’t have to go buy anything and just use what was in our cupboard.  Hence, the name 🙂  Well, I also used some things from the fridge/ freezer.  I found the original at www.southernplate,com/ and made a few changes (the two I made are in parenthesis), for what was in my inventory.  It was super good, approved by my kids, and even my visiting in-laws.  Have a great weekend!

Country Casserole (or as I named it, Cupboard Casserole)


2 c. small shell pasta, cooked and drained (I used elbow macaroni)

3 c. frozen mixed vegetables, cooked and drained

2 c. shredded cheddar, divided in half

one can French’s fried onions, divided in half (I didn’t have these so I substituted crunched Lay’s potato chips)

2 c. shredded cooked chicken (can use canned chicken or rotisserie)

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/4 c. milk

1 t. pepper

1 t. garlic powder

1/2 t. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, reserving half of the cheese and fried onions for topping the casserole later.  Once mixed, spoon into a prepared 9X13 casserole dish.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Top with remaining cheese and onions and bake until cheese is melted, about 5 additional minutes.


Foodie Friday…Yummy Baked Chicken

Happy Friday everyone!  You ever have one of those weeks where Friday afternoon feels like hitting the tape after running a race?  That’s where I’m at today.  We had a great week, but holy cow…I’m ready to tuck in with my little family and have a relaxing weekend.  What goes better with a relaxing weekend than a yummy baked chicken?


3-4 lb. whole chicken, cleaned out and rinsed (raw, not frozen)

1 apple, cored and cut into wedges

1 white onion, cut into wedges

5-6 washed and cut raw potatoes ( I leave the skin on)

2 c. of carrots

one can of chicken broth (or make your own with a bullion cube), can easily use gluten free brand here if diet requires

garlic salt

black pepper


Core the apple and cut it and the onion into wedges.


Place them inside the cleaned out chicken.  Place chicken on a rack inside a roasting pan.  Lay the cut potatoes and carrots around the rack inside the pan and cover with the chicken broth.


Sprinkle garlic salt and black pepper on top of chicken and veggies to your taste.

Bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours.  Check temp of chicken to be sure it is thoroughly cooked before eating.


That’s it!  So yummy!  Have an awesome weekend!

Tip{py} Tuesday…Menu planning

So a while back I shared a cool idea I learned from a friend where you take a picture frame and make it into a chalkboard by painting the glass on one side with chalkboard paint. Then you can paint the frame however you want to match your decor. I’ve used the frame for lots of different things in my kitchen. Displaying holiday greetings, Bible verses, etc…

Lately I’ve been using the chalkboard to display our menu for the week. This helps be stay focused during my grocery shopping, and makes the nights we finish therapy up late so much easier.

Here’s the board from last week:

My hubby added the jellybeans to Friday’s menu 🙂
I’ve got it out on display but not in the way of my cooking.


I’ve seen other people use whiteboards for meal planning, computer spreadsheets, and customized bulletin boards. How do you stay on top of it all in the kitchen? Have a great day!

Foodie Friday…Easy Sausage Dinner

A few weeks ago I talked about a cool website when discussing spring cleaning ideas.  Another great thing I found on that site was all the great recipes!  Here is one we had recently that was so easy and my husband kept saying over and over how good it was.  I’m pretty sure he had thirds that night 🙂  Have a great weekend!


We used egg noodles like…


and it was delish!!!!  The italian sausage brand I usually buy is…


A light dusting of mozzarella cheese on top?  YUM!  Enjoy!  What are your favorite crockpot or italian sausage recipes?

Foodie Friday…Tortilla Soup!

TGIF y’all!  So I am a big fan of using leftovers and I came up with a great recipe this week.  A while back I showed you guys my easiest recipe of all time for Chicken Tacos.  The crockpot recipe with two ingredients:  chicken and salsa.


Here is the recipe again.

The last time I made it we still had about half the chicken left after eating it once.  That’s when I decided to turn it into soup.  So yummy and easy, so I have to share.  This is all I did:

Take leftover chicken and salsa mixture (chicken should be shredded) and add to about 6 cups of chicken stock/ broth (I made my own with bullion cubes).  I added cilantro and cumin to taste, a heaping Tablespoon of minced garlic, a can of corn, and a can of black beans.  I brought the soup to a simmer and ground in some black pepper.  After ladling the soup into bowls, I topped them with shredded cheese and Fritos.  (Sour cream would be really yummy too!)

tortilla soup

That’s it!  Another easy recipe from a recipe that was already easy.  🙂  Have a great weekend!