Friday, November 2, 2012

A Glimpse of Fall & Faithfulness

My fall (and friend) inspired table setting
I'm sitting here, on this first day of November, armed with a cup of milk and two chocolate chip cookies. And I am ready to write. To be brilliant. Okay, probably not brilliant. But readable?

Remember my post earlier this week, about putting God first everyday? Well, for the past 4 days, I've done that. I've drunk my morning cup of joe with Mr. Hippie, and then I have spent time with God. It has been amazing!

I feel amazed in several ways. First, the words-God's words-are coming alive again. They are speaking to my heart. Second, I feel like my days have been re-calibrated, and I have time for everything I need to do, and then some. I am not running around all the time feeling rushed. I haven't felt this week,"so much to do, so little time." I am getting to bed on time, I am exercising daily, and writing, and cooking, and cleaning and studying. And it is going well.

But the third thing that I'm amazed about is my numbers. My blog numbers. How many people read my post and viewed my blog on a given day. Monday they were normal. Tuesday they snuck up a bit. Higher end of normal. Yesterday they were higher than ever before-even the day I wrote my Home Birth post.
Today I have already had over 1000 views of my blog. This has never happened. Not even close.

What are people reading? Well, some are reading my Homeschool Stereotype Challenged, but way more people are linking to my November Appreciation post. You can see the link in my side bar-right at the top. It went from nothing, to top spot.

Don't ask me why. I have no clue.

People are getting sent to my blog when they google November. My little post containing a Robert Frost poem, and a picture, is generating a ton of traffic. (for me)

The reason I am bringing this up is because of that principle I shared, "those who honor Me, I will honor." Or how about, "those who put their trust in the Lord will not be ashamed."

God isn't letting my blog suffer because I am putting Him first. He is taking care of it better than I can. I am so grateful. And reminded.

What I'm reading...three great books. A post next week, perhaps?

Okay, that was a trail... about a recipe? Since it's Friday and all.

We eat a lot of chicken. As meats go, it is the cheapest by the pound, and is very versatile. We probably eat chicken 3-4 dinners a week.

Our family favorite chicken recipe is probably Chicken and Rice. (1 cup rice, 1 can cream soup, 1 can water, 1 package onion soup mix combined, then add 5-6 pieces of chicken. Bake 350 degrees for 90 minutes) Everyone loves it. It is delicious, and very quick. Hands on time-5 minutes. If you have to skin the chicken.

Another recipe that sees a lot of table time here in the Barefoot Hippie household, especially in the fall and winter, is Poppy Seed Chicken.

Poppy Seed Chicken is a saucier casserole topped with ritz crackers. It pairs really well with mashed potatoes. It is also simple, tasty and well received any time I serve it.

The unusual ingredient is poppy seeds. They add a mild flavor. Be warned, if you have a drug test in the near future, you should probably avoid this chicken.
No pics of the chicken, so I'll share one of Meres. Same dif.  Just to let you know, I do have 3 other children. 

Poppy Seed Chicken
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, uncooked and cubed
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 sleeve of butter crackers, crushed to make crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 T poppy seeds

Place chicken in a greased 9x13" pan. Combine sour cream, soup, salt and pepper together and pour over chicken. Mix crumbs and melted butter together, add poppy seeds. Spoon over chicken.

Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

Serves 6

If you'd like a dessert to go with your chicken, head over to Pamela's Heavenly Treats for my Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting recipe.

You won't be disappointed.

What is your favorite chicken recipe? The go-to one that everybody enjoys? Share it with me in the comments.

*On Sunday I am joining Christine and Janene over at their feature Sunday Sip. Grab your favorite cup of poison and join us. (here)