A Southern Mess!

Chicken Quinoa Bowl

By May 17, 2016 City Living, Recipes
Chicken Quinoa Bowl
Chicken Quinoa Bowl
Serves 4
A Healthier Burrito Bowl!
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  1. 1 c. quinoa, rinsed
  2. 2 1/4 c. chicken or vegetable stock, divided
  3. 1 lime, zest and juice (divided)
  4. kosher salt
  5. 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1-in pieces
  6. 1 tsp. dried oregano
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  8. 1 tsp. chili powder
  9. 1/2 tsp. paprika
  10. 1 bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  11. 1 onion, sliced
  12. 1 15.5-oz can black beans, drained
  13. 1 c. corn
  14. 1 jalapeño, finely diced
  15. 1 c. Monterey Jack, shredded
  16. 1 c. salsa
  17. 1 avocado, sliced
  18. sour cream
  19. extra-virgin olive oil
  1. In a large saucepan, combine quinoa, 2 cups of stock (or water) and a pinch of salt and bring to boil.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  3. Fluff quinoa and add the juice of half a lime and the zest of 1 lime.
  4. Season chicken.
  5. In a medium bowl, toss chicken with spices and a squeeze of lime.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  8. When the pan is hot, add the onions and peppers.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. When the vegetables are soft, remove them from pan and set aside.
  11. Add more olive oil to skillet.
  12. Add chicken, season with salt & pepper, and sauté until cooked through.
  13. Remove from pan and set aside.
  14. Add remaining stock to skillet and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  15. Add the black beans and let simmer until the liquid reduces about halfway.
  16. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  17. Add a squeeze of lime.
  18. Set aside.
  19. Combine corn and diced jalapeño.
  20. Build your bowl.
  21. Fill bowl with quinoa, then add chicken, peppers, onions and the bean and corn mixtures.
  22. Top with cheese, sour cream, salsa and avocado.
  23. Enjoy the Yumminess!
A Southern Mess! http://asouthernmess.com/

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Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

By April 28, 2016 City Living, Country living
Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

After packing up all of our stuff,

After getting rid of so much stuff,

After dealing with the utilities,

After renting a car,

After renting a U-Haul,

After loading the U-Haul,

After getting a half-way decent night of sleep.

Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

We thought we were ready to start driving the almost 2,000 miles

that was ahead of us.

We were all excited about starting over in a new state,

about finally being together as a family,

about being able to see new sights.

So we get up and load up our few belongings,

get loaded in the U-Haul, the cars….

Start driving……

Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

But we only thought we were ready….

One of our cars had other thoughts………

It didn’t want to start, we had only made it as far as the next city,

we were on the highway and his car just stopped.

So we had to wait for a tow truck, cause his car really didn’t feel like driving anywhere that day.

So the tow truck came and we all followed his car to the auto shop and they told us that it would be several hours to figure out what was wrong.

We hung out, 

we waited and then they called and said we were good to go.  Yay, we all thought,

let’s get this road trip started.


We start driving and it’s already the afternoon, but hey the car works, we are all somewhat relatively young, we can do this!

So the driving began again. 

We start driving and can you guess what happened next?

Yes, you are correct, the car we thought was fixed was not really fixed at all.

So we call the tow truck and  we wait for the tow truck to come and by the time it gets there it’s getting dark.

So we admit defeat, and we follow the tow truck back to town and we leave it at the auto shop it was just at earlier this same day.

We get us a couple of rooms and we sleep. Then we call the auto shop and tell them, and they tell us to bring it back,

we explain to them that we really do need to get on the road, we have miles ahead of us, and now we have lost a couple of traveling days.

They tell us they will check it out, so they did for several hours, by noon it was tell being fixed, then by two or three it finally was ready.

By this point, we are all wondering is this a sign that we were not suppose to move to Washington?

But I really did not grow up thinking this way, it was “When there’s a Will,There’s a Way”

So we started driving and this time the car kept driving and so did we.

Here’s some pictures we took along the way.

Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

Moving from Oklahoma to Washington!

We arrived in the Evergreen State!



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Lebanese Rice with Yogurt Sauce

By April 11, 2016 City Living, Recipes
How to Make Lebanese Rice with Yogurt Sauce


Lebanese Rice with Yogurt Sauce
Serves 8
Lebanese Rice with a minty Yogurt Sauce.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
For the Rice
  1. oil
  2. 1 onion
  3. 1# ground beef
  4. 6 cups of water
  5. 3 cups of Rice
  6. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  7. 1 to 2 tbsp. all spice
  8. salt
  9. pepper
  10. 1 can peas
  11. pine nuts
For the Yogurt Sauce
  1. 1 container of plain yogurt
  2. 3 tbsp. fresh mint or
  3. 1 1/2 tsp. crushed mint
  4. 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 of a cucumber
For the Rice
  1. Put oil in skillet.
  2. When hot, add the chopped onion.
  3. Let onion cook til it turns yellow.
  4. In a separate skillet brown the ground beef.
  5. Drain the ground beef.
  6. Add the cooked onions to the ground beef.
  7. Stir.
  8. In a pot add the water needed for the rice.
  9. Add the cinnamon, all spice, salt and pepper.
  10. Stir and let water come to a boil.
  11. Add the rice to the boiling water and stir.
  12. When the water returns to a boil stir one more time.
  13. Turn the heat under the pot to low so the rice can simmer for 15 minutes.
  14. Cover the pot with a lid.
  15. Set timer for 15 minutes.
  16. When timer goes off add the can of peas.
  17. Let the rice and peas cook together for the last 5 minutes.
  18. Add the ground beef and onion mixture to the cooked rice and peas and stir.
For the Pine Nuts
  1. Toast the pine nuts in a skillet til golden.
To serve
  1. Add a serving of the rice, beef and pea mixture to your plate.
  2. Sprinkle some pine nuts on top.
  3. Serve with a side dish of the yogurt sauce.
  4. The yogurt sauce is enjoyed on top of the rice.
  5. Serve with a salad.
A Southern Mess! http://asouthernmess.com/

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How to Make Apple Butter in the Crockpot

By March 30, 2016 City Living, Country living, General, Recipes
How to Make Apple Butter in the Crockpot

I know, I know!

It’s not Fall.

It’s Spring.

But you see, I had these apples and the kids were not eating them fast enough and they were starting to go bad. Oh no!
Can’t have that happening on my turf. So my daughter tried making apple pancakes but they didn’t turn out as she thought they would.

So we all love Apple Butter anytime of the year and I thought. hmmm why not give it a go.
So I did….
I started peeling and cutting all the bad spots out,

rinsed them off and diced em up.

Anywho, here’s the recipe for ya. How to make Apple Butter in the Crockpot.

How to Make Apple Butter in the Crockpot
Apple Butter Recipe


6 pounds apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


1. Place the apples in a slow cooker.
2. Add the sugars, cinnamon, salt and vanilla to the crockpot.
3. Mix well.
4. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours,
stirring every couple of hours.
5 The apple butter should be thick and brown.
6. If it’s not thick and brown you might need to crack the lid so that some
of the steam and liquid can escape and let it cook longer.
7. When it has reached the thickness and darkness you want put the apples
into a blender and blend til you get the desired consistency that you want.
8. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze in small freezable containers.

How to Make Apple Butter in the Crockpot

Enjoy the yumminess with scones, toast, biscuits!

Lip smackin’ good!

Let me know how it turned out for you
or if you switched up the recipe or added something to it. Leave me a comment, would love to hear from ya.


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By March 26, 2016 Crafts, General
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Chinese carved Egg

I don’t think I would have the courage or patience needed to make such delicate designs.

Fancy Eggs
Russian dancers

The details on these eggs are amazing!

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Carved Eggs

2 Different Cinderella Carriage made out of Eggs.
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By March 21, 2016 Flowers, General
It's Spring!

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It's Spring!

The flowers are blooming.

It's Spring!

The birds are chirping.

It's Spring!

Spring is in the air.

It's Spring!

It’s Spring!


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By March 15, 2016 Country living, Crafts, Flowers, General
10 Favorite Blogs

~*~Enter these enchanted woods, You who dare.~*~       

Khadija Teri


~*~DIY, home decor, crafts, farmhouse style, vintage finds.~*~                   

The Country Chic Cottage


~*~A blog about the evening antics of a working mom: DIY, crafts, Instagram and more!~*~

A Night Owl Blog


~*~Crafts & Recipes.~*~

I Heart Naptime.


~*~A DIY Blog Empowering You to Complete Your Own Project.~*~

Pretty Handy Girl


~*~We are a real family who loves good food and sharing our favorite recipes with each other – we know you will love them too!~*~

Favorite Family Recipes


~*~Everything Girls Love.~*~

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~*~Saving Money, Moms, Faith and Blogging.~*~

Sarah Titus


~*~Live. Life. Creatively.~*~

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~*~Crafts, DIY, Home Decor and Recipes.~*~

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Then & Now!

By March 9, 2016 General, Grandbabies <3
Then & Now!

July 10th, 2015

@ approx. 7:59 am


my 5th grandbaby was born to my oldest daughter!

Meet Legend!

Then & Now!


Then & Now!

Then & Now!
@ 3 months old!

What a wonderful bundle of preciousness!

Then & Now!

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@ 6 months old!


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One Pan Meal!

By March 8, 2016 City Living, General, Recipes
One Pan Meal

One Pan Meal

Here are the ingredients:

One Pan Meal

One Pan Meal

Any kind of Steak, cut into small bite sizes.

Here are the directions in pictures!

One Pan Meal

First I took the peppers and cut the tops off,
next I cleaned out the insides and
rinsed them off,
then I sliced them long ways.

One Pan Meal

Then for the tomatoes, I cut off the ends,
rinsed them off,
then quartered them.

One Pan Meal

One Pan Meal

Then I put the green and red peppers along with the tomatoes
into a cake pan.

One Pan Meal

For the Garlic bulb,
I first separated all of the cloves of garlic from the bulb,
then I skinned the cloves after taking off the ends.
The garlic cloves went into the cake pan with the peppers, and tomatoes.

One Pan Meal

Now for the onions,
first I sliced off the top and bottoms and then took off the first layer of skin,
then washed them off with running water.
Next I quartered the onions
and put them into the cake pan with the peppers, tomatoes, and garlic.

One Pan Meal

The potatoes were scrubbed and then cut in half.
Then they were put into the cake pan with the peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onions.

One Pan Meal

One Pan Meal

The last item is the steak.
I rinsed the steak off
then cut the steak into bite sized pieces.
Next the pieces of steak was put into the pan with the peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onions.

One Pan Meal

Then I sprinkled sea salt, and pepper on top of the veggies and meat.
Stirred it up.
Melted a couple tablespoons of coconut oil and stirred it into the veggies and meat mixture.

One Pan Meal

Preheated the oven to 400 degrees at the beginning of cutting and slicing.

Put the pan into the oven.
Let it cook for about 30 minutes.
Took it out and stirred.
Put back into the oven
for another 30 minutes.

Your oven might be different than mine.
So use your own judgement on temperatures and times.

One Pan Meal


*2 yellow onions
*1 red pepper
*1 green pepper
*1/2 garlic bulb
*25 small potatoes
*4 tomatoes
*Sea salt
*Coconut oil

Bake @ 400 degrees for 1 hour.
Switching shelves and stirring 1/2 way through.

Enjoy the deliciousness!
Might not look that pretty
But it sure is yummy! ;-]



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Sunflower Crafts!

By March 7, 2016 Country living, Crafts, General

Sunflower craft on Etsy!

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I will post
some pictures!

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