Catered by the Men

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This weekend we had our first Grace Elizabeth’s planning meeting. Saturday was full of brainstorming and decision making. You may notice we changed our look (one of the many outcomes of our meeting). Because the four women were hard at work, the two men lucky enough to be around (our father and my husband) catered our food. By the way they fed us BOTH lunch and dinner. Aren’t they awesome? Their lunch menu: Macaroni Cheese Soup and Garlic Grilled Asparagus. Their dinner menu: Grilled Chicken Fajitas and Spanish Rice.

They are allowing me to share one recipe with all of you!

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Marinade

  • DSCN01191/4 cup Fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 2 Tbs Vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, pressed
  • 3 tsp Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Onion powder

Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl

  • 1 lb Boneless skinless chicken breast

Add meat to marinade and soak for at least 2 hours

  • 1 large Onion sliced
  • 2-3 red or green bell peppers
  • 1 Tbs Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbs Water
  • 1/2 tsp Lime Juice

Heat grill to medium-high. Grill chicken (6 min per side). Remove chicken from grill, cover, and rest for 5 minutes. Slice chicken and keep warm.

Heat skillet over med-high. Saute onions and pepper slices in the vegetable oil for about 5 minutes. Combine soy sauce, water and lime juice in a small bowl then add to onion mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste and continue to cook until onions are dark on edges (about 5 minutes more).

Other ingredients to serve with fajitas

  • Fresh Salsa
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • 8 Flour Tortillas

The men did a great job. No one went hungry!

Mackenzie Grace

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At this point in my life I have decided birthdays are just another day. No need for much celebration. However, I’m all for the cake. No need for gifts. Just a special meal or cake is fine by me. Luckily I married someone with similar ideas. Nathan doesn’t need a huge celebration and doesn’t expect much as far as gifts go. Of course, I do think a gift or small celebration is great to thank him for all he does.

DSCN4335Last week if someone would have said, “Isn’t Nathan’s birthday coming up?” I would have had to think what month it is and try to remember when the day was. I completely forgot. Saturday night I realized if I want to present to him a cake… I actually have to make it. I don’t live with my mother anymore. Such a crazy thought. The only book I have with cake recipes is a cheesecake book my mother gave me because it had the last 5 of my birthday cakes in them.( Yes I know there is something called internet that you can find recipes on, but books make me feel like the recipe is safer to try.) Since I was in 5th grade I have always asked for cheesecake. Amazingly, God gave me a husband who loves cheesecake as well. So lucky me, when I asked Nathan what kind of cake he would like… he gave me a few options and cheesecake was one of them.

I surprised my Nathan with:

Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

  • 1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 3 Tbs margarine, melted

Combine crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees, 10 minutes.

  • 3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 6-oz package semi-sweet chocolate pieces, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped creme de menthe mint wafers
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine cream cheese and sugar, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in chocolate, mint wafers, sour cream and vanilla; pour over cruts. Bake at 350 degrees, 50 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill. Garnish with additional mint wafers, if desired.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Mackenzie Grace

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Recipe Review: Beef Noodle Casserole

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Beef Noodle Casserole Recipe photo by Taste of Home

I found this recipe in a casserole cookbook magazine that I found in my stocking from Santa. I have also located it online here at Taste of Home.

Casseroles are really so nice when you’ve got a busy schedule and just need something to throw together quickly. You’ll notice this recipe made it onto my menu two weeks in a row – last week and this week! I made it once and had enough ingredients to turn it into a frozen meal for the following week.

It’s a tasty meal and provides enough leftovers for lunch the next day, but it won’t be sitting in our fridge forever – which is sometimes the case with casserole dishes. It’s a yummy dish and perfectly portioned for two!

He says: Not your everyday casserole – I liked it.

She says: I liked the creaminess from the cream cheese and the green chiles added a unique flavor.

We give this recipe two thumbs up!

xoxo

Alexandrea Nicole

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