Foodie Friday: Chicken Spaghetti

Oh my gosh, I love chicken. And spaghetti. And everything else that just happens to be in this casserole. It’s like the best of all my food-worlds all rolled into one….and it’s oh-so-yummy.

So, without further ado, I’m going to introduce you to Chicken Spaghetti.

Ingredients: 

  • 8 ounces spaghetti pasta (recipe calls for angel hair, but we don’t really like that kind, so we used regular spaghetti)
  • 2 cups chopped grilled chicken, or 1 large can of chicken
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles, un-drained
  • Sprinkling of parmesan cheese, or Mexican cheese blend

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Boil pasta as package directs and drain. Mix all other ingredients except cheese and add to the cooked pasta and put in 9×13 pan.
  3. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  4. Sprinkle with your choice of cheese (or cheeses), and return to oven to melt.

Simple + Delicious = happy Strawser family. Definitely a keeper for our menu planning.

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Walt Disney World Wednesday: Phone Booths

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I absolutely LOVE the phone booths in the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot!

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My brother also loves this spot to take pictures – he’s such a ham!

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Is there somewhere that YOU take pictures at in World Showcase that you just love?

My Thoughts Monday: Driving

I love driving – I really do. I like to just get into the car and drive somewhere . . . some people would say that I have a gas butt. But I come by that honestly – my mom is the exact same way.

But there are quite a few things that bother me whilst I’m out driving. Below are a few of them.

  • Driving UNDER the speed limit is just as dangerous to me as driving over the speed limit. Seriously. The speed limit is there for a reason. Don’t go too slow, don’t go too fast, and we should all be happy. I’ve had people speed by me in a 55 speed limit zone going probably 70 or 75. But on the other side, I’ve also gotten behind some people in the same 55 speed limit zone that were going only 35-40. SO not smart.
  • Get off your cell phone. There is no call that important that you have to talk on the phone while you’re driving. It obviously gets you distracted from the road and what you’re doing.
  • Which brings me to TEXTING WHILE DRIVING! What the heck? When did humankind get so stupid that they think that texting while driving is a smart, or safe, thing to do? And guess what? Sitting at the red light texting is really, really stupid, too. Again, nothing is that important that you have to risk your life to do it. No person is that important, no text is that important, no call is that important. Just leave your phone in your purse, or your pocket, until you’re safely pulled off the road, or at your destination. Don’t take your life and other’s into your own hands.
  • Wanna know a secret? EVERY car is made with turn signals. So use them. I know that your car HAS a turn signal . . . so use it so that I know when you’re going to be slamming on your brakes to make your turn.
  • If I get to the four-way stop before you, *I* get to go first even if you think you’re better than me because you own a car that cost at least 3 times as much as mine. It’s called taking turns – you should’ve learned that as a child. And if not, learn it now.

There ya have it ^^ – my driving pet peeves. Do you have any driving pet peeves that I am forgetting? I’m SURE that I have more…but these just happened to me in the last few days and are fresh in my mind.

Foodie Friday: Blueberry Buckle

On the 4th of July, we went to my aunt and uncle’s house for the holiday. We had a great time – and during that time, I was able to pick blueberries from my aunt’s blueberry bush(es). THEN a few weeks later, we bought a 20 lb. bag of blueberries to freeze and use all winter long.

Good thing we love blueberries.

So when we were trying to find something to make for our family picnic last week, we decided that it HAD to be something made with blueberries.

We decided on blueberry buckle.

Ingredients for Cake:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups blueberries

Ingredients for Crumbs:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9×13 pan. 
  2. In large bowl cream together 1/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Beat in egg and milk.
  3. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt, and stir into butter mixture. Fold in blueberries and spread in the bottom of your pan.
  4. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and 1/3 cup flour. Mix together until mixture resembles course crumbs, then sprinkle over blueberry mixture.
  5. Bake 40-55 minutes, or until golden brown. (It took ours about 50 minutes to bake).

This was a big hit at our family get together! Everyone seemed to enjoy it!

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Walt Disney World Wednesday: Singinggggg in the Rainnnnn

 

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never seen Singing in the Rain. But I LOVE the scene in the great movie ride where you pass through Singing in the Rain and see Gene Kelly doing just that – singing in the Rain!

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So last September when we were at Disney World, I decided that I had to have a photo taken at the umbrella. 🙂

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Although it’s not exactly the same – Gene Kelly is “hanging” from a light post, and this is an umbrella, I still find it a really awesome place to take a picture – and I plan to take one there every time I go back – (only 461 days to go!)

My Thoughts Monday: Maturity vs. Immaturity

MAIN THOUGHT:

Over the years, I’ve started to grasp the concept that just because people are getting older in years doesn’t exactly mean that they are getting older in maturity, as well. I have recently seen a person that I used to look up to greatly – someone that I loved to spend time with, and who loved to spend time with me, and who I would’ve told just about anything to.
And honestly, when I saw this person, I was disappointed. She was not who she used to be. She was immature and acted like she was better than everyone else around her. Truthfully, I couldn’t even stand to be in the same room as her and had to get away quite a few times.
I came home that night and cried. I didn’t understand why I was no longer good enough for the person that used to see me as their “honorary little sister”. I didn’t understand why she wouldn’t even talk to me.
But I’ve come to the realization  that I’m probably not the problem. It’s something that’s in her that made her the way she is, and I can’t change that person.
The only person that I can work on is me, and I have to continuing maturing in who I am, and not worry about what people around me think or do, or say.

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

  • When sitting on your hunkers at work, don’t lose your balance. If you do, catch yourself before your butt hits the floor. Otherwise, falling on the concrete may cause butt-bruising and in turn, a sore butt the next day. Not that I know this from experience or anything.
  • It’s  463 days until my 21st Birthday Trip to Disney. I have a countdown in my sidebar. I wish it was sooner, but it gives me something to look forward to! Somehow I think that the next year and 3 months will go really fast, though.
  • I. Hate. Ants. We have somehow accumulated them in our kitchen and they are on the counters all the time! Every time I do the dishes, I give them a proper drowning when I’m finished. Not humane, but who cares? They’re on the counter and it grosses me out.
  • I also hate when people try to merge at the absolute last minute. They drive up along the side of all the cars that listened to the sign that said to merge into the other lane, and think they are better than everyone else in their expensive car.  Then they try to get in front of me? Heckkkk nooo. I shall hug the car’s bumper in front of me. What me, road rage? Nooooo.

Foodie Friday: Homemade Pizza

One of our favorite foods here at the Strawser household is homemade pizza. We make it at least once a week – it’s definitely a staple in our menu plan.

A few years ago I came across a recipe for homemade pizza that I started using, but over the years I’ve tweaked it to make it my own. I guess that, to me, recipes are just a suggestion. I like to make them my own. A little bit more of this, a little less of that.

I guess I’m just a rule-breaker.

Anyways, let’s get started here.

First, your ingredients:  

  • 3-4 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast (1 tablespoon)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Mix flour, sugar, yeast and salt together in large bowl. As a side note, I love to use our large, purple tupperware bowl – for more than 1 reason. First reason is…well, it’s purple. Secondly, it’s REALLY easy to clean later.

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In a separate bowl or large cup, mix water and milk and warm in microwave until warm. (I usually use the beverage button on our microwave which is a minute and thirty seconds long).

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Mix the milk and water mixture in with your dry ingredients. Your dough will probably be sticky, in which case add more flour until it’s no longer sticky to touch. Should look like this:

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Once mixed well, cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for 25 minutes.

After dough has set for 25 minutes, take out of the bowl and cut into 2 equal size portions (dough may be sticky again and you might have to use more flour to get it from the sides of the bowl.) We usually make our pizzas on two rectangular cookie sheets.

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Top with your favorite ingredients and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

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We usually top ours with ham lunch meat and real bacon bits.

And of course, you need to see the finished product! And it’s oh-so-yummy, too!

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Walt Disney World Wednesday: Dale Hat

 

Welcome to my first ever Walt Disney World Wednesday! I decided that I have all these pictures from all my trips to Disney World, but I never, ever use them for anything – they just sit on my computer and “waste” space.

So I decided on this meme. I’m going to post a picture – or two – from one of my trips to Disney World, and my thoughts on that particular picture.

So without further ado:

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I love Chip and Dale … I think they are mischievous and adorable. The few times that we have met them in the parks, they’ve been silly and messed with my family.

Honestly, I don’t even remember where this photo was taken – but I have a feeling that it was in the Contemporary Resort on one of our resort hopping days. Resort hopping days are some of my favorites because I love shopping in all the gift shops, seeing all the interesting decor and take all sorts of pictures.

Welcome!

Hi, and welcome to the all new Ashley Aspires! I am so glad that you have decided to stop by my blog and hopefully you’ll continue to come back!

I have some awesome ideas planned for this blog, and I can’t wait to start sharing them! Some of my thoughts include:

  • Mondays: My Thoughts Monday
    This will be where I’ll take my thoughts from the week or day and condense them into one blog post. There have been a lot of things I’ve been learning and understanding more in the last few months, and I wanted to get them out onto paper. So I figure this is the place to do it.
  • Wednesday: Walt Disney World Wednesday
    If you know me even a little bit, you know that I’m a certified Disney freak. I absolutely love everything Disney, and can’t get enough of it. On Wednesday I’ll be sharing a picture from a past trip to Disney World, my thoughts on it, and why I chose that picture that day.
  • Friday: Foodie Friday
    Another thing you may know about me is that I love to cook. I cook at supper at least twice a week, and enjoy being in the kitchen as much as I can! So check back each Friday for a recipe that I’ve tried – as well as pictures of the process and finished product!

And of course, there may be more random posts as times goes on and I get into the groove of actually blogging again.

I can’t wait to get started!