Mission Trip : Costa Rica


When I gave my life to Jesus in October of 2002 never in my wildest dreams did I ever think:

1. That I would work for a church.

2. I would want to do ministry for the rest of my life.

3. I would want to or get to sing for Jesus for the rest of my life.

4. That I would marry a man who loved God.

5. That I would go on a mission trip.

This year, in June, The Mister and I will be joining our church and e3 partners on a mission trip to Costa Rica!

We will get to:

  • Help start new churches
  • Share the Gospel
  • Start bible studies
  • Give out free reading glasses to the adult community
  • Reach kids through Sports Clinics

So, you’re probably wondering why I’m posting about this, right? Well, we have to raise money to go on this trip and we will be working hard to raise as much of this money as we can but we could also use some help monetarily.

We need to raise our first $2200 for airfare by April 1st and that is coming so quickly!

 

If you feel like God is calling you to help send us to Costa Rica this is where you can go to help us do that:

If you would like to be a part of our prayer team, drop me an email at mykitchenisopen@gmail.com and I can make that happen as well.

Thanks so much for reading and I hope that you will considering either giving or being a part of our prayer team or both!

For now, please pray that we can reach this goal of $2200 in the next week.

Thank you!

~Mrs Galvan~

Why My Imperfect Husband Is Awesome


I haven’t blogged in awhile, again, because my motto for this year is “Less Stress in 2015″ and I just haven’t had a lot of extra time for blogging.

This past week I have been sick with an upper respiratory- cold thing that knocked me on my butt for a few days. That’s how this blog post was formed actually. While sick, I saw a couple of articles about husbands and how to basically be a better husband and they upset me! Like really upset me. They were good articles with relevant information but I just felt like whoever wrote them were saying, “Here, dear husband of mine, let me tell you why you are a terrible husband– because you don’t do these things.”

I love my husband.

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He is FAR from perfect but He is AWESOME!

Maybe not everyone feels that way about their husband but everyone should try to find something good about the man they are married to without turning it around and saying “But you’re still not good at this.” I understand trying and helping to make each other better but please don’t do it in a blog post.

***DISCLAIMER:I know there are some husbands who haven’t been good husbands nor do they want to be good husbands and I’m sorry for those of you who have had that experience but don’t let that experience make you bitter or unforgiving or unloving.***

I will tell you that there have been times when I didn’t always feel like my husband was awesome but God has shown me that I should feel this way all the time because who am I to say any different. He has his faults, and SO DO I. Those blog posts reminded me that I have a lot to be grateful for.

My husband is not perfect but:

1. He leads my family.

2. He leads me.

3. He loves Jesus and everyday I see him work hard to live for Him.

4. He takes care of me when I’m sick.

5. He takes care of my mom when I’m sick.

6. He takes care of my mom when I can’t.

7. He sweeps and mops our house.

8. He does laundry.

9. He takes out the trash.

10. He loves me when I am unloveable.

11. He gets into my world and does things I like.

12. He takes me on date nights.

13. He’s a hard worker and provider for our family.

14. He has a very forgiving heart.

15. He is so kind and gentle.

16. He holds me when I’m sad.

17. He cries with me when I’m sad.

18. He reminds me to laugh.

19. He’s dependable.

20. He’s trustworthy.

There are many, many more things I could list that make my husband AWESOME but I’ll stop here so that I can write about the other reasons on another blog post.

I guess what I want to say is, Ladies, ENCOURAGE your husbands, LIFT them up. Tell them WHY they are AMAZING. Tell them WHY you think they are AWESOME.

I’m grateful for my husband for all of the above reasons and still more.

Do something nice for your hubby this week to show him how grateful you are for him and come back and share how that went. Oh, and how about boasting on him a little in the comments section too by telling me why your husband is awesome.

~Mrs Galvan~

 

Cookbooking It: Chile Relleno Bake


Another cookbook dinner last night. Now, I was a little skeptical about this one because when I looked at the ingredients I was afraid it would just be a cheesy mess but OH MY FOODIE GOODNESS!

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The Chile Relleno Bake is delicious. I can see using different things to change it up a bit as well. This has two different kinds of cheese that you put down in an 8×8 pan and then sprinkle a cup of diced chili’s over and then MORE cheese!

 

The egg mixture is what gives this recipe substance. The cheese and chili’s are what give it delicious flavor!

 

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I served it up with a dollop of cream cheese, salsa and half of an avocado on the side.

 

It was fluffy and creamy and not real heavy. So much so that I probably could have eaten the entire pan myself, but I didn’t! It’s a great meal for “Meatless Monday” too!

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My friends, I’m telling you that you really need to own this cookbook.  It’s really worth whatever you have to pay for it. The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating Food & Fellowship in the American South.

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~Mrs Galvan~

Cookbooking It: Poppyseed Chicken Casserole


I am absolutely IN LOVE with this cookbook!

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I made the Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole and it was so good. It was creamy and delicious. I did add one ingredient that wasn’t on the list and that was an entire chopped red pepper. It just seemed like it would go with all the other ingredients and IT DID!

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It was delicious that evening and then when I had the leftovers two days later it was even more delicious! I ate it with a salad on the side.

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I’m still not sure what part the poppy seeds play in it all but I won’t take them out.

The Mister loved it as well and asked if I would make it again. It was comfort in a pan and then on our plates. It will be good in any season!

~Mrs Galvan~

CookBooking It: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy


Hi friends!

I know, I know, I haven’t blogged in awhile but let me tell you. I have been less stressed in 2015. Not just because I am blogging less though. I am also just making better decisions for my schedule.

This past weekend The Mister and I went on a little weekend getaway and while we were out and about this cookbook caught my eye. The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating Food & Fellowship in the American South by Sheri Castle.

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It’s so pretty to look at! I picked it up and shuffled through some of the pages and realized that I had heard about some of these recipes from one of my close girlfriends. She’s from Georgia. She’s southern. She’s hospitable. She makes me smile and she makes awesome food! You know, I’m southern too, just not the kind of southern she is and I recently told her that she needed to teach me all about HER south. So begins my venture into some southern cooking.

The Mister is on vacation and has actually been at home for dinner. Last night, in celebration of him being home, I made Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy from this cute cookbook.

It was sooooo good! I’ve never made mushroom gravy and oh my goodness! It’s divine!

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I served our Salisbury Steak with broccoli and then we enjoyed a couple of episodes of Downton Abbey.

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I chose to buy this cookbook because it actually had recipes that I would make. You know, sometimes you pick up a book and there’s like 2 recipes in the whole thing you MIGHT make. Not this one. I’m gonna be cookbooking it for awhile.

Get ready for some cookbook eats. I’m excited!

 ~Mrs Galvan~

Try It Out Thursday: Grapefruit Bars


Try It Out Thursday is dedicated to recipes, products or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes and craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

I can’t eat grapefruit because it does something to my high blood pressure medication but that doesn’t mean that I don’t absolutely love them! Sometimes I’ll sneak some into my diet but just a little.

The other day my pastor brought some grapefruits from his tree into the office and told us to take as many as we wanted. They are beautiful, sweet Ruby Red grapefruits. I made sure to take some because the second that I saw them I knew what I wanted to make.

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Earlier in the week I pinned a recipe for “Grapefruit Bars”.  I got it from Leah at Freutcake. I also fell very much in love with her blog!

I followed the recipe as is and it gets 10 thumbs up from me!

The shortbread crust alone on this is ABSOLUTELY delicious and I plan on using it for other things.

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And here is what it looked like as I went along.

 

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These bars were so good and I will make them again!

I also had an epic fail with some candied grapefruit peels this same evening.

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I followed the directions on the recipe and the peels looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL but they were still bitter when we tried to eat them. So sad, oh well, I shall try again until I get it right!

Try out the Grapefruit Bars, you won’t be disappointed!

~Mrs Galvan~

 

 

 

Try it Out Thursday: Baked Chicken With Spinach & Artichokes


Try It Out Thursday is dedicated to recipes, products or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes and craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

Food prep for the week has become VERY important in our household. If I don’t prep food for our lunches throughout the week, our checkbook really pays for it and so does our health because we are eating out all the time.

I found this recipe on pinterest for Baked Chicken with Spinach & Artichokes from Katerina at Diethood and thought it would make for some great lunches.

It did take some time to prepare. The recipes calls for you to par-cook the chicken so it gets some nice color and it also calls for you to saute the veggies before you even put it all in the oven. 

I did do one thing different and that was that I added zucchini. I love zucchini and there were a couple shouting at me from the refrigerator begging to be used. I added two small ones.

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Regardless, it is a delicious recipe and it will be added to repertoire of food to choose from.

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I paired it with a salad or some brown rice & quinoa. It really worked out during the week and it was so filling!

This recipe is definitely worth making ahead of time and it reheats well too.

~Mrs Galvan~

 

 

Try It Out Thursday: Pajun Korean Pancakes


Try It Out Thursday is dedicated to recipes, products or ideas that I find on Pinterest or receive in my e-mail. I tend to “pin” and save a lot of recipes and craft ideas and never try them so I decided that this will help me wade through the many pins and e-mails that I have.

I like to try new things especially when it comes to food. While on Facebook the other day I saw this recipe for Pajun Korean Pancakes by Sommer at A Spicy Perspective and decided that I definitely had to try making them and eating them.

This recipe is basically for a pancake with veggies in it.

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You dip the pancake in the amazing, kind of spicy and sweet dipping sauce and close your eyes and taste all the awesome flavors.

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I made my pancakes with Whole Wheat Flour and I found that I had to add a little more liquid to the batter to make it “ladeling” consistency. So, if you do Whole Wheat just eyeball the amount of liquid you use.

Until I made these I had never had them but now, I will continue to make them. The Mister really enjoyed them as well. The recipe makes four nice sized pancakes. We were only able to eat two. So I ended up cutting the pancake into fours and storing it in a ziploc with parchment paper. They are great as leftover the next day. I just put mine in the toaster oven for a little bit and it was just as fresh as when I made it.

I ate my leftover with a pretty, fresh salad on the side.

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It’s an easy recipe and makes for a fun, different and meatless meal for one day out of the week.

Try it out!

~Mrs Galvan~

 

Thirteen Days In


Thirteen days into 2015 and I’m doing pretty good with the stress, YAY! I think the only thing that has been on my mind is getting Christmas decorations down. The Christmas lawn decorations are down thanks to The Mister and tonight I will be taking down Christmas on the inside of the house.

Yesterday I decided I didn’t need to stress about it or stress anyone else out about it and my words to The Mister were, “Tomorrow I will be taking down Christmas. The only thing I need for you to do is take down all the stuff I can’t reach.” It was that EASY my friends. Last night, he started taking down all the stuff I couldn’t reach. It was a fantastic moment!

I’ve also been looking at some new recipes for the year and have found some pretty delicious looking, easy, full of veggies recipes that I can’t wait to try.

I know I’ve been really silent lately but as I’ve decided that I would stress less this year, that may mean less blogging for awhile too. I’m not quitting or giving up this blog I’m just gonna blog as it comes. I will continue to be active on the My Kitchen Is Open Facebook Page though.

As I’ve looked over the past year, I’ve realized that there is A LOT going on in my life and even though food blogging is stress reliever for me I can’t be worried if I don’t blog everyday. I know you miss me:-)

The Mister brought me roses last week and I decided to bring a few to work. Every so often I pick them up, hold them to my nose and inhale that rosy smell and I smile.

This morning I brought the rest of them into work because they remind me to…

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I guess I’ll be needing roses ALL year long! Lol!

I’m also counting down the days til I get to see this cutie!

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~Mrs Galvan~

 

Less Stress in 2015


This year, my phrase or theme is going to be LESS STRESS and my theme verses will be:

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”                                                                    Isaiah 26:3 (New Living Translation)

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”                                             Jeremiah 31:25 (New International Version)

I was stressed at home A LOT this year but only because I brought that stress on myself :

1. I didn’t spend enough time with God daily.

2. I didn’t spend enough time with God, and then the control freak in me emerged daily.

3. Then I would beat myself up about being a control freak and not do ANYTHING.

4. All that lead to being lazy and then the cycle continued.

So, this year will be about all the things I can do to make my life less stressful, first and foremost beginning with MAKING time to spend with God, even when I have a million things to do or I’m super tired.

Bod 4 God has also begun at my house again, YAY! I hate that it even ended but here we are again. My health is important and I need to continue to be able to function so that I can continue to do the things God has planned for me to do.

So, get ready for some healthy recipes my friends!

Love you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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~Mrs Galvan~