Monday, March 24, 2008

Recipe - Chicken au Gratin Broccoli Bake

G'morning ya'll.  Here is an easy recipe from Kraft.

Chicken au Gratin Broccoli Bake  
Prep Time: 5 min  Total Time: 35 min    Makes: 5 servings

2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup  milk
1 pkg. (10.23 oz.) VELVEETA Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes
2 cups  fresh broccoli florets
5 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lb.)

oven to 375°F. Combine boiling water, milk, Seasoned Potatoes and broccoli in 13x9-inch baking dish; top with chicken. Reserve Cheese Sauce for later use.

30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken from baking dish; cover to keep warm.

Cheese Sauce into potato mixture; top with chicken.

*Substitute - 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained, for the fresh broccoli.

I have lots of ham leftover.  I think I may try that using the ham too.  Mmmmm!

I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend and a wonderful Easter with your families and loved ones.  It was a fun day here.  Rylie was too funny.

It was like she knew something was going on.  She woke up about an hour earlier than usual and came out to the living room.  Her Easter Basket was sitting on the dining room table because I hadn't hidden it yet.  She was so excited as she went through and checked out what the Easter bunny had left for her.

Then I realized that I hadn't had time to hide the eggs yet.  So I whipered to Daddy to hide the eggs while I took Rylie to brush our teeth.  Luckily we have one of those little sand timers, so she has to brush her teeth for a full minuter.  I didn't have to encourage her too much, she was real excited to use the new battery operated Barbie tooth brush the Easter bunny had left for her.

Then we washed our faces and brushed our hair.  By that time Daddy had hidden the eggs.  So we walked out and I said "Rylie we forgot something.  I think the Easter bunny hid the eggs.  Yep, here's the empty cartons."  Ohmahgosh!  You should have seen the look on her face.  She just kept saying "Those are all the peoples eggs...why'd he do that?"  LOL  I think if she could have found that bunny she might have had him charged with stealing, or trickery at the very least.

We kept telling her that the Easter bunny was playing a game with her.  She just kept saying "Those eggs are for all the people."  She had fun looking for the eggs and we got such a kick out of her reaction to the whole thing.  I'm feeling all nostalgic now...this is really the very best age to celebrate holidays with children.  Everything is so exciting and fun for them.  It is so much fun to watch her enjoy these times.

All in all it was a good day, except for one thing.  One of our guests didn't make it.  Ray was supposed to go and pick her up at about 4 PM.  However, she had invited some non-working folks over so they could have an Easter meal and they wouldn't leave.  That's a shame, because she didn't get to spend any time with her grandson who leaves for Korea shortly, or David who leaves for training for a few months, or her 2 great-grandchildren, or any of her other grandkids who were here.  I hope she can find a few minutes to come over for Rylies birthday next weekend.

I am thrilled that all the kids were able to make it and my Mom was able to come all the way up to Toledo.  She went to lunch with my older brother earlier and came up around 3 or so.  She got here before everyone else so she was able to spend some time with Rylie.  Good thing, because once Christopher, my youngest son, got here Rylie didn't have much time for anyone else.  Christopher is her closest sibling in age...he's 16...and she gets such a kick out of him.  She even dance and sang "High School Musical" for him.  Or as she calls it "High Mewhecool".  LOL 

The only thing that really stinks is that I was busy doing this or that, and didn't get to spend a lot of time visiting with everyone and all the babies.  Of course, the other thing is that now April 29th (David leave for National Guard training) seems a lot closer. 

Well, I've got to go check my ham bone.  LOL  I'm making a big ol' batch of bean soup this morning.   

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. 

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swmpgrly said...

I love Broccoli but it dont love

bhbner2him said...

So glad ya'll had an enjoyable Easter!  This little dish sounds quick, easy and good!  Thanks.  -  Barbara