Southern Cornbread Dressing Thanksgiving Recipes and My Mom’s New Book!

Southern Cornbread Dressing Thanksgiving Recipes and My Mom's New Book title at ASlobComesClean

I live in Texas, and my mother is from Oklahoma, so I grew up thinking everyone ate cornbread dressing at Thanksgiving.

They don’t. They so don’t.

A few years ago, we went on a cruise for Thanksgiving with my husband’s family and though the turkey and mashed potatoes were wonderful, we were all shocked and horrified (I’m sort of exaggerating, a little) at the stuffing. It was most definitely not cornbread dressing. I’m not exactly sure what it was.

I’m sharing two things with you today.


First, some recipes over on my mother’s website:

And second, my mom’s book! That’s the back of my son’s handsome head on the cover! I took the photo, but I did NOT see those camels!


A thirteen-year-old shepherd boy experiences the adventure he dreamed of when he rescues the unloved son of a despicable king. But when rumors of the Hebrews become reality, his family has to choose. Flee with the stampede of refugees or stay and take a stand? As a spy for Gibeon on a lonely crag above the Hebrew horde, the enemy looms ever more foreboding when they cross an impossibly flooded river and shout to bring down an impregnable walled city. Gibeon is next. Can his people avoid sure destruction? At what price?

You can purchase on Amazon through my affiliate link! The Kindle version is 3.99 for a limited time!

And she has some great freebies if you sign up for her email list! Subscribers will receive “Plants of the Holy Land: Familiar Friends” a ready-made program for your garden club or Bible Study,  or a free printable Sample Unit Study Guide for her book. Go here and scroll down to get one or both!

The book is written for “middle grades” but I really enjoyed it. It is a great way to look more closely into the real people affected by the events of the Old Testament.

Southern Cornbread Dressing Thanksgiving Recipes and My Mom’s New Book! at



Chicken and Noodles – Comfort Food in Less than Fifteen Minutes

How to Make Chicken and Noodles Fast at

Again with an embarrassingly easy meal idea using pre-cooked and frozen shredded chicken breast.

We’ve been spared any major sicknesses lately, but have had some Days of General Ickiness happen to each member of the family over the past month or so. Hubby had a cold, two Sunday nights in a row two different kids had fleeting stomach bugs, and others have suffered from general malaise.

Side note: I love the word malaise. LOVE it. And love even more that when I looked it up, I found out I’d used it correctly.

Score one for the former English teacher!

Anyway, I made this two weeks in a row as a perfect meal for those feeling malaisicious.

Which isn’t a word at all. Oh well.

Did you notice how I referred to this as a “meal idea” since it’s really too simple to be an actual recipe? In my mind, a “recipe” would involve cooking the bone-in chicken from scratch and using its broth as the base.  I’ve done that and it’s really not hard, but this is easier.


One 16 oz package of egg noodles. (I’ve made this with no-yolks noodles and with regular Aldi brand egg noodles. My family preferred the regular ones.)

3 quarts chicken broth (Be fancy and use your homemade stuff. Or be like me and use whatever you have on hand. Canned, bullion, whatever.)

Some frozen, pre-cooked and shredded chicken breast. (I added about a cup and a half of shredded chicken. Add more if you like more. Less if you like less.)

Pepper and other seasoning as desired. (If your chicken broth tastes bland, poultry seasoning does wonders.)


Boil the chicken broth.

Chicken and Noodles Comfort Food Idea at

Add the noodles.

Freezer Cooking - How to Use Pre-Cooked CHicken in Recipes at

When the noodles are almost soft enough, add the hunk o’ frozen pre-cooked and shredded chicken to the boiling broth.

When the chicken is defrosted and warmed through (which happens super fast) and the noodles are perfect, serve.

You could use more broth if you want it to be chicken soup. I didn’t. You can also add veggies such as peas and carrots or celery. My sickies were craving as plain as possible, so we served our veggies on the side.

There you go. Comfort food that makes my family feel warm and fuzzy and loved, ready in the time it takes to boil egg noodles.


Did you see the similarly fast chicken and spinach alfredo “recipe” I shared last week? Have you seen how I pre-cook 25 pounds of chicken breast and then shred it ALL in minutes so I can freeze it?


Super Fast (And Almost Embarrassingly Easy) Chicken Alfredo Pasta with Spinach

Quick and Easy Recipe Chicken Alfredo and Spinach Pasta at

Last week, I told you how I shred twenty-five pounds of cooked chicken breasts in minutes.

I promised I’d share some recipes I make with that shredded chicken. This one comes together in minutes.

Chicken Alfredo Spinach Pasta is one of my kids’ favorites. It’s so easy it’s embarrassing to post it as a “recipe.” Especially since I still haven’t attempted the from-scratch-alfredo-sauce that many of you claim is super quick and easy. If I do, I’ll share it in a new post.

Emphasis on the if.

For now, I’m getting the Alfredo sauce at Aldi for 1.69 a jar.

Please note that I am listing the ingredients for a recipe that serves our family of five with zero leftovers. The pictures, however, are for the doubled recipe, which I thought would be perfect since we depend on leftovers for Hubby’s lunches. It was too much, so next time, I plan to use a box and a half of pasta and a jar and a half of sauce.  Adjust as needed for your family.


Ingredients for super fast one dish meal at

1 box bowtie pasta

1 jar Alfredo sauce

Some frozen spinach

Some pre-cooked and shredded chicken, straight from the freezer



Boil the pasta.

Using pre-cooked frozen chicken in quick and easy meals at

When it’s almost done (about a minute left), throw in a hunk of frozen, pre-cooked chicken and a hunk of frozen spinach.

Freezer Cooking that Doesn't Involve Casseroles at

The boiling water will thaw and warm those things in that last minute of cooking. (It might take a minute-and-a-half to two minutes since the frozen stuff will cool the boiling water slightly.)

One Dish Chicken Alfredo at

Dump it all in the colander to drain the water.

Easy Chicken Recipe at

Dump it back into the pot and add the Alfredo sauce.

The hot pasta, chicken and spinach will warm up the sauce. You can warm it more on the stove if you want.


For real, y’all. How easy is that? And my kids eat all the spinach in it even though they claim to dislike frozen spinach.

A one dish meal (veggies included) that the entire family loves done in the time it takes to boil pasta. Yay for that!


See how I fill my freezer with pre-cooked chicken here. (That link also includes LOTS of links to other recipes in which I use the frozen pre-cooked chicken.) See all my other easy recipes here. See how I make freezer cooking work for me since I don’t love casseroles!





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