Tyson Hugh Hooper

Tyson Hugh Hooper
Our son, Tyson Hugh Hooper, was born with coarctation of the aorta, hypoplastic arch, and a transitional avsd. His first open heart surgery reconstructed his aorta and was on day 9 of life. His second open heart repair was not anticipated to be needed until two or three years of age. Ty had other plans. We spent the vast majority of his first 3 months of life at Vanderbilt as he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. As a result, the medical team concluded that he needed the repair much sooner than usually recommended, and at just shy of 3 months old Ty underwent his second life saving open heart surgery. God has already worked so many miracles in Ty's life and the life of our family and we know he is using our story. Because of this, we are grateful for Ty's special heart and feel beyond blessed that God chose us to travel this road. We ask for prayers as Ty continues to heal. We are praying for a full recovery and life without restrictions for Ty. We are praying for God to use our family and Ty for His glory.

Thank you to each and every person who supports us through prayer, giving, or just by loving on our family! We are humbled and blessed by all of the ways the Lord is providing for us and know that he is using Ty and his story to do great things!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Chicken Casserole

Recently Megan asked me to share some of my meal plans and favorite recipes with her.  I was tickled pink!  I love sharing recipes, making meal plans, grocery shopping, cooking, and eating.... so her request was right up my ally!  I had so much fun sharing some of my favorites with her that I realized I should be sharing more often!  Therefore, I plan to share at least a recipe a week here on my blog!  You might remember my recent post including the recipe for "drunk chicken."  I thought I would share with you what I do with the leftovers!  Actually, just about any time I have leftover chicken, it turns into Chicken Casserole.

This is the recipe for Chris' mom's Chicken Casserole.  If I would make it twice a week, he would eat it every time and never complain!  It has become my favorite Chicken Casserole recipe!

Chicken Casserole

2-4 cups cooked chicken – cubed or shredded

1 cup cooked rice

1 cup diced celery

2 tbs grated onion

1 can sliced water chestnuts (undrained)

1 small pkg sliced almonds
1 can cream of mushroom
½ cup mayo

2 tbs lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Topping:  1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, 1 Cup Crushed Potato Chips

Mix all in a large bowl. Pour into buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle with cheese and top with chips.

Bake at 350 until bubbly and brown! (10-20 min)