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 30, 2011

Sharing Recipes

Ashley requested a couple of recipes from my meal plan, so I thought I would share them with all of you!  I absolutely LOVE getting recipes from my blog friends because I know that they must be good and "reasonable" (as far as ingredient lists and cooking skills, lol) if friends have tried them and like them!  So, here you go!

Chicken Casserole (This recipe is originally from Chris' mom)
2-4 Cups cooked Chicken - chopped
1 Cup cooked rice
1 Cup diced celery
2 Tbs grated onion
1 Can sliced water chestnuts with juice (do not drain)
1 small package sliced almonds
1 Can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 Cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste

(Topping: 1 Cup grated sharp cheddar and 1 Cup crushed potato chips)

Mix all ingredients (except for topping) in a large bowl. Pour into a buttered casserole dish.

Sprinkle with cheese and top with crushed potato chips.

Bake at 350 degrees until brown and bubbly (15-20 minutes)

***This recipe is a fav because I keep the ingredients in my pantry and I can always whip it up quick.  PLUS... if you have a Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker it becomes a one dish wonder... as in, only ONE dish to clean.  I put the chicken in the baker with salt and pepper and microwave (yes, that's the magic of the baker) for 10-12 minutes until the chicken is 165 degrees inside (and so jucy and tender that you'll call the Deep Covered Baker - MAGIC!!), chop the chicken with my Pampered Chef Salad Choppers, so I never have to touch the meat!  Then I dump the rest of the ingredients in, mix, top it, and toss it in the oven!  When dinner is over, all I have to do is throw the salad choppers and one spoon in the dishwasher and rinse out and brush clean the baker!  LOVE IT!

Chicken Roll Ups (this recipe is originally from my mom)

1 can Crescent Rolls (I usually end up using 1 and 1/2 cans)
1  can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup milk
1 cup grated cheddar
3 chicken breasts cooked and cubed or shredded

There are a couple of ways to do this!  One way is to separate the rolls, put the chicken on the dough and then roll them up (hence, chicken "roll ups").  OR you can use 2 rolls put the chicken between them and press the sides together to make a chicken "bundle."  OR if you are REALLY in a hurry (I do this A LOT), you can just line a square casserole with one layer of crescent dough, sprinkle with chicken, and top with another layer of crescent dough. LOL! 

Either way you make the "roll up" part, it'll be good.  THEN... heat the soup, milk, and cheese in a saucepan.  After you place the chicken in a greased casserole dish and the sauce is fully combined, pour it over the chicken roll ups.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until brown.

***This is probably Chris and Lily's #1 favorite recipe, which I LOVE because it is SOOOOO easy and quick to make and I almost always have all the ingredients even when the pantry is looking bare!  It is also a really really budget friendly meal!  I usually pair it with broccoli or green beans and call it a night!  :-)


Valerie said...

I'll have to try Penny's recipe! I haven't made those bundles in years, so I want to do those again. Now all you need is some of my home-canned green beans!

Ashley said...

Yuuuum!! Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to try these!!

Sarah said...

I second the YUM! Those rollups are marvelous! One of my favorites!