Monday, December 20, 2010

Menu plan Monday- Don't you know its Christmas?!

Do y'all see this flour smudge on my face?!?! No??? Well its there because I am on my five hundredth batch of Christmas biscotti. The fan club has grown and now I am actually getting requests for it!! It leaves me with little time to cook from scratch for my family.
So, that being said....we are freezering it this week. I have leftover roast in a thick gravy that will become open face roast beef sandwiches. (Along with Bobs mashed potatoes that can be heated over the stove....yep. I am going there!!) You get the idea. So instead of tasty recipes (because you are a mom that is probably busy this week as well!) I have left you some links for yummy biscotti :) Merry Christmas y'all!!!
Monday: Open faced roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes and green beans
Tuesday: Italian wedding soup with sourdough bread
Wednesday: Spaghetti casserole with tossed salad and garlic bread
Thursday: Coney's and baked fries with mixed veggies
Friday: Christmas eve- Family dinner
Saturday: Christmas day- Rejoice!!! A King is born!!!!
Sunday: Pizza Night....hey, who wants to cook after all that present opening!
These Biscotti recipes looked good enough to pass on!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Motherhood Musings

I lay my hand on my swollen belly and I feel my little one within respond with a jab. I laugh out loud, overwhelmed with what pure joy feels like.

My son places his hand in the same place only to be met with total motionless silence.

The beginning of sibling rivalry. :)

My husband and I assure him that one day, very soon, you will be able to see the kicks and definitely feel them.

He doesn't look so sure and goes off to play with cars.

As if on cue, I get another kick and I have to stifle a giggle. Its like having a secret joke among a loved one.

I am overwhelmed with this gift of carrying a child and of the joy and complete agony of motherhood.

I could not feel more blessed.

Thank you Lord.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Central Ohio readers

For those who live in or close to central Ohio, I wanted to let you know about a free family fun event.

At the main public library downtown, they have an awesome Train for the holidays. The display even includes Thomas and Percy!!!

(They also have free one hour parking in the garage.)

Something fun for the whole family and free?!?! Count me in !

Monday, December 13, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: Cleaning out the freezer

This week we are trying something new. Instead of leftover night, we are trying clean out the freezer night. I noticed that my freezing extras is a blessing....until my freezer starts to spill over. I will have to let y'all know how it goes! I also am having one of my favorites this week! Hoisin pork chops whose leftover become the yummiest lettuce wraps you have ever tasted. I just throw a couple extra chops on the grill and a couple of nights later, supper is super easy! Happy eating y'all!!

Monday: Freezer clean out- If its been frozen and can be heated in some way- you can eat it!

Tuesday: Roast turkey breast, rosemary redskin potatoes, stuffing, green beans

Wednesday: Hoisin pork chops, scalloped potatoes, broccoli, roasted green peppers

Thursday: Turkey noodle casserole, spinach salad

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Lettuce wraps, fried rice, egg rolls

Sunday: Roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, crescent rolls

Friday, December 10, 2010

Having a servents heart this holiday season!

I wrote this last year at the Christmas but I still feel the same way, this year! I thought it was worth a re-post!

I head a lady complaining the other day, while I was waiting in a long line. (Of course!) She was moaning about everything that she had left to do for Christmas. As I listened to her run down her list, I could truly sympathise.

"I have to address 150 Christmas cards, wrap all my gifts, bake about a thousand cookies and finish getting stocking stuffers" The woman she was talking to could relate. She started naming off all the things that she had to do along with a comment about how she doesn't enjoy the holidays all that much.

I think we all can relate in a way. There is no doubt about it. The holidays are a busy time.
As I recalled the conversation (as I was wrapping a gift) I began to wonder. Is this what the holidays are all about? How much pressure do we put on ourselves?

Then I actually felt guilty for enjoying all those things that woman was complaining about! I love baking cookies. The kids enjoy having goodies to snack on and it makes this time of year special. The hard work I put into each baked treat is appreciated by my friends and family. Its not just flour, sugar and butter. Its my love given to my loved ones.

I also will admit to really enjoy wrapping gifts. I wait until my kids are asleep and then I put on a chick flick (White Christmas anyone?) Cocoa, a snack and turn the fireplace on. I savor this time. I get to wrap each gift in fun, beautiful or funky paper and then make it pretty with ribbon, bows or ornaments. I like to think that when the person receives the gift, they will feel a little more special! (Or at least be able to tell how special I think they are!)

It didn't always used to be like this.. I am afraid that I used to be just like that woman in line. Everything about the holidays was just another thing on my list to be checked off. But is that all there is? The holidays are just a series of things to get done, accomplished and then we can sleep tight at night?

What if we actually slowed down and -gasp- enjoyed the tedious "jobs" that go along with the holidays. You see I believe that its all about having a servants heart. I am leaning this more each day.

I am far from where I need to be.

If we look at these tasks as something that gives joy and pleasure to others the job is suddenly not a "job" but a gift. That time I put into sending a special note in their card or baking that extra batch of cookies is my gift of love.

I could say the same about not doing anything. I have cut out the things that really don't matter at all in order to .. well do nothing with my hubbie and kids. Then those other things that have to be done can be enjoyed rather than endured.

This season is all about the Creators wonderful gift to us.... his Son. If he gave me this gift begrudgingly, would I appreciate it as much? Would I cherish it knowing that it really didn't want to be given?

The truth is that it although it was at the biggest cost, it was joyfully given in love. That is how much I was loved. WOW. Shouldn't I have the same attitude of giving in this Holiday season?

Hopefully I can maintain this attitude throughout Christmas.. but check in on Christmas eve at 2:00am. :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Works for me Wednesday- the great clean out

So its Thursday....I was busy doing the WFMW on Wednesday so its a little late :)

Every year I look at my pile of presents to wrap and then my eyes just automatically wonder to the overflowing toy boxes and bins.

A couple years ago, I decided that enough was enough. The kids and I spend a couple days every December going through their toys. They actually love it because they thing they are playing all day, but they have some tough decisions to make.

I tell them that they have to choose quite a few toys to give to a little girl or boy that doesn't have many toys to play with. I try to explain the importance of giving or donating and how it helps people who have needs greater than ours.

Its hard for them but I am hoping that it starts them on the path of giving and service and putting other before themselves.

It also makes room for the new stuff- which totally works for this mama!

We watch for the donation truck and we talk about how when they sell these things, the money will help people who need things.

They are way to young to serve in a shelter or ministry along those lines so this is their holiday sacrifice. ......Because that is what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown :)

For more great WFMW ideas visit We are That Family!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sure! I'll make cookies- a great deal!

It seems like the calls are coming more abundantly.

The preschool teacher wants to know if we can all bring in cookies. ( Along with the church, ladies meetings, neighbors get the idea!)

I love baking and often do it from scratch because I enjoy it. If you do not enjoy it however, its not much of a blessing. :) ((Or if like me, you are overwhelmed with cookie request.))

The thought of making homemade sugar, butter or cream cheese cutouts makes me tired.

That is why I am sharing this great deal with my girlfriends.

This week at Kroger Krusteaz Cookie Mix is on sale for $1.29. There are several coupons in the paper for $1 off per box. When I went to purchase the cookie mix I noticed that on the sugar cookie mix there are peelies for $.55 off which doubles at Kroger. Making the Sugar Cookie mix $.19 a box!!!!

I tried it out at home and the cookies are delicious. :)

My holidays just got more jolly ......

Monday, December 6, 2010

Menu Plan Monday- 1 meat, 3 meals!

I am baking a whole chicken this week. Not only did I get it on sale and its delicious, it also provides enough chicken for 3 meals!! I can also freeze some of the soup for later on in the winter when I don't feel like cooking. I hope y'all have a yummy week!!!

Monday: Roasted chicken, roasted baby carrots, broccoli

Tuesday: Ravioli Lasagna, spinach salad, garlic bread

Wednesday: Leftovers- if its not movin, you can eat it....but mama is NOT cookin!

Thursday: Chicken Noodle soup in bread bowls

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Stuffed cheeseburgers, baked fries, peas

Sunday: Chicken Alfredo with sun dried tomato and spinach, mixed veggies, rolls

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Works for me Wednesday: Making your Christmas gifts!

I feel like Christmas is more about being together than buying the most expensive gift. My favorite gifts, often are the ones that are homemade :) I love receiving something that someone has put their heart into so I thought I would share one of my favorites!

I tried making my on cocoa and loved it! I found mason jars at Odd Lots and after filling the jars with my homemade cocoa, I topped them with some material and a ribbon. (You can even fill the top of the jar with mini marshmallows!) Its easy and will mean so much to those you give it to!

3 cups nonfat dry milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
¼ tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Working in two batches, pulse ingredients in food processor until chocolate chips are finely ground. Store in an airtight container for three months, longer in refrigerator or freezer. Stir 1/3 cup of mix into 1 cup of hot milk. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows.

Original recipe found here.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Leftover Turkey Recipe #2- Turkey Tortalinni

This is not an official recipe since I made it up but it is delicious and the kidlets love it!

Refrigerated Tortellini
Leftover chunked Turkey
1 red bell and yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
Olive oil
pesto sauce

I take the refrigerated or frozen cheese filled tortellini and cook as directed. I then saute some thinly sliced red and yellow bell peppers in olive oil until tender crisp. In the last few minutes throw in as many chunks of turkey until warmed through.

Add to the cooked tortellini and toss in the pesto sauce of your choice. (As much as you would like.)


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Leftover Turkey Recipe #1- Turkey and rice bake

I am always searching for leftover turkey recipes that will fool my family into thinking they are not eating leftover turkey. No small feat.

I like this recipes because it flavorful and I can freeze half for another day....further stretching the turkey eating! :)

Turkey and Rice Bake

6 slices bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup sliced onion
2 cups cooked rice
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach or broccoli, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons chopped pimiento
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup sour cream
turkey slices, 6 to 8 large slices or enough sliced turkey for 6 people
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon melted butter

Cook bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels then crumble. In 2 tablespoons of the drippings in the same skillet, cook onion and celery until just tender. Combine the rice, bacon, onion, celery, spinach, pimiento, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Combine the soup and sour cream then stir half of it into the rice and vegetable mixture. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11x7-inch baking dish. Arrange turkey slices over rice and vegetable mixture. Spoon remaining soup and sour cream mixture over turkey. Toss bread crumbs with butter and sprinkle around edge of casserole. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until hot and browned around the edge.Serves 6.

Recipe taken from Southern Food. You can find the original post here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

No Menu Plan Monday- Turkey WEEK!!

So because of Turkey week I am not going to be posting Menu Plan Monday.

Instead, I will be posting several recipes that use leftover turkey. (All kid friendly!!!)

I have really been thinking of all the things I have that I have to be thankful blessed we are!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pregnancy is...well pregnancy is weird.... Morning Sickeness!

I am currently baking my third child. I will tell you that this is a child we have prayed for and God has richly blessed us with one more!

However.....that does not change the weirdness of pregnancy. I would like to talk about some of the 1st trimester weirdness. (You know because now that I am out of all that ickyness, I can laugh about it!)

Morning sickness-

Yeah. Right.

Whoever the genius was that came up with this term, never experienced the lovely condition. I WISH I was only sick in the morning. That would have been lovely.

Instead, I was sick every minute and every hour of the day. I would even get up in the middle of the night to get sick. Morning sickness my foot.

But I'm not sirree bob!!

Speaking of my favorite condition, many who have never been pregnant compare morning sickness to having the stomach flu. WRONG!!! Its hard to describe to someone who has never been blessed with child but it goes something like this.

The minute you get done getting sick, or if your like me, in the middle of it...your thinking about what you can eat next. Weird. I told ya! Never in my life of having the stomach flu have I been thinking about food. Yet, there I was hugging the toilet for all I was worth, trying not pee my pants. (A present from my first two...weak bladder) thinking about what I could eat when I was done.

One of my girlfriends told me that the only time she didn't feel sick, was when she was eating. She laughed and confessed that she just kept eating all the time. I say "whatever works for you sister! No judgement here!"

Then you have to deal with the ramifications of what you ate before you got really sick and never...ever...wanting to eat that again. If you are really a sickie like me, you start to run out of things that even sound halfway edible.

I got to the point where I was the anti-Atkins diet. I did all starches...all the time. Potatoes were my friends along with tortilla chips, peppermint ice cream and crackers and bread. (I am not sure but this could be why I gained 5 lbs in my first trimester even though I couldn't stop getting sick)

My thing that I really couldn't stand was the advice.(( Usually, I am polite and gentle with my unwanted advice but the morning sickness made me this beast of a woman. )) If I was told to try Ginger, ginger ale, peppermint tea, sea bands, pressure points, eating a cracker before getting out of bed or any other form of loving advice I was going to lose it!!! I wanted to throw my hands in the air and scream "I have tried it all!!! If I thought standing on my head naked would make me feel better...I WOULD DO IT !!!!"

Anywho, it always amazes me how easily we forget these things after they have passed. I am sitting here eating a sub as I type this and its delicious! Foods just taste better when you are pregnant, don't they? I guess that is our reward for getting through morning sickness!!

Next week: Insomnia.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Works for me Wednesday: Keeping the house clean

So this is a kind of generic WFMW but it does really work for me and my sanity so I thought I would share!

I clean my house on Saturday mornings and it really works for me. The hubs usually takes the kiddos for me or they watch toons, I get the house cleaned and I start the week with a fresh clean house.

Its about Monday night when I realize the house doesn't feel so clean anymore. I give a heavy sigh.

I then started a new routine that really keeps my life so much easier.

I go through Wednesday morning and wipe out the sinks and kitchen with a cloth very quickly. I also get my little cordless sweeper and sweep any major crumbs or granola and the hardwood floors. It takes 30 minutes but it keeps the house looking nice all week long which helps me stay relaxed.

And that works for everyone that lives in this house!

For more great WFMW ideas visit We are That Family!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Free Baby slings...check this out!

Since I am currently baking #3, I am always looking for great deals on baby things. I caught this by sheer luck and thought I would pass on the savings to you!

If you go here, you can order a baby sling of your choice totally for free!!! All you pay is S&H...which ends up being around $11. Just enter TURKEY into the "limited time promo code" box.

I just ordered one and am so excited !!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: Back to the basics.

This week is rather boring I am afraid. I am getting ready for my son's Thanksgiving party and it has me going to all my old standbys for supper. (Who has time to be creative this week!) I am trying a new meatloaf recipe so I have included the link! Also, I will be posting leftover turkey recipes throughout the next two weeks so check back! Happy Eating y'all!

Monday: Beef stroganoff, mashed potatoes, green beans

Tuesday: Homemade chicken noodle soup, fresh bread

Wednesday: Taco bake, Spanish rice

Thursday: Leftover buffet- if its in the fridge, you can eat it...but mama is not cookin!

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Brown sugar meatloaf, scalloped cheddar potatoes, broccoli, rolls

Sunday: Potato cheddar ham soup in bread bowls

Friday, November 12, 2010

A new favorite recipe that is easy and delicious!!

My family tried this recipe that I adapted from a recipe from Campbell's soup. I changed a few things to suit our own family but let me tell family kept going back for more and more!! So here it is. (I think its perfect for college football games!) I will include the original link to the Campbell's recipe below. Enjoy!!!

4 sub buns
1 Can Campbells french Onion soup
1 lb sliced deli thin roast beef
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
4 slices provolone cheese

Heat oven to 400

Heat the soup and Worcestershire in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Add the beef and heat through, stirring occasionally.

Divide the beef evenly among the rolls. Top the beef with the cheese slices and place the sandwiches onto a baking sheet.

Bake for 3 minutes or until the sandwiches are toasted and the cheese is melted.

Spoon the soup mixture into little cups to dip the sandwiches in!

Check out the original recipe here!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Works for me Wednesday: Using happy meal toys for some good!

I will be the first to confess that many a happy meal has crossed this thresh hold. I will also tell you that many happy meal toys don't see the light of day due to lack of interest or I simply don't want to add to the toy pile. (I am the meanest mama God ever made :) )

We keep the toys, packaged so nicely in their little plastic bags, and save them. We then gather them all up around Thanksgiving time and take them to our neighbors church who packs Christmas boxes for children overseas.

The toys fit perfectly and it may be the only toy they receive this Christmas. I also hope it teaches the kids to think of others rather than themselves.

And that totally works for everyone!

For more great WFMW ideas visit We are That Family!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My really bad, terrible, awful day! (Did I mention it was awful?)

It started out like any other typical day. I had high hopes for a smooth day....boy was I wrong!

I went in for my standard 12 week OB appointment only for my OB to not find the heartbeat. I felt my own pulse quicken with anticipation as we walked over to the ultrasound room. I had my 2 1/2 year old with me and she was just chatting away. I was trying to appear calm.

As soon as the wand touched my stomach we saw my little plum promptly turn its back to us and refuse to flip around. My first thought was "Oh, this is how baby #3 is going to be...great!" I then had to turn my focus on my almost 3 year old screaming to the top of her lungs " I can't see the baby!!! Too dark!!!"

My OB was laughing.....I was trying to remember why I got pregnant again.

The sudden ultrasound made me late in picking up my son from preschool. There he was in the front lobby with one of my girlfriends that I had called. First thing out of his mouth? "Why are you so late, mama?!?!" As other mamas (who were not late in picking up their offspring) looked on.

Being late caused me to run thru a drive thru on the way home instead of fixing a extra healthy nutritious meal for my brood, which in return caused mama guilt. That in return made me scarf down my food, only to make a swift return when morning sickness hit.

Good times.

Number 1 refused to take a nap while number 2 slept longer than normal which left me balancing trying to keep #1 quiet and entertained. (My boy thought my front living room is a gymnastics center and every time I would walk away I would hear a "BOOM" where he had catapulted his body off of some piece of furniture.)

I then had to wake #2 up so that I could hurry my littles out the door for our last night of t-ball. Of course this was the night that my people did not want to get their shoes on, want to go pee for the last time and wanted to ask about how pumpkins grew. I started to count to ten and decided I needed more than a hundred numbers....

At the ball park my son was drawing letters in the dirt when he should have been trying to catch a ball and lost his glove. Enter lunatic mom yelling through the fence. " Miles, your glove is right here...come and get it...Miles! MILES!!!"

Now moms and dads were looking at me. I was too tired and worn out to care at that point.

I turned to find my daughter was covered in dirt and was throwing it on one of her little playmates....squarely in the eyeballs. I rushed over to her and had a talk about not throwing in which she giggled and did it again. I then picked her up and removed her from her friend which sent her into hysterics and screaming loud enough to wake the dead.

After the game they awarded trophies to the boys only for me to not have a camera. (The only parent not to have one) A fellow mom looked at me sadly and offered to take pictures for me and send them to me. I have to be honest, at this point, I just wanted to crawl under the bench and rock back and forth.

Walking back to the car with another family my daughter shot ahead sing songing " I love to run la la la" I couldn't keep up with her and she darted straight out in the parking lot, trying to escape the grasp of her older brother who was chasing her. I shouted and a mom grabbed her just before she ran in front of a moving vehicle. While I grabbed her this mom was looking at me like I had no business having another child and I believed her. I swiftly started disciplining my daughter only for her start to bawl and guess what? I started to bawl too.

Trying to still talk to my daughter about the dangers of running out in the street, I put my son in his car seat. He was displeased with this because he couldn't talk to his friend in the car beside him. Not having a nap and acting in the flesh, he decided that the proper action to take was to punch the window. All this while his little friends family looked on.

I quickly opened the door and managed to hiss out a warning. Going to the back of my car, I realized that I left the lawn chair waaaaaay back at the ball field. I felt hot tears sting the backs of my eyes and the hubby of my friend beside me must have felt sorry for me because he ran back to get it for me.

I won't bore you with more. (Oh yes, there is more!) The point of rawly exposing my worst day I have had in a long time is simple. Many times we as moms try to come off as perfect. Like we have it all together. As a mom, I see other moms and wonder how they manage to do it all. Or after a really bad long day I wonder if I deserve to be a mom.

One of my friends whom I have not seen for a while confided that she wanted to handle things like I did with the kids. I threw my head back and let out a long hearty laugh. I told her of that awful day where I felt like a total failure as a parent. Her eyes grew wide and she joined me in a good belly laugh.

Because that is the thing with girlfriends who are mama's. We don't only need to share recipes and sewing tips. We need to share the really hard days where our kids are acting a'fool and we are losing it. Because we have all been there!!! We all have days like this. None of us are perfect, have it all together or do the right thing all the time. Just knowing that we are not alone helps us to take a deep breath and hope that tomorrow will be better. (Along with prayer...alot of prayer!)

So next time your friend is having a hard day take some pity on her and tell her a really awful story of yours. It will make everyone feel better!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Works for me Wednesday: Sauce tip

We recently had a family dinner with my in-laws. My sister in law ,who is the hostess with the mostess, also got a part time job at a fancy restaurant doing food prep. She loves cooking and she thought it might be an opportunity to learn some new tricks of the trade.

She shared one of these tricks with us the other day as we indulged in the best pasta sauce I have ever laid my taste buds on!!!

When making a tomato sauce of any kind you can actually reduce the acid content and taste!

Place a peeled, halved carrot in any sauce while making it and it will soak up the acid. Your left with a smooth tasting sauce that your family (and guests) will love!

For more great WFMW ideas visit We are That Family!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: I'm back...and hungry!!

Hello! I am extremely happy and blessed to announce that the morning sickness has chosen to depart this past week. Leaving in its wake.....hunger! I think I am trying to make up for weeks of not eating. :) The herbed turkey breast roast below is so good I had to share! Its easy and you can usually find a turkey breast roast on sale with the roasts! Also check out some of the linked side dishes below which I cannot wait to try......happy eating y'all!

Monday: Herbed roast turkey breast, stuffing, corn, green beans with ham hock

Tuesday: Shrimp pasta in a sun dried tomato cream sauce, spinach salad, garlic bread

Wednesday: Leftovers- If its in the fridge, you can have it...but mama is not cookin!!

Thursday: Turkey Enchiladas, Black beans and rice

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Cheeseburgers, baked fries, Tomato Salad

Sunday: Fried chicken, cheesy mashed potatoes, fried green tomatoes, salad

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Works for me Wednesday: Using Nature to decorate for fall!

We are trying our best to be good stewards of money these days. I will confess right now, that I have a TON of fall decorations that I have collected over the years! That doesn't stop me from seeing new decorations and wanting to add to my collection!

In this last year, however, I have found that my very favorite decorations are the ones that God himself created :)

I have been going out with the kidlets to collect gorgeous leaves. (Which leads to lots of talks about trees, squirrels and other random stuff :) ) We also have been on the lookout for long branches that we can tie some orange ribbons to. Anything that doesn't carry bugs and won't rot is fair game for some cheap and beautiful decorations!

Here are some leaves that we collected and let dry. (They curl so pretty!) I placed them in a glass cylinder and even put a candle on top. And guess what?! They are from 2 years ago!!

They keep beautifully and are free.....and that works for this mama!

For more great WFMW ideas, visit We are That Family!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Make it a Fiesta!!!

This week we are having Chicken Enchiladas, re fried beans and Spanish Rice. I thought maybe we could spice it up a little with one of my favorite desserts in the world....sopapillas.

These are puffy pastries that you can dip in berry sauce, chocolate, vanilla ice cream or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Usually these tasty treats are made from a dough recipe but we like things simple in this house. :)

My mom taught us how easy this is...and then took care of us when we ate so many we got sick!

Easy Sopapillas

1 tube of crescent rolls
Frying Oil

Dips of your choice

Heat oil till its extremely hot. (Because I like technical terms)

Unfold crescent rolls and separate. Take individual crescent rolls and fold over to form a triangle. Place in oil with a spatula. (It will bubble so be careful!)

When puffy and golden brown, remove and let drain on a paper towel.

Serve while warm!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: 2 meats- 4 meals!

I have decided to make two major meats this week and make four meals out of them. Hopefully this will save me some time and sanity! :) I am also excited to be fixing one of my favorite salads this week. I am hoping that eating foods that really sound good to me will save me some morning sickness grief....happy eating y'all!

Monday: Pot Roast, roasted carrots and potatoes, green beans, hot rolls

Tuesday: Boulevard salad (recipe below)

Wednesday: Roast chicken, mixed veggies, cheddar biscuits

Thursday: Hot roast beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes, salad

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Leftover night- Mama is too sick to cook!

Sunday: Chicken enchiladas, Re fried beans, Spanish rice

My family used to have a favorite restaurant called "The Boulevard" when I was growing up. Since then, it has long gone out of business but I have tried to recreate my favorite dish. It just so happens that it is delicious and easy. The combination of the hot stir fry, melted cheese and the crunch of the cool lettuce is a great combination!! I hope you love it as much as my family does!!

The Boulevard Salad

1 bag of frozen teriaki chicken stir fry (I get the one with the chicken included)
1 head of lettuce
1 bag of mozzarella cheese
Asian noodles

Fix the bag of stir fry as directed on package including the sauce.

Meanwhile on a plate, make a bed of lettuce. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top of the lettuce.

When stir fry is cooked spoon ion top of the lettuce and cheese.

Sprinkle the top with Asian noodles and serve while hot.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: Comfort food ....still!

I am afraid that I am still in comfort food mode so its not alot of variety this week! If fact, I am thankful that my family is good with all the foods that I am wanting right now!! I hope to be able to try new things soon but until then it looks like I eat what I can :) Happy Eating Y'all!!

Monday: Grilled tomato and cheese's, baked fries, peas

Tuesday: Ham potato cheddar soup, fresh bread, salad

Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner- French toast, bacon and scrambled eggs

Thursday: Chili and cornbread (See recipe below)

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Potato bar with chili, cheese and sour cream, garden salad with fresh veggies

Sunday: Left over buffet- Mama is prego...and not cookin!

My mama is from the south and she has very strong opinions on things such as manners, sweet tea and cornbread. My grandmother would always make our cornbread in a large cast iron skillet and it came out perfect every time! Let me make it perfectly clear, however. Cornbread in the south is not sweet! (Many a southern woman will get scrappy over this fact too :) ) Check out an adaptation from a family cornbread recipe....

Cornbread (Adapted from women in my family)

2 4 tablespoons bacon fat
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

Heat oven to 425.

Put the bacon fat in a cast-iron skillet and place in the oven. Combine the cornmeal and flour, then mix in the egg and milk. Add water slowly, until the mixture is pourable (like a thick batter).

Take the hot pan from the oven, pour some of the melted bacon fat (a tablespoon or more) into the batter, then pour the batter into the hot pan.

Place back in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the outer crust is golden brown.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Holy Wars

I have 2 delightful children and am cooking the third. I love my little brood and I love their distinct personalities ...well, sometimes.

The current dilemma in our house is saying grace before meals.

My son has always been the little evangelist. He loves to say grace and I am quite proud of him. He has learned not to recite but to really make it personal. He will ask for God to keep daddy safe while at work, to help sissy with her cold or when he is really hungry he thanks God for the "best food ever". Its sweet and makes me smile.

Enter the little sister.

She is sassy. In every way. She may be little in stature but she is BIG in personality. She has figured out that it bugs her darling brother if she tries to say grace...over top of his grace.

Number 1 gets truly enraged, even daring to growl and bang his fist on the table in the middle of thanking the Lord for or food. This of course delights number 2 and results in giggles and grins. Which just makes my son all the more angry.

I am sure that the Lord is more amused that I am at these times.

I try to explain that we are thanking God for our food and that this is not appropriate. We have tried taking turns saying grace, disciplining my daughter, both saying it. I have exhausted my list of options.

Being the cooker of #3 I can hardly wait (sarcasm intended) to see what he/she brings to the dinner table.

Isn't that the great part of being in a family, though? All those moments that cannot be planned and that make you laugh later. It makes me love this job as a mama and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Well....most days anyway.

I guess for now, its our own little Holy war.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Works for me Wednesday: Making leftovers easy!

I love this style of kids trays.

They are so convenient when your kids don't like their foods touching. (Good times)I have recently found another use for them that saves me time...and that is a good thing! I can use the extra time to you know....use the bathroom or read a page in my book. :)

When putting away leftovers, I have been putting a little of the leftovers in these sectioned trays then covering it with cling wrap. I then place it in the fridge and have a complete meal, ready to eat for my kiddos. Thus, creating a meal to go! It works perfect when they have a sitter or even home with dad. I feel better than getting them junk or one of those frozen kids meals. Just pop it in the microwave and you are done!

And that totally works for this mama!!!

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Recipe Tuesday: Chicken and Dumplings

This looks absolutly delisious...and more importantly these days, mild on my tummy! I can't wait to try it...happy eating!!

Chicken and Dumplings

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
6 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter
Chopped Carrots- as many as you would like
Chopped Celery- as many as you would like
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups all-purpose baking mix
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cold water

In a large pot over medium heat, simmer chicken in 6 cups water until no longer pink. Remove chicken, cool and shred.

Return shredded chicken to pot and stir in butter, salt and pepper. Cook until chicken reaches desired tenderness, 15 to 60 minutes.

In a bowl, stir together baking mix and milk until smooth. In a separate bowl, stir together flour and 1/2 cup cold water until smooth. Stir flour mixture into soup; bring soup to a rolling boil.

Drop baking mix mixture by tablespoonfuls into the boiling water, neatly around the chicken. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes. Then cover and cook 10 minutes more. (Sneak a spatula under the dumplings to prevent chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pot.) Serve hot.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: Anything goes! that the secret is out on why my tummy has been so upset these days, this menu plan will come as no surprise to you! Its all about comfort food!!!! Anything that does not make me want to hug the toilet is good for me. What you see this week is your traditional comfort food. Happy eating y'all!!

Monday: Sloppy Joes (recipe below), Tater Tots, salad

Tuesday: Chicken noodle soup, fresh baked bread

Wednesday: Leftover night...mama is not cookin!!

Thursday: Beef roast, mashed potatoes, green beans

Friday: Pizza Night!!

Saturday: Baked ziti, spinach salad, garlic bread

Sunday: Chicken and dumplings (recipe tomorrow), mixed veggies

Sloppy Joes
2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
8 hamburger buns

Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until evenly browned, stirring to crumble. I like to use a potato masher to even out the lumps. Add onion and celery, cover the pan, and cook until tender and transparent, about 5 minutes. Drain off any grease.

Stir the tomato soup (undiluted), ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce into the beef mixture. Season with salt and garlic powder. Heat to a simmer over low heat, and cook until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently to prevent it from burning on the bottom.

Spoon the hot beef mixture onto buns, which may be toasted first, and serve.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My little reason for the blog interruption :)

You may have noticed that my blog is lacking these days.

I haven't posted a craft, Kids activity or organizing tip in I don't know how long!

I promise I am not leaving you .....

I have been sick. Well, sick and tired. Make that feel like a slug, don't want to get off the couch tired. Well unless I have to be which I run. :)

We are thrilled that God has blessed us with another child!! (How can you love someone so much from one little flicker on a screen?...I guess that is another post!)

I am having a hard time right now keeping up with the blog while I fight with my tummy:)

Please be patient with me...I have some great ideas in the works.

But for right now I need to go lay down :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Recipe Tuesday: Black bean and salsa soup

I came across this recipe and it seemed too good to be true! It had rave reviews and everyone loved it !!! I cannot wait to try it......

Black Bean and Salsa Soup

2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chunky salsa
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion

In an electric food processor or blender, combine beans, broth, salsa, and cumin. Blend until fairly smooth.

Heat the bean mixture in a saucepan over medium heat until thoroughly heated.

Ladle soup into 4 individual bowls, and top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of the sour cream and 1/2 tablespoon green onion.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: Back to Basics

I have not been feeling that hot so I am trying to stick to basics this week. Tacos, baked pasta and pork chops are about all I can handle right now. (But they are all family favorites so that is ok!!) The one exception is the black bean and salsa soup. It sounds too good not to try! Happy Eating Y'all!

Monday: Cornflake coated fish (Recipe below), Perogies, Green Beans

Tuesday: Taco's, Spanish rice, black bean and salsa soup (Recipe tomorrow)

Wednesday: Leftover buffet- if its the fridge you can eat it .......but I am not cookin!

Thursday: Baked penne pasta with meat sauce, spinach salad, garlic bread

Friday: Pizza night!

Saturday: Shredded beef sandwiches, baked fries, broccoli salad

Sunday: Baked pork chops, asparagus, baked carrots

Cornflake Fried Fish
1 egg
1 1/2 cups beer
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound cod fillets
2 cups crushed cornflake crumbs
1 quart oil for frying

In a medium bowl, beat together egg, beer, flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place cod in the bowl, and thoroughly coat with the mixture.

In a separate medium bowl, mix the cornflake crumbs. Dip the cod in the crumb mixture, and thoroughly coat all sides.

In a large, heavy skillet or deep fryer, heat the oil to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Fry the fish until golden brown, and flesh is easily flaked with a fork.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Works for me Wednesday- Most excellent

I am from the camp of thinking that you don't get rewarded for doing whats expected. If you are a part of this family, you contribute in your own way. There is no reward for doing your daily chores, helping mom out or being kind to others. That is just what a family does...because we love each other.

I am. however, all about acknowledging behavior that really goes above and beyond by making good choices. My number 1 is four and it can be a fun and tough age. Teaching him that he is not the only one in the universe is a challenge indeed. I have caught glimpses of him lately putting others before himself and it made me want to recognize this type of behavior!

So my son and I (and his bigger cousin who made the chart) came up with an excellence chart. Every time he does something really excellent he gets a sticker on his chart. When one row is completed he gets a prize. (I usually have a stockpile in my gift closet or several trinkets on hand from the dollar store.)

These stickers are not easy to earn, so when one goes on the chart it is a big deal! Number 1 doesn't get one for taking his plate to sink, putting his shoes away or helping dad in the yard. He does get one for cleaning his whole room without being asked. Or if he chooses to help a neighbor on his own.

Good stuff!

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Recipe Tuesday: EZ BBQ pork

I found this recipe and it looked so easy I just have to try it!!(I may play around with adding some additional spices too!) Let me know if you do and tell me how your family likes it!


1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
3 pounds boneless pork ribs
1 (18 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce

Pour can of beef broth into slow cooker, and add boneless pork ribs. Cook on High heat for 4 hours, or until meat shreds easily. Remove meat, and shred with two forks. It will seem that it's not working right away, but it will.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Transfer the shredded pork to a Dutch oven or iron skillet, and stir in barbecue sauce.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until heated through.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: I'm too busy to cook post!

This has been a really hectic 2 weeks around here. (I will get more into that, hopefully next week.) It has left me...hmmm, how do I say this? Not wanting to cook very much! I do want my family to still eat well though, so that has left me with getting creative. That also means lots of crock pot use. For the new recipe below I used the leftover chicken from earlier in the week, making it even less effort! Happy Eating Y'all!

Monday: Leftovers- If its not movin, you can have it..... but mama is not cookin!

Tuesday: Grilled chicken, green beans, roasted carrots

Wednesday: Crock pot beef roast, mashed potatoes, broccoli

Thursday: Chicken with Asian veggies,(recipe below) brown rice, egg rolls

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Shredded beef tacos, Spanish rice, black beans

Sunday: Crock pot BBQ pork,(recipe Tues.) baked beans, coleslaw, tomato salad

Chicken with Asian Veggies

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 cup of sliced bamboo shoots

1 can baby corn1 cut thinly sliced water chestnuts

2 tbs Soy sauce

First grill the chicken breast slightly on both sides and cut into pieces if desired. Boil the bamboo shoots and water chestnuts for about 15 minutes. Open the can of baby corn and wash very well. Combine all the ingredients into the crock pot and stir. Let the dinner cook for about 6 hours on low without opening to check on it and a great, delicious meal should be ready to serve.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Recipe Tuesday- Asian Snap peas

Hey girls! You have to try this delicious recipe that my family loves!!! (I always look for snap peas to go one sale and then make this!) The recipe calls for garlic flavored olive oil but I always saute some olive oil with some minced garlic and you have the same thing :) Hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!!

Asian Snap Peas
1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
3 tablespoons garlic flavored olive oil
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 drops chili oil
1/4 teaspoon packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Preheat the oven broiler, and move oven rack into the top position.

Place the snap peas onto a baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Spread the snap peas out into a single layer.

Broil the snap peas in the preheated oven until tender, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, chili oil, brown sugar, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. When the snap peas come out of the oven, toss them immediately with the sauce.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Menu Plan Monday: Easy Cheesy

So glad to be back to a regular schedule this week! I am trying a new pasta bake that looks super easy...which is how I like it. Check out the recipe below! I also will be posting a delicious recipe for sauteed snap peas tomorrow. Your family will love them! Happy Eating Y'all!

Monday: Italian Wedding Soup, French bread and cheese

Tuesday: Beef roast, mashed potatoes, green beans

Wednesday: Leftover buffet- you can have it, if its not movin.. but mama is not cookin!

Thursday: Grilled teriyaki chicken, grilled green peppers, brown rice, sauteed snap peas
(Recipe tomorrow)

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Breakfast for dinner: orange french toast, maple sausage, fried potatoes

Sunday: Pasta bake (Recipe below), spinach salad, garlic bread

Pasta Bake:
8 ounces mostaccioli pasta
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Bring a large pot of lightly salted boil water to a boil. Cook mostaccioli pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain well.

Meanwhile, cook ground beef and chopped onions in a skillet over medium heat until browned.
In a large bowl, mix together the mushrooms, spaghetti sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, pasta, and browned ground beef and onion mixture. Transfer to a greased, 9x13 inch casserole dish.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until very hot.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Works for me Wednesday- Making fall placemats!

I posted this last year but its one of my favorites and the leaves are starting to drop so I thought it was worth a re-post!

Take the littles and collect leaves.

You will need:

2 sheets of wax paper per place mat
leaves of choice
Stickers, crayon shavings, scrap booking embellishments, decorations of choice

Lay out 1 sheet of wax paper and place leaves and decorations of choice on the wax paper.

Then place 2nd sheet of wax paper and place medium heated iron on top and iron until wax paper bonds with each other.

Wahlah!! Beautiful place mats!!

I can tell you that I packed ours away last year and just got them out of the fall decorations with low hopes of them looking good. I can tell you that they looked just the way they did the day we made this is a lasting decoration!!!

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