Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Works for me Wednesday: storing sheets

You know that bottom sheet that goes on your bed? The one with the bunchy corners that won't fold quite right? Yep, that one.....

I have always had trouble with that black sheep sheet. I want to open my linen closet to see nice neat stacks of sheets, towels and washcloths. The sheet pile always ends up messy, no matter how hard I try and it drives me crazy!

So I now fold the sheet, whose name we will not mention, along with the top sheet and 1 pillow case. I stick the stack of sheets and pillow case into the very back of the other matching pillow case. I then fold over the remaining pillow case material so the decorative trim is showing.

You then have all the pieces of your sheet set, without hunting or losing pieces. You also have a very neat, visually appealing way to store your sheets!

And that works for this mama!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I am finishing up with the eating from the pantry challenge so my menu looks kind of goofy. (I am loving those cleaned out shelves, however!!) I am also letting you in on my big secret french toast recipe. I always make almost a loaf and then freeze them in between sheets of wax paper. Who needs to buy frozen french toast when you can make your own!! Happy eating Y'all!!1

Monday: Breakfast for dinner.. french toast and sausage (Recipe at bottom)

Tuesday: Potato soup, homemade bread, salad

Wednesday: Leftover buffet- if its not movin, you can eat it!

Thursday: Pork chop rice casserole, grilled asparagus, corn

Friday: Pizza Night

Saturday: Club sandwiches, baked fries, pickle spears

Sunday: Pasta with tomato cream sauce (recipe follows), garlic bread, broccoli

Pasta with Tomato cream sauce
1 (28 ounce) jar tomato pasta sauce
1 cup half-and-half
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 (8 ounce) package angel hair pasta
1/8 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan combine pasta sauce, half and half, garlic, salt, pepper, nutmeg and basil. Simmer over low heat for 45 to 50 minutes; do not boil.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Toss pasta with sauce and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Super secret Everything Moms french toast
4 beaten eggs
1 cup milk
2 Tbs sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Bread of choice

In shallow bowl beat together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, orange extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dip bread slices in egg mixture, coating both sides.
In skillet or griddle melt 1 Tbs of butter over medium heat. Make sure skillet is heated BEFORE starting french toast. Add bread slices and cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve warm with maple syrup.