It's that time of the week again, Menu Plan Monday. I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. My day was filled with homemade cards and goodies from my kids. I love the homemade cards, they are worth so much more to me than a store bought card.
This past week has been a pretty rough week around here as we have been passing a virus bug around the house, so a few of our meals got skipped. I ended up making some homemade chicken noodle soup because we all know that you can't get better unless you eat chicken noodle soup. I am trying to incorporate more real food into our diet, if you look at some of my menu items you may wonder how I can make that statement but we are working on it. It's hard to break old habits and change your eating practices all at once so we are doing baby steps around here. To make our homemade chicken noodle soup I turned to theChicken Noodle Soup recipe from 100 Days of Real Food. For those of you who know I don't like to follow instructions I will have you know that I followed the recipe 100% for the soup. I started off on Saturday night by cooking the chicken in the crockpot, and then making the stock overnight in the crockpot. We didn't eat the chicken on Saturday night so I just pulled it off the bone and put it in the fridge for use later. Then on Sunday I made the chicken noodle soup adding in half of the cooked chicken and then I am using the rest of the chicken for our chicken pot pie this week. I will also be using the extra chicken stock in that recipe as well. It was a super easy to follow recipe and the whole family loved it.
This will be another busy week followed by the Little Man's 10th birthday party this Sunday. We will be having to eat out again a couple of times this week, even though I am not too happy about it.
Dinner: Salmon Cakes I will be using this recipe this week instead ofmy recipe to see what the difference in taste is (skipped last week), Crashed Potatoes (recipe coming soon), Garlicky Mushrooms and Kale
I am enjoying this spring weather, and have been busy
planning my garden for the upcoming season.One of the areas that I have really been focusing on is my herb
garden.Did you know that herbs can be
grown for more than just spicing up your food they can also be used for medicinal
purposes?Here are six herbs that you
might want to consider adding to your herb garden for medicinal use.
One of the most popular plants that is grown for medicinal
purposes is the Aloe Vera Plant.Aloe
Vera has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory compounds
that help make it perfect for use when it comes to wound healing.Simply break off one of the Aloe Vera plant’s
stems and rub the gel found inside directly onto your wound, burn, or sunburn
to take advantage of its natural healing properties.
Well known for its immune system building properties
Echinacea is often used in the treatment of colds, flu, ear aches, and yeast
infections.All parts of the Echinacea
plant can be used, and it is most often used as a tea.
As a member of the mint family Lemon Balm is used for the
treatment of headaches, skin infections, and digestive problems.Lemon Balm can be made into a tea, and has a
distinct lemony scent.
Another member of the mint family Peppermint is often used
in the treatment of digestive disorders or for calming an upset stomach.Peppermint can be used as a tea or added to
dishes for peppermint flavoring.
As a plant that grows naturally in the wild Burdock can also
easily be incorporated into an herb garden.The leaves of the Burdock plant can be cooked up like spinach, while
being used as a liver treatment, to stimulate the digestive system, and for
soothing a cold or sore throat.
While it is often considered a lawn weed plantain is
actually a useful herb to grow in your garden.Plantain is excellent when it comes to relieving the pain of beestings
or poison ivy.While some might not be
able to get past how plantain is used in the treatment of beestings or poison
ivy it is actually quite easy to use.You simply chew up the plantain leaves while keeping the saliva and the
leaves in the front of your mouth.Once
you have chewed up the leaves, place the chewed up leaves along with the saliva
directly onto the affected area.
As I promised yesterday today I am posting my recipe for my Apple Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup. This recipe came about when I had a couple of apples in our fruit bowl that desperately needed eating and after a busy day I needed a super simple supper. After searching online for a few apple pancake recipes I finally decided upon a mixture of a few recipes and came up with my own version.
2 cup all Purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Applesauce
1 cup Milk
1/4 cup Melted Butter
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
2 small apples, peeled and diced
In a mixing bowl mix all ingredients in the order listed, and stir together by hand.
In a lightly oiled skillet over medium high heat drop 1 cup of pancake mix.
Flip pancakes when the mixture begins to bubble and cook until both sides are light golden.
Remove from heat and serve with pancake syrup. The Apple Cider Pancake Syrup is delicious!
Apple Cider Pancake Syrup
1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Cups Apple Cider
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
2. When butter is melted add in remaining ingredients.
3. Continue to cook over medium heat until the mixture for fifteen minutes.
4. Remove from heat. Syrup will thicken as it cools off.
It's finals week for this busy momma, which means a week full of studying and a huge need for simple meals. I can't wait for this semester to be over though because I am taking the summer semester off and it will be my first semester off in over a year. I am desperately in need of that break. With only two more weeks of homeschool co-op left, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for this school year.
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
Breakfast: Sausage and Biscuits, cooked on Sunday night
Lunch: Roast Beef Sandwiches (we made our own lunch meat and will be posting the recipe this week), pretzels, and oranges
Dinner: Chicken, mashed potatoes, lima beans
Breakfast: Apple Pancakes (Recipe will be posted on Tuesday) with Apple Cider Syrup
With the weather warming up, the mosquitoes will be coming out very soon, if they aren't already out in your area. Mosquitoes are not only a pest but can pass diseases with their bites. If you want to enjoy your outdoor area without having to constantly fight mosquitoes you might want to consider using one or more of these handy tips to help combat mosquitoes.
Eliminate Standing Water
The first thing you will want to do when it comes to combating mosquitoes in your yard is to eliminate any standing water that can be found in your yard. Standing, stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, by having standing water in your yard you are inviting mosquitoes to breed there and by eliminating the standing water you are taking away their breeding grounds.
Lemon Balm and Lemon Grass
The lemon scent of Lemon Balm and Lemon Grass is said to repel mosquitoes. Planting Lemon Balm or Lemon Grass along the borders of your yard, in the flower beds next to your house, and near areas where you want to sit outside at night will help to keep the mosquitoes away.
Essential Lavender Oil is a natural mosquito repellant that can be applied to skin before going outdoors to repel mosquitoes and keep them from biting you. You can make your own Essential Lavender oil from the Lavender plants in your yard.
If the idea of having bats flying around your property at night doesn't bother you than you might want to consider installing a bat house (or two or three) on your property. Seventy percent of bat species are insectivores, therefore they feed solely on insects. By having bats on your property you will greatly reduce the amount of mosquitoes on your property, it has been reported that some bats can catch up to six hundred or more mosquitoes in an hour.
Many people report that putting dryer sheets in your pockets when you are outdoors will help to keep mosquitoes away. They say that this works best with the stronger smelling dryer sheets, as mosquitoes do not like the smell of them.
Homemade Mosquito Traps
There are several Homemade Mosquito Traps that you can use to help reduce the amount of mosquitoes in your yard. Erin Ringwald, an Ehow Contributor, has step-by-step instructions for creating your own homemade mosquito trap using brown sugar. You can find Erin's homemade mosquito trap by visiting the Ehow website.
Things have been kind of crazy at The Modern Day Mom house, as the end of most school years are. The good news is there is only a few more weeks left for the majority of it. Since the weather is warming up and we are so busy, I am in need of some majorly easy recipes to get me through the week. We don't eat much once the weather warms up so light meals are perfect for us. And yes, we are eating out way more than I want to this week. If I had to guess some of those eating out trips will become sandwiches on the go instead.
With the Kentucky Derby just a few short weeks away now is
the time to get busy planning your Derby Day party.One of the biggest parts of any party is the
menu, and with the Kentucky Derby there are plenty of traditional Kentucky
foods that you will want to incorporate.Here are some great ideas to keep in mind when planning the menu for
your Kentucky Derby Party this Derby Day.
A Kentucky Derby party would not be complete without
Kentucky’s famous burgoo.For those who
don’t know it is a stew that consists of a little bit of everything including
rabbit, chicken, and ham.To find the
recipe to make Traditional Kentucky Burgoo you can visit
the Courier Journal Newspaper website.
Kentucky Derby Horse
These adorable Kentucky Derby horse shaped cookies are sure
to be a hit at your Derby party.Do you
want to know what the best part is?You
don’t have to be a kitchen whiz to make them, in fact there is no baking
involved.They are made using Pepperidge
Farm Milano cookies, Mini Nilla Wafers, Tootsie Rolls, Red Licorice, and
caramel.Find out how to make these
horse cookies yourself by visiting the blog Party
Kentucky Hot Brown
While Kentucky Hot Browns are delicious they aren’t exactly
a party friendly food, however these Kentucky Hot Brown Bites give you all the
flavor of a Kentucky Hot Brown in a miniature party-friendly bite size.To find out how to make these Kentucky Hot
Brown Bites made with refrigerated crescent rolls visit
the website Plain Chicken.
A Kentucky Derby party is just a party unless you are
serving the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep.This delicious bourbon based drink is a snap
to make, with just bourbon, mint leaves, sugar, water, and some ice being all
that you need.Find out how to mix up
some Mint Juelps for your party by visiting
the Babble website.
Mint Julep Cupcakes
If you would prefer to eat your Mint Julep instead of drink
it than these Mint Julep Cupcakes from The Pink Peony is just for you.Learn how to make these “adult only” cupcakes
The Pink Peony blog for the recipe.
Kentucky Derby Pie
While the official Kentucky Derby Pie recipe is said to be a
well kept family secret there are plenty of recipes around claiming to be the
best Kentucky Derby Pie recipe.The best
recipe that I have found that most closely resembles the official Kentucky
Derby Pie can be found by visiting
the About.com Food website.
Kentucky Bourbon Ball
If you have noticed we here in Kentucky love our Bourbon, and
it is closely associated with all things Derby.These Kentucky Bourbon Ball Pops succulently display that great taste of
Bourbon that says its Derby time like nothing else.You can find out how to make them by visiting
the blog Mirabella Creations.
I am a stay at home mom who struggles to be a Domestic Diva, but my projects often result in a Domestic Disaster. I love to cook, sew and craft. One of my goals as a mother is to make my kid's childhood memorable.