Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1 tablespoon freshly minced parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
- 1 large egg white
- 1 can Prepared Spaghetti Sauce (I use my Homemade Spaghetti Sauce)
- 1 cup Mozerella Cheese
- Mix mince parsley, dried basil, salt, black pepper, and bread crumbs in a small bowl.
- Cut chicken breasts in half.
- Put egg white in a shallow dish.
- Dip chicken breasts in egg white, and then dredge through breadcrumb mixture.
- In a large non-stick skillet fry chicken breasts.
- Place chicken breasts in a casserole dish, and cover with spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with Mozerella Cheese.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for twenty-five to thirty minutes, or cheese is melted.
- Serve chicken breasts over a bed of spaghetti noodles.
What you will need:
- Potatoes, rinsed
- Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- Pastry Brush
- Aluminum Foil, I use the Reynolds Wrappers
1. Using potatoes that have been rinsed, cut an "X" on the top of the potato.
2. Using a pastry brush, brush potato with olive oil.
3. Roll potato in Kosher Salt, being careful not to get too much salt on potato. My kids like to mash up their baked potatoes and eat the skin and all so too much salt on the potato keeps them from eating the skin. 4. Wrap potato in aluminum foil
5. Baking times and temperature vary on a number of temperatures. Depending on what else I have in the oven I will cook the potatoes between 350 and 425 degrees. The amount of time it takes to cook the potatoes will also vary depending on the size of a potato, a small potato may only take 30 minutes to cook, while a larger one will take longer. Normal cooking times will vary between 30 minutes and 60 minutes. Cook until potatoes are tender.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I don't think it has anything to do with the recipes, they were great, but I just didn't have that wonderful experience I expected when eating the meal. Of course, it's been a busy week for me, and my heart hasn't always been in my cooking this week. It's been one of those weeks where I made the same recipe that I have made a hundred times but this week it just didn't taste right.
That said my kids gave a big thumbs up to the Chicken Parmesan we had last night. (Yes, I did tweak the recipe and will be posting my version of the recipes later this week.) The Shrimp Lo Mein was also good, but the Lo Mein noodles I bought just weren't what I expected them to be. The potato soup was outstanding, and really hit the spot now that the weather is getting colder. This time I left the sausage out of it, and only used bacon for the meat.
So here we go with this week's menu. I decided to keep it pretty basic this week, no over the top recipes that require a lot of work.
Monday: We will be in town - so we will be eating out
Tuesday: Basic Chili Crockpot or Taco Soup (I haven't made my mind up yet, I already have the ingredients for both in the cabinets)
Wednesday: Shrimp Fried Rice
Thursday: The Best Crab Cakes, macaroni and cheese, corn
Friday: Sloppy Joes (I have these frozen in my freezer from a previous meal - one of the reasons why I love freezer cooking), Homemade Hamburger Buns (made in the bread machine), Ranch Potato Wedges, Baked Beans
Saturday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Sunday: No cooking today. We eat out after church for lunch, and have leftovers for supper.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I know it's getting late in the month but when I ran across the Pajama Party Sew-Along at Sew Mama Sew I knew I just had to join in. You see I have been meaning to make pajamas for my two youngest children for quite some time, and just haven't gotten around to doing it. Quite sad, isn't it?
You see what makes it so sad is that I already have all of the material and the patterns purchased. I won't go into details about how long ago I purchased it, but let's just say they were intended to be worn last winter, not this winter.
For Little Man I plan to use McCall's Pattern #M9638. I chose this pattern because I could use it to make matching patterns for Daddy and my oldest son as well. You see I have this dream of waking up Christmas morning with us all wearing matching pajamas, all in coordinating colors. Wouldn't that make the perfect Christmas morning pictures? The only thing is I never seem to be able to get the pajamas done. I have all these great plans but have a hard time finding the time to get them done.
I have a very cute lizard print material to make the pajamas out of. Perfect for a little boy!
For Sunshine I chose McCalls Pattern #M5744, or should I say she chose it. We plan to use the long sleeved, long nightgown.
For her nightgown we have a yellow fleece type fabric that is covered in monkeys. I originally purchased it with my son in mind, but she is in love with it, so she will get it.
So now I am off to get busy sewing!
Friday, September 18, 2009
This past Wednesday night we were watching the video for week two, and I must say that Liz really hit a nerve with me. She was talking about a time when she was not walking with God, and it reminded me of my own story. I grew up in a Christian home, but strayed away from God when I entered my early twenties. I have since come back to God, but I am working on healing the wounds that were caused during that time and fixing the relationships that were destroyed during that time.
Liz mentioned that some women are smarter than others, they never have to get into the pit and never have to hit rock bottom the way some of us do. These women see a pit, say "Oh, there's a pit, I better walk around it" and completely avoid entering the pit. Then there are those of us who see a pit, jump into it like a small kid jumping into a water puddle, and exclaim "Yay, a pit!"
This really hit home with me. I am the pit kind of girl. I see a pit, and I jump in head first. This is something I have to work on. I have been to the bottom of the pit, and am now clawing my way out, struggling to find my way back to God.
But isn't that the amazing thing about our God? He loves us even when we are in the bottom of the pit, he is there with us, even when we don't realize it, and he is here with me as I climb out of the pit.
So what kind of girl are you? Are you the pit kind of girl or are you the kind of girl who is smart enough to avoid the pit?
1. My car desperately needs to be cleaned.
2. David and Katelyn's birthday's are coming up next.
3. Lately, things seem to be moving too fast.
4. My bottom drawer is one of my favorite 'hiding' places. Except now my kids are figuring out that's where I hide everything.
5. What happened to summer, I can't believe it's almost fall.
6. Spaghetti sauce on the ceiling is not impossible!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to family game night, tomorrow my plans include catching up on my work and Sunday, I want to rest!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Again, this recipe is designed for a family of six, so please be sure to adjust as necessary.
3 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup soy sauce
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic or 2 garlic cloves that have been minced
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1. Cut chicken breasts into cubes, and put into the bottom of slow cooker.
2. Mix soy sauce, brown sugar, water, garlic and ginger in small bowl. Pour mixture over cubed chicken breasts.
3. Cook in slow cooker on low for 4 - 5 hours, exact cooking time will depend on your slow cooker.
4. Serve over steamed white rice.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to one cup of milk. Stir and let sit for five minutes before using.
Same as the lemon juice, add one tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of milk. Stir and let sit for five minutes before using.
Cream of Tartar
Add 1 3/4 teaspoons Cream of Tartar to one cup of milk.
Use one cup of plain yogurt in place of every one cup of buttermilk called for.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
2 cups yellow corn meal
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk (see easy buttermilk substitutes if you don't have buttermilk on hand)
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons white sugar (optional - it gives them a sweet taste)
1 small onion, finely chopped
Canola or Peanut Oil for frying
1. Preheat oil to 350 degrees for frying. I fry my hushpuppies in a deep fryer but you can use a deep skillet.
2. Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in onion.
3. In a small bowl stir together the buttermilk and eggs.
4. Pour the buttermilk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until well blended.
5. Drop the hushpuppy batter one teaspoon full at a time into the hot oil. Be sure to rinse your spoon in water between each hushpuppy.
6. Fry until golden brown. Be sure to turn them while they are cooking so they are browned each side.
7. Allow grease to drain from hushpuppies by removing them to a brown paper bag, newspapers, or paper towels.
Just a note - all of my recipes are based upon a family of six, please be sure to adjust recipes according to the size of your family. If you need help scaling down a recipe please feel free to ask, I would love to help.
Easy Cheesy Potatoes
1. Peel and thinly slice eight medium sized potatoes.
2. On the stove top bring sliced potatoes to a boil. Cook potatoes until tender.
3. Drain potatoes.
4. In a well greased 9x11 cake pan (I use a glass pan) begin placing cooked potato slices. Once you have covered the bottom of the pan with potato slices cover the potatoes with American Cheese slices. On top of the cheese add another layer of potatoes, and cover it with American Cheese slices. Continue layering potato slices and American Cheese slices until all potatoes are used. I usually end up with two to three layers of potatoes and cheese.
5. Place potatoes in oven preheated to 350 degrees. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted.
I have never used Velveeta or shredded cheese but I believe it would work as well as the American Cheese slices.
Friday, September 11, 2009
- That's a place where I want to be.
- Hello; I'm over here!
- The possibilities include: anything you want to be.
- Chicken and Dumplings is one of my favorite cool day recipes.
- How will you know where the sidewalk ends if you don't follow it.
- Summer nights and a stormy sky.
- And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching TV, tomorrow my plans include going to the Melonfest and Sunday, I want to REST!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Monday - We will not be eating at home as we will be visiting my grandparents for a Labor Day celebration
Tuesday - Slow Cooked Asian Chicken (I will be using boneless skinless chicken breasts) served with stir fry vegetables and low mein noodles
Wednesday - Baked Tilapia with rice
I have a very simple way of baking tilapia. I line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lay the tilapia out on the foil. On top of each piece of tilapia I add a pat of butter, sprinkle it with Old Bay Seasoning, and then pour a little bit of lemon juice on it. Cover in aluminum foil, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until fish is flaky. Serve over a bed of rice.
Thursday - Beef Stroganoff
Friday - Tarragon Chicken
Saturday - Anna's Amazing Easy Pleasy Meatballs over Buttered Noodles the recipe as written is for 24 servings, but there is a calculator to adjust the serving amount which readjusts the recipe
Sunday - I do not cook on Sundays. We eat out after church on Sundays for lunch, and reheat the week's leftovers for supper.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
While I do not agree with all of the views the younger women possess, especially the one about just accepting whatever amount of money her husband gives her to run the house, I do agree with many of their views and their wish to become more domestic instead of having it all.