Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday - eating on the road
Tuesday - Papa Johns Fundraiser
Wednesday - Herb Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, lima beans, Buttery Bread Machine Rolls
Thursday - Moo Shu Pork with Mandarin Pancakes
Friday to Sunday - Gone Camping
Some of the goodies I am taking with me though are:
Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies (I add in a cup of coconut flakes which makes them yummy!)
Homemade Hamburger Buns (for sandwich rolls)
Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
French Toast II
For more Menu Plan Monday ideas please visit I'm An Organizing Junkie.
Back around Labor Day, yes that's how long I have been procrastinating, I bought this McCall's Pattern for the girl's Halloween costumes.
At first both girls wanted to be the pretty Renaissance princess but then, as usual, Sunshine changed her mind. She wanted to be a witch. Well, I had about nine yards of this shiny black fabric that I had purchased a while back that was just sitting in my sewing room, so I thought that would be perfect for a witch dress, and since I already had the pattern I thought why not use it to make a fancy witch dress.
And here is what I did today:
1 1/8 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil (you could also use vegetable or better blend)
3 cups all purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
Place all ingredients in the pan of your bread machine in the order listed above. Set bread machine to dough cycle.
When the cycle is complete, remove the dough from bread machine. Divide dough into two equal portions. Roll each portion out into a 9x13 inch rectangle. Pinch ends in and shape dough into a rounded shape. Place dough on a greased baking sheet and allow dough to rise for thirty minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
About four minutes before bread is finished cooking remove bread from oven and spread the top with this Garlic Butter recipe. Return bread to oven and allow it to finish cooking. You can also use the Garlic Butter to spread on individual slices, once you have sliced the bread.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I remember getting Highlights magazines as a kid. My grandmother always bought me a subscription, and I loved looking over the books. The puzzles were always my favorite part, especially the hidden picture ones. Yet I still loved to read the Timbertoe cartoons.
We went this past week to get our flu shots, and while we were waiting my daughter and I started flipping through the Highlights magazine. She really liked it, and it brought back the memories of when I received my Highlights magazines. Tonight, I browsed over the Highlights magazine website and was amazed at the wide variety of products they now offer. They have the Hidden Pictures Playground which is chock full of the hidden picture puzzles (be still my heart), Which Way USA which is all about the 5o states which would be perfect for an elementary homeschool geography course, Top Secret Adventures which teaches world geography as kids pose as a super secret spy, and my daughters favorite Mathmania which is full of math problems
Friday, October 23, 2009
Show and Tell Fridays is hosted by My Romantic Home, which is a very lovely blog. I love the photos of her home, and makes me wish that with my young children I could keep my home that lovely.
The week before this past Mother's Day I went with my daughter's to a local tea room. My girls absolutely loved it, especially Sunshine, who is the girliest girl I know. After our visit she was very insistent that she wanted a tea set for her birthday in August. I looked everywhere for the perfect tea set, I really wanted to find her the perfect, girly tea set, and I wanted it to be an antique.
Finally one Saturday I visited a yard sale where I found two tea sets that were ready to be painted, and the thought occurred to me that wouldn't it be even more special if I painted her tea set myself? I bought both sets, since they were a little different from each other. I found a local pottery studio who would fire them for me after I painted them.
This set didn't turn out quite the way I wanted it to, it was meant to be a more formal set but the paint didn't seem to take. When I picked them up, the lady at the studio told me they had been having trouble with this happening on some of their pieces, and believed it had to do with the paint they had gotten in.
This yellow and orange set was meant to be her everyday set that she could play with. I painted it orange and yellow to match the sun since we call her sunshine. This set turned out exactly the way I wanted it to, and it is so pretty!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Doesn't it look yummy?
And the sauce smells so good. I think most of the smell comes from the 5 Spice Powder, which can be hard to find, I had to visit a Chinese Food Store to get mine. I also added some chopped onions to the mixture just for fun. Since there are six of us, I had to add more pork chops, so I doubled the sauce recipe. I am also using boneless chops instead of the ones with the bones, they were the ones that were on sale last week. I told you that I'm not good at following directions!
I hope they are as yummy as they smell!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Yesterday, while viewing other Menu Plan Monday posts, I ran across The Sister's Cafe blog. It is an awesome blog full of yummy, yummy recipes. I have so many that I want to try, and found one that I just couldn't pass up. It was their Peanut Butter Bars with Fudge Icing. My dieting, depraved tummy wanted some of these, and I knew my family would love these.
The one thing that struck me as odd when reading the recipe was the oatmeal that goes in them. I had never pictured oatmeal as an ingredient in peanut butter bars, so I was skeptical. However, I was suprised to learn the oatmeal gives them a delicious texture, and in my opinion is what makes them soooo great.
The only complaint I heard was that they were way too rich and that you couldn't eat a lot of them at once. I only had a very small piece and they were very rich but they were oh so good.
For more Tuesday Temptation please visit the Tempt My Tuesday blog carnival at Blessed with Grace.
Monday, October 19, 2009
I am thankful for....the huge weight that has been lifted off of my shoulders by the events of last week and the opportunity for the weeks events to make a huge impact on my family's future.
From the kitchen....I just finished making homemade hoagie rolls for tonight's Meatball Hoagies.
I am wearing... blue jeans and an old long sleeved tee-shirt
I am creating....the girls Halloween costumes. It's down to crunch time and I need to get them finished this week.
I am going....to run a few errands before picking the kids up from school this afternoon.
I am hearing....nothing. Silence really is golden.
Around the house....I have a lot of laundry that needs to be done.
A few plans for the week....nothing. Isn't it wonderful?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
1 pound low fat ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic
4 cups beef broth
4 cups water
2 - 14 ounce cans tomatoes (I prefer whole tomatoes but you can use diced)
16 ounce frozen mixed vegetables
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
1/4 teaspoon thyme
3/4 cup elbow macaroni
1. Brown hamburger in a skillet. Drain off the grease and remove the meat from the skillet.
2. In the remaining grease in the skillet, cook the onion and garlic until translucent.
3. Place the cooked hamburger, garlic and onions in a stock pot. Add in remaining ingredients.
4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and let soup simmer until macaroni is done. Remove Bay Leaf before serving.
Last Wednesday our local Papa Johns ran a special on large pizzas, which was a fundraiser for the kids school. So we ended up enjoying Papa John's pizza instead of our scheduled Meatball Hoagies, which have been bumped to this week's menu.
Here's what on the menu for us this week:
Monday: Super Easy Crockpot Meatball Hoagies
Tuesday: Peking Pork Chops, Spicy Red Roasted Potatoes from the Feeding the Healthy Vegetarian Family cookbook, Baked Beans, Sweet Dinner Rolls
Wednesday: Vegetable Soup with Hamburger, The Ultimate Breadsticks (I halve the recipe and mix in my bread machine)
Thursday: Baked Ham, The Best Baked Potatoes, Sweet and Sour Green Beans, Sweet Dinner Rolls
Friday: Pizza Braid
Saturday: Honey Thyme Pork Chops, Parmesan Steak Fries from Martha Stewart's Great Food Fast Cookbook, Grilled Bacon Wrapped Cabbage, French Bread
To learn more about Menu Plan Monday or to view more Menu Plan Monday posts please visit I'm An Organizing Junkie.
Cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
Wrap a wedge of cabbage with a slice of bacon and place on a piece of aluminum foil. Place 1 teaspoon of butter on top of cabbage wedge, and finish wrapping with foil. Cook on grill for about 45 minutes.
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
2. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-low heat, cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
I normally make all of my cakes and icing from scratch but knowing that I had three to make this go around I decided to use a boxed cake mix and ready made icing for these cakes. The icing is where I messed up. I made Bubbles this purse cake:
Now for our lunch menu:
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I also love my crockpot. Actually I am addicted to my crockpot My family teases me quite a bit about it. I probably need to join a twelve step program to help me deal with my crockpot addiction, but that's a whole other post.
So when I found a recipe that combines my two greatest loves (cake and crockpots) you know I just couldn't pass it up.
This Hot Fudge Cake recipe on Disney Foods is unbelievable.
Go ahead, give it a try. You know you want to!
And head on over to Dining With Debbie for more Crockpot Wednesday posts!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I made homemade pizza dough in my breadmaker using this recipe, and I used a jar of my homemade pizza sauce (the recipe is here) that I had canned (it was actually my last jar so I am going to have to make some more soon).
We all like different toppings on our pizzas so I divided my pizza dough into six individual sized pizzas. I set up the toppings into small bowls, and had the kids come two at a time to top (I keep wanting to say decorate) their own pizzas.
After the pizzas were done we watched The Legend of Sleepy Hollow together while we ate. All in all it was a great night in with the kids.
16 Ounce Bag Frozen Meatballs
26 Ounce Jar Spaghetti Sauce
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Hoagie Buns (I make mine from scratch using this Homemade Hamburger Bun recipe and cutting the dough into hoagie shapes instead of buns)
1. Mix frozen meatballs and spaghetti sauce in slow cooker.
2. Cook on low heat for about 2 to 4 hours.
3. Place meatballs and sauce on hoagie buns. Cover with shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Despite the change in schedule we were still able to stick pretty close to last week's menu, however the Shrimp Marinara and Olive Garden's Zuppa Tuscana Soup got dropped this week. The Tarragon Chicken was delicious as always, and is definitely one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. Both the Applebee's Onion Peels and Chinese Dumplings were new recipes, and both recipes were pretty labor intensive as far as preparing them goes. The Chinese Dumplings weren't worth the effort to me, the dough was hard to work with, and the end result just wasn't what I had hoped for. However, the Applebee's Onion Peels were a huge hit, I think my kids could have made a meal off of just them.
I also tried two cookie recipes this week that weren't on my weekly menu but were a huge hit. The first was Lemon Sugar Cookies from Making a House a Home. My kids loved these and I loved the fact that they were so easy to make! The second cookie recipe was Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, which has become my husband's new favorite recipe. The recipe makes a huge batch, which I made on Monday night, we froze the leftovers, and my husband ate some of the thawed out ones today. They were still tasty, even after being frozen.
Here's what we have lined up for this week:
Monday - Basic Chili Crockpot Recipe
Tuesday - Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana (dropped from last week's menu), The Ultimate Breadsticks (I halve the recipe and mix the dough in my bread machine)
Wednesday - Stir-Fried Chicken With Gingered Vegetables, Steamed White Rice
Thursday - Peking Pork Chops, The Best Baked Potatoes, Salad with Homemade Dressing, Sweet Dinner Rolls
Friday - We will be going to a Halloween parade in town, and will be eating out.
Saturday Breakfast - Banana French Toast from 50's Housewife
Saturday Dinner - Dry-Rub Chicken with Honey Barbecue Sauce, Oven Home Fries with Peppers & Onions , Sweet and Sour Green Beans, Sweet Dinner Rolls