Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I managed to snag these glasses and plates at our local grocery store on sale for 90 percent off. I paid only twelve cents a piece for them and I think they look beautiful. I made the napkins.
This is Bartholomew, our pilgrim that we found at Cracker Barrel.
Our turkey that my husband deep fried. It tasted great.
Our Pumpkin Cake - of course I forgot to take a picture of it BEFORE I cut it so here is a picture of the back side. It looked much better before we cut it.
Our German Chocolate Cake which was so moist it split in the middle. What is Thanksgiving without a few hiccups?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We started out by counting down the days to Thanksgiving. I made this little pockets out of felt to help us count down the days. I then hung them from ribbons using clothespins starting twenty days before Christmas.
Growing up I always loved my grandmother's green beans, they were delicious and my favorite vegetable. Here is the recipe that she always used.
Quart Jar of Green Beans (you can use a can of green beans in place of the fresh green beans)
1/2 small onion, minced
3-4 slices of bacon
Salt and Pepper to taste
In the bottom of a skillet fry bacon, and set aside to cool a little. In the bacon grease fry minced onions until translucent. Dump the onions and the bacon grease into a saucepan. Be sure to add the bacon grease this is where the flavor comes from Add in the green beans. Crumble the fried bacon up into small pieces and add into the mixture. Salt and Pepper to taste, be sure to be generous with the pepper! Bring the beans to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for fifteen minutes.
Deep Fried Turkey (yes, I know this isn't healthy but this is where I give in to my husband)
Sweet Potato Casserole
Homemade Mashed Potatoes
My Grandmother's Green Beans
Cinnamon Apple Rings
Buttery Bread Machine Rolls
Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
My grandmother will be bringing Chocolate Pie, Blueberry Pie and Dutch Apple Pie.
What's on your menu for the big day?
I will be spending the day today cleaning the house, cooking, and getting ready for tommorow. I love holidays but boy are they work!
The good news is that I have almost all of my Christmas shopping done. I have one of my daughter's completely done, another daughter that I just need to find a set of pajamas for, and I just have a few more things to pick up for my youngest son. Now my oldest son is the only one I am having a problem with, at this point I have yet to buy the first thing for him.
I will not be getting out on Friday to go shopping. I avoid Black Friday like the plague. I know I am in the minority but to me it is worth the extra money to avoid the lines. I have gone shopping on Black Friday before but I have never gotten the great deals that everybody else seems to get. Instead of shopping I will be staying home, putting up my Thanksgiving items and pulling out all of my Christmas decorations!
Then on Saturday we will be going to my grandmother's to celebrate Thanksgiving with them and to visit with my sister who is in from Chicago.
And if that isn't enough I have to get my apron finished for the White Christmas Flirty Apron Swap by November 30th!
So if I don't post a lot over the next few weeks you know I am still here but I am just busy, busy, busy.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This week is set up to be another very busy week. I have several new recipes planned, and on Saturday we are having my in-laws up to celebrate my father-in-laws birthday. Plus there is all the pre-Thanksgiving work that needs to be done.
Monday - Olive Garden's Chicken Marsala served over noodles, Bread Machine French Bread
Tuesday - Polynesian Sausage Supper
Wednesday - Steaks, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Sweet Dinner Rolls
Thursday - Buttermilk Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet and Sour Green Beans, Johnny Cakes
Friday - Hamburgers, Homemade Hamburger Buns, Applebee's Onion Petals
Saturday - Carolina Pulled Pork with Lexington Red Sauce (I will be using a beef brisket instead of pork), Grilled Bacon Wrapped Cabbage, The Best Baked Potatoes, Baked Beans, Buttery Bread Machine Rolls, German Chocolate Cake
For more Menu Plan Monday Posts you can visit I'm An Organizing Junkie.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Our local grocery store has had these guys in their holiday aisle for quite a while now, and I noticed them everytime I went by but they wanted $24.99 a piece for them before Halloween.
That would be $80.21 after taxes for all three. I just could not see spending that. So I watched them, and I watched them and.....
yesterday I went into the store and they were marked 75% off. In my head that was still around $6 or $7 a piece, not bad but still more than I wanted to spend. So I asked the cashier to scan them anyways to make sure exactly what their price was AND......
Monday, November 9, 2009
Outside my window....yesterday's sunny skies are gone, now it's gray and overcast.
I am thinking....I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here!
I am thankful for.....the little things in life, like chocolate.
I am wearing....a blue and white striped shirt and blue jeans
I am remembering....how much fun the kids had climbing the trees Saturday night when we were enjoying the unusually warm weather and cooking out.
I am going....shopping tommorow to try to find long sleeve red shirts for the girls to wear to school Wednesday for Veterans Day. It's proved harder to find a nice long sleeve red shirt than I thought it would be.
I am reading....still nothing! Promise you won't tell on me!
I am hoping....that this migraine goes away soon.
Pondering these words...."Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God hath done." From the song Count Your Blessings written by Johnson Oatman, Jr.
From the kitchen.....it's getting late and it's time for me to start on supper.
Around the house....I have the kids doing their least favorite thing - cleaning their rooms right now.
From my picture journal....
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Wednesday - Carolina Pulled Pork with Lexington Red Sauce, Seasoned Potatoes, Bacon Wrapped Cabbage, Homemade Hamburger Buns
Friday, November 6, 2009
Unfortunately I procrastinated this year and by the time I got to the store the majority of the Halloween fabric was already gone so I didn't have a lot to choose from. These are the bags I made for the boys, the inside of the bag is lined with solid black.
And these are the bags I made for the girls. These were my favorite, they are lined with hot pink satin, and they received so many compliments on them. I wish the boys bags had turned out this good!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Having my husband sick.
Don't get me wrong, I love him to death but when he is sick he is the biggest baby in the world. Well, in case you haven't guessed it yet, he's sick. He has a cold and a sore throat, and last night he wanted soup for supper. So we moved around our menu for the week and had homemade chicken noodle soup.
8 cups water
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery ribs, diced (missing from the picture above because I didn't have any)
3 cubes of chicken bouillon ****see below****
1 bag of egg noodles
Mix all ingredients except the egg noodles into a stock pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium-low heat to simmer. I like to allow the soup to simmer for about an hour, but it is not necessary, I didn't last night. About ten minutes before you are ready to serve add in the bag of egg noodles.
****Note about chicken bouillon****
I wanted to share the type of chicken bouillon that I use. It is Maggi brand it is absolutely my favorite, it has the best taste of any that I have tried. It can be kind of hard to find, and I can only find it at Meijers and one Kroger so I added a picture so that you can see what the box looks likes.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The girls were upset that they had to wear sweatshirts with their costumes because it was soo cold....
Riding on the golf cart was the highlight of the weekend for the kids....
Sunshine's pumpkin that she painted (of course she got more paint on her shirt than the pumpkin).....
Block of Velveeta Cheese
Jar of Salsa
1 1b of ground beef, browned (when I made this at the campground I browned the hamburger at home and then took it with me)
Cut up the block of Velveeta Cheese into cubes, and put into the crockpot. Add in the jar of salsa and ground beef, stir to mix ingredients together. Cook on low for two to four hours, the main idea is to just melt the cheese. If needed you can stir the cheese to keep it from burning. Serve with tortilla chips.
For more crock pot recipes visit Dining With Debbie.
Monday, November 2, 2009
From the kitchen...I have pork chops thawing out for our supper tonight and need to get my rolls started.
2 tablespoons Thyme
2 tablespoons Fresh Rosemary
2 tablespoons Fresh Basil
2 cups Bread Crumbs
2 tablespoons Canola Oil
In a small bowl beat two eggs, in a second bowl combine the herbs, and place the bread crumbs in a third bowl. Dip each pork chop in the egg and shake off any excess, rub the pork chop with the herb mixture, and dip back into the egg mixture. Shake off excess egg and roll in the bread crumbs. In a large skillet heat the 2 tablespoons canola oil. Cook pork chops until golden brown on each side, five to six minutes total, turning once.