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Cooking Thursday - Slow Cooker Mushroom Pork Chops

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As you can tell by my posts we eat a lot of pork and chicken around here, and I do mean A LOT.  After a while we get tired of the same old, same old when it comes to pork or chicken so I try to use a wide variety of recipes for both.  Recipes that I can make in my slow cooker are a bonus as time is something I just don't have a lot of.  That said my Slow Cooker Mushroom Pork Chops make our table quite often.  Not only is it easy to make but there are only three ingredients!  How great is that?

Family Pack Pork Chops 2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 Can French Onion Soup
1.  Place pork chops in the bottom of slow cooker.
2.  In a bowl mix together the two cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup and one can of French Onion Soup.
3.  Pour soup mixture over pork chops.
4.  Put lid on slow cooker and cook on low for six to eight hours.
That's it!  I promised it would be easy!

Works For Me Wednesday - Organizing Recipes That You Find Online

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Every week I find recipe after recipe online of recipes that I like, that I want to try, and that I use.  The problem with finding recipes online is trying to figure out how to organize them.  I have tried several different methods over the years, and currently do a combination of them all.  Here are some ideas for you to try.
Print Them Out Printing recipes out is one of the easiest ways to organize recipes that you find online.  Once I have printed out a recipe, I use a three-hole punch to punch holes in it, and then place it in it's proper place in a three ring binder that is kept in the kitchen.  The three ring binder is organized with tabs labeled Soup Recipes, Bread Recipes, Cake Recipes, Pork Recipes, Beef Recipes, well you get the idea....
There are a couple of advantages to printing out recipes, and placing them in the binder.  For one they are easy to access, you don't have to bring your laptop to the kitchen or g…

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Bread Machine Hamburger Buns and Sandwich Rolls

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I think I have mentioned it before but I totally love my bread machine.  I make everything in it.  Before my bread machine I never would have attempted making my own hamburger buns but look at me now, I make them at least a couple of times a month.  Not only will this recipe make the perfect hamburger bun it also makes wonderful sandwich rolls.

1 1/4 cups milk 1 egg 2 tablespoons butter 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup white sugar 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 package Active Dry yeast
1.  Place all ingredients in the pan of your bread machine in the order listed above.  Set bread machine to dough cycle.

2.  Once the dough cycle is complete roll dough out on a floured surface to about a 1" thickness. 

3.  It's time to cut out your buns.  You can use a biscuit cutter or I use a plastic tumbler with a wide mouth.

4.  Once you have cut out your buns place them on a greased baking sheet.
5.  Let buns rise about one ho…

It's only Monday and....

my menu plan is already out the window. 

Sunshine has been complaining about her head hurting for a few days now but I really didn't think a lot about it.  It didn't seem to slow her down, and honestly she likes attention.  One of her goals in life is to break her leg so that she can get matching casts and wheelchairs for her American Girl doll.  Nope I am not making that one up. 

So she's had this headache, and yesterday she starts having nose bleeds.  After waking up with the latest one at 3:30 AM this morning my mommy brain starts running wild with how the nose bleeds could be related to the headaches.  The Irrational Mommy side of me is thinking brain tumor, cancer, aneurysm while the Rational Mommy side of me is thinking it's probably just allergies or a sinus infection.  Well, the doctor agreed with the Rational Mommy side of me (sort of) after running blood and platelet counts, checking for neurological functioning, a vision and hearing test, along with all th…

Menu Plan Monday, April 29th to March 4th (The Frugal Edition)

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This week was an interesting week for menu planning. I like to purchase all of my groceries the week before I cook it. I have no idea why I do it that way, it's just one of those things that I do. Don't ask me why. This past week I only had $50 left in my grocery budget for the month to feed my family of six. This does not include my Easter menu as I have already been picking up items for that, and have everything I need already at home. I am doing my menu plan a little different this week and breaking down my cost. I might even make this a normal part of my menu plan so people can see how much I spend. This is the first month that I willingly reduced my grocery budget from $450 per month to $350 per month. I knew it might be difficult to actually feed six people on $350 but I wanted to see if I could get it done.
Here's what I have planned:
Monday - Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Penne (New Recipe) This was the only rec…

Website Review: Coupon Chief

Hello, my name is Stephanie, and I am addicted to online shopping....
Uhhh, is there even a twelve step program for that? 
If not there probably should be.
Until I find one however, I am going to continue to shop, shop, shop online. 
Why do I like shopping online?
Well, there's a variety of reasons. 
One, I hate crowds.  I think I might have mentioned it before, but they really make me crazy.  I am not one of those crazy people who are afraid to go places or have some crazy phobia of people, I just don't like having to stand in line, or fight people to get a super deal.
Two, it's convenient.  I can click a button and it's delivered to my door.  How simple is that?
Three, I have time constraints.  Most of my daily free time is between 10 PM and 2 AM.  Not really the best time of day to be out shopping.
But the biggest reason I like shopping online is the deals you can find.  Now you all know my favorite words are cheap and coupon, right?
Recently I have discovered a website ca…

Easter Menu

Due to scheduling conflicts we will be having Easter dinner at my house on Saturday this year.  I have to admit I am a little disappointed that I can't have dinner on Easter Sunday but I am super excited to have everyone here to celebrate this wonderful holiday. 
Here's what I have planned for our meal:

Links to recipes are in brown.
Baked Ham
Mashed Potatoes
My Grandmother's Green Beans
Cinnamon Apples
Broccoli Casserole Stewed Tomatoes
Salad (to be brought by my mother-in-law)
Bacon Deviled Eggs
These adorable Bunny Tail Rolls from Kara's Kitchen Creations
These adorable Fluffer Bunnies from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Some cute cupcakes like this one made by the Monster Mama

I will be using Our Favorite White Cake Recipe for the cupcakes
Razzleberry Pie (recipe coming soon)

One Week to Easter - Easter Project Roundup

I can't believe that Easter is only one week from today!  Where did all the time go?  I have found all kinds of cute Easter projects that I have had very good intentions of doing but.....well, you know how that goes.  So I am going to be working like a busy bee over the next week to at least try and get a few of these super cute projects done in time for Easter!
I mean just look at this cute Peep Bunny Bunting

Isn't it adorable?  Dana from MADE shares the tutorial on how to make it here.
And if that isn't cute enough check out her matching Bunny Door Hangers

The tutorial for these can be found here.
And these are sooo going on my table for Easter dinner

The instructions for these can be found here at Made in the Kitchen.  I am aware that you totally can not read the blog, but if you scroll down you can view pictures of how to make them.
And this Stuffed Animal Easter Basket from Amy Huntley from Gettin Crazy is absolutely adorable!!!

You can get the pattern for this here.
And olde…

Frugal Friday - Saving Money on Vacation

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This week Jessica at Life as Mom shares her frugal vacation ideas, and asks her readers what they do to save money while on vacation.  This was a great topic for me, as we just got back from Myrtle Beach, and are starting the camping season.
Visit During the Offseason Prices are always cheaper in the offseason, and since businesses are in need of customers during that time you can get some great deals.  Now you don't have to visit the beach in the middle of winter, that's not what I am talking about I'm talking about visiting the beach in March, April, or even September.  It's the offseason but it's still warm enough to enjoy the beach. 
Another big benefit to visiting during the offseason - NO CROWDS!  I can't stand crowds, they drive me nuts.  When I am on vacation I just want to sit back in relax, I want to get in a pool where I can let my kids play without having them constantly under foot (of course you can do this if …

Cooking Thursday - Slow Cooker Pork Fajitas

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I love fixing easy meals during the week.  Meals that require little work to prepare and get on the table.  One of my favorite week night meals is Pork Fajitas prepared in the crockpot. 

Family Size Package of Pork Chops - Breakfast or Pork Sirloin Chops tend to work best
1 green onion, sliced into thin strips
1 green pepper, sliced into thin strips
2 packages of taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups water
1.  Cut pork chops into thin strips, and place in the slow cooker.
2.  Add in sliced green peppers, onions, taco seasoning, and water.  Mix all ingredients together, being sure to coat pork with taco seasoning.
3.  Cover and cook on low heat for six to eight hours.  The longer it cooks, the more tender the meat will become.  When fajita meat is done there will be excess liquid in the pot, drain it off.
4.  Serve fajita meat on fajita shells, and top with your favorite fajita toppings.
Recipe makes enough for 2 to 3 fajitas…

Works for Me Wednesday - Easter Lapbook

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Post disclaimer:  This post is NOT sponsored by In the Hands of a Child and does NOT contain any affiliate links, it is simply a review based upon my own opinions of a product that I purchased for my children.
I love to lapbook with my kids, it makes learning so much fun for them, and it always amazes me just how much they learn from them.  One of my favorite places to get lapbook projects is In the Hands of a Child, they have a ton of projects that include everything you need to complete your lapbook.
This week In The Hands of A Child has their Easter Project Pack on sale for just $5!  (I know the website says it's $14 but when you add it to your cart is shows up for the $5)

I downloaded my copy of it today, and I must say I am absolutely blown away by the amount of information it contains.  It explains the events leading up to the Crucifixtion and Resurrection in a way I never could.  It's absolutely wonderful.  Whether y…

Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays - Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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As I have promised and promised for the last few weeks I am finally posting my Corned Beer and Cabbage Recipe.  I had hoped to post it before Saint Patrick's Day but it just didn't happen, I won't even try to make excuses for it.  I use this same recipe in both the crockpot and my broaster.  I will include the directions for both in the recipe.

Corned Beef Brisket with Spice Packet 1 medium onion, sliced very thin 1 garlic clove or 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon celery seed 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard 1 bay leaf 1 head of cabbage water

1.  Place Corned Beef Brisket in bottom of broaster oven or slow cooker.

2.  On top of brisket add spice packet, ground mustard, celery seed, and garlic.

3.  Cut head of cabbage into wedges and place around the corned beef brisket, top off with sliced onions, and bay leaf.  Cover with water.
4.  Cook in broaster oven at 350 degrees for four to six hours or on low in the slow…

Menu Plan Monday - March 22nd to 28th

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Monday - Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sandwich Rolls (will post recipe)
Tuesday - Mushroom Porkchops (another recipe coming soon)
Wednesday - My husband has a doctors appointment, so I have no idea what time we will get home so we will be eating out
Thursday - Meatloaf with mashed potatoes
Friday - Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry
Saturday breakfast - Dad's Homemade Pancakes
Saturday Dinner - Eat out after Church
Sunday Dinner - Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup, Bread Machine French Bread

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I hope everyone is having a Happy St. Patricks Day! 

It was the perfect day to use my green Christmas placemats and napkins!

I added some green food coloring to Our Favorite White Cake Recipe, and some store bought icing for our cupcakes.
Yes, I did say store bought icing but it my defense I got it for 29 cents a can.  I couldn't pass it up!

And of course what St. Patrick's Day celebration would be complete without Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Pepperoni Pizzaz

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According to my menu plan I was to cook Baked Spaghetti tonight, and Pepperoni Pizzaz on Saturday night but Pepperoni Pizzaz was a new recipe that I really, really wanted to try so I switched them.  When I saw the recipe on Full Bellies, Happy Kids I knew I had to try it however I changed it up a little bit.  Here's my version of the recipe.

Ingredients:  1 box Rotini Pasta 2 jars spaghetti sauce 1 package sliced pepperoni 1 pound hamburger 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 2 cups shredded mozerella cheese
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Brown hamburger. 
Easy time saving idea:  When I come home from the grocery I brown my hamburger and drain it.  Then I allow it to cool before putting it in a ziploc bag.  Once it's in the bag I remove all of the air from the bag and freeze it.  This way when I have a recipe that calls for browned hamburger I just pull a bag …

Menu Plan Monday - March 15th to 21st

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So with the all day drive on Sunday and spending the day at the hospital yesterday I didn't get my menu plan done on time.  So here it is better late than never, I guess.
Tuesday - Baked Spaghetti (New Recipe), Bread Machine French Bread
Wednesday - Corn Beef and Cabbage (I promise I will get the recipe for this posted ASAP!)
Thursday - Breakfast for Dinner - Omelets (I want to blow the eggs out so that I can have some to decorate for my table), hash browns
Friday - Pork Ole (adjusted to feed six)
Saturday Breakfast - Cinnamon Bun Pancakes (New Recipe)
Saturday dinner - Pepperoni Pizzaz (New Recipe), Italian Herb Rolls
Sunday - Eat out after Church, Potato Sausage Casserole (New Recipe) for dinner

Don't Crack Those Eggs!

Easter is just around the corner, and now is the perfect time to start saving egg shells for blown eggs.  Don't wait until the last minute to try to come up with enough eggs to decorate, instead of cracking the eggs you need for your recipe blow them out and keep those egg shells in one piece!

Check out Wisdom of the Moon's post on Easter Prep for an easy and hassle free way to blow out your eggs!

Menu Plan Monday - March 8th through March 14th

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Well, this week's menu plan brings it's own set of challenges.  The heating element on my oven has gone out and I have no idea when I will get it fixed.  My stove is less than two years old and this is the second time this has happened.  The first time it went out it was still under warranty but this time it's up to us to fix it.  My husband is going to order the part for it in the morning, and as soon as it comes in he can fix it but until the part gets here his hands are tied.  So this week's menu is based solely upon what I can fix without an oven. 
Monday - Crab Cakes, Four Cheese Mashed Potatoes 
Tuesday - Breakfast for Dinner Salt and Pepper Pork Chops, Fried Eggs, Hashbrowns
Wednesday - Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage (look for recipe this week)
Thursday - Pork Ole (adjusted to feed six)
Friday - Italian Skillet Supper (New Recipe)
Saturday - Roast Beef a…

Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays - Our Favorite White Cake Recipe

This is our absolute favorite white cake recipe, and it is our go to recipe for cakes.  I have adapted it over the past couple of years and absolutely everyone of our birthday cakes are made using this recipe. 
This recipe makes two 9-inch cakes, one 10-inch bundt cake,  one 9x13 inch cake pan, or twenty-four cupcakes  
2 cups white sugar 1 cup butter 4 large eggs 4 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup milk
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your pan (or pans).
2.  In a mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. 
3.  Add in eggs one at a time, stir in vanilla.
4.  In another bowl mix together flour and baking powder.
5.  Slowly add flour and baking powder mixture to the creamed mixture.
6.  Add in milk and stir until batter is smooth.
7.  Bake cupcakes 20 to 25 minutes.  Bake all other cakes 40 to 45 minutes. 

Menu Plan Monday - March 1st to 7th

Monday - Eat Out
Tuesday - Dry Rub Pork Chops with Honey Barbecue Sauce, Seasoned Potatoes
Wednesday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
Thursday - Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry
Friday - Roast Beef and Gravy (Crockpot), Mashed Potatoes
Saturday - Salt and Pepper Pork Chops, Scalloped Potatoes, My Grandmother's Green Beans Sunday - Eat Out After Church, Leftovers for Supper