Showing posts from May, 2010

Rotel Crock Pot Chicken - Stephanie's Version

My husband is a very picky eater.  He grew up in a family where if you said you didn't like something you had to eat the entire bowl of it, it was not an environment that was conducive to experimenting with different foods or trying new things.  I think that it was has made him so paticular about what he eats.  Over the past few years I have been able to push him outside of his comfort zone here and there when it comes to food, but not too often and not without a fight.  The bad thing is that this plays a part in what recipes I can and can not fix, since there are recipes that I just can not tweak enough to get him to eat.  In the past I have created seperate dishes for us, but that's just too much work!  This week I found Amber's recipe for Rotel Crock Pot Chicken, and knew I really wanted to try it but I knew there was no way he would do the black beans or avacados.  Luckily, this recipe was easy enough for me to tweak to his liking.
I have increased the recipe to feed ou…

Menu Plan Monday, May 31st to June 6th

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Happy Memorial Day! 
Next week is my mega grocery shopping week for the month, so this week is the week that I will be using up what's in my freezer.  So my recipe choices may seem a little crazy but that's because they are using my pantry items.
Monday - Spaghetti with Italian Sausage, Bread Machine French Bread
Tuesday - Eating Out
Wednesday - Roast Beef and Gravy, Restaurant Style Smashed Potatoes, Yummy Dinner Rolls
Thursday - Hamburgers with Bread Machine Hamburger Buns, Seasoned Potatoes, Baked Beans
Friday - Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Golden Sweet Cornbread
Saturday - Eating Out After Church
Sunday - Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage, Cheddar Bay Biscuits

The Summer of No Pants Skirt Sewing Challenge - Week One

As I mentioned last week I am participating in The Summer of No Pants Skirt Sewing Challenge that Marigold is hosting at Hideous!  Dreadful!  Stinky!
Here is the skirt that I made this week for the first week of the challenge

This was the first skirt I have ever made for myself.  I have made skirts for the kids, but I have never made a skirt for myself.  I'm not really a skirt person, but I really want to be.  I think that's why the challenge appeals to me. 
Part of the challenge was to make one skirt from your fabric stash, make one skirt a reconstruction out of old clothes, and to make one with a non-elastic waist.  This was my skirt made from material from my fabric stash.  It's a knit fabric that I snagged out of a remnant bin a while back for next to nothing.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I knew I wanted it.  By the way, did I mention that I despise working with knit?  Absolutely despise it. 
I used Simplicity pattern number 3634 for the skirt.  It&#…

It's Too Hot to Go Outside Let's Sew!

It's incredibly hot and muggy outside today, so I have decided the best thing to do today is to stay inside in the air conditioning and spend my day sewing.  Sounds like a great day to me!
I am almost finished with my first skirt for the Summer of No Pants sewing challenge, and have found another sew along that I am going to have to join in as well.

Kelly at {Make} is hosting a wonderful Bag sew along.  Over the next eight weeks participants will construct a matching bag, toiletries pouch, mini cosmetics roll, Sunglasses/Glasses/Phone Case, an "Extras" pouch, and a Keyring decoration/zipper pull.  Kelly will be using a charm pack to create the projects but also suggests using it as a scrap buster project.
You can check learn more about Kelly's bag sew along here.

Frugal Fridays - Keeping The Kids Busy This Summer On a Budget

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Keeping kids entertained during the summer months can be hard, and when you are on a budget it can be downright impossible.
In the past the kids and I have looked forward to the free summer movie programs that many theater chains across the country offer. Yes, the movies are older movies, we may have already seen them, but there are still some that we haven't seen before. After the movies we will either go out to eat or we will take a picnic lunch and eat at the park. It depends on the weather and our budget. I always explain to the kids that even though the concession stand is open, we will not be getting anything from there. This is always explained before we get to the movie theater, that way the expectations are clear from the get go.
This year there aren't as many theaters offering free movies but Regal Theaters and The Great Escape will still offer free movies this summer.
AMC Theaters will offer summer kids movies for $1. They a…

I Have Bandana Fever!

My sewing to-do list keeps growing and growing!  Check out all of these great projects using bandanas:

(click on project names to view tutorials)

Bandana Quilt Tablecloth from The Aesthetic Nest.

Burda Style Brown and White Bandana Halter Top

Bandana Apron from My Byrd House
V and Co.  Bandana Skirt
Bandana Dress for Toddler from Trey and Lucy

Cooking Thursday - Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake

We always have a snack or dessert each night after supper.  I never plan out what I am going to have when I do my menu plan, and depend on what I have in my pantry for snacks.  Some nights they are simple, and other nights I cook something a little more extravagant.  One of my favorite desserts to make from my pantry is pineapple upside down cake. 
1 can pineapple (you can use crushed, tidbits, or slices it doesn't matter)
cherries (which I did not have when I made this)
3/4 cups brown sugar
white or yellow cake mix
1.  Drain pineapple juice from can and save it for use later.

2.  Grease bottom of a cake pan and preheat oven.
3.  Spread pineapple and cherries (if you are using them) across bottom of the cake pan.

4.  Sprinkle pineapple with brown sugar.

5.  Mix cake mix according to package directions with one exception, substitute the pineapple juice for the water that is called for in the recipe.  For example, my cake mix called for 1 1/2 cups of water.  I had one…

Works For Me Wednesday - Storing Cut Sewing Patterns

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I have a confession to make - I have no patience.  Not at all.  I don't like tedious work, I don't like taking my time, I want it done NOW!   I have been working on it, but let's face it I've been this way for over thirty years, I don't think I am going to be able to make a drastic change any time soon. 
My lack of patience really gets to me when I have a cut pattern.  There is no way that I can fold up that pattern and put it back in that nice envelope.  It just isn't going to happen for me.  I know some of you can do it but not me.
I have seen several great ways of storing cut patterns in the past, some much bettter than mine.  Everyone has a different way of doing it but I store mine in ziploc bags.  I stick the envelope in the front of the bag with the picture facing out, that way I can easily identify it, and put the pattern pieces behind the envelope. 

I really like this method.  They are easy to sto…

200 Posts and 40 Followers = A Suprise Giveaway!

As I was looking at my blog today I realized that this is my 200th post!  That's huge for me!  On top of that I also realized I currently have 40 followers!  To me that's two huge milestones.  So to celebrate I thought I would offer up another little giveaway to my readers. 
I have this great Simplicity pattern to giveaway

To enter just leave a comment below!  I will draw a winner next Tuesday morning, June 1st!
Also, if you are not a follower of my blog through Google Connect you might want to consider becoming one because once I reach 50 followers I have something special up my sleeve for one of my followers, and you have to be a follower to win! 

The Summer of No Pants Sewing Challenge

Marigold, who blogs at Hideous!  Dreadful!  Stinky!  is hosting a Summer of No Pants Sewing Challenge and I have decided to participate.
The rules of the challenge are simple.  Each participant is challenged to make a skirt each week for four weeks.  The first week started today, and participants have to have a finished skirt posted by Sunday night (YIKES!).  There is also a second challenge within the main challenge, it is to make one skirt from fabric already in your stash, make one skirt out of old clothes, one skirt that has a non-elastic waist (i.e. button or zip closure, or a wrap skirt), and one skirt any way you want to.  I don't know if I will be able to complete the second part of the challenge, I have the fabric stash covered but I am just not that good at repurposing clothes, and most of my skirt patterns have elastic waists.  So we will just have to see about that part of the challenge. 
Even if you don't want to participate in the challenge you should definetly ch…

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Homemade Pineapple Ice Cream

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Be sure to sign up for my latest giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a $40 gift certificate to CSN Stores!
Over the weekend we celebrated Little Man's birthday, and since we had a Luau themed party we decided to make Pineapple Ice Cream.  I searched and searched the Internet for a great Pineapple Ice Cream recipe but just could not find one that I really liked, so I decided to concoct my own recipe.  Luckily, it turned out great.  Let's be honest, if it hadn't turned out good, you wouldn't have heard about it. 
4 eggs (if raw eggs make you nervous you can use an egg substitute)
2 cups white sugar
2 twelve ounce cans evaporated milk
1 fourteen ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
whole milk
1.  Using an electric mixer cream eggs and sugar.
2.  Add in evaporated milk, condensed milk, and vanilla.  Mix well.
3.  Stir in crushed pineapple.

Menu Plan Monday - May 24th to 30th

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While you are here be sure to check out my latest giveaway!  One lucky reader is going to win a $40 gift certificate to CSN Stores!
Last week was a busy week for me, there were ball games, it was my little boys birthday, and I had to spend the week car shopping.  We only have two more weeks of school left and I am really looking forward to it.  I am so ready to enjoy the slower days of summer!
Here's what I have planned for us to eat this week:
Monday - Eating Out
Tuesday - Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup (recipe to come soon, we didn't get to it last week),ItalianHerb Rolls
Wednesday - Hamburgers with Bread Machine Hamburger Buns, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes
Thursday - Jennie O Turkey and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn,Yummy Dinner Rolls
Friday - Rotel Crock Pot Chicken
Saturday - Potato Soup
Sunday - At my mother-in-laws for my nephew's birthday

We Have a Winner! And a New Giveaway!

Image picked number 158 as the winner of the apron pattern and fabric, which was Carrie! 
Congratulations Carrie! 
Now, since that was so much fun I have decided to host another giveaway.  This time I am giving away a $40 gift certificate to CSN stores

There are soo many cute things that CSN has to offer but I am absolutely in love with this cute pendant from Sea Gull Ligting

If you want to win all you have to do is head over to the CSN Track Lighting Store and tell me which item is your favorite.
Do you want extra entries for this giveaway?  You can get one extra entry for each of the following:
1.  Posting about my giveaway on your blog, and then come back here to link to leave a link in the comment section to your blog post.
2.  Follow my blog using Google Friend Connect, and then leave a comment telling me you are following me.  If you are already a follower, leave me a comment letting me know that as well.
3.  Subscribe to my blog via email, and then leave a comment telling me…

Ruffled Top Tutorial - Coming Soon

Quess what I got to do today?  I got to do some sewing!  I haven't had time to sit down at my sewing machine for a while and I have to say, it felt good!  I have had a vision of a Ruffled Top for my daughter for a while now, and I was able to work on it today.  I will be sharing it along with a tutorial on how to make one yourself soon!

Cooking Thursday - Italian Sausage with Green Peppers and Onions

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 I've  mentioned before that I literally did not know how to boil water when I got married.  I had no clue how to cook anything which meant I had to look up recipes for even the simplest of meals.  It's for that reason that I often post simple recipes that most people already know how to cook.  I know how it feels to be totally clueless when it comes to cooking. 
One of the simplest meals I know how to cook is Italian Sausage with Green Peppers and Onions.  It is a snap to put together, and on top of that is a very inexpensive meal.
Italian Sausages 1 large green pepper or 2 small ones 1 medium sized onion
1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.  Spray bottom of a glass pan with cooking spray, and place Italian Sausages in it.
3.  Slice onions and green peppers into thin strips.  Place sliced onions and green peppers on top of Italian Sausages.

The green peppers in this picture are chopped, they were froze…

Happy Birthday to My Baby Boy!

Little Man turned seven today!  Seven! 
I just can't believe that this grown up boy

is this same boy

Wordless Wednesday


Works for Me Wednesday - Cleaning House

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I have to admit it, I am a reality TV junkie.  I am addicted to them.  My husband says that I watch them because I am nosey and it feeds into that but I like to watch them because I like to get ideas on how other people handle situations in their day to day life.  I especially like watching shows that feature big families.  I know that it's not a complete look at their life and that it only shows what they want you to see but it does give me ideas.
One of the shows that I watch is 19 Kids and Counting.  When it comes to cleaning house the Duggar family assigns each family member a "jurisdiction" that they are responsible for keeping clean.  I loved this idea!  In fact, I stole it.
Our house is big, and with six people in it, it's impossible for one person to keep clean.  We have tried everything from chore charts, to daily chore lists, to the Fly Lady for helping to keep it clean.  Something always just gets miss…

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Parmesan and Herb Roasted Red Potatoes

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8 medium red potatoes 1/4 cup melted butter 2 tesaspoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons each of parsley, oregano, and thyme 2 tablespoons paremesan cheese
1.  Cut each red potatoe in half, and then cut each half into 3-4 wedges
2.  Place potatoes in mixing bowl. 
3.  Stir minced garlic, parsley, oregano, and thyme into the melted butter.  Pour mixture over potatoes, and toss potatoes coating them evenly.
4.  Place potatoes in a baking dish and sprinkle them with paremsan cheese.  Cover dish with aluminum foil.
5. Bake for 45 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven.

Menu Plan Monday, May 17th to 23rd

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It's Monday so that means it's time for another Menu Plan Monday but that's not all that I have going on today, it's also Giveaway Day at Sew, Mama, Sew!

I'm participating by hosting a giveaway.  Be sure to check it outhere.
So on to this week's menu:
Monday - Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup (recipe to come soon), Yummy Dinner Rolls
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday (my baby boy's birthday) - Homemade Pizza using this recipe for the sauce, I will post my recipe for the crust soon
Thursday - Eating Out
Friday - Rainy Day Chili, Golden Sweet Cornbread
Saturday (My baby boy's birthday party): Buttermilk Fried Chicken, My Grandmothers Green Beans, Stewed Tomatoes, Baked Beans, The Best Baked Potatoes, Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Sunday - Leftover Day  

It's Giveaway Day at Sew, Mama, Sew and I'm Participating!

I was really disappointed in December when my youngest son got sick and I didn't get to participate in Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day so I was super excited to find out that they were hosting another giveaway day and this time I GET TO PARTICIPATE!!!  Woo-hoo!  
If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I have been keeping busy with softball and baseball and haven't had time for anything lately.  Unfortunately that means I have not been doing any sewing.  Since I have not had the time to make anything myself lately I thought I would giveaway a copy of one of my favorite apron patterns and two yards of fabric.

The pattern is the McCalls M5643 Retro Aprons pattern.
You might remember that I used this pattern when I made this apron for the White Christmas Flirty Apron Swap:

and I also used it for an apron that I made for my sister.  Unfortunately I can't show it to you yet because she hasn't seen it yet!
Here is a closeup shot of the fabric:

If you want to wi…

Change is Good, Right???

I sure hope so because I have took the plunge tonight and made several changes to my blog.  Did you notice the name change?  Musings of a Modern Day Mom is now the Modern Day Mom.  On top of that we now have the domain name of  I know I have several subscribers who receive my posts by email, a few who subscribe using Google Connect, and more who subscribe via Google Reader, how you view my blog will not change, and you should automatically be redirected to our new blog. 

I have also signed up for both Twitter and Facebook tonight!  I am excited about Twitter, I have never used it before and it's kind of scary looking but I am sure I can figure it out.  You can find the links to both my Twitter and Facebook pages on my sidebar.  If you follow me on either site I will return the favor and follow you back!

I am still playing around with the layout of the blog and how it works so please be patient with me if things look a little wonky when you visit. …

Cooking Thursday - Bread Machine Caramel Pecan Rolls

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1 package active dry yeast 1 2/3 cups warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 5 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons butter
Caramel 2/3 cups brown sugar 3 tablespoons corn syrup 3 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup pecans
1.  In the pan of your bread machine mix together water, yeast, and flour.  Set bread machine to dough cycle.
2.  About five minutes before the dough cycle on your bread machine start preparing your caramel mixture.  In a glass cake pan stir together 2/3 cups brown sugar, 3 tablespoons corn syrup, and 3 tablespoons butter, this will form your caramel topping.  Spread the caramel topping across the bottom of the pan, and sprinkle with pecans. 

3.  Once the dough cycle of bread machine is complete roll dough into a 16 by 12 inch square (this does not have to be exact, mine never is) onto a lightly floured surface. 

4.  Spread butter over dough, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Rainy Day Chili

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It's been a while since I have had the time to write a Tempt My Tummy Tuesday post, so I have plenty of new recipes to share.  This recipe came about on a cold, rainy day when my daughter requested chili and I did not have the ingredients to make my normal chili recipe.  I had purchased a few cans of Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles because they were on sale but I had no clue what to use them in.  I decided to use them in my chili, and adjusted the spices to compensate for the green chiles.  The chili actually turned out great, it was spicy, but my husband said he thought it was the best chili I had ever made, so it's definitely a keeper.  Here is the recipe I came up with:
Ingredients 2 cans Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles 2 Cans Mild Chili Beans (you can use hot beans for a spicier chili) 2 pounds hamburger 1 tablespoon garlic powder l onion diced 3 tablespoons minced garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper 1 teaspoon s…

Menu Plan Monday - May 10th to 16th

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I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!  I enjoyed a very low key day with my kids, parents, grandparents, brothers and sister.  It was a great day overall, although the evening was a little scary when my other 80 year old grandmother called me to tell me she had just been involved in an accident involving three other cars.  Luckily no one was injured, the car is totalled but a car can be replaced, a person can not. 
It's another busy week, and I am not sure exactly how things will play out this week but if things go according to plan (which never happens) this is what we will be eating:
Monday - Beef Stroganoff, Yummy Dinner Rolls
Tuesday - Hamburgers with Bread Machine Hamburger Buns, Baked Beans (Recipe Coming Soon)
Wednesday - Easy Baked Ziti, Italian Herb Rolls
Thursday - Fish, Garlic Red Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, Hushpuppies
Friday - Jennie O Turkey Breast and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Yummy Dinner Rolls

Menu Plan Monday, May 3rd - 9th

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It's going to be a busy week for me this week, so I thought I would be realistic with my menu planning for a change.  This also means that there will not be a whole lot of cooking going on here this week.
Monday - Doctors appointment - Spaghetti (take out from local Italian place)
Tuesday - doctors appointment in AM, softball game in the evening, eating out
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage (left off last week's menu) Yummy Dinner Rolls
Thursday - Johnny Rib Sandwiches
Friday - Grocery Shopping - will fix something quick that I pick up at the store
Saturday - Tacos
Sunday - Cookout at my mom's for Mother's Day