Friday, June 28, 2013

Baked Shrimp Egg Rolls

Baked Egg Rolls are one of our favorite summer meals, they are easy to make, light, and are a perfect summer meal.  We usually pair them with steamed white rice from our rice cooker.  Sometimes we make them with shrimp, sometimes with pork, and other times we use chicken.  Whichever meat we use we make them the same way.    Here I am going to show you how I make them with shrimp. 
We use Salad Shrimp in our egg rolls, they are small and inexpensive.  This bag is $1.59 at Kroger, but Wal-Mart and Meijers also sell them inexpensively.

We also use Nasoya Egg Roll Wraps, we don't generally use the whole pack and they refrigerate well.  I usually keep the unused ones in a Ziploc bag.

The first thing you will want to do is make the filling for your egg rolls.  In a large stir-fry pan mix together 3 cups of finely shredded cabbage (I like using Napa cabbage but we also use regular cabbage if that is all we have on hand, 1 cup finely diced carrots, 1/2 cup bean sprouts, 1 package of salad shrimp, and 4 tablespoons of Oyster Sauce.  I then sauté the entire filling on the stove until vegetables are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Once the filling is ready it is time to start filling your egg rolls.  This filling should make 10 to 12 egg rolls.  You will want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees at this time.

Lay out your egg roll wrap in a diamond shape with the bottom point facing you.  In the center of the wrap spread out about 2 tablespoons of the egg roll filling.

Fold up the bottom half of the egg roll wrapper over top of the filling.

Next, fold in the sides of the egg roll wrapper.

Finally, roll over the top of the egg roll wrapper and place egg rolls on a greased baking sheet.  When all egg rolls are wrapped and on the baking sheet use a pastry brush to lightly coat egg rolls with olive oil.  Now you are ready to bake the egg rolls in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie

Pot Pie is one of the easiest ways to use up extra turkey or chicken.  When I have leftover chicken or turkey I will usually freeze it until I am ready to make the pot pie and then on the day I plan to make it I will thaw it out.  I have also been known to make up the filling for the pot pie and freeze it, then on the day I want to make my pot pie I will pull it out, then top it with either a homemade or frozen pie crust.  This recipe calls for a mayo based pie crust, which is simple to make but any pie crust will do.  I make my turkey and chicken pot pie using the same recipe, the only difference is the type of meat I use. 
Filling Ingredients:
3 cups chopped potatoes
2 cups fresh or frozen peas
1 cup chopped carrots
2 to 3 cups chopped turkey or chicken
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 cup white wine
1/3 cup flower
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1.  Prepare all vegetables for filling.
2.  Add the diced vegetables and chicken or turkey into a bowl.

3. In a saucepan whisk together the ingredients for the gravy - chicken broth, milk, white wine, flour, and cornstarch.  Heat over medium heat until mixture thickens.

4. Pour gravy over vegetables and meat, then stir together thoroughly coating everything with gravy.

5.  Pour entire mixture into an 11x14 cake pan.
2 Cups Milk
2 Cups Mayo
2 Cups Flour
6.  Mix all crust ingredients together and then pour over top of pot pie filling.
7.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Menu Plan Monday, June 24th to 30th

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It was soo nice to be back to my menu plan last week.  The week went by much smoother with it and we actually stuck to it for once!  The only exception was on Sunday night when we missed the Chicken Pot Pie, which was moved to tonight's supper.  I have several items on this week's menu plan that I am working on recipes for, so be on the lookout for new recipes on the blog.  I am also going to be updating my post from my Bread Machine French Bread, which was written before the days of Pinterest.  It is one of my most popular posts and I am constantly getting asked for pictures to make it easier to pin.  Speaking of Pinterest, if you don't already follow me on Pinterest please do, I have a ton of recipe boards there, as well as craft ideas, and party/holiday planning boards.  You can find my Pinterest boards here.
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
Breakfast:  Oatmeal, Toast, Grapes
Dinner:  Turkey Pot Pie
Breakfast:  Turkey Sausage with Fried Potatoes
Dinner:  Shrimp Egg Rolls (recipe coming this week), White Rice
Breakfast: Oatmeal, Cooked Apples 
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Toast
Dinner:  Chicken and Dumplings (recipe coming soon)
Dinner:  Greek Pork Chops (recipe coming soon), Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Corn
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Toast
Dinner:  Eating Out After Church


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Beat Summer Boredom With Free Kid's Movies

Summer is here and boredom has set in for many kids.  One way to beat the summer boredom is to take advantage of the free or cheap children’s movies that many movie theaters offer during the summer. 
Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express

The Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express is one of the cheap summer children’s movie programs.  On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings Regal Cinemas will have kid’s movies for just $1 admission.  The movies on schedule for this year include The Three Stooges, Ice Age Continental Drift, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days, Parental Guidance, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked, Monte Carlo, Rio, Coraline, ParaNorman, The Lorax, Yogi Bear, Big Miracle, Journey 2:  The Mysterious Island, Racing Stripes, Happy Feet Too, African Cats, and Chimpanzee. 

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse

The Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse is another of the cheap summer children’s movie programs with $1 admission to each show or $5 admission to all ten shows in the program.  Each theater has different movies and showtimes throughout the summer.  To find a Cinemark theater near you or to find out more about the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse you can visit the Cinemark website.

Malco Theaters Summer Film Fest

The Malco Theaters Summer Film Fest runs throughout June and July with admission at just $2.  Movies scheduled for the 2013 summer are Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age:  Continental Drift, Horton Hears a Who, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2:  Roderick Rules, Space Chimps, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Alvin and the Chipmunks:  The Squeakel, and Alvin and the Chipmunks:  Chipwrecked.  

Classic Cinemas Wednesday Morning Movie Series

Running from June 12th to August 7th Classic Cinemas will host their annual summer Wednesday Morning Movie Series on Wednesday mornings at 9 AM with admission being $1.  This summer’s movies will include Madagascar 3:  Europe’s Most Wanted, Hotel Transylvania, Ice Age:  Continental Drift, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days, Rise of the Guardians, Hotel for Dogs, Muppets From Space, and Escape From Planet Earth.  You can learn more about Classic Cinemas Wednesday Morning Movie Series by visiting the Classic Cinemas website.

Clearview Cinemas

Clearview Cinemas will be offering free kids movies this summer starting July 10th and 11th on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM.  The seven week movie series will feature the movies Hotel Transylvania, The Pirates, The Lorax, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Madagascar 3, Journey 2, and Escape from Planet Earth.  To learn more about the Clearview Cinemas free summer kids movie program you can visit their website.

Marquee Cinemas

Also offering free kids movies this summer is Marquee Cinemas.  The dates and times of the free kids movies as well as what movies will be showing vary from theater to theater.  To find out more about the free kids summer movies from Marquee Cinemas you can visit their website.

Muvico Theaters

Starting June 11th and going through August 15th Muvico Theaters will be offering free kids movies on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 AM.  Included in this summer’s free kids movies lineup at Muvico Theaters are Despicable Me, The Lorax, Madagascar 3, Clifford’s Really Big Movie, Rise of the Guardians, Happy Feet Too, How to Train Your Dragon, Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Freezing Strawberries

It is strawberry season and I couldn’t be more excited.  I love fresh strawberries and try to stock up on fresh strawberries when they are in season locally so that I can enjoy them all winter long while avoiding the ones from the supermarket.  During strawberry season strawberries can be found at roadside stands, u-pick farms, and farmers markets for rock bottom prices.  They are easy to preserve, so there is no reason not to stock up on them.  Freezing strawberries is simple, and in fact will probably be the easiest fruit or vegetable you will preserve all summer.  Here is how you freeze strawberries for use all year long.
The first step in freezing strawberries is to choose the strawberries that you want to preserve.  Strawberries are very delicate and can go bad quickly so it is important to freeze them right away while they are at their freshest point.  You will want to use strawberries that are perfect with no blemishes or mushiness, save the ones that are a little bruised or just not perfect for use in other recipes.  After you have chosen the strawberries that you will be freezing it is time to move on to the next step, rinsing the strawberries.  You will want to gently wash and dry the strawberries, paying close attention so as not to soak the berries in the water too long as it will result in a loss of the flavor.
After you have cleaned the strawberries now it is time to remove the stem and hull the berries.  At this point you will also need to determine if you want to freeze them whole or slice them, or you can always do a little bit of both.  If you decide to slice the strawberries now is the time to do so. 
Next is another important decision, do you want to freeze them with sugar on them or not.  Freezing the strawberries without sugar will allow them to be stored in the freezer without freezer burn for several months but freezing them with sugar on them will extend the storage life of your strawberries.  Strawberries frozen in sugar will last longer as the sugar helps to prevent freezer burn, and also helps to preserve their color.  If you choose to freeze your strawberries in sugar now is the time to cover them in a light dusting of sugar.
Now your strawberries are ready to go into the freezer.  Now you will want to place your strawberries flat on a baking sheet, being careful that they do not touch one another, and place them in the freezer.  Allow the strawberries to stay on the freezer pan until they are frozen solid.  Once the strawberries have frozen solid you will want to remove them from the baking sheet to either a freezer bag or freezer container.  Be sure to label your container and place it in the freezer.  After you have placed your container in the freezer you are done.
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Menu Plan Monday (On Tuesday), June 17th to 23rd

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It's been a busy end of the school year for us.  On May 19th we had my son's birthday, on May 21st we had our last day of homeschool co-op, on the 22nd we had our end of the year program for our homeschool co-op and on May 23rd my husband went into the hospital for a multi-level spinal fusion.  I knew his surgery would keep me away from the blog for a while but he ended up with a post-surgery infection after he was released from the hospital and had to be readmitted.  So needless to say a menu plan has not been on my mind lately.  Now that we are at home things seem to be falling back into a routine, and I am missing my menu plan, so I am thrilled to be taking the time to plan one out for this week.  If you don't menu plan you really should take the time to do it, it makes my life so much easier and makes grocery shopping a cinch.
Here's what I have planned for this week:
links to recipes are in red
Breakfast:  Breakfast Pork Chops, Scrambled Eggs, Toast
Lunch:  Crab Cakes using Imitation Crab Meat, Sautéed Kale (from my garden!!!)
Dinner:  Spaghetti with Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce, Frozen Garlic Bread (given to me by a friend during hubby's hospital stay)
Breakfast:  Baked Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit
Dinner:  Slow Cooker Classic Pot Roast (not a typical summer meal but I am trying to clean out my freezer and have a pot roast I need to get rid of)
Breakfast:  Turkey Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns
Dinner:  Taco Bell Copycat Bean Burritos, but I will be making my own refried beans instead of canned ones using this recipe, Easy Slow Cooker Refried Beans
Dinner:  Busy Day Pork Chop Recipes, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
Breakfast:  Cereal
Dinner:  Shrimp Egg Rolls (recipe to be posted next week), Rice
Dinner:  Turkey Pot Pie (using a mixture of recipes will post my completed recipe next week)