Showing posts from January, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - January 20-26, 2014

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I've survived my first week of the Spring Semester.  I am taking 18 credit hours this semester which is crazy, but the good thing is that mean's I will be graduating in May!!!  I won't be completely through because I still have a few more steps to go before I reach my goal of getting my Master's but it is a tangible step in the right direction.  This week is another week of easy meals.  Most of our recipes are our tried and true family favorites but a few others are new.  I love trying new recipes and try to include at least one new recipe each week. Monday Breakfast - Toaster Strudel Lunch at Co-op - Sandwich Wraps or Tuna Fish, Chips, Pudding Dinner - Honey and Thyme Brined Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans Tuesday Breakfast - Cereal Lunch - Italian Sausage Sliders (New Recipe), Baked Potato Wedges Dinner -Super Easy Turkey Melts Wednesday Breakfast - Oatmeal Lunch - Quick Fix Dinner - Anna's Ama…

Menu Plan Monday, January 13th to 19th

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Well, we managed to get through last week.  We survived the record low temperatures and my husband's surgery is over.  He is still in a lot of pain so we will be sticking close to home.  The kids started back to school last week but this week they will be heading back to their homeschool co-op.  I will be missing the first day myself because my husband has a doctor's appointment but a friend is making sure the kids get there.  My college classes start back this week and so do my daughter's gymnastics.  And I finally got my Christmas tree down this week so we are on our way back to our normal routine! Here's what I have planned for us to eat this week: Monday Breakfast: Cereal Lunch at co-op for kids:  Sandwiches, Pretzels, and Special K bars Dinner:  Slow Cooker Recipe:  Bacon Corn Chowder, Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits Tuesday Breakfast:  Oatmeal Lunch:  Super Easy Turkey Melts Dinner:  Basic Baked Spaghet…

Get Your Soup On - Four Soups to Try Now

January is National Soup Month and with the cold arctic winds bringing in record low temperatures through the United States right now it is the perfect time to curl up with a big bowl of warm soup.Sure chili, vegetable beef soup, and beef stew are all winter staples but why not enlarge your soup repertoire this winter by including one of these four soups that aren’t your normal soups. Roasted Cauliflower and White Cheddar Soup This Roasted Cauliflower and White Cheddar Soup from Mel's Kitchen CafĂ© looks absolutely delicious.  With the exception of a head of cauliflower and some white cheddar cheese this soup is made with your normal pantry staples.  One of the things that I like about this soup is that it is a heavy soup that is made without the use of heavy cream.  Instead of using heavy cream you puree half of the soup.  The original recipe makes about four servings of soup but it can easily be doubled to make more.  From start to finish the soup takes less than an hour to make, …

It's Been One of Those Days...

Yesterday started off as a rainy Sunday with temperatures in the 40's.  As the night went on the temperature dropped and the rain turned to snow.  Although we didn't get much snow it fell on top of ice making for hazardous driving conditions.  In addition to the ice and snow we are experiencing record low temperatures.  As I write this the actual temperature outside is -4 with a wind chill of -26.  Growing up in Minnesota I know these aren't extreme temperatures but for us here in Southern Indiana they are!  We aren't used to weather like this and we aren't prepared for it.  On top of the cold weather our water heater went out yesterday.  It was the bottom heating element and luckily when we moved in here a little over a year ago they had left a heating element here.  Talk about God having a plan!  My husband was able to get the water heater back up and running within just a few hours but not before dumping a few gallons of water on our kitchen floor first!  We …

Menu Plan Monday, January 6th through 12th

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. It's going to be a crazy week here at The Modern Day Mom, one that is even crazier then normal!  We have some arctic temperatures coming in along with some snow, with farm animals this is going to be a challenge.  We have two goats, fifty plus chickens, and twelve rabbits to care for in temperatures that are going to have a wind chill of 20 below zero.  It is set to be the coldest weather this area has seen since 1996!  On top of the cold weather my husband is having surgery to have a neurostimulator placed in his lower back on Thursday.  Then next week the kids and I are all back to school so this is our last week of Christmas Break and we need to prepare for going back to school.  This week is going to be all about simple and easy meals! Here's what I have planned for the week: links to recipes are in red Monday Breakfast - Cereal Lunch - Healthy Crab Rangoon (we didn't get to these last week) Dinner - Hearty Tu…

Loaded Smashed Potato

As promised I am finally getting my Loaded Smashed Potato recipe posted.  It is a favorite of my family's and is a great side dish. Here's what you need.  I usually figure one or one and a half potatoes per person depending on how big the potatoes are.  I generally fix seven potatoes for five of us.  The first step is to wash your potatoes and cut them in half lengthwise. Place cut potatoes in a pan of water and bring them to a boil.  Cook them until they are soft enough to smash with a fork but don't overcook them.  This is generally about fifteen to twenty minutes after they have reached a boil. Pull potato halves out of the water without breaking the potatoes up.  I use a slotted spoon to do this as it allows the water to drip out of the spoon.  Place potatoes on a greased baking pan. Use a fork to smash the potatoes. The next step is to add cheese and bacon.  You can use any type of cheese you choose but I prefer cheddar cheese.  Also, I am lazy and don't like to…

Baked Basil and Feta Tomatoes

So as I mentioned in my Super Easy Turkey Melts as a mom who works from home and homeschools three kids I need simple and easy lunch ideas.  These Baked Basil and Feta Tomatoes fit that bill and are also DELICIOUS! Here's how you can make them for yourself. Cut a tomato into slices that are about 1/2 inch thick.  I got about six slices out of one medium sized tomato but you may need two tomatoes if they are small. Next spray a baking pan with olive oil cooking spray and place the tomato slices on the baking pan. Once you have placed the tomatoes on the baking pan drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the top of each tomato. Next spread some feta cheese on the tomatoes and sprinkle a little bit of basil on each tomato slice.
Next bake the tomatoes in an oven at 325 degrees for about ten to fifteen minutes.  The feta cheese will not melt but will brown on top. 

Super Easy Turkey Melts, Multiple Versions

Working from home during the day and homeschooling means that I don't have a lot of time to make lunch but I like having a hot lunch to serve.  One of our favorite lunches around here are turkey melts, they are so much tastier than a cold turkey sandwich and take only a matter of minutes to make.  As I type up some recipes I find myself thinking this is too easy and basic to consider it a recipe but then I remember when I first got married I couldn't cook at all so what some may consider basic I had no clue how to make.  This is one of those basic recipes but hopefully someone out there can appreciate it! Preparing the Sandwiches Depending on how you will want your sandwich will determine how you prepare it.  For my sandwich I use two pieces of wheat bread, spread a little mayo on top of each slice and place two slices of turkey on one slice of the bread.  You can use more than two slices but we have found that two slices of bread work the best.  For my husband and kids sandw…

Cake Parfait

Every year for New Year's Eve we celebrate with a yearly "birthday" cake that is adorned with numeral candles to signify the year.  This year we wanted something different, so Sunshine and I came up with our Cake Parfaits. Our inspiration for this dessert was the New Year's Eve "Party in a Glass" Parfaits from The Cozy Apron.  These looked awesome but there were a few things about this recipe that I knew wouldn't work for our family.  First, she used raspberry preserves in hers and my family just isn't a big fan of raspberries.  Second, the original recipe contains alcohol, definitely not kid friendly.  So with that in mind we set off to make our own. Ingredients: Pound Cake (I bought a Sara Lee frozen one that I thawed out before use) 2-3 jars of Strawberry Ice Cream Topping depending on how many you will be making (I only bought one - next time I will buy two for five parfaits) Cool Whip Whip Cream Cherries with Stems Directions 1.  Cut pound ca…

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone is having a good first day of 2014!  We had a fun family night last night to celebrate New Year's Eve.  We started the afternoon out watching the University of Louisville basketball game, had some ribs for dinner, played a little Family Feud on the Wii, followed by a few hands of Uno, and then watched the last half hour or so of the New Year's Eve television broadcast so that we could see the ball drop in Times Square.  We were invited to a family New Year's Eve party but I love our traditional New Year's Eve nights at home as a family.  I hope it is a tradition that continues on once our kids are grown and have children of their own! There's nothing quite like trying to take a family selfie at midnight!
Forget a champagne toast at midnight - we had some Grape Crush instead! This little boy just couldn't get enough of the whip cream!
Each year we have a New Year "birthday" cake with the year specified with numeral candles.  This yea…