Monday, May 30, 2011

Menu Monday 5/30

Happy Memorial Day!.  If you enjoy my menu, you can enjoy mine as well as others at I am an organized junkie

Monday-In hornor on Memorial Day and my neighbors birthday...I went to a fish fry (we did this on Sunday).  I contributed Suped-Up-Cole-Slaw and Jello salad

Tuesday-grilled hamburgers and chips with Olive Dip



Friday-Family Pizza Night

Saturday-Simple Joes Open Faced Sandwiches with veggies and ranch dip

Sunday-Taco Salad

Jello Salad

This recipe comes from my sister's, sister-in-law.  Or if that's not clear, from my brother-in-laws it now? Marsha brought this to my nephew's 6th birthday party.  It was yummy.  I did make a few adjustments and I'll note those on the side.   
Raspberry Jello Pretzel Salad
1 (6 oz.) pkg. raspberry jello (I used sugar free cherry)
2 C. boiling water
1 (20 oz.) pkg. frozen raspberries (I used blueberries)
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 C. sugar
9 oz. cool whip
1 1/2 C. crushed pretzels
3/4 C. melted butter
2 T. sugar
Mix jello, water and raspberries. Pour into glass serving bowl. Let set. I do this the night before. Mix cream cheese with beater until soft add sugar mix together, fold in cool whip. Pour (spread) over jello layer. Mix pretzel crumbs, butter and sugar together and put onto a Cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes; stir once while baking. Cool and put over top layer before serving. Enjoy!

Olive Dip

I tried this dip well over 6 years ago for the first time.  My former co-worker, Diane, had a family party one weekend and since she's a giver, she brought the leftovers to school.  This dip was part of the leftovers, which I'm not sure how that happened because everytime I make it I have nothing left.  Sometimes I don't even get any and I resort to licking the bowl, sorry, but it's that good.  If you're not an olive person, this dip might not give you the same kind of joy.  The recipe is pretty general so make sure you follow it to a tee.  Enjoy.

6 oz cream cheese
some half and half
green olives and their juice
scallions (I use green onions)

Cream the cream cheese and add chopped olives and scallions.  Add half and half and some olive juice until you get the proper consistency...(don't really know how much maybe a couple of Tablespoons of olive juice and 1/4 cup half and half).  See how specific this is.  When you refrigerate it, it really thickens up, so you'll add more half and half later.  Really good with Fritos, pretzels, or greasy potato chips. 

*Personally, I am a chip girl that is all I have ever eaten with this dip.  It's really good. I could eat it all by myself, which is not good.

Simple Joe's Open-Face Sandwiches

This recipe is from Cheap. Fast. Easy by Beverly Mills & Alicia Ross.  I made these when we had some friends come over for lunch, I doubled this recipe.  It served 5 adults and 2 children with leftovers.  Here is my take, everyone who ate them said they were good.  I feel like they were missing something like brown sugar, they needed a little sweetness but that's just me.  Since I was serving a small crowd for a Saturday lunch, I made them before we left for T-ball and stuck them in the crock pot on low. 

1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup ketchup
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 buns

Heat oil in an extra deep 12 inch skillet over medium heat.  Peel and coarsely chop the onion, adding it to the skillet as you chop.  Add the beef (fresh or partially defrosted) to the skillet.  Cook, turning and breaking up the meat, until it is crumbled and browned, 7 to 8 minutes.  While the meat cooks, add the garlic to the skillet.  In a small bowl, whisk the ketchup, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, and black pepper with 1/2 cup water.  When the meat has browned, add this mixture to the skillet and bring it to a boil.  Then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile, toast the buns, if you desired.  Place the buns, open on four plates, and spoon the beef mixture over them, open-face style.  Serve right away. 

*We ate them like sandwiches.  I served with cheese slices and dill pickles.

Taco Salad

I literally threw this salad together based on combing a few salads to make this delicious treat. I brought this to my life group. My friend Alisha, ate's that good.  This is also another fairly simple recipe. 

1 pound taco meat (you can use Flexible Mexican Filling)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 box whatever noodles you have on hand (I used some t
twisty ones,-I know very specific)
1 head or bag of shredded lettuce
1 cup light Western dressing
1 chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion (or green onion leftover from olive dip)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup crushed Taco Flavored Doritos (you could use Nacho cheese Doritos if you prefer)

Make the taco meat.  While you are doing that boil your noodles.  When noodles are done, rinse with cold water to cool.  Combine meat, beans, noodles, onion, lettuce, and tomato.  Pour on dressing.  Add cheese.  Mix well.  When ready to serve add the Doritos.  Serve immediately.  This is best when served and eaten right away.  The Doritos get soggy if this dish is served as leftovers...but add more crushed chips and it's like new.  Enjoy.

Suped Up Cole Slaw

Well for those of  you who care...I'm headed back to weight watchers.  If you haven't noticed, because apparently it's obvious to people who keep asking me if I am pregnant...I know didn't people ever get told NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ask if a lady is pregnant unless you have been told....a student and my lovely father asked me...I've put on a few pounds.  Sad but true.  That seems to be how I roll, literally...LOL Anyway, because of that and health reasons I've got to get back on plan.  I rejoined Weight Watchers last week.  As much as I hate spending money on that it just needs to be done.  This recipe comes from my friend, Kelli, who is also rejoining the world of Weight Watchers.  It's from a cookbook but I don't have the information and I suppose I should get it cause again I don't need the copyright police at my door.  I think she said it was the Taste of Home Cooking Light...I wonder if that's good enough.  I really don't know the name either but I will call it Suped Up Cole Slaw because it's packed with veggies.  According to her calculations, the serving size is 3/4 cup and it serves 8...the point value is 3 Points Plus value.  I made a few adjustments by basically adding more veggies to equal 4 cups of veggies and 4 cups of slaw, this made the serving size 1 cup for still 3 points.  I do have to say it was OK, not the best.  It was definitely missing something.  I added more salt and pepper, it still wasn't on target.  This was my first "go" at slaw, if you are a slaw making fool please give me any pointers on how I can make this tastier. 

1 cup Light Sour Cream
1/2 cup Fat Free Mayo (I used Light)
1 T sugar or splenda
1 T tarragon or regular vinegar (I used cider vinegar)
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 cup coarsely chopped cauliflower
1 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup onion
1/4 cup green pepper
1/4 cup cucumber
1/2 cup chopped peanuts (I used cashews)

Mix the sour cream, mayo, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper.  In a large bowl combine cabbage and all other veggies.  Add the dressing to the veggies.  Mix well.  Before serving sprinkle with peanuts.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sweetness Saturday

It's almost like I have abandoned you...I didn't I've been super busy.  Actually, I've been a busy lady doing random things.  Plus Scott's off days are falling on the weekend, so I was playing super, amazing, crazy, going to tweak mommy.  It's nice when he has off on the weekends but it can make the weeks a little more hectic or not...sometimes he gets in my way...I'm torn on how I feel.  So today is Saturday and as most Saturday's it was amazing.

1.  I got to spend time with my daddy and my little sister.  We went to Hmong fest...nope we're not even Hmong.  However, we were the only white people there.  My dad dated a Hmong several years ago and really enjoys the authentic food.  Somehow I always end up getting roped into going.  This year my sister went and so did Kenley.  It was sweet to spend time with them. 
2.  Then we headed to a museum.  Scott and Camden ended up joining us.  It was even more sweet to spend time with everyone!  Kenley got a hold on the camera, so here are a few shots!
Shh don't tell Scott his pictures on the Internet...He's shy.
Shh don't tell my dad he's on the Internet either. He does not like having his picture taken and I am sure he definitely doesn't want it out there for the world to see.  Sorry daddy, I just love you so much! I couldn't resist.
3.  After the museum we went to a local ice cream shop that I had never been too.  YUMMY.  The ice cream was so sweet and tasty.  I had a cherry sundae that was to die for, figuratively speaking.
4.  I am going green.  I mean, I've planted another garden...year #2.  Thank goodness there was record rain fall in year #1 otherwise I am sure I would've killed everything because that's how I roll.  Somehow I have managed to keep my kids alive for both 6 and 4 years...Scott and I have been married for almost 9 years...One would think I could keep things in my garden alive.  You know the "green" thumb and "brown" thumb saying, hands down I am the "brown" thumb.  Our garden is fairly small but it will do.  I am sure as usual I will have planted too much but it's OK.  Here are some shots of my lovely garden.  Won't it be sweet when I am eating fresh tomatoes, beans, peas, and peppers from the garden?

Here are my cucumber plants.  I'm going to have my handy man put these on the garden posts.  There is not enough sun light behind the garage.  We do have 2 raspberry bushes there, I am hoping they will grow.  We planted them last year. 

We're also really trying to go green and have a "rain" bucket.  Scott worked very hard to make this for me, he even put in a spicket.  And made a special platform.  Isn't he sweet?

Here are my herbs.I have basil, chives, dill, and cilantro.

I am trying something new.  I found this strawberry plant.  Hopefully it will fair better than mine from last year.

Have a super sweet rest of your Saturday.  I know I will!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Swearing in the United States

Last week I wrote about my son's life as a vandal.  The same little guy who was pushing the candy, taught my darling son that if you put your pinkie finger up, it's like swearing in China.  So we were deep in conversation when he also shared that this same boy showed him the middle finger, it's like swearing in the United States.  Even after the discussion of potential consequences, I should have known he was going to try our his new trick. At "life group" Camden was hanging out with the ladies (because he's a ladies man), when a tattletale another kid came to tell me that Camden had "flipped" them off.  Camden had to come upstairs to sit on the step until I was able to talk to him about his behavior.  I sat down with Camden and asked why he was in trouble and he started crying "I'm in trouble because I was swearing in the United States."  Honestly, the way he said it, it was priceless.  That kid is so awesome.  He's not always in trouble, really he's so great!  My son is a spirited child to say the least.  As he gets older, he's for sure going to be the cause of my firstsecond a head full of gray hairs.  Even at times when that boy drives me to drink crazy, there is just something about him that makes me want to scoop him up, hug and kiss him to smithereens.  It's hard to be a mom of a spirited child.  People look at you and sometimes I feel judged because of his impulsive behaviors and actions.  In the end, it doesn't matter to me what people think, all that matters is that God and I know he's a misunderstood yet amazing kid.  He does the best he can with the circumstances he was given (I mean imagine having me as a mom). If your a mom (maybe even a dad) it's almost guaranteed that you would have read Love You Forever by Robert Munsch to your child at some point.  That author tells the truth!  I actually think it should be the new parenting book.  Basically, when your children are awake they can drive you to drink nuts but every night when they are asleep they are so precious and perfect.  If you have never read the book, read it. It's beautiful, you might even cry.  Now hopefully, I won't get a phone call that my son is "swearing in the United States" while at school. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Menu Monday 5/21

Happy Monday (or Sunday night) to all!  As I stated earlier I'm tyring something new and posting tried and true recipes that we ate last week.  I ended up with some rhubard from our teachers lounge.  My friend Michelle is supposed to give me some more.  I'm going to post a link to last week's menu which has another great rhubard recipe.  I wonder what I'm going to make with my next batch...Menu Monday 5/16.  Have a great week!

Monday-ham sandwiches with veggies & Dill Dip

Tuesday-eggs with Streusel Rhubarb Bread

Wednesday- Orange Marmalade Gazed Chicken


Friday- Easy Baked Pork Chops with rice

Saturday- grilled chicken and Crash Hot Potatoes

Sunday-Kids and my-favorite tator tot casserole

You can find my menu and others like it at I'm an organized junkie

The kids (and my) Favorite Tator Tot Casserole

I know it's hard to believe but when Scott and I were first married I didn't really cook.  I mean I could make baked chicken or something super simple.  Then we had our son and I added a couple of more meals to my list.  Some where between moving into a house and having my second child, a miracle occurred and I learned to cook.  I distinctly remember having to prepare a meal for another church family and having no idea what to prepare.  That situation brought me to my first tator tot casserole recipe.  I'd never heard of it and definitely never eaten it.  Really I'm not sure what my mom used to cook for us when we were kids, it's amazing we were alive.  I think I might have eaten a lot of peanut butter and that's why I can't stand it.  The first recipe I tried for tator tot casserole was yummy and I have since misplaced the printed out sheet.  I have tried a few others but nothing was just perfect.  Christmas of 2010 was a cookbook Christmas, my older sister got me The Cooking Mom by Amy Hanten.  This recipe is the BEST EVER.  It tastes good with beef or turkey.

2 pounds ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1 can French green beans, drained (I used thawed frozen)
1 1/2 cups corn (frozen again)
3 to 4 shredded cheddar cheese
1 package frozen tator tots
1 to 2 teaspoons steak seasoning salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.  Brown ground beef in the skillet.  Drain any grease.  Season beef with garlic salt and pepper.  Place beef in the baking dish.  Place beans and corn on top of beef.  In a large bowl, whisk together soup, milk, and sour cream.  Spread over ground beef in an even layer.  Top with tator tots.  Sprinkle tots with seasoning salt.  Top with cheese.  Bake 30 to 40 minutes covered loosely with foil.  Uncover and bake another 10 to 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly.

Easy Baked Pork Chops

Here's another very simple recipe.  I know I'm such an amazing cook.  Actually, simple meals are part of the reason that I can serve a hot dinner to the kids while still working full time with my husband working a different shift.  I do have several tricks up my sleeve to make this happen, simple meals are just one of them.  These chops take a little bit more time in the oven but the time preparing is very minimal.  You will be free to clean, surf the net, play with your kids, read a book, do some laundry, do some work-work at home, see the possibilities are endless.  Now that I think about it, my mom used to make something similar when I was young but she used wild rice or something...that was good too.  I used leftover rice from Orange Marmalade Glazed Chicken

4-6 pork chops (bone-in or boneless-your choice)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups rice (leftover already cooked works best)
1/2 cup cooking wine or chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

Yep, that's it.  Preheat oven to 350. Using a 9x13 pan coat the bottom with cooking spray.  Evenly spread the rice in the pan.  Season pork chops with salt and pepper, place on top of the rice.  cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45-55 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix soup, milk, and wine (or broth).  When pork chops are no longer pink, pour soup mixture over chops and rice, bake an additional 25-30 minutes.  Serve with a vegetable of your choice.

Dill Dip

I got this recipe from my mom.  I'm pretty sure my mom is not reading my blog...she's not on facebook and if she would be I would think it was kind of weird.  I love my mom to death but if she was following my blog I could just imagine her calling me and questioning me to no end.  So "Hi mom! I hope you're not following my blog"   If you are, "Hi mom!  Thanks for following my blog!"  Honestly, it's easier to make this dip than to walk into a store go to the dairy section, pick up a remade one and buy it.  By the time you'd reach the dairy section this would be all put together..I know, it's that fast.  This is great for any kind of veggie and definitely yummy enough for guests or a party. 

2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon dill
1 Tablespoon parsley
1 Tablespoon minced onion flakes
1 teaspoon Lawry's season salt

Mix it together.  It suggests making this the night before but I have made it and served immediately you.  It's your choice.  Serve with a variety of veggies or just carrots.

Orange Marmalade Glazed Chicken Over Rice

Whenever I hear the word "marmalade" I think of Paddington Bear.  One of my must watch cartoons from a million years ago.  Anyone else remember Paddington Bear wearing his rain coat.  It makes me smile.  This recipe does not come from Paddington but from Cheap. Fast. Good by Beverly Mills & Alicia Ross. 

3 chicken bullion cubes
1 1/3 long grain rice (or whatever amount your type of rice requires for 4 servings.  I used Jasmine rice and used 1 cup the package)
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 Tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/3 cup fruit only marmalade
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3/4 cup dry white white (I used cooking wine)

1.  Place the bullion cubes in 2 2/3 cups water (or the amount needed to make your rice) in a covered medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil.  When the water boils, add the rice, stir, and reduce the heat to low.  Cover pan and simmer until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

2.  While chicken defrosts, heat the oil in an extra-deep skillet over medium heat.  Peel and coarsely chop the onion, adding it to the skillet as you chop.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.

3.  Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, adding them to the skillet as you cut.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is no longer pink about 5 to 6 minutes.

4.  Meanwhile, stir the marmalade and mustard together in a small bowl and set aside.

5.  As soon as the chicken is done, add the wine to the skillet and raise the heat to medium-high.  Boil, stirring to loosen any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, until the wine evaporates slightly, about 2 minutes.  Then reduce the heat to medium and add the marmalade-mustard mixture.  Stir until the ingredients are well mixed and the chicken is coated with sauce.  Serve the chicken over the hot rice.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A twist to menu Monday

So you know the scene in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" when the super "hip" teacher comes in the room and makes this statement?

(who would've know this was his name)  Mr. Turkentine: I've just decided to switch our Friday schedule to Monday, which means that the test we take each Friday on what we learned during the week will now take place on Monday before we've learned it. But since today is Tuesday, it doesn't matter in the slightest. Pencils ready

That's how I'm feeling about Menu Monday.  I post a menu that I intend to follow, at times life gets in the way.  When planning a menu for my family we are the guinea pigs.  Sometimes my neighbors or friends end up as the guinea pigs too.  I can change things and do whatever I need to keep us fueled.  Now that I have others counting on my mad menu planning skills, as a mom who's got it all (un)together I feel like I should give you a solid menu.  So with that being said, when I post my menu it will be what our family ate the week before or tried and true recipes.  This will ensure that we have tried the recipe and I can provide with the links and recipes when I post my menu.  It's really no fun to look at my menu and not have a recipe link.  It's also a lot of pressure to be sure that I am posting recipes so my loyal readers can prepare those meals for their families.  I mean I am sure people are waiting on the edge of their seats to know how I am going to make tacos.  My job here is to please.  Please be patient as I work out how I'm going to manage that along with creating enlightening, magical posts about my life to keep my readers at the edge of their seats.  Remember I've only been blogging less than a month, I'm a work in progress!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Apparently one of the "hot" things to do in blog world is to post only pictures on Wednesday's.  Today I will feature a few pictures.  I will try really hard to be wordless but I doubt I can do bucket boy. 
 Here's Mini-me
 Do you see the resemblance?  Just so you know my shirt isn't dirty I think it's the picture quality
 My babies playing T-ball!  Slam it kiddo!
 Throw it baby girl!  Just in case you're wondering, she is wearing a skirt over her leggings to play t-ball.  She also insisted on bringing her purse along.  Seriously, who is this girl?

You can pick your friends....not your family.  This is an oldie but goodie!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Flexible Mexican Filling

This comes from Cheap. Fast. Good. by Beverly Mills & Alicia Ross.  My sister bought me this cookbook.  At first I wondered if she was trying to tell me something when I saw the title, which seemed kind of inappropriate, I kind of have an odd sense of thinking (and kind of sassy).  The cookbook contains very basic recipes.  Know what else?  They're cheap, fast, and good...imagine that.  The flexible mexican filling is very "flexible" and can be used in different recipes; which it give you several suggestions in the cookbook.  I will be using this is a basic taco, with hard shells that I bought on sale and used a coupon...yeah me!  The addition of the other items helps to stretch your 1lb beef to feed the family without having them walk away hungry, because really 1lb just never seems like enough meat.

1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 package (2 tablespoons) taco seasoning
1 can condensed tomato soup
2 cups shredded Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
1 cup sour cream

1.  Place the beef in an extra-deep 12-inch skillet over medium heat.  Begin browning beef, stirring often to break up the meat.  Meanwhile, peel and coarsely chop the onion, adding it to the skillet as you chop.  Cook, stirring often, until all the meat is crumbled and cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes.  Drain any accumulated fat from the skillet.

2.  Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Add taco seasoning and tomato soup and stir until well blended.  Add the cheese and stir until melted, about 30 seconds.  remove from skillet from the heat and stir in sour cream.  Serve at once, or cool and store for future use.

Storage Notes:
Flexible Mexican Filling can be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for 2 to 3 months.  Refrigerate or freeze filling in 1-cup portions in microwavable-safe containers.  to defrost, remove the container lid and microwave on the defrost setting according to the oven manufacturer's instructions.  Or defrost the filling in the refrigerator overnight.

Bubble Up Pizza Casserole

Well this recipe entered my life serveral years ago during a weight watchers phase.  I know I should really think about going back.  Oh well.  I couldn't find the original location so I headed to one of my go to sites and typed in Pizza Casserole.  I was able to find one that was similar to the one I learned the technique from, Biscuit Pizza Bake is the closest I would find.  Once you learn the basics of this recipe you can make it what ever way suits your family's tastes.  For me, when I made this I was using leftover sauce from a spaghetti dinner and I was making one pan for us and another for our neighbor, who just had the 10lb baby.  For a while this was a weekly or bi-weekly menu item.  I love it filled with "stuff", my kids prefer basic with cheese, Scott likes his with meat like hamburger, pepperoni, ham, and whatever else I can find to toss in.  I've done a taco version and a BBQ chicken version, too.  This recipe is so, so simple almost anyone could put this together.

2 cans of refrigerated buscuits
2-3 cups of your favorite sauce with browned hamburger (or the free stuff you bring home from a church event)
1 1/2 cups of shredded mozeralla cheese

See even my friend, Alisha could make this 3 ingredients (4 if you count the cooking spray).  Hi Alisha, I hope you're reading my blog!

Spray a 9x11 baking pan with cooking spray.  Take a kitchen sheers and cut the buscuits into quarters.  Toss into the pan.  Spread them evenly onto the bottom of the pan.  Add the sauce.  Bake for 20-25 miuntes until biscuits start to brown.  Add the cheese and put back in the oven for about 5 minutes.  Serve.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Menu Monday 5/16

I have scored it big time these day.  My grocery budget is thanking me.  On Friday at the end of  a picnic, I scored a some hamburgers, hotdogs, and a few brats. Even though I had Easy Crockpot Roast cooking away, my family preferred the leftover grill food...hmm imagine that.  Then I attended a spaghetti dinner last night and scored some leftover sauce from the event.  I'm going to tell you what I did with that this week.  In an attempt to not overwhelm everyone involved, my menu may not be exactly what is being served at our home this if you stop over just randomly thinking you're going to get what's on the menu you may be saddened when it's nothing more than leftovers from my plethora of food.  So without further is what we may or may not be eating

Monday-breakfast with banana bread

Tuesday- Bubble Up Pizza Casserole

Wednesday-chicken pot pie


Friday-tacos using flexible mexican filling

Saturday-I think Scott's grilling chicken or out to eat not sure

Sunday- Life group (a church event) I'm bringing dessert and I don't know why I keep volunteering to do this...I hate baking.  I'm not sure what I'll make yet.  I ended up making Rhubarb Sour Cream Pie

You can find my menu and others like it at I'm an organized junkie

Banana Bread

As I have said and will continue to say is "I hate baking."  I mean I can bake and things are fine and dandy, I would just rather cook an eight course meal and serve it rather than baking.  However, as a mom, it's just something that has to be done.  Well what is one to do with overly ripened bananas besides throw them away or eat them?  Turn them into either these  or make banana bread.  I was talking with a friend on Sunday and she is always making banana bread.  We talked about how I loath baking; she said that banana bread is so simple and it can be put together before the oven is preheated.  Clearly, we have not been following the same recipe.  She is sending it to me via email.  My go to recipe is from "Betty Crocker's Cookbook-Bridal Edition" so apparently it was written for people who had nothing better to do than bake all day and night, right?  Now that I look at it, it's not that complicated it just calls for buttermilk, softened butter, and other baking basics, I just like things that are simple easy and always on hand.  Since I haven't received the recipe and I did indeed have bananas that needed to be saved from the dumpster, I looked through some of my other cookbooks in search for a simpler recipe, which I found in The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, but Erin Chase also has a website with many different menu ideas.  This recipe came together very quickly.  Guess what?  It was in the pan before the oven was preheated.  I actually doubled this recipe to make an extra loaf for a neighbor who had a 10lb 7oz baby girl at 39 weeks...YOWZAAs, at least it was a c-section.  According to the cookbook calculations, the bread can be made for about $1.33 per loaf, not bad if I do say so myself.

2 medium ripe bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, mix the bananas, sugar, applesauce, and eggs, until creamy.  Add the flours, baking soda, and salt and mix until batter forms.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove the bread from the oven and place on a cooling rack.  Serve the bread warm with butter, or cold.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Family values

I have written several times about our church.  We make an attempt to try to be active in our church.  About 4 years ago our Pastor felt led to run a marathon for a cause, his original goal was to raise $1,000 for every mile ($26,000) to help the Africa Oasis Project.  What an awesome idea, right?  At least it's awesome for the people of Africa.  Not Pastor, I mean who in their right mind would run 26.2 miles on purpose just to end up almost the exact place you started.  Now having said that I have run 2 HALF-marathons (13.1 miles), but I'm not insane or in shape enough to do a full one...that's for lunatics.  Since Pastor got this bright idea felt led to participate in this marathon, he also felt led to have pawns, nope the church full of suckers, nope... God's vessels SERVE at a water station.  Our family has done this most years, the first year I walked the 5K and then volunteered, then I ran the half, then we skipped out a year because we were feeling like slackers, last year we brought the whole family, and did the same this year.  This year we moved to mile marker 23 (we were at 15), somehow our Pastor thought our big fat mouths our sweet, spirited voices would ring praises like no body's business at this mile.  Guess what?  He sure was right.  Our peeps, rocked it out of the park with our hoots, hollers, and excitement for some of those weary runners at mile 23.  As people who live in the mid-west, one would think that we would be used to the crazy weather we have.  I mean we had a snow storm in mid-April, so it should not have surprised anyone that it was a blustery 47 degrees out there with wind whipping like the Wicked Witch of the West was about to touch down.  We had decided that if it rained, we would stay home to keep our daughter from getting yet another type of sickness.  Yes, we discussed the whole cold weather doesn't equal illness...blah, blah, we weren't willing to risk it.  So it was our not so lucky day, when we arose from our peaceful sleep to the trees hitting our windows and whistling through the cracks in our house but not one single drop of rain.  It was off to volunteer we went but not until after our hair was just so.
Only to realize the beautiful hair styles wouldn't last long. 
At least she was in good spirits.  To some of you this might seem like child abuse but in our house we call it building character.  We were hoping that the sight of these children would make people just stop their running and offer to donate money to our worthy cause.  Scott wanted to make a sign "For just the cost of a cup of coffee," how immature.

Actually, he is pretty mature.  Scott's a stand up guy.  He was suckered interested in volunteering our families services even though he had to go to work, we arrived at 7:45 and left by about 11:30, just so he could relax a bit before heading into work.  Look aren't we so cute?
In all actuality, we did work.  It was fun.  I love the excitement that the runners bring.  Most of all I love what this shows our children.  Even though it was cold, windy, and early, the people needed us at mile 23.  I am so happy that we could bless each and every runner today with our presence.  My children learned so much more today in those few, freezing cold hours than they could have learned in our warm home watching cartoons all day.  They learned to SERVE. 
If you've ever read the book Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, he starts the book out with a shocking statement "It's not about you." What?  Really?  That's not cool...well actually it is, because it's about God.  "For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible...everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him."  Colossians 1:16
It's not about this guy either.  Today I was at that water station working for God, which in turn was helping this poor guy...keep going buddy...only 3 miles (but they will be the longest 3 miles of your life) to go.

And with that we have taught our children one more lesson.  Jesus Camden you're my superhero.  You're my star, my best friend.  Better than spiderman... (Jesus is my Superhero by Hillsong)

Seriously, this boys is going to need therapy, just add it to our bill.  This is how he unwinds after a hard morning of volunteering. 

Baked Crab and Brocoli

This recipe is fantastic for me, no one else would eat it because they're all picky and have learned from their dad not to try new foods.  The recipe comes from a LA Weight loss cookbook, my friend Kelli shared the recipe and I don't have the exact title of the copyright police, I am very sorry, if I risk getting put in jail I'll post give the proper credit but until I hear from them I'm going to leave the information very generic.  The recipe is for a single serving but I quadrupled it to serve 4 so I could have leftovers or invite a friend over to share it with me since no one else would touch it. 

1 cup broccoli florets (you can use fresh or frozen)
6 oz fresh crab (I used imitation because we don't make that kind of money around here)
1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 cup skim milk
1T flour (whole wheat flour tastes really gross in this recipe-use white)
freshly ground pepper
1 oz reduced fat-sharp cheddar cheese (or whatever isn't moldy in the fridge)
3 slices Melba toasts, finely crushed

1.  Steam the broccoli until crisp, drain.
2.  Arrange broccoli and crab meat in a casserole dish, coated with nonfat cooking spray.  Set aside.
3.  Spray skillet with non-fat cooking spray.  Saute mushrooms and garlic until tender.  Sprinkle vegetables with flour and pepper.  Stir in milk.
4.  Cook sauce, stirring until thickened.  Add cheddar cheese, still until melted.
5.  Spoon sauce on the top of broccoli and crab meat.  Cover with foil.
6.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.  Sprinkle with Melba toasts crumbs; return to oven and bake until golden brown.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Strawberry Romaine Salad

This recipe comes from my friend Alison.  When I posted about my Strawberry Spinach Salad, Alison shared a tried and true recipe with strawberries.  I decided to give this puppy a try for our big spaghetti dinner bash.  Now, I must admit I was frightened when I saw the ingredients combo...I mean weird.  So this morning on my big grocery shopping event I knew most of the items would be simple to find, except peanut brittle, that was a task.  Let me just spare you the details and say it was an adventure.  After going to two stores and asking for the advice of several seasoned grocery store patrons, I decided that I would have to find an alternative. I went with Boston Baked Beans.  They are a peanut with a hard candy shell and needed to be smashed to smithereens (great stress reliever).  Yowzaa's it was a hit.  If you've ever been to a church function that involves "free" food you know what I'm talking about, we have great manners at our church most of the time, just not when food is involved.  At one point I thought maybe people were going to fork it out for the last bites of this salad.  OK so I'm just kidding about the people forking each other for this salad, at least I didn't seen any.  I will tell you what, I would consider forking someone for the last bite of this tasty treat.  After being ask for the recipe the millionth time, I actually thought of trying to sell it or something.  Come on I was planning on donating to our Africa Oasis Project.  However, since I'm such an awesome Christian woman, I thought I'd give it out for free on my blog.  So here it is...another amazing salad.

Strawberry Romaine Salad

½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup half and half
2 T. red wine vinegar
1 ½ T. sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
½ tsp poppy seeds
Mix all ingredients in small bowl and set aside.

1 head romaine lettuce, shredded
1 can fried onion rings
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 box peanut brittle (or about 1 cup Boston Baked Beans smashed)

Toss lettuce and strawberries in large bowl. Just before serving, add crumbled onion rings and crumbled peanut brittle to the salad and toss with dressing.
(Recipe from Ann Lidell DeHaven)

Sweetness Saturday

So my life is pretty amazing, yes, there are ups and downs.  At times I think I am a lunatic living in a funny farm with other lunatics (aka my family).   When I'm not a patient in the funny farm, I'm the warden of my very own jail.  OK I'm done now, really, I do have a great today I'm going to list a few of some very sweet things

1.  It's really SWEET that I don't need to make supper tonight, since I'm attending our annual spaghetti dinner at church. I mean I do have to set up and do a little work but it's so much more SWEET to serve a wider range of people than just my inmates (aka family). This event kicks off our pastor's decision to pretend he's young again, as he runs the full marathon in the morning.  Good luck Pastor Sheldon and I'm glad I'm not you!

2.  It's a Saturday and in a normal world many people don't have to work.  In our world, Scott works weekends, holidays, and 2nd shift, however, today marks his 2nd Saturday off in a row with 4 more to follow.  I know SWEET, we get to pretend to be normal.

3.  Right now, at 5:00am (which is NOT a sweet time to be up on a Saturday) my house is completely silent, SWEET. Well except Scott's snoring, I know annoying! Not that my kids would usually be up at this house, it's just that I don't often get silence.  My kids are up early and Camden goes to bed late (he could totally stay up later than me).  By nature, I'm an early riser and I feel more productive and refreshed in the morning so I'm enjoying this SWEETNESS today.

4.  Yesterday, I attend an annual picnic that is put on by my department at work.  This picnic is actually for our special education students at the high school, like their last hurrah before we end the year.  What is SWEET is this is the first year that I actually fully understood why we host this picnic.  I know I've been going for 6 years and I finally get's not about me and the work I have to do or dealing with the behaviors that come with 70 special education students running freely in the park with minimal supervision. I even have to do a "No drugs, no drinking, no smoking, and no sex" speech before they get off the bus, we've seen it all people, they're in high school (which is like adulthood in their worlds).   Any who, I think part of the reason that I am not a fan of the picnic is because I always have to ride the bus, I can never think of an excuse not to-maybe next year I'll think of  good idea.  It's torture sitting on a bus with a capacity of 77 with 70 hormonal, sweating teens and 2 adults (because that's all we can ever fit) on a hot, May day is not SWEET.  Anyway, this year I had 2 different students, both whom struggle with in school behaviors, come up to me and say "This is the best day of my whole entire school year!" and the other "WOW!  I can't believe that you guys care so much about us that you would do this for us!"  OMG...suddenly, after 6 years and countless positive conversations with kids about the picnic, I got it.  Now that is SWEET.  We really do put on a spread for them and they are spoiled, now before you go getting all public school spending too much money on crap like that attitude, the kids do chip in a big chunk of the money.  It's about fellowship, making them feel special, and spreading the love..I'm going to look at the picnic in a whole new light.  I think it is also SWEET that this is the first year there were not sassy, sending you back to school with the police liaison, behaviors! 

5.  We're working on organizing our garage, which is a never ending task when you have kids with stuff like bikes, balls, scooters, and so on.  It's really sweet that my co-worker, HD (hi HD-I hope you're reading my blog), gave me a SWEET idea how to manage the kids balls, it's way better than the bucket or random shelf ideas we were trying to use.  You take a metal shelf (you can buy them for less than $20) and then you use bungee cords across one of the shelves in either a diagonal or horizontal pattern.  We actually ended up going to a local mom and pop type hardware store to get bungee cord off of a spool, Menard's didn't have it.  Scott had visions of the kids trying to get a ball out and the bungee cord with big, metal hooks taking out an eye or something.  Really, he's so dramatic.  This give kids easy access to the balls and it's simple to put them away.  Think ginormous, plastic ball thingy at Wal-Mart, except smaller, filled with other balls, and in your get the picture?  This idea is amazing.  I texted her last night about my love for her idea and I thought she should patent it but she told me that she got it from some Mr. Do-It-Yourself TV dude.  So way to go TV dude, I'm in love with  the idea.  If you have balls (seriously, you people are sick), you have to do this!

6.  Finally, my family is really SWEET.  Even though I feel like I belong in a funny farm or like the warden at the local jail and I'll admit once I thought I should have been an inmate, I love my family.  Well, it's obvious I'm a mom and I work long hours, I get paid very little, often I'm under appreciated, sometimes I lose my cool, (uhm...I'm getting depressed), you get the point.  I am so truly blessed to be a part of our perfect family of 4 (well more if you count all the pets-maybe we could be on an episode of animal hoarders).  If I do say so myself, I am living the SWEET life. 

Have a very SWEET Saturday and try to focus on some of the SWEET things in your life.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mixed Berry Trifle

So once again I have a recipe that causes me to have "flashbacks".  My Aunt Myra has a special trifle recipe that she gives as bridal shower gifts.  I guess I missed it at years and years of family gathers with my mom's side of the family.  My sister and I both got married in 2002, she was married in June and I got married in August.  So anyway, the trifle came up when my sister got a trifle dish for her wedding shower from Myra along with the amazing "Williamsburg Trifle" recipe.  Little did I know that I would be receiving the same item a few months later at my bridal shower.  Once I started making trifles, I was hooked.  You see, I love cooking meals and making appetizers but desserts have never been my thing.  My idea of a gourmet dessert comes from the help of Betty Crocker or Pillsbury or someone who makes a whole lot more money than me.  This recipe is perfect for me, it's very basic.  I've made gingerbread trifle, a root beer cake trifle, chocolate trifle, and the "Williamsburg Trifle" aka strawberry trifle.  I have found my trifle recipes in a variety of locations but for this mixed berry trifle I really used a modified version of the strawberry trifle recipe.  Seriously, because the "olden days" version calls for cans of pudding..where exactly do you find cans of pudding?  And "Jiffy" cake mix, although they still make this it must have been the only choice for cake mix back then...LOL.

1 package yellow cake mix (with all the ingredients needed to make)
2 packages frozen mixed berries (I actually only used one and it needed more-so use 2)
1 large package of vanilla pudding (with the milk needed to make it)
1 container cool whip
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup slivered almonds
5 whole strawberries (or any kind of fresh berries)

Bake cake mix as directed on package in round cake pans. Cool.  While cake is cooling, place frozen berries in a bowl and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar, allow to thaw.  Then cut cake in half crosswise.  Place in bottom half of the deep bowl (trifle dish).  Pour half the berry mixture over the cake, spread half the pudding over the strawberries, and then spread half of the cool whip.  REPEAT.  Cover.  Chill at least 8 hours.  Sprinkle with whole strawberries or fresh berries.  Serve.

Just say "Yes"

So Camden informed me that they read a book "Yes Day".  He told me he really wanted one of those days.  I get it, it's about finding a balance.  It just seems weird.  I asked him what he would want if we had such a day.

If Camden were having a "yes" day he would ask...
1.  To sign up to play hockey.
2.  A tiny motorcycle like my cousin Nolan.
3.  A drum set.

Now isn't it horrible that there is not one item I would say "yes" too? I know, terrible.  Really, I am not signing him up for hockey for a few reasons...the cost and secondly, the time commitment.  Most nights during the week I am a "single" parent as Scott works 2nd shift.  Because of the nature of his job, he also has to work many weekends...leaving everything up to me.  A tiny motorcycle could lead to a "yes" if it was the right price and the safety gear was worn-otherwise it's a "NO" .  A drum set...really, he makes enough noise the way it is...maybe someday buddy. 

If Kenley were having a "yes" day she would ask...
1.  To go to Pizza Hut.
2.  A fairy barbie.
3.  A microphone with a stand.

When I asked Kenley, her requests are much more reasonable..don't you think?  A trip to Pizza Hut actually sounds like a dream come cooking, no dishes, someone serving me..."YES".  A fairy barbie could probably be purchased for less than $10, sounds reasonable.  A microphone with a stand would be the only one I would consider a "no".  But it's not that loud and I could hear the sweet, sweet sound of her (or her brother's voice). 

That got me to thinking, maybe I should say "yes" more often.  Really most of their daily requests that get a "no" are pretty harmless.  It's not like they are asking to play on the highway or with sharp glass.  The daily stuff like "Can I wear shorts under my pants? or a tank top under my shirt?"  or something like "Can I eat cereal for dinner?" My goal is to take a step back and say "yes" a little more often.  I am sure that word will be music to the kids ears.  Maybe if I say "yes" to them, it might work to my benefit...they might say "yes" to me once in a while.  Although, it is about balance and I am not planning on becoming a full time "Yes" mom.  I still like the sound of "NO".  Anyone willing to join me?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Strawberry Spinach Salad

I was introduced to this lovely salad about 9 years ago. My big sister served this at my wedding shower brunch.  It was a hit then and still is you think that after 9 years this could be considered a "timeless" dish?  This salad has made it's appearance at church events, summer parties, family gathers, casual meals with friends, holidays, and even one funeral.  If you want a "go to" salad that is super versatile and loved by many (not all since my picky husband won't even taste it) put this on your must try list for the summer; it's perfect for that backyard BBQ, lovely dinner, or a baby shower. 

Strawberry Spinach Salad

2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar (I usually use cider vinegar)
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 package fresh spinach-rinsed, dried, and torn into bite size pieces
1 quart strawberries sliced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
Crumbled Feta Cheese (optional)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika,Worcestershire sauce and onion.  Cover and chill for at least one hour.  In a large bowl, combine spinach, strawberries, and almonds.  Pour dressing over salad and toss.  Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Menu Monday 5/9

Well it's Monday again.  Finally, things are much better here, Kenley and I feel like new again.  Since last week was a little crazy with sickness and I had forgotten it was "teacher appreciation" week (I ended up with lunch a few times).  We ended up with extra leftovers and ate sandwiches...well we actually ended up going out to eat a few times: Thursday was "Cinco de Mayo" somehow turned into a ladies dinner, Friday night to celebrate my mom's birrthday and Mother's Day and Saturday I went to a benefit which led to eating a late lunch.  So I am recylcing a few items that didn't get eaten last week.  And also relizing that I need to learn to say "no" to going out to eat!

Monday-Going to a baby shower, Congrats Michelle=)...I'll be bringing strawberry spinach saladand mixed berry trifle


Wednesday-baked crab and broccoli; kids will eat pizza or something?


Friday- Easy pot roast

Saturday-pasta dinner at church

Sunday-turkey cutlets with oven fries

You can find my menu and more like them at

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

The Gift of  a Mother...
My mommy and me
My blessings and my mom
My blessing and me...

Don't you see that children are God's best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior's fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don't stand a chance against you; you'll sweep them right off your doorstep.
 (Psalms 127:3)

On that note, Happy Mother's Day to all and to all a good afternoon!

Friday, May 6, 2011

mixed review on peanut butter cookies

A few days, which was intended to be a "great day"...kind of had some not so great moments.  It gets a little crazy in the morning when trying to get out of the house.  Kids are cranky, moms are cranky, and sometimes even dads are cranky, too.  And sometimes people (never me of course) say or do things they shouldn't...blah blah blah....right.  Well anyway, Camden had earned himself some time out minutes in his room when we got home for being a little more than "spunky" in the morning.  Kenley was an angel with white glowing wings, in the morning.  Now at daycare, she's been a different story.  We love our daycare lady (or as she refers to herself..the chicken fat lady)..."Hi Tracy, we love you!"  My precious angel, has been having a hard time being a good friend.  I know I model frienship so well for her, it's hard to believe.  Last week she was in trouble for in not so many words...telling her BFF Ella off.  They have been friends for almost 3 years or most of her life.  Kenley and Ella struggle with who is in charge and the battle for the leading role of the drama (or their lives).  So I tortured her with her writing a letter.  Now some will say you should never give writing as a's not like her fingers were bleeding people.  Kenley had improved her behavior and I thought this little stunt was behind us...well I was very saddened by my report.  Kenley lied to Tracy and later wacked Ella in the head with a plastic gold club.  So needless to say I spoke with Kenley regarding her behavior and she had to write Tracy and Ella a letter.  Now before you go calling social services, here is how it goes Kenley must tell me what she wants to say, I write the letter in a highlighter, she traces in pencil, except for her name she must right freehand, we reread the letter together, and deliver to the person the next day.  Does it work, I don't's just what I've got in my toolbox right now.  One would have thought I was seriously injuring Kenely with the tears and commotion she was causing, her hand hurt so badly (after writing the word Dear).  The letters are simple:  Dear Tracy, I am sorry for telling you a lie.  I will work on my behavior.  Love, Kenley
Dear Ella, I am sorry for hurting you.  I will not grab the golf club from you.  Love, Kenley.  As she's writing her letters I just want to make sure to seal the deal...I invite Camden to make some cookies with me.  She obviously can't join us until she's finished her task, which of course is taking WAY longer than I could ever imagine.  I decide to do something simple and easy. I went with these: from my friend Angie.  It's amazing how quickly that little girl finished those sorry letters and dried her eyes.  Sometimes, we need a little sweetness to brighten up our days.  Camden help measure, pour, and do some of the mixing.  Kenley made it in time to help form the cookies.  The truth about these cookies:  Camden and I didn't like them, we're not peanut butter people.  Kenley and Scott were in 7th heaven, they are gone. My personal review is that if  you are a peanut butter person these cookies are for you.  I did add some oatmeal like Angie suggested hoping to add some more depth and they still were too much peanut butter for me.  I REALLY liked how easy they were and how simple it was to get the kids involved. Try them and let me know your thoughts.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Make today great...

I know everyone has been eagerly awaiting my next witty blog post...I got nothing.  Yes, I've done some things like going back to school to find that one of my classes were incredibly rude to the sub (so after threatening them with the "big" stuff in school like detention-I believe they'll be good); picking up the pieces from the sub only to prepare for another sub today so I can spend all day in meetings talking about courses for next year; attending a special preschool event "Muffins for Moms"; and trying to make sure out home continues to be in livable conditions (2 days in bed is not good).  Right now I'm in survival mode.  For the second time this year, I got blessed with a virus (or something) that has taken everything out of me.  I was literally laid up in bed for all of Sunday and most of Monday.  On Sunday, I did start a round of antibiotics and I thought they were kicking in...I was feeling pretty good.  By the end of the night last night, I was not feeling so hot again and today I am better than Sunday but not yet better.  I am very happy that Kenley is feeling much better and as of right now Scott and Camden haven't been hit.  Today if I could be anywhere, I would be tucked away in bed hiding under the covers with Lifetime playing in the background.  However, since that's not going to happen...I plan on making the best of my wonderful Wednesday happy for God, my life, my family, and my health (well most of it).  My goal is to make it a great day no matter how I feel, I mean it might actually look like spring today! Are you willing to join me?  Make it a great day everyone!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas from Skye Millhiser, Favorites from our Table-New Life Missions Recipe book

1 T Butter
1 medium onion chopped
1 8oz cream cheese softened
1 4oz can diced green chilies
2-3c. shredded cooked chicken
8 flour tortillas
1 sm crtn. heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 c. Monetary Jack cheese (or whatever you have on hand)

Saute onion in butter until soft. Mix cream cheese, chilies, chicken and onion. Put equal amounts of chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on top of the filling. Roll tortillas jellyroll style. Place in 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top of enchiladas. Combine whipping cream and cumin. Pour whipping cream mixture over the top. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden brown on the edges.

This is YUMMY stuff. It's good for the family and even good to serve to company. there's something about the whipping cream that makes it extra delicious.

Menu Monday

So I don't know about you but one of the things that I do to help me look like I have it all together is menu planning. Sometimes I am better than others. There are many benefits to menu planning including saving money both at the grocery store and from not resorting to take out. And if you're like we were yesterday even when you have a plan it's fruity pebbles for all. Kenley and I have been significantly under the weather...I guess I wasn't love sick from my purse purchase but I may have actually been sick. I spent most of yesterday in bed trying to save myself from the horrible fever of 102.6 and body aches. My darling husband told me that I looked like "death warmed over". Boy, isn't he good to me? Although I'm not fully up to par today my fever is much closer to the normal range of 100.1. Kenley and I are staying home today to rest up. Poor Kenley is on her 5th round of antibiotics in 2011 (3 ear infections and 2 strep). Hopefully, Camden and Scott will not be struck by the plague.

Monday- Chicken Enchiladas (or fruity pebbles again)

Tuesday- Easy Pot Roast

Wednesday- Leftovers or Pot Roast Soup

Thursday- Breakfast (this is a pretty open option, sometimes it's cereal for the kids and eggs for me, eggs for everyone, maybe really varies but I always include breakfast once a week-simple, easy, and everyone is happy)

Friday-Turkey Cutlets with oven baked fries

Saturday- Pizza

Sunday-Meatball Soup

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