Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Last week I did ok the first few days, then my menu seemed to go right out the window. Next Monday I am going back to work full time outside the house for the first time in almost 12 years. Time is up and I now REALLY need to get serious about meal planning.
Monday…Homemade Chicken Strips (didn’t have these last week as planned)
Tuesday…Italian Sausage & Pepperoni Calzones
Wednesday…Sub Sandwiches and Fruit Salad
Friday…Grilled steaks w/corn on the cob
Saturday…Hot dogs, fries and baked beans
Sunday…Spaghetti and Meatballs
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
It has been MONTHS since I’ve done this on my blog. I belong to a message board for families with lots of kids and I usually try to post a weekly plan there. Sometimes I stick to it and sometimes it goes right out the window. I’m hoping by getting back into regular posting here, I will get better at true meal planning.
This week we don’t have a lot of options, most of what is in the freezer is chicken, so my challenge is to cook chicken in different ways that my family will eat without all of us getting completely burned out on chicken in general.
Monday…Easy Burritos with homemade tortillas
Tuesday…Chicken and Rice Stir Fry
Wednesday…Spaghetti with Italian sausage
Thursday…baked chicken and baked potato
Friday…Cheese Enchiladas (looking for a recipe for homemade corn tortillas)
Saturday…homemade chicken strips
We will all be home during the day too, so I've got some tentative ideas for lunches, but no particular day planned for them. On the other days we will eat leftovers or we may even resort to peanut butter and jelly.
Red Beans and Rice w/Cajun sausage
leftover Penne pasta casserole from last week
Cheesy Sausage and potatoe casserole
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I also went into the new blogger Template Designer and gave this blog a little make over. It has always bugged me that the text portion was so skinny, I LOVE being able to make it wider without losing the sidebar. I may still make a few tweeks, but for now I'm happy with it.
I've been using Windows Live Writer to work on my main blog and I'm really enjoying it....so much so that I'm planning to add this blog to it so that I can create blog posts for this blog too.
I'm hoping to get back into the habit of participating in Menu Plan Monday and some of the other weekly food carnivals and I'm looking for food related blogs to add to my blog roll. I've discovered a few new ones recently that I will be adding soon and I'll also be on the look out for more.
2 lbs ground beef
1 packet taco seasoninglarge can of refried beans
shredded cheddar cheese
Brown the ground beef. Pour ground beef into a metal collander. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes to fully drain off as much grease as possible. (ground beef can also be rinsed with HOT water to remove even more grease). Transfer ground beef back into frying pan. Add taco seasoning and water according to package directions.
Heat refried beans in a large sauce pan. When beans are HOT and water has cooked out of ground beef, mix the the beans and the ground beef together.
Wrap flour tortillas in a clean dish towel and microwave on high power for 45 seconds. (I usually heat about 10 at a time, heat for less time for fewer tortillas)
Place tortilla on a plate. Add filling and sprinkle with shredded cheese, add salsa if desired. fold both sides in, then start at one edge and roll up.
Burrito mix can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week and is easy to reheat in the microwave. My 12 yr old and 10 yr old will eat this for lunch daily during the Summer and they can fix it for themselves.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 cups Sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 pints chopped Strawberries
4 Eggs (well beaten)
1 tsp Red Food Coloring
~ Mix all dry ingredients together.
~ Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I was making lots and lots of tamales last December. I was using 2 large cans of enchilada sauce for about 6 dozen tamales. Instead I decided to try using the dried peppers. I first removed the stems and seeds and rinsed the peppers in cold water, then I added about 6 of them to the meat cooking in the crockpot.
When the meat was done, I fished out the cooked peppers and put them in the blender. I pureed them and then added some of the meat broth. I was surprised at how much this looked and tasted like enchilada sauce. It wasn't quite spicy enough for Hubby, but the kids thought it was GREAT. Since I usually end up making two separate pans when I make most Mexican dishes anyway, I just add a bit of extra HEAT to the pan for Hubby and I.
Monday, June 21, 2010
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups milk
The first step is to melt the butter in a frying pan, then tear up the dried beef into small pieces. The beef is very salty, my Mom always rinses it before tearing it up, but my husband actually prefers it salty so I don't always rinse it.
Serve over toast or if you prefer, biscuits. Hubby actually prefers it over white rice. Salt and pepper to taste.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Red Velvet Cake:
In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Basic Recipe (I'll talk about options later)
6 potatoes (peeled & diced)
1/2 onion (diced really small)
1 stalk celery (diced really small)
1/2 lb bacon (fried & crumbled)
1 cup milk (canned milk works too)
1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
Boil the diced potatoes in a sauce pan until tender with just enough water to cover them (about 20 minutes). At the same time, fry the bacon in a small frying pan. As soon as the bacon is done, fry the onion & celery in the bacon grease. Let the bacon cool a few minutes, then crumble it. When the potatoes are done, do not drain the water. Add the crumbled bacon, fried onion & fried celery to the potatoes. Add the can of corn and the cup of milk. Stir well. Add more milk if everything doesn't float freely.
Options: I have made this with as little as 2 potatoes, a strip of bacon & some left over corn....adjusting the onion, celery & milk in proportion. I've also doubled or tripled the basic ingredients to feed a crowd. Potato soup is fabulous with biscuits!!!