Thursday, January 28, 2010

Chili Mac Skillet

1 pkg. (7-1/4 oz.) macaroni & cheese
1 lb. ground beef
1 can chili
1 can diced tomatoes

Prepare macaroni & cheese as directed on package. Cook ground beef and then add chili and diced tomatoes and macaroni & cheese.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rick & Bubba's Guide to the Almost Perfect Marriage by Rick Burgess and Bill (Bubba) Bussey

Rick & Bubba's Guide to the Almost Perfect Marriage is a light-hearted book on the state of marriage based on principles from the Bible. The guys tell stories about married life that will make you laugh out loud! I could help but read several of the stories to my husband and he was very amused by them. The Guide To The Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage isn’t a book that will help you wrestle with some of the struggles in your marriage nor will you find helpful solutions for those struggles.

Watch the video on You Tube

Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

January 25-31 Menu Plan

Monday: Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans
Tuesday: Turketti
Saturday: Chicken w/ Homemade Egg Noodles
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Easy Layered Taco Bake

1 pkg. (7-1/4 oz.) Macaroni & Cheese
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. (1.25 oz.) Taco Seasoning Mix
1 cup Mild Salsa

Heat oven to 400ºF. Prepare Macaroni & Cheese as directed on package. Cook meat with taco seasoning. Layer seasoned meat, Dinner and salsa in 8-inch square baking dish. Bake 20 min.

Homemade Egg Noodles

1 egg
1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon pepper
all-purpose flour

In a mixing bowl, beat together the egg, salt and pepper. Gradually stir in flour until mixture forms a ball. On a very well floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle until quite thin. Flour the surface of the dough. Roll the dough up like a jelly roll. Using a sharp knife, slice the rolled dough into thin slices. Using your hands, toss the noodles carefully with flour (the rolled up noodles will unroll as you do this).

Drop the noodles a few at a time into rapidly boiling broth (or water) and cook for thirty minutes. This recipe makes a good-sized handful of raw noodles.

Zippy Turkey Pot Pie

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon flour
3 cups chopped cooked turkey
1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 pie crust

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix milk, dressing and flour in large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring after each minute. Add turkey, mixed vegetables, cheese and onions; toss to coat. Spoon into 9-inch pie plate; smooth surface.

Place crust over filling; flute edge of crust, sealing edge of crust to rim of pie plate. Cut several slits in crust to allow steam to escape. Transfer to baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Swiss Turkey Stuffing Pie

3 cups prepared stuffing
2 cups cooked turkey, cubed
1 cup (4 oz.) Swiss cheese, grated
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk

Press stuffing into a greased 9 inch pie plate, coming up the sides, too. Layer with turkey and then cheese. Beat eggs and milk and pour over everything. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

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1 1/4 cups spaghetti (not thin)
2 cups cooked turkey or chicken
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 cup turkey broth or water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 3/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Break spaghetti into 2-inch pieces. Cook, drain and rinse. Place turkey and onion in casserole. Mix soup, broth, salt and pepper. Pour over meat. Add 1 cup of the cheese and the spaghetti. Toss lightly. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Eat From the Pantry Challenge January 18-24, 2010

I defrosted a Ham that I had in the freezer this week. I had to throw it away because the color was just not right and it smelled a little. I think I had it for at least 6 months. I am sad that it went to waste but glad that I am doing the pantry challenge it is helping me us up our food before it gets old or in this case toss bad food that is taking up unnecessary space.

Our freezers are looking bare now so I took the opportunity to clean them and defrost my small deep freezer. I cleaned my refrigerator’s freezer and then moved all the food from the deep freezer to it and unplugged the deep freezer to defrost. When the deep freezer was defrosted I cleaned up all the water and washed the freezer out. I put all my garden veggies and farmers’ market fruits back into the deep freezer. The meat, frozen veggies, popsicles, and cheese went back in the refrigerator freezer.

I only had 1 bag cheddar cheese, 2 boxes popsicles, 4 bags chicken leg quarters, 2 bags of chicken pieces & broth, 1 bag of ham broth, 2 bags of veggies, and 1 bag of sausage left in the freezer. At the grocery on Wednesday I had to buy meat since my freezer is so low. We used all of the Chicken Leg Quarters that I bought for Sunday night’s dinner except 3.

I bought:
2-10 lbs. rolls of Ground Chuck
1-10lbs.bag of Chicken Leg Quarters
1 pkg. Chicken Breast
These picture are after cleaning and adding the meat I bought this week.

These are the meals and goodies I made for my mom & dad this week.

This is what we ate this week.

We had bagels and oatmeal for breakfast and leftovers for lunch.

Monday: Chicken Barley Soup
Tuesday: Chicken Broccoli Lo Mein
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Potluck-Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, and Ziti Pasta Bake
Friday: Out to dinner
Saturday: Hamburgers, Veggie Tray, Summer Sausage, Cheese Dip & Crackers, and Chips
Sunday: Baked Chicken Leg Quarters, and Green Beans with Leftovers
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Eat From the Pantry Challenge hosted by Crystal and FishMama

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Meals on the Go

My dad is temporarily staying with my mom since they have been seperated for almost 20 years. I wanted to do something to help out so when I visited them on Tuesday I brought meals, washed dishes, and visited with my dad so my mom could run arrends. I bought plastic containers at the Dollar Tree in sets of 2. I made them Zitti with Smoked Sausage , Black Bean & Smoked Sausage Soup, Oriental Beef Noodles, Oatmeal Cake and Chocolate Mint & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Monday, January 11, 2010

January 2010 Reading List

This is my reading list for the month of January. I have already finished reading the Cowboy Christmas Series and the Tucker Mills Trilogy this month. I started A Town Called Hope Series
yesterday and so far the first book in the series Praire Rose is pretty good. I hope I am able to finish my list for the month. I have my list of books picked for February but if I don't finish I will just carry this months list over to the next.

Cowboy Christmas Series
A Rancher’s Heart by Catherine Palmer
Undercover Cowboy by Lisa Harris
The Outlaws Gift by Linda Goodnight

Tucker Mills Trilogy by Lori Wick
Moonlight on the Mill Pond
Just Above a Whisper
Leave a Candle Burning

A Town Called Hope Series by Catherine Palmer
Prairie Rose
Prairie Fire
Prairie Storm

Four Seasons Series by Catherine Palmer & Gary Chapman
It Happens every Spring
Summer Breeze
Falling for You Again
Winter turns to Spring

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January 11-17 Menu Plan

We are participating in the Eat From the Pantry Challenge this week that is being hosted by Crystal and FishMama. This could prove to be difficult because I was already feeling like I was low on meat at the beginning of the month. I do have 2 turkey's, and a ham in the freezer so they will probably save our menu and that is why their is turkey on the menu for Sunday.

Our menu this week:

Pot Roast, Scalloped Potatoes, and Corn

Potato Soup, Ham & Cheese filled Biscuits

Crockpot Chicken and Mushrooms
Fluffy Cheesecake

Minestrone Soup, and Buttery Rolls

Mexican Pot Roast, White Rice, and Broccoli

Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and Garden Salad

Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Herbed Broccoli w/ Mushrooms
Pumpkin Pie

So, what's on your menu this week?
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Eat From the Pantry Challenge!

I found out Thursday that Crystal and FishMama are hosting an Eat From the Pantry Challenge!

We are a family of 6 my husband and I have 4 children 20, 18, 17 , and 13 years old so that’s 3 Adults & 3 Teenagers.

So here are our family's goals for the Eat From The Pantry Challenge:

1) I grocery shop on Wednesday’s but sometimes we pick up forgotten items at our local Steve’s Market we will be resisting going there during the challenge.

2) Only buy dairy (milk, eggs, cheese, etc.) and produce (fruits/vegetables).

3) Our family’s grocery budget is $80 per week so we will be trying to see how little can be spend on groceries this month while using as much as we can from the pantry or freezer. I wonder how much money we will have saved at the end of the month.

4) We mostly eat leftovers for lunch and quick breads for breakfast. I will be looking for new ways to use up what I have for these meals.

I bought 3 gallons of milk on Wednesday the 6th and a dozen donuts for a total of $10. I didn’t know about the Pantry Challenge until Thursday or I would have resisted the donuts.

January 1
Breakfast- Oatmeal
Lunch- Leftovers
Dinner- We had my sister Chrissy's family for Dinner so that is 4 extra people.
Soft Tacos- I made a big batch of Seasoned Beef Chuck (5 lbs.)W/ Rice (4 cups) for Taco’s and served it with Tortillas, Refried Beans, Sour Cream, Salsa, Mozzarella Cheese, and Lettuce.
Black Bean & Smoked Sausage Soup- I made the soup without the sausage and I soaked 1lb. of black beans and precooked it before I put it in my Crockpot.

January 2
Breakfast- Oatmeal
Lunch- Leftovers
Dinner- Leftovers

January 3
Breakfast- Cold Cereal
Lunch- Leftovers
Dinner- Leftovers

January 4
Breakfast- Cold Cereal
Lunch- Leftovers
Dinner- Macaroni & Cheese and Hotdogs

January 5
Breakfast- Cold Cereal
Lunch- Leftovers
Dinner- Beef Roast w/ potatoes and carrots

January 6
Breakfast- Cold Cereal
Lunch- Leftovers
Dinner- Leftovers

January 7
Breakfast- Oatmeal
Lunch- Leftovers
Dinner- BBQ Beef Sandwiches- I put a bottle of BBQ Sauce in the Crockpot with the leftover beef.

I baked cakes today for my husband’s Birthday to take to our friends this weekend. I made Apple Loaf Cake which I doubled and made in a spring form pan. I also made Oatmeal Cake and had to make a second because I burnt it a little so now we will have one for breakfast.

January 8
Breakfast- Oatmeal Cake

Lunch- Leftovers
Dinner- Out to dinner

January 9
We are out of town eating at Friend’s House.

January 10
We are out of town eating at Friend’s House.

Apple Loaf Cake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter, cut up
1/2 pound cooking apples, peeled, cored, & finely chopped (1 1/4 cups)
1 egg
1/2 cup milk

Butter and flour an 8.5 x 4.5 x 3.75 -inch loaf pan; butter & flour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift flour, sugar & baking powder into large bowl. With pastry blender or knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles fine meal. Toss chopped apple in flour mixture. Set aside.

In small bowl, whisk together egg & milk until blended. Stir into apple mixture until mixed. (Batter will be stiff.) Spread batter evenly in dish.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes until skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool on rack 10 minutes. Remove from dish. Cool on rack. Yield: 12 servings

Black Bean & Smoked Sausage Soup

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained
4 cups chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 pound diced smoked sausage
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 bay leaves
Salt and ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
salt and black pepper, season to taste

In a slow cooker, combine beans, broth, tomatoes, sausage, onion, celery, carrots, cumin, bay leaves, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Mix well. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Oatmeal Cake

1 cup oatmeal
1 ½ cups boiling water
1 stick butter (room temp)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup raisins

Pour boiling water over oatmeal, let stand 20 minutes.Cream sugar, butter, eggs. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Add oatmeal mix and raisins.Pour into 9 x 13 pan (well greased) and bake 30 minutes. Frost while warm.

Frosting Recipe

½ cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
½ cup coconut

Mix together and spread on baked warm cake...carefully. May have to spoon it on at first. Place under broiler until it starts to bubble and gets ever so lightly browned. Watch carefully or it will BURN! Let cool before eating.