Wednesday, December 31, 2008
1.5 c. sliced carrots
1.5 c. sliced celery
1 c. diced onion
2 T. olive oil
2 T. all-purpose flour
1-2 cans chicken broth
(at least) 28 oz. diced tomatoes
2-3 cans large butter beans
salt and pepper, to taste
basil, to taste
parsley, to taste
Sautee your vegetables in oil in a covered stock pot, until soft (about 10 minutes). Stir occasionally to avoid sticking on bottom. Add 2 tablespoons of flour, stir well. Begin adding liquid ingredients and beans. I throw this recipe together, so it's hard to measure it out precisely. If you need more liquid, add water. Sometimes I use 1 can of broth and 1 can of water. Either way is fine. After all ingredients are added, season with salt, pepper, basil, and parsley--just to your taste. I usually add several sprinkles of each...I like a lot of flavor. Let simmer for up to an hour, although I usually do 30 minutes.
This soup goes great with a good grilled cheese sandwich...you know with real butter and Texas Toast. The soup is pretty healthy, you can afford the extra calories--if not, I promise, you will be raiding the kitchen an hour or so later--it's just not very filling. It's a great soup, just a little light. Enjoy!
1 Lg. Jar of Salsa
1 Lb. of Lean Ground Beef, cooked and drained
Melt Velveeta. Mix in salsa and ground beef. That's it. Not an original, but good nonetheless. I mixed in some cooked black beans, I thought it made it even better. Suit yourself. Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Any "resolutions" in your home?
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
It's Christmas Eve. Gifts to wrap, a house to clean for guests, treats to be made, a little shopping left to do, ect. In all the rush and excitement, let's not forget what we are celebrating: Our Lord, Jesus Christ. It's not about the presents, it's about His Presence.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Now this is something extraordinary. It's a copycat recipe of the popcorn those good ol' boy scouts sell around the holidays. Not to take any revenue away from the boy scouts, but I personally don't know any...so I created my own delicious, mouth-watering, give-me-more, treat.
3 qt. of popped popcorn
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. light corn syrup
1 c. packed light brown sugar
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 block Chocolate Almond Bark
Place completely cooled popcorn in a large bowl. Melt butter in large pan. Add sugar and light corn syrup. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add baking soda and continue to stir. Pour over popcorn and stir until coated evenly. Spread popcorn in a 9 X 13 glass baking dish and bake at 200 for 1 hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
Let cool completely. Melt almond bark in pan and pour over popcorn. Stir to coat evenly and refrigerate until chocolate hardens. Store in sealed container for 1 week, refrigerated for 2.
This is what I'll be working on for the next two days....Merry Christmas!
Bryce playing peek-a-boo. He always covers his ears instead of eyes.
This little monster goes from place to place to place to place--all places 1 year old boys shouldn't be. It seems as if sometime between Jackson and Bryce I forgot how to parent a toddler. A glimpse...(this all happened this morning)...He wakes up and screeches until I get him out of bed. He goes directly to his high chair and screeches until I put him in it and fill his tray with food. He almost falls out of his highchair because he will no longer sit in it for the duration of a meal. As soon as breakfast is over....he goes to the DVD player and pushes all kinds of buttons, runs a wagon into the Christmas tree, gets in the toilet 3 times, pushes the easel out so he can get into all the crayons, chalk, paintbrushes, ect. that is stored BEHIND it, stands right against the space heater (the kid-friendly kind), smacks it several times, and then pushes it over. Lastly (that I know of) he rips the light cord out of the outlet and eagerly tries to put it back in. I know what you're thinking: child-proof your house! Mostly, it is. We thought we were doing extra good when we put locks on the pantry door to keep him out of the cereal boxes (which were spilled all over floor) and when we put the ornaments on only half the tree (because he pulled it over trying to get the red bulbs).
Friday, December 19, 2008
I LOVE my mini-serving spatula from Pampered Chef. This spatula has a sharp edge, not like a knife, but sharp enough to slice through cake or lasagna to serve pieces intact. I have also used it to chop up raw meat, like chicken, while cooking....it's pretty handy. The best part: It costs only 4 dollars!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Okay, there you go...this took way to long. I won't hold it against you if you don't want to do it.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
1 lb. Italian Sausage
2 large baking potatoes, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 package Oscar Meyer Real Bacon Bits
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. Kale or Swiss Chard, chopped
2 14.5 oz. cans chicken broth
1 qt. water
1 c. heavy whipping cream
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Cook sausage in a 300-degree oven for 30 minutes. Drain on paper towels, slice, and set aside. Place onion, potatoes, chicken broth, water, and garlic in large pot. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are tender. Add sausage, bacon bits, salt, and pepper--simmer for another 10 minutes. Turn to low heat--add Kale and cream. Heat through.
Serve with warm crusty bread.
Wild Caught Atlantic Salmon
Kosher Salt (I used Sea Salt)
Fresh or Dried Thyme
Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay thawed salmon across foil and generously season with salt and pepper. Thinly slice lemon and orange slices to your liking and place atop salmon. Sprinkle dried thyme on top, or place thyme sprigs alongside orange and lemon slices. 350 oven--about 30 minutes.
Serve with fresh spinach salad and long-grain wild rice.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. Italian bread crumbs
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
A few good shakes of salt and pepper
Put all ingredients in a bowl and combine. C'mon, get your hands dirty. Form into little balls. (Makes about 10)
Put about 1 T. olive oil in skillet over medium heat and cook until done. Serve atop whole wheat pasta with marinara.
Friday, December 5, 2008
3 boiled chicken breasts, cut up
2-3 cans of chicken broth
3/4 bag 32oz frozen vegetables
1 onion, diced
2-3 stalks of celery, diced
salt and pepper, to taste
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
parsley, to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste
1-2 bay leaves
After boiling chicken, save the water. Add the broth, garlic, celery and onion. Let boil 5 minutes. Add cut up chicken, frozen vegetables, and all spices. Boil a good 10-15 minutes, then simmer 1 hour.
Serve with grilled cheese. Mmmmmmmm.
Bar Keeper's Friend--This product is absolutely amazing. I started using it a few years ago when I got stainless steel cookware. It not only makes my pots and pans shine like they're brand new, it also makes my bathtub sparkle, and removes rust. It costs around 2 dollars per can and lasts quite a while.
Honest Kids Organic Juice--We got these juice packages in Halloween treat bags this year. I believe it only harbors 9 grams of sugar, which is why my interest peaked. The juice tastes good----it doesn't have a full flavor, almost watered down, but in a good way. Also, only 40 calories!
Hershey's Chocolate Mint Truffle--Do I need to explain?! Limited edition for the holidays--go get yourself a bag...or two...or three.
On another note--this is what we're doing today:
Sleep deprivation? Why would I be sleep deprived? I have 3 boys who sleep all night long, right? WRONG. Jackson woke up at 3 to go to the bathroom, but let the whole house know it--which woke Bryce up. Jackson goes back to bed, Bryce stays awake until 4:30. I finally start to doze. Triston wakes up at 5 and can't find the army guy he went to bed with. Wakes Bryce up complaining about it. Bryce wakes up with laughs, so I KNOW he's up for good. That's Triston's cue to stay out of bed and wake Jackson up. All three of them are too much to fight about it. Travis has his first case in front of the judge this morning, so I was played good wife--even made him breakfast and packed his lunch.
Shooosh--I need a nap.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Also see: Mandarin 2nd Food Lover's. I post there occasionally, but I know most everyone that does post recipes and I can vouch for them! All the ones I have tried from the site have been great.
But, on Friday, our quaint little town hosted a Holiday Kick-off: the town tree lighting, the village (200+ little shops and restaurants) lighting, the Courthouse Christmas Tree Walk-Through, Trolley Rides, Hot Cocoa and Cookies, and of course--Santa.
We had a lot of fun, but quickly realized that it was way to cold for the kids for us to stay the entire time. We missed the tree lighting, but got to ride the trolley through town and talk to Santa Claus. The hot cocoa and cookies weren't too bad, either.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The baby of the family: not so baby-ish anymore. At least he doesn't think so. We celebrated the first anniversary of his birth day on Sunday. A quiet little soiree--cake, presents, a singing balloon. All was received by Bryce with happy smiles and a little dancing--and a face full of cake. He is a force to be reckoned with--making sure everyone knows his likes (hands clapping, laughing, and dances) and his dis-likes (throwing himself on the floor, screeching like a banshee, and fat tears sliding down those chubby cheeks) If you know our family, you would know we like 'em that way--personalities that stand out in the crowd. Happy Birthday, Bryce!
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