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Whats for Dinner? Week of August 22, 2011

Here’s this weeks menu.  I hope it gives you some ideas as to what to serve for your evening meal.  For the meals marked “freezer Recipe”  I will make two of each and freeze one for later use.  This is really handy for those days when I’m low on time or just low on energy.

Monay – Meetballs (freezer recipe) and fried green toatoes

Tuesday – Buttermilk baked chicken w/sweet baby carros

Wednesday – Lasagna (freezer recipe) w/steamedbrccoli

Thursday – Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake (freezer recipe).

Friday – Mock Fillets

Saturday – Chicken Wraps

Sunday – French dip w/salad


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School starts!

For quite some time the stores have had the school supplies and back to school clothes in stock.  We’ve counted out pencils, searched for just the right color of book cover and stocked up on notebook paper.  We’ve found the cutest outfit For Ali and the perfect pair of shoes to go with it, and lets not forget the coolest T-shirts out there for Steve and just the right skate board shoes for the season.  Now it is time to put all of that prep into action because school starts next week!  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready.  The kids are board and have gone to picking on each other as their favorite pass time (their second favorite is tattleing).  I love my kids and enjoy them a lot, but this constant picking can wear on even the calmest  of nerve.  My daughter is very excited to get back to school but my middle school son is less than thrilled.  We had a great summer but I look forward to he routine that school brings into our house.  I hope you too had a great summer and are looking ahead to a fine fall season.

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What’s for Dinner? Week of August 15th

WOW!  Last week just flew by!  I’ve been working in the garden a lot and also doing a few alterations on dresses for some upcoming weddings.  I just didn’t have any time or creativity left to post last week.  I’ll try to do better by you this week.  Here is this weeks menu.  I’ve mixed in a few family favorites with a few new recipes.  Have a great week!  I’ll try to post some of the successes here once the family has tried them.

Monday – Ground Beef and Cabbage w/new red potatoes (new)

Tuesday – Pepperoni Pizzadillas w/salad (new)

Wednesday – Crab Alfredo w/ Steamed veggies

Thursday – Tropical Turkey & Spinach Salad (new) I’ll most likely make some mac and cheese for the kids just in case.

Friday – Monte Cristo Sandwiches w/coleslaw (new)

Saturday – Grilled BBQ Chicken Legs w/grilled veggies (so simple)

Sunday – Mexi-beef Casserole (freezer recipe)

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I was so glad to have a few weeks off from planning a menu.  Trying to come up with different, fun meals that pleases everyone is a difficult task. This week I pulled out my Rachael Ray cook books and looked through them for some help.  Some of the ingredients from her recipes are quite foreign to this midwestern girl.  I was raised on the basics of meat and potatoes.  For instance, what I’ve been calling a mini loaf of french bread actually has its own name!  It’s called a baguette.  Who knew?  Well, maybe you did, but it was new to me.  Anyway,  here is our menu plan for this week.

Monday – Mac-N-Cheddar with Broccoli (Rachael Ray – 365: No Repeats)

Tuesday – Gina’s Enchiladas

Wednesday – Buttermilk Baked Chicken and Steamed Veggies

Thursday – Sesame Chicken with Fried Rice

Friday – Beef Fajita Burgers (Rachael Ray – 365: No Repeats) and Grilled Veggies

Saturday – Scramablewiches (Rachael Ray – 365: No Repeats) and Anitpasto Toss

Sunday – Homemade pizza and tossed salad.

I’ll post some of the recipes as the week goes on.  If you see a menu item that you want the recipe for leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to post on it.  Have a great week!

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There’s No Place Like Home.

Well we made it back from our trip to visit family in Colorado.  I really thought I’d have plenty of time to post a few blogs along the way but I was busy visiting with family every waking moment.  I’m not complaining at all.  Some of these relatives I only get to see once a year so I enjoy taking every available minute to visit with them. 

We didn’t do anything terribly exciting, mostly we just hung around mom’s house and visited, played games, cooked, ate and watched movies.  But we did take some time to visit a museum and the Denver Zoo.  Here’s a few random pictures from the zoo.  Our week in Colorado flew by and it was soon time to head home.  The route we chose to drive home took us right into Hot Springs SD.  This is a town in the Black Hills of SD where a hot spring runs through.  The water is literally in the 90 degrees year round!  Anyway, in Hot Springs is the mammoth Site.  In the late 1970’s excavators uncovered some old bones.  They stopped their worked until the bones could be identified and they turned out to be prehistoric mammoth bones.  Since then they have built a building over the site and every year they excavate more and more mammoth bones and give tours to the public. To date they figure the have found the remains of over 50 mammoths!  Quite amazing!  After viewing the site my son has aspirations of digging with their crew one day.  Here are a few random pictures we took at this site. 

The mountains of Colorado are breathtaking, and the company is amazing,  but there really is “no pace like home”.  It’s good to be back.

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I won’t be posting a menu for the next few weeks because I’ll be out-of-town on a bit of a vacation!  I’m quite excited about it!  It’s not like were going to Disney World or Hawaii or anything like that but it will be a fun trip none the less.

My mother lives 12 hours away in Colorado and once a year in the summer me and the kids (DH stays home to build roads) make the journey to see her.  She also comes here once or twice a year so we do get to see each other some but not as much as we’d like.  We don’t really have the money to fly there so we make due with the drive and just plan on staying at least a week.  

Keeping two kids occupied on a boring 12 hour drive can be a challenge but we’ve done it so much we’ve learned a few things to keep us occupied.  We play hangman, the ABC game, and a few other topical games and   listen to books on tape (the Hardy boys or Nancy Drew).

I’ve  given up on packing lunches to eat.  I still pack some munchies but the fact is it is a nice break to pull off the road and stop for a few minutes to have a bite to eat.  Everyone can stretch their legs and go potty too.  We just try to make the drive fun and this year we got a new car with a DVD player built right in!  Now the only argument left will be which movie they will watch.

The long drive is so worth it.  It’s so good to see my mom and my step dad.  I love them and miss the a lot.

Look out mom and  Doug here we come!


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Southwest Skillet

Last week I had on my menu list “Southwest Skillet”.  It was a new recipe from the Taste of Home’s Ground Beef Cookbook that I was trying out on my family.  They really liked it so now I’m here to share the recipe I used.

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground beef

3/4 C chopped onion

1 can (16 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained  (or use your home canned)

1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes with juice. (or use your home canned)

1/2 C uncooked instant rice

1/2 C water

3 TBS chopped green pepper

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp salt

1 C corn chips

3/4 C shredded cheddar cheese

Brown the ground beef and onion in skillet, drain off grease. Add beans, tomatoes, rice, water, green pepper, and seasonings and mix well.  Bring to a boil.

   Reduce heat and cook covered for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat sprinkle with corn chips and cheese.  Cover and let stand for a few minutes for cheese to melt. Makes 4 servings.