Friday, January 29, 2010
When I did bulk cooking in November and December I noticed that four meals was almost too much of one entree, mainly because they lasted through 2 meals each so that meant we were eating one dish 8 TIMES in a month!!!! We were so sick of Sherry Chicken by the end of December that we gave my parents the last meal's worth!
So, this time I'm doing 3 each.
Green Chili Burritosx3
Bacon Cheese Friesx3
Roast Beef and Baked Potatoesx3
Green Chili Rice Casserolex3
And here are the meals I will cook regularly (1 time each):
Black Bean Soup and Quesadillas (Have some leftover in freezer from a bulk batch I made a few weeks ago)
5 Bean Soup and Biscuits (in freezer--leftover from soup-in-a-jar a friend gave me)
Pancakes and eggs
Waffles and eggs
Authentic Enchiladas for Mom's family B-day dinner
Pepperoni Pizza-Ali's request for her B-day meal
My menu plan best serves me if I have the 30 meals for the month listed on a calendar sheet on the fridge and if I choose each day what sounds good off of the list. Busier days I will grab a frozen meal, days where I feel like being creative or cooking up a storm I will make one of the non-freezer meals.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
but she has tweaked it a bit and so have I.
3/4 cup milk (I used whole)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (or use coconut oil or melted butter--I used butter)
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour (Heather used roughly 1/3 c freshly ground flaxseed, 2/3 cup whole wheat flour, and 1 cup white flour. Lindsey used 1 C. white, 1 C. wheat)
1/2 cup sugar (you can use sucanat or brown sugar--if so, do 3/4 C)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries or huckleberries (Heather used huckleberries, which were amazing, but they are rare! I've found that fresh are the key to good blueberry muffins. Frozen will do, but the muffins don't taste quite as good! If you do use them, thaw them completely first and stir in very gently.)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease bottoms only of muffin tins or line with paper liners.
Beat milk, oil, and egg with whisk. Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder and salt all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will still be lumpy). Fold in berries.
Bake 15-20 minutes (mini muffins take around 10-15).
Note: Double or triple the recipe! These are so yummy, they will go very fast!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I can't believe how much easier life is one year later as all of our kids are that much older and we are no longer doing nighttime feedings and bottles and Jer is potty-trained and I'm not having to take in babysitting clients to help make ends meet. Last year at this time was so rough. Anyone who saw my house, (or my hair =)), could surely tell that I was beyond pooped. But we made it through by God's grace and grew in our faith as we watched our Heavenly Father take care of us!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Watching the first half of the show and waiting until it was time for the Baby Sugar Plum Princesses to go up and dance.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
"Only Jeremiah would bend over with his head in front of the bathroom door and yell, "Come wipe me!" only to have me run into the bathroom, causing the door to pop him in the head, knock him over, and have him land on the bath mat with a poopy bottom, getting it everywhere. Choosing to laugh instead of crying and to be... thankful for a washing machine, wet wipes, and soap and hot water."
"Life is rough when you are 3. You're finding out stuff about life everyday and often life's little lessons hurt. Lessons like why you shouldn't step on one side of the laundry basket and what a bloody nose is."
What our family plans to do to help Haiti:
We've been praying for those in the country and the rescue workers frequently
We are going to donate funds to the following ministries:
Compassion--We have a sponsored child in Ethiopia and this ministry is dear to our hearts
Samaritan's Purse--Another organization we love to give to that helps many in need around the world
Thursday, January 14, 2010
1/3 C. sugar
1 t. salt
1 C. room-temp water
1 large egg
¼ C. softened butter
1 ½ t. yeast
(You will also need brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, butter, and caramel ice-cream topping).
Place Ingredients in pan and put on the dough cycle. This cycle is usually 1 ½ hours. Remove the dough from bread machine and roll out on a lightly floured surface.
Spread 2 T. softened butter across the flat dough and then sprinkle with ¼ C. brown sugar mixed with 1 t. cinnamon. Finally, sprinkle with ½ C. chopped pecans (optional--leave out if you don't like nuts) and roll up. Empty one jar of caramel ice-cream topping into two lightly greased pie pans or 1 cake pan. Cut the roll of dough with dental floss (place under the roll and then bring ends of floss up and crisscross at top of roll and pull to make even slices) and then lay the rolls in the caramel in the two pie pans. Cover with plastic wrap. You can put them immediately in the fridge to rise overnight or let them rise 30-50 minutes before baking at 350 for about 30 minutes. If you put them in the fridge, pull them out about 30 minutes before you plan to bake them and let them rise as the oven is warming up. These are so simple and so delicious!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Don't have a chalkboard in your kitchen like Monica
that you can write fun messages on for visiting company?
Try window markers instead--sold at Walmart.