Friday, February 27, 2009

It's a party....

...in my mouth! (Thanks TW for that description!)

I was at Safeway today to pick up my 99¢/lb chicken breasts, 99¢ butter, 99¢ Frosted Mini Wheats and FREE Pepsi when I happened by the nut and fudge counter. I usually can waltz right on past without so much as a glimpse (and only because the prices are usually way out of line for my wallet's taste - because I'm a sucker for fudge!) I thought today would be no different, except there seemed to be a light shining down from the heavens, highlighting the words "Pomegranate & Orange Cream Bark." I heard the music, and then I heard those dreaded words...

"Would you like to try a sample?"

How could I be so rude as to decline such a sweet (no pun intended) offer? You are right, I couldn't! I may have been too eager to accept a piece of the candy, but I've got my fingers crossed that I wasn't...

Next thing I knew, a small container with half a pound of the lovely bark had jumped into my basket, begging for me to buy it.

So, I obliged...

Let me tell you, my perma-smile needed a dose of Pomegranate & Orange Cream Bark!!

1 down

I feel wonderful today....Amazing, really...

I just paid off one of our credit cards!!! If you see me around today, I will probably have perma-smile, but can you blame me?

My goal for 2009 is to be debt free by December 31st. This means all credit cards AND the motorcycle that we bought in July. I want our 4 year bike loan paid off in 18 months. Yes, it's a very aggressive goal and I'm aware of that. But it isn't even March yet, and I have one of the cards paid off!! =)

Wanna know a secret?

I'll have card #2 paid off on the 15th. I think I'm going to like the "perma-smile" look!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mexican Meat Mix Recipe

I realize that I've never posted the recipe for this little morsel of yumminess. I also see that I've just thrown it on the menu plan without even so much as an explanation to what it is. So, I'm here to rectify my shortcoming and share with you this wonderful recipe.

First of all, it can be either pork or beef (or both like my Gram does)...it's your choice. I personally like the pork best, but the beef is quite delicious as well. We use this meat instead of taco meat for tacos or burritos. However, you can serve it on a salad too. It's fun to just have something different once in a while, and this recipe fits that bill. And, in case you are wondering, this freezes beautifully!

So find yourself a 5 pound pork or beef roast. It doesn't have to be anything fancy - the cheapest roast works the best! If you want to mix them, get 2½ pound roasts of both.

You will also need:
3 Tablespoons shortening (butter Crisco is OK - and what I use)
2-3 chopped onions
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
2 (7 ounce each) cans green chili salsa
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
4 Tablespoons flour
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Juices from roast

Preheat the oven to 200°. DO NOT ADD ANYTHING TO THE ROAST!! Place in a 9x13 pan and cover tightly. Bake for 12 hours (overnight is best for this.) Drain the meat, reserving the juices. Cool meat and shred the meat.

In a 5-qt cook pot, melt shortening. Add onion and green chilies, saute until onions are translucent. Add green chili salsa, garlic powder, flour, salt and ground cumin. Cook 1 minute over medium-low heat. Stir in meat and meat juices. (There is no exact amount of juice to add back in - I go by what looks best to me. Sometimes I add about ¾ of a cup, other times it can be closer to 2 cups. It's a judgement call here!) Cook 5 minutes or until thickened. (Doesn't get really thick.)

After I'm done making it, I just let it cool, then divide it into 1-pound bags and freeze them...I usually get 5-6 bags frozen out of one batch of meat. For our family of 4, the 1-pound of meat is plenty, and we usually still have some left over for lunch the next day! I will warn you that the meat *can* have a little bit of heat to it if that is something you are sensitive to. My boys gobble it up, so I think nothing of it. We love it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and ask me!

I ♥ Family Fun

Thought I should post some pictures from our Valentine's Bowling Adventure. The boys had a blast and can't wait to go again. We'll definitely be planning another trip to the "bowling house" (as Kelton would say.)
Here is the Air Hockey game......

Jordan is quite excited to be the Air Hockey Champion (because, you know, his 4 year old little brother is quite hard to beat!!!)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

MPM (2/22-3/1)

Yes, I missed MPM last week, and I've been a derailed train wreck ever since. We ate out one night, and I pretty much spiraled out of control since then. So, it's time to pick myself up, dust off the menu board, and get my act back together! Without further ado, here is the menu (and my fingers are crossed that I've snapped out of my week-long haitus).

Monday ~ Pretzel dogs and rice pilaf

Tuesday ~ Baked Pasta with garlic bread

Wednesday ~ Meat Mix

Thursday ~ Split Pea soup and homemade rolls

Friday ~ Leftovers

Saturday ~ Prime Rib (our anniversary is Sunday, but the boys will be at my sister's, so we're celebrating early!)

Sunday ~ Sandwiches


For more ideas, check out Orgjunkie.com.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Menu Plan Monday (Feb 9-15)

Well, well, well - here it is, time for another edition of my weekly menu. I never intended for a whole week to go by without a post, but I've been busy. It seems that J decided he needed to come down with a good ol' case of pneumonia. As luck would have it, Monkey had to follow suit. Trust me, its been...fun? That is hardly the word I would use for it, but you get my drift!

I'll keep things short and sweet. I spent all my grocery money last week, so I only have money to buy milk when we run out in the coming week. It is pantry shopping for me this week, so this is what we've got planned:

Monday - Shepherds Pie

Tuesday - French Toast and scrambled eggs

Wednesday - Mexican Meat Mix on tortillas

Thursday - Baked Joes

Friday - Taco Pizza

Saturday - Chicken Parmigana and garlic bread

Sunday - Taco Noodle Bake

Check out Orgjunkie's page - you'll be glad you did!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Menu Plan Monday (Feb 2 - 8)

It's that time again - time to get my menu posted for the week. This week, J and myself were under the weather so our menu was thrown up in the air. We did get to most of the dinners, but not necessarily in any particular order. The BBQ chicken burritos were a hit, and the Turkey bundles were delicious. However, with the turkey bundles, I did double the cream cheese and spices but only used the 2 cups of turkey suggested in the recipe. I would do it that way again because it was yummy that way!

So, here is what we have for the upcoming week:


Monday - Pot Roast (because it is thawed in the fridge, but we didn't get to it)

Tuesday - Taco Noodle Dinner **EDIT - this was delicious! My rule is to follow the recipe the first time and then start tweaking it as needed. It was decided that next time I'll add a can of diced tomatoes, a can of corn and a can of green chilies, and serve it with corn bread - can't wait to make this one again!!!

Wednesday - Leftovers or Chili Mac, depending on how much leftover food we have in the fridge


Friday - Homemade Pizza

Saturday - Gingerbread Pancakes (J's request because he thought they sounded good and thought I should find a recipe for them...so I did!)

Sunday - Salsa and Cream Cheese Chicken with Rice (I'm totally stealing this from Niffer @ Munchkinland!)

**I am allergic to mushrooms, so if a recipe calls for mushrooms, I simply omit them...or if it calls for cream of mushroom soup, I always substitute cream of celery. I've never had any problems with the substituting celery soup.**

For more menus, recipes and ideas, check out Orgjunkie's page! Happy menu planning!