Monday, August 31, 2009

MPM (8/31-9/6)

Here is what we will be eating this week in my house....

Monday - Crock pot Taco Chicken & Rice
Tuesday - B.E.L.Ts
Wednesday - Steaks
Thursday - French Toast & Eggs
Friday - Pretzel Dogs
Saturday - Tortellini & Ham
Sunday - Mexi Mac Skillet

If you are looking for more ideas, go to Orgjunkie's page and look around!

Friday, August 28, 2009

What shall I do with my harvest?

This year, we decided to plant a garden.

Well, that was the plan.

Turns out that the only thing I did was to plant five cherry tomato plants.

I was giddy with excitement that the boys would have their fill of tomatoes, whenever they wanted.

I fought off a deer a few times, as she felt the need to mow my plants down to nothin'.

But the plants came back with a vengeance.

And now that harvest time is here, I need suggestions...


Stew them?

Salad toppers?

What would you do with them????

Mhmm.....that's right.....thats ALL of them. Go ahead, count them. I know it's hard to keep the number straight. Let me help you out. Eight!

So......any suggestions?!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

To third grade he will go!

Yep, that's right! Jordan started 3rd grade today. I know, it's scary, isn't it? So here he is, all growing up and stuff...

And if that wasn't scary enough, here is a reference point for how tall he's getting.....

...and then because they are just so darn cute....

His first day of school went well. He was very excited that he got the teacher he wanted, and at the end of the day, he was still on cloud nine. In the education world, that is a good thing! Here's to hoping that the rest of the school year goes well!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Menu for the week

I meant to post this yesterday, but I forgot...what's new?!

Monday - Leftovers (aka Free For All or FFA)
Tuesday - Spaghetti
Wednesday - BBQ burgers (Jordan's choice for first day of school)
Thursday - Homemade Pizza
Friday - Pumpkin Pancakes (didn't get to them last week)
Saturday - Mayo Lover's Chicken (another one we didn't get to last week)
Sunday - Meatloaf

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Menu Plan Monday turns into Menu Plan Wednesday this week...8/9-8/16

I'm trying to find my routine again. Like I said before, I need it back. So here I am with my menu for the week. It's better late than never, right?

Sunday - Lasagna
Monday - Smoked Sausage Pasta, but I'm using Kielbasa
Tuesday - Errands to run, so we're eating out
Wednesday - Turkey and mashed potatoes
Thursday - Tortellini and Ham
Friday - Turkey Club Pizza
Saturday - Pumpkin Pancakes
Sunday - Mayo Lover's Chicken

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Time for a new recipe - Creamy Pork Potpie

Sometime in May, I started rebelling against structure and routine. I was ready for school to be out so that we could throw the daily grind out the window and be free as birds. Here we are, beginning of August, and I'm begging for my routine back! Go figure. I do this every year.

So what is one way to get a handle on things? Go back to menu planning. Did I actually make a menu?

Yes...and no.

Well, sort of....

I started it, but then things were all thrown off again thanks to summer. But I am "planning" my cooking again. Tonight's meal was a new recipe I've been eyeing for a while now, but finally made it. The crazy part is, I don't like cauliflower. I never have. And yet this recipe jumped out at me as looking yummy despite the fact it called for cauliflower. So, for that, I should get my props! This recipe just made it onto the "Keeper" list after one bite. And it is on the "comfort foods" list as well. What was it? Creamy Pork Potpie.

Want the recipe? OK, here you go!

¼ cup butter, cubed
½ cup all-purposed flour
1 can (14½ ounce) chicken broth
¾ cup milk
2½ cups cubed cooked pork (I used leftover pork chops)
2½ cups frozen broccoli-cauliflower blend
1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon seasoned salt
Dash of pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (I made the pie crust)
1 egg, beaten

In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the pork, vegetables, cheese, seasoned salt, and pepper; heat through.

Transfer to a greased 11"x7" baking dish. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into an 11x7 rectangle. Place over the pork mixture. Brush with egg. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings

*I'll admit that the leftover pork chops didn't amount to 2½ cups, and I had about 1 cup of shredded beef that needed to be used - so I added the beef in. It was fantastic!