Monday, January 30

Happy Homemaker Monday

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The weather::: Mid 50s! This weather really is strange!

On my reading pile::: Marriage Covenant

On my TV::: Nothing at the moment. But morning news and cartoons will be shortly!

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Spaghetti & garlic bread
Tuesday - Shredded chicken tacos & Spanish rice
Wednesday - Tuna pockets & broccoli **New Recipe**
Thursday - Beef Stroganoff & broccoli
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - My birthday! Not planning anything....
Sunday - Homemade Spinach fettuccine w/ Bechamel sauce **New Recipe**

On my to do list::: Laundry from a weekend out of town, run errands, pay some bills & organize office!

What I am creating::: Frozen hash browns for Friday's Freezer Friendly Food but also still working on getting the basement cleaned!

Looking around the house::: Quite.

From the camera::: Yet again, I did not take any pictures from this weekend. My camera stayed in my purse all weekend :/

Something fun to share::: 2012 is going to make me an aunt x2!!! Two sister in laws announced they are expecting this summer :)

On my prayer list::: Ken's Grandparents. He is so blessed to be 28 and have all 4 of his grandparents- The grandparent/grandchild relationship is such a special one.

Bible verse, Devotional::: “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” Matthew 5:5

Friday, January 27

Friday's Freezer Friendly Food-Herb Butter

If you didn't already think I had too much time on my hands, now you will :) This week I made 1 lb. of herb butter to freeze. Whenever I make homemade bread, which is often, I always mix up some herb butter using just a few tablespoons. I decided to make a large batch to freeze for better convenience.

Use whatever spices you like. Here's what I did:
1 lb. butter, softened at room temperature for several hours (Not previously frozen)
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. Tastefully Simple season salt (B/c it was unsalted butter)
- Add all ingredients and mix using whisk attachment on Kitchen Aid
-Portion into 6, 1/2 c. Glade containers. (They were not full)
-Put all 6 containers into a large Ziploc bag so they aren't rolling all over my freezer. 
 -When ready to use, allow a hour to thaw.

Monday, January 23

Happy Homemaker Monday

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The weather::: Low 40s & rainy

On my reading pile::: Same= Laura Bush's autobiography & Covenant Marriage

On my TV::: Cartoons for Mae. She was up early today.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday -  Cheese Ravioli w/ pumpkin sauce (Didn't get made last week)
Tuesday - Italian beef sandwiches
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Baked fish w/ citrus sauce & rice pilaf

On my to do list::: Babysitting a friend's daughter this morning, errands & start cleaning/organizing the basement.

What I am creating::: Nothing this week- I'm cleaning and organizing our basement!

Looking around the house::: MaeMae has already destroyed this place and its not even 9am!

From the camera:::  I know, I know-All my pictures are of Mae. But I can't help it.

Eating her"Oatmealllllll"
Something fun to share::: I can't ever think of anything for this...

On my prayer list::: Ken's Grandparents

Bible verse, Devotional::: Church started a series on the Psalms= Psalm 139
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
   and lead me in the way everlasting

Wednesday, January 18

Mexican casserole Wins!

Ken asks "What is for dinner?"
I say "Mexican casserole."
Ken: "Huh? Oh, you mean Mexican lasagna?"

Whatever you want to call it this recipe is quick and easy. It's also easy to keep all ingredients on hand, I love those kinds of recipes. I like to serve 1-2 vegetarian recipes a week so when I make this I always keep it meat free--but it would be delicious w/ some ground beef browned up and among the layers!

Mexican Casserole/ Lasagna- Makes 6 servings
Tortillas. thawed
1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce
1 can (16 oz) fat free re fried beans
1 green pepper, chopped
1 c. corn (I use frozen, thawed)
1/2 c. onions (white or green)
1/2 tsp each: parsley, chili powder, cumin and cilantro
salt & pepper to taste
1 c. low fat cheddar cheese
1/4 c. black olives, sliced

-In a large skillet over medium heat add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add green pepper, corn, onions and all the seasonings. Saute just until tender, about 5 minutes, b/c they will finish cooking during baking process!
- Spray your crock pot w/ cooking spray. (FYI-This dish can also be done in the oven. 350 for 35 minutes) Put 2 Tbsp. of enchilada sauce on bottom. Next, pour remaining enchilada sauce into a separate, deep, dish.
-Dip 1 tortilla into enchilada sauce and put in crock pot.
- Top tortilla w/ 1/4 of the re fried beans, 1/4 of corn mixture then 1/4 c. cheese.
-Repeat 3 more times!
-Top last layer w/ cheese then black olives & any remaining green onions.
-Put lid on crock pot and allow to cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4.
-Serve w/ salsa, sour cream etc.
==1 serving is 5 WW pts!

Monday, January 16

Happy Homemaker Monday

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The weather::: High of 42 today and rain :( All the pretty snow is going to melt!

On my reading pile::: Almost done w/ Laura Bush's book. So I'm finishing a book called "Convent Marriage" that I started several months ago.

On my TV::: Cartoons for MaeMae

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Oven fried Chicken & wilted spinach
Tuesday - Mexican casserole
Wednesday - Salmon cakes & couscous
Thursday - Beef Barley soup & rolls
Friday -  BBQ chix pizza (Thanks Michelle)
Saturday - Buffalo Sloppy Joes & oven baked fries
Sunday - Cheese Ravioli w/ pumpkin sauce
WHAT??? I planned a menu w/ no leftovers :( I'm going to be kicking myself!!!!

On my to do list::: Grocery store, make treats for Mom's Life tomorrow, sweep & swiffer floors!

What I am creating::: Blueberry pancakes to freeze for Mae's breakfasts, herb butter for Friday's Freezer Friend Food

Looking around the house::: I did a good job of keeping the house tidy :)

From the camera::: Mae enjoying the cookie dough beater

Something fun to share:::

On my prayer list::: As always and always lil J.R.E.

Bible verse, Devotional::: Its a song that has been in my head= I waited for the Lord on High

Friday, January 13

Friday's Freezer Friendly Food- Tortillas

Homemade Tortillas: (Makes 8 tortillas)
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. water
3 Tbsp. Olive oil

-In a large bowl combine flour and salt
- Add water and oil
-Knead for 10 minutes
-Cut dough ball into 8 equal size pieces
-Roll each piece into a 7 inch circle
-Over medium heat warm a skillet and spray w/ cooking spray
-Cook each tortilla until browned on each side (3-5 minutes)

Makes 8 tortillas

After I finished cooking each one I laid them out in a single layer on bread board to cool.

Wrapped in 3 sets of 5 tortillas.
These are so delicious fresh, right off the skillet! I made a double batch and froze them.
-Allow them to cool completely.
-Place parchment paper in between every few tortillas.
-I then wrapped them in groups of 5 in Scran wrap b/c that is how many my family will eat at a time.
-Place all tortillas in a Ziploc freezer bag! Freeze up to 3 months!
-When ready to use- allow to thaw completely and warm in microwave or skillet.

Tuesday, January 10

Fish N Chips, Julified Wins!

My take on Fish N Chips! I love fish, especially grilled in the summer. This recipe is a way to change it up! Baking it saves several calories and fat grams.  Serve w/ malt vinegar!

2 white fish fillets (Ex: Cod, Mahi, Grouper), thawed
salt & pepper
1/4 c. flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 c. Panko bread crumbs

1. Season fish w/ salt and pepper.
2. Dredge in flour, shake off excess.
3. Dip in egg then in Panko, coating all sides of the fish.
4. Place on a wire baking rack over a cookie sheet. (This allow fish to cook evenly and bottom doesn't get soggy.)
5. Sprinkle w/ parsley and spray lightly w/ cooking spray.
6. Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes or until browned.
7. Serve right away w/ malt vinegar for the traditional "Fish N Chips" taste!
-6 WW pts for 1 fish fillet

2 medium sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp. Olive oil (aprox)
Course salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

1. Scrub potatoes well! Peel off any blemishes.
2. Slice thin into rounds. Place in a large bowl w/ remaining ingredients. And toss to coat. (Just use enough olive oil to lightly coat potatoes)
3. Line a cookie sheet w/ foil & place potatoes in a single layer, make sure none are touching.
4. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, flip each potato and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
-6 WW pts

Monday, January 9

Happy Homemaker Monday

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The weather::: Mid 40's

On my reading pile::: Laura Bush's autobiography-I've got less than a moth to finish it!!

On my TV::: Nothing

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Fish & chips, Julified
Tuesday - Veggie Lasagna
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Tamale pie
Friday- Leftovers
Saturday - Paninis
Sunday - Cream of Zucchini soup

On my to do list::: Mom's Life leadership meeting & catching up on chores around the house.

What I am creating::: Homemade tortillas for "Friday's Freezer Friendly Food" & more homemade yogurt!

Looking around the house::: I really really need to mop my floors today. Ugh, I swear as soon as I do it they get dirty again.

From the camera:::

Something fun to share:::

On my prayer list:::

Bible verse, Devotional:::
'When the time was right,
the sea parted,
the walls fell down,
the lions went hungry,
the sun stood still,
the star appeared,
the waves were calmed,
the stone was rolled away,
the Lord ascended...And when the time is right, the King of Kings will return. God is never early & He's never late-He's always right on time and His plans for you are good.'

Friday, January 6

Friday's Freezer Friendly Food-Carrots

I know its been awhile since a "Friday Freezer Friendly" post. I have a few ideas for the next couple weeks, so I hope to keep them coming! This week's F.F.F.F. is on CARROTS! This post will probably be too late for most of you but not for me b/c my father- in- law picked carrots on New Years Day! And because this winter has been so mild these carrots are perfect! This past fall I canned 7 pints of carrots but I decided to freeze these since I didn't have a large quantity Here's what I did:

1. Wash carrots
2. Peel carrots
3. Cut to desired size/shape
4. Drop into boiling water for 3 minutes if carrots are chopped or diced (5 minutes if carrots are whole)
5. Strain in colander and rinse w/ cold water
6. Once cooled, transfer to Ziploc freezer bags in 1.5-2 c. portions & label. Freeze for up to 6 months.
-Use in soups, stir frys, casseroles or serve as a side. I know at least Sweet Pea loves carrots!

Wednesday, January 4

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Monday Wednesday?!?!?! I was still out of town Monday and Tuesday I was busy busy around the house. Here's to a blessed week-Just think- It's now half over :)

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The weather::: Blah, its suppose to be 40 today- 50 on Friday. Still no snow :(

On my reading pile::: Finish up Laura Bush's biography before woman's bible starts back up.

On my TV::: Nothing right now.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday - Meatloaf, green beans & applesauce {beans and applesauce canned by yours truly}
Tuesday - Leftovers
Wednesday -  Chicken & dumplings
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Whole wheat spaghetti pomodoro & cottage cheese
Saturday - Breakfast= Crepes. Lunch= "Mustgoes" as Dawn says. Dinner= Coconut curry beef over rice
Sunday - Brunch= Eggs & potatoes. Dinner= Leftovers

{I am luckily Ken likes leftovers :)}

On my to do list::: Grocery shopping & bank, finish taking down Christmas decorations & make a few phone calls...

What I am creating::: Hopefully more laundry soap. I bought all the necessary ingredients before Christmas but never made it.

Looking around the house::: BARE w/o Christmas decorations.

From the camera::: Would you believe I didn't take 1 picture over Christmas break??? Ooops!

Something fun to share::: I am already working on a "Product Review" post of some of the gifts I received for Christmas, Stay Tuned!

On my prayer list::: Friends: healing of ill children, healthy pregnancies & stable marriages.

Bible verse, Devotional::: "If the Lord allows"- From Sunday's New Year's day service!