Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
A festive dessert that has a surprise layers hidden inside. This pie is perfect for Christmas and everyone loves it and asks me to make it again.
prep time: 15 min Total: 3 hours 15 min (incl. refrigerating)
2 cups of cold milk
2 packages ( 4-serving size each) JELL-O chocolate flavor instant pudding & pie filling
1 HONEY MAID Graham pie crust (6oz)
1 cup JET-PUFFFED Miniature marshmallows
1 tub(8oz) COOL WHIP whipped topping, thawed and divided
2 squares BAKER'S semi-sweet baking chocolate
1/4 cup of crushed candy canes
1 to 2 drops of peppermint oil flavoring (optional)
Pour cold milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 min or until well blended. (mixture will be thick) I also like to add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint flavoring but that's just an extra thing i do....it doesn't call for it.
Spoon 1 1/2 cups of the pudding into pie crusts. Top with marshmallows. Gently stir 1 1/2 cups of the whipped topping into remaining pudding; spoon over pie.
Refrigerate 3 hours.
Meanwhile, microwave chocolate in small microwavable bowl on HIGH 1 min. Stir until melted. Cool slightly. Place melted chocolate in resealable plastic bag. Snip off small piece from one of the bottom corners of the bag; squeeze chocolate into 10 desired shapes on parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm.
Top pie with remaining whipped topping just before serving. Garnish with crushed candy canes. (do NOT put candy canes on until serving time or they will bleed red all over pie...trust me LOL) Serve each slice with a chocolate decoration. :)
Makes 10 servings, 1 slice each.
Monday- Taco's with either lentils or morning star meat. I haven't decided yet. We will also have corn on the cob. The kids have school and i have to work out that evening.
Tuesday- eggs, hash browns and some yummy fried apples and orange juice or chocolate milk to drink. I have to work out again and later that night i plan to meet up with my friend for some hot chocolate and a nice chat.
Wednesday- Crockpot vegetable soup and home made bread. I will be gone ALL day long with Mckenzie and Erica on a Christmas shopping trip. YAYYYY!!! Dinner will be easy cuz its gonna be cooking all day so i wont have to do it later.
Thursday- Tuna on a garden salad with pickled okra......Its work out day again. I hope i can make myself actually go 3 days this week cuz that will definitely be a first. LOL
Friday- Take out and a movie night. I think i will have some one on one time with Jacobi today. Maybe take her to the dollar tree and let her buy everyone Christmas gifts. Then come home, make cookies and then let her wrap presents all by herself. :) Then we will try to watch a family movie all together.
Saturday and Sunday i have no plans so far and no plans for dinner either. We kinda just do whatever we do on the weekend.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Moriah and Tucker
Monday, December 1, 2008
* 1 chopped onion
* bag of potatoes peeled and cubed
* 32oz box vegetable stock
*1 box of butternut squash soup
* 1 bag of frozen or raw broccoli
* 1 bag of frozen or raw carrots
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1/2 box of Velveeta cheese (cubed)
1. In a large crockpot add water and vegetable stock. Add potatoes, garlic and onions. Cover, bring to boil and then reduce heat to medium and cook all day on med to low.
4.Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Here is a picture of Mckenzie's new hair cut and color.
This has been one busy weekend. McKenzie had a sleepover for her 14th birthday and we had 5 teens come and spend the night. We met at the movies and watched TWILIGHT which was just awesome!!! I couldn't believe the line in that theater. It was packed full by the time the movie started. The movie was actually really teen friendly so i was pleased with that. I had read the books and i knew they were wrote for teens but i still worried about the movie. I'm really protective of what my daughters watch or read so its still kind of weird to me that i really dig this twilight stuff.
After the movie we got pizza and came home and ate and had cake and ice cream. Then the girls went out to the school house out back and stayed up half the night. They watched a movie and slept out there on blow up mattresses.
The next day we were supposed to go skating but it all got messed up so we went to the mall instead. We shopped and had lunch and then it was time to come home. It was a nice weekend but just a really busy one for me and hubby. :) Now its time to sit back and relax.
8(4-inch) whole wheat pita pockets
1/2 cup of spinach puree or if your kids scream at the color of green then maybe try carrot puree with some of the pizzas.
2 cups bottled tomato sauce
2 cups thinly sliced part-skim mozzarella
1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Spread spinach puree on each pita so that the spinach comes to within about 1/2 inch of the edge. Then spread the sauce over the spinach. It should cover the spinach and come within 1/4 of the edge of the pita. Now lay the cheese over the sauce, covering any place where the green comes through. :)
3. Place the pizzas on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake till the cheese is melted and begins to brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Let the pizzas cool 5 minutes before serving so the cheese cools and doesn't pull off (and the spinach stays completely invisible.)
Monday, November 17, 2008
We have a busy week ahead of us. Kenzies birthday is Tuesday but she is celebrating it with friends at a sleepover on Friday. Here is our weekly menu and what we are up to.
Monday- Chicken noodle soup in the crockpot to help Riah feel better. Me and Kenzie are going to work out tonight at the gym.
Tuesday-Happy Birthday Mckenzie!! We will be going to eat out for dinner because its K's birthday so we want to make it a special night. K is also getting her hair done during the day.
Wednesday- church night and we have to watch nursery so we will have home made bread and eggs with tofu and morning star sausage cuz its easy and yummy!!
Thursday- Mops day for me and also gotta work out that night. Kenzie also has her tutor that evening. We will probably just have leftovers that have been frozen cuz the freezer is getting to full. LOL!!
Friday- Kenzie's sleepover!! We will be going to see TWILIGHT the movie and then coming home to have pizza and cake. I'm sure the kids will snack all night on cookies and chips.
Saturday- Everyone is going skating for the afternoon and then who knows what dinner will be. Probably leftover pizza.
Sunday-???? Not sure whats going on.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Happy Birthday Brian!!!!!!! In honor of my husbands birthday we will be having his favorite dinner.
Monday-Porcupine balls, Mashed potatoes and fried cabbage....for dessert we will have a yummy dessert of some sort. Not sure which kind yet.
Tuesday-We will be having egg salad sandwiches on home made wheat toasted bread. I'm planning to go to a woman's gym with a friend for the first time and try out a class.
Wednesday- Scrambled eggs with tofu and home made whole wheat toast with pumpkin butter.
Thursday- Sloppy Joe's with deer meat
Friday- Bean burritos from taco bell and a movie for family fun night.
Nobody will know there is cauliflower in these potatoes unless you tell them.
You will need potatoes, milk, butter, salt, pepper and about 1 cup of pureed cauliflower. To puree my veggies I just steam them till soft and blend them with food processor or a blender till creamy. Sometimes you may need to add a bit of water.
Peel and cube the potatoes and boil till tinder.
Drain off water and add milk, butter, salt, pepper and the puree.
blend with a mixer till smooth and creamy. Add as much milk, butter, salt and pepper as you like.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
This recipe is so easy and taste to great. I miss it now that we are almost vegetarian :(
I just toss chicken ( i even threw in frozen thighs before) in the crockpot and pour our favorite BBQ sauce all over the top and add a tiny bit of water in the bottom of the pot. Then i cook it on high all day until it just falls apart.
I always serve with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. Its such a hearty meal yet so easy.
Boneless, skinless chicken breast (organic)
1 can rotel tomatoes
little box of velveeta cheese ( we use most of a big box though)
1 can Campbells cream of chicken soup
melt in a bowl the cheese, cream of chicken and tomatoes all together in the microwave.
Boil the chicken till done and tear into strips
smash the chips up in the bag
Get a handful of chips and spread on the bottom of a dish.
Then spread some of the chicken on top of that.
Next pour some of the cheese over the chicken.
Do this until you run out of ingredients.
Serve while hot and crunchy. YUMMM!!!
We have been eating this since Mckenzie was the size of Moriah and still love it.
You can make this soup with meat or simply add meatless ground for a vegetarian meal.
1lb or more of ground beef, ground turkey or 1 package of morning star crumbles
2 cups diced onions
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans pinto beans
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can pink kidney beans
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomatoes with chilies
2 (4 1/2-ounce) cans diced green chilies
1 (4.6-ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced, optional
1/2 cup green olives, sliced, optional
1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix
Corn chips, for serving
Sour cream, for garnish
Grated cheese, for garnish
Chopped green onions, for garnish
Jalapeños, for garnish
Brown the meat (or crumbles) and onions in a large skillet. Then transfer the meat and onions to a large slow cooker or a stockpot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chilies, black olives, green olives, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix, and cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours or simmer over low heat for about 1 hour in a pot on the stove. To serve, place a few corn chips in each bowl and ladle soup over them. Top with sour cream, cheese, green onions and jalapeños.
This is such a yummy meal. Everyone i have shared it with has loved it.
1 1/2C self-rising cornmeal
1 can cream style corn
1 Cup milk
1 Cup grated cheese
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 bell pepper chopped up
Combine EVERYTHING except oil in a big bowl and stir.
Put about 1/4 cup of oil in iron skillet and place in preheated 425 oven.
Let skillet and oil get very hot...meanwhile add the rest of the oil to the cornbread mixture.
When oil in skillet is hot enough (1-2 min) remove from oven and add to mixture.
Bake at 425 degrees for about 30 min or more until done.
1/2 cup of cold milk
2pkg white choc pudding
1/4 cup warm water
4tsp instant coffee
1 8oz cool whip
3 toffee bars or heath bars, crumbled
Prepare brownies using your fav recipe. (9x13pan)
mix pudding mix with milk
dissolve coffee in warm water and mix with the pudding.
fold in cool whip
layer brownies, pudding mix, then toffee bits (2-3 layers)
chill at least 30 min before serving
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Here are some Halloween pictures from this weekend!
Monday-pizza I think. Its Moriah's birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D She is 2 today.
Tuesday- stir-fry with tofu and egg rolls.....Me and Cobi are having a date and buying a gift for samaritans purse. Cobi is picking a little girl that's her age to buy for. :)
Wednesday- garden salad with tuna ......Church night
Thursday-black bean burritos and pintos with cheese.......Maybe have a play date with my friend and her kids.
Friday- taco's with meatless ground and we will of course have movie night
Saturday- date night for me and Brian
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday-Lasagna with big slices of hot home made bread and butter. My nephew and niece are coming over for the evening for a little while.
Wednesday- yummy chili with lentils and home made bread....this is church night.
Thursday- Blueberry whole wheat pancakes, egg puffs and chocolate milk....We have no plans this night so I'm thinking we will curl up and watch TV or read a book.
Friday- Pizza and then we will dress up to go out for Halloween. Mckenzie is gonna be a 70's girl, Jacobi is going to be a renaissance girl and Moriah is a pink dinosaur.
Saturday- Party at my aunts house...not sure what dinner will be. Brian is gonna be Batman and I'm gonna be cat woman.
Sunday- Moriah's birthday party and who knows what we will eat.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved.
Stir until thickened, and remove from heat.
Add soap mixture, and mix well.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I'm gonna start posting our menu for the week so you can see what we eat. Plus i will post a cute pic with it from our weekend or just a pic that i like that doesn't go with anything. I will also use this menu to share what are weekly plans are. Soon i'm hoping i can figure out how to make this blog better and have little sections to click for certain things. It will make it easier to find what you are looking for. :D
Monday- We had pizza at Mr Gatti's pizza place. We met Brians sis and nephew there and had dinner and let the kids play games in the game room.
Tuesday - Today we are having morning star chicken nuggets (fake meat that taste surprisingly real) mashed potatoes, cabbage and fried green tomatoes. We have no plans today except to clean the house and home school Jacobi. I'M also baking a loaf of honey bread for the first time in my bread maker and I'm making us some dried fruit in my new food dehydrator. Hope it turns out well. It will help save money and be lots healthier snacks for the kids.
Wednesday- Tuna on a bed of spinach leaves with fresh veggies and ranch dressing. We are gonna have a busy day because we are going to Natches Trace as a family(field trip) for the day to explore and have a picnic and then we have church that night.
Thursday- I will be making butter bean burgers for the first time and corn on the cob with fresh green beans fried in EVOO and fresh garlic.
Friday- We always have take out on Fridays because its just a fun way of ending the week. We will be having Tacos or bean burritos and we will watch a movie and eat choc covered raisins.
Saturday- I think we may just thaw a lasagna i made at my last mops meeting and have that for dinner. We also plan to go to a pumpkin patch if its nice outside and spend the day doing all the fun things they have to do. We also want to get a pumpkin and carve it with the kids.
Sunday- I have a baby shower to go to so I'm not sure what will go on this day or what we will be eating.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
1 c. brown rice, uncooked
1 lb. hamburger meat
1/2 c. bell pepper, if desired
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 med cloves of garlic chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and mix well in a large mixing bowl. Make into medium size balls and place in baking dish.
1 can tomato soup
1 can water
About 4 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Mix well and pour over porcupine balls. Make sure all are covered. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees until rice is cooked and pops out of balls. Very good served over mashed potatoes
This is my husbands favorite meal that he never gets anymore because we don't eat meat often but i plan to buy some organic beef and make them for his birthday. :) I cant wait to see his face.
Friday, October 17, 2008
What you will need:
large vanilla pudding
Make the vanilla pudding according to package. Let chill for 1 hour then spread thick over pizza crust. Sprinkle the coconut shavings over the pizza and bake on 350 for 10-15 min or until hot.
1 cup of skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil ( I really recommend using fresh ) plus additional for garnish
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
Pillsbury Refrigerated crust pizza
1 cup or more of sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup or more of mozzarella cheese
1 cup of diced tomato
Preheat oven to 450. In a bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan cheese, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Place crust on cookie sheet and top evenly with cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake until golden (about 10-12) minutes. Sprinkle with tomatoes and chopped basil.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
4 egg whites
1/2 cup butternut squash puree (I just steam it and then mix it in the food processor)
2 T. grated cheese
2 T. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 400. Coat 4 (1/2 cup) ramekins with cooking spray and set on a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, egg whites, squash puree, cheese, flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Divide the mixture among the ramekins and bake until the tops are puffed up and the eggs are no longer runny in the center when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.