Sunday, November 23, 2008

Menu for Thanksgiving week

Monday- sloppy Joes.....the kids have no school so i plan to do crafts with them and work out Monday night.

Tuesday- Potato Broccoli and Cheese Soup.....More crafts with the kids and working out again.

Wednesday-black bean and corn quesadillas....Cleaning and getting all the food ready for Thanksgiving the next day.

Thursday- ~~THANKSGIVING DINNER~~ We are bringing a turkey, Mexican cornbread and deviled eggs.

Friday- Leftovers OR Taco Bell bean burritos and its movie night!!

Busy weekend for us

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.

Pita Pizzas (mini)

These are a favorite with the kids because they are tiny and cute. They are also really cheap and easy to make.

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

Weekly menu Nov 17-23

This weekend we went to the lake and went to church up there. Riah got a bad cold but she is almost well now thanks to garlic tea. :) I will post a picture of K's new hair tomorrow on here.

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.

Chicken Noodle soup with sweet potato & cauliflower

I make this soup in the crock pot and let it simmer all day. Its perfect for sick days and the garlic and onion really help to fight colds. Sweet potato and cauliflower purees provide you with vitamins A and C--good for vision, skin, and healthy immune system.


3 quarts reduced-fat low-sodium chicken broth or you can use the broth you boiled the chicken in if you want.

As much chicken breast as you want to add to the soup

1/2tsp sea salt

1 yellow onion

3 garlic cloves

diced carrots


1 large package of noodles

1/2-1 cup of cauliflower puree

1/2-1 cup of sweet potato puree

Boil your chicken till cooked all the way through. Let chicken cool and pour broth into crock pot or a big pot.

Shred cooled chicken and add to the pot.

Add chopped garlic, onions, celery and carrots to soup.

Pour in your pureed sweet potato and cauliflower

cook on high till boiling and then turn to med till one hour before time to eat.

THEN ADD the noodles to the soup and let cook till they are soft but not mushy. If you add them to early they get mushy.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Menu for November 10th-14th

Me and Brian just had the such a nice date night tonight. We went to eat at the Macaroni Grill and then to the mall. He got a shirt and some jeans. Then we went to T.J Maxx and i got a shirt. We were on our way home when i was talking about how my bra didn't fit right and Brian surprised me by taking me back to the mall and getting me a bra from Victoria Secret cuz even though i hate how trashy they are about putting half naked women on TV, I still think they have the best bra's ever. They last so long and hold the girls up so good. LOL!! I have the best husband ever!! He is so good to me.

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.

Mashed potatoes with sneaky cauliflower

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

BBQ Crockpot Chicken


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.

Chicken Rotel


Nacho chips
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

JalapeƱos, 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 jalapeƱos.

This is such a yummy meal. Everyone i have shared it with has loved it.

Mexican cornbread

Mexican cornbread


1 1/2C self-rising cornmeal

1 can cream style corn

2 eggs

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.

Happy Birthday Moriah

Here are some pictures of Moriah on her second birthday

We had her party at grandmama's house because i wanted to make sure grandmama would be there. It was a small family thing but she had fun. We cooked hot dogs and chicken and made lots of side dishes. Then we had cake and ice cream and opened presents. Moriah loves to sing happy birthday to you and sings it all the time. She was so cute opening her gifts and laughing with excitement over her new toys. I just thought she was so cute. She looks like Mckenzie did her her age and its like having her all over again. She is cute and funny and a little sassy. She is my baby girl.

Double Chocolate mocha


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)

let cool

mix pudding mix with milk

dissolve coffee in warm water and mix with the pudding.

fold in cool whip

crumble brownies

layer brownies, pudding mix, then toffee bits (2-3 layers)

chill at least 30 min before serving

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Tofu Stir-fry

Tofu Stir-fry


1 container of tofu firm and cubed, drained

1-2 bags of frozen stir-fry with teriyaki sauce added

soy sauce


olive oil


Add about 3TBS of oil to Wok and let it get hot.

Toss the bagged stir-fry into the Wok and add cubed tofu and a few chopped garlic cloves.

Then just stir-fry the veggies and tofu until its as firm or tender as you like it. I like my veggies firm like Chinese style but my mom likes hers soft and almost mushy.

When the veggies are the way you want them, then add some soy sauce and stir. Add more and keep tasting until you have enough. Everyone likes it different so i have no strict recipe to go by.

Its easy and taste wonderful!!

Menu for Nov 3-9

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- ???