Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

A day late but yesterday was super busy. I am also including the link of where to find the receipe for the bread and the muffins that I made the other day and posted about. Also if you do make the bread or muffins I recommened a little more water than what they call for the muffins can come out too dry if you don't and the bread sometimes soaks up the water to quickly before you have it completely mixed.

Monday - Tequilla Lime Steak with Seasoned Broccoli and Carrots

Tuesday - Spaghetti with Homemade Garlic Bread (I am using a few slices from the bread I made)

Wednesday - Lasagna Hamburger Helper

Thursday - Better The Second Time Around Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes

Friday - Hamburger Pizza with Corn

Saturday - Cheesy Baked Potato Hamburger Helper with Asparagus

Sunday - Better The Second Time Around Barbecued Chicken with Baked Beans

Bread (It's on page 15, you make the mix and then use it for the various recipes listed, I even used it for the Blueberry Muffins instead of the all white flour mix that is listed on page 13. Also I put the blueberries on top of the muffins instead of in the batter once they were in the muffin pan ready to go into the oven.)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Blueberries and Bread

I finally found an excellent recipe for wheat bread that doesn't require yeast. I made a loaf Friday and it was big hit between M and me. I made another loaf this morning for sandwiches this week. I also made Blueberry Muffins for M this morning and he loved them. I might finally get this homemade cooking down pat.

Monday, July 16, 2007

What A Great Find!

I belong to my local freecycle group and I responded to an ad that someone was giving away craft items which included three gift baskets but everything else was a mystery. Well I got the bag home and started going through it and what a haul! Not only did I get the baskets but I also got fabric, ribbons, items to do floral arrangements(wires and such), stencils, stamps, stickers, batting, jewelry making items, and other odds and ends. The greatest find was a frame picture that is cross stitch for a place to put school pictures from grades 1 through 12! I have been looking for something similar but this is so much better and cuter. Plus with my cross stitching passion it fits me perfectly. One mans junk is another mans treasure

Menu Plan Monday

Monday - Creamy Stroganoff Hamburger Helper

Tuesday - Beans and Rice with Cornbread

Wednesday - Impossible Cheeseburger Pie

Thursday - Better The Second Time Around Broccoli Cheese Soup

Friday - Spaghetti with Pesto and Sweet Peas

Saturday - Better The Second Time Around Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes

Sunday - Barbecued Chicken and Baked Beans

Dessert - Devil's Food Bundt Cake

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Chocolate Bundt Cake

I made the dessert for the week tonight and I just had to share a picture. It turned out so well and very delicious. M gave it two thumbs up! It is from a mix but I used the new Pillsbury Reduced Sugar Devil's Food Mix to see what it taste like and I can't tell the difference but I use Splenda in my coffee and also drink diet drinks. I even frosted it, even though I normally don't but I had leftover frosting from my trial run of cupcakes last week in preparation for M's birthday party next month. Not the best frosting job but it sure is yummy! It's hard resisting having another piece because that's how great it tastes.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

What A Great Idea!

I was on Organizing Junkies site and saw this post, I was inspired so much that I got the needed materials and starting attacking my stacks of Martha Stewart Magazines. I finally put the reciepes I liked into my reciepe binder and started my own Good Things binder full of hints, decorating ideas, things to buy, and things to make, its not very full but through time and magazine buying I am sure my Good Things will be bursting at the seams with ideas and dreams. A lot of what came out of the magazines went into my reciepe binder and I am so excited to have new cooking ideas. Here is just a sampling of what I have put into my reciepe and Good Things binder.

I would love to have this bathtub someday

Now that's my kind of bookshelf!

Who would have thought of turning a plate into a clock?

A Glossary of Crystal

How to set a table

Who wouldn't a piece of that?

M would just love this cake considering his passion for penguins.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Monday - Leftover Spaghetti Casserole

Tuesday - Leftover Oven Fried Chicken with Scalloped Potatoes

Wednesday - Homemade Tuna Casserole

Thursday - Leftover Baked Ravioli

Friday - Hamburger Pizza with a Vegetable

Saturday - Chicken Fried Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Biscuits

Sunday - Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Rice (Didn't have it last week)

Dessert - Homemade Amish Sugar Cookies

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Spaghetti Casserole

Another recipe from the wonderful Dinner Doctor book, definitely worth the money to buy it.

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion (I use frozen to speed the process)
1 can (10.75 oz) cream of mushroom soup (I use cream of celery)
1 1/2 cups of favorite tomato based pasta sauce
1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 Cups Cooked Spaghetti (8 oz uncooked)
2 Tablespoons Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 F

Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble in the ground beef and add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring and breaking up the lumps of meat, until the beef is brown all over and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the beef to a large mixing bowl. (If there is a lot of fat in the pan, drain the mixture in a strainer before transferring it). Add the soup, pasta sauce, 1/2 of the Cheddar Cheese, the cooked spaghetti, and 1/2 cup of water and stir to mix. Transfer the spaghetti to a 3 quart baking dish and sprinkle all but 1 tablespoon of the remaining Cheddar Cheese and 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan over the top.

Bake the spaghetti until it bubbles throughout and the cheese has melted, 18 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of each cheese and serve at once.

Serves 8

Serve this along with a salad and some garlic bread for a wonderful easy meal.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Tequila Lime Steak

Tequila Lime Steak

Any steak of your preference. ( I am using Bottom Round Steak)
1 Bottle of Kroger Brand Tequila Lime Marinade

Marinate the steak for at least 30 minutes, I did it all day to really soak up the flavor. With it just being me I have one steak and enough marinate to cover the steak saving the rest for another meal.

Once marinated to your liking grill to perfection. I use a George Foreman Grill and it only takes me no more than 8 minutes for medium rare if I let it heat up long enough.

The vegetables are Green Giants Steamed Seasoned Broccoli and Carrots. Such a simple meal when you are in a hurry or just want a tasty meal.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

It's a new week and a new month so it's back to cooking for me. Last week spoiled me with it being all leftovers since there was no cooking involved, just heat and serve. This week I have a few new things on the menu and a few things that I haven't had in awhile. For any day there isn't a link I will post the recipe on that day.

Monday - Salmon Patties with Broccoli and Cauliflower
Tuesday - Homemade Chocolate Chip Waffles and Eggs ( I used chocolate chips instead of blueberry's and they were wonderful. I freeze the leftovers for another day)
Wednesday - Tequila Lime Steak with Seasoned Broccoli and Carrots
Thursday - Spaghetti Casserole
Friday - Broccoli Cheese Soup
Saturday - Baked Ravioli (I cut the recipe in half)
Sunday - Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Rice