Sunday, September 28, 2008

Soup, Soup, and more Soup!

It is fall, kind of, and I want soup. I could eat soup everyday but my family would probably complain a little. My menu plan this week has some fun soups we are going to try.

After church today I wanted a good soup, but I wanted it done quickly. So my mother opened up canned chicken noodle soup and strained the noodles and set them aside. The broth of the soup went into the pan. She then added a bunch of fresh veggies like carrots, onions, celery, and tomatoes. Cooked them until tender and then returned the noodles to the pot. She added a little bit of Tabasco sauce too. It was so good! A great way to dress up the canned soups and do it quickly!

We also had this Quick Cheese Bread that is a new family favorite.

Foodie BlogRoll - I'm In!!!!!

I recently click on the Foodie BlogRoll link over at Our Best Bites to see what it was all about. I have seen this widget on a few pages now and wanted to see it. It is a great place for food bloggers to get their sites listed on. There are contests and giveaways, forums, recipes and ideas for cooking. There are over 2000 blogs listed at Foodie and now I am one of them too! You have to submit your food blog and they decide if they will add you to their BlogRoll. So click on over using the link in my sidebar and check it out. I am sure you won't go away without clicking on something fun for you try!

Menu Plan Monday - Sept. 29th

We have been eating much better since I have been doing menu planning. My husband knows that the stuff in the fridge is part of a planned meal and that's cool. I am really wanting to do a whole week of soups. I was looking at a cookbook of Soups this afternoon trying to decide on some good selections. Then Sara & Kate at Our Best Bites come through again with a tasty looking soup! So I am going to start my week with their White Chicken Chili and then alternate nights of soup with other fun meals. Between the two sites, A Year of Crockpotting and Our Best Bites, my menu plans could be full for a very long time. You really should check out their sites!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yummy Snack - Chocolate cake in 5 min.

Here is another yummy snack recipe found over at Make and Takes.

Microwave Chocolate Cake in 5 min.

I love this blog. Fun crafts and ideas like this cake. Now I don't really need a way to have some cake in 5 minutes. Really this could be dangerous. But I will be giving it a try! I think the kids will love it too! I'll let them mix their own cake! Yum!

Welcome Fall with this yummy treat!

I was just thinking of posting my sister's Sticky Corn recipe and Sara over at Our Best Bites posted her yummy recipe for Caramel Corn ! Her photo makes my mouth water. You must stop by her site and make some for yourself. Because I am not going to share. Well ok, come over after school and you can have some with the kids!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cornmeal Crepes

Delicious with any Mexican-style or any main dish fillings:

1/2 C yellow cornmeal
1/2 C boiling water

Combine, stir until smooth and let cool slightly,

Then add:
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C all-purpose four, presifted
2 T margarine or butter, melterd

Mix until smooth, then add:
3/4 C milk and mix until smooth. Stir batter occasionally when dipping if cornmeal tends to settle on the bottom.

Mexican Crepe Enchiladas

We love chicken enchiladas. If I made it every night of the week my husband would be happy! Recently my mother gave me an electric crepe maker. I have made crepes a few times for breakfast and the family loved them and ask for them. Another item if made daily would make the hero. My mom found the recipe book and gave it to me and this is a recipe that I thought sounded really good using my crepe pan.

12 corn meal crepes **recipe to follow
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C chopped green or yellow onions
10 pitted ripe black olives, sliced
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 teaspoons chili powder
1-3/4 C cubed sharp cheddar cheese

1 16oz. can tomatoe puree or sauce
1 6oz. can tomato paste
1 small onion, minced
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 teaspoons of chili powder

Preheat oven to 350.
1. In large skillet, cook ground beef and onions until onions are soft and meat is browned.
2. Remove from heat, drain excess fat.
3. Stir in olives, garlic, chili powder and 1 cup of cheese.
4. Place 1-2 heaping spoonfuls across center of each crepe, brown side out.
5. Place seam side down in buttered 9x13 baking dish. Pour sauce down center of crepes.
6. Bake 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

To make sauce:
1. Combine ingredients in saucepan.
2. Bring to boil and simmer 10 minutes.
3. Stir in remaining 3/4 C of cheese.
Taste for seasoning, add extra chili powder if desired

Monday, September 22, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - Sept. 22nd

We are finding all kinds of new family favorites with my menu planning.

Monday: Sweet N Sour Chicken & Brown Rice
Tuesday: Swiss Steak & Whole Wheat Noodles
Wednesday: Mexican Crepe Enchiladas **Recipe to follow
Thursday: Buffalo Wing Soup
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Dad's Choice - I am going to eat at Women's Gen. Broadcast dinner
Sunday: Chicken & Rice Casserole **Recipe to follow (A Family Favorite)

Yummy Mexican Rice

This is another recipe book I only use one recipe from, 365 Easy Mexican Recipes. This is a favorite on our Mexican food nights.

2 T vegetable oil
2 C long-grain white rice (I use brown rice, it just takes a little longer to cook)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 C canned pureed tomatoes (I will use the equivalent measure of salsa)
1 14.5 oz. can of reduced sodium chicken broth ( I will use chicken bouillon cubes instead)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

1. In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add rice and cook, stirring, about 1 minute to coat with oil. Stir in onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.

2. Stir in cumin, tomatos(salsa), chicken broth, salt, pepper, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 15 to 18 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Add cooked carrot and stir gently to combine.

You could do it as directed above but I do all of this in my rice cooker. Just dump it all in, mix it up and add the water and push the cook button!

Yummy Sweet N Sour Chicken

I have this Weight Watchers cookbook from YEARS ago (inscribed on the inside cover "Murphy '89"). And I have only ever used one recipe from it and it is still my favorite. I LOVE sweet-n-sour chicken and this is a healthy recipe!

1 tsp. each of margarine and vegetable oil
1/2 lb chicken, cut into cubes
1/2 C each sliced green or red bell peppers, sliced onion, and quartered mushrooms
1 small clove garlic
1/2 C drained canned crushed pineapple
1-1/2 tsp. ketchup
1 tsp. each firmly packed light or dark brown sugar and cider vinegar
1/2 packet (about 1/2 tsp) instant chicken broth and seasoning mix(never used the seasoning mix)
1 large plum tomato, blanched, peeled, seeded, and sliced (I just chop up a tomato)
1/4 C diagonally sliced scallions

1. Heat margargine and oil together in a skillet until bubbly and hot
2. Add chicken and saute, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 5 min.
3. Add peppers, onions, mushrooms, and garlic and cook until veggies are tender-crisp, about 5 min.
4. In a blender combine pineapple, ketchup, sugar, vinegar, and broth mix and blend until pereed, scraping down sides as necessary.
5. Pour pureed mixture over chicken and veggies in skillet and stir to combine; bring to a boil.
6. Reduce heat to low; add tomato and scallions, stir to combine, and cook until flavors blend, about 5 min.

Nutrition Info for those that like to know:
Calories per serving: 249
Protein per serving: 28 g
Fat per serving: 6g
Carbs per serving: 21g

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Another yummy crockpot recipe

Steve is going to LOVE this one! This looks like a great Sunday recipe. Another crockpot recipe from A Year of Crockpotting
Jalapeno Pot Roast

Some Yummy berries anyone?

Stop by Your Home Based Mom's site to check out this yummy recipe!
Blackberry Cobbler and Cinnamon Whip Cream

I am wanting to make this for breakfast. However, I don't have any berries in the freezer! I am adding berries to the shopping list!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Some Very Yummy Blogs

I stumbled upon these blogs from another new blog I found this morning, Just Another Hang Up
These blogs have some great photography and very, very, yummy recipes I am adding to my recipe box! The kids will be getting these cupcakes for after school snack this week! Oh my I can hardly wait to make them!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

More yummy crockpot recipes!

Ok, I have been browsing around the new to me blog, A Year of CrockPotting, and have found some recipes I don't want to forget. So I am going to put links to them here. This blog has some really awesome stuff. She's got a very popular blog and for good & tasty reasons too!

CrockPot Chili & Cheese
Chicken Nuggets
Crockpot Fudge Pudding Cake
CrockPot French Toast Bake
Crockpot Macaroni & Cheese

There are so many good recipes at this site, I will just have to keep going back! I have added this one to my Yummy Blogs section to the right.

Buffalo Wing Soup

Buffalo Wing Soup
I found this recipe over at A Year of CrockPotting . I will be adding it to my menu plan for next week. I love soups and Steve LOVES hot wings, so we both should be happy. The kids will just have to have MacNCheese that night!

One Bowl French Bread

This is another favorite, yummy recipe from my friend Joella.

1-1/8 C - Warm water
1 T - Honey
1 T - Active dry yeast
1/2 t - Salt
1 T - soft shortening
3 C - Flour

1. In a large bowl combine warm water and honey
2. Add the yeast, allow to soften
3. Add salt, shortening and 1-1/2C of flour, stir to combine
4. Add remaining flour, stirring well
5. Leave the spoon in the batter and allow to rest 10 min.
6. Stir down & rest until you have done this 5 times.
7. Turn onto floured board and knead 2 or 3 times
8. Divide into two equal parts.
9. Roll into 9x12 rectangles
From here I will do different things depending upon the meal. Sometimes I will make a double batch so I will have 4 loaves to feed everyone. Sometimes I will put cheese and meat onto the rectangle and then roll up. OR I will make a desert bread by putting cinnamon and sugar onto the rectangle before I roll it up.
10. Roll up from the long end, pinch the ends shut.
11. Put onto a greased and cornmeal dusted cookie sheet
12. Cover and raise for 30 min. You could do this in a warmed oven. Or turn your oven on the lowest setting while you are preparing the batter then shut it off while raising the bread.
13. Cut slashes at an angle, bake at400 for 30 min.

Chopped Chicken Salad

There is a Italian restaurant in the Seattle area, Cucina!Cucina! that makes this very yummy salad. The recipe makes a huge amount of salad which is tossed with this vinaigrette, so you pretty much need to eat it the same day or just don't mix in all of the vinaigrette at once. All you need to complete this meal is some fresh bread sticks and a lemonade!

6T - Red wine vinegar
2T - Fresh lemon juice
2T - Minced garlic
1T - Dijon mustard
2t - Dried oregano
1/2 t- Dry mustard
1/2 t - Sugar
1 C - Olive Oil

1. Whisk the 1st seven ingredients to blend.
2. Add in the oil
3. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

8 C - Chopped iceberg lettuce
2-1/2C - Cooked chicken, diced
1-1/4C - Chopped tomatoes
8 oz. - Dry salami, chopped
1 C - Mozerlla cheese, shredded
3/4 C - Provolone cheese, shredded
2/3 C - Garbanzo beans
1/2 C - Fresh Basil
3 - Green onions, chopped

1. Mix all of the above ingredients together
2. Toss with the vinaigrette.

Pasta E Fagioli Soup (like Olive Garden's)

1lb - Ground Beef
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 Med. Onion, chopped
1 - 16oz. can whole tomatoes
2 - 8oz. cans of tomato sauce
6 C water
6 t Beef boullion
3 carrots, shredded
6t - Italian seasoning
1 t - Garlic powder
1/4 t - Salt
1 - 15oz can of red beans
1 C dry pasta, cook it to add towards the end.

1. Brown the beef with the onions and celery. Rinse and drain, return to the pot.
2. Add remaining ingredients to the beef and veggies except the beans and pasta.
3. Simmer for 30 to 45 min.
4. Add beans and cooked pasta.
5. Simmer for 5-10 min until beans and pasta are hot.

Hamburger Soup

I got this recipe years ago from my good friend Joella, whom I have known since we were Targeteer 8's (old Primary class name). I absolutely love this soup. It is one of my comfort foods.

1lb hamburger
2 C - Potatoes, cubed
2 T - Parsley
3/4 C - Celery, diced
1 Qt - Tomato juice
2 Med. onion, chopped
1 - Bay leaf
2 T - Green pepper - minced
1/2 t - Garlic powder
1 t - Worchestershire sauce
1 Qt - water
3 t - Salt
1/2t - Allspice
1/4 C - Rice up to 1 cup

Cook hamburger, rinse and return to the pot. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour.

Menu Plan Monday - Sept. 15th

Monday: Pasta Fagioli Soup & Homemade breadsticks
Tuesday: Tuna Noodle Casserole
Wednesday: Mexican Chicken Soup
Thursday: Swiss Steak
Friday: Chicken Wraps
Saturday: Tacos
Sunday: Breakfast for dinner

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Carmel Apple Bars

Who doesn't love a carmel apple? And the fall season just screams carmel apples to me!
Oh this recipe does look yummy! We will be trying this very soon.

Menu Plan Monday - Sept. 8th

: Chicken & Stuffing Casserole
Tuesday: Hamburger Soup & Cornbread
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner - Waffles & Sausage
Thursday: Porcupine Meatballs
Friday: Sweet N Sour Chicken - Chef Steve
Saturday: Lunchbox Pizzas
Sunday: BLTs & Soup

**Recipes to come....

Friday, September 5, 2008

Yummy Recipe Links......

Here are some links to some yummy recipes I'm adding to my recipe box!

Pan Seared Green Beans - Your Homebased Mom
Homemade Oatmeal Mix - Taste of Home
Carrot Muffins - Solomon Family Delights
Carrot Soup - Solomon Family Delights
Carrot Cake - Solomon Family Delights
Apple Pastry Squares - Taste of Home
Lunch Box Pizzas - Taste of Home
Chicken & Stuffing Casserole - Kaboose Recipes Newsletter
B's Best Cookie Ever - The Queen B
Coconut Chicken - The Queen B

The Queen B has a great recipe list that I will be adding to my recipe box too, some I have added here. I am finding so many great recipes! I can hardly wait to cook dinner and that is just not like me. I will bake all day, no problem. You want some bread, some brownies, some good-ole chocolate chip cookies? I will be in the kitchen to make them. Dinner has been a different story until now!

More to come.....

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Porcupine Meatballs

My sister makes this recipe and it is a family favorite. I was too lazy to type it in so I found the recipe online instead. However our recipe differs from this one with just a couple of ingredients. We like to line the pan with rice before placing the meatballs in the pan. We also like to give it a little kick by adding Tabasco to the tomato sauce/soup. Of course this is done sparingly as we are feeding children too! One hint of spice and the whole table quits eating!

Porcupine meatballs are made with ground beef, rice, onion, tomato soup, and seasonings.


  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup long-grain rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


Combine the ground beef, rice, onion, salt, and pepper. Shape meat mixture into 1-1/2in. balls, place in greased casserole dish. Combine the soup, Tabasco/chili powder, and water and pour over the meatballs. Cover and Bake at 350 for about 1 hour.

If you like extra rice, add another 1 cup of rice and sprinkle over the bottom of the casserole dish and adjust your water accordingly.