Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Casseroles and Breads (New Recipes of the week~13)

Very simple (if you plan several hours ahead to slow-cook the roast) and very good flavor! I used venison and it was juicy and mildly spicy. 
Click on the title to take you to the recipe.

Baking Day

French bread Loaves, sour dough rounds, and pie crust in the bowl.

With butter, sour cream, and cheese, this dish was satisfyingly warm & gooey. However, my kiddos can pick out even the tiniest hint of squash, no matter how dressed up it is, and turn up their noses. Too bad!

Venison Garlic Stir fry

I could eat stir fried veggies with or without meat, with or without sauce, (but always with rice), three times a week. My people just are not that fond of it, even with sweet chili sauce, so I try to limit this to a couple times a month.

Cranberry Apple Muffins

2 cups shredded apples
1 cup sugar
1 cup cranberries
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 1/2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Combine apples and sugar; let stand for 10 minutes. Add cranberries, carrots, eggs, and oil. Mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt; stir into apple mixture just until moistened. Fill muffin cups or tins 2/3 full. Bake at 375* for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans. Yield: 11/2 dozen.

My daughter mixed these up with red Kansas wheat flour and left out the nuts. They were quickly gobbled up!

Mystery Chicken Dish

This is a type of chicken casserole with Mexican flair...peppers, onions, olives, cheese, and salsa. I must have already tossed the recipe, because though it was good, it was not spectacular.

Those are some of the new foods we've been eating lately...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Christmas Happenings

The girls wanted to cut out and decorate sugar cookies to eat for our family Christmas supper. Annie mixed up the dough before she left to spend two weeks in Virginia with her daddy's family. The other three gals spent one afternoon cutting and baking, and another afternoon glazing the holiday shapes. 

A double recipe made plenty for our family and plenty to put on ten cookie plates for our neighbors and teachers. The rest of the cookies we used from an exchange we went to one afternoon. 

We all brought frozen cookie dough balls to bake at our leisure as the need arises. I used over half for our deliveries, but we still have a few dozen waiting in the freezer. It was such a nice assortment: Peppermint, Peanut butter, Monster, Oatmeal, Chocolate, Butterscotch, Sugar Cookie, Red Velvet, Lemon, and more. We played games and ate yummy hors d'oeuvres too.

Caroline performed in a violin concert with the other students of her teacher. She played some carols with her age group, accompanied the older symphony, and sang a song too, in concert attire, naturally.

On Christmas Day (well really, the day after Christmas) we ate our special meals and had a simple family day. Different activities were unveiled. The games and craft was the biggest hit. We had to forfeit the walk because it was so cold outside, but we did the circular back rub.

biscuits & gravy breakfast
wild turkey, smashed potatoes & gravy lunch
snack supper of each child's choosing

Sunday, January 3, 2016

To Be Six Like Cora

If you were turning six years old, like Cora, you would be very excited to be having a birthday.

You would want to decorate the supper table all by yourself. And even tape a pretty party flair to the ceiling. Of course you would want the party hats from the "birthday tin" too!

If you were six, like Cora, you would pick your special supper to be hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, Ranch chips, and pop. Then you would be too full to eat your birthday cake, so you would beg to open your presents before dessert. (Even though you had asked to open a present at breakfast and lunch already.)

You would be tickled pink to have gifts from both out-of-state grandparents and even your big sisters, besides Mama & Daddy. You would promptly put on any new clothing, even if it didn't match.

If you were Cora's mama, you would take a picture of the magazine recipe cake icing because it was so creamy and made so much and wasn't grainy!

But, If you were Cora, you would eat more candy than was put on the snowman cake to decorate it. You might choose a cake because of all the candy on it, or you might choose it because your birthday is in the winter.

You would momentarily pose with your siblings and cake before returning to your presents and declaring that you are still too full for dessert.

So we will all eat chocolate cake and ice cream for breakfast the next day 
and you will smile with your bedhead and say, 
"I can't wait until I am seven!"

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sandwich, Salad, Quesadillas, Bread, Soup (New Recipes of the Week~12)

Shredded Beef Coleslaw Hoagie

It sounded good and easy, but didn't taste all that great.

Caesar Chicken Potato Salad
Annie's choice! I prefer to have Caesar salad, grilled chicken, and roasted potatoes separate.

Bacon Avocado Quesadillas
8 bacon strips, fried and crumbled
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
4 flour tortillas
2 c. Co-Jack cheese, shredded
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
sour cream and salsa

Saute mushrooms in bacon drippings. Spread butter on one side of each tortilla. Place 2 tortillas, buttered side down, on a griddle. Top with bacon, mushrooms, cheese, tomato, and avocado. Cover with remaining tortillas, buttered side up. Cook over low heat 2 minutes, or until golden. Flip and cook 2 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream and salsa. I omitted the mushrooms.

Another of Annie's picks. So far, I don't think any of us have ever tasted a bad quesadilla. Gooey cheese, buttery shell, crispy and salty. Mmmm.

Mozzarella Ranch Bread
2 c. Mozzarella cheese
3/4 c. Ranch salad dressing
1 loaf French bread
2 Tbsp. butter, melted

Combine the cheese and dressing in a bowl. Cut bread in half lengthwise; brush with butter. Place on baking sheet. spread with cheese mixture. Bake 350* for 10 minutes. Cut into 1 1/2 inch slices. I used hotdog buns and spread dressing on, then sprinkled cheese on top.

Why order cheese breadsticks at the pizza place when you can have these melt-in your-mouth yummies in no time flat? We seriously could eat these every.single.day.

White Chicken Lasagna

This recipe is very tasty; a THM qualifier. I didn't keep it around because it had too much cheese and butter and chicken; so it didn't fit my simple/healthy/quick/frugal criteria. The frugal part. Unless you have your own milk and are making your own cheese and butter! Or live in Wisconsin where you can buy those items super reduced.

Lentil Soup For The Soul

Though I love lentil stews, this one was average compared to some we've made. I forget just what about it wasn't that great, but I have enough others in my recipe-keeper book, that I'm not saving this one.

Monday, December 28, 2015

November Garden

We've had some mild weather in November.
The mums finally bloomed. Lettuce continued to grow. The parsley patch stayed green.

I used up the last of our jalapenos to make a batch of hot pepper jelly. While I had jelly jars out, I pulled some mulberries and strawberries from the freezer to make berry jam.

The few remaining plants in our garden...

Were dusted with snow...

Then covered in ice...

For several days, the end of November.

November harvest: 29 pounds
of squash, pumpkin, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, red beets, and parsley.