Thursday, November 20, 2008

You might be a redneck...

You Might Be a Redneck This Thanksgiving If…

… you’ve ever had Thanksgiving dinner on a ping-pong table.

… Thanksgiving dinner is squirrel and dumplings.

… you’ve ever reused a paper plate.

… if you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Cool Whip on the side.

… if you’ve ever used your ironing board as a buffet table.

… your turkey platter is an old hubcap.

… your best dishes have Dixie printed on them.

… your stuffing’s secret ingredient comes from the bait shop.

… your only condiment on the dining room table is ketchup.

… side dishes include beef jerky and Moon Pies.

… you have to go outside to get something out of the ‘fridge.

… the directions to your house include “turn off the paved road.”

… you consider pork and beans to be a gourmet food.

… you have an Elvis Jell-o mold.

… your secret family recipe is illegal.

… you serve Vienna sausage as an appetizer.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Trying another baked good today

Okay, yesterday the muffins were a total flop. Well, maybe not totally. You know how I said I was going to throw them out to the birds and squirrels? Well, our boy cat, Toby, who eats about everything, found them. I watched him go from muffin to muffin enjoying every bite. He is one strange cat.

Anywho, today I am baking a banana and walnut bread and using Splenda in place of the sugar. I am trying to be good. Also, I want to have some homemade snacks for our long drive to South Carolina. You can spend a bundle at convenient stores on sodas and snacks on a trip. This way, we save bucks, and we also know what we are putting in our bodies. Dd won't eat this so I will think of something else for her. The bread is baking and this kitchen is smelling yummy.

I've already made the pasta salad to go with dinner tonight. When the bread is done I will put the chicken in the oven and later put the corn on to cook. I am also cooking Italian green beans with a couple of potatoes that needed to be used up. We are going to have a nice sit down dinner tonight and read a family devotion.

So, I guess I will throw a couple of logs on the fire too. I just love me a nice warm sizzling fire in the fireplace. Dh is not much of a fan and neither is our boy cat, Toby. He avoids the den when there is a fire. His sister, Tabby, loves her a nice fire just like her mommy. :)

Later, I'm sending dd and her daddy out to buy shoes and socks for an Appalachian child. Her school is gathering new shoes and socks to help these needy children. I hope this little one will be blessed with his new shoes and socks.

Have a blessed evening.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This week's menu plan

Monday: Lovely leftovers from the weekend!
Tuesday: Sammies night. (Sandwiches for those who don't watch Rachael Ray) with Won Ton Soup for DH before he left for class, Sour Cream Pineapple Muffins
Wednesday: Oven Barbecued Chicken, Pasta Salad, Corn on the Cob, grapes (sounds a little like summer, doesn't it?)
Thursday: White Enchiladas, Refried Beans, Green Salad (didn't get to this last week)
Friday: Hot Dogs, Veggies and Dip, Cantaloupe (Dd's favorite fruit)

Tuesday happenings

Today, after school, dd and I did some grocery shopping. She loves to push the cart and pick out her favorite Chef Boyardee products. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I can remember being in 2nd grade and we had to stand before the class and give a description of our favorite food without saying what it was so the other students could try and guess it. Guess what mine was? Ravioli. Chef Boyardee no less!

I am trying a new muffin recipe for dh. It is baking in the oven right now. Dh loves pineapple. He can try one and the rest are going in the freezer to take on our trip to South Carolina next week. Here is the recipe:

Sour Cream Pineapple Muffins

Serves: 8-9 lg. Or 12 small Muffins

1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Butter, soft
1 Cup Sour Cream ( or soy yogurt)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 Cups All purpose Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Cup drained crushed Pineapple

(I'd cream sugar and butter first then add the egg, sour cream and vanilla)

1. Measure first five Ingredients.
2. Beat until creamy.
3. Stir together Dry Ingredients.
4. Add Wet Ingredients to the Dry
5. Stir until moistened.
6. Stir in Pineapple.
7. Grease muffin tins.
8. Fill tins 2/3 full

9. Bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes. (I got 12 muffins)

They are smelling gooooood!!! I had all the fixings in my pantry and fridge. I love simple recipes like that.

Icky, icky, spit, spit, yuck. This recipe was horrible. But I think it was my fault. The orginal poster (don't remember where I got this recipe) used a small t for the tsp of vanilla and a large T for the salt and baking soda. I assumed the big T was a Tablespoon. Ugh...I am sure it should have been teaspoon. I may try this recipe again sometime. For now the birds and the squirrels in my back yard are getting an early Thanksgiving meal!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Menu for this week (11/10-11/16)

Monday: Dh is eating with the men from his Adult Bible Fellowship (probably some sort of manly subs) and dd is spending her Monday afternoon/evening with her grandmama and gg-aunt and they always eat together. So, me-oh-mio gets to eat lovely leftovers! Yum-o! I am making a meal for a family from our ABF it is called Sour Cream Chili Bake, Breadsticks and a Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream

Tuesday: White Enchiladas, Refried Beans, Green Salad

Wednesday: Homemade Sausage Pizza, Cheese Pizza for dd, Baby carrots and dip, grapes

Thursday: Monterey Spaghetti Casserole, Salad

Friday: Crock Pot Roast, Yorkshire Pudding, Cabbage, Apple Crisp (this was on last week's menu but was bumped to this week)

Saturday: Lovely Leftovers!

Sunday: BBQ Chicken, Pasta Salad, Green Beans

How about you? What's cookin' in your kitchen this week?

Have a blessed week,


Good weekend

We had a nice weekend. How about you? We visited with friends at our favorite bookstore/cafe on Friday evening. Saturday we spent the afternoon at Dollywood. Boy was it crowded. It was the first day of the Christmas theme. Seeing all the lights in Pigeon Forge was fun. On the way home we stopped off at dh's mum and visited for a while. Sunday morning was spent at church and we had a day at home afterwards and dh picked up pizza that evening. Cheese for dd and bbq chicken for dh and I. Yum-o!

Hope you all had a blessed weekend as you spent time with your families.

I need to give my chaos cottage much needed attention this week. All play and no work makes for a chaotic home! Today I am working in the kitchen and going to the grocers. Oh, and I'm preparing a meal for a family in our Sunday school. The wife had foot surgery and has to stay off of it for 10 days. Even afterwards, it will be a slow recovery.



Monday, November 3, 2008

Menu for Week of November 3rd

Monday: Sloppy Joe Casserole (new recipe), Crescent Rolls, Layered Salad
Tuesday: Pinto beans, Sauteed cabbage, Cornbread, leftover layered salad
Wednesday: Chicken and Dumplings, Green Bean Bundles (a hubby favorite), leftover cornbread
Thursday: Homemade chili, Fritos, cheese, sour cream, etc.
Friday: Pizza night, carrots and dip, grapes
Saturday: BBQ chicken, Broccoli Salad, Rolls
Sunday: Edited-not doing the roast today, I have leftovers and such to use up. So we are having leftover pintos and ham, cabbage and onions, fried potatoes and cornbread. Dd is finishing off the dumplings!