Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday, January 31st

B-Eggs, Fried Bologna, Biscuits
L-Sammies and Carrot Sticks or Apple Slices
D-Favorite Beans and Rice

Tuesday, February 1st

B-Oatmeal with Raisins
L-Leftovers or Sammies with Carrot Sticks and Apple Slices
D-Chicken Stir-Fry, Rice, Asian Veggies, Egg Rolls from the freezer

Chicken Stir Fry
Makes 4 servings
¾ cup Catalina French Dressing
¼ cup soy sauce
½ tsp. garlic powder

1. Heat ingredients in skillet.
2. Stir in one pound boneless/skinless chicken breast, cubed.
Cook 8 minutes or until chicken is done.
3. Add 16 oz. frozen mixed vegetables. Stir until cooked.
Serve over rice.
Nutrition Information
¼ of recipe (1¼ cup chicken and vegetable) = 245 calories, 2.5 gm fat, 1 gm saturated fat, 65 mg cholesterol, 24 gm protein, 30 gm carbohydrate, 2 gm fiber, 495 mg sodium.
3 very lean meat, 1 carbohydrate choice (or starch), 2 vegetables.

Wednesday, February 2nd

B-Blueberry Muffins (using frozen blueberries), Sliced Oranges
L-FM-Hearty Fiesta Soup with Crackers
D-Breaded Fish Fillets from the freezer, Roasted Potatoes (either fresh or frozen), Macaroni and Cheese

Thursday, February 3rd

B-One Eyed Sailors, Bacon, Fruit
D-Casserole Espanol ( I have everything to make this already), Mexi-Corn

Casserole Espanol

1 lb. mild sausage
½ c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
Two 15 oz. cans chili beans
1 egg
2/3 c. milk
2 ½ T water
½ t. chili powder (divided in half)
12 oz. Jiffy mix

Brown sausage in large skillet. Remove and set aside. Pour off all but 1 T fat. Add garlic and onion; sauté until tender. Stir in beans, sausage, water, ½ the chili powder. Pour into 2 qt. casserole. Combine muffin mix, milk, egg and remaining chili powder. Spoon around top edge of casserole. Bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Friday, February 4

B-Whole Wheat Toast with Peanut Butter, Banana
D-Sloppy Joes made with Ground Chicken, Fries, Carrot sticks and Homemade Dip using Pampered Chef dip mix from my pantry

Saturday, February 5

B-Pancakes with Link Sausages
L-Sammies with sliced apple
D-Crock Pot White Beans and Ham (use ham bone from freezer), Cornbread


Comments: This is a good way to use up your leftover Holiday Ham

1 (16oz) package Great Northern White Beans
2 cups cubed ham (I used leftover ham) OR use 1 ham hock
8 cups water
1 carrot, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 teaspoons salt or to your taste
Fresh Ground Pepper

Wash beans and the place in crockpot with all ingredients. Cook on high 4-5 hours.

Sunday, February 6

B-Cereal and Whole Wheat Toast
L-Freezer Meal-Magnificent Casserole and Salad
D-C.O.R.N. (Clean Out the Refrigerator Night)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Resolutions-how's it going for January?

Admitting is the first step...

On December 31, 2010 I made a list of goals and posted them on my blog. Now that January is coming to an end, I think it is a good idea to see how I'm doing. We recently made a major life changing decision, that will change some of these goals or eliminate them, so I will explain those as I come to them.

My first area of resolution was my home. My number one goal in that area was to change my attitude. I am still a work in progress in that area. With God's help, I will become the wife and mother He wants me to be. Next, was to institute a cleaning schedule. I really haven't done this at all. We have had a lot of snow days in January and when it is snowing and pretty outside and all the world stops to enjoy it, I do too. I just want to snuggle under a throw, build a fire, and veg. I also have had some really bad back problems this month. So I was out of commission for everything for a while. I haven't done a good job of getting my daughter to help with the housework either. We did some major decluttering in December but I haven't gotten back into the swing of that yet, but it's coming. Again, back problems have attributed to this not getting done. Husband has been working in the basement bathroom and entry from the garage. He is nearly done with the painting and tile work. He has purchased a new light to go in the bathroom and a new toilet. We are bringing the old one up to our master bath as it is a bone color and everything in our master bath is bone and the stores don't stock that color any longer. So I have given him an A in this area for getting this done. We haven't done anything in the master bathroom except some cleaning and throwing out of old products into the garbage. I haven't purged any books of late to take to McKays but I will. Hubby has photographed some items to sell on e-bay but I don't think he has posted them yet. I am going to list my dining room suite on Craig's list for sale, but haven't done that yet. Because of my back, I didn't get to my master bedroom closet this month but will soon. We will get to painting the porch and deck lamps when we start on the outside work of the home. I didn't even list outside work on my goals for my home. We need to do some major power washing of the walkway, driveway, house and deck and then stain the deck. Our fence should probably be power washed as well. We will be having a landscaper do some work this spring to get our home more appealing. Why? We finally came to a decision. The biggest update to this section of my goals is that we have made the decision to sell our home. To some, this may seem very sad. But for us, really, it is something we have wanted to do for a while, for various reasons, but now, financially, it is a necessity. We will have a home inspection as soon as hubby gets his honey-do list done and we will list the home with our friend, a Realtor, as soon as we have gotten it ready to view. My husband thinks we can do this in four months. That would be wonderful, but I'm not holding my breath. lol Please pray for us to have the strength to do all these things so that we may get top dollar for our home in these struggling economic times.

My next section in my goals for 2011 is Family. Nothing much has changed here. We have continued to eat in the den in front of the T.V. Maybe it is because there are only three of us that we find this so comfortable, I don't know, but least we are eating together. But we should really sit at the table together and dine at least once a day and do our family devotions. We have read the bible together a lot this month. Our church has challenged us to read through it this year and we have really enjoyed listening to it on my laptop as we all read along on our i-pads and i-pods, etc. The healthy eating got away from me again this month but I am back to trying to incorporate more veggies and fruit, less processed foods, and since we have decided to sell the home, eat out of our pantry and freezer and use up the food we all ready have. I am really enjoying this challenge of eating from what we have and have made out weeks of menus to incorporate our existing larder in to my menu plans. Can you tell I love to plan? Making bread is not going to happen. With all the work needed to get done here to sell the home, I will not have time to make homemade bread for my family or for that matter, plant a garden. That will have to wait for our new home. There are a number of repairs that need to be done and that we have put on hold due to unemployment, but now we have to bite the bullet, pull the money out and pay to have these things done in order to sell our home. We will recoup the expense upon the sale of the home.

Homeschooling is plugging along. Daughter is still attempting to get caught up. But I think all homeschooling families struggle with this. I would just like for her to finish her sixth grade work so she can have a break this summer before starting her 7th grade work. Please pray that she would have a desire to learn and enjoy her schoolwork.

The last part is my personal goals. I haven't done well in this area either, but am still striving to stick to them. I have had more consistent time in God's word and prayer and I did read a novel in January and am reading some other Christian living type books before retiring at night. I haven't been getting to bed earlier or rising earlier. I function so much better when I do. I get a big F in that area. Scrapbooking will have to wait until the new home but I will be streamlining my craft room and making it look nice for home viewing. I just haven't had time to get back to my crocheting either.

Since we will be getting the house ready for sale, we will also be renting a storage unit to put our things in. This means we need to think about every item and decide if we really want it or need it. This is a good thing. We have way too much stuff. Once the house sells, our plan is to move into my mother-in-law's home while we look for another home to buy with the cash from the sell of this one. It will be wonderful to not have a house payment, or at the very least, a very small one. Another good thing about living with her, is we will be able to take our time to find the right home for us and take our time getting our things out of storage and all neat and organized into our new home. Not having to move things in all in one day like we did here.

Hubby is continuing to apply for jobs and we are praying that this will be the year he gets permanent employment in the job that the Lord wants him to have. We will be celebrating our 13th anniversary next month. Even though we are not superstitious in the least, we are saying we are going to celebrate our lucky 13th. Pray with us, won't you, as we strive to do what God desires of us as husband and wife and parents. Pray for us to have the strength and energy to do all these things that need to be done. Pray for us to make the right decisions.

I will post an update again at the end of February. I hope you are taking the time to review your resolutions as well and not letting them fall by the wayside. Take a look at them and see how you are doing as well.


Monday, January 24, 2011

I'm Feeling Better!

Yes, I am feeling better. My back is not hurting as much and I am able to move about a lot easier now. The sun is shining and it is 53 degrees outside! It's a great day!

I've already accomplished quite a few things today. I showered and dressed and washed my daughter's hair. She still doesn't do a very good job of this and her hair is thick, thick, thick! I dried a load of sheets that I washed last night and washed and dried two more loads of laundry today. I rebooted the dishwasher and am hand washing a sink full of dishes. I cooked three packs of boneless chicken breasts and shredded them. At $1.69 a pound, hubby picked up several of those bargains.

Here is what I am doing with all that chicken. I'm going to marinate three breasts for cranberry dump chicken and the rest is going in various casseroles to feed the freezer. I am making Chicken Tater Bake and freezing one and putting the other in the fridge to cook tomorrow evening. I am making a tried and true recipe called Chicken-Taco Bake. I need to check my archives and see if I have posted this recipe before. If not, I will add it to the bottom of this post. I am cooking up huge egg noodles in some seasoned broth to make chicken noodle soup for the daughter. It's her fave and she eats way too much of the canned stuff. But it is so convenient. I may also make Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup for the hub and I and put several containers in the freezer and two to three cups of chicken for use later in the week in the Ritzy Chicken Casserole. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but I have my laptop here at the kitchen table and I am taking lots of breaks.

Hubby inventoried my freezers again last night. I haven't been keeping up the inventory as I have been replenishing them and needed an up-to-date list. While incarcerated in the bedroom with the bad back, I made up some menus to use up my freezer meals and other items in the freezer so that I can make more room. I will try to find room for those freezer meals I am making today, but it won't be easy. I have quite a full pantry too. Bought lots of canned beans in the last month because of such wonderful sales. But those too will be going into various bean and chili dishes in the future. It makes me feel good to cook for my family. They are very appreciative too.

Chicken - Taco bake

2 cups cooked rice -- (2 to 3)
2 cups cooked shredded turkey or chicken -- (2 to 3)
1 can tomato sauce -- 8 oz.
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 can refried beans -- (1 to 2)
1 cup grated cheese. -- (1 to 2)

we like brown rice, but you can use white
instead....I have even used ham and
crumbled ground beef if you happen to have it on hand.
Layer in a 9x13 baking dish the cooked rice. In another bowl, mix taco
seasoning and tomato sauce. Add shredded chicken and coat it well with
tomato mixture. Layer this chicken mixture on the rice in pan. "Frost"
the chicken layer with the refried beans. It may take up to 2 cans for
that, especially if you want a good thick layer. Top off with grated
Wrap for freezing and pop it into the freezer. When ready to bake, thaw
and bake uncovered for 30 to 45 minutes or until hot all the way through
and the cheese is nice and bubbly. Enjoy!

Easy Chicken Vegetable Soup

3 cans (14 ½ oz. each) fat free chicken broth
½ t. dried thyme leaves, crushed
¼ t. garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. frozen whole kernel corn
2 c. frozen cut green beans
1 cup cut-up canned tomatoes
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
In large saucepan mix broth, thyme, garlic powder, corn, beans, tomatoes and celery. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add chicken and heat through.
Makes 6 servings. 166 calories each, 2 g. fat, 27 protein, 3 fiber, 575 sodium, 19 carbs, 3 ww points

Ritzy Chicken Casserole

2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1 (8 oz.) sour cream
½ to 1 c. chicken broth
4-6 boneless chicken breasts, cooked (I don't use this much chicken, more like 3)
4 oz. butter, melted

Crumble one sleeve of Ritz crackers in bottom of 2-2 ½ qt. casserole dish. Drizzle ½ of the melted butter over the crackers. Mix chicken with soup, sour cream and broth. Pour over crackers. Crush the remaining sleeve of crackers over the chicken mixture. Drizzle the remaining melted butter over the crackers. Bake 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Serves 6.

Menu for week of January 24th


Oatmeal and Toast
Pancakes and Link Sausage
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Eggs, Bacon, Biscuits
Cereal and Toast
Coffee Cake and Fruit


Mostly Leftovers from the night before or soup and sandwiches


Beans, Turnip Greens with Chopped Turnips, Fried Yukon Gold Potatoes, Cornbread
Chicken Tater Bake (freeze one), French Green Beans
Frank and Cheese Casserole, Brussels Sprouts, Mayonnaise Rolls
Freezer Meal-Layered Enchilada Casserole, Mexican Rice
Ritzy Chicken Casserole, Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce, Mayonnaise Rolls
Favorite Beans and Rice
Freezer Meal-Spaghetti Casserole, Salad

Eating tried and true recipes this week and a few freezer meals as I attempt to use up my freezer contents.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Oh, my aching back!

I have been having back pain all week. Needless to say, the menu below, was not adhered to. Hubby's cooking skills are not that good. lol He bought Subway one day, made breakfasts, made spaghetti and meatballs (frozen turkey meatballs), sandwiches and soup, etc. He kept us fed but I didn't think he was up to following my recipes. He did all right though. I'm not complaining.

I came downstairs Monday morning long enough to post my weekly menu and decided I would be more comfortable in the chair in my room. I spent the week up there taking pain meds and muscle relaxers (old ones from previous aches and pains) and slept a lot. I watched some DVD's I had been wanting to get to for a while, finished reading a book, and enjoyed those naps!

My back is feeling well enough today for me to come down stairs again and I decided to get on my laptop to see what I have been missing. I didn't take my laptop to my room this week, although I did check Facebook a few times with my daughter's Ipad. The break felt good.

My back is not where it should be, but I am in less pain. Thank you Lord for taking away the pain.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Menu for week of January 17th


B-One Eyed Sailors, Ham
L-Soup, Fruit
D-Dutch Meatloaf, Glazed Carrots, Rice Pilaf (continued from last week)


B-Cereal and Toast
D-Chicken Tetrazzini, Green Veggie, Mayonnaise Rolls

Chicken Tetrazzini

8 oz. thin spaghetti, cooked, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ cup milk
2 cups diced cooked chicken
4 oz. can sliced mushrooms
¼ c. grated parmesan cheese

Place spaghetti in buttered 2 qt. casserole. Mix soup and milk. Add diced chicken and drained mushrooms. Combine chicken mixture with spaghetti. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


B-Pancakes and Sausage
D-Turkey Burgers, Tater Tots


B-Oatmeal, Toast
L-Soup, Grilled Cheese
D-Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Texas Toast


B-Eggs, Bacon, Biscuits
D-Freezer Meal-Chicken Kiev, Green Bean Bundles, Mashed Potatoes


B-Toaster Strudel
L-Soup, Fruit
D-Ritzy Chicken Casserole, Green Veggie, Salad

Ritzy Chicken Casserole
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1 (8 oz.) sour cream
½ to 1 c. chicken broth
4-6 boneless chicken breasts, cooked
4 oz. butter, melted
Crumble one sleeve of Ritz crackers in bottom of 2-2 ½ qt. casserole dish. Drizzle ½ of the melted butter over the crackers. Mix chicken with soup, sour cream and broth. Pour over crackers. Crush the remaining sleeve of crackers over the chicken mixture. Drizzle the remaining melted butter over the crackers. Bake 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Serves 6.


B-Coffee Cake
L-Frank and Cheese Casserole, Green Veggie, Rolls (didn't make this last Friday, did Pigs in a Blanket instead)
D-C.O.R.N. (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What's Happening?

Well the South is officially closed due to snow and ice. I am glad on these days that my family is all safe and warm at home. But we haven't done a whole lot. It's like we are frozen as well.

I have done my cooking and kitchen clean up. I have been feeding my family lovely meals from my stocked pantry and fridge/freezers. I may have done one load of laundry. I haven't made my bed in days. I have done well to shower and dress most days.

What have I been doing, you ask? Enjoying some DVD's and reading. It's been wonderful! How about you?


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Menu for week of January 10th

Here is my plan for this week. Expecting snow tomorrow but I have everything I need to get me through the next week's menu and then some. For more menu ideas go to Organizing Junkie

Monday, January 10th

B-Cereal and Milk, Toast


D-Magnificient Casserole, Salad

Magnificent Casserole

2 pounds Lean Ground Beef (I will use ground chicken)
8 ounces Cream Cheese
1 tablespoon Green Pepper -- minced
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Swiss Cheese -- grated
8 ounces Egg Noodles -- (package)
1 pound Cottage Cheese
1/3 cup Green Onion -- chopped
2 cups Tomato Sauce

In a large pan, cook noodles in boiling, salted water until tender. Drain & set aside. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, cottage cheese and sour cream. Add onion and peppers. Set aside. Brown ground beef & drain any fat. Add tomato sauce to ground beef. Grease 9 x 13 inch cake pan or casserole dish, and arrange the following layers: Noodles, cheese mixture, meat mixture - then repeat. Top with grated Swiss cheese. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Note: If you will be freezing this casserole for later use, you may want to reduce or omit the amount of green pepper and onion which are used, as they have a tendency to get stronger over a long period of time.

Serves 8 (I will make one 8x8 casserole and freeze one 8x8 casserole)

Tuesday, January 11

B-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

2/3 c Peanut butter, chunky or smooth
2 tb Butter; melted
3/4 c Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 ts Vanilla extract
1 1/2 c Flour
1 1/2 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Baking soda
1/2 c Milk
6 oz Semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and melted butter; stir until well blended. Mix in sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Combine flour with baking powder and baking soda. Add to peanut butter mixture along with milk and chocolate chips. Stir just until combined.

Spoon batter into 12 paper-lined 2 1/2- to 3-inch muffin tins. Bake 20 to 25 mins, or until muffins spring back when lightly touched in center. Serve warm or at room temperature.


D-Home Made Pizza, Veggies and Dip

Wednesday, January 12

B-Eggs, Bacon, Biscuits

L-PB&J Sammies and Sliced Apples

D-Favorite Beans and Rice and Cornbread (a really tasty vegetarian meal)

Favorite Beans and Rice

Vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups cooked red beans (or 1 can)
2 cups black beans (or 1 can)
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 tsp chili powder (use up to 1 tsp if using a mild chili powder)
1/2 tsp ground cumin

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onion to soften and add garlic, being careful not to let garlic burn. Add beans (drained) to skillet. Add tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin to skillet. Heat through, lower heat to simmer. Serve over hot rice. Sprinkle with shredded cheese if you wish.


If you have the time to let this this simmer a while the better the flavors will blend.This amount will feed a family of 4 for two meals, so I cook once, and eat twice.

Thursday, January 13

B-Oatmeal, Toast or Biscuits with Jam


D-Frank and Cheese Casserole (double recipe for leftovers), Corn on the Cob, Rolls

Frank and Cheese Casserole

8 oz. macaroni
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese(can use reduced fat)
1 cup milk
½ c. finely chopped onion
4 or 5 frankfurters, thinly sliced (can used reduced fat) (I use turkey or chicken franks)
1 t. salt
¼ t. black pepper
1 T margarine

Cook macaroni, drain and rinse. Put all ingredients except margarine and paprika into greased 2 qt. casserole. Mix well. Dot with margarine and sprinkle with paprika. Bake 350 degrees 45 minutes. Serves 4.

Friday, January 14

B-Pancakes and Sausage


D-Fettucine,(with some shrimp for hubby and daughter) Salad or Green Veggie (have a freezer full), Garlic Bread


8 oz. pkg. fettucine or egg noodles
8 oz. cream cheese
½ lb. butter
½ c. noodle cooking water
½ t. salt
¼ t. pepper
½ T sugar
½ c. Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated

Cook noodles. While cooking melt cream cheese and butter over low flame. Drain noodles and add ½ c. of the hot water to the cream cheese mixture. Add salt and pepper and sugar to the sauce. Toss the noodles in serving dish. Top with grated cheese. 6 servings.

Saturday, January 15

B-Muffins (probably those from earlier in the week that I put in the freezer before the family ate them all up)

L-Soup and Grilled Cheese Quesas

D-Dutch Meat Loaf, Green Bean Casserole, Glazed Carrots, Rolls

Glazed Carrots

8 medium carrots
5 Tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon honey

Cook carrots til tender. In a bowl mix ingredients then pour over carrots.

Dutch Meat Loaf

1 ½ lb. lean ground beef (I will use ground chicken)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 egg
¼ t. pepper
1 c. fresh bread crumbs
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 ½ t. salt

Sauce: 2 T sugar
¾ c. water
½ can tomato sauce
2 T mustard
1 T vinegar

Lightly mix beef, bread crumbs, onions, ½ can tomato sauce, egg, salt and pepper. Shape into loaf in shallow pan. Cover with sauce. Bake 350 deg. 1 ½ hr. Baste loaf several times. Serves 6. This is a tasty meat loaf.

Sunday, January 16

B-Coffee Cake (this is an old Bisquick recipe and very tasty)

L-CP Chicken and Mushroom Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Rolls

Crockpot Chicken and Mushroom Gravy

8 chicken thighs, skinned
1/4 c. white cooking wine
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
4 oz. can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper

Place chicken pieces in crockpot. Season with salt and pepper. Mix wine and soup; pour over chicken. Add mushrooms. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.

D-C.O.R.N. (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Good Morning Friday

My family is still in bed. I've been up about an hour and had my first cup of coffee and have read God's word for the day. As I look out the french doors onto the deck, I see snow spitting. The forecast is for more snow. It really feels like winter in East Tennessee this year.

I accomplished my grocery shopping yesterday and my meal planning is completed through the month. I just love meal planning. I love feeding my family and trying new recipes. I like knowing my pantry and freezer and fridge contain the foods needed to feed my family. I cannot imagine just flying by the seat of my pants to feed my family. That is just not me. I just wish my daughter would try new foods and like them. I made homemade apple crisp last night and she was appalled that it had cinnamon in it. Cinnamon! And cooked apples! How horrible! Can you believe her? Picky picky.

If the snow doesn't stick, I'm sending husband to Einsteins bagels, with a coupon, to enjoy a little time to himself. I think he will take daughter's ipad with him and peruse employment opportunities as well. He has applied for several more jobs this week and one temp agency has him at the top of their list for upcoming interviews.

As for me, I plan on rebooting the kitchen dishwasher, folding some towels, maybe doing another load or laundry, possibly watching my latest Netflix dvd that arrived a couple of days ago, and just take it easy. I may stay in my jammies all day. Who knows!

Have a fabulous Friday.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Menu for Week of January 3, 2011

Monday, January 3

B-Free Chick-Fil-a Chicken Biscuits

L-Hearty Black Bean Soup with Rice

Hearty Black Bean Soup

* 3 medium carrots, halved and thinly sliced
* 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 4 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 can (30 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
* 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken or vegetable broth
* 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
* 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
* 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
* Hot cooked rice

In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 9-10 hours or until vegetables are tender. Serve with rice. Yield: 8 servings.

D-Chicken Tater Bake , Fruit and/or Salad
(I'm splitting this recipe into one to eat and one to freeze)

Chicken Tater Bake
12 Servings

* 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/4 cup butter, cubed
* 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
* 1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas and carrots, thawed
* 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
* 1 package (32 ounces) frozen Tater Tots

* In a large saucepan, combine the soup, milk and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in the chicken, peas and carrots, and 1 cup cheese.
* Transfer to two greased 8-in. square baking dishes. Top with Tater Tots; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
* Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Cover and bake the remaining casserole at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through.
* To use frozen casserole: Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw). Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).

Well, I ended up not making either of these recipes today. I didn't sleep well and went back to bed at 10:30 and didn't get up until three hours later. I ate my free biscuit. It was spicy! Robert and I ended up having leftovers for dinner and Robyn ate at her aunt's. These recipes will get made another time.

Tuesday, January 4


L-Grilled Cheese, Soup and sliced apple

D-Freezer Meal-Cavatini, Green Veggie, Rolls

Wednesday, January 5

B-Oatmeal with raisins

L-Egg Sammies, sliced carrots

D-BBQ Chicken Pie, Slaw, Pork and Beans

Barbecue Chicken Pie
(OAMC 4 meals; 6 servings each)
Serving Size : 24

(I'm only make two meals)

4 refrigerated pie crusts
16 green onions with tops -- about 2 cups; thinly sliced
32 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
12 cups chicken -- cooked and chopped
3 cups barbecue sauce

Preheat oven to 425°. Let pie crusts stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Place pie crusts in Deep Dish Pie Plates, gently pressing dough into bottom and up sides; prick bottom. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown; cool completely.

Thinly slice green onions; set aside. Thinly slice half of the cheese. Grate remaining cheese using Deluxe Cheese Grater. Set cheese aside.

Place chicken in Large Micro-Cooker®. Add barbecue sauce; toss to coat. Microwave on HIGH 3-4 minutes or until mixture is hot, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup of the grated cheese and half of the green onions.

To assemble pies, line bottom and sides of crust with sliced cheese. Spoon chicken mixture into crust, spreading evenly. Sprinkle top of pie with remaining grated cheese.

Cool. Put one pie each into 4 gallon freezer bags. Freeze.

To reheat: Preheat oven to 350°. Heat for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Thursday, January 6

B-Omelets, Mayo Rolls, Jelly

L-Soup, cheese and crackers

D-C's Sausage Casserole, Apple Crisp, Rolls

Colleen's Sausage Casserole

1 lb. hot sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 ¼ cup instant rice
8 oz. sharp grated cheese

Crumble sausage in skillet and brown, drain well. Mix sausage, onion, and pepper in a large bowl. Add uncooked rice and then soup. Add cheese last, saving a little to sprinkle on top. Pour into casserole and bake 325 degrees for 1 hour uncovered.

Apple Oatmeal Crisp

3 or 4 medium size tart apples, cored, peeled and sliced
¾ cup rolled oats
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup flour
1 t. cinnamon
½ cup margarine

Spread apples in greased 9 inch pie plate; set aside. Mix oats, sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in margarine with fork or pastry blender. Sprinkle evenly over apples. Bake 350 degrees 35-45 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is crisp and brown. Serve slightly warm. 6 servings.

Friday, January 7

B-French Toast


D-Pigs in Blankets, Oven Fries, Veggies and Dip

Saturday, January 8

B-Eggs, Toad in the Hole, Fruit

L-Leftover Soup
D-Layered Enchilada Bake, Salad
(I'm dividing this into two 8x8 pans and freezing one and eating one)

Layered Enchilada Bake

1 lb. lean ground beef (I use ground turkey or chicken)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups chunky salsa
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained, rinsed
1/4 cup italian dressing
2 Tbsp. taco seasoning mix
6 flour tortillas (8 inch)
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg. shredded cheese
*Line 13x9-inch baking dish with foil. Brown meat with onions in large skillet on medium-high heat; drain. Add salsa, beans, dressing and chili powder; mix well.
*Arrange three of the tortillas in single layer on bottom of prepared baking dish; cover with layers of half each of the meat mixture, sour cream and cheese. Repeat all layers. Cover with foil.
*Preheat over to 400 degrees, bake, covered, 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until casserole is heated through and cheese is melted. Let stand five minutes before cutting to serve.
*If you want to cook later, freeze the assembled uncooked casserole for up to three months. Bake, covered for one hour.
*Try serving it topped with chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce and chopped cilantro.

*Makes 8 servings.

Sunday, January 9

B-Toaster Strudel

L-Crock Pot Ham and Veggies, Mac and Cheese, Mayo Rolls

Ham & Vegetables

2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut up
1 lb. green beans, cut up
1 1/2 c. water
1/2 t. salt
1 lb. lean cooked ham, cut up

Place ingredients in Crock Pot in order given. Cover and cook on high setting for 4 - 6 hours.

Note: since this is an old crock pot recipe you might have to adjust the time downward if you have one of the new pots like I have. They just cook hotter and faster. Hope this helps.

D-C.O.R.N. (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

I just want to take a moment and wish all may faithful readers (all 3 or 4 of you-lol) a very Happy New Year. My prayer is for our 2011 to be better than our 2010.

2011 is our year to hope.

Romans 15:13 — “So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”