Sunday, September 23, 2007

Menu Plan Monday, September 24, 2007

Happy Monday, menu planners! We had a wonderful weekend that included camping and fall decorating. Last week was so busy, that we had little time to cook "real" meals.

Here's the menu plan for the week:

Sunday~ Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad Desert: Blueberry Crumb Bars made from fresh blueberries, dh and the kids picked at the farm today.

Monday~ Pizza (fundraiser delivery) and Wing Dings

Tuesday~Chicken Fried Rice (It's been on the menu for 2 weeks now, hopefully I get to make it!)

Wednesday~ Slow Cooker Beef Tips (another one I haven't gotten to yet!)

Thursday~Enchiladas, Cheesy Potatoes, Cilantro Corn Salad

Friday~Dinner with family to celebrate our Goddaughter's birthday

Saturday~Pigs in the Blanket, Mashed Potatoes (cabbage stuffed with ground beef and rice)

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Root Beer Float Cake

Tomorrow we will be celebrating a fellow teacher's birthday at lunch. I volunteered to make the birthday cake. It's a recipe from Paula Deen's Holiday Magazine. It smells yummy. The glaze came a bit too thin, so once it dries I'll remove the excess from the cake carrier.

Root Beer Float Cake

1 (18.25-ounce) yellow cake mix with pudding in the mix
1 (5.1 ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
1 1/4 cup root beer
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch fluted cake pan.

2. In a large bowl combine cake mix, pudding mix, root beer, vegetable oil and eggs. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon batter into prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack. Spoon glaze over cooled cake.

Root Beer Glaze

2 cups confectioners' sugar

3 tablespoons root beer

In a small bowl, combine sugar and root beer, whisking until smooth.



Monday, September 17, 2007

Menu Plan Monday, September 17

I'm a bit late today. DD has been sick all weekend and this morning was a little rough.

Here's the plan:

Monday~ Take Out--Hockey Practice and a Party

Tuesday~Chicken Alfredo, Tossed Salad, Garlic Toast

Wednesday~Sloppy Joes, Curly Fries and Corn

Thursday~Steak and Baked Potatoes with Baked Beans

Friday~ Dinner and a Movie with dh....I hope!

Saturday~Pizza and Wing Night

Have a great night!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Celebrations Cupcake Tree

My friend Kathy bought me this stand for my birthday. (Thanks Kathy!) I love the fact that it is so versatile. This is the first time I'm using it. I have Cinnamon Crumb Muffins on 2 of the 3 available tiers. The finial can also be changed to a gift box, jack o lantern or a graceful swirl.
It's from the Better Homes and Garden line of Home Interiors.
The muffins are part of Brunch for today. We're having muffins, bacon, homemade waffles, eggs and fruit salad.
Have a blessed Sunday!


Monday, September 10, 2007

Spiced Pork Chops

This is a favorite in our family. It's a recipe I've been making for 10 years.

Spiced Pork Chops

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
4 pork loin chops
1 to 2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup ketchup
1 cup water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

In a shallow dish, combine the first 10 ingredients; dredge the prok chops on both sides. In a skillet, brown the chops in oil on both sides. Place in a greased 9x13x2 inch baking dish. Combine ketchup, water and brown sugar; pour over chops. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until tender. Yield: 4 servings


We like to have sides of rice pilaf and green beans with these chops.


Menu Plan Monday, September 10, 2007

Happy Monday! Today is the first full week of school and hockey practice for ds begins tonight. It should be a crazy busy week!

Here's the plan:

Sunday: BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Easy Cheesy Potatoes

Monday: Spiced Pork Chops, Rice Pilaf and Green Beans

Tuesday: Spaghetti, Veal Parmesan and Tossed Salad

Wednesday: Ravioli with Three Pepper Sauce, Smoked Sausage and fresh fruit

Thursday: Crock Pot Beef Tips over Noodles, Fresh Bread and Mixed Veggies

Friday: Kid's Night~ Popcorn Chicken, Twisty Fries with Cheese and Applesauce

Saturday: Pizza and Wing Night

Have a great week!


Sunday, September 9, 2007

How Do You Know You are a Teacher?

This was shared on a mailring and it is so true! I'm thrilled to add that my first week of school was great. My students seem to be a great bunch.

1. You can hear 25 voices behind you and know exactly which one belongs to the child out of line.
2. You get a secret thrill out of laminating something.
3. You walk into a store and hear the words "It's Ms/Mr. _________" and know you have been spotted.
4. You have 25 people that accidentally call you mom/dad at one time or another.
5. You can eat a multi-course meal in under twenty-five minutes.
6. You've trained yourself to go to the bathroom at two distinct times of the day: lunch and conference period.
7. You start saving other people's trash, because most likely, you can use that toilet paper tube or plastic butter tub for something in the classroom.
8. You believe the teachers' lounge should be equipped with a margarita machine.
9. You want to slap the next person who says "Must be nice to work 7:15 to 3:15 and have summers off".
10. You believe chocolate is a food group.
11. You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.
12. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says "Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."
13. You feel the urge to talk to strange children and correct their behavior when you are out in public.
14. You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
15. You spend more money on school stuff than you do on your own children.
16. You can't pass the school supply aisle without getting at least one thing!
17. You ask your friends if the left hand turn he just made was a "good choice or a bad choice."
18. You find true beauty in a can full of perfectly sharpened pencils
19. You are secretly addicted to hand sanitizer.
20. You understand instantaneously why a child behaves a certain wayafter meeting his or her parents.

Friday, September 7, 2007

The First Day of School

Here's the kids on the first day of school. DS is now a 3rd grader! DD is 28 months old and just had to be with her big brother. :0) She's still in her jammies!



Sunday, September 2, 2007

Menu Plan Monday, September 3, 2007

Happy Labor Day! I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend.

Here's our menu for the week:

Sunday~ Grilled Ham steaks, Mashed Potatoes with country gravy, and green beans

Monday~Fair Food (Our county fair runs this week and we're working a booth, so we'll eat there.)

Tuesday~Grilled Steaks, Baked Potatoes and Tossed Salad

Wednesday~ Tacos, Mexican Rice and Corn Salad

Thursday~Super Sloppy Joes, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, and Baked Beans

Friday~Pizza and Wing Night

Saturday~Kielbassi with Sauerkraut in the Crock Pot, Potato Salad and Corn on the Cob

Have a wonderful week!