Sunday, October 26, 2008

Menu Plan Monday, October 27, 2008


We had another busy weekend. On Saturday we traveled to ds's hockey game and had the chance to eat at Quaker Steak and Lube. They have the best wings and more flavors than you can imagine. If you are in PA, NY or OH, I highly recommend that you visit!

Here's the menu plan for this week:

Sunday~ Spaghetti, Veal Parmesan and Salad

Monday~Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff over Noodles, Green Beans

Tuesday~Chicken Soft Tacos, Mexican Rice, Corn

Wednesday~I'm going out to dinner with friends. The kids and dh will probably have hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

Thursday~Subs and Chips

Friday~Happy Halloween! We'll have Jack-o-Lantern Pizza, Bat Wings and Goblin's Salad before heading out for trick-or-treat

Saturday~Kielbassi and Sauerkraut in the Slow Cooker with Mashed Potatoes

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Candy Corn Pixies Cookies

The kids and I made these cookies using the new Candy Corn kisses. They are very tasty and colorful. Here's the recipe from the Hershey's website:

Candy Corn Pixies

. 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
. 1 cup granulated sugar
. 2 eggs
. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
. 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
. 2 teaspoons baking powder
. 1/4 teaspoon salt
. Yellow and red food colors
. 48 HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Candy Corn Flavored Candies
. Powdered sugar

1. Beat butter, granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended.

2. Place about 3/4 cup dough in each of three separate bowls. Add yellow food coloring to one bowl, mixing until color of dough is uniform and close to color of candy piece. Tint another bowl orange using yellow and red food coloring. (I used 5 drops of yellow and 1 drop of red.) Cover; refrigerate doughs about 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.

3. Heat oven to 300° F. Remove wrappers from candies. Taking a small pinch of dough from each bowl, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until edges are set. Cool about 2 minutes; press candy piece into center of cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Menu Plan Monday, October 20, 2008

Thank you for stopping by! It's been a busy weekend, but it looks like this week should be calmer. Yesterday we took the kids to the pumpkin patch. They had a great time and picked out the perfect pumpkins! DH and I had a date night in honor of his birthday.

Hockey season began for ds today. It was a good game. The team won 4-0 and ds scored the third goal! I was so excited for him and am so proud! They played really well and really came together as a team.

After the game we had family over for dh's birthday. I made dh a carrot cake with cream cheese icing and we had some football food during the game. We had Zesty Potato Soup (done in the crock pot), Tailgate Sandwich Ring and Pizza Dip with Fritos scoops. Check out the links for recipes. Everything was delicious!

Here's the plan for the rest of the week:

Monday~ Leftover Soup and Grilled Sandwiches

Tuesday~Ham Steaks, Mashed Potatoes and Country Gravy, Green Beans

Wednesday~Super Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Corn

Thursday~Chicken Cordon Bleu, Parsleyed Potatoes, Tossed Salad

Friday~ Pizza and Wing Night

Saturday~Hockey Game~Dinner Out

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Football Food

As part of dh's birthday celebration, we had family over to watch the Steelers game today. I made Zesty Potato Soup, a Tailgate Sandwich Ring and Pizza Dip with Fritos Scoops for dipping. Here are the recipes:

Zesty Potato Soup
4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups water
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk
4 ounces process American cheese (Velveeta), cubed
1/3 cup chopped green chilies
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, water, onion, garlic, salt and pepper; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. (Do not drain.) Mash potatoes in liquid until almost smooth. Add remaining ingredients; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Tailgate Sandwich Ring

I received this recipe in an email from Gooseberry Patch. I added the hard salami to the sandwich and omitted the onions per dh's request. I am not a mayonnaise fan, but combined with the bacon it was wonderful on this sandwich.

2 (11 ounce) French bread dough, refrigerated tubes
1/2 lb bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon green onion, chopped
1/2 lb turkey, deli sliced
1/2 lb deli ham, sliced
1/2 lb provolone cheese, sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced
2 cups lettuce, chopped

Spray a Bundt® pan with non-stick vegetable spray. Place both tubes of dough into pan, seam-side up, joining ends together to form one large ring. Pinch edges to seal tightly. Lightly spray top of dough with non-stick vegetable spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden. Carefully turn out; cool completely.

Combine bacon, mayonnaise and onion; mix well. Slice bread horizontally. Spread half the bacon mixture over bottom half of bread. Top with turkey, ham and provolone. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese melts.

Top with tomatoes and lettuce. Spread remaining bacon mixture on top half; place over lettuce. Slice into wedges. Serves 8.

Pizza Dip

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) jar pizza sauce
20 slices pepperoni, quartered
1 (8 ounce) bag shredded mozzarella cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Italian Seasoning

Preheat oven to 350.
Spread cream cheese on bottom of pie plate.
Top with pizza sauce, then pepperoni, then mozerella. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Italian Seasoning to your taste.
Bake only about 10-15 minutes, till cheese is melted.

Serve with Fritos or Tortilla Chips



Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Birthday wishes go out to my dear husband! Today is his special day! Above is his photo with his birthday cake. I made him a Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Here are the recipes:
Carrot Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 cups finely shredded carrot
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs
Oven 350 degrees
In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add carrot, oil, and eggs. Beat with an electric mixer until combined.
Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Rmove cakes from pans. Cool thoroughly on racks. Makes 12-15 servings.
Cream Cheese Frosting
6 ounces of cream cheese
1/2 cup softened butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 to 4 3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
In a bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well.
Gradually beat in enough remaining powdered sugar to make frosting of spreadin consistency. Frosts tops and sides of 2 9 inch cake layers. Cover cake; store in refrigerator.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Flowers from my husband

My wonderful husband surprised me today with this fall bouquet and he even brought us dinner so I didn't have to cook! I'm very blessed to be married to such a wonderful man.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Menu Plan Monday, October 13, 2008


Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in Canada! Hope you have a blessed holiday!

There will be some carry over meals. Last week was busy with hockey practices, open house and archery season. We closed up camp and cleared out our site this weekend. The leaves are on full display here in the mountains. They are just beautiful. I hope to get some good pictures on my way home from school tomorrow.

Here's the plan for this week:

Sunday~ Italian Wedding Soup and Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Monday~Breaded Chicken Wings and Pizza

Tuesday~Slow Cooker Pot Roast , Mashed Potatoes, Candied Carrots

Wednesday~Soft Tacos, Mexican Rice and Corn

Thursday~Lasagna, Tossed Salad and Garlic Toast

Friday~Fried Chicken, Potato Salad and Green Beans

Saturday~ Date Night

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I've been tagged....

by Angela at Hello Dahrlin'. Here's the deal:

1. I have a thing for dishes...china, stoneware, you name it. I have 8 complete sets of china or dishes, from new to antique. I also have various sets of dessert dishes and other incomplete sets.
2. I can't relax...probably related to my constant anxiety and my mind running 24/7.
3. Not really weird...yet rare...I've lived in the same town/neighborhood my entire life, yep, all 37 years of it.
4. I read cookbooks like novels....from beginning to end.
5. I strive to be "neatly" organized, yet there are piles of papers, books, magazines, catalogs and stuff in my home. I consider myself organized, just not a basket for every item kind of way.
6. I love new cars and would like one every year...that just doesn't happen though.
7. I collect Boyd's Bears and Bearstones.
I'm tagging...
2. Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary
5. Deanna at Doubly Blessed
6. Ginger at Ginger's Journey
7. Jessica at Whimsical Mom
Please do join in the fun, but no pressure to do so!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Menu Plan Monday, October 6, 2008

Good morning!
We had a busy weekend. On Saturday, I went to see Wicked with a friend. It was so funny! We had a great time at the show and went to dinner afterwards. It was a nice day!
Today we did our grocery shopping for the next 2 weeks and went to Home Depot to pick out backsplash tile, countertops and flooring for our kitchen renovation. I love designing rooms. It was so much fun!
Here's the plan for this week:
Sunday~ Pigs in the Blanket (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls), Fresh Rolls and Butter
Monday~Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, Baked Beans
Tuesday~Anniversary Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Green Beans
Wednesday~Chicken Soft Tacos and Toppings, Mexican Rice, Corn
Thursday~Hockey Fundraiser Night~Dine out
Friday~ Breaded Chicken Wings and Pizza
Saturday~Camping...not sure what we'll have yet.

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