Sunday, January 27, 2008

Menu Plan Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy Monday!

Here's the menu for the week:

Sunday: Rachel Ray's Sloppy Joes and Karin's Cheesy Potatoes

Monday: Homemade Gnocchi with Sauce and Meatballs, Garlic Toast

Tuesday: Hockey Practice Night~ Hot Dogs, Velveeta Down Home Mac and Cheese, Baked Beans

Wednesday: Awesome Baked Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Carrots

Thursday: Poker Night--DH is hosting cards at our house. The menu hasn't been finalized, but will include kielbassi and kraut, beer bread and dip, party pepperoncini, and deviled eggs.

Friday: Homemade Pizza and Breaded Wings

Saturday: Submarine Sandwiches, Chips and Fresh Fruit

Have a super week!


Monday, January 21, 2008

My Excitement for the Day....

I finally found a set of affordable apothecary jars today at Big Lots. I was so excited that I had to take a picture of them! They need cleaned. I'm debating whether to put them in the bathroom filled with swabs, cotton balls and soaps or to leave them in the dining room and fill them with seasonal candies. Maybe I should just buy another set! What do you think?


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Family Game Night

Saturday night, dh and I hosted our families for Family Game Night. We had a nice time. There was so much food! The menu included:

Bacon Wrapped Brown Sugar Smokies

Make Ahead Snowman Cheeseball

Fudgy Iced Brownies

Assorted Cookies

Salsa and Tortilla Chips

Chips and Pretzels

Vegetable Pizza (my mom)

Cream Puff Dessert (mil)

Salmon Spread (sil)

Cheeseball and Crackers (sil)

Domino Cookies (brother's gf)

Frosty Punch

Here are the recipes for the appetizers I made:
Make Ahead Snowman Cheeseball

3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 tablespoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard
2 drops red pepper sauce
1 container (4 ounces) whipped cream cheese, softened

Mix 3 packages cream cheese and the Cheddar cheese; divide into 3 equal parts. Combine 2 parts to equal two-thirds of mixture; mix in pesto. Mix onion, mustard and pepper sauce into remaining one-third mixture.

Cover each cheese mixture and refrigerate about 4 hours or until firm enough to shape. Shape each cheese mixture into ball. Wrap each ball, label and freeze.

About 12 hours before serving, remove balls from freezer. Thaw in wrappers in refrigerator.

Arrange balls on serving plate with smaller ball on top for head of snowman. Frost snowman with whipped cream cheese before serving. Decorate as desired. Serve with crackers. Store covered in refrigerator.

Bacon Wrapped Brown Sugar Smokies

1 lb bacon

brown sugar

1 (16 ounce) package Little Smokies sausage


Cut strips in bacon into 1/3's.
Wrap 1/3 cut bacon strips around each lil' smokie and secure with a toothpick.
Place one layer of bacon wrapped smokies in bottom of crockpot.
Cover completely with brown sugar.
Repeat with layer of bacon wrapped smokies.
Repeat layering until you finish w/a layer of brown sugar.
Cook in crock pot approximately 3-4 hours.

Frosty Punch

2-2L of Ginger Ale

1 quart of Pineapple Sherbert

Place frozen sherbert into punch bowl. Pour Ginger Ale over the sherbert. Break up sherbert with spoon. Serve.

Vegetable Pizza

2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (1 ounce) package dry ranch dressing mix

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup finely chopped green pepper

1cup finely chopped cucumber

1/2 cup shredded carrots

Place the unrolled crescent dough onto a pizza pan.
Spread the dough out with your hands until it covers the pan.
Bake about 8 minutes at 375°F until lightly browned.
While its baking, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise and Ranch dressing; mix well.
Remove the crust from the oven and let it cool slightly.
Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled crust, then top with the chopped vegetables and cheese.
Cut into wedges and serve.

Menu Plan Monday, January 21, 2008

Last week, I made Slow Cooker Pork Chops instead of Steak and Baked Potatoes. The chops were dry. I don't know if it was the pork or the recipe. I'm thinking a bit of both. I'll probably try them again with a different chop. On Saturday, we had Family Game Night and ate too much of some great food. I'll post recipes today for the items I made.

Here's the plan for this week:

Sunday~ Cajun Chicken Pasta, French Bread, and Salad

Monday~3 Cheese Ravioli with Slow Cooker Meat Sauce, Garlic Toast, Roasted Veggies

Tuesday~Soup and Sandwiches~The guys are going out for pizza with the hockey team, so the girls will have soup and sandwiches

Wednesday~Slow Cooker Steak with Gravy, Onions, Mushrooms and Green Pepper over Rice

Thursday~Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Rice, and Beans

Friday~ Pizza, Breaded Wings, Salad

Saturday~Date Night for DH and me

Have a wonderful week!


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker

I found this recipe on recipezaar and decided to try it for tonight. I'll post a picture this evening!

Pork Chops for the Slow Cooker
6 boneless pork chops
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 garlic cloves, Crushed
salt & pepper (I didn't use the salt. The soy sauce has enough sodium.)

Place pork chops in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over pork chops.
Cook on Low setting for 6 hours, until internal temperature of pork has reached 160 degrees F.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Menu Plan Monday, January 14

Welcome to this week's menu plan!
Sunday~ Spaghetti, Veal Parmesan, Salad and Garlic Toast
Monday~ Chicken Cordon Bleu, Parsley Potatoes, French Style Green Beans
Tuesday~Wedding Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (carry over meal)
Wednesday~Hockey Night...pick up something on the way to practice
Thursday~Steak, Baked Potatoes, Glazed Baby Carrots
Friday~Pizza and Wing Night
Saturday~Family Game Night~ Appetizer Buffet I will post the recipes later this week!
Have a super week!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tasty Thursday: January 10, 2008

Angel Lush

Angel Lush is one of my favorite light desserts to serve to family and friends. It's especially refreshing in the spring and summer months. I first found the recipe in Kraft's Food and Family magazine, but I now see it's rated in the top 10 Healthy Living recipes on their website.

Angel Lush

1can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie Filling
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP LITE or COOL WHIP Sugar Free Whipped Topping
1 pkg. (10 oz.) round angel food cake
10 fresh strawberries

MIX pineapple and dry pudding mix in medium bowl. Gently stir in whipped topping.

CUT cake horizontally into three layers. Place bottom cake layer, cut-side up, on serving plate; top with one-third of the pudding mixture. Repeat layers two times.

REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour. Top with berries just before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.


Check out other Tasty Thursday Recipes at The Pumpkin Patch

Monday, January 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday, January 7, 2008

Good afternoon! It's a sunny, warm day here, which is totally unusual for January, and I'm loving it!

Here's the plan for this week:

Sunday~Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Biscuits

Monday~Hockey Practice Night~Chicken Fingers and Fries for the kids, Chicken Finger Salads for Mom and Dad with applesauce on the side

Tuesday~Bisquick Oven Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Country Gravy and Green Beans

Wednesday~Hockey Practice Night~Subs from our favorite sub shop, Chips and Fresh Fruit

Thursday~Wedding Soup and Hard Rolls

Friday~Pizza and Wing Night

Saturday~Steaks, Loaded Baked Potatoes and Salad
For other great menus and recipes visit Laura at
Have a blessed week!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Our Home Mission Statement

As part of the Small Things at Home Sanctuary, the Company Girls are creating home mission statements. Here's what I've come up with:

"Our goal is for our home to be warm and inviting for our family and friends. It will be a place of love and acceptance, a refuge from the storms of the world, a sanctuary for all who enter. Our home will be clean, organized and free from clutter through good habits and daily routines. "

Thank you to the Company Girls for their inspiration! It's hard to put into words what I want my home to be to our family and friends.


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

The Recipe for My Personality

The Recipe For Lisa

3 parts Intellect
2 parts Fearlessness
1 part Naughtiness

Splash of Fascination

Finish off with a squeeze of lime juice

Take the quiz! What is your personality?