Sunday, February 26, 2012

Menu - Week 7

Sunday - Salad, Crockpot Chicken and Mushrooms, Couscous, Green Beans, Blueberry Upside-down Cake
Monday - Korean NightCucumber Salad, Bulgogi with Rice, Gingery Glazed Carrots
Tuesday - Pasta Creation, Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Wednesday - Wheat Chili
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Hamburgers and French Fries
Saturday - Dutch Oven Turkey and Vegetables, Oat-Wheat Pan Rolls, Peach or Apple Pie

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Menu - Week 6

Sunday - Salad, Pan-Fried Steak, Potato Galettes, Mixed Vegies, English Trifle

Monday - Chicken Pasta with Zucchini

Tuesday - Baked Scallops with Spinach and Risotto, Heart-Shaped Chocolate Cakes

Wednesday -  leftovers (steak, risotto) with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

Thursday - Chicken Tetrazzini

Friday - pizza

Saturday - White Chicken Chili

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WFMW - Easy Cake Removal

Works for Me Wednesday
Using wax paper to make cakes easy to remove

How's that for a title?  I know it's been a while since I've posted a "works for me" tip, but yesterday as I was baking our Valentine's Day dessert, it dawned on me that this would be an excellent hint to share, so I took a few pictures!  I'm not sure where I learned it, because I've been using it for years, but this one really works.  If you want to get your cakes out of the pans easily, all you have to do is line them with wax paper.  
 1) Tear off a sheet of wax paper large enough for your pan.  I'm using mini ones here, so one little strip is enough for all three.  If you're using regular-sized pans, it's easier to do one square per pan.
 2) Trace around the outside of the pan with a pen.  It doesn't matter if the pen actually works, and I've even used the point of the scissors, because you can see the scratch mark.  (I didn't take a picture of the drawing, because I don't have a third hand.  You need one to trace and one to hold the pan in place.)
 3) Cut out your shapes.
 4) "Glue" them into place with a squirt of Pam or brush of shortening (whatever you normally use).
5) Pour in your batter, bake, cool for 5-10 minutes, then flip them over and remove the cakes from the pan.  Peel off the wax paper and throw it away.  That's it!  (You can find the recipe I used for the cake here.)

I hope this tip works for you, because it definitely works for me!  
Head on over to Kristen's site here to find a myriad of other resources and ideas.  And have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day = heart-shaped food, love notes and treats!
I hope it's a wonderful one for each of you!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Menu - Week 5

Sorry there aren't any recipe links, but these week's dishes were pretty basic and unexciting.  You probably already have the recipes in your head.  If not, they're easily found on the internet.

Sunday - Salad, Roast Pork, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables and Brownie Sundaes
Monday - Chicken and Rice Casserole
Tuesday - Macaroni Casserole Revisited
Wednesday - Sesame Chicken served with Asparagus
Thursday - Minestrone Soup (from the freezer)
Friday - Crab and Corn Soup, Cashew Chicken with Rice
Saturday - eat out

Friday, February 10, 2012

Pictorial Version of A Day in My Life

I know I just did one of these posts, but when I read this - 

Welcome to the 2nd Annual "A Day in the Life of . . ." photography project!  The concept is simple, but the results are awesome.  Take one picture every hour, for one day, and a unique hour by hour snapshot of your day is created.  I hope you enjoy my pictures and I look forward to seeing yours! 

 - I was intrigued with the idea of chronicling a day hour by hour.  My last post wasn't like that.  It basically outlined our entire day; this one just gives you a glimpse each hour.  I found the difference between the two quite interesting.  And, of course, it's always fun to find a new blog, try something new, and make new friends.  I love to see how our lives are so different, and yet so similar.  Don't forget to check them out for yourself - over at Simply Rebekah's website.  You can still add your own post for another week or so!

Snapshots of my Day
(Wednesday, February 8th, 2012)

5:30 AM - preparing lunches
6:30 AM - researching travel arrangements
7:30 AM - washing dishes (and enjoying my gorgeous view, even if it was a cloudy day)
8:30 AM - taking a walk in the neighborhood
9:30 AM - reading the scriptures
10:30 AM - purchasing tickets for our Saturday date
11:30 AM - counting money and reconciling the budget
12:30 PM - leaving the grocery store parking lot
1:30 PM - unloading the car
2:30 PM - crocheting while taking a TV break
3:30 PM - working on family history/genealogy
4:30 PM - fixing a snack for my daughter
5:30 PM - preparing dinner
6:30 PM - enjoying dinner with my family (sorry, no picture)
7:30 PM - driving with my husband (quick visit to a friend)
8:30 PM - dishes time again
And by 9:30 I was sleeping.

While I don't know that any one day is really typical of my life, it is interesting to note that there are certain routines that follow a predictable pattern.  Every day we eat.  Almost every day we wash the resulting dishes.  Every day we read pray and read scriptures.  Almost every day we get some physical exercise.  Every day we deal with paper and inside chores.  Almost every day we have outside errands.  Every day we enjoy each other's company and appreciate being a family.  Life is good.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What's it like to be 8 months old?

At least the smiling part doesn't seem to change much over the years, does it?
Generation One - 1963
Generation Two (with his Great-Grandfather) - 1985
Generation Three - 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

Time to Gag

Beautiful Princess has long hair.  Long hair clogs bathtub drains.  (A good reason for having a stand-alone shower.)  We're poured the drain cleaner down the tub every couple of months or so, and it was on the schedule to do that again today.  However, I decided to surf the internet and see if there was a better way (do I dare say "a more environmentally friendly" way?) to get the job done.  I just thought I'd give a shout-out to the wonderful person who shared how to remove the pesky stopper.
Thanks for your help, Eleene!  Now if someone would just come do it for me so I can eliminate the gagging (which actually wasn't too terribly bad this time), my life would be perfect!

I also want to record that we've done quite well at keeping the shower doors clear and shiny.  The car wax tip (see #5 here), along with wiping them down daily, really works!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Menu - Week 5

Sunday - Creamy Italian Chicken over Noodles
Monday - leftovers from Sunday
Tuesday - leftover Ajiaco (finally finished it off!)
Wednesday - leftover Clam Chowder
Thursday - Curried Shrimp and Rice (actually used the stove instead of just the microwave!!)
Friday - Tortilla Stack
Saturday - Pork Barbecue at the youth fundraiser