Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

wordy wednesday.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Whew…. what a day.

Started with a run/walk at the park in the crazy hot heat.  Even at 8 a.m. it was HOT.  Came home and got a lot of chores done.  Izzy had ESY today! 

Guess who showed up at school?  MELANIE!  Me & Izzy just ♥ Melanie!  It was nice to catch up with her… and see the pics of her thriving garden and new swimming pool!  I can’t wait for school to begin in August and I know Izzy will be so happy to get back to school too. 

Me & Emelia got a happy hour 1/2 price Sonic drink while Iz was at school… (here we are waiting for our drinks).


Matt had to work late…

I know you’re dying to hear about our vegan dinner for tonight.  Right? 

I bought these… (boca italian sausage (meatless))…


I sauteed them with sliced onions and green peppers with a dab of olive oil.  Served then on ww buns with mustard.  They were pretty good.  Good enough we both agreed we would have them again!  They tasted like sausage, they were softer than sausage and the texture was a little different, but overall I give them a thumbs up and was expecting to hate them.  We had baked potatoes and corn on the cob.  I am stuffed. 

OH!  I just remembered why I started this post… to put this recipe here so I would have it.   I made sour cream and onion dip (with no dairy).   We had this on our baked potatoes.  It tasted very similar to french onion dip.  I think I might make a batch without the onions too.  It was good though!


1 cup silken tofu (firm)

2 T canola oil

1 T dried onion flakes

1 T lemon juice

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 t. tamari (although I omitted this because I haven’t gotten any yet)

1 t. sugar

1/4 t. dried parsley (I used a dash of parsley and chives both freeze dried)

Mix with food processor and chill for a few hours.

I’m going to feed Izzy and then go for a swim before bed! How was your Wednesday?

fave five.

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Another busy week! I really thought that Summer break would mean a less hectic schedule, but that’s just not happening! Anyway, I haven’t really had much chance to “blog” this week… but here’s my fave five:

1.   I saw this post over at Jill’s blog about her nails.  I have been considering getting my nails done again for some time and her post helped push me over the nail edge.  I have had so much trouble typing today with these new things even in short length.  I stopped getting nails when Izzy had her accident so it’s been a while… gonna take some getting used to.  (you are right Jill, it is hard to take a pic of your own hand!)


2.  My favorite day this week was probably Monday!  Even though we were on some kind of crazy chase for the right person or place to be at the University of Oklahoma, it was still fun to walk around the beautiful campus.  We finally were directed to the honors college and joined the scholars program enrollment.  I got to sit in a parent’s meeting while Amanda got all enrolled.  I was mistaken for her sister once and her classmate another time.  I was ok with that. 


3.  My other bloggy friend Angie gave me a tip about learning to run effortlessly.  That’s kind of a joke to me, but still a goal for this year.  I am happy to report that after about a week of using her method today was actually invigorating.  I took Bailey and his friend Christian with me and actually out ran them a time or two.  The first time I went it was awful! So I am hopeful I will be able to do this!  Thanks Ang!

4.  I saw this recipe for Chicken Divan over at OHAmanda… and I can’t do a post without food in it! 

5.  These shoes!  They are so comfy and even cute!


That’s my five. Visit Susanne to share yours.

monday monday…

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I’m awake before six a.m. watching Amazing Race tivo’d from last night before I hit the ground running!  Lots and lots of plans for the day!

Amanda, Mom, and I went shopping (quickly) Saturday for a prom dress… We found a really pretty purple one and purple shoes and then some nice spring dresses for awards assemblies and senior breakfast…  While checking out (Macy’s) I was quickly perusing a sale rack and found a beautiful black short formal that was just very basic and nice looking.  Amanda tried it on and it looked so good on her we got that for under her grad. gown.  We’ve received her announcements, but the white cap and gown (for valedictorians) have yet to be delivered.  It was a big relief to find so many pretty things Saturday. She feels ready for the next couple of months now. 

The diet & exercise are going great.  Don’t think I need a diet pill. I made the most delicious glazed ham for dinner last night.  Did I mention it was delicious?  I also wrapped frozen corn cobs salted in foil and stood on end in baking dish to bake with the ham while we went to church.  They were so good and tasted roasted.  Definitely easier than the boil method and tastier than the microwave.  I just remembered I forgot to cook the fresh asparagus… oh well, there’s always tonight. 

Speaking of tonight, I plan to have leftovers but add some baked potatoes and the asparagus.  I made a big batch of this salad Saturday and have been hoarding it all weekend with my meals.  It’s my favorite…

1 pkg. dry ranch dressing mix with 1 c skim milk & 1 c mayo, blend well & refridgerate

1 head cauliflour

2 heads of broccoli

several green onions

2 cans sliced black olives

I cut just the florets off the caul. & broc. and chop the green onions, add drained olives and then cover with dressing and stir.  Refridgerate to let the flavors blend.  So good!

I plan to roast chicken with carrots and potatoes tomorrow, and then make beans Wednesday with the remaining ham.  Thats as far as I’ve thought out the week. 

I have to work later today and have tons of things to do, it’s going to be a crazy busy week. 

Some things to remember from this weekend…

Matt spoke at the men’s dinner Friday night…. I heard he did a good job, I wasn’t there since it was a men’s dinner and all.

Isabelle had a good weekend, her pressure spot is just almost gone.  I got the fixed afo in the mail and will put it on asap! 

Bailey spent most of the weekend sick in bed… he was dizzy and had a headache.  Hope he feels better today!

Emelia got to go to Incredible Pizza with the kids from church yesterday.  She had a blast. 


Is it not annoying that 60 minutes runs into the AR time and if you tivo it you miss the last 20 minutes of the show????? UGH.  I’m just glad I also recorded cold case just in case and guess what?  I’m now watching the first 20 minutes to cold case to see the last 20 minutes of Amazing Race.  I heart tivo.  You can watch an entire hour show in about 20 minutes tops.


Happy Monday!

menu plan monday

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I usually write my menu plan monday post as I go along… I don’t actually begin with a plan. Sad but true. This week is not different. I do know what I have on hand so that is part of what determines what we’ll have for our meals. I have two big bags of frozen chicken breasts. I am thinking chicken a couple of nights… some sirloin burger patties from Sam’s. So we’ll grill burgers one night. The salmon for matt… I made that for his Sunday lunch. I want to try a new recipe from a bloggy friend. I don’t really have any of the ingredients so it will require a trip to the store!

Monday… Marinated/grilled chicken, rice, green beans, salad

Tuesday… grilled burgers, salad, pretzels

Wednesday… Baked potato for me and kids (with toppings of choice), Salmon and salad for Matt.

Thursday… Beef Lombardi from Jenileigh

Friday… Chicken & potatoes layered in the crockpot. I saw the idea on this site!

I’d like to try this out over next weekend, I saw it at Sandra’s.

I guess that does it. Have a great week!


Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

This weekend was pretty nice! I got to accompany Matt to take his final. Got to shop (tax free) at the mall… got to be there for his test results which were awesome! Had one of the teen girls over to do her hair for her. Had a fun cook out and swimming. Church was great. Me & the girls ditched class and ran to the donut shop, they read our lesson in the car and we had time to finish up while eating our donut holes back in class. I’m such a rebel. We had a nap today and tonight we had a potluck dinner at church. I picked up some pizzas while picking up a car load of teens. Talk about noise! I made delicious pork chops grilled for lunch…

This week I plan to utilize the grill.

I’m going to make the sticky chicken meal again (thanks Kim!)

Sticky Coconut Chicken

6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I used boneless skinless chicken breasts)

1 cup canned coconut milk
1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Marinade chicken in coconut milk, ginger, pepper and red pepper flakes at least one hour (I let mine marinade four about four to five hours). Grill on barbecue.

3/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

While the chicken is grilling, bring above ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until mixture is reduced and thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Be patient because it takes a little while. But once it starts getting really thick, immediately take it off the heat! Glaze both sides of chicken the last few minutes of grilling and serve chicken over rice.

We’ll have burgers one night. Grilled.

Steak one night. With corn on the cob. You guess it. Grilled.

That leaves one night open… I’ll leave it that way to make room for a pizza or maybe leftovers.

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My birthday is this weekend! Hopefully I’ll get a day or two off from cooking :), doubtful.

One last thing… today (Aug 4) is Izzy’s favorite therapist’s birthday!



slow cooking thursday ~ chicken tortilla casserole!

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

I haven’t played along with sct in forever! I’ve been reading Sandra‘s posts about going home to visit South Africa… Great pictures too! Visit Sandra to join in or to see more sc recipes.

  • 2 cups cooked diced chicken
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (7 oz.) can Herdez Salsa Verde
  • 16 corn tortillas, each cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican cheese blend


Combine chicken, soups, sour cream, and Salsa Verde. Alternate first mixture with layers of tortilla pieces and cheese. Sprinkle top with chili powder or paprika. Cook in Crock Pot on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours. Serve chicken casserole with garnish of guacamole or sour cream and chopped tomatoes and green onions, along with a tossed salad.



Monday, July 14th, 2008

Monday … taco chicken!

Tuesday… Black bean burritoes!

Wednesday… Quesadillas!

Thursday… chicken & rice

Friday… pizza.

We pretty much had quesadillas half the nights last week. Emelia has become the #1 quesadilla maker around here. I need to go buy more cheese and stuff for them soon. The black bean burritoes were so good I am going to make a bigger batch and freeze some for later. They will be great for healthy snacks and quick lunches.

There’s been some questions about how we came to get the horse “Pinky,” for FREE! Well, around the fourth of July there he was on our property. There are acreages behind us, sometimes we will have a few cows out there and then they are gone… I thought maybe the horse was spooked from the fireworks. Matt said, “Jesus brought you a pony.” On Wednesday as we were leaving for church we noticed a car driving slowly in front of our house. Mom called (she was here with Iz) and said that a man had come about his horse. We talked on the phone and he mentioned that he had a stud that was twice Pinky’s size that was biting Pinky so he was looking for a new home for him and that that was probably the reason Pinky had run away. I told him we would love to keep him so he said, “he’s yours!” He said he would bring his bridle and stuff over and leave it on the fence sometime but hasn’t yet. We went and bought him a bridle, pull rope, feed, feeding bucket, brush and scoop etc… Emelia has been with me for all these purchases and because we have recently remodeled her room all pink she of course wanted all horse supplies to be pink. That’s how the horse got his name. Yes, it’s a little odd to have a brown boy horse named Pinky, but oh well! It works. The kids have ridden him once. Bareback. We haven’t bought a saddle yet. I guess that’s next. He is nice and calm. The goats must think he is a big dog because they pretty much run from him. I think eventually they’ll all be great friends.



Tuesday, May 13th, 2008


What an easy meal.  Faster than pizza and just as easy to make to order.

I start with a large pan, brush with canola oil…. lightly.

Lay down a flour tortilla (I use the smaller ones)

sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and then toppings like…

grilled chicken slices

green pepper

sauteed onions

black olives

black beans


Place a tortilla on top and flip over to brown the other side.

Cut in fourths with a pizza cutter and serve with salsa, sour cream, and guac.  YUM!


Monday, April 21st, 2008

This is how I make fettucine alfredo…

I take 1 stick of butter and melt, adding pressed garlic, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes.

I add heavy cream and parm cheese to mixture.

Let the cheese melt and I serve it over whole wheat linguine.


favorite ingredient friday ~ stromboli

Friday, January 4th, 2008

1 loaf frozen bread dough
2 eggs, seperated
1 TBSP parmesean cheese
1 TBSP parsley
1/2 TBSP garlic powder(I’ll press a few cloves of garlic)
1 TBSP oregano
1/2 TBSP pepper
approximately 2 TBSP olive
1/2 lb cooked Italian sausage OR pepperoni
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced (I use 2 small cans)
Oil frozen bread dough and defrost 3-4 hours, per package instructions. Roll out with hands to 1/4 inch thickness. Mix egg yolks, seasonings and spread on dough. Top with meat, mushrooms, and cheese. Roll lengthwise & shape into a horseshoe shape. Place seam side down on a cookie sheet. Brush with egg whites. Bake at 350′ for 30 minutes. Slice into 1″ pieces. Serve with hot pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce.

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