Friday, September 19, 2008

another funny conversation

While driving home tonight I had a funny dialogue with my son.

me: We are going to stop for gas on the way home, ok.

E: poo-poo

me: Do you have to go poo-poo?

E: no... mama... van... poo-poo

me: hahaha No baby the van does not have that kind of gas!

Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad

I am always up for trying new recipes so here is one I came across in the Spring/Summer 2008 Season's Best- The Pampered Chef cookbook: Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad 

4 sesame seed hamburger bun tops
1 small red onion divided (I will not be using this-allergic to onions)
2 plum tomatoes
3/4 lb 95% lean ground beef
1/2 cup finely diced dill pickles
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tbsp yellow mustard
8 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

What to do:
1. preheat oven 425- slice bun tops into 1/4 inch strips and bake 8-10 minutes
2. slice onions and cut tomatoes into quarters lengthwise and slice crosswise
3. cook ground beef until no longer pink, breaking it into crumbs
4. in a bowl combine onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard- add the cooked beef to the bowl and mix well
5. To serve- arrange the lettuce on a large platter. Spoon the beef mixture over lettuce. Top with cheese, tomatoes, and sliced onion. Arrange the hamburger buns around the edge of the platter. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

something funny

We have been praying with and teaching our son (who is now two) to pray since birth.  So, the other night he wanted to pray for our food. Here is how it went:

me: Dear God

E: God

me: thank you

E: thanks

me: for

E: five

Can you tell that he has been learning to count too? It was so cute.

Monday, September 15, 2008

what's cooking

I usually make enough to have leftovers the night after. This may not work for you, but I find that it saves money and time (not to mention we eat smaller portions). This week the menu is easy and basically whatever I have the ingredients for already.

Monday:  Chicken strips,  mixed veggies, mashed potatoes

Tuesday:  Spaghetti, bread, and salad

Wednesday: Bake left over spaghetti with lots of Mozzarella cheese on top

Friday: Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad 

Monday, September 8, 2008

Catalina Chicken

6 to 8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (or less if you have a small family)
1 can cranberry sauce
1 small Catalina dressing

Spray a 9x13 inch baker (or I use my baking stone) then place the chicken in the bottom. Crumble cranberry sauce on top of the chicken. Pour dressing over all of the chicken. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

This is very easy and so good. I am not a huge fan of cranberries or Catalina, but I LOVE this dish. The flavors combine and make it delicious. You can add any side you like to make this a great meal.

what's new

We are back from our little vacation and I am ready to write. I will be sharing some recipes that I will be making this week in another post. 

Meal Plan Idea
I do enjoy cooking. I find it easiest to make a calendar for the month. I know that seems like a long time, but I would rather get it out of the way! I make the calendar, then I write on it what we will eat each night. I have my list ready and write down ingredients that I will need for each recipe and then shop every two weeks ( I actually make up two lists one for the first two weeks and the other for the rest). With two little ones it is hard to fit them and everything in the cart!

It is the easiest way I have found to stay organized, know what we are eating head of time, and look forward to cooking instead of staring at the refrigerator hoping something will jump out at me!

Click HERE for my September Menu. It is just the calendar. I write on it in pencil in case I have to erase or make changes for any reason.