Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
and...the mummy is ready!
The weather is damp and miserable, so instead of decorating the porch, I'm off to the sewing room for the rest of the afternoon -- to work on Sofia's halloween costume! Rick is painting, Nicholas is doing homework, and, Sofia is right behind me -- reminding me of everything I need to get done from now until Halloween. No lazy Sunday here.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the mummy is stuffed with shredded recycled mail! :-)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
It is Bolthouse Farms Hazelnut Latte. I can't believe this is low fat, delicious, and, good for you!
As you can see, I am working on the sarcophagus/mummy project -- to be continued when Sofia gets off the bus!
Leftover baked chicken with melted mozzarella cheese
Chicken from previous night's dinner
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh italian bread
If necessary, debone chicken. Chop into small pieces. Set aside. Cut italian bread into sandwich size pieces. Toast lightly. Place bread, crust side down, on microwave safe dish. Pile chicken pieces on top. Pile shredded mozzarella on top of chicken. Put in microwave and heat until cheese is melted.
The side dishes we had were spaghetti with sauce, and, caesar salad.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Last night, we had baked chicken for dinner. This is one of the easiest dinners to make. It practically makes itself!
Easy baked chicken
-Chicken thighs and drumsticks -- I use as many as will fit in my roasting pan.
-I use the metal roasting pan that came with my oven. I am convinced this is the "magical" part of this recipe. I think this comes with all ovens -- it is the tray that sits under the vented tray in the broiler area of the oven.
-I use the original flavor barbeque sauce, but you can use any flavor you like.
-Preheat oven to 375 degrees
-Defrost chicken pieces enough to break them apart. Wash thoroughly and pat with a paper towel.
-Line roasting pan with heavy duty foil. Place chicken pieces in roasting pan. They can touch, but not overlap. Overlapped pieces won't -cook properly.
-Lightly brush barbeque sauce on top of chicken.
-Cover with foil tent. I just lay the foil on top.
-Bake for 1 hour (45 minutes if chicken was not partially frozen when you put it in the oven)
We had ours with shells (pasta) and caesar salad. There are endless possibilities for side dishes to put with this. And... if there are leftovers, put those in the fridge and make chicken salad for lunch the next day!
I just noticed that the list of participants does not appear on the first page of my blog. Here is a link to that post so you can go and check out some other yummy recipes!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
We will be working on the decorations the entire month of October -- while the "witch is out"!
In the meantime, here is what Sofia has the skeleton taking part in . I hope the witch doesn't find out about this!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Meatballs in tomato sauce
ingredients for meatballs
1 lb. chopmeat -- I use 80% lean but you can use 85% or even 90%, however, your meatballs will have a drier texture.
1 slice white bread
1/2 - 1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 - 1 teaspoon dried oregano
Put chopmeat in large mixing bowl. Break apart with fork. Add basil and oregano. Cut ends off of bread and put it in a separate small bowl. Saturate with water and then squeeze out quickly. Transfer bread to large mixing bowl. Using a fork, combine all ingredients well -- until you cannot see any remnants of the bread. Add egg to mixture and combine well. Roll chopmeat into small 1 1/2"- 2" balls and set aside.
Note: If you want to make 2 lbs. of chop meat, double all ingredients except for the egg.
ingredients for tomato sauce
3 x 15 ounce cans of your favorite tomato sauce (I use Hunt's)
1 clove fresh garlic
Extra light tasting olive oil (enough to almost cover the bottom of the pot/pan)
1 Tablespoon sugar
Chop garlic and brown in pan. Remove browned garlic from pan. Add meatballs and brown slightly. When browning meatballs leave at least 1/2" between each meatball. Don't crowd them. Crowding will prevent them from browning, they will steam instead and taste different. Depending on the size of your pot/pan you may not be able to brown them all at the same time. That's okay. Take your time with this step. When the last batch is still in the pot/pan, pour the sauce over them slowly. After all the sauce is in the pot, add the sugar. Stir gently. Add remaining meatballs. If your sauce looks thick, you can add up to 4 ounces of water. Don't make it too watery or you'll have to cook it forever to evaporate it out. Simmer over low heat 45 minutes. You don't want it to boil -- it doesn't have the best flavor if it boils. Simmering is the key.
Enjoy this with your favorite pasta and a side salad! Buon appetito!
Broccoli and cheese casserole
1 pound of broccoli heads
2 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp yellow cheese or sharp cheddar
1 small handful of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup bisquick
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Rinse and chop broccoli. Steam to the texture that you like. We like it almost soft here. While it is steaming prepare cheese mixture. Melt butter. Heat milk. I do this in the microwave, but you can do it on the stove. Combine butter and milk in small pot. Whisk in flour until you cannot see it anymore. Heat on stove until very hot (but do not boil). Add shredded yellow cheese and stir with fork while it is melting. Don't leave it without stirring it or it will get clumpy. Once yellow cheese is melted, add mozzarella cheese. This cheese melts more quickly than the yellow cheese, so I add it right before taking the mixture off the stove.
Lay out broccoli in a baking dish. Pour cheese mixture over broccoli and set aside while you are making the bisquick mixture. Combine bisquick and milk. Pour over top of broccoli and cheese. Transfer dish to oven. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until top of biquick begins to brown.
We ate this with an already cooked rotissierie chicken that I picked up at our local food warehouse.
Sofia has a half day today, so I need to hurry up. When she gets home we are working on a mummy project (front porch decoration for halloween).
Monday, September 21, 2009
The recipe is very basic. I use about a pound of chicken cutlets for a 4 person meal. Cut them up into pieces approximately 2" long x 1" wide x 1/2" - 3/4" thick. If they are too thick, then you have to cook them longer and the outside gets too well done. I find that it is easier to cut them up when they are partially frozen.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
She said okay, I'll do it right now...
Now it's sitting on the floor right behind me as I am typing. Big sigh...
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Another AAAAAChoooo! and my mind clears... Aha! I have a plain fabric and some paint that matches the colors in the flowers. Let me run downstairs really quick (before Sofia gets home -- because all painting projects need to involve her) and grab those paint cans and see what I can create.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Now if I could only shake this cold and sore throat...
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Three of us have a sore throat and the sniffles this morning -- Nicholas had this last week, so we will give credit to him for sharing it with us. I'm a bit sad too. I just found out that two nice people I knew while growing up are now gone.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
This morning Sofia woke me up and asked "Mommy, how come it's so dark outside and the street lights are on? The clock says it's 6:30 a.m." I opened my eyes. Yup, it is a dark and stormy day. We are under a tornado watch. An east wind is blowing. Hey, maybe Mary Poppins will show up! :-)
Okay, so you're asking, what's up with the picture in this post? It's the fall/winter color for my new bathroom accessories. If I can't have the sunshine outside -- well, then, I might as well create my own, right? So, today, in between cleaning out the closet (new project) and finishing up the baby block (past due project), I'm going to have to pop my head in the bathroom every once in awhile today to chase away the gloom.
The sun is always shining somewhere -- hope you find yours today!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I think the puppy has the right idea for today! Yesterday's get together was a success. The rain made a no-show, and, hungry appetites made their way through the baked ziti, meatballs, and brownies during conversation on the porch.
For this week, I earned my day off! :-)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Yesterday, we had an unplanned trip to the local mall. Nicholas needed a gig bag to carry his guitar to and from school. I'm not getting fancy with the wording -- I just learned the term "gig bag" this weekend, so I needed to use it in a sentence! :-) Anyhow, we walked the entire mall, and even went into the big stores, but there was not one gig bag to be found. Actually, we only found one store that even had maybe three guitars for sale. Sigh. What's the deal with that? So off to ToysRUs across the way, and, voila! We found the "perfect" gig bag for the budding musician.
Tomorrow, Rick is having a golf outing with some old friends. They will be coming here for dinner afterwards.
Today, I'm prepping the food and tidying up the house.
Right now, I am going to get breakfast for myself. The thought of all these things to do just stirred up my appetite.
Cross your fingers it doesn't rain on the golfers -- or my baked ziti out on the new patio --tomorrow!
I just realized there's an awful lot of the "me, my, and, I" words in this post. Does that count as "me time"? I'm kidding. Off to breakfast.
Friday, September 4, 2009
I am not finding anything of true interest in the picture taking department -- so a picture of our preying mantis visitor will have to do for this post. I do have a picture of a grasshopper, but I'm finding this guy/gal a bit more photogenic.
We are continuing work on the patio this weekend -- so maybe I'll be able to take some updated pictures there -- or -- if I don't get enough exercise from my shoveling part of that project, I'll just enjoy the beautiful weather while taking a walk around the neighborhood.