Thursday, January 28, 2010

Baby Gifts- Embellished Onesies and Burp Cloths

I have been busy this week. A very sweet lady is expecting a little girl and I wanted to make her something and was very short on time. So what is any crafty girl to do? Scour the internet for ideas of course!! I kept seeing embellished t-shirts that were awesome and I can't wait to try them out for my boys, but then I thought about those plain white onesies that all babies have a ton of. I thought that it would be great to jazz a few of them up. So I got out my trusty heat bond paper and went to work. I made a flower, hearts, a butterfly, and a shamrock. The flower is my favorite! I can't wait to see the new little girl in her jazzed up onesies!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Menu for week of January 25

This week will be busy as usual. Basketball, parties, Lacrosse game, Awana event, Awana . . . . . seriously people!!!! Enough is enough! Just kidding- it will be a fun week and I am so glad that I have the meals all planned out. It helps us so much! Be sure to check out Menu Plan Mondays at OrgJunkie for great menu ideas and new recipes!

Sunday: Lemon Pepper Shrimp- hold over from last week, it got bumped forward.

Monday: Nachos (nothing special or unusual- just chips, melted cheese, browned ground beef and all the yummy fresh toppings!)

Tuesday: Breakfast Burritos from my Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook

Wednesday: Spicy Pulled Pork from the same cookbook

Thursday: Chicken Fried Steak from the same cookbook

Saturday: We will be gone to the Mammoth Game- so PBJ's and chips for the car ride.

Looks like it will be a Pioneer Woman kind of week. I am good with that, all of her recipes are WINNERS!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lemon Pepper Shrimp

My third son LOVES shrimp. For his birthday dinner this week, he requested this simple easy dinner that he could eat every night. As a side note- I "created" this recipe so all measurements are to your taste.
Lemon Pepper Shrimp
1 pkg cooked shrimp- we use the small size, not the cocktail size, but the next size up.
1/2 stick of butter, divided
Olive oil
2 Lemons- zested and juiced
Lemon pepper to taste
Kosher Salt
1-2 cloves garlic minced
Angel Hair pasta, cooked and drained
In a large skillet heat the Olive oil- I usually dump in 2 TBSP or so. Throw in butter and melt. Toss in shrimp, garlic, lemon juice and zest, salt and lemon pepper. Since the shrimp is already cooked, all you are doing is heating the sauce and the shrimp up. When it is bubbly and looks hot, toss with pasta and serve.
Head on over to the Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap for other recipes

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Menu for week of January 17

Last week I tried 2 new recipes: Green Tortilla Chili and Fish and chips. They were both awesome! Hubby and I enjoyed both immensely. The boys thought the Green Tortilla Chili was too spicy, but rated the Fish and Chips as excellent and repeat worthy. Both will be going into rotation around here. This is this weeks list.

Sunday: Beef Tips and Noodles - a Crock Pot stand by for us. Comfort food!
Monday: Taco Rice- a new recipe for us
Tuesday: Ginger Steak Salad- I made this for my girlfriend- superb!
Wednesday: Crock Pot Ravioli - a very easy meal and very tasty
Thursday: Lemon Pepper Shrimp- recipe to be posted this week
Friday: BLT'S and chips
Saturday: Chicken Fried Steak - taken from The Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook

Thanks to OrgJunkie and her Menu Plan Mondays, I am able to keep my meal planning moving forward. I get new ideas and inspiration every week from this wonderful carnival. Please go check it out!

Have a great week!

Friday, January 15, 2010

How to give your blog a signature.

I learned how to make my signature for my blog. I have been noticing other blogs and the way they sign off with a signature. I used this awesome site to create my signature, and then I followed these easy directions to make it transfer over to my blog. That totally made my day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Quick Ginger Chicken

I am going to share a recipe that is so simple, easy and best of all super yummy. (The re-heats are even better if that is possible!) It has my very favorite ingredient - fresh ginger! I hope that you will try this one out. Make sure you head over to Blessed With Grace who hosts Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays for more recipes- I always find several that I want to try.

Quick Ginger Chicken
1 1/2 lbs chicken- I use breasts
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic- minced
2 Tbsp fresh ginger- grated
Red Pepper flakes- to taste
Combine all the ingredients except the chicken in a small bowl. Pour over the chicken that has been placed in a greased baking dish. Turn to coat. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes , turning once. Pour baking juices over the chicken. We like to serve it with rice.
I have even toyed with different veggies- they all work well- broccoli, carrots, snap peas. But my boys like just the chicken.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Menu Plan for week of January 10

Here we are again. The start of another week. Thankfully I have my trusty menu plan so I have one less thing to worry about.

Last weeks hit was the pizza dough recipe from Pioneer Womans cook book. It was so easy and very tasty! I am looking forward to trying a few new things this week.

Head over to Menu Plan Mondays hosted by Orgjunkie to see hundreds of other menu and recipe ideas.

Wednesday: Ginger Chicken ( recipe to be posted this week)

Friday: Chinese Chicken Invention- This was bumped from last week

Saturday: Breakfast for dinner- Pancakes and bacon

I hope that you have a wonderful week and get lots of stuff done. That is what I am hoping for myself.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Chile Relleno Casserole

I had the most amazing egg casserole at my sisters wedding shower. I was able to get the recipe, but then I set it aside. My sister-in-law also got a copy of the recipe and "tweaked" it. I finally dug it out and made her version last night. YUMMY! I LOVE both versions. The re-heats are almost better than the first time. I hope that you will try one or both.

Chile Relleno Casserole
(version #1)
4- 7 oz. cans WHOLE green chiles
1 lb. Monterrey jack cheese
5 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
4 cups grated cheddar cheese
Slit chiles lengthwise and remove seeds. Slice Monterrey jack cheese into long 1/4 inch strips and place into chiles. Place stuffed chiles in an ungreased 3 qt. casserole baking dish. Mix eggs, milk, flour, salt and pepper and pour over chiles. Sprinkle top with grated cheddar. Bake uncovered at 350 ° for 45 minutes to one hour or until cooked through.
Chile Relleno Casserole
(Version #2- courtesy of my sis-in-law)
4 7 oz. can Whole green chiles
1 lb. Monterrey Jack cheese
7 eggs
1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
3/4 can green enchilada sauce
1 small can diced green chiles
1 tube Jimmy Dean sausage (we like HOT) cooked and drained
4 cups grated cheddar cheese
Slice chiles lengthwise and remove seeds. Slice Monterrey Jack cheese into 1/4 inch strips and place inside chiles. Place stuffed chiles in ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Mix eggs, flour, milk, salt, pepper, sausage, enchilada sauce and diced green chiles. Pour over stuffed chiles. Top with grated cheddar. Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until cooked through.
Head over to Blessed with Grace for more amazing recipes. Also check out Tasty Tuesday for another list of wonderful recipes.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Menu Plan for week of January 4, 2010

I knew this week was coming. The first week without an extra day off, or a holiday to mix things up. Oh well, might as well get it moving. At least I have our meals planned for. That helps so much. Keeps this very busy mama somewhat sane! Here is what we will be eating round these here parts!
Last weeks highlight was hands down the Tastes Like Lasagna Soup. It was lick your bowl clean kind of good. We are totally having this again- it really warmed us up. A good thing because it was so cold! How long to summer again?
This will be linked to Org Junkie - a wonderful place where hundreds- literally hundreds of people post what they will be eating each and every week. I have received so much inspiration from all the other posters out there who faithful put up their menu each week. Go check out orgjunkie for hundreds of menu ideas.

Monday: Chile Rellenos Casserole ( will post the recipe Tuesday)

Tuesday: A creation of my oldest boy that he LOVES- Chicken Rice-a-roni in the crock pot. Cook diced chicken breasts in a little olive oil on top of the stove. Meanwhile, mix up two boxes of chicken flavored rice-a -roni. Scoop the rice and the chicken into a crock pot and set to low for 3-4 hours. Perfect dish for a night full of basketball practices and random eating times.

Wednesday: Around Thanksgiving we were gifted with an extra turkey, so we will be roasting the turkey and serving it with mashed potatoes and stuffing. Looking forward to the leftovers!

Thursday: Turkey Leftovers

Friday: Homemade pizza- each family member gets to top their own little pie.

Saturday: Chinese Chicken Invention- another "invention" that the boys and I came up with one night to clean out the fridge- basically a stir fry with whatever is hanging out in your veggie drawer.

Sunday: Beef Tips and noodles