Thursday, December 30, 2010

January 2011 can you believe it Menu!!!

Here we go a brand new year of Menu making and so many more things to come.  I'm very excited about 2011 and all that it shall bring.

January 's Monthly Menu

1. ham, black eyed peas, rice, cabbage and cornbread
2.stew over left over rice, maccaroni, Left over cornbread and cabbage
3. LO ham , cheesy hashbrown and ham casserole, tomato and cucumber salad
4.  It's national spaghetti/pasta day ( I saw that somewhere) and Collin's 2nd Birthday ! Wow 2! spaghetti and garlic bread
     birthday cupcakes or cake?
5. City Chicken *new recipe from Mommy's Kitchen, mashed potatoes,  frozen peas (leftover from 1st) and corn muffins
6. homemade pizzas
7. I HOPE french toast, bacon, scrambled eggs
8. Crockpot BBQ chicken, mac n cheese, Baked beans  & birthday party leftovers
9. spaghetti with meatballs, french bread loaf
10. salisbury steaks, mashed potatoes and FRESH green beans
11. New recipe from *Recipe Secrets...Johnny Carrinos Skillitini and French bread
12. Taco salad
13.  BBQ pork roast and home fries
14. Southwest Chicken Burritos & spanish rice (copykat recipe)
15. Crock pot Vegetable Beef soup & Grilled Cheese (YUMMY)
16. Baked ziti and dinner rolls
17. Sausage , rice and stewed tomatoes, corn on the cob
18. No Peek Beef tips * new recipe Mommys kitchen, over noodles, brocolli and cheese sauce and crescent rolls
19. Chilis monterey jack chicken, baked potatoes, fruit cups
20. Meat loaf meatballs (frozen in freezer), Candied Carrots, Mac N Cheese
21. Fried pork chops, rice and Gravy & Green beans (leftovers from night before also)
22. Hamburger steaks, sweet potato fries, and sliced tomatoes
23. Ham, baked mac n cheese and baked beans
24. chilimac
25. chicken and rice, shells and cheese, broccoli and dinner rolls
26. Ain't Your Mama's Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn and rolls
27. Lasagna
28. Buttermilk Fried Chicken tenders, rice and gravy , candied carrots
29. BLT's , Hashbrowns with oinions , peppers, and cheese
30. Chili and Grilled cheese
31.  Trisha Yearwood porkchops with rice and pepper rings , corn, mac n cheese = Yummy ....

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Two of a kind working on a full house is giving a way a Hearthsong rocking seesaw for indoors or outdoors.  HOw fun would that be?? 

Be sure to check out http://www.hearthsong.com/ they have some really amazing toys & go by http://www.twoofakindworkingonafullhouse.com/ to enter this fun and Awesome giveaway!!

Great giveaway at Two of a kind working on a full house

http://www.twoofakindworkingonafullhouse.com/ is hosting a really awesome giveaway for the holidays.  The step 2 Deluxe workshop.  I am really hoping I am the lucky winner of this item.  It would make a super fantastic christmas gift for Collin Walker who loves loves loves tools and his Papas workshop.  Check it out and there many more giveaways.  They have some AWESOME ones right now. 

You can also check this great workbench and other toys out at http://www.step2.com/

Thanks

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Cookie Recipes

A dear friend Jamie asked me for some cookie recipes recently.  Here are some favorites of ours Jamie.  I have so many more so, if you had so mething else in mind just let me know. 

Keylime Cookies

softened. cup butter or margarine
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 egg
1 T Lime juice
1 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
tsp baking powder
2 cups corn  flakes crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat together the buttered sugau until smooth.  Add egg, and limu juice.  Mixture may appear to be curded.  Stir in four, baking powder and salt.  Place the crusched corn flakes in a bowl and drop cookie batter by spoonfulls into corn flakes and toss.  Place cookies on cookie sheet bake 13-16 minutes depending on your oven.

Kathy Register's Strawberry Cookies
1 box strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
6 oz. white chocolate chips

Mix and bake for 10 min. at 350 you can mix this up with any cake mix combo.

My Moms Oatmeal Cookies

2 sticks margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 stsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats
1 c. raisins

Heat oven to 350.  Bet margarine and sugars, add egggs, and vanilla beat well.  Add flour, soda, cinnamon, mix well stir in oats and raising.  Bake 10-12 minutes.

Grannies Chocolate Cookies (Carleighs Favorites)

2 sticks butter
2 eggs
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2/3 cup cocoa- add cocoa slowly
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 c. chocolate chips (can use any kid: chocolate, white chocoalte, peanute butter, milk choc. I like milk choc)

cream butter, sugar, eggs.  Add remaining ingredients, add choc. chips last.  Bake 350 for 12 minutes.

Bakers Note : One time I was out of baking powder so I used 1 c. plain flour and 1 c. s.r. flour worked good

Pecan Sugar Cookies
1 c. buttter
1 c. sugar
1 c. powdered sugar
2 eggs
1 c. oil
4 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla

*add pecans if your making pecan cookies or leave out and have plain sugar cookies

Mix and chill for about an hour
Bake 350 for 15 minutes use top rack bottom they'll get to brown.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Christmas Cards

Christmas is coming up quickly and it is time to think about your Christmas cards.  I love to use Shutterfly for my photo printing, and photo gifts.  Cards are a special yearly reminder that you are loved by family and friends.  I have a cute little card tree which I display all of my cards from Christmas over the holiday.  Then I save them in a "family/friend" photo album.  What do you do with your Christmas cards?  I really love the photo cards because you can see how everyone has changed from year to year.  I really love those who go all out and do something nontraditional for their card.  One year I had my two kids and dog Ripley sit in front of the fireplace with their mouths duct taped and put Silent night...It was a big hit.  I have done the park, the beach so many different things for our family photos.  Mixed and matched.  I really am looking forward to creating something special this year.

The selection of cards and designs can be used to describe any family.  If you are like me you want something really unique that's going to be talked about and remembered after you give.  A refrigerator card, or keepsake for those you are sending them to.  My design for this year will be ..oh my goodness it is so hard to decide I love them all.  The top picks for me will be Tree of hope.  This is a great card and 10%  of  this card purchase will  go to the American Lung Association.  I am also loving the Our ornament story design.  How sweet is this little card.  There is a space to tell your years story over several spots and a cute polka dot border.  And to finish off my top 3 designs for my great family I love love love the Family Wall Noir card. A 5x7 card that holds 6 photos and just classy.  Check out the designs yourself  at  http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery   and choose the perfect card to fit your family.  Shutterfly will not disappoint.

While you are checking out the great Christmas cards check out the great gifts Shutterfly has to offer.  My very favorite product from Shutterfly are the wonderful photo books.  I give them as gifts, buy them for  myself I just love them.  I use these books for so many different things.  First, let me say they  come in many many designs , sizes, and covers.  You can choose to auto fill, or custom fill.  I usually choose the custom or do it yourself selection.  I want my book to be just so but if you are in  a hurry auto fill works AWESOME.  I make these books for my mother of our yearly combined family vacation.  She expects her photo book and will quickly tell you if you forgot to make her one.  I use them for gifts for my sons baseball coach, and my daughters dance teacher.  I keep my babies baby book this way, I did his first year and I am currently working on from 1-2.  I love it.  I have made him an ABC about me book.  He loves it , it is his favorite bedtime story.  So, check out the site for yourself and think about creating a book of your memories.  You wont be sorry.  http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books

I am also, really looking forward to the holiday gift tags.  I have not tried these out yet, but think they are going to be a fantastic addition to our holiday season.  How can you go wrong this personalized tags are super cute and ready to go.  No looking for a pen, or maker to label yours they are printed and many cool designs as well.  For $12 for 25 with envelopes.  A special touch to your special gift.  http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-gift-tags

Lastly, I would like to mention that I adore Shutterfly's wall calendars.  Last year I gave this as a gift to my Mom and Grandma.  They ranted and raved , and I did not make myself one.  Well, I missed it all year long because I had one the previous year.  I will definitely be ordering one of these this year.  I enjoy seeing my previous years photos all year long each month and at the end of the year the calendar makes a great scrapbook item.  You can find them at http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars/wall-calendars they  really do make a special and inexpensive gift. 

A special treat for blogger's from Shutterfly is 50 free Christmas cards for writing a blog about their Christmas cards.  Check it out if you are a blogger and interested a great deal http://bit.ly/sfly2010   I can honestly say I am looking forward to my Christmas cards, but I have used shutterfly for years and am 100% happy with all the products I try.  To sum it up I think you will find great gifts, preserve some great memories, and find the just so perfect card for Christmas at www.shutterfly.com.  Check them out you will not be sorry.

November Menu

1. crockpot bbq chicken, baked potatoes and texas toast
2.spaghetti
3. hamburger rice a roni, shells and cheese and broccoli, yeast rolls
4. pot roast, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese
5. chicken and rice, green beans , mac n cheese
6. homemade pizzas
7.  homemade vegetable beef soup, grilled cheese or yeast rolls ( individual choice)
8. pan fried steaks, french fries
9. taco salad
10. fried chicken tenders (buttermilk), rice and gravy, green beans, dinner rolls
11. homemade pizza
12. chili mac
13. bbq porkchops, mac n cheese, ff
14. stew over rice, green beans dinner rolls
15. meat loaf, rice and tomatoes, green beans, corn muffins
16. spaghetti, texasa toast
17. chili, gilled cheese
19. pork n rice, corn on the cob, mac n cheese
20. chili mac corn bread
21. hamburgers, fried potatoes, and sliced tomatoes
22. bb1 chicken, mac n cheese, baked beans , texas toast
23. spaghetti
24. hamburger steaks with mushroom gravy, rice, gb , rolls
25. Turkey @ Grannies Happy Thanksgiving
26. pizza/ leftovers
27. mummydogs, maccaroni and fruitcup
28.  meat sandwichs, and homemade soup
29. baked ziti
30.  fried pork chops, rice and gravy, green beans and rolls

*DESSERTs
*birthday cake
*banana pudding

*Kids Craft =Turkey apples

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

These are so easy and scrumtious.

1 pumpkin bread mix (mix as directed on box)

1 block of cream cheese, 1 egg, 2 T sugar, cream together 

Pour pumpkin bread mixture into muffin cups,  drop a spoonful of cheesecake mixture into middle of each muffin

bake as directed on the box

Sept. Goal

GOAL for September is no fried foods.  I had one slip up and made country fried steak hello fried in in the title but I some how managed to forget .  We also had french fries due to a Birthday dinner request.  Otherwise we are steering clear of the fried foods this month.  Which is very hard for these guys they are french fry junkies I tell you. 

September Menu

1. BDAY dinner...steak and FF
2. *NEW recipe...italian sausage and rice, corn & and rolls
3.  country fried steak, rice & gravy, green beans
4. ham, hashbrown casserole, mac n cheese
5. taco salad
6. beef stew over rice, mac n cheese, rolls
7. ***new recipe***crockpot cheeseburgers, baked potatoes, salad
8. chick and rice, mac n cheese, tomato/cucumber salad
9.  Brown sugar BBQ Pork Tenderloin, mac n cheese, green beans
10. chili mac, corn muffins
11. spaghetti/pizza
12. BBQ porkchops , potato onion packets
13.**new recipe** bobbys favorite ghoulash, garlic toast
14. HB steaks with gravy, mashed potatoes and candied carrots
15.  Baked ziti with sausage, texas toast
16. nettles sausage, potato/onion seasoned baked
17. taco salad
18. beef tips over rice, green beans , rolls
19. ***new recipe**brown sugar chicken in the crockpot, mac n cheese, gb
20. chili mac, cornmuffins
21. **new recipe**cheeseburger meatloaf, broccoli, mashed potatoes
22. ***Italian chicken & pasta, garlic toast
23.  BLT's and baked potato fries
24. chicken and rice, mac n cheese, gb
25. spaghetti/pizza
26. **new recipe**sweet n spicy pork tenderloin, baked beans, potato salad
27. Leftovers
28. Hb, hotdogs, chips
29.Trisha Yearwood baked porkchops with rice, green beans, biscuits
30.breakfast

Desserts
buttermilk peach cobbler
Birthday cake
crockpot apple butter
Lemonade Cupcakes

Breakfast Treats:
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins *oh these are soo good and definatly get you in the mood for Fall
Strawberry tea room's fabulous Banana muffins with a twist

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Tonight I made pink lemonade cupcakes.  I loved them.  The family not so much.  LOL

They are very easy though.  Substitute one cup of pink lemonade concentrate for the water in a boxed cakemix. 

For your icing mix 1lb confectioners sugar, 1 stick of butter, 3 T vanilla, and 4 T pink lemonade.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August Menu

1. spaghetti, texas toast
2. Baked ham, maccaroni and cheese, green beans
3.  skillet potatoes, lemon pepper pork chops, crescent rolls
4.  mini meat loaf , rice and tomatoes, green beans and corn muffins
5.  chicken and dumplings, mac and cheese, leftover green beans
6. taco salad
7. crockpot bby chicken , mac n cheese, baked beans
8.  baked ziti with sausage, garlic toast
9. homemade pizzas
10.  nettles sausage, skillet potatoes, and corn breand
11.  chil mac & corn bread
12.  pork chops fried, rice with gravy, corn on the cob
13. hamburgers, frenchfries and sliced to matoes
14. taco bake and nachos
15. chicken and rice, green beans, mac n cheese
16. spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
17. fried steak , mashed potatoes, broccolli
18.  bbq pulled pork, fried potatoes
19. hamburger hash, green beans, dinner rolls
20.  pork sandwichs, cole slaw, baked beans
21. grilled hamburgers/hotdogs and chips
22. BBQ chicken fajitas and salads
23. hamburger steaks with brown gravy, mashed potatoes, candied carrots
24.  ham, maccaroni, green beans
25. homemade pizzas
26. fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, biscuits
27.  Birthday dinner *chicken rice a roni, velveeta shells and cheese
28.  easy manicotti and garlic bread sticks
29. smother pork chops, rice with gravy, green beans
30. taco stuffed potatoes, chips with velvetta dip
31. hash brown casserole, corn on the cob, steaks

Tonights Dinner Chicken and Dumplings.

Yummy chicken and dumplings, maccaroni and cheese and greenbeans tonight.  Can't wait!!  I'm so behind on my blog I apologize to you.  I just can't get the hang of this.  You would think I would be GREAT at it but not so far...  Anyway updates to come.  August menu shortly even though we are a week in already its been hanging on my fridge.

Would love to hear from you guys.  How do you meal plan for your family?  Favorite freezer recipes??  Preparations for back to school? 

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Easy Manicotti

This recipe was a winner at my home and that does not happen often guys.  Can not say I came up with it on my own it was one of my fellow bloggers.  Although I do not have it in front of me to give them credit at the moment will have to add that one later.

boil your manicotti noodles preheat oven to 375
I used leftover spaghetti sauce from earlier meal
 place small amount of sauce in bottom of casserole dish
stick one cheese stick in each noodle
place noodles on top of sauce
pour rest of sauce over top and cover with shredded cheese
I used a combo of mozzarella and cheddar I had
bake until golden brown and bubbly

That is eat easy breezy and delicious.

Aprils' menu

1.chicken and rice, gb , mac n cheese
2.  hb steaks, brown onion gravy over rice with carrots
3. fall off bone ribs, cole slaw , mac n cheese
4. grilled hb and french fries
5.  Happy Birthday to me Texas tenders, lipton onion potatoes
6. spaghetti, cheesy pull apart bread
7. ham, maccaroni, gb
8. pan steaks, corn cob, baked potato
9. porkroast, oven fried potates
10. ball tournament out of town
11. Ihop breakfast with bacon
12. chilis monerty chicken, lipton onion potato pckts
13. easy manicotti, homemade pizza
14. ham, maccaroni and gb
15. tomato basil porkchops, hashbrown cassrole and gb
16. taco salad
17. pot roast over mashed potatoes carrots biscuits
18.  barbeque roast sandwichs
19. fried chicken / mashed potatoes/ mac n cheese
20. spaghetti bake
21. meatloaf
22. smotherporkchops over rice
23. baked ziti with sausage and texas toast
24. ball tournament out of town
25. out
26. hb ff
27. spagetti with meatballs cheese bread
28.  oven steaks, baked poatoes broccoli
29.  sausage, rice and tomatoes corn muffins
30. fajittas

behind

I am so not a good blogger I apologize.  I see everyones very cool blogs and love them.  For some reaon I just stay behind.  Anyway, here is to catching up today guys and one of these days maybe I will be as savvy as some of you when it comes to a blog.

Thanks

Friday, March 5, 2010

Dad's 55th Birthday Cake

So, I tried to find the perfect cake.  I made a cake into a stop sign, white with black trim.  cut out the letters to spell speed limit and 55.  Very cute cake.  We all enjoyed it very much.  Found the idea on a birthday cake search for over the hill cakes.  Loving me some internet.  Anyway, I think it found out really great.

PB Jam Muffins

I made these for my middle son who lives off of peanut butter and  grape jelly sandwichs.  He wasnt overly impressed but I thought they were real good.  Not sure whose blog I found this recipe on, but I do appreciate them sharing. Thanks guys.

1-3/4 cups flour


2/3 cup brown sugar

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 cup milk

2/3 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla

jam or jelly, any flavor

Mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. In a mixer bowl, beat together the milk, peanut butter, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a spoon. (I needed to add another splash of milk at this point, because the batter was too dry and stiff.)



Grease a muffin tin. Put a tablespoon or two of the batter into each cup. Add a teaspoon of jam to the top. Put more batter over the jam to cover it. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing.

Hamburger Hash

Not sure whose blog I got this recipe from but really enjoyed this one.

1 lb lean ground beef browned
a bag frozen obrien potatoes with peppers,onions
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 T garlic
salt and pepper
Colby cheese shredded

Brown hb, strain and leave small amount of grease in pot.  Place O'brien potatoes in pot, salt and pepper, put lid on cook for 10 minutes. Add garlic powder, add tomatoes, cook 10 minutes.  Stir occasionaly.  Add cheese.

March Monthly Menu

1.  choice of baked tilapia fillets or chicken sandwich, with steamed potato/green bean packets
2. hamburger hash & dinner rolls (will attatch this yummy new recipe in next post)
3. taco salad
4. choice of baked ziti/with sausage or spaghetti and texas toast
5. south of the border skillet w/ corn muffins
6. Brunswick Ga. Ball Tournament so....choice of crockpot dry beans over rice, corn muffins or LO
7.  cornflake chicken, maccaroni and cheese, buttter gb
8. sausage medley over rice texas toast
9. chili mac and corn muffins
10. fried pork chops, mac & cheese, gb
11. hb steaks with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, brocolli , LO gb
12. crockpot spaghetti
13. crockpot bbq ribs, lipton onion potatoes, rolls
14. chicken and dumplings, mac  n cheese, gb
15. meat loaf, rice tomatoes, corn muffins, crockpot applesauce
16. bacon, fried potatoes, eggs, sliced tomatoes
17. crockpot round steak with vegetable gravy, rice
18. grilled cheese
19. Poker Tournament ...appetizers...sausage balls, meatballs, finger foods
20. pot roast with carrots, mashed potatoes, biscuits
21. homemade vegetable soup , sandwichs
22. porkchop foil packets, stove top stuffing
23. ham, mac n cheese, gb
24.  french lasagna and spaghetti
25.LO  ham ,hashbrown casserole, baked beans
26. chicken and rice, mac n cheese, gb
27. grilled steaks and rolls and ff
28.  crockpot chickennoodle souop, sandwichs
29. IHOP french toast, bacon and eggs
30. homemade pizzas
31. FALL off the bone ribs, tomato cucumber salad, mac n cheese

Sweets : PBJ muffins, A way to a mans Heart Cookies, Dad's Birthday Cake
19.

Monday, February 8, 2010

February 2010 Menu

Finally, my February menu is up.  Sorry, for the delay guys.  I have been crazy busy with Dr.'s and had stuff on my mind.  Fortunatly, looks like things are returning to normal so here it is.  Better late than never correct.

1. left overs/sandwichs
2. fried steak, rice & gravy, gb and biscuits
3. pot roast, mash potatoes, mac n cheese
4. spaghetti
5. baked pork chops, yams, and mac -n- cheese
6. Carribean shrimp packets over rice
7. grilled steak and ff
8.  broiled tilapia, oven poatoes
9. fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gb
10. chili mac and corn muffins
11. sausage and vegetable medley
12. hb, hot dogs and ff
13. honeylime grilled chicken, rice and veggie
14. sonolan shrimp packet, and chili rice
15. chicken and noodles, biscuits , peas, mac n cheese
16. meatloaf, rice and tomatoes, corn muffins nad carrots
17. pan fried porkchops, buttery green beans, augratin potatoes
18. beef tips over rice, mac n cheese, tomato slices
19. bbq roast beef sandwichs ff
20. Jamie's homemade spaghettti
21.  homemade chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese
22. cheesy hb hash, gb rolls
23. steak fajitas
24. ham, mac n cheese, sweet potatoes
25. chicken sandwichs, ff, tomato slices
26. porkchop packet
27. round steak with vegetable gravy in crockpot, baked potato
28. bbbq crockpot chicken , corn on cob, seasoned potato packets

*german chocolate cheesecake
*mint Andes cookies

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blog update =)

Have tried so many new recipes latly.  Being at home definatly has its advantages.  Tried beer bread, the family voted No. However, I must say it makes a Beautiful loaf of bread. Wish I had taken a picture.  Must get better at that.  They are just a hard crew to please. 

What else. Last night we had ooey gooey butter cookies.  A success. Yummy!!!

Anyway, things have been crazy running and lots of Dr. appointments but bare with me I will get this blog on track and post recipes soon.  If you ever want a recipe just message me.

Thanks so much for sticking it out with me as this blog grows through out 2010.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Just made loaded potato soup and cheessy pull a part bread.  Delicious!!  Looking forward to left overs for lunch tommorow!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010