Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday and Saturday

Hi Friends,

I am so sorry for the delay. My brother in law had the only internet connection devise and had to return home for work. We are back home now as well and I just wanted to post really quickly the rest of our holiday meal plan.

On Friday and Saturday we basically ate the Thanksgiving leftovers and the all the other food that was leftover from the week. My grandma did make a great pot of Chili for one chilly evening and I promise her recipe soon!

I also made a big batch of nachos to provide us with snacks while we did late night Wii matches.

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

~ Katie

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Here is what the Brabson, Nuzzi, Brabson, Stewart, Lee, Cook, Williams Family is having for Thankgiving. Each person is responsibile for making something to contribute. The little ones are making the table decorations. :)

Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Wild Rice and Corn Bake
Green Bean Casserole
Apple Raisin Walnut Dressing
Lemon Blueberry Jello
Relish Tray
Yeast Rolls
Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Sweet Tea

If anyone wants a recipe please let me know!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday: My Mother-in-Law's Homemade Pizza

Well, Meal Planning Mommies today I have a picture to share with you and an idea...but no actual step by step instructions. When I am home I will repost this with actual instructions.

My mother-in-law, Mary B., is making her delicious home made pizza's today for our group. She has been kneading dough, browning sausage, and crushing garlic all day.

We are eating the typical pizza's plus to of Mary's famous pizza's~ Taco Pizza and Sauerkraut Pizza.

This meal with serve 14 plus!
It is an excellent meal for hungry bellies that spent the day at the pool.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday: My Sister's Four Seasons Ham and Beans

My wonderful sister, who just gave birth to her second child, delivered a wonderful hearty meal for all 14 of us today. She mixes two well known recipies togther resulting in a perfect blend.

Combine the following in a BIG pot:
2 Bags of Bean Soup Mix (which is a variety of beans)
Ham, cut up
Salt and Pepper
Fresh Red Potatoes - 3 pounds
Fresh Green Snap Beans -2 pound

Put everything in the same time, cover with water, and simmer ALL DAY LONG!
The water thickens as the potatoes and the beans cook and will become like a thin gravy. Stir occasionally.

Right before dinner make some home made cornbread.

We ate this meal with cornbread, sweet tea, and lemon cake for desert.

The above recipie was for 14 people. Only use one bag of the bean mix and less of the fresh veggies if you are making it for less people.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Monday: My Mom's Spaghetti Sauce mom made a big pot of spaghetti sauce tonight. She served it with two different kinds of noodles, salad, and garlic bread. It was a hit for a group of fourteen people!

She does this by heart so it is often a little bit different:

Brown 1 pound of Ground Round with 1 small onion, brown to a medium rare.
Add 4 small cans of diced tomatoes (or 2 large) to the meat.
Do NOT drain the Ground Round.

Add 2 tbsp of garlic powder
Add 1 teaspoon of thyme, rosemary, basil
Add 1 tbsp of oregano
Add 2 tbsp of parmesean cheese
Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt
Add 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
Add 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
Add 2 bay leaves
Add 1 tbsp olive oil

Bring all of the above into a simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Turn to low heat. Add two small cans of tomato paste. Stir really well.

Keep this on low heat until you are ready to serve.

My Mom uses a big pot for this entire meal. She browns the meat in the pot and just keep adding the ingredients.

Serve with your favorite al dente pasta. Let your guest garnish with sour cream, mozzerella, parmesean, and sour cream. A side of green salad and garlic bread it perfect.

It is a big pot of yummy!

Tip: Making the sauce early is great because it not only freezes very well, but the flavors just keep mixing together.

The recipe above serves 4-5 people, so adjust as you need!

The Tasty Green Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Hi Friends,

This week is nuts! I am in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin with a big part of my family and my husbands family. We are cooking like crazy and even though there is a meal plan I can not promise that it is healthy and I can not promise we will stick to it! As for pictures, oh my word, it will be hard. We actually do not have internet at the lodge (can you believe it!) and so even posting this today was a big accomplishment. I hope that you spend very little time on our nice meal planning site and a lot more time having fun with your loved ones. Cook a lot! Laugh a lot! Eat a lot! And, of course be THANKFUL.

I will be attempting to post each day. My postings will be the meals that the different people in my family are making for the crew here in WI.

Here is the tentative plan.

Monday: My Mom's Spaghetti Sauce, Noodles, Salad, and Garlic Bread
Tuesday: My Sister's Amazing Ham, Beans and Cornbread
Wednesday: My Mother in Law's Homemade Pizza (Five Kinds!)
Friday: My Grandma's Big Ole Pot of Chili
Saturday: My Manly-Man Super Nacho Bake

I do not have a grocery list for you, but will post ingredients for most things. Send me a note if you have any specific questions.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday: Sausage Gravy orver Biscuits

This is one of my husband's favorite meals (next to pizza), he got lucky this week I made 2 of his favorite meals in one week!

Sausage gravy can be a bit tricky to make and I continue to make improvements each time I make it. I would LOVE to hear your comments on this recipe!

Pictures, once again, will not upload onto blogger today. We seriously may be changing our webpage to a different "format"- Does anyone out there have a recommendation- WordPress or other?

Here is what you need:

Salt and Pepper

Step 1: Brown your sausage

Step 2: LEAVING THE GREASE IN THE PAN, use a spatula or slitted spoon to lift out the sausage to drain on a plate w/ a paper towel.

Step 3: Sprinkle about 1-2 tablespoons of flour onto the sausage grease and use a wisk until bubbly, keeping the temp. at med.-high. You can add more or less flour, depending on how much grease you have in your pan.

Step 4: Begin to add milk. I usually add about 2 cups at a time. (5 cups total)

Step 5: Keeping wisking to keep away those lumps!

Step 6: Add another 2 cups of milk and more flour (I added about 1/4 cup flour total)

Step 7: Add sausage and let sausage gravy simmer awhile. It will get thicker as it simmers

Step 8: Mix up your Bisquick biscuit and get those in the oven.

Step 9: Wisk your gravy more and determine if you need to add more milk/flour. We like our gravy pretty thick, but notice it really did not take much flour to get it thick. Only about 1/4 of a cup of flour was added. The reason I add so much milk is b/c I like to have more about twice as much gravy compared to the sausage.

*Frugal Tip- Make your gravy thick, but still add lots of milk so that you can use your gravy twice! The more "gravy" I make, the more meals I can use it for. So far we can stretch ours into about 3 meals. You can freeze sausage gravy (once it cools) to use later as well.

Step 10: Add salt and pepper. I usually add more pepper than I do salt b/c the sausage is salty. This is based on your taste, so get out a spoon and call in some taste testers into the kitchen!

Step 11: While you let your sausage gravy simmer and thicken, mix up your scrambled eggs.

Step 12: Take your biscuits and split in half, pour over gravy and add eggs. Congratulations, You have made a YUMMY, FRUGAL and HEALTHY meal for you family tonight!

*Note: We love to add gravy on our eggs as well!

Meal Cost for 4: $4.00 (not including staples like milk, flour, salt and pepper)
Per person: $1.00

Really- this is even less that I have listed here, b/c you can use your gravy for a 2nd or even 3rd meal!


Remember: I really want to hear your comments. I would love some tips to make this recipe even better! Anybody have advice for keeping the lumps down?

Sorry again about the pictures, I know it's not as fun to read! Pictures will be up soon!