Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday: Baking Day #1

In anticipation of our second child's arrival (sometime in the next two weeks~ oh my word!) I have set up two consecutive baking days. Yesterday I completed the organization, which was done at night on the couch with cook books open and some fun sit-coms on in the background. Today, I completed the grocery shopping and round one of the baking.
I planned on taking pictures of each meal as I made it to show you step by step directions, but I left the camera in my hubbies car. So instead I will list what I made today and then post each recipe in the coming weeks.

I used, for many of these meals, a great resource called: Once a Month Cooking by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborn. The meals that came from this book will have a astric by them.

Baking Day #1

Six Chicken Packets*
12 Calzones*
Marinara Sauce
Sweet and Sour Chicken*
Stuffed Shells
Beef Stroganoff
Three loaves of bread
4 pie crusts

Wowowowowowwo!! I am proud of myself. Here, I am doing a cartwheel in celebration. Okay, wait a minute I am nine months pregnant so I will skip the cartwheel and do a celebratory jig instead. Here it goes...jig...jig...jig...

Tomorrow Sarah (Frugal Table) will be here with me.
We are cooking/baking the following:
Ham, Broccoli and Cheese Quiche
Bacon and Cheese Quiche cups
Sausage Rolls

Everything I baked today I put into ziplocks/containers, labeled and froze. Having a dishwasher and a deep freeze makes baking day a breeze for the most part. I am looking forward to the comradery of tomorrows baking day with Sarah.

Will post recipes soon!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

I love slow cooker meals, my house smells so yummy all day! Stroganoff is one of my absolute favorite meals so I am constantly trying new recipes. I hope you enjoy this one!

Here is what you need:
2 tbsp. flour, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 3/4 lb. boneless beef round steak (I used 3/4 lb and it was plenty for 6 people or mix it up and just use ground beef), 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup water, 1 envelope dried onion soup mix, 1/2 cup sour cream, 9 oz jar (can or fresh) mushrooms (we opted to not put these in our stroganoff so they are not pictured).

Step 1: combine 2 tbsp. flour, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and 1/2 tsp. pepper in slow cooker

Step 2: Cut meat into 1 1/2 x 1 inch strips (or cubed like mine) and toss in flour mixture until well coated.
Step 3: Add mushroom soup, 1/2 cup water, and soup mix. Stir until well blended.

Step 4: Cover, cook on High 3-3/12 hours or Low 6-7 hours

Step 5: Stir in mushrooms, 1/2 cup sour cream.

Let the sour cream cook in the stroganoff about 10-15 minutes or until heated through

Step 6: Cook your noodles. I chose to eat our stroganoff over noodles, but it would be just as good over rice, bread or potatoes.

Step 7: Don't forget your veggie for a side! We chose to cook some carrots

Step 8: Serve and enjoy! Yummy!

AND, if you want to make your own noodles here is how. Click here on one of our older recipes to see how we made egg noodles. It is easy and can even be a fun thing to do with your kiddos!
Egg Noodles Recipe Here

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Meal Plan November 16-22

This week is a busy one for our family, but we still have to eat. Here is the official dinner plan. Both Tuesday's Beef and Noodles and Sundays soup will be made in a double batch so that I can freeze it for later.

Monday~ Man Night (The boys either go out to eat or make their own meal, usually cold cut sandwiches!)
Tuesday~ Crock Pot Beef and Noodles
Wednesday~ We have a Thanksgiving Dinner at our church (YUM!)
Thursday~ Breakfast for Dinner: Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Fruit Salad, Fresh Orange Juice
Friday~ Beefy Baked Potatoes
Saturday~ Tuna Casserole, cheese ball, and summer sausage with crackers
Sunday~ Cream of Tomato and Pumpkin Soup in bread bowls

In addition as long as this baby does not arrive (smile, smile, smile) I am going to do a baking day on Thursday. I will be making everything from bread dough to full fledged meals to freeze. I am working on my baking day list now, so hopefully it will be ready to share with you closer to Thursday.
If anyone has great ideas for things that are good for baking ahead of time and freezing please share!