Saturday, August 7, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
This recipe is very easy to make! Smile face.
1 cup round buttery crackers
3 T. butter, melted
Get the pasta cooking.Get those crackers all crunched up.
Toss together cracker crumbs and butter; sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until bubbly and heated through. Serves 6.
I served ours with a strawberry/banana smoothie to drink.
I wanted to show this picture, so you can get an accurate idea of how this meal went over in our house. Here's what the table looked like when we were done.
(My husband's and my plate are on the top polished off after firsts and seconds...we were hungry! My kids plates, barely touched, are down at the bottom.) :) Ya win some, ya lose some. :)
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I had the pleasure of preparing dinner for a men's homeless shelter in our area. The task that was presented was to prepare a dinner that would feed over 20 hungry men. I teamed up with another lady from my church. She made a large salad and a large fruit salad, along with some garlic bread. I "prepared" the Chicken Parmesan and the peanut butter cookies. I cheated by using "On Cor" and jarred spaghetti sauce, because, "for taste and more, it's On Cor", right guys? :0) Between my friend and I, we were able to put together a hefty meal, that fed many without busting the piggy bank. I thought I would share, in case if you ever want to prepare this when you have a large group to satisfy. I only have pictures of what I did, but if grab a couple of bags of salad, a couple of frozen loaves of garlic bread, and some fruit and you've got a meal.
On Cor Chicken Parmesan (Each box comes with 6 patties, so we bought 5 boxes)
Spaghetti sauce (we used two jars)
Spaghetti noodles (we used two boxes worth)
Preheat your oven and cook the Chicken Parmesan as the direction indicate on the box.
Meanwhile, boil up a huge amount of water and cook up your spaghetti according to the directions on that box.
Drain your spaghetti and add two jars of spaghetti sauce. Mix it all up.
To serve, slap some of that there spaghettis on a plate and top with one of those there patties. Serve with your salad and a piece of garlic bread. WALAH! Easy peasy dinner for a mass of people without working very hard, and without totally blowing your grocery budget for the week! :0) Wish I had a picture of the end result, but I do not. Sorry.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Additionally, Elizabeth has offered an idea when trying to use the broth from making your own chicken. In the past we had a comment posted by one of our readers, in regard to the greasiness of the broth. I (Alisha) did not understand what must be done to be able to use the broth in a healthy way. Here's what Elizabeth had to say:
You can either wait for the liquid to cool a bit and the fat will start to solidify on top and you can skim off as much as possible, or you can get one of these handy gadgets from Amazon:Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for your insite. We love it so much that our site can be a place for moms to learn from each other. We really do appreciate our readers so much!
2 cup Fat Separator and Strainer
I'm sure you can find a less expensive one than this, but both my mom and grandma use one of these religiously to separate out the broth from the fat for sauces and such. Fat goes to the top, broth stays at the bottom and is able to be poured out of the spout that comes from the bottom. A very handy item to have around :)
Heat up some oil in a large frying pan or a wok.
Add your bag of noodles and veges. Cook as directed on package.
Add the sauce that comes with the package and some chicken, if desired.
Smile and Serve.
For Katie's mouth watering Japanese Spaghetti, made from scratch, you can go here.
Monday, August 2, 2010
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(Thanks, Money Saving Madness!)
Sunday, August 1, 2010
My precious two year old helped me out with this one. She is beginning to think that she has to "help" me every time I cook now. This can be a good and a bad thing, depending on how much time I have to prepare dinner. Today is was a wonderful thing. I had a great time admiring my sweet little girl as she helped me prepare this salad. I'm glad I got pictures of this one, because I think I will be happy to look back on these ones later. Okay, enough chit chat. Here's what we pulled together to make a salad for dinner...
1 can kidney beans
Thousand Island (because we already had it, although, I would have preferred to use some sort of Southwestern Dressing, like that Southwestern Ranch dressing I got at Walmart before)
Preparing your salad:
Rinse off and cut up your Romaine lettuce.
Let your kiddo chop up, smash, and crumble the tortilla chips. We just used our hands and a bowl, but you could also use a ziploc bag for this part. Using a bag is usually more fun for younger kids if you have them.
Rinse off, and drain, those kidney beans. Pile everything into a big bowl.
Mix up all your ingredients.
Dig in. I have say, there was a time when my son would NOT eat a salad. He was about 2-3 years old at the time. I watched his slightly older friend devour a salad when she came over, and I convinced myself I was failing as a parent because my kids would not eat a salad. The good news is, I was wrong. He had not developed his appreciation for a salad yet at that point. Today he happily eats his salad when I put one in front of him. Keely, our two year old, eats a whole bowl and then asks for more. :) While I have certainly not always been this way, as a mom, I am quick to beat myself down for each little thing I think I am not doing right. This quickly takes the joy out of parenting. Today I decided to relish in the fact that both of my children were delightfully eating a salad without complaints. This felt like a big victory for me. Have you had any small victories with your children you would like to share? We would LOVE to hear them!
Thanks to all who stopped by our booth, we really look forward to seeing you again at our classes!