Friday, August 31, 2007
We like meatballs, both homemade and frozen. And if you can find a good sauce or gravy to put on them, they're even better!! This is a very simple recipe that was given to me by another parent at the school where our children attend. She took them for Teacher Appreciation Day, and they loved them!! I make this at home when I'm crunched for time, and it's a great slow cooker sauce.
Sauce for Meatballs
1 cup ketchup
1 cup grape jelly
That's it!! Simply make your favorite meatballs, or use frozen. Put the meatballs in the slow cooker and then add the ingredients above to the slow cooker. You can increase the amount in equal parts if you want more sauce. It doesn't look too appetizing when you add the jelly, but after it cooks down, it's wonderful!! It normally takes 2-1/2 to 3 hours for the sauce to blend together. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I found this rather large pepper (this photo was really close up!) in the garden a few weeks ago, along with other, not quite so large, peppers. The peppers this year had a late start because I let too many weeds grow around them--they really needed room to breathe, so to speak. Once I cleared the weeds away and allowed them to have lots of sunshine, they took off and grew. The nice thing about peppers is they do not take a tremendous amount of room to grow. Some peppers were sliced thin and others were chopped and put in the freezer. They are great for stir frys or other dishes where you want some additional taste and color. Or, in our case, we love them sauteed with onions and then fixed with brats! Yum!!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Whenever you are short on time and looking for a quick sandwich to make, this recipe is fast and easy.
Easy Chicken Salad
1 can of white chicken breast (9.75 ounce)
1 to 1-1/2 tbsp. green onion tops
2 to 3 tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese
3 tbsp. mayonnaise
Seasoned black pepper to taste
Mix the first four ingredients together (you may need to shred the canned chicken with a fork), and then add pepper to taste. Serve on your favorite bread. This basic recipe will make 2 to 3 sandwiches. I've also used a little onion powder or some chopped onion if I don't have green onion. This recipe is very easy to double or triple. I've tripled the recipe and then put the mixture on cocktail buns to take to fellowship gatherings. You won't need any salt in this recipe because of the canned chicken. Enjoy!
P.S. If anyone can tell me what to do to make my ingredient list show up with single spacing, I would appreciate it very much.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
It's back to school time!! I admire those mothers who homeschool, and think about doing it every now and then. Our youngest has special needs and does wonderfully in a structured school environment, but that's not what this post is really about. If you're sending your child off to school or use a backpack on a regular basis, please consider buying one of good quality. I've heard friends comment that they bought their son or daughter a backpack from a discount store, and the backpack usually falls apart after a short period of time. Spend a little more money to buy a backpack that provides durability over the years--you won't regret it. If I may also suggest, try not to purchase one that has a type of print on it such as animals or flowers (and believe me I think those backpacks are really cute!), because sooner or later they will want something that is very plain, especially if you have a son. Sporting good stores are also a good choice for finding more durable backpacks.
Have a blessed day!!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
This recipe was found over at Cooks.com. You can make it for breakfast or for brunch. I've taken it to church events--it's easy to make and tastes pretty good.
Sausage Cheese Bake
1 pound pork sausage
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon mustard
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (or use any kind)
2 slices bread
Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with Pam cooking oil. Tear the bread into pieces to cover the bottom of baking dish. Saute sausage until brown. Beat the eggs with milk and mustard. Layer the bread, sausage, and cheese in the dish, and then pour the egg mixture over the top. Cover and put in refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
The recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of mustard--I would cut that amount back to 1/2 teaspoon and use a mustard which is subtle in flavor. Also, the recipe calls for it to bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes--the times I've made this, it takes longer to cook and at a higher temperature. So I bake it the first 1/2 hour at 350 degrees, then bake it another 20-25 minutes at 375-400 degrees and remove the tin foil so it can lightly brown. You may want to see what temperature works best for your oven.
Friday, August 17, 2007
The days of summer are slowly starting to fade away--the nights are getting shorter, the blooms are starting to dull, the children are heading back to school. Football is on people's minds. There is much work to be done in the garden in the coming weeks. We have a lot of weeding to do, and many tree branches and vines need to be trimmed. It's also about time to start thinking about any flowers you may want to plant for next year. Any local nursery or garden center has a variety of flowers or trees to choose from. Simply take a look around the outside of your home and envision what might look good in your garden!! You might be surprised!
Have a great weekend everyone!!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
This is a nifty little tool that helps you with opening the lids off of your jars. It really comes in handy. I have noticed that from age 35 onward, I started to struggle with getting the lids off of jars. When my husband is home, I will usually ask him to help me with a difficult lid. My mother use to take a knife and bang on a lid that wouldn't open hard enough to loosen it--I also did that for a while. I figured I was going to have to buy some new knives if I continued this way. You get to the point where you are thinking "there's got to be a better way." It was ordered from Amazon and expands for opening lids up to 4"--not sure who manufactured it. So if you're starting to have difficulty with opening lids, you might want to think about buying one of these and save your knives.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
This plant is called Mexican Heather. I planted it this spring when it was much smaller, but with the nice spring rains we had, and all the rain we have had lately, it is really growing. I'd never heard of this plant, but understand that it grows a into a nice compact size. It has small purple flowers which add a nice colorful touch to the garden.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
In large bowl, mix the sugar, brown sugar, and butter until creamy. Add peanut butter, vanilla, and eggs into the sugar/butter mixture stirring until well blended.
In another bowl, mix flour, oatmeal, baking soda, and salt. Add this to the above creamed mixture and mix well until blended.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I was looking out our kitchen window the other day and saw this very beautiful water lily in full bloom. Several years ago when we bought our home, it had four small ponds on the property. The ponds already had some water plants, but I wanted to put a hardy water lily plant in the pond. I started by simply putting the basic plant in a plastic pot (I believe I put potting soil around it) and then set it by the edge of the pond under water. Well, a few weeks later, the pot fell down deeper into the center of the pond, and it has produced these stunning pink blooms ever since. This one water lily that was planted has really taken over the majority of one of our ponds. It does provide some nice shade for our koi. I hope you had a blessed day!!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
This used to be in our kitchen and we stored food items in it--it was all white. We redid our dining room and made it into a utility room. This storage piece now resides in there. I ended up painting it grey, and the color turned out really nice. I put our china pieces inside on the left side. The other three drawers on the top to middle right now hold plates and other pieces we use. In the bottom top two baskets, I put kitchen towels while the bottom baskets hold potatoes and lasagna noodles. Finding other ways to put furniture to use can sometimes be difficult, but with a little creativity and handiwork, the results can turn out just great!!