Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 came and went

Almost five days after Turkey-Day and I'm finally getting my food pictures up! Using the word of a very dear friend, I have been quite the 'slacker'!! I do have good reason's for this taking so long!! I promise!!
As I mentioned before, my husbands family was in town Wednesday evening until Sunday morning.
As soon as they all started back to Missouri, I started laundry, sweeping the floors and just small things in general to get the house back to six people living in it instead of THIRTEEN!!

We get to do this all over again in five weeks and honestly, I can't wait! I love having company and cooking for everyone!

Alrighty, so, reigning myself back to what this post is really about.....

Our Thanksgiving Dinner we had on Friday!!!!

Doesn't that just look DELICIOUS!!!! I could go for another big-o plate of that now!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Take 1

I hope everyone has/is enjoying their Thanksgiving!!
We have had Sean's family in since Wednesday night, so it's been pretty crazy  busy
around here! I realized this weekend why I decided to stop with four kiddos
instead of six!! Feeding and cleaning up after everybody, even with my SIL and MIL's help
is quite an undertaking!!

Tomorrow they will all head back to Missouri. I know there will be lots of tears
shed by my girls, but we will do it all over again in a little over four weeks!!

The better part of tomorrow will probably be spent cleaning up the house, doing laundry
and unspoiling my children!!

Next week I will be posting LOTS of pictures!! We had TONS of food on Friday
and I fixed breakfast and dinner each day while everyone was here!

Us girls (MIL, SIL and I) spent the afternoon shopping, while the guys 'watched'
the kids. (I'm pretty sure it was the other way around!)
We went to that SALEPLACE I talked about a couple posts ago. I think my SIL
died and went to craft heaven!! She seemed to be as Excited as I was the first time I
went there!!
And then.....we went to not one, BUT TWO GOODWILL stores!! JACK-POT baby!!
I feel like I got some major steals, but my SIL ended up one-upping me!!
She found some Frogg-Toggs. These puppies are NOT cheap!
They still had the tags on them!! The price said $9 and some change, she went up
to the counter to pay and THEY WERE ON SALE!!! She ended up paying $5 bucks
for them!! Crazy-sweet deal!! Oh yeah, she got the Cherry ones.

I guess I better finish cleaning up the dishes and sweep the spaghetti bits up off my floor!!
Did I mention I've been running my dishwasher at least 2 times a day??? A couple of days it's even
been THREE!! How do some of you do this daily? I'm pooped!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Meal

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK!!!
I think I have finally decided what we will be having! This morning I was still tweaking
my Menu, but I'm pretty sure this is what I am sticking with!


Turkey, of course!
Cream Cheese Corn Casserole
Southern Seven Layer Salad
Cake Mix Dinner Rolls
Cranberry Orange Sauce

Pumpkin Pie
Pecan Pie
with  Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce
Chocolate Pie

Is that enough?? Oh, wait!! I forgot our drinks!!
Sweet Tea
Party Punch

My in-laws are coming down to visit for Thanksgiving and the weekend.
My FIL, BIL, nephew and husband are all going to the Cowboy's Game on Thursday.
So we will actually be having our Dinner on Friday.
I have decided that Thursday morning we are going to have PW's Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast
and us girls are going to have her Enchiladas for lunch that day.
The Jury is still out on what we will have for dinner!?!?

I guess I need to get started on making the pie crusts, cinnamon rolls and cornbread. I'm afraid
I'm going to run out of time!!

*My plan is to update this post with pictures as soon as I finish making each dish!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Baby!!!

I have fresh pumpkin puree. Now what to do with it?
Oh, yeah! Make a pumpkin pie!!

pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, milk,
evaporated milk, unbaked pie shell 

Here I combined the pumpkin and eggs

Just looking at this picture I can smell the cinammon, sugar and nutmeg.

evaporated milk


mix everything well

and pour it into your perfect pie crust

a certain somebody (Sean!!!)
thought he could try and taste it before I got the picture take!!

So Yummy!! I couldn't even wait for the Cool Whip!!

Recipe for My Favorite Pumpkin Pie

4 eggs
2 cups pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/3 cup milk
1 (13 oz) can evaporated milk
2 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shells

Combine eggs and pumpkin. Blend sugars, salt and spices. Add milk and mix well.
Pour into pastry shells. Bake at 375* F for 50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway
 between center and outer edge comes out clean. Cool. Serve with Cool Whip.

*This recipe can be found in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Freistatt, Missouri Cook book.
It was originally submitted by Lincoln Voskamp.

Don't Let Them Just Sit There and ROT!!!

~Just a little heads up~  LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF PICTURES!!!!


The girls acquired pumpkins from their schools  back before Halloween.
I had every intention of carving them with the girls but I just didn't make it happen.
Even though I was bummed that we didn't carve pumpkins this year, I was able
to do something else with my girls!

The girls were disappointed that we didn't pull out the carving patterns
and tools but they did enjoy using markers!

I know I can't keep them Happy all the time, but my girls are pretty good
at quickly getting over their disappointment and being Happy again!

T thought it was GREAT to pull the 'guts and seeds' out of the pumpkin!!
D, not so much! after this picture she asked if she had to keep doing it!
M is quite the trooper too! She pulled Every last one of those seeds out of there!

The after-math almost looked like it was straight out of a movie!

pumpkin seeds and 'gut strings' were EVERYWHERE!!

I cut the pumpkins into a BUNCH of chunks!!
(and yes, I did use both pie pumpkins and jack o' lantern pumpkins) 

I started baking the pumpkin chunks and then ended up boiling two batches
because I was becoming very impatient!
Personally, I preferred how the boiled pumpkin turned out better then the baked.

Fried pumpkin anyone? I didn't have anywhere else to set my skillet.
We had pumpkin EVERYWHERE!!

Here comes the Puree!!!

please excuse the spotted mess all over the counter! 
You'd think a pumpkin blew up or something!!

M helped me out by writing on the bags for me.
I put five - 2 cup bags and one - 1 cup bag in the freezer.

Tina over at Mommy's Kitchen has a Great Pumpkin Puree Tutorial.

Now it's time to use up those seeds!!

The girls each mixed up their own batch of Pumpkin Seeds!!
T's batch was mixed with oil, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg with a
brown sugar crusty glaze.
D's batch was oil and Garlic Salt.
M's batch was oil, garlic salt and crushed red pepper.

Ready for a taste?

Pumpkin seed recipes:

Sugar & Cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin seeds, rinsed and patted dry
2 Tblsp. oil
2 Tblsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 Tblsp. Brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350*F. Mix first five ingredients together. Spread out on a foil covered
baking sheet sprayed with Cooking Spray. Bake for about one hour. Stir the seeds about every
10 minutes. After 30 minutes of baking, sprinkle the Brown Sugar over the seeds and continue
to bake until crispy!
Let cool and place in an air tight container!

For the other two flavors just mix your seeds and ingredients together and following the
baking directions above.

There are limitless possibilities of what flavors you can make your seeds!

*I'm sure some of you are wondering where #4 was after the first couple of pictures!
She did NOT want to have anything to do with the INSIDE of the pumpkins!

Onion Strings

Last night we had a craving for onion rings. I have to be honest,
I haven't made onion rings in a long time!
Sean and I had already decided we were going to use Pioneer Woman's Recipe for
Homemade Buttermilk Chicken Strips and just adapt it to suit our needs!
But, we didn't even have to do that!!
I started looking through my Pioneer Woman Cookbook because I thought
the Chicken Strip Recipe was in there......instead I found Ree's recipe for Onion Strings!!!!


Since Ree gives you the 'How To' on her Blog, I'm just going to show you
what mine looked like when they were finished!!


These little do-dads are just as delicious as Ree says!!
I almost couldn't fry them up fast enough. Everyone kept grabbing
them as soon as I put a batch on the plate!
I also decided I'm going to remake these to use on my Green Bean Casserole
for Thanksgiving!

I also got to thinking, How can we eat these delicious onion strings without
the spicy dipping sauce, like what you would get at Cheddars?

I found a recipe on Allrecipes .com to use for the dipping sauce.

It turned out very good!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Golden Pancakes

I love making Pancakes from Scratch!! I can't remember the last time I
 havehad 'store bought' pancake mix in the house. Don't get me wrong, I love
store bought, but here lately, my budget doesn't.

This little recipe can be whipped up in a jiff!! By the time you get all of your
ingredients out and measured your griddle will be nice n' hot!

oil, sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs

T sifting the dry ingredients into the bowl

 M taking a turn at sifting

 The beaten egg!

T carefully pouring in the oil and milk mixture

These babies are ready to flip!!

Just a few seconds on the other side!

They really are GOLDEN!!!!

Smear a little butter on each pancake, drizzle some hot syrup over the top
and why not add a glob of cool whip?

Golden Pancakes Recipe:


2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
6 Tblsp. sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup oil

Sift together dry ingredients. Add eggs and 1 cup milk; mix well.
Then add remaining milk and oil; beat well. Bake on hot skillet until golden brown.
Any leftover pancakes may be frozen and reheated in toaster for a quick breakfast!

  • This recipe is in a cookbook that I hold very dear to my heart! I will go into more detail about this later. ALOT of the recipes I will be sharing will be coming from this cook book! I can't wait to share all of these yummy treats!!

New Spin on an Old Favorite

Anytime I think of a Broccoli, Rice and Chicken Casserole Recipe, I think back to when I was first married and tried making it. The end result?.......Crunchy rice...... but it tasted good! I guess?!

That was 10 years ago!!! and I've only made it a handful of times. and you guessed it..... each time I thought I could make it better and each time the rice was still crunchy and it just didn't have the right taste to it!!

So, what do I do? I finally decide to try something a little different!!

Here is Everything I put in it!

Chicken Breasts, Chicken Broth, Cream of Chicken, Broccoli,
Rice, Sour Cream, Velveeta, Onion

The first thing I did was put the chicken in my orange pot and pour the chicken broth over it.
I chopped up some onion and threw that in the pot. I let the chicken boil until done.
When the chicken is done cooking take it out and place in a bowl and keep warm.
DO NOT pour your broth down the drain!

Instead, pour your rice in! and cook according to package directions!

'Look Ma! I have eyes and a nose on my hand!'
I forgot #4 had put that on there until I was editing my pictures and I figured, why not just leave it?
So, Miss Handy is cutting up chicken for me with my craft scissors that turned kitchen,
about 5 years ago!!

Your rice will be soft and taste sooo much better!!
and if it's watery? don't worry about it, you need that extra 'juice' anyway!

Here I added my frozen broccoli.

and stirred it up real good!

Dump in the two cans of Cream of Chicken.
And because I support Dairy Farmers Everywhere!
I added the sour cream, Velveeta and I know it wasn't in the picture, but I put
some milk in there too!!!

I added pepper and just a little salt, since Velveeta is pretty salty anyway.

Here I decided to add Cheesy French Fried Onions on top for the sole purpose that
I thought it would taste GOOD!!!
See? You can get creative with anything!!

Fresh Out of the oven!!

The batch I made was too big for a 9x13 pan so I put the rest in an 8x8!
I put a layer of plastic wrap over it and then foil.
It is now sitting in my freezer for a quick meal on a night I either forget to lay something out
or? That will probably be the reason!

This is how I did the recipe:

Easier Broccoli, Rice and Chicken Casserole

1 lb Chicken Breasts
32 oz Chicken Broth
2- 10 1/2 oz cans Cream of Chicken
16 oz bag of Frozen Broccoli
3 cups Rice
A chunk of Velveeta
Big Scoop of Sour Cream
1/2 of a medium onion
and a splash of milk to rinse your cans out!

  1. Place your chicken breasts and Chicken broth in your cooking pot.
  2. Chop up your onion, put it in with the chicken and bring to a boil.
  3. Once the chicken is done, remove from pot and place in a bowl and keep warm.
  4. Cook rice according to package directions in the chicken broth.
  5. While the rice is cooking, go ahead and cut your chicken into bite size pieces. or shred it.
  6. When the rice is done, throw in the broccoli, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, Velveeta and milk.
  7. Season with a little salt and pepper to taste and give it a good ol' stirrin'!
  8. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 pan.
  9. Cover with French Fried Onions
  10. Bake in 350* oven for 15 minutes or until the onions are golden!