Mom, What’s for Dinner? – Week of Feb. 24

Week of Feb 24

 

I have parent teacher conferences this week.  My principal provides my dinners but the boys and Hubby need to still be fed.  I have slow cooker kits in the week.  I’ll put one of those meals in the slow cooker on Monday and another on Wednesday so they have supper.

The rest of the meals are recipes from my blog.  We’ll have fun revisiting these recipes.

Links to the recipes on my blog:

Waffle House Waffles

Fried potatoes

Root beer BBQ sauce

Mac and Cheese 

Kitchen Tip Tuesday – DIY Brown Sugar

I’ve come up with a new idea for Tuesdays.  There might be a tip every Tuesday or every other Tuesday.

On Saturday, we tuned into “America’s Worse Cooks” on the Food Network.  It was interesting watching those novice cooks trying  to work their way through the kitchen.  If they knew some tips and tricks in the kitchen, they might have had an easier time while in the kitchen.

This week’s tip is one that I used today.  When I went to use my brown sugar, I discovered it was completely hard.  So I used my back up plan.

Did you know brown sugar is just granulated sugar and molasses?  Dark brown sugar has more molasses in it.  I actually learned this while reading one of my favorite book series – Joanna Fluke’s Hannah Swenson series.  She provides different recipes and tips through the book along with the mystery.  I don’t remember which of the books I found the tip but Hannah or one of her friends did not have brown sugar so she suggested using molasses in granulated sugar.

To make  your own brown sugar:

100_1161

100_1163

 

(I added more sugar to the bowl after I took this picture.)

100_1164

After making the brown sugar.

 

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. molasses (not backstrap), more or less depending on your taste (Use cooking spray on the measuring spoon before measuring the molasses.)

Steps:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and molasses until incorporated.
  2. Use in your recipe or as a topping.

I have a few ideas for other tips.  Do you have any other tips you would like to see?

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Week of Feb. 17

week of Feb 17

The boys and I have had cabin fever lately.  We’ve been either sick or the weather has not been nice.  So far we’ve had between 42 and 45 inches when we normally get about a foot of snow during the whole winter.  Our first snowfall was a week before Halloween.  That is also unusual.  Anyway on Saturday, we went to Home Depot for a free DIY session for the boys.  They had fun hammering and creating their own race car.  Afterwards we went to Starbucks and Meijers to grocery shop.  The Imaginative One hates to grocery shop but because of his cabin fever he didn’t mind.

They got some foods they enjoy but I don’t normally buy for them.  They also got to get a Valentine’s treat because all the Valentine’s Day merchandise was half off.  Of course the Imaginative One got chocolate and the Wee One found a stuffed animal.  After grocery shopping, we ate lunch at Frisch’s Big Boy.  The server was great because she gave us coupons for free kids’ meals.  I made sure I left her a tip for that.

Our last stop was to Tropical Smoothie.  I get text message deals from there.  They sent me a Valentine’s Day deal for buy one smoothie get one free.  The Imaginative One loves the Jetty Punch Smoothie so this was a nice treat for him.  After we got home, we took our dog over to my mother-in-laws’ house to be groomed.  He was glad to be out of the house but wasn’t too happy to be groomed.

Onto the menu:  We are going to be trying new recipes and eating a recipe that has one of the highest amounts of views.  Hopefully the family will love these recipes.

Links to the recipes on my blog:

Baked French Fries

Baked Spaghetti (One of the most viewed recipes on my blog.)

Homemade Pizza

Easy Rolls or Buttermilk Biscuits