September Meals

We had some successful meals during August.  I heard alot of yums coming from hubby’s mouth.  Some of his favorites were the White Castle Sliders, spaghetti carbonara, and breakfast burritos.  My favorites were the bowtie lasagna, White Castle Sliders, spaghetti carbonara, and lemon basil pasta.  During early August, I made the spaghetti carbonara.  Hubby absolutely loved it and ate the last of the left-overs.  There was no way he was going to share.  Two weeks later, I offered to make Sunday night dinner.  I decided to make spaghetti carbonara.  That time I got to eat the rest of the left-overs … Continue reading September Meals

Menu Plan Monday – Week of August 30

Monday – porcupine meatballs (freezer), rolls, veggie Tuesday – molasses chicken (freezer), make over macaroni and cheese, veggie Wednesday – Skyline chili over spaghetti, rolls Thursday – Baked potatoes with skyline chili and cheese, veggie Friday – spaghetti, Italian breadsticks, salad, applesauce Saturday – leftovers This post is linked up to Menu Planning Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie. Continue reading Menu Plan Monday – Week of August 30

Seasoning without salt

MJ, one of my family members, got this interesting sheet that lists different ways to season food without using salt.  As we are becoming more diligent with making sure things are low sodium for my father-in-law, I thought it was appropriate to post this list. For beef:  bay leaf, dry mustard, green pepper, marjoram, fresh mushrooms, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage, thyme Chicken:  green pepper, lemon juice and lemon zest, marjoram, fresh mushrooms, paprika, parsley, poultry seasoning, sage, thyme Fish:  bay leaf, curry powder, dry mustard, green pepper, lemon juice, paprika Lamb:  curry powder, garlic, mint, mint jelly, pineapple, rosemary Pork:  … Continue reading Seasoning without salt

Favorite books – Hannah Swenson series

I’ve decided to do a series of posts about different books that I enjoy either reading or listening to on CD.  Some are adult series while others might be a children’s series.  One of my favorite series is the Hannah Swenson series.  It’s a murder mystery series that involves Hannah who owns a cookie shop in Lake Eden, Minnesota.  Hannah is famous not only for her baking skills but also for finding dead bodies which drives her mother, Delores, batty.  With the help of her sisters, Michelle and Andrea, her cookie shop partner, Lisa, and one of her two on-and-off … Continue reading Favorite books – Hannah Swenson series

Instant Oatmeal Mix

Usually I’m not a big oatmeal eater, however; when I saw this mix on Mommy’s Kitchen I decided I needed to try it.  Oh my goodness, it’s a lot better than the instant oatmeal you get at the grocery store.  I think I like it because I can add what I want to it so it’s unique to my likings. Stars of the “recipe”: 2 and 1/4 cup of instant oatmeal 1/3 cup dried milk powder 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 to 2 tsp of cinnamon  (I added more because I love the taste of cinnamon.) 1 cup of raisins … Continue reading Instant Oatmeal Mix

Wordless Wednesday #7 – Adventures of the Scary Monkey (Part 3)

Three weeks ago, the family and I went to a local historical park.  The Wee One decided to bring along his stuffed monkey.  We had a lot of fun posing the monkey at various exhibits. Click on the pictures to make them bigger. This post is linked to Wordless Wednesday at “And Miles to Go Before We Sleep.” Continue reading Wordless Wednesday #7 – Adventures of the Scary Monkey (Part 3)

Menu Plan Monday – August 23

A review of last week’s meals: A favorite was lemon-basil pasta.  It was my favorite meal during the week.  My hubby enjoyed it but not as much as I did.  The boys were not so keen on it but it was because it had green in it. My hubby’s favorites were the meatbball sub, breakfast burrito, and the barbecue ham.  I was nervous about making the breakfast burritos for hubby because I didn’t know if he would like it or not.  He ended up eating two of them!  This week’s meals Monday – Primetime meatloaf (freezer), makeover macaroni and cheese, … Continue reading Menu Plan Monday – August 23

Lemon Basil Pasta

I found this recipe on The Pioneer Woman’s website.  Since I had put some lemon chicken in the freezer, I decided that this would really compliment the chicken.  The pasta dish is pure heaven.  Okay maybe not pure heaven.  However, it was delicious and the smells coming from cooking it or even heating it up makes me happy.  In fact, I took it to work for lunch and one of my fellow teachers complimented me on the smell of the dish.  If you get a chance, make this dish and escape to happiness from the taste and smell. Stars of … Continue reading Lemon Basil Pasta

Menu Plan Monday – Week of August 16

The students are coming.  The students are coming.  Monday is the first day back for students.  Since I teach special education and I don’t have my schedule yet, I don’t start working with them until at least next week.  I do know who my students are though and of the 12, I have either worked with or know 8 of them.  I’m so glad I planned a simple meal on Friday.  The Wee One woke me up at 3 am because he had a bad dream.  He asked me to go lay with him in his bed.  I laid there until … Continue reading Menu Plan Monday – Week of August 16

Wordless Wednesday #5 Adventures of the Scary Monkey (Part 1)

Last week, the family and I went to a local historical park.  The Wee One decided to bring along his stuffed monkey.  We had a lot of fun posing the monkey at various exhibits. Click on the pictures to make them bigger. This post has been linked to Wordless Wednesday at “And Miles to Go Before I Sleep” and At Home with Auntie E. Continue reading Wordless Wednesday #5 Adventures of the Scary Monkey (Part 1)

Two good fruit dips

I have been transferred back to the middle school for this school year.  Yesterday we had our first work meeting and I got to talk with some of my co-workers I hadn’t worked with for a few years.  As I was eating my lunch, one of them mentioned a fruit dip I used to make for carry-ins.  She used to take the left-overs.  For the life of me, I couldn’t remember what fruit dip she was talking about.  Later that evening, it came back to me.  It’s the heavy whipped cream with pudding one.  It’s so easy and very delicious. … Continue reading Two good fruit dips

Menu Plan Monday – August 9

This is a simple menu for this week because I start back to work on Thursday.  Monday – almost famous chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, fruit salad Tuesday – homemade corn dogs (Food Network recipe), chips, veggie Wednesday – Bowtie lasagna, garlic bread, salad or veggie  Thursday – Chicken cordon bleu (freezer), veggie, Easy Rolls Friday – breakfast for dinner – waffles or pancakes, bacon or sausage,  fruit Saturday – left-overs This post has been linked up to Menu Planning Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie. Have a great week. Continue reading Menu Plan Monday – August 9

Make Over Macaroni and Cheese

Last week, I was looking through Taste of Home’s Healthy Cooking Magazine when I saw a recipe for makeover macaroni and cheese that used no butter in it.  It was also very simple to make because you make a roux of milk and flour and then add Velveeta (or a similar off brand cheese) and cheddar cheese to make a cheese sauce.  You then add that cheese sauce to cooked pasta such as elbow macaroni.  The texture reminds me of Kraft’s Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese with the cheese packet instead of the powder cheese sauce.  When I served it, my hubby … Continue reading Make Over Macaroni and Cheese

Aviation Tour – Carillon Park

Our final stop on the Aviation Tour was to Carillon Park.  I had not been to Carillon Park since I was a child.  Hubby hadn’t been there in years either.  So this ws a fun trip for all of us.  During the first half of the park, the Imaginative One and Wee One were very interested in the buildings.  However by the time they got to the Wright Cycle building, they were complaining about being fatigued from all the walking.  They regained their energy after we stopped at the Culp Diner for ice cream treats.  The Imaginative One had a … Continue reading Aviation Tour – Carillon Park

Aviation Tour – Wright Brothers Interpretive Center

On Wednesday, we went out to my school to drop of  some of my things.  Then we went to lunch and the Wright Brothers Interpretive Center.  Last spring, I started taking Third Street home because of the construction on Route 35 at 675.  I passed the Interpretive Center many times on my way home but had not realized it. We got to see how the Wrights figured out how to have a successful heavier than air manned flying machine.  We also learned about their printing business.  The boys’ favorite areas were the parachute area and the supermarket area. After we finished … Continue reading Aviation Tour – Wright Brothers Interpretive Center

Aviation Tour – Wright B Flyer and Woodland Cemetery

Last Thursday, the Imaginative One, Wee One and I started on the Aviation Tour around Dayton, Ohio.  We went to see the look alikes of the Wright B Flyer and then went to Woodland Cemetery.  A lot of famous Daytonians are buried in Woodland Cemetery.  We wanted to see the Wright Brothers’ burial plot, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s burial plot, and the boy and his dog statue.  The boys were real troopers with the walking in the cemetery. After we got done at Woodland Cemetery, we discovered the car’s keys were left in the car.  So we had to call my … Continue reading Aviation Tour – Wright B Flyer and Woodland Cemetery