Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I substituted the oil with applesauce (out of complete necessity) and it was still delicious. The kids did not peep about it being different! Just so ya know.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Okay it hase been forever!!

I made this the other night and my kids LITERALLY inhaled it. They ate 2 loafs in less than 24 hours (yes, I helped too) and were begging for more.

Pumpking Loaf

2 c. pumpkin (canned puree)
4 eggs
2/3 c. water
1 c. oil
2 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. each nutmeg, allspice & cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves

Preheat oven to 350. Mix pumpkin, eggs, water and oil together. Add sugar and spices (that also includes salt and b.s. and b.p.), mix until combined. Add flour and stir until just combined (there can be small lumps like pancake batter). Pour evenly into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake for 60 minutes.
Seriously good.....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


My mother sent me this fabulous cook book and there are some very yummy looking things in it.  I finally got around to trying one and darn I was not disappointed!  My only problem with it was it is so hard to stop eating it!  I'm also putting this on because I think that my sweet Cayden can have it...enjoy

Chicken, Rice and Black Bean Salad
Serves 6

2 T. lime juice
1 T. olive oil
1 T. chili powder (I used just a bit less)
1/2 tsp. cumin (I used closer to 1 T. because I ♡ cumin)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
3 cups hot cooked quick-cooking white rice (I used chicken               broth as my liquid)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. chopped red bell pepper (I used a whole one)
4 green onions, sliced
1/3 c. chopped fresh cilantro (you guessed it, I used more)

Whisk together the lime juice, oil, chili powder, cumin, salt and sugar in a bowl.  All the remaining ingredients and toss to combine and coat with dressing.

You can eat it warm or cold, on a salad or a tortilla.  I'm freezing one portion to see how that goes...I'll let you know.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Shepherd's Bowls

All the kids have different veggies that they like, so to make a casserole there is always some picking out of things....it doesn't bother me really, but I got smart last week.  I made all the makings of shepherd's pie but I left them separate so everyone was able to pick their toppings.  Worked like a charm.

Shepherd's Pie

Meat mixture:
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 c. chopped onions
1/4 c. flour
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp. ground savory
10 oz beef broth
1/3 c. water
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf

5-6 potatoes
frozen veggies - peas, corn, carrots, beans, what ever you like

Start cooking your potatoes in salted water.  Cook ground beef with the onions, until browned.  Add flour and stir to mix well.  Add the remaining meat mixture ingredients and cook about 10 minutes.  When the potatoes are cooked, mash them (I didn't add any milk to these - wanted them a bit more dense) with a bit of butter.  Cook your desired veggies.  Give the kids a bowl of mashed potatoes, top with meat mixture and let them pick their veggies on top.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

This is a fun one, and a good one....

This recipe is from August 2001 - Parenting Magazine.  The kids love it and we also did it at Sparks last night (the ladies requested it on the blog).  I swear it works, it is yummy and the kids have a whole lotta fun doing it.  

Vanilla Ice Cream

about 5 cups of crushed ice 
1 gallon self-sealing freezer bag
1 quart self-sealing freezer bag
3 Tbsp salt

1/2 c. whole milk
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Pour the crushed ice and salt into the large bag and set aside.  Pour the milk, sugar and vanilla into the smaller bag.  Seal, removing as much air as possible.  Place the small bag into the big bag and seal it.  Shake until the mixture inside the small bag is thick (about 5 minutes).  Remove the small bag and add flavorings, as desired.  Reseal and knead bag to mix.  To serve, spoon ice cream into a bowl - or eat it right out of the bag.  


Chocolate: Reduce sugar in recipe to just 1 tsp and add 1 Tbsp of chocolate syrup immediately after shaking

Chocolate chip:  Mix in 1 Tbsp chocolate chips after shaking

Candy crunch:  Stir in 1 Tbsp candy pieces, such as M&Ms or Reese's pieces after shaking

Strawberry:  Before shaking, add  2 Tbsp mashed fresh strawberries (or frozen and thawed)

Cookies and Cream:  Mix in 2 Tbsp crushed Oreos or chocolate chip cookies after shaking

Sunday, March 8, 2009

What's going on

So I have been struggling with the kids complaining (and a bit of the husband too) about what I've been making for dinner.  Apparently what I feel like making is not what they feel like eating.  Ungrateful people!!!  Last week before I went shopping I made everyone, and I mean everyone including Craig, pick a meal for the week.  I've done this before, but it was sort of more like give me some ideas and maybe I'll do it in the next couple of weeks.  I have made the resolve that the 5 meals that are picked are what we are eating.  The other two days are soup and sandwich night and one day is leftover night.  It gives the kids some power, but not too much.  The one funny thing is that last night I made Craig's pick - Ainsley wasn't the happiest with it and started in on it.  I simply told her that it was Dad's meal and I only was making it.  Holy cow, it stopped her complaining right there.  Loved it.  

Saturday, March 7, 2009

This is a favorite

This rice recipe is one of the WHOLE family's faves.  I hope that it becomes one of your family's staples too because it is so stinkin' easy.....

Herbed Rice

1 c. rice
1/2 c. green onion, sliced
2 c. undiluted chicken stock 
1/2 tsp of each of the following: thyme, ground savory, paprika
1 bay leaf
s & p to taste

Combine all ingredients together and microwave covered for about 20 minutes.  Check it and if it needs some more time, cook it a bit longer if needed.  (you also can do it in the oven at 325 for 30 to 45 minutes.