Monday, October 18, 2010


Gone but not forgotten. I can't believe I have not posted since May. I have no excuses, really I don't. Things are the same around here. Unhappily married check. Kiddo a handful check. Still cooking and making weekly menus check. Sewing once in awhile check.
I just spent the last month planning our schools fall festival, it was last thursday nite. Now I am just tying up those loose ends from it. I am in full swing with daycare but this morning I find myself quietly alone and wondering how long it will last?
My son is doing well in 1st grade, he is an excellent reader and two teachers(not his) have commented how well he is doing in math...I guess they talk in the breakroom?? I glow with pride. His reading is wonderful and I love to hear him read to me, although he still prefers to be read to.
His 7th birthday is just around the corner..I can't believe how fast he has grown. We are having a lego party this year, it should be a blast. Although I told him 20kids was the limit since we have had so many more in the past. And this is one of the few years I am not making his cake. I have contracted with another mama to make a lego cake for me, it should be pretty cool. I am however going with a ususal theme
I always give soap and washcloths for party favors. This year I bought a lego mold to make the soap myself and we are stamping the cloths with legos for a polka dot effect. The other party favors will be lego creation made by Z. We bought 200 used lego pieces on ebay(much cheaper than new)and Z will use 10 of each to make one of a kind pieces. I am thinking of games to play still, but it will be a fun party I am sure.
The weather here has been unseasonably warm and the evenings have been extremely pleasant. I love driving over the bridge in the morning and watching the steam rise off of the water. It's a nice site and reminds me of one more reason to live on the other side of the river. I do love living in North Lawrence.
I have resumed work on a baby quilt for my good friends three month old a little smiley guy, I will try and post some pics once I load my camera software onto my new computer. Feels good to be here! Now how about a menu.

Special burgers
oven fries


2 lbs local grass fed beef
1 package Organic dry onion soup mix
2 diced shallots
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4tsp miced garlic
1/8 cup ice water

Mix until incorporated without over mixing.(mushy burgers fall apart)Broil in oven for 6-8 min each side. Serve on yummy soft buns with fries and salad.

Slow cooker German style sausages and cabbage

2 pounds red-skinned potatoes sliced about 1/4-inch thick
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
1 medium onion sliced
1/2 small cabbage, coarsely chopped or shredded
6 to 8 links of smoked sausage
1/2 cup apple juice
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Arrange sliced potatoes in the bottom of a 4-to 7-quart slow cooker. Drizzle with the butter and sprinkle with about half of the salt, pepper, and thyme. Toss to coat then add the cabbage and onions. Sprinkle with remaining seasonings and top with the sausages. Pour the apple cider over all and then drizzle with vinegar.
Cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on LOW or 3 to 4 hours on HIGH.

Oven Baked Tilapia
Steamed Broccoli
boxed mac and cheese

1 small lemon
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions, with tops
4 tilapia fillets, about 6 ounces each, about 1 1/2 pounds total

Preheat oven to 400°. Zest lemon and squeeze 1 tablespoon of juice. In a small bowl, combine the peel and juice with the softened butter, parsley, salt, pepper, and green onions. Place fillets in baking dish. Top fillets with the butter mixture. Bake fillets for 15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Chicken taco soup
cheese quesadillas

1 onion, chopped
1 16-oz can black beans
1 16-oz can kidney beans
1 16-oz can corn (drained)
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies
1 1.25-oz packet taco seasoning
1-2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Cook chicken in boiling water on stove about 30 minutes or until cooked. Cool and shred. Place in stock pot and add remaining ingredients cook 30 minutes on meduim heat. Serve with fresh made quesadillas for dipping and sour cream.

Slow Cooker Beef and mushrooms over egg noodles
steamed green beans

1 can Organic Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup Beef Stock
1/3 cup dry red wine
1 package organic dry onion soup mix
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 package sliced mushrooms
1 (2-pound) boneless chuck roast, trimmed
1/2 (16-oz.) package extra-wide egg noodles
3 tbs chopped fresh parsley, divided

Whisk together first 5 ingredients in a lightly greased slow cooker. Stir in mushrooms. Add roast to slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until beef is tender and shreddable. Meanwhile, prepare noodles according to package directions. Toss hot cooked noodles with 2 tablespoons parsley. Place beef mixture over hot cooked noodles. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon parsley. Serve with steamed green beans on the side


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