Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

Well....it's been extremely busy around here. Basketball season has started so we have practice twice a week with our homeschool team.

I've also been busy sewing because it's difficult and/or expensive to find maternity clothing my size. First I transformed two pair of jeans into maternity jeans and I hope to have a tutorial coming soon. I've also made 3 tops.

I hope to be making a few Christmas gifts for our boys. We have two sons who just really like StarWars so I want to make them a Jedi robe complete with hood. I'll also be making them some stuff from Indiana Jones since they imagine being him also. I love the imagination of little boys!

That's what's been going on here. Hopefully I'll have some posts about getting ready for the holidays coming soon. I love the holiday time!

Have a great day!
Mavis D.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Waffle Mix

I recently purchased a new waffle iron as an experiment. I want to make waffles up ahead and put them in the freezer for our little guys. I was skeptical at first. I had read about it being done but still wasn't convinced until I tried it myself. Let me tell you, it's great! Finding just the right recipe....not so easy. Here is the one we've settled on. You can mix all the dry ingredients up before hand and then just add the liquids before mixing and making them or you can make them ahead and freeze them. To warm them, pop them into the toaster. Oh...and this recipe is easy peasy to double, triple or more!

Plain Waffles

2 c. flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs. sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. milk (you can make this half water and half milk if you'd like)
1/4 c oil (we use olive oil but you can use what you prefer)

Combine all and mix well. Cook/bake on your waffle iron. To freeze for later use, put them on a cookie sheet and freeze individually. When frozen, transfer to a large freezer bag or container.

Flour can be a combination of half whole wheat, all whole wheat or half cornmeal. It's a pretty easy recipe. :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Crock-pot Scalloped Potatoes with (Turkey) Ham

This has become one of our favorite meals. I'll make it and add a side dish of veggies to go with it and since we don't eat pork, I always use Turkey ham purchased from Aldi's.

Crock-pot Scalloped Potatoes with (Turkey) Ham

2 cups diced turkey ham
1 medium onion chopped
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/2-1 can of milk (use the soup can to measure)
10-14 slices of American cheese, grated
4-5 pounds of potatoes, sliced thin (I slice them as I go so I don't accidentally slice more than I need)

Mix the soup and milk in a container....you'll use just enough milk to make it pour easily. Spray your crockpot with cooking spray to make clean up easier. Add in layers ....potatoes, onion, turkey ham, cheese, then pour on half the soup mixture. Continue until you have two full layers. Set crock pot on HIGH and allow to cook for 4 hours.

You can also do this in a 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. We stick a fork in the middle to check them.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Our menu is pretty simple most of the time. I plan on sharing a few of the recipes during the week....especially our Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham that we're having on Wednesday. :)

Monday - Chicken and dumplin's with green beans

Tuesday - Chicken and Vegetable fried Rice - hubby made a TON of rice that needs to be used! LOL!

Wednesday - Scalloped Potatoes and Ham with sweet peas

Thursday -Sloppy joes with homemade buns and oven fries

Friday - as always, homemade pizza made by my 17 year old son. :)