Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

soup and a muffin recipe....

Here are two recipes from my menu plan this week. The first one is The All- American Cheeseburger soup I made for Monday night. The second one is my Banana Bread recipe that I turned into muffins instead of a loaf. These two are very easy.

Little Ruthie Bug, as her daddy calls her with her bowl of All-American Cheeseburger Soup.
Not the best picture of the soup but you get the idea! I accidently deleted the other picture of it. Sorry! To lazy to go and find it!

All -American Cheeseburger Soup
1 pound of ground meat
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons flour
28 ounces of beef broth
2 potatoes, scrubbed and coarsely chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 small can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup whole milk
Toasted buns or rolls, we used croutons
Cheeseburger Toppings:
pickles, onions, mayo, mustard, ketchup
In a 6 quart Dutch oven, cook beef, onions, garlic and celery until tender. Sprinkle the flour on the meat mixture and cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in the broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat and cook about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Stir in tomatoes, cheese, tomato sauce, ketchup and Dijon mustard. Cook on low until cheese is melted. Stir in the milk. Heat through. Serve with toasted buns and cheeseburger toppings.

The next pictures are of the banana bread muffins I made this morning.
As you can see, the batter is very thick. That's ok.

Just scoop it into muffin tins.

This is the streusel topping I made for the muffins.

Just take little pieces of the topping and place on top of the batter.

Here is the finished muffin ready to eat!

Banana Bread Muffins
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1- 1/2 cups (about 2) mashed ripe bananas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Streusel Topping:
2 Tablespoons softened butter
3 Tablespoons flour
1/4 cup brown sugar or sucanat
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin pans. Beat oil and sugar together. Add your vanilla, eggs and mashed bananas. Gradually  beat in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in your chopped pecans.
Scoop your batter into the muffin tins and sprinkle your streusel topping on top of the batter. Bake about 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on baking racks for 5 minutes.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the meals I am cooking this week for my family. Stay tuned for the Chicken Skillet Lasagna I cooked tonight, it was a hit!!!
God Bless!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Menu Plan for the Week of 1/18/15 - 1/24/15

I am really trying to get motivated to stay on a schedule and get organized with our homeschooling. I have noticed that when I have a menu plan for the week, things just go so much more smoothly. So, I decided to try to keep a menu plan, planned and posted for each week. Here is the plan for this week.

God Bless!

Sunday, January 18th
Coffee before church
Chicken nachos
Sandwiches, chips and homemade salsa and fruit
Monday, January 19th
Sausage, Egg and Cheese Bagels and Smoothies
Mac-N-Cheese and Fruit
All American Cheeseburger Soup
Tuesday, January 20th
Banana Bread
Sloppy Joes on Hot Dog Buns
Chicken Skillet Lasagna,
Wednesday, January 21st
Sour Cream Pancakes and Breakfast Sausage
Uncured Salami, Crackers, Cheese and Fruit
Beef Stew
Thursday, January 22nd
Link Deer Sausage Biscuits
Patty Melts
Fried Tenderloin and Baked French Fries, recipe here.
Friday, January 23rd
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Tacos and Spanish Rice
Creamy Tortellini and Spinach Soup, From my friend at
Saturday, January 24th
Sub Sandwiches
Breakfast for Supper

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Processing and working together.......

As you can see, our Macy bug killed her first deer last Friday, December 26th. Here are a few pictures of all the bugs and their dad processing it.

We ended up with 12 pounds of ground meat and 8 pounds of breakfast sausage.

Happy Happy Bugs!!!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Yummy Homemade Chili for the New Year....

Well, I decided to use my new Lodge Dutch oven to cook our chili in for our New Year's Eve party tonight. My sweet family got this awesome gift for me for Christmas! I love those guys so much.

I thought I would share this really good homemade chili recipe with you just in case you would like to make some of this yummy, hot, goodness on an upcoming cold night.
Homemade Chili Recipe

2 pounds of ground meat, I used ground vension
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 can no salt added petite diced tomatoes
1 15 ounce can of chili beans
1 cup water
1/3 cup chili powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 - 1 Tablespoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
In a large Dutch oven, saute your onions and garlic until translucent. Add your ground meat and cook until done. Add your remaining ingredients and cook on low for about an hour.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lots of goodies......

A few months ago, the bugs and I mailed 20 UPC labels to Sunny D in exchange for 20 books. Yes, I said 20 books! 20 labels for 20 brand new scholastic books. We were so happy to receive our little package of books. I am so happy we decided to participate in the Sunny D book spree this year. Look for it next year and save those Sunny D UPC's!

Look at all those books!

And, I will be catching up on my fun days soon!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Days 3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9......

Well, our days have kinda run together. I always like to think that each day will go as planned, but after 8 years of homeschooling, I should know better.

Day 3 should have been making caramels and nothing got really got done that day except grocery shopping. Which by the way, is always an adventure in itself! 

Day 4 was National Cookie Day and so for that day, we made the No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal cookies, just a day late!

Day 5 I planned to make the No Bake Pecan Coconut Cookies and we changed our minds, so instead, we mixed up a batch of our Homemade Hot Cocoa mix.

Day 6, scratched everything and went Christmas shopping!!!

Day 7 was Cotton Candy day so everyone at some yummy cotton candy vanilla snow that I found at the dollar tree. It was a hit!

Day 8 was National Brownie day! Made some really yummy brownies.

Today is Day 9 and we were going to make homemade Christmas cards for the family but one of the bugs hurt her ankle yesterday on the trampoline so we are all taking turns catering to her needs while she stays on the couch all day resting!

Maybe tomorrow we will do as planned!!!


See my sweet little helper! She loves cooking with Mommy!

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a saucepan. On medium heat, bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butte, vanilla and oatmeal.
Drop teaspoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool for 30 minutes.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
1 cup cocoa
2 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk
1 cup coffee creamer
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup Jet Puffed Mallow Bits
Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
To make one cup of hot cocoa, add 3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa mixture to 1 cup of really hot water.