Home Maid Simple: February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Creamy Potato Cauliflower Soup {Foodie Friday}

Hosted by Home Maid Simple
 
I really enjoy going through all your recipes each week. I often add many recipes to my pinterest boards for later meals, and sometimes a recipe will be added to my weekly meal plan. Last week though, I think was the first time I saw a number of recipes jump out at me, all slightly similar, but with a different twist. I decided to follow Steak N Potatoes Kinda Girl's recipe for Crockpot Potato Soup as my base recipe. I then gathered ideas and inspiration from a few others (featured at the bottom) as well as my cupboard.
 
And so, Creamy Potato Cauliflower Soup was born, and it was loved, and devoured by all (well most at least...)
 
 
Ingredients
3 Beef Boullion cubes
3 cups of water
4 Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups cauliflower, chopped
2 TBS yellow onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz cream cheese
4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
green onions, sliced
cheddar cheese, grated
 
Directions
Place the boullion, water, potatoes, cauliflower, onion, and salt and pepper into a crockpot. Turn on high for 4-5 hours.
Cook bacon. Everyone seems to cook it differently. I prefer it in a frying pan on the stove. It really won't matter how you cook it, as long as it's how you like it!
When the potatoes and cauliflower are soft, pour the soup into a blender and add the cream cheese. You may need to do this in two batches depending on how big your blender is. Puree the soup until smooth and creamy.
Serve topped with bacon, green onions, and cheddar cheese.
 
 
I have found 2 successful ways to get my kids to try new foods -
1. give them something to dip. With the soup we had home made white bread.
2. Add bacon. no joke, my kids will try anything that includes bacon.
 
 
~Features~
 
Crockpot Potato Soup
The inspiration and base recipe for my soup.
 
from A Finn In The Kitchen
This is where my inspiration to add cauliflower came from. I can't wait to try it again, with sweet potatoes!
 
sweet potato chowder2wm
Spicy Sweet Potato and Bacon Chowder
Yet another sweet potato soup, this time with bacon, just not as creamy.
 




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Respect {Think About It]

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
~Respect, Aretha Franklin

Today I want to touch on a very serious subject - Respect.  Or, more specifically the lack of respect.

What is happening to our youth? Why is there such a lack of respect?  If a teacher tells you to do something, you do it. You don't mouth off, and try to bring them down. When a parent tells you "no" you don't beg and whine and complain until they give in.

Unfortunately, this is the kind of behavior that seems to have become prevalent in today's society. It goes hand in hand with the sense of entitlement that is also running rampant through society.  So how can we combat disrespect and entitlement?  Like most problems we encounter, the solution can usually be found in the home.

Think About It!

Some of the first words we try to teach our kids - after mama and Dada - are Please and Thank You.  Even before they were talking I try to teach the sign for please. When we are polite, we are showing respect. We are telling them we respect them as another human being, whether we like them or not.

So parents - it starts at home. If you don't teach respect, they won't learn it anywhere else. How can you teach respect?  My absolute favorite way of teaching is by example.
Let's imagine for a moment....

You've gone out to dinner with your family. After ordering drinks for 5, appetizers, and 5 different special orders, you enjoy a moment for your food to come out. But when it does, your steak is overcooked, and the onions were left on your picky childs burger. You get the waiters attention, and chew them out for not listening. You start telling them they must be stupid because everyone knows what a medium rare is, and this is not medium rare. Can't they get anything right?
 
OR
 
You thank them for your meal. You scrape the onions off your childs burger, and set them aside. Your medium well steak really isn't that horrible - or you could kindly ask for a new steak, using words like Please and Thank You.
 
 
Have you ever been in this situation? Maybe you've seen someone else act out at a restaurant. Yes, it's the waiters job to get your order right, but they are human. Let's start respecting that simple fact. We are all human, and we will all make mistakes. When we respect each other under that simple notion, life would be a lot better.
 
Let's go back to my example. What are you teaching your child when you put that waiter down? What are you teaching them, if you just roll with it? Or if you use polite words?  I think we all know the answers here.
 
Think About It!
 
Awhile ago, I had a good sit down talk with the Princesses. I was noticing a lot of disrespect in our house. It didn't matter what I would ask them, I was met with fighting, whining, and tears. Excuses were given left and right. My oldest also began talking to me with what I call a rude voice - or very sassy.
One day, I had had enough. I don't like rudeness, and her tone of voice really set my nerves on fire, to the point I would be rude back. I definitely wasn't teaching respect in those moments. So we changed. I told my girls that I love them. That I want them to be happy, and I want to be happy. When we work together, when we listen to each other, we can all be happy. I told them if they would listen to me, I would listen to them. Princess V does not like to be called rude. She knows it's not a good thing to be. So when she is acting rude, I tell her. She gets a little defensive first, but soon will change her attitude and apologize. She then tries talking to me again, with respect.
 
Think About It!
 
So onto this other topic I mentioned of entitlement. How many kids do you see running around being given everything they want? They don't have to work hard for it, let alone work at all. They yell - you owe it to us, it's rightfully ours.
These thoughts are bred from lack of respect. Believing that you are entitled to anything you haven't personally worked for, shows lack of respect for our elders, parents, teachers, public service workers, etc.
 
I think I'll stop there, before I pound too much of my thoughts out. I'd love to hear how you feel about Respect. Do you think kids are lacking in this area? How do you teach your children about respect?


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Movie Night with DreamWorks and a Giveaway


I mentioned back in this post, about how I should get Mother of the Year Award. I mean seriously, 3 themed parties in one weekend? It was like a miracle around here!

We had some leftover Root Beer and Cookies & Cream Ice Cream from Princess C's party, so I started by whipping up some Root Beer Floats. Then I remembered seeing these licorice straws on my friend Kristin's blog - Pinning With Purpose. So I snipped off the ends of licorice and popped them in with the floats. My kids are big on straws, so I knew they would be a hit.  The Cookies & Cream ice cream went over pretty well with the root beer - a fun variation to your normal vanilla.

While I was putting together the floats, I had a bag of popcorn going in the microwave. We normally use our air popper, but sometimes a good old microwave bag is the way to go. I was aiming for quick and easy, but fun. Once that was ready, I served it up in our new movie reel tin (now decorating our movie shelf).  And what would conclude a movie night, better than a box of Swedish Fish?

I put our snacks on my handy bed tray, and carried it down to our entertainment room (aka toy room).  Mark had the kids down there cleaning so we could enjoy our night without the mess. Once I made an appearance though, the cleaning stopped and the fun began!
Oh, would you like to know what we watched? 

Right now, until March 15th, in specially marked boxes of Big G cereal you can collect 4 DreamWorks Sampler DVD's.  We were planning on watching all 4, but some tantrums ensued, and bedtime approached faster than we anticipated so we started with a family favorite - How To Train Your Dragon - and saved the rest for later.

The Sampler DVDs contain 1-2 full spin off episodes from the popular movies How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, and Madagascar. Each DVD also contains a sneak peek into DreamWorks new movie The Croods - coming to theaters March 22nd.

Giveaway Time!
It's been awhile since I've had a giveaway for you. DreamWorks and General Mills would like to send one of my readers a Movie Night. What it includes
- All 4 DVD Samplers
- Movie Reel snack tin
- The Croods: movie novelization
- The Croods: Grub's Survival Book
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*I received some of the products mentioned here for free from DreamWorks and General Mills through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Introducing Kelli from #TheClosetProject {Guest Post}

I am thrilled today to have Kelli guest posting today. I told you awhile back about The Closet Project, and how I plan to participate. I still need to go through my closet of clothes, but today I wanted to take a moment to let Kelli tell you about herself and this project she's been inspired to organize.

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Hi friends! My name is Kelli and I blog at Eat Pray {read} Love. It is so nice to "meet" you!  I am so appreciative of Adelina letting me take over her lovely blog for a moment! I asked her to let me share with you a project that God has laid on my heart - but let me share a little about myself first! 

This is me with my hubby. We've been married 11 years and have four sweet kiddos- ages 7, 6, 2, and 3 months. My husband is a church planter and we live in the South. I love to read, cook, go to the beach (obviously!) and watch movies with my family.


And.... this is my closet! Glad we're getting to know one another so well, so quickly!


How about another one?

#theclosetproject
embarrassed for me yet?
Please tell me I'm not the only one whose closet looks like this! With parenting four kids, being a preacher's wife, co-leading a Bible study, homeschooling, blogging, and life, my closet probably gets the least attention in the whole house. It somehow always seems overflowing. With clothes I never wear.

About two months ago, I felt God tell me to get RID of the excess and GIVE to those who need. I wasn't sure just yet where he would have me give, but human trafficking has been on my mind so much lately. Enter Redeemed Ministries. Their focus is to help women in the Houston area that are enslaved in sex trafficking. If you're like I was until last year, you may think that human trafficking is an international problem- which it is. 

But it is also a US problem. In fact, one that hits very close to my home. And maybe yours too.

Thus, The Closet Project was born. Women uniting forces- paring down to step up.

Here's the lowdown:
1.) Pare down your wardrobe to what you actually wear.

2.) Sell what you don't. Take them to resale shops, sell them on eBay, have a garage sell, sell them to your friends!

3.) Donate directly to Redeemed Ministries

4.) Go to this form to let me know how much you were able to donate. ANYTHING helps! Seriously! Only have $5 to spare? Great, that is wonderful. Got a cool million burning a hole in your pocket? I'm sure Redeemed would be SO happy to receive that, too! :)

Ladies, I really appreciate your time today. If you'd like to read a little more detail of the project, goals, etc. please click here. I'll leave you with these words from the book of Matthew:

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (25:40). Let's help "the least of these," shall we?

PS I'd be very grateful if you'd help spread the word by sharing this tweet --->

Team up with  to help modern-day slaves and pare down your closet too.  

Out of Darkness by Jason D. Morrow {Book Review}

Out of Darkness

Starborn Saga Book 1

By Jason D. Morrow

About the Book:  60 years into the Zombie Apocalypse, Mora has left her village to seek help from the man named Jeremiah. Jeremiah offers protection to outlying villages from the "greyskins" in exchange for a portion of food grown. On her way, Mora discovers she possesses special abilities, and learns others do too. They are called the Starborn. Mora quickly learns that not everything is as it seems. 

About the Author:  Jason and his wife live in Kentucky. In Jason's own words "I aim to entertain and leave boring at the door with my fast-paced stories".  He began writing stories as a kid for his parents, and now continues to enjoy writing for "the masses".  The Chronicles of Marenon were Jason's first published fiction, and a great start to his writing career. 

My thoughts: Loved. It was shorter than I expected, but that just means I can read a few more books before Book 2 comes out. I literally couldn't put this book down. I picked it up in the morning, and had it finished shortly after lunch.  I've never actually been one for zombie Apocalypse, or a lot of the paranormal type books, but this one is well written. Once again, Jason weaves a story that is so close to believable, and just pulls you right in. It's the type of book that has you worried about the characters and just hoping all turns out alright, so you don't lose a part of your heart.

Connect with Jason



*I received an e-copy of this book for free for my honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Powdered Milk and a Cheap Menu

One item I love keeping around the house is powdered milk. I use it mostly when making bread, but sometimes I like to keep a pitcher of it in the fridge as well.  Growing up I had a friend whose family always drank powdered milk. I personally don't care for the taste of it, but I have found other ways to use it that save our budget.

Milk prices seem to keep going up, and at close to $4/gallon here, it can really add up when you're trying to stick to a budget. It gets even more expensive when you have 3 little kids who love drinking milk day.  I use the powdered milk in just about all my baking now. It doesn't effect the taste, or consistency of the dish, and it's a lot cheaper than using your good milk. I've also started using the powder milk when making the girls mac and cheese. Then there are days like today where we ran out of milk, and I haven't had a chance to make it to the store; the powdered milk is a good substitute for the kids breakfast cereal too. 

Just look at this price comparison
1 #10 can of Non-Fat Dry Milk - Cost $14-16 (pending on brand)
1 gallon of milk - $4 (approximate)

1 #10 can of Powdered Milk can make approximately 10 gallons of milk.  So that's $14-$16 for 10 gallons
10 gallons of Milk will cost $40. 

Double take - will you pay $40 for 10 gallons, or $16?  That's over a 50% savings!!!

EDIT: This all depends on the brand. This comparison was using Peggy Layton Brand. The brand I currently use, Rainy Day Foods, only makes 5 gallons, but also only costs $13. Do your homework, and check the brands servings per container to get the most for your money.

If you're looking to save some money, and make your milk last longer, I would seriously look into buying powdered milk.  
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It's the last week of the month! That means grocery budget is spent, and we're cutting corners, and being creative in our menus. We'll be eating lots of beans this week - at least until Friday.

Monday - Potato Casserole and Salad
Tuesday - Bean and Cheese Enchilada casserole
Wednesday - Chili
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Dinner at my parents
Saturday - Mark's Birthday: I'm taking him back to our first date at a Japanese Restaurant.
Sunday - Dinner at my parents


I'm linking this up to Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday

Thursday, February 21, 2013

BLT and Swiss on Bacon Cheddar Bread {Foodie Friday}

 
 
 
Yummy. I mean really, yummy!  I actually made this sandwich a couple weeks ago, and thought it was so pretty I had to take some pictures. I am just getting around to looking at them though, and decided it was the perfect, simple recipe to share today.
 
After I made this I had a discussion on facebook with some friends. See my kids loved the sandwich, but they picked out all the tomatoes. I mean who does that to a perfectly good BLT?  Turns out I have a lot of friends who can't stand tomatoes. I'm still baffled by that people. Just baffled! 
 
I plan on at least 10 tomato plants this spring, and maybe more. I've even got my seeds started inside already.  I feel for you that don't eat tomatoes. You are missing out, but I guess it just means more for me - huzzah!
 
Let's start with this bread recipe. I was browsing my "300 best Bread Machine recipes" book one day and came across one with both bacon and cheddar. Couldn't pass that up. I tweaked it a bit to what I had on hand, so here is my version of this Mock Spoon Bread (what by the way is Spoon Bread?)
 

Bacon Cheddar Bread Recipe

Ingredients
1/2 cup milk
1 package knor cream corn soup (I used the Japanese version my mother-in-law sent us.)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 TBS honey
3 cups All purpose flour
1/2 cup bacon bits
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp instant yeast
 
Directions
Put all the ingredients into your bread machine pan. Choose 2lb loaf, light crust, and then set for a Basic Cycle.
If you don't have a Bread Machine, good luck. ha ha, no just kidding, kind of. Mix the milk and corn soup together. In a small bowl combine the yeast and water; let sit. In a separate bowl mix the flour salt and cornmeal.  Set aside.
Combine the yeast and milk mixtures. Knead in the dry ingredients. Let rise until double. I would bake at 350, and just keep an eye on it until lightly browned.  Cool and Enjoy.
 


BLT and Swiss on Bacon Cheddar Bread

Ingredients
2 slices Bacon Cheddar Bread
3 slices Bacon, cooked
2 red leaf lettuce leafs
1 Roma tomato, sliced
2 slices Swiss Cheese
Salad Dressing (I interchange Mayo and Miracle Whip all the time. Choose what you like)
Directions
Spread a fair amount of the dressing on each slice of bread. Layer on the lettuce, bacon, tomato and cheese. Top with the 2nd slice of bread. Enjoy a classic!

~Features~


Hamantashen - Chocolate filled almond cookies
These remind me of little chocolate filled cookies my mother in law sends us from Japan.
 
Overnight Blueberry French Toast
Overnight french toast seems to be all the rage right now. This looks like a good starting recipe.
 
Chicken Tamale Bake
Princess C has been asking for Tamales for a month or so now. I think this take on it will be a simple solution for my 5 year old.
 

Green Power from Wind Turbines {Think About It}


Mark and I have been talking this last week about getting a Wind Turbine. Not necessarily for the Green aspect of it, but more simply, because we think it will save us a whole chunk of money.

You see, since we bought this house 2 months ago, we've seen a scary thing happen to our Electric Bill.  Normally topping out at $100/month, we were suddenly facing $200 and above bills.

I about had a heart attack!  I spent a good portion of one day reading the bills, comparing the bills, and calling the Power company. How in the world are we using that much electricity? Our dryer is gas, we try to keep the heat below 70, and I turn lights off all the time in favor of opening the blinds for some natural sunlight.

So far, we have concluded it has to be the heaters. Upstairs there are electric wall heaters in every room. Although we have mostly kept them off, we have used them here and there since we moved in.

This last week we made drastic changes. I've unplugged all non-essentials. I turn the computer off nightly, and don't turn it on until halfway through my day. We've turned the heat off in all rooms but the main gas furnaces and the baby's room. I only turn the baby's room heat on at night since he isn't capable of putting more blankets on himself. 

When I talked to the power company she told me it was probably the heat. We've seen some extra cold days this winter. Although it's true, I'm still just not sure we were using THAT much.  So since we can't be sure where our electricity is going, we've started looking into alternate power.

Power we can generate for free from the Earths resources - like Wind. I mean really, think about it. We have this wind blowing around us all the time. Why not make use of it?

Think of it like this:

Kids. They have so much energy. So much that parents have a hard time keeping up with them. In trying to keep upbeat and positive, the parent remarks
If I could capture their energy and bottle it, I would be a millionaire
 
Well guess what people - someone said the same thing about Wind.
If we could harness all that energy, I could save a million bucks.
 
We have the technology, so we should use it!

 
 
Think About It!
 
A few questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a Wind Turbine for your home
 
1. Do I live in a windy area?  Obviously if your answer is no, the cost of a  wind turbine probably isn't your best option.
 
2. How much electricity do I use?  Gather your bills together and start comparing. If you're like most Americans you are plugged in almost constantly. Literally plugged in with all our fancy electronics the amount of electricity we use just keeps going up.   Getting a wind turbine to help offset the costs could be beneficial. If however, you live in a secluded cabin and use enough electricity to power your stove and fridge, well, it's probably not worth it.
 
3. Do I have frequent power outages?  Think about it. If you live somewhere that you can count on 2 or 3 power outages a year, a wind turbine could be your solution. I wouldn't make this the sole reason for getting a wind turbine, but it will be more reliable. Especially if the power outage is caused by weather, you are probably experiencing some decent winds at the same time. Harness the power!
 

Why I am considering a Wind Turbine

As a whole, I feel our country has become too dependent on our government and big corporations. Although I'm not against these groups helping the people, and offering services, I think as individuals we need to depend on ourselves first. Wind turbines give us that little bit of self reliance I'm looking for.
 
Shortly after Mark mentioned the idea to me, I saw this article in our local (and by local I mean state) news "Weber County Wind may soon be profitable for nearby residents".  Although it's not that close to where we live, it's nice to see a city considering alternate energy sources, and allowing their residents to  put in wind turbines. 


Will you consider a Wind Turbine? Why or why not?



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jake and the Neverland Pirate's Birthday Party

Last Saturday Princess C turned 5 years old. I don't know where the time went with her. I sometimes look at her, and feel that I've lost a lot of time already.  I still feel like she should be 2 even though we have 2 kids younger than her. I just can't believe she's 5!!! 
 
In keeping to tradition with my family, we all woke up before the birthday girl to make her a special request breakfast (Chocolate cereal and a smoothie). We then carried it down to her room where we woke her up with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.

 
This is actually the first birthday in our little family that we've done the breakfast in bed thing. It was definitely a hit, and will be continued!  While she ate I pulled out her new birthday outfit Mark bought her, and got ready for a special photo shoot in our backyard.

I'm working on my photography skills, but having a sunny day sure helped! This is one that just shines with Princess C's personality.
 
Finally she had to wait for her little friends to come over. While she waited...
 
 
and waited...
 
I finished up her birthday cake.

I was actually pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used a box mix for the cake (chocolate of course). Between layers, I put some cream cheese frosting and a bit of my freezer Strawberry jam.  I then mixed some red food coloring into the rest of the cream cheese frosting to get the pink, and outlined and filled her bandanna.
For her skin, I used this Chocolate Buttercream recipe from Savory Sweet Life.  Once I had her skin on, I went in for the details. These are always what get me. If I had planned ahead, I probably would have made the pigtails from some rice krispy treats, but I didn't. So I used my tubes of decorating icing and piped on the hair strands in black, and the whites of the eyes. I used more of the buttercream for her irises, and then black gel for the pupils, nose and mouth.
Take note here - don't draw the mouth on while looking at the cake sideways - it will not be where you intended it.
 
 
While I finished off the cake, Mark put together a treasure hunt - burned map included. 
 
Unfortunately we overbooked ourselves for the day, so Mark had to help remove a tub, and I forgot the camera while on our treasure hunt. What did they find though?  Little gold bags full of pixie dust of course.
That sneaky Hook always trying to make off with the pixie dust.
The bags were very easy to make. I used some gold fabric my sister in law had given me, and cut it into rectangles. Then I folded them in half and sewed up the sides, turned down the top and sewed it with a ribbon inside. The tricky part is making sure you don't snag the ribbon or they won't close.  Add some silver and white glitter for the pixie dust. The kids had so much fun pinching a little dust out and throwing it over themselves and each other.  It's a wonder our house didn't float away in it.
Of course we finally had cake and ice cream, and then the real treasure of presents.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

17 Cents and A Dream by Daniel Milstein {Book Review}


17 Cents and A Dream

By Daniel Milstein

About the Book: 17 Cents and A Dream is Daniel Milstein's auto-biography. He walks us through key points from his childhood surviving the Chernobyl accident, and fleeing Kiev, to his teen years trying to fit in as a non-english speaking immigrant to the USA. This book is inspiring to the average person to do more, persevere, and be the best we can be.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About the Author: Daniel is President and CEO of Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group. His business was recently listed as an INC 500 business. To learn more about him you should read this book. 
 
Connect with Daniel on Goodreads
 
 
My Thoughts: 5 Stars for this touching tale of perseverance. Unlike most auto-biographies of famous people I've read, 17 Cents and A Dream was down to earth and simple. I felt like Daniel understood the average person. He doesn't come off as an arrogant rich guy. Rather he has shared his story of rags to riches in a very humbling way. His story could be one of many immigrants fleeing persecution to live the American Dream.
Despite the challenges Daniel was faced with in life, he pushed to be better. A better man, a better son and grandson, a better student, brother, employee and father. Daniel doesn't look at his past and gloat that he succeeded. He looks at his past in reflection, ready to learn and continue to push forward. I found this a very refreshing read from a successful, yet humble man. If more of the world could have his attitude I think this world would be a much better place.
 
 
 
*I was provided with a copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own 100% honest opinion.

 

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Party Party Party

We had 3...count them...3 themed parties last week!  That's about 3 more than I normally have in a year. I think I need Mother of the Year Award now.

It all started with Valentines Day. I put together a fun Alice In Wonderland Fondue party for the family.
 
On Saturday, our second child, Princess C turned 5.  Although we don't go all out on parties for our kids every year, we do let them pick a theme for the cake. She chose Jake and the Neverland Pirates, so I made an Izzy cake. It was a hit, and I'd dare say my best decorating yet.

 Finally on Sunday night we decided to have a family Movie Night and watch the new DVD Samplers from Dream Works and Big G cereal (giveaway later this week!)

It was all so much fun, but I'm feeling a little partied out now. On top of all that, we also started our bathroom remodel. Sometimes I think we must be crazy. 
Now don't despair, I plan on posting about each of these themed parties in the coming days, so you can have as much fun as we did! I've got printables, tutorials, and a giveaway!!

To calm things down however, I'm planning a very simple menu this week.

Monday - Pasta
Tuesday - Potato Casserole
Wednesday - Chili
Thursday - Spinach Quiche
Friday - homemade pizza
Saturday - leftovers
Sunday - Taco night

This post is linked up at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday
 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chicken Mango Wraps with Citrus Ginger Dressing

 
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February is a crazy month of cooking for me. Mark and I usually stay in on Valentines, and then we have Princess C's birthday 2 days later. I try to keep the rest of the month pretty simple in terms of food. I saw a recipe for Pacific Rim Wraps in my Carnation cookbook, and really wanted to give them a try, especially with how easy wraps are to make. I changed up the ingredients for the filling, but the original dressing was just perfect. Enjoy!

Chicken Mango Wraps with a Citrus Ginger Dressing

Ingredients
4 cups Red leaf lettuce, chopped
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup dried Cranberries
1 Mango sliced
6 tortillas
 
Dressing
5oz can Evaporated Milk
5 Tbs Lemon Juice
1/4 vegetable oil
3 Tbs Sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
 
Directions
Combine the lettuce, chicken, cranberries, and mango in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a jar, combine all the dressing ingredients. cover with a lid and shake until mixed well. Pour 1/2 cup dressing over the salad mixture. Place 1 cup salad mixture onto each tortilla, and wrap up. You can use the remaining dressing for dipping.
 

 
 
Thank you all for continuing to link up with us! I'm doing better at visiting all your recipes, but there are so many of you, and my days get pretty crammed with the kids. I will continue to try and visit and comment on all, though. You are all so creative.
 

~Features~

Prawn and Potato Soup
from Mama Cook
This soup looks perfect to chase away the last of the cold.
 
30 Minute Dinner Rolls
I actually tried these out this past week, and they were great! Mark especially loved them.
 
Strawberry Vanilla Cream Soda with sliced strawberries
Strawberry Cream Soda
I don't drink soda very often, but this looks like a refreshing change from store bought.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day



In Lieu of our regularly scheduled Think About It Thursday - today I would just like to tell you -

Happy Valentines Day

Cherish those close to you. Give of yourself today, so your children will never question that you love them. Disregard the angry words spoken in the past and start anew.
 
I know there are many nay-sayers to this day of love. They argue we should love and show love every day of our lives. True. But why not have a day where we can really focus on that. A day to truly remember and focus on our love. Every day of the year should be special, but we often get lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Today allows us to slow down and remember.
 
So online friends, I wanted this to be kept short and sweet. Get offline, and go shower you family with love.
 

 
P.S Like my candles? I had to show them off after reading all the crafty stuff Mallery at Horrible Housewife has been doing with candles.

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