Archives for February 2010


Last Friday afternoon, UPS dropped off a box at my house.  I wasn’t expecting anything and had no idea what it would be.  This beautiful purple box is what I found when I opened the packing box.  There was no card and I didn’t recognize the name on the packing slip. [Read more…]

Breakfast Burritos

I completely forgot to take a picture of these before we ate them all.  They are slightly adapted from Pioneer Woman’s recipe.  She uses homemade potatoes, but I decided to take a short cut and use the O’brien potatoes from the store.  I also used Italian sausage, which I’d already cooked and frozen.  I couldn’t find any regular sausage in my freezer.

I made about half the amount that PW makes and still ended up with about 12 burritos, using the fajita-sized tortillas. [Read more…]

Croque Monsieur – “Fancy” Toasted Ham and Cheese

I found this recipe in a Rachel Ray cookbook.  She talks about eating these sandwiches in Paris.  That sounds nice.  I just ate mine in the kitchen.

I adapted her recipe a little bit.  She says to use Gruyere cheese, but I couldn’t find any so I used Swiss.  My kids called these “inside out sandwiches”, because the cheese is on the outside of the bread.  When you grill them, it toasts to a flavorful crust. [Read more…]

Cherry Coffee Cake

My mom used to make this when I was little.  The cake is moist and sweet.  Anything with cherries is a favorite of mine, but you can use any flavor of pie filling that you like.  What makes this dessert even better and easier is the fact that it uses a yellow cake mix.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Italian Sausage and Bean Soup

At the end of January I posted 19 Soup Recipes to Warm You Up.  I asked for your favorite recipes and several of you passed on good ones.  This recipe was shared by Connie.  It caught my eye for two reasons. 1) It uses Italian sausage and I have a freezer full of the stuff from my niece’s 4-H project. 2) It’s fast and easy.

The soup was delicious.  I admit to being skeptical when I poured in the can of butter beans.  I wasn’t too sure it looked good and I didn’t think my kids would eat it.  I was wrong.  The soup was wonderful and the kids loved it (except my child who hates all things sausage).  My youngest, very picky son even loved the butter beans.  The wonders never cease.  [Read more…]

Menu, Grocery List, Recipes – Week 29

We’ve had a little taste of spring today.  Temps got up to the low 60s and the sun came out to play.  Our snow is melting.  I’m so ready for spring!

I’m going to be putting my oldest daughter on a plane later in the week to visit a college.  I can’t believe she’s old enough to make the trip by herself or even to be looking at schools for next year.  Our dinner conversation is often about college, tuition costs, majors…

Speaking of dinner, the menu this week has the usual 6 dinners and a dessert.  There are 2 crockpot meals and one night of  “breakfast for dinner”.

Serving suggestions are included on the recipes and also on the grocery list in curly brackets {}.

Here’s the list for this week:

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Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Grilled cheese is a classic, a  staple of lunches everywhere.  I had never heard of putting tomato on them until we lived near Philadelphia.  A diner there served them with tomato on their lunch menu.  Yum! [Read more…]

Dad’s Brownie Sundae from the 50s Prime Time Cafe Disney World

It’s Friday.  Time to have some fun.  The kids loved making these brownie sundae’s, inspired by the Dad’s Sundaes served at the 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Grab the fixings from the store and sweeten up your Friday night.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

So, I made up a new soup recipe.  I wanted a beef vegetable soup that I could just throw the ingredients in the crockpot and let it all cook together.  Most of the beef vegetable soups I’ve seen involve cooking the beef first and then adding it to the soup.  I was feeling too lazy for that.  Here’s what I came up with.  Substitute as needed. [Read more…]

Moosehunter Cookies – Canadian Chocolate Molasses Cookies

I went on a hunt for Canadian treats to eat while we watch the Olympics and found these yummy cookies.  The recipe comes from Mennonite Girls Can Cook.  I’d never visited that blog before, but they have lots of yummy recipes over there.

The cookies are soft and cake-like.  The combination of molasses and chocolate is very good, especially with the white icing on top. [Read more…]

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