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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Menu Plan: May 29 - June 4

This is a fun week because Rich gets Memorial Day off, so we had more time together as a family. However, it is also a sad week, because we are again missing our former town's celebration. We decided last year that we wouldn't miss it again, but have had some other things come up, along with gas prices, that kept us home again. It is very depressing to miss it. We will try again next year.

We have one repeat meal this week. Saturday was a busy day for us and we ended up coming home rather late, so we had snack tray for dinner.

I forgot to mention that this Thursday is Ascension Day. We try to take a picnic meal on a high place, though we now live in a place that doesn't have so many of those.What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

Bought:

Mozzarella
Halloumi
Papaya
Pineapple ($0.99 each!)

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Weekly Recipes: May 28

Steam Sauteed Vegetables

This is more of a method than a strict recipe. Use the vegetables you have and like, whatever herbs you like and enjoy.

4 pounds vegetable of choice, prepared to cook (I peeled carrots and cut them and the yellow squash on the diagonal)
2/3 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped herbs like parsley or cilantro or mint or dill

Put the vegetables, water and salt in a saute pan with a lid. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil, covered, for 5 - 6 minutes.

Remove the lid and add the butter and garlic. Saute to evaporate the remaining water and coat with butter.

Remove from heat and stir in herbs. Serve hot or warm.


Butterhorn Rolls

These rolls are simple and amazing. I mix the dough in my bread machine or kitchen aid.

Put ingredients in bowl in this order:

1 cup milk, scalded and cooled to warm
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups flour
3 eggs
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
6 tablespoons butter, melted, for brushing

Set on dough cycle or mix until a soft dough is formed in the kitchen aid. If using the stand mixer, knead lightly on a lightly floured surface, then return to bowl and cover, allowing to rise for about 1 - 2 hours.

Divide dough into three balls, roll out each into a 9" round. Brush with melted butter. Cut into 12 - 16 pie wedge pieces. Roll up beginning with the wide end and place on a buttered baking pan, point down. Brush tops with more butter. Repeat with two other rounds.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover rolls and let rise about 45 minutes. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes and serve warm (they are delicious cold, too).

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Menu Plan: Post Apocalyptic Week

Well, it looks like I'll have to cook dinner this week after all, since the world did not end.

Last week I realized I was out of ground beef so I made lamburger helper instead of my homemade hamburger helper. It was quite tasty. I also changed up the vegetables for our Friday dinner and made some steam sauteed carrots which were wonderful. I will be making them again and posting the recipe this week.

I included the things we bought this week at the bottom of the page. However, because of my Fred Meyer Rewards Rebates and a few coupons, the only thing we paid for out of pocket was the oranges.What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

Bought:

Potatoes
Yellow Squash
Apples
Oranges

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Weekly Recipe: May 21


Green Chile Rice

This is such a quick and easy side dish. It's full of flavor and it is pretty on the plate.

3 tablespoons oil, bacon grease or rendered lard
3 cups white rice
1 small onion, finely diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch cilantro, finely minced (about a cup and a half)
3 jalapenos, stemmed and diced, seeded if you want them a little milder
6 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups grated cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, jack, etc. or a blend)

In a medium pot, heat the fat over medium heat, add the rice and onion and stir until onions are transparent. Add the garlic and stir a minute more. Stir in the cilantro and jalapeno, then pour in the water and the salt. Bring to a rolling boil on high. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in grated cheese and taste for seasoning.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Photo of FO: Slip Stitch Bookmark



I finished this bookmark in March, but finally have taken a picture of it. It's part of my year of handmade gifts. I signed up to participate in a year of handmade gifts in which I make and send five handmade items to people while I receive handmade gifts from others. There is still doubt as to whether I'll finish within the year or not.

In any case, this bookmark used up the last of the sock yarn I had leftover from making Mariam's hat and jacket. I'd used a little of it on the toes of Yasmina's socks, but still had this bit left. Now, it is finished.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Menu Plan: May 15 - May 21

Whew! We have had a whirl wind week!

Last Saturday, we drove down to Rich's parents, in time to be at the Borders for their book party for The Throne of Fire so Alexander and Dominic could get free Lego sets and do some Egyptian mythology games and such. We bought the new book and a t-shirt. The next day, we went down to see Rich's grandparents and then further down the freeway to go to lunch with them and his parents. We had three generations of mothers from his family, but we forgot to get a picture. That night, we kept driving, and went down to my home town and crashed. The next morning, Rich had an appointment to meet with some folks at the airport there and I took the children to see my mom. We drove back to his folks that night, crashed all the next day, then Rich and I went to a conference for his work with Mariam. On Friday, we split up, he went back to his parents to get the children, Mariam and I headed to a women's retreat for church. Mariam was a little too keyed up from all the travel to really let me rest much at night, even there, but I did get a break from responsibility and was able to have others care for me and teach me and pray for me. It was a much needed break. We got home last night. To a skunk in our trap.

Fortunately for us, Rich's parents had sent all sorts of sandwiches and leftovers with us, so we didn't have to make dinner. Mariam and I had gone to lunch with some of the women from the retreat on the way home, so I was able to eat at Visconti's again. I was nice and brought Rich some of my lunch, too, because I am the best wife ever.

I'm just now getting to menu planning, so things are going to be easy this week.What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Menu Plan: May 1 - May 7

Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah! It is the last day of the Paschal Octave, though the season goes until Pentecost.

We had some friends' children over last week, some schedule shifts and loads of activities in preparation for Amira's ballet recital, so we moved several of the meals around. Some of them will appear here this week.What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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