Friday, October 30, 2009

Foodie Friday

Today Is Foodie Friday! This week, I will share one of my family recipes. This recipe brings back so many memories from my childhood! My Paternal Grandmother "Grandma White" was always in the kitchen and wearing an apron. Having a BIG family ( 7 children- 6 boys, 1 girl ), I think she lived in the kitchen! I remember her cooking a BIG breakfast, cleaning up from breakfast and cooking a BIG lunch, cleaning up after lunch and then cooking a BIG dinner-daily! Two platters full of home made biscuits filled the table at every meal and there were never any left over. Fried chicken, cooked in a cast iron pan, was another usual on the table. And, when the Grandchildren wanted something sweet (she had 49 of us), she would make Tea Cakes for us. Unfortunately, Grandma White is no longer with us but, her recipes are. So, I wanted to share her Tea Cake recipe with you.

Grandma White's Tea Cakes:
(makes 6 to7 dozen)

* 4 cups All Purpose Flour
* 1 tsp. baking soda
* 2 tsp. baking powder
* 2 sticks of unsalted butter,softened
* 2 eggs
* 2 cups sugar & a litle more for dusting the tops
* 1/2 cup buttermilk
* 1 tsp. vanilla

1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
3. Shape into a ball, cover with plastic & refrigerate for 1 hour.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Flour your counter & roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
6. Cut into 3" squares using a knife or a pizza cutter & place on a slightly greased shett pan.
7. Dust with more sugat and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown and the center is set.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tip Day Thursday

Well, I thought Thursdays would be a great day for tips!

 I use my slow cooker several times a week, and I forget to buy the liners (or they leak) and wind up with a BIG STICKY MESS to clean. Well, after trying almost everything I found something that works terrifically (I cannot take credit for this, but for the life of me, I can not remember where I learned this)! After your crock cools, fill it with hot water & add 1 tablespoon of either fabric softener or conditioner (yes, you read that correctly). Let it sit for a hour and clean as usual. You will be AMAZED at how easy it will be to get those messes off!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday

This is my first entry with Works for me Wednesday hosted here at We Are That Family, I hope I do it right!

What should I write this first one about? I think, teaching my children to cook. All 4 of my children are excellent cooks due to time we have spent together in the kitchen over the years. And, not only has that given me the peace of mind knowing that as they go out on their own, they can feed themselves without relying on convenience, but it has also allowed me a way to get close to my children without seeming "nosy". There is something about cooking together that naturally leads to conversation. If you only knew how many times I have heard "Mom, guess what happened today", as we were in front of the stove. It just seems easier for the kids to open up. Plus, now that they are older- they take over Dinner some nights and I get a night off ;o)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #3

Sorry for the late post but I had Summer (my youngest) was home with a bad migraine. I think that she is going to have to go back to the neurologist and try a different medication. The last one they put her on (Topamax) caused her to lose weight and she is very thin already.

So, now onto the Menu for the week!

Crock Pot Roasted Chicken Thighs
Brussels Sprouts

Baked Mac & Cheese

Tropical Chicken

Mashed Potatoes

Eat-Out Night

Chicken & Dumplings

Pork Fried Rice with Broccoli

So far, that is the plan but I usually change things around depending on my mood. I may not have what is listed on the night planned but, I usually do not vary from the meals themselves.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shopping Sunday, Cooking & Crafting

Well, the shopping went well this week. We didn't need much at all and managed to spend only $42.00 for the week! One of the best deals we found was: Hot dogs on sale for 69 cents a pack, I had a $1.00 off 2 coupon and spent 19 cents a package! We already had buns, chili & fries here so guess what we are having this week!

I woke up today at 7 am and made more bread and some cinnamon rolls. They were both a hit and I managed to put 8 cinnamon rolls in the freezer (individually wrapped) for later on in the week. I also made a large batch of pancakes yesterday and froze a dozen (2 to a package) for this week. And now, I have some Tropical Kielbasa in the crock pot that I am going to serve with rice for dinner tonight.

I finally got all of my yarn stash in my bedroom sorted today. It took me a couple of hours and an extra large vacuum bags . I didn't realize how much yarn I had until today! I have the whole back wall in my closet lined with cedar cubes and it is full, the top is covered with cones of various yarns, the top rack above my clothes is also covered with various cones, I have 3 LARGE rubbermaid containers (I think the larges that you can buy), plus 2 smaller ones. And now I have an extra-large vacuum bag, a medium vacuum bag and a smaller vacuum bag stuffed! Not including a box of cones of cotton and a small basket of sock yarns. That reminds me, I need more sock yarn LOL.

I did, however, find all my lost needles and hooks! Now I have to organize all of my patterns & books. That will be tackled next weekend! I'm sitting down to start some socks for the winter ;o)

That was my weekend, how was yours?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Think-Ahead Thursday

OK, I decided to title my Thursday "Think-Ahead Thursdays" because my grocery store sales fliers usually arrive on Wednesdays. So, I start thinking about my menu for the next week.

I already have plenty of groceries in the house due to last weeks extravagant shopping on Sunday so, I can plan a few meals already. I'm still not sure of breakfasts , snacks, or lunches yet (those are the meals that I always have trouble stocking up for).

Here are a few Dinner meals that I have in mind for next week:

* Chicken & Rice Soup from my new crock-pot cookbook.
I do not have herbs de provance but, I was thinking of substituting poultry seasoning and/or sage.

* Meatball Subs.
I have everything I need except for the rolls and I'll make them this Saturday or Sunday. I'll make a homemade marinara sauce instead of buying a jar because I already have all of the ingredients in my pantry.

* Hawaiian Chicken (My own recipe which I will post after making it), served with rice & veggie.

* Pork Fried Rice (I have everything except for soy sauce).

That leaves 2 other meals to plan between now & Sunday's Shopping trip.

I also need to make more bread this weekend (maybe before). We are down to half of a loaf left out of the 3 loaves I made on Sunday. I am also going to bake some cinnamon rolls on Sunday (wish me luck, it will be my first time making them from scratch). I will make a double batch and freeze some individually for quick breakfasts next week (I know, not very nutritious but, they won't be eaten every day, I promise).

As far as the weekly breakfasts, lunches & snacks go- I am thinking of trying a recipe for homemade granola. That may wait until the following week though. Lunches will be left-overs from dinner, sandwiches, mac & cheese or soup depending on how often I have Landon (he is actually a 4 year old with a taste for healthy foods- can you believe he even likes salads with bleu-cheese dressing)? I always keep popcorn and fruit in the house for a snack but, i like to have something sweet around also. Maybe I'll make some cookies with Landon one day.

That is what is floating around in my head so far for next week. We will see if it stays planned that way-LOL

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Terrific Tuesday

Today is going to be REALLY hectic! The kiddos come home early (right around 1 pm), Landon got her EARLY due to Jen having to go to court- I will also have him this evening while jen works so- a LONG day with him today (hopefully he behaves). Luke will be here soon and HOPEFULLY I can get both Luck & Landon to take a nap with the other children coming home around nap time. is going to be a GOOD day! My new book "Make It Fast, Cook It Slow" is scheduled to be delivered! Authored by one of my favorite bloggers- Stephanie O'Dea from! I cannot WAIT to open it up & start reading! Hopefully I will get a chance with all the kiddies today!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #2

Time for posting the menu for the week. I only list our evening meals due to I never know what children I am going to have day to day (I run an in-home daycare) so, I always have a lot of choices for those meals. Trying quite a few new recipes this week, we will see how they hold up!

* Monday:
Tamale Pie (New)

* Tuesday:
Barbecued or Oven Fried chicken
Brown Rice
Green beans

* Wednesday:
Pork Steaks

Kielbasa Sausage/Egg Noodles/ Broccoli

Eat-Out Night

Baked Chicken
Brussels Sprouts

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
French Bread

Thats the plan, subject to change as needed!

Sunday Shopping & Cooking

The Hubbeast and I do our weekly shopping on Sundays. It has always been this way mainly due to his work schedule and the fact that it isn't as busy.

I did spend quite a bit this week though, more than I had planned- $199.00 to be exact but, before you scold me- there were some killer buys and I stocked up on a lot! Here are just a few of the deals I found this week:

* 3 1lb packages of 93/7 ground beef for $2.00 a pound (reduced bin to sale today) that found a home in my freezer.
* 4 meals worth of chicken for $1.15 a meal! (6 thighs per meal).
* 3 meals worth of pork for $6.00 (Boston Butts were on sale for 87 cents a pound) I had the butcher cut it into steaks an inch thick. 2 pork steaks will feed the 4 of us.
* 2 cans of cram of chicken soup & 2 cans of cream of muchroom soup for 50 cents a can!
* 4 cans of chicken noodle & tomato soups for 75 cents a can (I stocked up with 4 of each)
* 3 boxes of stuffing for 75 cents a box (preparing for the Holiday cooking).
* 2 cans of evaporated milk for 20 cents a can

There was a LOT more. But 'm not going to list everything.

I did a lot of cooking this weekend. I cooked a whole chicken Friday in the crock pot and used the carcass to make broth yesterday so, I now have 12 cups of delicious chicken broth in the freezer ready to use at any time!

I also made 3 loaves of bread today. 1 for now and 2 in the freezer. We will see if they last the week. I don't know what it is but anytime I make bread instead of buying it, it seems to get eaten quick. Normally a loaf of store-bought bread will last a week or more here but, a loaf of homemade usually doesn't make it two full days! The Hubbeast also asked me to make some pretzels, we will see if I can find the time .

Well, that has been my weekend, how was yours?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Foodie Friday

Well, the TV repair person will be here to fix (hopefully) the problem between 1 and 3 today. Cross my fingers, eyes & tongue! We made it through one day with the TV not working but, it was WAY to quiet! So, I kinda borrowed the Hubbeast's clock radio out of the bedroom for some music (I cannot stand silence).

And, since it is FOODIE FRIDAY, I want to list a new recipe for the week so, here it is from!

Nate's Sausage

By: ussmcclenahan
Oct 15, 2009

Breakfast sausage that has a sweet taste. I made this up basing proportions on other sausage recipes I have seen. I like best the fast that no special spices like cure #1 or MSG are required. Enjoy

SERVES 6 -8 , 6 -8 patties (change servings and units)

* 1 lb ground pork
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1 garlic clove
* 1/2 teaspoon seasoned pepper
* 1 teaspoon onion flakes
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
* 1/8 cup water
* 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Make patties to fry until fully cooked.

If you try it, let me know what you think- I haven't made it yet!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Terrible Thursday

What a day it has been! First, our TV goes out! Not the cable, the flat screen in the LIVING ROOM! Luckily it is still under warranty but it will be tomorrow afternoon/evening before the repair person even shows up, let alone fixes it (that will probably take longer, of course). No cartoons for the 4 year old while the 11 month old naps (we usually watch a movie for his quiet time). Hopefully it won't take too long. BUT I can't watch Survivor tonight unless Summer will let me take over her TV for an hour tonight.

And, I found fleas on my cat! F-L-E-A-S! I absolutely HATE, DESPISE, no, LOATHE ENTIRELY <-----(think of Jim Carey as the Grinch when reading ) pests in my home of ANY type! So The Hubbeast is at the vet right now picking up treatments for ALL 6 cats and the dog plus the strongest over-the-counter flea control for the house (vet recommended of course). Now, if this does not work, I have already called around for exterminator prices and found that Orkin is the cheapest for flea treatment in our area (even cheaper that our regular exterminator that treats the outside of the house for pests (spiders & ants).

So, that has set us back $110 we didn't expect to spend this week. Another creative grocery week I guess! Oh well, good thing I have learned some trick from everyone on the net ;o)

So, that was my day- hope yours was better!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Grocery Budget For October

OK, the Hubbeast and I have talked about what we could reasonable try to get our grocery bill to each week. Now, usually we spend around $200 a week for a family of 4 with 6 cats, 1 dog and 3 children I provide daycare for. Our goal for October is $125.00 per week, if it is lower, I'll add that to my savings.

This past week was good- only spent $75.00 so, already $50 in savings. Now, to look over the sales papers & plan next weeks shopping trip!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Menu Plan Monday #1

I had to be creative this week with the menu. I always try to give myself a couple of options each day in-case it is a hectic day so, you will see two options some days.

Sunday 10/11:
Leftover Chicken
green beans

Soup & Grilled Cheese
Taco Casserole & Broccoli

Oven Fried Chicken
Brussels Sprouts

Pasta & Ground Beef "Grub"
Or Brinner (breakfast for dinner)

BBQ Chicken

eat-out day


That's the plan & I'm sticking to it- LMAO!

Shopping Day Sunday!

Well, sorry it has been so long since my last post, things have been hectic. I'll try to be a better blogger- promise I will!

Today was a great shopping day. The Hubbeast said that we only had $100 this week for groceries. Now, I am use to not having a set amount to spend but, his hours have been lacking at work due to it getting cooler (he works in the Heating & Air industry) and I had to let one of the children I have been caring for the longest go due to her Mother's non-payment. Luke was out all but 1 day and I didn't have Landon at all since Jen was put on bed-rest due to pregnancy complications (she and the baby-bump are both fine) so, I only made $20 this week myself.

So, I looked through my pantry and refrigerator to see what was on-hand then went through the sales fliers & my coupon organizer. And, I must say that I did pretty well! I only spent $75!

Here are a few items that I got steals on:

*2 whole chickens for $3.00 each (sale for .69 lb).
*9 boxes of frozen veggies for .50 a box! They were on sale for $1 each and I had doubled coupons!
*4 packages of tuna for .25 each. Again, sale & doubled coupons!
* 2 boxes of Hot Pockets for .25 each. Sale & doubled coupons!
* Brand name shampoo & conditioner for $1.50 each and a free hair mousse! Sale & Coupon
* Brand name cat food for $3.00 Sale & Coupon.

There is more but in total I saved $58.00! I even got the kitty litter cheap this week and my kitties will ONLY use 1 brand. Spoiled aren't they?

That leaves us with $25 to last until Thursday morning when the Hubbeast gets paid again! The kiddos have lunch money for the week and the car is full with gas so....everything is OK ;o)

How did your Shopping go this week?

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