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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Creamy & Delectable

I have had a hankering for beef stroganoff lately. However with the weather being back in the 80s I was a bit leery to make this recipe.  I cooked the recipe on HIGH...so it was much more tolerable to deal with the heat.  I served over mashed potatoes (BAP and SSP favorite part of the whole meal).

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
adapted from: http://www.fivehearthome.com/2014/01/25/slow-cooker-beef-stroganoff-no-cream-of-x-soup/

1 pound beef stew meat
12oz white mushrooms, sliced
2 T minced garlic
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T Dijon mustard
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t dried thyme
3 T cornstarch
1 bay leaf
4 oz cream cheese
4 oz sour cream

Place beef, mushrooms and garlic in a crockpot.  In another bowl combine broth, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, onion, thyme and cornstarch.  Pour over meat mixture. Stir. Cook on HIGH for 5 hours. At 20minutes before serve time add cream cheese. Cover for 10 minutes. After this time stir.  Add sour cream; cover and cook another 10minutes. Stir and serve over mashed potatoes.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bittersweet Memorial

Today we celebrate two years since our little LP joined the choirs of Heaven.  We are sad but happy for her. Sad that she cannot be here to commemorate her life but joyous she does not have to endure this rough cruel world.
Back at the end of this last May we were overjoyed finding out that we had another bundle of joy on the way (due the same week as LP).  However after finally being able to bust out my maternity clothes just over two weekends before, I sensed something was horribly wrong. I went in for a heartbeat check with SSP after dropping BAP at school.  Thank goodness, SSP is only 3 1/2 years old and often times in his own world. I was devastated to learn that little GFP had no heartbeat (my dear husband was out of town on business). Crying I went home. Then the next day (when my husband could be there) I delivered him almost 10days ago. GFP was 17weeks 5days - compared to with LP I was just 20weeks.
On this feast day we celebrate LP and GFP birthdays in Heaven. We love and miss you, dear little ones! Happy Birthday into Heaven!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cold Weather Means Soup

When the cold weather comes (like it did in a hurry this last week) soup is often found on our menu. Yesterday morning we woke up to a thick layer of frost. A friend gifted us with some fresh corn from their garden.  I had been eyeing this corn chowder for awhile. Perfect opportunity to make it!

Corn Chowder
adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/corn-and-cheese-chowder-recipe.html

5 ears corn, kernels removed
1 large onion, diced
3 cans diced green chilies
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 1/2 cups half and half
3 cups chicken broth
8oz low sodium bacon, chopped up
3T butter

Cook bacon until crisp tender.  Remove from grease to a paper towel lined plate. In the same pot saute onion and chilies in bacon grease and butter.  Stir in corn.  Add cornstarch, broth and half and half (mix to meld the cornstarch in).  Cook until slightly thickened. Add bacon back. Stir. Serve in bowls. Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Baked ... Much Better

I have had leftover refried beans sitting in my fridge for about a week. I thought it was about time that I better used them before they turned into a science experiment. We love tacos so that part was easy. However I wanted to put a twist on them. I found this recipe while perusing the internet. Perfection! BAP and SSP each eat 2 or 3. They loved them. I loved that I was able to hide some veggies (and they did not notice).

Stuffed Baked Tacos
adapted from: http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/main-course/beef/baked-tacos-2.html

1 (20oz) ground turkey
1/2 onion, chopped
3/4 can refried beans
taco seasoning
1 (10oz) can Rotel tomatoes
18 hard corn taco shells (about 1 1/2 pkg)
2 cups shredded cheese

In a large pot brown together turkey with onion.  Add beans, taco seasoning and tomatoes.  Stir until thickened.  Place meat mixture evenly in taco shells. Top with cheese. Place in a greased 9x13pan with openings up. Bake at 400 for about 25minutes or until lightly browned/toasted (you can do as little as 15minutes).

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Unstuffed: The New Way To Go

Stuffed peppers are so great. My husband and I really enjoyed this version with a friend the other night. It was very tasty. Perfection!  

Unstuffed Peppers
adapted from: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/dinner-recipes/unstuffed-peppers

1 bag instant brown rice (I found this mix at Costco), cooked according to directions
1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage
2 bell peppers, diced
1 (10oz) white button mushrooms, sliced
1 small red onion, diced

Brown sausage with peppers, onion, and mushrooms in 2T butter.  Add cooked rice; stir.  Cover and let rest for about 25minutes.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Taste of Fall

School has started and the fall weather is coming.  Two weekends ago my husband and I picked apples from our tree in the backyard. We had fun picking, chopping and deworming the apples (filling a huge soup pot to nearly overflowing). They are small but delicious.  We knew that we could not eat all of them before they went nasty.  We decided apple sauce would be a perfect idea.  In the morning I added some water to the pot and let it go.

Homemade AppleSauce

12 quarts apples, chopped - dewormed - and seeded
water

2 cups sugar
2 1/2T apple pie spice

Place all in a large pot and simmer for about 1 hour on medium heat until apples start to mush up. Place pot on a hot pad. Scoop hot mixture into a food mill. Puree through there, removing all missed seeds and skins. (This will make about 4 quarts sauce).  Add sugar and apple spice seasoning to mixture. Stir until sugar dissolves (taste and add more sugar if needed). Place applesauce on stove and heat until really hot again.  In another large pot boil canning jars. In a separate smaller pot the lids.  Place hot apple sauce in HOT jars and seal.  Hopefully the jars will "ping' meaning they are sealed.  If they don't, just freeze.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First Day of First Grade

At the end of last school year BAP was asking when he was going to start first grade. We are thrilled that he is ecstatic about school. Hopefully this excitement and enthusiasm will last him the rest of his schooling career. 

BAP with Daddy

BAP and SSP

Mommy with BAP

Ready to hit the books