... it was like we weren't even gone! ♥
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
... it was like we weren't even gone! ♥
Monday, August 30, 2010
Tuesday: Whole chicken, rice pilaf and veggie
Wednesday: Marinated grilled chicken and cheesy potato packets
Thursday: Popcorn shrimp, baked potatoes and veggie
Friday: Orange chicken with rice and veggie
Saturday: Grilled hamburgers, chips and fruit salad
Sunday: Italian chicken over rice and veggie
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
|4 cups frozen potatoes with onion and peppers|
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
3/4 cup shredding cheddar cheese
Heat gas or charcoal grill. Spray 1 (18x13-inch) sheet of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray. Place potatoes on center of foil. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with seasoned salt.
Bring up 2 sides of foil over potatoes so edges meet. Seal edges, making tight 1/2-inch fold; fold again, allowing space for heat circulation and expansion. Fold other sides to seal.
Place packet on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 30 minutes, turning once. Carefully open packet; sprinkle cheese over potatoes. Cover loosely; let stand 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Combine equal parts BBQ sauce and teriyaki sauce and marinate chicken breasts for at least 2 hours. Make more sauce with equal parts BBQ and teriyaki sauce. Baste chicken with sauce while it is grilling. Use extra sauce for dipping if you like. Great with grilled pineapple.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Peas and Potatoes
4 medium red potatoes, cubed
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
Place potatoes in saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until tender. Drain. Cook peas according to package directions and drain.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan, add flour, salt and pepper to form a paste. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
Add peas and potatoes to sauce and serve. Salt and pepper to taste.
* I also like to add salt to my water when I boil the potatoes.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner
Wednesday: Grilled Pizza
Thursday: Chicken Quesidillas and chip and salsa
Friday: Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and green salad
Saturday: Cafe' Rio Burritos
Sunday: Grilled Chicken, mashed potatoes and veggie
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Here are the invitations:
I made a dirt cake and put it in the back of a toy truck.
I used THIS recipe but changed the heath bars to Oreo cookies and added in gummy worms too.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Tuesday: Enchiladas Chips and Salsa
Wednesday: Pizza Stromboli, Green Salad
Thursday: Mexican Casserole, Salad
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: BBQ with Family
Sunday: Roast, Potatoes, Gravy, Rolls
Friday, August 6, 2010
2 1/2-3 1/2 lbs. pork loin roast
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. dried minced onion
Put all ingredients in crock-pot and cook for at least 4 hours on high or all day on low. Shread pork about 1 hour before eating.
*If my roast is on the big side, I will double the recipes for the sauce.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
1/2 C. Minced or Chopped Onion
1 TBSP. Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/8 Tsp. Pepper
1 TBSP. Mustard
1 TBSP. Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 C. Ketchup
3/4 C. Water
1/2. C. Vinegar
Cut steak into servings. Brown Steaks in a large frying pan. Add onion to frying pan cook until a little tender. Add brown sugar, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, water and vinegar to make BBQ sauce. Simmer the sauce about 5 minutes. Pour sauce over steaks in baking pan. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. (This just depends on how thick or steaks are)
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
My kids are headed back to school and I was looking for ideas on how to save some money. I read recently that the average cost for sending the kids back to school is $500.00. I know that is more than I usually spend, but I am always looking to ways to save. Here are some ideas that I liked.
I wrote in blue how I am going to use each of these bits of advise.
Shop at home first
Any item already on-hand is a bonus freebie, so check the house for rulers and protractors, pencils and binder paper. You may not need to purchase many of these items.
I do not need to buy any new pencils. We already have a million!
Wait an Extra Month or Two
School supplies generally need to be brought to school on the first day, but all the clothing does not need to be purchased ahead of time. Ensuring that your child has one special, new outfit for the first day of school is often enough. Wait until the next month to make additional purchases to ease the initial financial burden. Most children start school at the end of the summer when the weather is still warm enough for summer clothes. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts will often not be practical right away and purchases can be delayed.
I do this. I always buy my kids a new back to school outfit and then have them wear their summer clothes for the first couple of months while it is still so hot. Then I watch for all the sales on school clothes and get stocked up for the cooler months with great deals.
Anticipate school supplies, when necessary.Don't miss out on the back to school sales if you don't have your children's school supplies lists over the summer. Purchase back-to-school sale items that you know they will need or that will eventually be used by the household, i.e. lunchbox, pencils, paper, glue. Just remember to save your receipt, so if turns out your child absolutely must have wide-ruled paper and you bought college-ruled, you can exchange it.
I love school supplies and I love it when you can get them for a great price. I always try to buy extra supplies that I know we will need throughout the year when you can get them for a deal.
Reuse last year's school supplies when possible.Many parents buy a new backpack or lunch boxes every year. But if you prefer to make these things last from year to year, buy high quality and nothing too trendy. After a spin in the washer, most book bags and lunchboxes come out ready for more use.
My kids backpacks for still in good shape so I think I will skip getting new ones this year, and get new one every other year. This will save me at least $40.00. Same with their lunch bags. Do they really need a new one every year?
Give kids a budget.Kids can be resistant to using last year's backpack or lunchbox or wearing older clothes. Maybe they are hankering for a fancy new binder that everyone has this year. If this attitude is hampering your efforts to save money on school supplies, give kids a budget. Tell them that you will spend a certain amount on an item, if they want an upgrade they'll need to chip in (either with money they've saved or by doing extra chores.) Or perhaps let kids choose which items to reuse and which to buy new.
My kids are young enough that they really don't care, but I could see how this could be very helpful for older children.
Don’t bring your kids with you, if possible.
Even with school supplies, their eyes get big, and they act like they need everything and the best of everything. Kids are very brand conscious, but they rarely care what brand they are using after a couple of weeks of school.
I always loved picking out my school supplies and my kids do to, but I can see how this could be a great idea that I may try. My kids would be so excited with everything I got for them and would not know about all the cool stuff that they did not get at the store. I would be kind of like Christmas .
Let me know if you have any other ideas that have worked for you.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Monday: Taco salad
Tuesday: Spaghetti and garlic bread
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner
Thursday: Homemade Pizza
Friday: Baked potatoes with toppings
Saturday: Eat out
Sunday: Scalloped chicken and potatoes with veggie