Thursday, August 28, 2014

Guest Blog Post from The Rowdy Baker

Hello Everyone,
Here is a guest post from Lorinda :-) Shes a close blogging friend and so happy she decided to help me out. Doesn't this look amazing.
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Hi, I'm Lorinda from The Rowdy BakerThe Rowdy Baker, here to guest post and give Lysska some much-needed rest and recuperation time. I brought you one of my favorite summer dessert recipes - Raspberry Pie! My granddaughter and I had a lot of fun making one together for a housewarming party.
 
Raspberry pie, decorated for a housewarming party.[/caption] 8 year old Sophie couldn’t quite get the hang of the pastry blender, so we used our (clean) fingers to blend the shortening into the flour. Also, I didn’t take time to chill the pie crust pastry, and we were working at mach speed, but we were still tickled with the results. I’m sure Martha Stewart wouldn’t have dripped any raspberry juice on the top crust, and Paula Deen would have used lard instead of shortening, but you have to admit it looks appetizing.   Crust components for my pie.[/caption] For the house we pressed pie dough into a mold I use for chocolate houses at Christmas, and created a lattice crust. For the lattice, I drew a circle a little bigger than the pie pan on the counter with a pencil, put a piece of waxed paper over the circle, and wove the dough, then trimmed it to size. Hearts around the house instead of the lattice would have been cute, and much easier. Of course, we thought of that after the pie came out of the oven. Oh well. I love to create designs and scenes in pie crust. Here are pictures of two pies I’ve made using that technique. The pie with the farm scene won a blue ribbon at the fair, even though the little pig in the center started sinking into the “mud” on the drive to the fairgrounds, and was just barely sticking his snout out by the time we got there. Maybe it was cuter that way!

 Scenic pie crust.
Farm scene on a huckleberry pie. (Use the raspberry pie recipe, but swap out huckleberries if you're lucky enough to find a lot of them!) My go-to pie crust recipe has been around forever. It goes by different names, but is usually called “Never Fail Pie Crust.” I usually have a psychological need to prove that I am inept enough to screw up anything that says it’s foolproof, but this recipe actually is a gem – and turns out flaky every time, even when I’ve had to re-roll it. Never Fail Pie Crust (makes 2 crusts) 1 cup chilled shortening 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon vinegar 1/4 cup milk Mix flour and salt in medium bowl. Cut in the shortening until it looks like coarse crumbs.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Almond Joy Brownies from Hun Whats for Dinner

Cindy has so gladly offered to do a blog post for me while I'm recovering. Shes become a close friend and a great help for me. So glad to count her as a friend and fellow blogger. Shes bringing you a recipe that I must make when I'm better. Almond Joy Brownies...I love the candy bar so I know I'll love these.

                                     



Hi everyone, I’m Cindy, from Hun… What’s for Dinner?. I am so excited to be sharing a wonderful recipe with you today, while Lysska is recovering. I first ‘met’ Lysska, on Facebook, many years ago. Recently we’ve gotten closer, by working together on recipe round ups. When Lysska shared that she was going for another surgery, I gladly offered to do a guest post for her. I know first hand how difficult it is to keep a blog going, when you are trying to recover.

I know that Lysska LOVES chocolate, so I thought these Almond Joy Brownies would be a great recipe to share. These brownies are chewy and are topped with a coconut macaroon mixture and almonds. Almond Joy bars are one of my favourite chocolate bars, so I absolutely LOVE these brownies. I hope you do too!

Almond Joy* Brownies
Hun... What's for Dinner?
adapted from Flour Me with Love

1 box of family size Chocolate Fudge brownie mix
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (14 oz.) bag coconut
1/4 C milk
1 C chocolate chips, melted
1/4 C almonds (or nuts), crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line (regular size, not mini) cupcake pan with paper liners.  (Don't skip the paper liners, I did the first time and they all stuck!  This recipe makes 24 brownie bites, however I'm only showing 12).

Make brownies according to package directions and pour batter only half way up the liners. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes. 

While they are baking, mix the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and milk together. Remove brownies from oven and spoon on some sweetened coconut. Place back in oven and continue to bake an additional  14-16 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing the paper liners. Drizzle on the chocolate then sprinkle on the almonds

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Taco Stew- Guest Post from Hylary

Good Morning Everyone,
While I'm recovering from surgery my dear friends are filling in with Blog posts. This post today is from my dear friend Hylary. We go way way back to Elementary School. I remember going to her house for her party and eating Bugels for the first time. Heck I still love them. We lost touch after 7th grade, but again thanks to Facebook we are back in touch. She has always been a good friend to me...when others failed me she believed in me. I don't know what I'd do without her.  I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Today she is bringing you Taco Stew!!! I love Tacos!!!

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Taco Stew

My family loves Mexican food, of all kinds, but my 6 year old isn’t as big of a fan of spicy things. So I concocted this semi-Mexican stew to be more kid friendly. It’s really simple, and even though it’s not the prettiest thing that comes out of a pot, it’s incredibly tasty!
Here’s my version of a kid friendly Taco Stew.

Ingredients:
1½ lb Ground Beef (I use the 90/10, you end up with a lot more meat)
2 (16oz) bottles Taco Sauce (Not salsa or seasoning)
8oz Shredded Mexican Style Cheese
3 Roma Tomatoes, diced
2 cans Dark Red Kidney Beans
2 cups Lettuce, shredded
Tortilla Chips
Hot Sauce (I use Cholula) OPTIONAL

Brown the beef until completely done, drain. Transfer your meat from the skillet to a 2qt (or larger) pot, on medium heat. Add taco sauce and let warm. Drain kidney beans. Once taco sauce starts to bubble, add beans. Allow to cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cheese about a cup at a time, stir in and allow to melt before adding more. Add cheese to taste, if it seems like enough for your family’s preferences, then stop right there (I usually use the entire bag, but I like cheesy). Stir in tomatoes and lettuce, cook for about 5 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips and add hot sauce to taste (optional).

Tip: Kids absolutely love using this stew as a dip of sorts, scooping it up with the tortilla chips (that’s how my son eats his, well, me too, I guess I’m still a kid). 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Menu Planning Guest Post- from Betsy

Hello Everyone,
While your reading this I will be having surgery/recovering. I have some amazing friends who have stepped up to help me out. This guest post is from Betsy a friend of mine. We met years back in a Homeschooling group in my community. We seemed to hit it off, and lost touch with each other. That was until Facebook came along. I ended up finding her on there, her mom and her sister. I was so excited to get back in touch with her. Shes an awesome mom to 4 kiddos, home schools, and has organizational talent that I wish I had. So please welcome her to this blog, as I'm so thankful shes back in my life. Sometimes Facebook can be a pain, but then again it brings back old friends.

She is here to share with you about Meal Planning. I hope you enjoy it and learn something from it.

Thank you
Alyssa
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Dinner Dilemmas


There are two very common frustrations I think every wife and/or mother can relate to:

1) I have nothing to wear.
2) We have nothing to eat for dinner.



The only reason I am listing the dinner dilemma as number 2, is because there is always the trusty pizza delivery guy. I'm pretty sure the concept of pizza delivery is biblically based (ever heard of manna?). Until there is a man who will deliver a perfect outfit straight to your door in 30 minutes or less, "Nothing to wear" will always be the bigger problem.

While I am still working on a solution to common wardrobe issues, I can share my learnings in the dinner planning department. It's a very simple and un-spectacular system, but it's easy and it works.



First, categorize various types of dinners. Example:
Hamburger
Roast/steak
Chicken
Pork
Fish
Vegetarian
Breakfast foods
Soups/Stews
Pasta
Pizza
Salads
Casserole




Second, assign one category listed above to a specific night of the week. This is what I have chosen to use for our current dinner menu:
Monday-Hamburger
Tuesday-Pasta
Wednesday-Pork
Thursday-Home made pizza
Friday-Chicken
Saturday-Mexican
Sunday-Roast



Third, plan 4 meals for each separate category. Example:
The 4 meals I have planned for our Tuesday night/Pasta category are:
Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo
Lasagna
Chicken Parmesan
Baked Spaghetti



Fourth, after you have planned out 4 meals per category, go line by line and add in side dishes. This is what I have planned for this month:

Th/1- Veggie Supreme Pizza
F/2- Honey marinated chicken, Cole slaw, Corn bread
Sa/3- Chicken Nachos
Sn/4- Italian beef sandwiches, Hashbrown casserole

M/5- Meatloaf, Seasoned rice, Green beans
T/6- Roasted red pepper alfredo, Spinach salad, French bread
W/7- Zesty marinated pork chops, Macaroni and cheese, Steamed Broccoli
Th/8- Garlic chicken pizza, Caesar salad
F/9- BBQ Cheddar chicken, Baked potato, Grilled yellow squash
Sa/10- Grilled Burrito, Chips and Salsa
Sn/11- Eat out

M/12- Chili
T/13- Lasagna, Tossed green salad
W/14- Pulled pork sandwiches, Sweet potato fries
Th/15- Ham and Pineapple pizza
F/16- Grilled chicken chef salads
Sa/17- Fajitas, Rice
Sn/18- Beef stew

M/19- Quesadilla burgers, Seasoned fries
T/20- Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti, Garlic bread
W/21- Herb rubbed pork roast, Mashed potatoes & Gravy, Asparagus
Th/22- Sausage pizza, Pasta salad
F/23- Chicken gumbo, Rice
Sa/24- Tacos, Chipotle bean dip
Sn/25- Eat out

M/26- Dirty rice, Okra
T/27- Baked spaghetti, ciabatta bread, Bruschetta
W/28- Oven fried pork chops, Twice baked potatoes, Steamed california vegetables
Th/29- BBQ chicken pizza
F/30- Sesame ginger chicken stir fry, Rice
Sa/31- Quesadillas, Guacamole, Chips

Monday, August 18, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday Linky Party

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!!
 

I am happy to be co-hosting with 2 other fantastic bloggers....

Cindy Hun Whats For Dinner

Nettie Moore Or Less Cooking Blog


The Party Rules

1.Please link up Crock Pot and/or EASY recipes only (simple desserts are also welcome) 
2.Please link back to THIS post on Hun... What's for Dinner? 
3.Please use link to direct recipe, not to your home page. 
4.Please visit others and leave comments if a recipe catches your eye 
5.Any post that DOES NOT contain a recipe or food tutorial, will be deleted

Recipes that caught my eye:





Monday, August 11, 2014

Simple Supper Tuesday

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!!
 

I am happy to be co-hosting with 2 other fantastic bloggers....

Cindy Hun Whats For Dinner

Nettie Moore Or Less Cooking Blog


The Party Rules

1.Please link up Crock Pot and/or EASY recipes only (simple desserts are also welcome) 
2.Please link back to THIS post on Hun... What's for Dinner? 
3.Please use link to direct recipe, not to your home page. 
4.Please visit others and leave comments if a recipe catches your eye 
5.Any post that DOES NOT contain a recipe or food tutorial, will be deleted

Recipes that caught my eye:




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Helping Soldiers with Care Packages

This is Wes


Hello Everyone, 
I have a project that I'd like you to help me on. While doing Thank a Soldier/Veteran I came across a lady named Deb. She has a page named Wes' Hope! Wes is a 25 year old who lost his life while serving in the Army. She dedicates her life and Wes' Memory to sending care packages to Soldiers. Many of them do not get any packages from home. She is changing that. I know that some of you might not have much money. But if you could just purchase something small to include in care packages then I know she'd very much appreciate it.  I want to make sure the Troops get everything they'd want. I think you guys can make that happen.
Here is a list of what the Troops usually like: 
*energy drinks
*Energy Bars
*Beef Jerky
*body wash
*deoderant
*K-Cups for Kuerig
*magazines
*DVDs
*Any snacks except homemade
Kids can be included too! What fun would it be for kids to draw them pictures, small stories or even letters?

If you do not want to send anything there is a website you can go to to help donate money. The money will be used for Postage  or to fill up boxes.
If you would like to send some items for the care packages people contact me in my email: 
E-mail here.Email Me