Tuesday, August 28, 2007

We're going up north!

My favorite place in the world:) We're leaving Thursday night and returning Monday. Off to pack...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Lazy!

Okay, so I'm a lazy blogger. I'll try to be better. I know I skip around alot, from here on out I'll just blog about my everyday going-ons. Not that anyone reads this anyway...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

BBQ Chicken and corn

Tonight's meal was simple- bbq chicken on the grill and corn. I marinated the chicken in bbq sauce for a couple days, and basted it while it was on the grill with the sauce that remained in the bag. It turned out lovely, my husband said he wouldn't mind having this every night.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Chicken Parmesan and Mashed Potatoes

Tonight's recipe hails yet again from hillbillyhousewife.com

Chicken Parmesan

  • 3 lbs chicken pieces, skin removed (legs & thighs are fine)

  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated bread crumbs (stale, but not dry is best)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

First remove the skin from your chicken pieces. The coating sticks better, and tastes better when used to coat skinless chicken pieces. The skin makes it taste too greasy. Next, in a wide cereal bowl combine the egg and milk; set it aside. In a large shallow dish combine the grated Parmesan cheese, and the semi-soft bread crumbs. Add the salt and pepper to the cheese and bread crumbs. Mix well. Dip the naked chicken pieces into the egg mixture, and then coat them liberally with the cheese and bread crumb mixture. Press the crumb mixture into the chicken to make it stick. Arrange the chicken on a well oiled baking pan. Bake at 400° for 45 minutes. Serve hot with corn on the cob, tossed salad and green peas. Very good.

For the crumbs I use the heels of my homemade bread. I crumble it up by hand into fine crumbs and measure it as I go along. Store-bought bread will work too. For faster or more efficient crumbling, place your stale bread into a blender or food processor and process until the bread is fine and crumbly. Personally, I hate to clean the kitchen machines, so I make crumbs with sturdy fingers instead. Makes 6 servings.


I liked it, but found it a bit salty- I wouldn't add salt like the recipe calls for. My husband said it was, "Okay, but I wouldn't request it again." I'll probably keep it as a "backup" meal just in case, since we usually have most of the ingredients on hand. I also made homemade mashed potatoes to go with it, with plenty of leftovers for Tuesday's meal.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Pizza!

We went to my mom's house and had pizza from Hungry Howies. When it's just my husband and I, we only get pepperoni and cheese, since he doesn't like vegetables. This time my mom and I got pineapple and ham, a delicious change for once. Tomorrow it's back to cooking though, which I'm quite enjoying:)

Friday, August 17, 2007

Golden Honey Chicken

Another recipe from hillbillyhousewife.com tonight. It was delish- my husband was surprised that the sauce was homemade. I put it in to marinate when I split up all the chicken after grocery shopping on Wednesday, so it was marinating for 2 days. We barbecued it rather than baking it. YUM!

Golden Honey Chicken

  • 3 pounds chicken legs &/or thighs, skin and visible fat removed (this is about 4 chicken leg quarters)

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • several shots hot pepper sauce (omit if you are feeding children)

Place the chicken in a gallon size plastic ziplock bag. In a small bowl combine the ketchup, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and hot pepper sauce if you are using it. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the bag. Marinate for an hour, or overnight, if desired. Turn the bag from time to time to coat the chicken evenly with the sauce.

When you are ready to bake the chicken, arrange it on a well oiled baking sheet. I use a large pizza pan, and line it with 2 layers of tin foil to make clean up easier. If there is any sauce left in the bag, pour it evenly over the chicken in the pan. Throw the bag away. Bake the chicken at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. There, it is done. I like to serve this with rice, and peas and carrots. It is also good prepared on the grill in the summertime. Without the hot sauce, this is a very child friendly recipe. Serves 6.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Chicken Rice soup

Today was supposed to be chicken and dumplings day, but I didn't realize we were out of flour; so we did chicken rice soup instead.


2-3 lbs. chicken, cooked and shredded or cubed
1 can of corn
4 medium potatoes, chopped and microwaved for 1 min.
2.5 canfuls of instant brown rice (use the can from the corn to measure)
chicken stock/broth

Boil the chicken stock/broth, and put the chicken, corn, potatoes, and rice in. Put the lid on and simmer until the rice is cooked. Serve it up!
For my husband's lunch, I drained the liquid off so he was able to eat it one handed out of the container. Quick and easy to make- you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry and/or freezer.

Cost:
3lbs chicken at $0.99/lb- $2.98
can of corn- $0.59
4 medium potatoes, I'm guessing maybe 3 lbs? I got 20lbs/$5 on sale- $0.75
brown rice- had on hand
Total: $4.32

Meal Planning

Normally when I go to the grocery store, I just walk around and find whatever is on sale and looks good. Then when I get home, I have a bunch of food but no meals. I'm spending way too much time and money with this method, so I've started meal planning. This week Riverside Market had split chicken breasts on sale for $0.99/lb. so we are having an all chicken week. You could definitely make your dollar go further by having a meatless night, but my husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy- no beans and rice are going to appease him (but I'm working on that, so we'll see muahahaha).

Tonights recipe is from hillbillyhousewife.com

Hot Pepper Garlic Chicken
  • 3 lbs chicken legs &/or thighs, skin and visible fat removed (leg quarters are fine for this recipe)

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil OR vegetable oil
  • 6 cloves minced garlic (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon dry hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of water

Get out a nice big skillet, preferably one with a tight lid. Heat the oil in the skillet. Add the chicken and brown on both sides. Add the garlic, hot pepper flakes and salt. Stir the seasonings around in the pan for a moment or two. Add 1/2-cup of water. Cover the pan and simmer for 45 minutes. Add more water as necessary, to keep the chicken from scorching. The water should evaporate down to a glaze like consistency. Serve over boiled spaghetti or egg noodles, with a bit of the pan juices spooned over top. This is a spicy dish. It tastes delicious when you need a change of pace, and is very cheap to make besides, especially with chicken leg-quarters. Cooked beets, and raw broccoli pieces make a very healthy, and tasty meal.

I changed it up a bit- I added more water at the end, about 1.5cups in addition to the 1/2 the recipe called for. I took the chicken out of the water when it was done cooking and set it aside. During the last 5 minutes of the chicken cook time, I made a rue- a couple tablespoons of butter/margarine melted and a couple of tablespoons of flour cooked until slightly toasty brown. Then I whisked the rue into the chicken water (sans chicken at this point) and brought it to a boil. I boiled it for a few minutes and then let it simmer. This thickened the broth so it was between a broth and a gravy. The way the recipe has it, it's yummy- but too thin for our liking.

There was enough there for two pieces of chicken for my husband, 1 piece for me, and 2 pieces for him to take to work for lunch. We're on midnights, so we eat breakfast at 4:30 pm, "dinner" at 8pm, and "lunch" sometime during his work shift. I served this with spaghetti noodles and it was delish!

Cost for the meal:

3lbs. split chicken breasts $3.00
Spaghetti noodles $0.99
garlic & hot pepper flakes- had on hand
Total- $3.99

I figure this meal could definitely serve more than just us two, but my husband's a big guy and therefore eats a big portion.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

15 months old

C will use all these signs regularly (and in the correct way):
More/Again
Eat
Finished
Brush teeth
Daddy
Bath
Milk (for nursing)
Byebye
Baby
And he blows kisses
He's learning "work" (for when daddy goes to work)

He also gives hugs and/or kisses when requested, and also when the mood strikes him (which is often, he's a lover).

He says bird, dada, mama, up, and he said "no" once but hasn't said it since (thank goodness).

Oh, and he coughs whenever someone coughs or sneezes.