Sunday, November 30, 2008

Our Thanksgiving....

Our Thanksgiving was good, except DH wasn't at home. The meal was good. We actually had it all done at 1:10. Which is good because I said we'd eat at about 1. I'm usually running behind more than that so I did GOOD this year! The kids and I had been talking about what we are thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving. I try explaining why we celebrate the holidays that we celebrate. Trying to teach them right anyway.

I didn't make the Pumpkin Crunch Cake like I had wanted to. I made just the Holy Cow Cakes instead. We definately needed something chocolate. So, the desserts were Holy Cow Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Mincemeat Pie and Jello with fruit and marshmallows. So, there was plenty of desserts to eat.

The Sweet Potatoes were right up there on my list with the ham. Oh it was good! I made the ham with brown sugar and pineapples. I didn't have the rings of pineapple like my mom has always used. I had chunks so I just used those and put toothpicks in them to hold them onto my ham. I pressed some brown sugar on it and then poured the pineapple juice over the top. It was so good!

The turkey was good. I don't usually eat much of it. My DH is the turkey fan in our house! I could take it or leave it and he's that way about ham.

My DMIL was here, my parents, my brother, my sister and her boyfriend and their dog were here. The kids enjoyed getting to see everyone. They really liked playing with the dog. Dobbie was a hit I do believe.

That's it for our Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

This weeks Menu...

Today we had Chicken....imagine that! My parents came over and they got to eat lunch w/us. I tried a new recipe. It was pretty tasty I think. After lunch we had cake for my Mom's Birthday which was Friday.

7 Hour Chicken (Crockpot Recipe but it only took an hour in the oven)

Chicken breasts,
8 oz sour cream
1 pkg Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Mix the sour cream, soup mix and the soup. Put chicken breast in the casserole dish and spoon mix over the top. Bake at 375 for about an hour, until chicken is done.

This was originally a crockpot recipe. It says to cook it on low for 7 hours.

Monday's Dinner will be something easy. I have to do our Thanksgiving and regular shopping so I won't have a lot of time. We will have Karate at 5 so I have to get dinner done early.

Tuesday's Dinner Taco Soup w/Tortilla Chips and cheese (the twins have their Thanksgiving dinner at school and I am going to go and help with it.) I'll need somthing going while I'm away. We have Karate on Tuesday but this week our midweek church service will be on Tuesday because of Thanksgiving.

Wednesday's Dinner Chicken

Thursday Lunch at about 1 pm.

Turkey, Ham, Mashed Potatoes, The Best Sweet Potato Casserole, Corn, Peas, Dressed Eggs, Stuffing, Turkey Gravy, Rolls and several different desserts. I like to make Holy Cow Cake and Pumpkin Crunch Cake, Peanut Butter Pie. My DMIL usually brings Jello with marshmallows (the kids love this!), Mincemeat Pie and Pumpkin Pie. Sometimes my Mamaw makes us a Pecan's so good!

Friday's Dinner will hopefully be leftovers! We don't do the Black Friday shopping. We tried that last year and were so miserable we said NEVER again! It was so cold and the stores were just lined w/people. It is not worth it to me to get up so early and go out for NOTHING! We couldn't even grab a bite to eat...everything was packed!

If anyone would like any recipes just let me know. I will add the Sweet Potato Casserole recipe on here because it's just the best ever! I'll add the Peanut Butter pie recipe, my stuffing recipe that I came up with on my own. It's really good! I have the others that I talked about too added on here.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

(This is the recipe for stuffing that I came up with. I don't like sausage in the stuffing I like bacon so.......give it a try-it's just awesome!)

Stuffing With Bacon

1 lb. Bacon; cooked and diced
4 Celery ribs; chopped
1 Med. Onion; chopped
1 tsp. Sage
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1 Pkg. or 16 oz Cornbread Stuffing
2 TBSP Parsley
4 Eggs; beaten
2 Cans Chicken Broth
1 TBSP Butter or Margarine

Keep 2 tablespoons of grease from the bacon. Put celery and onion in grease until tender, add sage,
salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in stuffing, parsley and bacon.
Mix together. Combine eggs and broth, add to stuffing. Mix well. Spread in a greased pan and dot
the top with butter. Cover and bake @ 350 for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Makes about 13 cups

(This is from my friend Star at the Taste of Home website)

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole Ever

3 cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes (if you don't want to boil fresh, get one large can..the big one and one normal sized can and that will equal approximately three cups mashed)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and spoon into casserole. Cover with topping:


2 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter, melted

Mix all ingredients and spoon over casserole.
Bake casserole 30 min at 400 degrees. Topping will be browned.

(This recipe came from my Best Cousin in the whole wide family!) :)

Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Pie

8 oz Cream Cheese
8 oz Cool Whip
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1-Graham Cracker Crust

Soften cream cheese. Blend cream cheese, cool whip, peanut butter and powdered sugar together. Pour into pie crust and chill till ready to serve.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 c pumpkin
3 eggs
1 t pumpkin pie spice
1 c brown sugar
1 c nuts, chopped
2 t cinnamon
2 T flour
2 T melted butter
Mix together cake mix, pumpkin, 1/2 c water, eggs and pumpkin pie spice.
Pour 1/2 of batter in 9 x 13 in greased, floured cake pan. Combine brown sugar, nuts cinnamon, flour and butter and sprinkle half of mixture over batter. Spread remaining batter over top then remaining crunch mixture.
Bake in 350 degree oven 45-50 min.

Holy Cow Cake

(this is another recipe from my cousin)

Devils Food Cake prepared;
As soon as it comes out of the oven take the end of a wooden spoon and poke holes in it, pur an entire can of Eagle Brand milk and about 1/2 a container ( or more ) of Caramel (from the ice cream topping section). Refrigerate until this is cold and the caramel and milk are set in. Take our and top with Cool Whip and Sprinkle with Butterfinger pieces.

We all love this and it is so easy.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I've been missing in action again. :0)

We've been busy busy busy. With MG having ear infections, the boys all selling candy bars, Church, Karate and life in general I've not had much free time.

My laptop is now up and running. My DBIL came in from Arizona and he said he would clean up our computers for us. I am so thankful!! Thanks Mike, I really appreciate it!! I wish his wife Emma could have came with him for the visit. She's really sweet. My kids just love Aunt Emma!

Mike has been working all of 3 of our computers. Our regular home pc, my laptop and then our oldest son's computer. They all needed to be just wiped out and rebooted. The home pc is around 7 years or so old, the laptop and our son's computer are about 4 years old.

Anyway, I've still been cooking as much as I can to try and save money. With Christmas coming up, Auto Insurance and our House Insurance we've been hit pretty hard. I know that GOD is in control. I can't say that I haven't worried because honestly I have. I keep telling myself to give it over to GOD though. I know that he has ALWAYS, ALWAYS gave us just what we have needed. Just enough but always enough. So, I have to drop my shoulders and take a deep breath. I Thank God that he's always there for us.

It has gotten colder outside. Maybe it will kill off some of these germs going around. Lots of people sick, coughing, sneezing and such. Oh, and the flies. I'm so glad it's turned off cold so maybe it will get rid of those pesky things! If you know me very well you will know that I cannot tollerate a fly in the house! Drives me INSANE! LOL

Well, I have jabbered enough. I have missed blogging and hope to get back to it on a regular basis. I am going to compile my Thanksgiving menu for my next post. We host dinner at our house so that my parents and my DH's DM can come and anyone else that wants to can come and have a nice dinner with family/friends.

Hope to hear from some of you that stop in.

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