Our Christmas Dinner

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Traditionally, we eat a nice meal on Christmas Eve after our Christmas Eve service.
On Christmas morning we have pull-apart bread and eat leftovers the rest of the day.

This year was different.
Steve got a turkey fryer for Christmas, so I had a turkey (& propane tank) ready to go.
It took less than 2 hours to cook a 13 pound turkey kamagra oral jelly india…Quick & Easy!
He had so much fun cooking, that he has already
bought some marinades to try on his next “frying”.

Ready & waiting!

Monday Meals: Use Rudy’s Rub & Your Grill

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One of our family favorites is called Rudy’s Chicken.  Rudy’s Grill has some of our favorite bbq, so we get their rub.  If you don’t have access to Rudy’s Rub, use whatever rub is your favorite.  Smooth it on to boneless chicken breasts.  Be sure to cook a few extra pieces for lunches or another meal this week.  Grill the chicken.

Add baked potato, salad and french bread and you have one terrific meal.  My kids love this!

Monday Meal: Halloween Snacks

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Get ready for Halloween with these fun sandwich snacks!

Dead Man’s Finger Sandwich – http://www.parenting.com/article/spooky-finger-food-sandwiches

Here are a few more Halloween snacks!

Monstrous Mummy Cupcakes – http://www.parenting.com/article/monstrous-mummy-halloween-cupcakes





Halloween Jello recipe

Slimy Jell-O Snacks – http://www.parenting.com/article/slimy-jell-o-snacks



ghost marshmallows

Ghostly  Goodies – http://www.parenting.com/article/ghostly-goodies


Hope you enjoy these fun, spooky Halloween treats!













Monday Meal: Acorn Dough Nuts

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This looks so yummy & fun to make.  Can’t wait to try it.

Your kids will go nutty for these clever fall treats, which look like acorns but taste a whole lot sweeter.

  • Chocolate Frosting or Peanut Butter
  • Donuts
  • Crumbled Toffee
  • Pretzel
  1. Frost a third or so of a plain or glazed doughnut hole with chocolate frosting or peanut butter.
  2. Roll the frosted top in crumbled toffee (look for it in the baking section of grocery stores), then add a small piece of a pretzel for the stem.
from Family Fun

Monday Meals: Yummy Crockpot Chicken

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I thought I posted this recipe a few weeks ago, but can’t find it.  EVERYONE loves this.

Boneless chicken breasts (I use about 4-6 cut in half)

Mix 2 cans tomato paste with 2 can tomato sauce.  Add spices such as italian seasonings (oregano, basil, parsley), garlic (powder), 1 Tbsp brown sugar, salt & pepper.  Stir to blend. Pour over chicken.  Cook in crockpot 300 about 3-4 hours (If you need it to cook all day, lower the heat to 150ish)

About 15 minutes before serving, add 1 C grated mozarella cheese.  Serve over pasta or spaghetti, alongside a tossed salad and french bread (or make my focaccia break from this blog)

Monday Meals: Shrimp & Grits

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I had leftover grits from a Sunday lunch so I decided to use them with shrimp.  All I had to do tonight was saute some shrimp and toss a salad.  It was so easy.

Shell your shrimp. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp garlic powder to your skillet.  Add shrimp and cook until just turned pink.  Nestle shrimp over cheese grits.  I cooked old bread (hamburger buns) by putting them facedown in remaining olive oil after removing cooked shrimp.

Monday Meals: Chicken Marsala

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This is a family favorite. I”ve been making this almost 30 years because I found the recipe in college. Chicken Marsala over wild rice with a half-avocado on the side.  Yummy!

Butterfly 2 chicken breasts to make them 1/4″ thick.  I did not bread the breast this time.  You can dip it in a milk-egg mixure and then dip into seasoned flour.  This time, I simply sauteed the chicken breasts in olive oil.

Remove chicken from the heat.  Saute 1/4 onion (chopped) and 5-6 sliced mushrooms.  Remove from heat.  Add 1/3 c water, 1/3 c white wine and 1 chicken bouillon cube.  Reduce liquid by half.  Return chicken and vegetables to pan to heat thoroughly.

Let me tell you, this is a great meal and an easy one t use for a “nice” family dinner.


Monday Meals: Chicken a la King

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Preheat oven 400.  Place 12 Pepperidge Farms puff pastry shells in oven .  Bake 30min.

In 2 qt pot melt 1/2 C butter, 1 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Stir with wire whisk.  Fold in 2/3 C flour until all butter is absorbed.  Slightly scorch roux to deepen flavor.  Slowly add 6 cups milk stirring constantly as sauce thickens.

Fold in 4 cups shredden chicken breast and 1 cup frozen peas.

When pastry shells are done, remove lid.  Fill each puff pastry with generous amount of chicken sauce & top with pastry lid.

Monday Meals: Focaccia Bread

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Place 1T yeast, 1T sugar and 1 C warm water in bowl.  Allow to buble.  Mix in 2 C flour and 1 tsp salt.  Use bread dough hook to knead for 15-60 secounds., until smooth & elastic.  Add more flour if necessary.  Brush the sides of bowl with oil.  Let dough rise in warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size.

Punch down dough and press in 9×9 pan covered with nonstick spray. melt 2T buttler and brush over top of loaf.  Let dough rise again until doubled, about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven 450.  Lighly sprinkle salt over loaves.  Bake 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.

Monday Meals: July 4th Family Breakfast

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The only time we could get together as a family before Gentry left to study abroad in Germany was breakfast on July 4th.  Instead of going out for breakfast, I tried some new recipes that were easy & yummy!  Check them out…

Stuffed French Toast

Preheat oven 350.  Make sugar pecan glaze and cool:

Melt 1/3 c butter in microwave.  Add 1/4 c maple syrup, 3/4 c brown sugar and 1 c pecans.  Mix well

Spray 9×9 dish with cooking spray and spread pecan glaze on bottom.  Save 1/4 c for top layer.

Combine 3 T sugar w/ cinnamon.  Fold into 3 oz. whipped cream cheese.  Cut crust off 8 bread slices ands spread cream chese on 4 slices.  Top with remaining slices.  Place over pecan glaze in bottom of pan.

Lightly beat 3 eggs, 1 c milk, 1 T vanilla and 1/4 tsp nutmeg.  Pour over bread.  Spread remaining pecan glze on top layer of bread.   Bake 30-35 min or until golden brown.  Let cool 10 min.  Top with whipped cream or berries.

Potato Sausage Cake

Peel & boil 10 baby potatoes.  Add 2 T butter, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper. Mash until smooth but firm.  Saute 1 lb ground sausage.  Blend potatoes, sausage and 2 tsp dried chives.  Form into thick patties.  Lightly fry potato sausage patties in remaining sausage drippings until golden.  Keep warm in 275 oven.

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